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Daybook Entry #1

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window... the sun is shining.

I am thinking...how busy this weekend will be, but I am looking forward to spending time with family and getting kids ready for camp.

I am thankful...for good health for my family and for my kids.

In the kitchen...dishes are piling up and getting ready to can/freeze corn.

I am wearing...work shirt and jeans. I love my jeans!

I am creating...all the time! I always feel like I have something in the works!

I am going...to be more peaceful and calm. I need to work on this!

I am wondering...what freedom truly means.

I am reading...all sorts of books. Mostly Anne of Green Gables series again. I will never tire of those books.

I am hoping...to purchase a car soon. I need lots of prayers!

I am looking forward to...seeing what direction my kids' lives take. 

I am hearing...a voice telling me to slow down and to appreciate what I have.

Around the house...I am trying to make sense of the chaos!

I am pondering...what is going to happen in my life.

One of m…

Paratus Familia: The key to good government.....

Great article! I think everyone needs to read this because too many people believe the government will take care of them when they should be taking care of themselves!
Paratus Familia: The key to good government.....: "When was the last time you saw incredibly well behaved children? Someone 'dressed' to travel? Or a congressman who kept his pants zipped..."

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

For the last year, I have been making my own dishwasher detergent. I use the powdered version as I haven't found a liquid one that I like and works well. My kids have their doubts on the powdered version working well, but if they would keep up on the dishes and not let the food dry to the dishes they would find out differently!

The great thing about this recipe is that it uses some of the same ingredients from the homemade laundry detergent. I like stuff like that - makes life easier!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

3 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
30 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
2-5 packets of unsweetened powdered lemonade (optional)

1. Mix washing soda and borax together in a container or bowl. I prefer to use the container that will be storing the detergent. Less mess.

2. Add the 30 drops of lemon oil in a random pattern. If you add it all in one location, you will have some clumping issues.

3. Mix the oil in the washing soda/borax. Using your hands works rea…

Preparedness Monday - Getting Yourself Ready To Prepare

Sorry this post is a day late, but we are having one of those weeks at my house. The one where I forget my list of things to remember. Not good. Not good at all!

Last week we discussed why I wanted to prepare - my family, continued inflation, and emergencies/hard times. So I have my motivation and focus. The second phase of preparedness is getting myself ready for preparedness.

What do I mean getting myself ready for preparedness? This means mentally, spiritually, and physically. This will continue while you are actually preparing and after you might think you are done. I am no expert on this area, but I know the process is never-ending.

Mentally

I need to think and be geared toward preparedness. When I am shopping at the grocery store, I always pick up two of whatever I am using even though I might only need one. I put the second one in my food storage or on the pantry shelf. If I see a great deal or have coupons that make the item almost free, I buy as many items as I can or have cou…

Homemade Applesauce and Banana Bread Weekend

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In my quest for frugality this weekend, I was trying to use up food at home. I have been trying to organize my food storage and get it a little more presentable so I can take pictures to post for you all!

We had pepperoni and canned olives to use up so we made Pepperoni Pizza Twist! Absolutely a family favorite!

We ate the LAST box of scalloped potatoes. I think I might miss not buying those anymore, but the some of ingredients/preservatives are definitely not good for us. I wish I could master making "real" scalloped potatoes. Somehow, that has alluded me so far.

I threw out some food that was expired and known not to be good anymore. That makes me sad because of the sheer waste of the money spent to buy them. I need to be better about my eating what I have. I like the idea of marking everything with the expiration date using permanent marker. That way I can see the date easily and know by when I need to make the food.

I had two bananas that needed to be used up. They were …

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

What a great article! The author gives great ideas and strategies for starting your homestead! Remember though, it is all just small steps to get started. Otherwise you will be overwhelmed!
Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Have a great day!

Learning The Frugal Life: Clearance Finds and Buying Ahead

Great article about saving money on kids' clothes by buying ahead! When you find those great deals, you should snap them up! You will be money ahead when the need arises and you already have the needed item. We do this for all the kids at my home.
Learning The Frugal Life: Clearance Finds and Buying Ahead: "I went to Walmart the other day and stumbled upon some clearenced shoes. My boys go through shoes pretty quickly. They spend alot of their..."

Why Am I Preparing?

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This is the second in the Preparedness Series that I have decided to start blogging about on Mondays. I am not sure how long the series will go for, but I am excited to share my journey with you all!

Why am I preparing? When I started storing more food and non-perishables, I didn't think of it as preparing. I knew what life was like with no money and/or very little income coming into the household. I knew how helpless we felt when we weren't sure what we could make for supper and didn't have detergent to wash clothes. I started stocking up on more food and nonperishables to get through the lean months when we didn't have the money to spend on them. Then I got divorced four years ago. My stockpiles became more important than ever when all I had was my paycheck and I didn't get child support for months at a time.

About two years ago, I started thinking harder about preparedness. I had just started learning more about the preparedness lifestyle. I was (and still am) …

Preparedness This Week

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For preparedness this week or the last two weeks, however you look at it, has been going a little slow. I have accomplished a few things though!

I have added to our water storage. In case of emergency, a person can only live without water for three days. Water is crucial and having extra water will only help you. I added three more cases of water bottles to our storage as well as three gallon containers to our storage. I am hoping to do more when water comes on sale in the next few months.

I have added quite a bit to our food storage. I bought more canned goods, baking goods, and pasta to our food storage. We have had some great deals lately at our grocery stores to take advantage of. I like to pay attention to the front on the flyers where the loss leaders are. I also bought more toliet paper because that cannot be understated.

I did get quite of bit of weeding in the garden. I still have some to do, but the garden doesn't look like someone planted vegies in the weeds! My peas an…