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Starting to hate the term "prepper"

"Where are the prepping articles?"

"I thought you were a prepper, but I haven't seen any posts lately."

I almost starting to hate that term "prepper". I dislike calling myself one because I know a lot of people could be categorized as a "prepper", but would never think of themselves like that. They simply want to be ready for anything that could come their way. I feel the same.

The term "prepper" gives people the connotation of some one who is extreme and illogical in their preparations and scenarios. What you see on television about preppers gives people the wrong impression. Rarely are those people portrayed as normal people, but that is exactly what they are. For the sake of television ratings, they get a bad rap.

However, there is people who can be way out there, but I refuse to judge those people. They have their beliefs and they are living them. The only reason people judge them is because those people are not like them. We a…

Weekend Links

Enjoying a quiet Sunday morning? We sure are here. I think the kids are wore out from yesterday which is a good thing since we try to make Sundays quiet and relaxing here. I like some good reading material on Sunday mornings and I would love for you all to check these out!

I wanted to start something for the weekends and I couldn't really decide what. I have a lot of interests and I read about a lot of different things. I always want to share that information with you and I couldn't decide on the best way for a long time. I always want to sound like the expert and share this information with you after I tried it, but you know I just don't have the time to try everything I want to.

Every weekend I will share with you 5-8 articles, blog posts, or books that I think you should check out. I will be posting where they came from and what the article is with a link for you to go see them yourself. This truly is the best way because I do not want to take credit where credit is no…

Frugal Tip Friday: An Idea For Birthday Gifts

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Ah, birthdays. The four times of the year I love and dread all at the same time. My babies are growing up and I love watching them grow and mature.

I dread the birthday shopping.

This last year I started something new. Instead of a gift that could possibly end up in the giveaway box in a few years, I give them something they love.

That they can consume.

Without sharing with their siblings if they so desire.

I give them food as one of their gifts. Nothing fancy, but something I would not normally ever buy. Nothing that even remotely fits into the healthy, natural eating of our household, but they love and is their current favorite guilty pleasure.

The response to this has been very, very good! For Jordan's birthday, she got a giant sized box of goldfish crackers. For Shali's birthday, she got a 12 pack of Mountain Dew Code Red. (Yes I am cringing.) They laughed, they consumed, and they loved it. It was a treat that they would normally have to buy with their own money so they a…

Changes In The Blog

Hey y'all! Google Reader is doing something tragic! They are closing that handy little service as of July 1st. Google Reader is also taking Feedburner with it!

Seriously?!?!

What does mean for you? If you subscribe to me by Google Reader or Feedburner, you will need to change the way you subscribe to me by July 1st. There are a number of ways you can do this and I will go through them all.

First, you can sign up for emails meaning every day that I post, you will get an email! I like that option!

Second, you can like Living Life in Rural Iowa on Facebook. I post on there as soon as I publish an article as well as other things that I find interesting and relevant.

Third, you can use one of two services: Feedly or Bloglovin'. Both sites operate similar to Google Reader, but a fair amount more friendly and prettier. A plus would be if you have Google Reader, they will ask for your Google ID and transfer your blogs to the site. Easy peasy!

I will be taking Feedburner down in a few …

How to Simplify The Life and Mind: Home

Simplifying the life and mind is to get rid of the stuff not needed anymore. Needing less to live better.

When I talk about simplifying my life, I am not talking just about the material things I own. I am talking about the commitments I have, the obligations I try to meet, and the people in my life as well as our homes.

For now, I will talk about the home and things we have in it. As this series goes along, we will get to the rest of the simplifying of our lives. As you will see, this all flows together and one thing will lead to more.

In my home, the worse the house becomes, the worse I become. I become grouchy, disorganized, lazy, cluttered, emotional, and very frustrated. I like my house to be clean. Not a perfect clean, just a liveable clean. You will never see the dusting done every week and the dining room table totally cleared. But you will see things being picked up, put away, and cleared walkways. That is my goal every week.

What does your home look like? Is it something you …

Monday Update

I feel like I haven't been here in awhile....oh wait, I haven't been!

I would like to say I have been busy and that may be true. I have discovered that my definition of busy is quite different from everyone's definition. What they may consider busy, I just consider life as it is. Lately, though, I have just been really tired. Like I could drag myself into bed and sleep at 8:00 tired. This weekend, I started to perk up a bit. Enough anyway that I could tackle the ginormous to-do list that I have going.

I have a love/hate relationship with my to-do lists. I love them because I can't remember everything that needs to be done. I also love them because I like crossing off the items on the list. It makes me happy! I hate the list because I look at it and panic with all the items on the list!

Panic does not equal motivation in my book either. Procrastination combined with panic will, however, produce motivation. I really don't want to get to that point!

On the family fron…

Frugal Tip Friday: Waste Not The Paper!

With all the decluttering I have done in the office and seems to never end in that room, I have come across an amazing amount of papers. School papers. Notices. Junk mail that I thought was not. Things that I printed out.

The things these papers all have in common? Only one side is used! The waste!

I have trouble letting some of this paper go because the other side is clean and available. So we reuse it! If it is a whole sheet, I will tear it into for pieces for notepaper. Who needs notepads anyway? If it is a half-sheet of paper, I will either keep it that way or tear it into two pieces for notepaper. Sometimes I like the half-sheets of paper for making lists because I can write a longer list without using many sheets of paper.

We also reuse the backs of whole sheets for printing from the computer and coloring/painting for the kids.

If you want to get truly frugal, I remember my mom also reusing the backs of envelopes for her lists to the store. That lady has a use for almost anythin…

Weekend Links

Before the weekend truly gets started for me, I wanted to get some posts written! This day is proving to be fairly busy already and it is only 8:00!

I wanted to start something for the weekends and I couldn't really decide what. I have a lot of interests and I read about a lot of different things. I always want to share that information with you and I couldn't decide on the best way for a long time. I always want to sound like the expert and share this information with you after I tried it, but you know I just don't have the time to try everything I want to.

Every weekend I will share with you 5-8 articles, blog posts, or books that I think you should check out. I will be posting where they came from and what the article is with a link for you to go see them yourself. This truly is the best way because I do not want to take credit where credit is not due.

So, without further ado...

Weekend Links:

The Biggest Threat To Preppers Will Be Other Preppers? by reThinkSurvival.com

Yet A…