Survival Buzz #200: Relax and De-Stress With an Adult Coloring Book

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It has been awhile since I have reported on my latest prepping haul so I thought today would be a good time to clear the decks, put things away, and give you an inkling of what I have been doing prep-gear wise these last few weeks.

But first, let me tell you that if you have not jumped on the adult coloring book bandwagon, please do give it a try.  After a day of prepping, you can relax and de-stress with an adult coloring book.

Relax and De-Stress With An Adult Coloring Book | Backdoor Survival

I am finding that there is nothing more soothing than pulling out your colored pencils and letting your mind focus on creating a beautiful, artistically colored design.  The coloring books themselves are widely available (this is mine) but you will also find free downloadable pages and templates online.

In addition, although the mix changes daily, you can find free adult coloring books on Amazon.  The way they work is that you order a free Kindle book.  Within the book, are links and a password to download the printable pages online.  No Kindle, no problem.  Download the one of the free Kindle apps for use on other devices.

As far as the pencils, I could not stomach paying $60 for a set of Prismacolor pencils so, after reading a ton of reviews, purchased these for less than $20 and they work just fine.  For now at least, 36 colors are more than enough.

I find coloring to be a terrific stress reliever and I think you will too.

The Latest Prepping Haul

Here are things I added to my preps this month.

December 2015 Prepping Haul | Backdoor Survival

Propane Gauge:  I saw this on a one day sale and jumped at the chance to get one for half price,

Black Sharpies:  I have mentioned this before but will say it again.  The price of a box of Sharpies is less at Amazon than anywhere else I have shopped, including Costco and Staples.  A big box of supplies did not make the trip down south so I was stuck with just a single, mostly dried out Sharpie.  Now I have a dozen.

LifeStraw GO Bottle:  I have wanted one of these for quite some time and snagged one at a great price with free shipping over at Eartheasy (who, by the way, is a long-term BDS Sponsor).

Tub of Vaseline: I would never use this on my person (that is what Simple Salve is for) but I definitely need this to use on cotton balls to make fire starters.

Rechargeable Batteries: I have had good luck with the Amazon Basics brand so I buy them when they are less expensive than Panasonic eneloops.

Snapware and Rubbermaid Tubs:  I have always wanted to try Snapware for storing dry goods and so far so good.  The larger Rubbermaid tubs are going to be used to store my various bread making flours.

WonderMill Flour Bagger:  This was my splurge!  Now I can mill up a storm and store my nicely ground bagged flour in the freezer without the need for additional packaging.

That about covers it for me this week.  Now for some announcements.

Why BDS Is Dropping Emergency Essentials

Last week I posted this note on Facebook.

If you have made a recent online purchase from Emergency Essentials, please check your credit card statement carefully. On more than one occasion, I have discovered incorrect and double charges. Calls and emails to customer service are not being answered. As a result, I am in the process of removing all of their ads and promotions from the website.

Sorry to be vague but I will be posting more information in the Buzz on Saturday. It is a sad day when questionable business practices trump quality service.

Imagine my surprise when I received comments and emails describing similar experiences with shoddy customer support, accounting snafus, and overall rudeness.

As many of you know, I have promoted Emergency Essentials for years.  I have shopped there myself and have used their products.  I have encouraged you to shop there and in the process, I have earned a small commission to help support this website.

Recently a few things have happened that have made me weary. First, they did not send out gift cards that were part of a special “spend $500 get a $100 gift card” promotion.  When I called asking about it, I was told that they were not sent out automatically and if you did not call in (and wait 40 minutes on hold) you were out of luck.

When making a purchase with the gift card, they charged my credit card for the full sale amount.  It took customer service almost a week to get back to me and I was told their system does not accept their gift cards for online purchases.  I still have not received a refund and have turned this over to my credit card company for resolution.

This is not the way I want to be treated and is definitely not the way I want you to be treated.  There are other issues that I won’t get into relating to delayed shipments and other financial and support aberrations.

For these reasons, I can no longer recommend purchases from Emergency Essentials.  Yes, this will cost me some earnings.  On the other hand, I can hold my head high knowing that the companies and products I endorse practice ethical and responsible business practices.

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaway

I am going to slow things down next week but will be back on the 31st with another terrific giveaway!

Prepper Book Festival 10: Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles by Steve Markwith + Giveaway

With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Other Announcements

For those of you that are wondering, and patiently waiting, I am still working on the questions you asked about Mylar Bags and food packaging in the article The Best Practices for Using Mylar Bags.

Really, I did not forget but there were a lot of questions!

The Final Word

This has been another wild week as I have tried to squeeze some prepping organization into the mix of blog writing, blog recovery (a WordPress update took it down for a short period), and just the ongoing business of life.  Shelly and Tucker get me outdoors for a daily hike and there are days when that is what it takes to maintain my sanity!

I have been plucking away at those short term goals I wrote about a coupe of weeks ago and with two weeks left in the month, just might get them done so I can set some new ones.  In the meantime, when not working and not prepping, I will be coloring!

So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Bargain Bin:  Here are the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus a few other favorites.

Adult Coloring Books: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals, and Paisley Patterns: This is coloring book I chose for myself.  The pages are a nice quality and there is no bleed through.  The design is printed on one side of the page only which is a nice feature.

Colored Pencils 36-color Art Drawing Pencils for Secret Garden Coloring Books:  I am also pleased with these pencils although I do covet this set from Prismacolor.

Free Adult Coloring Books: Although the mix changes daily, you can find free adult coloring books on Amazon.  The way it works is that you order the free Kindle book.  Within the book, there will be link and a password to download the printable pages online.  No Kindle, no problem.  Download the one of the free Kindle apps for use on other devices.

AmazonBasics AAA Rechargeable Batteries (8-Pack) Pre-charged: I have had good luck with the Amazon Basics brand so I buy them when they are less expensive than Panasonic eneloops.

Black Sharpies:  I have mentioned this before but will say it again.  The price of a box of Sharpies is less at Amazon than anywhere else I have shopped, including Costco and Staples.  A big box of supplies did not make the trip down south so I was stuck with just a single, mostly dried out Sharpie.  Now I have a dozen.

Rubbermaid 8-Quart Round Storage Container: I also purchased the 6 quart size along with these lids.  These are perfect for making bread.  See Simple Comforts: How and Why You Should Make Your Own Bread.

Streramlight Nano Itty Bitty Flashlight

Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight:  This little flashlight is extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, it will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.  By the way, it is current #1 on Amazon in the category Key Chain Flashlights.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

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Shop Emergency Essentials Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.  This month note the great sale prices two of my favorites, the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) now only $14.95 and the Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid, now only $11.79.

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Comments

Survival Buzz #200: Relax and De-Stress With an Adult Coloring Book — 10 Comments

  1. Be sure to check out FreePrintable.net for lots of coloring pages, games and puzzle pages, and much more that re great for preppers.

      • Glad you like it. The website also offers lots of special pages for teachers and homeschooling that would be great in a SHTF situation. I print out the calendar pages every year and find them very helpful as well. Some of the shopping lists, inventory lists and other business forms could come in very handy as well.
        Enjoy your coloring pages.

  2. I live in the Salt Lake area and go directly to the Emergency Essentials store in South Jordan to take advantage of some of their great specials. The sales staff is very friendly and helpful in person. I have never been overcharged, however, I always check my sales slip carefully whenever/wherever I shop! I am fortunate that I do not have to have things shipped to me. They seem to be a fine company that needs to have some customer care and business procedures overhauled if they wish to continue to be in the online-ordering business. I hope they get the message!

  3. Gaye. I have used Emergency Essentials for years and have been very happy with their products. I have never had to call customer service, so I dont know about them, BUT, I believe you put me onto them, and if you tell me to forget them, then so be it. I know I have purchased every item you reviewed from them and said to go for it. I did.
    Thank you for being so informative. I guess that is why you are number one in my book.

  4. I recently had a broken open can of milk in my shipment from EE. I called and they said they’d send me another, no problem. That was over a month ago. Now I know why I haven’t received it. Not sure if I’ll follow up with them or not.
    I LOVE coloring! But I find it more “Zen” to color the less-busy coloring books for kids! Even as a kid (I’m forty-something :O))I preferred the simpler pictures over the more detailed ones!
    Merry Christmas and Holiday Greetings to all!! Keep prepping!

  5. Never was interested in coloring even as a kid. I knit to relax and when I’m done I have a nice handmade gift for someone.

    Too bad about Emergency Essentials, I found them very helpful when I called and orders arrived quickly and accurately. I’ll double and triple check my statement when I receive it. So far no double charges for me. Guess something changed and not in a good way.

  6. this must be very recent development for the company. I haven’t had a problem with Be Prepared before. Will have to watch carefully from now on then. I do know they recently re did their web page and haven’t put the Food analyzer back on. thanks for the heads up

  7. Haven’t had any problems with EE myself but don’t shop there often. May be a change in management. But, at any rate I will definitely be checking some of the other websites you have recommended. I love the freeze dried fruits so that is something I will be researching. Thanks for the heads up on the problems with the company. Hopefully it is a temporary situation and will be resolved soon.

  8. I’m very sorry to hear about your bad experience with EE. We have made numerous purchases from them (even a couple the last month or so), and have never had a problem. I’m very careful in checking my orders against the prices from when I ordered them. I’ve never had a situation where I needed to contact them about a problem, so I can’t speak about their customer service.

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