Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
The big news on the home front is that after 11 days without running water, things are almost back to normal. I say “almost” because we had a toilet failure when the water came back on. Expect the unexpected right? As I mentioned last week, during these 11 days we had plenty of stored water plus an unlimited supply of raw water available via pump right outside our front door. That said, there were still some important lessons learned that I will share in an upcoming article.
Most of my preps this week had to do with purchasing items for future testing and review purposes. I am not going to list them because they may or may not work out. In addition, I purchased some shea butter plus some additional beeswax pastilles and essential oils for use in this weeks DIY project: Lotion Bars with Healing Oils! If they turn out as expected, I will share my how-to-do-it in plenty of time for you to make some up as holiday gifts.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
11 STEPS TO LIVING A STRATEGIC LIFE
A couple of years ago, my friend George Ure and I authored a book, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life. The book had its roots in an article I had originally written for the blog. Long story short, we have just dropped the price from $2.99 to 99 cents so if you do not have a copy, you can get it now at a bargain price!
The following article includes a giveaway to win a copy of Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak by Alex Smith. Note that the deadline for entries is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday
As a reminder, all 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.
ESSENTIAL OILS: SPARK NATURALS ITEM OF THE WEEK
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THE FINAL WORD
Last week I reported that starting this week, I was going to take weekends off. Oh. My. Gosh. I received dozens of email and comments supporting my decision. I am so very grateful that you are continuing to hang with me and want to say this again:
Backdoor Survival readers are the best blog followers on the planet!
Now it is your turn. What did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: The article I wrote on DIY cleaning turned out to be hugely popular all around the web. In cased you missed it, here is a link to the article Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies and to some of the products that I use to make my own cleaners.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap: Of all of the Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps, peppermint is my favorite. I use it to make “Peppermint Magic”, an all purposed cleaner.
Peppermint Essential Oil: I favor peppermint and tea tree (Melaleuca) essential oil in my cleaning supplies. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way. The nice thing about essential oils from Spark Naturals is that they are also excellent for therapeutic and healing use and well as for use in DIY cleaning supplies. Just remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout to get 10% off your order.
Mobile Washer: This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. The best part is that it is only $14.95.
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 on Mountain House freeze dried food.
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