Survival Buzz: Preparedness Is A Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 3, 2019

Call it a feeling but I sense the fear mongers are coming out of their closets and getting ready to scare the unsuspecting would-be preppers this summer.  Perhaps it is due to the upcoming conventions where our presidential candidates will be selected, or perhaps it is simply that time of year.

Whatever the reason, I am dismayed by the number of pitches reaching my inbox from less than credible sources.  Some of these sources are video marketing companies with no personal prepping experience, and others are so-called prepper-bloggers who are frauds.

That is a harsh statement but if the shoe fits?

Preparedness Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way | Backdoor Survival

I have said this before but it bears repeating.  I am not an expert.  I am a person who one day back in 2010 decided I needed to prepare for disruptive events, be they acts of Mother Nature or acts of man.  I share what I have learned through extensive research coupled with personal experience. I do not believe everything I read and sometimes, with more experience under my belt, I change my mind.

Publicly, I do not do religion and I do not do politics, even though I have very strong leanings on both.  I believe that preparedness is a lifestyle and one that you adapt to according to needs, budget, and circumstance.  Prepping needs to be done your way, and in a manner not burdened with fear and trepidation.

If this is not what you are looking for when visiting a preparedness blog, then this site is not a good fit for you.

You have my word that I am sincere.  If there is something you do not see on my site, it is because I don’t know enough about it, or don’t believe in it.  I value my integrity and would feel horrible if I steered you in the wrong direction.  Regardless of my personal feelings, I will not slander other bloggers or other websites unless they are crooks.  Even then, sometimes it is best for me personally to move on.  Life is too short to dwell on the negative.

This is a lifestyle blog.  It is about preparedness first, followed by a heavy dose of self-reliance, do-it-yourself, and natural remedies.  It is also about living life.  I do hope you like what you see and will keep coming back but if not, no hard feelings.

Thank you for letting me get this off my chest.  If you have a specific question, contact me via email and I will do my best to respond privately.

Using a Diffuser and Essential Oils to Relax and Be Calm

A reader recently asked about diffuser blends and specifically about the recipe I use when I am anxious and want to calm down a bit.  Some of you might recognized the formula as being similar to my blood pressure blend, and indeed, it is similar.

Calming Diffuser Blend
30 drops Ylang Ylang
15 drops Cypress
15 drops Marjoram
15 drops Rosemary

Add this mix of essential oils to a re-purposed essential oil bottle. When stressed, anxious, or simply in need of some relaxation, add 6  to 8 drops to the diffuser along with the requisite amount of water.  This recipe will provide enough oils for a dozen diffuser session.

I find this blend to be calming and sometimes use it at bedtime or during my nightly session of adult coloring.

Note:  Re-purposed essential oil bottles are perfect for storing your custom diffuser blends.

I choose to purchase my essential oils from Spark Naturals.  They are reasonably priced, especially with the 10% discount you get using my code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

Additional Reading:  A Complete List of All Backdoor Survival Articles About Essential Oils

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaway

This week I roll out the first book in Prepper Book Festival #12.  Enjoy the interview with author James Hubbard and enter to win one of the two copies that are up for grabs in the giveaway.

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook + 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. 

Last Day for a Replay of the Sun Oven Class

Hundreds of you either attended the online class or watched the replay.  Today is the last day the replay will be available so if you missed it, you still have time to learn about the 13 ways you can harness the sun for solar cooking and preparedness purposes.

Although the class was heavily skewed toward the Sun Oven, there were some good tips that could be applied to any solar cooker, including your build yourself.  Just be aware that food being cooked in a DIY solar cooker will likely take longer.

Watch the Sun Oven Replay Until Midnight June 11

At the end, there is a special offer where you can purchase a Sun Oven plus accessories for 33% off with free shipping. And just so you know,  Sun Ovens International has been a sponsor of Backdoor Survival from almost the beginning. They are good people and a good company and have earned my endorsement.

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The Final Word

Lest you think otherwise, I encourage you to soak up as much knowledge as you can about being prepared.  Be mindful of potential calamities that could occur in your surrounding area and prepare for those.

If you are ready for a week on your own, begin planning for a month.  Have that covered?  Decide whether you need to plan for three months or a year.  Personally, I have prepped enough to be on my own without power and supplies for over a year.  I have learned to wash clothes the old fashioned way, and how to get rid of waste when the toilets or sewer no longer work.  I can cook outside using a variety of methods and likewise, can start a fire and forage for food.

Have I done enough?  I don’t know.  Maybe I never will.

Only you can decide if you are where you need and want to be.  There is no right or wrong; there is simply being prepared.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below are links to products mentioned today as well as a few other essentials.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals exclusively.  They are high quality yet reasonably priced.  In addition, there are no membership fees and a distributor relationship is not necessary to get best pricing. Interested in checking them out?  Backdoor Survival readers get a 10% discount by using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout!

ZAQ Noor Diffuser:  Of my three diffusers, this is my favorite and is therefore the one I recommend.  It puts out a strong, fragrant mist that is both soothing and healing.  My second most favorite is the ZAQ Dew (pictured below).  It is very quiet.

With both diffusers, the really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self.  Very soothing and I love it!

NOW Foods Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price.  Here are a few to get you started:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, and Now Foods Lavender Oil.

Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness:  One of the more frequent questions I get has to do with books for newbie preppers.  There are a number of big fat books out there that are great but for most of us, it is much easier to bite things off in manageable chunks.  For that reason, I like to suggest books by Jim Cobb.  Jim is the real deal and a prepper himself.  This is just one of his books and highly recommended.

The Secret Garden:  I am addicted to coloring and this is my latest purchase.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

LolliZ 50 Colored Pencils Set: If you splurge on coloring books, consider going cheap on pencils.  These bargain pencils are great.  Note that this set is heavy into the greens and blues.

Alaska May 2013 312 Lifestraw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective.  There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: FAVORITE! This is a great knife that is currently priced with free shipping.  Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller in both the camping and hunting knives categories.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it.  See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

Note:  the price can vary by color so if you are not particular, scroll through the colors and safe a couple of bucks.


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25 Responses to “Survival Buzz: Preparedness Is A Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way”

  1. Gaye is absolutely correct about eh fraud out there especially about the ready made bug-out-bags. If you can find one with the contents listed you will find that it is much less expensive to build your own as I did and you usually have more included in your bag that what the preassembled bags have.

    However be forewarned, I believe that we will all need to have our emergencies supplies acquired soon. Things are heating up at Bilderberg and the Demoncrat party..

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    • Stop being so paranoid, Bill. And we need to ban assault rifles. They’re an assault on our freedom.

    • What happened Gaye? Didn’t you like my reply? To truthful?

    • ??? Sorry. Don’t understand your comment.

    • Gaye you sure do understand my comment. I posted a response to Dan which was deleted so then I posted a comment with a link to back up my position and it was never posted. I tried several times to get it through but it must be either you or someone who works for you that has made sure that it was never published. A left wing fascist Nazi piece of crap maybe?

      I know that I am doing it correctly since I have other posts on here with links. I am not the only one on this forum who has this complaint and on other articles of yours.

  2. Like your style Gaye,

    Much to be said about the predator survivalist fraud.

    I’ve learned very much from your Blog here….call it what you want, but I find less fretting and more security in my own preparation for the unknown…the little man on the shoulder so to speak, says, You have faced your “Normalcy Bias” And you have the capacity to help yourself and others if you chose.

    Wisdom is 20-20 when calamity strikes….but even then, at worst, is learn what we should have done to be prepared.

    Thank your for your wisdom and knowledge…hopefully in my hour of need I can look back and say…thank you, even if you will not hear it, many a blessing will be on the plate of plenty….if I am not the recipient of my preparedness, those that find my thoughts and deeds, will be the better off for my foresight.

    Much Grass

  3. Loved your comments at the first of this post. I have considered a couple of products for my blog but the scaremongering videos put me off. I’ll stick with reviewing things I have seen or read!

  4. Thank you for your upright and honest blog. Truly. Thank you! I learn so much here…..

  5. Gaye, how do you clean your EO bottles and droppers?
    Again THANK-YOU for the great site, information and of course the fabulous giveaways.

  6. I use soapy water, nothing else. With the droppers, I fill the dropper with soapy water from a bowl a few times, then do the same with clear water. Let them air dry.

    (The soapy water is either Dawn or Dr. Bronners, depending on what is handy.)

    • Thank you, I do just the same, but a few of them still smell heavily of the EO

  7. Thank you, another great post. Keep Looking UP

  8. So much wisdom in this post, Gaye! I appreciate your encouragement to be vigilant and to do what we can according to our needs, budget, and circumstances. Also to not be driven by fear. That’s a burden that robs us of the joy of living now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  9. Your decision to separate your personal religious and political affiliations from your posts makes your blog much more educational Gaye. Too many prepping blogs have turned to fear-mongering. As someone looking to educate myself on best prepping practices without the hype, I appreciate your straightforward approach. Keep doing what you’re doing. Thank you.

    • RE: ‘to separate your personal religious and political affiliations from your posts’

      I guess I didn’t really notice before, but if you put it that way (depending upon the basis of her beliefs) it seems like it might be kind of shallow, hollow or false or something to do so. Kind of like on a level of the poseur Lame-stream-media.

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      Although, I’m not sure how her doing so makes this blog much more educational. As if the same… ah, nevermind.

    • It’s more educational because the discussions, both in the article and in the comments, are centered on the practicalities of prepping rather than becoming enmired in time-wasting scripture wars as happens on other blogs.

  10. I greatly appreciate the lack of political invective and religious zealotry on your blog. Too many other blogs, and not just prepper ones, quickly descend into hate speech and/or revival tent rantings. Rational discussions of any subject become impossible when single-minded crazies think comment sections are their own private pulpits. Thank you for maintaining sanity in your blog.

  11. When I started actively prepping years ago, I subscribed to a lot of blogs — and yours is one of only two that I’m still on the mailing list for. Thank you for staying positive and avoiding the rants that have turned me off of so many other sites!

  12. RE: ‘Publicly, I do not do religion and I do not do politics, even though I have very strong leanings on both.’

    The politics, eh, ok. Understandable. However; the religion, that seems a bit lukewarm. I’m guessing that means you’re either atheist or agnostic.

    Each to their own, and, live and let live.

    • I believe you took my statement out of context. I simply do not discuss religion on my site although I do discuss being spiritual. I am Jewish, by the way.

    • Ahh, ok. Things make Much more sense.

      Thanks at least for that bit of info I was unaware of, Gaye Levy.

      We’re not on the same team, it seems.

      Still,… peace to you.

    • How obnoxious! Try All News Pipeline. I’m fairly certain you’d be on their team and you’ll find it much more to your liking.

    • Helot, this is a blog on prepping, not on religion. If it’s not religious enough for you, you might be better off going to other blogs whose audiences want mainly to engage in bible battles. Furthermore, to suggest that Gaye is atheist or agnostic merely because she chooses to keep this blog free of religious rants is outrageous. Her leanings in any direction regarding spirituality are nobody’s business. Most of us like this blog because she sticks to the point. If we wanted discussions of religion, atheism, or agnosticism, we’d go elsewhere.

  13. Gaye, I’m not being critical, but please read the following concerning slander.

    Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone’s words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. Libel is a written or published defamatory statement, while slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant

  14. You mobilize the resources you have to be prepared.


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