Harvest Right SALE!

Black Friday is coming and Harvest Right Freeze Dryers are on sale – get up to $800 OFF this month!

Check them out here: https://harvestright.com/readyoutoo.html




Another Great Woot Item!

lifestraw-persona_02Woot.com is selling the Lifestraws for $14.99 on their Sport Tab (http://sport.woot.com/?ref=gh_sp_6)

This is a great deal for those that have not purchased “Go Bag” water filters yet.  There is a limit of 5 and I’m sure they won’t last long!

Cast Iron for Prepping – On Sale now via Woot.com!

I’m working on replacing all of my cookware with cast iron – these can be used on grills, firepits, and all stovetops, not to mention it can last forever! – Woot (http://www.woot.com) is having a GREAT sale on Lodge cast iron skillets & such… get it now at a great price before it’s gone!

Cayden needs a wheelchair accessible van – will you help?

Cayden Atchison was born 4 years ago with severe brain damage.  The doctors said he wouldn’t survive.  He is now 4 years old but is unable to travel easily because his family has been unable to afford a wheelchair accessible van.  One of our sweet HCS Mom’s found a fantastic deal on a van on Craig’s list.  They are asking $13,500 – can we raise enough money to help little Cayden?  If you can donate, any amount you can give will be used towards a van for Cayden.  You can donate via the Paypal link below, send money via Paypal to ministryfund@hopechristian.net or mail a check to Hope Church Ministry Fund, PO Box 1743, Pelham, AL 35124 and write “Cayden’s Van” on the envelope.  Thank you!!

PayPal Donation

Here is Cayden’s story:

Our hero is our 4 year old son, Cayden. He was oxygen deprived during birth and sustained severe brain damage as a result. It was a miracle he was revived. The doctors told us Cayden wouldn’t be able to breathe on his own, much less accomplish anything else. Within two days He was off the ventilator. He stunned the doctors when he was able to perform the suck-swallow-breath mechanism and ended up breastfeeding for 18 months. He is now eating pureed food and is working hard on drinking from a sippy cup.

Cayden has been diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Blindness, Seizures, and being Hypertonic and Hypotonic. We started extensive therapy when he was 3 months old. He has endured up to eight therapies a week. He never gives up no matter how hard the therapy is. He will work his hardest to try to accomplish a task, never quitting and always smiling. His therapies consist of water, myofacial, occupational, speech, vision and physical therapy. With the help of a gait trainer, he has been able to stand and even take a few steps! He did not pass his vision test and we were unsure whether he would ever be able to see, but after hyperbaric oxygen therapy, He can!

Every day we have the privilege of witnessing a miracle. Cayden’s MRI is mostly black which indicates he lost approximately 80% of his brain yet he is still progressing. His neurologists have stated if they did not know better, they would have never believed the MRI belonged to him.
Cayden’s smile will light up a room. His eyes say more than his mouth ever could. He is our hero because he fights everyday to accomplish things that we consider easy and natural. He smiles even though his muscles are being stretched beyond comfort. And even though he may not walk or talk like typical boys, he is every bit as special and has just as much love and joy to offer.

Cayden has taught us to never lose hope, no matter how bleak the future looks or how devastating the diagnosis may be; with God’s help anything is possible. He is our hero because he presses forward even when everything else pushes against him. He is a fighter, a survivor, a
miracle and more than anything, he is our little boy!

HCS February Meetup

Next Wednesday at 1p @ the Hope Christian School campus we will have our next Self Reliant group meetup. The topic will be … “a little bit of everything”. This will be an open session for anyone that wants to share, ask questions, and show & tell. So bring your best prep info or just come to listen. Going to be a great time of fellowship!

You Might Be Ready But Is Your Body?

Two weeks ago I took a hard look at my health & fitness level and realized that 41 is catching up with me. In the event of a true hardship or disaster, I had to ask myself…would I survive it? Physically, would I have the strength & stamina needed to take care of myself & my family? The answer was no. I don’t have the strength & endurance needed for real hardship. So, two weeks ago, I decided to make a change. It’s been challenging to stay on task but so rewarding. I’m feeling stronger, healthier and more confident in my abilities. Getting older doesn’t mean that I have to be physically weak & tired. I can’t wait to see where I am in 2 mo, 6mo…a year from now. If you haven’t asked yourself this difficult question, ask it today. If you can’t honestly say “Yes, I’m in a physical condition that I know I can handle real hardship”, then I’m throwing down the challenge to you now! Even if all you can do is just walk more & eat less junk, then do it! Every effort is worth the result. I hope your response will be “Challenge Accepted”! Have a Blessed & uplifting day tomorrow!

Great Backpacks on Sale

If you’re looking to make a Get Home Bag to keep in your car, @woot (http://sport.woot.com/plus/backpack-blitz) has some great bags on sale today.  Mine includes an extra set of weather appropriate clothing (including 2 pairs of socks, gloves for warmth & a pair of work gloves, winter hat & scarf), winter boots with rubber soles, energy bars & beef jerky, basic 1st aid kit, knife, flashlight, toiletries – don’t forget contacts, extra eye glasses & pack of tissues that can double as TP, & on that note.. a “she pee” (google it 🙂 ), mini water filter (100,000 gal for under $25! – http://readyoutdoors.thrivelife.com/sawyer-mini-water-filtration-system.html), trash bag,  multi-tool, & a 32 oz Nalgene bottle.

Because I have the room in my Jeep, I also carry a 3 1/2 gallon waterbrick w/water (http://readyoutdoors.thrivelife.com/waterbrick.html), travel pillow, blanket, an empty 1 gal gas can, and a pet carrier, just in case Little Miss Chica is with me should I get stranded.  If I ever ended up in a “warming shelter” or hotel, I would want them to accept her & that means having a pet carrier.  On THAT note, woot.com also has some great pet carriers on sale: http://home.woot.com/plus/pet-travel-supplies

Water: The 2nd Essential Pillar of Preparedness for SmartPreppers

Water: The 2nd Essential Pillar of Preparedness for SmartPreppers.

GREAT article written by Todd @ Survival Sherpa

Posted on by Survival Sherpa by Todd Walker

Given enough time without water, you die! It’s that simple.

In our second post in the series, The Essential Pillars of Preparedness for SmartPreppers, let’s take a look at how not to die from dehydration. I thought I’d be able to cover food as well, but it’ll take up a whole post next time.

Getting started on your preparedness journey can be a daunting task. Having potable water is essential for short-term emergencies and long-term survival. At any time you find yourself in a scenario without water for an extended time (three days or so), you’re in a survival situation.

Before you go buy cases of bottled water and 55 gallon drums, think about the storage space needed for water. Also keep in mind that water weighs over 8 pounds per gallon. DRG and I don’t personally store tons of potable water. But we do have several methods to produce drinking water in an emergency. We also have access to a nearby natural water source.

Water Facts

Our bodies, depending on age, gender, and body type, are made of between 77% to 45% water. We can’t survive without water. When building this Pillar, consider your activity level, availability, nearby natural water sources, filtration equipment, storage capabilities, and climate.

Whatever recommendations you’ve read on how much H2O you need, double it. Natural disasters equal lots of manual labor, which increases your bodies need to re-hydrate. If you’ve ever pulled up soaked carpet and pad after a flood, you know the amount of labor and physical exertion involved.

The recommended one gallon per day per person does not include water for hygiene, cooking, pets, and livestock.

I’m a Container Freak

How important are containers? Whole civilizations have been built around these puppies. For thousands of years, lumps of clay on a potter’s wheel turned into bottles, jars, and jugs to store liquids.

If you’re not a potter, here are some simple options for water storage containers.

  • Used drink containers: Two liter soda containers can be cleaned and re-purposed. Since I don’t drink soda, I needed another source. I’ve got an unlimited supply of one gallon jugs from my school. The concession stand sells a sugary, frozen slushy type drink to help wash down the SAD (Standard American Diet) meals from the lunch line. The artificial flavoring comes in 4 – 1 gallon jugs per case. They are HDPE (High Density PolyEthylene) and coded with a #2 inside the recycle symbol on the bottom of the container. I collect these when they’re empty, place them into their handy shipping box, and take them home. I clean them with hot soapy water, a diluted bleach/water solution, and refill with water. They stack very well in the boxes. The boxes also block light to prevent algae growth. [Note: Warnings about reusing plastic milk and sugary drink bottles for water storage abound on the internet. Some say the sugars can’t be completely removed from the plastic which enables bacteria growth. Do your own due diligence before using these containers.]

  • Emergency water: Don’t forget that your hot water heater contains 40 gallons (depending on the size) of potable water. In an emergency, simply shut off the power source (gas shut off or electrical breaker labeled in your breaker box, right?). Even if the power is out at your house, it’s wise to take this step if you’re forced to drain your water heater. If the power is restored to your empty water heater, you’ll be replacing the heating elements on a dry water tank. Next, attach a garden hose to the bottom valve. Open the pressure relief valve on the top or side of the water heater and fill those used drink containers you’ve been hoarding.
    • Toilet tank water. A typical tank (NOT the bowl) will hold over 3 gallons of water. To keep from stirring up the sediment in the tank, scoop the water,  or disconnect the fill-line from the bottom of the tank and drain into a container. Yes, it’s potable – unless you put bowl cleaning chemical cakes in the tank. [If in doubt, don’t drink from the toilet tank.] Reconnect the fill line so you can still use the toilet to flush waste. With a bucket/container, refill the tank with non-potable water. Now you’ve still got the convenience of flushing with the handle. The ladies will appreciate the extra effort.
    • Bath Tub. Plug your tub and fill it with water if you have an early warning of possible disasters bearing down on you. This water can be used, as mentioned above, to flush toilet, personal hygiene, and even drinking. If you have to resort to drinking from the tub, you’ll want to disinfect the water by boiling and chemical treatment. Don’t want to drink from the container (tub) after all those dirty showers? Buy one of these…
    • Water BOB. For $30.00 you can add 100 gallons of potable water to you bath tub. I have no experience with water bobs. Do you?
    • Drain your pipes. In a two-story home, open the tap on the upper floor and collect the water from the pipes at the lowest faucet in your home. On single story homes, find the lowest water spigot (usually an outside garden hose bib) and follow the same advice in the previous line.
    • Kiddy pools and other outside containers can be tapped in an absolute emergency. Be sure to filter, boil and disinfect water from these sources before drinking.
    • Water from natural sources such as lakes, ponds, rivers, and creeks should be filtered, boiled, and treated before drinking. Drinking unsafe water can turn a short-term emergency into a dehydrating, diarrhea disaster – or worse.

On The Go Water

If you had to get out of dodge on foot, having lightweight water filters would come in handy. Remember, water weighs over 8 pounds per gallon. It would be crazy to try to physically carry enough water in your kit for three days on your back.

I’ve got a MSR filter for my 72 hour kit. DRG packs the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter that weighs only 3 ounces. We both have 2 liter water bladders attached to our bags allowing us to drink while walking or hiking.

We both keep a 32 ounce metal water bottle with a metal cup in our kits. Both bottle and cup can be used to boil water if our other filters options fail or are not available. We also carry chemical treatment in our bags – iodine and purification tablets. Don’t forget to add a cotton bandana for pre-filtering debris from open water sources.

Stationary Filter

For the home, it’s wise to have a gravity fed filter like our Royal Berkey. Can’t afford the Royal Berkey? Buy the filters and make your own. Also, Prepper Helper has an article comparing popular water filtration systems if you’re in the market for one.

Yes, it takes electricity over at your city water works to treat and pump H2O to your tap. Even if you have well water, power is need to pressurize your water lines. A manual hand pump, solar-powered pump, or gravity fed cistern adds another layer of redundancy to your water preps.

If all else fails, you can always fall back on cans of dehydrated water ;)

dehydrated water

Breathing, perspiring, and urinating are a few normal bodily functions that cause fluid loss. You’re losing hydration by just taking the time to read this article. So, drink up SmartPreppers!

Keep doing the stuff,

Biofrequency and Disease

Biofrequency and Disease compiled by Kathy Kouwe
Pure Essential Oils Have Very High Frequency
The effectiveness of essential oils cannot be fully understood without some discussion of frequency.
Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that is constant between any two points. Every living thing has an electrical frequency. Robert O. Becker, M.D., documents the electrical frequency of the human body in his book, The Body Electric. A frequency generator was developed in the early 1920’s by Royal Raymond Rife, M.D. He found that by using certain frequencies, he could destroy a cancer cell or virus. He found that these frequencies could prevent the development of disease, and others would destroy disease.
Bjorn Nordenstrom, a radiologist from Stockholm, Sweden, wrote the book “Biologically Closed Circuits”. He discovered in the 1980’s that by putting an electrode inside a tumor and running a milliamp D.C. (Direct Current) through the electrode, he could dissolve the cancer tumor and stop its growth. He found electropositive and electronegative energy fields in the human body.
Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology in Cheney, Washington, developed new equipment to measure the biofrequency of humans and foods. He used this biofrequency monitor to determine the relationship between frequency and disease. Measuring in megahertz, it was found that processed / canned food had a zero MHz frequency; fresh produce measured up to 15 MHz frequency; dry herbs from 12-22 MHz; and fresh herbs from 2-27 MHz. Essential oils started at 52 MHz and went as high as 320 MHz, which is the frequency of rose oil. A healthy body typically has a frequency ranging from 62 to 78 MHz, while disease begins at 58 MHz.
Clinical research shows essential oils, having the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, can create an environment in which microbes, disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live. Truly, the chemistry and frequencies of essential oils have the ability to help man maintain an optimal health frequency.
It is wonderful to discover that essential oil frequencies are several times greater than frequencies of herbs and foods. For years, research has been conducted on the use of electrical energy to reverse disease. Scientists in the field of natural healing have believed there has to be a more natural way to increase the body’s electrical frequency. This led to the research and subsequent discovery of electrical frequencies in essential oils. Patients felt better emotionally when oils were diffused in their rooms. It seemed that, within seconds, these patients were more calm and less anxious with little exposure and inhalation. Certain oils acted within 1-3 minutes; others acted within seconds. It is fascinating to think that an oil applied to the bottom of the feet could travel to the head and take effect within one minute. The more results that have been seen, the more research has been initiated.
Unhealthy Substances Cause Frequency Changes. In one test, the frequency of two individuals, the first a 26 year old male and the second a 24 year old male, was measured at 66 MHz each. The first individual held a cup of coffee (without drinking any), and his frequency dropped to 58 MHz in 3 seconds. He put the coffee down and inhaled an aroma of essential oils. Within 21 seconds, his frequency had returned to 66 MHz. The second individual took a sip of coffee and his frequency dropped to 52 MHz in the same 3 seconds. However, no essential oils were used during the recovery time, and it took 3 days for his frequency to return to its initial 66 MHz. One surprising aspect of this study measured the influence that thoughts have on the body’s electrical frequency. Negative thoughts lowered the measured frequency by 12 MHz and positive thoughts raised the measured frequency by 10 MHz. It was also found that prayer and meditation increased the measured frequency levels by 15 MHz .
Young Living Essential Oil Frequencies:
Abundance 78 MHz
Acceptance 102 MHz
Aroma Life 84 MHz
Aroma Siez 64 MHz
Awaken 89 MHz
Brain Power 78 MHz
Christmas Spirit 104 MHz
Citrus Fresh 90 MHz
Clarity 101 MHz
Di-Gize 102 MHz
Dragon Time 72 MHz
Dream Catcher 98 MHz
EndoFlex 138 MHz
En-R-Gee 106 MHz
Envision 90 MHz
Exodus II 180 MHz
Forgiveness 192 MHz
Gathering 99 MHz
Gentle Baby 152 MHz
Grounding 140 MHz
Harmony 101 MHz
Hope 98 MHz
Humility 88 MHz
Immupower 89 MHz
Inner Child 98 MHz
Inspiration 141 MHz
Into the Future 88 MHz
Joy 188 MHz
Juva Flex 82 MHz
Magnify /Purpose 99 MHz
Melrose 48 MHz
Mister 147 MHz
Motivation 103 MHz
M-Grain 72 MHz
PanAway 112 MHz
Passion, Live w/ 89 MHz
Peace & Calming 105 MHz
Present Time 98 MHz
Purification 46 MHz
Raven 70 MHz
R.C. 75 MHz
Release 102 MHz
Relieve It 56 MHz
Sacred Mt. 176 MHz
SARA 102 MHz
Sensation 88 MHz
Surrender 98 MHz
Thieves 150 MHz
3Wise Men 72 MHz
Trauma Life 92 MHz
Valor 47 MHz
White Angelica 89 MHz

To order or for additional information, feel free to email me at kd@readyoutdoors.com or visit my Young Living website at http://youngliving.com/readyoutdoors

*Info was provided by James Niederland, Young Living Consultant

50 Ways to Use Thieves Oil

Thieves essential oil is a blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious essential oils. Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves, the ’4 thieves’, who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the deadly plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. It is the story of these 4 thieves which brought forth the popular essential oil blend called Thieves. Thieves essential oil

Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms.

  • One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill rate jumped to 99.3 percent.
  • Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

By combining Thieves essential oil with a few basic household items such as; vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, V-6 Massage Oil, or water – you can easily create various different cleaning products and simple first aid remedies.

Protect yourself naturally with Thieves essential oil. The scent of this blend of essential oils is really nice; very warming with cinnamon overtones. And the best part… it is perfect for those who prefer to have an all-natural home!

Not only is Thieves an essential oil but it is an entire line of products! Learn more about the Thieves products and about how to save 24 percent off retail by purchasing the Start Living with Thieves kit.

  1. First Aid; apply 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing.
  2. Mix one drop with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat.
  3. Apply 2 drops Thieves essential oil diluted with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil (or any carrier oil) to upper chest and throat for bronchitis.
  4. Put a drop on your thumb and push thumb on the roof of your mouth for a few minutes to stop a headache.
  5. Put 5-8 drops in a capsule with a little olive oil and swallow at first sign of a cold.
  6. Freshen smelly shoes or sneakers; put several drops Thieves essential oil on a cotton ball, place cotton ball in shoes over night to kill odors.
  7. Put a couple drops of Thieves essential oil directly on the soles of your feet to protect you from colds and flu throughout the day.
  8. Diffuse Thieves essential oil in your home to keep airborne germ count down.
  9. Breathe in the vapors directly from the bottle when you have lung congestion.
  10. Use 4-6 drops diluted with 1 cup water in a spray bottle to clean pet cages, creating a healthier environment for them.
  11. Add a few drops to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
  12. Add a several drops to your laundry cycle to sanitize clothes.
  13. Clean and disinfect floors; to a bucket of water add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 8-12 drops Thieves essential oil. If the floor is particularly dirty add several drops of dishwashing soap.
  14. Mix 4 drops in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water as a spray and repel insect pests on your flowers and plants.
  15. Use a few drops on a tissue to dissolve the gummy adhesive on price labels.
  16. Apply 1 drop to bee and wasp stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.
  17. Rub a couple drops Thieves essential oil on gums to prevent and treat gum disease.
  18. Rub 1-2 drops on teeth to maintain healthy teeth and reduce cavities.
  19. Apply a drop or two to gums or tooth for pain relief from toothaches.
  20. Diffuse to solve mold problems.
  21. Add a drop or two to orange juice and drink to reduce phlegm and congestion.
  22. Apply 4 drops mixed with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil (or any carrier oil) to joints for pain relief and to hasten healing.
  23. Put a drop in your cup of tea for flavor and to maintain health.
  24. Put a drop on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking.
  25. Put a drop with a little V-6 on cold sores and cancer sores to help them disappear.
  26. Dryer sheet; on a damp washcloth place 4-6 drops Thieves essential oil, toss in dryer with laundry, dry.
  27. Rub 2-4 drops mixed with 1 TBSP V-6 on sore joints to relieve arthritis pain.
  28. Drink a few drops in water or juice every three hours to stop a cold.
  29. Place a drop on the tongue and a drop in a glass of water every day for herpes.
  30. Rub 2 drops on the bottoms of children’s feet for protection before school every day.
  31. Diffuse for 30 minutes before children come home from school every day to promote wellness.
  32. Mix 50:50 with V-6 Massage Oil and rub on location daily for relief of shingles.
  33. Apply a drop on the wound of a cat or dog to clear it up.
  34. Diffuse Thieves essential oil in the home or office to stimulate a cheerful mood.
  35. Diffuse in Thieves essential oil the office to increase concentration and work efficiency.
  36. Diffuse at work to ward off cold and flu germs.
  37. Diffuse Thieves essential oil in the classroom every morning for 30 minutes to reduce student sickness and absenteeism.
  38. Carpet freshener and disinfectant; put 16-20 drops Thieves essential oil in 1 cup Baking Soda, in a container and mix well, allow to sit over night covered so the essential oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle on carpet, let sit for a little while, then vacuum.
  39. Mix 1-2 drops with honey in a teaspoon for cough relief.
  40. Breathe directly from the bottle for sinus headaches.
  41. Mix 15-20 drops in a 14oz. spray bottle and mist school or office desks and other surfaces to reduce student or employee sickness and absenteeism.
  42. Put several drops on a tissue and place in the vent of the A/C of a hotel to freshen and purify stale air.
  43. Scented vacuum bag; put 2-4 drops Thieves essential oil on your paper vacuum bag to freshen air while vacuuming.
  44. Mix 4-8 drops in a 1oz. (pocket-size) spray bottle filled with water to spray public restroom surfaces before use to disinfect surfaces.
  45. Carry a bottle on every flight to inhale or rub on soles of the feet to protect you from germs on the plane.
  46. Put several drops Thieves essential oil on a tissue and put in the heat/AC vents of your car to freshen and purify air while you drive.
  47. Sanitize kitchen countertops; put 12-18 drops in a 14oz. spray bottle filled with water and spray surfaces to clean and disinfect countertops and butcher blocks.
  48. Mix several drops with 1 cup of baking soda to scrub and sanitize bathtubs and sinks.
  49. Apply 4-6 drops mixed with V-6 Massage Oil to the toes and feet to combat foot fungus.
  50. Apply 2-4 drops Thieves essential oil mixed with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil to poison ivy rashes to relieve the itch.

ORDER THIEVES HERE – Get your supply today!