Monday Musings: 11/24/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

We’ve had back to back giveaways so I haven’t posted Monday Musings in a while.  But this week you will get double the links because I saved them up.

Black Friday Giveaway coming up!  Check back with us this Friday 11/28 for a great giveaway we have planned with our sponsor, The Berkey Guy - it’ll be worth your while to stop by!

Food Storage Entree tryouts  I mentioned a while back that we have been cutting back on the food budget and using some up of our food storage items.  Some of our old favorites are as good as ever – Mountain House Noodles and Chicken stands out.

Wise Food Beef Stroganoff

Wise Co. Beef Stroganoff

But some do not work out such so well.   I had a packet of Wise Co. Beef Stroganoff.  I followed the package instructions and gave it enough time to cook.  The result was more like a soup than anything else.  I was not expecting soup for a Beef Stroganoff entree.  To remedy the situation, I used a colander to drain out the excess sauce.  Maybe it’s a personal preference but I didn’t care for the mushy taste and texture.  When trying out food storage I always consider whether I’d think differently if I were starving in a survival situation.  I am sure I’d be grateful to have food at that point.  So if you have it for food storage, hang on to it.  I still ate it for lunch, but this not one I’d eat for everyday meals.

 

Now for the links…

Intel boss’ warning on cyber attacks no joke, say experts

100+ Non Food Items to Have in Your Emergency Supplies

Rich Becoming Overlords, Poor Becoming Serfs: “We’re Approaching a New Middle Ages in America”

4 Life-Saving Tips for Vehicle Preparedness

20 Mason Jar Gift Ideas

A Lady and a Gun

Gravity water filter scientific test results released by Natural News: Big Berkey, ProPur, Zen Water Systems and more

15 Organic Fruits & Veggies That Aren’t Worth Paying More For in 2014

Gag Gifts for Preppers – The 2014 Holiday Guide

5 Beauty Products to Stop Buying and Start Making at Home

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 11/10/2014

Monday Musings 11102014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

We just had our biggest week here at Apartment Prepper in terms of visitors- my post Substitutes for Toilet Paper was the most shared ever, had over 11,000 views in one day, plus lots of comments.  Thank you to everyone who shared the post – I appreciate it!

This past week I have been busy testing gear for product reviews and catching up on reading.  Gear and book reviews are scheduled two to three months in advance in the blog calendar, to give me time to read, test and post about it.

I have not added any items to the stockpile, in fact, I have been using some of the supplies to supplement the weekly menu.  I’d like to replace the food storage soon, but money has been very tight at the Apartment Prepper household lately.   So we make do or do without.  You can bet I am collecting money saving ideas and will be posting about them.  In the meantime, I have a couple of links to frugal posts below.  I can certainly relate!

Practical Tactical posted a review of Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure.  Check it out here!

We have a great giveaway going on – don’t forget to enter!

Now for the links…

Mark Goodwin over at PrepperRecon released his new book, The Days of Noah Book One:  The Conspiracy  I had read his previous books, The Economic Collapse Chronicles which was a good series.  I am adding The Days of Noah to my book list!

Gaye Levy and George Ure’s book, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times is on sale of just $0.99.  I reviewed this book – it has excellent and timeless advice for everyone.

No-Shopping November Day One

How to Make Mint Extract + 6 homemade extract recipes

20 Brilliant ways to use Paper Rolls (Paper Towel & TP Rolls)
The Budget is Getting Tighter! 15 Ways We Are Making Lincoln Scream and You Can Too!

Situational Awareness – Breathe Like A Navy SEAL

 Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 11/3/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

I haven’t written a Monday Musings post in a while, since we had giveaways the last two weeks.  Next week we will have another one on Nov. 10th, and I don’t mind telling you we are planning a big one for Black Friday, November 28th.

Sponsor update:
A big “Thank You!”  to LPC Survival Home of the Berkey Guy for renewing with us.  They’ve been with Apartment Prepper since the early days.  Please visit our sponsors – they help keep the lights on around here!  Thank you!

Freedom Prepper Magazine – free trial!  One of my articles is featured in this month’s Freedom Prepper Magazine’s special ebola alert issue, available for I-Phone of Google Apps.  Apartment Prepper readers can try Freedom Prepper magazine for free for 30 days.  Note:  I do not have a financial relationship with Freedom Prepper, nor am I trying to influence you in any way.   This is just a freebie that is available so I am passing it along.  Here are the links if you are interested:

Now for the links…

13 REAL Survival Uses for Altoid Tins – You Can Easily Make One Today!

85 Ways to Eat More Fermented Foods

Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

33 Ways to Maximize a Small Living Space on a Budget

We Prep for Ebola Because of Irresponsible People Like Kacie Hickox

Nutritious Acorns Don’t Have To Just Be Snacks For Squirrels

5 Tips for Correctly Using Hand Sanitizer (From a Nurse Who Knows)

Hackers Probing Financial System’s Defenses Show Why Everyone Should Worry

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings 10/13/2014

Monday Musings 0132014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

As I write this, we are hearing about a nurse who tested positive for ebola in Dallas.  The articles state she was wearing protective gear during the time she had contact with Mr. Duncan the first ebola patient who has died, however there was a breach in protocols.  Seeing a lot of searches on the blog about this; I urge you not to panic but stay informed and read all you can about it.  If you haven’t already, read previous articles I’ve written here and here.  I am sure we will be discussing this more in the coming weeks.

Lot’s of giveaways!  Don’t forget to enter the Cox’s Honey Giveaway that’s going on right now.

We’re doing two more this month, so please check back.  Today’s Monday Musings is likely to be the last one for October, as we will be announcing those giveaways the next two Mondays.  I’ll still be posting my regular articles as usual.

Good deal on non GMO seeds.  We also have the great discount offer from Seeds of the Month Club for Apartment Prepper readers – 25% off their regular price if you sign up through our Link below:

Seeds of the Month ClubBook Tour at Survivor Jane’s  Check out the Book Tour over at Survivor Jane’s site.  I’ve already done one review, and plan to do another one soon!

Now for the links…

How to be a Prepper…But Not One of Those Crazy Ones

Practically Free Egg Carton Dryer Lint Firestarters

Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

5 Lessons on Self-Reliance at The Pathfinder School

I want Christmas to be debt-free

21 Survival Uses For Dental Floss

The boiling bag

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 10/6/2014

Monday Musings 10062014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First, the blog updates…

Preparedness Books Blog Tour

I’m participating in Survivor Jane’s Preparedness Books Blog Tour  There’s always a new one being added.  Check it out!

Now for the links…

Find out: Fun quiz to find out What kind of prepper are you? DailyPrep quiz  Mine came out to be First Responder type

Get your questions heard:  Take this survey:  Preparedness Questions for a Better Online Community

Here’s a great giveaway from Skilled Survival

9 Lessons Learned from Living without Running Water

6 Simple Auto Maintenance Jobs You Should Be Doing Yourself

Bugging Out With Limited Mobility

Talking to your Kids about Ebola

Four Ways to Increase your Survival Endurance

There’s been so much worry going around lately, I thought I’d end with something more positive:

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.”
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 9/29/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

I haven’t had as much time to work on Apartment Prepper this past week due to a tight work schedule.  I hope this week will be much better.

Fall is here and I am so glad the weather is starting to cool off (not a let yet, but I am grateful)  I have some interesting projects coming up, one of them is how to make a heat retention cooker aka, a wonder oven, thanks to instructions from fellow blogger Megan who runs the My Food Storage Cookbook site.  As always, I will let you know how it turns out.

Now for the links…

One Awesome Article site launch

Todd of Prepper Website has a neat new site: www.oneawesomearticle.com. The idea is that guys will receive one AWESOME article in their inbox a day.  It is geared towards guys, but you ladies will want your guys to get this to make them a better…..guy.  The article will include a link to an awesome article on the web, special offers, book suggestions or cool products.  This great info will only come through the daily email, so make sure you sign up.  This is not a paid endorsement.  I just know that after visiting  Prepper Website for several years now, I can always count on Todd to point me to some great leads on the web.

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New NatGeo show

The new show is called Live Free or Die.  While not prepper focused, the series focuses on self-reliance and homesteading which is always of interest.

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Live Free or Die photo, Courtesy of National Geographic, with permission

 

Live Free or Die examines one of America’s most remote subcultures, following five individuals living in the country’s backwoods and swamps with few of the trappings of modern society. Freed from the constraints of a technology-fueled existence, they are modern-day pioneers who rely only on skill and intuition to harness the natural environment. Here is a clip, courtesy of National Geographic.

Live Free or Die: Road Kill: It’s What’s For Dinner!

North Carolina homesteaders, Tony and Amelia, cook road kill given to them by Amelia’s Dad.

Link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/live-free-or-die/videos/road-kill-its-whats-for-dinner/

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More links…

Chlorine Bleach For Sanitizing Raw Fruits And Vegetables

I’m Going To ???

An Open Letter to My Past Female Students Entering College

A Prepared Cook’s Guide To Creating An Ideal Kitchen Space

From Dehydrated to Dinner

17 Clever Food Storage Tricks

Castile Soap – Make Chemical Free Products for Your Family

Getting a Child and Yourself Ready for College

 

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Monday Musings: 8/25/2014

Monday Musings 8252014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First the blog updates…

Thanks for taking the survey!  We had a great week at Apartment Prepper.  A good number of readers responded they like Monday Musings “as is” with both blog updates and link sharing.  We also got some great suggestions for future posts and I am working on those articles now.  Thank you everyone for responding to our first poll!

Who won Countdown to Preparedness?  Kathi won the random drawing.  She left the following comment:

When I travel, I drive and am pretty well prepared from most things. Walking home wouldn’t be fun though.

Hubby flies to his jobs and refuses to do much in that regard. He does carry his meds in his carry on and that is an improvement. Sometimes, if he is going to be gone a couple of weeks, he will put his pocket knife in his checked bag.

Don’t forget to enter the Potty Box giveaway.  It’s going on now, and ends Friday, 8/29.

Now for the links…

New site that gives free resources: TopSecretSurvival.com

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils

EMP: What You Need To Know To SURVIVE

What to Watch on Food Labels

Smart Survival Strategies for Kids: Forbidden Items at School

Is It Really That Easy to Live Off of Your Garden?

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

Monday Musings 8/18/2014 – Tell Me What you Think!

Monday Musings 8172014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First the blog updates…

This week I am supplementing my hygiene supplies:  picked up a couple of bottles of bleach from the one of the dollar stores, and added a few extra packs of toilet paper, and garbage bags that were on sale at the market.  Unfortunately garbage bags from the dollar stores fall apart too quickly and at the worst possible moment… trust me-I know.

There’s still a chance to win Countdown to Preparedness   The drawing is on Friday,  August 22 at 8 pm Central.  Please visit the link here.

What would you like to see in our posts?

I’d like to see what’s working and what’s not for our readers.  I can tell somewhat from the daily blog traffic and comments what articles are popular, but I’d like to do a better job for y’all.  Would you mind taking a quick survey to let me know?  I promise it won’t take too much of your time.

Survey Link

Don’t worry, I won’t take it personally.   Thanks for taking the time to respond!

Now for the links…

Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated, WHO says

Hospitals in the U.S. Get Ready for Ebola

Warning: The Coming Pandemic and How You can Prepare Yourself

Job = Just Over Broke

It’s Time for a Prepper Reality Check

Add Photos to Your 72 Hour Kit: 10 min Preparedness Project

The SAD Way of Preparedness Websites – Possibly An Analogy of the Preparedness Life!

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 6/16/2014

Monday Musings06162014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

This is a quick one, as I am still catching up from being “unplugged” for a few days last week.  I’ll tell you about that in another post soon.

Since there are no blog updates, we’ll jump right into the links…

There’s still a chance to enter these giveaways…

Gaye over at Backdoor Survival is giving away a copy of my first book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Deadline is  at 6:00 PM Pacific Thursday 6/19.  Please visit Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide + Giveaway

We are giving away Survivor Max:  Too Smart to Die by Davi Barker  Just click on this link and comment for a chance to win!   Survivor Max – Book Review and Giveaway

Donna Freedman is giving away a copy of my new book, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure:  A Prepper’s Book for Kids.  Please enter by tonight, 6/16 at 7 pm PDT by clicking on this link:  Prepping:  It’s not just for grownups anymore

Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids – See more at: http://donnafreedman.com/2014/06/12/prepping-its-not-just-for-grownups-anymore/#sthash.AZpfMbFB.dpuf
Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids – See more at: http://donnafreedman.com/2014/06/12/prepping-its-not-just-for-grownups-anymore/#sthash.AZpfMbFB.dpuf
Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids – See more at: http://donnafreedman.com/2014/06/12/prepping-its-not-just-for-grownups-anymore/#sthash.AZpfMbFB.dpuf
Prepping: It’s not just for grownups anymore

Create multiple streams of income  This makes so much sense in today’s economy:

The Austerity Diaries:  If You don’t have a Job, Make One Up

Helpful info about food storage Our friend Dan of The Daily Prep has a neat infographic about long term food storage.  Please visit Guide to Long Term Food Storage

Don’t forget these tips this summer  Camping Safety

Never thought much about this, but it’s important  What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Fun and useful projects  I hope to try them this summer.

Homemade Crunchy Apple Chips Recipe – No Dehydrator Needed!

LEGO Figures Make Perfect Cable Holders

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

 

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Monday Musings: 6/2/2014

MondayMusings622014Welcome to another Monday Musings were we share blog updates and interesting links.  Can you believe half the year is over?

First the blog updates…

What’s it like having no cable?  It’s been a couple of weeks since we got rid of cable and so far, the family and I don’t miss much.  I’ve watched some new shows straight from the networks’ websites on my computer; the rest of the shows are from Hulu and Netflix at a fraction of what we were paying for cable.  All in all, it’s been a positive change.

Enter for a chance to win    Jake and Miller Book Review + Giveaway at Lil Suburban Homestead blog http://www.lilsuburbanhomestead.com/2014/05/27/book-review-jake-millers-big-adventure/  Today is the last day to enter.

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Now for the links…

It’s still the economy.

US Economy Set for Rebound After Q1 Contraction

Has The Next Recession Already Begun For America’s Middle Class?

Where would you go? This post brings up good points to consider for either choice.

If SHTF, should you head for the city or country?

Good money saving tip   When I was a kid, my Dad used to cut our hair.  I haven’t been brave enough to try this, but hair cutting is a good skill to have so I may try it.

How to Save your family over $100 a year by cutting your child’s hair at home!

Better than plain water   I’ve tried the vinegar method but will be trying the hydrogen peroxide wash next.

A Handy Guide for Washing Produce

I no longer throw them away  

15 Creative Uses for Coffee Grounds

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Jake and Miller's Big Adventure