Monday Musings: 6/30/2014

Monday Musings 06302014This 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 updates…

It’s been a busy summer for the Apt Prepper household so this is going to be a quick post.

Who won Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb?  We held the drawing and the winner was Pierce, who commented:  My main concern for long term right now is ignorance. The wife and I live in an apartment right now, so the plan is to gather my mother and siblings, and then head to my in-laws. The in-laws are the only ones with a sturdy house and fenced in yard. Problem is that the family is refusing to listen to logic when it comes to preparedness, i.e. no one wants to stock up water or buy water filters. We will make due, but I worry that the ignorance and stubbornness of certain family members will make things way more difficult than they would be. I’m working on educating the family, but it’s frustrating when no one wants to plan further than “lock the doors, open a beer, and let it all blow over”.

We had lots of comments to this post – clearly surviving for the long term is a huge concern for many of our readers.  We will explore this issue further in our blog posts.

This week we are giving away Crafting with Paracord 50 Fun and Creative Projects Using the World’s Strongest Cord - don’t forget to submit your entry, you have until Friday, July 4th.

Now for the links…

Is the international monetary system nearing collapse?

Americans are getting into debt to afford food, gas

How to Use Ebay to Find the Most Affordable Silver

10 Tips For Getting Rid Of The Junk In Your Life

12 Survival Hacks Using Just Leaves

Facebook Manipulated 689,003 Users’ Emotions For Science

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!

 

My new book is out!

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Monday Musings: 5/12/2014

Monday Musings 5122014Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First the blog updates…

This past week we were able to set up the Sun Oven, but the following days were cloudy followed by rain so I haven’t had a chance to do part two – the cooking part!

Podcast Interview coming up.  I’m looking forward to chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio – I’ll let you know when the podcast airs.

Moisturizing Salve update  I’m just so pleased about how my moisturizing salve turned out:  With the last batch, I gave away some eczema salve and miracle to family members, some I mailed out of state.  After a couple of weeks of use, the results are in:  they definitely work!   The salve helped eczema, psoriasis and skin allergy sufferers.  I’m using the plain salve as a makeup remover, and substitute for petroleum jelly.

I’m convinced essential oils really work, and that’s why I joined Spark Naturals as an affiliate.  If you order from Spark Naturals, use coupon code APARTMENTPREPPER and get 10% discount off your purchase.

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Sponsor News   A big thank you to Prep and Pantry Apps for renewing with us.  Prep and Pantry Apps provides an easy way to keep track of your food storage.

5 apps parents should delete from kid’s phones

Doomsday types  Insightful article about worsening times and reasonable ways to cope
A Year after The Age of Limits: 5 Responses to the End Times

The struggle to stay private  Good article on making the stand against privacy intrusion

Sorry but I don’t Give Out Personal Information

Speaking of privacy, have you taken these steps to protect your privacy?

Going Undercover: How to Protect Your Privacy Online

Some Simple Vigilance, Shred your Trash

Now is a good time to do this Even a small food pantry gets cluttered.   Here’s an article that will help AND give you a great tip to store spaghetti too.

8 Tips to Spring Clean Your Pantry (stop groaning, it won’t hurt much)

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Monday Musings: 5/5/2014

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Welcome to another Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

First the blog updates…

I am happy to announce  LPC Survival renewed their banner ad with us for another term.  They are a trusted source of Berkey water filters, accessories and more, and they have been with Apartment Prepper for a while now.   I appreciate your visiting our banner ad sponsors, as they help keep the lights on around Apartment Prepper.

Now for the links…

It’s happening again  The economy is still fragile, and while we hope it improves, threats and fears continue.  See

Dismal GDP triggers double-dip recession fear

Bad behavior from banks  How you spend your own money is none of their business

HSBC Demands to Know How Customers Spend Their Money

MERS virus is here  

U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know

Avoid harmful ingredients in sanitizers   Make your own!

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Life saving properties sources that you least expect  Weeds get a bad rap, and so does bacteria, but if you read this article, you may think twice about it.

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?

Filing these under upcoming projects    I enjoyed these articles and am adding them to my list of things to try out.  I already have a thermos, but have yet to buy a food dehydrator.

Discover Thermos Cooking as a Preparedness Tool

The Presto Dehydro

Good sale on a great guide

11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times,

the e-book by Gaye Levy and George Ure is on sale for $0.99  Offering doable yet effective steps, his book will help you navigate and prepare yourself for tough times.  Don’t miss it!

Help the Moms in your life prepare  Mother’s Day is almost here, why not take the opportunity to help Mom prepare.

 

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 4/28/2014

Monday Musings 04282014This 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…

Who won the ALTAI Tactical Boot Giveaway?   Tami L won the drawing for the ALTAI Tactical Boot Giveaway.   Her response to the question “Do you feel there is a possibility you may have to walk out of the city in a disaster?  How are you preparing for this? was:

Yes I do think we might have to! To that end I am walking daily to build endurance. Love the giveaway and info you gave about it.

Now for the links…

Middle class hardships   The middle class keeps getting squeezed – many can’t afford to save.  See

Middle class & living paycheck to paycheck

Every little tactic helps  Good article to help you make the most out of coupons:

Couponing for Preppers

Coffee is good for you!  I like my daily coffee even better now.

Coffee could be key in cutting colon cancer risk

This superbug is everywhere   I’ve known people who ended up in the hospital for this.

Study: Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA ‘Superbug’ Found In US Homes

Have you heard of MERs

SARS-Like MERS Virus Spreads to New Countries

Great series about going off grid   Follow along this blogger’s experiment of living off grid, and using emergency supplies for two weeks.

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 1

 Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 3/3/2014

Monday Musings 332014This 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 updates:

Who won Prepper Pete Prepares?  Stephanie won the book.  She shared the following comment:  We are just now starting our kids on official preparation stuff, but, having several kids in of family, they have always had chores and have been taught how to cook at appropriate ages. We are starting with different ways of making fire and moving on to finding water and making shelter. Older kids should heave extensive preparation/survival knowledge and little ones should be brought up with it as a lifestyle. We hope to do just that.

Lots of info in one place.   I am happy to belong to the Prepared Bloggers group – you’ll find a wealth of information from this great group of bloggers.  https://www.facebook.com/PreparedBloggers

Now for the links…

Storage facilities and prepping  The author Jay MacDonald contacted me and a few other bloggers about storage facilities – check out http://blog.sparefoot.com/5457-doomsday-prepping-storage/

Here’s a good deal if you are interested in Ham Radio:  Ben at Advanced Survival Guide.com told me about this.  They do this program every year in hopes that it motivates folks to get their Ham ticket.  The Centerfire Antenna 2014 Ham Incentive Program begins on March 1st 2014 and ends on June 27th, 2014.

To defray the cost of the FCC Exam fees, Centerfire Antenna and US  Dipole are offering a $15.00 discount to all first time US hams and US hams that upgrade their license before the 2014 ARRL Field Day. You are eligible for this offer if you receive your first call sign or an upgraded license between March 1st, 2014 and June 27th, 2014.

More details are available at the Centerfire Antenna and US Dipole websites-click on the links below:

http://www.CenterfireAntenna.com
http://www.USDipole.com

Do it yourself solar power  You can buy solar chargers, but for those who want to learn how to do it yourself, here are a couple of interesting links:

Make your own solar power generator for less than $300

 How to Build a DIY Solar Laptop Charger

Here comes credit card debt  Adding to credit card debt when income is already dropping does not bode well but that is what’s happening.  See

 Personal income faces first year-over-year drop since recession ended: As incomes collapse, spending via consumer credit begins to increase.

I really need to stock up on this   Tea tree oil has so many uses, it’s a great addition to your emergency supplies.

9 surprising uses for tea tree oil

Even more uses for tea tree oil here

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Monday Musings 2/24/2014

Monday Musings 2242014This 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 updates…

Still checking and rotating the storage   We’re trying to use the older stored items, and replacing with new stuff.  The budget is tight this month, so although I would have wanted to order more, I ordered a couple of #10 cans of Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix, a family favorite, from Emergency Essentials.

Who won The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness?  

Kris won the giveaway.  Her main concern about disaster readiness is:  “Because I have preexisting conditions I am most concerned with the medical aspects of prepping and how to deal with it both short and long term.”

Come back in a day or two for the final giveaway of the month!

Now for the links…

You never really know what’s in processed food…   I ate them years ago, but now I wonder what really goes into processed food.  Hopefully you’ve heard about the Hot Pockets recall, but this bad meat was also sold by retailers.

Feeling poorer these days?  See Food Prices Soar as Incomes Stand Still  

and it’s not about to get better soon.
15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start SOARING

Better learn a few more skills like this one  

The Definitive Guide to Dehydrating Jerky   But I need to get a small, more compact food dehydrator first!

Add this to your list of worries  U.S. Currency Weak and About to Crash—Karen Hudes

Instead of worrying, learn to do these now 

65 Tips to Save Money Through Self-Reliance

If you have to walk home after a disaster   Urban camouflage: Blend in if you have to walk home after a disaster

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Monday Musings 2/17/2014

HoustonThis 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 updates…

Apartment Prepper (AP) Book and Product Features  I’ve been doing book and product reviews, interviews with giveaways for a few years now, but never called it an actual name, until now that is.  They are now known as AP Book (or Product) Feature.  After a two week break, we have another book feature coming up tomorrow, so please stop by and enter.

Sponsor news:

PrepareWise has a new meal replacement shake.  It’s called Mega One Meals.  I am told that customers who are concerned about healthful ingredients are very enthusiastic about this new product.  Here’s a bit of info:

Legacy Premium Foods has just added a new line of nutritional drinks that is sure to fit nicely into any preparedness plan.  Mega One Meals is the newest product to join Legacy’s already premium line of food storage products.

Mega One Meals are tasty, nutritious and balanced meal-replacement drinks that can last 10 years on the shelf. Unlike traditional protein powders or shakes, Mega One Meals are completely natural and have a full daily requirement of protein, vegetables, and fruits in each re-sealable Mylar pouch.

These meals would be great for an emergency back up, or as part of your everyday meal plan.

Convenient to store or carry in a pack, Mega One Meals satisfy hunger while providing quick energy and healthy calories simply, by adding water. They are an excellent source of nutrition and are available in three flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Super Berry.

Each Mega One Meal drink is comprised of 28 raw “superfoods” for health and well being. They are naturally sweetened, high in fiber, and have live probiotics and enzymes.  Additionally, they meet Legacy’s high standards of being Non-GMO and soy, dairy and gluten free. Check out the impressive list of immunity boosting ingredients here:  www.preparewise.com

Casting call for Doomsday Preppers Season 4  I got an email from Miles who works at Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers.   Here is the what he said:

“We’re currently casting for our upcoming Season 4 episodes. This season we are looking to showcase a more educational approach to prepping and sustainability with a variety of takeaways for our viewers. We are planning to focus on individuals prepping for disasters like tornados, earthquakes, super storms, man-made disasters, and a variety of other extreme circumstances.

We’re currently seeking compelling and informative stories to be featured on our new season. I discovered your website in the course of my research, and I believe that we could greatly benefit from your help and the help of the Apartment Prepper community in finding some talented preppers. We were hoping that this may interest some of your site visitors and followers, and it would be great if you could help us promote the current casting call going on right now!  Interested applicants can email us at PREPPERSTV@GMAIL.COM.

This is not an endorsement nor a recommendation – just passing some info along.  If you’ve always dreamed of being on TV – this could be your opportunity.  Just be well informed and read the fine print!

Now for the links…

Do you really want chicken that was processed in China?  Make your feelings known!  There is a petition in the works and you still have time to participate.  Please visit these links.

Chinese Chicken Petition Passes 1/4 Million Mark

 Petition to Congress: KEEP CHINESE CHICKEN OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS AND SUPERMARKETS!

Glass half full  Lots of bad news all over, but let’s look at some good news for a change.

50 Reasons We’re Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

Money saving tips we can all use  Pick out one or more ideas and start doing them!

20 Things I do to Save Money

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 1/20/2014

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Welcome to Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – let’s all remember Dr. King’s life and legacy and celebrate by doing just one act of service.   Help just one person or many… a small act of giving back to the community goes a long way.

First the blog updates…

Who won the giveaway for Living Ready Pocket Manual?

“Green Eyed Jinn” won and has been notified.  He wrote the following comment:

Several years ago, I tried to swallow a too-large piece of pot roast that lodged in the back of my throat. It didn’t quite go down, so I tried swallowing again…and quickly realized I couldn’t breathe! I couldn’t get any air in, I couldn’t make any sound and the food was not coming back up.
The scariest part of this situation for me was the realization that I was home alone. I knew my wife could have easily done a Heimlich maneuver for me, but there was nobody to help. Strangely, while I had a surge of panic when first knowing I was choking, I suddenly became mentally detached from what my body was feeling after I realized there was no help coming.
I knew it was doubtful I could do a Heimlich on myself, so I adapted the method for helping a choking baby. I grabbed a can of soup from the cabinet, knelt facing backwards over my couch and stood the soup can on the couch’s frame back. Then I leaned over the can so it pressed up into the same spot where a person’s fists are placed for the Heimlich, and leaned further over the back of the couch so my face was nearly down on the floor. This position had me on my knees, hips against the cushion back of the couch and my solar plexus on top of the soup can and the bottom of the can sitting on the wooden frame along the back of my couch. The can was wedged between the frame and my body. My upper body was sort of inverted down toward the floor.
Using my arms to push up slightly on the floor, I then let go of all my weight so my upper body quickly dropped down toward the floor and the soup can’s end was driven up under my sternum. It didn’t work at first and it hurt like hell in my gut. I tried three more times while trying to cough as hard as I could just as the soup can pushed into my solar plexus area and it worked! I spewed the meat back up and a lot of stomach reflux, saliva and snot out of my mouth and nose. It was a disgusting mess, but I could breathe again.
The key to making it work was something that could push up into my diaphragm (increase my exhaling air pressure), finding a way to forcefully make it go in (my dropping body weight and gravity against the couch frame), and being inverted to let the food ‘fall’ back out of my throat (pulled by gravity and pushed by air pressure).
Sorry for the rambling, but this is a true story. After it was all over, my panic came back and I ended up in shaking exhaustion on the floor for about 10 minutes with the realization that I could have died. My chest hurt for a couple days and I had a round bruise that matched the circular top of the can. This happened about 4 years ago, but I still have occasional nightmares where I wake up from the feeling I had when I couldn’t breathe.

This was a great giveaway and I appreciated reading all the stories from the entrants.  Everyone needs a pocket first aid manual!

New giveaway started today  Don’t forget to sign up for this week’s giveaway, The End by G. Michael Hopf.

Camping Survival-Free LifeStraw with Katdyn purchase  Just got word that our sponsor, Camping Survival is  now giving away a free lifestraw with the purchase of a Katadyn water filter.  http://www.campingsurvival.com/katpocwatfil.html

Now for the links…

Aftermath of Target security breach   I usually shop with cash and was not too worried about the Target security breach this past month.  However, because I had shopped at Target online several months ago, I received an email from Target indicating my personal information may have been compromised.  All the news reports said the hack happened over 2013 Christmas shopping but this email shows they are concerned about previous time periods.  It’s been at least six months since I bought from Target online so this is worrisome.

It will be a long while before this security breach gets sorted out.

A sneaky path into Target customers’ wallets

Flu Season in full swing  News reports in our area a filled with dangerous flu warnings, urging people to get the flu shot.  We don’t get flu shots, but are taking precautions.

H1N1: Your Flu Questions, Answered

Not to be confused with the flu now going around, we’re still keeping watch on H1N5, which the CDC website has now published a health alert

CDC Health Alert H1N5

There are still health concerns  Can’t blame the residents for being worried.

West Virginia water leaves residents wary; Smell lingers week after chemical contaminated supply

Interesting discussion by SurvivalStill (not an affiliate or sponsor)

Understanding the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Another one for the self sufficient project list    It sounds so easy to make apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Good for What Ails You

I’ll stop throwing them out. These small containers come in handy.

Ten ways to recycle and reuse empty prescription pill bottles

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

Happy New Year!

Fireworks from FreePhotoBank,orgAs we celebrate the beginning of the another year, I’d like to thank you for making Apartment Prepper a part of your day.  I am grateful to be able to write and share what I’ve learned about preparing for emergencies.  In turn, I’ve also learned a lot from our community of readers.  Though my original intent for this blog was preparing for disasters in an apartment, it has grown to encompass a lot more:  healthy living, frugality, self-sufficiency and many other aspects of a prepper’s lifestyle.

It is my hope that we can all help each other be prepared and cope with whatever difficulties come up, large or small.

I wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous 2014.