I am so sorry this blog has been neglected lately. My house has been hit by the worlds worst flu crude. We are finally on the mend and I hope to get back on track soon!!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Put 1c. whole wheat in blender (grain- not flour)
Amanda ( yup she is an Amanda too)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
“Obedience,” True to the Faith, (2004),108–9
In the premortal existence, Heavenly Father presided over a great Council in Heaven. There we learned of His plan for our salvation, which included a time of testing on the earth: “We will make an earth whereon these may dwell; and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abraham 3:24–25). One reason you are here on the earth is to show your willingness to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments.
Many people feel that the commandments are burdensome and that they limit freedom and personal growth. But the Savior taught that true freedom comes only from following Him: “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31–32). God gives commandments for your benefit. They are loving instructions for your happiness and your physical and spiritual well-being.
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that obedience to the commandments leads to blessings from God. He said: “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:20–21). King Benjamin also taught this principle. “I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God,” he counseled. “For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it” (Mosiah 2:41).
Our obedience to the commandments is an expression of our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Savior said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He later declared: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10).
Additional references: Joshua 24:14–15; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 7:21; John 7:17; 1 Nephi 3:7; D&C 58:21–22; 82:8–10
Sorry to get to this sssssssssssssooooooooooooooo late but well I was busy ;).
For today (tonight) I am going to give you a couple of great preparedness store sites.
Check them out, compare them, and take advantage of the sales!
The Ready Store I plan on ordering a flashlight for everyone in my family's 72 hour kit. I like the wind up ones WAY better than the shakers. Plus this site has an excellent variety of freeze dried foods if that is what you are looking for.
Emergency Essentials This site offers the best price I have found on gamma lids and now they are on sale. They also offer a wide range of food storage items. And for those of you that want new pretty water drums they have those too. :)
Check them out and make your list. Be sure to compare prices! Both stores offer water barrels but Emergency Essentials were a better price. However I believe Be prepared had a better price on lighting.
Also in Sunday's paper Joes will have a coupon for $25 off you $100 purchase. So be sure to think about that!!! We will be using ours for a water filter!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tacoma Children's Museum - Free first Friday of every month
* *You can also check out a play pass (free passes) from the Pierce County or Tacoma Library systems
Museum of flight - Free first Thursday of every month from 5 - 9 pm
If you have a Bank of America card, you can get free admission to several museums on the first weekend of every month
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
P.S. Here is a great link I just found(thanks Christy) for a monthly meal planner. You just fill in the blanks.
Monday, February 9, 2009
You can write it all out and try to figure it out, OR you can just put in your numbers into a debt calculator.
There are several ways to look at paying it off. Highest interest first, or smallest balance first.
What ever you decide just get moving.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
For Sunday I would like to keep it spiritually based. So I will use this time to quote scriptures, conference talks, and words of our prophets.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Supplies you may want to go with this are:
- liners ( HEAVY LINERS you so don't want a whole in theses things. GROSS!!)
- Ties-to close the bags.
- household chlorine bleach or other sanitizing chemicals
- toilet paper
- latex/rubber gloves
- air freshener/deodorizer (optional but you REALLY might want it)
Ok so you have it and there is an emergency. How do you use it?
Place a liner between the seat and bucket (duh huh?). Go to the bathroom (yeah that is what it is for). Add some bleach or chemical. Keep lid closed between uses (another duh). When it has been used to your comfort level securely close bag. Use the bucket to carry it out to a holding container out side your home.
Container: any container with a tight fitting lid, such as a trash can (might line this with a large heavy trash bag). After an emergency contact (or this may be on the news) city officials( I tried to find a phone # for this but...) to find out how dispose of this waste. If the emergency situation goes on for an extended period of time you may need to dig a whole at least 2-3 feet deep to dispose of you waste. This needs to be at least 50 feet away from your home and all water sources.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Family Home Storage
"Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.
"We encourage members world-wide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.
"We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve."—The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, Feb. 2007, 1
Okay so I copied this from LDS.org but I thought it would be a good intro to food storage Fridays. Plus we had a really busy day but I will save the details for next Friday!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
- Make a budget and stick to it(most of the time).
- Clean house! Yes clean out the toy bins, kids dressers, playroom, and the garage. Anything there you would pay money for? Have a garage sell, post it on Craig's list. OR donate it, who doesn't like a tax write off. This site will tell you how much it's worth.
- Cook at home. Plan a menu. Plan your grocery trip. And save $$$$. When you have it planned out it is easier to avoid the drive-thru. You might even look forward to dinner.
- Brown bag it. Yes take your lunch to work. Taking your kids to the park, pack the snacks. Taking a trip, take a cooler(truck stops are spendy!! Believe me I know.) Don't forget the drinks!
- Date nights in. Next flixs, redbox, and on demand are all cheaper than a theater. Put the kids to bed (save on a baby sitter!) and pop some popcorn or eat ice-cream right out of the container(the kids aren't watching). Plus you can snuggle better at home.
- Plant a veggie or herb garden.
- Check it out....at the library! Make it easy go on line and reserve the DVD or book you want. They put it on the self and you just run in and pick it up. 5 minutes or less. Cheep(free!!) and fast.
- Do it your self. Yes you! You can do it. Need to know how? Look it up on the web. There is everything from plumbing to car repairs.
- Read The Bargain Jargon it's not only groceries. It is everything!!
- and most important.......Tell yourself you can save money. You have to want it and believe it to do it.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Here we are and it February already. WOW time flys.
I was able to attend the Preparedness Fair in Orting this past weekend. WOW the LDS crowd was out in full force. LOL!! We has the Beehive Bookstore, an LDS RS group from Orting taking turns at a Provident Living table, a group off LDS men running a table on alternate cooking sources, and Brother Cox at the ham radio booth. I also ran into Sister David. They seemed to have a great turn out. I snatched up a lot of awesome information I hope to sort , organize and pass on to you.
So keep peeking in to see whats going on. More stuff in the works.
Providently yours, Amanda at 9:01 PM