How to Effectively Transition into a Prepper

Inuit elders warn that the earth has shifted. They say that that their sky has changed. The sun and moon rise from different places than they used to. The sun is higher and warms up more quickly, giving them longer daylight for hunting.

They say that the Sun, the Moon, and the stars have all changed, affecting not only the temperature, but also how the wind blows. This makes it hard for the Inuit people, who inhabit the northern regions of the US, Canada, and Greenland, to predict the weather, something that is essential when living in the Arctic.

This warning happens to coincide with all the recent extreme weather events as well as the increased activity happening in the Ring of Fire, including the frequency of active volcanoes going berserk and large magnitude earthquakes occurring along the Ring of Fire.

This portent of doom and gloom, unscientific thought it may be, has definitely caused some disquiet to those living in the area. Californians buzz about the San Andreas Fault, which could unzip all at once with “The Big One”, making the entire state fall into the ocean.

Closer to home, we brace for the havoc that the West Valley Fault is expected to wreak. I live in Marikina so you can probably understand my concern. The experts say that the fault is ripe for a serious quake.

It doesn’t help that oarfish have been washing up ashore. Japanese myth has it that this “sea serpent” is a messenger from the sea god’s palace and is a herald of earthquakes.

Now, I listen to what the scientists say, but I’m not one to dismiss what the indigenous peoples and the animals are saying either. In this case, however, all parties are warning of impending catastrophe.

We could leave, of course, settle elsewhere, but we’re reluctant to disrupt our lives for a disaster that may or may not happen. And where would we move, anyway? Is there a place that is truly safe? So, we’ve decided to stay put, but we’ve also chosen to prepare as much as we can in the event that a devastating earthquake does occur.

We’re putting together an emergency earthquake kit, which includes:

  • Food and water (canned fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish; crackers and other packaged snacks with a long shelf life; camping food, etc.)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Portable radio (better yet, get a flashlight radio – we won one  at our church’s Christmas raffle, and it’s really nifty)
  • First aid kit (include dust masks)
  • Rescue tools (wrench, hammer, crowbar, rope ladder, fire extinguisher, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous supplies for comfort and hygiene (sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries, wet wipes, paper towels, garbage bags, disposable plates/cups/cutlery, busy bags for the kids, etc.)

Of course, there are other things that need to be done. We need to train the kids on what to do if the quake strikes, identify safe points in the house and other places, fortify the house against intense tremors, etc. In short, it’s time to channel the preppers.

If you’re interested in learning the ways of preppers or survivalists, the following are some manuals, beginner’s guides, etc. available for free on Kindle at the time of this posting. You can get some good tips from the LA-specific manual as well.

Be it a looming earthquake, a supertyphoon, or even a zombie apocalypse, it’s good to be prepared. Are you the type to be ready for any eventuality or do you prefer to simply wing it?

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Fishy Fun with Pipe Cleaners and Free Printable from Tickled Peach Studio

pipe cleaner fishPipe cleaners are something that I like to keep handy at home for craft projects and general fun. I was looking for activities to entertain my kids with when I came across this idea on a Pinterest board. My daughter has had several several sets of plastic fish with metal studs in their mouth when she was younger. I’m not sure why playing with them always got old right away, but I think it usually had something to do with the magnet in the “bait” getting lost. I was doubtful about the makeshift fish and rod holding an appeal for my daughter, but thankfully they did. She actually spent a lot of time fishing, and then tossing the fish back in. Our 1.5-year-old found the fish fascinating too, but he finds most things interesting anyway. He’s big on tossing the fish back in the fake water. The great thing about the pipe cleaner fish is that they don’t turn into clutter when their novelty wears off. They can be untwisted and returned to their container. They definitely can be used again for some other project or activity. I think we may try making those pipe cleaner finger puppets also featured on the board.

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Tickled Peach Studio is offering a freebie in the form of a cute and clever reward chart. There are actually two options, one featuring cats and the other, dogs. The post also includes tips for using a behavior reward chart. Now, I used to have a weekly chart myself – but much of it was focused on homeschool tasks, so when we decided to ditch worksheets, I stopped with the chart as well. The reward chart from Tickled Peach Studio, incidentally, lists the behavior areas that my daughter usually struggles in, so this is perfect for us. I think parents of small children will really find this chart useful. It has the right items for ticking and is also appealing to kids’ sense of aesthetics. Hopefully, it will inspire the kids to be more mindful of their behavior.

Image grabbed from TickledPeachStudio.com. Click to access free printable.

Image grabbed from TickledPeachStudio.com. Click to access free printable.

Tea Fare: Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, Plus My Loot from Dainty Mom

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in Paper Chic Studio Candy Cups

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in Paper Chic Studio Candy Cups

My daugther and I are big on tea parties (Cameron is ready to fall in with anything that involves eating), which is why I’m always trying to learn recipes for possible tea fare. This is actually the first time I attempted cupcakes, although I’ve made lots of sheet cakes in the past. I wanted to try something simple so I chose to make chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting. Here’s the recipe (it makes a dozen):

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

1 C flour
1 C brown sugar
1/4 C butter
1/2 C milk
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t vanilla
1 egg
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix the dry mixture to the butter mixture in small portions, alternating with the milk. Fold in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into muffin liners until about 3/4 full. Put in oven and bake for 15-20 mins or until the tops are golden brown. Cool before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1/4 C softened butter
1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 C confectioners sugar
2 T milk
3 T cocoa powder

Cream butter until fluffy. Add vanilla, and then beat in half of sugar and half of milk. Mix well. Beat in the rest of the sugar and the milk. Add cocoa powder. Feel free to add sugar, cocoa powder or milk until you’ve reached the desired taste and consistency.

Notice the really cute candy cups from Paper Chic Studio? They’re some of the prizes from the bundle I won from Martine de Luna and her DaintyMom.com’s Anniversary Contest. I’m so pleased to share that this post won, thanks to Martine’s son Vito who drew my name. Naturally, I was ecstatic when I found out, especially since I never win in raffles and this sort of things. There’s usually something about my name or my number that repels the hand of the person assigned to draw or even those random number generators. 😀 Anyway, the bundle includes more lovely loot from Paper Chic Studio, an adorable owl board from Dwell Studio, a yummy-smelling cologne from Plains and Prints, Mustela goodies (which are perfect for Cameron’s super sensitive skin), a very chic hat from Honey Baby, and a clever product called Aqueduck from Babies to Toddlers. There was also an additional gift pack from Breeze Philippines, which was really welcome.

prizes

breeze pack

Besides these, the other winner, Aimee of I am Aimee Diego, and I also got a tea date with Dainty Mom Martine. It was a real delight to meet these two ladies. Overall, it was a really great pre-Mother’s Day gift. Thanks so much, Martine!

Tea Date with Martine and Aimee

Tea Date with Martine and Aimee

Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books, Plus Those Red Bugs at the UP Lagoon

red bugs at the UP lagoonDoes anybody know what these bugs are? The UP Diliman campus is known for having a profuse display of two things in the summertime – sunflowers and cotton. But it seems, nature also bestows it – the lagoon area, anyway – an abundance of red bugs. Interestingly, they seem to have the same shade of fiery red, yet different shapes or forms. Marguerite and I found them while looking for stuff to use for a fairy house. At first, we thought they were tiny red flowers, but upon closer inspection, they turned out to be bugs. With our senses keener for the discovery, we realized that there were clusters of them everywhere. I do get the heebie-jeebies when I pause to acknowledge that they are creepy crawlies, so I try not to think of them as bugs and that there were legions of them. I am curious what they are though.

Having gotten that out of the way, we may now proceed to our list of free and bargain Kindle books for today. Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

For $2.99

Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

BIBLE VERSES ULTIMATE COLLECTION – 500+ of the Most Beautiful Verses for You to Read, Memorize and be Inspired by Every Day – In 30 easy to jump to Topics – PLUS Special EASTER and CHRISTMAS Sections

Tip of the Toes (A Ballerina Story) (Fun Rhyming Children’s Books)


Grandma’s Cactus Garden


Children’s eBook: “Not Another Boring Princess” (Children’s eBooks for Empowering Children)

For Free

THE FAMILY – LA FAMILIA (HAPPY LANGUAGE KIDS – a bilingual book series for children)

Raised Bed Gardening: How To Grow Vegetables and Food With Easy, Simple Raised Bed Garden Designs (Gardening Guidebooks)

Energy for Your Life: Seven Energy Giving Habits You Can Use Every Day To Get, Keep & Use Your Energy Better & Stay Positive Longer (Energy for Your Life Series)

Afternoon Tea (Breakfast Casseroles, Quiche, Muffins and Scone Recipes)

 

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas and Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/23)

A late Earth Day greeting to you all! Did you do anything to celebrate or even just acknowledge Earth Day? Although older than the Earth Hour, it hasn’t received as much hype. I remember a time when not a lot of people knew about the Earth Hour and all those who knew about it simply turned off their power for an hour on the designated night. And, of course, blogged about it. Nowadays, it has become this big event with parties and concerts that use up massive amounts of power and create a lot of noise pollution. Sometimes it really saddens me when a good thing becomes hip or cool because its essence is somehow usually lost in the assimilation. Anyway, I like Earth Day, and I like that there were a lot of free Earth Day-themed printable activities going around the homeschooling community. Amazon also had some great deals related to Earth Day, btw. But first, I’d like to share ideas for an Earth Day-related activity that we’ll be doing this weekend at the park. I’ve always loved hunts — treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, egg hunts, etc. Next to word challenges and quiz bees, they’re my favorite kind of game; that’s why I’m super interested in geocaching. Anyway, the following are some ideas I picked up on Pinterest for a fun outdoor scavenger hunt.

Photo and idea from Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Photo and idea from the ladies of Small Fry Blog

Photo and idea from the ladies of Small Fry Blog (click image to visit their site for free printable)

Photo and idea from Gina Bell of East Coast Mommy (click image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Gina Bell of East Coast Mommy (click image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Betsy Nute of Bnute.blogspot.com (click the image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Betsy Nute of Bnute.blogspot.com (click the image to visit her blog for free printable)

 

And here are some of today’s free and bargain Kindle books. Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

Bargain Books

Back Home Again (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) $0.99

Earth Day, Birthday! $3.99

Recycle Every Day! $3.99

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle $3.99

Free Books

I am Good at Lots of Things

Wedding Planning Survival Guide

Lit Pics: Drawing From Great Literature

Pappa Gander: the Less Better Half of Mother Goose

 

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Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/18 Manila Time)

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day! To help you celebrate, I’m starting today’s list of Kindle bargains and freebies with a book on learning how to love poetry. Again, these are titles that appealed to me. So, yes, I’m interested in detoxifying my body, cooking, losing weight, doomsday preppers, sustainable homesteading, crocheting (I’m definitely going to make that pair of vintage of gloves although I have no idea where I can possibly use it. Also, what color other than white would you recommend for this?), and reading matter for my kids. Hope you find a title that interests you.

Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

Bargain Books

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book) $4.99

Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes (Voice) $1.99

Confessions Of A Prepper: How To Secure Your Home, Protect Your Family, And Survive Any Disaster $4.99

Free Books

The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm

Cooking on a Budget: Recipes from Around the World

Delicious Detox: Cleanse to Stay Slim and Strong in All Four Seasons (Live a Delicious Life)

Crochet a Pair of Vintage Gloves – Vintage Gloves to Crochet Pattern

Frazzled Moms’ Devotions to Go

The Most Dangerous Animals on Earth (Children’s ebooks for Kindle Animal Adventures)

Jesus Loves Me This I Know (A Bible Based Children’s Picture Book)

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Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/16 Manila Time)

Are you one to proudly wear a shirt that says “I’d rather be reading.”? Join the club. To feed your voracious but cheap (kidding!) reader’s soul, I’m sharing a few of the free and bargain Kindle books available today. These are some of the ones that appeal to me, so you’ll get a pretty good idea of where my personal interests lie. If Mark were to do this post, the books would probably be about cars, photography, music, etc. Let me know if you’re into those things and I’ll have him do one of these free and bargain posts soon.

Some things to take note of, however:

*Prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

NON-FICTION

Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change

Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget

CHILDREN’S DINNERTIME MANNERS: Discover The 16 Basic Table Manners Maxims And How To Teach Them Your Children Simply And Effectively (The Easy Parenting Series)

36 Home Organizing Ideas for Your Family Around the Year $0.99

FICTION

A Simple Amish Christmas $0.99

The Anne Stories: 12 Books, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea, Audiobook Links $0.99

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Memory Jar: A Question for Every Week of the Year

memory jar printableI got this wonderful freebie from Paper Coterie. It’s a memory jar printable with 52 questions for you to answer, one for each week of the year. It would have been more ideal if you’d started at the beginning of the year, but that’s not really a problem; you can easily catch up or use a different schedule altogether. They were designed to serve as prompts for entries into your journal or blog, but they can also be used as icebreakers or topic cues for bonding moments between friends or family members. Or for interaction with your website visitors.

memory jar and journalWhat we’ve been doing is using the questions as discussion prompts in our family, although we’re also recording our answers in a journal. Basically, you just cut out the individual question strips and put them in a jar. Since our kids (6.5 and 1.5) will be handling it as well, we opted for a plastic one (a now empty container of kiddie multivitamins). Every week, you take out a question and use it for journaling, blogging, group discussion, etc. While we normally include our daughter in the discussion, some of the questions just weren’t suitable for kids. In any case, the activity gives you further insight into another person’s thought processes, or even just your own. You could very well make new discoveries about yourself! I’m thinking of going through the same set of questions every year to see if any of our answers will change. While I assume that my answers and Mark’s will likely remain the same, the kids’ (Cameron can join when he’s more verbal, lol) certainly won’t, and it would be fascinating to observe how their personalities develop through the years from chronicling their changing answers to the same questions.

Here’s another twist to this already great idea. Every week, as you take out one question strip, replace it with a note that bears the highlights of that week. Naturally, you have to use a different paper color or shape to avoid confusing it with a question strip. At the end of the year, when you run out of questions, your jar will be filled with actual memories. You could make reading those memories out loud part of your New Year’s Eve celebration.

recycled into a memory jarglue residue on jarIf you plan to create your own memory jar, here’s a tip for removing sticky glue residue from the label. Use peanut butter. I read the tip online and decided to try it. The easier option, which suggested rubbing alcohol, didn’t really work. I thought the peanut butter trick wouldn’t work either, but I put the jar down for a minute after rubbing a small amount of peanut butter on it. When I picked it up again, I thought to try wiping off the glue residue again and it easily rubbed off. Of course, I could have gone to the sink and scrubbed the jar clean, but that process somehow struck me as too involved, lol.

Do you follow a similar journaling or blogging practice? Do you keep a memory jar? Do you have your own tip for removing glue gunk from jars? Share them all here. 🙂

On y va à Paris – Exploring Paper Paris

Do you have any place on this planet that has you aching to be there – at least, when you pause to indulge in fancies and think about it? I have several, but I think it’s pretty accurate to say that at the top of my list is Paris. I love it with a passion characteristic of the most rabid francophile. I’ve been fortunate to have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the city when I was younger, and now it’s my wish to be able to go back, this time with my family.

I have to confess breeding a fascination for the city in my daughter. In fact, when she was a baby, my husband and I had droll exchanges wherein Mark (who’s a gadget-loving techie) would ask the infant Marguerite if she would like an iPod, his roundabout way of trying to convince me that we should get one – not for himself, but for the baby, you know. The reply he got was always “I’d rather go to Paris, Daddy.” Of course, that was just me taking the liberty to answer for the clueless, innocent baby. In mock outrage, Mark would point out how many iPods were equivalent to one trip to Paris. And I would calmly respond that that’s why we shouldn’t buy one or we’d never be able to save up for Paris.

In any case, in between viewings and readings of such matter as Ratatouille, Madeline, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc. as well as frequent tuning in to the travel channel, I’ve successfully instilled in my daughter a healthy (thus far) fascination for the City of Lights.

paper paris template

 

While we are not yet able to organize a family trip to Paris, we simply make do with this nifty paper version created by artist and designer Joel Henriques. I forget from which news feed on Facebook I got the link to the free template, but I owe that homeschool mom some thanks. Marguerite loves it and I also get to teach her some French (my minor in college) while we’re playing. I initially tried to refrain from teaching her French since she’s currently learning Spanish and might get confused, but I couldn’t help it. Anyway, I don’t think that a few words and phrases would do much damage. Paper Paris is designed for play, but, right off, it can teach kids the following:

– some of the most famous landmarks in the world (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe)

– the French words for bakery, candy store, and pastry shop

– the appearance of the French flag

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Parent playmates could, of course, introduce other information during play (like hum “La Marseillaise”, give French names to the paper dolls, teach members of the family in French, etc.)

Naturally, playing with Paper Paris also inspired me to whip out my scrapbook and show Marguerite photos of myself in the city, with those very landmarks in the background. Without a doubt, it’s a great toy, but it does have me pining for Paris even more. ;p

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