Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Prepper Stockpile: What We Need


                                                                             The picture above is example of organized preps from the internet.

I do a lot of online shopping for foods and supplies. This is safer during Covid-19 for our family. There are benefits and draw backs to this method.  Online shopping limits us from a larger variety of foods, goods, and spices. Therefore we make minimal trips to the big box stores for the fill ins. 

Restocking our preps is always a family activity with the kiddos helping taking goods by hand and placing them on the shelves. This always provides an opportunity to look at what you have or may need.

These are Items we need

Looking at our stockpile my daughter made note that we were low on spices and variety in certain goods:

Spices: We use these everyday (need more)

Soups: different kinds/flavors (Chicken Rice, Lentil etc) 

You can bulk soups by adding beef/chicken/hot dogs/sausage or spam. Non meat bulk ups potatoes, rice, or beans. Expanding a soup/stew for a large family by adding liquids (water/broth/tomato) for multiple meals. You can add corn bread or homemade herb bread to complete.

Proteins: Corned Beef Hash(low) and difficult to find. My last trip to Walmart had no Corned Beef Hash for any brand. The shelves were clear of this product. Cooking Tip: Spice you corned beef hash as any other meat (spices and pre-made spice envelopes) and you will have a delicious meal.

Canned chicken when on sale etc.. Keystone is a USA brand and normally has a 5 year shelf life that goes well beyond that. 

Swanson and Walmart brand is good as well there are many choices:

It's very important to really look at your shelves and see what you and your family enjoyed and if you need more of it. This is also a great time to donate to a struggling family or elderly any foods that your family is not enjoying. This will free up space for foods that will incorporated for meals they can enjoy in the future. 

                                 The picture above is example of organized preps from the internet.

                                 The picture above is example of organized preps from the internet.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Shein Curve Plus Boujee on a Budget Haul


Below you will find the links to the items I shared on the video above:

SHEIN Plus Short Cranberry Open Front Faux Fur Paneled Coat on sale $28.00 


Plus Paisley Embroidered Shawl Collar Teddy Coat on sale $16.00 regular $39.00


Plus Contrast Collar Longline Faux Fur Coat w/Rainbow Collar On sale now $29.00 regular $67/00


Plus Peking Opera Figure Graphic Sweatshirt $15.00


SHEIN Plus Floral Embroidered Lantern Sleeve Smock Dress on sale $10.00 Regular $22.00


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Legacy of Home


Home life has taken a new meaning with Covid-19.  Families who normally have packed schedules and obligations are now spending huge amounts of time at home. Juggling home schooling and work. 

Winter is Upon Us and Covid-19

Now that winter is here. You look at your home differently. You seek comfort, warmth, and refuge. When the weather chills your bonesThe outdoors is something you look at through a window. The tree's are bare and the ground is brown. So, in turn you bring color into your home. Your favorite chair gets a lap blanket, book, or warm drink. You wear layers like a warm shaw or cardigan with your comfy house slippers. 

Your home may get a new look with winter themed towels, comforters, and sheets. You take out the warm wooly blankets. Curtains that are thicker with lining go up to keep the cold out. Door draft stoppers find their way to draft doors. There are many how to video's on Youtube and Pinterest to make your own.

Cushions for wood chairs. Throw rugs are moved to cover cold floors. Drafty windows get a quick fix with plastic window kit (below a video of me putting up a Dollar Tree $1.00 window Kit). 

The kitchen is a place of gathering for comfort foods. Hearty meals, soups, casserole's, and warm drinks. During these times of reclusion. 

This is a wonderful time to talk with friends. Write letters, scrapbook, read, cook, and do your favorite hobbies. 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Shein Plus Size Haul

                                                         Shein Plus Size Haul

I had alot of fun trying on these great Fashion pieces. I am a U.S. 24/26 and the Shein sizes I purchased were 4x and 5xl. I found the clothing to be of very good quality. Down below are the pieces I shared with you on my video posted above. I hope all enjoyed.

Shein Solid Cord Overall $12.00  (this ran 2/3 sizes small) No Stretch


Shein Asymmetrical Neck Drop Off Shoulder Blouse $16.00


Shein Plus Self Belted Asymmetrical Hem Waterfall Vest w/ Belt $11.00


Shein Disty Floral Surplice Front Shirred Dress $19.00


Shein Faux Leather Pink Belted Coat $30.00


Shein Leopard Print Raglan Sleeve Top (Navy) $14.00


Friday, November 6, 2020

Is Hand Sewing A Lost Art?

                                           Lets Talk Sewing

The U.K. British Hearts Foundation Big Stitch Campaign shared stats indicating 60% of people have not learned to sew or even know what it is.  This was a common skill passed on to children that no longer is happening. 

Being resourceful was key when times where leans. Did you know buttons, zippers, collars, lace, ribbon, and other decorative notions would be taken off old clothes before using them for other clothing or projects. They would be used for a updated ladies dress, children's clothing, curtains, home, and more. Once fabrics became thread bare they would become rags.

Below are some basic hand sewing video's you may enjoy from Youtube. There are many out there to study and help develop this skill.

You can see an example of a well loved and used sewing kit. Sewing kits often contain scissors, needles, thimble, thread, notions, buttons, zippers, patches and more. These items often were curated from clothing with thread bare fabric or stained beyond repair clothing.

This sewing kit to the left has clues of it user. I see call fat quarter fabric squares.
I also spy a roller cutter tucked into a pocket. This tells me the user enjoys making quilts. These quilts could be large blankets or smaller pieces for a baby or child's bed. Some pieces are so intricate taking days to weeks to create. Those may be used or display for its unique hand craftmanship.

This sewing kit to the right is what a typical or common kit may look like. It has scissors, pins, needles, thread, measuring tape, threader, and other notions. This would be a fantastic kit for any home. Harvesting buttons, lace, trims, zippers from throw away/rag pile clothing. These added to your kit for future use.

The question remains when was the last time you had a opportunity to sew. Either by mending, updating or creating something new. When was the last time you shared your skill of hand sewing? Feel free to share down below. I'd love to see your feedback.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

CDC's List Covid and Possible Symptoms



COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Winterize Your Medicine Cabinet

 Have you 'winterized' your medicine cabinet? Experts recommend you keep  certain items handy | WTOP

This is the time to get your medicine cabinet ready for the winter weather and flu season. If you look at your supplies you can make a list of much needed items that are missing. This will vary according to every families needs.

I remember bundling up sick children having high fevers and diarrhea at 1 or 2 am looking for a 24 hour Pharmacy. Throw in a winter storm or other weather event and its a nightmare. You can prevent these kinds of scenarios. By simply planning ahead so you wont have to leave your home when you or someone in your house hold becomes sick. 

Throw in the strains of of job loss, inability to pay bills, inability to get food, or simply trying to keep a roof over your head. All these will take an effect on your health as well. Lowering your immune system. Stay ahead of the game.

Get fresh air, take long/short walks locally, sit in the sun for 15-20 minutes daily (wear sunscreen). Take your medicines and vitamins, exercise (according to your ability), and drink water. 

Here is a list of common items you may need:

Toilet Paper

Pain Relievers: (Adult/Children's) Pills, liquid, and body patches (for targeted areas).

Thermometer: takes temperature 

Face Masks: store bought or homemade


Alcohol: Spray masks after use and let dry between washing (washables only)

Vitamins: Adults and Children

(Multi-Vitamin, C, D)

D is a common vitamin people are low on during the winter months. Due to lack of sun exposure.

Cold/Flu Medicine: Adult and Children (Your choice), Throat Lozenges, Throat Sprays, Vicks Vapo Rub, Humidifier

Stomach Issue': Adult and Children 

(Pepto Bismal etc)

Gatorade for rehydration

anti-diarrhea pills/liquid

Hemorrhoid treatments


First aid kit

Eye Care: your specific needs

Allergy Medicines Adult and Children's:

Benadryl, Allergy (Daily your choice), creams, 

Calamine lotion

DizzinessDramamine etc

Women's: cranberry pills, yeast infection treatments, UTI treatments, pads/tampons/cup, AZO

Oral Hygiene: 

Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Mouth Wash, Floss, Oral Pain reliever (cankers sores etc..). mouth guard's. Peroxide for mouth and toothbrush cleaning

Foot Care: Powders, Cracked Heal treatment, Foot Fungi's sprays, epson salt.

Hand Wash/Soap/Anti-bacterial Gel/Liquid

Other: Ankle Sprain supports, knee leg, arm, hand etc.. Everyone 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Here is the Truth Food Bank Lines Miles Long

People standing in mile long lines to get food from Food Banks. Cars as far as the eye can see. They are packed with families in lines that go for miles. Waiting for their turn to get much needed food for their homes. Many are ashamed and unwilling to go to these places. Some unable to even leave their home from a disability. 

Our government cannot relate to the struggles of the average American. Many Americans refuse to acknowledge the problem themselves.... those that are lucky enough to still have a jobs. States are stacking food to the roofs of warehouses waiting for the impending rush when no food will be found in the stores. If there is no problem... why are States filling up warehouses of food. Competing with other states for the same products. The Department of Agriculture knows so does our President, Senate, and Congress. The untouchables. They would not go hungry while their constituents suffer. 

We need to prepare our homes to the best of our ability. Get a little here and there to build up food reserves and buy seeds. Buy the seeds for foods that your family would enjoy eating. Study the growing times in your state/area. There are lists available by states of the best plants to grow and when. Do a simple online search for your state. Lastly, become pro-active it won't happen magically over night. Everything takes time from food growing along with pantry prepping. If your working towards it your ahead of the pack. The average American family only has 1-3 days of food in their home.

Senior Officials Sound Alarm over Food Insecurity, Warning of Potentially ‘Biblical’ Famine, in Briefings to Security Council

https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/sc14164.doc.htm   April 21, 2020

Wisconsin Food Bank Warns: "We're Not Going Back To Normal Anytime Soon


‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/world/africa/coronavirus-hunger-crisis.html  April 22, 2020

Deadly wildfires rage in California, Oregon and Washington

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/west-coast-wildfires-09-10-2020/index.html September 10, 2020

US West Coast wildfires: Nearly 100 fires run rampant

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54097598 September 10, 2020

Monday's derecho damaged 10M acres of crops in Iowa; 600K still without power in Midwest

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/12/derecho-storm-damages-crops-corn-iowa-thousands-power-outages-midwest/3354939001/    August 12, 2020

Dry Soup Mixes Staples for your Pantry

These are some options for those that have a tight space in their pantries. Dry Soup mixes are a great way to go. If you make them and store them in glass jars they can last up to 1 year. The dry soup mixes with fats do not last as long. If you place your mixes in glass jars and remove the oxygen. It can last much longer. You can change the flavors by adding your favorite herbs. 

Cream of Soup Recipe
2    Cups of Nonfat Dry Milk
3/4 Cup Starch
1/4  Cup reduced sodium chicken bouillon
1    teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried pepper

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

For 1-1/2 cups soup:  Whisk 1/3 cup mix and 1-1/2 cups water in a small saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Potato Soup Dry Mix

1 3/4 Cup Instant Mashed Potatoes    1 1/2 Cup Dry Milk Powder               
2 Tablespoons Chicken Granules/Bullion    2 Teaspoons Minced Onion 
1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
1/4 Teaspoon White or Black Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1 2/2 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt


Instructions Checklist
  • Place 1/2 cup of soup mix into pot. Then 1 cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tariff Wars Are Affecting What You Can Get! Canned Food Shortage!!!!!


Food shortages

No ones ever thinks of Aluminum/Tin and its daily use in our lives. The lack of it can effect the ability for our families to eat, function, or get around. Although, I have spoken of this on my youtube channel. I'm bringing it up again because the seriousness of the issue.

The Tin/Aluminum Shortage is acknowledged by the White House document listed below August 8, 2020 https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-adjusting-imports-aluminum-united-states-080620/ After, omitting Tariff to Canada for said product for 1 year. The White House decided to re-instate the tariff on Canada our largest Aluminum provider. This makes no sense at a time when we need it most to get goods to the people. Canada now in return has placed 2.7 billion on USA goods via tariffs https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/07/canada-to-impose-tariffs-on-2point7-billion-in-us-goods-after-trump-reignites-trade-feud.html

All this is happening at the worse of times for our country and people. Knowing this I urge you to Prep and buy extra canned goods your family. A couple of cans here and there add up quickly. Please fortify your homes. Below you will see a small example of uses for aluminum and information on it.

 Aluminium is used in a huge variety of products including cans (food, drinks), foils, kitchen utensils, window frames, pots and pans, beer kegs cars, car parts, and air plane parts. CDs refrigerators, kitchenware, electric power lines, packaging for food and medicine, computers, furniture,  bike frames, ladders, mail boxes, staples, nails, computer parts, golf clubs, sinks, faucets, screen door and window frames, patio furniture, pots, pans, gates, fencing, and car rims and so much more!

Advantages of Aluminium
  • Aluminium is an extremely versatile metal with a number of advantages, it is recognized for being both lightweight and flexible. ...
  • Light Weight. ...
  • Corrosion Resistance. ...
  • Electrical and Thermal Conductivity. ...
  • Reflectivity and Ductility. ...
  • Odorless and Impermeable. ...
  • Recycle-ability. ...