Recent Posts

A Smaller, Lighter MRE ?

A couple years ago, I reviewed Meal Kit Supply’s MREs. Meal Kit Supply offers quality, U.S. made MREs that contain 100% military MRE components. Our family stocks them for emergencies, and I recommend them to friends. So when Meal Kit Supply came out with a new product, a 2-course meal (as opposed to their traditional 3-course meal), I was interested in seeing it. Both also contain: electrolyte drink mix, spoon, napkin, and flameless heater. The 3-Course […] 

Hunger is a Powerful Motivator

I haven’t eaten for the past 60 hours, and I don’t plan on eating for 36 more. No we didn’t have a disaster or anything. I’m doing a prolonged fast as a personal health experiment (see Post Script below). During this time I can’t help reflecting on the discomfort, distraction, and concerns about going hungry. I’ve never gone this long without food, the longest I had before was less than 24 hours. It’s interesting to […] 

Broken Water Pipes

One day, early February, Sarah came home from work and saw ice near our back door. This was odd, she thought. Because even though it’s been well below freezing, there hasn’t been any precipitation for several days. She opened the back door and water poured out of the house. Two water pipes, in the attic, had broken; one above the kitchen and one above the laundry room. By our best estimate, hot water poured out for […] 

Our New Homestead

The first week of December we moved into our new homestead. It is located in a rural area near Eatonville, WA (south of Tacoma, west of Mt. Rainier). The property is 5-acres; flat, usable, fully fenced, about 1/3 moderately forested, and 2/3 overgrown meadow-ish. The house is 40 years old, structurally well built, with several additions/remodels, about 2400 square feet. There are two outbuildings: a large three-car detached garage (about 1200 square feet) right next to […] 

Momma Bear: Government Shutdown

by Leah, Momma Bear - For some Americans, the S**T hit their fan last week — in the form of a partial federal government shut down. As a military family, that means we are watching the news closely. During times like these military members are required to continue serving, but will be “paid later” in full, once budget issues are resolved. Fortunately, in this instance, Congress voted to continue paying the military during the shutdown, […] 

Buying Our Homestead: The Saga

January 21 we signed a contract to purchase a house (on a short sale), with property, in a rural area near Eatonville, WA (south of Tacoma, west of Mt. Rainier). The property is 5-acres; it is flat, usable, fully fenced, about 1/3 moderately forested, and 2/3 overgrown meadow-ish. The house is 40 years old, structurally well built, with several additions, about 2400 square feet. There are two outbuildings: a large three-car detached garage (about 1200 […] 

Plenty of Water, For Now

I woke up the other day and shuffled over to the toilet. As I prepared to go, I noticed the water was off-color; not terrible discolored, but not clear. After I flushed, the water was still off-color. I lifted the lid off the tank and nothing seemed amiss there. I went and looked at the downstairs toilet, it was also discolored. I began to get concerned. I know that the water that goes into the […] 

Have a Plan (Even For The Minor Things)

Planning should start with the most likely scenarios first. Yes, it’s much more exciting to discuss how we plan to survive “the end of the world as we know it”, and while those eventualities are possible — they’re just not real probable. Think of the smaller “disasters” in your life that are far more probable: getting lost, a flat tire in an unsafe location, losing your cell phone, credit/debit card not working, getting in a […] 

Motivation / Getting Started

  • Nuts & Bolts by Nick: The 1st “Prepper” I Knew

    by Nick Romaniello I was saddened by the news recently that my aunt, Joann Green, had passed away. I don’t intend to hijack a prepping […] 

  • Repetitive & Redundant x2

    Building Redundancies Into Your Preps In the military we were taught, “Two is one, one is none.” It was stressed that if you only have […] 

  • A List

    The room goes dark and quiet. Power outage. Why really doesn’t matter right now; right now you’re sitting in a dark house. Time to start […] 

5 Basic Needs

Reviews & DIY

  • Product Review: Emberlit Stove

    In an emergency situation where hypothermia is a risk, my plan–using our BOB–is to quickly make a small fire, heat water, and get warm beverages […] 

  • Sharpening Knives, Part 2: Actually Doing It

    Last week I wrote Sharpening Knives, Part 1: Choosing The Right Sharpener. As I stated, “what makes it easier to sharpen a knife is to […] 

  • Hand Washing Laundry

    We’ve decided that our next prepper goal is to be able to hand wash laundry. Washing machines require lots of power and lots of water, […] 

Regular Features

  • Momma Bear: Government Shutdown

    by Leah, Momma Bear - For some Americans, the S**T hit their fan last week — in the form of a partial federal government shut […] 

  • Sarah’s View: The First Steps to Debt-Free

    by Sarah Adams - Last year I wrote A Prepper’s Budget, about the budgeting philosophy that has helped us work toward being debt-free. That post, however, […] 

  • Momma Bear: Book Review: Wool

    by Leah, Momma Bear - I recently picked up the book Wool, by Hugh Howey. There were a couple reasons I picked up this book: […]