Friday, April 22, 2016
Saturday, March 28, 2015
I am bad at this! First off, I want to apologize about the lack of updates on my blog. The past 8 months have been a whirlwind of busy-ness that turned my personal life in ways I did not expect. However I am making this year a time of personal responsibility and accountability and that means being accountable for past promises that were not delivered.
This time last year, I promised a few folks that I would do some product reviews on my blog that I never got around to doing. I am going to rectify that now.
First I want to graciously thank The Soap Nut Lady and the fine folks over at GlutenFreeEmergencyKits.com for giving me samples of their products to try. Both things I have received while I was at the Survival Preppers Expo last year.
The second item that I was given to try was a bag of nuts! Soap nuts from The Soap Nut Lady to be exact. If you have not heard of soap nuts, they are small round nuts that look like walnuts, but they saponify water, giving a nice soapy feel slick feel. From what I remember they gave off a slight nutty / piney sent. I will admit, I did make a mistake with the product. I had never used soap nuts before so this was new to me. What I did was I put the soap nuts into the little bag that came with and let them soak in my huge bucket that I use for laundry for a while. (Like 15 minutes.) and then used them for my wash. Even with that short of soaking time, the water got a little slick and it kind of worked. From what I understand, you have to soak the nuts in water for several hours to get the full effect. Just doing a short soak in a huge bucket of water was my own mistake. As a cleansing material, I would have to honestly experiment more with it, if I got some more. I was also given a packet of ground up soap nuts to put in a spray bottle, but I had not used that. I think I still have it though.
I just thought that I would still get these reviews up, and rectify this. Both products I feel were pretty good, and the companies that gave these products to me were very nice to talk with when I first met them. Again, thank you! Hopefully my dear loyal readers, I might be able to add some more experiences to my blog in the coming months. I again do apologize for the delay.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Hi guys, I know it has a VERY LONG time since I have made another post. (I am very bad about these things, though My old laptop fried!) I am just putting up a little post today to show you that I have updated my laundry setup! I have had this for several years now and it works great and I am willing to share what I have done with you guys. As you may or may not remember from a previous article, I wash most of my clothes by hand. It saves me money. But, I did spend a little money to upgrade. I stopped using the plunger and dishpan and went to two buckets and a product called "The Breathing Mobile Washer" The orange bucket I bought at Home Depot for $3, the white bucket I got from a bakery for $1 and the Washer I bought at Emergency Essentials for $14.99 ($17 or so with shipping!) Let me tell you. The money I spent on the Washer was WORTH IT! Literally the first day It nearly paid for itself. My apartment laundry room costs about $1.75 to wash and $1.75 to dry. If you do three loads, it would cost you $10.50! Within a week it has paid for itself.
The Breathing Mobile Washer acts like a plunger, but has a grate underneath and a smaller cone on top to add extra pushing and sucking power, forcing water and soap through the cloth material. That is how the manufacturer claims this works. I know it does work on my clothes. Here is an action shot!
There is one little downside to this product though. Sometimes the head of it tends to come off, if you do not twist it back on. To prevent this, you can either get an "O" ring gasket from lowes. Or you can do like I do and when you plunge it up and down doing your laundry, twist the handle in a clockwise motion not only keeping the head on, but also adding a slight spin motion in the bucket. That is the only downside.
You can get this product from Emergency Essentials, very cheap and it pays for itself.
Washer Specs for you Techie people from Emergency Essentials website:
Weight: 1.36 lbs
Dimensions: approx. 29” long x approx. 8” base diameter I just thought I would share this with you! -- Ravenwolf
Friday, April 11, 2014
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Two new additions to my library. Eating for Victory and Make Do and Mend.
These two books are a collection of reproduction pamphlets that were handed out by the British Ministry of Food and the Ministry of War to the common folks during the second world war on how to live on the ration system. These two books also are a very good peek into what our friends in Great Britain had to deal with in their daily lives on the home front. Literally everything was rationed, from cloth and furniture, to food, fuel, and metal. Somethings were heavily restricted, while other items were non-existent due to the Nazi blockade. Over half of their food pre-war was imported from the U.S and other countries. The war in itself changed the way their agriculture worked. Everything was tightly restricted and controlled, and these two books are a couple of examples showing what they had to go through.
Eating for Victory covers the food rationing system and gives a lot of recipes and meal plans with foods that are heavily rationed. It shows you how to plan meals, how to work with new foods like dried eggs and dry milk. With us today... Well if you think about it having things like food storage is really food rationing, you are working with only the stuff that you have if you can't get to the store. Most of the items in this book should be in everyone's food storage. They have recipes using stuff like butter, sugar, flour, oils, salt, and food additions that would add any sort of flavor into dishes that would be bland.
Make Do and Mend is the companion book to Eating for Victory. This book covers home heating, basic home repairs, clothing maintenance and all the ration coupon rules and regulations. There is just one pamphlet alone that covers how to wash your clothes so they don't wear out as fast. The Mrs Sew - and - Sew pamphlets show you how to darn and repair rips, tears and holes in clothes. This book also shows you how to conserve fuel if you use gas or coal cooking ranges (I think there are several here that might be interested in that!) There is so much more in this book that what I am just telling you here.
Both of these books are very good, if not only for the historical value, but also for other prepping ideas. The only few downsides to these books are: 1. Some of the information is old since we are talking about the mid 30's to mid 40's era here, especially the health information so keep that in mind. 2. They do use different measurements than we do, especially in cooking, if you can get around that, you would be doing fine. Personally though, I think these books are good to have in a prepper's library. I got both of these on Amazon, though I don't remember what I paid for them, they were not real expensive though.