April 29, 2012

Week 18: Food Storage Goals April 29 - May 5

Here is what we're focusing on this week:

WEEK #18 
 April 29 - May 5
APRIL FOCUS 
 Soup, Tuna & Beans AND Sanitation 

INVENTORY: Count your snack items. Things such as crackers, food bars. etc.

EMERGENCY FUND: Put aside $2.00 or more per week per family member. At the end of the year you will have $104 or more per person! If you have a story how your emergency fund helped you, email me.

WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Buy or fill water as needed. At least 1 gallon per person for 14 days or 14 gallons per person or 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water. Add more for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location.

FOOD STORAGE (3-months per adult): 1 #10 can of dry beans or lentils, your choice. This is a long-term food.

NON-FOOD: Toilet bowl cleaner.

72-HOUR KIT: Feminine items.

AUTO KIT: Feminine items.

EQUIPMENT: Toilet bowl emergency sanitation tablets.

PREPAREDNESS: Free Week!

NEWBIES: If you are new to my site, just jump right in. This is a list of suggested items you may want to gather this week. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need/want and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Read "How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists" for other ideas. 

CURRENT GIVEAWAY: Four lucky winners will receive my "12-Month Food Storage Organizer" book I'm writing. Go here for more details.

April 27, 2012

The Great Day Finally Came


Kailey and Jacob
The past few months have been extremely busy, but amazing! I feel like I've neglected my readers so I thought I would share a few pictures. This has been a time of joy and celebration in our family. The first three weeks were busy planning wedding activities. The great day finally came on April 20th at the Bountiful Temple nestled in the Wasatch mountains of Utah.


Great weather, wonderful spirit, gorgeous flowers, and time with family and friends.


Right person, right place, right authority. The temple is where righteous baptized members of the church can be married for eternity, not death do us part. After the temple ceremony, I could have been done for the day, the year, perhaps for the rest of my life. It brings such peace and joy to a mother to see her son married in the temple.

Emma congratulating her big brother.
My son-in-law with my Elena.

Brad, Emma and me. She keeps us young.
Hannah, Andrew (my grandson), Josh, and Melissa.
My Becca and Hannah.
Nate and Elisabeth.

I'm off on the run again to finish my second day at the wonderful, amazing BYU Women's Conference! Hope you have a beautiful day too!














April 23, 2012

Week 17: Food Storage Goals April 22 - 28

Here is what we're focusing on this week:

WEEK #17
 April 22 - 28 
 APRIL FOCUS 
Soup, Tuna & Beans AND Sanitation 

INVENTORY: Count your breakfast items. Things such as breakfast cereal, instant oatmeal, pancake mix, pancake syrup, etc.

EMERGENCY FUND: Consider putting aside $2.00 or more per week per family member. If you have any stories how your emergency fund has helped you, email them to me. At the end of the year you will have $104 or more per person!

WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Buy or fill water as needed. Suggested amount is 14 gallons per person or 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person for drinking/cooking, and then water in barrels for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location.

FOOD STORAGE (3-month per adult): 3 cans of prepared soup - like Progresso or Healthy Choice.

NON-FOOD: Disinfectant cleaner like Pinesol. If concentrated, only one per family.

72-HOUR KIT: Baby wipes travel pack.

AUTO KIT: Baby wipes travel pack. Useful for quick cleanups.

EQUIPMENT: Portable toilet. You could buy a toilet seat for a bucket, or plan to line your house toilet with a bag. Come up with a plan.

PREPAREDNESS: Plan or plant a vegetable garden. Check out SquareFootGardeing.com or
http://www.weekendgardener.net/vegetable-gardening-tips/starting-garden-050705.htm

NEWBIES: If you are new to my site, just jump right in. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Here is the April 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read "How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists" for other ideas.

CURRENT GIVEAWAY: Four lucky winners will receive my 12-Month Food Storage Organizer book that I'm writing. Go here for more details.

Portable Toilet Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations
to
Lori Baenen
from Ohio

on winning the

from

Winner has been notified by email. 
Thanks to all those who participated. 
You are all winners to me. 
Keep watching for more giveaways. 

For a chance to win 1 of 4 copies of my new book 
"The 12-Month Food Storage Organizer," go here for more details.

April 17, 2012

My Experience With the Great Shake-Out Drill in Utah

It's 10:29 a.m. I'm writing my thoughts down as quickly as possible after The Great Utah ShakeOut drill. Even though I knew the "earthquake" was coming, I decided to go on with my daily activities as if I didn't know. Here are my thoughts:

10:10 a.m. After picking up groceries and wedding food at Smith's grocery store, I returned home and backed into my driveway to make it easier to unload the food. It had been raining, but thankfully was easing up. I backed in with my Honda Pilot half way in and half way out.

10:13 a.m. I propped open the door from the garage to the house. Then turned on the television to channel 4, and then 5 to see what was on the news. Of course they were talking about the drill, so I stopped watching and began unloading the groceries. I started with the freezer in the garage. I had 5 bags of ice and 10 containers of ice cream to unload.

10:15 a.m. EARTHQUAKE! It took me longer than I thought to unload, and at 10:15 I was only halfway done. My freezer door was ajar and the back door of my car was still up. The alarm began to go off on the freezer because I had left it open. Mmmm. All of that food might not make it. And the battery to the car could be drained. I ignored all of that, crawled under our very sturdy kitchen table, grabbed hold of the table leg and hung on. Felt a little silly, but counted to 60 which seemed to take forever. My knees began to ache because I was kneeling on tiled floor. Imagine what it would have felt like to stay there for a hour or all day. Ouch! Maybe we should get a rug under that table.

Where was the rest of my family during this quake? We would have been separated all day. Not a happy thought. My 1st grader told me yesterday that she had practiced the Drop, Cover and Hold-On method. Good teacher! I was glad I had made her a school emergency kit. But I sure would have been upset by our separation. What if I couldn't get out from underneath the table? Bummer.

My two teen daughters would be stuck at the high school. My husband would definitely not be coming home from South Ogden as he would need to stay with his patients at the health and rehab facility he is an administrator for.

My son, daughter-in-law and grandson would be far away in Pleasant Grove, and my almost married son would be in Provo. And most likely not getting married this coming Friday if this had been a bad earthquake. It would be impossible to get to any of them.

Thankfully my married daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter would be in California and not feel this earthquake. My daughter is our out-of-state contact who we would each try to call if we could. I realized my cell phone was on the couch and not with me under the table. I think I will keep my phone on me from now on.

I wondered what my dog would have done outside on the back deck. Hopefully the deck would still be standing and she would be okay. I'm glad I always leave more water than she needs in her bucket.

With the garage door up just over my car hood, that could have come smashing down. The cold air began coming into the house because I had left the door ajar to unload groceries, and would reach me under the table. Imagine if it had been winter.

Imagine, imagine, imagine. I appreciate the state of Utah for putting this on to help us become better prepared.

April 16, 2012

Reminder Great Utah Shake-Out Tuesday 10:15 a.m.


Join Us! graphic


Over 900,000 people are registered to participate in the statewide Great Utah Shake-Out tomorrow morning. If you haven't registered, go here.

At 10:15am, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On for at least 60 seconds (the length of the drill broadcast):
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!) A table is the safer than a doorway. Do not run outside.
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and
- HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.

For videos and more information go here.

I hope those of you in Utah will join in this great event.

Week 16: Food Storage Goals April 15 - 21

This is the wedding week. So you know I'm busy, but didn't want you to think you were forgotten. Here is what we're focusing on this week:

WEEK #16 
April 15 - 21 
APRIL FOCUS 
Soup, Tuna & Beans AND Sanitation 

INVENTORY: Count your paper & plastic items. Things you could use in an emergency or everyday like paper plates, cups, utensils, T.P., trash bags, foil, freezer bags, etc.

EMERGENCY FUND: Consider putting aside $2.00 or more per week per family member. If you have any stories how your emergency fund has helped you, email them to me. At the end of the year you will have $104 or more per person!

WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Buy or fill water as needed. Suggested amount is 14 gallons per person or 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person for drinking/cooking, and then water in barrels for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location. Cases are $2.50 at Macey's case lot sale!

FOOD STORAGE (3-month per adult): 10 cans of small soups - cream of mushroom or chicken, tomato, chicken noodle, etc. On sale now for .50 to .59 ea. at Macey's, Fresh Market and Dick's.

NON-FOOD: Baby wipes per person. Goes along with our sanitation focus. Also at case lot sales.

72-HOUR KIT: A kitchen or yard trash bag. Useful for carrying items, water proofing and even sanitation.

AUTO KIT: A few kitchen or yard trash bags. Useful for carrying items, water proofing and even sanitation.

EQUIPMENT: You guessed it. Trash bags. Useful for carrying items, water proofing and even sanitation. Keep in your emergency bucket or near your emergency supplies.

PREPAREDNESS: Research emergency sanitation methods. Check out Preparedness Pro and Family Survival Planning.

NEWBIES: If you are new to my site, just jump right in. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Here is the April 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read "How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists" for other ideas.

GIVEAWAY 1: Four lucky winners will receive my 12-Month Food Storage Organizer book that I'm writing. Go here for more details.

GIVEAWAY 2: Win a Go Anywhere Portable Toilet by going here.

April 15, 2012

Case Lot Price Comparison List Updated Again

I've updated the Food Storage Case Lot Sale Price Comparison list to include the Harmon's ad this week. They have a few case lot items for sale. Some are at a good price so check out the list to compare.

Go to this post to see the list.

April 10, 2012

Updated Food Storage Case Lot Price Comparison - April 2012

I've just updated my Food Storage Case Lot Sale Price Comparison which compares prices at the local grocery store case lot sales which start tomorrow at Macey's, Dick's Market, and Fresh Market here in Utah.

Here it is:

(click above to open)
I only share this list in a pdf copy. It is 18 pages long, so look and write down what you need.
Just added Harmon's!

It's best to compare prices because you can find some good items at case lot sales, and some similar items at everyday at Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart Supercenters and the LDS Home Storage centers. I've also included some local food storage companies for comparison.

Those of you using my April Monthly Food Storage Shopping List will want to look at this price comparison to help you stock up on items for your food storage.

Newbies: Case lot sales happen in Utah in January, March/April and August/September. I try to post the sales on this blog. There are also case lot sales in Nevada and Idaho, but I don't know which stores have them in those locations. You can also take advantage of case lot sales on military bases if you are in the military.

A case lot sale means the grocer sells a box or group of items at a reduced price because you are buying so many. As you look at the price comparison list, write down items you are interested in purchasing. Macey's allows you to buy individual items at the case price.

If you are just starting to stock up on food storage, look at my monthly lists and start with the current month. They were created to help you find seasonal deals each month, and balance your preparedness purchases. Every item on a monthly list does not mean you can't find a good deal during other months. But the lists help you avoid overspending. Only buy what you can afford and start small with your 3-month food storage supply, water and emergency fund.

Current Giveaways -
Giveaway 1: Four winners will receive a copy of my book "The 12-Month Food Storage Organizer" by entering here.
Giveaway 2: One winner will receive a Go Anywhere Portable Toilet by entering here.



April 9, 2012

Week 15: Food Storage Goals April 8 - 14

Twelve more days until child number 3 gets married! Lots to do, but I did want to get a post out early this week. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. It was just gorgeous here in Utah. But I missed having most of my kids here. Thank goodness we will see them all at the wedding. And my two grand babies!

As you can imagine, I'm behind on several things. But they just don't matter,  because there is food in the cupboard and it's a nice feeling. I did pick up items for our 72-hour kit food packs, and I'm hoping we can put them together tonight for family home evening.

There are several case lot grocery sales starting on Wednesday, April 11 here in Utah; Macey's, Dick's, and Fresh Market. Here is a link to the Macey's price list (on the right side), however, I will be adding their prices to my April 2012 Case Lot Sale Price Comparison list today (sometime) so you can see the very best deals and plan, plan, plan. Every item at a case lot sale is not at the lowest price, so comparing is helpful.

Here is what we're focusing on this week:

WEEK #15 
April 8 - 14
APRIL FOCUS 
Soup, Tuna & Beans AND Sanitation 

INVENTORY: Count your Freezer items. When life settles down, I'm attaching a dry erase board to my freezer for better inventory control like this one on my Pinterest board. So simple, yet so useful.

EMERGENCY FUND: Consider putting aside $2.00 or more per week per family member. If you have any stories how your emergency fund has helped you, email them to me.

WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Buy or fill water as needed. Suggested amount is 14 gallons per person or 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person for drinking/cooking, and then water in barrels for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location. Cases will be $2.50 at Macey's case lot!

FOOD STORAGE (3-month per adult): 12 cans of tuna or salmon. On sale now for .59 ea. at Smith's. More if your family loves tuna.

NON-FOOD: 12 rolls of toilet paper per person. Goes along with our sanitation focus.

72-HOUR KIT: Toilet paper roll in a plastic quart-sized baggie.

AUTO KIT: Toilet paper roll in a plastic quart-sized baggie.

EQUIPMENT: Solar shower like this one at Walmart.

PREPAREDNESS: Make strawberry freezer jam.

NEWBIES: If you are new to my site, just jump right in. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Here is the April 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read "How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists" for other ideas.

GIVEAWAY 1: Four lucky winners will receive my 12-Month Food Storage Organizer book that I'm writing. Go here for more details.

GIVEAWAY 2: Win a Go Anywhere Portable Toilet by going here.

April 6, 2012

Giveaway: Go Anywhere Portable Toilet

To help us stay focused
on emergency sanitation this month
are giving away one
A $99.50 value!



"Enjoy dignified convenience with our safe, sturdy, thoughtfully engineered, premium quality GO anywhere portable toilet®.  Our compact toilet weighs just 7 pounds and folds closed to standard briefcase size.  It provides the comfort, height and ease of use of a standard toilet, supports up to 500 pounds and is stable on uneven ground.  No mixing, messy chemical waste storage tanks or dump stations required.  No assembly required. Go anywhere toilet kits® are biodegradable and disposable in any trash."

The Go Anywhere Portable Toilet includes:
  • One portable toilet
  • 3 Go anywhere toilet kits
  • Instruction sheet
Also, any of my followers may order a free Go Anywhere trial pack:
  • 1 Pee Wee Unisex urine bag
  • 1 Go anywhere toilet kit
  • 1 Sani-bag
  • There is a $2.00 shipping fee. Go here to order.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize:
Go Anywhere Portable Toilet (Giveaway is over!)

To Enter:
STEP 1: Please comment on this post why the Go Anywhere Toilet would be useful for you.
STEP 2: For a second entry, sign up for PreparedLDSFamily posts by email.
STEP 3:  to let me know if you commented and/or signed up for email posts. Put "Go Anywhere" in the subject line. If you don't email me, you can't be entered. Good luck!

Open to:
U.S. residents only
Last day to enter is Saturday, April 14th April 21st (after the wedding). Winner will be contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

(I am not paid to do giveaways. I just try to find products that may be helpful to you.)

Another Giveaway!
If you haven't entered already, I need your advice on my upcoming book. Share with me, and you can enter the giveaway for a free book "12-Month Food Storage Organizer" by going here.

April 2, 2012

Week 14: Food Storage Goals April 1 - 7

WEEK #14 
April 1 - 7
APRIL FOCUS 
Soup, Tuna & Beans AND Sanitation

Here is what we're working on this week:

INVENTORY: Count your Toiletries and record the amounts on your inventory sheets. This could include shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.

EMERGENCY FUND: Consider putting aside $2.00 or more per week per family member.

WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Buy or fill water as needed. Suggested amount is 14 gallons per person or 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person for drinking/cooking, and then water in barrels for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location.

FOOD STORAGE (3-month per adult): 12 cans beans AND 2 cans of chili. Adjust amounts to suit your family. There are many types of beans you could store such as pinto, black, kidney, white, pork 'n beans, refried, etc.

NON-FOOD: Free week. If you didn't work on your 72-hour kit food packs, do it this week.

72-HOUR KIT: Free week. If you didn't work on your 72-hour kit food packs, do it this week.

AUTO KIT: Free week. If you didn't work on your 72-hour kit food packs, do it this week.

EQUIPMENT: Free week. If you didn't work on your 72-hour kit food packs, do it this week.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Update your 72-hour kit food packs. I mentioned this last week, but I'm giving you two weeks to get it done. Too important to skip this.
Newbies: If you are new to my site, just jump right in. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Here is the April 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read "How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists" for other ideas.

CURRENT GIVEAWAY:
Four lucky winners will receive my 12-Month Food Storage Organizer book that I'm writing. Go here for more details.

April 1, 2012

The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos

As we prepare for Easter, I would like to share a new series of videos created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the life of Jesus Christ. They are outstanding! As I watched them, the care taken to be historically and biblically accurate was amazing. They are based on the King James Version of the Bible, and were filmed in the deserts of Utah. Though parts of His life are emotionally difficult to watch, as I listened to the teachings of Jesus, I felt peace.

The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos 
(this link will take you to the list of available videos)

For Easter, may I suggest you watch in this order:
"Jesus Warns Peter and Offers the Intercessory Prayer,"
"The Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem,"
"The Last Supper,"
"Jesus Is Tried By Caiaphas, Peter Denies Knowing Him,"
"The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane,"
"Jesus is Condemned Before Pilate,"
"Jesus Is Scourged and Crucified,"
"Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb," and
"Jesus Is Resurrected."

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