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How to shelter in place at home

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Why would I need to shelter in place? You would need to shelter in place in the event of a chemical accident or terrorist attack. Some chemical accidents may include chemical  biological or hazardous materials spills or leaks, terrorist attacks could be anything from a dirty bomb to the releasing of a hazardous chemical into your town.

Choose your room in advance, the best rooms are ones with as few doors and windows as possible, having its own water supply is a huge plus, the master bedroom would be idea if it will work for your family.


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Home Emergency Kit

Home Emergency Kit

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Water, food and clean air are necessary during an emergency. That being said each families kit will need to be different accounting for the needs of all members such as infant needs, daily medications and pet needs. This list was compiled from many different sites including FEMA, The Red Cross, and The CDC among others. Hope you find it as helpful as I did. Continue reading Home Emergency Kit

Homemade Finger Paint

Homemade Finger Paint

Ingredients that are found in finger paints include: baking soda, citric acid, manntiol, polyethylene glycol, sodium benzoate, mineral oil and various food coloring including Allura red dye also known as red dye #40, approved by the FDA but is controversial because some believe that it may affect some children’s behavior.

¼ cup corn flower

2 cups water

Food coloring

In a small saucepan, mix together 1/4 cup corn flour and 2 cups of water. Add food coloring to get to desired color. Boil until mixture thickens, then allow to cool. Pour into lidded containers to store. Old baby food jar make the perfect size container for these paint especially the baby food meat jars.

Crunchy Butternut Brand Cereal

Crunchy Butternut Brand Cereal

Why pay $4.00 or more for a box of healthy cereal when you can make some yourself and know that it is preservative and additive free. Substitute the squash for sweet  potato or even mashed banana.

4 eggs

1 cup Sugar

2 cups mashed squash

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

3 cups wheat brand

2 cups whole wheat flour

Stir all ingredients together, pour into 2 9×13 pans. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until crispy. Let cool, crumble and return to pans. Place in oven at lowest temperature stirring occasionally until dry.    Eat as cereal with milk.

Bacon Dressing

Bacon Dressing

Who doesn’t love bacon, with this recipe you can make your own salad dressing and although it is made with bacon it is still better for you than store bought kind.

4-6 slices bacon

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup minced onion

3 tablespoons vinegar

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons water

Fry bacon then break into bits. Add other ingredient to hot bacon fat. Bring to a boil to thicken slightly. Pour over kale or other greens raw or cooked; layer on top the bacon bits and some hard boiled egg.

Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake

Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake

Two of my favorite foods, pumpkin and cheesecake, yum! This would make a great addition to you holiday table.

20 gingersnaps cookies crushed

½ cup pecans finely chopped

¼ cup melted butter

2 (8oz) packages cream cheese

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees; spray a 9-in spring form pan with cooking spray. Combine cookie crumbs, pecans and butter until blended, press into bottom and sides of the pan and bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool. Combine cream cheese ½ cup of the sugar and the vanilla. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one. Remove one cup of batter, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. To the remaining batter add the rest of the sugar, pumpkin cinnamon and nutmeg, mix until well blended. Spoon half of the refrigerated batter into crust in dollops, layer pumpkin batter over top then the other half of the non-pumpkin batter. Using a butter knife, swirl through the batter several times. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool in pan, refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Recipe from USA Weekend.

Homemade play dough

Homemade play dough

Hasbor current maker of play-dough say it is made of water, a starch based binder, retrogradation inhibitor, borax, petroleum, salt, lubricant, surfactant, preservative, hardener, humectant, fragrance and color. Play dough was originally made as a wallpaper cleaner.  (Wikipedia) Don’t want you children playing with something made to clean wallpaper, although it is labels as safe and non toxic it is full of chemicals, so make your own from real ingredients that are truly safe and even eatable. It won’t last as long as the store bought kind but it is simple to make so you can just make more.

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons of cream of tarter

½ cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

Food coloring

Mix and knead flour and boiling water, cream of tartar, salt, oil, and a few drops of food coloring. Store in a sealed plastic bag.

Recipe from Cooks.com

Picture Wreath

Picture Wreath

This is adorable and would make a great gift for the grandma’s in your children’s life. Let the kids help by picking the colors of the cardstock or ribbons and also let them pick their favorite pictures to use. Maybe take a picture of them helping make the wreath and include that.

What you need: 3-inch circle template, colored or white cardstock, pencil, scissors, 4×6-inch black-and-white  or color photos, glue stick, decorative-edge scissors, 12- or 14-inch foam wreath form, crafts glue, jingle bells, ribbon, two T pins

Make it:  Use circle template to cut circles from card stock; cut faces from black-and-white photos into slightly smaller circles. Use a glue stick to attach the photo cutouts to card stock and then trim the card stock with decorative-edge scissors. Glue the photos to the surface of the Styrofoam wreath form with edges overlapping. Thread ribbon through jingle bells and tie bows. Glue the bells in between the photos as desired. Attach a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath with T-pins and hang.

From Parents.com

You can use this same concept but change up the shape, such as using a ball (basket, soccer, football, ext.) and make your pictures smaller and glue them all over the ball add a ribbon to hang it from and you have a cute gift for the ball lovers in your life.


Sock Advent Calender

Solo kids sock? – turn the lonely leftovers into a fun advent calendar to countdown the days to Christmas. This is such a cute fun easy craft to do with the kids. To make it a little more complicated you could paint the clothespins. Have other fun Advent calendar ideas? We would love to hear about them. Trying this idea? Let us know how it turned out, we would love to see pictures.

What you’ll need: 24 socks, number stickers, ribbon or rope, clothespins

Make it: Hang a piece of ribbon or rope on your wall – you can make any shape you like, just make sure it’s long enough to hold all 24 socks. Then, add the number stickers to your socks and attach them to the ribbon with clothespins. Place a special trinket or piece of candy inside each sock and let your kids pick a present every morning before Christmas. www.parents.com

Christmas Cleanse

Christmas Cleanse

This is a cleanse for your house not you body, I just wanted to get that out there right away to avoid confusion. Why Christmas time? Christmas is a great time to purge the unwanted items from your life because you can give all the items to charity which will help someone else have a Merry Christmas. Plus getting rid of stuff is not as hard when you think that you will soon have new items to replace what you are giving away (this is particularly true with children’s toys).

I would start in your closet and remove any clothing that you haven’t worn in a year along with anything that is too big or too small. Move from your closet to your kids and if you haven’t put away out of season clothes yet this would be a great time to do so. Let your children choose a few items that they no longer wear to give away. Take the time to explain to them why it is nice to give away the items that you no longer want instead of just throwing them in the trash. Move from clothes to the rest of your house remove anything that is broken I know you think you might get around to fixing it but be honest with yourself do you really have the time, energy, ext.? I would save the kids toys for last.

Now that you’ve done the rest of the house lets tackle the children’s toys. Start by reminding the Children how many gifts they got the previous year and that they need to make room for the gift they will receive this year. Explain to the children that by giving their toys to charity they will help someone else have a better Christmas. Go slow and let the children lead, if they are not ready to get rid of something you think they should just wait and give them time to come to that conclusion on their own. Once your child has decided to give something away make it disappear quickly so they are not tempted to change their mind. If they ask about that toy in the future remind them of what a good decision it was to give it away and that some other child it now loving and playing with that toy.

Of course leading by example is the best way to help your child let go of excess things, it is hard to explain to a child that they should give away their toys if you hang on to everything. Good luck and I hope your Christmas Cleanse goes well. Leave us a comment and let us know how this article helped or didn’t help. If you have some tips that you want to share comment on this article and we will make sure to share them with our readers.