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What’s in Your Closet?

Good morning!! How did your weekend go? After a hot date with my crochet hook on Friday night, Hubby and I took a just-the-two-of-us road trip up north a ways on Saturday to meet a woman and her husband for dinner. She and the hubster went to the same school in Saudi Arabia and hadn’t seen each other since. Great time, great food, and beautiful area (we’d like to move near there someday!). Yesterday we had a couple over who has a boy not far from Bean in age, so they got to play and we got to chat over a bowl (or two, or four) of hot chili and the football game (which the Ravens won…blah). I hope your weekend was just as fun as ours!

Now, on to the real question: how do you organize the closets in your home?

We live in a too-small-for-all-of-us house, so our closets are a little wonky. The coat closet is out on a front porch that’s super cold in the winter and super hot in the summer, so we really don’t use it for much but storage. We’ve got closets in every room. However, the kids’ room closet is blocked by a bed (and is pretty full of some of my mother’s stuff anyway), so they have their dresser and “closet” downstairs in the basement.

I’ve read books and blogs about bigger families having “family closets” in their home, and I’ve been throwing the idea around lately. My washer and dryer is in the basement, so it would be so much easier to take the clothes right over to be put away stright out of the dryer. There is plenty of room, so storing clothes for all of us would not be an issue. The dressers my husband and I use in our room would have to stay in our room, so we would need to find one more dresser to put downstairs (the boys’ dresser is already down there).

Then there is the matter of organizing the clothing. Should it be hung by size and color? Type of clothing? Person it belongs to? I’m just a little OCD about clothing (in closets and dressers, so I’m not sure what would appeal to my control side. {wink}

So how does your household handle closets and clothes storage? Do you know anyone or have you ever had a family closet? How does it work for you?

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Cooking: A Little Bit of What You Fancy

A Little Bit of What You Fancy - A Week of Kitchen Organization - Finding BeautyA maiden that is negligent in acquiring skills in the art of cooking should resolve to change and gain lessons that will assist her. A diligent young girl will read carefully and seek to learn all she can of rules, courtesies, and the keeping of a proper kitchen. She will delight to please her family and friends with pleasant tasting foods that she has prepared.” -Mrs. Martha Greene

I have a confession to make: I am not a good cook. Cooking is something I do because we need to eat but I don’t particularly enjoy it. But having said that, I must say that I do make every effort to cook meals that Chris enjoys and that are nutritious
Something as basic as cooking should come naturally to us, but I am living proof that it doesn’t. Does that mean that I have given up and only serve canned goods or pre-packaged meals? Absolutely not!

Because I see that cooking is a vital part of keeping a home and most importantly, keeping a husband and children healthy, I often seek out recipes and tips to help me. I try to choose plain meals and I am most fortunate in that my husband loves meat, 2 veg and mashed potato! He would be happy with that for every meal.

Even knowing that he would be happy with a plain meal all the time, I try to vary it by alternating between vegetables and salads and methods of cooking. One night, I may serve a stew with the vegetables in that with a hefty serve of mashed potatoes. The next night it may be a grill with chips and salad. But basically, his favourite fare is meat based, with vegetables and mashed or chipped potato.

I feel that in preparing our menus that we should be diligent to take into account what our husband prefers and try to accommodate him. I have found that it is just as easy to prepare something he likes and enjoys than to try something new and find he doesn’t like it.

Being a good cook is important in your overall efforts to be a good homemaker. Memories are often centered around meals that were tasty and served with pleasant company. I feel there is nothing that deflates one’s spirit more than sitting down to a poorly cooked meal served with indifference.

Trying to feed your family well not only pays off dividends in better health through good nutrition, but it also livens ones’ spirit. Taking the time to plan and prepare meals will enhance family life and create a more pleasant meal time.

Let’s seek to improve our cooking as we remember the proverb that says “a little bit of what you fancy does you good!” It truly does everyone good!

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“Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:” Genesis 27:9

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Before Mealtime: Grocery Shopping Plan

Before Mealtime: Grocery Shopping Plan - A Week of Kitchen Organization -  Finding BeautyI’m not the best house keeper. I’m working on it and have much improved in over 10 years of marriage, but I’m still learning and disciplining myself on making sure that everything HAS a place, let alone keeping everything IN its place. The kitchen is where I spend most of my time, or at least a good portion of it, and may be the furthest along in my quest for order in my home, but next to the other ladies who contribute here I am just beginning! I love that being here with them means I can not only contribute, but learn and grow in this area as well.

That said, one thing I’ve become pretty good at doing is keeping our grocery bill down. I’ve become good enough at this that not only both of my sisters, but also my own mother have all called for my help in better planning their grocery trips when the month’s budget is going to be more crunched than usual for whatever reason. I’ll tell you what, that speaks to me! I feel it’s the ultimate compliment, for my mother to call and ask my advice or opinion on something. She taught me so much and continues to be my spiritual mother, that her calling or seeking my thoughts on anything just really makes me feel like I must know my stuff in that area.

So what is it about my grocery shopping that helps the budget?

Mostly it’s about meal planning. I discovered several years ago that I spend less money when I go to the store with a list. I also make less trips to the grocery store if I already have everything I need for a given meal, rather than deciding that I have “most” of the things to make something but still lack this ingredient or that. Inevitably, if I go back to the store, I get more than just those one or two ingredients and end up blowing my grocery budget for the week or month.

Having mentioned both weekly and monthly budgets, I want to say that I’ve done this plan both ways. When we lived in the big middle of a large city, I planned and shopped weekly. Now that we’re back out in the middle of nowhere, it makes more sense for us to plan and shop monthly. There is a little store in our town where I can get replenishables like bread and milk, but for the most of my shopping I go once monthly to the big chains in the city. You can do it either way; they both work wonderfully and I may even suggest – if stores are close to you – that for a beginner doing it weekly is a good way to learn. Just be sure to stick to the plan of only going to the store that once in a week! Get all the bread and milk you’ll need for a single week; you shouldn’t have to worry about it going bad that quickly.

The first thing I do is go through my cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, and freezer(s) and see what I already have. For the first several times, it’s good to write down what’s there just so it congeals better in my mind. Don’t forget to put down how much of each item there is, as well. I might still have on hand a can of ranch style beans, but if I need TWO cans to finish my meal then I need to know that I still need one more can. On any given pantry sweep, I might have plenty of flour, a little rice, a couple of cans of green beans, a can of tomato sauce, several cans of cream soup, and whatever. I might also still have a roast in the freezer, a bag of frozen broccoli, or a container of yogurt that needs to be eaten up soon. Write it down!

I then take that list and think of the meals which can be made from those ingredients. For instance, with the creamed soup, rice, and broccoli I have almost a complete meal; I just need to add some meat, so begins my third list – what I lack of any meals I can make from what I already have.

As I make my grocery list, more meal ideas transpire. If I’m going to get chicken to go with my rice meal, it’s often cheaper to buy a larger package that will do for two or three meals. The same goes if I need to purchase potatoes as an ingredient for a meal that I have most things for; a bag of potatoes will do another couple of meals as well. Thinking about my purchases and making the economical choice of the larger packages (when it is the more frugal option, of course!) helps keep me from wasting extras as well as using up what is older first. If I’m going to buy a big box of Bisquick for pancakes, I might not buy refrigerated biscuits this month so I can use what I have. I also might google some recipes (I personally have a Bisquick cookbook, and it has been handy in a crunch more than once) and find an easy pie recipe to use it with as well.

I often have people ask me about coupons. I don’t do much couponing at all. I do some; we are blessed in that one of the major stores nearby has in-store coupons as well as weekly meal deal specials. Often, the coupons are for purchasing the major brand of something and receiving the store brand item for free. Sometimes it is money off, or money off when purchasing multiples. The meal deals are often great values; I can purchase the main meat and get almost everything I need for the meal to go with it.

Besides the in-store coupons, I don’t use a lot of newspaper or manufacturer coupons. I just haven’t found them to save me money in most cases. The coupons are usually for national brand items, and even with cents-off they are usually still more expensive than purchasing the store brand. This isn’t always true, but because of how rare I’ve found the exceptions to be, I haven’t found couponing worth my time. I know that there are others that have and really enjoy it, but even having retried with coupons recently I just can’t make it add up with savings over store brand items. For me, for most items, coupons are only a time-sucking black hole that I usually try to avoid.

As my meal plan comes together, I count out how many meals I’ll need to fix before my next shopping trip. If I’m planning for a week’s eating, that would be 14 meals – 2 meals each day for a week. Usually in the course of a week we’ll eat at church on Wednesday evenings, sometimes at my mom’s or mother-in-law’s for Sunday lunch, and often do leftovers on Sunday evening. That’s immediately 3 meals I don’ t have to plan, so I’m looking at 11 meals including 6 lunches and 5 dinners. I take into consideration depending on if my husband is going to be home for lunch and for which meals can be quick and easy. I also consider our schedule, if we’re going to have a full day of activity and will need a hearty meal on a specific night, or if we’ll have a busy day and need to do something like frozen pizza once. I also like to include a variety of the types of meats we eat each week; if we eat nothing but chicken for 4 days, we’re going to be very tired of chicken!

Some of these things are going to be family specific, but I hope that I have given you some ideas on how to go about organizing your meal plans so you can grocery shop most effectively! I’m all about saving money wherever I can, and food doesn’t have to be expensive! Have fun, and let me know how you do with your next grocery trip!

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Organizing your Kitchen

Organizing Your Kitchen - A Week of Kitchen Organization - Finding BeautyI will be the first to raise my hand and say that my kitchen is NOT fully organized. I have my areas of weakness and areas where I am strong. I hope to share today some things that might be of help to you and ask you for YOUR HELP as well! So, my addition to our theme week is definitely something I’m opening up my kitchen to you and sharing the good, the bad and the clueless! Smiles! I hope you enjoy being here today!

My pots, pans and containers are each set up in a cabinet where we can easily find them and the girls can easily put away the dishes knowing where they go. I use one cabinet to hold my bake wear and my pots and pans. On the top shelf you can find all of my bake wear. This includes things like my casserole dishes, cookie sheet, etc.. On the bottom shelf of that cabinet you can find my pots and pans. We stack them from biggest to smallest so they can easily fit in there and we can find them at a moment’s notice! In a second cabinet I use the top shelf for my large bowls all the way down to my small bowls. Again, I nestle them inside each other and have two sets of nestled bowls where those are easy to grab. Under that shelf, on the bottom, I have all of my “containers”…. All the way from Tupperware to saving containers from butter containers, cool whip containers, you name it!

My pantry is organized to where I have canned goods together, noddles and rice items together, and “boxed” items together. This makes it really easy to look at a glance and see what I need. I put like items together. So, for example, I can check when getting groceries if I need something like green beans. I can just look and count the cans. Same thing with the other items of food in my kitchen.

I also have a LARGE cabinet that holds all of my “helpers” like the blender, stock pot, etc… We have a cabinet up top that we keep all of our spices in and I really don’t have a good way to order these. Alphabetically would drive me crazy and hubby wouldn’t keep them that way anyhow. So, on the bottom shelf are our “most often used” spices. The shelf above holds all the rest. We also have a medicine cabinet above the kitchen sink where it’s safe from children. It’s not very organized and I find myself digging to find what I need. Do you have a solution to offer? I used to use baskets and I would put kids meds in one basket, vitamins and minerals in another basket and finally meds like Tylenol, Advil, etc…. for adults in the last basket. This worked well. I might try that again as I’m thinking of it!

What are some special ways you organize your kitchen? I would love to hear ideas from you to help me out as well! Blessings!!

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How I Organize My Kitchen

How I Organize My Kitchen - A Week of Kitchen Organization - Finding Beauty

Organization to me  means to organize things in an effective way  that enables you to find and use things more conveniently.

This applies especially to the kitchen!

To that end I have organized my cupboards  in a method that makes sense with the area it is in. I have all my coffee and tea supplies in the cabinet above the coffeemaker. Baskets help corral any small bags of unopened coffee- once open they get poured into a glass decanter-and single teabags that I get from freebie sites.

I have all my baking supplies in the cabinet above the baking counter which holds the mixer. Canned goods, whether I canned them myself or bought them, have 1 cabinet and and bags of beans and rice share a cabinet with daily snacks.

My blender and toaster oven share  counterspace since these are the 2 items the kids use the most for their snacking. Mmmmmm, smoothies!

I also have a set of shelves in my kitchen  that hold  Tupperware containers or large jars of flour, sugar and the like. Next to this I have several 5 gallon buckets  of wheat stacked up. Another set of shelves holds items that I use often but not often enough to put on the counter, like  a dehydrator, prepping food storage and the like.

Dishes, Tupperware and pots each have their own  cabinet too.They make terrific lid holders you can buy at Walmart or Target to organize your pan lids, making it easier to find what you want quickly. There are small shelves you can stack your dishes on to , to make more room in a small cabinet.

I keep all paper items and wrapping in a large drawer and cleaners- all homemade of course!- in a cabinet above the wash machine.

Yes I have been abundantly blessed with cabinets in this home and I plan to copy the idea once I build my own home!

How do YOU organize your kitchen? Share in the comments below. ~smile

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Moving with Kids

Since I graduated from high school, I have moved on the average of about once a year. Actually, the typical pattern is to live somewhere for 6 months, the next place for 18 months, and then a year. It’s not always like that, but it seems like that is kind of our pattern.

The twins looking over the porch railing at our current house.

That includes the over 10 years that I’ve been married. Sometimes this has been due to a job change, and sometimes it has been due to issues with the house or landlord that could only be resolved by moving. Once, we moved from a small house to a larger house owned by the same landlord. Man, I wish we could ever rent from him again! (Actually, he passed away while we lived in the larger home, and we continued to live there and rent from his kids, taking care of that property as they all lived further away, until hubby got the job in Austin.)

All of that said, it’s time to move again. I know the Lord has a new thing for us; in fact, when my husband’s job cut his hours again a couple of weeks ago, I had said then that the Lord has a new thing for us and it’s time to move on. I was excited! I guess I just didn’t realize how much change this new thing required, because I never even thought about needing to move! I still believe the Lord has a new thing for us, and I really think that this is one of those things that will be and IS a huge blessing in disguise. I know when we get to wherever the Lord is taking us in this, our lives will be less stressful and we’ll be able to carry out His instructions much better than we are currently. I can’t wait!

This time, we may need to move inside of a week. I’ve 5 kids ranging from my 13 year old son down to my twins who will be 2 years old on the 8th. The last few times we moved, I was unable to be of much help; the very last time, I had twin infants. The time before that, I was 6 months pregnant with twins and did well to get out of bed or the chair at all! So, I’m looking forward to a quick and efficient move this time. Here are some of my best tips for moving quickly with kids!

If you have warning that you’ll be moving, and even if you don’t normally cook ahead, it’s a good idea to do so if you have any freezer space at all. Having meals that can just be popped into the oven or microwave (use disposable pans to make it even easier!) sure makes it less of a hassle to get everyone fed, and saves you the cost of having to run and get fast food twice daily for an entire weekend.

Shepherd’s Pie: a great cook-ahead option!

The first things to pack include: books (we save our current curricula for last), crafting items, entertainment niceties (video games, DVD’s and movies, except for what might be necessary to keep kids occupied), kitchen extras (if you’ve cooked ahead of time, that allows you to pack more of the kitchen than if you’ll have to continue cooking while in the packing phase).

One of the first things I always do is have the kids go through their toys. Moving this often has allowed us an almost built-in way to go through and toss out the broken toys and give away or sell things with which the kids just no longer play. I usually let them pick two or three items each to save for the “last box.”

About the last box – I allow each child either a backpack, or room in a single large box for the last things to get packed and the first things to get unpacked. Usually this consists of their handheld gaming system, a movie or two, a toy or two, and possibly a book or two. This is what they use to keep themselves entertained during the times when things are mostly packed up either at the old house or as we start unpacking at the new house.

Another thing we do – we allow (even require) lots and lots of outside play time during moves. Even messy play like turning on the water hose and getting all muddy are great deterrents and keep the kids out of the house and out of the way of packing and moving items. We almost always take a garbage bag of dirty clothes that gets placed in the washer as soon as it’s hooked up at the new place, and anything wet or yuck can go in that bag. The mud is very much worth the 2 or 3 hours it gives the adults to get some things done!

This time, we’ll hope to use a babysitter at least once or twice. We’re back near family and blessed to be so, and between my husband’s cousin who lives just 5 miles up the road and my mother who lives closer to a half hour away, we’ll have a couple of kid-free packing sessions to get as much done as possible.

Prayers appreciated as we get moving, and by the time this posts I expect to know where we’re headed and possibly already be settled in. What are some of the problems you’ve run into with moving? Or, if you’ve a move coming up, do you have any questions or concerns I may can help you think through?

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Using Your Smart Phone as Your Homekeeping Handbook Part 4

In this fourth, and final part of this series, I will be telling you about some miscellaneous apps that I used often and enjoy.  If you would like to read the first three parts of this series, you can find them at:

Part 1 – Bible/Quiet Time
Part 2 – scheduling, to-do list, and cleaning routine
Part 3 – Menu Planning and Shopping

Today, I’m going to be telling you about some of the other apps that I use quite a bit on my iPhone.   Some are just handy little apps, while others I use with hobbies, games, and more.  So let’s get started!

Social Network Apps

I am so glad that these are available on my iPhone.  They allow me to keep in touch with my online friends while on the go and are great for just killing some time in the doctor’s office or anytime when I’m having to wait around.  Here are my favorites–the best part is they are all FREE!

Facebook – Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends’ latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook while on the go.

Google+ – Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are.  Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.

Pinterest – I’ve become addicted to Pinterest on the computer, so of course when I found an app for it, I had to get it.  Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place to catalog and share the things you love.  Pin anything that catches your eye: memorable meals, places to visit, or great shopping finds!

MobileRSS Free ~ Google RSS News Reader – MobileRSS is a fully-featured Google Reader client for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. We’ve built a ton of powerful and exclusive features onto an elegant and familiar design platform which makes reading the news fun again. We think you’ll like it!

Utilities

These are all handy little tools that I use often on my iPhone.

DataMan Free – Real Time Data Usage Manager – Get usage alerts and stop exceeding your data allowance! The ultimate weapon against data overage charges – DataMan tracks your data usage in real time, giving you always up-to-date usage statistics. No other apps come close to DataMan for its precision.

Dragon Dictation – Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard.  With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Maps & More

Maps are so handy to have available on your iPhone.  Instant access in case you get lost or want to find something interesting to do.

MapQuest 4 Mobile MapQuest is the #1 provider of FREE voice-guided, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation for iPhone. Your phone speaks to you, telling you when to make a turn. Easily search with a single click while on the go. Stay on schedule by checking live traffic en route. If you take a wrong turn, MapQuest re-routes you automatically.

 MomMaps Mom Maps helps you find fun, kid-friendly locations on the go!

Life 360 – Life360 turns your phone into the ultimate safety device and let’s you knoW: Where your family members are located, What safety points and threats are nearby, When your loved ones are safe or need help.  Life360 is the leader in mobile safety and are recognized as the most powerful, accurate, and battery efficient family locator available. Life360 is also the only tracking application that is also compatible with regular phones, so you can locate family members who don’t have smartphones.

Games

I don’t personally play a lot of games on my phone, but I do enjoy Solitaire from time to time.  Mostly I keep games on my phone as a way to entertain Riley when he’s restless or he needs to be quiet for a little bit.  Works great when we go out to eat and he finishes before everyone else or we’re waiting for our food to arrive!

Scoops – Stack your ice cream cone high into the sky by tilting the phone left and right, catching as many scoops as you can while avoiding the vegetables (veggies ARE great apart from icecream!). The higher you go, the faster they fall, and the more wobbly your tower! Stack similar colors together for extra points.

Giraffe’s Matching Zoo – Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning.  Giraffe’s Matching Zoo is a vibrant and exciting mind development game designed for children, but fun for all ages.  Every adorable animal makes a unique and entertaining sound.  Fun music, cute animations and special effects make this game a blast to play.

Temple Run – Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!

Top Truck Free – Ever dreamed of crushing cars in a bad boy monster truck? Now you can in Top Truck! Race across 3 distinct worlds in crazy settings. Send the crowd to fever pitch as you crush cars, destroy terrain & grab bonus points!  Search for hidden routes within the levels to finish in style, and enjoy some barnstorming loop-the-loops!

Solitaire – The same classic Windows Solitaire game plus the ability to control card movements naturally by just swiping or tapping the cards on your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

Books

I love reading and there are always tons of good ebooks available for FREE.  My husband bought me a Nook last Christmas and I loved it.  But then I got an iPhone and found that I can get a Nook app for  my phone, along with a Kindle App!!  I’m in book heaven!

Nook – Start reading in seconds – new users can create an account at BN.com. NOOK™ for iPhone from Barnes & Noble offers an incredible reading experience, with more than two million NOOK Books, including New York Times best sellers, new releases, thousands of free books, and sample books free. It is also easy to share eBooks with friends and family using NOOK’s exclusive LendMe™ technology. Get the FREE NOOK app for iPhone now.  And we’re not just transforming your iPhone. We have a free Nook app for your iPad, Mac and PC, other smartphones, and a great dedicated eBook reader called NOOK, so you can read the NOOK Books you buy from us on the screen you want.

Kindle – The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, and magazines on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 950,000* books in the Kindle Store plus over 100* newspapers and magazines. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device.

Good Reads – Goodreads is a free website for everyone who reads. We have more than 6,000,000 members who have added more than 100,000,000 books to their shelves. Our mission is to help you find new and interesting books by showing you what your friends are reading. Browsing Goodreads is like wandering through the world’s largest library. Find thousands of book reviews and peruse the bookshelves of friends and other readers. Post your own reviews and keep track of what you have read and want to read.

Entertainment

There’s nothing like having your favorite music and movies available on the go!  Many times, we go through a fast food joint with wifi and then go sit out in the car and eat and watch a movie!

Pandora – Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.

Netflix – Get Netflix on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.

RedBox – The official redbox iPhone app lets you browse and reserve movies, games, watch trailers, plus find the nearest redbox kiosk from wherever you are. Find a redbox: Find the closest redbox kiosk, save favorites, and get directions (with a map!) to that or any other redbox nearby.  Find a movie: See every movie that’s available at redbox, or narrow it down to see what’s inside of your favorite redbox kiosk. Search by genres, too!  Reserve a movie: Once you find just what you’re looking for, reserve it ASAP on your iPhone so it’ll be waiting for you when you get to the redbox kiosk.

In Case of an Emergency

These two apps my husband requested that we put on all our phones in case of an emergency.  If nothing else, they are interesting reads 🙂

Survival Guide – Survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation (e.g. natural disasters) to save themselves or others (see also bushcraft). Generally speaking, these techniques are meant to provide the basic necessities for human life: water, food, shelter, habitat, and the need to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants, and for first aid. In addition, survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancient humans had to use for thousands of years, so these skills are partially a reenactment of history. Many of these skills are the ways to enjoy extended periods of time in remote places, or a way to thrive in nature. Some people use these skills to better appreciate nature and for recreation, not just survival.

SAS Survival Guide – SAS Survival Lite is the FREE version of the complete SAS Survival Guide, available now in the app store. Based on the million-copy bestselling book, this fantastic free app provides you with a bare bones guide to wilderness survival. Jam-packed with basic survival tools, you’ll be equipped for any expedition to the outdoors with this entry-level guide in your arsenal.

Well this is the this series on using your smart phone as your homekeeping handbook.  I hope you’ve found it useful and these tips help you to become a better homemaker!

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