Severe Weather Season!

Disaster Volunteers

Severe weather can happen any time of the year, no matter where you live, so you need to be prepared! Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, fire or flooding, having supplies on hand could save your life. Power outages, loss of water supply, road blockages can all cut you off from the every day supplies we rely on. Here is a list of important things for you to store away for when disaster strike.

Essential Item you will need in an emergency.

1. Water

Water is of course at the top of our list. Having a large storage tank of water with a manual pump is great, but you should keep a supply of portable jugs on hand in case you need to evacuate. 5 gal per is a good starting point, more if you have the room to store it.

2. Light

Battery operated flash lights and lanterns are important, but only last so long, So be sure to stock extra batteries. Having emergency candles on hand, which are made to burn slower, and some water proof matches will prove to be helpful.

3. First Aid Kit 

No emergency supply kit can be without a first aid kit, getting medical attention quickly during a disaster won’t be easy.

First Aid Kit

4. Food

Storing food for an emergency is important, as food supply in stores deplete quickly during emergencies. Storing can goods and non-perishable food are you best options. Be sure to rotate these supplies with fresh ones every few months. Add some plastic plates and utensils for better eating conditions.

5. Medication

While you can’t usually store medication for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to place a large note of reminder in with you supplies so you remember to grab them if you need to leave.

6. Radio

Having a battery operated or hand crank radio to keep you informed of the conditions around you is very helpful. It will let you know when the situation is past or if you need to evacuate and the best route to take.

7. Tool Box

Having a small easy to store and carry tool box or pouch, containing screw drivers, knives, saw and pliers, will be very handy in any disaster.

See the Next Page for more items you will need in an emergency

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7 Wonderful Old Furniture Hacks

Old door - coat hanger

It’s a great feeling when you take a piece of old furniture and upcycle it into something useful around your home. Here are some great ideas to make your place look great and be more organized or practical.

#1 French Door Coat Hanger

Turn an old glass french door in to a beautiful picture frame and coat hanger. A little paint and a few hooks and hanging hardware and you all set.

Old door - coat hanger

Project source: cheap-goose.blogspot.com

 

 

#2 Lego Play Station

Turn an old end table into a Lego play and storage center for the kids!

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Check out this awesome idea at http://fussymonkeybiz.blogspot.com/2013/07/lego-table.html

 

#3 Dresser Storage Shelves

Before the trash man gets there grab that old dresser you neighbor is tossing away and show them what an awesome re-purposing job you did with it.

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A great idea from spoonfulofimagination.com

 

#4 Ladder Towel Rack

Before you toss the old wooden ladder you found out in the shed, it will make a nice towel rack for you country bathroom or out by the pool.

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A wonderful and simple idea from listotic.com

 

#5 Garage Tool Crib

So you are done with that old file cabinet in the office, think about making it a tool crib for the garage. With a little paint and a few other parts from the hardware store you can keep all your gardening tools and more organized and ready to go.

file cabinet to tool crib

Find step by step guidance at blog.tttreasure.com

 

#6 A Beautiful Garden Bench

Now that you replaced the old dining room set, you can re-purpose the chairs in to this fabulous garden bench with a few dollars in wood, paint and fabric.

Garden Bench

Thank You, An Oregon Cottage for this wonderful idea.

 

#7 This Old Door

After installing a new door on the bedroom closet, take that door and make an awesome entry tree for the foyer. This one will take a little extra work, but will look great and feel great too when it is done.

Hall Tree

An awesome idea from taylored4tx.com

Have a fun time if you decide to tackle and of these great DIY projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

house fire

Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or blizzard, most people are not prepared for a disaster when it strikes. It can be the difference between survival and death and also the difference in getting life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Having a plan is the first part of being prepared for a disaster, knowing who is where and where to go to meet up or be contacted will help reduce the stress of the situation. Having a tote packed and ready to go with certain items is a great idea when you have to get out fast.

Here is a list of some items you will want to pack up in your survival kit:

Basic Items for Survival

Water: One gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; double if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing. Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet’s water needs, too.

Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they’re in a form that stores easily, such as cereal bars and trail mix with dried fruit. Include some treats that have a long shelf life, such as Tootsie Rolls. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.

Flashlights and extra batteries: “Candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended,” says David Riedman, a public affairs officer with FEMA.

Battery-operated radio: Red Cross radios are available at multiple retailers and online.

First-Aid Supplies.

Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies.

Additional Items:

  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and dust masks — in case you need to seal your home or shelter from airborne contaminants
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Toys or other comfort items for kids
  • Cash

Also it is good to take important papers with you.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com

Build a Cool Looking Wood Pallet Cooler!

Using old pallets to make really cool looking furniture and other things around your home will make great, inexpensive, DIY projects.

You can pick up old wood pallets at many local stores in your area, just go in and ask them if the have any they are giving away. Landscape supply stores are usually a good place to get free pallets from.

Once you have your pallets, you will need to dismantle them, check out this great video on disassembling the pallets. http://www.homediyfixes.com/how-to-disassemble-wood-pallet/

Most wood pallet project only require a few tools to get them done.

A circular saw

Drill and bits

Screw gun

Some clamps can help keep things in place when working on your project.

 

Making a cool looking ice chest for your back yard patio will be the talk of all your friends. If you want to learn how to build a rustic cooler from pallets then here is a great project for you.

Head over to the Next Page for plans and instructions on building your own wood pallet cooler.

 

 

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Awesome Dollar Store DIY Fall Projects

Being handy and a little artistic can go along way when you are doing crafts and making great decorations around the house.

When you enjoy making things for your home as I do. The Dollar stores are a great place to find DIY project items so you can make some wonderful decorations.

There definitely is a lot of junk at the dollar stores, but if you know how to weed through the trash to find the treasures, you’ll never look back.

Try these easy and inexpensive decorations that any DIYer can put together and enjoy sprucing up your home or office with just a few things from your local dollar store.

Happy Fall. Hope you enjoyed these tips.

DIY All Natural Bug Repellent Candles

All Natural Bug Repellent Candles

We all enjoy the great outdoors in the summer, that is until the sun sets and the bugs start flying around. Not much will break up a gathering faster that being attacked by mosquitoes.

Before you break out the citronella candles or other harsh chemicals  that nobody likes the smell of anyway, how about some all natural bug repellent candles instead?

Don’t break up the wonderful outdoor party because Claire over at A Little Claireification makes these great all natural mason jar candles that put a little light on things and also helps repel the bugs.

Here is a list of the supplies you will need to put them together.

Supplies You Need:

 

See how she puts them together, visit her blog at A Little Claireification.com

10 Home Hacks You May Not Know!

Home tips

Our day to day life seems to flow along nicely, we have our daily routines and we are happy.

But wouldn’t it be nice to have some little tips and tricks that can make your life just a little easier?

Little things like keeping a garbage bag in place or getting it out of the can easier.

Saving money on things like air fresheners or cleaning solutions.

The wonderful folks over at Money Talk News put together a list of 10 such home hacks that could do just that. Check them out!

 

10 Hacks you need to know

We hope you found these Hacks useful in your life. You can head over to the Next Page to see some more.

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You Really Need a Fire Extinguisher!

Fire Extinguisher

No home should be without at least one fire extinguisher, for a larger home multiple extinguishers is the best plan.

Fire Extinguisher

Installing one in the Kitchen, Garage, Laundry Room and Work Shop should be a priority, but having one in your bedroom is also a good idea in case a fire breaks out in the middle of the night.

Educating yourself and your family on where the fire extinguishers are and how to properly handle them before a fire starts could keep a small fire from becoming a full house fire.

Fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use, but not without first thinking of your safety first.

 

Have a plan so if a fire breaks out, so you know what to do.

  • Alert everyone in the house and get outside.
  • Call emergency services.
  • Then if the fire has not gotten too big, use the extinguisher, keeping yourself between the fire and an exit so you can get out if things get worse.

 

 

Here is a great video on using your fire extinguisher!

50 Home Fixes that Won’t Break the Bank.

Home Fixes

There are always little things that need to be fixed around your home, the good news is that many of them can be done for less money than a cup of coffee.

Improving your home and your life is easy with these 50 home fixes you will find below, and they cost less than $2!

The wonderful people over at Vibrant Doors, after scouring thru the dollar stores, put together this great list of things you can do around your home.

Just a few dollars and you are well on your way to making those little things around your home better.

 

50 Home Fixes
50 Home Fixes that will make your life better!

Things to Know About What BUGS You!

There are all kinds of insects in our world. Some are real pests, they destroy our homes and gardens. Some of what bugs you will freak you out and send you running for cover, and some can even make you sick or be deadly.

Yet there are some bugs that are really beneficial to us and our lives. These bugs eat other bugs, pollinate plants and trees, and even cultivate the earth to help our gardens grow nicer.

Before you go grabbing that bottle of pesticide, stop and learn what it is you are trying to remove from your life and what else may be affected in the process.

Here you will find some of the good guys and how they make our lives better.

Ladybugs – Cheaper Than Pesticides

Everyone loves a ladybug, right? They are really cute, but don’t let them fool you — they have strong predatory instincts and a ravenous appetite. One single ladybug will eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. There are over 4,000 different types of ladybugs in the world, varying in shape, size, and color.

Most, but not all of them, are beneficial, especially to your garden. The best ladybugs are the ones that will kill not only aphids but also chinch bugs, bean thrips, grape rootworms, spider mites, mealybugs, and more. Ladybugs are a very inexpensive way to control pests in the garden and are safer and generally just as effective as pesticides. In addition, they are self-renewing — ladybugs will create more ladybugs and the cycle goes on.

You can even mail order ladybugs for your garden, but it’s always best to do what you can to attract the native ladybugs in your area. You can do this by planting heavy pollinators such as sunflowers, butterfly weed, and fennel.

So please check out what type of insects are patrolling your yard before exterminating every bug in site!

For a look at more of the good guys check out this great article from Doityourself.

Source: http://www.doityourself.com