Best Battery Chargers and Batteries – August’s Picks

Battery Chargers, Power Packs, Solar Chargers and Emergency Radios with Chargers, Rechargeable Batteries, Non-rechargeable Batteries, Battery Storage Units - Out Top Picks

When my husband and I were first married, there were many times when I went looking in the kitchen “stuff” drawer for the right battery, only to find out that we didn’t have the right size battery or the rechargeable batteries were completely dead.  Since then, we’ve gotten more organized.  We have dedicated battery storage, and battery chargers that can recharge nearly every type of battery – even alkaline (if you’re careful), specialty rechargeable batteries, and batteries that are mostly dead.  We have battery adapters that will let you use AA batteries in place of C and D batteries in a pinch.

For Christmas last year, my husband’s parents gave us a heavy duty storage case stocked with long life alkaline batteries.  (If you’re reading this, thank you grandma and grandpa!)  My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best battery chargers and rechargeable batteries to keep in our emergency supplies (and for everyday use), so I asked him to put together a post sharing what he found out. [Read more…]

Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway – 7 Winners, $1450 in Prizes

Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway - 7 Winners, $1450 in Prizes - The perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.

The Prepared Bloggers are wrapping up Preparedness Month with a super mega jumbo preparedness giveaway!  Seven winners, over $1450 in prizes – a pretty nice way to kick off fall.  :-)  These prizes are the perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.  

We are proud to partner with 6 great companies for seven great prizes. Each winner will win one of the following prizes listed below. The giveaway starts September 22nd, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends September 29th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a US resident of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. [Read more…]

Kelly Kettle – Cook and Boil Water with Minimal Fuel

Kelly Kettle Review - The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes. Can also be used for cooking and grilling with kit items.

What’s a Kelly Kettle?

The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes.   With the items in these kits, you can also use the Kelly Kettles for cooking and grilling.  The Kelly Kettle was developed by the Kelly family in Ireland over 100 years ago, so they have some experience building these handy items. [Read more…]

All American Sun Oven Giveaway

All American Sun Oven Giveaway with Dehydrating and Accessories package.  The 3 Most important things you can do to prepare, tips for cooking off grid.

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security (  Americans are encouraged to take the necessary steps to prepare for any emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and communities.  Even simple steps can help protect loved ones and neighbors when faced with storms, fires, floods, and other natural and man-made disasters.  In this post we’ll talk about some preparedness basics, and I’m teaming up with my blogging friends to give away a Sun Oven solar cooker.

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WaterBrick – Easy Water Storage – Giveaway

WaterBrick Stackable Easy to Use Water Storage Giveaway @ Common Sense Homesteading Aug 4th-10th, 2014 - How much water storage you need.  How to Filter Microcystin Toxins.

“TOLEDO, Ohio –- It’s too soon to tell if the water is safe in Toledo, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday.

The toxin microcystin, found in Lake Erie, polluted the water supply early Saturday morning. Residents have been without running water for more than 24 hours.” (source)

Would you be ready if your water suddenly got shut off or was unsafe to drink?  We should all have some water storage on hand, and a way to filter any available water.  The WaterBrick is an easy to use, portable water storage option.

How much water do you need for emergencies?

  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day, per person for drinking and cooking
  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day per person for hygiene (washing, teeth cleaning, dishes, etc)

Minimum water storage = 1 gallon per person per day = 14 gallons per person for 2 weeks = 56 gallons per a family of four for 2 weeks

Under “normal” conditions, the average person in the US uses over 16 gallons per day, so you could blow through two weeks of water storage in a day if you are careless. [Read more…]