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SOPA PIPA CISPA, smdh I stil dont know how the internet works and I still dont know how to protect myself from those who know less and want to restrain freedom. INFORMATION IS FREE!

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Aaron Swartz Reddit Angel

Aaron Swartz Reddit Angel

There are no words to make sense of a tragedy. I keep thinking, how could we have helped more, what could we have dont to prevent this, this sigh? I cant help but feel like Aaron’s death was some twisted act of war by the USA’s hypocrisy on freedom. How could the internet’s hero of freedom be so pushed that he felt trapped, in his own country, where so many reap the benefits of his hard fought battles? I have guilt for taking for granted that this leader would always be there to lead, to bare the burden of making a path for all of us to follow. I got comfortable with the idea that emails and tweets would alert me on how to support freedom. I looked up to Aaron and the work he put his heart into. It feels a bit disorienting not having the comfort of someone stronger, wiser, kinder than youserslf to be there. Aaron was what we all (should) hope to be, the good guy. I cannot even begin to imagine what his family and friends are experiencing. I wish easing the pain were a possibility . I know that they must now trudge through the grief and pray that it might be some day soon that the peace and strength will be with them as they begin to heal. I am so sorry.

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Repurposing our potatoes

BUYING ORGANIC (NON GMO) potatoes is so worth it, nommy:

On one of our family grocer store trips we bought some pretty cool potatoes from farmers and grocery stores who were selling a variety of potatoes. Purple, yellow, red, all in one mix and they were so good you could just bite them raw! It was the first time in my life that I actually tasted the reason potatoes are “apple of the earth” in french (pommel de tierre or some kind of spelling like that). It was a nice experience for my toddlers, too. They love checking out what food looks and tastes like raw {link to The Raw Food Family}.

 

History in the kitchen:

I have my kids help, as much as they will last, in the kitchen. I often tell them what little I know about any form of food history with my own little Aesop fable twist to it. Such as the potatoe famine and the importance of monoculture vs food diversity. Or root cellars in Russian Revolutionary history. And then of course, why we have to peel potatoes, once the potatoes turns into a monster with eyes all over it, we gotta avoid eating those parts that would make us sick.

 

Old potatoes with i’s get some roots:

 So when our sunday picnic gets canceled because of crazy family life, it meant we had some extra potatoes that were growing eyes, and that meant we got to begin growing our own potatoes vines without having to spend ridic amounts of $ at some chemically-full version from kmart or what not to put on our balcony. Plus, with good potatoes that we liked, we already knew we had a good seed to start with. We took my little champagne glasses, put the plastic mesh from a bunch of shallots and garlic over them, tied with an apparatus rubber band and a bread tie, set the little spuds eye side down into the water and let some roots begin. 

 

Repurposing containers and food, ultimate green frugality:

The kids got to watch the progress right on our kitchen table. We then transplanted them in the flower boxes and finally into a bigger container. The bigger container is actually a drink holder that when the bottom sprung a leak and would drench our floor w melted ice water instead of keeping beverages cool for parities became a shoe bin at the door. When I finally got a vertical shoe organizer, the bin became our next planter. Now thats how repurposing works in our house. NOTHING ever does just ONE JOB, if you have a place in my house you have to serve a few purposes. 

 

So from potato bag to our mouths it was 3 months. Three months later, we pulled out little potatoes from our flower boxes. The new batch is going in a barrel and we hope to plant potatoes in vertical growing system for next year!

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Emergency Preparedness

This is going to be my storage space for preparedness basics… because I’ll totally have my iPhone charged when the apocalypse begins.

If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency. emergency.cdc.gov

There are already entire blogs out there dedicated to self-sufficient living and being prepared. They have LOADS of info and I enjoy learning about what it would take to survive. Go find um!

Red Dawn. Hunger Games. Survivor Man.

Seems I actually learned NOTHING in school about actually living. The only survival skills I learned were from cross-country and getting to go on family camp outs with my brother’s boy scout troop. I am still jealous of all he learned. So not fair because he is already smart and has common sense. Neither of which I have. Honestly, there should be a class besides junior year physics that clues people like me into common sense.

Do not even get me started on how I never learned how the world works either. Occupy has become my classroom for learning about what actually drives our society. Which ties in nicely, if you are expecting revolution, you better start learning how to live without all this industry that is tearing the earth apart. People and Planets over Profit. 🙂

Disaster Supply Kit:

The US Gov’s list for families:

Ready Kids & The Federal Emergency Management Agency present:

Family Supply List

Emergency Supplies:
Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
– Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
– Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
– Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
– Flashlight and extra batteries
– First Aid kit
– Whistle to signal for help
– Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
– Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
– Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
– Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
– Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Clothing and Bedding:
If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:
– A jacket or coat
– Long pants
– A long sleeve shirt
– Sturdy shoes
– A hat and gloves
– A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Family Supply List (continued)

Below are some other items for your family to consider adding to its supply kit. Some of these items, especially those marked with a * can be dangerous, so please have an adult collect these supplies.
– Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book or a print out of the information on www.ready.gov
– Rain gear
– Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
– Cash or traveler’s checks, change
– Paper towels
– Fire Extinguisher
– Tent
– Compass
– Matches in a waterproof container*
– Signal flare*
– Paper, pencil
– Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
– Disinfectant*
– Household chlorine bleach* – You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
– Medicine dropper
– Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit

The Zombie Apocalypse:

CDC Preparedness 101: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies.asp

The Real Experts.

Beyond Survival: http://shop.lesstroud.ca/product/les-stroud-beyond-survival-dvd

WATER. H2O. 

1 gallon of water/ person ( x 4 people in our family)/ day (for 3 days) = 12 gallons of water. Used for drinking and washing.

How many water bottles (or 8oz canteens) is that? 128 fluid ounces in each galloon. 12 galloons of H2O x 128= 1526 oz of water for a family of four for 3 days. /by 8oz = 192 bottles. WTF. I cant carry 200 bottles of water around so…

The CDC on treating water:

Boiling Water

Boiling water is the best method for making water safe to drink. Boiling water as recommended will kill bacterial, parasitic, and viral causes of diarrhea. Adding a pinch of salt to each quart will improve the taste.

Directions for Boiling Water

  • Boil water vigorously for 1 minute and allow it to cool to room temperature (do not add ice).
  • At altitudes greater than 6,562 feet (>2,000 m), boil water for 3 minutes or use chemical disinfection after water has been boiled for 1 minute.

Chemical Disinfection

If boiling water is not possible, chemical disinfection with iodine (e.g., Globaline, Potable-Aqua, or Coghlan’s, found in pharmacies and sporting goods stores) is another method for making water safer to drink. Cryptosporidium (a parasite that can cause diarrhea) and other coccidian parasites (e.g., Cyclospora, Toxoplasma) might not be killed by this method. Cloudy water should be strained through a clean cloth into a container to remove any sediment or floating matter, and then the water should be treated with iodine.

Directions for disinfecting water with iodine

  1. Iodine tablets
  2. Follow the tablet manufacturrs’ instructions.
  3. If water is cloudy, double the number of tablets.
  4. If water is extremely cold, less than 5° C (41° F), an attempt should be made to warm the water, and the recommended contact time (standing time between adding a chemical disinfectant to the water and drinking the water) should be increased to achieve reliable disinfection.
  5. Note: Be sure the tablet size is correct for a liter of water.
  6. Tincture of Iodine – measure out your dose to water.
  7. If using tincture of iodine 2% solution, add 5 drops to a Liter or Quart of clear water. If the water is cloudy, add 10 drops per Liter or Quart. (Note: 20 drops=1 ml.)

Allow the water to stand for 30 minutes before drinking when the water temperature is at least 25°C (77°F). Increase the standing time for colder water: (e.g., for each 10° less than 25°C (77°F), allow the water to stand for double the time before drinking it.

  1. Crystalline Iodine (found at some chemical companies and sporting goods stores) First make a saturated solution and then measure your own dose to add to water. The crystalline form stores well indefinitely and new batches of the saturated solution can be made from a small amount of crystals each time you take a trip.

To prepare a stock of Crystalline Iodine saturated solution:

  1. Place 4-8 grams of crystalline iodine into a 1-2 oz container and fill with water. Note: 1oz=6 teaspoons.
    Warning: crystalline iodine at 4-8 grams is a lethal dose if accidentally swallowed in a single dose. Keep out of the reach of children.
  2. Shake the bottle vigorously for 1 minute. Allow several additional minutes for the iodine to maximally dissolve in the available water. Some crystals should always be visible; if they totally dissolve, then more crystals should be added to the container to insure that iodine saturation of the stock solution has been achieved.
  3. If the water to be treated is clear, add 13 ml of saturated iodine solution — liquid above the crystals, not the crystals themselves — per Liter or Quart. Note: 5 ml= 1 teaspoon. 13 ml = about 2.5 teaspoons
  4. In cloudy water, add 26 ml of saturated solution per Liter or Quart.
    Note: Allow the solution to stand 20 minutes before drinking the disinfected water when the water temperature is 20-25°C (68-77°F). Increase the standing time with colder water. For each 10° less than 25°C (77°F), allow the water to stand for double the time before drinking.

Portable Water Filters

Certain types of portable water filters can also remove some types of infectious agents from drinking water. However, most of the portable filters on the market do not effectively remove viruses, thus chemical disinfection of water is needed after filtering with such filters to make the water safer for drinking. Some portable water filters designed to remove parasites (Giardia/Cryptosporidium) have an “absolute” pore sizes of 0.1 to 1-micrometer and, therefore, may also remove most diarrhea-causing bacteria. See the Division of Parasitic Diseases’ Guide to Water Filters and Bottled Water to learn about different filters and those that filter Cryptosporidium. Viruses are smaller than 0.1 micron and will NOT be removed by filters with a pore size of 0.1 or larger. To kill viruses that may pass through these filters, add iodine (as described above) to the filtered water before you drink it.

Note: Chlorine in various forms has also been used for chemical disinfection. However, it is not as reliable as iodine for killing disease causing organisms in the wide range of water-quality conditions that travelers might encounter

Warnings

  • Crystalline iodine 4-8 grams used in a stock solution constitutes a human lethal dose if accidentally swallowed in a single dose. Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Water that has been disinfected with iodine is NOT recommended for pregnant women, people with thyroid problems, those with known hypersensitivity to iodine, or continuous use for more than a few weeks at a time.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/water-treatment.htm

Start a kit or buy one pre made

Ok so I have noticed lots of the first aid kits are useless. Like wtf are 60 alcohol pads gonna do if you’re gushing blood. So, adding items that are cheap and multipurpose is a great way to save money and be better prepared. Some of the items I always add to my emergency kits are:

-duct tape (does that really need to be said? lol)

-Red Bandana: er bandage/sling/flag/face mask

– Multiuse first aid ointment: diaper cream(A&D or Sprouts Bottom balm)/ burn sting or scrape ointment

– hand crank flashlight/charger/radio (NOAA and first aid has one). Likely if you are in an ER you, One, wont have sun to solar charge and Two wont have electricity

 -local maps/commuter maps/commuter cards

-ziplock bag of copy of ur insurance/id/ -utility swissy type of army knife

-Diaper bag: cloth diapers and wipes paired with a wet bag can be used for infants, clean ups, feminine hygiene, and family cloth. I also always have castille soap in diaper bag and a small water spray bottle  for extra ease in cleaning. Add in that my diaper bag also has a grooming kit and the clippers, tweezers, medicine dropper, and  magnifying glass can come in handy for first aid.

When I am looking for a kit I am looking for items I dont already have at home. Radios, matches, water pouches, whistles, glow sticks, solar blankets, tools, guides are great reasons to look into buying a kit.

If you are buying a kit…

Check the contents, not the number of items listed- For instance I can awlays stock up on band aids and a 30piece first aid filled with band aids isnt going to help in an emergency.

Packaging. Like can you fit in a backpack or car where you can access it. Is it portable? Noone wants to lug around a hard heavy case and you might need two hands for more important things.

CDC Emergency Widget CODE: http://emergency.cdc.gov/hazards-all.asp

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Old fashioned orange doughnuts

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Purple, red, & tiny. Frugal Green. Starting my potatoes.

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Growing Food From Scraps

So this year I successfully saved a few seeds, planted them, grew plants, and ate them! This is a big deal for little ole me who is still learning which plants are edible. Not to mention I don’t know which part of the plant you eat.

Then there was the whole, is a pit a seed, which part of the potato sprout goes where and what the heck is that thing growing?!

It is so surprising to me how little I know about the food I eat. Sure I can tell you some cool chemistry stuff about the food or the politics of Big Agriculture but I still am clueless (or it doesn’t come natural to remember) whats in season when and where its grown. 

So, to make my life SUPER EASY, I’ve started using the food I already eat that was already grown organically. I started with onions, I just kept them growing right on the counter in a little glass of water. I”ve sprouted chia and beans in the past but my family doesn’t dig those so cannot wait to try some more of these money saving ideas. 

Live on, frugal green! Take back our food supply and share the bounty…

Thank you Bountiful Food Baskets Food Co-op and The Healthy Hybrid:

Never heard of Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op? Go tohttp://www7.bountifulbaskets.org/?page_id=233 to find out more!

From The Healthy Hybrid:
Apples- http://www.ehow.com/how_2135774_grow-apple-seeds.html 

Tomatoes- http://www.ehow.com/how_5581958_grow-tomatoes-fresh-tomato-seeds.html 

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes-http://www.gardenguides.com/117543-plant-cuttings-potatoes.html 

Green Onions- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-grow-green-onions-indefinitely.html 
http://tipnut.com/nifty-food-plants/ 

Leeks- same technique as green onions

Carrot Tops-http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/children-in-the-garden/grow-carrot-tops.htm 

Pineapple-http://www.rickswoodshopcreations.com/Pineapple/pineapple.htm 

Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery

Cabbage- Same technique as celery

Celery- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-celery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html 

Avocado –http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2009/09/09/how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree-from-an-avocado-pit/ 

Lentils-http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/19/how-to-grow-sprouts/ 

Pumpkin- http://pinterest.com/pin/98375573080950437/

Ginger- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/ 

Garlic- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/ 

Bonus: Bok Choy –http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-regrowing-bok-choy.html 

I’ve been doing some of these for years but haven’t really been as dedicated as I *need* to be. I mean there is nothing more frugal than using all your food to grow more food, pretty good investment!

There is even a tutorial on How to Grow Your Own Garden from Kitchen Scraps.

Cannot wait to spend winter sprouting our kitchen green with the kiddies.

Have any more ideas? Leave us all your wisdom in the comments.

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