Taking care of ourselves and our families should be a priority to make sure we are healthy and comfortable.  There are many natural and inexpensive remedies to keep us looking great while pinching pennies for things we really want and need.  Begin each day with a healthy breakfast, drink lots of water, exercise, and wear your smile.  Look for the good in the day, and enjoy your life from the inside out.  

I hope to share natural solutions, home made remedies, and inexpensive products that I use and enjoy.  

 

HOW TO MAKE DIY HAND SANITIZER SPRAY

On a recent trip to South Africa, I traveled to areas in the middle of a drought.  Everyone needs to so their part to conserve water. Water scarcity is a real threat to the future as we are all dependent on this limited resource.  

Here is a tip I learned to save water while  staying clean and sanitary.  Make an all natural nontoxic hand sanitizer spray.  Use this easy recipe how to for hand sanitizer spray to clean your hands and conserve water. 

No matter if we have a drought, conservation begins at home.  Make hand sanitizer spray with this easy, money saving recipe.  Make a few batches of hand sanitizer, keep one in the kitchen, bathroom, nursery, school, car, camping gear, outdoor kitchen, braai grill area. Use hand sanitizer during cold and flu season.  

Learn tips and tricks to get by with less, use what you have to make what you need, and be ready for any emergency situation that comes along.

Materials:
1/2 c water
10 drops tea tree oil
1 teaspoon liquid hand soap
empty spray bottle

 

TIPS TO CONSERVE WATER

  • Turn-off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving or washing your hands.
  • Flush toilets only when necessary
  • Take shorter showers and reduce the amount of water used for baths
  • Insulate hot water pipes so water is not wasted waiting for it to get hot
  • Install an instant water heater at your tap for immediate hot water
  • Bathe young children together
  • Install a low-flow shower head
  • Install a dual flush toilet
  • Wrap hot water heater with an insulation blanket to conserve heat
  • Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your faucets
  • Use a plugged sink to wash dishes instead of a running tap  
  • Reuse water to wash fruit and vegetables to water your plants  
  • Only switch the dishwasher on when it’s full
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food

If everyone conserves even a small amount, the water shortage problems can be alleviated. Let's all do our part to conserve the fresh water available while we can.

HOW TO FIX STRETCH ELASTIC BEAD BRACELETS

Are your stretch bead bracelets too loose or coming undone?  With stretch cord you can repair or restring your stretch bead bracelets.  

Thread the stretch cord on to a small needle, and thread it back through your bracelet. No need to remove the old cordage before you begin.  The old cord holds the beads in place.  When you get to the end, tie 2 surgeon's knots.    

Learn how to restring your beads and how to tie a knot that will hold on stretch elastic bead bracelets. 

DOLLAR TREE FIRST AID KIT DIY  

Make a cheap, affordable, and complete first aid kit using Dollar Tree products. This first aid kit you will work for day to day activities, and includes all of the must have first aid items.  

These Dollar Tree First Aid Supplies make a great Prepper Stockpile, and can be divided up into smaller packets and containers to make "on the go" smaller first aid kits for your camping gear, hiking pack, Bug Out Bag, kits for your car, gym bag, pool bag.  Make a few first aid kits to meet your emergency needs with supplies from the Dollar Tree First Aid Supplies.  Are you ready for emergencies?  Make a First Aid Kit, or Ouch Pouch, with supplies from the Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree First Aid Supplies, are they worth it?  YES

 

EYEGLASS REPAIR KIT FROM DOLLAR TREE

If you wear glasses, sometimes you need to repair a lost screw, attach a new nose pad, or add a comfort pad.  An eyeglass repair kit from the Dollar Tree can be just what you need.  At only 1 dollar, the Dollar Tree eyeglass repair kit includes 3 screwdrivers, a soft cleaning cloth, magnifying glass, nose pads, screws, and soft silicone pads for comfort adjustment to your glasses.  

A well made and useful kit, stock up on the eyeglass repair kits from the Dollar Tree so you can keep your glasses working for you.  Repair your eyeglasses on the cheap.

HOW TO FIX NOSE PADS ON EYEGLASSES

How to repair nose pads on glasses?  Start with an eyeglass repair kit from Dollar Tree.  This little eyeglasses repair kit includes the nose pads and tiny screwdriver you need to replace a lost or broken nose pad on your glasses.

 If you wear glasses with a metal frame, replace the nose pads easily so your glasses will be comfortable and fit your face properly.  Stock up on eyeglasses repair kits from Dollar Tree so you can do any needed repairs to your eyeglasses. 

When you need just the right-sized screwdriver, replacement nose piece, or replacement screw to fix your glasses, this kit has that and more.

The eyeglasses Repair Kit includes

magnifier

4 comfort nose pads  

2 plastic nose pads

9 screws

2 plastic starters  

1 lens cloth

3 small sized screwdrivers

storage case 

 

 

 

GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS WITH SPATTY AND SPATTY DADDY


If you want to get all the lotion, soap, make up, and more out of bottles, try the Spatty tiny spatula.  Spatty Daddy is larger than Spatty and reaches all the way into tall bottles to get every last drop of products out of the bottle.  

You can even use Spatty Daddy in the kitchen to reach the last of the ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, and more.  Stop wasting money on beauty products and food.  Get a Spatty and Spatty Daddy to get every last drop from bottles.  Spatty and Spatty Daddy really work, and you can see how in this video.

 Choose the 2 pack and use Spatty for your beauty products and Spatty Daddy in the kitchen or for tall bottles of lotions and shampoos.

 Spatty and Spatty Daddy is made in the USA, FDA approved, Dishwasher Safe.  Spatty donates to Water Of Life

 

 

BEST WAY TO KEEP WATER BOTTLES COLD

Any time you set out for the day, take a water bottle with you.  Most of us don't drink enough water, and keeping it cold longer can help it to taste better.  Keeping your water cool during hot weather can be a challenge.  Try this simple tip to keep your water cooler, which helps make sure we drink enough.

 

BERKEY WATER FILTER PRODUCT REVIEW

The Berkey Water Filter is the best at home water filter that can also work as a portable water filter.  I love the convenience of a Berkey Water Filter in my kitchen.  If you live where water doesn't taste quite right or has contaminants, the Berkey can solve those issues.  

While it is large and bulky, so not convenient for travel, it is perfect for a home or long term camp environment.  Fresh drinking water is readily available in large quantities with a Berkey Water Filter.  

Water is critical for survival.  Meet your water storage goals by storing 1 gallon per person per day.  Then move on to filtration supplies for your emergency needs.  The Berkey Water Filter is perfect for daily use or emergency situations.  

The Berkey Water Filtration system can be used in the home, on camp outs, bug outs, or travel abroad.  While bulky, it does stack into itself and removes 99.999 percent of all the bad things that contaminate the water we care to drink. 

The Berkey Water Filter can be filled from the tap or a ditch, all water will come out safe to drink with almost no effort.  See how to fill the Berkey, how the Berkey water filter works, how much does it hold, and what it can filter.  The Berkey Water Filtration System does an amazing job of providing clean, fresh, water.

HOW TO TEST YOUR BERKEY WATER FILTER

Test Your Berkey Water Filter  If you own a Berkey water filter or purification system,  you can use this simple test to make certain your filter is still working.  It is a good test to run on all water filters.  Water filters can get leaks, they can wear out, and if you rely on your filter to clean contaminated water, you need to make sure it is working correctly.  

Try this simple test to know your water is safe to drink.  You will be ready in any emergency to provide safe water for yourself and your family.

The Berkey Water Filter can be filled from the tap or a ditch, all water will come out safe to drink with almost no effort.  See how to fill the Berkey, how the Berkey water filter works, how much does it hold, and what it can filter.  The Berkey Water Filtration System does an amazing job of providing clean, fresh, water.

 

ZIKA PREVENTION AND RISKS

Zika is in America.  Zika has spread to 46 states in the United States, and been contracted by more than 1,825 people.  Zika is in America.  Zika is spread by mosquito bites, and there is no vaccine or medicine.  Zika can have devastating consequences.  

Prevent the spread of Zika by wearing long sleeves and long pants, use mosquito repellent with DEET, and sleep under a mosquito net.  Zika is spread by sexual activity.  Use condoms.  Prevent Zika from spreading with a few simple tips and things you need to know about Zika.

I purchased mosquito bed nets for every member of my family a few months ago, and am so glad I did.  The price of mosquito bed nets has gone way down.  Get some now to help prevent your loved ones getting mosquito bites, and possibly Zika.

HOW TO FIX BROKEN MAKE UP AND LIPSTICKS

How to fix broken makeup?  Do you have a lipstick or eye make up stick that broke?  You can fix your broken make up and still be able to use it with this quick trick to repair broken makeup sticks.  Place the broken pieces together, heat with a hair dryer.  Press, place in a plastic bag, and put it in the freezer to cool.  Your broken lipstick or eye makeup stick will be repaired and will work like it should when it was new.

HOW TO FIX CLOGGED SOAP AND LOTION PUMPED BOTTLE DISPENSERS

Did your pump lid or pump dispenser stop working on your soap, lotion, or other expensive skin care product, and you know there is still more in the bottle?  If the pump for a lotion, shampoo or liquid soap type dispenser stops working, the pump is usually just clogged in the pump action.  Remove the lid to your soap, lotion, or skin care product, and soak the pump in hot water.  Allow the clog to soften up, now pump some of the hot water through the pump.  The clog should be removed and your pump should work again.  Now you can get all of the soap, lotion, or skin care product out of the bottle and the pump dispenser should work again.

HOW TO UNCLOG PUMP BOTTLE TIPS

If you like using beauty products that have pump lids, you know the problem of the pump end becoming clogged with dried up products.  Unclog your pump easily with a little health and beauty aid.  Plackers to the rescue and your pump will work again.  Get your pump lids unclogged with this simple tip.

DOES ROTO CLIPPER FINGERNAIL TRIMMER REALLY WORK?

Are you wondering if Roto Clipper really works, and how to use it on your fingernails?  I tested it out on my self, and then used it on my grandson.  Roto Clipper is easy to use, and does a great job.  One side of Roto Clipper has a light and trims the fingernails.  Turn Roto Clipper over and file your nails.

 Is Roto Clipper Safe For Children?  The answer is yes.  I used it on my grandson's long fingernails, which he hates to have trimmed.  He thought Roto Clipper was awesome, and wanted to try it all by himself.  

Roto Clipper is easy enough that my little grandson could trim and file his own fingernails with no danger of getting cut or trimming nails too short.  

Are you wondering how to trim and file fingernails with Roto Clipper?  Add 2 AA batteries, turn it on, and it gets to work trimming and filing long fingernails.  Roto Clipper did a good job on my nails.

WEDDING EMERGENCY KIT

Prepare for your Wedding Day with this emergency checklist.  Stay ahead of mishaps from beauty blunders,  personal care predicaments,  to sore feet or a headache.  It's the big day, your wedding day.  Pack a few essentials to keep the bride, bridesmaids, and others free from emergencies.  Keeping the big day running smoothly is easy with a DIY Wedding Emergency Kit.  Toss a few essentials together to keep everyone comfortable, pulled together, and enjoying the Wedding Day for all it has to offer.  I put this kit together from the Dollar Tree.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME SURVIVAL TIPS

Daylight savings time is here, so it is time to set your clocks ahead one hour.  Remember, this is the time to change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Don't take a risk with your family's safety and survival.  Always have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  

Wondering how many smoke alarms you need?  For only a few dollars, you ensure that your family will be safe from fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, or other chemical situations.  This alarm by Kidde includes a voice warning system.  It clearly warns your family of danger from smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide.  It also has a low battery alert.  This Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide alarm uses 3 AAA batteries, so protects your family even during a power outage. 

The Kidde alarm uses ionization sensing technology which detects danger sooner.

 MAKE SUGAR SCRUB BODY SCRUB

Make your own sugar scrub body scrub from any scented body wash and sugar.  Place a tablespoon of body wash in a bowl, add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sugar, depending on the consistency you prefer.  The thicker you like your sugar scrub, the more sugar you add to your sugar body scrub.  Scoop, scrub, rinse, and enjoy smooth, soft skin.  No slipping in the shower from oils, or rashes from adding scents  to your DIY sugar scrub body scrub.  Use what you have to make what you want.  Try making homemade sugar scrub body scrub!

GET MORE OUT OF YOUR MASCARA TUBE

Does your mascara seem to dry up before you care to buy another tube?  Try this trick to help it last longer.  Place your closed mascara tube in a cup of hot water for about 5 minutes before you apply it.  The heat will loosen up the mascara, and help it soften and spread more easily.  When you open your warmed tube, your mascara should have several more uses, allowing your makeup to last longer and give you the most for your money.  

 

USES FOR OLD MASCARA BRUSHES AND WANDS

Don't throw out your old mascara.  Follow these simple directions and clean old mascara brushes with the same cleanser you use to remove make up.  Now your clean mascara brushes and wands are ready to reuse in lots of handy ways.  Clean a few old mascara wands and try using them for other purposes than applying make up.

MY NEW FAVORITE MASCARA

I recently needed new mascara, and after reading reviews, chose to buy L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original in a black brown color.  It really is thick, easy to apply, and makes my lashes look longer and thicker.  It stays on throughout the day, only rubbing off a bit under my eyes.  My lashes continue to look long and thick for hours.  That is a complaint I have about most other mascaras.  After a few hours, the mascara seems to disappear, and I need to reapply to keep my lashes looking long and thick.  I like that this product is readily available, and affordable.  

 

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HAIR DRYER

Clean your hair dryer so it will last longer, work better, and not cause damage to your hair.  Hair dryers have filter covers over the air intake where dust, debris, lint, and even hair can collect, blocking the air flow.  This can cause your hair dryer to overheat and burn out the motor.  It can also cause it to damage your hair from overheating.  

Don't risk burning your hair or allow your hair dryer to wear out faster.  Take an old toothbrush and brush the debris away from the filter.  Pop off the cap if it has one and clean the inside filter too. Some hair dryers have another filter inside the cap.  Clean that also, replace it, and put the cap back on.  

Make sure your hair dryer is unplugged when you clean it. Now your hair dryer will last longer, and your hair can be as pretty and smooth as you want without risk of overheating the hair dryer.

 

WHAT IS THIS PILL - HOW TO IDENTIFY MEDICINE

What kind of pill is this?  Did you ever find a pill on the floor and wonder what it is?  Find out for sure what a pill is.  

Look up and identify what each pill is at drugs.com/imprints.   This website allows you to identify pills by the color, shape, letters, numbers.  

Each different type of pill and medicine is unique, so can be identified.  Never guess what a pill is.  Don't take risks with medication.

 Be cautious with small children when visiting grandparents, who tend to take more medication.  Dropped and overlooked pills are a possibility.  It is your job to ensure the safety of your children.

 

 

8 TIPS FOR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION SUCCESS

We all want to improve ourselves, and the beginning of a new year is a time honored tradition to set new goals for personal and financial fitness and more.  Try these tips to help you reach your goals and stick to your New Year's Resolutions.  

There are ways to increase your chances of success in sticking to your New Year resolutions, and meet your goals of dieting, spending less money, or changing your behavior or life in ways you really want.  

Make sure to set goals that are achievable, lay out a plan in small steps, and reward yourself along the way.  

Believe in yourself and have confidence that you can achieve New Year's Resolutions and any other goal you set  in your mind.

 

 

9 WAYS TO USE MINERAL OIL FOR BEAUTY AND HOUSEHOLD

Do you have a bottle of mineral oil in your cupboard?  There are lots of ways to use it.  Mineral oil is a moisturizer, a liquid petroleum oil, that can be used for soothing skin as well as to help clear up diaper rash.  Mineral oil is great for cleaning household items.  

Use mineral oil on squeaky hinges, stuck zippers, and to coat wooden utensils and furniture.  Use mineral oil to remove and prevent water spots.  Want to prevent rust, or remove adhesives?  Mineral oil to the rescue.  Include mineral oil in your household and emergency supplies.

HOW TO MAKE SASSY WATER FOR THE FLAT BELLY DIET

The Sassy Water Diet was developed at Prevention Magazine by nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass.  Sassy Water is the first step to the Flat Belly Diet plan, and is designed to eliminate toxins from the body, and help the body adjust to and maintain a proper fluid balance.  Drinking Sassy Water should help dieters avoid water retention, prevent constipation, and get rid of the bloat caused by these conditions.  

DOES THE SASSY WATER DIET WORK?

Studies show that our bodies need about eight glasses of water each day.  Water makes up 50 to 70 percent of our body.  Some of this water comes from eating water dense foods such as melons, squash, fresh fruits, and vegetables, even oatmeal.   Water can also come from drinks we have each day such as milk, juice, sports drinks, coffee, or tea.  

Sassy Water is designed to kick start a weight loss program, while flushing toxins from the body.  Dieters should lose 15 pounds in 32 days, if they continue on the Flat Belly Diet

AlaskaGranny Sassy Water

  The first four days of the diet consist of drinking Sassy Water.  Begin with

8 1/2 cups of water

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 thinly peeled and sliced cucumber

1 thinly sliced lemon

12 mint leaves without stems

A fresh batch of Sassy Water is made each night, and the entire pitcher is consumed the next day.  The overnight preparation allows the flavors to blend together.  Drinking Sassy Water adds extra fluids to help prevent constipation, reduce water retention, relieve gas, and eliminate heavy solids.  The body achieves proper hydration and maintains a proper fluid balance.  Dieters should look lighter and feel lighter, too.  

The elimination of carbohydrates. red meats, sugar, and caffeine while drinking Sassy Water should rid the body of excess fluid, eliminate toxins, and properly rehydrate the cells.  Dieters lose the sluggish feeling.  The four days of drinking Sassy Water are designed to be followed by Phase Two, the Flat Belly Diet.

Phase Two of the Flat Belly Diet calls for four meals each day prepared from an approved food list.  Space these meals every four hours, and eat foods rich in MUFA's, monounsaturated fatty acids, or plant based fats, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olives.  Meals include lean meats, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  No calories are counted, and exercise is optional.  

DOES THE SASSY WATER FLAT BELLY DIET REALLY WORK?   YES!

AlaskaGranny Sassy Water Diet

Dieters will lose weight, but weight lost on the Sassy Water Diet alone should not be considered long term weight loss.  To lose weight long term, dieters need to continue with the Flat Belly Diet.  This is the phase where long term weight loss truly begins, and is a result of healthier food choices, which are lower in calories.  

Be sure to follow the guidelines of limiting saturated fats to 4 grams per meal.  Watch the bloated belly begin to shrink.  Can you see your trimmer belly?  That may be enough to keep you motivated.  

Exercise is an optional component of the Sassy Water or Flat Belly Diet.  Research shows we need 30 minutes of exercise most days, and it should be included in any healthy life style plan.  Talk to your health care professional before making any major changes to your diet.  

3 NEW WAYS TO MAKE SASSY WATER FOR THE FLAT BELLY DIET

If you are trying the Flat Belly Diet, the Sassy Water Diet, or trying to make sure to drink more water to stay hydrated, adding a bit of fruit and herbs to enhance the flavor of plain water can be a tasty way to eliminate toxins from your body, eliminate bloating, and prevent constipation.  We all need to drink water, and should have 8 cups per day.  Try one of these recipes to make a pitcher of Sassy Water or Flavored Water each night, allow it to blend in the refrigerator overnight, and drink that pitcher of Sassy Water or Enhanced Water the next day.   You will love these Weight Loss Water Recipes that really help you lose weight fast.

CUCUMBER LIME WATER

8 1/2 cups filtered water

1 peeled sliced cucumber

1 thinly sliced lime

 

APPLE CINNAMON WATER

8 1/2 cups filtered water

1 cinnamon stick

1 thinly sliced apple

BERRY HERB WATER

8 1/2 cups filtered water

1 cup fresh berries

1 herbal tea bag

Mix your favorite combination together and allow it to blend in the refrigerator overnight.  Drink the entire pitcher of Sassy Water the next day.  Freshly grated ginger can be added to any of these recipes to enhance digestion.  Keep drinking lots of water whether you are dieting or not.  Proper amounts of water rid the body of excess fluid, eliminate toxins, and properly rehydrate the cells.

NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

No matter the season, colds, flu, and other diseases are floating around.  Boost your immune system naturally to keep yourself healthy and happy.  Get enough sleep, exercise each day, eat nutritious foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.  Drink lots of water, and spend some time in the out of doors each day.  Cut down on processed foods and stop smoking.  Wash your hands, and clean items like doorknobs, cell phones, and more to eliminate germs and bacteria.  Reduce stress, and enjoy each day that you have. Add these healthy lifestyle tips to your healthy living choices .

TOPGREENER HIGHSPEED USB CHARGER DOUBLE OUTLET

The Topgreener allows you to charge your electronics with a standard electrical outlet while you use the double outlets for electrical appliances.  Charging is convenient and fast because the smart ports read the power needed for high speed charging of 2 devices at once, while leaving the 2 outlets free for other power needs.  A Topgreener outlet next to your bed allows you to charge your electronics, and still have bedside lamps, alarms, electric blankets, your favorite items plugged in at the same time.  A Topgreener outlet in the kitchen allows you to charge while using your toaster, coffeemaker, crock pot, blender and more.  These outlets would also work great in a home office.  Replace your outlets with a hard wired USB power adapter.

 

OIL OF OLAY IN SHOWER BODY LOTION PRODUCT REVIEW

Do you want soft skin, and to save time?  Try Oil Of Olay Ultra Moisture In Shower Body Lotion for fast, soft, smooth skin.  I love it!  I was worried that it would wash right off, or leave a slippery film in the shower.  Guess what?  My skin is soft and hydrated, and the shower is still clean.

 Simply wash, step away from the water, apply about a tablespoon of Olay In Shower Body Lotion to cover all of your body.  Take a quick rinse, and dry.  You are ready to go, no time spent applying more lotion.  I find it saves me several minutes each day, and gives me soft, smooth skin.  Who can't love a product that is reasonably priced, gives you smooth skin, and saves precious minutes getting ready each day?   It has a very subtle scent that smells clean and creamy and is not overpowering.  I love Olay Ultra Moisture In Shower Body Lotion, and find that my bottle has lasted about 2 months.  That is a bargain for soft skin while saving time.  Try it!

 

BEST WAY TO KEEP WATER BOTTLES COLD

Any time you set out for the day, take a water bottle with you.  Most of us don't drink enough water, and keeping it cold longer can help it to taste better.  Keeping your water cool during hot weather can be a challenge.  Try this simple tip to keep your water cooler, which helps make sure we drink enough.

HOW TO MAKE A YOGA STRAP FOR YOUR YOGA MAT

If you like yoga, you need a strap to help carry your mat to class.  This video shows you how to make a strap that will adjust to fit your yoga mat, no matter how thick it is, how tightly you roll it up, and will even fit a yoga mat rolled up with a towel inside.  For only a few dollars, you can make a yoga strap to fit your mat, your body size, and be the color you choose.  Try making a yoga strap just the size and color you want.

 

This is the mat I chose to buy for my yoga practice.  It is a bit thicker, and the extra cushioning is nice for my knees and back.  It is sturdy, non slip, rolls up nicely, and I was able to choose my favorite color, pink.  Yoga mats sometimes have a slight odor when they are new, so unroll and air out your new mat before your first practice with it.  This mat never had any odor.

 

 

 

WET BRUSH PRODUCT REVIEW

The Wet Brush Pro Detangle is a fabulous hair brush.  It goes easily through wet hair, dry hair, long hair, and can be used while drying your hair.  I have long hair, and I want it smooth and shiny.  This brush helps detangle, and also helps smooth and defrizz while I used my hair dryer.  The bristles are much finer than other hair brushes.  It glides easily through my long hair with no tugging or tangling as I demonstrate in this video.  I love the Wet Brush Pro Detangle hairbrush.  It is truly a different type of hair brush and it really works and does what it says.

 

 I wasn't sure the Wet Brush could be different than any other hairbrush I already own, but I decided to give it a try and buy one.  The Wet Brush really is different.  The bristles are smooth, fine, and extremely flexible.  This brush really does glide through wet hair without tugging or pulling and glides through tangles, removing them gently.  If you have long or tangly hair, try this brush.

 

 

EPSOM SALTS USES AND BENEFITS

Epsom Salt is all natural remedy for many health ailments and health benefits.  Epsom salts can be used for multiple health, beauty, cleaning, and gardening related purposes.  Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate.  Stock up on Epsom salt for your health, first aid, and emergency supplies.

MAKE EPSOM SALT SPRAY FOR SORE MUSCLES

Epsom Salt, or Magnesium Sulfate, has soothing and healing qualities from natural ingredients.  Follow these simple directions to make an Epsom Salt Spray to soothe sore muscles, help heal bruising, and reduce swelling.  We can't always take a bath in Epsom Salts, so a handy spray can do the trick to help you feel better and heal faster.  Try it!

With so many uses for Epsom Salt, make sure you have some in your first aid supplies.  It works great to soak away sore muscles.  You can use it to help remove splinters or stingers.  Make a simple spray to aid your recovery from aching muscles or injuries.  Epsom salts are versitile and can be used to clean tile.  Sprinkle some in water and add to house plants, or mix a bit in the soil when you plant tomatoes and peppers for healthier plants.  You can do a lot of things with Epsom salt.

HOW TO REMOVE STITCHES OR SUTURES

An important first aid and preparedness skill may be how to remove stitches or sutures.  Here are basic wound cleaning and suture or stitch removal directions using a sterile suture removal kit.  You need sharp scissors, preferably suture scissors, tweezers, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and cotton.  Clean the area, lightly tug on the knot, snip the thread, pull the knot end out first.  Make sure the wound is not red, bleeding, or has any signs of inflammation.  If the wound bleeds, stop, and contact a medical professional.  Don't try to remove stitches before they have been advised as ready to be removed.  Continue to clean and cover the wound until it is completely healed.  Be prepared to give first aid by learning new skills.

Clean the area, lightly tug on the knot, snip the thread, pull the knot end out first.  Make sure the wound is not red, bleeding, or has any signs of inflammation.  If the wound bleeds, stop, and contact a medical professional.  Don't try to remove stitches before they have been advised as ready to be removed.  Continue to clean and cover the wound until it is completely healed.  Be prepared to give first aid by learning new skills.

 

FIRST AID KIT: ADVENTURE MEDICAL FUNDAMENTAL KIT

Make a serious effort with important prepping needs.  I bought the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Fundamental kit for my home for emergency situations.   The kit is very comprehensive, and has a large array of items I could need in an emergency.  I added bug repellent, Quik Clot, and a Breath Of Life emergency mask.  This kit was missing the mole skin.  I called Adventure Medical Kits on the phone, and they sent me the missing item with no hassle.  Thank you, Adventure Medical Kit, for standing behind your product.  Keep an inventory of your first aid items, and replace things you use.

 

A comprehensive first aid kit can be critical to your care in emergency situations.  Be prepared to care for yourself and your family in times of injury or sickness.  Time can make a difference in your healing and wellness, so be ready to get things healing with bandages, ointments, basic medicines, and more.  One of the first preps to make for your family's comfort and safety is to buy or make a first aid kit.  Ready made kits in all price ranges are available, and you can personalize your kit with items of your choice.  When you have a well stocked first aid kit, you have the supplies you need for most minor emergencies.  

FIRST AID KIT: ADVENTURE MEDICAL KIT MOUNTAIN SERIES DAY TRIPPER

Choose a high quality and comprehensive first aid kit for your outdoor adventures, survival supplies, and bug out bag. Supplement with items you feel are necessary for your individual needs. Include several days' supply of your prescription medicine.  Read the guide to keep current on administering first aid, and be sure to take your first aid kit along whether you are heading out for a hiking, hunting, or camping adventure, or grabbing your bug out bag in an emergency.

Are you setting out for a day of hiking, vacationing, or more?  Take along a basic first aid kit so you are ready for anything.  A good basic first aid kit should include a simple guide to help you know what to do.  Make sure you review first aid procedures regularly so you can handle simple first aid emergencies if you need to.  Include bandaids, first aid creams, simple medicines, tweezers, and more.  Keep your kit stocked, and take it along.

 

FIRST AID SUPPLIES FROM THE DOLLAR TREE

I wanted to build my first aid supplies, so shopped the Dollar Tree.  I found gauze pads and wraps, alcohol pads, medical tapes, and lots of important supplied to keep on hand.

I love that each item is only 1 dollar.  Keep building your emergency supplies, but keep an inventory so you only buy things you need. 

 

QUIK CLOT SPORT STOPS BLEEDING FAST

Every first aid kit should include Quik Clot, which is a hemostatic agent you hold onto a major bleeding wound and apply pressure.

 If you have witnessed sports injuries and lacerations, you know how sudden and big bleeds can be.  Keep some of these Quik Clot packets in your sports bag and wilderness pack so you can stop bleeding in a hurry.  

 

 

 

HOW TO USE ALOE VERA FOR BURNS, BITES, STINGS, RASHES, AND FROSTBITE

Are you familiar with the Aloe Vera plant?  The gel inside this succulent soothes, heals, and relieves pain.  It can neutralize toxins and relieve itching.  It can be used on sunburns, kitchen burns, bee or wasp stings, mosquito bites, and rashes from irritants like poison ivy or stinging nettles.  Some people use it to soothe psoriasis.  

 

 

A new use I just learned-- Aloe Vera can be used to relieve pain from frostbite and help warm the area of freezing extremities.  If you have ever had painfully cold fingers and toes, you know how uncomfortable that can be.  Get an Aloe Vera plant, or stock up on gels or lotions that contain the healing ingredient.

 

Aloe vera gels can soothe sunburn and kitchen burns.  It is all natural and can easily spread over rashes and bug bites and stings to cool and soothe pain and irritation.  Aloe vera gel is great to pack in your camping gear, vacation luggage, picnic basket, and first aid supplies.  Keep your skin in great shape with the soothing qualities of aloe vera gel.

The healing qualities can help wounds and scrapes heal quickly.  Look for pure gels without added fragrances or additives.  

 

 

 

 

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

How do you make sure you have medicines or supplements in emergency situations?  Be aware of your prescription drug needs when you prepare your Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag, 72 Hour Kit, and even your purse or gym bag.  We don't know where we might be in an emergency situation, and never want to be caught without life sustaining medicines.  Here are tips for where to store emergency medicines and how to obtain enough medicine to have extra on hand, no matter the circumstances.  Make certain you have extra prescription medications on hand should you not be able to find to a stocked store in an emergency.  Pharmacies have been targets the last few years during civil unrest, and supply chains can be delayed during stormy weather.  Prescription drugs are vital to survival for many individuals.

MOSQUITO BITE REMEDIES

Summer time and mosquito bites and insect stings go together.  No one likes the itch and discomfort of mosquito bites, but if you are going to spend time in the out of doors, bites and stings are just part of the adventure.  Here are 12 remedies to relieve itchy mosquito bites.  Wear light colors, long sleeves, long pants, and repellent when necessary.  Know that mosquitoes still bite, and try some of these remedies to relieve the itch and discomfort.  Natural remedies and cures for mosquito bites are good to know to keep summer fun and comfortable and stop the itching from mosquito bites.

REMEDY FOR CHAPPED LIPS

Dry chapped lips are unattractive, uncomfortable, and can interfere with kissing.  Try this simple remedy to soften dry, chapped lips.  Mix a few common ingredients from your kitchen, rub on your lips for 30 - 60 seconds, and rinse.  Don't allow dry, chapped lips to be an ongoing problem during cold winter months, or from hot summer sun.  Whip up this natural remedy and have smooth, soft, luscious lips in no time.

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