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Dealing With Spousal Abuse


In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’m republishing this post about my ordeal with domestic violence. If you’re suffering with domestic violence in your home, please don’t give up hope and please go to a safe place, such as a battered women’s shelter, as soon as possible. You are not alone!!

Here we go again.  I’m feeling led by the Lord to share intimate details of my past life, which I’m none too happy about sharing ;-), but I know that a large part of my purpose here is to help and encourage others, so for that purpose, I will share.

Today I want to talk about the Ray Rice incident.  Let me start off by saying that I have no personal knowledge of the situation or their relationship other than what we’ve all seen on TV.  But when you hit a woman so hard that you knock her clean out, that is a serious danger sign in my opinion.  But I digress: this post is not about the Rice incident specifically, but about the dangers of spousal abuse.

I spent four long years in an abusive relationship, Read more

16 Things You Might Not Have Thought About That Need to Be In Your Prepper Stockpile

We’ve been working to learn how to be prepared for disaster scenarios now for four years, and it still amazes me that I am constantly learning about new things that need to be in a sufficient stockpile.

I’ll read somebody else’s prepper article, or I’ll have an experience in my own home that sets off that “Eureka!” light bulb about something we need to have that we don’t have. Like the time a couple of summers ago when we lost power. Read more

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

how-to-prepare-for-a-natural-disasterLast week Hurricane Matthew hit the shores of Florida. By 11 a.m. EST on Saturday more than one million residents were left without power. Four people were dead: two people killed by falling trees while in their home and camper, and an elderly couple died from carbon monoxide fumes from the gas generator they were running in their garage.

In Haiti the damage from Hurricane Matthew was far more intense: over 800 dead as of this writing.

My friends, natural disasters do and will happen, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them. You can call prepping for war, economic downturns and zombie apocalypses “paranoid” but the threat of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, heavy rains and massive snowstorms are real and they happen regularly. Read more

How to Plan for a Large Vegetable Garden

Happy Friday, frugal friends!  Today we welcome back contributing writer Anita with some terrific tips for planning a large vegetable garden.  Thanks, Anita!

Years ago when I started gardening it wasn’t my intention to grow all the veggies that my husband and I would need for a whole year, I just wanted some fresh tasting tomatoes and a few other fresh veggies.

However, with the price of vegetables and fruits in grocery stores continually on the rise, I have made it my mission to grow and preserve as much of our food as possible, as a lot of other people across this nation are starting to do.

If the thought of a large vegetable garden appeals to you, here are some tips that can help your garden progress from hobby to serious food supply and planting a survival garden. Read more