Ten Survival Items You Can Buy From Goodwill to Save Money

Ten Survival Items You Can Buy from Goodwill

We all have that dreaded pile somewhere in the house. You know the one. It sits there forever and you are not sure what to do with it, but you know it is just a pile of stuff you need to get rid of. As you head out the door, grab it and drop it off at Goodwill! You never know who is out there searching for that one thing you have stuffed in a bag in the closet or under the bed. By donating those items, you are not only helping your local community, you are helping to fund opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages. Goodwill, in turn, uses those funds from items bought at the store for job training and placement of those individuals. Check out this donation impact ... read more

Tips For Using Cloth Diapers – Even With Twins! | Podcast 50

how to cloth diaper

You can go full time with cloth diapers or just have a couple of them; every cloth diaper you use can help your budget and the environment. The key is to find what works best for your family and your life. Dana from DiaperDirt.com has found what works best for her family. She has a 7 year old girl, twin 3 year old boys, and a 10 month old girl. Dana is passionate about cloth diapering and wants to encourage everyone to try it - "It's not as complicated or hard as you think." She started looking in to cloth diapering when she knew she was having twins and didn't want to spend so much on disposable diapers. Dana figured out that they had paid $3,000.00 for 3 years of ... read more

Are You Going Bats? What To Do With Nesting Bats

what to do with nesting bats

If you've got bats in your belfry or if you have a similar assortment of terrible puns, you're not alone. Many people are rather nervous to discover that they have bats living in or close by their home. What can you do if you've discovered a colony of bats living in or near your house? The Ecological Role of Bats While people often feel nervous about bats, these animals are actually very useful to people. In the tropics, bat species pollinate fruit trees, including the delicious mango. In North America, many bat species are carnivorous and enjoy munching on mosquitoes, eating up to 1200 mosquitoes per hour. When you see a bat in your garden, this means that your natural pest control crew ... read more

Get the f-Ready App for Family Preparedness

Get the f-Ready App for Family Preparedness

Editor's note: When Juan first emailed me after he saw my PrepareAthon presentation with FEMA I thought he was just another blogger or author looking for some free promotion on our blog. (We get a LOT of that.) After doing a little poking around I realized Juan's story, his work and his activism are truly impressive. I wanted people to know about him and his app and the work he's doing to change disaster response protocols. I'm so excited that he agreed to a guest post about his work and f-Ready App. Many years ago I was watching the News. It was right after Katrina had struck and all you saw on TV were people waving from the rooftops of their homes/vehicles in hopes of being noticed. I ... read more

How A Light Can Help You Survive A Disaster | Podcast 49

signal light

One day a special operations medic walked into Juan's security shop and talked to him about the need for some special lights. That conversation in 2004 was the start of a different life for Juan as it ignited a passion to help the military and civilians in mass casualty situations. Now he has developed several lights for the military that are a big help for the patients as well as the search and rescue teams. This project opened his eyes to how important it can be to have a light as a signal, and as a result he created the Disaster ID visual 911 signaling system for phones. This Emergency/Triage Light offers a new method and device for triaging patients during night time ... read more

Creating the Perfect Garden Shed

Creating a perfect garden shed

One of the things that sold me on this rental property was the huge backyard. After that? Two garden sheds! Our previous place had no shed. We had a tiny garage, but it housed anything that didn't fit in the house. Having a shed just for yard and garden tools and equipment is a gardener's dream. Two sheds? Even better. A garden shed can be anything from a simple lean-to on the side of your house to a custom built dream shed in a picturesque garden. Every gardener's needs will be different, and while practicality is of upmost importance, I think we all dream a little when it comes to the perfect garden shed. What Makes a Perfect Garden Shed? I asked some of my gardening friends what ... read more