30 Organization Tips, Tricks and Ideas That Will Make You Go Ah-ha!

August 18, 2014

30 Organization Tips, Tricks and Ideas That Will Make You Go Ah-ha!

When it comes to staying organized there are several different areas of a home to do so. While this aids greatly in creating a peaceful and manageable household environment many of the methods that are used come from the everyday storage products and can easily be implemented into home use. Such ideas include organizing the kitchen pan and cooking utensil drawers with wooden dividers for easy accessibility. Furthermore, a magnetic strip can be used over a kitchen counter to house knives. Other rooms of the house aren’t spared from disorganization as there is a space for everything. A single outfit can be placed in a zip-lock bag when traveling and there is a plethora of ideas when it comes to storing crafting items.

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Conserve Water by Harvesting Rainwater: How to Make a Rain Barrel

August 16, 2014

Conserve Water by Harvesting Rainwater: How to Make a Rain Barrel

Simple, homemade rain barrels harness one of nature’s most basic and valuable resources, reducing water costs and stormwater runoff.

Once used for making wine and spirits, oak barrels offer Old World charm, though they can be heavy and usually require plugging a too-high bunghole and drilling a new one for your spigot. Try local wineries and distilleries or Kentucky Barrels (www.KentuckyBarrels.com).

If you ever worry about your home’s water consumption, take heart: Some of the cleanest mineral- and chlorine-free water arrives free to most homes. Rain barrels are a fabulous, relatively inexpensive and easy way to harness this most basic of nature’s resources.

Rainwater can be used for watering lawns and gardens, filling swimming pools, washing cars and pets, rinsing windows, and even bathing and drinking (if it’s filtered and treated). Using rainwater reduces water costs, takes a load off water supplies and reduces stormwater runoff, helping prevent flooding and erosion. That’s a big environmental bang for your buck.

Rainwater harvesting is catching on across the country. In Texas, people have installed thousands of fiberglass, plastic and galvanized steel cisterns in homes and public facilities to supplement lawn watering (which accounts for as much as 40 percent of home water use). Outside Boston, watershed protection programs promote underground rain-collection tanks that allow big storage capacity under driveways. For indoor use, rainwater usually is pumped, run through a particle filter, and either carbon filtered or disinfected. In Colorado and some other Western states where most water is subject to water-rights laws, the only sure legal way to use rainwater is to water lawns and gardens. All other uses require permission from the state water resources agency.

Rain Barrel Basics

Unlike water pumped from the ground, rainwater is soft; it contains no minerals that leave calcium scale or residues, no sodium and no chlorine or fluoride. However, it can carry debris, bird excrement and anything else that washes off a roof. During storage, bacteria and insects can proliferate in standing water. Users can manage this easily by topping barrels with screens and using their water supply frequently, which keeps the water moving and aerated.

To store rainwater, rain barrels and cisterns are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. An easy option is a sturdy trash barrel or a food-grade, plastic, 55-gallon barrel available from food importers and processors. Either dip a bucket or watering can in the opening of the barrel or outfit it with a spigot and overflow drain.

Rain Barrels 101

>Here’s what you should know about creating and maintaining a rainwater collection system.

• Prevent debris and insects by screening all rain barrel openings. Add a bit of oil or soap to the barrel to make the water surface unsuitable for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

• Reduce rainwater’s mild acidity with 1 teaspoon baking soda per 100 gallons of water.

• The first half-inch of rain, known as the “first flush,” can carry particles and bird excrement. If this is a concern, divert it to the ground, or filter it through a draining container filled with course sand, crushed shell, wood chips or coconut coir mats.

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10 Essential Oils for Your Emergency Kit

August 14, 2014

10 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR EMERGENCY KIT

10 Essential Oils for Your Emergecny Kit
Essential oils can help complete anyones emergency kit.
Their versatility is incredible meaning one oil can help cure and sort many different problems. From helping bruising and swelling to curing infections and inflammations, these 10 specifically chosen essential  oils will become the most important part of any emergency kit.
You are prepared……you have food storage, water, first aid, bedding, 72 hour kits, what about medicine? Are you prepared in the event that you cannot get to a pharmacy during a catastrophe or crises? Well one solution might be to consider having essential oils on your shelf. A pure essential oil will never go rancid so they are perfect for including in your emergency essentials checklist.
You’ve heard about them and the “buzz” about essential oils and how they can help your family with common concerns such as headaches, colds and flu, and allergies, pain, and infection but what exactly are they? Can they really help as well as over the counter drugs? Will they really be able to help in an emergency?
Well, first of all let’s talk about what they are. Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in various parts of plants. It is the “immune system” of the plant and without it, plants couldn’t survive or thrive. These same compounds can help with any type of health concern our family has such as illness, allergies, pain, and emotional issues. They are 50-70 times more potent than herbs so you can imagine how powerful they can be.
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As with any type of herb or natural medicine, make sure that you are purchasing the best quality essential oil on the market. Lower quality oils may state that they are 100% pure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are 100% pure essential oils without fillers (in fact the industry standard is only 3%). I like to use oils from companies that use third party testers to ensure the quality. There are a few companies out there that do this type of testing. If you are using oils on newborns and children, elderly and during pregnancy, and internally you will want this type of purity.

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