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Just a fun moment I wanted to share with you…. I sure do love this baby girl. I just love how she holds her hands when she sleeps and while she is awake for that matter :) .

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We all like to have what we need when we need it. And it is those times that we need to prepare for now before something happens. Maybe the power goes out, maybe it will be out for days at a time due to a disaster .

If you have Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts these are practically a must have for campouts

And make great stocking stuffer ideas31qytgjp0yL._SL500_AA300_Para-Cord Survival Bracelet “Black” 9 Inch
As low as $2.42 and free shipping – Why a bracelet  This can be unwoven to tie up gear or help tie up a shelter. It can be used in first aid as a tourniquet and also used to help hang and clean your dinner. The inner cords can be used as fishing line. It is a must have in preparedness equipment.

41ADCPQOEEL._SL500_AA300_Ranger FIRE STEEL Flint & Striker SAS Survival Tool Kit – Outdoor Camping Living Survival Tool As low as $1.96 and free shipping – A fire starter is used to make fires to keep warm, signal for help or cook your food. A good fire will always boost your moral.

41QJyRYI0EL._SL500_AA300_ Portable Extra-large Head Windproof Waterproof Matches As low as $2.12 and free shipping –  Windproof matches are a must have when it it time to start a fire. With out them in a water proof container, starting a fire can become very frustrating. Having multiple ways to start fires is basic survival 101.

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Recently we post on one of the best prices on tents we have seen. A good deal on large 10 person tents are hard to come by. But this Coleman 10 person tent is a great deal! After we post on that a couple readers mentioned that tents with poles are too hard to figure out and take too much time to even make camping fun! So we went on a search. We found some of these tents that are called Pop-Up tents. So you just unzip them from the carry bag and throw it into the air – and POP they are set up in an instant!

Pop Up TentPop Up Tent (size:106″x65″x43″) with inner tent

As low as $59.99.

  • 2 Layer construction (fly sheet and the inner tent)
  • Pop Up itself in a second
  • The inner tent is completed covered by the rain fly.
  • Fold down to a 30″ diameter dish
  • Weight: 5Lb

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Or you can get this easy to set up tent. It’s not a pop up tent but it only takes a pull of one string to set it up and once to take it down.

best price on 3 person tentThree-Person Camping Dome Tent 7 Feet X 7 Feet One Touch Set Up Normally $199.99 right now its 60% off at as low as $79.99

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Alternative to using Wood Logs or Pellets in your fireplace or wood stove.

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Ever wonder why we all use wood for all of our heating. Sure they look pretty sitting there crackling away. But there has to be another way to heat your home and save money at the same time. Sure you could go out and spend all that money buying wood pellets or corn, or all the other small pellet type fuels. But what if there was a way to burn something that we all have in our home and usually end up throwing away into the garbage? Especially in the coupon world we tend to have more then the other homes.

newspaper logs newspaper brick

Thats right NEWSPAPER. Now I bet you’re thinking what do I just crumple the paper up and throw it in? Actually yes and no. Yes it’s just paper all crumpled and ripped up. And after just a little bit of work, you can then just throw it in. So what are we making? Newspaper logs! Burn that paper in your fireplace! By using a Newspaper Brick press you can turn newspaper into bricks or logs to burn in your fireplace or woodstove.

Make newspaper brick logs

Here is how you can save money burning newspaper in your wood stove or fireplace.

 

First collect all of your newspapers. The more the merrier, which means less work through out the year.

By collecting more newspaper you can combine all of the work into one processing day.

Grab a 5 gallon bucket of water

Tear, shred or rip your paper pile into pieces. The size really doesn’t matter, and your kids will have tons of fun making a newspaper shred pile.

If you have any sawdust, wood shavings you can add them to the water. It is not needed or required. It is just a great filler item.

You can add a tablespoon of bleach to help the breakdown process but it is not required.

Place your newspaper shreds and sawdust if you have it, into the bucket of water and let it sit for three to four days. You are trying to get it to a pulp slush or mush type state. The newspaper will easily fall apart into smaller pieces. You do not need to have it in total mush, just entirely soaked through so it will adhere to each other.

Gently mix the paper mulch to breakdown anything that will and to stir up the portions on the bottom of the bucket.

Now bring your brick maker over to the bucket out side. Scoop your mulch into the brick maker to level it up to the top of each container. Place the top screen on the mulch and place the handles over the screen and press out all the water you can. You may need to add more mulch to the top of each log or brick you made depending on the size you are looking for. The larger the brick the longer they will last.

Now remove the top screen and pull out the handles holding the bottom screen. Remove your brick and place on an old cooling rack or place on anything that the air can circulate under the bricks. Leave the bricks out over the summer in a dry place. Once fall comes and the cooler weather is here the bricks or logs you have made will be completely dried out.

Now you can burn just the newspaper logs or bricks with the wood logs to cut down on how many you are burning and save your wood pile. Or you can burn the newspaper logs all alone. Just place them criss cross in the wood stove or fireplace just as you would place your wood logs.

You can get single brick presses

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Newspaper four brick makerOr you can make four Newspaper Bricks or Logs at a time

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Blackhawk tacticalBlackhawk Men’s Lightweight Tactical Pant As low as $37.99 and free shipping. This is one of the top name brands for tactical clothing. And this is the lowest price I have seen for them.

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Tactical Seat CoverSmittybilt 5661001 GEAR Black Front Seat Cover

Normally around $150 – right now these are on sale for as low as $99.99

FRONT SEAT COVER LINKS:

BLACK FRONT SEAT COVER

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  • Designed with five different pouches
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tactical rear seat coverSmittybilt 5660224 GEAR Tan Rear Seat Cover

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OLIVE DRAB REAR SEAT COVER

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