Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway

Preparedness Month Giveaway


Preparedness Month from Us to You!

In honor of this month being Preparedness Month, The Prepared Bloggers are proud to present a Mega giveaway.

We are proud to partner with 6?great companies for seven?great prizes.?These prizes?are the perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps. We will have seven?winners in this giveaway. Each winner will win one of the following prizes?listed below. The giveaway starts September?22nd, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends September?29th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a US resident of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.


1 Royal Berkey System–From LPC Survival–This system is perfect for 2-6 people, filtering 3.25 gallons in about 2 hours. It comes with ?2 Black Elements and is perfect for large families but is small enough for travel.


1 Sun Oven–From?Sun Oven–This is a great off-grid cooking solution using only solar energy. This Sun Oven includes a cookbook, dehydrating and baking rack set, two easy stack pots, a WAPI, and two loaf pans.


1 Scout Kelly Kettle–From Kelly Kettle–The Kelly Kettle boils water quick and with very little fuel. It’s great for camping trips, hunting trips and emergencies.


1 Wonder Junior Deluxe–From Wonder Mill–This is the perfect solution for making your own bread off-grid. It’s one of the easiest to use hand mills on the market. A great mill to use in an emergency situation, an off-grid environment or for everyday use.


1 Propur Big with 2 ProOne 7″ G2.0 Filters–From End Times Warehouse–A clean water supply is super important in every situation. This gravity fed water treatment system makes it super easy to always have clean water.


2 Seventy Two Hour Kits–From Survival Based–Be prepared for a sudden storm or power outage with this all in one 72 hour kit. Complete with fuel to cook the food contained in the kit. Keep this kit in your car, house, or grab it if you need to evacuate. ?Two lucky people will each win one 72 hour kit.


1 Case of Six 5lb Creamed Honey (30lb total)–From Cox’s Honey–Honey is the prefect item to place in you food storage. It’s also great for a number of other uses. Cox honey is raw and unfiltered making it some of the best honey on the market.

Thanks again to all of our sponsors.

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop Septemeber 20


Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How’To’s!

 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Janet @ Timber Creek Farmer

Kat @ Simply Living Simply

Ariana @ Truth Peace Love

Lesa @ Better Hens and Gardens

Diane @ Peaceful Acres Farm

Karen Lynn @ Lil Suburban Homestead

Mindie @ Born Again Farm Girl

Cheryl @ Pasture Deficit Disorder

Valerie @ Cottage Making Mommy

Elaine Lewis @ Sunny Simple Life

Brittany @ Happy Days Farm



 What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance….

This may include:

Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!


 Make sure and include either a:

1. Text link such as: I participated in Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

2. Or ADD the blog hop button below (copy/paste) with a link back to the Blog Hop.


Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

 How Can I Be a Featured Blogger?


Our featured blogger is chosen each week at random by our Co-hosts…and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!

If you are selected as “Featured”, make sure and grab your button (just copy/paste):

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**Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. **

Congratulations to our Featured Blogger this week:


Create with Joy  is our featured blogger with this  post


I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson (a book review)

Ready to get to the hop? Add your link below.

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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month Giveaway from  Homestead Bloggers Network

National Preparedness Month is the month of September. But for homesteaders, preparing is a year long endeavor. It’s hard for me to discuss National Preparedness month, with out considering that preparing for what may come, is a mind set that carries through the whole year. I applaud the publicity around this topic and welcome the open discussion about preparing. Lets consider a few things about the connection between homesteading and preparing.



Homesteading is Preparedness

Homesteading often includes raising livestock. In a major storm, loss of power, or other emergency event, I can’t just run off to a shelter and have my needs taken care of. Now, this does not apply in a situation where my family’s life was in danger. But for situations where the living just gets really primitive, we need to stick it out at home. Learning how to survive without our normal heat, running water and cooking methods have come in handy during these emergencies. I often tell people that I heated up formula in a bottle by holding it near the fire using tongs, when my daughter was a baby. She hated cold milk, so it was either listen to her cry or figure out a way to heat the milk! Good thing we had a fireplace.  I can’t even count the number of times we have had to hang in there at home, because of our livestock and pets, while others left the area seeking warmth and food.  We were able to provide warmth with our fireplace and eat the food from our food storage.  Trust me, even canned spaghetti looks good when you are cold and hungry. 

Being on well and septic also presents challenges when a storm disrupts power supply for days or weeks. I had to learn this early in our married life. I had been raised in a town with public water and sewer. It had never occurred to me that this would be an issue. Now, we store water in old milk jugs, so that we have water to put in the toilets for flushing. Make sure you also store enough potable water for drinking. Don’t count on the stores having enough water for everyone during an emergency.

Shelter is the number one priority in an emergency. You will die from exposure before you die of thirst. Do you know how to make a temporary shelter? Can you pitch a tent? What part of your home is the safest place to be in the event of a tornado warning?  Do you have supplies stored in your safe area?

Food storage will, of course, become an important item on your list. Make sure you also have a manual can opener! Will you be able to heat some food over a camping stove? How about building a fire. Nothing will bring your family more comfort during an emergency than being together and enjoying a hot meal.

Have you talked with your family about an emergency plan? Do you have a meeting place on your homestead, such as a safe area, a storm shelter, or some other place of safety? What about once the coast is clear? Does everyone know where to meet up or who to contact if you were separated during the emergency? Planning all of these things out ahead of time may save lives and will definitely save a lot of gray hairs!
For more information on a family plan of action, check out this website.

Please give some thought to your furry and feathered pets too. They don’t need to live in your home, but they still need drinking water, shelter and nourishment. During an ice storm, a hurricane or other national disaster occurrence, they will need to stay in a shelter and eat hay or grains or other appropriate foods.

Each area of the world has it’s own threats and potential dangers. Learn what is possible and prepare for those types of events first.

Giveaway Details for $100 Giveaway:

In honor of National Preparedness Month (, the Homestead Bloggers Network is hosting a giveaway to help you become better prepared for any potential emergency situation. Not only do you need to create an emergency family plan, but you need to have some basic supplies at the ready. The winner of this giveaway will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to help them get everything on their family’s preparedness list!

National Preparedness Month

The giveaway will end 11:59pm on September 22, 2014. Open to US residents, 18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary – chances of winning depend on number of entries received.

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Featured Homesteaders!

Homesteaders at Timber Creek Farm

We are honored to have been interviewed for the featured homesteader/prepper post on The Rural Economist
Greg had interviewed me recently, about our thoughts concerning homesteading and how it relates to being prepared. I enjoyed his thought provoking questions and coming up with answers made me reflect back on how far we have come in our journey as homesteaders.

Growing as Homesteaders

We started with a property that was never a farm. Heavily wooded timber land surrounded a clearing of brush, debris and just good old American trash because someone had been using it as a personal dump for years. Many dumpster loads later, lots of intense physical work, and lumber for fencing, our animals finally started to arrive at Timber Creek Farm. The kids grew up playing outside, riding ponies and horses, helping with chores, and riding dirt bikes. We played endless hours of paintball, hosted cookouts, pony camps and visited with friends on our farm. All the while, not realizing that we were growing and preparing for our future. As we became more aware of the condition of our country and how very dependent many people were and are on the government, retail stores and outside help, we realized how very happy we were to be largely self sufficient, and prepared. I started this blog to encourage others to learn, one skill and one step at a time, to be more self sufficient homesteaders. Even if you can’t raises animals in your backyard, there are many other ways to grow and prosper as homesteaders.

TImber Creek Farm Yarn

Yarn from our fiber animals.

Gardening, buying local, buying from a local farmer, learning how to do minor household repairs, and cooking from scratch are some easy ways to get started. Even large cities have farmer’s markets. Shop there and taste the difference. If you want to learn canning, ask the farmer if they have “seconds”. This is still great produce, but the price will often be drastically lower than what is put out on the table for show.

Gus the Turkey - Homesteaders

Barn by Homesteaders

Lilly our first goat born here 2007

Lilly our first goat born here 2007

Remember one small step at a time. We didn’t learn everything over night. And we are still learning, everyday.
A big thanks to The Rural Economist for featuring our story on his blog.


You can read it all here.


“>Homesteading and Preparedness with Timber Creek Farm

Or this link The Rural Economist

Big Berkey Water Filter Giveaway September 8!

National Emergency Preparedness Month

Big Berkey Water Filter Purifier
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. We are entering week 2 of some amazing giveaways to help educate you about preparedness, and give you a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes. I think we all were giving thought to our water needs when the city of Toledo, Ohio was not able to use their culinary water for quite some time. They could not even boil it to make it safe because of the toxic nature of the water. This is one more reason we need to tell the world about National Emergency Preparedness Month. This makes me wish every family in the world could have some type of system to purify their water. This is a sponsored giveaway by and you really need to check out this website. You will be glad you did! We are extremely grateful that Tom at Camping Survival believes in the Big Berkey Water Purifier system as much as we do! Having a Big Berkey Water Filter Purifier system in your home, will give you peace of mind where your family’s water needs are concerned. Thanks again Tom for showing the world what is needed to purify our water everyday, or in an unforeseen disaster. We thank them for helping the world celebrate National Emergency Preparedness Month. Please enter this giveaway and you will have a chance to win one of these Big Berkey Water Filter Purifiers! Good luck to everyone, and please visit the other bloggers listed below.
Here are my blogging colleagues involved in this giveaway:
1. Food Storage Moms
2. Imperfectly Happy
3. Frugality Gal
4. Survival For Blondes
5. Fabulous Farm Girl
6. Home Ready Home
7. Prepared-Housewives
8. I Get Ready
9. Kneaded Creations
10. Timber Creek Farm
11. Ever Growing Farm
12. Sharing Lifes Abundance
13. Your Own Home Store
14. Blue Yonder Urban Farms
15. The Prepared Ninja
16. Survival at Home
17. The Backyard Pioneer
18. Food Storage and Survival
19. The Busy B Homemaker
20. Simply Living Simply
21. Memories By The Mile
22. Common Sense Homesteading
23. Trayer Wilderness
24. Whole New Mom
This Big Berkey Water Purifier Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Sept. 8th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 13th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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