Thursday, September 30, 2010

DIY Cansolidator

In case you didn't win the Giveaway, here is a great teaser and link to a video showing how to make a rotating can storage from cardboard. The girls over at Food Storage Made Easy put together all the details to make a cheap and easy cardboard rotating can rack. It looks friggin awesome.

I'm excited about how this can be customized to not only WHAT you're storing, but WHERE you're storing it. Food storage comes in lots of sizes, shapes and locations. This is perfect for YOUR space, no matter where you've found room for your food storage.

I haven't done this yet, but I have a TON of cardboard from a *cough* business endeavor that didn't go quite as planned.

I'm adding this to the Winter To Do list once it's too cold to hang outside.

PS - I'm still in Kentucky volunteering at the 2010 WEG Games....hope the posts haven't been too short :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm The Spotlight!


Prenda le Stelle put the spotlight on me this week!!

I'm so honored - and I won the super cool Halloween stickers from the last giveaway.

Welcome to the Traveling Through Thursday Blog Hop, hosted by Living on Love and CentsMom On DealzPrenda Le Stelle, and  Clipping for Cash!
(and I'm in the spotlight....did I mention that?)

I'm blogging about navigation next week. This week I've been in Kentucky, and I'm noticing how much I rely on my giant landmark mountains at home. It took me days to acclimate to direction here, and I still wouldn't be able to find my way around without my technology. I'm downloading new apps for the phone on a daily basis!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What I Dream Of.

Whatever you dream of, live it, live it now, as fully as possible, to whatever degree you can, in your thoughts, words, and deeds. And sure enough, as day follows night, as rains fall from pregnant clouds, and as melodies float from bells and whistles, your dream will come to pass.

    The Universe

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Garden Tips

Fall Garden Tips:

I don't love the cold, so when it starts getting crisp I prefer to ignore my garden duties, ignorant to accept Winter is on the way. I run out of steam in a big way come Fall. A few years ago the Yard Nazi (aka Rockstar) suspended me from any further veggie garden. (granted it was an overgrown, neglected mess).

I'm trying to comply, and since the monkeys behave when they've been outside running until they flop over from exhaustion, I'm turning my boring Fall Chores into a To Do list while getting some serious outside fun.

The Huffington Post (not my fav), featured this article to start me on my list:

Plant Spring Bulbs - Hmmm...decisions, decisions. Daffodils, tulips, lilies...I'm pretty sure I'm going to go overboard in the store.

Plant Pansies - (this was on THP list...I'm seriously doubting they'll make it through a Utah winter, but willing to give it a shot.)

Plant Seeds

Plant Trees And Shrubs - All the new trees made it through the summer, but I have one Japanese Maple that gets to be replaced. Not sure what I'm putting there yet. I'm still deciding on whether to move the new HoneyLocust. I have a feeling it's going to fistfight with the apple tree at some point....

Clean Up (gag) - I'll do it, but under protest!

Paint Planter Boxes - I cannot believe I just committed to this. Yikes. We'll see.....

Amend The Soil - I think I'll 'till the garden boxes under big time this year.

Mulch It - I think it's time to move all the mulch in the front and put rocks in...

Then I guess it's time to come inside and work on the hundred billion things that waited all summer....

PS - I'm in Kentucky this week volunteering at the 2010 WEG Games....hope the posts won't be too short :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Surviving it Blind.

Thanks to the recent hubbabaloo, there was a teeny incident with my contacts. I *um* put them in the trailer when I thought we were evacuating so I would have them wherever we ended. What I didn't anticipate was not getting evacuated and Rockstar taking it to the trailer store the next morning to fix the awning we broke on The Camping Trip From Hell.

I'm not exactly blind, but my eyes are bad enough for it to be a remarkable inconvenience if I'm not wearing my contacts. Yes, I have glasses, but here's the 411 on those:

I have one pair from 1982, you know, that pair for dire emergencies, that isn't the right prescription, are gawd awful ugly, but I'm afraid to get rid of them. They're also in the trailer.

I broke down about 2 years ago and bought a really nice pair. Pretty green rectangle frames, correct prescription, actually corrects for my astigmatism. I even wore them out in public occasionally. Then my adorable 9 month old (Big Monkey) snapped one of the earpieces off. 

So I'm wearing those - with tape - in public.

I wear the Freshlook Colors (I was a vampire before they were cool) and tend to run all the way out before I order more - not the best survival prep. Somehow I'm down to ONE contact?? 

I have new contacts on order, but this is making me seriously consider Lasik. Something I've taken a stand against since the beginning. If they screw up your knee surgery, you limp a little. If they screw up your eye surgery??????

Several people have mentioned how much they love it, and I've never actually met anyone who hasn't. My only negative experience is a few 20 Minutes episodes. Tiger Woods had his done here somewhere. I'm going to do some research and see what I can find out. I think what I spend in contact solution every year would pay for the surgery. (seriously, it's $9 a bottle)

If you see me, in public, with my tape on my glasses...please don't laugh.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Circus PARADE Today

The Elephants have arrived!

Today at noon you can get an up-close look at the Circus
The parade will be at The Gateway Mall
Children of all ages and families are welcomed to gather together to celebrate the Grand Parade of The Greatest Show on Earth. Best viewing will be from the either side of the Rio Grande Street up through the Gateway Mall. This traditional event is FREE! Come early for a great seat and be sure to visit local stores at the Gateway Mall to receive your FREE Ringling Bros. clown nose (while supplies last).

If you haven't grabbed your tickets, you can still go to 
Enter code BLOG for a discount.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

With Gratitude.

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished.  What he does after that is all in the line of work.  ~Edward F. Croker

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman.  The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling.  Our proudest moment is to save lives.  ~Edward F. Croker


Monday, September 20, 2010

Almost Evacuated.

Today's post is a little late...

I got to put my 20 minute bug-out list to the test.

A wildfire in my little town of Herriman consumed 10,000 acres, 4 houses and injured 2 firefighters. At last count, 1600 homes were evacuated. The evacuation included homes 2 blocks from ours and we knew we would be the next group of homes evacuated. We didn't get evacuated (yet) though it's noon and they still haven't lifted the evacuation and the fire is still burning. It's contained, but if it gets hot, or the wind picks up things may change (I hope not on all accounts.)

Since we'd just returned from camping, we left the trailer hooked up, emptied and reloaded it last night at  8 PM.

While Rockstar was handling the trailer, Littlest Monkey was asleep, and Big Monkey was watching Ice Age, I went to work on the 20 minute list. Here's my grade:


+ The list included everything we needed
+ Everything was where it was supposed to be
+ I could do it all by myself
+ I remembered the combo to the safe without looking

- It took me 4 tries to remember the safe combo
- It took me 45 minutes because I fixed things as I went
- Several items needed to be packed better

Things I fixed:
The stuff in the safe wasn't easy to grab. I put all the loose items in one easy to grab bag.
Photos/memorabilia weren't together. Photos were in boxes that were too little, or overflowing the boxes. I put the photos in a suitcase, and repacked it so it's all together in the same spot in the closet, and in fewer boxes to cart up the stairs.
I hadn't taken the time to do a video inventory of the house. After I packed us, I made a video, logging all the items in the house.
I didn't have a tote downstairs in the office for the electronics. I put one big enough to handle the items next to the desk, and labeled.

We had several hours to get ready. Some of the people evacuated had minutes - not 20.

If you had 20 minutes to get out, what would you take?
If you weren't home, would your spouse know what to take, and where it is?

My 20 Minute Evacuation List hangs on the pantry door, lists the item and where it's located. (ladies, be specific, you KNOW there's a difference between doing a Boy-look v. a Girl-look)

I'm adding a list in the applicable rooms (i.e. office) of what that room contains and what needs to go.

Survival Test. Passed.
Next time. I get to Ace it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Circus Ticket Winner! AND Disney On Ice! tickets

The Final Winner is:


Email me at to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated!
A special thanks to Lulubug LLC for providing these fantastic prizes.

Don't forget you can still go to the Ringling site to purchase tickets. 
Enter the code BLOG for a discount.

Lulubug LLC graciously provided our next giveaway too!

FOUR - Family Four Packs of tickets to the Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey
Energy Solutions Arena 
Nov. 11-14, 2010

Check back for details!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Guides My Path.

When we focus on how our path came to be,

become consumed by my architect v. yours,

we miss the beauty of the stones,

the intricacy of the pattern,

the perfection of intersections with others. 

It is not the path,

but the way we travel it that shapes our reality,

our dreams,

our passions,

our journey.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Earth Well Festival Review

Whew...MUCH better weekend this go 'round.

The UTES WON! AGAIN!  And jumped to #14 in the Polls. Take THAT! There's something amazing that happens the moment I step into the stadium on a Fall Afternoon. Time stands still for hours as life becomes simple. Boys play a game, spectators cheer, all is right in the world. For a moment. I love football.

The game was on September 11, and I can still remember where I was nine years ago. 

Before the game, I checked out the Earth Well Festival in Park City. There were so many amazing things it's going to take me all week to talk about them. My favorite was the solar oven, and I'm going to check out a new meditation center tomorrow. 

May your week be filled with survival!

Survival Monday

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope”

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The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Never Forget.

I stood at Ground Zero, curled my fingers around the metal fence and stared at horror. I walked through the eerie veil of sanctity that isolates the block. I watched mourners of all religions hold each other up. 

I made a promise that day I would NEVER FORGET. I mean to keep it.
I will Never Forget the unconditional love we held for each other in the days that followed.

In finding those days again, we find the road to the Change we seek.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Cansolidator Giveaway!

ModernSurvivalOnline is Giving Away a Cansolidator.

I only have one of Shelf Reliance's Cansolidators and I love it! It's the same version in the giveaway, so go sign up to win.

To enter: If you have a blog – write a post about it. If your a member of a forum – start a thread about it. Have a website? Make an announcement. You just need to write a summary of the contest – stating the name of the contest (ModernSurvivalOnline’s Cansolidator Giveaway), place a link to this site – as well as to Shelf Reliance- ).

Anyone can enter the contest – the only requirement is that you post as stated above and then email the details of your posting to Make sure you include the URL in your email for verification.

Modern Survival Online also features some great Survival Videos - I'm bookmarking them for later so I can do some serious note taking!
Good Luck!!

My Garden is Stunted.

After waiting all Summer for my tomatoes to get with the program, my bushes are LOADED.

With GREEN tomatoes.

About once a week one of them turns red, and I race in the house to add this little tiny tomato to dinner. Then I run back out to the garden to see if anything changed while I was away.

GREEN tomatoes.

BUT, there's hope! I can make Green Salsa???

Or I can put them in a box in the garage. And then forget about them until next Spring, when I'll have a moldy box of red tomatoes.

Guess I'll decide on Friday when it freezes. I'm super not ready for Winter yet.

Any other recipes for Green Tomatoes?

The butternut squash, however, nearly a delicacy last night: Cut it in half, scooped the seeds, tossed it in my Pampered Chef square stone, covered it with foil, 350 for an hour. Nearly orgasmic.

I need to figure out what to do with the squash. Do I leave it on the vine until I'm ready for it, or will it go bad? Can I store butternut squash?

Off to google....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Survival Sisters.

Here's a site critical to your survival.

Jodi and Julie over at are on the ball. They've broken down survival into Baby Steps, they email the steps, or they've compiled all the steps in a GREAT binder for sale.

Since September is National Emergency Preparedness Month they have a parade of giveaways (all stuff really NEEDed for survival) and a fun 7 Day Challenge I'm part of to test Survival Mama Skills.

Great stuff. Go check it out. Sign Up. Get on it.

Sometimes Survival is about who you know.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's Called Adventure for a Reason.


Worst. Camping. Trip. Ever.

Windy? Check.
Bugs? Check.
Cold? Check.
Broke something expensive? Check.
Injuries? Of course.
Incessant barking dog? Nailed it.

I'm not typically a whiner. I can find the silver lining in anything. It's called adventure for a reason. I'm fairly certain the day I took my Survival Mama oath there was a line about adventure. I'm fine with it...except this weekend. I whined, I bitched, I moaned. It was a DISASTER!!!


Coffee maker works.


Record-breaking Survival Downtown.

Apparently the Gov is serious about this sustainability stuff:  

An article announced The Salt Palace will soon be the nation's largest rooftop solar project. 

The Gov is up for re-election, and I'm hoping this isn't a stunt. This is serious forward movement and could bring great new innovation for solar to our state.

Looking forward to the future. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Weekend Warrior Survival Practice!

Taking it to the street (road?) for the weekend to put some of this knowledge to practice.

This weekend I'm working on my fire-starting skills. (Last go round was awful, and I even resorted to gasoline!)

Trying out the new Coleman Coffee Maker. Picked it up at Cabela's for $40. It worked on the house stove REALLY well.

Rockstar husband also bought us this little Portable Fire Pit

I think this will come in handy in the mornings when I get up at 5 to write. It's too early for mechanical stuff like fire building. I figure I can light a match, start coffee and fire without to much thought.

What are you up to this holiday weekend?

Survive It.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Survival Of The Fittest

It's not about surrounding yourself with people who are better than you. 
It's about surrounding yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
Survival of the fittest is no longer about being the smartest or fastest or biggest. 
It's about perservering. 
It's about staying true to your path and facing down death and heartache and disappointment and ridicule because you want something so bad nothing else will do.
I've always thought I lacked the drive to have a passion. 
Now, I realize passion and determination come disguised as perserverence. 
It isn't the path that matters, it's that you've stayed the course.


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