7 Ways Preparing for Emergency Survival can be Green

I’ve recently been reading up on survival preparedness in case of a loss of power for lengthy periods of time. Residents of developed nations are dismally dependent on electricity to make it through their days. Without power, nothing works – for most of us – no lights, no heat, no air conditioning, no entertainment, possibly no … … Continue reading

Is Self-Sufficiency Possible in the 21st Century?

It wasn’t so very long ago that most North Americans were self-sufficient. Many families remember a time, not too far gone, when their ancestors lived in a rural community without the benefit of electricity, running water, indoor plumbing, central heat or air conditioning. Instead they had a well, an outhouse, a wood burning stove for heat … … Continue reading

Should You Spend Your Money on Home Re-Decorating?

Have you ever shopped at neighborhood garage sales? You will find the most amazing collections of nearly new home decorating materials at them – beautiful lined panel drapes; lovely dining room furniture and display cases; wall art, wing back chairs, clocks and more – all for a pittance. I’ve used these finds to help furnish … … Continue reading

Budget Friendly Camping for the Whole Family

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 Camping is an awesome activity if you want to be closer to nature or get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also a wonderful experience for the whole family, and spending some time in the great outdoors can teach the kids a thing or two about “roughing it” and what … … Continue reading

How to Plan a Multi-Generation Family Vacation

We Baby Boomers are fueling the travel industry and many of us are taking our extended families along on our vacations. Forbes reports that travel agencies say that 10% of their trips are multi generational. Even the New York Times acknowledges that: As boomers join the ranks of grandparents, many are financing vacations for their children and grandchildren Rueters … … Continue reading

Finding a Balance Between Good Enrichment Activities and Overscheduling

We all want what’s best for our children. In today’s world, we feel as though our children will benefit from activities that enrich them — and perhaps even provide them with skills to get ahead in life. But what happens when you schedule too many activities, it might be counterproductive. Just like most things in … … Continue reading