How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

Are you looking to stock a deep pantry?  Do you like the idea of being able to have healthy, money saving food storage with up to a 25 year shelf life?  Terrific! This post on How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food is for you!

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

 

 

Why Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food?

There is so much buzz lately about grocery stores that deliver groceries to you door.  Thrive Life has been delivering quality groceries, right to your door, for years now.  Groceries that won’t spoil or go to waste as they wait for you to get to them.  You can even get FREE shipping!

I love how Thrive Life Groceries are ready to go when I am, with no washing, chopping, peeling or browning necessary!  Score!  Taco Tuesday has never been easier.

Most importantly, I know that in case of disaster, I will be able to feed my family from my Long Term Food Storage Plan. 

What Are The Perks Of Becoming A Preferred Customer?

Ah.  I love this part.  So many opportunities to save money come with being a Preferred Customer and signing up for a monthly delivery service.

1. Free Shipping

Preferred Customers get free shipping on all Preferred items when they spend at least $100 in the delivery service! Just look for the Preferred Customer icon next to qualifying products.

2. Get 3% Back

For every $100 you spend on a delivery, you’ll get $3 back in Grocery points! Let your points rack up, and use them on any purchases outside of your deliveries.

3. Shop Early

Shop Black Friday and Spring Sale deals a day before everyone else! These sales are always while supplies last, which means you’ll get hot products before they sell out.

4.Monthly Savings

Get a monthly coupon to save on a popular item!   No limit on the amount of coupon products you can order either.  Not like the grocery stores that limit how many coupons you can use!

I’m Skeptical About Automatic Delivery Services.

Oh, I get that.  But, with Thrive Life,  you can skip or cancel any upcoming deliveries before the processing date.

Okay.  I’m In!  How Do I Become A Preferred Customer?

There are two ways:

Get a FREE membership by committing to 3 deliveries within 90 days (at least one order every 30 days).

You can select this option during the setup process for your delivery service.

or

Pay a one-time fee of $79 through the delivery service.
If selected, it will be charged after completion of delivery setup.

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

You can go here to create your customer account and delivery service. 

I’m Signed Up, Now What?

Once you have signed up to order Thrive Freeze Dried Food,  you’ll be asked to choose your meal plan.  You can choose from Simple Plate meals (think Blue Apron type meals, but freeze dried), grocery (this is what I do) or a combination of both.

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

Fill up your grocery cart with the items you love the most!  You’ll be asked when you’d like your monthly grocery orders to ship.  Then you’ll check out and VIOLA! Groceries to your door step.

What If I Just Want To Place A Single Order?

I totally understand.  You can simply place a single order through my Thrive Life website.  Please make sure my name, Tammy Hodson, is in the upper right hand corner of your screen.  I build my food storage when others order through me.

Thrive Life Delivery Service Video

Confused?  Here’s a step by step video tutorial on ordering.  Or, feel free to email me at hods6mom@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Flu Preparedness Supplies: Are You Ready?

Admittedly, its a little late in the season to be talking about getting together your flu preparedness supplies. However, every time I open my Facebook page I am finding another friend lamenting that the flu has just hit their home. It starts with the littlest one throwing up in the middle night and quickly spreads to all the other kids. Just as mom has the final load of sheets in the washer, bam, the all too familiar wave of nausea hits her and dad. All across America this scene seems to be playing out. If you have been lucky enough to escape it thus far, today is the day to get your flu preparedness supplies! Having sick kids is really hard, but having sick parents trying to take care of sick kids is the worst!

Family Flu Preparedness Supplies Checklist

Storing Your Flu Preparedness  Supplies

I keep my flu preparedness supplies in a separate bucket in the storage room. I do this because my kids are  Gatorade hounds and it isn’t something that I normally keep around. If they get even the smallest hint it is in the house, it will be gone! I can’t tell you how many times I would get the flu and crawl into where I knew I had Gatorade stored to find that one of the boys happily stole it for basketball practice. By having a dedicated flu kit I know I always have what I need put away.

Steps To Prevent Getting The Flu:

First, lets talk about what we can do to NOT get the flu in the first place.  An ounce of prevention and all that.

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  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  If it can’t be avoided, consider wearing  a N95 or above  emergency face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 

    Get a Flu Shot. Yes, I recognize this can be a controversial topic, but I still recommend it.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

My Flu Preparedness Supplies And Emergency Checklist

As every Prepper and Survivalist knows, sometimes despite our very best efforts, the flu finds us.  It happens.  Be prepared with your flu preparedness supplies at the ready!

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  • Powdered Gatorade (easier to store the powder, lasts longer, and I can mix it as strong or weak as needed)
  • Ramen. I don’t know why but when I turn the corner and start to feel better I crave chicken flavored ramen. Probably the high sodium in a dehydrated body.
  • Ginger tea and manuka honey  Known for it’s amazing health benefits, manuka honey  improves sore throats and boosts immunity.
  • Peppermint tea
  • Hard peppermint candy (helps sooth stomach and get rid of bad tastes in mouth)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Homemade canned broth
  • Jello
  • Crackers
  • Paper plates and cups. More sanitary and just plain easier on a sick parent
  • Otter pops (throw them into the freezer as soon as you open the kit)
  • Freezer meals for people that are not sick in the houseFlu Preparedness Supplies and Survival Kit

 

Medications and Cleaning Supplies for Influenza Emergency Kits

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  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Immodium
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emesis bags for throwing up in.  The plastic ring keeps the bag open, while it locks shut with a quick twist.  MUCH less chance of spilling than bowls or zip lock type bags.
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emetrol
  • Disinfectant wipes that kill flu germs  I also stock a bottle of Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets for bigger clean up needs.
  • Masks and gloves for containing the spread of germs.
  • Extra laundry detergent
  • Shelf stable probiotics for the mending process. We like the Jarrow brand.

Get Your Pandemic And Flu Preparedness  Supplies NOW

In conclusion, nobody can predict when the flu will hit your family, but being prepared will make it easier to make it through. A little emergency preparedness and planning goes a long way.  What is in YOUR flu kit that I didn’t mention? I’m always looking for new ideas!

The CDC Wants You To Prepare For Nuclear Attack

With what feels like retro vibes from the 1950’s, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has announced a January 16th presentation to teach the public how to  prepare for nuclear attack. Am I the only one hearing the theme to the Twilight Zone playing in the background?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/magnitude-7-point-8-earthquake-strikes-caribbean-tsunami-waves-possible-usgs.html

Steps To Take To Prepare For A Nuclear Strike

Though nuclear detonation is unlikely, it could have devastating effects, and there would be limited time to take the steps necessary to protect our families.  This makes preparing before hand vital.

First, forget every Hollywood movie you’ve ever seen on the topic of nuclear war. The apocalyptic wasteland throughout the country stuff.   Unless you are at Ground Zero of a nuclear strike, there are steps you can take to survive.  But, you’ve got to know what to do immediately after an attack.  The biggest loss of life could come from simply not knowing what to do after a strike.

Who Is At The Greatest Risk Of A Nuclear Strike?

Do you live in a large city like Washington, D.C.?  New York?  Los Angeles?  Are you near a large military base?   These are the types of places more likely to be the target of a nuclear strike.

Be Prepared To Shelter In Place

If you have a basement, that is where you will want to be.  If not, then stay in the most central part of your home,  located away from the direction that the wind is blowing if possible.

Seal off all windows, doors, vents and chimneys. Duct tape, garbage bags and tarps will be your friends.  Store plenty.  Turn off heating and air conditioners that pull in outside air into the home.  Unseal your home after the fall out cloud has passed.

What If You Are Caught Outside?

  • Find something to cover your mouth and nose, that you can still breath through.  Having one of  *this post contains affiliate links these on hand, or in your EDC bag would be excellent.
  • Move to a shelter, basement, or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing.
  • Decontaminate if possible by showering and changing clothes before you enter the shelter.

No Lights. No Water.  Now What?

Plan as though there will be no utilities after a nuclear strike.  Do you have at least a 14 day supply (three weeks would be better!) of water and food?   How about ways to keep warm or cool depending on the weather?    How will you see when it gets dark?  Do not drink water from open water supplies.

Stock Up On Emergency Food

Consider a supply of foods that don’t require cooking, or refrigeration.  If you’d like to kick it up a notch, invest in a butane stove and freeze dried meals that only need hot water to finish off.  Do not eat local fresh food.

What Goes In Must Come Out

Products such as the *this post contains affiliate links Luggable Loo Portable Toilet allow you a place to relieve yourself, and a way to dispose of your offerings.  BTW, if you have pets you’ll need to have a way for them to relieve themselves as well.

A Checklist to Survive a Nuclear Attack

News From The Outside

An emergency radio is going to be a must, in order to receive the latest updates after a nuclear attack.   This Kaito Emergency Radio allows you to charge it using solar, battery, crank, and through a wall plug.  You can also charge cell phones with it.

Potassium Iodide

You can learn more of the whys and hows of this product in this post.   Remember, only the IOSAT brand is approved to protect your thyroid gland.  As talks heats up about the potential of a nuclear war, I expect IOSAT to either go up in price or become really hard to get.  Now would be the time to stock up.

Have A Good First Aid Kit On Hand

Be prepared to handle your family’s medical needs after a nuclear attack, including a supply of any prescription medications they may be on.  A comprehensive first aid kit will come in handy too.  Think about adding a few compression bandages and a book on first aid medicine as well.

Protecting Your Lungs From Potential Nuclear Fallout

With it’s NBC protection rating, an Israeli gas mask will protect your lungs in case you needed to leave your shelter before the ‘all clear’ was given.

Another option, without as great of protection,  would include putting a wet cloth or towel over your mouth and nose.

If you are concerned about needing to leave your shelter early,  you may want to stock a few disposable Tyvek suits and protective gloves.

Knowledge Is Power.  Preparation Brings Peace.

Take the time to make these preparations now, not because nuclear war is imminent, but because there is no reason not to have the basic preps for any emergency on hand anyway.

When people are knowledgeable about emergencies like a nuclear strike,  they are able to act in a calmer and more efficient manner.  If you are interested in learning more about how to survive a nuclear attack, I highly recommend the book, Nuclear War Survival Skills: Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self -Help Instructions.  

 

 

Favorite Garden Seed Sources

If you are anything like me, you’ve already spent time dreaming about garden seeds for 2018’s bountiful harvest. Yes, my favorite garden seed sources just might have a few drool stains amongst their already well worn pages.  I’d love to show your my favorite places to find garden seeds.

Non-GMO Garden Seed Sources

What Type of Seeds Should You Buy

You want to make sure you purchase from companies that are committed to providing non GMO seed. I do not grow out Monsanto seed….period.

While I believe that open pollinated seeds are the best idea (you can save your seeds from year to year) there is a place for hybrids too.  If I want a tomato before the end August, I need to have a couple early hybrids planted somewhere.

ProTip:  Confused about open pollinated, heirloom, and hybird seeds?  Learn more from this excellent post on Seeds Savers Exchange.

summer squash in a Johnny's Seeds catalogs - Garden Seed Source

 

I choose organic seed whenever available, but I do have seed that has been harvested from plants grown organically, but the actual seed that grew the plant wasn’t organic.

The garden seed sources below will provide you with everything from organic, to heirloom, to rare, to ……well you name it!

My Favorite Garden Seed Sources!

Johnny’s Seed (I’ve ordered from Johnny’s for years and and years.)

Fedco

Baker Creek

Vegetable Seed Warehouse

Garden Seed Sources For The Victory Garden

A Seed Company For Your Gardening Zone

I’m fortunate to have a friend, who has a passion for keeping alive many critical varieties.  You may have read his *this post contains affiliate links book, Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers.

I know when I order seeds from Caleb’s company, not only have they been tested in MY state, they are NEVER hybrid, GMO, patented, or corporate owned.   The seeds you purchase from Caleb’s  Renaissance Seeds meets each of these standards.

Emergency and Survival Garden Seed Sources

While we are on the topic of seeds, do you have you have an emergency survival seed stash?  These are heirloom seeds that have been packaged to last for long periods of time.

Don’t Forget The Experienced Gardeners!

Another excellent garden seed source for your area are other gardeners! Experienced gardeners are likely to be saving their seed from year to year. Having a seasoned gardener as a mentor can be a great source of instruction AND seeds!

Pro Tip: Looking for more information on heirloom seeds?  Check out Seed Savers Exchange.com.

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Take A Look At Your Local Stores

Heck, you could just stroll down to your local grocery store and grab a few packets of easy to grow seed (cucumber, summer squash, pumpkins, lettuce, are a few) and start growing your own food! Burpee has a new organic line that you can find in stores.

Pro Tip: Check to see if your state allows SNAP programs to pay for seeds and garden plants. Many do. Talk about making the most of your grocery dollar AND learn a skill with the ability to make a huge impact in your life!

Starting Seeds Indoors

Once you have your seeds you can read our post on how to start seeds indoors to get a jump start on your garden.  You’ll also want to pick up a few seed starting kits.

There is simply nothing quite like being able to walk out to your kitchen garden (or you backyard garden pots filled with veggie plants!) and pick your own dinner. Now is the time to start your planning!

Where are YOUR favorite places to score garden seeds?