EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ~ BUG OUT BAG

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What is a bug out bag?

The definition you will read most is that a bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that should last you for 72-hours. They’re also known as 72-hour kits, grab bags or Go Bags.

The idea behind the bag is to be prepared in need of an evacuation or emergency.  I am not an extreme prepper but more of a practical prepper meaning I stockpile grocery items I find on sale, keep extra matches, flashlights, water, etc.

I don’t live in a large city that I would need to “bug- out” from.  I live in the country and plan to stay in place in an emergency.  Why would I need a bug-out bag then?  Let me see if I can explain.

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Do you have children? Have you ever had a diaper bag? You know, the thing you put supplies in that your baby may need while you are away from home.

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Or do you have a container (or not) in your vehicle with juice boxes, Kleenex, change of clothing, or snacks for your kids?  Things you kids may need while away form home?

What about  for yourself?  Do you have a purse or bag that you keep tissue, medicine, phone, comb, or money in?  Think of your purse as a small bug-out-bag.  You keep things in it that you may need while you are away from home.  shopping-1

A bag is handy (think back to your diaper bag or purse) because it is easy to grab and go.  A tub will also work.  I keep a tub in the back of my vehicle that contains items such as toilet tissue, flashlight, can food, hair dryer (doesn’t sound practical but has come in handy), maps, batteries, and fix-a-flat.  I also keep extra makeup and a small first aid kit.

I have decided to step things up a bit with a “real” bug out bag.  Here is what I now have…..

The Best Spinach Dip Ever!

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As everyone is preparing to bring in the New Year this weekend, I thought I would share a couple of great recipes that would be perfect for your New Year party.

I love Spinach and Artichoke Dip and eat it more often than I probably should.  I have this amazing no-fail recipe that is quick, easy, gooey, cheesy, and oh so delicious.

But as good as this recipes is…..there are some  people that don’t like artichokes.  My brain can’t even process this as being a possibility,  but I have heard it is so.

At this point I will offer an excellent alternative…..This wonderful, warm, and creamy Spinach Dip.  I will even go so far as say this it is the best I have ever had and it is requested at all of our blogger events.

BANANA NUT BREAD CAKE BALLS

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My sister over at Live Life Be Happy just posted the recipe for these deliciously, addicting cake balls.  You can get the recipe HERE.

 While you are there, check out some of her great travel photos and tips.

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR – WORTHING COURT

DAY 7

of 7 DAYS OF  CHRISTMAS HOME TOURS

Festive Christmas colors on the mantel and Christmas tree || Worthing Court

Well, this is it.  The last day of my week long Christmas home tours.  This last home tour is from Worthing Court.  I know you are going to love this home as much as I do.  I love the pops of red throughout the house and porch and it just makes the house look cheerful.  I have added a sneak peak of what you will find on the site.

Not only is Worthing Court decorated beautifully for Christmas but it’s also has great ideas for the rest of the year.  It’s full of projects, recipes, and amazing southern farmhouse style decor.  Stop by and see for yourself!

 

My Urban Farmhouse Christmas Front Porch || Worthing Court

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR – GOLDEN BOYS & ME

DAY 6

of 7 DAYS OF  CHRISTMAS HOME TOURS

Whimsical Christmas mudroom with lots of color, plaid and presents

I’m super excited about today’s home tour.  It comes from Golden Boys & Me and there is no place left in their home that has been untouched by the Christmas spirit.  That attention to detail is amazing so I’m sure you will be inspired by all of the great ideas.

Once you look over all of the great Christmas ideas, go check out their other home tours.  As an added bonus, there are tons of DIY projects and decorating ideas that I know you are going to love!

 

Vintage sled with presents hung over island in farmhouse style kitchen as Christmas decor

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