How To Tell If Your Child May Be Dehydrated

Have you often wondered how to tell if your child may be dehydrated? Please remember, I’m not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I’m a mom and a grandma and sometimes call myself Dr. Linda for the advice I give my loved ones, but I am not a doctor. A couple of days ago I saw on Facebook that one of my very special friends had a sick child. I immediately sent him a text. They have no insurance because, as we all know, many people can’t afford insurance. Often you are better off paying cash when you go to the doctor because the doctors will charge you less because they don’t have to wait months to be reimbursed. Plus, some prescriptions cost less than your co-pay if you pay cash. As young parents, or grandparents, we worry when a young toddler gets sick because they can’t always tell us what hurts or how they are feeling.

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Emergency Food Storage-This Is What You Need

Today, I decided I need to address emergency food storage because I know many people are not prepared for the unexpected. Here’s the deal, if you have watched the news or saw pictures on social media, you can see that NO ONE is going to help you right away after a disaster. I was pleased to see people helping people into boats, carrying animals through flooded water, what a blessing that was to see. But, let’s be real here, if you are not evacuated and you have not lost your home, what do you have in your house right this minute that you could feed your family? Water is critical as well. I heard from a young woman the other day that she didn’t know where to start with emergency food storage, how much water to store, or anything else, for that matter. I get it. I grew up with a single mom who taught me to cook from scratch and make bread just to save money. She always had a full pantry, or at least at the time I thought it was a full pantry.

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How Many Of These Vintage Skills Do You Know?

How many of these vintage skills do you know? Could you teach your family members or neighbors how to use those skills? This list is very short but it’s very important to make sure these skills are not lost or forgotten. Some people may call them pioneer skills, some call them vintage skills. It’s kind of like the phrase homesteading or a farm, is there a difference? I have never raised animals to eat on my homestead or plot of land. But I have raised a garden, sewn all of our clothes, lived on a budget, pressure canned food, dehydrated food, and water bathed foods. I cook from scratch and have my whole life. The largest lot we have ever owned was a 1/2 acre, but we produced enough fruits and vegetables to preserve for our family for a year.

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15 Cheap Meals You Can Make At The Last Minute

I have 15 cheap meals you can make at the last meal minute if your pantry is stocked with a few things. Yesterday, Mark was coming down with something and didn’t feel well. First of all, he never gets sick, I think he has been sick maybe three times in all our married life. Well, you know how grandma used to make chicken noodle soup if we had cold or flu symptoms, right? Well, I grabbed the soup pot and filled it with water, then some cans of chicken, freeze-dried celery, carrots from the refrigerator that were on their last legs, so to speak, and some freeze-dried onions. If you add the spice Sweet Basil (spice jar) to soup, it’s fabulous. Here’s the deal, if you have just a few items in your pantry, refrigerator, freezer or veggies fresh from the garden you can make several cheap meals at the last minute.

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