You can buy pre-made kits, but often, you will find that the “food” in them are bars, usually tasteless or even worse, horrible tasting!
My daughter liked taking her vitamins because they tasted good.When she was little she ate her veggies really good. My son likes taking his vitamins and likes most vegetables, but is not a fan of fruits (I know, odd). I've never had a problem getting my little boy to eat—he has a very easy-going personality! Vitamins, all the kids take fine, veggies I hide in other foods, love to try Voots, might use them on weekends.
My son is pretty good about eating veggies, but it can't hurt to add something new to the regimen. They know they have to eat the veggies I serve with dinner and I usually get no complaint (except on Brussels Sprouts), but I would like to know that they get enough servings during the day also. My son always gives me a hard time about taking his vitamins, but he loves fruits and veggies. Overall we don't have a problem around my house although there are definitely 'favorite' veggies and veggies that aren't liked so much (and a few that fall into the 'refusal' category). I did use the extra time, though, to poll a selection of my regular readers to find out if there was any burning Fat Girl information that I had so far neglected, and a surprising (to me) recurring theme was, “Fat Girl, what’s on your bug out list?
Fat Hubby and I have spent a lot of time talking about preparedness plans, and it's important that you do so with your household. Less frequently, you'll get a little more notice (like a hurricane), but might not be able to come home for a week or two.
I’m going to preface the rest of this post by saying that the following is NOT gospel, even though it’s long. Though I totally switched my little ‘tissue pack’ for the full roll of TP in Fat Hubby’s kit. 3600-calorie SOLAS-rated food bar (SOLAS stands for ‘Sustainability Of Life At Sea’ and means that the nutrients provided are balanced and approved by the Coast Guard for limited-drinkable-water situations, like being adrift in a lifeboat.
3x Hotties hand & body warmers (This is a 4”x5” pad soaked with non-toxic chemicals that react to oxygen and heat up and stay hot for 8-14 hrs.
Metalized emergency sleeping bag (Basically, a really big ‘space blanket’ with a sticky strip on one side and the bottom so you can peel off the paper and fold it into a sleeping bag shape. Lightstick (12 hr, yellow – which makes it not-so-great for preserving your night vision, but it does provide brighter light. LED flashlight with batteries (Packaged separately – never store the batteries inside the device they’re meant to power.
Small Sugar Pumpkin - The size of a large cantaloupe, these guys are high in beta carotene and store really well for the winter with practically no prep. Carrots - Again, everything from the root to the leaves are edible, and are packed full of nutrients. Cucumber - Another dark green succulent that yields early and often, so is good not only for nutrition but as a supplementary water source as well.
An unpackaged handful of wheat berries - I don’t pack a whole lot, because wheat is a really fickle plant; it takes a lot of work to get it to grow, is pretty unforgiving to n00bs, and only grows in certain areas of the country.


A little more robust that my kit, which means it’s a little heavier, and therefore the big strapping man carries it.
Lightstick (12 hr, red – which makes it great for preserving your night vision, but doesn’t provide a bright light. These are just our basic 72-hour kits, and as such they are really only meant for ‘you have 6 seconds to get out of the house’, temporary-type situations.
Both Fat Hubby and I are debit-card people, but we keep some cash on hand in the safe for those no-power-to-the-ATMs situations. One of each kind of potato (Every eye that sprouts can be cut off and planted, so even one small potato can provide more than 12 plants.
Once we’ve gathered all the above, we'll quickly assess the reasons for our bugging-out. All the undies, socks, belts, jeans, sweatshirts, jackets, blankets, sheets, towels, & curtains (and, if room, as many bolts of fabric as will fit in the car. Each family member should have a Bug out Bag (BOB) ready to go, packed with everything needed to sustain a person for at least 3 days (72 hours). Originally, I had plastic forks in each box, but we decided that we needed something stronger that could last longer, so it was worth the investment for the silverware.
You would want to pack the two boxes that don’t have the utensils in them on the bottom of your bag, to make sure the utensils are on the top for quick and easy use.
The minute I saw them, I knew that I would be putting them in our BOBs, because Voots Veggie Fruit tarts provide the Vitamin C antioxidant power of three servings of fruits and vegetables and pack light.
When it comes to veggies though I have to admit that sometimes certain ones can be a uphill battle! In these situations, your best bet is to have ready-to-go add-ons for your basic 72-hr kits. Again, you'll be best served by knowing in advance what parts of your household are both easily transportable and most useful. I utilized lists from several different sources (the Red Cross, the Armed Forces, FEMA, etc.) to build my own fluid Master-list for our needs. Remember - just because it appears in my (or Fat Hubby’s) bag doesn’t mean it needs to be in yours. If you’ve never been in an honest emergency situation, you have no idea how comforting a little normal thing like candy can be. You just make a little tear in the foil baggie and within a minute you’ve got a nice piping-hot packet to stuff in your mittens or jacket or sleeping bag. This is in addition to the 3 different rub-two-sticks-together fire starting methods I know. Cut them off the plant with about 5” of stem left and stick them in a cool, dry, dark place. The more you harvest, the more peas the bush will produce, and the pods can be fed to any animals you have around, even dogs. They store great right in the ground they grew in – you don’t have to harvest them until you want to eat them – or you can harvest them and stick them in a bucket of dry, clean sand in that dark, dry, cool place next to your pumpkins.
Like peas, the more you harvest the more beans the bush will produce, and being stringless makes them easier to prepare for either immediate consumption or long term storage.


This isn’t necessarily pretty, but if drinkable water is limited, waste water (like from dishes or bathing, and, um, other bodily-produced liquids) can be poured onto the ground near the plants, which will soak up the water and leave the other not-water stuff behind. It has been known to keep growing right through the winter in places as cold as Vermont with little more than some plastic sheeting framed around it to keep off the snow and help magnify the sun’s rays. Firstly, 3 small chests are easier to Tetris into tight spaces, but more importantly, every time you open a chest, you cause the stuff inside to melt faster. If you can set up a kit to sustain longer, more power to you, but the first 3 days are the most critical, and you really need to make sure you are set for at least the most important time after an emergency.
You could also save a little room by packing a spork instead of both a spoon and a fork, but if you are a regular reader, you already know my fear of sporks, so that isn’t happening in this house! They also sent some other fun goodies, like temporary tattoos, a lunch box, a t-shirt a magnetic photo frame with crayons so your kids can color it. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that she could share her knowledge of saving money with others. At most, use the following as guides to put together your own bug-out bag(s) and other emergency plans. Raw, the leaves mimic butter lettuce or spinach, and tossed into soups it often stands in for kale or spinach (again). I also included 2 bottles of water and a bottle of Vitamin Water, along with a Brita Filtered bottle, so we can use whatever water is available and make it clean to drink. The last thing I want to deal with in an Emergency is an panic attack over some mutant utensil love child of a fork and spoon!
There is no color, artificial flavors or preservatives in them, which is a big plus for me.
Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how.
We seriously saved 70-80% over what we would have spent otherwise, although I did wait until the kits I wanted went on sale, so that helped.
Plus, sucking on hard candy stimulates saliva production, which helps quench your thirst without using up water – another desert bonus.
If you stick a bunch of frozen-solid-meat into an ice chest and then don’t open it, 4 days later it will still be frozen solid – I’ve done it. They do, however, contain gluten, so I have not attempted to take them on a regular basis, due to the migraines I get when I ingest gluten. She enjoys snagging freebies, getting coupon overage, drinking coffee, gardening, rabbits and of course, her large family.
We also have one-of-a-kind markers we can use to show the other that we've already been there (but more on that later). I’m not saying that Italian basil would be gross on Colorado venison, I’m saying that if there is such a thing as Colorado basil, it’ll probably be even better than Italian basil on that same hunk-o-deer.
With my gluten intolerance  I might take them every other day, or every 3rd day, just to keep the gluten out of my system as much as I could, but I wouldn’t let such a valuable resource pass me by.



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