5 Urban Survival Tips You Should Know To Stay Alive In Disaster

Disasters can happen at any time, especially when you least expect it. There are different forms of disasters that you may encounter in your life. The natural disasters include earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, floods or plagues. On the other hand, man-made disasters refer to fire or other unfortunate events that men are responsible for. As such, there is a great need to be prepared in cases where you may find yourself in a complete disaster.

At this point, it must be noted that a disaster has the capacity to turn your life upside down. As a matter of fact, it can lead to permanent disability or even death. In this article, we will provide a list of urban survival tips that you can use in order to stay safe and alive during a disaster.

1. Keep Calm

The first thing that you need to remember is to stay clam during a disaster. Stop thinking of negative thoughts that can only make you feel down. Instead, keep calm and start thinking of better ways on how you can survive. In doing this, you will be able to make rational decisions. As a result, you have a higher chance of surviving the disaster.

On the other hand, if you start to rattle yourself, you will not be able to think properly. This can be dangerous on your part especially in times like flood or earthquake where acting fast and quick is a necessity.

2. Getting Together

It is a good thing if the disaster happens during a time where you are together with your family and loved ones. This way, you can be able to check out on each other and consolidate all your efforts in surviving the calamity or disaster. Your priority must be to look out for each other and try to listen to the suggestions of other members of the family.

However, a problem arises if the disaster happens during a daytime where you are at work or your kids are at school. In these times, there could be a difficulty in communicating or getting in touch with each other. This is the reason why it is highly recommended that you think of alternatives. The key here is to be prepared all the time. Make sure that you have agreed on particular matters that each one should follow during a disaster. For example, you can designate an area as your meeting place in case there would be no means of communication available. At the same time, remind your kids to never leave the school premises if there is someone in charged to take care of them during the disaster.

3. Observation Is The Key To Survive

When it comes to dealing with a disaster, always remember the significance of being observant to what other people are doing. Sometimes, it is your primary key to survival. In so doing, you would be able to get an idea on what you can do to increase the chance of surviving the disaster. Nonetheless, you need to remember that observing the acts of other people and imitating those acts only work if you have no idea on what to do during the disaster. If you have already prepared yourself on how to act and react in difficult times, then stick to what you know.
Take note that other people may also be doing the wrong thing. Instead of helping yourself, you may end up being exposed to more danger. This is why nothing beats being prepared all the time.

4. Urban Survival Kit Is Needed

In times of disaster, the best thing to do is to evacuate. This is necessary during earthquakes, tsunamis or floods. Staying indoors can be dangerous on your part. As such, it is important to prepare an urban survival kit that you can grab at any time. This means that you need not wait for the disaster to come before you pack the survival kit. What is important is that you have gathered all the essentials for survival and place them in one bag that you can easily grab when there is a need to evacuate.

An urban survival kit must not be too heavy as it can cause major inconvenience during evacuation. As already mentioned above, only bring the essentials. One of the things that you must never forget is first aid as it may come in handy in cases you get wounded or meet an accident along the way. Other must-have items include flashlight, match, multi-tool, utensils and knife.

5. Food And Water

During a disaster, the number one thing that runs out of supply easily is food and water. If you know that there is an impending disaster that will strike your area, such as a typhoon or tsunami, the best thing to do is to pack enough food and water supply for your family. The said supply must be able to last for at least three days to one week.

When it comes to choosing the food that goes into your survival bag, make sure to choose those that are proven to have a long storage life. Take note that during disasters, there is a high chance that there would be no electricity. Therefore, you will not be able to use the refrigerator to keep the food fresh. At the same time, choose foods that can be eaten without little or no cooking at all. Most importantly, do not go for salty or spicy foods as they increase the necessity of drinking water.

Over all, the key to surviving a disaster is preparedness. You have to keep yourself ready as disaster comes when you least expect it. Being prepared all the time can save you from lots of trouble when the disaster is already in front of your eyes. Equip yourself with the right skills and knowledge to survive and stay alive in a disaster. Keep yourself updated with the latest news about the weather so that you will know if it’s time to get ready.

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Advantages Of Thyme How To Grow, Cook and Use

Thyme is one of those herbs that most folks appreciate the taste. In any case, only a few individuals know how to utilize it. I am here to help educate you on the secrets of this herb and share the advantages of thyme.

Notwithstanding cooking with thyme, it is one of the active ingredients in my anti-bacterial cleaner. I’m quite sure nobody has ever thought of thyme this way right? Truly, it has magnificent restorative properties that make it extraordinary for eliminating microscopic organisms and a whole lot more of other benefits.

Growing Thyme

Thyme is a delightful expansion to any garden. Ideal for over window boxes as well as being perfect for borders. There are so man assortments to look over. Like velvety soft variety called Elfin Thyme, lemon and even variegated.

When sowing my thyme, I place them in the front row and ensure they get good drainage.

  • Thyme is part of the mint family Lamiaceae. Alongside numerous herbs like lavender, basil, oregano and rosemary for example, rosemary, oregano, basil, and lavender.
  • Thyme is an Evergreen
  • Grow thyme from seed
  • Mulching with builder’s sand or limestone rock prevents root decay and enhances drainage.
  • Thyme must have great drainage.
  • Adding crushed eggshell, oyster eggs and limestone to plants when planting.
  • Plant in all around depleted soil with a pH of around 7.0; it lean towards slightly alkaline conditions.
  • It does best in full sun.

Cooking With Thyme

This stunning herb has been utilized both in sweet and savory dishes. The most recognizable paring is in your Italian cooking, however, they have a lot of uses. A handful of our favorite recipes are listed below.

  • Italian dishes-tomato sauces by sausage maker
  • Great for Compound Butters
  • The longer crisp thyme is cooked, the milder the flavor always gets
  • Pork, poultry or season beef
  • Chicken Marsala or steak
  • Sometimes pared with Sage and Rosemary.

Our Thyme Recipes

  • Insanely Easy Chicken Marsala
  • Blue Cheese and Herb Infused Compound Butter

Medicinal properties of thyme

I specified above how I utilize thyme for my anti-bacterial cleaner. I also added it to our medicinal honey recipe and our mouthwash.

Thyme has always been a legend in the world of herbs and its medicinal advantages not let me down before.


Benefits Of Thyme:

  • Calming properties, expectorant, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic and antibacterial
  • Ancient Greeks used it as incense while ancient Egyptians utilized it in their embalming practices.
  • Takes care of Skin Problems
  • Can be used for Oral care
  • Good for preventing Bronchitis, Whooping Cough, and Sore Throat.
  • Great in cleaners and it kills molds
  • Its leaves are one of the richest sources of selenium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron and potassium. The herb is likewise a rich source of numerous essential vitamins like folic acid, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-K, Vitamin E, Vitamin-A, beta carotene and B-complex vitamins.

So how do you use your thyme? Let us know in the comments section.

>>Read more: Peppermint oil for sore throat

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Instagram Validation

The amount of times I’ve sat refreshing my Instagram notifications after posting one of my strategically edited flatlays or ‘makeup of the day’ posts can’t be normal, right?

With Instagram now being a major source of income and platform to promote almost any venture, I imagine we are all a little guilty of obsessing over how many likes our last photo got or whether your caption was witty enough. Over the years of creating and deleting numerous accounts I’ve learnt to post only what I myself would love to see and what’s “true to myself” as cliché as that sounds. I know fellow bloggers can relate to being focused on the numbers, whether or not you want to care. the swirling vortex of Sports Illustrated worthy bikini shots and luxury makeup collections you’d have to sell a kidney to afford can make anyone’s passion for photography turn sour. That’s not to say I feel bitter, I’ve learnt the hard way to not compare myself or find flaws in others, but it can be hard not to feel competitive with others who are “killing the game” as we would say on Instagram.
So, what should we do?

The answer is, whatever the hell you want!
Thats something I realised not long ago. I’m trying to put it into practice as we speak (the man next to me on the train is definitely reading over my shoulder).

You can’t compare your chapter 1 to someone’s chapter 20, which means that we don’t know how different their online growth process was, and just because they get 50,000 likes per photo doesn’t mean your content isn’t good enough or that you’ll never “make it”. I promise that once you stop overanalysing your feed you’ll create a much more positive experience online. I honestly have so much to say on this topic, so watch out for more rants to come.

If you take one thing away from this, and this is as much advice for myself as it is for you, create content that inspires you because you’re the only person that you should compete with in life. When I find myself comparing my curated online presence to that of a blogger with 1m followers, I try to remind myself that to succeed the only person I need to be better than is who I was yesterday.


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Summer Beauty Essentials

Today I wanted to share my favourite nail polishes and beauty products that I’ve been reaching for during the daytime. The polishes, of course, are all pink. You can definitely get away with more vibrant bright shades during the summer, so those are the colours I’ve been reaching for!

Below are my favourite shades, sometimes layered with one another or as a pedicure for a little more subtlety. These also happen to be drugstore brands; L.A Colors, Models Own, Barry M, Nails Inc, Milani. My favourite is probably the models own muted mauve shade as the application wand has a rounded tip so its easier to apply, and the formula is thick so you get a quicker, even application.

Below is a little flat-lay I put together, showing my go-to products. Left to right;

Victoria’s Secret Be Seduced body lotion
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Kylie Matte Lipstick in Candy K
Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir Eau de Toilette

These all happen to be small products, so they fit perfectly into a Celine Nano Tote. I usually stick to just three beauty products for top-ups, one always being for lips.

What do you guys bring with you?


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Dior Makeup & Dupes

Happy New Year ladies! I hope you rang in the new year in style, and with lots and lots of champagne…or gin as I did. This year is all about stepping out of my comfort zone with products, and trying out new formulas and brands. I’ve been using quite a few amazing exfoliators daily and I’m really liking the results. Speaking of which, Soap and Glory have always been a favourite of mine and today I wanted to talk about a few body products I’ve been loving.

These are somewhat of a Dior dupe, as I’ve heard, and are drugstore so double bonus! I also have a little overview of an exciting purchase from Dior that I’ll be using for quite a few tutorials no doubt.

First up are these goodies – The Scrub of your life, Sugar Crush Body Wash and Hand Food

I haven’t tried these specific products before, and I don’t understand why after using them for a week straight. The scrub has a very distinct, rich scent which is also the same scent for the whole range including hand food. Miss Dior Cherie is the scent this is a great dupe for, and I actually own this perfume and can confirm the floral notes are quite similar. There is definitely a blend of rich and light florals such as rose, which smell very luxurious but also light and playful.

The lotions also last a while, and as the consistency is thick, your skin feels nicely coated even after it’s sunk in. My room also smells amazing, which is a sign that these products really do work. My skin honestly feels so smooth, and I love using a range from the same brand as you feel so pampered. The scrub is definitely intense and would get off even the most stubborn fake tan so be warned if you have skin issues as it is intended to really leave a smooth layer of skin.

This palette, the 5 Couleurs from Dior was a lovely Christmas gift and kind of unexpected. I don’t own anything by this brand except for perfume yet, so this is a lovely addition to my palettes and hopefully the first of many! This features a beautiful blend of gold, warm brown and smoky shades called ‘Golden Snow’. The RRP is £40 if not more, so this is definitely a special item to pick up as a gift rather than on a whim.

If you want an in depth review, let me know and I can show swatches etc. So far, I love how it looks and the collection itself offers a wide range of colours and the centre shade is apparently a primer so it would work well applied over the whole lid. This could be great for travel as you have all the shades you really need for day and night, plus a big mirror.

Let me know if you have tried any of these, and if you have any similar products to recommend, as like I said, 2017 should be an exciting year for experimenting with new shades and textures, out with the old and in with the new.


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