With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).
It all started with a happy cow. In 1972, Phil Augason devised a whey-based alternative to powdered milk, and called it Morning Moo's, complete with mascot of a cow licking its lips, or whatever cow-mouths have there. With its impressive resemblance to fresh 2% milk, it became popular with campers, the emergency-preparedness community and everyday families alike. In the years since then, the family company has continued to develop ultra-long-lasting meals and mixes by starting with fresh ingredients and blending them to create foods that will still taste good 15 or 30 years from now. Their current inventory includes freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, canned meals, and soup mixes, along with a line of gluten-free baking mixes.
Family Storehouse's packs of food supplies and other survival materials help kinfolk prepare themselves for emergency situations and natural disasters. Sets of 72-hour food and equipment supplies for humans and pets arrive stocked with bandages, Swiss-style army knives, milk bones, and dehydrated food to keep hunger at bay for three full days when access to stores and pizza-delivery helicopters is limited. An array of freeze-dried food and pre-made meals pair nicely with glasses of water purified with portable treatment systems. Family Storehouse also stocks first-aid kits and other emergency supplies such as waterproof matches, dust masks, and butane fuel.