The Survival Mom » Moms http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:08:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Help Wanted! Join our team of writers http://thesurvivalmom.com/help-wanted-join-team-writers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=help-wanted-join-team-writers http://thesurvivalmom.com/help-wanted-join-team-writers/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:38:49 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13482 It’s hard to believe, but on June 1, The Survival Mom blog will celebrate its 4th birthday! All along the way I’ve had so much help, from a great IT guy named Greg to multiple designers, an intern, and an Read More

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It’s hard to believe, but on June 1, The Survival Mom blog will celebrate its 4th birthday!

Writing TeamAll along the way I’ve had so much help, from a great IT guy named Greg to multiple designers, an intern, and an assistant, but what I’m really needing now is to expand my team of writers.

I’m looking for a team of both men and women who are into the whole survival/prepper niche but not necessarily survivalists. These writers can come from any walk of life, can live in an apartment in the biggest cities or wake up when the roosters crow on their farms. What’s most important to me is that they are writers who want to be part of a team and contribute on a regular basis.

Job Description

1.  Title: Contributing writer for The Survival Mom blog. Articles may also be included in The Survival Mom Minute, my newsletter.

2.  Requirements: Contribute 1-2 articles per month by specified deadline. One or two photos or graphics should be included with each article. Additional articles may be accepted, depending on editorial schedule.

3.  Proficient writing skills: Articles should require minimal editing and consistently use correct grammar and spelling. They should also be on topics related to preparedness and/or survival in general.

4.  Consistent communication with editor, Lisa Bedford, via email and shared folders.

Benefits to Survival Mom writing team members

1.  Exposure for your byline and blog/website to nearly 150,000 visitors per month to The Survival Mom blog.

2.  Each team member will be highlighted in a special section of the blog, currently being developed. This will include a brief bio, photo, list of your accomplishments (books authored, etc.), along with a link to your website.

3.  Performance bonuses. Yes, there is cash involved.

4.  Widespread social media for your articles on our blog.

5.  Additional perks as we develop them

My needs and goals

I’m looking to expand the variety of articles here on the blog. The Survival Mom blog was established 4  years ago and has a loyal following, but it’s time to broaden our scope. Some of the topics I’d like to expand upon include:

  • Homesteading
  • Gardening
  • Disaster/emergency preparedness
  • Urban survival
  • Outdoor survival
  • DIY projects related to preparedness and survival
  • Parenting during difficult times
  • Physical fitness as it relates to survival
  • Financial preparedness
  • Ideas and projects for families and kids

Each article needs to include at least one photograph or graphic, and these must be original. All too often, bloggers innocently use licensed photography without permission and end up facing fines. The photographs don’t have to be studio quality but should be clear, well lit, and using good composition. For graphics, I highly recommend PicMonkey.

I’m looking for articles that are interesting, engaging, and reflect your personality.  They also should be well organized and easy to follow. There’s no need to write an encyclopedia-style article when your own style is casual and humorous. However, your style is all your own and will establish your own fan base.

Finally, I need a team of writers that I can depend on. Life happens but, overall, I need writers who can commit to 1 or 2 articles per month and submit them by the established deadline.

Ready to apply?

You likely have questions that haven’t been answered so far, and you’re welcome to send them my way via email at lisa@thesurvivalmom.com.

Click here to access the application form, which will provide a few more details. If I need more information, I’ll be in touch via email. I hope to review all applications and make my final decisions by Monday,  April 28. I will let every applicant know their status by Wednesday, April 30.

Thanks so much for considering sharing your skills and knowledge with us. Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who might be interested and would make a great contributing writer to our team.

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Review: KIDS ‘N’ PETS Stain & Odor Remover & GIVEAWAY! http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-kids-n-pets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-kids-n-pets http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-kids-n-pets/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:08:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13244 This article sponsored by KIDS ‘N’ PETS, who thought Survival Mom readers might like to know about their nontoxic products formulated to handle just about any mess kids and pets deliver. After trying their products, I agreed. Picture this. You Read More

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This article sponsored by KIDS ‘N’ PETS, who thought Survival Mom readers might like to know about their nontoxic products formulated to handle just about any mess kids and pets deliver. After trying their products, I agreed.

Picture this.

You are living in 450 square feet with your spouse and 2 older children. Add 4 cats and one elderly dog, 2 litter boxes, 4 cat crates, and 4 suitcases. Every morning, the elderly dog wakes up and, no matter the time or weather, a family member (most likely YOU), has to rush her outside to do her business.

Stain-and-Odor-Product-singleThis was my life for more than 2 weeks when we moved from Arizona to Texas last December and stayed in a hotel while we decided where to settle. Of course it was, “unseasonably” cold most mornings and sometimes my poor little dog didn’t make it outside quite in time.

Cooped up in 450 square feet, there were more than a few food and soda spills and the occasional doggie accident. I wish I had been equipped with a bottle or two of KIDS ‘N’ PETS Stain and Odor Remover because our lives would have been more pleasant. This product works quickly and without dangerous chemicals.

Eliminating toxic chemicals from our home has been one of my goals and over the years, we user fewer and fewer of these. KIDS ‘N’ PETS products are all nontoxic, biodegradable, and cruelty free — never tested on lab animals. They are safe, yet effective, products to use in any room of the house.

My personal experiences with Stain and Odor Remover

We don’t have babies crawling around any more, but our cats and dog do more than their fair share in making sure that I always have a new mess to clean up. When we moved into our new house, the dog, named Mouse, believe it or not, was pretty rattled by all the major changes in her life and decided to have a significant poop accident right in the middle of our main family room. On brand new carpet. I almost cried.

Thankfully, I had received a big bottle of KIDS ‘N’ PETS Stain and Odor Remover and very carefully, cleaned up the mess. The instructions said to saturate the area with the product, which I did, and then wipe up after 5 minutes. I let the area dry and the next morning vacuumed nonono-sizedthe area. The stain is gone and there is no smell at all.

Our cats are hardly innocent bystanders, and when we got our brand new bed, they decided that the new box springs was the perfect scratching post. Enter KIDS ‘N’ PETS NO NO NO! spray. This spray protects carpet and upholstery from being marked, scratched, or chewed with its all-natural herbal odor and bitter taste.

I’ve used NO NO NO! multiple times on the corners of our box springs and have found that the cats now pretty much ignore those tempting corners. Whatever is in NO NO NO!, they say, “No thanks!”

Use anywhere, on anything

KIDS ‘N’ PETS can be used anywhere you have kids and/or pets. It would be smart to keep a bottle in your vehicle, diaper bag, and emergency kit. Whether the stain is blood, vomit, coffee, markers, rust, or coffee, they need to be treated quickly. A handy bottle of the Stain & Odor Remover, in particular, will treat all those stains, plus their accompanying smells along with:

  • Cat & dog urine
  • Dirt
  • Food
  • Grass
  • Grease
  • Gum
  • Makeup
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Mud
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • and pretty much any other stain and stink your kids and pets can produce!

Disaster-ready

Although my family’s two-week stay in a hotel wasn’t due to an emergency evacuation this time, next time we might not be so lucky. Evacuations due to chemical spills, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other causes have become quite common, and when they happen, life goes on. The baby vomits, the dog pees, someone spills milk in the car, and on and on and on!

In these high-stress situations, sanitation issues can become overwhelming. Something as simple as having a squirt bottle of a stain and odor remover could make life a lot more bearable, less smelly and more sanitary.

One suggestion I have for KIDS ‘N’ PETS is to offer travel sized bottles of their Stain & Odor Remover. It’s just too handy of a product to not want to have a small bottle or two in various locations. However, the product comes in a 32 ounce bottle providing more than enough to fill your own small spray bottle.

And don’t stop with just the typical stains or smells. Stain & Odor Remover is effective as a pre-treatment for laundry, taking care of urine stains on mattresses, and dealing with skunk smells!

KIDS ‘N’ PETS has a whole line of products to help keep our lives stain and odor free:

  • Pet Odor & Dander Remover
  • Carpet & Upholstery Concentrate
  • Deep Clean Carpet Cleaning Powders
  • Instant Laundry Stain & Odor Remover

The good news is that all these are readily available at Walmart, Amazon, Drugstore.com, and local grocery stores around the country. Click here to find out how you can get a full rebate on the purchase of their products.

The even better news is that you can win 2 of their products for free!

The Big Giveaway

KIDS ‘N’ PETS is giving away 2 bottles of their products to 3 lucky winners! Each winner will have their choice of either 2 bottles of Stain & Odor Remover or 1 bottle of Stain & Odor Remover and 1 bottle of NO NO NO!

Giveaway ends at midnight on Wednesday, April 9, and winners will be notified by email the following day. Winners have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize and another winner will be chosen.
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A Single Survival Mom’s Essential Tool Kit http://thesurvivalmom.com/supplies-specifically-single-survival-mom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=supplies-specifically-single-survival-mom http://thesurvivalmom.com/supplies-specifically-single-survival-mom/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:28:05 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13418 Guest post by Kris A.  My imagined scenarios for potential problems have always had one assumption in common: my husband would be right beside me sharing the workload.  But last year he fell off a roof and fractured his spine Read More

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Guest post by Kris A. 

My imagined scenarios for potential problems have always had one assumption in common: my husband would be right beside me sharing the workload.  But last year he fell off a roof and fractured his spine while attaching a tarp to the roof.

tool box picmonkeyHe fully recovered within a year, but that really woke me up to a dismal contingent:  What if he was sick, injured, or didn’t make it home right away?  Could I really do the day-to-day business of providing for two kids on my own?  I hope I never have to find out.  But if I had to, what simple tools could I procure now to make that a little easier?  Here are some preps  I’ve added with that in mind:

LED head lamp—Doing dishes in the dark? Searching the basement for preps during a power outage? Soooo much easier if you have both hands free. (And the kids can actually help instead of just holding the flashlight!)  Better yet, they only get to wear the headlamp if they’re directly involved in the task.  I can hear them begging to help already.

Wallet-friendly multi-tool—After “American Blackout” showed kids stranded in the elevator, I realized my awesome bug-out bag would do me no good in the trunk; I needed more in my purse.  Then I found a multi-tool that fits in my wallet just like a credit card.  Lots of uses and virtually no weight, husband not required.  And another lightweight addition…

Solar-powered flashlight—I clipped it to the purse strap so it doesn’t take up any room, and it gets sporadic sunlight.  No batteries necessary. E-bay and Amazon also haves several key chain varieties, but I liked this one.

Staple gun—If you had to quickly secure a tarp to your roof or black-out curtains to your windows, I think this would come in pretty handy.  I picked one up for less than ten bucks and then bought an extra box of staples for about $3.  I like that it doesn’t take a lot of muscle to use it, too.

Knife sharpener—Hubby usually takes care of the tools, and we sort of assumed I would be handling most of the food preparation in dire circumstances.  Those meat knives are my tools, and I want them in tip-top condition.  I figured I’d better be able to sharpen them myself.

Zip ties—I’ve already used these to reinforce the chicken pen and the garden fence.  If I’m fending for the family on my own, this might be like having an extra set of hands around to help me “hold it all together.”

Spray paint—If I need to conceal something in a hurry, signal for help, mark belongings for each child, color-code preps, or leave a permanent message behind, this should do the trick.  What could be easier than one-handed application?

Work gloves—I’m almost ashamed to admit I didn’t already have these.  But these delicate hands are not accustomed to chopping wood or carrying heavy loads.  And if I only had my two hands, a couple of fists full of blisters could be a major catastrophe.  I think I’ll hide them, though, until I absolutely can’t talk my way out of using them.

Wheels—Whether it’s a wheelbarrow, a dolly, or the kids’ Radio Flyer, I would definitely need help lugging around firewood and buckets of hand-pumped water from the well.  Maybe I should get some weightlifting equipment in the meantime.

5-Hour Energy—I hate this stuff. I used it once on a drive-through-the-night-while-the-kids-are-sleeping vacation, and I hated that “buzzed” feeling.  But if I’m the only security detail—or even if hubby is around and we’re taking turns doing night watch—I’ll definitely need help staying awake.  Sam’s sells it by the case, and I’ll never be tempted to open it prematurely.

I have so much respect for you single moms who do it yourself on a daily basis.  Please share your wisdom by posting a comment below.  What tools and/or supplies would you add to this list?

 

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Special needs preppers: Single Moms http://thesurvivalmom.com/special-needs-preppers-single-moms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=special-needs-preppers-single-moms http://thesurvivalmom.com/special-needs-preppers-single-moms/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12975 In the world of preparedness, most all information is aimed for an audience that includes a network of supportive family members, a spouse in particular. All of the tasks are daunting and the future scenarios gloomy beyond belief. Enter a Read More

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In the world of preparedness, most all information is aimed for an audience that includes a network of supportive family members, a spouse in particular. All of the tasks are daunting and the future scenarios gloomy beyond belief. Enter a single mom who is responsible for the welfare of her children. If her income is the only one keeping the family afloat and there are few, if any, close friends or relatives in the vicinity, she is truly on her own.

How can a single mom prepare for the future?

Moms, if you’ve ever been faced with a car breakdown on the side of the road, alone, and without a cell phone, you have an idea of what it would feel like to be a single mom facing an uncertain future. At some point in that scenario, you have no choice but to seek out help from strangers or anyone willing to help. Therefore, I believe that the first step for single moms (and dads) is to start creating their own survival/prepper web of supportive people. This is the most important step because it takes a lot of time to find like-minded people who are also trustworthy and with whom you are compatible. In the preparedness world people are often suspicious of others, which adds to the amount of time you’ll need to create that web. Single moms can start by:

  • Checking out Meet-Up groups on topics related to preparedness and survival,such as camping, gardening, hiking, backyard chickens, organic produce, couponing. Some towns have groups labeled, “Survival” or “Preppers”, so it’s worth a search. Single moms, in particular, need to use a lot of common sense and caution when meeting with strangers, but these groups usually offer a safe way to get to know others who share your interests.
  • Finding a supportive church. Maybe church hasn’t really been your thing, but if you’re looking for a large group of people who already have a lot in common, this can be a great avenue. Often their activities include childcare as well as single parent social groups, which immediately connects you with others. And, don’t discount the importance of having a strong faith when faced with challenges that include the everyday frustrations of motherhood as well as potential worst case scenarios.
  • Checking out the state forums at American Preppers Network. Some states have very active groups, others not so much, but it’s one resource that will have local people who can steer you in the right direction for joining prepper groups.
  • Joining hobby clubs, such as ham radio or gardening clubs. The members of these clubs are already a little on the fanatical side and will probably welcome newcomers. (I base this claim on the number of ham radio operators I have met and who are active in their clubs. The dog club people were worse, maybe!)

Once your “preps” are pretty well established, consider joining A.N.T.S., a prepper network of folks ready to help others in the network in times of dire need. You need to be able to provide that help, if called upon, but then, someone will be there to come to your aid if necessary. As you connect with other people, there’s no need to tell them whether or not you have food storage or firearms or any other personal information. If someone starts asking too many questions, then that person or group isn’t the one for you. I’ve found that preppers respect the privacy of others and expect the same in return. Above all, trust your instincts. If a person, group, or situation seems to be not-quite-

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right, walk away. There are thousands of solid, trustworthy preppers out there who would open their arms to a single mom and her kids. You just have to find each other.

Second step: Training and knowledge on the cheap

Thanks to the internet, and YouTube in particular, there is no shortage when it comes to information and training of skills in the survival and preparedness niche. You could easily become Super Prepper, simply by learning from YouTube videos and then practicing what you learn. Just a few skills to look for:

  • Canning
  • Pickling
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Fire starting
  • Growing ______. (Name your fruit or vegetable.)
  • Packing dry food in buckets.
  • Sealing mylar bags
  • Storing water correctly
  • Purifying water
  • And on and on and on

It’s almost as easy to find free or very cheap training locally:

  • Sign up for classes that relate to preparedness.  Community colleges are one of the best resources for this and you might qualify for reduced tuition. Be sure to talk with the admissions office, since they will know about scholarships and discounts. Do NOT take out a loan for this, since so much information and training can be had for free, but if these classes are in your budget, you not only will accumulate college credits but also meet other people with the same interests.
  • Community colleges also offer non-credit classes in the evenings and on weekends, and these are generally very inexpensive.
  • Find out if your city offers community classes. These will probably include things like guitar and interpretive dance but might also include skills you’re looking for as a prepper.
  • County and university extension classes are free or low-cost.
  • Retail stores often offer free classes. Cabela’s, ProBass, craft stores and other specialty retail stores want buyers to learn their skills and, therefore, purchase their products. If a store offers classes for kids, that’s even better. Involve your kids with your survival learning every chance you get.
  • CERT classes. I’ve talked about my own experiences with CERT classes in my podcast. These are completely free and even furnish attendees with a basic emergency kit. Go to this site to search for classes near you.
  • Red Cross offers free and inexpensive classes online.
  • FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute offers free online classes and these can be excellent sources of information on everything related to disasters from learning about hazardous materials to dealing with animals in a natural disaster.
  • Many libraries offer classes of all kinds and almost always, they’re free.

 Include the kids whenever you can

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A single mom’s most immediate group of allies and support are her own children. At whatever ages they might be, start training them from everything from how to put out a small fire to calling 911 to administering CPR.

Fortunately, survival and preparedness involve knowledge and skills that are very easy to learn and lots of fun.

Stock up on supplies as you can

Right along with learning and connecting with others, is the need to stock up on the food and supplies you’ll need to weather any storm. The best advice I have for you is from my book, Survival Mom.

Stocking up on food, extra toiletries, good quality tools, and
other supplies requires money. However, the good news is that a master
To Buy list will help set priorities, keep you on budget, and even provide
a shopping list when hitting the garage sale circuit.

Without a To Buy list, you may very well find yourself (a) spending
money on things you later discover tucked away in a back cupboard
or (b) snatching up purchases in a panic. This list helps save money
as well as time.

If your income is limited, you’ll need to become very creative. Estate sales, yard sales, going-out-of-business sales, Craigslist, Freecycle, and even programs like Swagbucks will need to become your new best friends.

An awful lot of survival supplies are extremely inexpensive. You can find used water barrels for less than $20. Wash out empty 2-liter soda bottles and refill them with water for cheap and easy water storage. For more expensive supplies, establish a savings plan, even if it’s just a few dollars per week.

The important piece, though, is to know what you need and then set priorities for your purchases, and that To Buy list will keep you on track and save you from impulse buys.

The prepared single Survival Mom

A single parent can be every bit as prepared as any other person in the survival/preparedness community. In fact, they have an advantage over a prepper whose spouse is not on board and might even try to prohibit any type of preparedness activities or expense.

Single parenting is no easy job, but when there are plans and supplies in place for various emergencies, there will be less panic and a lot more peace.

 

 

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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 8, Audiobooks subscription & ProjectTreasure http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-8-audiobooks-subscription-projecttreasure/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-8-audiobooks-subscription-projecttreasure http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-8-audiobooks-subscription-projecttreasure/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:30:40 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12799 This giveaway has now closed and the winners notified by email. Dori won the ProjectTreasure prize and Michelle and B won the Audiobooks subscriptions. Visit this site often for more great giveaways and informative articles. Today’s giveaway features 2 gifts Read More

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This giveaway has now closed and the winners notified by email. Dori won the ProjectTreasure prize and Michelle and B won the Audiobooks subscriptions. Visit this site often for more great giveaways and informative articles.

Today’s giveaway features 2 gifts that will benefit the whole family.

I know that many of you love to read and own lots of books. I’m one of Amazon’s best customers. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to listen to a great book as a family. Our family has done this in the past with C.S. Lewis’s Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe series and other classics.

Audiobooks subscription

abc-logoThe first prize in today’s giveaway is a 6-month subscription to Audiobooks. Two winners will each be able to download one book per month, and since there are some 40,000 titles to choose from, you’ll certainly find something the whole family will enjoy or maybe just a great book you’ve always meant to read.

You’ll love browsing through Audiobooks online catalog, and if you love to read as much as I do, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store!

Enter by answering the poll in this Rafflecopter entry form.

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Project Treasure

A couple of years ago when my daughter turned 13, I asked various friends and relatives to write a letter to her that I intended to Project Treasurecompile in a scrapbook as a special gift. We got some great letters but an awful lot of people either sent their letter in after her birthday or forgot to write one at all. The second prize in today’s giveaway is from ProjectTreasure, a new online company that coordinates this type of gift to make the task easier and the presentation memorable and beautiful.

ProjectTreasure.com, the boxed love company, which gives groups of people the ability to create and ship a love-filled chest of personal notes from friends/family that celebrates or supports a significant moment in a person’s life.”

This is the perfect type of gift to give someone who truly has everything or someone who has played a significant role in the lives of numerous people and deserves special recognition. If you’re the winner of  a ProjectTreasure, I’m sure you’ll think of the perfect person for this unique gift. This Rafflecopter form is your entry to win a ProjectTreasure gift to give to someone special. a Rafflecopter giveaway

How to enter and win

For this giveaway there are 2 separate Rafflecopter entry forms. You’re welcome to enter one or both giveaways.

This giveaway ends on December 11 and the winners will be selected at random and notified via email. You must respond to the email within 48 hours or forfeit your prize.

Good luck!

 

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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 8, Gifts for the pampered Survival Mom! Release your inner diva! http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-8-gifts-pampered-survival-mom-release-inner-diva/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-8-gifts-pampered-survival-mom-release-inner-diva http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-8-gifts-pampered-survival-mom-release-inner-diva/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:19:31 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12794 This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified by email. The winners of the earrings are: Edith, Shawna, Angie, Margaret, and Mcrammer. Samantha won the necklace and Billie, the canning gloves. Visit this site frequently for more fun Read More

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This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified by email. The winners of the earrings are: Edith, Shawna, Angie, Margaret, and Mcrammer. Samantha won the necklace and Billie, the canning gloves. Visit this site frequently for more fun giveaways!

I wish I could say that I spend all day composting, canning, dehydrating, field dressing elk, and protecting a flock of hens from marauding racoons with my .22, but I can’t.

The truth is, I’m a suburban mom like most of you, who one day just decided that she wanted to make sure her family and home were as safe as possible from the effects of emergencies and worst case scenarios.

I dehydrate food, but I also like to stop by Sephora and check out new anti-aging skin care products. I have stored plenty of food and know how to make a mean casserole out of freeze-dried ingredients, but just last night I was wandering the aisles of DSW looking for a cute pair of boots. (I needed them. Really!)

Survival Moms are multi-faceted and rather complicated. Many of us are pretty darn handy with a .38 or an AR-15, but we enjoy a pedicure, a day at the spa, and a child-free weekend on occasion.

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 3.40.11 PMToday’s giveaway is just what you need, Survival Moms! (There are SEVEN winners in today’s giveaway!!)

First, I have FIVE pairs of beautiful amethyst* earrings to give away! (Yes, this isn’t your typical survivalist prize. I realize that, but Survival Moms aren’t your typical survivalists!!)

When 1sale.com offered these as prizes for this giveaway, I jumped at the chance, and if you win a pair, I hope you love them!!

The design includes 1/10 ct. diamonds and 6.5 carat amethyst. They will definitely add a “WOW” factor to any outfit, even hunting camo jacket!

jadore necklaceThe next prize is an absolutely gorgeous necklace from IsabelleGrace Jewelry, J’Adore.

“For those with a heart of gold, the J’Adore necklace is the perfect holiday gift to symbolize the love and admiration you feel for your special lady – literally! Made with a 22kt gold accent heart and room for a sweet message, and you can also add a birthstone or gem from Isabelle Grace’s special collection for an extra touch of personalization. Retails for $185.”

What an awesomely beautiful necklace to wear, enjoy, and have your children’s names close to your heart!

Finally, the Canning Diva, Diane Devereaux, is offering a pair of  beautiful waterproof canning mitts in…purple! If manique prune 004you’re a canner or if learning to can is on your To Learn list, you’ll love these mitts that keep hands safe in temperatures up to 480 degrees!

Plus, they’re so fashionable and shiny! (The Survival Mom likes shiny!)

To summarize the prizes and winners:

Five (5) lucky winners will each receive a pair of amethyst earrings from 1sale.com.

One (1) winner will receive the J’Adore necklace, and

One (1) winner will receive a set of purple waterproof canning mitts from the Canning Diva.

This giveaway is so easy to enter. Just leave a comment telling me what makes you feel like a diva!

Giveaway ends on December 11, and the winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Winners must respond to email within 48 hours or forfeit their prize.

Good luck and have fun!

 

*Other stones may be available.

 

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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 6, Niice hoodie and AVON purse & wallet set http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-6-niice-hoodie-avon-purse-wallet-set/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-6-niice-hoodie-avon-purse-wallet-set http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-6-niice-hoodie-avon-purse-wallet-set/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 03:48:45 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12739 This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified by email. They are  Barbara (hoodie) and Sandy (tote and wallet). Visit this site often for more fun giveaways and great articles. Some gifts you just want to keep for Read More

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This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified by email. They are  Barbara (hoodie) and Sandy (tote and wallet). Visit this site often for more fun giveaways and great articles.

Some gifts you just want to keep for yourself and not give as a gift, after all. Today’s giveaway prizes just might fall into that category!

I first learned about Niice Stuff from an email sent to me by one of its founders, Rosine McCauley. I noticed that Niice clothing products were trendy, sporty, and they looked really comfy, but what drew me in was Rosine’s story about the adoption of their son, Hoodie_GroupStephen, at the age of  17.

From the Niice website:

Did you know that in this country only 10% of children who get adopted are over the age of 12? At Niice Stuff, our mission is to help more adolescent children like our son find their forever families. And by purchasing any item on this website, you too can be part of this very important mission. For every item you buy, a percentage of the profits will be donated to the Community Partnership for Children.

This mission supports the recent story of Davion Only, the 15 year-old orphan, who stood  up in an Orlando church and asked if someone, anyone, would adopt him.

Rosine and Niice are offering one of their trendy hoodie jackets as a prize, your choice of color and size. You’ll enjoy wearing this soft, oversized hoodie now that winter is definitely here.

Oh, do support Niice by liking their Facebook page!

Mailyn BagThe second part of our giveaway comes from AVON. It’s from their new signature line, Mailyn, and comes in deep chocolate brown with gold tone hardware. The tote is large enough for whatever you usually carry, along with a few, small emergency items like a LED flashlight and multitool. The prize package also includes a matching wallet.

It’s a gorgeous set and makes a great gift.

This giveaway will have 2 winners. The first wins the Niice hoodie, the second wins the AVON tote and wallet.

To enter, leave  comment listing the 5 most important items you carry with you in your purse.

Giveaway ends on December 10. The winners will be selected at random, notified via email, and must respond within 48 hours or forfeit their prize.

Good luck!

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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 5, Post-it Notes & gifts for the little ones! http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-5-post-notes-gifts-little-ones/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-5-post-notes-gifts-little-ones http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-day-5-post-notes-gifts-little-ones/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:43:12 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12729 This giveaway has now ended and the winner, Elaine, has been notified by email. Visit this blog often for more giveaways and great articles. Every busy mom has to keep track of a jillion things every single day. We stick Post-it Read More

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This giveaway has now ended and the winner, Elaine, has been notified by email. Visit this blog often for more giveaways and great articles.

Every busy mom has to keep track of a jillion things every single day. We stick Post-it Notes everywhere to remind us of appointments, groceries to buy, homework assignments…you name it. Add a baby or toddler to the mix and life gets crazier.

How well I remember those days!

Today’s giveaway is for the busiest of moms and grandmas, especially if there’s  a tot in the family.

This giveaway is, “Winner Takes All!”

wheelyALL3First, to give your little one the ability to explore, a Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug is just the thing! This fun riding toy goes back and forth, side to side, and round and round. It should keep even your baby busy and occupied as they explore their world. To make sure your little one has fun and stays safe, the seat is well-padded and all corners are rounded. Plus, the materials used are non-toxic and PVC free.

And, they are doggone cute!

When the littlest family members are busy and safely occupied, it gives their Survival Mom time to pack emergency kits, try out new food storage recipes, and watch the latest episode of Doomsday Preppers!

The next item in this great prize package is a selection of Post-it Notes. Post-its can be found in just about every room in our house, rubyand we have them in every color and size. Right now my favorite is the Ruby Post-it Notes Dispenser. You’ll get this gorgeous, deep pink dispenser and several other Post-it Note products. Feel free to keep them or use them as stocking stuffers!

Finally, from ElmBaby comes an Eco Candle in lavender and lemon. Mmmmm! This is an all-natural soy candle that provides a gentle scent for baby’s nursery or any room in the house, for that matter. Its candleingredients contain no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants. Plus, the combination of lavender and lemon combats nausea — perfect for the expectant mom!

What an awesome combination of prizes!

To win all three, leave a comment with your best tip for surviving the baby/toddler years. This giveaway ends on December 8 and the winner will be notified on the 9th. If you’re the lucky winner, you have 48 hours to respond to the email or your prize package will be forfeited.

What’s next in this giveaway? A gorgeous hoodie jacket from Niice Stuff Apparel and a designer tote and wallet from AVON. Check the blog every day for new giveaways. Enter as many as you like!

 

 

 

 

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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Sweet dreams with a Privacy Pop and luxury slippers! http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-sweet-dreams-privacy-pop-luxury-slippers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-days-holiday-giveaways-sweet-dreams-privacy-pop-luxury-slippers http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-sweet-dreams-privacy-pop-luxury-slippers/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:33:33 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12716 The second I saw the Privacy Pop, I knew it was the answer to my daughter’s prayers. She loves her quiet time and privacy, but her little brother sometimes intrudes. The kind folks at Privacy Pop sent a twin-size Pop Read More

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The second I saw the Privacy Pop, I knew it was the answer to my daughter’s prayers. She loves her quiet time and privacy, but her little brother sometimes intrudes.

The kind folks at Privacy Pop sent a twin-size Pop for my review and within moments of its arrival, my daughter had her serene quiet place. I wasn’t home at the time and the 2 kids did all the set up themselves, from removing the lightweight Pop from its tote to placing her twin mattress inside.

privacy popShe’s made great use of the Pop. It’s been a cozy place to do homework, work on her NaNoWriMo novel, text friends, and, yes, sleep. (This is a great solution for someone who sleeps during the day.)

A Privacy Pop is great for kids who have to share a bedroom and might even come in handy to provide a quiet refuge in an emergency shelter. It comes in 3 sizes: twin, full, and queen and in several colors, including pink! There’s even a version designed to fit bunk beds.

Can you think of someone who would love their own Privacy Pop? They are definitely not for kids only!

That’s today’s giveaway!

If you absolutely, positively must have a Privacy Pop, you can get 20% off the regular price by ordering online and using the coupon code Cyber Monday. This offer is good only on Monday, December 2.

To make this an even sweeter prize, the winner will receive a comfy pair of Daniel Green Jordyn slippers in your choice of colors. I wanted purple and they are as beautiful as they are cozy. The upper part of these slippers is made of Italian wool embellished with sequins and the plush liners spell pure luxury. The Jordyn slippers come in ruby, purple, navy, and black.

Jordyn_PurpleTo win this great prize, a Privacy Pop in your choice of size and color, along with a pair of Jordyn slippers, enter this Rafflecopter drawing. One winner will be selected at random on December 7 and notified the following day via email. The winner must respond to this email within 48 hours or forfeit their prize.

What’s next in our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways? A great collection of products for the busy mom or grandma: Post-It Notes products, a Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, and some baby bath products! Check the blog every day to find out what’s next!

 

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Nominate your favorite mom for our October Survival Mom of the Month! http://thesurvivalmom.com/nominate-your-favorite-mom-for-our-october-survival-mom-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nominate-your-favorite-mom-for-our-october-survival-mom-of-the-month http://thesurvivalmom.com/nominate-your-favorite-mom-for-our-october-survival-mom-of-the-month/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:53:50 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=11408   This month YOU or someone you nominate could become our Survival Mom of the Month! We want to recognize you for what you have accomplished to help your family be ready for anything. Winners will receive a copy of Read More

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BeautyCrownThis month YOU or someone you nominate could become our Survival Mom of the Month! We want to recognize you for what you have accomplished to help your family be ready for anything.

Winners will receive a copy of my book, Survival Mom, a set of Marjory Wildcraft’s DVD series Grow Your Own Groceries,a PurifiCup Portable Water Purifier and a $25 Amazon gift card. Sorry, you’ll have to furnish your own tiara!

Complete the form below and submit it by October 5. The winner will be notified on October 6, and will reign as our official Survival Mom throughout the month!

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