The Survival Mom » Moms http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:52:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Subway Safety with Kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/subway-safety-kids/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=subway-safety-kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/subway-safety-kids/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:48:59 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=16763 Living in a big city, I have learned to rely on public transportation. Parking spots are limited and often too narrow to fit my big jeep in. Not to mention the crazy, fast paced, and often mentally exhausting traffic here Read More

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Subway_Safety_WKidsLiving in a big city, I have learned to rely on public transportation. Parking spots are limited and often too narrow to fit my big jeep in. Not to mention the crazy, fast paced, and often mentally exhausting traffic here in Seoul, South Korea.

It is easier and more cost effective to just walk a few blocks to the subway station. Besides, my kids love to ride the subway.

After the first few trips on the subway with my children, and playing out the “What If?” scenarios in my mind, I compiled a few tips to aid in safely traveling with kids on the subway.

Preparing for the Trip

Since both my children are younger, they each wear a lanyard with an I.D. holder on it. I place a card with my name and phone number on it, as well as an alternate emergency point of contact.

When we travel, I also include our hotel name and phone number. If something happens, they don’t have to struggle to remember phone numbers. It also gives them a place to put their subway card.

Entering the Subway Station

Subway stations can be very busy places at times, crowded, and face paced. There are many moving components: automatic doors, escalators, elevators, turnstiles, and moving sidewalks.

Take your time. Don’t get caught up in the rush. Remind the kids to take their time on steps, through the turnstiles, and to be clear of the subway door. In the subway car, I always try to have the kids find a seat. If there are none, be sure they always hang onto a safety rail. Sometimes the trains can have rough starts and stops. It is easy to lose your balance.

Learn the emergency signs together. There are many different signs in the station. Regular signs point you to the bathroom, the platform, transfers to other trains, information kiosks, and standard exits. Then there are the emergency ones: exits, phones, first aid, flash lights, fire extinguishers, and gas masks. I make a game out of it by randomly quizzing them on finding a certain sign, for instance an emergency exit.

I also point out the Information kiosks and station attendants who have special uniforms. In an emergency, the kids know they can ask the attendants for help.

Knowing the Route

Another game we play is knowing our starting and ending points: what station we begin our adventure on and our destination. We also count the stops on the way and discuss what subway line we are on. Here, the lines are distinguished by color and numbers.

By looking at the map, they can tell me how many stops there are before we transfer to next line, and how many total stops to our destination. Both of my children’s navigating skills have amazed me. Sometimes they even beat me to the punch and know how many stops before our station.

Which leads me to our “What happens if we get separated?” plan. If the subway car is crowded or a door closes too fast and we get separated, what do you do? (I have had happen this happen in a Korean elevator, but that is a whole other story for another time.)

If anyone gets stuck on the train, they are supposed to get off at the next stop, take a seat at the first bench they come to on the platform, and wait. If anyone is left at the station, they take a seat on the platform and wait. Either way, someone will be right there to get them.

Other Useful Tidbits

Most subways have a discount child fare, as well as a special gate for stroller friendly access. Some even offer special seating in the subway car.

Some subway systems have cell phone applications for maps. You put in your starting point and destination. From there, it will give you arrival times, stops, and transfers.

Here in Seoul, most subway stations are also fallout shelters equipped with emergency supplies, including gas masks.

No matter where in the world you are, or what subway system you are using, be sure to look up their website for more local tips on traveling and safety. The subway is an easy, fun way to take an adventure in the big city with kids.

Helping them to be prepared in case of an emergency will give you all a peaceful mind.

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When Mom Can’t Help: 3 Things Your Family Should Know http://thesurvivalmom.com/mom-cant-help-3-things-family-know/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mom-cant-help-3-things-family-know http://thesurvivalmom.com/mom-cant-help-3-things-family-know/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:07 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15536 Moms do a lot. In fact, I tell my mom all the time that she deceived me growing up! I had NO clue how much Moms really did until I became one. The list never ends, the house is in constant disarray, Read More

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Moms do a lot. In fact, I tell my mom all the time that she deceived me growing up! I had NO clue how much Moms really did until I became one. The list never ends, the house is in constant disarray, and someone is whining at any given moment (at least in my house).

About the only thing that scares me more than my kids, is the thought of what they would do without me. As much as I hope and pray I will be there for them at any given moment, that may not be the case.

This year I’ve definitely had a rude awakening as I’ve witnessed a teenager lose her mom to cancer, a young mother die after giving birth to her 2nd child, and the most tragic event of all happened in our community last week when a family of 7 was attacked leaving only one survivor.

Fortunately these instances are rare, but at the same time, what if something did happen to me and I couldn’t be there to help my family? What would I want them to know? Be able to do? Or even remember about me?

Here are a few things I thought of, but I would love for you to add to my list and share your thoughts below!

3 Things Your Family Should Know When Mom Can’t Help:

- Where Important Items are Located

Knowing where things are located might seem obvious, but I’m surprised how often my husband can’t find things, usually because I move things around and forget to tell him.

So I encourage you to think of all the important items your family needs to know about and take them on a tour of your house. You can even use inventory sheets or make a map of your house if it helps, just keep it in a safe place.

Here are a few of the items I made sure to point out in our home tour:

- How to do Things for Themselves

Currently my children are fairly useless at doing much, unless it comes to Minecraft where they can manage to build entire cities, make rollercoasters for their animals, and keep away from zombies.

I really am trying to change that and am working on incorporating more real-world skills into their lives, instead of just virtual ones.

I believe one of the greatest gifts moms can give to their children is to teach them how to do things for themselves, especially if you’re not there to do it for them. I know it’s a lot easier said than done, but go ahead and try teaching them how to do a few things, if nothing else hopefully they’ll appreciate you more. Maybe eventually, they will be able to do it all and you can kick back and build a few houses on Minecraft too (ok, maybe I’m dreaming;)

Here are a few things my kids will know how to do (at least in my dreams):

  • Cook (especially with the food I have stored)
  • Garden
  • Pay Bills & Manage Money
  • Clean Anything, especially Toilets
  • Pick-up after themselves
  • Basic Survival Skills (Here’s a list of 48 if you need ideas)

- How Much You Love Them

I know I said earlier it worries me to think of not being there for my kids, but I just thought of something even worse – for them to not realize how much I love them!

Does your family know how much you love them? If today was your last day, what would you want them to remember about you?

Here are a few things I try to keep up with so they can always know how much I love them, especially if I’m not here to tell them myself:

What would you want your family to know if you couldn’t help?

 

 

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Book Review: Little Jars, Big Flavors http://thesurvivalmom.com/product-review-little-jars-big-flavors/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=product-review-little-jars-big-flavors http://thesurvivalmom.com/product-review-little-jars-big-flavors/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:06 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15765 Not a lot of produce but reluctant to waste? No problem! Southern Living presents a 2013 cookbook with something for everyone! Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned canner, or a microwave-only cook, you’ll find inspiration in Little Jars, Big Flavors Read More

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Little Jars, Big FlavorsNot a lot of produce but reluctant to waste? No problem!

Southern Living presents a 2013 cookbook with something for everyone! Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned canner, or a microwave-only cook, you’ll find inspiration in Little Jars, Big Flavors from author/chef Virginia Willis.

Little Jars Big Flavors For Beginners

Detailed instructions with beautiful color photos will walk you through the process. And because there’s no pressure canning (water bath-only recipes), no need to worry that you’ll blow up your kitchen.

Included are helpful tips to prevent messes; what you aren’t allowed to “fudge” in processing and ingredients; and full-color pictures of gel tests. It’s much easier than learning the hard way.

It’s fine if you don’t have a huge garden and tons of produce. Blueberry-lemon jam only calls for 3 cups of blueberries and yields 4 half-pint jars. No worries that you’ll waste a bunch of produce doing it wrong. Even if nothing seals, you only have a few jars to eat and share. Take the kiddos to a local pick-your-own farm and see how much produce makes it home. We only had a few cups left, anyway!

The layout includes at-a-glance references for prep time so you can determine whether you have time to preserve what’s in your refrigerator just before leaving for the weekend.

For Experienced Canners

You’ll love the new twists on old favorites. I still had some strawberry and blackberry jam left from last season and didn’t want to put up more of the same. Soooo…I now have some strawberry-basil and strawberry-port jam, as well as blackberry-black pepper jam. The coolest thing? The time and produce investment is small enough to experiment. If you don’t like the results, you only have half a dozen jars to give away. I plan to try peach-rosemary jam, mimosa marmalade, and double-onion marmalade when the harvest changes.

Experimenting is extra fun because the author includes ideas and even recipes for using your yummy concoctions. Onion marmalade sounded pretty gross—until I read that it can be a quick substitute for carmelized onions in my recipes. What an awesome shortcut!

And for even shorter shortcuts, try some freezer pickles or jams or even microwave nectarine-ginger preserves. The flavor combinations in Little Jars, Big Flavors are different from anything in my Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, my go-to guide in the summer.

Best Value for Purchasing

I ordered my paperback copy for $9.95 plus shipping from the Lakeside Collection online catalog. It lays fairly flat during use, so I’m glad I didn’t pony up for the $32.00+ hardback version from Amazon. Some used paperbacks are just under $9 on Amazon, but for an extra buck, I like the assurance of a pristine book. No kindle version exists at the time of this writing, but for beginners, I think an e-version would be a mistake.

The Very BEST Part

An entire chapter is devoted to what the author calls “Putting-Up Parties”. I LOVE this idea! If you’ve ever thought about starting a prepper’s circle, this is a completely fun and non-threatening way to get started.

Think of it like a “cookie-exchange” party. A few women get to share the work, chat together in the kitchen, share a few snacks, and at the end of the day, everyone has a few different recipes to take home rather than a year’s worth of one item.

Because the recipes require just a little produce, each lady can bring the ingredients for one recipe for very little cost. Go ahead and call up a couple of church ladies, the moms from your homeschool circle, or the parents of your kids’ friends! It’s a great way to get to know each other. And chances are, if some of them are already canners, they may possess other skills you can learn from them. (I’m still hoping someone can show me how to use the sewing machine I got for Christmas!)

I’m planning a “putting-up party with my sisters-in-law who aren’t currently prepping. They’ll walk away with new skills and confidence (and a few jars of awesome goodies). This will definitely open the door to conversations about other food preservation methods I’m trying and other efforts to be prepared.

We’ll only mess up one kitchen. The dads will spend a day herding kiddos, and the cousins will spend some quality time together.

As a side benefit, I’m eager to try out some of my sister’s expensive Pampered Chef gadgets that I haven’t been able to talk myself into. The last time I went on and on about how much I loved my mom’s strawberry huller and my mother-in-law’s apple peeler/corer/slicer, I got one of each as a gift. Just sayin’.

Canning for “Real Women”, not Martha Stewarts

Believe me, I’m no Martha Stewart—but I don’t really have to be. This chapter suggests canning recipes for each season with some overlapping ingredients, snack and beverage suggestions, and lovely ways to decorate those beautiful jars for gift-giving. If you have kids, have them help out with making teacher gifts for Christmas or teacher appreciation.

Even if that’s not really your thing, you can probably pretend for a few hours to make prepper connections in the least awkward way I’ve ever seen. At the very least, you get to walk away with a variety of goodies that you didn’t spend all day doing by yourself.

If a friend shared this post with you via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, consider yourself invited to her next “Putting-Up Party.” You can host the next one in the fall when you’ll be eager to put big apple, pear, and cranberry flavors into little jars.

*Kris and The Survival Mom team have no affiliation with the author or publisher.

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Sweet Summer Giveaway: Day 2 — 3 Cool gifts for 1 lucky mom http://thesurvivalmom.com/giveaway-day-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=giveaway-day-2 http://thesurvivalmom.com/giveaway-day-2/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 10:00:52 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=14515 This giveaway is now closed and winners have been selected and notified. Today we have a great collection of items that will all go to one lucky winner! If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know that I Read More

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This giveaway is now closed and winners have been selected and notified.

Today we have a great collection of items that will all go to one lucky winner!

Courtesy of Post-it® Brand

If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know that I love Post-it® Brand products. I use them for keeping track of shopping lists, meal planning, storing mementos and important papers, and recently reviewed the Home Collection by Post-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand, and Command™ Brands.

Items from this collection of products will be just one of the prizes in this giveaway! You’ll love it!

The next item is for any woman who has ever struggled to find her keys at the bottom of a purse. That moment when you really, really need to get that car door unlocked but it seems that your keys keep evading you, is when you’ll be glad for the Finders Key Purse. Finders-keepers. Get it?

finders key purseI’ve been using my Finders Key Purse for several weeks. It’s a small, decorative piece that has a clasp on one end that you attach to your key chain. At the other end is a hook that is placed over the edge of a purse or a backpack. Your keys are always handy and who would ever guess that the tiny piece of bling decorating the top of your purse has a very utilitarian purpose?

If you’re the lucky winner of this prize package, you’ll be receiving a Finders Key Purse for your very own! (Design may vary from the one shown.)

And finally, the Bubble Bum. It’s hard to say that name without smiling!

_MG_5352The Bubble Bum is an inflatable, foldable, light, portable, and packable booster seat for kids ages 4-11. It’s so portable that it can be used in rental cars after an airplane trip, car pooling, and any other transportation where a booster seat is needed and/or desirable. It weighs less than a pound and would be super easy to store in a carry on bag, a backpack, or in the glove box of a car.

If you sometimes transport grand kids or an extra kid or two, the Bubble Bum is just what you need!

Winner takes all!

One lucky winner will receive a prize package from Post-it® Brand, a Finders Key Purse key finder, and a Bubble Bum. You just might be that winner!

We’re using Rafflecopter again for this giveaway, and even if you don’t “do” social media, you can still enter by clicking the FREE ENTRY button. You’ll be asked to enter an email address, which we need in order to contact the winner.
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Five Ways to Suffer Less with PMS http://thesurvivalmom.com/five-ways-suffer-less-pms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-ways-suffer-less-pms http://thesurvivalmom.com/five-ways-suffer-less-pms/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 12:20:47 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=14431 Premenstrual syndrome.  If you’re female, it’s something you wish you’d never been acquainted with. If you’re not female– let’s just say, you’d best just stay out of the way during that time of the month. Unless you want serious trouble Read More

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 Five Ways to get PMS ReliefPremenstrual syndrome.  If you’re female, it’s something you wish you’d never been acquainted with. If you’re not female– let’s just say, you’d best just stay out of the way during that time of the month. Unless you want serious trouble and possibly a minor injury or two!

While it is a perfectly natural event in the female body, it can be far from pleasant. Some women (and girls) experience horrible cramping, pain, and excessive bleeding. I knew someone who actually had black-outs during her period. On the other hand, some ladies are hardly affected by its course at all. (Lucky them!)

There have been days when all I could do was lie on the bed, ‘waiting for the storm to pass’. It was a matter of just surviving. All my plans for the day got put on hold because I just couldn’t operate.

Simply put, PMS has been nothing short of a nightmare for me.

But the thing about life is this, it doesn’t just stop and wait for you to get over your physical discomforts. There’s work to be done, tasks to accomplish, and schedules to follow.

So what can you do to make that time of month less of a pain – literally? Here are some things that really help with me get PMS relief.

Red raspberry leaf

One of the main causes for PMS is hormonal imbalance. The drastic rise and fall of estrogen levels are often what causes cramping and other obnoxious PMS symptoms. Red raspberry leaf is excellent for combating this problem because it supplies calcium and magnesium. A deficiency of either can result in severe leg cramping. (On a side note, it’s interesting that this herb is also great for growing kids, and tweens entering puberty.)

After a bit of research, I decided to conduct an experiment. I read that drinking lots of red raspberry leaf tea before and during your period can alleviate pain and cramping drastically. [1] “It regulates irregular menstrual cycles and decreases heavy periods.”

I wanted to see if this was true. So for a month, I drank a ton of hot red raspberry leaf tea, several cups a day, minimum. And since red raspberry leaf is also a flu/colds combatant, I figured an immune system boost would be icing on the cake.

Well, that time of month rolled around and I waited to see what would happen. Absolutely nothing! No cramps! No excessive bleeding! No pain! It was the easiest period I’ve ever experienced. Ever since then, I’ve been swearing by red raspberry leaf tea.

You can find it in the grocery store or in bulk from suppliers online. (My favorite supplier is BulkHerbStore.com.) The key is to drink it consistently and not just during your period so it can regulate your estrogen levels and keep your magnesium/calcium balances where they should be.

Lavender essential oil

Rubbing a couple drops of lavender essential oil in your abdomen can bring some localized relief to cramping. It’s well known for removing nervous and muscular tension, and brings a soothing presence which is definitely welcome during periods. Hot baths with lavender oil (five to ten drops) can also be helpful, although dropping everything to jump in the bathtub is rarely an option during the day.

If you want to stock up on lavender oil, be sure to keep it, and all essential oils, stored in a cool, dark location.

Applying heat for PMS relief

Heating pads can bring instant relief for moderate pain and cramping. Just hold it against the area where it hurts the most. Crafting a simple heating pad is super easy. All you need is an old sock and rice! Fill the sock with rice and tie the end securely. Heat in the oven at a low temperature or in the microwave for a few minutes. You can also buy a purpose-made heating pad.

Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle

The best medicine is the preventative kind. If your internal balances are off, you will feel the consequences. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients and minerals you need. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies cause all kinds of ailments and directly affect your cycle negatively.

Eat more foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. At the same time, reduce or avoid the simple carbs found in sweets and refined foods.[2] Exercise at least three times a week. Do moderate stretching every day to keep the blood flowing and your metabolism awake. Get enough sleep, not just the bare minimum.

Avoid salt

Salt is vital to the human body’s basic functions, but during your period it can aggravate the system and make the situation worse. “Limit your intake of salt, as it aggravates water retention and leads to bloating.” [3]

Every woman’s body is different. What works for me, or your friend, or your mother, might not work for you. It’s vital to pay attention to the signals your own body sends. Connect with how you function, and experiment with different methods and watch how your body responds. Ultimately, only you can determine what works best for you.

References

[1] “Be Your Own Doctor”, Rachel Weaver, M.H.

[2, 3] Home Remedies For You

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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. This giveaway has 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.

This giveaway has ended and the winner was notified by email.

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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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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