The Survival Mom » More http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:47:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: Review & Giveaway: “ http://thesurvivalmom.com/ultimate-dehydrator-cookbook/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/ultimate-dehydrator-cookbook/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:02 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18710 IMAGINE being able to preserve your own food at home safely, economically, conveniently, and with no harmful additives. EVEN BETTER, your food storage will take up very little space, and will last you for years to come! Whether you are Read More

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ultimate dehydrator cookbookIMAGINE being able to preserve your own food at home safely, economically, conveniently, and with no harmful additives. EVEN BETTER, your food storage will take up very little space, and will last you for years to come!

Whether you are an avid gardener or you bring your produce home from the grocery store, The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff will inspire and motivate you!

indexI was a skeptic at first. I purchased a dehydrator over a year ago and dried some fruit. After the first batch of strawberries and banana’s were dried and immediately eaten by my family, I boxed up the dehydrator and tucked it away on a shelf. I am almost certain that if I had read the Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook in the beginning, I would probably be the proud owner today of not one, but two dehydrating machines!

Convincing a Skeptic (me!)

I was originally unenthusiastic about dehydrating because I’m a home canner. Dehydrating food is far different from home canning fruit, vegetables and meat, because canning is preserving with water. With dehydration, the goal is to eliminate water. After reading the book, I was very surprised at the amount of nutrients that are lost when it comes to preserving food by freezing, canning and dehydrating. And you guessed it, dehydrating is the best option for preserving those nutrients!

Although I do think it’s important to can my own meat, and will continue to do so, I now find that dehydrating my fruits and vegetables makes a lot of sense. Not only will this take up less space in my food storage, but most important, it takes less time! For example, when I’m canning, it takes me at least 3-4 hours from start to finish.

With dehydrating, I just plug it in, fill the trays, and go to bed!

More Uses: Drying Herbs

THIS IS THE PART where I want to jump up and down. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook has shown me the ease in drying my own herbs for tea and medicine!

In the past, I have spent a small fortune buying commercial herbal teas. I stock up like crazy for sick days. After reading this book, I am more inspired than ever to grow my own, dry my own, and create my own herbal tea remedies! I can only imagine how much money I will save, not to mention the joy and peace of mind in knowing exactly what my family is consuming.

Not only will the book inspire you to dehydrate more, but the wonderful recipe section will have you dreaming up all kinds of meals and desserts for your family.

From dehydrating your own baby food, to crackers, or for creating unique holiday gifts, I have discovered that this book truly is THE Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook!

The Giveaway

We have so many awesome items from Dehydrate 2 Sell that we made it into two different giveaways, and EACH ONE INCLUDES A COPY OF HER BOOK!

The first, larger, also includes a Dutch baby pan, a coffee / tea press, a mesh tea infuser, an herb mill, an herb chopper, a pie lattice, a mini pie mold, an egg beater, silicone oven mitts, a set of three scoops, and a bucket / barrel opener.

The smaller prize package focuses on canning and adds a cherry pitter, apple peeler / corer, 6 piece canning set, canning lid holder, and a bucket / barrel opener to her book.

Feel free to enter both contests! Contest ends on October 21, 2014, and winners are selected at random. Winners will be notified the following day and have 48 hours to respond or prizes will be forfeited and a new winner selected.

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6 Simple Tips for Developing a Natural Spring http://thesurvivalmom.com/6-simple-tips-developing-natural-spring/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/6-simple-tips-developing-natural-spring/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:00:48 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18598 One of my favorite childhood memories was venturing into the woods with my late grandfather to fill up gallon jugs with water from a spring he found and tapped himself. I never thought much about it back then; walking a Read More

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6 Simple Tips - SpringOne of my favorite childhood memories was venturing into the woods with my late grandfather to fill up gallon jugs with water from a spring he found and tapped himself. I never thought much about it back then; walking a quarter mile or so into the wooded hills to obtain the family’s drinking water was just something that was routine.

Years later, when I moved down the road from my grandparents and experienced the rural fun of having to haul water in from town, I found comfort in knowing that the old spring was still resting in the hills should we ever need it.

A natural spring is an outlet of ground water and not a stream or run off simply pooling on the surface. A true natural spring will surface from naturally flowing groundwater. There are many methods of finding and tapping a natural spring. Below are some simple, low-cost suggestions for finding your own water source if the situation calls.

Finding and Tapping a Natural Spring

  1. Your efforts will yield the best results when you search in dry weather. A spell where the ground is dry can help determine if a wet area is simply run off or coming from another deeper source.
  2. Begin in middle elevation areas. Look in places where there are both higher and lower ground available such as the middle/side of a hill.
  3. ditchSearch for wet areas and obviously eroded areas that resemble a damp, naturally made ditch. Once this kind of environment is located, follow the path to higher elevations until the ground either becomes too steep to safely hike or you become too high on the hill to consider the location middle elevation. Another location indicator could be an increase in gravel, smooth rocks and moss in the surrounding areas and possible pooling water toward the lower elevated areas.
  4. Carefully dig into the hillside until you reach a steady flow of water. Be sure to dig deeply enough to get a clean avenue to place a channeling source.
  5. Place one end of a channeling source such as a plastic pipe as deep into the water source as possible. Placing rocks or gravel around and under the channeling source will help prevent sediment from getting through and help prevent the pipe from sinking.
  6. Cover the transport with rock and soil to hold it in place being sure to leave a good portion sticking out of the ground for easy access.

The disruption of the natural flow and excavation will result in muddy/cloudy water for a while but a true natural spring will clear up quickly once everything begins to settle. Some folks wish to tap into a spring and have it directly pumped into their homes for everyday water usage. Some springs may be plentiful enough to meet this type of supply but require more complicated excavation methods and tapping systems. Depending on the proximity of the spring to the home and the amount of gravitational flow, a pumping system may not be necessary.

I do not recommend drinking water from a natural spring without taking water purification measures or having a sample tested periodically to ensure the water is free of contaminants and is safe to drink.

Developing and maintaining a natural spring is a great back up water supply! Drink up!

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Survival Survey: Unexpected Places to Shop for Prepper Items http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-survey-unexpected-places-shop-prepper-items/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-survey-unexpected-places-shop-prepper-items/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:00:16 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=17554 We’ve all shopped at online stores that focus on preppers and at places like Army-Navy stores. And who hasn’t checked out a yard sale or two? (Or at least meant to.) Those are the obvious places, but there are tons Read More

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unexpected placesWe’ve all shopped at online stores that focus on preppers and at places like Army-Navy stores. And who hasn’t checked out a yard sale or two? (Or at least meant to.)

Those are the obvious places, but there are tons of more unexpected places out there, both specialty and more mainstream chain stores.

Speciality Stores

A friend of mine runs Truck Dog USA. They specialize in items for truckers. Do you know what truckers use that might interest preppers? I had no clued until I checked out his store. They have all kinds of 12 v items from compact refrigerators (esp. for critical items such as insulin) to curling irons. They use inverters, too.

I also have a soft spot for museum and National Park Service stores.

Mainstream

Tuesday Morning sells sewing, canning, gardening, and even camping gear. That’s where I bought mummy bags for $20.

What are some of the more unusual places you have found to shop for prepper items?

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It’s a Honey of a Giveaway! Don’t Miss This One!! http://thesurvivalmom.com/honey-giveaway-dont-miss-one/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/honey-giveaway-dont-miss-one/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:03:41 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18626 Today we are hosting another Cox’s Honey Group Giveaway so our readers will have a chance to win some raw, unfiltered, pure honey. Cox’s honey is sponsoring this giveaway today and we want to thank them for giving us this Read More

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Today we are hosting another Cox’s Honey Group Giveaway so our readers will have a chance to win some raw, unfiltered, pure honey. Cox’s honey is sponsoring this giveaway today and we want to thank them for giving us this opportunity.

Cox’s honey is raw and unfiltered honey. The company was started back in 1880 in Orderville, Utah, by Delaun Mills Cox. Mr. Cox produced enough sweet honey for the entire city before moving the operations to Shelley, Idaho. Delaun kept his beehives going more like a hobby, but after World War I he began making more money as a hobbyist than his previous holdings.
During the following years honey prices became depressed and in 1925 his son, Orville S. Cox took over his bee business. Orville made the bee business his tool of trade for his livelihood and raising his family. He produced, packaged and sold clover honey.

I’ve long recommended stocking up on honey, the only food that will never go bad! It has medicinal properties, can be used as a salve on cuts and burns, and could be worth its weight in gold someday in a worst case scenario.
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If You Just Moved Here: Surviving Severe Winter Weather http://thesurvivalmom.com/just-moved-surviving-severe-winter-weather/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/just-moved-surviving-severe-winter-weather/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:00:46 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=17710 Here in the upper Midwest, winters can be absolutely brutal. We’re talking frigid temperatures, freezing rain, feet of snow, and just a whole lot of no fun when you’re trying to go about your daily life. Sure, if you enjoy Read More

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severe winter weather

Here in the upper Midwest, winters can be absolutely brutal. We’re talking frigid temperatures, freezing rain, feet of snow, and just a whole lot of no fun when you’re trying to go about your daily life. Sure, if you enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing, the winter months are like paradise.  For those who are just trying to get to and from work each day, though, things can get dicey.

Fortunately, winter weather rarely hits without some advance warning. While we all like to poke fun at the weather forecasters, when it comes to blizzards and such, they get it right far more often than they miss the boat. So, the first line of defense is to pay attention to your favorite weather forecast.

It is exceedingly rare that a winter storm pops up out of nowhere. There is almost always several hours, if not a day or two, of warning.

Traveling

If at all possible, limit any planned travel during a predicted winter storm. I know, that’s often easier said than done. Bosses tend to get a little irritated when employees don’t show up. If you have a vacation or sick day you can afford to burn, use it on a day when the roads are going to be sketchy at best. If you can work from home, do so.

Always have emergency supplies and gear in your vehicle. These include jumper cables, a blanket (wool is the best), extra hat and gloves, flashlight with extra batteries, food, water, and a first aid kit. Bonus points for chemical hand warmers, glow sticks, and a cell phone charger you can plug into the cigarette lighter in your vehicle.

If you get stranded for some reason, stay put unless you absolutely have to leave your vehicle due to safety reasons. A car or truck is much easier to spot than a person. Tie a brightly colored piece of fabric, such as a flag or bandanna (from your emergency kit), to the vehicle’s antenna. This is a universally recognized symbol indicating you need help.

Should you decide to trek out on foot, do everyone a favor and leave a note on your dash with your name, the date and time you’re leaving, and where you are heading, even if only a rough compass direction. This will help people find you, should they need to conduct a search.

At Home

At home, as a prepper, hopefully you’ll already have a full pantry. If that’s not the case, hit the grocery store a day or two ahead of the predicted storm and stock up. No need to go crazy and lay in enough food to last a month, but get enough of what you’ll need to last at least a couple of days. I cannot stress enough that you should not wait until the last minute for this grocery store trip. If you do, you’ll either find empty shelves or you’ll be fighting the pre-storm crowd.

A key element to surviving brutal winters is having a way to keep warm if the furnace isn’t working. If you have multiple people in the home, double up and pile on the blankets. Try and keep everyone in one room, ideally a small one. Body heat multiplied by a few people and kept in a single room will benefit everyone. Hang a blanket over the window and any open doorways to help reduce heat from escaping and eliminate cold drafts coming in. Obviously, if you have a fireplace or a wood stove, make judicious use of it, provided you thought ahead and have a good supply of dry, seasoned fuel set aside.

Wind Chill

Wind chill is something most residents here understand, yet it sometimes baffles new folks. Basically, in the winter it gets cold, obviously. However, wind chill makes it “feel” colder, just as a breeze makes it “feel” cooler when its hot outside. A lot colder, actually.

In my neck of the woods, it isn’t uncommon for the high temperature to reach, say, 10’F, and with the wind chill factored in, it feels like -20F or lower. At temps that low, any exposed skin can suffer frostbite in just a matter of minutes. This means you need to protect yourself with not only hats, coats, and gloves but scarves and earmuffs as well.

When it comes to injuries and fatalities as a result of winter weather, while I’ve not seen any hard stats on this, I’d estimate more people die of heart attacks while shoveling snow than for just about any other weather related reason. If you don’t have a teenager in the area who you could give a few bucks for shoveling your driveway and thus have to tackle it yourself, take it slow. There’s no need to try and do it all at once. Far better to take frequent breaks as needed. Even running a snowblower can be physically taxing.

Power Outages

Finally, severe winter storms often result in power outages. Ice can build on power lines, which adds a great deal of weight and causes the lines to come down. Often, it is just a matter of a few hours, maybe a day, before power is restored. But, plan ahead and have plenty of flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio so you can keep abreast of the weather-related news.

Severe winter weather isn’t something to be trifled with but with just a bit of planning, you’ll come through just fine.

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“Outage” by Ellisa Barr: Book Review http://thesurvivalmom.com/outage-ellisa-barr-book-review/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/outage-ellisa-barr-book-review/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:00:46 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18067 As you turn the opening pages of Outage, the parents of 15 year old Dee, our self-absorbed and somewhat reluctant teenage heroine from the city, are leaving her with her grandfather. He runs a veterinary service on a small farm Read More

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Outage by Ellisa BarrAs you turn the opening pages of Outage, the parents of 15 year old Dee, our self-absorbed and somewhat reluctant teenage heroine from the city, are leaving her with her grandfather. He runs a veterinary service on a small farm near the town of Lookout Falls in Washington State.

After Dee’s mom and dad depart for a vacation cruise to Alaska, she is hit with the realization that there is no cell phone or internet service, let alone a mall or nearby shopping center to hang out at, meet boys and socialize. This is completely untenable and unacceptable to her. Dee is determined to run at the earliest opportunity, by any means possible.

This beginning sets the stage for what turns into an action-packed, non-stop apocalyptic novel for young adults. First time author Ellisa Barr created an exciting story centered on an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event which grips the nation, Dee’s family, and her newly made friends.

While interviewing Ms. Barr for this book review, she shared with me a bit of her personal history and experiences growing up in a small town in rural Idaho. It quickly became apparent that Barr pulled from her life experiences, faith, and wonderful imagination to create highly engaging prose and dialog that draws readers into the story and the main character’s life. Dee’s trials and triumphs unfold as the post EMP world churns.

I felt like I was right in the midst of events as Dee soon finds her high tech world of texting, tweeting, and Facebook gone, replaced by her struggle to keep the family farm going with her ailing grandfather. A rapidly maturing Dee helps family, friends and neighbors as they band together to survive and create community not experienced in the United States since the 1800’s, and deal with a ruthless local sheriff.

This 233 page book has all the hallmarks of an engaging Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery set to a modern day apocalyptic theme. There is action, adventure and even a bit of romance to entice the reader as you delve into the pages of this entertaining work.

I unintentionally read late into the night engrossed in Outage, book one of the Powerless Nation series. And I will happily burn the midnight oil reading Ms. Barr’s upcoming tome, Voyage, book two in the series.

I highly recommend Outage to anyone interested in an engaging and fast-paced apocalyptic read. It’s great!

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Unexpected Ways Savvy Preppers can Use Living Social and Groupon http://thesurvivalmom.com/living-social-groupon-prepping/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/living-social-groupon-prepping/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:00:09 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=17021 Most people know what Living Social and Groupon are. Basically, they offer deals for, usually, a few days. You buy an item or pay for an activity and they send you a voucher for it. You take the voucher (or Read More

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groupon living socialMost people know what Living Social and Groupon are. Basically, they offer deals for, usually, a few days.

You buy an item or pay for an activity and they send you a voucher for it. You take the voucher (or use the code on it) to the merchant and redeem it for what you purchased, generally at a very big discount.

These sites are so far down the list of places people think about for prepping that not only do they not make the list, but it makes people confused. It just doesn’t compute – aren’t those sites about discounted spa days, restaurants, museum tickets, and hotels?

Well, yes, definitely – but if you really look deeper at what they offer, there is an astounding cornucopia of goods, services, and experiences for the savvy prepper to explore.

What Do They Have?

As I looked through while writing this article, it felt more like what don’t they have. Cooking classes, firearms safety, physical fitness, goods and gear to buy – they have a little bit of everything, at least sometimes. (The deals are only for a short time, but many recur if they drive enough business to the merchant.)

As one example, my son and I are going to learn how to make cheese – a whole bunch of different kinds of cheese, not just one or two. Truthfully, I would never have made the leap, but I got a great deal on Living Social and my son really really loves cheese, so we’re going to do it together.

Learning how to make cheese is a great prepper skill, plus a great way for the two of us to bond. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up making cheese together for many years to come. Worst case, I’ve wasted approximately the cost of our family of four going to a single movie at the theater.

The Survival Mom and her husband took a bee-keeping class, thanks to a Living Social deal!

Here are some classes you might find on these websites:

Personal Safety

  • Evasive driving techniques
  • Simulated tactical shooting situation (not target shooting)
  • Krav Maga (unarmed self defense) plus countless kinds of more common martial arts classes
  • Shooting classes

Even paintball could also be a way to simulate a more tactical shooting situation while having some family fun.

Physical Fitness

  • Boot camp and gym memberships
  • Kayaking, tubing, and canoeing
  • 5K races (even the mud, zombie, and colorful ones)
  • Skiing
  • Aerial adventure parks
  • Parkour (think American Ninja Warrior)
  • Barre (yes, as in ballet, but for those of us who aren’t flexible ten year olds any more)

The list of possibilities is enormous. If you want to get fit, they want to provide you with the class(es) to do it.

Goods

  • Hand-crank solar flashlights
  • Reusable water bottles (the super lightweight, foldable kind)
  • Home organizers (under bed/closet/hanging)
  • Camping backpacks
  • Portable hammock (with stand)
  • Cast iron cookware
  • Knives (all kinds) abound – cooking, diving, pocket, etc.

Food

  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Tea and coffee, in K-cups or not
  • Gourmet beef
  • Astronaut ice cream
  • Kits to make root beer, cheese, or molecular gastronomy

The deals change constantly, but there is something for everyone. And with the discounts they offer, it’s a whole lot easier to take a risk and try something new.

So, what prepper deals can you find on Living Social and Groupon?

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Keeping your world sanitary in difficult times http://thesurvivalmom.com/keeping-world-sanitary-unpleasant-times/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/keeping-world-sanitary-unpleasant-times/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:08:20 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18020 Pin this for later so you don’t forget the products and tips! Click here to pin. Vomit Puke Poop Pee Gross stains from every source imaginable, and kids will be kids. Does this sound like just another chapter in your Read More

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Kids n Pets boy mess

Pin this for later so you don’t forget the products and tips! Click here to pin.

Vomit

Puke

Poop

Pee

Gross stains from every source imaginable, and kids will be kids.

Does this sound like just another chapter in your life? For about 7 years, with 2 kids and multiple dogs, I was up to my elbows in every type of stain and smell possible.

When times are normal, these smells and stains are easy to deal with. We can use the dishwasher to sanitize any number of items, clean surfaces with hard-core cleaning products, and rinse, wipe, and repeat.

However, it’s not so easy to stay on top of these sanitary issues when the power goes out, when we’re on the road, or we’re in the middle of an ice storm or other disaster. All of a sudden, something as simple as hot water becomes a luxury.

That’s where one of my favorite products comes into play: Kids ‘N Pets Stain & Odor Remover. In the past 6 month, my family has gone through 3 large bottles of this stuff and 1 1/2  bottles of No, No, No!

Stain & Odor Remover is an all-natural product that does what it says and is safe around kids and animals. When our elderly, beloved dog, Mouse, was in the last few weeks of her life, it became very difficult for her to get out through the doggie door when she needed to. We used copious amounts of Stain & Odor Remover to clean up those messes.

When my kids were little, there were laundry stains, stains on carpeting, and stains on my own clothes from those little mess-makers!

In both these scenarios, we had running water, a washing machine, and everything we needed to maintain a sanitary home, but if those had been absent this handy product would have done its job, regardless.

I’ve taken to carrying a few ounces of Stain & Odor Remover in a small spray bottle that I keep in my car and one in my main emergency kit. Accidents happen anywhere, and at the very least, I want to be able to clean up unpleasant messes.

No, No, No! Addresses other issues

We don’t exactly have a pet-free home, although my husband dreams of one, some day. We have 4 cats who are generally well-behaved. They use their jumbo sized litter box on a regular basis, they don’t spray around the house (thank God!), but the youngest does love to stretch out her claws and attack soft surfaces.

You can imagine my dismay when we brought home a beautiful dining room set, complete with upholstered chairs, and this little one, who will remain anonymous, left her claw marks in the seats of 2 chairs in short order. We had covered the seats with aluminum foil but she still managed to discover, to her delight, the sensation of sinking her claws into the seat, stretching her tiny little body, and then repeating the action again and again.

A few days and several claw marks later, I began applying No, No, No! and have noticed a marked decrease in her illegal activities.

No, No, No! is another great product that deters pets from doing just what my little cat has been doing: scratching, chewing, and marking things they shouldn’t.

Dealing with negative pet behavior like this adds more stress to a busy mom’s day than she needs. By spraying not only those chairs but other pieces of furniture around the house, I’ve been able to nearly eliminate the scratching and resulting damage.

If a few sprays of No, No, No! is what it takes to help my cats behave better and to lower my overall stress level, then it’s worth every penny.

In the emergency kit

Emergencies of all kinds can increase our stress levels to the breaking point. Not only are we dealing with a scary, unpredictable event but also with fearful children, multiple decisions, and an increased adrenalin level that makes clear, level headed thinking nearly impossible. To make matters worse, it’s inevitable that someone in the family is going to get sick, have an accident or spill something, and that something could be blood.

In my emergency kits I’ve packed hand sanitizer, first aid gloves, a small package of Clorox wipes and plenty of toilet paper. I still needed something to remove stains and odors because when a crisis is over, that mess will still be there, and who wants to deal with days old stinky stuff and stains? The small spray bottle of Stain & Odor Remover is a handy addition, and not one you’ll find suggested on hard-core survivalist sites!

Both Stain & Odor Remover can be purchased at Walmart stores in the cleaning aisle, on Amazon, and Drugstore.com. The products are all budget-friendly and you’ll find a multitude of handy tips on the Kids’N’Pets website.

 

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LIVE Survival Mom Hangouts this month! http://thesurvivalmom.com/live-survival-mom-hangouts-month/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/live-survival-mom-hangouts-month/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 22:23:07 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=17985 We’re celebrating our 1.3 million downloads since May 20, on The Survival Mom Radio Network and National Preparedness Month with some terrific Google Hangout events. The first one is Sunday, September 7, at 4 p.m. CT. I’ll be joined by Read More

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Google HangoutWe’re celebrating our 1.3 million downloads since May 20, on The Survival Mom Radio Network and National Preparedness Month with some terrific Google Hangout events.

The first one is Sunday, September 7, at 4 p.m. CT.

I’ll be joined by Angela Paskett of Food Storage & Survival and Donna Miller of Surviving on Shoestrings for Becoming a Prepper: Why &How”. We’ll be discussing the myths and truths about preppers and giving our best advice for the first things to put into place.Share this link with your family and friends, especially those who need to get prepared! After all, September is National Preparedness Month, so there’s no better time to jump in and get started.

UPCOMING Hangouts — all on Tuesday evenings at 8 CT. Click on links of Hangout titles to learn more and to register.

Watch for more Hangouts in October with even more topics and new experts to learn from!

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BOOK REVIEW: “Day of Wrath’ by William Forstchen (Author of “One Second After”) http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-day-wrath-william-forstchen/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-day-wrath-william-forstchen/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:00:46 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=17907 “I did not want to write this [book], but, as I expressed to friends, I feared that if I did not write it, and this nightmare happened, which it really can, I would be responsible in some way for remaining Read More

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days of wrath“I did not want to write this [book], but, as I expressed to friends, I feared that if I did not write it, and this nightmare happened, which it really can, I would be responsible in some way for remaining silent. If you read on from here, it will not be an enjoyable experience.”

~ William Forstchen in the “Day of Wrath” introduction.

I have written several book reviews. Part way through each book, I would already know what “angle” I would take in my review. By the time I finished reading, the words of the review came easily. I either liked the book or didn’t, had some words of wisdom to share about the contents, and a recommendation to buy it or skip it.

This book is very different.

The Day of Wrath was an excellent read.

It was not an enjoyable experience.

OVERVIEW

Day of Wrath is the story of a coordinated multiple target terrorist attack in the United States by ISIS. It’s told through the eyes of several different people, including victims and terrorists. The main character, a teacher at the middle school his daughter attends, seems to clearly express the author’s point of view on the current state of the world.

The story goes into fairly specific detail of how the jihadists come into the country, wait for their signal, and then attack in several locations at the same time. The terrorists expect a certain response, and Americans do not disappoint them, falling right into their plans.

The chapters that put us in the mind of the bad guys run consistent with my own study of Islam and are a good representation of a jihadist’s motivations, based on what their spiritual leaders and the Koran tell them.

Please remember: this is a review of a book  – a work of fiction, albeit one inspired by and incorporating real events – based on my personal experiences, and nothing more. It it not a historical or political analysis. It is simply a review of a novel by a popular dystopian author.

COMMENTARY

I read the entire 144 page novella in one sitting. It was an engaging read that kept me turning the pages. It also made me sick to my stomach. So I can’t say I “liked” the book, but I am glad I read it.

When speaking to a friend about this book she asked, “Why would the author give the bad guys this terrible plan for an attack?” That’s an extremely naive question. Terrorists don’t need our help to come up with ways to attack us. They have been working on it themselves for a long time.

It is believed that ISIS has already crossed, or has plans to cross, into the United States along our southern border. ISIS is in many ways a bigger threat to us than Al Qaeda because they are more barbaric, better funded, and have greater resources.

The book was just released in the middle of August. It includes factual events perpetrated by ISIS over the last several months, as well as references to previous real terrorist events, woven into the fictional storyline.

That is what makes reading this so disconcerting: The reader doesn’t have to suspend belief in order to believe the story being told.

The ending was not where I expected the story to go. It was still shocking because its believability might have made it the scariest part of the entire book. I will leave it at that so as not to have any spoilers, but be prepared not to be “satisfied” with how it all unfolds.

One thing I enjoyed about Mr. Forstchen’s previous novel, One Second After, is that it gave the reader excellent information, throughout the storyline, about how to prepare for an EMP and its aftermath. I didn’t find the same subtle instruction in this novel. With the exception of carrying a firearm at all times and homeschooling your children, I’m not sure there was much practical learning value to this story.

BOTTOM LINE

I recommend reading this book, but with a clear warning that some parts are difficult to read. This is not a “feel good” story where everything works out in the end and folks ride off into the sunset. People die, children are tortured and murdered, and schools are involved.

The whole story, but especially the ending, may make you mad. It will remind you that the issue with our porous borders isn’t just about Mexicans and Central Americans looking for a better life. It will also give you a clearer understanding of what an ISIS attack on the US might look like and reinforce the reality that ISIS is a threat to this country.

I hope that it makes you more focused on the threat of terrorism that our country still faces, even though we have gone 13 years without a large scale, coordinated attack. That focus should not manifest as fear, but rather as vigilance, both to what is happening around us and in our personal preparedness for potentially terrible times.

If you’ve already read the book, or decide to read it, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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