The Survival Mom » Videos http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 VIDEO VIBE WEBINAR: Staying healthy this winter, the natural way http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-vibe-webinar-staying-healthy-winter-natural-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-vibe-webinar-staying-healthy-winter-natural-way http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-vibe-webinar-staying-healthy-winter-natural-way/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:32:02 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12623 You can watch a recording of this video webinar at this link. It’s that time of year again. Surely the people at Kleenex look forward to fall and winter as their busiest time of year when millions of Americans catch Read More

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You can watch a recording of this video webinar at this link.

It’s that time of year again. Surely the people at Kleenex look forward to fall and winter as their busiest time of year when millions of Americans catch the flu and colds.

Instead of first reaching for over-the-counter meds, why not learn about treating these bugs a more natural way?

We have an amazing panel of experts for you to learn from. They discussed how to avoid getting sick this winter – and what to do if you or your family come down with something!

Julie-head-shot-informal[1]Julie Behling Hovdal hosts Essential Survival TV and the Essential Survival Radio Show on The Survival Mom Radio Network. She’s the author of an outstanding book that has become a very useful reference tool in my home. Julie discusses ways to use essential oils to stay healthy.

Gordon-Laura[1]Husband and wife team, Dr. Gordon Tessler and his wife Laura, are well known across the country as experts in holistic medicine. They have authored numerous books and have a lot to share on the topic of boosting your immune system.

With all the changes coming to our health care and health insurance systems, this information is vital.

Link to recorded webinar: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/view_meeting/83fba1fc/21771895/259907c311

 

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Survival Mom Tutorial: 3 Layers of Food Storage, Part 2 VIDEO http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-mom-tutorial-3-layers-of-food-storage-part-2-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=survival-mom-tutorial-3-layers-of-food-storage-part-2-video http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-mom-tutorial-3-layers-of-food-storage-part-2-video/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 15:48:34 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12079 The second layer of food storage is made up of individual ingredients, often purchased in bulk. By far, this layer is the most versatile and has the longest shelf life. With a wide array of grains, seasonings, vegetables, fruits, and Read More

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The second layer of food storage is made up of individual ingredients, often purchased in bulk. By far, this layer is the most versatile and has the longest shelf life. With a wide array of grains, seasonings, vegetables, fruits, and different forms of protein, you can create hundreds of satisfying and nutritious recipes.

In this video I provide several do’s and don’ts for storing ingredients, tips for getting started, basic information about buying wheat, and suggestions for where you can buy larger quantities.

 

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If you’ve started a food storage pantry, good for you! When I first started, my first few shelves became overloaded with grocery store foods, including a lot of prepared, convenience foods, such as canned ravioli and boxes of cereal.

Over time, I realized there was a better way to stock my shelves, and although grocery store foods remain in my pantry, I now have a better balanced pantry because it contains 3 different layers, each important in its own way:

  1. Grocery store food
  2. Ingredients and bulk foods
  3. Just-add-water freeze dried entrees

In this video I briefly explain these 3 layers and then discuss smart strategies for incorporating grocery store  foods in your long-term storage pantry.

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VIDEO: How to be a prepper http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-how-to-be-a-prepper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-how-to-be-a-prepper http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-how-to-be-a-prepper/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:10:02 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=11886 From where I sit it’s kind of hard to tell what the general public thinks of preppers. All of the preppers I know are smart, kind, and completely sane, but I have to admit that Doomsday Preppers does a pretty Read More

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From where I sit it’s kind of hard to tell what the general public thinks of preppers. All of the preppers I know are smart, kind, and completely sane, but I have to admit that Doomsday Preppers does a pretty good job of making us look crazy.

Just in case you’ve been thinking that maybe preppers aren’t the crazy ones, I made this video based on a webinar class I used to teach, “How to be a prepper.”

Main points:

  • What is a prepper?
  • Are preppers the same as survivalists?
  • What are the first steps for being prepared?
  • What should I prepare for first?
  • The importance of maintaining balance and sanity
  • How NOT to be a prepper

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A vague feeling of uneasiness is good enough reason to prepare http://thesurvivalmom.com/a-vague-feeling-of-uneasiness-is-good-enough-reason-to-prepare/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-vague-feeling-of-uneasiness-is-good-enough-reason-to-prepare http://thesurvivalmom.com/a-vague-feeling-of-uneasiness-is-good-enough-reason-to-prepare/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:25:37 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=11586 In the first chapter of my book, I talk about identifying why you are preparing. From the book Here are a few possible disasters to consider. Which ones are most likely to affect you? ƒƒNatural disasters—Mother Nature at her worst: Read More

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In the first chapter of my book, I talk about identifying why you are preparing. From the book

Here are a few possible disasters to consider. Which ones are most likely to affect you?

  • ƒƒNatural disasters—Mother Nature at her worst: wildfires, floods,
    earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more
  • Extreme weather—“Storm of the Century,” ice storms, drought,
    intense heat waves, blizzards
  • Personal disasters—loss of job, decreased work hours, illness
    or injury affecting the ability to work, your mother-in-law
    moving in
  • ƒƒNuclear events—including, but not limited to, an electromagnetic
    pulse (EMP), suitcase bombs, and actual mushroom clouds
  • Terrorist attacks—these could happen anywhere, anytime, although I
    have to admit that terrorists seem to favor New York City
  • Social unrest—riots, strikes, large-scale and violent protests
  • Increased crime rate—home invasions, car-jackings, burglaries
  • Economic collapse—the devaluation of the dollar, bank closures,
    hyperinflation, a significant stock market crashƒ
  • Biological catastrophes—epidemics or pandemics, biological
    warfare
  • ƒƒUtter and complete collapse of civilization—it’s happened before,
    and it can happen again

This is all very good advice, of course, but many of you are prepping, “just because.” Maybe you’ve just had, “a really bad feeling about stuff.” Or, if you’re a spiritual person, you believe that you’ve “been led” to prepare.

It could be just a gut feeling, an instinct, your intuition, but whatever it is, you can’t quite put your finger on why you’re preparing.

Well, guess what?

That’s okay. I am a strong believer in the accuracy of those vague warnings. In fact, I’ve taught my kids to trust their instincts if/when something ever just doesn’t feel right.

In this video I go into more detail about being okay with vague feelings of uneasiness when it comes to preparing and survival.

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VIDEO Instant Survival Tip: Always have a crispy salad! http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-instant-survival-tip-always-have-a-crispy-salad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-instant-survival-tip-always-have-a-crispy-salad http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-instant-survival-tip-always-have-a-crispy-salad/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:23:47 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=11219 More than 20 years ago, I learned this tip from a roommate, and now I’m using it so my family always has a crisp, healthy salad. Now when my kids say they’re hungry, I say, “Go eat a salad!” For Read More

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More than 20 years ago, I learned this tip from a roommate, and now I’m using it so my family always has a crisp, healthy salad. Now when my kids say they’re hungry, I say, “Go eat a salad!” For a main dish, we add whatever cooked meat is in the fridge, along with some cheese and hard boiled eggs.

Super quick and super easy because I only have to make a large salad every 7-10 days.

All you’ll need is a large bowl with a snap-on lid, 2 paper towels, and a salad.

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Rod Serling’s eerily accurate portrayal of preppers vs. everybody else http://thesurvivalmom.com/rod-serlings-eerie-portrayal-of-preppers-vs-everybody-else/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rod-serlings-eerie-portrayal-of-preppers-vs-everybody-else http://thesurvivalmom.com/rod-serlings-eerie-portrayal-of-preppers-vs-everybody-else/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:47:19 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=10791 A piece of prepper conventional wisdom is to keep all your “preps” secret, telling no one. If people, friends, relatives, neighbors, or friends-of-friends find out that you have stored food, water, and other supplies, they’ll be banging on your door Read More

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A piece of prepper conventional wisdom is to keep all your “preps” secret, telling no one. If people, friends, relatives, neighbors, or friends-of-friends find out that you have stored food, water, and other supplies, they’ll be banging on your door demanding their share.

Recently an “emergency manager,” named Valerie Lucas-McEwen caused quite a stir when she wrote an article accusing preppers of being selfish. In a second article she tried to backtrack a bit but still stuck to her guns in the belief that people who seriously prepare for emergencies should be willing to share with others.

Columnist and blogger Patrice Lewis wrote a brilliant response here, and you’ll find numerous similar articles around the web.

My concern isn’t so much the issue of selfishness. After all, what do I care if a woman I don’t know has a less-than-positive opinion of something I choose to do with my own money and on my own time. My concern goes back to the responses of people who have been told they have a “right” to what I own based on the words of Ms. Lucas-McEwen and others like her.

This led me to an episode of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone”, called “The Shelter”. As you watch this, keep in mind that Serling had to compress the actions of the characters to fit the time constraints of a TV show, but the reactions of the doctor’s neighbors in a time of a deadly crisis seem to be right on the money.

Those who have been preaching OpSec! OpSec! OpSec! are probably more right than not.

These three videos take about 25 minutes to watch.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Your thoughts?

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28 Ways a laminating machine can help you get prepared http://thesurvivalmom.com/28-ways-a-laminating-machine-can-help-you-get-prepared/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=28-ways-a-laminating-machine-can-help-you-get-prepared http://thesurvivalmom.com/28-ways-a-laminating-machine-can-help-you-get-prepared/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:22:32 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=10294 In this video I share how easy it is to use a laminator, something you probably already knew! However, until I started pulling out those laminating sheets and scouring the house for various documents, I didn’t realize how many uses Read More

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In this video I share how easy it is to use a laminator, something you probably already knew! However, until I started pulling out those laminating sheets and scouring the house for various documents, I didn’t realize how many uses there were for that machine!

Here’s the video, which also reviews the Fellowes laminator, followed by my list of 28 things to laminate!

  1. Photos and a personal information sheet of each family member and pet in case of evacuation or lost child/pet
  2. Local wildlife ID cards
  3. Chore lists
  4. Evacuation checklist
  5. List of items for your emergency kits/bug out bags
  6. Medication lists- who gets what, when, and how much
  7. Insurance information (house, car, life, health, etc.)
  8. Whiteboard pages – Put one in each kid’s emergency kit along with a dry erase marker.
  9. Vehicle maintenance checklist
  10. Vehicle emergency checklist
  11. Laminate one emergency card per person. Include name, photo, description, medical info, and identifying marks.
  12. Maps for evacuation with routes marked
  13. Important contacts, including phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses
  14. Homeschool schedule
  15. Learning tools, like multiplication table, flash cards, vocabulary lists/cards
  16. Instructions for emergencies, such as how to start a generator, tying knots, battery hookups for the camper, turning on/off the gas, water, and power
  17. Food storage inventory
  18. Camping supplies checklist
  19. Copies of well loved recipes
  20. First Aid procedures
  21. 911 instructions for kids
  22. Directions for purifying water
  23. List of last minute things to pack for evacuations, such as medications or medical equipment
  24. Sewing patterns
  25. Legal documents/licenses/permits
  26. Paper instructions for anything you refer to again and again, such as canning times/temperatures
  27. Specific medical instructions for things like CPR, burns
  28. Items for the Grab-n-Go Binder

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Shown us why you’re a Survival Mom! VIDEO CONTEST http://thesurvivalmom.com/shown-us-why-youre-a-survival-mom-video-contest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shown-us-why-youre-a-survival-mom-video-contest http://thesurvivalmom.com/shown-us-why-youre-a-survival-mom-video-contest/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:00:41 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=10221 Today launches another terrific contest for readers of Survival Mom, accompanied by some awesome prizes! This time, rather than putting your thoughts in writing, you get to show off on video! It’s simple to do and simple to enter. Here Read More

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Today launches another terrific contest for readers of Survival Mom, accompanied by some awesome prizes! This time, rather than putting your thoughts in writing, you get to show off on video! It’s simple to do and simple to enter. Here are the guidelines.

1.  Think about something you have done or learned that makes you proud to wear the title Survival Mom (or Dad or Grandma or Woman! This contest is open to everyone!).

Have you organized your food storage pantry and want to show it off?

Do you have emergency kits for the family and want to show us what you’ve included?

Have you learned a new skill or want to share some great survival/preparedness knowledge you’ve learned?

Or, do you just want to chat for a few minutes about what being a Survival Mom means to you?

2.  Whatever your choice, make plans to create a video. You can use any recording device, as long as the finished video can be uploaded to YouTube.

3.  Start recording, but pay attention to the clock! Videos must be 5 minutes or less in length.

4.  Your finished video doesn’t have to be professional quality but the sound and video should be easy to understand and see.

5.  You’re welcome to add a title slide, insert photos, even film credits, but the final winners will be selected based on the content of their video. In other words, we may be dazzled by special effects, but in the end, that’s not what makes a great movie! The judges will be looking for information, how-to tips, and inspiration for other Survival Moms to do what you’ve done.

6.  You may submit more than one entry but only one entry per person will be eligible to win.

7.  You do not have to include any personal information in the video, title, or description. You’re more than welcome to wear a paper bag over your head or blur out anything you don’t wish viewers to see. However, once you upload and submit the video, I cannot make any changes to it.

7.  You have until Sunday, September 30, at midnight CENTRAL to submit your video. Upload it to YouTube using these instructions (this is important!):

The title of your videomust begin with #SurvivalMom in order for viewers to find it. Example: #SurvivalMom “How to knit socks”

Write a few sentences telling what your video is about in the Description section of the video upload area.

Once your video is uploaded, send the link in an email to admin@thesurvivalmom.com

Your video will become part of the library of videos on The Survival Mom YouTube channel. If you would like your blog or website url to be included in the video description, please include it.

Oh, yeah! Prizes!

Grand Prize: A Big Berkey water system from Pantry Paratus and a signed copy of Survival Mom!

Second place: SteriPEN Traveler Set and a signed copy of Survival Mom!

Third place:  $50 Gift Certificate from Essential Survival and a copy of It’s a Disaster!

Fourth place: A Life Straw personal water filter and a copy of It’s a Disaster!

 

So, lights! Camera! Action! and Good luck!

 

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July Skill of the Month: Learn to can tomatoes http://thesurvivalmom.com/july-skill-of-the-month-learn-to-can-tomatoes-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=july-skill-of-the-month-learn-to-can-tomatoes-part-1 http://thesurvivalmom.com/july-skill-of-the-month-learn-to-can-tomatoes-part-1/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:37:14 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=9935 (Our Skill of the Month is one of the most popular features on this blog, and I’ve dropped the ball a bit this summer. I’m taking steps to make sure we have a new skill posted the first week of Read More

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(Our Skill of the Month is one of the most popular features on this blog, and I’ve dropped the ball a bit this summer. I’m taking steps to make sure we have a new skill posted the first week of every month!)

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A couple of summers ago I saw three children standing on a street corner in northern Utah giving away tomatoes.  “Free tomatoes,” read their hand-made sign! You may not find free tomatoes, but some grocery stores in my area have been charging just 25 cents a pound for Romas! If you’re ever going to learn to can, and canning tomatoes is super easy, this is the time to do it!

What you’ll need:

1.  A bit of confidence. Canning is way easier than you might think. The following instructions may seem complicated and intimidating, but trust me. Just start gathering your supplies, get your hands on a few pounds of tomatoes (Romas will have more flavor, Beefsteaks less so), and set aside about two hours. When you’re finished, you’ll be amazed that you ever thought canning was difficult and you will be SO PROUD of yourself!!

2. An inexpensive set of canning tools. Walmart carries the Ball brand for less than $8. It contains jar tongs (there really isn’t a good substitute for these), a magnetic lid lifter (used to lift the flat lids out of the hot, sanitizing water), jar funnel (helpful, even when you’re not canning), a bubble remover/headspace measuring tool. There are other tools out there but if you have these four, you’re good to go.

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3.  Canning jars. Not any jar will do. Canning jars are designed to withstand high temperatures and pressure. Both Ball and Kerr sell “Mason” jars, which has become, more or less, the generic name of canning jars. Some will actually have the name, “Mason”, on them, others might be marked, Ball or Kerr. If you find canning jars at estate or garage sales, only use them for canning if they are marked with one of these brand names, to be on the safe side.

I stick pretty much with just wide-mouth jars. I just like the style and I find it easier to fill them and then maneuver the food around inside the jar to remove bubbles. Walmart carries a generic brand that is a bit cheaper, but canning experts have told me they aren’t in love with them, that their seals sometimes fail. You may save a couple of bucks buying them but then may have to turn around and buy Ball lids, to be on the safe side. New canning jars come with lids and rings. They’re ready to go!

What size jar should you use? Since we’re canning tomatoes, think about the recipes you make that call for canned tomatoes. Do you generally use the 14.5 ounce size can or do you make large batches of food that call for 28 ounce cans? I’ve been using the pint size since I’d rather open one jar and use it all than end up with leftovers that have to be refrigerated. Quart size jars are handy, though, and hold 2 pints.

4.  Lids. These are only the flat lid that fits over the opening of the jar. They have a rubber ring on the underside of the lid, and this is what provides the airtight seal and protects the contents from contamination. Jars and rings can be re-used, again and again, but the lids cannot. Check out re-usable lids by Tattler. They get rave reviews by everyone I know who has used them.

5. Rings. New jars come with both lids and rings, and there is no need to buy replacements. Unless the rings rust or are bent, they can be re-used.

6.  Large pot with a lid. There are inexpensive water-bath canners that come with a rack for lifting several jars at once, placing them into the pot of hot water and removing them. I have mixed feelings about using a rack since the jars can wibble and wobble, and I’m always worried one will topple out. I prefer just using the jar tongs. Your mileage may vary.

You do NOT have to have an official, “water-bath canner.” Any large pot with a lid will do, but a canner is definitely HUGE and will hold more jars.

7.  Lemon juice or citric acid. Tomatoes, even heirloom varieties, do not contain enough acid to safely can them using the water bath method without adding extra acid. I place a quarter teaspoon at the bottom of each pint jar before filling them with tomatoes and water.

8.  A ladle. You’ll use this to add hot water to your jars of tomatoes.

9.  A small saucepan for heating water to sanitize the lids and a 4-quart pan/pot for heating the water that you will add to the tomatoes in each jar.

10. A bowl of ice water. You’ll want to peel the tomatoes before canning them. Drop them in water that is at a low, rolling boil. Leave in for a minute or until you see the outer skin begin to crack. Immediately scoop the tomato up, using the ladle, and place in ice water. The skill will be ever so easy to peel off!

11. A cutting board and knife. You may want to cut the tomatoes in smaller pieces, although many people just press them down in the jar, whole.

12. 2 or 3 kitchen towels. You’ll set these on your counter to protect both your hot jars and countertop.

13.  Finally, TOMATOES!!!  Even if your garden produced few tomatoes this summer, since you’re just learning how to can, then buy 8 pounds or so when you find them on sale. This will likely give you enough tomatoes to fill at least a case (12) of pint jars.

Going forward, it will be important to find inexpensive sources of tomatoes and other produce that you want to preserve. Keep in mind that by canning your own food, you will always know exactly what it contains. There will be no hidden high fructose corn syrup, MSG, ultra high sodium, etc. That’s the beauty of growing and preserving your own food.

 

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