The Survival Mom

I'm the original Survival Mom, and have been helping moms worry less and enjoy their homes and families more for 9 years.

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Last-Minute Hurricane Prepping

As I sit here on the humid, warm day, awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Laura, still out in the Gulf, still not quite an official hurricane, I’ve been going through all our preps, wondering, “Is there something I’ve missed?” Hurricane prepping isn’t new to me, but I still get the jitters of uncertainty. I guess we all second guess ourselves at times, and really, no matter how well prepared we think we are, it takes just one major crisis of …

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The 16-Second Survival Breath

When I think about it, I still get a queasy feeling in my stomach from a scenario several years ago when I was forced to put into practice survival breathing. It was a sunny day in Baltimore, and I was returning home from a business trip. I had passed through security with flying colors, of course, and was browsing the selection of breakfast sandwiches at a kiosk when I heard the unfamiliar, sudden sound of blaring sirens. In less than …

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TEOTWAWKI has finally arrived

This past spring while America was busy shopping for toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and panicking at their shortages, TEOTWAWKI happened. The End Of The World As We Know It arrived. It slipped right past us while we were all distracted, but make no mistake. We are unlikely as a country and a world to ever go back to “normal”. We aren’t going to turn a corner at some point and magically, it will be as though the pandemic never …

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The Best Strategy for Homeschooling When Life Gets Hard

Any homeschooling mom who tells you that homeschooling is a breeze is selling you a bag of goods. After homeschooling two kids from kindergarten through high school, well, let’s just say I’ve earned every gray hair on my head! I’ve learned that learning strategies for homeschooling are just part of the job. When I was a beginner at homeschooling, it wasn’t always easy, and these are a few tips I’ve learned since then, but over time, my family encountered many …

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Survival Shopping at Costco: A Quick and Easy Guide

Several years ago I bought the James Wesley Rawles book, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, and to this day there’s one statement he makes in the book that has stuck with me: “Waiting until the eleventh hour to stock up on canned and bulk food is not recommended, but if your circumstances necessitate it, then consider it a calculated risk. Don’t hesitate once you see the first warning signs. You have only one …

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6 Important Survival Lessons I Learned as a Scout

I don’t have a ton of experience with the world of survival and prepping. But what I do have are plenty of badges to attest to the life skills I learned when I was active in scouting, all those years ago. Let me tell you, being a scout gave me a valuable education in the great outdoors. Even though I’m relatively new to prepping, I constantly find myself using the common-sense life skills I learned as a scout to improve …

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The Food Storage Companies I Recommend and Why

Over the years I’ve purchased “survival” food from a dozen or so different companies, and believe me, not all companies that sell that type of food are the same. In a couple of instances, the food was so bad that even I, a pretty damn good cook, couldn’t salvage the end result. If you’re going to invest money in freeze-dried and dehydrated food, then it’s worth the time to research and try sample-sizes of a company’s product before stocking up. …

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Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times: Stock up on three months worth, fast!

My first venture into food storage was an expensive one. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I stocked up on a lot of food that was typical of our young family’s diet back then — boxes of cereal, granola bars, and cans of ravioli. When a different kind of storm is on its way in the form of a pandemic, economic collapse, or another worst case scenario that threatens your family, moms everywhere respond to their maternal instincts …

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5 Common Sense Steps to Grow What You Eat

When spring fever hits, it is easy to want to plant everything you can think of in your garden, as soon as you are able to work the soil. If you are a new gardener, it is common to make this same mistake. Planning out your garden by season, as well as by what you actually eat, will make your life so much easier. I can help you evaluate your current gardening skills and resources with my quick Gardening Self-Assessment! …

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Prepper Food: 5 Fresh Essentials That Must Be On Your List

Think fast: What food items always seem to be on the shortlist when you head to the grocery store? Chances are, foods with the shortest shelf life will be on that list, e.g. milk, bread, eggs, produce. Foods that will spoil or rot within a couple of weeks are also ones that we depend on for variety and a well-rounded diet, and your prepper food storage is incomplete without it. During the virus pandemic and quarantine, these foods are on …

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