Anita Morrill

Anita Morrill lives in Central Iowa with her husband and their 3 homeschooled kids. She considers herself an “urban farmer” with chickens and gardens right in town.

Clever Gifts For Your Non-Prepper Loved Ones

  You love your non-prepper family members, but they think you’re nuts. Until you show them your Life Straw or cool Swedish Survival knife, and they say, “Hey, that’s a good idea!” With graduation and wedding season around the corner, and for every gift-giving season, perhaps you would like to get your loved ones something that will leave them better prepared and motivated to think about preparedness. Where do you begin and how do you figure out what to get them? …

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5 Survival Lessons from The Nightingale

If you’re looking for a beautifully written book that will captivate you from the very first page, you’ll enjoy The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book tells the story about two sisters in World War II-era France, Vianne and Isabelle, and the very different paths they take to survive. During the war, the Germans took over France and that included moving German soldiers into the homes of French families. Vianne and Isabelle have to deal with the Nazi occupation, and each …

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Neighborhood Watch: What You Can Learn By Listening To Your Neighbors

Our metro area already exceeded last year’s murder rate by mid-year. Three of those deaths were in the neighborhood just one over from mine. While the numbers aren’t high compared to big cities, the percentage increase is staggering. So when our neighborhood began observing strange vehicles and odd behavior on our street, neighbors started to compare notes and make a plan. As I talked with people on my street in small groups or individually I was struck by the varied …

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The Top 10: My Preppers Inventory Shopping List

Recently I was feeling a strong urge to stock up on food and recheck my preps. I don’t know if it’s that winter is coming, all the unrest in the news, the poor economic outlook, or perhaps something else. Maybe I was just trying to feel in control of our family’s crazy schedule this semester. Whatever the reason, I had to do something about it. I did a quick inventory of food, sanitation, and first aid to see what we …

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The Top 10: Best Ways to Improve Urban Security

Being prepared isn’t just about EMP’s or super volcanoes. It’s also about being ready for common bad things that happen every day, such as home break-ins. And as you expand your prepping supplies and food storage, you’ll want to improve your security situation to protect those things. When we took a few minutes to evaluate our current home and property, we noticed a few areas that could be improved: • Curtains on basement windows . Like many people in our …

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Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch–and other lessons on raising chicks

When we first started raising chickens nearly 5 years ago, our local municipal limit of 30 birds seemed like a very large number. Not anymore. This summer we’ve hatched 3 batches of chicks, 20 new babies in total, adding to the 2 dozen adults we already had. After taking our oldest hens out to a friend in the country, we’ve currently got…..29 chickens. Just barely under the maximum allowed. Some time back, we decided to keep chickens to be more …

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8 Things I Learned From a Bad Case of Poison Ivy

Earlier this summer, my kids developed poison ivy. Upon investigation, we found a healthy patch of the stuff in the back corner of the yard, right next to the swing-set. As my husband is highly allergic to poison ivy, it was my job to pull up and discard the patch before the kids got into it again. Precautions were taken by wearing long pants and gloves. Afterwards, my clothing was immediately removed and washed. During my shower, I scrubbed down …

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13 Things My Kids Have Learned From Running a Farmers Market Business

For the past two summers, my 3 children and I have operated a table at a small local farmer’s market. Each week we work together to haul in eggs and produce, set up our display, and answer questions. We sell our products for about 3 hours each day. The skills and experiences my children are learning now will serve them very well as adults, whether they go after their first job in a booming economy, try to make ends meet …

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Avoid the Fake News Trap: 9 Tips to Get Accurate Information

Many of us in the prepper world feel like the news is biased, or at best, incomplete. Lately, “fake news” has been in the headlines, reaffirming that we can’t believe what we see or hear when it comes to the news fed to us by mainstream media. One prime example happened toward the end of December, 2016, when The Washington Post reported with the sensational headline, “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to electrical grid security, officials say.” …

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Can Prepping & Minimalism Co-Exist? 6 Tips to Make It So!

  Last year we added a third child to our 2-bedroom, 800-ish square foot house. Once she started moving around, it felt like our space shrank dramatically. Around the same time, my parents downsized, and I inherited several pieces of family heirloom furniture. At heart, I’m a minimalist, and between these factors, my minimalist side rebelled. I wanted to get rid of everything we owned! Among other minimalist advice, I familiarized myself with Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of …

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