Bethanne Kim

Bethanne is an eclectic writer who lives in the exurbs (that's what comes after the suburbs) with her husband, sons, and cats. She has been writing for The Survival Mom since 2010. You can learn more about her books, including the "Survival Skills for All Ages" series, at BethanneKim.com.

Last Minute Gifts for the Prepper Dad

Men! They can be so hard to buy for. My own husband is possibly the worst. This year I bought him a beautiful menorah and, wouldn’t you know, he just happened to open that particular Amazon box — after I had spent weeks wondering what I should get him. Bah, humbug!! If you, too, are at a loss as to what to get the men in your life, this list may prove to be a lifesaver, especially since so many …

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Leftover Turkey Recipes That Don’t Suck

Nothing says “holiday meal” quite like turkey, but turkey is great at any time of the year. It’s just not quite as ubiquitous. That leaves two questions for a survival mom:  Where can I find some great leftover turkey recipes?!? And how can I add turkey to my long-term storage? Help has arrived! Here are some great ideas for ways to use leftover turkey that go beyond a simple sandwich, and freeze-dried turkey and turkey-jerky both make great additions to …

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9 Great Ideas to Improve Family Gatherings

Family gatherings. Whether it’s a big holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, smaller ones like Memorial Day or Labor Day, or even a special event like a family reunion or a wedding, there are times when our extended families gather together. For a lot of us, these events are dreaded and something to endure, rather than enjoy because of family dynamics and long-term family conflicts that never seem to end. And the bigger the family, the harder it is to avoid family drama. …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts

For a seamstress, JoAnn Fabric is a wonderland. From hundreds of colorful cotton fabrics for quilting to luxury fabrics like imported silk, it’s a store beloved by millions of women, in particular. My kids used to love to run their fingers and faces over the bolts of fabric and, yes, hide under the fabric displays, too. But what if a JoAnn Fabric store was the only store nearby that you could run to for a last-chance apocalypse shopping spree? With …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: National Parks & Historic Sites

Years ago, my cousin and her husband set a family goal to visit every National Park in the country. It was quite a lofty goal and by the time their boys were grown, oh, the memories they had! The National Park Service (NPS) is far and away my favorite part of the federal government. No matter where you go in the USA, there is a National Park of some sort not far away to enjoy. Many parks are tiny or …

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How Evernote Can Help Any Survival Mom Survive

My life was highly organized, neat, and tidy before I had kids. I never forgot appointments and always knew where my shoes were! Add 2 busy kids, field trips, managing a household, and suddenly my life was chaos. There’s so much to keep track of nowadays, especially for busy moms, and that’s where Evernote comes in handy. Technically, it doesn’t do anything, but rather, it’s a tool to keep your notes forever. (Ever…note. Get it?) As Evernote says, “Evernote helps you capture …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: Hobby Lobby

Everything is falling apart. Costco and the grocery stores are gridlocked. Gas station lines are down the block. Where can you go shopping without getting stuck in crazy lines? Hobby Lobby! Seriously. If that’s the only nearby store not already flooded by zombies, you have no choice! It may seem like the seasonal section can’t possibly have anything useful for the apocalypse, but that’s not so. While no one will need a Thanksgiving Scarecrow in the apocalypse, a pile of …

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Camp Mommy: Easy At-Home Kids’ Activities for the Best Summer Vacation Ever

Summer vacation is starting! Summer camps can cost hundreds of dollars a week. As great as those experiences can be and as much as kids can learn, the cost adds up fast. After several summers of my kids complaining about having to get up for camp, mine are only signed up for a few day camps each. That leaves a lot of time for them to drive me insane and get really bored. So, I put together this list of summer …

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Foot Care

Foot Care, or You’ll Never Escape the Zombies With Blisters on Your Feet

OW. Just, seriously…OW. Last week was at Scout Camp with my son, which was fun, except for my feet. I know the importance of good quality, properly fitting shoes. I also know wet shoes and feet are a very bad combination. I even know that summer camp can be both rainy and hot. Before camping, I wore my hiking sneakers and sandals enough to be certain they wouldn’t cause blisters. I did purchase a pair of closed toed sandals to …

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What Most of Us Don’t Think About When Staying in a Hotel Room

When I used to travel on business, as a woman and alone, it often crossed my mind what I would do in an emergency situation, especially hotel room safety. Hotels are generally safe for women travellers, but I always took precautions to learn about the surrounding neighborhood. Once when I was in Baltimore staying at a beautiful waterfront hotel, we were warned to not go out alone after dark. Naturally, I took that advice to heart! While there’s no need …

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