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

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Don’t Panic! A Simple Guide to Preparing for and Treating Lice

Treating head lice infestations under normal circumstances is difficult enough. Can you imagine what it would be like during a power outage or SHTF scenario? Fortunately, most preppers keep what they’ll need on hand. Here’s how to deal with those creepy-crawlies.

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Situational Awareness: How To See Danger Before It Sees You

We often think of situational awareness and connect it to a James Bond or Jason Bourne movie. Those are perfect for a Friday night, a bowl of popcorn, and a cold drink. (And at least one Hollywood show does yield some realistic survival lessons.) But what about real life? What about your life? After all, you’re not a highly trained spy trying to save the world from international villains with constant vigilance. Do you still need to be situationally aware? …

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Last Minute Gifts for Dad and Other Prepper Minded Men in Your Life

If you 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 of the gifts are available at the last minute. Whether its birthdays, holidays, Father’s Day, anniversary, or a just-because gift, this list gives you plenty of options for the prepper-minded men in your life! (You don’t even have to wait till the last minute!)

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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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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