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Easy, Natural Homemade Eczema Lotion

If you struggle with eczema, you’ve probably tried all sorts of store bought lotions and then resorted to lotion recipes found online, all with varying degrees of success. Some likely worked better than others, and some probably didn’t work at all. The DIY information can be overwhelming; that’s why it took a long time to get this recipe for a homemade eczema lotion just right. Now it’s time to share!

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21 Things I Never Throw Away

In the world of being a thrifty mom and living the Survival Mom lifestyle, experienced moms effortlessly turn everyday items into useful stuff. For those new to this, I’ll share 20 things I never throw away because they’re super handy. From kitchen stuff to regular things at home, these items do more than you’d think.

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Storing Canned Food in Your Emergency Food Storage: The Basics

Canned food is one of the easiest, most accessible ways you can start building up your emergency food storage pantry. With the nearly unprecedented number of man-made catastrophes and natural disasters we have endured in the past few years, and the threat of still more to come, now is a great time to think about what you want in place before the next disaster happens. Here are the basics you need to begin.

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Lost and Alone in the Wilderness? S.T.O.P

As enthusiasts gear up for outdoor pursuits like camping and hiking, the allure of adventure is accompanied by potential risks. You can significantly enhance your chances of survival when lost with a structured approach and a calm and deliberate response. The S.T.O.P. acronym offers a practical and efficient approach when confronted with the daunting prospect of being lost in the wilderness.

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11 Essential OTC Medications to Include in Your Emergency Kit

First aid kits come in various sizes, from compact versions that can slip into your purse to more extensive kits suitable for large toolboxes. When assembling the contents of your first aid kit, it’s essential to prioritize over-the-counter (OTC) medications that address a wide range of common ailments. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 OTC medicines that should be a staple in your emergency supplies, everyday carry, and bug-out bags.

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Which iOS Food Storage App is Best?

Is there a more satisfying feeling for a prepper mom than adding items to your emergency supplies? Every time you check something off your list and squirrel it away, you feel more confident that you’re preparing your family for the unknown. The problem is a stockpile needs organization and maintenance or it becomes more frustrating than helpful. So I decided to test out some of the food storage apps to see if any of them could help me set up a useful organization system. Which food storage app is best? Well, the answer is complicated.

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6 Tips to Help You Teach Kids About Conflict

Whenever there is war, our youngest generation must find ways to deal with the suddenly changed state of the world around them, whether at home or abroad. In this article, we will delve into the profound importance of teaching our children about war – not to instill fear, but to empower them with knowledge, empathy, and resilience as they navigate an evolving world.

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How to Make Herbal Tinctures

Tinctures are one of the best ways to include herbal remedies in your emergency preparedness preps. That’s because these concentrated liquid forms, also called herbal extracts, are more quickly absorbed into your system. In this article we’ll look at a simple method that doesn’t required precise measurements.

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Why You Need Comfort Foods in Your Food Storage Pantry

Imagine a scenario where you’ve meticulously prepared for six months’ worth of provisions, complete with an ample supply of water and essential supplies. You’ve taken every precaution possible, ensuring you’re well-equipped to face any unforeseen challenges that may arise. But amid all your preparations, did you remember the power of comfort foods? Here’s why I recommend that you include in your emergency food storage planning foods that make you feel better.

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Raising Prepared Kids: Homeschooling with a Focus on Survival Skills

Homeschooling is quite an undertaking, but one of the great benefits of homeschooling is that you can teach your kids the real-world life skills you think they will need to survive, not what some bureaucrat decreed. (For the life of me, I still can’t see why I needed that many years of math in high school!) While different parents naturally have different focuses for their kids, you probably see the benefit of having your kids learn homesteading and outdoor skills. After all, you are on The Survival Mom website! So, let’s look at some things that are natural fits

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5 Ways to Promote a Culture of Self-Reliance in Your Family

As you begin to create a culture of self-reliance, you will feel more confident about your ability to withstand almost any hardship. We cannot depend on the government or charities to provide services and care for the millions of people across the nation when a disaster happens. It is essential that each individual and family do all they can to be responsible for themselves when needed. If we are wise and careful with our resources, we will be able to sustain ourselves through difficult times.

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Take Care of Personal Hygiene in Off-Grid or Disaster Scenarios

Do you like feeling clean? The vast majority of people want to be clean and hygienic. Daily showers or baths (sometimes more than one!), multiple hand washings, and brushing teeth a couple of times per day is the norm. But how will you do that if the grid is down, or after a disaster, or if you’re just wanting to explore a more off-grid type of lifestyle? Cleanliness remains paramount whether by choice or after a disaster. Especially after a disaster! Here are some options for off-grid personal hygiene.

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3 Methods to Wash Laundry When the Power is Out

We all need clean clothes and we’ve become very dependent on our washers and dryers, but laundry can still be done without these conveniences.  You need a plan, proper equipment, these off-grid laundry tips, and plenty of practice. It will take longer, and it’s not easy, but it’s still do-able.

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10 Fundamentals for Your Natural Medicine Kit

A time might come when a quick trip to the store or pharmacy for medical supplies isn’t an option. Visiting a doctor might not be feasible either, but fortunately, there exist tried-and-true remedies that could be invaluable. Keeping a natural medicine kit within reach can effectively equip you to handle situations demanding medical attention.

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Survive Your Next Family Road Trip With These 13 Tips

As you embark on your family road trip adventure, remember that a successful journey is not merely measured by the miles covered, but by the cherished memories and laughter shared along the way. Embrace the spontaneity, the challenges, and the joys that come with traveling together. Keep these tips in mind – plan ahead, pack wisely, entertain creatively, maintain patience, and nourish your sense of adventure.

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The Wisdom I Learned Surviving 3 Hurricanes (Part 1 of 3)

I learned a lot about hurricane survival when I lived through three hurricanes in a short two-month period. Some of what I gleaned I was able to use almost immediately as the trio of storms swept over Florida. Since it was written in a diary format, some conclusions in the first part have changed by the time you get to the end. Be sure to read all three parts of this article about hurricane survival and lessons learned.

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The Power of Personal Survival Stories

There’s no shortage of prepper and survival books and websites, but when a survivor of a disaster talks and tells his or her personal story, it’s another thing altogether. By embracing the lessons embedded within these stories, we can navigate life’s uncertainties with greater wisdom, strength, and determination.