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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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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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14 Homemade & Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts

Our favorite homemade & budget-friendly Christmas gifts don’t to take forever to make, and they don’t cost a fortune, either! We have actually given or received all of these, and you don’t have to have a lot of talent to create them. So as the clock ticks toward the big day and your shopping budget dwindles, consider making one or more of these! Our Favorite Homemade & Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts: Christmas ornaments — Tiny green handprints in a circle make …

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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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Skill-Based Gift Ideas to Suit Every Survival Kid

My kids were raised in an adventurous family. We live to swim against the stream and take on challenges of all kinds. At times, it seemed as though I was raising feral children, but now in their teen years, they’ve turned out okay after all! Adventure is good for kids because it developed self-confidence and an “I can do it attitude.” Over the years on this blog, we’ve posted lists of skills kids should have and it occurred to me …

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All-Purpose Survival Mom Gift Guide

I could swear that it was only last week that my family and I celebrated the New Year, welcoming in 2017. How is it possible that we are talking gift guides, cold weather, and the biggest holiday season of all? In my last year’s gift guide, you can read my recommendations here (they’re still all great gifts), my suggestions were all over the place from fleece-lined tights to my favorite LED flashlight! This year, my list is a little more …

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Top 18 Holiday Bargains for Stocking Up

I love the holiday shopping season and seeing piles of food bargains at the grocery store. It seems they pop up earlier every year. Here in Texas at my favorite Kroger’s, I noticed holiday foods on sale before Halloween! This is the time of year when grocery stores begin prominently displaying all types of food typically used in holiday cooking and baking. I’m sure these displays have caught your attention, but have you ever looked at them through the eyes …

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Celebrating During a Time of Crisis

My family lived in Northern Alabama and experienced the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak. We saw one of the tornadoes from our front window. I worked clean up and recovery after the storms and the damage and loss was devastating for so many people. Even those of us that were spared direct damage still had to deal with days (and for some, weeks) of no power. So, while we of course were thankful for being spared, there could have been a …

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Sometimes You Just Need a Great Prepper Gift!

Mother’s Day. Father’s Day. Birthdays. Passing gifts. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. And of course, the big grandaddy of all gift-giving holidays, Christmas/Channukah. No matter what time of year it is, there always seems to be a gift-giving holiday around the corner. What’s a budget-minded Survival Mom to do? Why, buy prepper items you might not otherwise pick up, of course! Bargain-Basement Survival Gifts — Thoughtful, yet oh so…cheap…budget friendly! A roll of bright colored duck tape. The new “designer” duck tapes are …

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7 Ways To Succeed At Being A Charitable Prepper

Spring is in the air, summer is on the way. This is the time of year when many people begin to pack up their winter gear and spring clean their home in preparation for the summer. If you are like me, I have piles of items I do not need anymore but still have good use left. These items can be donated to help others, and there seems to be a plethora of ways and places to give to. You …

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