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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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12 Days of Christmas: Day 12, Do It All Again Next Year!

One of the reasons why I love Christmas is that my home is at its loveliest for one whole month. Over a big window facing the back yard is strung a lush garland of pine entwined with tiny white lights. My two trees (Mom’s, done in all red and gold and the “family” tree with our personalized, handmade and Disney ornaments) fill a living room and family room, respectively, and take my breath away. All this beauty makes me wish the …

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 10, Jesus is the Reason

Beneath all the layers of Christmas, the lights, the gifts, the hustle and bustle and Silver Bells, lies the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to humanity, his own Son.  My 12 Days of Christmas series wouldn’t be complete without a reminder that Christmas, at its’ most elemental, is about Jesus.  Somehow, bringing the focus back to Him puts all the other folderol in perspective.  Christmas is about a very simple event, the birth of a Savior. As a …

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Survival Mom’s Holiday Shopping Guide

This year, my list of recommended holiday gifts is quite a collection. A bit of an odd lot, if I say so myself. However, I’ve used every single item on the list and have provided brand names and links so you can track them down yourself. There is, truly, something here for everyone. SilverFire Survivor Rocket Stove I’ve used other brands of rocket stoves and even made one by hand, but this one is the best. It’s highly efficient, using …

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 7, Give the Gift of Preparedness

  So is your gift shopping all finished?  If not, this year spread the message of preparedness with a plethora of thoughtful gift ideas that carry with them the underlying purpose of preparing your loved ones for emergencies. One of these just might put a huge, satisfied smile on the face of even the pickiest person on your list, and many of these are very budget friendly. Christmas gifts for preppers and non-preppers alike. For the skeptic in your life Give Patriots …

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5, Keep it Simple, Sweetie!

Have you noticed that the most memorable moments in life are often the simplest?  Children, in particular, are happy with simple, basic pleasures.  Life is too complicated all by itself, and at Christmas time, it gets even worse! Aim for a simple Christmas this year. Focus on simple activities that make the most of family time together. To make sure they actually happen, the key is scheduling. In my life, if it goes on the calendar, it gets done.  If it …

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15 Ways to Celebrate Good Times in Tight Times

It’s been said that the first casualty of war is truth. That may be true, but right on the heels of truth are holidays and celebrations. In the middle of war or other crisis, who has the time to bake a birthday cake or hang Christmas lights, and yet, nothing else brings a sense of normalcy than celebrating long-standing family holiday traditions. In a post-SHTF world, how can a family continue celebrating special days when the world as they knew …

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