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Survival Mom DIY: Build Your Own Fresnel Lens

The story of my DIY Fresnel lens began three years ago when I lost my house and all its contents in a fire. It started around 4:00 a.m. when my daughter got up and fluffed her job uniform in the dryer. We had no idea the dryer would short out and burn through a gas line. Later that same morning, I woke up and smelled smoke. It looked a bit hazy in the house, and it smelled acrid to me, so I woke …

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Learn Off-Grid Living Skills for Survival

Living off the grid is a dream of millions of people. No interruptions by telephone and away from the intrusions of technology and modern life — living as God intended, in fact. Knowledge of off grid living skills makes this dream a reality for many. Well, living off the grid works for some people but for most of us, it’s not a practical choice. However, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t learn off-grid living skills. Those come in handy …

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Prepping Supplies?

You’ve heard it a million times, “Why spend money on prepping stuff you’ll never use?” Poor excuse! I use LOTS of the supplies initially purchased, “Just in case we’re out of power”, or “Just in case there’s a huge emergency.” Here’s how I have put my supplies for preppers to use in my everyday life Preps to help with food storage and off-grid cooking Root Cellar Ours happens to be a large closet in the basement with two concrete walls …

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How Many Off-Grid Cooking Methods Do You Have?

When you buy, or otherwise acquire, preparedness supplies, do you practice with them or are you a prep hoarder? I think I’ve been guilty of both, especially with off-grid cooking methods. Maybe you know what I mean. Preppers are notorious for wanting every new survival gadget that comes out. We’ve got no less than 10 ways to cook that aren’t tied to the power grid, yet when another new off-grid cooker comes out, we simply must have it to add …

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The Baby Steps, #1: Plan for a short-term emergency

“It’s an emergency!”  How many times have I heard one of my kids yell during any given week?  Sometimes it really is an emergency, but just as often, they only want me to see a new toy advertised on TV or listen to a newly discovered knock-knock joke. Knock-knock! Who’s there? Don’t you recognize me?   (groan) In real life, emergencies and emergency planning are no joke, but too often we get caught up  in the day to day busyness of our …

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