Preparedness Quick Tip #26: Give Yourself Permission to Do It.

With the restrictions on budgets and our time, it's okay to give yourself permission to get your family prepared! // Mom with a PREP

For those of us on a tight budget, it's hard to see ahead enough in how we'll be able to add more groceries and supplies to our ever shrinking lists. For those of us with so little time left in our days, it's hard to see how we can manage to make some extra to devote to spending time preparing our stuff or learning a new skill. I see people talk all the time that they just don't have it in Continue Reading

Vertical Gardening for Big or Small Spaces

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 Whether you live in the tiniest studio apartment or the largest homestead or somewhere in between, going vertical with your gardening can help you make the most of the space that you have! Take a look at the Derveas Family Urban Homestead. This is a prime example of being able to feed a family on just 1/4 acre of land...due to a lot of vertical gardening. If you need more inspiration, check Continue Reading

10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Know

Besides being able to kiss a boo-boo away, and put a bandaid on an ouchie, and stop the rush of a nosebleed with our shirt sleeve, what first aid skills do we really have? If an emergency arose, would we be able to stand in the gap and help out, or wait silently by hoping that an ambulance gets there in time? Make these a priority for you to learn!!

Besides being able to kiss a boo-boo away, and put a bandaid on an ouchie, and stop the rush of a nosebleed with our shirt sleeve, what first aid skills do we really have? If an emergency arose, would we be able to stand in the gap and help out, or wait silently by hoping that an ambulance gets there in time? Not all of preparedness is about collecting stuff, but learning skills to take care of Continue Reading

I Saw It for You: Goodbye World Movie Review

Goodbye World. Want to see the movie? Check out the review at MomwithaPREP

Goodbye, World. And if this is who we have to rely on to survive, we might be in a little trouble. Don't let this movie poster fool you - it's nothing like that. I'll jump to the chase. If you're of a preparedness mindset, you're probably NOT going to like this film because you're going to find yourself arguing with it constantly. But, the thing to keep in mind is, it's not REALLY a Continue Reading

Prepping for Kids: Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

Get your kids in the kitchen!!! Not only are they getting valuable life skills, you can apply the lessons learned there to so many subjects for school, plus you're allowing them to learn important self-reliance skills they might need in the case of an emergency!

Get your kids in  the kitchen early, get them cooking often, and by 10 you’ll not have to fix lunches ever again. That is really my ulterior motive for teaching the boys how to cook (just like Dad introducing them to taking out the trash). My evil, maniacal plan of having little minion slaves is working (muwahahaha). But seriously, teaching them these skills to be self-reliant is important Continue Reading

Preparedness Quotes Vol. 7

Preparedness Quotes to Challenge, Inspire and Encourage you // Mom with a PREP

Preparedness quotes to make you think and to help motivate! "You can lead a human to knowledge, but you cannot make him think." --Anonymous“..the past is the father of the present, just as I am your father. And if the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.”  --Russell Continue Reading

A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Your Body

A Visual Guide of Essential Oils for Your Body /// Mom with a PREP

After reading so much in the Essential Oil movement, and scoffing at it for so long (though I am a HUGE fan of Tea Tree Oil), I'm beginning to start the research on REAL uses of EO's instead of just all of the promised uses. Courtesy of: G Baldwin & Co This chart by the Baldiwn Company is a great visual aid on what EO's can help what vital bodily organs, and is something I'll keep Continue Reading

Preparedness & Survival Quotes

Preparedness & Survival Quotes // Mom with a PREP

Preparedness: “Be Prepared.” –The Boy Scout Motto “Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and them.” –Genesis 6:21 “Learn to sustain yourselves, lay up grain and flour, and save it against a day of scarcity.” –Brigham Young “A prudent person takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Continue Reading

Our Biggest Giveaway Ever: Excalibur , Sun Oven , Generator and more

Our Biggest Giveaway Ever from the Prepared Bloggers: Excalibur Dehydrator, Sun Oven, Generator, JarBox and $250 in Gift Certificates!!! Ends April 7

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED Mom with a PREP, and some other awesome Prepared Bloggers, have teamed up with some of our favorite companies and because of their generosity, we’re able to offer you these mega giveaway prizes: The All American Sun Oven from Sun Oven (APV $399) http://www.sunoven.com/ The All American Sun Oven is your off-grid solution to cooking. Let the sun bake, broil, dehydrate or Continue Reading

Preparedness Quick Tip #26: This Water Tastes Dirty!

Use powdered drink mixes in your water to help mask the taste of water that might not taste spring-fresh /// Mom with a PREP

There's nothing like picking up a glass of water, expecting a nice refreshing drink, only to find it tastes 'dirty', 'dusty', 'flat', or tastes sort of like the chemicals it was treated with. A way to help that, and to give yourself a happy boost is to use flavored powdered drink mixes to boost the flavor! Many come in little travel size pouches, or you can make your own in straws like this idea I Continue Reading

6 Ways to Dehydrate Foods

Think using a dehydrator is the only way to be able to dehydrate your garden bounty?

So you think you want to tackle dehydrating, but don't know what method you want to use? Dehydrating food is a great way to be able to preserve your garden bounty or great find at the produce stand. You simply remove the moisture from your produce or meat to give it a much longer shelf life. This is not the same thing as freeze-drying which is a more mechanical process. This is simply allowing Continue Reading

10 Steps to Strengthening Your Body Without a Gym

You can strenghten your body by doing more than going to the gym and lifting weights. PREParing your body and your mind is as important as PREParing your supplies. Read more @ MomwithaPREP

As our family becomes more and more aware of how our health is effecting our preparedness plans, we've begun to become more active, without spending money at a gym or on equipment. We aren't interested in being hard bodies, but we are interested in being healthy bodies. 10 Steps to strengthen your body without a Gym 1. Drink More Water. Of course this is going to be on the list. Drink. Not Continue Reading

Preparedness Quotes Vol. 6

Preparedness Quotes to help inspire you on your journey from MomwithaPREP

Today's normal installment of Preparedness Quick Tips is being interrupted to bring you these important messages! This one from a reader, Carol. "Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and them." --Genesis 6:21   "A prudent person takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." --Proverbs Continue Reading

Food Storage Recipe: Hummus (even if you hate beans)

Food Storage Staple Recipe - Make Your Own Hummus - simple recipe with tons of protein!

If your family is like mine, they hate beans. For some of us it's a texture issue, for some of us it's just the taste. That can put a real damper on your Food Storage plans if you can't rely on a super cheap form of protein for your family. It's hard to pass 13 bean stew off as 'chunks of meat like product that look remarkably like beans but really aren't" with your fingers crossed behind your Continue Reading

How to Make and use Mushroom Powder

Bring the umami factor to your cooking and food storage with mushroom powder. You CAN do it yourself! MomwithaPREP shows you how!

Umami - that ubiquitous flavor that no one can really pin down that is best described at a 'meaty' flavor. It's prized in Japanese cooking, it was all the rage in the food world a year or two ago, and STILL has a place in our food storage and everyday cooking. How do you get it without necessarily using beef products? Mushroom powder, that's how! And I'm going to show you how to do it Continue Reading

Walking Dead Fans … a pretty meme for you! (I promise..no zombies)

Monday's coming...it's okay...just look at the flowers #walkingdead

If you're a fan of the Walking Dead, this will make total sense to you! :) If not...it's still a picture of pretty flowers!! Feel free to share! ___________________________________________ P.S. Join me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest for more adventures in trying to become the best Prepared Mom I can be! **Sign up for the new Mom with a PREP Newsletter** •VOTE for Mom with a PREP Continue Reading

Preparedness Quick Tip #25: Know Your Phone Numbers

Make sure to keep phone numbers handy in case you lose the ability to use your cell phone. Most of us don't remember the numbers we have programmed there.

If you're like me, you rarely actually have to recite the phone numbers you need the most because they're so conveniently programmed in your cell phone. I even have to look up my own number when handing it out because I frequently forget it (since, you know, I never call myself). It's just so easy to grab the phone, hit the phone list and tap my husband's icon, and never pay attention to his Continue Reading

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For those of you who are beginning to break up with Facebook, or those of you who do not like to just surf blogs all day, or those of you who have a hard time remember to go to your blog reader every day, or those who just like info neatly delivered to their inbox to read at will.... Each week, you'll receive a newsletter with everything published on Mom with a PREP.com, plus other Continue Reading

101 Gardening Tips & Ideas

101+ Gardening Ideas & Tips - from planning to planting to growing to harvesting, ideas and tips for you to grow your own food and be more self-reliant

As with my 101+ Dehydrating & 101+Canning posts, here is a new 101+ Gardening Tips & Ideas package to help you get ready for gardening season! General Tips Saving Big on Lumber Supplies for Raised Garden Beds Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Growing Your Own Food but Were Afraid to Ask Tips for First Time Gardeners Our Experiences With Companion Planting Find Your Continue Reading

Preparedness Quotes Vol. 5

Preparedness Quotes to help inspire you on your journey from MomwithaPREP

It's time for another week of preparedness quotes to inspire and motivate you! "In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has." --Proverbs 21:20 "Therefore, keep watch for you do not know which day your Lord will come." --Matthew 24:42 "Joseph gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the Continue Reading