Book Review: Alpha Farm – a Prepper Chicks Novel – Where the Chicks Rule the Roost

Mom with a PREP | Alpha Farm - when the Chicks rule the roost! It's not just fiction - it's a learning experience!

  Fiction for the life after a disaster (whether you call it Post-apocalypic, Dystopian, WROL or Prepper Fiction) is dominated by men writing books that you sometimes need a technical manual to read if you aren't already trained in the military. There's not a lot given over to everyday life and times. There's also not a lot given to female characters (as you'll read me talk about here). So Continue Reading

Off-grid Cooking with the Rocket Stove – SPECIAL OFFER & GIVEAWAY

What's it like to cook a meal in about 3 minutes with only sticks and twigs? Check out my review of the Rocket Stove

You know those DIY projects you always see on Facebook or Pinterst? The ones that you think, "Hey, I can make that myself!!!" Then you pin it. And...you never go back to it again? I have a bunch of those. A bunch of projects I always plan on getting to, and keep pushing them off or completely forgetting about them. Not long ago, I ran into one such project and thought, "I can do that!" So I Continue Reading

Preparedness Quick Tip #32: Stay Informed

Mom with a PREP | Preparedness Quick Tip #32: Stay informed of local area information to help insure that you are PREPared for any emergency.Mom with a PREP | Preparedness Quick Tip #32: Stay informed of local area information to help insure that you are PREPared for any emergency.

Have you ever found yourself surprised by a storm that came that you weren't expecting? Have you found yourself not aware of a local emergency and caught off guard? It's important to stay informed of what is going on in your area, in  your region, and in your country. I'm not recommending that you make yourself a slave to the media and what they have to say, but be sure that you keep informed Continue Reading

I Read it For You: CyberStorm by Matthew Mather Book Review

a Mom with a PREP Book Reivew: CyberStorm by Matthew Mather - "What happens when the computers stop working?

  You're going along with your life, happy as a clam, and things begin to go wrong. Your best friend has been trying to warn you, and has been stockpiling things that you just always laugh about, but what if he's right? So the story goes in this cyberthriller by Matthew Maher. With an entire world connected to the grid via the internet, just what happens when a cyberattack happens...and Continue Reading

How to Dehydrate Strawberries + A Quick Tip for Hulling

Mom with a PREP | What's the best way of preserving the early summer bounty of strawberries for winter? Dehydrate them! + a quick tip to make hulling strawberries easier!

Strawberry season is a small window of opportunity to have fresh, tasty fruit available for all sorts of wonderful dishes, jams, etc. Because there is such a small window of opportunity to have fresh, locally grown strawberries, we stock up and dehydrate or freeze them to use throughout the year.   How to Dehydrate Strawberries 1. Wash your strawberries thoroughly. You can use a DIY Continue Reading

PREParedness Quick Tip #31 – Stay on Track with a Calendar

Preparedness Quick Tip #31: Stay on Track with a Calendar @ Mom with a PREP

Do you ever have trouble remembering when you're supposed to change out the batteries on your smoke alarms, or when the last time you changed out your emergency bag supplies, or when you changed the air filter in your AC system (yes, house maintenance is part of general PREParedness), etc.? Use your calendar to pre-plan those days when you need to renew your concealed carry license, when you need Continue Reading

Summer is in the Freezer! Healthy Freezer Treats that Extends Summer’s Bounty

Mom with a PREP | Summer is in the freezer! Use freezer treats to extend your summer bounty!

Summer’s here, and with soaring temps in our area, staying cool is always on our mind. We can’t keep the house as cold as we’d like because we’d love to eat some food for the next few months, as well as plan on having a little pocket money in our old age (needless to say, our electric bills soar in the south during the summer, especially a hot summer). Today I'm over at GNOWFGLIN sharing one of Continue Reading

Build Your Water Storage with the Water Brick + GIVEAWAY

Mom with a PREP | Build Your Water Storage with a Water Brick. A safe alternative to soda bottles and milk jugs for long term water storage.

  Long term water storage is probably your number one concern when you are beginning your preparedness journey. Or at least it should be with most of us. Even for those who have been at it awhile, water storage is always on the radar. Ways to Store Water in the Home Water Jugs - these are easy to grab, relatively cheap, and reusable. The big drawback is that they don't store easily Continue Reading

Preparedness Quick Tip #30 – Update Your Emergency Bags

Preparedness Quick Tip #30 - Routinely update your emergency bags of anything used, expired, broken or worn out.

Have you pulled out your emergency bag and updated it lately? I always encourage you to do a massive emergency car kit overhaul twice a year (or as your major weather seasons change), but what if you've gotten into it recently for water or food or a tool. Did you replace it? Did you use something out of your emergency bag and forget to replace it? Or have you had food that might need to be Continue Reading

PREParedness Items to Get in the Back to School Sales

Mom with a PREP | It's Back to School time -- and you can take advantage of the big sales and help your family become a little more PREPared in the process! #prepare4life #backtoschool #schoolsupplies

When I was a kid, school supplies displays didn't start showing up until just a few weeks before school started. And once they did you knew your summer was almost over. But you had the whole summer to enjoy before that moment happened. It was always a shocker to walk into the store and see those displays show up. But now days, the displays and whole areas of the store are devoted to Back to School Continue Reading

How I Preserve Food: How to Dehydrate Ginger Root and Make Ginger Powder

How I Preseve Foods - a collaborative Round Robin of Food Preservation posts from Prepared Bloggers.com --- How to Dehydrate Ginger Root and Make Ginger Powder by MomwithaPREP

Let's open our pantry today, shall we? Ground Ginger that so many of use in our cooking is actually a rhizome of the Ginger Plant (but we still know it as Ginger Root instead). Each "hand" is a root full of sweet, spicy flavor that enhances many Asian dishes and makes for an awesomely refreshing beverage! The problem is, as with other store bought spices and herbs, they've been created from Continue Reading

Preparedness Quick Tip #29: Have an Escape Plan

Preparedness Quick Tip #29 - Develop your own emergency escape plan from your place of work, or your place of business. Even if they have something posted nearby, you may not always be in your office or typical space when you need to exit quickly.

Does your place of business or house of worship have an emergency evacuation plan set in place? By law they have to, but they may not have done it, may not have enough posted, or may not have updated it in awhile. But don't count on them to help you be familiar with the places you spend the most time outside of your home. Take time to learn ALL the available exits from your building so that you Continue Reading

Use Pick Your Own Farms to Build Your Food Storage

Even if you don't have a fully stocked garden producing all of your food needs for the year, you can take advantage of Pick Your Own Farms to bring fresh produce into your house to preserve and build your food storage!

    We do not have a garden large enough to sustain our family for a year. We're working towards that goal, but we're not there, yet. We also cannot always rely on the grocery stores to be able to stock food year round, fresh from local farms, at prices and flavors that we like. So one of our alternatives is to use a Pick Your Own farm to gather fruits and vegetables you cannot Continue Reading

Overloaded with Blueberries? Try Some Blueberry Soda

Overloaded with blueberries and don't want to make any more jam or dehydrate them? Try making your own Blueberry Soda! YUMM this stuff is awesome!

We still have some blueberries left from a harvest two summer ago (and yes, they're STILL good in the freezer!) and I didn't want to waste them. We didn’t get to pick blueberries this year because the field we usually pick from was devastated by a spring hailstorms, and had a very short season. So while I want to hoard these, it’s best we get them used up. Typically, blueberries get used in Continue Reading

Why You Need to Take a CPR / First Aid Class to Save a Life!

In your journey to become more PREPared for whatever life throws at you, take a CPR/First Aid class to help save a life!

In my quest to accomplish the 10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Know (because I really do practice what I preach, doncha know!), my oldest son and I attended an American Red Cross Community First Aid/CPR class. Not only will this count towards health credits for him for high school, it is a chance for us to become better PREPared in First Aid and CPR, making ourselves better able to take Continue Reading

Get Your Kids Out Camping! 5 Great Tips to Make Camping Out Awesome!

Mom with a PREP | Don't have the money or time to take the kids camping? Throw them out in the back yard and help create more self-reliant kids!

Like everyone, our weekends are full of running errands, DIY home projects and trying to get stuff done (plus taking the occasional nap, doncha know!) Scheduling a time down to travel some place to go camping can seem useless if you're going to get there late at night, and have to leave the next evening anyway. Or, it's just a bad time and you don't have the money to spend on gas and park fees Continue Reading

Preparedness Quick Tip #28: If You Like It then You Need to Take a Picture of It – Creating a Home Inventory

Preparedness Quick Tip #28 - Take a Picture or Photo of your valueables for insurance purposes in case of a disaster or emergency in your area. Being prepared ahead of time might save you a lot of headaches later.

Preparedness isn't just about getting your survival gear, packing up your MREs and hitting the road. It's about being prepared for everyday life, regardless of what it throws at you. In the event of a local disaster or even an emergency at your own home, having a documentation of your valuables is a huge help in dealing with insurance companies later. All of them will tell you to have photos or Continue Reading

HERCulean Giveaway! Tea Candle Ovens & Water Storage System – Giveaway (Expired)

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The Prepared Bloggers Network is always looking for ways to help our loyal readers be prepared for the unexpected. We are so grateful to team up with Titan Ready USA for this fabulous giveaway. We all know we need water, and we need a way to cook our meals. These units are just what the doctor ordered when it comes to being properly prepared. We will have four winners in this giveaway. I'll Continue Reading

Preparedness Items to get in the End of Summer Sales

Summer's coming to an end and stores are putting all of their summer items on clearance. What should I be stocking up on for my family's emergency supplies?

While summer isn’t even halfway over for us, in retail land, the end of the summer season is approaching. Retailers must begin clearing out the overstock of summer supplies they’ve purchased to begin making way for fall. What better way to do this than have a big clearance sale? Check out what is clearanced out in Winter and at halloween. Take advantage of the summer clearance sales happening Continue Reading