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Do you have weeds growing in your driveaway or along your sidewalks that you just hate? Here's a natural, homemade weed killer that will help you do it without the harmful chemicals of the commercial stuff you get at the store.

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HOW TO DEHYDRATE CHERRIES -- Cherry season is awesome....but when you have more than you can eat, what can you do with them? Dehydrate them! It's super easy and they are versatile to use in dehydrated form! Find out more @momwithaprep.com

I didn’t discover cherries until last year. My only experience with them had been when my grandmother would ruin a perfectly good cheesecake by topping it with whole can full of canned cherries. My grandfather loved it. I loathed it, and it put me off what cherries really tasted like. I disliked the texture in […]

For the Kids & Teens

8 Simple Rules for My Teen Driver. Being prepared isn't just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too!

  Being prepared isn’t just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too! In fact, it’s about our everyday life that is about to change drastically in our household. You see, our oldest son is about to start driving. As a mom, I’m torn. YAY! Someone else can run the small errands or take a […]

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Do you have weeds growing in your driveaway or along your sidewalks that you just hate? Here's a natural, homemade weed killer that will help you do it without the harmful chemicals of the commercial stuff you get at the store.

DIY Natural, Homemade Weed Killer

Q: What is a weed? A: A weed is a plant that you don't want growing in your yard. That's the fact, Jack. For some of us, weeds are nuisances that are just dealt with, possible food sources that are gathered, and for others, they are the bane of a nicely manicured lawn or garden. Our family is a dealer. We would prefer not to have milkweed or chicweed or bermuda growing in our yard, but … [READ MORE ....]

After reading this list of 150 Homesteading & Survival skills to learn,  you should never say you're bored again! How many of these do you already know how to do?

150 Homesteading, Preparedness & Survival Skills to Learn

In the continuing series of 150 Things You Should Know & Do, a great group have women have come together to create a list of Homestead, Preparedness & Survival Skills we should learn. 150 Preparedness Items You Need to Stock 150 Preparedness & Homesteading Skills You Need 150 Reasons to Prepare for Life! In our modern age, few people could mark off 15 of these skills as … [READ MORE ....]

Do you need just a little boost to help you become better prepared for life's big and small emergencies? How about 150 of them? Come hear the stories from this group of women about why preparedness is so important to them @ Momwithaprep

150 Reasons to be Prepared for Life

Those of us who try to live a more prepared life have a ton of reasons why we do it. Here are 10 reasons to be more prepared and 10 reasons to NOT be more prepared. Many of us are just regular folk who like to have a bit of food and water and safety plans in place for all sorts of reasons. A few might be a little more hard core and a few might just like to have an emergency bag … [READ MORE ....]

Want to begin preparing your family for emergencies but don't know where to start? Check out this list of 150+ Preparedness & Homesteading Items you need to stock today @ Momwithaprep.com

150 Preparedness Items You Need to Stock

I'm part of a group of amazing women who are interested in keeping their families prepared for any of life's emergencies (big or small), and about creating a life that's more self-sufficient, self-reliant and sustainable. I'm proud to call them friend, to look to them for information and knowledge and advice. Recently, we've all gotten together to create the 150 Series, and I'll be sharing them … [READ MORE ....]

HOW TO DEHYDRATE CHERRIES -- Cherry season is awesome....but when you have more than you can eat, what can you do with them? Dehydrate them! It's super easy and they are versatile to use in dehydrated form! Find out more @momwithaprep.com

How to Dehydrate Cherries

I didn't discover cherries until last year. My only experience with them had been when my grandmother would ruin a perfectly good cheesecake by topping it with whole can full of canned cherries. My grandfather loved it. I loathed it, and it put me off what cherries really tasted like. I disliked the texture in cherry pies, too. I've always loved them as a dehydrated snack in trailmix or … [READ MORE ....]

What's the real difference between the bargain dehydator sheet and the name brand sheet for the Excalibur Dehydrator? I put them to the test to find out for you! Find out which one I prefer at Momwithaprep.com

Which Excalibur Dehydrator Sheet Works Best? I put them to the test…

What's the real difference between the bargain dehydator sheet and the name brand sheet for the Excalibur Dehydrator? I put them to the test to find out for you!  I am all about saving a buck, even if the product isn't quite up to the name brand product. There's little in this world I must purchase as a name brand when it comes to my daily household items. Even when I first invested in a … [READ MORE ....]

I Can Keep Myself Organized with this Cabinet Door Hack! And I won't get in trouble with my mom for writing on the furniture! @momwithaprep.com

I Can Keep Myself Organized with this Cabinet Door Hack!

Mom told me never to write on the furniture --- but I disboyed!! I found an awesome way to write on my cabinets with this cabinet door hack and keep myself organized! Growing up, I remember my grandmother having a little note holder on the inside of her cabinet with a pen and her handwritten grocery notes. I'd always wanted one, but hadn't found one that works on my cabinets (the self stick stuff … [READ MORE ....]

Think you can't freeze mushrooms? Thing again! You can do it and extend the possibilities of your food storage! I'll show you how at Momwithaprep.com

Freeze Mushrooms ? You bet you can!

You know that time that you are looking at a local grocery ad and seeing mushrooms on sale for 1.29/lb and you squeal? You just might be a food storage junkie! When Aldi's has a mushroom sale, I stock up HUGE! It's not unlike me to call and reserve 3-4 trays (each tray holds 12 8oz packages) to bring home because they prefer you don't purchase that many at once just walking into the store (but … [READ MORE ....]

If you find yourself up to your eyeballs in eggs from overproduction or a great sale, here are 5+ ways to preserve them from Momwithaprep.com

5+ Ways to Preserve Eggs for Food Storage

Raising your own chickens and harvesting their eggs is one of the first steps people take to gain more control over their food. The thought of fresh farm eggs, even if you're farm is only 1/4 of an acre, screams homesteader. It's become one of the fastest movements of food revolution. With the recent bird flu epidemic wiping out thousands of egg laying chickens in commercial farms, the concern … [READ MORE ....]

Did you know that you can actually freeze eggs? Seriously! There are a few ways that may work for you, it just takes a little trial and error to determine the best way for your needs. Find out how @ Momwithaprep.com

How to Freeze Eggs

  Freeze whole eggs You can freeze an egg by placing it into an ice cube tray. The issue is finding the exact right size to contain the whole egg content. I've been experimenting and still haven't found a modern ice cube tray that will fit an entire large egg (whole or scrambled), yet, without spilling into the next compartment. But doing a muffin tin works (see below)! And it looks pretty … [READ MORE ....]

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks

Recently I told you about my Dad's DIY Chicken Tractor that he made on the cheep. One of the things he used was a salvaged nesting box to help bring the cost down for the coop. While setting a box with some hay down seems easy enough, you actually need to have a 'home' for your chickens to lay their eggs and feel safe. Sure, they'll lay eggs anywhere, but it's a good idea to have a place. If … [READ MORE ....]

Have dreams of free ranging chickens but still want some place safe for them to be? Do you want to move them around a field or property instead of one space? A DIY Chicken Tractor might be for you!

A DIY Chicken Tractor on the Cheep!

Have dreams of free ranging chickens but still want some place safe for them to be? Do you want to move them around a field or property instead of one space? A DIY Chicken Tractor might be for you! Whether you're raising chickens in the Alaskan north to sustain yourselves, or are interested in having just a few chickens in your backyard for eggs or pets, deciding how to house them is a … [READ MORE ....]

PQT #43: Freeze some water to save your frozen food in the case of a power outage. Find out more @ Momwithaprep.com

Preparedness Quick Tip #43: Freeze Some Water

Summer's here, and the living is frantic for those of  you with big gardens, isn't it? Not only are you trying to keep all the bugs away to protect your crops, harvest season is upon us and that means tons of produce coming in and needing to be taken care of. If you're like me, you don't like to limit your food storage to only dried or canned food. If you're like me, you take full … [READ MORE ....]

Does it seem like summer bring a swarm of fruit flies and other nasty flying creatures in your kitchen, either messing with all of your ripening fruit or in your drains? Here are some ways to get rid of those pesky little creatures...

How to Rid of Annoying Fruit Flies and Gnats in the Kitchen

Those little fruit flies or gnats that you get in the summer (not the ones on the outside that try to eat you)? You know those irritating little things that seem to infest your house the second they get a whiff of something that's not perfectly ripe? The ones, that if you don't realize it, can infest a whole pantry in a black cloud of ick when you drop a potato on the ground and don't realize it, … [READ MORE ....]

Is that first aid kit in your stockroom fully stocked with something useful? If the lights go out and you do not have the corner office with the windows, are you prepared with light? Consider creating an Office Emergency Kit for yourself just in case!

Create an Office Emergency Preparedness Kit

Consider this scenario: You arrive at work to find that a German madman has taken over your building, has all of the employees held hostage on the Lido deck, and the other bad guys are busy downstairs trying to rob the vault. What if you find yourself in a situation where you are crawling across broken glass,  oh...wait. That's a movie, isn't it? Okay - let's try this one. Let's say … [READ MORE ....]

Your photo memories are precious, and you shouldn't worry about losing them to a natural weather disaster or evacuation. Learn to save them digitally to preserve a digital copy for your Family Emergency Binder. Mom with a PREP shows you all the options!

Save Your Family Photos from Disasters – Digitize Them!

h We live in an age of digital everything. Many of us take pictures with our digital cameras or phones and rarely print them out anymore. Or, we have stores of old family photo albums and boxes of photos handed down to us from our mothers and grandmothers. While trying to ensure we can keep those memories, even in the event of a situation where there is no longer power, we also have to think … [READ MORE ....]

Wish you could print out a page of information to add to your Family Emergency Binder....but want to edit it? I'll show you how to create a printable PDF resource page!

An Awesome Free Tool to Create Your Emergency Encyclopedia

Wish you could print out a page of information to add to your Family Emergency Binder when a printable isn't provided? I'll show you how to print a web page by creating a printable PDF resource page that helps you tailor information perfectly for you and your family. Using these tools will allow you to create a grab and go binder made exactly to your needs. Can you imagine all of … [READ MORE ....]

Do you want a way to combat mosquitoes without spraying harmful chemicals on your body and yard all the time? Do it naturally!

Combat Mosquitoes Naturally

It's a scientific fact. I am a mosquito magnet. My husband and I can stand in the front yard at dusk on any given day, and you can look down at our legs and my legs are covered in mosquitoes, and he has two. I seem to be an all-you-can-eat buffet for the critters. Then comes the itching, and the scratching and the whining (the whining is my husband asking me to please stop scratching, though he … [READ MORE ....]

If you have an old cell phone that you're thinking of tossing because it's just too old, think again! You can charge it up, stick it in your glove compartment or emergency bag and use it as a 911 phone in cases of extreme emergency! Or, donate it to a woman's shelter so that THEY can be better PREPared for emergencies of their own.

Preparedness Quick Tip #42: Don’t Toss That Old Cell Phone

If you have an old cell phone that you're thinking of tossing because it's just too old, think again! You can charge it up, stick it in your glove compartment or emergency bag and use it as a 911 phone in cases of extreme emergency! According to the New York Times: Any old, decommissioned cell phone can be used to make 911 calls, as long as the battery is good.   The Federal Communications … [READ MORE ....]

Rosemary is a great evergreen herb that you can harvest all year long. But if your plant hasn't reached gargantuan sizes, yet, or if you aren't able to grow it, you can dehydrate it to have in your pantry all year!

How to Dehydrate Rosemary

Years ago, a friend moved into a house where there was a rosemary bush that was about 5' high and 7' around. It was massive. I was always so envious of it. I'd never been able to get my Christmas 'tree' rosemary sprig to grow much at all. I'd babied it, my husband fed it, and we just watched it be evergreen, but at least it didn't die. Then, about a year ago, the thing began growing like crazy! … [READ MORE ....]

Got bugs in the garden!? Make your own garlic pepper tea to keep them at bay, naturally!

How to Make Garlic Pepper Tea Bug Repellant for Your Garden

With gardening season in full swing, you're probably wondering what all those things are that are eating away your garden crop. The aphids (learn how to control them naturally), slugs, worms, beetles, and other creatures take a big bite out of our crops every year. But we are always hestitant to ever use a commercial bug killer because we don't want to transfer those chemicals into our … [READ MORE ....]

Square Foot Gardening - our favorite method of managing a garden in a small suburban landscape. But we did make a few mistakes along the way. Learn from our mistakes before you tackle your garden!

Square Foot Gardening Mistakes – Learn from Ours First!

Square Foot Gardening - our favorite method of managing a garden in a small suburban landscape. But we did make a few mistakes along the way. Learn from our mistakes before you tackle your garden! The premise is to build a gardening box (in square or rectangle), put down a barrier, build a box, fill it with 'dirt', and plant. It's based on a grid formula that gives you a square foot of planting … [READ MORE ....]

8 Simple Rules for My Teen Driver. Being prepared isn't just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too!

8 Simple Rules for My Teenage Driver

  Being prepared isn't just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too! In fact, it's about our everyday life that is about to change drastically in our household. You see, our oldest son is about to start driving. As a mom, I'm torn. YAY! Someone else can run the small errands or take a turn at driving on the big trips. But it's my baby. My first born. My wee boy getting behind … [READ MORE ....]

Have you ever just sat with your kid on the shore of the lake and spent a few hours fishing? Well you should, and here are 7 reasons why from Mom with a PREP.

7 Reasons to Take Your Kids Fishing

7 Reasons to Take Your Kids Fishing Gets them back to nature Admit it. Your kids probably spend way too much time in front of electronics when they get home from school until they go to bed. Or at least you wish they spent even less time than they actually do. And just because you have your kids in sports or other activities, being involved doesn't necessarily focus on being outside. Getting … [READ MORE ....]

Your Own 72 Hour Kit Plan - a step by step, 26 point plan to build your family's emergency, 72 hour kit. It's MomwithaPREP approved!

Your Own 72 Hr Kit Plan: A 26 Week Plan to Build Your Family’s Emergency Kits

Not only is it a great idea to have a Family Binder full of all the useful information that your family may need for a 72 hour period that includes personal papers, emergency numbers and other information, taking the next step to create a 72 hour emregency kit to keep you stocked with food, water, medicine, shelter and other sundries is equally important! But where do you start? It seems so … [READ MORE ....]

Having a problem with aphids on your trees or in the garden? Release the bug stompin' powerhouse that is the ....ladybug? You betcha! And how incredibly cute are they, anyway?

Release the Ladybugs! a Natural Way to Control Aphids in Your Garden

Every spring, as the blossoms on the apple trees begin to open, the green shoots of the garden are getting tall, an invasion happens. It's the aphid invasion. These tiny little green creatures can wreak havoc on new, tender, green shoots and leaves. But there is a mighty warrior that can fight these insidious eating machines. It's the....... ladybug. That's right. The cute little black and … [READ MORE ....]

Get started making your own Family Emergency Binder with this free printable cover and spine insert from Momwithaprep.com!

Free Family Emergency Binder Cover Printable

Tomorrow, I'm going to be sharing with you a great resource. It'll be how to create your own emergency binder with ready-made resources and free printables. So to get ready for it, I'm offering you a free printable today so that you can get your binder ready! A tip for printing: Trying to insert a 1.25" strip of paper into a small binder spine is kind of tricky, but it can be done. But if you … [READ MORE ....]

Do you have emergency ID cards with pertinent information about your children for them to carry in their school emergency kits, your emergency bags or even their pockets when on a field trip? Check out this free printable from Mom with a PREP.

Emergency ID Cards – Free Download

In the event of an emergency when you are not readily available to your child, do they have anything that they carry that lets rescue workers know anything about them at all? Sure, the child who has a medical condition which may effect her treatment should be wearing a medical alert in the form of a bracelet or necklace, but what about othe identifying information such as your contact info, their … [READ MORE ....]

Want a quick, easy way to get started with your dehydrator? This is a no-fail way - How to dehydrate frozen vegetables!

How to Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

So, you have a dehydrator and you don't have a clue what to do with it. You ask your friends and most of them will tell you to tackle something really easy like apples or mushrooms. While those are fairly easy to dehydrate, there's something that is so completely easy to do, will let you clean out your freezer, and be something useful in it's final deydrated stage that it will give you a huge … [READ MORE ....]