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Green onions (or scallions) may seem one of those foods that doesn't seem worth dehydrating....but think again! You can do something amazing with them to make them more versatile in your PREPared kitchen!

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If you're trying to go green in your home - AWESOME! But don't forget that paper products have a great use in the PREPared home and you don't want to be without them!

Let me start out by saying that I am not a proponent of the over-use of paper products in our society. I am far from it. Every household should make an effort to move to cloth wherever possible and most practical to reduce the amount of paper we waste. However, like with every tool ever […]

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Don't leave home for vacation without first PREParing your home! 13 Great Tips for PREParing your home when you'll be on vacation at Momwithaprep!

Don’t leave home for vacation without first PREParing your home! The last thing you want to sorry about, when you’re trying to get away, is how secure you’ve left your home! 13 Tips to PREParing Your Home for Your Vacation Stop Deliveries The USPS now has a quick and easy way to stop your mail, and you don’t […]

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Green onions (or scallions) may seem one of those foods that doesn't seem worth dehydrating....but think again! You can do something amazing with them to make them more versatile in your PREPared kitchen!

How to Dehydrate Green Onions / Scallions

Green onions (or scallions) may seem one of those foods that doesn't seem worth dehydrating....but think again! You can do something amazing with them to make them more versatile in your PREPared kitchen!  Are they Scallions or Green Onions I grew up always thinking that green onions and scallions were different things. I actually mistook scallions for being similar to chives and green … [READ MORE ....]

If you're trying to go green in your home - AWESOME! But don't forget that paper products have a great use in the PREPared home and you don't want to be without them!

The Case for Paper Products: Why Every PREPared Home Needs to Stock Them

Let me start out by saying that I am not a proponent of the over-use of paper products in our society. I am far from it. Every household should make an effort to move to cloth wherever possible and most practical to reduce the amount of paper we waste. However, like with every tool ever invented, I feel that every PREPared household needs to stock some paper products. There are good reasons to … [READ MORE ....]

Even in the shortest emergency situation, toilet paper is a commodity you don't want to run out of - but what happens when you do? Are there alternatives you can PREPare with?

What Will You Do When the Toilet Paper Runs Out?

  Remember those Extreme Couponing shows where the participants had a wall full of toilet paper? They had the right idea! At least for me, I'd much rather waste a whole wall of my home with a mountain of toilet paper than think of doing without. However, in an extreme post-poop hits the fan world (get it? I said poop-hits-the-fan in a blog post about toilet paper and the end of the … [READ MORE ....]

Don't leave home for vacation without first PREParing your home! 13 Great Tips for PREParing your home when you'll be on vacation at Momwithaprep!

13 Tips to PREPare Your Home When Going on Vacation

Don't leave home for vacation without first PREParing your home! The last thing you want to sorry about, when you're trying to get away, is how secure you've left your home! 13 Tips to PREParing Your Home for Your Vacation Stop Deliveries The USPS now has a quick and easy way to stop your mail, and you don't even have to go to the post office to do it! There are even ways to … [READ MORE ....]

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Top 15 PREParedness Posts of 2015 at Mom with a PREP

It's time to look back at the Top 15 PREParedness Posts of 2015, and capture what has really moved me, and moved you as readers!  It's been a year of growing at Mom with a PREP. Our focus shifted from merely getting PREPared, but actively living a more self-reliant life. Don't get me wrong, emergency PREParedness* is still at the top of our mind for our family, but we've also expanded … [READ MORE ....]

PREParing your home for emergencies is easily when you have a room-by-room floor plan to keep your organized! Find out more at MomwithaPREP.com

Room by Room Checklist to PREPare Your Home for Emergencies

Have you ever run into this problem? The power goes out and you run all over trying to find the flashlight you knew you put in a kitchen drawer, but realized you moved when you were looking for something under your bed? Or you worry that the smoke detector that is next to the kitchen won't be heard in the upstairs bedrooms at the other end of the house? Well, you really don't have to worry … [READ MORE ....]

Here are awesome stocking stuffer ideas that are more than cheap dollar store gadgets and actually help my family and friends become more PREPared! 150+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the PREPared Home

150+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the PREPared Homestead – most under $15

You've purchased the gifts and you've wrapped them with care. But you spent so much time picking out the perfect gifts for your family, that you're now scrambling for stocking stuffer gifts at the last minute. But don't make those stocking stuffers be gifts of things that don't matter! Use that precious gift space to PREPare your family to become more PREPared and self-reliant in the new year! … [READ MORE ....]

What's the ultimate gift you can get for your family and friends? A PREParedness gift, that's what! Find out how to make this Emergency Prepared Bucket that's prefect for Christmas, newlyweds and kids moving away from home at Momwithaprep.com

The Emergency Bucket Gift – the ultimate preparedness gift for family and friends

We all know those family members and friends who don't pay any attention to their PREParedness needs. They scoff at your efforts, they have good intentions but never follow through, or they always look to you for help when things come up. But you always want to encourage them to become more PREPared. You just have to figure out a good way to do it! The DIY 5 Gallon Emergency Bucket Gift So, … [READ MORE ....]

Beets don't have to be that ugly red vegetable tucked away in the back of your pantry! Learn 10 new and exciting uses for this winter staple at Mom with a PREP!

10 New and Exciting Uses for Canned Beets

Beets can be an easy and productive crop in the home garden. They store well in a root cellar, but if like me, a root cellar isn’t currently available, they can up well in a pressure canner, as well. Because beets can be so productive, a person can be left with many jars of canned beets and wonder just how to use them up.  {Jane's edit: Or, if you're like me, your family hates … [READ MORE ....]

Don't just throw out those food and beverage containers, learn how to repurpose them for your everyday food and emergency supply storage and save money! momwithaprep.com

Repurpose Everyday Food Containers for Long-Term Storage

We've lived so long in a throw away society, that we've forgotten the ability to reuse, recycle and repurpose those things that we have used up. Think how cheaply electronics are made now - instead of fixing them, they're made for us to just throw away and get a new one. The same thing happens in our kitchen. We have so many everyday food containers that we throw out from mass consumption, … [READ MORE ....]

Preparedness Quick Tip #48: How to Boil Water in a Plastic Water Bottle - A survival tip from The Penny-Pinching Prepper by Bernie Carr

Preparedness Quick Tip #48: How to Boil Water in a Plastic Water Bottle

I love when I get a book that is fully of juicy tidbits for me to glean and learn from. Bernie Carr's The Penny-Pinching Prepper is the latest of those books to have a home in My Preparedness Library.  "HOW TO BOIL WATER IN A PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE Ideally, a metal container is best for boiling water; however, in an emergency, you can disinfect water in a plastic water bottle. Build your … [READ MORE ....]

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: A practical guide to DIY prepping on a budget..and worthy of your preparedness library. A Mom with a PREP Book Review.

Penny-Pinching Prepper: A practical look at DIY preparedness on a budget

  With all the books that help you prepare, few do it in such a way as to be mindful of budgetary needs, DIY mentalities and an encouraging word that you can do this no matter what position you are in life.  The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster by Bernie Carr is that kind of book. Full of practical, useful advice to get you started … [READ MORE ....]

I HATE BEANS! But even I admit that it's time to incorporate them into my food storage and learn to use them in alternative ways that stretch the budget AND provide a healthy alternative for our family. 7 Creative Ways to Use Beans...even if you hate them @ Momwithaprep.com

7 Creative Ways to Use Food Storage Beans – Even When You Hate Them

I am no fan of beans. I dislike the texture tremendously, I don't like the taste of most of them, and I've never been able to convince myself that they're good enough to just get over and eat. I can handle a few in some dishes, but I will tell you a secret. I'm like a two year old who hides them in the side of her mouth and just swallows them without chewing. I mean...I really don't like … [READ MORE ....]

How much food will we need?! And how am I supposed to cook all that?! An intro into food storage calculators at MomwithaPREP.com

Food Storage Calculator – how much food do you really need?

Trying to guess how much food you'll need for meals next week is a pretty daunting task, so can you imagine what it is like to calculate how much food you need for a month, or a year, or even three years? I'm going to introduce you to a few methods of determining your long-term food storage needs. This is just an introduction as I won't be laying out menus or recipes for you (there are … [READ MORE ....]

25+ DIY Cinder Block Projects for Your Home @ Momwithaprep.com

25+ Cinder Block Projects for the Homestead

You have all of these ideas, but never enough money to make them come true. But have you thought of other ways of putting those projects together with materials that might not have cost as much and can be upgraded for a fraction of the cost of the original project idea? That's one reason why I love cinder blocks. They're inexpesive, sturdy and can help you create awesome projects for the … [READ MORE ....]

50+ Organizing Tips for Your Food Storage & Emergency Preparedness Items from real life @Momwithaprep

50 Organizing Tips for Food Storage & Emergency Supplies

Every year I have to reorganize my pantry at least twice - usually during the spring and fall. Our food choices change, our stockpiles change, we get new equipment, and everything has to change to accomodate it. So I've put together a list of organizing tips to help you with your challenges. Whether you're an organizing pro or just getting started, I hope that one of these ideas helps you gain a … [READ MORE ....]

Use solar lights stored in a flower pot in your backyard to create an emergency lighting backup for those times you lose power. This simple hack is probably something you probably already have in your backyard. Get more info at http://momwithaprep.com/solar-light-flower-pot

The Solar Light FLower Pot for Emergency Lighting

The Solar Light Flower Pot for Emergency Lighting Did you know that you probably have this emergency lighting solution in your yard already? It's one of my absolute favorite beginning hacks to introduce people to many of the quick and easy ways they can prepare for those everyday emergencies that happen - like the power going out. (See a few more of our tested hacks here.) I keep a … [READ MORE ....]

PREParing for a Stay at the Hospital -- even at your most vulnerable, you can Be PREPared before, during and after. Learn some great tips at Momwithaprep.

PREPare for a Hospital Stay

Even at your most vulnerable, you can be PREPared before, during and after a hospital stay. Not long ago, I found myself being admitted into the hospital for an emergency situation. It wasn't something I had planned for or wanted, but it happened. And while we were able to grab bags for the kids to sit in the ER waiting room and be occupied and sleep if they wanted, we were wholly unPREPared … [READ MORE ....]

Swimming in canned pumpkin or freezer bags full of pumpkin puree? Here's how to dehydrate your canned pumpkin puree and make pumpkin powder!

How to Dehydrate Canned Pumpkin Puree and make Pumpkin Powder

One food I love and hoard stockpile stock in my pantry is canned pumpkin puree. The problem is, no matter how much I bake, make pumpkin granola, make pumpkin smoothies, make pumpkin pancakes and everything else pumpkin I do, I tend to hoard, stockpile, stock more pumpkin than I use in a season. Add on top of that the pureed pumpkin that I make fresh and freeze each year, I can sometimes be … [READ MORE ....]

Preparedness Quick Tip #46 - Fill it With Water. If you have an impending emergency (hurricane, etc.), and you have time to safely do this, fill everything in your home that can hold water with water. It will give you both drinking water and grey water to get through the days after when the water supply may be tainted or may be unavailable. Get more Preparedness Quick Tips at Momwithaprep.com/quick-tip/

Preparedness Quick Tip #46 – Fill it with Water

When you have an impending emegency, like a hurricane or even neighborhood wide water cut-off, fill everything in your house you can think of with water. Fill It with Water - Emergency Containers Containers Bathtub (this is a good place to use a Water Bob or similar product that can protect that water and keep it useful for drinking and protect small children and animals from being … [READ MORE ....]

What can you do with those leftover bits of vegetables sitting in your fridge? Or what about that little bit of dehydrated vegetable at bottom of your mason jar? You don't want to throw out all that goodness...but what can you do with it? Why...make vegetable powder, of course! I'll show you how at MomwithaPREP!

How to Make Dehydrated Vegetable Powder

There are times in a dehydrator's life when you have just bits and pieces left over of dehydrated vegetables and Aren't going to be making any soups or stews or anything to use them in anytime soon, or Need the space for a new pack of that dehydrated vegetable and you just want to rotate out all the leftovers, or You want to create something new, versatile and awesome! All three fit the … [READ MORE ....]

Preparedness Quick Tip #45: Use Your Analog Watch as a Compass -- takes a little practice and isn't 100% effective, but if you've lost everything else, this can give you an approximation to get you on your way! Please read for more details @ MomwithaPREP

Preparedness Quick Tip #45: Use Your Watch as a Compass

Preparedness Quick Tip #45: Use Your Watch as a Compass: Besides the fact that they are just way cooler than digital watches, analog watches have another use - a survival tool! How it works: Simply take your watch off your arm, hold it parallel to the ground, face facing  upward. Turn until the hour hand is pointing at the sun. 1/2 way between the hour and 12 going clockwise,  in … [READ MORE ....]

The Self-Reliant Kid: Teach Tool Safety Early...and let them use tools their whole life. Not only does it teach them valuable skills, it makes awesome bondable moments for you and them | Mom with a PREP

10 Tool Safety Tips for Kids

Do you remember working on house or car projects with your father growing up? Were you an apprentice or were you the fetcher? Did you sit and watch and hand him an occasional tool or were you in there doing it with him? (BTW, this also works for Moms  - whether you were the sole parent and did all the odd-jobs yourself, or translated into the kitchen). Or better yet, do you do house projects … [READ MORE ....]

Preparedness Quick Tip #44 - Make use of that old landline you still have, even if you aren't paying for it, by using it to reach 911 in emergencies. Click thru for more information. Get even more Preparedness Quick Tips from Momwithaprep.com/quick-tip

Preparedness Quick Tip #44: Using Old Phone + Landline

With the move of technology going more and more towards cable packages and cell phones, we sometimes forget that there is a lonely old landline in our homes, feeling useless and neglected. But in the case of an emergency, that landline might prove to be a terrific tool for reaching 911 even when all other services are out! If you still have a phone that doesn't require electricity to work, … [READ MORE ....]

Create a 72 Hour Emergency Kit for your family with this free downloadable checklist from Momwithaprep.com

Create a 72 Hour Emergency Kit – FREE DOWNLOADBLE CHECKLIST

Picture this: A local emergency of some sort has emergency personnel knocking on your door telling you that you have 5 minutes to evacuate your house (fire, gas leak, railroad collision, earthquake). What will you spend those 5 minutes grabbing? Hopefully you'll say your children and your 72 hour kit (and then whatever else you think you have time to grab and can carry). The idea of … [READ MORE ....]

Welcome September in with a month-long focus on Emergency Preparedness for you and your family @ Momwithaprep.com #natlprep #PrepareAthon

September is National Preparedness Month – Challenge Yourself!

September is National Preparedness Month. All of the information, the how-to's, the lists, and all the websites can be overwhelming. I'm here to help make it a little easier on you! I'm going to share a few of the National Preparedness Month links and challenges to help you narrow down your focus of where to start, how to proceed, and what you need to do. Don't Wait. Communicate. Ready.gov and … [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 ....]