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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!

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, […]

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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 turn […]

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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 the wheel … [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 ....]

You can make nutritious and whole grained meals and flours without having to buy them from a grocery store! Grind your own! How to make your own Cornmeal from Dehdyrated Corn and/or Popcorn from Mom with a PREP!

How to Make Your Own Cornmeal with Dehydrated Corn or Popcorn

  Earlier, I showed you how to dehydrate frozen corn, which is a perfect beginner's dehydration project. The problem comes in learning what to do with that dehydrated food beyond simply throwing it into a pot of stew or rehydrating it to serve for a meal. Grinding or powdering is a way to make those dehydrated vegetables or fruit become more than just a single dish to serve next to a … [READ MORE ....]

One of the easiest and quickest ways to protect your home is to strengthen your front door. Find out how with a video on Momwithaprep.com

Preparedness Quick Tip #41: Strengthen Your Door

One of the easiest access points an intruder uses to get into your home is the front door. Sure, he could go around and break in a window and climb through, or he could simply give a good, hard swift kick to your front door and he's in. Did you know that this is one of the easiest ways to get in your home if you haven't taken a few steps to strengthen your door? How to Strengthen Your Front … [READ MORE ....]

Love those little marshmallows in your hot chocolate in the winter? Are there just never enough? Learn how to make your own! #dehydrate

How to Dehydrate Marshmallows

I admit that I buy those envelopes of hot chocolate for the winter. My kids love it, it's so easy to mix with a bit of milk and be done. I can make my own, but the packets are SOOOOOOOOOOOO convenient aren't they? But there are never enough marshmallows in them for us. Or, on St. Patrick's Day, there are never enough "charms" for the kids, and they want to add more. During the fall, tons of … [READ MORE ....]

Preparedness Quick Tip #40: Don't use the palm of your hand to check the door in case of a fire.

Preparedness Quick Tip #40: Fire Safety Tip

If there is a fire in your location, don’t rush out an interior door. First check to make sure the door isn’t hot before leaving (to make sure there isn’t fire in the immediate area outside of that door). The tip? Check with with the back of your hand, NOT your palm. If it’s hot and you burn your palm, you may make your hand unusable to pick things up without pain, which makes you not as ready to … [READ MORE ....]

Do you want to prepare your family for emergencies but are put off by the "survival" chat? Try out HomeReadyHome.com's new book, the Survival Savvy Family"!

The Survival Savvy Family by Julie Sczerbinski : A Book Review

The Survival Savvy Family: How to be your best during the absolute worst. As those of you who have been reading Mom with a PREP for a long time, my goal is not to get you in combat gear and build a bunker in your home. Far from it. The point is to be ready enough for life's little emergencies so that you can be prepared for the big ones. I found a book that can help you out and you don't have to … [READ MORE ....]

Get Your Kids in the Kitchen: Creating Self Reliant Kids by teaching them the skills to help them be self-sufficient: PIZZA BAR!

Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza Bar

How do  you do a quick, easy, inexpensive, healthy lunch for a bunch of kids on the fly? A Pizza Bar! In our continuing series of Getting Our Kids in the Kitchen, we focus on teaching kids self-sufficiency skills by learning the virtues of preparing and cooking meals on their own. Not only will they be able to grow up and provide meals for themselves or their families, it's a skill that can help … [READ MORE ....]

Meals in Jars are a ready way to have full meals, ready to go on your pantry shelf for quick meals, emergencies or even as Christmas gifts! Get started on building your pantry with these easy to make recipes...

101+ Meals in a Jar Recipes

Meals in Jars are a great way to put aside whole meals for your food preps. Through the canning or dry vacuuming process, you can put a meal up to help create long-term food storage. While there are all sorts of fun things you can store in a jar in the fridge or keep on a shelf for a short period of time, I'm going to concentrate mostly on those food storage meals that you can put by for … [READ MORE ....]

Think on this: Do you have extra products in your stash that you can bless them with to help them rebuild? It’s another way of looking at how you can use your preps to bless others.

PREParedness Quick Tip #39: Be a Blessing to Others

Think on this. Not only can you use your preparedness items and skills to help your own family, you can be a blessing to others going through hard times. Living in a world full of isolationists without regard of our neighbor is not what God intends for His Creation. The tendancy amongst so many people of this idea is that we have to be in this only for ourselves. But that kind of extreme … [READ MORE ....]

Love Your PREPS! Take advantage of post-Valentine's Day Sales to snatch up these handy emergency preparedness items to add to your stocks.

Love Your Preps: PREParedness Items to get in Post Valentine’s Day Sales

Love Your PREPS! Take advantage of post-Valentine's Day Sales to snatch up these handy emergency preparedness items to add to your stocks. While they may be similar to what you'll find in post-winter sales depending on where you are in the country, take advantage of a second round of clearance items to stock your closets and kits! Find out about other seasonal sale items you can take advantage … [READ MORE ....]

Ever wonder what it's like to raise chickens in Alaska's -70F winters?

How to Raise Chickens in the Extreme Cold

Here is another installment of life in Alaska by my friend Rhonda Van Zandt. She's been wonderful to share a slice of life, and how she raises her chickens in Alaska's -70F winters. Inside my cabin in Alaska I have a interesting contraption that gives new meaning to Alaskan ingenuity and follows along with that make do mentality we all have this far north. Heating the Chicken Coop We have a … [READ MORE ....]

Have you ever wondered what foods you can and cannot dehydrate? Here's a practical list from Mom with a PREP.

What Foods Can You Not Dehydrate?

Have you ever wondered if you could dehydrate something as wonderful as avocados? I have. I love them, and they have such a short lifespan, and I want to preserve their awesomeness...but can I actually dehydrate them? As with every food preservation safety list, there are foods you should, foods you might not want to, and foods you shouldn't preserve. We'll talk about those methods as they … [READ MORE ....]

Are you prone to injury or back pain or sports injuries? It would be smart to carry things in your car or emergency kit for those injuries that may not be major, but life-changing at the moment. Preparedness Quick Tips @ Mom with a PREP

Preparedness Quick Tip #38: Personal First Aid

My husband is prone to a pinched nerve in his back. While on vacation recently, it happened. Sometimes it's just an inconvenience, sometimes it puts him out of commission for days. This time, it was the latter. We were staying with friends, in a town we didn't know, without a personal doctor, and without our medical storage that I could've helped him with. So we improvised. I ran to Walmart to … [READ MORE ....]

Get the top 14 best of the best PREParedness posts of 2014 from Mom with a PREP!

Best 14 Posts of 2014 from Mom with a PREP

As 2014 comes to an end, it's been nice looking back at the Mom with a PREP blog to see everything published. As our family continues on our journey to become more PREPared for whatever comes our way, I've been sharing those lessons here on the blog with you. Here are the blog posts that have seemed to resonate the most with readers everywhere. TOP POSTS OF 2014 #14 - Off-Grid Cooking with a … [READ MORE ....]

The big name water filter systems are expensive, but there is a way to make one yourself for a fraction of the cost!

How to Build your Own Gravity Fed Water Filter System

Water filtration systems are expensive, there's no doubt about that. I once wrote an article about a purchased filtration system that I had to put together myself, that wasn't that hard to do. It was just slick because it was in a stainless steel housing, which is great if you don't want to worry about plastics. It's also on the expensive side because of the housing. But if you're looking for a … [READ MORE ....]

Wanting to learn Morse Code with the kids for your HAM license? Create your own Morse Code Key Switch Rig (Practice Oscillator) along with Mom with a PREP

Create a Morse Code Keyer Practice Rig

We are beginning our HAM radio journey. Having had a father who has been involved for years, it would seem second hand for me, but it's not. We're not only excited about the learning experience of science, but the practical skill set we'll be learning and the additional communications we'll be gaining. We don’t see my Dad near enough. But, we got to spend  a day and a half with him earlier this … [READ MORE ....]

If you think your vacuum sealer is good for only freezign foods.....think again!

Unique Uses for a Vacuum Sealer

A vacuum sealer has been one of my favorite kitchen tools, and not necessarily because I stored food with it! My Mom bought me a Rival Seal-a-Meal about twelve years ago that has given me great service all these years, but I've recently upgraded to a Food Saver for the bigger wattage, and because I think I've worn that Seal-a-Meal out! I love my new Food Saver and wanted to share some unique ways … [READ MORE ....]

The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook - a must-have for every PREPared kitchen. Want to know how to dehydrate it? Read this book!

Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook – A Must Have for Every PREPared Kitchen

I always spent a lot of time scouring the internet for how to dehydrate certain foods when I was first learning how to dehydrate. And even now, I find myself going to do research on those foods that aren't so easy to dehydrate. Then...this book, The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff, came along. And it is FULL of dehydrating recipes, techniques, tips and helps for using your … [READ MORE ....]

Mom with a PREP | Preparedness Quick Tip #37: Create an off-grid mixer . BRILLIANT!

Preparendess Quick Tip #37: Off-Grid Mixer

We were watching an old episode of Good Eats this week, and this connected with me in a big way! During his "Going Dutch" episode (which is available on Netflix now), Alton was showing some ideas for power outages, and this is what he used to come up with a way to beat egg whites. This won't make beating 3X a cookie dough recipe at once or kneading bread, but it can help with smaller jobs just … [READ MORE ....]