If you are a seasoned Mom, Prepared - you already know this. If you are just beginning your journey, you will quickly learn to adopt a bit of the point of view: "Any port in a storm."
This means that we may have items or brands of items in our stockpiles that we might not 'choose to use' on a regular basis.
This is true especially if you use coupons to grow your stores.
So, whether you are brand new, OR have been at this for some time, please go check your items for Kotex brand tampons.
I've had this conversation a few times, now.
"I can't afford to buy food storage."
"Yes," I say. "You can."
Blogs & websites, books & T.V. - these are all wonderful, wonderful resources to learn about, & get inspired about, being prepared. The blogosphere has blogs a'plenty... there's myriad websites out there. More and more folks are writing books, both fiction and non-fiction, about the subject. The most surprising, to me, anyway, is that you are seeing more and more of it on television. In the past year, alone, I've seen SEVERAL specials on the prepping lifestyle.
It almost makes ya wonder... is someone *trying* to prepare us for something?
ANYway, another wonderful resource is youtube. I will tell ya.. I've gotten more and sometimes, better info from watching other preppers' videos, than I have practically anywhere else.
Today, I'd like to introduce you to one of my personal favorites.
Her screen name is zappo888.
This woman is a sweet, dear thing. She strongly reminds me of probably *the* sweetest, dearest woman I ever knew. She is so soft-spoken, and just a little self-conscious; however, this woman is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. She is a long term prepper, and the stuff she knows will just knock your socks off. She is mindful of people's time, so she makes a concerted effort to keep her videos to a scant length - some less than 10 minutes, even. She not only gives 'how-to's', but she will sometimes give a recipe, or share a deal she found at a local dollar store. She is overflowin' with practical advice from her many years of living this lifestyle.
I will mention that she is LDS. But she doesn't push that. She isn't afraid to mention God, tho, so if that's a problem for you... well, I dunno. Her channel is about prepping, and I personally feel that ANYONE could gain a great deal from her sage wisdom.
So, here's the link to her channel. On the right hand side, you'll see her video list. It appears short, but be sure you click 'See More'. You'll find she has a whole, whole lotta videos - 330, as I write. Then spend some time perusing them. I'm 99% sure that you'll be glad you did.
If you do, subscribe to her channel!
Her message to all the Lady Preppers out there:
Brrr!! It's been chilly here, today, folks. Granted, not as frosty as some of you are right now, but it was plenty cold for me this morning! (Did I really live up north for a year and a half???) It's turned into a nice day out there!
It is naturally that time of year that a whole lot of us are gearing up toward Christmas. Maybe you have your Christmas shopping done already. If you do, GO YOU!
*This* "Mom, Prepared", however, is decidedly UNPREPARED for the encroaching gift-giving season ;-)
Lest you judge me all 'Bah! Humbug!' - I've been a busy Mama. We homeschool, I'm newly pregnant, and my husband's been just as hard-at-work as he can be. We truly just haven't gotten around to it.
I've got a list, tho! Well.. a list of a list, anyway :)
I happen to find my gift-giving plan BRILLIANT! I want to share it with you, because, in case you are at a loss of what to get 'the person who has everything', or just don't have a plan yet.. this one might be one you'll like!
GIVE FOOD STORAGE FOR CHRISTMAS!
... or any other prepping supplies!
Now... do let me say, in the sake of full disclosure: I don't know exactly how WELL that's gonna go over ;-) I am reasonably sure that my mother will roll her eyes. But, I roll mine when I consider her spendthriftness on items she doesn't need, and will seek to get rid of in a year, coupled with her absolute reluctance to buy a simple bag of beans (for goodness sake!). So, that makes us even :)
I also find this a remarkable plan, because being 'Daughter' means that I am anxious that my family be provided for. And yet, I am nowhere NEAR being in a position to fully prepare for them... or even purchase a full month's supply for a single person!
But you know that old adage, "If you can't feed a hundred people, just feed one?" Well, my thoughts on this are along those lines. I may not be able to feed them for a year. But I can feed them for a short time. I can provide SOME kind of food.
And that brings ME peace of mind.
You can really take this in whatever direction you like. Buy a year's supply of freeze dried food for someone... or buy a can that will provide 10-12 meals. Buy a simple bag of rice, dried beans and a container of salt - tuck those into a cute basket and slap a bow on it. Why stick with food? Buy any sort of valuable survival/preparedness item, wrap it up and give THAT as a gift. Use your imagination, and what you know and have learned about what you need to 'be prepared', and doll it up a little to make it a gift.
Have you already stumbled upon this brilliant idea? Will you be giving preparedness type gifts this season? Will this be your first year doing so, or your 10th? Leave a comment!