Welcome to the September 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Family Preparedness.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. Since September is National Preparedness month, our members are talking about family preparedness this month. Be sure to visit all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to get ideas on how your family can be more prepared for a potential disaster or emergency.

Preparedness is something I never imagined I’d be so concerned about. However, I have been through multiple evacuations due to wild fires (both while I was in school at Pepperdine and when I lived in San Diego). I also live in an area now where wild fires are a concern as are earthquakes and snowstorms severe enough to close the roads.

Since moving to the mountains, we have made preparedness a priority. We have taught ourselves a lot of new skills, and done research to learn what we need to have on hand. I have learned a lot through this process, but I know I still have plenty more to learn.

Here are 10 things you can do now to make sure your family is more prepared.

Stock Food and Water

You need an absolute minimum of 72 hours of food on hand at all time – 2 weeks is even better. I wrote a post last year about calculating how much food your family needs to store for an emergency.

Have a Way to Filter Water

Even if you have water stored, you will also need a way to purify your water if you need to collect rainwater outside of your water storage. Berkey Filters and Life Straws are 2 choices. [click to continue…]


The #IAmProtective shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. (#CollectiveBias) and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

protecting-my-girlsWhen I found out I was pregnant for the first time, everything changed overnight. My focus went from being on myself to my unborn daughter. I did everything I could to prepare for her safe arrival, and once she was born, my quest to keep her safe and protected only continued to grow.

I would do anything to protect my children. They are my heart and my soul – my life. I can’t imagine a world without them in it. Just spending time with them brings me such joy and happiness.


And seeing how much they love and protect each other makes my heart melt. I am so happy they will always have each other.

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Improve the Health of Your Hair Through Nutrition

by Chrystal Johnson September 16, 2014

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hairfinity. The opinions and text are all mine. Can you believe that summer is already coming to a close? It went by far too fast for my taste! We had a relaxing summer this year, but most summers are full of fun and adventure. […]

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Bausc Natural Skincare Giveaway {$112 Value}

by Chrystal Johnson September 15, 2014

Welcome to the Bausc Natural Skincare Giveaway Event, hosted by the Green Moms Network! During this giveaway, you’ll have a chance to win a package of natural skin care products from Bausc valued at $112! Bausc has made the commitment to help people reduce their toxic load by offering safe and luxurious alternatives to the skincare products we […]

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Spread the Green Word with Be Green T {on Kickstarter}

by Chrystal Johnson September 15, 2014

Amber Sorrells, mommy blogger of Easy Green Mom, turns to crowd funding source, Kickstarter, for her new Eco-friendly company, Be Green T, an organic and green t-shirt that sends a message. “Lets spread the Green message via T-shirt!” BeGreen T shirts are made with high quality and Eco-friendly materials.  Even the hangs tags and shipping supplies […]

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Birthday Cards for Kids That Won’t End Up in the Trash

by Chrystal Johnson September 15, 2014

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop for #kidscards has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. If your child is like most, on their birthday they tear through their presents, barely looking at the cards until you remind them they need […]

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Air Scrubber Plus – Clean Air GoPro Giveaway

by Chrystal Johnson September 14, 2014

Welcome to the Clean Air GoPro Giveaway Event, sponsored by Air Scrubber Plus and hosted by Happy Mothering. We’re excited to introduce to you Air Scrubber Plus, a revolutionary new technology to help clean the air and surfaces of your home all year round, and offer you the chance to win a GoPro Hero3 ($199 […]

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Huge Giveaway: 3 iPad Minis and 40 Energy Shot Portable Chargers!

by Chrystal Johnson September 14, 2014

The kids are back to school, but Moms know that’s only the beginning! Now that the school year is in full swing, there’s no slowing down. In fact, things can start getting pretty hectic this time of year between your work and your kid’s homework, after-school clubs and sports, music lessons and carpools, birthday parties […]

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Inspiration to Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices

by Chrystal Johnson September 12, 2014

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases. But it’s so easy to feel […]

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Healthy Fall Snacks: Easy Orange Pumpkins

by Chrystal Johnson September 12, 2014

Fall is just around the corner. The other day, I noticed that the leaves are already starting to turn on some of the trees locally. It makes me wonder if we are in for an early winter this year, even though we’ve had warmer than usual temperatures lately. I know pumpkins will be appearing in stores soon because the […]

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