Are You A Survivor?

I received a copy of Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford from the publisher to review as part of a TLC Book Tour.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I always love the chance to read and review new books, especially books that I might not pick up on my own.  So, I was excited to have the chance to review Survival Mom even if I was skeptical as to what the book could actually teach me.  I mean, I already know all about survival, right?  I survived infertility, a twin pregnancy, bed rest, the NICU, the insane thrush of death and full-time pumping…what’s left to survive.  Clearly, I am the survival mom.

Once I started reading, my ego quickly deflated and a touch of panic set in.  Suddenly, my attitude was more, “OMG I AM SO UNPREPARED MUST BUY FREEZE DRIED FOOD RIGHT NOW!”  Eventually, I managed to calm myself down.  Rational thinking returned…at least as rational as one can be while parenting twin toddlers.  But I’m at least coherent enough to tell you what I think about this book.


  • Mom or not, this book is worth spending some time with.  It’s full of tips and ways to start preparing for any type of survival from natural disasters to job loss.
  • Some of the tips were a bit ridiculous.  I don’t see myself digging a hole in the backyard to use the bathroom…but I guess it’s nice that I have a reference tool on just how to do that should the need ever arise.  I’m probably not going to go learn how to shoot a gun because that’s just not my style, but I certainly appreciate learning how to make clean water.
  • I love that each chapter allows you to make your own plan and to take small steps to help get your family prepared.  You don’t have to run out and prep for ever possibly emergency, but you can take simple steps today to make yourself more prepared.
  • One thing I loved about this book was that it really got me thinking about what type of emergencies I needed to prepare for.  I don’t need to worry about hurricanes where I live, but extended power outages are a frequent occurrence…and I’m always scrambling to find ComEd’s phone number.  My family also needs to think about financial planning.  Ted has lost his job twice in the past 5 years, I’ve been on unpaid maternity leave, and a strike is looming in my district.  Thinking about what my savings account looks like is key for my family’s survival.

Overall, I think that this is a book you need to take with a grain of salt.  There is a lot of good information in here, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel completely unprepared.  Read the chapters that pertain to your life.  Think about what you need to be prepared for and make a plan to get prepared.  Take small steps and don’t get caught up in trying to do everything.  Definitely a great reference to have on hand.

You can get more survival tips from Lisa on her blog, twitter, and Facebook.  Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to be a part of this tour!


  1. I just peeked at her blog and WHOA, it does look overwhelming.

    We spent 5 days without power after last year’s storms. The 5th day, my parents in a different county got power, so we went there, and power was restored to our house after 7 days. We were completely and utterly unprepared. Even knowing that storms were coming to us, we still didn’t imagine a situation like that.

    Our regular things now: We make sure we have matches/lighters and emergency lanterns/candles. We keep a corded phone around, keep a huge stash of batteries, and are sure to have a working car charger for cell phones. We also make sure to fill up both cars if weather is going to be bad, because we had a temporary gas shortage. Also, keep a little bit of cash stashed somewhere at home! Of course, bottled water, crackers, granola bars and snack foods too.

    A grill is handy to cook the food in your freezer that is about to go bad, and also to heat water for washing dishes. We keep a camp stove for heating water, it’s faster, but grill will work in a pinch. For bathing, you can set a pack of baby wipes in a sunny window, and then clean up with them. If you have a bottle-fed baby, I highly recommend keeping some ready-to-feed formula in an emergency kit, with those sterile packaged nipples.

  2. I will definitely be reading this book! I realized a few weeks ago that I MUST start preparing for hurricane season. It’s one thing to be a healthy adult without power for a few days (annoying) but quite another to have a baby who depends on a battery-charged feeding pump and refridgerated medication to SURVIVE. Digging a hole in the backyard to go to the bathroom? Yeah, that’s a little much- ha!

  3. I also reviewed this book on the blog tour, and I was checking out a few other reviews to see if I was the only one who thought it was a little over-the-top. I agree that the financial planning section is good, solid advice…but I’m with you on no bathroom hole in the backyard!

    Enjoyed visiting your blog! I have twin girls that just turned three. Aren’t they fun? : )

  4. Sounds like it would be a good book for reference most definitely and to read what would pertain to me! Last fall Knight and I went on a cabin vacation. our first night there the power went out and we had no candles, no flashflights, no nothing… and were in the middle of nowhere (felt like a horror movie!). As silly as it sounds from now on if we are renting a cabin/house I’ll be sure we take those few items with us just in case!

  5. You are so right – each family needs to decide what type of emergencies they want to prepare for and how they will do that. Full-time prepping isn’t for everyone, but there are valuable things to be learned from people like Lisa who spend all their time thinking about how to survive anything.

    I’m glad you didn’t totally panic. 🙂 Thanks for being on the tour!

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