Survival Year At A Glance.

I decided my birthday would be a great day to sit down and update The Survival List. I pared it down from the global Holy-Crap-I-Have-A-Ton-To-Do List to an easier to manage What-Needs-To-Get-Done-This-Year List.I tripped over this amazing calculator last week to figure out my current impact. It’s a great resource to dial in what gets to happen in the next 12 months.In case you missed it, I’m no greenie.I’m interested in lowering my impact to know I can power everything in my world with alternative power sources. If I can dial it down, it will take fewer solar panels to run my life (read: cheaper). I’m willing to switch lightbulbs so I can still run the dishwasher after the EOWAWKI. Seriously, if The End Of the World As We Know It means I have to do dishes….I’m out. Oh, dear, and hanging clothes on the line…See, that’s why we have to figure this stuff out NOW.I digress. (That’s what happens when I think about hand-washing dishes.) THE LIST:I have a little of everything on there, like:  Change out the rest of the lighbulbs. Double the efficiency of the garden. Install solar panels on the trailer. Complete food storage (that’s a big one – for a family of four, for a year!). I did manage to organize the pantries over the weekend and moved the food storage downstairs, catalogued the meager items I have, and made a specific list of what’s left.  Going forward through the year, I’m going to track my progress (why, yes, here, on this Survival Blog) and see how it goes. Wanna come with, or are you willing to hand wash...

Unplugging to Survive.

Above my back door I have one of those silly cottage quotes. Most days I pass under it without reading it…some days it makes me pause. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Life is speeding up to a dangerous pace. Twitter and facebook are cracking open our brains and we vomit our thoughts on a moment by moment basis. Where do we go from here? Our children live in a world of instant gratification, what will they look like as teens, as adults? I have no idea what will happen in 2012, but if ever we needed a reset button, it’s now. We’re so wired in, the thought of taking a 5 day escape from technology is beyond comprehension for most of us. Here’s an article about a team that took on the challenge and what scientists found. Could you do it? Could you leave technology behind for a weekend? Are you prepared to leave it behind for good? Survive Unplugged.               Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Survival Monday

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.– C.S.Lewis    Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

It’s My Birthday…YOU Get Circus Tickets!!

Since I’m not getting any older :) I thought it would be fun to GIVE a gift this year for my birthday.Let’s give away this last set of CIRCUS TICKETS!!!! (Check out the CURRENT event ticket GIVEAWAY HERE) I’m going to make it super easy, because that’s how gifts should work. And I’m having a fantastical day!I’ll do one random drawing Wednesday, September 15 for a FOUR-PACK of tickets (and, of course, RED NOSES) for the circus. (I don’t think it’s a requirement to wear the noses TO the circus, but everyone else is doing it) WAYS TO WIN 1.   Leave a comment on this post about: a.   The #1 Item on your Survival Mama To-Do Survival List. (making a Survival Mama To-Do Survival List counts, but I’m making a frowny face at you for not having it started) 2.   Link or tweet this post on your facebook, twitter, or blog. 3.  Follow The Survival Mama Blog. I’ll track all the entries, and on the 15th will pick a random winner. In the meantime…Check out these other awesome Mama blogs for more chances to win!! (a few of the contests have ended…but the blogs are still well worth repeated visits)Bargain DivasThe Savin’ QueenSavvy Sister ShopsMy SLC MommiesCoupons4UtahTightWadInUtahSmartIdeasChaseandKatieSoSimpleToSaveYou can also go to the Ringling site to buy tickets. Enter the code BLOG for a discount.Good LUCK! (even though there’s no such thing as “luck” in survival)The Survival Mama Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Final Circus Ticket Giveaway!

I’m waiting until tomorrow (My Birthday) to give you all the details for this final giveaway. I have one final four-pack of tickets to the circus (and their accompanying red noses). Easy-peasy contest….I promise you won’t have to survive the wilderness for a week or anything too tough :) See you tomorrow!! In the meantime… Check out these other awesome Mama blogs for more chances to win!! Bargain Divas The Savin’ Queen Savvy Sister Shops My SLC Mommies Coupons4Utah TightWadInUtah SmartIdeas ChaseandKatie SoSimpleToSave Keep Surviving! The Survival Mama PS – Did any of you local mamas check out the Park City Parade of Homes?  One third of the homes are sustainable and one of them has a Platinum LEED certification! We’re checking them out for my birthday tomorrow. I’m pretty excited. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...