When I first started prepping it was hard to find information by women in the sea of information out there. There was a lot of talk of ammo, beans and rice. All good things, but let’s be honest, I’m not donning tactical gear anytime soon and defending my homestead. Could I? Maybe. Do I want to? No. And in reality, that’s not my skill set.

As mom and wife my focus is taking care of my family no matter the circumstances. From power outages to the zombie apocalypse my kids are still going to look to me and ask “whats for dinner?"

My strengths revolve around caring for my family. I am a keeper of the home and a keeper of the food. From dishes to laundry, from gardens to canning jars. Prepping for those needs is my job and my responsibility. Its your job and your responsibility too.

Women bring valuable insight to the concept of prepping that men don’t typically think about. Like spices and laundry detergent. 

Ladies it is our job to care for our families, to be prepared in whatever way that looks like for you. It is time to take action, take your next steps, and get started on your preparedness journey.

This Prepared Life formed out of all of the above. I hope that you can find community, encouragement, and education in this space. 

Hello! I’m Allison and my age shall not be named. I have been with my husband, Joe, for longer than we’ve been apart. We have been married since 2002. We have four amazing kids between 13-20. We lost our 18-year old son in October of 2021 and this journey has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

In 2020 we moved our five-acre homestead in SW WA state to our current 20-acre homestead in North Idaho. Moving a homestead to a new state was hard but so worth it. We moved our beehives, chickens, and as many garden perennials as I could pot up.

Over the years we have raised poultry for eggs & meat, dairy goats, meat goats, geese, and turkeys. Our goal is to produce as much of our own food as we are able, though I also believe that no one can be 100% self-sufficient. We like to experiment and try new things and make all kinds of mistakes.

Sometimes I refer to myself as the keeper of the food, from seed to stomach. I grow it, preserve it, cook it, and serve it. Usually with a polka dotted apron on. I love this responsibility.

I've decided that my husband Joe should be named the keeper of the ammo. I once asked him what he would have done had I never got on board with prepping. He said we'd be eating a lot of rice and beans with tabasco. So keeper of the food it is.

I believe that every single one of us should be a prepper in whatever way, shape, or form works for you. This is our responsibility as women and keepers of our homes. There is no excuse just get started.

I’m an open book and my stories on IG are filled with the randomness of my day. Everything from gardening to my freeze dryer to my kids. I share pictures, videos, and my thoughts regularly.

I love aprons and coffee, I think lipstick goes well with muck boots, and if you were here in person I’d feed you a snack.