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Use the fall to update your contacts #motownmom #homesteading #preparedness #detroit

Grab a journal and make sure it’s known by all household members

My survival book with my hubby, also pictured with my garden book as well. Cheap journals from the dollar tree.

I call mine the survival book. It’s tabbed out from Contacts (Directory), Supplies in the House, Evacuation Plans, Tips and Notes.

This has all our contacts written down including addresses, phone numbers & emails. (I pulled from our wedding list, printed it out and added to the book)

Today we’re talking about Contacts

Emergency Contacts are the phone numbers that you have instructed ADT to call if we receive an an emergency alarm signal or to confirm a false alarm from your protected premises.

During an alarm event, ADT will first call the number(s) you have designated as your primary number. This number is typically your residence, mobile phone or place of business. If there is no answer at this primary number (or under other circumstances), ADT will call the people on your Emergency Contact list in the order in which you have listed them.

We recommend that you have at least three contacts in your list. Update your contact list.

Who to Put in there and how

Of course family and close friends. I have mine highlighted for importance. Who I need to call first in hot pink and then family in yellow. Secondary friends in a light green.

Establishing a circle is important because if crap hits the fan I want to hurry up and find people or I need to know fast who needs to be help. I put different colored dots for handicap, seniors and single mommies.

This also helps in contacts when I had to call people after my husband was rushed to the hospital. I didn’t have to think about it. I just knew who to contact and in what order.

This list should be done annually and discussed with all parties in the house.

Contact Guidelines

The people listed in your contact list should:

  • Be aware that they are on the contact list if they are in the red. They know in an emergency they will be contacted if YOU have an emergency. At least two of these people should know a special password or the password that when said verbally it’s a real emergency.

Your contact list may change when you travel out of town, so sometimes you may add an addendum sheet and take a picture of it when you travel.

We Are Being Told To Prepare For High Prices At Grocery And It’s Likely Food Shortages Only Get Worse | #BusyMom Grocery List #motownmom

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Being prepared is not becoming a prepper, but rather an urban homestead.

Make sure your household has at least three month of food and sundry supplies at all times. Also use list and have a way others in the house hold can let you know when things are running low. Make all people in the household responsible for the household.

I keep a board or we use Alexa to keep track of items we need in the house.

Here’s a list of Grocery Lists for the busy household you can use to print out and help you determine what you need



REMINDER: September is Nat’l Preparedness Month #motownmom #homesteading #detroit

Making a plan has always been beneficial for me. I don’t wait for September and you don’t either, but focus is put on this month to prepare and make sure your family is ready for anything.

I dont consider myself a prepper, but more of a homesteader, that is ready for the worst to happen and knowing what to do when it does and preparing my family for that moment so we can work together.

From being a single mom of three, my #firestory and to just taking the every day and dealing with in – especially in Detroit – having a plan of action for our household for ANY SITUATION has been a prioprity.

You may say it takes away from being a child, but in this day and age, you need a unit – a family – MORE in time of crisis than you need a child.

This whole month FEMA did a weekly way for you to prepare, but if you missed the beginning of the month, here is the whole list.

If you’re reading this and it’s not September, I say start now in homesteading and prepping your house and family for what’s to come as “insurance” to be prepared. I get a lot of friends say they don’t know where to start.

Well here’s your guide:


Week 1: Make a Plan

  • #PrepareToProtect means preparing to protect everyone you love. Start by making a plan before disasters and emergencies strike.
  • Discuss with your household or family how you will communicate if there is an emergency.
  • Decide and practice your emergency plan with members of your household.
  • Houses, mobile homes, apartments, and high-rise buildings have different evacuation considerations. Make a plan for each: 
  • Involve your entire family, including your children, in planning for disasters and emergencies so they are prepared, not afraid

Week 2: Build a Kit

  • Create or update your emergency supplies with this list:
  • Make sure your emergency kit is ready to go in case you need evacuate. Include:
    • Enough food and water to last several days.
    • Medication, face masks and disinfectant for everyone in your household.
    • Pet supplies.
  • When building a kit, people with disabilities should consider the items they use daily, as well as life-sustaining items.
  • Have medication for at least three days in your emergency supplies.
  • Check the expiration date on your emergency supplies, and replace any old items. 
  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit:
  • Kids bored? We can help. Check out our online Ready Kids Build A Kit game: 
  • Include your child’s favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.

Week 3: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency.
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit:

Week 4: Teach Youth About Preparedness

  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting.
  • Kids, parents, & educators, visit the Ready Kids web pages in Spanish:
  • Need tips for talking to your kids about natural disasters? Visit
  • Many Americans aren’t familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you?
  • Kids can become Disaster Masters with this @Readygov preparedness game: 
  • Get involved in Teen CERT. Find opportunities by learning about Teen CERT online:
  • Your community needs YOU! Find opportunities to help your community here:

One day I’ll make videos and talks about my preps around my house and how we have done it without breaking the bank.

Let me know in the comments how you homestead and what questions or concerns you have so we can all help each other

#MotownMom #DetroitHomesteading [video] 20 Preps to buy Every Month #Prepperstockpile

#MotownMom What You Need To Know About Budgeting #budget #savings #moneymanagement [video]

In this unexpected time we need to get our control of money to prepare to ease into the New Year or just get control of our finances because we’re broke all the time.

I found this great video that explains and helps with how to save money, control expenses, pay off bills and even put a little aside for wants.


A lot of these methods I used like the envelope method, the Jim Rohns and a couple of others mixed together to force me to get where I am.

Here’s a chart from the video you can use.

Let me know what methods you use or you are going to try and let’s get to saving

Need more water, but don’t want to pay the water company another dime? [Video] DIY Rain Water Collection

I’ve seen a lot of rain water collection systems and determined from my husband and mine camping trip about a year ago, together we may use 40 gallons every three days. (This doesn’t include drinking water and we did take showers). I know I opted for navy showers, but my husband likes to run the water a lot in his ten minute shower.

In any case, I’m also doing a garden which I’ve found depending on the temperature outside, is how much I need to water and my plants eat up about a gallon a day of water or more.

There was a cause for concern earlier this year when we went without power for almost four days. Yes. boredom almost killed us but the fact that we didn’t know if the house pump was working and we couldn’t determine how much water we had in the system, we opted to get water from my father’s. I used my 5 gallon water containers, which we ended up refilling three times in our four day period. My husband understood navy showers by now. I got my two water containers free. but you can also get them from amazon. We used this water for toilet flushing, quick wash ups and cleaning. If there was extra water after cleaning, washing up or cooking, I added it to a gray water tank to use for flushing, but that’s a whole ‘nother subject.

I also was about to break out our collapsible container as well which I highly recommend. Click here

Anyhow, I’ve always thought about adding a water diverter on my roof spouts but I’m so afraid to cut into the gutters. Most videos say do this, but I could never overcome the fear.

So I want to be able to collect Rain water for several reasons.

  1. My garden and fountain system
  2. Emergencies happen and you never know when you need the extra amount (hence example above)

Then this video comes along!




This video was a great water to get the water from the rain and to keep the bugs out. In addition to what they did I’d also add rocks to the bottom to get rid of a lot of things that could still slip in, plus add wait to the bucket in wind storms.

Let me know what you think? If I build it, of course, I’ll do my own video. Subscribe for updates!

We Are Being Told To Prepare For High Prices At Grocery And It’s Likely Food Shortages Only Get Worse | #BusyMom Grocery List #motownmom

Click here to watch this video

Being prepared is not becoming a prepper, but rather an urban homestead.

Make sure your household has at least three month of food and sundry supplies at all times. Also use list and have a way others in the house hold can let you know when things are running low. Make all people in the household responsible for the household.

I keep a board or we use Alexa to keep track of items we need in the house.

Here’s a list of Grocery Lists for the busy household you can use to print out and help you determine what you need



Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association Early Conference Registration Ends in Just 3 days @bmbfa #detroit #mothers #motownmom

MARCH 6, 2020. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
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Courtyard Marriott
333 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Driving Directions

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Nursing contact hours & lactation consultant CERPs provided by LER. Dietitian & Social Worker CEs to be announced soon.
Kiddada Green
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
Wednesday Afternoon, May 13th
The mission of the Black Breastfeeding Caucus is to mobilize families, communities, and public/private institutions to create strategies, make decisions and implement action steps that result in equitable breastfeeding support for black families.  The BBC Annual Meeting is a reserved space for black people to address and advocate for racial equity in breastfeeding support. The annual meeting is open to both current and potential members who self-identify as a black person with an intentional purpose of working on behalf of the community.
Wednesday Evening, May 13th
The conference kicks off with a formal observance of national contributions to the field, leading field spokespersons, a celebrity ambassador, heavy hors d’oeuvres and motown sounds.
Thursday Afternoon, May 14th
Enjoy a maternal child health immersion experience like never before. Participate in site visits to several of Motown’s traditional and non-traditional maternal child health service providers.  See innovative models, tour sites and learn from program staff and participants about their birth and breastfeeding practices. Additionally, delight in a photo opp at one of Detroit’s historic sites.
Thursday Evening, May 14th
Motown karaoke! Come dressed ready to network, dance and sing.  Motown costumes encouraged but optional.
Friday Morning & Afternoon, May 15th
Enjoy lectures, plenaries, panels, masterclasses and workshop sessions from a diverse group of field builders and maternal-child-health experts.  Get a better understanding of ways to address the specific socio-cultural needs of black families as related to birth and breastfeeding. Explore and examine leading information about the most current practices, studies, experiences and program models. Sessions focus on direct service, advocacy, research, community programs and public health.  Also included is the Red Table Talk: BMBFA Edition.
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, 19750 Burt Rd Rm 205, Detroit, MI 48219

Preparing for Emergencies at home #MotownMom #Urban


I can say first hand I know how it feels to have emergencies. When I was a single parent, I constantly stay on alert.

I can say always have a plan for everything. Fire, Crime, Shortages (especially when you’re broke but even pandemics come to mind), we went through a power outage when the east coat went out, Car stolen and more!

Per the CDC you should have and I’ve put my thoughts in

  • Paperwork – Collect and protect important documents and medical records
    • Keep all this in a bag. When I had my fire, the fact that I could just grab a bag with all our important papers was a life saver. I didn’t have to think. I just knew grab the big black bag in an area I could easily get to.
  • Personal Needs – Gather food, water, & medical supplies to last at least 72 hours

    • For personal needs you need to make sure you have enough in your house for a month for each member
    • One case (24 bottles) of water per person in the house and also put an extra at the bottom of a deep freezer or if you don’t have one a regular freezer.
    • Check out our grocery list site to make sure your pantry is well stocked
  • Prescriptions – Prepare your prescription medications for an emergency

    • Stock your prescriptions for at least three months if you can. I get migraines and I make sure I have at least two to three months of Excedrin with Caffeine  on hand.
  • Power sources – Prepare for power outages with backup power sources

    • Also think of power sources for CPap and any kind of breathing or other medical machines
    • Gas or Propane should be stored safely and ALWAYS keep you vehicle over a half tank of gas
    • Buy rechargeable power supplies and extra cords on hand.
  • Practical Skills – Learn Life Saving skills, such as CPR, to use until help arrives.

    • Try to learn a little gardening, home building skills, can food, fix cars, weapons handling and so forth as well.

Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator Opens via @BambooDetroit #motownmom #detroit #mompreneurship #preaccelerator #techstartup


Applications Close:
Sept 20th

Techstars Startup Boost global pre-accelerator program is back again this Fall at Bamboo. If you are an early-stage technology company this program might be for you. Pre-accelerators help you get to polish that pitch and model in order to land sales, investment rounds, or get into that top accelerator. Past grads have gotten accepted into Techstars, raised millions in seed funding, and pitched on Shark Tank.

Learn more & apply here.