Rainy Day Survival, Inspired by “Get Out Alive”

Some days, no matter how badly you’d like to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, the weather won’t cooperate. We’ve had that kind of weather in Atlanta for the past week: Rain, thunderstorms — even a few flash flood warnings. We’ve been inside for the better part of the last few days, and we were all developing a bit of cabin fever. I was thankful to Walmart for challenging me to come up with a family activity inspired by the new survival show, Get Out Alive, hosted by Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild fame.

To survive a rainy day, we grabbed a few supplies: A survival-themed movie (we chose “I am Legend” for just $7.97 on Blu Ray at Walmart), marshmallows, bamboo skewers for roasting the marshmallows, popcorn and blackout curtains. OK. So we didn’t get the blackout curtains specifically for this, but they definitely came in handy. When the weather outside made the whole house feel dark and gloomy, we just closed them to make the living room as dark as possible — movie theater style.

My husband roasted the marshmallows:


My daughter popped the popcorn:


And then pulled out her tent so she’d have a “safe place” to watch hide from the scarier parts of the movie.


Our chosen activity was definitely tamer than the tamest of Bear Grylls’ adventures, but it definitely helped us survive a rainy day without going at each other’s throats.


“Get Out Alive”, sponsored by Walmart, premieres July 8 at 9 p.m./8 p.m. central on NBC. In this new show, 10 teams will face off in an adventure competition set in New Zealand. They have to survive the wild as a group, but avoid being eliminated as a team, as Bear will send home one pair each week. The last team standing — the one he believes has shown the most heart, courage, initiative and resolve — will win a grand prize of $500,000. Check out this preview of the show:

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be watching. We watched Man vs. Wild all the time, and I really like survival shows — mostly because I don’t think I’d ever have the guts to attempt most of these things and I’m fascinated by people’s ingenuity and strength when they find themselves in a difficult situation. I really can’t wait to see how these teams will handle the pressure, and it’s awesome to see some women who look like me among them.

If you really want to play along, check out the Bear Grylls camping and survival gear at Walmart. I’ve got my eye on a couple of things myself. You know. For the next time I decide to try surviving the wilderness for a month. Or for the next power outage 🙂 (aff)

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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