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The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security: Tips from the Practical One in Your Squad

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Prepare yourself for whatever life throws your way with these essential safety and security hacks you need to know to keep you and your family safe, from TikTok’s Mom Friend, Cathy Pedrayes.

Have you ever wished that you kept a first-aid kit in the car or berated yourself for not keeping a pair of flip-flops in your purse at all times? Ever wondered when it’s okay to geo-tag a social media post or when it’s best to lie to strangers? Just need some tips on how to feel safer and more prepared in today’s digital world? Well, Cathy Pedrayes has you covered.

Known as the Mom Friend of TikTok, Cathy posts practical, everyday safety and security tips that everyone should know and incorporate into their routine. The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security offers a shortcut to a lifetime of tips and hacks Cathy has learned from experience as well as her consultations with personal security experts.

You will find quick guides on:
-Securing your home
-Building a first-aid kit
-Items to take with you on the go
-Things to always pack when going on vacation
-How to read the red flags in everyday situations
-How to protect yourself online
-And more!

Practical and personable, The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security is a quick guide to all the safety tips you wish someone had told you sooner so you can be better prepared for whatever life throws your way.

224 pages, Paperback

Published April 12, 2022

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Profile Image for Mel Rose (Savvy Rose Reads).
523 reviews7 followers
April 30, 2022
Out now! [Thank you to Simon Element for providing me with a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review!]

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cathy Pedrayes is the “Mom Friend” of social media, with millions of views on TikTok for her videos about personal safety and security. In this handy and fun guide, she offers tips on everything from personal safety and safety while traveling to cybersecurity and what to keep on hand to be prepared for every situation.

This isn’t my usual type of book, but I really appreciated the opportunity to read this gifted copy. I hadn’t heard of the Mom Friend before reading this one, but can definitely say that I am now a fan! The tips in this book were super useful and important to remember, and I appreciated the anecdotes that were interspersed from Cathy’s own experience.

I do think this is more a “reference manual” of sorts than the kind of thing you read cover to cover (which, to be fair, is implied by the name!) but I liked how the tips are broken down into categories and would be easy to reference based on the situation someone is facing in their life (e.g. reading the travel chapter before going abroad). I’d also love to see a comprehensive resource list (with, for example, trusted companies who offer some of the products or services discussed in the book) as, perhaps, an online companion feature, but appreciate that the book doesn’t devolve into a list of endorsements and product promotion, as well!

Bonus: the physical copy of the book is beautiful and sturdy, and it’s going to look great on my shelves! (Always a win.)

Recommended if you like: life hacks; safety tips; how-to guides.
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Author 8 books145 followers
April 17, 2022
This isn’t a book that I’d typically want to read, but I’m super glad that I checked it out. Cathy Pedrayes nailed it with this book, and it’s fantastic for a variety of different demographics. Whether you’re a parent, single woman, or just someone who wants to be more prepared and safe, this book is phenomenal. In this book, Cathy gives a ton of different safety tips like how to be prepared in case of fires, what you can do to protect your privacy online and avoid scams, how to be safer when you travel and a ton more.

I have a lot of female friends who are concerned about walking alone, being stalked, or any of the other situations that women disproportionately have to worry about. This book provides so many useful tips that I’m honestly going to recommend it to all of my female friends. Personally, I’m someone who struggles with anxiety, so I get worried about everything, and the tips in this book provided me with practical tips that’ll help me feel more confident in different situation and less worried. So, I’m sure it can do that for many others who grab a copy of this book as well.

Cathy writes in a way that makes it easy to understand, and she provides a ton of stories and real-world situations so the reader understands why these tips are important. The sections are short, which makes it easy to reference when you need to, which makes it great to have around.
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75 reviews4 followers
April 17, 2022
Thank you so much to the author, Simon Element, and NetGalley for the complimentary ARC!
This review contains my honest and unbiased thoughts and opinions. 🌸

Not a book I would normally just pick up to read but I'm glad I did!

Lots of fantastic advice, tips, and information! Definitely a book I would have loved to have back when I had my daughter and even when I first got married! This book has so much great information and is one I can see myself gifting to others! Everything from home, travel and online safety and security to being prepared and aware and ready for many situations. Although I found a lot of the information to be what I already know and practice, I know there are others who would truly benefit from this helpful book.

The writing style also helped make this book quite enjoyable! Normally with books like this, I easily lose interest especially when it's information I already know. This book kept my interest throughout.
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2,141 reviews19 followers
March 16, 2023
This is a helpful and amusing explanation on how to prepare for the most likely emergencies in life. It includes advice to avoid being kidnapped or robbed while traveling... or just coming home from the bar. Out of all of her traveling companions she was the only one who had brought along an emergency sewing kit when one man popped a button on his pants. He was saved from holding up his pants with one hand through the rest of the vacation. The author's advice includes how to secure one's home, what to do when a Nigerian prince askes for help in email, and how to avoid tracking on the internet. None of her advice is foolproof, but it is the baseline for cybersecurity and will solve the vast majority of one's concerns on the internet.

I will probably listen to this audiobook again. I need this advice.
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629 reviews16 followers
March 21, 2022
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a GD delight. Pedrayes, who I'll admit I'd never heard of before, is someone who really thinks about safety and preparation and has aggregated a bunch of common sense home security, cyber security, and travel security tips. The tips were practical, the writing was engaging and it was structured in an way so as to make revisiting certain topics easy.

If I had one complaint it would be the research. Don't get me wrong, Pedrayes has researched the topics and does include sources throughout. I'm just a bit of a data nerd and would've loved more. That is entirely personal preference though and other readers might not mind at all.
26 reviews
August 9, 2022
Every person needs to read this book. Whether you're a man or a woman, travel a lot or haven't left your home town, an avid reader or someone who hasn't picked up a book in their life, you need to read this book. There's truly something for everyone here. Pedrayes makes personal safety easy with handy how-to guides and checklists. She tells it like it is and gets straight to the ever-so-important business of securing your home and self. And this isn't your grandma's home safety guide! This book comes with high-tech security tips and ways to clean your digital footprint as well as traditional safety tips to keep you safe wherever and whenever. Gift this book to everyone you know.
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364 reviews4 followers
May 16, 2022
This is a super informative and detailed guide if you want safety tips for living on your own and travelling. This would make an ideal gift for a college-bound grad that you know, or for someone planning on living alone away from family and friends for the first time. If you feel a little clueless about things like travelling abroad, what to do in car/road emergencies, and how to avoid attracting people that want to scam/abduct you, this book is an excellent place to start.
415 reviews3 followers
April 17, 2022
Book received for free through NetGalley

I came across Cathy Pedrayes online through Instagram and loved her quick informative videos so I jumped on this book when I heard she was branching out. This is a perfect reference whether you're interested in your home, online presence, or traveling.
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5 reviews
April 20, 2022
Loved this book! I’m the mom friend of my friend groups too but Cathy included tips and information I didn’t know about and I can’t wait to incorporate into my own life! She’s also such a great person to follow on social media who videos help us stay safe and prepared while living our best lives!
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448 reviews37 followers
May 10, 2022
This book was very good, it had a lot of useful information that was delivered in a efficient and entertaining manner. I thought each point was given in just the right way and I liked the overall tone very much.
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Author 1 book4 followers
April 16, 2022
Quick and important read for parents. Loved Cathy’s tips, and will be gifting to other families! Very important topic, and her expertise helped us a ton!
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196 reviews9 followers
May 12, 2022
A quick, friendly read with some great tips & tricks for keeping yourself safe.
47 reviews1 follower
July 9, 2022
Won from Goodteads giveaways. Great book. A lot of really great advice for not just moms but everyone. The internet section and travel section were really good. Highly recommend.
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