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Natural Bug Repellent Spray Recipe {that really works}

Natural Bug Repellent Spray Recipe {that really works}

Post by Contributing Author, Lexie of Lexie Naturals

It’s that time of year again when we love to be outside–riding bikes, working in the garden, taking long summer walks, or swimming in our favorite water holes.  But if there’s one thing that can ruin a fun summer outing, it’s those pesky bugs (especially mosquitoes)!  So, when we leave the house with our hats, sunscreen, snacks and water, we also make sure to bring along some bug repellent spray.

Two years ago, I decided to stop using conventional bug spray due to all the toxins they contain.  If you’re unfamiliar with the risks of using traditional bug repellent (especially those containing DEET), check out this helpful post from Stephanie at Keeper of the Home.  I also enjoy making things instead of buying them, so I knew I was up for the challenge.  And the challenge was this: how can I use natural ingredients to make a bug repellent that actually works without breaking the bank?

One of the great things about this recipe is that all of the ingredients can be used for a variety of natural DIY projects, so the money you’ll spend on them will be well worth it.  Another thing to note is that this can be a tag team effort.  Last year, I made this bug spray with a friend who had different essential oils than me.  We combined our ingredients to make it a more frugal experience!  The best part: the bug spray works!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for One

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for One

We have this problem with cake around our house. It’s not a problem eating it. Or enjoying it. The problem is, if there is cake in this house, my children cannot focus on anything else. Anything else. It’s like their brain becomes taken over by the cake alien and all they can think about is CAKE!

“Mama, is that cake still there?” “Mama, what’s for breakfast? Cake?” “Did Daddy eat the rest of the cake?”

Hey kids! Time to go outside and play in the sprinkler! “Okay, Mama! But when we’re done, can we have cake?”

“Mom…if I do all my chores today, can I have cake?” (more…)



The Complete Guide to Mock Sourdough Bread

The Complete Guide to Mock Sourdough Bread

This post has been brewing in my head for about two years – and it’s finally here. I’ve hinted around and told you a few times it was coming…better late than never? The early bird gets the worm? Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today? All I can say is…it was my kids’ fault! :-p

I’ve been making this bread for 10+ years. It’s SO popular with my family and friends and everyone asks for the recipe once they have it one time. Some of you have asked for a post and some of you have asked for a video. Sooooo, I decided to do both. This post will be an exhaustive look (I’m exhausted already) at the recipe and the video will walk you through the steps…we’ve put it into three parts (well, Barry did because he’s the genius behind the scenes) so that you can watch them all together or little by little if you’re like me and taking a 2 year old to the potty every 15 minutes.  (more…)



Traveling “Unplugged” with Toddlers

Traveling “Unplugged” with Toddlers

Post by Contributing Author, Becky Norvell of Unabridged Becky

Are you ready to travel like it’s 1989? That’s right, let’s bring it back to the good ole days before technology invaded entered our lives. Now, before I go on, let me just say, I am NOT knocking parents who use DVD players to calm children while driving. Let me say it again, this is not an Anti-Technology post! I love technology as much as the next person and yes, my kids are allowed screen time too.

These are only simple suggestions you can use while traveling instead of technology because (a) you don’t have a portable DVD player, (b) there’s not enough data in the world to make it from your house to Florida or (c) you traveled without technology as a kid so you figure your kids should too…

No, you don’t have to spend lots of money on new toys to keep them busy. I have a few things that I keep aside for times when we travel. But if you need ideas, check out your local dollar store or Target’s dollar spot for cheap toys and books to bring on the trip. (more…)



That Time I Went Half-Naked to Church

That Time I Went Half-Naked to Church

Barry will tell you that’s an exaggeration. But I’m sure that by the end of this story, if you’re a woman, you’ll agree. If you’re a man…probably not. Because I think as long as men have on underwear, they consider themselves dressed. :-p I’ve already shared this on Instagram, so it might be a repeat for some. :-)

It was the end of the service. We were leaving…having been at church for about 2 1/2 hours at that point. That’s when it happened. A blessed saint leaned over as I was leaving and said, “Dear, you do know there is a rip down the side of your top, right?” Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m pretty sure I had a deer in the headlights look. I laughed it off and said “No doubt! The kids have been pulling on me today.” I smiled and continued my trip out.

Inside I was screaming “DEAR GOD! PLEASE LET IT BE A TEENIE, TINY LITTLE RIP?!”

You know how sometimes God says “no?” Well….this was one of those times. I had that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I knew it was bad(more…)