Make These Natural Bug Repellents

 

When you spend more time outdoors in the summer, one of the main drawbacks is the
insects. They can crawl on you, bite, and sting, so you might want to avoid them with
actually harming them. This is where the following natural bug repellent remedies come
in.

Ultimate DIY Bug Spray

The first type of natural bug repellent you can make is one that is something you put
together on your own. The reason this is the ultimate DIY spray is because you get to
choose the recipe you want. It is going to use essential oils for repelling different types
of bugs during the summer, particularly when enjoying outdoor activities, but you can
pick and choose which ones. Here is a list of essential oils that will work great:

Citronella
Clove
Eucalyptus
Rosemary
Mint
Lavender
Cedar

There are also others to use. Some oils work better for certain types of bugs, while
others are there to help it smell a little better. All you need to do is add about the same
amount of drops for each oil you use, combine it with some water and a little rubbing
alcohol, and add it all to a spray bottle.

Citronella Oil Bug Repellent

Next on the list is probably not a big surprise, which is making a bug spray using
citronella. Many people use citronella candles on their patio or deck because flying bugs
like mosquitoes and flies don’t like the smell. You can use citronella essential oil to
make your own bug spray and repellent. Add about 30 drops of this essential oil to a
spray bottle with water, and you’re good to go. You can also make your own citronella
candles if you prefer to go that route.

Dried Herbs Bug Repellent

Lastly, consider using dried herbs when making your bug spray repellent. You can also
use fresh herbs if you are growing them in your garden. You are going to combine
certain herbs that the insects don’t like, plus some vinegar or witch hazel added to the
spray. Herbs like lemongrass, citronella, peppermint, and other types of mint will work
great. You want to boil water with the herbs, then strain it into a water bottle with
distilled water and rubbing alcohol. Use this spray around your house, patio, or
anywhere that you find bugs are hiding.

These natural repellent sprays won’t harm the insects, but they will keep them away
from you and your home or campsite.

 

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Grow Herbs Indoors

Barbara shares……..Want to grow fresh herbs at home, make your own little greenhouse. I do this at home when its too cold or hot outside for herbs. It’s really easy and they grow great! I put the plant in a small plastic container, fill it halfway with water and put a ziploc over the top! Voila a tiny little green…house for fresh herbs!! This is mint, it sits on my fridge in my kitchen Try it and enjoy fresh herbs all year!!

 

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ANTI-DEPRESSION KIT

An Eraser – to make All your mistakes disappear.
A Penny – so you’ll never have to say you’re broke.
A Marble – in case someone says you’ve lost your marbles.
A Rubber Band – to stretch yourself beyond your limits.
A String – to tie things together when everything falls apart.
A Hug & A Kiss – to remind you that someone, somewhere, loves you!

 

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CLOUD DOUGH

CLOUD DOUGH

Toddler Sensory Bin — Fun for the toddlers!!

What is Cloud Dough?
Cloud dough (also known as moon dough or moon sand) is silky and moldable and takes just two ingredients to make.

Cloud Dough Recipe:
Add one cup of baby oil to 8 cups of flour. Stir well. I used a pastry cutter to mix mine, but a spoon or whisk would be fine.

Transfer your dough to a bin or basin (I purchased this white plastic bin at the dollar store, and it’s perfect for sensory activities), and that’s it. You’re done!

Set out some containers, scoops and molds and let the little ones at it.

 

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Easter Peeps Centerpiece

 

what you need–
2-4 bags of colorful jelly beans
2 boxes of peeps
2 vases, one smaller than the other so it can fit inside , make sure there is enough room to fit the jelly beans and peeps.
3-4 fake flowers (Easter colors)
wire cutters to trim the flowers

Use two different size glass vases so one can fit in the other. Fill the space between the two with the jelly beans and then put the peeps on top of the jelly beans .
The inner vase holds the flowers, i also put colored jelly beans in the inner vase to make it even cuter and it holds the flowers nice and tight!!!
Easy, cheap and everyone will love it!

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You never know when some sort of disaster might happen, but you can be ready. Please note that this is only a 72 hour supply, so you might want to put in some comfort foods.

MATERIALS:
One gallon plastic food container per kit (it is very hard to fit all the food into the container or extra large zip lock bags)

Food items on the menu:

3 Day Food Supply for One

Day 1
Breakfast ~ 2 Granola bars, 1 can juice
Lunch ~ 1 pkg Lipton soup, 1 pkg crackers
Dinner ~ 2 pkg beef sticks, 1 fruit roll
Snack ~ 9 pieces of candy

Day 2
Breakfast ~ 1 hot chocolate mix, 1 fruit roll
Lunch ~ 2 pkg beef sticks, 1 pudding cup
Dinner ~ 1 canned soup, 1 pkg crackers
Snack ~ 9 pieces of candy

Day 3
Breakfast ~ 1 fruit roll, 1 Capri Sun pouch
Lunch ~ 1 pkg Ramen Noodles, 1 pkg crackers
Dinner ~ 2 granola bars, 1 pkg nuts, 1 hot chocolate
Snack ~ 9 pieces of candy, 1 pkg cookies

EXTRA ITEMS TO KEEP WITH YOUR CONTAINER
Water – 2 liters per day (per person)
Small can opener
Plastic utensils or a hobo utensil set
Container to heat soups and drinks
Garbage bag

ONE YEAR ROTATION
Shove the food into the container as best you can and store with your 72 hour kit.

*** Note: Some food items last longer than others. always check the shelf life of your food. This “menu” is purely an Example. You can put in your jar/container what ever you want. Food preferences and choices are and should be up to the individual making the kit…

Tip: If you use mints, keep them in a separate baggie or they will make your crackers taste like mint….GOOD TO KNOW!!!

 

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Who Knew???

 

HINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU- WHO KNEW!!!

1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … guess what! … static is gone.

19. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

 

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Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

 

Are you like me and HATE spending so much money on these dishwasher tabs? Well here is an easy recipe to make them, and they work amazing 😀 This make 32 tabs.

What you need
2 cups Baking soda (cuts grease, great all-purpose cleaner)
2 cups Borax (natural cleaner and disinfectant)
1/2 cup Epsom salt (reduces the effects of hard water)
1/2 cup vinegar (added cleaning power, liquid to help bind the ingredients)
15-20 drops of real lemon or lemon essential oil (really cuts the scum and cleans well)
2 ice cub trays

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. (The addition of the vinegar will cause a little fizzing, but not much.)
Once all the ingredients are well combined you will notice it actually will start clumping all by itself.
Transfer the mixture into two ice cube trays and press down until each ice cube compartment is hard packed with detergent. If you packed them all down really well, you should use all of the mixture in those two trays. Now they need to dry, place them in dry, sunny spot and let them sit for 24 hours. Once they are dry, flip them over they pop out really easy and put them into a air tight container.

How to use

Add 1 tablet to your dishwasher detergent compartment.
and instead of using Jet dry fill the compartment with Vinegar works amazing especially if you have hard water

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Home Made Dryer Sheet Alternative: Never Buy Dryer Sheets Again!!!

Another Money Saving SUPER simple tip ..works great and saves you A LOT of $$$$!! Another great household trick worth trying!

 

You’ll need…..

A container with an airtight lid (I use a 2QT food storage bowl w/screw on lid)
4-6 sponges (I use small, thin, cheap ones)
2 cups fabric softener (any brand/’flavor’)
4-5 cups water

 

How to do it

Gently stir fabric softener and water together in container ..add sponges and put on lid to leave soak.
To Use: squeeze out 1 sponge and put it in the dryer with your load of wet clothes ..when clothes are dry, put the sponge back into the container of mix.

 

Results: EXACTLY the same as using the expensive dryer sheets that get thrown away!!!!!

Refill container as needed ..but that won’t be very often at all …MAYBE twice a year or less!!!

NOTE: If you use a smaller container ….just make as much mix as needed to fill it …it’s basically 1 cup softener to 2 cups water (a little extra water doesn’t hurt)
My total cost: $5 ………sponges $3 (2/$1) ..container $1 ..fabric softener $1 (ALL purchased at Dollar Tree)

 

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WOW! A non-toxic solution to clean your produce AND make them last longer! WIN!

Amazing Fruit Wash makes your fruits and veggies last longer!!!! Strawberries last up to 2 weeks longer in the fridge.

Make a solution of 1 part Vinegar to 10 parts of water. Soak your fruits/veggies for 15 minutes. DO NOT RINSE. Lay the fruit on a paper towel to dry, once dried put them back into the washed container they came in,and put them in the fridge. It not only cleans all the pesticides and bacteria,but it lasts a whole lot longer!!!!!

 

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What a great idea!

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Valentine’s Day Idea

Thinking of a special treat for your little Sweethearts for Valentine’s Day? It can’t get much easier than this. So easy! Get a pack of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and roll them out like this before you bake them.

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DELICIOUS LEMON SUGAR HAND SCRUB

Mix all ingredients together. Store in an air tight container and use as needed.
1 tbsp coconut oil -Check out Wildtree Coconut Oil  
2 tbsp raw honey
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

 

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Reindeer Pops

REINDEER POPS
 
Ingredients
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Smarties
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate chips
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Ribbon
  • Popsicle sticks
Instructions
  1. Melt some chocolate chips in a double boiler (I use a med size pot with a little water in the bottom. with a metal strainer and a small pot on top of it.)
  2. Separate the 2 cookies from the oreo.
  3. Spread some melted chocolate on the inside of the cookie where you are going to attach pretzel ears.
  4. Dip popsicle stick in the melted chocolate and place on the open faced cookie. Cover the other half of the cookie. Put the cookie back together.
  5. Set in Freezer for 10 mins or until the chocolate is set.
  6. Stick on the eyes and nose with melted chocolate. Let set.
  7. Spread melted chocolate for the hair and shake on sprinkles.
  8. Put in Freezer until completely set.
  9. Decorate with ribbon or bows.

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Hot Cocoa Reindeer

Hot Cocoa Reindeer

With Christmas right around the corner there are all sorts of cute craft ideas that are sure to make someone smile.
This is an awesome DIY craft for kids!! and they are a fun way to celebrate the season. This is pretty much the cutest gift for everyone!!
For the hot Cocoa Reindeers’ project you will need:
Hot cocoa (powdered)
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Piping bags
Red Pom Poms
Brown Pipe Cleaners
Googoo eyes
Instructions:
Fill your Piping bags with the hot cocoa mix (2 cups worth per bag)
Top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows
Wrap your pipe cleaner around the top to make them look like antlers
Using glue, glue the googoo eyes, and red pom poms to your bags, draw a smile, and
Voila~ You are done!!!
I hope you and your children enjoy making these this

 

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