Pesky Mosquitoes

Summer is practically here! Summer cookouts, picnics, beach and pool days, going for walks, taking the kids to the playground and the list goes on!  But one thing that can put a halt to all that fun are those itchy, pesky bugs that attach themselves to you and before you can even think to swat at them, more than likely they have already started to feed on your blood!  Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “mosquito!”
My girls and I were headed out for a walk a few days ago as our plan was to get in some exercise while spending some time together and our local news station approached us randomly to interview us on nonetheless: Mosquitoes in our area! That definitely inspired this post and you can find the news clip below.


They come out of nowhere–the bites itch at night and they keep popping up here and there and everywhere! So what are some ways to make prevent these bug bites?

Here are a few tips I found that works and some that I will be trying throughout the summer:

  • Bug Repellant Spray: Spray liberally before heading outdoors!
  • DynaTrap: this has been a life saver for us! This device emits UV light to lure the mosquitoes in.  After a week or so, check and empty the device.
  • Grow your own mosquito repelling plants (citronella, catnip, basil, peppermint)
    You can crush these leaves and rub the oils on your skin–the natural oils they emit will keep these bugs at bay!
  • Get rid of any standing water in the outdoor areas. (make sure gutters are not clogged so that the water can drain freely from the top of your house) Mosquitos thrive and reproduce in warm, humid and dark areas.
  • Refrain from wearing heavy perfume/cologne or scented body lotions–the sweet smell attracts mosquitos.

How to STOP the itch?

  • Apply apple cider vinegar to bug bites to help stop the itching.
  • Vicks Vapor rub is said to ease the itching. (definitely helps)
  • Honey to soothe the area.
  • Banana peel–rub the inside on the bite for a few minutes.
  • Peppermint oil–a dab on the bite and it relieves the itchiness (TRUTH)
  • Rubbing Alcohol–the cooling effect of the alcohol immediately soothes the bite, reduces the size and swelling. (works for me)

What are some of your methods that works for you and your family to help with these pesky bugs?

 

I Declare…

ONE touch from The LORD can CHANGE everything… 
Don’t give up!

Don’t give up on your dreams…

BELIEVE and DECLARE with me that you are not just going to survive life anymore, but you are going to THRIVE! 

Preschooler Learning in the Kitchen

Our almost 3 year old was up earlier than her two older sisters this morning…so she and I decided to make breakfast together. A little one-on-one time with just mommy  and some added fun with learning, that mommy totally snuck in! 

Who says making pancakes can’t get a preschooler’s mind going?! 

She got introduced to measurements, a review in shapes/colors and there’s lots of fine motor being used! 

What are some fun ways you are keeping your preschooler’s mind busy this summer?

Avocado & Chicken Caprese Salad…


2 cups Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved

1/8 Avocado, chopped

2 oz. Fresh mozzarella, chopped

4 oz. Chicken breasts, chopped (I used garlic salt & pepper-seasoned, sauteed chicken breasts)

Fresh torn basil

Walden farms Balsamic 

1 full lean and green, 1 healthy fat and 3 condiments

Trust…

This is so true for Daniel and I, especially as we approach our 2 year mark of stepping out of the boat–our comfort zone! God has seen us through SO much in the past 2 years and we stand so much stronger in Him! We both can attest to “He never leaves you and never forsakes you.” There is always a Bigger Plan–trust Him!

Speak Life…

Don’t be trapped by what comes out of your mouth! Choose to speak “Life” “Goodness” over yourself! #loveyourself❤️

Lean and Green Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Food that fuel your body!!!


Ingredients:

1 cup shredded Riced cauliflower 

1 large egg

1 cup low fat mozzarella

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 Tablespoon pizza sauce (find a brand and amount that will give the largest serving size while providing 1 gram of carbohydrate or less). 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2. Add Riced cauliflower to a bowl and allow to sit for 10 min. Drain excess water using cheese cloth or paper towel. (the more moisture you can get out the crispier the crust will be)

3. Add cauliflower, egg, 1/2 cup mozzarella, garlic powder, and black pepper into the bowl and mix to combine.

4. Lay out parchment paper on pizza stone and spread cauliflower mixture into a circle.

5. Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven, add pizza sauce & the other 1/2 cup mozzarella.

6. Return to oven for another 5-10 min

7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing
8. Enjoy

Tip: use the cauliflower rice that can be found in most produce aisle already made! Saves you some time! 

“I Will Be With You”

Whatever you may be going through today, the Lord promises to never leave you nor forsake you! He is closer than your own brothe/sister, just trust in Him and He will direct your very path! Be encouraged today as you head into a new week! 

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day!!! A special blessing and prayer for continued strength, peace and joy! 💕

She is clothed with strength and dignity!” Proverbs 31: 25

Spinach Mushroom Chicken Recipe

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Wake up those taste buds with this delicious balanced meal! 


Spinach Mushroom Chicken
Makes 6 servings

Per serving                  

1 Leaner protein, 1 vegetable, ½ condiment, 1 fat

6 chicken breast thinly sliced   

1 ½ cups low fat plain greek yogurt

8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced

4 cups fresh baby spinach

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 Tbs. olive oil

1/2 cup chicken broth

8 ounces mozzarella cheese

In 9×13 pan line chicken in single layer, top with spinach and then mushrooms. Sprinkle with seasonings. Whisk greek yogurt with oil and broth. Pour over mixture. Lay foil over top of pan but do not seal. Cook at 375 for 20 mins, remove foil and cook uncovered for another 25 mins. Add mozzarella and cook uncovered additional 10 mins.

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