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?

 

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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?

Healthy B-Day Treat & Craft

Our second daughter, Alaina is turning five!  At school, she is allowed to bring in a healthy treat which means no cupcakes or birthday cake. I still wanted Alaina to be excited about celebrating with her class so after scouring through Pinterest, I decided on our healthy treat–A Butterfly Treat!


Ingredients

Snack size sandwich bags

Pipe cleaners

Gold fish

Fruit snacks                                           (princess ones in our house, ofcourse) 

Directions

Tie the center of the bag with a pipe cleaner, to create two halves. 

Fill one half with gold fish, and the other with fruit snacks.

Adjust the butterfly wings and antenna 

(You can choose your own healthy items to fill the halves) 

Simple yet super cute! 

Making Memories

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This can be one scary sentiment, can’t it? Sometimes we just get way too busy and forget that our every action, words, good or bad deeds are being noticed by these innocent little cuties we have strolling along side us each day.
As I was driving the girls to school today, our eight year old drops the bomb about Santa!  “Mommy” she says, “a boy at school told me that his mommy and daddy buy all the gifts for Christmas.”  My know-it-all four year old perks up immediately and says, “well, I don’t care what he says, I believe in Santa and he’s real!” I teased saying, did he not watch Elf, the movie?  But I carefully proceeded to ask Alyssa, “well what do you believe?” Alyssa is a bit of an over analyzer, like I am, so I wasn’t sure where she would go with this but she says, “I told him, I’m still going to believe.”
It hit me as I pulled into the school parking lot that this may be the last year she believes in Santa and as I looked at her as she climbed out of the car it settled in my spirit–she’s growing up oh so quickly.  I definitely can’t prevent that, and I most certainly wouldn’t want to.  But what are the memories that my girls will tell their children one day?  It’s so difficult at times listening to the endless stories that never quite reach a point or the thousands of random questions from a four year old at 7:30 in the morning, and  my all time favorite–all three of them screaming in the car at the same time trying to get a response from me because it’s the most important thing for them at that time.  Putting all that aside, will I miss that one day? We all want our kids to have fond memories of us, especially ones that they can pass on to their families too.  We all want them to be happy, and healthy.  So while we are so busy working our butts off to provide for them, feed them, clothe them…don’t take for granted spending time with them!  Those special moments will last a lifetime and who better to instill that in them than the one who loves them the most–a mommy!

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