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?

 

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?

Alaina Tales…



In our home everything turns out to be a teachable moment as I’m sure most of you do with your children.  I do find that in these moments that our kids do understand the point quicker and the life lesson is far more valuable than just reading it from a book, per say. 
On Valentine’s Day my hubby surprised me with–a four course meal. Ofcourse the three girls are with us as but Dan set the stage pretty well. There were roses and cards for all of us, our China was laid out, the dinner candles were lit and all us girls sat patiently awaiting the yummiest food. Dan told the girls that it was a special dinner and he pretended it was a fancy restaurant. As he served us, we both taught the girls about how we would behave in a very fancy restaurant. We talked about where you would keep your napkin, which fork to use, how to stay in your seat, how to cut your meat, how to order, using manners, the conversations you can have at a dinner table and the list goes on! 

Dan happily took his time serving each one of us and played the role of “waiter” pretty well. The girls got a kick out him adding salads to their plates or the appetizers and even Aliyah got into it by making her own choices–it was a blast! 

It was time for him to sit and enjoy the delicious food with us as we celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family. But

I looked across the table and there is my five year old staring at me. I asked, “Alaina what’s wrong, don’t you like the food?” She shifted her eyes slightly to the side glaring at her daddy while slyly pointing at him and says quietly at the table (because we do not raise our voices in a fancy restaurant), ” I don’t know if I can eat; why is this waiter eating with us?” 

Ofcourse, we all erupted in laughter and that teachable moment went a different direction that night. More tales of Alaina to come as she has been developing into her own little personality! 

Happy Friday Everyone! 


I See…(Alyssa Feliciano)

Alyssa, my 9 year old daughter, is so fascinated with my blogs. She loves reading them and gives me her insights on what she likes/dislikes, thinks is funny or most times can come up with  helpful ideas that I can possibly use as a topic for a future blog post.

A couple days ago, Alyssa approaches me while I’m busily preparing dinner, going over sight words with our kindergartener while offering a few snack options to the two year old to tie her over til dinnertime! I hear Alyssa’s voice excitedly say, “mommy I just wrote a poem!” 

The last thing I needed was to stop to read a poem in the midst of a busy evening. But as parents, do your littles ones give you insight on a new talent, passion, gifting that they may be playing around with? Are you taking time to foster it? Do you encourage it, or push it aside?

Here’s to me embracing a creative side in Alyssa and encouraging a new way of her expressing her thoughts as she discovers a new style of writing! (Plus she will be pretty excited to see I’ve used one of her writings this time) 💕

Mommy, Mommy, Mamaaaa…

Do you remember when your little tiny baby would melt your heart with those huge smiles as you cuddled up to their chubby little faces and looked into their big bright eyes, saying to them, “maaaamaaa!”   You can say it, “maaamaaa!”  Well today happens to be one of those days where I wish I could change my name to maybe dada–they never really seem to scream out that one too often.  All I hear today is shrieks of “mommy, mommy” and a tiny voice from the one year old, “mama!”  All needing me right now! There immediate need is more important than  the other and I finally answer the one year old to hear her say with the biggest grin on her face, “hi mama!”
Tired and exhausted I think back to those days when as moms we just can’t wait for them to sit up, we can’t wait for them to crawl, we can’t wait for them to walk, we can’t wait for them to speak, we can’t wait for them to potty, we JUST can’t wait for them to get to the next level.
But as I take a break to blog/reflect and ignore the hundreds of requests that are coming out of their mouths even as I try to write this–I know I will miss these days when they get older.  I know that time doesn’t slow down. I know that every day that goes by is one more day closer to where they are learning how to be more independent, I know that each moment I pour into them helps them become more of who they will be, I know that every question I answer is another opportunity for me to teach or instill a lesson, and I KNOW one day may come when I might miss hearing them yell, “mommy, mommy, mamaaaa!”

 

 

I Now Come With Experience…

Ok so I haven’t been consistently blogging like my usual self these past few weeks.  The girls are out of school and to my surprise that really turned my schedule upside down.  I love having the freedom of not chauffeuring them back and forth and I do love the spontaneity of summer where we can stay up a bit later, sleep in a little longer, and I enjoy that we are still scoping out new places in Florida we haven’t been to before.

BUT in the midst of all this–looks like my baby wants to grow up way faster than I’m ready (cough) prepared for.  She is doing a number on me these past few weeks.  We have a 21 month old who thinks she is as old as our 9 year old.  She oooh’s and ahh’s at the other one year olds and calls them, “baby!”  She refuses to sit in her high chair and made herself comfortable at the dining table now. I can no longer  feed her any of her food and I dare not forget to leave a spoon because even finger foods she will try to maneuver with a utensil. She is officially the Manners Police at our house. She will repeat “thank you” several times until you say “you are welcome.”  Hugs and kisses are currently a thing of the past as she quickly says to her mama, “eeew goooo” (eew gross) when I sneak some kisses and snuggles in. Of course she is a chatter box (a complete unanswered prayer as I secretly prayed just one of them would be a little on the quieter side). She totally thinks we get what she is saying as she makes her requests of what she wants.  “Nooo and taaappp ” (stop) are her new favorite words.  She completely believes by shooting me a smile will make all well and I will not discipline her.

So what does all this sum up to for me:  I’ve got an almost 2 year old on my hands!

But what Aliyah doesn’t realize is I now come with experience!  She may think in her little mind that she has gotten me beat as she sees my frustration, tired eyes, my hair frazzled from running around the room to try and get her into the car and putting on her shoes for probably the 5th time around only to have to put it right back on as we arrive at our destination. Nope not this time…this isn’t my first rodeo, Aliyah!

So how will I turn this stage around? Be thankful!  Thankful that I have an independent little girl who knows what she wants, thankful that I have experience, thankful, really, really thankful that this won’t last forever, thankful that I get to teach her what’s right and what’s wrong, thankful that she is expressive, thankful that she is persistent, thankful that she is opinionated, thankful that she shows leadership…simply thankful for a happy, healthy, normal, baby little girl!

 

Mother’s Day Fun

Happy Mother’s Day!  Some days may be tiresome, draining, exhausting but it’s totally worth it when all is said and done.  Wishing you a day that is filled with His peace, His strength and His joy! 

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Pray for Your Children

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Do you pray for your children? 
I mean really pray for them-not just bless them this day or heal them from this cold or help them at school. While all those are good prayers, I believe that there are prayers where you just go to war on behalf for your kids. You know where it’s not just about the present moment but you end up praying BIG and BOLD prayers for your child.
Think about it for a moment–Who else can pray for them more honestly than you?
You know everything about them already, you’ve watched them grow each day, you know their struggles, their strengths, their weaknesses, their desires, their goals/plans/dreams–you are equipped for battle on their behalf.
Prayer is a big component in our family.  Dan and I know we have three prayer warriors in our home and yes I include our 18 month old.  Before she could say “mama” she knew to say “amen!” These girls have faith and already have experienced the power of faith in their lives.  I remember when our oldest was around 2 1/2 years old and she wanted me to play with her and I would say oh mommy’s “head is hurting, I can’t right now.” She would gently reach out and put her little hand on my head and say, “In Jesus name!”  Then she would turn to me and say “ok, let’s play, you are better now!” See kids learn so much from watching us, don’t they?
Our girls know they can come to us for prayer anytime for anything and we genuinely pray about it. I know I can not be with them 24/7 or even forever–but the prayers I lift up will keep on going before them. You often hear there’s nothing like a mother’s prayer–I believe there’s truth in that. (nothing against father’s but there’s just something very special about a mom/mommy’s prayer)
I encourage praying BIG and BOLD prayers over your children–it will help them, it will sustain them, it will protect them, it will lead them, it will comfort them, it will bring them peace and most importantly it will in turn teach them to pray!

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22

Need someone to pray and believe with you?
Feel free to leave a comment
or
send me an email:  H2owalkerlife@gmail.com

 

Easter Hat Parade

img_1022 Our preschooler, Alaina, had to make a creative Easter hat for her school’s parade. We had a lot of fun being silly (which is totally her personality) and making memories as we came up with a fun idea while still adding in the message of Easter:  He is Risen!

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So we found this cute/frilly basket at Walmart and our creative juices started to flow! I flipped that upside down and boom–already a cute hat.

 

 

 

 

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                                                           Here is Alaina adding green grass for her “nest.”
Under the nest I swirled some hot glue so the “nest”
would stay in place.

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Carefully placing the eggs after hot gluing them onto the nest.

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Glued the rubber ducky on

 

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View from the back

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Alaina sporting her hat! 

Be encouraged

aliyah16A couple weeks ago we had a scare with Aliyah again. The girls have been sick on and off with the usual cold of the season. Aliyah was completely fine the night before but woke up alittle crankier and was not her happy self. We were all off of school and work that day due to the MLK holiday. I was finishing up making breakfast, when Dan says to me something I didn’t think I would ever hear again, “babe her stomach is retracting!” I calmly walked over to see our little girl sucking in breath and you only knew she was struggling because her abdomen was retracting rapidly and hard. I think I went numb inside but we both knew to call the doctor immediately. Thankfully the doctor’s office was open and I quickly got dressed to head in to the office–not knowing what the outcome would be! See just last year, one week to date, Aliyah was hospitalized with the same symptoms and was diagnosed with RSV at 4 months of age. Facing the Storm through Rest
That was a very difficult time for our family and as I buckled her into the car seat those memories stricken with fear and worry soon flooded my mind.  See in the last few weeks here, Dan and I have been really stretching in our faith, we have been going through a time of facing the storms that life just throws at you from nowhere.  So to have this come at us out of nowhere again felt a bit like the last straw.  But as a parent, do you ever get those moments of where you throw your hands in the air and give up or say I can’t take this anymore? Not really.
Aliyah did well on the nebulizer treatment that lasted one week and she is back to her happy, friendly, want to be just like my big sissies-self.  We didn’t have to go to the hospital and honestly coming home from the doctor’s that day, you would never know she wasn’t feeling well.
Going through this brief battle with Aliyah the lesson I learned is yes things can come at you full speed ahead out of nowhere, you might even be blind sighted from how fast things can change but how do you react in a crisis?  Do you give up? Do you assume the worse results? Do you look at it as a punishment? Do you assume well this is how it’s going to be?
See I really didn’t know what to post as a blog today.  But I feel in my heart I wanted to share with my readers whatever crisis you may be facing, YOU will get through it.  I know many of my readers may not believe in Christ.  But I’m telling you when life hits you down hard and fast–try Him–what do you have to lose?  Life is no joke at times, it can really leave you stressed, worked up, angry, bitter, reaching for the next best thing.  But from my heart, I encourage you just try Christ.  It’s not as difficult as you may think.  You will never be alone nor will you ever feel unloved.

Be encouraged today in whatever you maybe facing…God knows and He hears and answers prayers!

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