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?

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

Road Trippin…DC to FL (Part 2)

Last post I mentioned that my family and I were making our way back to Florida after visiting our hometown in the DC area but we decided to hit up some hot spots on the way. It has been quite the adventure with our three girls and such fond memories were created at each stop! After Myrtle Beach, we headed to Jacksonville Beach. There we spent the night, caught a late night swim in the hotel’s pool and the next day we were ready to explore. This area was for complete relaxation. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle–Neptune Beach is the place to be! Very calm, serene, and well honestly not a lot of activities for the kids.  So off we went to our next stop: Saint Augustine! This was a favorite of ours and it was a quick 45 minute drive from Jacksonville.  The history alone is worth a trip to this city. From the historic buildings, to the famous fort–Castillo de San Marcos to the Fountain of Youth! The girls favorite part was interacting with a peacock on the grounds at the Fountain of Youth and being able to come home with one of its feathers!

Next we headed to Daytona Beach. The girls were so excited to experience driving on the beach (can’t lie–so was I) and checking out the water. The waves were pretty high and the water  felt amazing on a very hot summer day. The red sand that went on and on for what seemed never ending was soft and cool to the touch.  Driving on the beach was a first for us–windows down, radio on, feet on the dash, being so close to the water, waves, and a slight breeze in the air–complete relaxation!

West Palm Beach was a bit of a trek but since we had never been before we decided it was worth the drive. Even with its stately homes and private beaches, this was actually our least favorite city we visited. It didn’t offer kid-friendly activities and honestly it didn’t live up to its reputation.

Our trip wouldn’t be a trip if we didn’t hit up, Orlando. Ofcourse we’ve visited Orlando many times before but this time we were intentional about doing new activities we have never done before. So we checked out Wonderworks–a fun indoor museum filled with hurricanes, earthquake, antigravity simulators and much more! Definitely an array of activities for All ages and the ropes course is a Must! We also hitched a ride on the Coco-Cola Orlando Eye–a 400 Ft Ferris Wheel that offers a 360-degree view of Central Florida. We were upgraded to the VIP capsule which included a cooler of Coke products and a selfie stick! (We totally took advantage of that selfie stick–haha)

But all good things come to an end and as we drove our final home stretch,strangely enough, we looked forward to our home! We each have our favorite moments– favorites places, favorite foods we ate, favorite beach, favorite hotels we stayed-but our Alltime favorite was being together and experiencing this adventure–as a Family!

(Jacksonville Beach)

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(St. Augustine)

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(Daytona Beach)

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(West Palm Beach)

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Orlando (WonderWorks)

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Coco-Cola Orlando Eye

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Road Trippin…DC to Florida

Our family has been making our way back from DMV (DC, MD, VA) to Saint Petersburg, Florida. But we decided to hit up some hot spots as we travel back home. Not only does it break up the trip but we are having fun being adventurous with our girls! 
Our first stop was Virginia Beach–not too far from our hometown but Dan and I had to show them the beach we visited so many times over the years. I don’t think they were too impressed–for one, the water was cold compared to the warm waters in the Gulf that they have become accustomed to, ehem, spoiled!       However, we created a new memory at Virginia Beach with our 4 year old as she is now “floatie” free–she learned how to swim! So proud of this accomplishment–she set a goal and reached it before the summer ended.


Our next stop–Myrtle Beach, SC! When Dan was younger he and his family visited Myrtle Beach many times so as a family it was fitting to make it part of our adventure. I’ve actually never visited this place either so we were excited! Myrtle Beach is super family-friendly. The boardwalk hosted several restaurants, carnival rides, games, the Skywheel (Ferris wheel) and much more! The newest addition is Broadway beach. Broadway Beach is filled with well known restaurants, live entertainment, upscale stores, kid-friendly water activities and a family-friendly nightlife. It’s the place to be after a day at the beach!  

Myrtle Beach was a lot of fun and on we go to our next adventure!                                           

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