Archive for August, 2012

Homemade Natural Bug Spray

posted by on 08/23/2012

It seems like every time we go outside in the evening, we come back in with mosquito bites. Mosquitos are nasty and dangerous, so I went to our little market to pick up some all natural bug spray.

Until I saw it was $9 for a little rinky dink bottle.

So I made note of the ingredients and went home and made my own.

homemade bug spray

You need:
16 oz bottle of witch hazel-92 cents
8 oz spray bottle-$1
Lemon oil-had it
Citronella oil-$3
Lavender oil-had it

I filed up the spray bottle with 8 ounces of witch hazel, added 10-15 drops of each oil, shook it up and let the kids go to town.

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We’ve used this every night after dinner when we go for our walk and so far we have not been a target of a mosquito smorgasbord.

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Spraying yourself until it drips off your arm?  Totally optional.

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And I Sang It From The Rooftops, It’s Back To School Time.

posted by on 08/21/2012

Scene: Last night, my house.

8:15 pm: Zoe, please go to bed, you have to go back to school tomorrow.

9:13 pm: Zoe, seriously. Go to bed.

9:27 pm: Zoe, I’m so glad you finished labeling your binders like you should have done two months ago, please go to bed.

10:15 pm: Zoe, I am finished applying your over priced nail stickers, please, please go to bed.

11:09 pm: Zoe, I swear to baby grilled cheesus, you are going to be so tired in the morning. (foreshadowing)

12:32 am: Zoe, I do not know where the iPad charger is, but I’m going to go scream into a bath towel, thanks.

I think she maybe went to sleep around two? I understand about being nervous, I get it, but for the love of crap, at least just close your door and pretend like you are sleeping. I always forget to confiscate the ipad and itouch, she could be in there playing Wedding Cake Bakery or Adopt A Zoo Animal (seriously, these are games) until the break of dawn and I wouldn’t know the difference. When I was her age, I would lay a blanket down in front of the door and play Nintendo (ok, Atari) with the lights out until six a.m. like a ninja and my parents were none the wiser.

I woke up this morning, rolled over, and I looked at my phone-Zoe had to be at school in 30 minutes. I slept through my alarm.

And Zoe? She was in her room SLEEPING THROUGH HER ALARM.

I went into high gear, she would not be late the first day of school. I basically gave her a shot of insulin while she was brushing her teeth so it would kick in and she could eat in the car. I even managed to snap a few photos, fix her hair, and load her damn backpack.

Just like that, Zoe is a sixth grader.

First day of 6th grade

She was even five minutes early.

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And tonight? She better go to bed.

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