Our Favorite (All Natural/Deet Free) Bug Repellent.

 

The dangers of traditional bug repellent sprays and lotions, are now, widely known. 

 

Mothers everywhere have to read labels on countless bottles and lotions, searching for the dreaded Deet ingredient. 

 

You may have even spent more money than you intended on high dollar bug repellent solutions for your child's sensitive skin.  

 

I've been there.  

 

We used to live in a very high traffic suburban neighborhood. Very few trees. Very few opportunities for bugs as most everyone had their yards sprayed yearly with chemicals. 

The worst the summertime used to offer us was the occasional swarm of mosquitos that loved to nest on top of the kids sandbox lid after it rained.

 

Moving out to the deep woods was a game changer.  

 

Nature here is untouched and the amount of creepy crawlies and critters we encounter are vast. In fact, sometimes I feel like I live at the nature center.  

 

And the ticks. 

 

Oh, the ticks!! 

 

It's awful. Anyone else feel me?!  

 

Soon on after we moved, I had had it.  

 

Kids would come inside, covered in little red bumps everywhere. I'd pull a tick off one of them every other day. And the spiders and ants and earwigs and spider crickets and on and on and on never left us alone.

 

My husband would spray them down with Deep Woods Spray, but that stuff was FILLED to the brim with harmful pesticides and chemicals. And it was NOT Deet free by any stretch.  

 

At this point in my life, I was changing our tune about using products with chemicals. I really had a strong desire to search for more natural solutions. 

 

I discovered this amazing natural solution two years ago after exhausting all other options.  

 

This bottle was just $9 and had 250 applications. 

 

For a family our size, I was excited to see something that could be stretched so far. 

 

Introducing, Terrashield. 

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TerraShield is my family’s favorite blend for the summer.

We spend a lot of time outside (A LOT) and this is the magic that wards off any insects that want to join our summer festivities.

This oil is safe for everyone in your family and can even help your garden flourish by giving it a protective barrier.

Terrashield comes in two different options: the Oil Blend bottle (250 drops/15mL) and the ready made spray (30 mL).  

Terrashield comes in two different options: the Oil Blend bottle (250 drops/15mL) and the ready made spray (30 mL).  

TerraShield has recently been updated to include Tamanu oil which not only provided extra benefits for your use but is positively impacting families in Madagascar through dōTERRA’s Cō-Impact Sourcing.

This blend can be diffused or applied topically using the TerraShield Spray to provide a defense against the annoyances of outdoor activities.

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Blend, $14 Retail, $10.50 Wholesale 

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Blend, $14 Retail, $10.50 Wholesale 

I suggest making it stretch even further by taking a glass spray bottle and putting several drops in and filling the rest with distilled water.  

 

Learn more about this blend by clicking here or click here to read more about the spray.

 

How have you used it to keep your family protected?

 

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Traveling tips for your summer vacations with kiddos

Recently my family and I traveled to Austin, Texas. It was our first big trip as a family of three and Eleanor's first time flying. I was little hesitant because I wasn't sure how Eleanor would do on a plane and being away from home for so long. However with a little planning ahead we were able to have a great trip. So today I want to share with you some things I learned while traveling!

1. Plan ahead what everyone will wear

Comfy clothes are a must on trips but practicality is just as needed. Going through security can be a daunting task especially when you have little ones. I made sure that Eleanor had clothes that were easy to get on and off and didn't have any buckles or things that would go off in security. She wore a simple little dress that was perfect for the trip. For me it was important that I wore something that I could easily breastfeed her. A button down shirt was great because I didn't need to lift up layers upon layers to be able to feed her. 

2. Bring new books/toys/shows/movies

On road trips when I was younger I remember my mom always had a little special something for us on our trip. It usually wasn't anything extravagant but it was fun for me as a kid to have a new little toy, movie or book to explore when we were on the road. For Eleanor I got her some new books and downloaded her favorite show from the Netflix app. Her Usborne books were a hit. She loved having something new to look at and it was easy to stash in our bag. It doesn't have to be anything expensive but having something new (could be from the dollar store) is a sanity saver. 

If you are interested in some great books for your road trip or travels this summer check out Usborne books! They have something for every age! You can shop my link here or if you are interested in earning free books by hosting a party comment below and I will be sure to get in contact with you :) 

3. If you are staying with friends or family ask to see if they have extra carseats, strollers, and pack n' play.

One of the best parts about our trip was the fact I knew I didn't need to worry about the carseat, stroller or pack 'n play. My sister, Amber had extras of all these for us and it was such a lifesaver. If you are able to check with family or friends to see if they have friends or family willing to let you borrow those big items so you don't have to worry about checking them when you fly or stuffing them in the back of the car. 

4. Pack smart

It is so easy to over pack especially when you are a new parent. I packed Eleanor's bag multiple times before I finally knew exactly what I needed. One thing we decided to do that was a big help was that we only packed enough diapers and food for the flight going to Texas. We knew a Target was close by and could stop and pick up a pack of diapers and get her food for the week there. It saved us a lot of space, which was really helpful.

5. Dont stress

It is so easy to think about all the things that could go wrong with your trip and stress about it. I know the stares that other travelers give and how unnerving it can be to have a crying baby in public. However when you keep calm it helps babies and kids know that everything is going to be alright. Other passengers can wait, it wont hurt them when you have to take the extra moment to calm yourself and your kiddos. Don't stress about other people around you and what they might think. And remember if the lady in front of me could travel with 5 children ( all under the age of 9) by herself you can do it too!

-Sarah

When it seems impossible.

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Is God stirring in your heart about moving somewhere else, starting a business, maybe changing jobs... something that just feels heavy on your heart, but seems impossible to accomplish??

I just wanted to tell you today that when things seem impossible that is when you must move forward. When things don't make sense, it makes sense to the One who's putting it all in place. 

He loves you more than you love yourself. Trust Him. So, if you're feeling uncomfortable, if you're feeling anxious and worried about what's to come. Be encouraged. Because something amazing is about to happen. 

Don't settle for comfort in this life.... live for eternity with Jesus. He wants you to trust Him. Now let it go, and relax in His arms. He's got this; and is preparing amazing things for you. 

 

" Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Eph 3:20