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All Natural Bug Spray That Works!

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I love summer.  The longer days. The nights filled with the sound of tree frogs, whippoorwills, and the blinking of fireflies.  I love lazy evenings around a campfire and walking hand in hand with my guy as we talk about the day.

But, there is one thing I DON’T love about summer.  The bugs.  Namely, the ones that bite.  I’ve lost count of how many summer nights we are driven indoors because the bugs have gotten so bad.  Or those times you just want to practically bathe in the campfire smoke just to keep the bugs at bay.

We always have bug spray on hand, but honestly, over the years I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the bug spray’s on the market.  Our skin so readily absorbs what we put on it and I can’t help but wonder about the kind of chemicals that are entering my body.

So when my friend shared her essential oil recipe for bug spray with me, I knew I had to give it a try.  She has been using it the past three years on her boys and swears by it.  The fact that she lives in Florida, where the bugs seem bigger and meaner (according to a fellow Floridan) made me even more curious to give it a try. Read more

Natural Dry Scalp Repair Recipe (Simplified Friday’s)

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Good Friday Morning! Welcome to another week of Simplified Friday’s. 

Can I be honest and say that I am so glad we are finally at the end of March.  This was one of those strange winters where we had plenty of cold but no snow until the beginning of March, at which point we got hammered by two back to back storms.  Of course, nothing like what the Northern states experienced this year, but it has felt like this winter will never end.

I don’t know about you but the winters are always a bit rough on my skin and my hair.  I have fairly dry hair anyway, and the blast of winter makes it that much worse.  Over the years I have spent money on lotions and hair products that I hoped would help add back in the moisture my hair and skin craved.  Sometimes they worked, but a lot of times they didn’t.  Sometimes they only served to dry my skin and hair out even more. Read more

DIY Laundry Detergent

I know there are a lot of Homemade Laundry Detergents out there.  I’ve tried a lot of different one’s myself.  Some have worked and some…well, not so much. It has taken me awhile to find one that works for our family and our dirt.  Particularly farm “dirt” and red Virginia clay dirt.  Even then, I’m […]