It is nearly Spring – Yay! – and it’s time to get ready for Mosquito invasions. Here is an easy and pleasant repellent that is family-friendly and one you can make at home.
If you are a user of essential oils, I recommend the following recipe from the Surviving The Stores.com website (if you don’t have essential oils on hand, see the recipe at the bottom of this post).
- 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Citronella essential oil
- 3 – 4 Tbsp Homemade Vanilla Extract (which is why I recommend making your own so it’s inexpensive!)
- 4-5 Tbsp. Lemon Juice or 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- Mix all of the above ingredients in a spray bottle and fill the rest up with water (or a mix of water and vodka, or a mix of water and witch hazel).
- Spray away!!
Here is the link to the original recipe on Surviving the Stores.com
The other recipe I came across on Facebook was a version of the above but using only one essential oil.
- 15 drops of lavender oil
- 3-4 drops of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Combine the above in a 16 oz spray bottle
- Fill with water
Try both recipes and let me know which you like best in the comment section below.
You may also want to make extras to give as Springtime gifts for your family, friends and neighbors.
My husband, Paul, is on a new running kick and I’ve been joining him on his runs as my schedule allows. My thoughts often wander to my moms-to-be and the questions I often get about running during pregnancy.
The old-school thinking about pregnancy was that women should exercise very little–or not at all. Fortunately, times have changed, and doctors routinely advise expectant patients to stay active.
“Each woman and each pregnancy is different, but if there are no complications, runners can keep running,” says Kathryn Peck Rutenberg, M.D., an obstetrician in New York City who ran through both her pregnancies.
After you get your health care provider’s go-ahead, your mileage is determined in part by how much you were doing before. Dr. Rutenberg says that if you regularly ran five miles a day, you can keep logging those miles, albeit at a gradually slowing pace. So if you ran an eight-minute mile, you may find an 11-minute mile during pregnancy is just as challenging.
As your due date approaches, lower-impact activities like swimming and walking may be more comfortable.
Continuing to run during pregnancy isn’t only about doing something you enjoy. Studies show that exercise improves the health of mom and baby — it lessens back pain, prevents excessive weight gain, improves sleep quality, and reduces delivery complications and time spent in labor.
Source: Runner’s World, October 2010