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Soothing Bug Bite, Anti-Itch Oil

There are pockets of sitting water all around now after the rain - which means bugs! Yuck! Well, we have some great homemade Bug Spray, but inevitably we forget or it wears off and we end up with some bites.

And of course my poor kiddos are the first to get them! Long gone are the days of using "after-bite" and there's no calamine in our house either.

I of course, turned to lavender when they first informed me of the itching, but then I thought we should whip up "Itch" in a roller bottle for them.



Lavender is soothing.
Melaleuca helps with the poison.
Peppermint gives a cooling effect.
Then add the coconut oil, which is anti-bacterial. Calendula infused is even better!

I found this great deal on the roller bottles, which means I can make up specialized bottles as needed.

Itch Oil

Add the following to a 10ml Roller Bottle
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Top off with a Carrier Oil

My go to carrier oil is Sweet Almond, but for this I used coconut because of it's properties. You can adjust the EOs for the age of your kids. For under 2-year-old I'd leave out the peppermint and cut the Melaleuca in half, so you have less EO to carrier oil.


I hope you don't have to use it too much, but you'll be glad to have it in your bag when you need it!

If you need something a little more "sticky", Intoxicated on Life just share an Itch-Be-Gone Paste.

What do you usually use for bug bites?


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Something Extra for You

I have something special I want to share with you - which I will be sharing more of later this summer.

I won't go so big as to say it has changed my life, but it has changed some small things that really matter.

I am more secure in myself and who *I* am. Not as mom, or wife, but just as me. Something I had kind of lost after these last 9 years of almost always having a kid (or kids) in tow.

I love being their "mama" and would not want it any different. We give so much of ourselves to them, sometimes we forget how to just be, with out them.

I shared a little of this over at Confessions Over Coffee. And have another post I've been mulling over in my mind called something like "To the Mom Hiding Behind her Children".

In the meantime we have kids and they have stuff and summer is almost upon us! So I wanted to offer to you a little extra to get it all contained.


I joined Thirty-One back in September, I used my birthday money, it has been one of the best gifts for me AND my family!

We are closing out the best selling special of the year, the Large Utility Tote. And the the preciously only available to hostesses, the Stand Tall Insert - which makes such a huge difference if you are wanting it to remain rigid. The great thing about the tote is that it can squash down flat so you can always have a hefty bag on hand and makes for super easy storage.

Check out the list of my top uses here and some more great ideas on my Pinterest board. Oh and if anyone already has the Deluxe Utility Tote, YES, the insert fits that too!


The bottom of the Stand Tall isn't as wide, so you loose a little space at the bottom.

My extra special for you! In addition to the great customer special this month, I am offering all my readers who order through THIS LINK by Saturday night (5/30) free shipping on orders over $35 - that's right, I will cover your shipping. When you check out the cost will show up, Saturday evening I will go in to your order and revert the shipping cost to me!


Please feel free to contact me with anything you need, got a solution you need to find, just let me know and we will figure it out! You can join my private Facebook group if you'd like to find out about upcoming specials and get sneak peeks at upcoming products.

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This post may contain affiliate links. I sometimes receive compensation from advertisers, sponsors and affiliates. All opinions are mine. Purchasing through my site is of no additional cost to you, but helps support this blog and my family. All health advice is from personal experience, I am not a healthcare professional, please seek medical advice for any healthcare concerns.

Logistics of Death

I learned a valuable lesson. How many times have I learned this?!? Too many!

If you notice, the last post here is from 2013.

In January of 2014 I switched over to a different platform. It was being hosted by a good friend. I spent the year posting there till July when our 4th child was 6 weeks old and we moved and I was working from home and life was just too overwhelming. I decided it was best to cut a few things out - one was writing on my blog.

While I constantly have/had ideas in my head, this was the best decision I could have made for my family. To just take a hiatus. I spend time on Facebook for a couple of my jobs, so I kept the blog page going over there - which was also a good decision.

I am a little heartbroken that all of 2013 is gone. Mostly because they were the better ones - better with practice right?

They are gone because our good friend is gone.

Yes, we learned the logistics of death.



At 36, he was young, leaving behind 4 children and his wife - and a large amount of friends.

Facebook was how we found out. Seeing lots of condolence messages on his wife's page, it was confusing.

Over the last year or so he had been diagnosed with Diabetes and had been in the ER/Hospital a few times. This last time seemed like just any other of those times that we were just waiting for him to get better.

My husband spoke with him for a couple hours on the phone the night before. One of his closest, longest-known friends, it had started when he decided to stop my husband from being bullied in middle school. That same night his wife had posted a picture of them saying "goodnight to daddy" on Skype.

There are still times I stand at the stove making dinner for my family, that it washes over me that he isn't here anymore.

A day or so after he dies I went to check and make sure I could still get to everything online. It did cross my mind to pull a copy just in case - but then I wasn't quite sure how and the kids needed something and then a few weeks went by. Moms, you know how it goes!

Well in those weeks we saw a community of people come together to raise funds for his family. To put together frozen meals and a freezer to store them in for his family. An out pouring of sweet and funny memories of him.

My husband ended up planning the memorial. We found a place for it. Flew him out and he gave the eulogy . . . so the family could grieve instead of participate.

Our friend had his own business and a lot going on in that world that only he knew about. I think we probably all have a few areas like this in our lives.

Well, about 6 weeks after he died, there was nothing of my blog. Accounts hadn't been paid - of course - and it was gone. And of course no one would speak to us cause we were not him.

So here are a few lessons we've learned through the Logistics of Death:

  1. Get Life Insurance
    Get over that feeling that if you do something bad it going to happen.
    You CAN afford another $10-$20 each month for at least SOMETHING to ensure you are not left financially alone.
    JUST DO IT!
  2. Write Down Business Information
    Make a list of where things are.
    What bills are regularly paid.
  3. Keep Hard Copy of Passwords
    Make sure your spouse knows where these are.
  4. Always say Good-Night, Good-Bye, I'm sorry and I forgive you
    I know, it's cliche.
    Don't go to bed angry.
    Don't live with regrets.
    Don't die with regrets.

We live in a fallen world. Knowing a loving and merciful God, one that allows us to have redemption, I have no fears of death. I do have sorrow for those left behind, or those I would leave. But I know that there is something much better than we could ever have here.



What is the first logistic you are going to tackle?



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