DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray.

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It's that time of year - when the mosquitoes love to FEAST in the sunset glow. I love spending time outside with my boys, but we do seem to have some enemies out there with us, especially right around twilight. My poor little Daxton boy seems to be anointed with my blood type and we get especially bitten up in the summer months if we forget to apply bug spray. I really hate conventional bug spray because most are loaded with toxic ingredients and with our skin being like a sponge, I just can't in good conscience put that garbage on my children. But I have a great, easy bug spray DIY that I've been using since last summer which is completely natural, non-toxic and safe for kiddos - and it works! My boys have gotten used to having this sprayed on as soon as we get outside, and I do re-spray if we've been outside for more than an hour. This DIY is based on DoTERRA's pest-repellent oil blend, TerraShield which is so awesome and smells much, much better than regular bug spray. So it's a win-win! So without further adieu, enjoy this essential oil DIY!

Supplies:
- 2 oz. glass bottle (I got my ombre bottle here)
- Quinn's Witch Hazel
- DoTERRA TerraShield oil blend

Method:
1. Measure out 1/3 cup of water and pour it into the 2 oz. bottle.
2. Add 25 drops of Terrashield essential oil to the glass bottle.
3. Top off the bottle with Quinn's unscented witch hazel (this should be between 1/3 - 1/2 cup).
4. Shake bottle to distribute and voila, you're ready to say, "Shoo mosquitoes!"

Notes:
-  I prefer to use unscented Witch Hazel so that the only scent is from the oil itself.
- When making any kind of blend with essential oils, you want to make sure that you are using a glass contained. Plastic or other material can "pull" on the essential oils and release toxins, etc. into the mixture, whereas glass, aluminum and stainless steel don't have that effect with the EO's.
- I like to make several of these bug spray mixtures and keep on in the car, one in the stroller, one at home, and anywhere else you would find yourself reaching for bug spray! Like the Boy Scouts say, always be prepared!

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Interested in learning more about DoTERRA essential oils? I would love to share more about why I love them, how I use them, and how you can get some in your home, too! You can shop for them here, or leave a comment and I can invite you to one of my online classes where you can learn more! xx

Who Wants to Join a Book Club?!

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I announced this on Friday to everyone who tuned into this Facebook Live, and now I want to extend the fun to you - I'm starting a book club and you're all invited!

How Will It Work?

This will be an online book club where we read one book each month, then come together to discuss the book in a Facebook Live-esque forum, that way we can chat and interact. Make sure you like my Facebook page so that you can get the updates! At the end of each month, I will announce 2 new options for the following month and you all can vote on which one you would like to read! Over the weekend, many of you voted between The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and The Miracle Morning won!
 

What Is The First Book?

I'm super excited about The Miracle Morning because a dear friend of mine recommended it when I shared with her how I've been struggling to get all my work done AND feel like a present and engaged mom during the day. It seems like this book will give some really helpful strategies and tools for creating a peaceful and productive early morning. I know a few people mentioned in the comments that their kids wake up super early, so they don't know how to possibly cram more into their morning - I get it! I'm very interested to see how this book can lend some insights on that. Make sure to snag your copy here or find it at your local library!

I shared more in my FB Live (you can watch it below) about why I want to start this book club. I've been toying around with the idea for a few months and I was going to wait until the Fall when people were getting back into a normal routine, but I just decided to go for it in July!

Why A Book Club?

To be totally honest, I've been feeling like I've been kind of living on the surface for a while now. Being a stay at home mom, I do a lot of cooking, cleaning, wiping, washing - all "doing" activities that keep me busy and on my feet. Like, I wear tennis shoes everyday to keep up. But I've been feeling like the person underneath all the doing is feeling neglected - the person with a mind and a heart and opinions and feelings. I realized I haven't been doing a great job exercising my mind and taking time to really think. I want to be able to get bored and let my mind wander, but I'm just not in a boring season of life. Since I've always loved reading I've MISSED it, and probably like many of you, I haven't made time for this thing that I love. I thought that maybe a few of you might feel the same way so why don't we embark on a group project together? Book club! Plus, every time someone says, "We talked about this in my book club", I've always been jealous. Ha. Time to start one.


Final Thoughts.

There's no commitment! Join in and read the book one month and take a month off if you like! I think I will do some giveaways for those who participate, because why not? I love giving presents. Also, I'm re-posting the video in case you missed it and you want to catch up on the announcement! This is the format where our book discussions will take place, so this should give you a feel for it!


Tell me! Do you have book recommendations for what we should read in the coming months? I would love to hear your thoughts!