Have you been spending more time outdoors or do you plan to? I wholeheartedly believe in outdoor time. I try to do at least one or two fun things with the kids each week and we keep a loose “routine.” We swim, visit the bookstore, go to the park, or visit with friends or family. We also go to the gym every week day. This gives me an opportunity to relieve stress while the kids play with their friends (the kids of the other regulars) in the kid’s club.
I know some people feel hesitant about putting their children in a gym kids club for an hour or so a day. However, I feel that they benefit from spending time with other kids. I especially like that the other kids, like mine, see the importance that their parents place on healthy physical activity. Hopefully, when they get older they will remember that they had fun at the gym while their parents worked out so they will be more likely to go themselves.
We also go to the park. I walk or jog while the kids ride their bikes or scooters. The heat is ridiculous in Florida so we go in the early evening hours. But then we deal with something almost as bad…bugs.
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One of the worst things about living in Florida are the bugs! It doesn’t seem to matter how much bug spray we use or what time of day we go outside, inevitably a mosquito, ant, or gnat gets one of us.
I buy a bunch of hydrocortisone itch cream tubes every time we go to the dollar store but I can never seem to find one when I need it. I used to use it for eczema spots (before I started making my own body butter) and now I only search for it when there is an itchy bug bite to contend with.
Our reliance on the store bought cream is a little pricey (even though it’s only a dollar a tube) because we always lose them and buy more.
As part of my move towards more natural home solutions, I decided that the itch cream would be my next easy replacement. But rather than make a cream, I wanted to try a more portable solution.
So I came up with these simple homemade itch wipes. I love the ease of using disposable wipes. I especially like the thriftiness of making homemade wipes!
How to make bug bite wipes
Little ramekin sized plastic container or ziplock bag (I got a pack of them at the Dollar Tree)
5-6 cotton rounds
2 Tbs witch hazel
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil
Homemade Itch Wipe Directions:
In the container, add two tablespoons of witch hazel.
Drop in 5 drops of the lavender esssential oil and 3 drops of frankincense essential oil (both are known to soothe itchy skin)
Add cotton rounds to soak up liquid.
I added a label because I “found” these cool fabric sticker sheets when I was decluttering. Plus, my kids can read now so I label everything.
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Do you find that your kids are mosquito magnets too?
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