Make Your Own All Natural Bug Repellent Spray!

DIY Bug Repellent Spray from http://thesoutherninstitute.com

I love to be outside during the summer, but I HATE mosquitos. To make matters worse, they LOVE ME! I cannot be outside for more than a couple minutes before I have been bitten at least a few times. If I dare stay out of doors for an extended period of time I will be covered with bites before I know it. Unfortunately my children have the same experience and my middle son swells up with golf ball sized reactions that are just terrible!

In the past we have been a slave to the chemical-laden bug repellents that you find at the local drugstore, but none of them really keep the bugs from having us for lunch, and I hate the thought of covering ourselves with chemicals every time my kids and I go outside. I’ve even tried the all natural, DEET free bug repellents that are on the market but have had very little luck with them as well. It was time to take matters into my own hands!

I was so excited when I learned about dōTERRA’s Repellent Blend, called Terra Shield. I was eager to try it, thinking that it was worth a shot, especially since I have had so much success with other essential oils that we have been using. Once again I have been happy with the results of dōTERRA essential oils. This stuff works better than other bug repellents that I have used, it’s all natural, and it’s inexpensive! That’s the Triple Threat in my book, and I want to share with you how I use Terra Shield to make our own DIY Bug Repellent Spray.

Supplies
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4 oz. Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
Terra Shield Bug Repellent Blend
Witch Hazel (I recommend the kind that I have linked to, it contains alcohol which acts as a preservative.)
Fractionated Coconut Oil
distilled water

Instructions
Gather your supplies. Add 60-70 drops of Terra Shield (about 1/4 of the 15ml bottle) to the stainless steel spray bottle. Add 2-3 tablespoons of witch hazel and 2-3 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil. If you are using a pure witch hazel with no alcohol content, then add a little bit of vodka as your preservative. Top off the spray bottle with distilled water. Shake and spray to apply. Reapply as needed.

To Note: If you have a particularly bad tick problem in your area add Geranium oil to your Bug Repellent blend to repel them.

If you’d like me to show you how to get the essential oils that I use on a daily basis at the wholesale prices, contact me or use this linkand follow the “Join and Save” link on my website. I’d love to get you started with essential oils and help you save money on the best essential oils that are safe for your whole family!

DIY Candles.

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DIY Candles from Uncommon Goods at thesoutherninstitute.com

I have been wanting to make my own candles for quite awhile now. I wasn’t sure how much wax to buy however, or which type of wax would be the best to use. Not only that, but when I went online to look at wicks and containers, the only options I saw to buy were large quantities in bulk, and I didn’t really want to purchase that many. I wasn’t sure if I was really going to enjoy candle making once I started, and didn’t want to be stuck with a lot of supplies if I didn’t. Lucky for me I found a way to make candles myself that took all of the guesswork out of the equation, a DIY Soy Candle Kit from Uncommon Goods.

DIY Candle supplies

The DIY Soy Candle Kit came with just enough of everything I needed, including clear instructions. It was perfect! It even came with lavender essential oil, which I was really pleased with, although I have plenty of that here at home, and many others to choose from as well, for future candle making endeavors.

DIY Soy Candle Kit

The instructions made this fun little project so easy, and really quick too! The part that took the longest was waiting for the wax shavings to liquify. Once they were ready, it took hardly anytime at all to pour the candles and place the wicks.

DIY Soy Candle Kit

While the candle wax was cooling and hardening I went ahead and completed the labels that came with the kit. I love that this kit came with printed labels with space for me to write my own name and the date that I made the candles! This gives such a personal touch if giving the candles as a gift, which I plan on doing. I think the gift receivers are going to love them!

candle lids

From start to finish, making my own candles with the DIY Soy Candle Kit from Uncommon Goods took about 24 hours. The actual candle-making part took under an hour from opening the package to setting the candles to cool (I know because I opened the box about 45 minutes before I had to leave the house to pick my sons up from school). The rest of the time was cooling time. So this is a fun and easy project which is made even easier by the fact that all of the supplies are completely ready to go! I loved it! You can find that kit and many more fun personalized gifts on their website.

DIY Soy Candle Kit

A little bit about Uncommon Goods… they are such a cool company! I was introduced to them years ago through their catalog, and it’s always a happy mail day when it arrives in my mailbox because it’s just so much fun to look through. Did you see my post on my Literary Scarf? It is from their Gifts for Women section of the website…so cute! You would not believe how many compliments I get when I wear that scarf.

One of the things that I love the best about Uncommon Goods as a company is that the “Goods” not only refers to the products that they sell, but also the work that they do. Because Uncommon Goods is an independently owned business, they are able to support causes that they believe in. With every purchase, they are proud to donate $1 to your choice of their not-for-profit partner organizations. Since they started their Better to Give program 15 years ago, they have donated over $1,000,000 dollars to charities around the world! That is amazing! And so is the work that the non-profits that receive that support are doing. Here are a couple of those organizations:

Women for Women International: Women for Women International provides survivors of war and other refugee women the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stable self-sufficiency. By creating a safe space to bring women together for learning life, business, and vocational skills, Women for Women International is helping women become independent. Their newly acquired skills not only benefit themselves, but also help build stronger families and communities.

Reach Out & Read: Reach Out & Read is a network of thousands of doctors and nurses working to promote early literacy, language skills, and school readiness to young children in all 50 states. Their methods of integrating children’s books into well-child visits and encouraging parents to read to their children help lay a foundation for early educational success. Reach Out & Read is out newest partner and we are thrilled that over 18,000 customers have already donated to this amazing organization.

Next time your looking for an fun project (like DIY Candles perhaps), or shopping for a gift, visit Uncommon Goods. Support a company that is doing tangible good for others and feel great about where you shop!

DIY Ninja Costumes.

Maybe you’re getting a little bit anxious because Halloween is right around the corner and you don’t have a costume for your little ghoul yet. That’s where I was at this point in the month a couple of years ago, but lucky for me Luke and Levi wanted to be Ninjas! You know I’m all about making things EASY.  The most popular post on my blog is my DIY Superhero cape tutorial which requires no sewing at all.  Apparently there are other moms out there who likes things easy too because it has been pinned thousands of times!  I thought I’d share another super easy costume idea with you all (and it’s no-sew too!)…

My boys love ninjas, so when they asked if we could buy ninja costumes I said what every craft blogger would say, “No…but we can make them!”  So I set out to find the pieces that I would need, black pants and black shirts (because ninjas are stealthy).  You can sew the shirt or pants yourself if you are so inclined, you’ll find a great pants tutorial here and an awesome shirt pattern here.  For the sake of time, I went to Walmart and bought the shirts and pants super cheap.  I spent about $13 on each boy’s costume… not bad compared to store bought ninja costumes that will run you well over $20 each!

All you need to make awesome ninja costumes is a pair of black pants (soft and comfy is the name of the game) and two long sleeved black t-shirts.  What makes the outfit is the “hood”.  It’s created by one of the long-sleeved t-shirts, by tying it around your child’s head like so…

This could not be easier to do.  Your boys will think you are the coolest when you show them how to make a ninja hood out of a t-shirt!  Paired with the black pants and black long-sleeved t-shirt you have the perfect ninja outfit.  I would suggest putting the clothes on first, then the doing the hood.  If you want to you can create a throwing star to accessorize!  I cut two out of cardboard and painted them with a few coats of silver spray paint.

Here’s Levi, my littlest ninja!

DIY Ninja Costume Tutorial at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

DIY Ninja Costume at www.thesoutherninstitute.com
DIY Ninja at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Levi thinks he is the absolute coolest in this outfit!  I love that it’s an easy dress up play outfit and that he can wear the pieces by themselves any day of the week!  Bonus! One thing to remember is that if this costume is being worn on Halloween, and you trick or treat after dark, you will definitely need to add some reflective tape.  I think it would look cool integrated into the outfit by adding some to the bottom of the shirt and a stripe down each side of the pant legs.  That way your little ninja will be visible while he’s out knocking on doors.

Thanks for reading!  Have a great time with this costume and don’t forget to check out more Halloween projects at The Southern Institute.