November 2011 - Posts

How To Repel Bees & Wasps
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 2:35 PM

Although I'm sure they prove to be helpful to society in some way (yes, the obvious is honey), I have been looking for a way to repel bees & wasps when I want to enjoy the outdoors with my family. I have never been stung and neither have my children, so whether we are allergic to their stings remains to be seen. I do have several friends that have told me they are allergic to bee stings and the results are horrible, so I thought it would be helpful to see what natural items there are that I can keep on my children and I when we are outdoors to help keep them away and here are a few things I have found suggested online. I have also found that the more appropriate insect to address in this post in regards to protecting yourself from being stung are wasps, hornets and yellowjackets, not bees. 


-Mix orange oil and water at a ratio of 2 to 1 and brush it onto the exterior walls of your home as a repellent;


-Keep the area outside your home clear of any unused wood, broken car parts, etc as these attract bees when they have been sitting for a long time;


-Do not wear: scented perfumes, lotions or bright colored clothing, as these attract bees;


-Wear oil based insect repellents;


-Remove nests on or near your home. If you have not had experience doing this yourself, it's best to get a pest removal company to do so. This cuts down the number of bees that will come around when you are out in the yard;


-When spending a long time outdoors, have a fire burning nearby to create smoke which should keep them away;


-Place fabric softener sheets on picnic tables or clothing;


-Keep any sweet smelling food, drink or items covered. Bees love sweet smelling scents and will be attracted to them. Soda cans especially need to be watched carefully as bees might enter them prior to someone taking a sip;


-Add a tablespoon of vanilla extract to a cup of water and apply it to your skin;


-Use baby oil on your skin prior to going outdoors;


-Put baby powder in your hair and on your skin;


-Set out some sweet smelling fruit or drinks in an area away from you that will attract them instead;


-Avoid killing them, as that will emit a warning odor to other bees / wasps in the area that will put them on alert to attack.



If you have other ideas that might prove helpful, please let me know in the comments.

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Is It Worth It To "Coupon"?
Friday, November 11, 2011 11:02 AM

I do enjoy watching TLC at times and there seems to be this new craze out called "EXTREME COUPONING". Now, I hope I'm not the last mom left on earth to catch on to this concept, but I watch this show and I see a common thread - all of the extreme couponers I've seen have dedicated their garage or at least a closet in their home to non-perishable items! They have enough deodorant, toothpaste, softener, body wash, paper towels, etc. to take care of their entire block. Why so much stuff? Can I apply it to what I need for this week? Hence, my quest into finding out how to do couponing without being "extreme", meaning, I want to fill my pantry & toiletry closets, not my garage & spare room. I would love to get toothpaste, detergent and the like for free, but I don't need an entire shopping cart of toothpaste. The price of cereal is ridiculous these days, I would love to stock up on a few boxes for free, but I don't want to ask my local grocery store to have a palate of 1,000 boxes ready for me when I get there. I do want to save as much as possible on my grocery bill and have items on stock before we run out, but I don't want to go grocery shopping with a binder!


So, I have found a few different websites, by moms and for moms, that seem to be a little bit more my style. I was so relieved to find out that I won't need to buy 20 copies of the Sunday newspaper, just for the inserts. I don't need to ask my friends, family & neighbors to set aside their inserts in addition to my 20 newspapers and I definitely WON'T go "dumpster diving" for coupons, ever! (Yes, one episode did feature a mom doing that and she had help!!!)


Just using the right combination of coupons (grocery store & manufacturer) with store sales (discounts or even BUY ONE GET ONE FREE) can help me save a lot of money on groceries for my family. So yes, it is still well worth it to coupon, and I don't have to get "extreme" with it.

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How To Get That "Stuff" That Fell Between Your Car Seats
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 2:51 PM


I was actually trying to think of a way to prevent small items from falling between my car seat and the front console. Don't you hate it when you drop a coin, a piece of gum you're about to put in your mouth or the only pen you could find when you really need to write something down between your car seat and the console? It's a large enough gap to see the item, but it's impossible to get it! Who came up with that idea anyway -- please fix it in newer cars!!! I have a mountain of stuff piling up in that area and I need to get it out!


The cool thing is that I just found a "seat wedgy" online that I can stick in that slot so that nothing falls down there in the future (don't laugh). Thanks for that invention people -- it needs to be a standard feature on all mommy vehicles!!! 


I have read where it has helped moms prevent french fries, cell phones, M&M's and more from falling in that stupid little crack!


I think it will prevent thousands of french fries from being hopelessly lost down in that black hole. What happens to those fries? Do they ever go bad? That would make a great science project for my homeschooler.


In the meantime, how do I get the stuff that's already there? 

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