Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

Are you looking for natural ways to keep bugs out of your backyard? Fortunately, there are essential oils to keep outdoor bugs away.

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

  • Peppermint Are you trying to get rid of outdoor ants? Peppermint essential oil is known to be a great ant remover. You can create a solution to spray around you home or spray it directly on anthills to kill them directly at the source. Peppermint essential oil can also get rid of spiders, flies, fleas, and caterpillars.
  • Orange This is perhaps one of the most useful essential oils to have on hand if you’re looking to keep outdoor bugs away. Orange essential oil can drive away gnats, mosquitoes, ants, spiders, slugs, ticks, and more! Spray a solution around the areas in your yard, on your porch or wherever else you want to be bug-free!
  • Lemon Lemon is another citrus essential oil that you can use to get rid of outdoor bugs. It gets rid of spiders, flies, and mosquitoes.
  • Citronella This essential oil is known to get rid of ants, fleas, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, spiders, and ticks! It’s a great essential oil to always have on hand during the spring and summer months.
  • Lavender Lavender essential oil is another great bug eliminator. It’s known to get rid of flies, ticks, fleas, chiggers, and other pests. Simply spray it around your yard or porch to keep these bugs away.

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

  • Cedarwood This is another one of the best essential oil to have on hand if you want to get rid of your outdoor bugs. Cedarwood essential oil is known to drive away ants, chiggers, caterpillars, moths, gnats, spiders, slugs, snails, ticks, and other outdoor pests.
  • Garlic Are you looking for a way to get rid of the slugs and snails in your backyard? Garlic essential oil is known to work as a great weapon against these outdoor pests.
  • Lemongrass This essential oil is a great option to have on hand if you’re looking to keep outdoor bugs away. It’s known to get rid of mosquitoes, flies, fleas, chiggers, ticks, and other pests.
  • Thyme Thyme essential oil can get rid of your outdoor beetles, roaches, chiggers, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks!

These are just some of the best essential oils to keep outdoor bugs away! Do you have any other tips for beating those annoying outdoor insects?

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Halloween Ideas for Kids

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Activities, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Nothing is more fun than a good-natured Halloween scare! And Kids Activities Blog is full of Halloween ideas for kids.

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Activities, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Do your kids love ghosts and ghouls, fake blood and vampire teeth? Or do they favor cute costumes, dressing up as their favorite characters, and carving pumpkin faces?

Halloween Ideas for Kids

Whatever you love about Halloween, we’ve got more fun than you can dream up on your own. Halloween crafts for kids, lots of worksheets and printables, creepy recipes, spooky party games – even Halloween costumes for kids of all ages.

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Toilet Roll Black Cats Make a black cat with this recycled craft tutorial!

Dollar Store Halloween Craft Hacks Save time and money with 15 fun Halloween crafts!

Soda Bottle Bats A little paint, a couple wiggly eyes, and some creativity transform this soda bottle into an adorable bat!

Halloween Coffee Filter Craft This preschool craft is sure to make little ones smile!

Recycled Bottle Cap Spiders There’s nothing to fear from these creepy crawly recycled spiders!

20 Halloween Crafts for Kids We’re in love with all of these adorable Halloween crafts!

Halloween Front Doors Decorate the door with these fun Halloween designs!

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Fun Activities, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Halloween Luminaries Looking for a way to light up the night? These Halloween luminaries are perfect!

Footprint Ghosts Use your feet to create the spookiest ghosts around!

Spooky Eyeball Bracelets These adorable cuff bracelets are made from cardboard tubes and a whole lot of giggles!

Mini-Haunted Houses Have a spooktacular time making these tiny haunted houses!

Sewn Jack-o-Lantern Bag This adorable sewing craft for kids is the perfect size for catching all of those Halloween night treats!

Halloween Spider Craft This easy paper plate craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

Glow in the Dark Halloween Cards Use cookie cutters to make some awesomely spooky glow-in-the-dark Halloween cards!

Halloween Night Light Say goodbye to the dark with this easy-for-kids-to-make Halloween Night Light craft!

Halloween Printables and Games

Halloween Coloring Pages for Kids Get your coloring groove on with these kid-friendly, Halloween coloring pages!

Halloween Ooey Gooey Sensory Activities Prepare to get messy with some hands-on sensory activities!

No-Candy Halloween Printable Giving out treats that aren’t candy? This printable witches your trick or treaters Happy Halloween anyway!

Halloween Science Experiments Create flaming ghosts with marshmallows and more with these fun science experiments and games!

Brains and Eyes Halloween Sensory Bin Dig around in a DIY version of brains and eyes with this fun activity.

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Fun Activities, Games, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Ultimate Halloween Games for Kids Here are some of the best and spookiest Halloween games around for your next Halloween party!

Halloween Paint Chip Puzzles Turn boring old paint chips into the perfect Halloween puzzles!

TP Mummy Game Break out the toilet paper, because you’ll be wrapped up in this game for awhile!

Halloween Math Games These Halloween-inspired math games make fact practice fun!

Halloween Sight Word Game Make funny sentences and learn to recognize Halloween words with this fun sight word game for kids!

DIY Ghost Bowling This kid-tested, parent-approved indoor bowling game will be a howling good time!

Halloween Recipes

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies Bake up a batch of these adorable (and tasty!) Candy Corn-inspired sugar cookies!

Sweet Treats for Halloween These five fun Halloween treats are super family-friendly!

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Fun Activities, Games, Ghoulishly Good Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Halloween Treats for the Family From Halloween popcorn to Mummy pizzas, these finger foods make the perfect Halloween treats.

Fog Drinks These spooky beverages will turn your next Halloween party from drab to fab in no time!

Halloween Breakfast Ideas Do-nut be afraid of these spooky breakfast treats on Halloween morning! We love these Halloween ideas for kids!

Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice Recipe This healthy juice tastes like Fall in a glass!

Homemade Halloween Bark You know your bark candy Halloween recipe is special when it has eyes!

Halloween Banana Pops Frozen banana pops are always fun, but these have a Halloween twist!

Spooky Halloween Pudding Cups These yummy Halloween treats are perfect for your Halloween party!

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Activities, Yummy Halloween Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Halloween Cookies It’s a toss up which Halloween cookie recipe we like best, but the melted witches are a top contender.

No-Bake Bats and Mummies These frightfully good snacks are perfect for a Girl Scout or Boy Scout Halloween party activity!

Scream Cheese Brownies and Oreo Cookie Pops Check out these Halloween desserts that your kids are sure to love!

Halloween Costumes for Girls

Top Kids’ Halloween Costumes Will your little one be a princess or warrior? There are fun costume options for everyone!

Princess Halloween Costumes Let your trick or treater dress up like the princess you know she is!

Homemade Halloween Costumes These adorable DIY Halloween costumes are easy enough to whip up in a weekend!

Halloween Costumes for Girls

DIY Checkers Halloween Costume for Kids It’s amazing what a little cardboard, a few markers, and some glue and scissors can create with these Halloween ideas for kids!

Face-in-Face Halloween Makeup This Halloween makeup tutorial makes any costume come to life!

Halloween Costumes for Boys

31 Totally Awesome Halloween Costumes for Boys From a Knight in Shining Armour to a Lumberjack, these boys’ costumes are fun and easy to make!

18 Hero Costumes for Boys Your little one’s inner hero will shine through with these hero Halloween costumes!

Halloween Costumes for Boys

DIY Halloween Costumes for Boys Le-Go of your preconceived notions about how long homemade Halloween costumes should take, because these Halloween ideas for kids are perfect for last-minute costumes!

iPad Halloween Costume for Boys and Girls This free, DIY Halloween costume is perfect for your technology loving kids!

Halloween Costumes for Infants

DIY Costumes for Babies These infant Halloween costumes are too cute for words!

Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids Forget expensive costumes, because these DIY designs are even cuter!

Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family Make it a family affair with these Halloween ideas for kids and adults with super costume ideas!

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Kids These costumes make Halloween dress-up fun for everyone!

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12 Letter E Activities

12 Letter E Activities

We are learning our letters and today we have letter E activities! If you are planning weekly lessons for each letter of the alphabet, you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find a bunch of fun crafts and activities to help your kids learn about the letter E in a fun way.

12 Letter E Activities

12 Letter E Activities

Turn the letter E into an elephant! Kids love this fun craft idea.

Use fork painting to make Elmo from the letter E. via School Time Snippets

And here is a lowercase E for Elmo! via Moms Town

Grab these free letter E worksheets to help practice the letter E in a fun way

E for eyes. Fill a letter E with googley eyes! via The Lion Is A Boookwork

Make a blue and green earth from an E. via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divaas

We love this fun letter E eye spy tray to hunt for letters. via A Little Pinch of Perfect

12 Letter E Activities

E is for envelope! Put them together to form the letter. via No Time For Flash Cards

Make a birds nest with a letter E bird. via The Imagination Nook

Turn the letter E into an eagle! via Our Mijos

Use blocks on an empty letter E to make your own. via In My World

Cut out a letter E and paint it with egg stamping. via I Can Teach My Child

Fun With Letters Preschool Alphabet Resource

Fun With Letters

Continue your Letter E learning by signing up for our email series Fun With Letters. This preschool alphabet resource isfull of activities, worksheets and coloring pages.

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

There is nothing better than cooling off on a hot summer weekend with a delicioushomemade chocolate ice creamrecipe!

We’ve partnered with Direct Energy to bring you this delicious recipe. Having family and friends over in the back yard, hearing the kids all have the time of their lives, and eating yummy meals together are just some of the reasons why we love weekends during the summer.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Summer Memories Making Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

For this recipe we used an ice cream maker! Let me tell you, they are well worth the investment. Not only is homemade ice cream so much better tasting than store bought, but actually making the ice cream is such a fun memory to have with your family. We all get involved with the whole process of picking the flavors and toppings to actually helping make it in the ice cream maker!

I have so many memories as a kids of staying up late on summer nights playing with my family and neighborhood friends, cooking good food all weekend with my parents, and having a blast while doing it all! I want my kids to have memories just like that. So we try and make an effort to have family/friend get togethers almost every weekend.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade chocolate ice cream is not the quickest recipe in the world and your ice cream maker will be running for at least an hour, but it is worth it. It is also made easier for us to make this recipe on the weekend because we have Direct Energy’s Free Weekend Plan!

Basically, what that means is that from 6pm on Friday to 11:59PM on Sunday we have FREE electricity. So we don’t get charged for running our ice cream maker on the weekends and also don’t get charged for our heating and cooling with kids running in and out of the house playing!

This energy plan is what we have always had with Direct Energy and our 3 bedroom house has never had an electricity bill more than $120 and that was a high month! We typically run around a $90 month. It’s awesome! It is open to all Texas customers which makes it the only electricity plan in the whole state that offers that many free hours of electricity.

They also offer a really cool tool called Direct Your Energy where you can see what you are using the most energy on in your household. Here is a screenshot of my energy usage for March-April:

Direct Energy Plan

So from here I can adjust what I am using during the week that is costing me so much and switch to using it on the weekends since we have the Free Weekends Plan!

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Okay, now down to the homemade ice cream tutorial. This recipe will make about 3 1/2 quarts of ice cream.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 cups half n half

4 cups heavy whipping cream

3 cups sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons chocolate syrup

3 egg yolks

Also, you will need rock salt and ice for your ice cream maker. It is probably best to refer to your owners manual to see how much of each you will need since ice cream makers are different sizes.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Directions:

  1. Combine heavy whipping cream and half n half into a pan and heat it up until just before it boils.
  2. While it is heating, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and egg yolks.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients as they are heating.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Mix in the chocolate syrup and then chill the mixture in the fridge for several hours. The longer you chill the mixture the better, but just be sure that it is cold before you pour it into the ice cream maker.
  6. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker for how to turn the mixture into delicious homemade chocolate ice cream.

When the chocolate ice cream was almost done in the ice cream maker we threw in some peanut butter chips to add more flavor into the ice cream. You could add chocolate chips to make double chocolate chip ice cream!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Direct Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Camping With Kids (Tips For Families)

We have done the impossible three times in the past 2 months we went camping with kids! We have six kids ranging in age from 2 to 8 and let’s just say the idea of camping terrified me at first, and we now have a routine. I love it!

camping with kids tips

These are just a few of the tips that we have scoured the internet for and incorporated into our camping routine.

camping activities for kids

Grill fruit it is easier for small fingers to grab the fruit and put it on the roasting stick by themselves. And a lot less messy than marshmallows!

Use a blow-up mattress for your kids to sleep on. YOu won’t need to worry about stones if you tent camp and it takes up very little space once collapsed in the car making pack-up a breeze.

kids camping tips

Pack clothes in a roll. We laid out a bottom, undies and a top and then rolled the outfit together. Secure it with a rubber band and now the kids won’t make a mess of their clothes as they grab the next day’s outfit.

Don’t buy ice. Use jugs of drinking water. Freeze them and put them into the cooler. As it melts you have cool water to drink and your food stays cool.

Make fire-starter pods. Keep your dryer lint and fill a cardboard egg carton with the lint. Pour wax over it. These pods will even start a fire in a drizzling rain!

Create a camping food station. Use an over-the-door shoe organizer stuff the sections with the supplies you need.

Add some comfort to tent camping with foam floor pieces. They are durable, comfy, and easy to assemble/remove.

family camping hacks

Stop the itching bug bites with chloraseptic spray. Just spray it on the red bumps and the itching will stop (p.s. it also stains, so wait till it is dry before clothes come in contact with it.

Keep fishing lures in one place and away from small fingers with a mini-tackle box made from a tic-tac container!

We all want clean toilet paper. If you are not staying at a KOA and are roughing it, put your TP into a coffee canister.

Do you bring pets with you?? The KOA we were at had a dog park and there were a bunch of friendly dogs for my kids to enjoy! I love this idea of cutting the bottom out of a jug and using that as your pet’s watering bowl.

Is there a ban on fire rings where you are camping?? You can still have the campfire experience. Use candles on sticks this is a theoretical hack. I did not use this with my kids, but it could be a fun idea for a way to have light after the fire has gone out and when the littles are in their sleeping bags.

tips for camping with kids

We all know that we don’t want to bring technology camping, but sometimes rain happens, or your kids need an activity to wind down. Time for DIY ipod speakers. If you have wi-fi at your campground use a solo cup as a speaker.

Bring activity bags. These bagged activities are perfect for the slow-paced days where you hangout all morning around the cabin or campsite. The kids can grab one bag and go make something nifty.

Give your kids a nature bag and tell them to go on a scavenger hunt around your camp site! They can collect objects they find!

camping activities with kids

Meals are chaotic while you are camping. Scramble eggs for breakfast ahead of time keep your scrambled eggs in a jar. You can pour them and cook as needed.

DIY Tasty Energy balls. These are perfect to grab on-the-go. Bring them with you for a day of hiking.

Grilled banana boats. Guys, these are beyond yummy, they are scrumptious! Tastes a bit like wet icecream when the chips melt into the banana.

Homemade granola bars are easy to make ahead of time, and could be a meal replacement if you have a picky eater or if the meal got scorched by flames.

family camping safety

Prepare single use packets of antibiotic cream and even hydrocortisone lotion for the times that your kids *will* get scraped knees and funky plant-induced rashes.

Don’t want to buy firewood?? Make your own blocks with old newspaper. We have made one of these in the past. It catches fast and burns hot perfect for breakfast.

Camp in a cabin save your energy for the day’s activities, instead of the drama of a tent.

tips for camping with toddlers

Make campfire cones. These are smore’s inside a waffle ice cream cone. We love to add marshmallow, dark chocolate chips and fruit. We’ve also made them with apples and cinnamon so tasty!

Play I-Spy only add a fun decorated rock. Your kids will have a blast creating the rock and then taking turns hiding and hunting for it.

Enjoy oreo smore’s. We love smores they are our nightly camping ritual. This is a super simple way to make a fun treat.

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Make a Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a colorfulPopsicle bar! Perfect for backyard barbecues or pool parties, my kids love any chance to enjoy their favorite summer treats.

We partnered with Popsicle Brand Ice pops the Original Summertime Treat to create this fun Popsicle bar. Popsicle hasbeen bringing the fun with bright colors and bold, icy-cool refreshing flavors since 1905.

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Here’s what you need to make a summer party Popsicle bar:

  • Popsicle Brand Ice pops
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Disposable baking dishes
  • Ice
  • Clear plastic cups

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

We featured traditional Orange, Cherry, and Grape Popsicles, along with Jolly Rancher Popsicles and Tropical Paradise Popsiclesin our Popsicle bar.

Start by adding ice to the disposable baking dishes. Unwrap Popsicle ice pops and place individually in clear plastic cups. Set inside the baking dishes and surround with ice.

This will keep the ice pops cold during your party!

Serve the ice pops with lemon-lime soda for a fun, refreshing drink that will become more flavorful as the Popsicle melts.

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With their icy-cool refreshing taste, bold flavors and fun shapes, Popsicle pops come in the iconic yellow box and are available in more than 20 unique flavors including the childhood favorites Orange, Cherry and Grape!

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

How do you enjoy ice pops in the summer?

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Sriracha Buffalo Bites

Sriracha Buffalo Bites are a crowd-pleasing finger food your kids will love, especially if they like spicy and hot food!  This easy to prepare recipe needs just 20 minutes in the oven and then it’s ready to be dipped in your favorite sauce (I prefer chunk bleu cheese myself).  The ingredients make for a tasty, yet healthy lunch option full of good protein and fats.  Avocado oil burns at higher temperatures, so you retain all the vitamins.  Adjust the seasoning/sauce to a temperature and spice of your liking!

Ingredients for Sriracha Buffalo Bites

  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp Butter (I use Kerrygold Grass-Fed)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb boneless chicken
  • 1/2 cup creole seasoning
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil

Directions for Sriracha Buffalo Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Chicken should be cut into one inch pieces.  Toss chicken in creole seasoning.
  4. Put avocado oil into skillet and set heat to medium-high.  Once smoke begins to rise, add chicken pieces to pan.
  5. Cook chicken for three minutes, flip over, and cook for an additional three minutes.
  6. Combine melted butter, lemon juice, garlic, and sriracha in a mixing bowl.
  7. Add chicken to mixing bowl with sauce and toss to combine.
  8. Place chicken on tray with parchment paper and add tray to oven.
  9. Cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken begins to blacken.

Time:

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition:
Calories 266 kcal

Protein 12 g

Fat 22 g

Carb 2 g

Fiber 0 g

Sugar 1 g

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