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How we are dealing with Mosquitoes this year!

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Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Thanks to a friend last year introduced me to this awesome recipe for a Homemade Mosquito Repellent.   I can spray this on my clothes or on my skin and I won’t be bit.    It is amazing stuff.

 Materials:

  • 15 drops lavender oil
  • 3 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 10 drops of citronella oil or lemon-eucalyptus oil
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

Combine above ingredients in spray bottle. Fill remainder of bottle with water, water/vodka or water/witch hazel mixture.

I used water and vodka and it worked great.   I purchased this Essential set from Amazon it is perfect for this application.

If you would prefer to purchase a good insect repellent I strongly suggest this AVON skin so Soft with picaridin   This has worked very well for me.

Prepare your yard

Fairfax County has information about mosquitoes and how to prevent them in your yard.

I suggest installing bat houses around the yard.  Bats eat a lot of mosquitoes each night.    We have 2 but our bats haven’t used them 100% of the time so we will be adding more this year.

We use a handful of Tiki Torches in the yard and use a citronella oil  that we find does help get the mosquitoes confused and we get less bites.

Education

Teaching kids how to prevent mosquitoes.  Fairfax County has created the Fight the Bite campaign

If you get bitten

If you have a lot of bites and get a strong reaction talk to your doctor about taking Benadryl or other anti-histime.  It will help decrease the reaction immediately.   In addition, if the bites are very swollen they may not be mosquito but chiggers and they too are painful.   Talk to your doctor if you don’t know what the bites are.   I’ve had to do this myself.   You may need a strong cortizone cream.

Don’t scratch!  This is so much easier said then done.  To prevent scratching I strongly suggest using a Lidocaine cream or antithetic so that it will be numb.  There are so many on the market.   I’ve used lidocaine for waxing, and even tooth gel works great.

Per my dermatologist I have to put bandages on them.  It is essential to prevent yourself from scratching and I do scratch even when I don’t realize it.  Oops!   I like the Dollar Tree bandages the best since they are a little less sticky so they will stay as long as I want and then come off when I need them too.

I hope this helps you!   Have a great summer!

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Amazon: Free preview ebook: 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club) James Patterson

This isn’t the whole book but it is a special preview of 20 chapters for free. If you like James Patterson check this out!

At Amazon you can download 11th Hour Special Preview 20 Chapters Kindle version for FREE. You don’t have to own a Kindle to enjoy the FREE ebooks they offer. You can download Kindle for PC to your computer or get a Free Kindle Reading App to read Kindle books for FREE.  Enjoy!

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Amazon: 2 Free Audiobooks when you sign-up for 30 Day Free Membership

Amazon has just offered a new feature that is called Audible Audiobooks.   For now you can get 2 Free Audible Audiobooks for using Amazon Audible!

Try Audible FREE for 30 days and receive two free audiobook downloads. You can download and listen with your Kindle Fire, iPhone, iPad, Android, or 500+ other devices.

The fine print:

Audible® Free Trial Details
* Get your first 30 days of the AudibleListener® Gold membership plan free, which includes one credit, plus a one-time bonus credit. In almost all cases, one credit equals one audiobook. After your 30 day trial, your membership will automatically renew each month for just $14.95, billed to the credit card you used when you registered with Audible. With your membership, you will receive one credit per month plus members-only discounts on all audio purchases. If you cancel your membership before your free trial period is up, you will not be charged. Thereafter, cancel anytime, effective the next billing cycle. See the complete terms and policy applicable to Audible memberships.

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Amazon.com: $10 off EVERY $50 spent on select Baby products – Ends 4/12/12

 

If you hadn’t heard and you are in need of some Baby items check out this deal on Amazon.  Hurry!  It ends today!

Through April 12, 2012, use Code BABY2012 to Save $10 on Every $50 Spent on select items in the Baby Store, for savings up to $100 ($500 in purchases).  Simply use the code BABY2012 to see your savings at checkout.

Note: Here’s how (restrictions apply). Applies only to products sold by Amazon.com. Does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.com site.

 

When my kids were born we loved the HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Disney Wearable Blanket, Pink, Medium and Summer Infant 3 Pack Cotton Knit Swaddleme, Blue/ White, Small/Medium they are so hard to find on sale and hard to find at consignment sales. They make great baby gifts!

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AMAZON: Free EBook Kindle Edition: Get Organized! Your 12 Month Home Clutter Killer Guide : 2nd Edition (Revised) : Organizing The House, Decluttering And How To Clean Your Home To Perfection

Now that the boys are crawling and getting into everything I need to get organized hence the Organization 2012 goal!  I’m so excited to read any book that can help me.  This is an exciting freebie!   It has very good reviews too.     I love my new tablet and I’m enjoying all of the freebie books I can download on Amazon for free.  At Amazon you can download Get Organized! Your 12 Month Home Clutter Killer Guide : 2nd Edition (Revised) : Organizing The House, Decluttering And How To Clean Your Home To Perfection Kindle version for FREE. You don’t have to own a Kindle to enjoy the FREE ebooks they offer. You can download Kindle for PC to your computer or get a Free Kindle Reading App to read Kindle books for FREE.  Enjoy!

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Amazon: Free Kindle Book: 27 Delicious and Nutritious Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes

Since we are starting our meal plan and trying to include nutritious foods I’m so excited to find this freebie.   I love my new tablet and I’m enjoying all of the freebie books I can download on Amazon for free.  At Amazon you can download 27 Delicious and Nutritious Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes (The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Cooking) Kindle version for FREE. You don’t have to own a Kindle to enjoy the FREE ebooks they offer. You can download Kindle for PC to your computer or get a Free Kindle Reading App to read Kindle books for FREE.  Enjoy!

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Amazon Subscribe and Save: Earth’s Best Organic Formula for $0.10 per fluid oz

Amazon Subscribe and Save currently has Earth’s Best Organic Infant Formula with Iron, DHA & ARA, 25.75 Ounce Canisteron sale for $23.49!  But to make the deal better purchase  4 canisters of Earth’s Best Organic Infant Formula with Iron, DHA & ARA, 25.75 Ounce Canisterfor $84.15 with Subscribe and Save.    Then save 5% when you enter code EBMARCH4 at checkout.   That makes it $0.10 a fluid ounce!  What a great deal especially for organic formula.

Remember if you are part of Amazon Mom every baby purchase that is over $25 gets you additional Amazon Prime monthly benefits.

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Amazon Mom

If you haven’t signed up for  Amazon Mom I strongly suggest you do.

Amazon Mom is a free membership program aimed at helping parents and caregivers, from the prenatal days through the toddler years, use Amazon to find all the products their family needs. To join, simply sign into your Amazon account and tell us whether you are a Mom, Dad, or other caregivers of a child. By providing some optional information about your family, you can help us personalize offers, e-mails, and product recommendations to help you find exactly what you need at just the right time. Amazon Mom members receive benefits such as 30% off diapers and wipes, FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as exclusive offers via e-mail.

Benefits:

Amazon Mom members receive exclusive discounts on a variety of products and categories. Discounts and promotions will be e-mailed to your Amazon.com e-mail account or made available on the Amazon Mom membership page at www.amazon.com/mom. Benefits include:

• 30% off select diapers and wipes: As an Amazon Mom, you receive an additional 15% discount on top of the standard 15% discount on Subscribe & Save when you sign up for Subscribe & Save delivery. Subscribe & Save shipping is always free, and you can change your delivery schedule or cancel at any time. No fees, no risks, no obligations.

• FREE 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime: When you join Amazon Mom, you will receive FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime for the first 3 months of your membership. For each $25 you spend within a single order in the Baby store, we’ll grant you an additional month of Amazon Prime shipping benefits. You can earn up to one year from the date you joined Amazon Mom.

Eligibility & Sign-Up:

It doesn’t cost anything to participate in Amazon Mom, and all parents and caregivers are eligible to join. To receive personalized offers, e-mails, and product recommendations based on the age and stage of your child, simply provide some optional information about your family (name, gender, and birthday of your child). We respect strict privacy standards with this information and never share your information with other companies.

Click HERE to sign up!

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Amazon.com Diaper Deal 30% + Additional 20% off with coupon from Parents magazine

I just did this deal! Yes, I got a lot of diapers already and hopefully my little one will be out of diapers soon. Thanks to a lot of potty training. I got these at such a great price that in case I don’t use them I can always make them into baby shower diaper cakes or other neat gift items!

Now, I goofed and didn’t get the $1.50 off coupon that Amazon now offers so I could have saved a little bit more but now I can share this with YOU!

I heard about this deal from several bloggers this week and to my surprise I got my free subscription to Parents.com in the mail too! So run to your local store that sells magazines and look for this coupon it is well worth it.

1. Check your Amazon Coupon Book for additional coupons! I learned you have to refresh this page a couple times.

2. Click below for the diapers that you are interested in. There are only a select version of diapers available for the 30% off with Subscribe and Save. Click on any of the links and then click on “select diapers and wipes” for more options.

Pampers Baby-Dry Diapers, Size 5 (27+ Lbs), Economy Plus Pack, 156 Diapers

Luvs Premium Stretch Diapers, Size 4 (22-37 Lbs), 180 Diapers

Pampers Baby-Dry Diapers, Size 4 (22-37 Lbs), Economy Plus Pack, 176 Diapers

Huggies Overnites Diapers, Size 5, Big Pack, 56-Count Box

3. Select the Subscribe and Save option (you cancel this at anytime).

4. Enter the 20% code from the Parent’s magazine

5. Enter any Swagbucks Amazon e-Gift Cards that you have earned. You have to submit for them and it will take 15 days to get the Amazon e-gift cards so make sure you do this right away.

6. Then you will have FREE 2-day shipping and over 50% off diapers!

I ordered 3 boxes of size 5 Pampers above! Total of 468 diapers for $74.78 = $.159 a diaper!