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How we are dealing with Mosquitoes this year!


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.


  • 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


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.


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!

Thank for supporting Redberrydeals!  Some of the links are Amazon affiliate links.


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Update to Redberrydeals!

Hi to all of my readers. Welcome to 2013!

I have mentioned this in previous posts this last year and I thought I would get into more detail. 2012 was a great year for us. Watching our kids grow has been so rewarding. My husband and I have decided to create a company. I’m very excited. It will include several components to it including Redberrydeals and my passion for sewing and embroidery. I’m in the process of following the proper business creation procedures. I’ve been so busy with it that I’ve neglected adding the Shoppers Matchups each week. The time that took to prepare and post is more time then I have right now.   I will no longer add those matchups.

I’ve decided to limit my posts to Redberrydeals this year. I have some exciting ideas that I will try and create this year.

  • Posts about creating a small business.  The dos and don’ts.
  • Family Organization for 2013.  Since are family is now 5 members we have had to adjust quite a bit to little crawlers to now runners.  It is time to re-organize!   My goal is to make the house super simple.   Declutter, declutter and declutter.
  • More recipes.  I love sharing recipes and I love trying new ones too.
  • Share my new sewing and embroidery business as it gets moving forward.  It is a part-time at home business.  I truly believe you are most happy when you do things you love.
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Redberrydeals on Facebook, and Twitter

If don’t already know you can find Redberrydeals on Facebook.  Click HERE for the Facebook page.  Please like Redberrydeals to catch all of my blog posts and additional comments from time to time and feel free to ask questions.

Recently, I decided to join Twitter  so feel free to follow me!   Click HERE for my Twitter page.  I talk to other bloggers in the area and when I see a great deal I try and retweet it or forward it.  Feel free to join the conversation!

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Baby Charts

Several of my friends are having babies and of course I’m having twins very soon so this is a great time to talk about Baby Charts.   At the hospital, they ask you to track how many pees, poops and feedings occur and when.  I did some research and these are some Baby tracking charts I thought would work great for most Moms and Dads.

Are you looking for a good tracking baby feeding chart?  Well, you have come to the right place. Here are some links to some of the best that I’ve found:

Free Printable Medical Forms – This website has a great .pdf version of a feeding schedule.   It does include the times.  All you have to do is check it off.   This seems to be my favorite so far.

Gerber – Feeding Chart – This chart is very simple .pdf that doesn’t have times.  You enter the times in yourself.

Twins and – Feeding Chart – This chart is great for twins since it has a twin on each side.  This is a pdf file and doesn’t have times.  You enter in the times yourself.

Little Ones Feeding Schedule – Feeding Chart – This chart is a super simple .pdf that doesn’t have times.

Is there another chart that you have used or heard of that works really well?

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Where have I been?

I apologize for not posting in over a month!  Life has been pretty crazy.  I’ve had to concentrate on myself, my family and working full-time.   As some of my readers know I’m pregnant with identical twin boys and it has been a great pregnancy but exhausting.  Some things just have to be put on the back burner including my blog.

I will be delivering via scheduled C-section really soon and can’t wait to meet my little boys.   My family is so excited.

I have a lot of posts I want to create including all of my preparations for the boys arrival like diapers, wipes, clothing, formula and even baby food!  Even though I haven’t posted I’m still always looking for good money saving deals and finding ways stretch that dollar.  I will be taking off some time for maternity leave and figuring out what I will be doing so I hope to get more and more posts about my adventure with 3 kids under the age of 3.

Keep Saving!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m so thankful for my wonderful family and especially the support they have provided me these last couple of months.   I have some great news to share!  I’m pregnant with identical twin boys.   The pregnancy is going well but it sure caught me by surprise.  I have had a lot of all day sickness and extra exhaustion.  That is the reason I’ve had to put off  blog posts these last couple of months.    My daughter is very excited and is growing up fast.  I’m so thankful for my wonderful husband who has taken extra time and energy to work around the house and help take care of us.

How was your Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Where have I been?

Where have I been?

Life has been a little crazy around my household.    As I’ve mentioned before I work full-time outside the home and then I get home and do my best to take care of my family.  My daughter is now active toddler who wants “Mommy” and “Daddy”  constantly in the evening and since she gets a good nap time during the day her bedtime has been extended to 8:00/9:00.  After getting her to bed, it is pretty much time to go to sleep myself so my blog has been neglected, even my email and my reading up on deals.

This comes to my next point.  It is wonderful to have a stockpile!  I am so grateful for frugal shopping because I’m able to have that freedom of not having to run to the store for a full shopping trip.

Well off to sleep!

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Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July!  We sure did.

Boom Boom!  My daughter says.

I’ve been so busy lately with work and taking care of my family that I haven’t had as much time to post deals.  Since it is getting dark later it has been more difficult to get my daughter down earlier since we all want to play later.  Then the rest of the chores and sleep take presidence over posting.   I have some posts coming up and hope to get to them really soon.

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Friendly Reminder – No Red Plum or Smart Source Coupon Inserts but a small General Mills this Weekend – 5/30/10

Correction: Confirmed!  A General Mills insert is in the paper for 5/30/10.   There was rumor that there might be one.  The last coupon expires 8/21/10.

Since this is Memorial Weekend there won’t be any coupon inserts this weekend. No Red Plum, no Smart Source and no P&G.  You don’t need to buy any papers this weekend.   If you still get the paper I’m sure there will be some good ads and sales since Memorial Day is the kick off for the summer.   Think of it as a break this weekend from coupons!  The following weekend will have all 3!

Please enjoy the Holiday with your family, friends and think about our men and women that have served our country.