Safe Summer Tips

DSC00278We hope you had a lovely weekend! Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means warmer weather (finally), and the need for sunscreen, bug repellent and allergy support! Here are some safe summer tips for you and your family.

The Environmental Working Group released their best and safest sunscreens for 2014. Check the list to see if your sunscreen makes the grade. I have mentioned this multiple times but my favorite sunscreen for my little ones is Badger Sunscreen SPF 30. It protects them like no other sunscreen I have tried, especially for my littlest one is very fair. It creates a physical block using zinc oxide.

For more safe sunscreen options click here.

With warmer weather also come mosquitoes and black flies. I live up north around a lot of lakes, and although it is beautiful, it is a breeding ground for those pesky blood sucking insects. We use Quantum Buzzaway Insect Repellent to help keep the bugs away. Made with essential oils, it is even safe for my kids to use. Click here for more tips on how to protect yourself against mosquitoes and black flies, as well as recipes for your own insect repellent.  Continue reading “Safe Summer Tips”

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Bugs Be Gone: Natural Insect Repellent

It is going to be a festive weekend. People are camping, swimming, BBQing and participating in all sorts of fun outdoor activities. However, two things to consider are the sun and the bugs and how to protect yourself and your children from them. In previous blogs, we have talked about sunscreen safety. In this post I am going to talk mosquitoes.

I come from the land where mosquitoes can carry away small cats. They are big, swarming nuisances, and for many DEET seems to be the only answer. DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methyl-3-methylbenzamide) is a pesticide that is apparently designed to keep skeeters away, but the list of cautions, and potential serious side effects to humans makes me think that I am better off taking my chances with mosquitoes. The most serious side effects of DEET are on the central nervous system. Studies on lab rats have also shown that it causes learning and memory impairment, as well as messes with motor skills. Hmm, I don’t think I want this stuff on my 17-month-old, or myself.

So here are some natural alternatives to keep your family safe from mosquitoes. Continue reading “Bugs Be Gone: Natural Insect Repellent”

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