Vanilla Extract~Natural Mosquito Repellent

Who isn’t scared of getting West Nile Virus?

We have been spending a lot of time outdoors lately because of my girls playing soccer. At least three nights out of our week we are on the soccer fields, and right during the buzzing hour!

I absolutely hate spraying ‘Deet Bug Spray’ on my kids!  We are always closing our eyes, doing the one-two-three don’t breathe drill, or coughing and choking from this stuff.

Another soccer mom came up and told me that an elderly lady told her to use Vanilla Extract!!

After researching this a bit, it seems that many other people also believe this to be true.  The one thing I have found though is it has to be Pure Vanilla Extract, the other stuff has sugar added which obviously would not repel any bug!  There are two ways to use it.  You can add it directly to the pressure points, like wrists and neck, or you can dilute it with water (50/50 mixture) and spray it on.

We will be trying this out at soccer practice tonight and I will let you know how it goes!

Oops forgot to add, the only down side I have seen to this method is that it only last for 30-45 min!  So you will have to re-apply!

Do you have anything natural that you have found to work?

Love,  K

Best Tool for Spray Painting


I am so glad to have found this thing! I am in the middle of spray painting some twin beds, and after the first coat of primer I realized that it was really not much fun. My fingers and hands were aching from holding the can. I saw this product when purchasing my spray paint, but thought it was probably unnecessary, boy was I wrong!! When returning to buy more paint I decided to buy this, and it made my life so much easier! Best thing ever and well worth the $6-$7!!!

Love, K

My New Mailbox


So this is a picture of how ugly my mailbox looked when we bought our house!

I went and looked at replacing it, but didnt like anything I saw at the hardware stores.  This thing was an eye sore to me, and I just couldnt take it anymore.

I decided maybe all it needed was a fresh coat of spray paint.  So I ran to the store and bought a can of Rustoleum Metal Spray Paint in red.  First I took off the ugly hanging pieces (which have no purpose) then washed and dried the mailbox off really good.  I applied 3 coats of paint and let it dry all day.

I like this mailbox because it is a little different than the generic ones I have seen.  The emblem in the middle does set it apart!

Much Better!  Curb appeal just went up in my book!

What do you think??

Love, K


We are trying to be healthier as a family, and make better food choices.  But not all healthy foods taste good.  The first time we ever made Quinoa I wasnt impressed at all, and quite frankly wasnt sure what all the fuss was about.

Quinoa is perhaps one of the most perfect non-animal sources of protein on the planet. What makes quinoa unique is that it is the only plant based source of complete protein. “Complete” means that it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that are crucial to human function and health

A couple nights ago I decided to make it again, but a little different.  I made it the way I usually make my risotto!

I chopped up one onion, and 3 cloves of garlic.  Sauteed it in olive oil until it was almost transparent.  Then I threw in two cups of quinoa and mixed it up then added four cups of chicken broth.  Bring it to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes.

It was delicious!  Or has my husband would say it was the “Quin-bomb.”



Love, K