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Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

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Friday morning I woke up to find an army (or two) of ants swarming my living room side table. They were all over my computer, all over the table top, climbing up and down the table leg, marching into my kids toy room, just coming and going as they please right from under the corner of the door frame.

My son had left out some uneaten pizza the night before. *insert a hard eye roll*

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants IndoorsNeedless to say, I freaked the heck out. I tried wiping them up with a dish rag, but that just made the problem worse. Now they were all over my kitchen sick. Agh! I put my shoes on and was ready to walk out the door to go get something for ants, but I stopped in my tracks.

I don’t know why I remember this, but when I was younger and my brother was a toddler, he got into some ant gel or some kind of product my mom had set on a window seal. He stuck his finger in it and proceeded to put it in his mouth. Ya know, like kids are supposed to do. Well, he ended up being taken to the hospital.

This memory is what stopped me from just jolting out the door to find the nearest ant killer I could. Ant products can be very toxic and I didn’t want my kids to unknowingly get into something that could harm them. I mean, these ants were right where we hang out every day so there’s no doubt one of my kids would touch something they shouldn’t be.

I decided to take a moment to do a little online research and I’m so glad I did. I found a completely natural way to rid my home of these pesky, pizza loving ants. The best part? I already had what I needed at home (Yay for saving money!) and IT WORKED!




Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

So what is this secret ant repellant that’s natural and easy? Peppermint and tea tree oil.

My online research brought me to understand that when an ant finds food, it lets off pheromones or a scent so that other ants can follow its path to the food. Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is exactly what happened with the uneaten pizza. I wish I had taken a picture so you could see just how many ants there were and they were sticking pretty tightly to a single path. Ugh! I’m itchy just thinking about it.

I read that peppermint and tea tree oil blocks the pheromones, causing the ants to lose their way. So, what do I have to lose? It’s natural, sounds pretty easy to try, I have the oils already. Why not give it a go? I decided to use both oils to see how well they would work. I used peppermint around the kitchen sink, and tea tree oil around the toy room and the side table.

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

I simply placed a few drops off oil on a cotton pad and wiped the inside and outside rim of the sink. And for the toy room, I wiped the perimeter of the room, the door frame, and then the side table right outside the door. And just to be on the safe side, I left a clean cotton pad with a few drops on the back of the sink and in the corner of the room.

I immediately noticed a difference. There were no more ants coming and going from under the door frame, which is where they were originating from. There were a few stragglers that had wandered into the middle of the room, but aside from that we were officially ant free.

It’s now five days later and I still haven’t seen an ant even peep from under the door frame. Seeing is believing and I am a firm believer that peppermint and tea tree oil is the best natural way to repeal ants indoors. And if you’re kids touch the cotton pads, the oils aren’t going to harm them.

Natural? Check!

Easy? Check!

Safe? Check!

Effective? Check!

And another perk is your home will smell pretty nice, too. Peppermint and tea tree oil for the win!

Have you ever tried this method for repelling ants?

*I am not an expert in pest control and this method is simply I found to work in my home. If you have a serious infestation, please call a professional. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Your Lucky Day #Giveaway Hop

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Chrislie Has a Scent for Every Mood

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

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Over the past two years I’ve started using essential oils more and more. From simply giving my home a nice aroma, to helping my kids breathe easier when they’re sick or helping to promote relaxation before bed, I’ve become fairly acquainted with basic essential oils.

While essential oils can be used on the body or in the bathtub, I typically go the diffuser route. And when the kids are sick and need some clean air or a little help clearing their noses, I put a few drops in their humidifier.

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I recently got the chance to check out the Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie and to date it is my favorite set. Most essential oil sets I’ve tried have what I consider basic oils like lavender, orange, eucalyptus, tea tree and others. What’s so great about the Chrislie 9-Piece Set is that it includes a lot of oils I’ve never used.

  • Bergamot
  • Jasmine
  • Cassia
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Frankincense
  • Clary Sage

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The past few weeks I’ve been rotating these oils in my diffuser and I’m really enjoying a lot of them. My favorite is Frankincense. It reminds me of sugar cookies! Frankincense is known for relieving stress (which we all need) and negative emotions, and is also associated with boosting the immune system. With the weather here changing from snow last week to warmer days in the 60’s this week, the whole family needs a little immune system boost.

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Aside from liking the oils themselves, the bottles they come in are unique. Each bottle has a snap top, which helps prevent spills. All other essential oils I own have an open top so as soon as I unscrew the lid, it’s free game. I’ve even found myself opening my Chrislie essential oils and immediately trying to get a few drops out because I’m so used to the bottles being open.

But I like the snap top feature on these. If my kids ever get ahold of them I know they won’t make a mess and even I won’t accidentally spill any (ya know, not that I’ve ever done that or anything, haha).

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The Chrislie Essential Oils 9-Piece Set retails for $46.99, but I have a special promo code for my readers! You can save 70% by using promo code 9PCOILSET, making the set just $16.99! This is a steal!

Even if you don’t use essential oils yourself, but may know someone who does, this set would make a great gift. The packaging is beautiful and perfect for gift giving!

What is your favorite essential oil?

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8 Tips for Managing a Sick Kid

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid
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If there’s one thing that comes along with cooler weather that doesn’t put me in the holiday spirit, it’s a runny nose and sniffles. More so when it’s the kids that have them and right now both of my kids are sick. The past two days I’ve been in full on Dr. Mom mode and have been making time to send all these sick germs packing. Hopefully they kick the bucket soon (the germs, not my kids).

Here are eight tips that I use for managing a sick kid. I’m certainly no medical professional, but I’ve found these tips to work well for me when one or more of my kids get the common cold.

Medicine

Giving your child medicine probably seems like a no brainer, but not all medicines actually heal the sickness. Rather, they help to make cold symptoms easier to withstand, while the cold runs its course. Pay attention to what symptoms manifest themselves (fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, etc.) and choose a medicine that corresponds with those symptoms. Most kids don’t like taking medicine, including mine, so don’t make it worse for them by forcing a medicine that really isn’t going to help.

Are you a breastfeeding mom? When your child’s sick, continue to breastfeed because your body will help produce the antibodies needed to get over the cold. There’s nothing like homemade organic mommy medicine!

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid

Rest

Just like when we get sick, kids need a lot of rest. Let them sleep whenever they want – morning, afternoon, evening, night. Besides, I’m sure you could use a nice break from all the ruckus they make on a daily basis. When sick, I let my kids sleep in and I don’t limit their rest at all. You want to sleep in the chair? Go right ahead and sleep in the chair.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is typically hard for anyone who’s sick. I know all I want to do is sleep and that leaves no time for food or hydration. Still, I try my best to keep my kids hydrated when they’re under the weather. If I can’t get them to drink water or juice, I give them Pediasure and they’ll usually take a few sips here and there. I’ll take a few sips over none at all.

Warm Bath

There’s nothing like taking a nice warm bath and washing away all those icky sick germs. When your child has a runny nose, chances are they’ve wiped their hand across their nose and then spread all the ickiness across their face, hair, hands, arms and clothes. Yuck!

Run a nice warm bath, clean them up and put them in some clean jammies. It may only be a little while before the germs are all over again, but a bath still helps kids feel better and gives you peace of mind that the sick germs have at least been washed away for the moment. Plus, the warm water will help clear up some congestion.

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid

Clean Air 

Keeping the germs at bay and giving your kids good, clean air to breathe is very important. How do I do this? With my Ozazzy “I Am Air” Cool Mist Humidifier. This thing has been running nonstop the past two days and is definitely helping. It releases cool, moist air, so if either of my kids happen to play in the mist (which they have been doing relentlessly) it isn’t going to burn their hands. I’ve had my Ozazzy at its highest setting so it’s pumping out a lot of great moisture to help clear up these little runny noses.

I also like to add some essential oils like eucalyptus and tree tea oil to the humidifier’s water. Just like using Vick’s in a vaporizer, the eucalyptus oil helps clear up my kids’ congestion and the tea tree oil helps disinfect the air. It’s nothing but easy breathing around here!

And if all else fails, get out of the house. This is a little harder considering most of the time you’re cooped up in the house when someone is sick, but getting some fresh air outdoors works wonders. Even opening the window will help.

Sanitize

Sanitizing kind of goes along with clean air. I use Lysol spray to sanitize my home and rid it of germs whenever anyone gets sick. Each night I spray around the house after the kids have gone to bed and I’ll admit, there have definitely been a few times I’ve had to open a window or two because I went a little Lysol crazy. But hey, the germs have got to go!

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid

Love

I can’t stress this one enough. No one likes to be sick and even though as adults we typically just want to be left alone, kids need all the love they can get. They don’t understand what’s going on with their body and some things may seem scary, especially if they’re vomiting. So just hold and cuddle your kids. It won’t last forever, so you might as well get it in while you can anyways. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever cuddled and loved on my kids as much as I have these past two days. Cuddles are comforting to them and you’ll enjoy it too.

Clean Sweep

When all is said and done, and the sniffles and runny noses are gone, it’s time for a clean sweep. Wash any and all blankets/bedding that were used while the kids were sick, and do a bleach/water soak of any plastic toys they played with. I also do a final sweep of the home with the Lysol spray, just to make sure I’m covering all my bases. Sick germs be gone!

How do you manage a sick kid?

~Please note that I am not a medical professional and these are simply tips I use when my kids get sick. If you have an emergency or feel like your child needs to see a doctor, by all means, please take them. If after a few days my tactics aren’t working and my children’s colds seem to be getting worse, we visit the pediatrician or a pediatric urgent care/after hours clinic.~
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Making Time for Healthy Air

Making Time for Healthy Air

There is no doubt, the quality of the air we breathe is an important factor in our overall health.  That’s why I’m making time to provide my family with the healthy air they deserve, with the Ozazzy ‘I AM AIR’ Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Aroma Diffuser.

“I am Ozazzy Air

Here I am…Breathless to please you!

I am steamy, rainsoft moisture.  Breathe me, soothe me, smell me.

I am whisper quiet in vivid color, use me daily.  Sleep with me.  I will light up your night!

I help you to: Quell coughs, breathe easier, fight off colds and flu, soften hair and skin.

I am air!”

Like any good humidifier, Ozazzy’s ‘I AM AIR’ does wonders when my kids are ill and could use a little decongesting help.  But not only that, I use this humidifier on a daily basis just to provide good, clean air.

Regardless of how or when it’s used, it’s nice to be able to add a few drops of an essential oil to help me get just the right feel I’m looking for.  There are days where being a working at home mom of two makes me want to just pull my hair out.  On those days, a couple drops of a relaxing essential oil is much needed.

My favorite feature of the Ozazzy ‘I AM AIR’ Humidifer is the ability to change the mist output.  If I’m just looking to get a slight scent of essential oils or just want a breath of fresh air throughout the day, I put it on the lowest setting.  But if my kids are sick and need immediate relief, I crank it up and the room gets misty with healthy air.  Whether it’s on the lowest setting or the highest, you can see the mist coming out, and it’s safe for kids because it’s a cool mist and not a hot steam.

PicMonkey Collage

What makes the Ozazzy ‘I AM AIR’ Humidifier fun for my kids, is the changing colors.  My son looks in awe as the colors change, exclaiming “Look at the colors!”  And even my baby sits calmly and watches as the colors change.  It’s even great as a night light for them.  I know they’re breathing good quality air and they enjoy the night light.

With the ‘I AM AIR’ Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Aroma Diffuser, you can sit back and let Ozazzy do the dirty work, while you reap the rewards.

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