Do It Yourself – Protecting Your Plants from Pests

I am a novice gardener. For the first time in my life I decided to try and grow my own veggies. This has not been w/o some bumps along the way. One of those bumps has been dealing with pests eating my poor plants!

This post is dedicated to a few quick solutions you can do to help fight against bugs in your garden.

1) Help your plants by planting more plants.

  • Mosquitoes do not like citrus scents (hence citronella candles).  Lemon Grass, Balm, Lemon Basil, Tyme, Lavender, Marigolds and much much more help repel mosquitoes.

2) Bring on the good bugs

  • Lady Bugs, Preying Mantis, Earwigs, and a few others are considered “good”. (Earwigs can be a pest to herbs, but they kill slugs which is a bigger pest to me.)

3) Bring out the Homemade Bug Spray

What you need?
-Mashed Garlic
-Mint 
-Hot Red Pepper
-Dishwashing Liquid
-Spray Bottle
 
What to do? (Unfortunately there are no measuring so I just guessed enough for a spray bottle adding one table spoon of each item and one quick squirt of detergent.) Heat garlic, mint and hot red peppers in a pan of water to a near boil. Remove the liquid and allow to sit over night. In the morning strain the mixture and add a squirt of detergent and spray down the plants.

4) SLUGS! EW! (My REAL big pest)

  • I began to notice nice almost perfect holes in the leaves of my bell peppers, after some digging I came to find out it’s slugs. YUCK! So what did I try? Egg Shells! We eat a lot of eggs so I take all of those shells and put them at the base of my plants. So far so good, no new holes.
  • Citrus Peels in the base of the plants help against more mosquitoes and slugs.
  • Coffee Grounds, they don’t like the caffeine. We have a Keurig so I just cut the top and sprinkle around a plant.
  • Beer, they love some beer. Pour a little in a small can, dish, or plastic item and let them have at it. They drown themselves in beer. I know men that would like to go out that way.

So far doing these simple steps in my very modest container garden has done very well. They are simple to do so why not give it a shot?!

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Do It Yourself – Vicks Vapor Rub

Why bother paying for some Vicks Vapor Rub when you have all the materials right in your very home? When the little guy gets a stuffy nose mom is to the rescue!

First thing is first a nice soothing warm bath with toys and bubbles! I don’t care how sick my son gets he loves a bath and a nice bath with some Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lavender Oil it is the perfect relief for that congested chest and stuffy nose. 

(For Adults) I came across this gem from My Crazy Blessed Life for vapor shower discs. One Good Thing By Jillee also has a formula for this!  Oh it’s genius! You could use this to make a relaxing aroma infused shower. A nice hot lavender shower after a long day….. I’m drooling as I type this!  (PS I can’t take a bath in my bath! Their like half size tubs, oh how I miss a nice big garden tub)

Anyways, back on track (you’re getting a two for one deal here) Easy Peasy Vapor Rub. I did explore a few blogs on the topic, and this time it came down to materials I had on hand.

Here are a couple to look at.

Wellness Mama

Mommy Potamus

Wholistic Living with Melissa

One Good Thing By Jillee

As much as I really love the idea of adding cocoa butter and bees wax I don’t have those materials so I went with good ol’ faithful straight up coconut oil. 
 
What you need?
-1/4 cup coconut oil
-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil
-10 drops Rosemary Oil
-10 drops Lavender Oil
 
What to do? It’s simple. Melt, mix, cool and store in a dry cool place. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. After you have a solid form just take some into your hands and rub the chest, under nose, and feet. 

Being sick is no fun and companies take too much out of our pockets by playing to our ignorance. We don’t need to spend our hard earned money on dozens of medicinal items when for thousands upon thousands of years natural remedies have been used just fine and just as if not more effective. I’m not saying everything needs to be hand or homemade, but let us be practical, and in my mind items that I use everyday that have multi purpose use out of them is by far more practical than the one shot, one use item. Think About It.

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Do It Yourself – Make Up Remover Wipes

I hate spending money on a bunch of beauty products. Why spend a bunch of money on anti-aging stuff or removers that have harsh drying agents and silicones in them? NOPE not for me, I find quality ingredients in my kitchen.

We hear all the time how good olive oil is for our skin and hair. Coconut oil is not a new kid on the block either. Best of all, most people are not allergic to oils in general. If you can’t tolerate Olive oil you can try almond oil or grapeseed oil.

For those times I do wear makeup I often start taking it off before my shower. These wipes are perfect for getting those eyes clean of make up w/o hard scrubbing those very sensitive eyes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

My version is modified and originally sparked by One Good Thing By Jillee (I just adore her) Anyways, it’s a combo between her wipes and olive oil coconut oil mash up.

Make-Up Remover Wipes 

(Similar to the refresher wipes)
What do you need? 
-1 container to hold a 1/2 ream of paper towels
-1 half ream of bounty paper towels
– 3 cups warm distilled water
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoons olive oil
-3-5 drops lavender oil or lemon oil
 
What to do?   Mix all of your ingredients together and with the paper towels in the container add the ingredients. Cover and let sit for about 3 minutes and then flip to let the other side soak up. 
 
Some people do add no-tear baby wash, I don’t think it’s needed, but it doesn’t hurt either. 

Ready to use immediately!! This will not sting your eyes, and your make up should slid right off.

I do this right before my shower and then I wash my face in the shower with my exfoliating mix.

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Do It Yourself – Chocolate Hard Shell Sauce

I don’t know about you, but I love chocolate covered fruit and ice cream. Instead of buying that magic hard shell chocolate sauce I make my own! Not only is it easy but it’s cheaper! (My favorite combination!)

Hard Shell Chocolate Sauce

What you need?
 
-6 ounces of Chocolate (Personal Preference Semi-Sweet)
-1 table spoon coconut oil
-1 small pot 1/2 way with water
-1 small pot that can sit on top of the one with water. 
 
What to do?  First, my disclaimer, my microwave and I have frequent disagreements so I just the stove, however this can be done in a microwave. 
 
Bring your water to a low simmer. Once it is simmering pour in your chocolate chips and coconut oil into the top pan and set it on top of the pan with simmering water. You chocolate should begin melting very shortly. As it melts, stir until it is completely melted. 
 
Immediately add to the top of your ice cream and put it into the freezer for a minute. Viola, hard shell chocolate sauce. 
 
Another Favorite is chocolate covered strawberries. Use a kabob skewer and insert the end into the top of the strawberry and swirl it around (I find it easier to leave the stems on.) If you want to add coconut or nuts just sprinkle them on top of the strawberry while the chocolate is still wet and then refrigerate until chocolate is set. 
 

It really is that simple. Coconut oil gives it that nice shine and helps the chocolate harden faster with very little work. ENJOY!

 

 

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DIY – Starter Garden

In the early spring I decided to try my hand in gardening. I would not say that I particularly have a green thumb, but I did learn a nice thing or two about planting my own stuff.

HERBS – Being a cook I LOVE to season everything and mix it up. Making my own herb garden has been wonderful! Most have been really easy! I began everything as seedlings.

I took an idea from this gal; You Grow Girl. I used toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls to make my own seed packs. I then put them into a clear sterlite container and made a sort of green house using another as a topper to trap in heat and let the sun shine through.

THEN I used containers of all kinds to make little planters. Inspired by Green Roof Growers.

I also used 5 gallon buckets inspired by The Rusted Gardener and The Urban Gardener have all inspired me.

Cat Litter Buckets, Coffee Plastic Containers, Two Liter Soda Bottles, Juice Bottles, Milk Jugs….. they are all great to use!

I am hoping I can get good produce for my first time. We shall see. Thus far, I have great herbs!

Lemon Tyme, Sweet Basil, Lemon Basil, Oregano, Mint, Apple Mint, Peppermint, Parsley, & Chives.

The Rosemary and Sage I could not get to grow. I think the seeds are duds.

So if you want to try it, take a 5 gallon bucket, drills some filtering holes in the bottom for drainage and plop in a tomato plant to have some wonderful sweet tomatoes!  It’s not hard. I water them and trim off the suckers and use the wire racks. I have two going. Easy Peasy. I put them out onto my patio!

I also have a plethora of bell peppers and green onions. I hope they turn out well. So far so good!

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NEWS – New DIY Experiments Forth Coming

Lately, the posts I have been putting out there are from my “notes” on Facebook that I would publish for my friends. So technically none of these experiments are really “news”

That is about to change very soon!

I have an agenda this weekend to try some very simple techniques and experiments that I hope will solve some problems I’m having . Here are some things to look forward to.

  1. Ant control / Ant killer 
  2. Bug control for my plants
  3. Bug Skin Repellent
  4. Mildew Killer
  5. Slug deterant/killer
  6. Homemade Reed Diffuser
  7. Homemade Drain Cleaner

I hope to come back to some very successful experiments! I have ants invading my bed room, bugs eating my herbs and plants (I think some are slugs), mildew on my pocket shower curtain that needs to go away. Reed diffusers are much cheaper than a glade plug in and my bathroom sink is draining super slow. Tomorrow we have a cook out to attend and those pesky bugs think I’m as sweet as sugar; so I think it’s a great time to try some things out!

Until Next Time! Have a wonderful Weekend!!!

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Do It Yourself – Hair Moisture Deep Treatment

I have very fine, thin, curly strawberry blonde hair. I take a great deal into taking care of it. Thanks to my mom for sharing her hair loss genetics with me. So the healthier it is the better. About three years ago, maybe almost four, I began to take a deeper interest to take care of my hair and really learn about it. Hair with body has a harder time with natural oils moving down the shaft, and it is more susceptible to damage caused by products.

Through my investigations and experiments I have come to realize that spending a ton of money on hair products isn’t always necessary. In fact, you can do the right things to keep your hair in tip top shape for almost no money at all!

Hair really is all about experimentation. Every one’s hair is not created equally, and your hair will not like the same sort of products that my hair will.

These recipes (I will add many over time) are to be used as deep conditioning treatments. Once every couple of weeks it is a good idea to let a deep treatment sit on your head for 30-60 minutes.

Common items found in a home made recipes.

Oils: Oils are the number one conditioning agent for hair. Olive, Coconut, Almond, Jojoba, Argon, etc.

Humecants: These are ingredients that help attract moisture to your hair. In the summer time most people stock up on humecants in their products.

Butters: Butters are often moisturizing sealants that help trap moisture in your hair and keep it from escaping. Winter time is the most common time to use a lot of products with butters.

Protein and other miscellaneous nutrients: Your hair needs nutrients, but what your hair needs can vary from time to time.

What’s so great about these ideas is we often have them in our kitchen. The nutrients we put IN our bodies is also good on the OUTSIDE of our bodies too. Makes perfect sense right!?

Let’s start with a very basic first step to a night of hair love

Before you introduce a nice deep treatment you want to help restore some of the PH balance in your hair. This recipe also helps with fighting dandruff, getting rid of harmful bacteria, remove gunk and build up, closes the hair cuticle restoring your hair to a much shinier and smooth state. It is not the most pleasant smelling thing, but the benefits out weigh the smell by 100 fold.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse 

What you need: 
-Spray bottle or storage container
-1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (Ratio is typically one part vinegar with three parts water)
-3/4 cup of distilled water
-Optional; 5-10 drops scented oil 
 
What to do: On unclean damp or dry hair, spray mixture generously to hair and scalp messaging scalp firmly to loosen dirt and build up. Continue to spray hair down working from the top to bottom. Allow the mixture to sit in your hair for approximately 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. 
 

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment v. 1 (This Method Is CG Safe)

What you need: 
-One container for the mixture to sit in. 
-Shower cap and saran Wrap
-1 tablespoons olive oil
-3 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoon dark local honey 
-Optional 3 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (This is a protein, for those who are protein sensitive skip it.)
 
What to do: Mix your ingredients together in a container. On already wet hair apply generously throughout your hair and message into your scalp comb fingers through your hair. Use saran wrap to wrap your hair closely to your hair and then top with a shower cap. Allow treatment to sit in your head for 30-60 minutes. The natural heat from your head should be efficient enough heat for the deep treatment. Once you have reached your time, rinse out your hair thoroughly. 
 

IF you are like me and you’re coconut oil sensitive use a little bit of shampoo (just a tiny bit) that has NO SULFATES in the shampoo. Condition as normal. If you are UNLIKE me and you are not coconut oil sensitive do not worry about shampooing (Technically the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse cleansed your hair for you and you do not need to shampoo, water scrubbing should be sufficient.) Condition as normal.

This is one of MANY hair deep conditioning treatments I will post. I will continue to add different recipes to this particular post as I experiment more.

 

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