Easy Toxin Free Mosquito Repellant!

What you need:

2 oz. Glass Bottle With Spray Cap

Organic Citronella Essential Oil

1.75 oz. Unflavored Vodka

Pour vodka into glass bottle and then add 20 drops of citronella essential oil. Shake to combine and then spray on body before going outdoors! See, I told you it was that simple. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to spray it onto your clothing to avoid a drying effect but keep in mind it has essential OIL in it so don’t spray it on anything fancy for sure.

We tested this oil to alcohol ratio out and had complete success. The last time I went outside without repellant, I ended up with a grand total of 15 bites on my legs. Ouch! After using this homemade repellant, ZERO!

Try to select a dark glass such as amber or cobalt, if the bottle is clear just store in a dark cabinet or bag.

Breastfeeding A Toddler? Me?

Many say that when your baby turns a year old, they are no longer a baby- they are now a toddler. A toddler?! That tiny helpless infant that depended upon you for their every waking (and sometimes sleeping) need- now is his own person. The independent toddler.

My little Jack is not so little anymore… he has several teeth, can eat anything that we eat, sleeps in his own bed now and is walking (most often running) everywhere. His birthday is October 14th and he will be turning 1- turning a toddler. A breastfeeding toddler…. a few months back I wrote an article about his growing independence, and at that time, I thought he was starting to wean due to his drastic drop in nursing sessions. I was wrong. He has developed a whole new nursing pattern and schedule with no signs of quitting any time soon.

I never thought I would nurse a toddler. I really did not think that I would make it 6 months let alone an entire year (without a single drop of formula, I might add). The beginning of our nursing relationship was dark and gloomy with little to no hope of success. With the support of my husband, La Leche League and many others, WE MADE IT! As hard as it all was to get through, I am thankful for the process because it has brought me to a place of real understanding and empathy for others struggling too. Before I had Jack, I thought nursing would be so easy and just could not understand why everyone didn’t breastfeed. I was quite judgmental in fact. This experience and life lesson has been so worthwhile and precious to me.

I took Jack to a sleep specialist the other week, this was when I became informed that his sleeping problems were all due to me nursing him at night. The doctor gave the advice to immediately stop feeding at night, and to shut the door of his room and not go back in until morning. While I appreciate his concern and respect his opinion, I let him know that I was unwilling to follow his directions. Then he asked, “How long are you planning on nursing him anyway, he’s almost 1?” To which I replied, WHENEVER HE DECIDES TO STOP. The look on his face was sheer horror. I was not offended by him at all though, my priority is my nursing toddler, not his crawling skin…

If you are having a hard time starting your breastfeeding journey, be encouraged. It may take a lot of work and tears, but it is so worth it and so worthwhile.

To read My Breastfeeding Experience: A Difficult Journey click here.

To visit the La Leche League webpage for more information, resources and support click here. 

October 15th – Not just any other day…


October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a day that passes by unnoticed by most, but for those who have experienced the pain of Child-loss…it is certainly not forgotten.

If you have lost a child, while during pregnancy, birth or even after… you probably have encountered people lacking sensitivity to this subject. That whole saying, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all”- lets abolish that right now because “nice” is a relative term. Some people that think they are being nice, even providing comfort – can really tear your heart out due to the lack of understanding on this subject. Here are some of the comments that I received after the loss of my 2 babies…

1. Well at least it was early on in the pregnancy…

2. At least you didn’t get to know the baby and then it died…

3. You can have other children…

4. It wasn’t really a baby- it was just tissue…

5. Maybe babies that God knows will die- don’t have souls…

6. Maybe God is punishing you for something you did…

These ignorant statements (made by people that really did not mean any harm to me) are just that, ignorant. People simply do not know what to do or say in these situations, yet they feel compelled to say something- anything really. The problem is, usually that “anything” is hurtful. Diminishing the loss is not only unhelpful to the grieving process, it is destructive. We need to feel the pain, in order to accept the loss and to move forward. But please understand that moving forward does not mean forget. Women never forget the children once held inside their own bodies and outsiders need to realize this and stop expecting them to get over it.

This is why awareness is so important.  We, as women need to talk about loss. If we can achieve even a fraction of understanding as it pertains to miscarriage, and child loss- then we will be able to grieve better, recover faster and help others in the same situation better.

There will be a candlelight service here in Baton Rouge, LA to memorialize the little ones, lost to this world but never lost to our hearts. It will be October 15th at Baringer Rd Park. Sign in starts at 7:00 PM.

To learn more you can visit http://www.october15th.com for more information.