but one thing this southern california transplant can't get used to is this. with warm weather and warmer nights, come bugs. lots 'o bugs. the blood-sucking kind. and they attack in swarms. last week while playing ultimate frisbee, i looked into the sky and saw at least 100 pesky mosquitos swarming over me. and of course, silly me, i didn't think to bring bug spray.
in keeping with a holistic lifestyle, i stay miles away from the deet ridden bug sprays. don't fret- i'm not about to turn into a walking billboard for west nile. i found a great spray last year for our camping trip- and not only did it smell decent (my friends might disagree), but it actually worked. and trust me, if you can spend a week in the forest in new york without getting eaten alive, you know you've found gold.
so this year, plan a was to rely on my new-found gem.
but, get this. one of my co-workers is really into essential oils and is about as nutty as i am about all-natural products. when she told me she makes her own bug spray, i squealed with joy. really? you can make bug spray? who would'a thought.
she brought me a batch of her "bugs be gone" and i'm so excited to give it a try. basically, it's made with essential oils and distilled water. some recipes call for an oil-based spray, but her version goes on clean, smells great & keeps the bugs away. just for kicks, i spent some time googling "homemade insect repellent" recipes- and there are quite a few out there. since i've yet to use it, i can only rely on her opinions- but that's the best part of today...the weekend is here and i can give it a try!
so with new ammo at hand, enjoy your weekend and the great outdoors (even it's only as far as your backyard)!