Happy Father's Day!!

This month's issue of Nature is Calling! not only gives great ideas on how to spend Father's Day, but helps you get ready for summer. Now that summer is just around the corner, it's time to get out the sunscreen and bug spray. Read on for great tips about going natural when it comes to sun and bug protection.

Dad's Day!

Some of the best ways to celebrate your Dad don't need to break the bank. Whether your dad is just new to the parenting game or is an old pro, here are some great tips to spend your dad with your "old man".

  • Make a Photo Album- Brag books aren't just for moms and grandmas. Dads love to show their kids off too. Make up a cute little photo album of your best pics of the kids and/or grandkids.
  • Help with Dad's Chores- Take some of the household load off Dad too and help wash the cars or help out around the yard.
  • Do What Dad Loves to do- Pack a picinc lunch and spend the day doing his favorite activity, like kayaking or football.
  • Watch a Local Sports Game- Many local sports teams like baseball, lacrosse or soccer are pretty cheap to watch. So pack up the family and cheer on your favorite team.
  • Do a family activity together- Go for a round of golf, go-karting or bumper boats (or miniature golf if the kids are younger).

Enjoy celebrating with your Dad this year and don't forget to tell him how much you appreciate him!

BAD BUGS, BAD BUGS
.....Whacha Gonna Do????

Well...You could do what any good natural product junkie would do and educate yourself on how to avoid most contact with bugs and make your own bug spray.

How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks

Common sense is as good a guide as any. To keep away ticks, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, a hat or scarf. Pull your socks up over your pant cuffs and take a soapy shower after being in infested areas. To keep mosquitoes away, use window and door screens and put mosquito netting over infant carriages or strollers.

Another rule of thumb is to know your insect. Mosquitoes like water at dusk. Ticks thrive in forests and untended grassy areas; they can also find their way into homes hitchhiking on cats and dogs.

Nutritionally, you can drink a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar and eat lots of garlic. Vitamin B1 taken daily is also supposed to help repel insects.

Homemade Herbal Insect Repellents

Natural insect repellents take only a few minutes to make and they are truly effective. A wide variety of herbal and essential oil mixtures can work. Mix, match, and experiment. One herbalist I know recommends infusing many herbs and essential oils in oil for a potent "bug juice." I've simplified the process creating successful recipes, while also isolating possible allergies:

Repellent Soap: Add 10-15 drops of essential oils per ounce of liquid Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's soaps, $13 for a 32-ounce bottle at amazon.com). Try essential oils such as lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium. Wash before and after spending time outdoors.

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe

  • 10-25 drops essential oil. Try lavender, rose geranium (for ticks), coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput and citronella
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)
  • Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; stir to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe 2

  • 25 drops essential oil (see above)
  • 1/4 cup water or organic apple cider vinegar
  • Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab some on your skin or clothing.

This article is from the Daily Green. To read more click on the link below: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/natural-insect-repellents-460608#ixzz1wTOhOUoT

What Products Work???

My family recently went on vacation and used UV natural sunscreen for both the adults and the little ones. We found it worked really well, easy application and rubbed into the skin well without leaving a white sheen on the skin. Everybody enjoyed the sun without getting burnt. Check out more on this video for sunscreen and bug spray.



Here's a Few other Natural bug spray products we've used with great success. You can check them out on-line or can often be found at your local natural store such as Planet Organic.

Badger Bug Spray

California Baby Bug Spray

If you are looking to buy locally, most natural outlet stores carry Badger natural product lines which carry great sunscreen products that work for all ages.

Get out there, enjoy the sun with the protection that only natural products offer!!....and don't forget to check out other great products for summer on my website Your Body Loves Natural Products.



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