Another Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent – Homemade Bug Spray that is EASY and WORKS!


I posted several years ago on how to make your own mosquito repellent, Home Made recipe for “Natural” Mosquito Repellent.

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent for babies and Kids

I am posting another updated one using cloves and other nice smelling ingredients.
You can get a small pray bottle that pumps out a fine mist at any drugstore but you can also get cheap at dollar store in the cosmetics/personal hygiene section.

This is the recipe that I have fine tuned and like best- mostly beciase if the scent :-)
this recipe id for 8 oz and can easily be doubled or tripled

you need 60 drops or approx. 1/2 teaspoon of your choice of essential oils listed below:
( I use a 2:1:1 Lavender:Clove:Eucalyptus mix. I would use some tea tree but my kids hate the smell)

Tea Tree

1/2 Cup distilled water ( can use water that has been boiled)
1/2 Cup witch Hazel
optional- 1/2-2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin. All this does is help combine oils with water .

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray

Put your water and witch hazel into spray bottle. Add glycerin and essential oils. Really don’t worry if you add too much of the oils.. will just make it stringer not less effective.
Put on cap/sprayer and shake up. Make sure you shale before using especially if not using the glycerin.

This works really well- let me know if you use and what combo you tried!

Camping Craft : Make Leaf Rubbing

You will need:
Fall leaves of all shapes and sizes
Coloured crayons ( peel off paper)
white paper

On paper lay down nice selection of leaves- vein side up. Put another sheet of paper over top.
Using side of your crayon- rub across your leaf. The shape of leaf will start to appear on your paper.

You can experiment with different colours, overlaying the leaves and even metallic crayons.
Try this technique with other things other than leaves….
If you try this- send us a pic or scan and i will post to share with other :-)

Travel Games for Kids : Printables and Games for Long Car Rides

We have gone on several long car rides- our longest over 22 hours with 2 small children. I have collected variations of games we play over the long drive. I also some For tips for long car rides with kids.

DO you have a favorite car game or travel game? Please share with us! Just post in the comments section :-)

Classic Car Games for Travelling

20 Questions is truly a classic game. It can be played by children of all ages. There are many variations
of the game. One person thinks of something from three categories: animal, mineral, or vegetable and then
tells the other players which category is correct. The players then take turns asking questions which can be answered with a YES or NO. For instance, if the category is animal a player might ask “is it alive?” or “Does it have four legs?” And after 20 questions are asked, if the players have not already guessed the answer, each player gets a last chance to make a guess.

Geography: Better for older kids.
Someone starts by naming a country
such as Canada. The next person must name a country whose name begins with
the last letter of the previously named country. In this case, Japan ends
in N, so a country which begins with N must be named such as Nigeria. And
then, since Nigeria ends in an A, the next person’s country must start
with an A. And so on until someone gets stuck.

Variations: Using States, animals, names, Bands, etc. instead of Country names.

Name Game: Good for all ages. Think of a name. Then tell people in the car if its a boy’s or girl’s name, and tell them the first letter of the name. The group then tries to guess the name by calling out all the names they
can think of which start with the appropriate letter.&


The first person starts with the letter A and say “A is for —” filling in the blank with any word
beginning with the letter A such as APPLE, ART, AIRPLANE, etc. If first word is APPLE then The second person then does the letter B, but must also remember what A was…so B is for BOOK , the second person would say” A is for APPLE and B is for BOOK and so on
My father owns a grocery store One player begins the round by stating, “My father owns a grocery store, and
in it he sells (something that begins with the letter A; e.g., apples).” The next player states, “My father owns a grocery store, and in it he sells apples and (something that begins with the letter B; e.g., bananas).” It goes around
and around with each player having to recite the entire list and then adding a new entry for the next letter of the alphabet.

If someone misses an item or gets completely stumped, they’re supposed to be “out.” But I have to say, we’d give them clues to keep things moving along. It’s not a game which one needs to win; everyone wins by participating and making the
drive more fun.

Here are some sites that offer printables for games you can play in the car or other travel games.

License Plate Game: This is a print out of all the States with box to check off. The idea is to “collect” all fifty states. You can work as teams or on your own. You can also set a time limit for REALLY long drives :-)

A Classic!- Car Bingo: Print out “bingo cards” here for playing a bingo variation  in car. We have used these and laminated the cards so they hold up to sticky hands.

Very UNUSUAL car games: This site features games such as “tennis” but instead of a ball- you “burp” back and forth… wow…who thought of this game to torture moms

Lots of Classic car travel games to be found here :
Card games, Counting cows, Hug Bug ( or Punch Buggy if you are from my more violent generation :-). is site is one of my favorites.

For younger kids- instructions to make your own tic tac toe board.

Lots of printable car games for kids  here, including variation on car bingo

Great book for travel from Klutz, Klutz Glove Compartment Games or Miles of Smiles.

Make Cool Campfire Colors- Make Colored Flames for your Campfire!

Amaze Your Friends and Family with these cool campfire trick- You can create some really neat special effects with some common and not so common- household chemicals.

To add to fire- Use duct tape lay a piece of duct tape out- about a 3-4″ strip- put a few spoonful of ONE chemical of your choice on the tape and fold over- making sure edges are sealed. DO NOT MIX THESE CHEMICALS- EVER!!!!!
When ready to add to fire- just toss the whole packet in :)

Copper Chloride : makes a BLUE flame, Can be found at Fire Work chemical companies- my favourite is

Borax : Light yellow-Green Flame (but this at any supermarket in laundry section)

Copper Sulfate: makes a green flame in campfire. Buy in pool/spa chemical store or Fireplace store.

Lithium Chloride: bright pink/red flame . Can buy here

Salt Peter:(potassium nitrate).For a violet-purple flame.

Epsom salt(Magnesium Sulfate}makes a bight white flame in campfires- buy pretty much anywhere.

Strontium Chloride: makes red flame in campfire. Stores specializing in fireworks chemicals.
also here :

Potassium Chloride: makes a deep purple flame in campfire. Sold as a water softener salt and starter fertilizer in most gardening sections..

Alum (thallium): a nice bright green flame in campfire. Used for pickling but can also buy cheap at drugstore- ask pharmacist.

Calcium Chloride : nice blue flame – is sold commercially as the product ” Damp-Rid” to get rid of moisture.

Table Salt (sodium chloride)- make an orange flame.

Boric Acid – deep red flame. Buy at any pharmacy.

Neat Camping Craft for Kids- Make a First Aid Kit

I am a bit of a craftaholic- but this is cute idea for kids. Make a “first aid” kit using film canister and plastic lacing (gimp)
Finished crafts easily fits on knapsack , belt or whatever.
Check out the craft here
It’s a small enough craft that can easily take along- great for a rainy day. Its also useful- unlike so many other crafts that currently clutter up our house :)