OK we have officially become the worst bloggers out there. We’ve still been living our lives and getting outside and trying to make new memories for our family… but we just haven’t been that great at documenting it lately. Here’s to another shot at it and new commitment? Lol
Spring in Utah has been a rainy wet one! While that has made it a little trickier to plan camping trips with a one year old, it’s made the scenery completely beautiful and so so green! In years past it has felt like we have gone directly from a freezing cold winter, to a hot dry summer. So we loved finally being able to enjoy an actual spring with the fresh dewy air and green mountains and landscapes for a change.
When it was just the two of us we used to be able to pick up and go wherever and whenever we wanted. If we decided we wanted to go to the desert on a Thursday night we could pack up quickly and head out that night, now it’s not as easy… but we are making a point to still keep up with our outdoor/adventure lifestyle. Some people think that having babies and kids prevents you from still doing what you love, and it doesn’t have to. For us, all it means is that now we have to be a little more prepared and plan ahead. Even though this blog was started as a way to document our crazy weekly adventures with the two of us, we want to show everyone how we are still able to adventure with kids, and share our tips and tricks of camping with a baby 😊who loves to eat dirt.
Me being me, and a paranoid new mama… I was worried at first to take our baby out because of the bugs! Our remote style of camping is usually just finding a secluded spot where we are away from crowds of people… but that usually means we are in the middle of nowhere and the bugs and gnats in the desert are the worst! I’m not a fan of bug spray because of some of the ingredients – so I used my background knowledge and training to make my own options. Making homemade citronella candles to burn at our campsite, and my own natural bug spray for keeping the bugs away from us and the babe, and not just lathering up in chemicals that can do more harm than good. They work like a charm and are just some of the new things that have been added to our, “must pack list” 😊
1 pound filtered beeswax
½ cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp citronella essential oil
2 tsp lemon essential oil
1 tsp eucalyptus essential oil
Medium wicks (with sticker so you can attach them to the bottom of the jar and the wick won’t float as the candle starts to melt. )
2 mason jars (or buckets like pictured)
Melt the Beeswax and coconut oil over low heat in a double boiler (Or a large pot of simmering water with a smaller pot resting inside.)
Once the wax is melted remove from heat and stir in essential oils. (do this fast because the wax will harden as it begins to cool)
Use a pencil to prop the wick up to keep it centered as the wax cools, and allow to completely harden for 24 hours before using.
For my homemade Bug Spray I use the ingredients below!
8 oz water
8 oz Witch Hazel
20 drops Citronella Essential Oil
10 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
8 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Mix everything in a glass spray bottle and spray away!
Now you have the perfect homemade candle to take with you on your next excursion to keep the bugs away at night and the bugspray to keep the bugs away during the day.
Stay tuned to see where we travel to next and what other tips we might share!