3 Day Camping Meal Plan

Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley Maurer

My family has spent Memorial Day Weekend camping since before I was even born! Even though the tradition has changed over the years, we still spend the weekend together camping out in my parent’s back yard. This year was no exception! All those years camping has given me so many wonderful memories of fishing, doing puzzles, playing cards, going for walks, canoing and especially cooking over a campfire.  Continue reading “3 Day Camping Meal Plan”

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Ashley M. www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley M.

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! Even though I try to get my shopping done early, there always seems to be a need for last minute gift ideas. Running out to the store isn’t always an option, so here’s a couple gift ideas that I was able to make with things around the house.

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Reusable Snack Bags

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Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley Maurer

I have always been a stickler about packing lunches for work. Not only does it save time, it also saves money. Buying lunches every day adds up quick! The only thing I dislike about packing lunches is all the baggies we go through when making sandwiches. So, we found a great solution that saves money, plus helps the environment by being waste free! Now that’s what I call a win-win!

These reusable bags are very simple to make. If you have no experience using a sewing machine this would be a great project to start with. You don’t need a pattern for it, and you can change the size to fit your needs. Continue reading “Reusable Snack Bags”

Homemade Puppy Pops

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Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley Maurer

So far this Summer we have been very lucky to have some wonderful weather! I love getting home from work and spending the evenings in the garden. We have probably eaten just as many meals outside on the patio this year as we have inside! Continue reading “Homemade Puppy Pops”

Homemade Bug Spray

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Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley Maurer

Summer is finally here! Which means so are the bugs… and anybody that knows me, knows that I strongly dislike bugs! This year I decided to try making my own bug spray using essential oils, and I must say, I’m impressed! It really does work well and smells way better than commercial bug sprays.

After doing my fair share of research I discovered there really is no right or wrong way to make bug spray with essential oils! There are so many recipes out there and I’m sure they all work great so it really comes down to personal preference. I decided to use both jojoba oil and witch hazel in mine since both are good for your skin! Why not moisturize while fighting away those pesky bugs?

I would smell the oil blend as I went, adding a little more of one thing or another until I felt like I had a good balance of all the oil smells. Depending on the brand of oils used (you can find Aura Cacia oils in your local Coborn’s Natural Foods Department) as well as the type of Witch Hazel this may vary. So use the recipe as a guide line and adjust as needed.

Homemade Bug Spray
 
Ingredients
  • 1 - 2 Oz. Dark Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1 Oz. Witch Hazel
  • ½ Oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 30 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 30 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well and apply, avoiding face.
  3. Reapply as needed.

Once you have it all mixed in the spray bottle, it’s ready to use! Just make sure to shake it well before each use, avoid spraying it on the face and re-apply as often as needed.

Just in case you forget your bug spray and come home with some bug bites, you can also make an itch relief roller ball with the jojoba, lavender and tea tree oils used to make the bug spray. I would suggest filling half the roller ball with jojoba oil to dilute the oils just in case anyone has sensitive skin. Then do 1/4 lavender and 1/4 Tea Tree oils to fill the rest of the way. Shake before each use. Although many oils are safe to use during pregnancy, make sure to consult you doctor first before using products with essentials oils.

Hopefully using homemade bug spray works as well for you as it does for me! I know this will help me enjoy summer so much more. Have a fun and bug-free summer!

Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer