7 Simple Tricks to Keep Pests Away

7 Simple Tricks to Keep Pests Away

Now that the weather is warming up those common household pests are coming full force. Most commercial products designed to keep pests away are full of chemicals or are just insanely inhumane. These 7 pest control remedies will protect your home from unwanted

These 7 pest control remedies will protect your home from unwanted guests and keep your conscience (and home) clear. What’s really great about these tricks is they use items that you either already have at home or are very cheap to buy.

What’s really great about these tricks is they use items that you either already have at home or are very cheap to buy.

Control Pests with these Natural, Non-Violent Remedies

White Vinegar

When you’re entertaining outdoors white vinegar is your best friend. Fill a spray bottle or wet a towel with undiluted white vinegar and wipe down your surfaces. Bugs won’t dare cross thus keeping you and your guests pest free.

Essential Oils

Many essential oils work miracles against pests. Peppermint oil will keep mice away, just dip a cotton ball into the oil and place near any nooks and crannies that could be entry points. Citronella works incredibly well for keeping outside bugs (gnats, mosquitoes, flies etc.. away.)

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Dump the Water

Mosquito’s lay their eggs on water, so making sure any receptacle that could collect water is empty will keep them from hatching near you.

Jam & Jelly

If you have flowers then you most likely have bees buzzing around too. Keep a dish of jam or jelly in a specific area away from where you and/or your family will be.

Citrus Peels

Instead of tossing your lemon, lime, and orange peels, consider keeping them. They are great for keeping bugs away. Wipe down surfaces and yourself with the citrus peels and bugs will not come near you.

Cinnamon Sticks

Use cinnamon sticks in areas where you’ve seen ants. They’ll crawl away from them and leave your home in peace. You can also use cloves and peeled garlic to do the trick.


I love the smell of mint and when planted around the house it will keep ants from entering.

These are some of my favorite ways to keep pests away, what are yours?

Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review

Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review


Today is 70° and sunny, what a perfect day to wear my new Sienna Sandal from Okabashi! There are so many reasons I love Okabashi, the first being they are US based (in Buford, Georgia). That means every shoe they produce is made and sold right here in the U S of A.

Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review

Another reason to love Okabashi is their 2 year guarantee on each piece of footwear.

Also with Okabashi Sienna:

  • Each shoe has arch support
  • Each shoe offers superior comfort
  • 100% recyclable
  • Shoes are waterproof and dishwasher safe
  • Shoes are affordable, starting at just $14.99
  • Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review There are so many selling points but the price, comfort and style were all it took for me to fall in love with Okabashi. Seriously, where else can you find high quality shoes that are sustainable and comfortable for under $20? I’ve yet to find anywhere else.

The arch support on the Sienna Sandal is fantastic. I walk around barefoot a lot so my arches are in dire need of support. The only issue I had with the shoes was getting my chubby foot all the way inside. That was remedied with the slightly stretchy material used to make these cute sandals. Once my foot was in there was pure comfort and support.Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review

Now, you’d think with me shoving my chubby foot in this shoe I would have marks on my foot from the straps. Nope. Like I said, pure comfort! There have been no blisters, no chaffing and no uncomfortable rubbing at all. I was hesitant to get white shoes since I’m always stepping in something, but being able to toss them in the dishwasher at the end of the day takes care of that.

Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review

I’m sorry, but I just find it incredible that I can do that. If something happens within 2 years of owning them they’re covered by warranty. With them being so affordable you can be sure I’ll be buying more Okabashi Sandals to help me enjoy this Spring and Summer in style and comfort. I highly recommend you do the same, especially if your feet are in need of pampering.

The Sienna Sandals are $18.99 and available in the following colors:

  • Brown
  • Wheat
  • White
  • Black

They are available in sizes 5 – 10.5.

Okabashi Sienna Sandal Review

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Roux Maison Laundry Detergent Review & Giveaway

Roux Maison Laundry Detergent Review & Giveaway

Take a look at the ingredients list on your laundry detergent. Some of the ingredients may have toxic effects on  your body. Some common ingredients in many commercial laundry detergents can cause:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Eye irritation
  • Cancer
  • Endocrine system disruption

Scary, right?

Roux Maison Laundry Detergent Review

If you see any of the following ingredients on the label, run!

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • sodium laureth sulfate
  • 1-dioxane
  • 4-dioxane
  • nonylphenol ethoxylate
  • Phosphates

It’s so easy to avoid this situation and risk by using an organic laundry detergent. I know, if you’re anything like Scott you’ll say “why would I pay more for organic when I can get “X” brand for “X” price. Let’s see why, shall we?

Roux Maison laundry detergent contains 4 ingredients on their label. 4. Take a look at what they don’t have and what they don’t do .

Roux Maison Laundry Detergent ReviewYou can see it’s free of SLS, SLES, Pthalate and so many other known toxins found in other laundry detergents. To me this is what it’s all about. Knowing that those nasty chemicals aren’t going to be going onto or into my family’s skin.

Peace of  mind, laundry that smells fantastic and eco bonus points are just a few bonuses you get from Roux Maison. Clothes actually feel and smell clean. That’s what laundry detergent is supposed to do, but there’s just something about this laundry detergent that makes it even better. Like the feeling that you know you’re doing something positive for your family as well as the environment.

I can definitely recommend Roux Maison as a replacement for your normal laundry detergent. Just give it a try, $14.99 for a 16 ounce bottle (which gives you 40+ loads of clean laundry) is a small price to pay to protect yourself and your family. Roux Maison offers 3 varieties in their Essential Detergents line:

  • Ambrosia
  • Sweet Tea
  • and Fragrance Free

But that’s not all! Be sure to check out everything Roux Maison has to offer by visiting their website, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to connect with Roux Maison on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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