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?

Essentia Natural Memory Foam Pillow Review

Essentia Natural Memory Foam Pillow Review

If you have had any kind of surgery then you know the struggle of post-anesthesia coughing. It’s one of the worst parts of surgery in my opinion and it can be very scary. The fear (and pain) is especially present with surgery involving the torso, where coughing puts strain on the incision site. The slightest post-op throat tickle incites terror in me. My biggest fear is pulling a stitch/staple and opening the incision followed by the thought of getting pneumonia. Definitely not fun.

One of the first things you’re taught after surgery is how to splint your cough. This is firmly (but gently) pulling a pillow onto the incision area before coughing in order to prevent excessive pain or opening your incision. It’s not the most pleasant feeling in the world but it sure beats the alternative; coughing without splinting hurts far worse.

Essentia Pillow

Before my emergency surgery I received a pillow from Essentia Mattress to test out (sent for review purposes). I’m a pillow hoarder so of course I was stoked to get another. I had a few days to test drive the all-natural memory foam pillow at home. It didn’t take me but maybe 4 minutes to actually fall in love with the pillow. As soon as I opened the box and pulled it out I was smitten. The weight alone put a smile on my face – I like my pillows a little on the heavy side. This comes in handy when I have a headache (I put pillows on my head and apply pressure to relieve headaches… don’t judge me!)

What really sold me on this pillow though was how awesome it was while I was in the hospital.

When I came to after the surgery my mom was by my side and asked what I wanted from home. Unlike a planned surgery, emergency surgery usually leaves you with just the gown on your back while you’re admitted. I asked for my phone charger, my laptop, and my pillow. I’m a simple girl 🙂 She came back with everything and suddenly being stuck in the hospital wasn’t so bad. I seriously had everything I needed to make the next few days bearable.

Essentia Pillow Review

The pillow served dual purposes. Not only did it help me sleep comfortably, it was perfect for splinting my coughing. The weight and density were perfect and alleviated so much pain. I tried with the hospital pillows and they just didn’t cut it. The best part was the different nurses coming in to feel the pillow, asking where it came from. They were shocked when I told them it was made from all-natural memory foam; they didn’t realize that was possible.

In fact, not many people realize this is possible which would explain why Essentia Mattress is the only company in the world to offer Natural Memory Foam. That may not seem like a huge deal on the surface, but it really is. For starters, traditional memory foam can contain harmful VOC’s and carry a foul chemical odor.

Another added bonus was the fabric that encased the pillow. It is neutral in color, making it ideal from male and females. The simple striped pattern makes it attractive but not too busy. Even better it is made with unbleached organic cotton that is durable and breathable. The case zips and unzips, making cleaning it a breeze. Essentia pillow unbleached organic cotton case

I’m still loving the pillow and carry it around like Linus with his blanket. It’s just the right amount of thickness for me to sleep like a baby and not have to continuously ‘fluff’ it up. The memory foam is incredible and being a pillow picker (I wiggle my fingers around incessantly) love the way it feels. To say I’m happy with my new Essentia Pillow would be an understatement! I think the only thing better would be one of Essentia’s natural memory foam mattresses!

Here are a few fast facts about the world’s only natural foam mattress:

  • Essentia has patents – unique to Essentia is their natural memory foam, the only one of it’s kind in the world.
  • Full Transparency…like a food label – Essentia shares the ingredients used to make their foam and the VOC report so you can be sure it’s healthy.
  • The most recommended bed in America, BUT NATURAL – all other memory foam mattresses are made from petroleum-based chemicals.
  • No animals were harmed in the making of this mattress – many industry-leading mattresses use a ton of animal bi-products. Essentia does not!
  • Essentia offers a mattress for every budget, starting at $1790 for a queen. Around a 20 years lifespan – probably outlasting any other important purchase like a car!

Essentia Label

Whether you’re in the market for an amazing pillow or an eco-friendly mattress Essentia has you covered. Check out their website and connect with them on social media:

Skyy Hadley’s Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Foot Scrub

So, I’ve put off sandal shopping for a while now. I’m in desperate need of a new pair but my feet have been exiled. Dry, cracked heels and I’m pretty sure there’s a bunion. This little recipe came across my inbox and I think I’m going to try it. It sounds like it will be interesting if nothing else. I’m willing to try nearly anything at this point .

I’m dying to buy new shoes!!!

Celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley has the perfect at-home recipe to give your feet a relaxing experience while exfoliating the skin for super soft results! See below for Skyy’s insider tips and you can connect with Skyy on Twitter (@SkyyHadley).

Skyy Hadley's Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Foot Scrub

Skyy Hadley’s Recipe for a Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Foot Scrub:

Start with 2 whole cucumbers (one per foot), 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; mix in a blender until pureed.

Pour the mixture into a bowl and heat it up to warm temperature.

Place half of the mixture in a large Ziploc baggie and half in a second baggie.

Slide feet right into each baggie, rubbing cucumber mask until each foot is fully soaked.

Leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

The cucumber is extra refreshing and reviving for tired toes, the lemon helps exfoliate and the olive oil deeply moisturizes for super softness.