Protect Your Child's Skin + Free Printable Summer Bucket List for Families

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Have your kids started school yet?  Mine start next week.  We've always had lazy summers that still manage to fly by too quickly, but this summer really flew by.  At the start of summer, I knew we all desperately needed a break.  I also realized that my oldest son is 15, which means that I have this summer and just two more with him before he turns 18.  We aren't a vacation taking family because of our work schedules, having two kids with autism, and having several farm animals that don't do vacations either.  

Each summer, we would try to do a few fun things, but often we didn't do much.  Yes, the down time is wonderful, but I wanted to make memories this summer.  Memories that my kids would hold onto for the rest of their lives and, hopefully, share with their kids one day.  At the start of summer, I asked the kids to each make a bucket list of things to do that were affordable and easy to do in one day.  I created one master summer bucket list for families that we used to check off experiences as we did them.  Some of them, like a day at the beach and cooking outside, we did several times this summer.  Some things we haven't gotten to yet.  Even though school is starting, I still plan on working on our bucket list.  I'm sharing it with you so you can get some ideas for last minute fun things to do before fall or save it for next year.  No matter how you spend your summer, be sure to protect your child's skin before spending time outside.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Face Mask Recipe

This is our last week of summer vacation, so we are enjoying every minute.  We've had quite a packed summer with our trips to Kings Island and Kalahari, the drive in movie theater, movie nights at home, swimming, going to the lake, and more.  Last weekend, we made homemade ice cream to cross another item off of our summer bucket list.  The only thing we have left to do from our list is to make tie dye shirts, so hopefully that will get done this week.  

With the start of school and fall comes pumpkin season.  Even if you aren't a fan of pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin everything, your skin can still benefit from this amazing fruit.  I used pureed pumpkin that I had frozen from my garden last year.  You can use organic pureed pumpkin from the store, but your mask will look darker. 

Green Tea Sugar Scrub Recipe

Today, I have a great recipe for you if you want to start experimenting with different ingredients.  This recipe works wonderfully on its own, but you can very easily adapt it to make it your own scrub.  I chose green tea because of its many skin benefits, but you could use a different kind of tea, including herbal teas.  If you don't have loose green tea, you can cut open a bag of green tea to use.

Keep reading for this green tea sugar scrub recipe and the benefits it has for your skin.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

24 Cute & Fun Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything cute.  From my coffee cups to my notepads, I like them to be fun and trendy.  Put owls or chevron on it, and I'll buy it.  The same goes for my makeup brushes.  Plain black is boring; I want brushes with fun colors and designs.  Here are some of my favorite fun and cute makeup brushes from Amazon.  If you buy from these links, I earn a small commission from sales.

24 Cute & Fun Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

Fun and Cute Makeup Brushes From Amazon

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Flourless Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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I'm not sure what my favorite part of fall is? The crisp air, the changing leaves, or the pumpkin?  I love pumpkins for both decorating and eating. We grow pumpkins every year, and I roast them, puree them, and freeze them to use in my pumpkin recipes like this flourless pumpkin bread. I like this recipe because it doesn't have flour or white sugar, yet it has a great texture and flavor.  I promise you that you won't even miss them to additions with this recipe. 

Flourless Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Solid Essential Oil Carrier Oil Stick Recipe

It's no secret that I love using different carrier oils for their unique properties.  After all, they are the topic of my first book, Carrier Oils: A beginner's guide to using over 40 carrier oils in bath and body recipes.  I use carrier oils in my DIY beauty recipes for their skin and hair benefits.  

Carrier oils are so named because they carry things, like essential oils.  If you use essential oil topically, you need to know how to mix essential oils with carrier oils to use them properly.  The problem with using a carrier oil is that they can spill.  They aren't easy to take with you, and they are difficult to apply on the go without making a mess.  The solution?  This solid essential oil carrier stick recipe.

Parsley Infused Hot Oil Treatment

This summer has been absolutely brutal for my hair.  We've been wanting a pool for several years now, and we finally got one this year.  We are using chlorine, and it's killing my hair.  Yes, I know I could wear a swimming cap, but I haven't for whatever reason.  My curly hair tends to be extremely dry anyway.  I've been experimenting with different carrier oils and herbs, so I selected an herb that would help my hair and one of my favorite oils for the hair, flax oil.  And thus this parsley infused hot oil treatment was born.

parsley infused flax oil hot oil treatment recipe

DynaTrap Insect Trap Review and Giveaway

Let's take a break from the makeup and hair chatter and talk about about something that bugs all of us.  Bugs.  We are surrounded by corn fields, so bugs are a big problem at our house.  We can't even sit outside for more than a few minutes without getting eaten alive.  Not only are mosquito bites annoying, but they can also be harmful to your health.  DynaTrap recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying one of their units  As a farm girl, I was definitely interested.  Keep reading for my DynaTrap Insect Trap review and a chance to win one for yourself.

Free Prioritized Task List Printable for College Students

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I have some exciting news that I haven't shared yet on my blog or public social media accounts.  As many of you know, I homeschool my three children.  My oldest, 15 and an incoming sophomore, had the opportunity to start college a few years early.  We live in the middle of nowhere, but we are fortunate that there is a small branch of a good university less than 5 miles away.  He was accepted, so he's officially starting college next month.  I know that he will do fine academically, but I worry about his organizational skills.  Not only has he not been in public school since 5th grade, but he also has autism.  He has trouble staying organized and can't prioritize his time well.  He is doing a lot better, but he still needs help, so I made this printable for him to prioritize his time and get his tasks done.