Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Natural Solutions for Bug Bites

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I am always looking for natural remedies for kids that I can easily bring with me.  We are outside at camp all summer and have lots of bug bites on both Baby Bear and Mini.  They LOVE to apply anti-itch things themselves and found some easy and natural solutions for them.  Not matter what kind of bug repellent we put on, there are always a few critters that still bite. Carrington Farms sent me a list of great things to try:

Coconut Oil: When coconut oil is applied to bites or stings, it forms a thin layer that protects the cut from dust and bacteria, especially effective given its anti-bacterial properties. Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can provide quick relief for those itchy bites. Carrington Farms has some unrefined packs of coconut oil that you can bring with you on-the-go.  

Lavender Oil: Known as a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent for soothing and preventing bites, lavender oil is also unique for mosquito bites as it's known to stop bleeding. A few drops diluted in a carrier oil can be applied directly to the offending bite.


Basil: Believe it or not, basil doesn't just taste good in your pasta, it also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. If you don't possess a basil essential oil, then do it the good-ole fashioned way and rub basil leaves directly on the bug bite to relieve the itch.
Honey: Like the remedies above, honey has many anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is a common pick among home remedy enthusiasts. Not to mention, it has hundreds of years of medicinal history that supports its everyday use for various ailments and bites. A small drop on an itchy bite may be just the relief you need.


Chamomile Tea: Not only is chamomile tea soothing, but it's also healing with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cleansing properties for your next bite. Steep a few teabags in boiling water for ten minutes, allow to cool and then apply the sting. Cool tea bags draw fluid out of a bite to reduce itching and swelling.

Have you tried any of these remedies?  Leave a comment! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

A house of Artists

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This is a picture that she drew for me for my birthday.  It is a drawing of her family.  She is really into the styling and fashion of the clothing. 

Do you remember when she did her first family portrait?  

I also had to share what she wrote on the bag that she put the picture in: 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Dreams Coming True

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Art the Ravitz Art Center this summer, we created amazing artwork.  There are a few pieces that are very special to me.  The first one is a large mosaic that was done on a 6' round wood piece. It is the 5 core values of the summer camp that I work at and a camp scene with the sunrise shining on the ground. 

The second amazing piece that I worked on this summer is a changing piece of artwork that I designed in the style of Yaacov Agam.  It Changes as you move by the piece so you can interact with the artwork as you go by. 

And I am so blessed to be the recipient of the Rachel Jacobs Tikun Olam Award for all of the amazing things that happen at camp... It really is my amazing staff and campers that deserve this because they help to realize my vision!  

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