Tips for Natural Mosquito Control this Summer!

Tips for Natural Mosquito Control

Since having kids, I have definitely jumped on the more natural pest control bandwagon. I know that sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, and DEET must be used. However, when it is at all possible to avoid it, I do. If I have to use DEET, I will spray it on their clothing. I thought it might be helpful for my readers to share some of the natural mosquito control remedies we like to use in our household, and I would love to hear methods you use!

  • In the evenings, make sure your little ones are covered up as much as possible. I know this is kind of common sense, but you know what? It works! :-) I will have them put on pants and a long sleeve shirt if temps allow.
  • Use mosquito netting for strollers and play yards. We got a mosquito net for our Quinny Buzz, and it was the BEST investment for summer time strolling, especially if you need to walk your baby outside to settle him/her down.
  • Use products that contain natural plant-based oils that repel mosquitoes and other pests. We recently tried the Stinger Mosquito Repellent Lantern and LOVE it! It has a fan-dispersed repellent pad and is safe for kids and pets. I like that it’s attractive looking for the table and has a light (blue LED) too! It runs on 4 AA batteries (included). You can visit the Stinger website or purchase on Amazon. :-)
  • Make sure you don’t have any areas of standing water. Standing water is prime breeding grounds for mosquitos!
  • If you have a garden or flower beds, plant marigolds! Flying insects are deterred by the scent of marigolds, plus they look nice!
  • Install bat houses— yes, houses for bats! Bats can eat up to 500-1,000 mosquitos each night!

Do you have any natural mosquito control methods to share? 

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Janji Running Apparel Review- Run for Another (With a Discount Code!)

I remember the first time I saw the Janji brand (based in Brookline, MA) — I was working a booth for ZOOMA Cape Cod, and they were set up right across the way. After hearing the story of this socially conscious brand, I fell in love. Their motto – Run for Another- reflects their mission to provide clean water for those that need it most.

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“Janji” means “promise” in Malay, and the companies promise is to help alleviate the water crisis in many countries. There are over 700 million people in the world who do not have access to clean water. Each time you purchase a Janji piece, a portion of the proceeds goes to providing clean water for those in developing countries through various non-profit organizations like

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ZOOMA Cape Cod 2015 Training Kickoff

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ZOOMA Cape Cod 2015 is just a few months away and time to start training if you haven’t already! I have been doing my long runs, but ready to take my half marathon training and kick it into high gear. :-) ZOOMA is hosting a training kick-off hosted by my awesome friend and fellow blogger Nancy. It will be on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Marathon Sports in Yarmouth (484 Station Avenue). The group run will start at 6:15 p.m.

In addition to running with some cool peeps, there will be a registration discount code (you can always use JESSICAM15 for 10% off your race entry) and raffle prizes. If you would like to attend the training kick-off, please click HERE to RSVP, so they know how many people to expect. :-)

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Quick and Easy Dips for Your Next Cookout!

Quick and easy dips

It’s finally BBQ season!:-)  I love having people over for cookouts, dinners, cocktail, parties, etc., so I always have a good rotation of appetizers at the ready. Chips and dip is one of my favorites, because it’s so easy to prepare and popular among guests.

Rather than just putting out your standard chips and ranch dip, I like to make it a little different, Instead of plain old potato chips, I use cracked pepper and sea salt (we love Kettle chips), bruschetta trips, pita chips, or a multi-grain chip like Late July Sea Salt Seashore multigrain chips (local Cape Cod company!). I love that Late July snacks are organic and are Non-GMO project certified!

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Running in Humidity – How to Deal With It!

Helpful Hints for Running in Humid WeatherI am going to preface this post by saying that “I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WARMTH.” After this winter, I vowed that I would not utter a negative word about the warmer weather when it finally arrived. The super warm weather has not arrived, but the humidity has!

It’s amazing what a difference the humidity level can have on an average run, let alone a race! 😉 I put a list of helpful tips together for running in humidity that is arriving for most of us:

Don’t overdress! I can’t tell you how many times I see people out running in the heat and humidity

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The Last Day of School is Finally Here!

James Jumping

Photo Credit: Clarke Morrison

It seemed like it would never come, but the last day of school has finally arrived in the Morrison household. While my five year-old finished preschool earlier this month, my first grader had to go to school until today due to the extra 5 days added for snow. :-(

I packed my last school lunch yesterday, since today is a half day – woot woot! No more lunch packing duties until after Labor Day! We are gearing up for a fun-packed summer with a focus on maximizing beach days and not adhering to much of a schedule. I feel like things have been so scheduled out during the school year that I am looking forward to not having much to do…I think it’s a very welcome change.

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Weekend Long Runs and Time for Water Country (with a Discount)!

I had a beautiful long run this weekend with my running partner. We met early in the morning and ran up to Falmouth Heights and then back along the water. It was such a gorgeous morning, and it was nice to kick off ZOOMA Cape Cod training! If you still haven’t registered yet, do so before it sells out– you can use the code “JESSICAM15” for 10% off either race distance (there’s a 10k and a half marathon).

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The week after July 4th, the family and I will be headed back to Water Country for our second year in a row! I am crossing my fingers for good weather this year–it was so nice and sunny last year! Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Water Country covers 26 acres, with New England’s largest wave pool (700,000 gallons) and so many fun water activities for the whole family!

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Loving My Wendell August Hydrangea Monogram Bracelet

I received a Wendell August product for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

A few weeks ago, I received a Wendell August Hydrangea Monogram Bracelet from Wendell August, and I’m in LOVE! I fell in love with the design, but also the fact that it is made of upcycled excess aluminum metal pieces. Designed by Emily Hendrie, the inside of the cuff bracelet incorporates Wendell August’s popular hydrangea pattern.

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The bracelet is 6 1/2 inches long and can be monogrammed if desired. I chose to use my married monogram, and I love how it turned out (see pics!). I wear it often, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on it! :-)

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A Day Trip to Nantucket

Last Friday we headed out on a whirlwind day trip to Nantucket . We left out of Hyannis on the Steamship Authority high speed ferry, so it was a short 1 hour trip! Originally we had decided to leave on the 8:15 a.m. boat, but thankfully logic prevailed and I switched the reservation to the 11:00 a.m. boat.


Credit: Clarke Morrison

Nantucket Harbor

Credit: Clarke Morrison

We left on a Friday, so we missed out on parking right next to the ferry, but we were just a short shuttle ride away from the Yarmouth Road lot. You get to board first when you have a bike or a stroller, so we were the first on, and the kids couldn’t have been more excited! :-) If you live in the Northeast corridor, the comparison between the regular Steamship Authority boat to Nantucket and their high speed ferry is kind of like the Amtrak regional to NYC and the Acela.

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Family Friendly Local Race This Weekend – Falmouth Flag Day 5K

If you are looking for a great family-friendly race in the Falmouth area, check out the Falmouth Flag Day 5K! The race will take place Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m., starting at the Falmouth Heights ball field. The weather looks perfect! :-)

Falmouth Flag Day 5k

Credit: Don and Susie Borowski

Online registration for the 5th Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K Walk/Run Friday, June 12. Visit Paper registration will be available at Marathon Sports in Mashpee Commons, 11 Greene Street on Saturday, June 13 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There you will =&0=& for anything in the store.

OR, you can sign up on race morning from 8:30 to 9:30 in the British Beer Company, 263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth Heights 02540.

This is a true family fun event, with medals for all finishers 17-and-under, free tickets to Falmouth’s beautiful Carousel of Light, age-group prizes, kids sprint races before the 5K at 8:45, food and beverages.

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