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Bug Off – Naturally!

This summer, keep pests and insects away while enjoying the outdoors – naturally, of course! Tiny Green Mom has found the top 3 products that will keep you and your little ones protected from bugs without chemicals or harmful toxins.

ThermaCELL

No lotions or potions needed – ThermaCELL provides an effective, natural way to repel insects that is NOT topical, which parents will greatly appreciate as their kids hit the backyard this summer! Whether you are camping or just enjoying your own patio, the ThermaCELL outdoor lantern is odor-free uses no DEET, and provides a 15 x 15 percent comfort zone. This portable, lightweight lantern is is 98% effective in repelling mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other annoying pests. The lantern can be carried or hung outside, and gives off twice as much light as previous models, in addition to providing 4 hours of protection from pesky insects with each repellent mat. For more information, visit www.thermacell.com.

Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen

Double-duty! Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen offers superior UVA-UVB Protection AND repels pesky insects! This smart product for the whole family is the perfect way to stay protected from the sun and ward off insects and bugs in one simple step!

This planet-friendly, multi-purpose product contains chemical free Zinc Oxide mineral sunscreen and Deet-free non-toxic bug repellent, combined with Certified Organic ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil and beeswax for smooth application. To keep the bugs from biting, Badger uses organic Citronella, Cedar, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Geranium essential oils. No toxic chemicals – just pure, natural ingredients. Visit BadgerBalm.com to learn more!

Brittanie’s Thyme

Offering up to five hours of protection after application, Brittanie’s Thyme newly formulated Outdoor Harmony Organic Bug Spray is certified USDA Organic, safe for all ages and biodegradable. It smells fabulous and does not contain citronella, which “Mom” loves! Brittanie’s Thyme recommends that you do not spray directly onto the skin of children under 2 years of age, and instead spray their clothing, strollers, blankets and surrounding grass, as needed. Visit www.brittaniesthyme.com.

*Companies generously provided samples, images and information for this article.*

We can all recall that when we were little, one of the major steps in growing up was the sleep-away camp. As excited kids and worried parents get ready for this landmark, it can be easy to forget to pack some crucial basics to ensure kids’ safety. With that in mind, Moishe’s Mobile Storage has put together the below tips and packing hints to provide for a smooth trip for your child.

As industry experts and leaders in the moving industry, Moishe’s has seen it all. Based on experience as well as diverse knowledge of the industry, the company has compiled the following tips and hints to help any family packing with their child for the first time or wanting to review what is needed since last year’s adventures.

5 TIPS AND HINTS WHEN PACKING FOR SUMMER CAMP:

Necessities – There is always a need for the common things when leaving home for a long time. These could include soap, shampoo, deodorant, medication, and a toothbrush. A way to have your child bring these to camp could be in an easy to carry bucket with their name or a shower caddy that they can decorated to stand out.

Nature Comforts – Not only will your child be moving in with new friends, but they will be bunking with some unfamiliar critters. Don’t forget to pack plenty of bug spray and sunscreen as part of your camper’s daily defenses. Trash bags can also be used as a makeshift poncho when rain hits but can also be used for dirty laundry.

Mom’s” pick? Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen!

Memory Makers – Summer camp will be full of fun memories, so be sure to include a disposable camera and perhaps a journal. Cameras should definitely be disposable since they have a good chance of disappearing throughout the camper’s stay. Journals can also be tailored to your kid so they can record their memories and keep track of friends.

Mom” loves the eco-friendly and brightly colored journals by ecosystem!

Comfort Items – It may be your child’s first time away from home so it might be hard to adapt. Make sure that you pack a few surprises in their bag including family pictures and stuffed animals. These items are a quick fix for homesickness and will be a good start for the campers to share stories of home.

Mom” recommends Feeling Campy Spray to help ward off homesickness!

What to Avoid – Even though your child may use certain scented shampoos or lotions, they are not a good idea at a camp because they will attract insects. Every child appreciates their own goodies from home such as their favorite cookies and candy. However, call ahead to see if the camp allows snacks and if so, be sure to pack them in air-tight containers to avoid a visit from bugs.

A BIG thanks to Moishe’s Mobile Storage for putting together this timely article for Tiny Green Mom!

*Image provided by Badger Balm.*

Here’s a smart product for the whole family! Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen offers superior UVA-UVB Protection AND repels insects, naturally! As any parent knows, trying to put sunscreen on your child is daunting as they try to dash out the door to play, but add in bug repellent on top of that and it becomes an insurmountable task! Badger Balm offers families a perfect way to stay protected from the sun and ward off pesky insects and bugs in one simple step!

This eco-friendly, multi-purpose product contains chemical free Zinc Oxide mineral sunscreen and Deet-free non-toxic bug repellent, combined with Certified Organic ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil and beeswax for smooth application. To keep the bugs from biting, Badger uses organic Citronella, Cedar, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Geranium essential oils. No nasty chemicals – just pure, natural ingredients. To purchase, visit BadgerBalm.com to locate a store near you!

*Company provided a sample for this review.*