Why you should book a DIY Party with Jayne!

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So I wanted to write a piece that explains why I choose the business model that I do, and why I think YOU should book a DIY Party with me!

If you are following my blog, you must already have an interest in making your own products. So if I’m preaching to the choir here, I apologize. But here it goes: What are some motivators for learning to make your own products, and for hiring Jayne to help you?

1). Save money. This one is so important to so many of us, that I will repeat it again, with emphasis: Save yourself TONS OF MONEY! I mean it. Making your own products with my simple recipes is CHEAP. Most of my products use very easy to source ingredients that can be purchased very cheaply. You will save lots of money in the long run by learning to DIY. For example, a 120 ml container of my toothpaste costs around $1 to make, compared to $6-$7 for a tube of “natural” toothpaste, that may still be harboring certain toxins. Which leads me to…..

2). Avoid toxins. Many commercially made products are loaded with toxins that are harmful for your health. I always source the least toxic, most natural ingredients possible for all of my recipes. Nearly all of what I use is organic and non-GMO, and I can provide these sources for you to purchase the same quality ingredients when making your own products.

3). Reduce your carbon footprint. Commercial products use a ridiculous amount of packaging, and much of it is non-recyclable in many municipalities. By purchasing individual products rather than making your own and buying your ingredients in bulk, you are contributing to a massive amount of unnecessary waste being sent to our landfill. Go green and learn to DIY today!

4). Get some HANDS ON experience, with troubleshooting right there for you. It can be a lot easier to begin to DIY certain products when you have someone there to coach you through it. Jayne has long term experience tweaking recipes to get the consistency & functionality just right for you. If you aren’t sure whether your finished product looks like it should, Jayne is right there to answer all of your questions. No more searching through endless forums trying to figure out what you should be doing to get your recipe right!

5). Feel empowered. It can feel pretty good to purchase products you know are less toxic alternatives, but it can feel even BETTER to make these products yourself. YOU are in control of what you are putting in your recipes, on your body, and in your home. It’s a fabulous feeling to know you can take control of this part of your life.

6). Have FUN with your favourite people! A DIY party is a unique and fun filled idea for a get together. Share the learning experience with friends, family, or coworkers, and have fun doing it! Laugh along with each other as you embark on your DIY journey. It’s a lot more exciting than googling recipes! And what a better way to convince others to DIY that might not be 100% on board with the idea? Sometimes it helps your loved ones to hear it coming from someone else to give them the jumpstart they need.

7). Support a local, stay-at-home Mom. By using Jayne’s services, you are supporting a local Mama looking to reduce the carbon footprint in her community, and engage in an ethical business that can truly make a difference in the lives of others.

So what are you waiting for? Book your DIY Party today and save money, avoid toxins, reduce your carbon footprint, get some hands on experience, feel empowered, have FUN……and support a local business!

Check out my pricing and party package options HERE.

All natural bug spray!

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So I know this has been a long time coming, but I really wanted to test it out. This recipe combines a lot of tried and true ingredients for homemade bug sprays. Although this recipe mostly targets mosquitos and certain flies, apparently it offers moderate protection from ticks as well – although I really have no sound way of proving this at all, as I have not knowingly exposed myself to any.

I know that when I am out in my garden or sitting on my patio, the mosquitoes leave me quite alone when I am wearing this! But I imagine that if you are in a crazily mosquito infested deep woods scenario, it might not be foolproof. So keep this in mind. I urge you to try it out for yourself in a situation of lighter exposure, and then move towards more intense situations gradually. Also be aware that all bodies are different, and certain people tend to attract mosquitoes and bugs more than others, be it due to amount of CO2 they are releasing, or something about their blood composition – although this seems to be a relative mystery, it does seem to be a reality.

I’ll start with my recipe, and then offer a few other suggestions to naturally keep mosquitoes and bugs away from your campsite or backyard. This is a ‘combine and go’ bug spray, so it is an easy one if you have all the ingredients on hand:

In a bowl or large pyrex pourable measuring cup, combine:

1/4 cup whole leaf aloe vera juice
1/4 cup diluted, alcohol free witch hazel formula (like THIS one)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cups filtered or distilled water
30 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil

Stir well, and pour through a funnel into a spray mister bottle. Shake to mix further. Spray on all parts of your body, and if in tougher conditions, even on your clothes and hair. The mosquitoes will sometimes bite you right through your jeans if you omit these areas! It should not stain most clothing, especially if you are only applying a light mist.

And there you go! I recommend keeping this product refrigerated if you are storing it for long periods (to prolong shelf life), but it should be fine in your backpack or camping kit over the weekend or whatnot.

Some other tricks to keep the bugs away:
Burn citronella candles. These are great for keeping the mosquitoes away from a contained, small area, like around your campsite or back patio. I do not recommend burning these in a more enclosed space, as they are usually made of parrafin, which can be toxic if inhaled in large quantities for prolonged periods. If you can find a non-parrafin citronella candle, like one made with beeswax, even better – and let me know if you find one!

Stay away from standing water, and remove any from your backyard. Things like bird baths and backyard ponds are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and should be avoided, unfortunately, if you want to banish the bugs. And if you are camping, obviously try and stay away from any boggy or marshy areas.

In an area a little ways (at least 10 metres) from where you are camping / hanging out, put a bowl of baking soda out, and combine it with vinegar. This lets off a bunch of CO2 for a short period, and fools the mosquitoes into thinking someone is exhaling over there. Keeps them distracted and confused for maybe fifteen minutes or so. If you want to prolong the reaction, keep a bunch of small bowls of baking soda out, and then add some vinegar to one every fifteen minutes or so. This is time consuming, but helpful if you are desperate!

Let me know how this bug spray works for you, I would love to hear your feedback on how it works in more intense situations, in different climates, and for different bodies!