The Bug Bite Thing

One of THE most irritating things about summer in our neck of the woods is the dreaded mosquitos. We have a lovely sliver of spring when they haven’t hatched out of hiding yet, and it’s simply glorious. When they do come out though, they arise with a vengeance.

Nothing is worse than being eaten alive… and then to deal with the itchiness afterwards is the literal definition of “UGH!”

I learned something new the other day. The reason we feel itchy is due to a reaction caused by the saliva/venom the bugs leave behind just under our skin.

Bug Bite Thing is a suction tool that extracts the irritants which in turn alleviates the itching, stinging and swelling!

Bug Bite Thing is reusable, kid-friendly and works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, ants and other biting insects! The tool can also be used to remove splinters and other embedded objects!

I get it, it sounds a little too good to be true, but they come with a 100% guarantee so there is no harm in trying!

You can find them in black and white here: Bug Bite Thing.

Enter my giveaway over on Instagram for a chance to win a couple for yourself – there will be more than one winner! *giveaway now CLOSED*

xoxo Kate

Book Review: The Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule

The Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule

My ⭐️ rating: 3.5/5

The Creative Family Manifesto was a very easy read. Amanda shared her thoughts and views on living a creative family life. Personally, we already do a lot of the things she talks about in this book but I think it would be a great read for someone who is looking to deepen their relationship with their kids and create a family-centered fun home environment.

The four things she focuses on are—

1. Self- developing or continuing our own passions and interests

2. Child- the development and nurturing of their spirit

3. Family- the deepening of the family bond through creating together

4. Community- how we can connect to both our local and global communities through the act of creative living

I kind of felt like I was reading a long blog post at times. Things get slightly repetitive in spots and I don’t think it was laid out in the absolute best way but she touches on a lot of great ideas. Again, I probably would’ve enjoyed it much more if I didn’t already share a lot of these views/so many of these things already.

I did end up saving some ideas to my notes that I’d love to try and also be more mindful of. Some of those things are—

⁃ A Silly Gratitude Alphabet

⁃ Thanking our elders, my children and myself often

⁃ Having a vinyl tablecloth ready for the dining table so we can have messy play more often

⁃ Games: Don’t smile, family charades, the endless story, what’s in the bag?

⁃ Family drawing time where we all try to draw the item in the center of the table

⁃ Make a small hand sewing basket for the kids

⁃ Garden stories

⁃ Seasonal nature table

⁃ A treasure of for each child to keep their special belongings in

⁃ Mealtime gathering and blessings

⁃ Birthday blessings

⁃ DIY coloring books

⁃ Family art night with extended family

If you’re looking for ways to deepen your family connection, slow down a little and enjoy time together, this book is an easy read and has many fun ideas to try!

xxoo Kate

Lamp Goods Antique Milk Glass Light Fixtures

Let’s talk lighting. We recently moved into my childhood home and the light fixtures that were here when I was growing up were still here. It made me sad to even think about replacing them because I have a tendency to form emotional attachments to “things” but we really wanted to make this house more our taste. Our style is not what it was twenty something years ago, so it was time for a refresh!

I started to look for light fixtures that felt like “me” and I was drawn in by the antique milk glass and schoolhouse style ones! I found some of the most beautiful (and affordable) pieces from Lamp Goods. They were kind enough to send me two pieces of my choosing and I can’t wait to show you what I chose!

First, I’ll show you what we were working with. As you can see, the ones we started with were beautiful but very 2000s.

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The new fixtures that I chose included a light for our main entryway and one for in our bedroom between our closet and bathroom.

I love them! It’s amazing what a difference a simple light fixture swap can make!

The one we chose for our entryway is the MACHIAS. MILK GLASS PENDANT LIGHT SCHOOLHOUSE REPLICA in antique black color. The one we chose for our bedroom is the TRADITIONAL MILK GLASS CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE in antique black.

Something really lovely about Lamp Goods is their willingness to openly and proudly share their love for Christ. In today’s day and age that’s not a common occurrence so I really admire that. Check out the cute little tags! It’s such a special touch.

If you are in the market for new light fixtures I highly recommend checking out Lamp Goods!

xxoo Kate

Cozy Earth Bamboo Pajama Set (coupon code included)

Ok— I had heard absolutely wonderful things about these PJs and OH MY, now I can see why. They’re SO cozy. They’re made from a very light and breathable fabric and they’re even temperature regulating! They are also made without harsh chemicals/dyes, like shouldn’t everything?! And in my opinion they’re super flattering!

Little tip— don’t size up if you usually do! Sometimes when I shop, I’ll get a large even though I’m (usually) a medium because I like when things are roomy. This set is a M and they’re perfect!

Also, so you don’t have a heart attack when you see the price, I have a $65 off coupon code for the Stretch-Knit Bamboo Pajamas Set. If you’d like to get a pair for yourself or for Mother’s Day, they would make a wonderful gift to yourself or a loved one!

Code for $65 off: CANDIDLYKATELYN65OFF

xxoo Kate

Itty Bitty Titty Tumbler

I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t drink coffee. Before you close the tab because I’m “clearly un-relatable,” keep reading!

I do enjoy a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and of course some hot apple cider when the air turns crisp… No matter what hot beverage we are indulging in, I think we can all agree that drinking from one of our favorite mugs just makes things that much more satisfying.

I found a ceramic tumbler that I am simply in love with. It’s even more special because it is made in my home state of Michigan and even better? They’re handmade! Talk about special.

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Sure, call me boob-obsessed but I’m so into advocating for women, breastfeeding, childbirth, momming… Just a few of my passions because they hit close to home. That is probably why I love this so much, just look at it! The gold luster is the perfect touch!

I’m not going to lie that my initial reaction to taking the following photo in the children’s library while my kids played was to feel kind of silly… but then I thought – “Why are boobs so forbidden!? They’re natural and powerful!” I’ll be sporting this baby proudly, anytime, anywhere!

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Hillary from Grand Rapids Michigan has the sweetest Etsy shop filled with a bunch of booby goodness! Planters, mugs, tumblers, bowls, spoons, trinket dishes and more… The beauty in her art is real and absolutely worth checking out here.

xxoo Kate

*This has been a collaboration with Hillary Dragon Ceramics. All things mentioned are my genuine thoughts and feelings.*

 

The Better Skin Co. – Lava Magik and Mirakle Cream!

I’m probably one of the most “low maintenance” people when it comes to skincare. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I never really put anything on my skin other than shower water. Mostly because I like “easy,” and I’m always worried about what unknown chemicals I’m smearing all over my skin.

I was sent some skincare products from The Better Skin Co. and I have fallen in love. Seriously, I must’ve come out of the bathroom beaming in awe after trying this because my husband says, “what are you so happy about!?”

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I have been missing out on this smooth and clean of skin for much too long!

If you’re looking for an exfoliation scrub, mask, cleanser, moisturizer, zit-disappear-er, etc. you’ve got to check out this company. I have seen their rave reviews and now I know what all the hype is about!

Also FYI, I never mention anything I don’t actually LOVE because I want to be genuine and let you know about my TRUE favorite things. And this… this brand was added to my list of faves.

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I recommend Lava Magik and the Mirakle Cream! They are paraben free*, gluten-free* and vegan*

The Lava Magik can be used daily as a scrub or weekly as a face mask. The consistency is like a gritty clay that really gets the gook off of your face. I use the Lava Magik on my dry oily areas to get all of the dead skin off. When I rinsed it off my pores were clear and my face felt so clean! I use the Mirakle Cream (the name does not lie) to moisturize between my brows, my nose and chin and right under my eyes because that’s where I could use the most moisture. My skin has never felt better!

You can find The Better Skin Co. products at Ulta but if you prefer to shop online, you can get 15% OFF, Click HERE!

xxoo Kate

Glasses that protect from digital eye strain

It’s safe to say screens aren’t going anywhere any time soon, but did you know that they’re really bad for your eyes?

TVs, computers, cellphones, tablets, they’ve become a very big part of our every day lives. I know I’m not the only one who has actually had sore eyes when I was finished binge watching a show or finishing up a big assignment on my computer.

Digital eye strain is common. I didn’t know that there were any ways to prevent it besides not going on screens so often, which lets be honest, is easier said than done.

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I’ve found this amazing company, Phonetic Eyewear! They create glasses, prescription or not, to prevent digital eye strain! They coat their lenses with a type of shield that protects from the blue light that devices give off.

They’re affordable, starting at just $49 and super cute! I went with a clear frame because I’ve been wanting a pair for quite some time and they had the perfect ones!

Being a student, Netflix lover and blogger, I spend a lot of my time staring at screens. These have helped me so much! If you spend any part of your day looking at a screen, you should really invest in a pair of these glasses! Your eyes will thank you!

xxoo Kate

To win a free pair, click here!