TROUBLESOME TICKS

Tis’ the season to check your pets for those horrible little blood suckers.
I don’t know why they have started coming back so fast/ thick.
Either way, I don’t really want to pump chemicals in my dogs this year,
so I decided to look up natural ways to repel ticks.

Here’s what I found!
There are 2 types (3, I suppose. I’m only going to cover 2)
Oil based and water based… the other one was a lotion but I don’t want to use lotion.
*note: when using essential oil, dilute them with either water or another (non-essential) oil!

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**** NATURAL TICK REPELLENT! ****

OIL BASED SPRAY #1
Ingredients:

  1. 2 tbsp veg/ nut oil (ie: almond oil)
  2. 10-25 drops rose geranium essential oil

Put in a glass container/ spray bottle and shake well!

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OIL BASED SPRAY #2
Ingredients:

  1. 2 oz liquid oil jojoba, olive, etc.
  2. 20-40 drops geranium bourbon essential oil

Put in glass container/ spray bottle and shake well!

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WATER BASED SPRAY #1
Ingredients:

  1. 1 tbsp vodka
  2. 40 drops rose geranium essential oil
  3. 1/3 cup distilled water

Put in glass container/ spray bottle and shake well!

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WATER BASED SPRAY #2
Ingredients:

  1. 2 oz apple cider vinegar, witch hazel or vodka
  2. 2 oz water
  3. 20-40 drops geranium bourbon essential oil

Put in glass container/ spray bottle and shake well!

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Those are all the recipes I found. I watched a video on the “water based #1” and the woman who used it said she hasn’t had a tick in 3 years. Her dog and family included in the tick count. So, that might be the one I go to first.

I also read that you have to be careful what type of BOTTLE you use.
I guess the oils can latch onto the plastic and draw the chemicals out?!?
Something like that. Don’t quote me hah. It said to look for spray bottles that are plastic.
OR to save you from searching through plastic, just use glass… It is safer and if you have a left over bottle, REUSE IT!

For those of you who don’t know how much an ounce is I will break it down.
1 OZ = 2 TBSP

Stay safe!

SNOW IN APRIL

What do you think about when you hear April?
If you said green grass and spring peepers…. you obviously don’t live in Canada!

So, I didn’t feel like going out and getting cold and wet.
Instead I made a boxed banana bread…. I don’t normally use boxed things.

I grew up with a mother and grandmother who made everything from scratch…
BUT, I had a coupon for this bread and I wanted to give it a try.
I was low on groceries… so no eggs and I hate using oil… so I used my well aged bananas.

Thankfully, they made the batter MOIST enough to use. It was actually a little too swishy.
I have a lot of bits and pieces in my kitchen that “someone might want” like cereal.
I had about a cup of organic oat cereal, that I had in the cupboard… no one used it hah.

(Note: I am the only one who lives in this house. so all these things I keep that “someone might use, never get used. Why I continue keeping such small amounts, i’ll never know.)

I will say this banana bread does smell like artificial banana.
Like the banana medicine some of us had to take as children, or the little candies.
But, it did raise well and it was really moist…. MOIST.
I had enough batter for a small bread and some muffins. BREAKFAST YAY!

If you plan on buying this product keep in mind:

  1. You should be aware it smells very fake
  2. 3 bananas will work in place of the egg and oil
  3. It is very bland… throw all the extra things you have in your kitchen in the batter
  4. The baking time on the back was actually very right
  5. Make your own from scratch, it will taste better!

 

That’s all I have for today. Thanks 🙂

How is the weather where you are?

MY FUR CREW

I really don’t have any other photos of my little family.
But…
here they are.

RHINO (cat 10-11 y/o)

In 2009 I found Rhino. He was a stray cat in Middleton, Nova Scotia.
I have been taking him with me and really just learning from him.
He has been there for all the good/ bad times.
Rhino was a very aggressive cat, over the years he has become much more loveable .
Pros: good cuddle buddy, cat pet up to 3 times, purrs like no other.
Cons: chews chords, chews zippers, poops in a box…sometimes

FINN (shih tzu  4 1/2 y/o)

I picked finn up from a breeder in December of 2011.
He was only a few weeks old when I first met him.
I think I picked him, out of all of the pups, because he was like me.
He was shy, quiet, didn’t really like attention. I fell in love.
If you want a write up on what a great dog he was, I could write a novel.
But in short, he was fully house trained within 4 months, loved the cat, travelled well and was a great companion. He still is. He is my little angel baby!
Pros: loves to cuddle, quiet, loves to walk, doesn’t bark at other dogs, is content to sleep
Cons: play-fights with cat late at night, is a wimpy baby, jealous over other males

JAZMINE & AUSTIN (9 – 8 y/o adopted pugs)

So, pugs eh.
Yeah, I was not one to turn down these little creatures.
I don’t really know what to tell you about them, I don’t really know much about their past.
They came together, non-separable, from a small dog adoption site.
I guess the family couldn’t/ didn’t want to take them to Europe with them.

These two are seriously the funniest things.
Jazmine will twirl on her bum, legs in the air. Austin suckles blankets.
They are both very nervous about head pats. I don’t know if they had been hit a lot or just unsure. They both love sleep…. like LOVE sleep. Jazzy would rather sleep than go outside or eat. Austin will follow you around and then take a nap.

Austin also seems to have anxiety. He cries when I leave…. he cries when my mom leaves.
(my mom doesn’t even live here)
I don’t know why he is so sad… but when you tell him its okay, he calms down a bit.
They both had awful oral care when I adopted them… still not 100%.
I honestly felt so bad. They are such loving creatures and they were so poorly cared for.
They are comfortable here now and I think they are happy to call my house their home!
Pros: very cuddly, easy to care for, probably the most positive things on the planet
Cons: they snore LOUD, they fart, bark at tv, bark at cars, bark at shadows

Hello!

Welcome to my blog.
I don’t know what to say or where to start.

*clears throat*

My name is Katlyn. I have 3 dogs and a cat.
I guess this will be my new zone of venting.
There is only so much a mother and 2 sisters can handle.
(amiright)

I will share some of my designs and photos here.
Or maybe just things that have popped up and excited me!
I can’t wait to post something less awkward.

See you soon!