As much as I am in denial of it, the end of summer is fast approaching. Let’s make the most of the remaining days with refreshing Watermelon Margaritas, a DIY Body Scrub, and effective ways to enjoy bug-free outdoor activities this month!
Discovering my love for margaritas a few years ago was a game-changer (where have they been my whole life!). I am constantly on the lookout for easy, simple, and, of course, delicious recipes. The Minimalist Baker offers a fantastic 3-ingredient Watermelon Margarita recipe that captures the essence of summer in a glass. Trust me, it won’t disappoint! I’ve been making this delightful concoction all summer, and it’s become an absolute favorite among everyone I know. Who doesn’t adore a luxurious body scrub, especially one that helps rejuvenate dry summer skin? Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smelling like a summer breeze:
Take some watermelon chunks and either use a fork to mash them or blend them for a smoother texture.
● Add finely granulated sugar to the mashed watermelon and mix well.
● Gently scrub your body using circular motions to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
● Rinse off with water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Lastly, let’s address the not-so-fun part of outdoor summer fun—bug bites! Here are some natural ways to prevent bug bites and tips for managing them if you do get bitten. These tried-and-true strategies have allowed me to fully embrace the outdoors without worrying about pests.
I’m a huge fan of peppermint oil and white vinegar. I always carry a small spray bottle filled with a mixture of peppermint oil and water in my bag. Simply spray some on your clothes and around your immediate vicinity whenever you plan to be outdoors. It’s perfect for walking the dog (I even spray some on my baby’s harness and leash), outdoor dining, and more!
Planning an outdoor barbecue? About 30 minutes before your guests arrive, pour white vinegar into a large spray bottle and apply it to surfaces where guests will be seated, where food will be served, window sills, door frames, tables, chairs, and even the tablecloth. This will help keep mosquitos, gnats, bees, and flies at bay.
For guests’ comfort, I offer a choice between the peppermint spray mixture and Avon Skin So Soft (ideal for babies and furry friends). Additionally, I provide a selection of sunscreens so everyone can enjoy a comfortable outdoor experience all day long.
If you do find yourself with a bug bite, tea tree oil is my go-to solution. Keep in mind that tea tree oil is potent and should never be applied directly to the skin. Instead, mix it with a gentle carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil. Aim for a ratio of about 12 drops of carrier oil per one or two drops of tea tree oil. Apply this blend directly to the affected area. Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-itch properties. It can provide relief from pain, swelling, and itching, while also preventing bacterial infections.
As we savor the remainder of summer, I wish you all love, health, peace, and an abundance of blessings in your life!