Fun Facts, Ideas, Recipes


Did you know that flies hate the smell of rosemary? Planting rosemary around your barn can really help repel them without the use of chemicals. Rosemary smells great, and can of course be used for cooking. A win-win for all!


Some other natural, insect repelling plants that smell and look great:

  • Lavender

  • Myrtle

  • Geranium

  • Marigold

  • Eucalyptus

Homemade All Purpose Insect Repellent


▪15 drops of rose geranium oil + 3 teaspoons of almond oil

▪5 drops of citronella oil + 1 teaspoon of almond oil

▪15 drops of cedar oil + 3 teaspoons of almond oil

▪5 drops of grapefruit oil + 1 teaspoon of almond oil

▪15 drops of tea tree oil + 3 teaspoons of almond oil

▪6-8 ounces of rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar

▪Water to fill up the remainder of whatever spray container you are using

This works great for dogs, cats, kids, horses, adults, bedding, cars. It smells wonderful, is safe and non-toxic, and can be made in a jiffy. The essential oils are an investment, but one small bottle lasts for long time. Shake well before use and enjoy!


Americans throw out BILLIONS of plastic bottles each year. Only about 23% of those get recycled. Still think you don’t need to get a reusable bottle?


According to TerraCycle, only about 50% of what you put in your recycling bin actually gets recycled. You could be the perfect recycler and still be letting the planet down.


That in order to be recycled, a plastic cap (such as the one on your water bottle, orange juice container, or milk carton) must be screwed onto the original container? Orphaned tops are considered trash. Think about that before you buy your next container of milk or juice. It’s almost impossible to find them without plastic tops nowadays.