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Try as I might–every summer begins to feel over scheduled and crazy.

We have such a short window of time in the north east. It feels like you should be soaking up every single drop of sunshine in anticipation of the long winter to come.

Today, I find myself at the end of a two week dash through road trip vacations, fourth of July celebrations, and an outdoor wedding weekend.

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Is there anything more spectacular than an outdoor farmhouse wedding??

Fast forward to Monday morning and I’ve got a hefty to do list.

Translation: My house is in crazy disarray– filled with dirty laundry, partially pilfered suitcases, an odd assortment of food in the fridge…and I have more bug bites on my person than I care to count.

How to get back on track?

  • I wash all of the towels and linens from our vacation rental and pack them away in a comforter bag to be stored for the following year. We have a small storage cage to rotate seasonal gear and I love not having to find room for it in our home.
  • Beach towels spend the summer in a tote bag–clean and ready to go. I keep sunscreen, bug spray, and after sun spray in the tote as well. This limits chaos when we want to get out of the condo and hit the water. I limit the amount of items that we have now–it makes storage easier and we are not inundated with extra.
  • Laundry and dishwasher are chugging away simultaneously as I make a grocery list. The kids are at camp this week–so I desperately need lunch and snack items.
  • I paused to whip up a batch of anti-itch spray to keep me from going mad from bug bites. It took me less than 2 minutes and provided much needed relief. Adirondack mosquitoes are like no other. Each bite swells to the size of a quarter and the urge to scratch is REAL.

YL Bug Bite Relief Stick

  • 2 oz witch hazel or vodka
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil

Combine ingredients in a roller bottle and shake vigorously.

Roll over bug bites and smile.