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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.


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.