It’s Wednesday night on Hilton Head but feels like Friday. This is normally a terrible realization. That split second when you think its Friday, and then woops, it’s only Wednesday. Those weeks usually stink. It is different today, I truly keep forgetting that my husband has to work tomorrow. The schools are closed because of the Heritage Golf Tournament, so it really does feel like a Friday. My daughter is at a friends, the baby is sleeping and my husband just walked down to the pool with the with our son and his friend. So I find myself alone on this Wednesday Friday Night. To quote Adam Sandler, “Not to shabby”
There are two important things any coastal parent must always have on hand. One is bug spray. The blood suckers down here will eat you alive. The best bug spray in the world is Cactus Juice. . I have a hard time finding this locally, I have seen it in one store on the island, down in The Fresh Market Shoppes, in the Hilton Heat Shirt Company. This is a very typical Souvenir Shop, but one I always take visitors to. I even found a really cool blue beaded turtle that was lovingly given to a turtle loving friend. Cactus Juice is on their shelves, along with some really other cute things. But I have not ventured down to the Hilton Head Shirt Company recently, so I must settle for the an old stand by.
I also recently saw a post about making your own bug spray. I can’t wait to try this recipe from www.wellnessmama.com. I love her stuff, she makes all kinds of all natural living recipes and lots of other good stuff.
Wellness Mama Essential Oil Bug Spray
Wellness Mama Bug Spray Ingredients:
- Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
- Natural Witch Hazel
- Distilled or boiled Water
- Vegetable glycerin (optional)
How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:
- Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
- Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
- Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
- Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!
I mentioned earlier that there were two things a Coastal Parent needed to have on hand at all times, the first was bug spray, the second is beer. There is something amazing about an icy cold beer on a really hot day. Something about being so thirsty that all you can think about is an ice cold beer. Like my bug spray I am generally pretty particular about my ice cold beer of choice. My preferred cold brew of choice is the very boring Miller Lite bottle. However, following suit with the bug spray, I am out of Miller Lite bottles, so I am drinking a Longboard Island Lager, “Liquid Aloha” as the can states!
I guess you could say it is a back-up kind of night. I may not have my first choice of things, but I am unexpectedly sitting on my back porch by myself, so my back ups are just fine. After all when a Wednesday feels like a Friday, any beer will do.