Forget the heatwave, I am currently being literally eaten alive by BUGS. It's ridiculous, you guys. I am getting like 5-10 bites PER DAY and some of these are the creepy kind that stay red and swollen for days and days. And so ITCHY!
I have always been like catnip to mosquitos (mosquito-nip?), and my theory is because I'm so pale they can see my veins more easily. Alternately, maybe I am part fairy like Sookie on True Blood, and that makes my blood very valuable to bloodsuckers.
|I'm just like Sookie, except mosquitos flock around me, instead of sexy undead guys.|
And I've only just gotten used to putting on sunscreen every day (SPARKLEY SUNSCREEN!) and I really don't want to also have to put on bug repellent - mainly because it's so hot I don't want to wear any sort of lotions of any kind. So I got to wondering, is there a frugal alternative? Some sort of paste of baking soda and vinegar and lemon you can use? My only conditions are that it can't smell TERRIBLE (i.e. like bug spray) and it can't be a heavy lotion.
The Frugal Housewife has several options. I like the idea of using vanilla extract, as I have a ginormous bottle of it that I'll never use up, plus it smells good. Listerine sounds like it may be initially refreshing to spray on, but then it would leave green stains on your skin, wouldn't it? One of her recipes uses olive oil, with citronella essential oil, which sounds like it might work, too. I'm going to have to try these things out and report back. First up - vanilla!
|Olive oil: is there anything it can't do? No? Awesome!|
And then also I have very exciting news. I'm going to be a hair model! I get my hair done for free in some sort of interesting style, by a trainee hair apprentice! I was checking FB this morning and my salon posted a request for hair models and I jumped on that, understandably.
I'm going next Wednesday, and am v. excited. It's just for highlights (their trainee apprentices need to practice that skill) and I don't know if I'll get blondy bits put in or, since it's free, if they can put in multicoloured bits like Lauren Conrad currently has. I also hope that, since it's free, I can get a trim at the same time (for free!)
As a special bonus, I assume they will take my picture after (since it's being a hair "model", not a hair "client") and I like getting all dolled up and photographed.
Rest assured, I will let you know how it goes!