#DIY Bug Spray


It seems this year bugs are out in full force this year!

Here are some easy DIY Bug Sprays that will help keep those bugs away from you and your family while you enjoy the outdoors.


Homemade Bug Spray

1/2 cup vodka
2 tablespoons orange flower water
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
15 drops citronella oil

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle.



Homemade Bug Spray Oil

1 oz jojoba oil or soybean oil
10 drops eucalyptus smithii essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops geranium, citronella, or lemongrass essential oil

** Be sure to apply every 30 minutes if in a heavily insect area**

Use half the amount of essential oils if applying any of these to a child under 5.


PureBites Review #Natural


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Everyone knows about my dog, Darby but I also have a beautiful brown long haired Siamese named Coco.

Both Darby and Coco are a big part of our family.

To us they are more than pets, so we love to give them the best food they can have with no additives.

When we were asked for Darby and Coco to try PureBites, I was excited to see if they enjoyed them.

Sometimes they can be pretty picky with their treats.

PureBites are all natural freeze dried treats for dogs and cats.

Your furbabies will enjoy the taste of PureBites!

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Some of the benefits include:

Healthy Skin & Coat

Grain Free

Great for Restricted Diets

Low Calories


High Protein

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I gave Darby one of his PureBites Freeze Dried Beef Liver Dog Treats first.

He wouldn’t calm down enough to let me get it to him.

He ate it so fast and was looking for more!

Then I gave him PureBites Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Dog Treats.

Just like the first one he gobbled it up.

I would say that he loved them. (But that would be an understatement.)




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Then I called Coco to come and have her treats.

While I was trying to give Coco her PureBites Freeze Dried Wild Pacific Salmon Cat Treat, Darby tried to take it.

So I ended up having to give him another one of his treats to leave her alone. (Note for next time, give them their treats at the same time!)

Coco licked the treat at first.

Then ate it up!

She looked like she was searching for more. So I take it she loved it! ( I will say it does have a strong fish smell, so you can tell it is really fish.)

Then I gave her some PureBites Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Cat Treats.

She ate it up so quickly.


From how quickly they both ate their PureBites up, I will say I will be purchasing these in the future for both of them!

You can locate what store near you has PureBites  CLICK HERE

Order online CLICK HERE

PureBites are available in U.S. and Canada

If you aren’t happy with the PureBites product, contact PureBites and they will either refund your money or exchange the product!

***I received PureBites to review but the opinions on this page are my own.

Buckslide Dog Treats #Review



As most of my family and friends know, my dog is my baby.

Darby is by my side all day long. (Even while I write this review he is laying beside me in a chair)

So it is very important to me to keep Darby healthy and happy!

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(This bag had 3 other pieces in it but my children kept giving them to Darby before I could do the review!)

I was asked to do a review for Buckside Dog Treats, I jumped at the chance.


 Buckslide Dog treats are 100% natural! That  had me wanting to have Darby try them out!

Buckslide Dog Treats are dehydrated dog treats made from government inspected raw meat.

There are NO additives of any kind in these treats!

Just the best for your fur baby!

I gave them to Darby and he literally took it from my hand before I had a chance to snap a picture!

He never does that! So that proves to me he LOVES them!

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I will be purchasing more for him.

I highly recommend them for your fur baby!

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Buckslide Dog Treats are a Canadian Owned business owned by Pat Monaghan and Nancy Charlton

For information and pricing on the Buckslide Dog treats Contact Pat or Nancy by phone at 705-789-4655 or email dehydrateddogtreats@gmail.com

Buckslide Dog Treats are also on Facebook: CLICK HERE to go to their page

*I received a Buckslide Dog Treats variety pack for the review but my opinion is my own.

Lakota ~ Medicine That Works! #natural





My husband Mike has had issues with back problems for the past 8 years. He has had back surgery but still suffers from soreness of the back. (Nothing like before surgery, mind you but still has his days where it aches.) He uses pain relievers to get through his day now. So when I was offered a chance to try Lakota products, I jumped at it. I rather he try products with natural ingredients.

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The first product we tried was the Lakota Triple Action Back Pain pills and Roll on Pain Reliever.

The Lakota Back Pain Roll-on smelled nice. Most roll-on pain relievers leave a smell that isn’t to be desired. I know myself when I use them I always make sure I am staying home because the smell bothers me, so I wouldn’t want it to bother the people around me. It isn’t greasy and you don’t feel it on your skin for long but it does work quite quickly!  For anyone that suffers from back pain or sore backs, this is a great product to have in your home. I know Mike was glad to have it around at the end of his workdays at the warehouse!

The Lakota Triple Action Back Pain pills, Mike started taking. He took them for a week and found they helped his back pain. He now takes them instead of the over the counter pain pills he was taking. And I am happy with that! I rather he take natural pills.




As everyone knows with age sometimes goes the sleep. Mike is finding this more and more, while I can sleep like a baby anytime, anywhere! It also doesn’t help that sometimes Mike is in pain from his back and always is tossing and turning. Mike was looking forward to trying them. As soon as he saw them he stated“Oh good now maybe I can sleep!”  He took 2 pills with a night time snack and got ready for bed. In the morning he stated “It was the best sleep I had in a long time.” I didn’t feel him tossing and turning. These will be something we will keep around for him. If it helps him to get some rest, I am all for it!







Lakota Muscle Pain Roll-On is odorless and non-greasy. The natural pepper extract reduces pain in minutes and leaves you feeling better. Muscle pain can stop you from doing your daily life. You will feel better faster with the Lakota Muscle Pain Roll-On. Great for muscle pain if you are athletic and exercise often.

Lakota Maximum Strength Muscle Pain pills is a great product if you have pain from overuse or intense exercise. Provides you relief for those times you may have been pushing your body too hard. Great for those that are athletic and into sports regularly.



Lakota Extra Strength Arthritis pills relieve joint pain that are associated to arthritis. Helps to repair and product connective tissue. It is an amazing product for those that are struggling with arthritis. I have many relatives struggling with arthritis and it is good to know there is a natural product for people. The pills are yeast free, sugar free, dairy free and gluten free! There are no artificial preservatives or flavours. So if you have a special diet but you are dealing with arthritis, the Lakota Extra Strength Arthritis pills are for you.

Lakota Extra Strength Soft Touch Pain Reliever is for relief of aches and pains from arthritis , sprains and back pain. Unlike the other roll-ons , this one has a soft touch applicator to apply the product.  It is non-greasy like the other roll-ons.

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Lakota Arthritis Roll-On provides temporary relief from pain. It is fast acting and great for anyone dealing with arthritis pain. The roll on is easy to use!

Lakota Joint Care Helps relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. It is yeast free, gluten free, sugar free and dairy free. So perfect for those with a special diet!


Lakota has Canine Joint Care for the little fur babies in your life! My fur baby Darby took the pill no problem! He actually gobbled it up so fast! I love that they are shaped in little bones. This will help my fur baby to maintain joint health and prevent against deterioration of joint cartilage. It also helps relieve pain of canine arthritis. I love that it will help Darby. I am very protective of my baby!

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You can purchase these and other Lakota products on their website HERE or at these stores:

  • Shoppers

  • Walmart

  • London Drugs

  • Jean Coutu

  • Safeway

  • Overwartea

Provacare Review & Giveaway #Natural


I love trying products that are natural so I was looking forward to trying the Provacare Soothing Feminine Foaming Wash & the Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care.

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It is nice to have feminine products without all the harsh chemicals that may cause more irritation.

I used the Soothing Feminine Foaming Wash first with my next shower.

Provacare Wash contains moisturizing Witch Hazel Water and natural Aloe to soothe sensitive skin.

Which is great for me because I have a problem with most soaps.

The Provacare Soothing Feminine Foaming Wash is perfect for me.

The soap against your body feels light.

I use this now with every shower.

Harsh soaps will also cause yeast infections.

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The second product I was asked to review was the Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care.

Most women have several yeast infections in their lifetime.

Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care helps treat the symptoms of dryness, burning and excessive discharge.

You use one capsule morning and night for 7 days.

Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care is also recommended to use when you are on antibiotics even if you aren’t showing.

It helps to restore the balance of flora in the vaginal ecosystem.

The Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care is easy to use and the directions are also located on the box.

I found that on the 4th day I stopped having the itching and burning was gone. I continued to use the pills until they were done on the 7th day.



These two products are a must have for feminine hygiene!

Get your $5 coupon on Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care Capsules CLICK HERE

Provacare Giveaway Prize

Provacare and Canadian Basics want to give one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a Provacare Package (valued $60)  containing:

 1 Provacare Soothing Feminine Foaming Wash = $8.99

   1 Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care Capsules= $29.99

 1 Spa Kit = $20.00

Open to Canada 18+ Ends October 6/14

Lakota Back Pain Combo Pack Giveaway

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Do you suffer from back pain?

Have you tried Lakota?

When it comes to pain relief, trust Lakota to quickly, effectively, and naturally relieve your pain.

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Lakota is a blend of traditional herbal medicines: white willow bark, yucca root and devil’s claw; combined with modern, natural ingredients: glucosamine and type II collagen.

An all natural source medicine that works!!

Lakota helps with:

Arthritis pain

Back pain

Muscle pain

Sleep aids

Diabetic pain

Canine Joint pain

You can purchase Lakota products HERE 

Lakota on Facebook CLICK HERE

Lakota on Twitter CLICK HERE 


Lakota is offering one lucky Canadian Basics fan a Back Pain Combo Pack ( includes 1 Back Pain Roll On, 1 Triple Action Back Pain Caps, and 1 Joint Care 60s Caps) Good Luck!

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Manitoba Harvest and Hemp Foods Review And Giveaway! #contest #review

My family LOVED trying Manitoba Harvest & Hemp Foods Hemp Hearts!

They tried it on salad, yogurt and even ice cream!


The hemp seeds were soft and since didn’t over power the taste of the food they put on!

The great thing about them is they have nutrients like fibre, iron, phosphorous, and folate acid and a long list of others!

CLICK HERE  to read what Hemp Hearts contain! And how they are healthy for you!

It is so easy to add these nutrients and vitamins to your daily eating by adding a few hemp hearts!

It is also good for children as well!


Some easy to make recipes are located HERE!

Use the recipes to make healthy foods for yourself and your family!

If you are having trouble locating the nearest place to purchase Hemp foods or oils CLICK HERE  for the locator or to order online CLICK HERE



Manitoba Harvest and Hemp Foods is on Facebook and Twitter!

Manitoba  Harvest and Hemp Foods is giving away a 227g bag of Hemp Hearts to a Canadian Basics fan!

Good Luck!!