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Best Sunscreen for Expecting Mothers

cait y. // the willow field


Friends!  I have been looking for a new sunscreen, especially to keep this pregnancy skin protected since it's extra sensitive, and I have finally found THE ONE.

The Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist is amazing.  It goes on similar to a spray, but without the harsh aerosol chemicals!! The best part?  It's totally kiddo friendly.  Mom win!

I picked up the travel size mist since I'm all about multi-use products (beach days, road trips, and TSA approved). It's the perfect size for throwing in your purse, beach bag or keeping in your toiletries bag.  

And I've been using it for a couple months now and it seems to go pretty far!  This little travel size was only $20!  Umm, WHAT.  That's right - safe to use, easy to travel with AND budget friendly.  I can never use another Target sunscreen again!

The best part?  I love that BeautyCounter believes in being transparent, only using safe, natural ingredients and that they are a women owned business empowering others to also be small business owners.

I can't wait to hear what you think when you try it out for yourself! Get yours here.

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Chemical Free + All Natural DIY Bug Spray

cait y. // the willow field

diy bug spray recipe

Tis' the season for BUGS!  And I don't know about you, but being pregnant makes me hyper aware of the bug situation we've got goin' on.  Since we're big outdoors people having a great bug spray is an absolute must. 

For years we used the "all natural" brands found at Target, but you know what?  Can you even pronounce half the ingredients in those brands?  Because I can't.  And that scared me.

So when we really made conscious switch to a more natural lifestyle a few years ago bug repellent was first on the list.  (I was NOT about to go camping without it!)

An easy choice for us this season was to purchase the Young Living repellent.  I absolutely love this stuff and not only is it safe for adults & kids, but it also smells good & works amazing!  I would snag a bottle or two before they sell out! Order yours here.

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But since we had to make do without this magic bottle of bug repellent for years, here's my favorite DIY Bug Spray recipe:

This DIY Recipe can be altered for little ones to: 2 drops each of Purification, Citronella, & Lavender.

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DIY Itch Stick

In a 10ml rollerball (order pretty frosted ones here or pretty rainbow ones here), combine

  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • + top with a carrier oil

Roll on bug bites & itches and bam! No more itch.

Wanna keep ticks & spiders away from your home & your kiddos?! Keep a small spray bottle of 15 drops peppermint + 15 drops Lavender topped with distilled water & a splash of witch hazel. I like to spray this in window sills, outdoor rugs & on shoes/hats!!

Pro tip: Dining outside & want to keep the bugs away? Grab an outdoor fan, put a few drops of citronella + peppermint on a cotton ball + close-pin (or two!) + attach to the front of the fan & you have yourself a giant outdoor diffuser!

Happy bug season ya'll!

XO, Cait