How to Keep Your Family Healthier During Summer & Fall

Posted on Aug 17 2015 - 6:43pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received this products in exchange for this educational post. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.

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While school may have started for many kids across the nation, it doesn’t mean many of us have stopped spending time outdoors. We still have months of beautiful weather head, especially with autumn being right around the corner. Even though the weather may be great, we still need to look out for our skin, and the health of our family. With the help of the Vitamin Shoppe‘s Brianna M Diorio (MS, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Clinical Nutritionist and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer), we are excited to share with you some amazing tips to make summer even better for your entire family!

Keep the Bugs Away

Who doesn’t love eating s’mores at a campfire or stargazing on a beautiful summer night? Those of us who seem to be quite tasty of mosquitoes and other bugs! Mosquitoes especially can be a big problem since they are not only annoying, but can carry a variety of nasty diseases. As good homeowners, it is our job to try keeping these nasty bugs at bay without a variety of items around our home and things to help move their attention away from humans and furry family members.

Brianna M Diorio Tip: Make s’mores by the fire, and keep the bugs at bay. Insects stay away from the scents of essential oils like Citronella, Cedar, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Peppermint and Geranium. Make one stop at the Vitamin Shoppe, for your preference of cream or spray – Badger Anti Bug Balm Tin /Badger Anti Bug Shake & Spray Travel Size.

Since my husband and I both seem to attract all the bugs when we are outdoors with the dogs, we were pretty excited when we found out about Badger Anti Bug Balm. All you need is a little bit of this balm and bugs will naturally stay away since it has been known for years that many bugs hate citronella and rosemary). Currently, you can purchase a tin of Badger Anti Bug Balm on sale at the Vitamin Shoppe for only $5.10 (regular $5.99).

Help Pets with Seasonal Anxiety

Even though we may love last minute trips to enjoy the beach, or trips to see family before winter comes, pets can sometimes get a bit nervous with sudden changes. This doesn’t even take into account that fireworks will still be common until a bit after Labor Day in some places. While the best answer for fireworks is keeping your furry family members indoors, that doesn’t mean we don’t have options available to us to help make the situation less scary.

Brianna M Diorio Tip: Help your furry friends relax during loud noise, such as holiday fireworks, by making sure they are inside and away from all of the commotion. For relief of travel anxiety, nervousness, stress and hyperexcitability, you can also try an aid, made especially for man’s best friend – The Vitamin Shoppe offers options like Natural Pet Pharmaceuticals Anxiety & Stress Homeopathy or Vet’s Best Comfort Calm.”

We are personally excited about Vet’s Best Comfort Calm. This supplement has a variety of natural ingredients that have shown for decades (if not centuries) to help reduce stress, tension, and anxiety after travel, loud noises, and event events. These tablets are also chewable so they are easy to break up for decades or hide in your preferred type of pill pockets. Best of all, it is very inexpensive! As of this review, Vet’s Best Comfort Calm was on sale for only$6.49 a bottle (regular $8.99) at the Vitamin Shoppe.

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Lather on the Sunscreen

After summer vacation, many of us assume that we should forget about the sunscreen – wrong! Even a little bit of time outdoors can do damage to our skin, which can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. It is important that you not only wear sunscreen throughout the year, but use the right type of sunscreen.

Brianna M Diorio Tip:  What’s the difference between mineral-based vs. traditional? Traditional sunscreens work by absorbing the active UV rays, while mineral sunscreens use active mineral ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide, to reflect the sun’s rays.

We are a big fans of natural sunscreens in our house, especially ones that are not only beneficial for the skin, but made with natural ingredients. Two of our favorite brands are Audrey’s and Alba Botanica. You can find a variety of their different types of natural sunscreens on the Vitamin Shoppe for as little as $4.50 a bottle!


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Wes August 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    That’s some great advice. Those products really look to be worth a try. Thanks!

  2. Sharon Braswell August 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I had heard about citronella to keep bugs away, but not the Rosemary. Good to know! I’ll have to try Badger Anti Bug Balm!

  3. Joyce McDaniel August 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I learned that we still have to protect our love ones after the summer is over with skin repellent. Also when we go out in the sun, we still must use sunscreen. Now I know that the Vitamin Shop is a great place to go and get deals.

  4. Alicia Boarts August 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Good tips. Mosquitoes are eating us alive right now, I will take all the help I can get

  5. Kimberly M. August 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this article. I learned a lot here. I never knew the difference between mineral based and traditional sunscreen and I never heard of some of these products. Again thank you. With my grandson having eczema very bad these products would probably be more beneficial to use than other products.

  6. Elizabeth H. August 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Great pointers. Fall is usually the season where I tend to gain weight. I have lost 20 pounds over the Summer, I don’t want to gain it back!

  7. M.Clark August 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I use sunscreen religiously. I have heard of Alba Botanica but I am not familiar with Audrey’s. Fortunately I don’t currently live in an area where bug repellant is necessary. Thank you for sharing this review.

  8. Jeani b August 18, 2015 at 12:37 am - Reply

    i do forget to use sunscreen during the year, usually. i think i’ll be better this year because we moved south and the sun is PROMINENT. lol

  9. Deborah D August 18, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great advice & the reminders.

  10. tammy young August 18, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    thank you for all you do

  11. lisa August 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I wish I had the mosquito repellent two days ago. Mosquitos love me. If there’s one inch of skin that I missed, I’ll come in with at least 5 bites in that area.2 days ago, I went out to remove ivy growing on our oak tree.I got down to the roots and a swarm flew out and really bit me up.

  12. Kimberly K August 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I make my own bag off with essential oils. hubs needs sunscreen so I will try out what you recommended.

  13. Janette Fuschi August 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    A great post with great tips, thank you for sharing

  14. Sarah L August 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    The Badger Anti Bug Balm would be great. I like their lip balm.

  15. john hutchens August 18, 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Mosquitoes are really bad where I live. I will have to try the Badger Anti Bug Balm to see how well it works. I have tried so many natural bug repellants that do not work it would be nice to find one that does.

  16. Maria D. August 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I definitely need to check out the Badger Balm for the bugs – they just love to bite me and I hate it! I love the Alba natural products and their lip gloss is the absolute best in the market!

  17. Erin from Long Island August 19, 2015 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this article. I learned a lot here. I never knew the difference between mineral based and traditional sunscreen. I had heard about citronella to keep bugs away, but not the Rosemary. Good to know! I love learning stuff =)

  18. Sohair August 19, 2015 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Thank u for the tip,my # 1 priority is keeping bugs away from me.I don’t use anything on me,but family members use organic repellent and they feel that it works

  19. Rosie August 19, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I do know about (and use) sunscreen year round. I’ve been googling around about bug spray – I’d like to try this Badger Anti Bug Balm!

  20. Crystal Rogers Walker August 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    It is so important to keep our kids healthy between the bugs and virus they are around at school; and fast food places being with friends I always make sure they get vitamins, good food and plenty of sleep

  21. luke August 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I tend to get a lot of bug bites during this season.

  22. Jo-Ann Brightman August 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I love learning more about natural ways to keep.healthy, keep bugs away or shield my skin. thanks formthismarticle

  23. Mia August 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    I used the bug balm on a recent camping trip in Montana where the bugs were horrendous and it really did work.

  24. Jerry Marquardt September 1, 2015 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the stay healthy tips for the upcoming cooler weather. I love your accurate recommendations and pointers.

  25. lisa September 29, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Sunblock and bug spray are a must. Also hand washing and a yearly flu shot. Especially now, my husband and I are thinking about finally taking a trip to Hawaii. You know, I want to be healthy to enjoy that!

  26. Tamra Phelps October 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I’d like to try that anti-bug stuff! I hate sitting outside when the bugs are gathering, lol! I seem to attract every bug in town.

  27. Jana Williams October 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Hi, I hope you are having a terrific Thursday! Thanks for posting good hints & tips for staying active in Summer & Fall! It’s strange but I actually get more exercise in the cooler months than in Summer b/c I hate getting out in the heat! Fall is my favorite time of year anyways so I love walking or hiking and these tips will sure come in handy! I sometimes go jogging by myself so I always carry my phone & mase with me; just in case other women may be like me and not always have someone with them than this is a good tip! Also you can place your sharpest key between your two fingers as you make a fist and you have your own make shift eye-poker-outer! Lol! Well Thanks for the Helpful Hints and Tricks, the Bug Repellant is a Must! I Hope You have a Blessed Day… Thanks, Jana

  28. Michelle S June 19, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tip on the Badger Anti Bug Balm. My daughter heads to camp every summer and mosquitoes just love her. I’m going to get some for her and see if it makes a difference.

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