The Scent of Peppermint Repels Mosquitoes and Other Insects

Using The Scent of Peppermint to Repel Mosquitoes & Other Insects.
Time Magazine posted a link on twitter recently about why mosquitoes feast on some people and not others.

I’m one of those people who they like to make a meal out of and I don’t enjoy being on their food chain.  They find me when I’m outside, day or night, so I use the scent of peppermint to repel them.  Some still land on me but they don’t bite, not even the big ones found on the farm!

I wanted to share the information I learned from doing the research that helped me figure out how to outwit the bloodsuckers.  Furthermore, I wanted to show you the product that I’m most fond of using for this very purpose.

This is the short video from Time Magazine.

Insects can’t stand the smell of peppermint.

Yes garlic works too, but I don’t want to walk around smelling like garlic.  Nor did I want to keep dryer sheets in my pockets, as some friends had suggested I do when I inquired with them about how they handled the issue.  I don’t like the idea of covering my body with poison either, and I refuse to wear long sleeves and pants in the heat.  It’s as uncomfortable as being eaten alive by insects, so I had to seek out an alternative solution.Peppermint Lotion 8 oz

I found during my research that insects don’t like the scent of mint.

I love the smell of mint, especially peppermint, so I knew this would be a good solution for me.  Then I found a product I really like.  Plant Therapy sells bottles of peppermint lotion.  They’re eight ounce bottles but it doesn’t take much to do the job when you’re just using it to repel mosquitoes.  I rub it on any exposed skin, and as long as I have it on it appears to have solved my issue.  I use the lotion, but using essential oils may work also.

Peppermint also soothes itchiness!

Peppermint Organic Essential Oil 30 mLAccording Smithsonian Magazine even stick bugs use a peppermint scent to prevent spiders and other predators from preying on them.  Click here to watch for yourself!  If you’ve ever read the bible verse about studying the ants and how they work (Proverbs 6:6,) then you know it’s possible to observe and learn from other creatures too.  Check out the Tree of Life essential oil diffuser locket in the image below.   Would you have ever thought to use jewelry to repel insects?   Well some genius made that possible too.

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Model, Actor, and Director Dustin Bouchard

Dustin Bouchard is an American actor, model, producer, and director. His physical features earned him a reputation as a Demi God.

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I met him in person at an event in Miami, Florida.

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Dustin was courteous and made me a memory I can cherish.  Not only did he not mind my bear hugging him upon our first in person meeting, but he approached and embraced me just as thoroughly right back.  We talked online for a few years before I got to meet him so he didn’t feel like a stranger to me.  It’s no surprise to me the fan base of Dustin Bouchard keeps growing despite his rarely posting on social media.

The ladies, and some gentlemen, swoon over him, but it’s not just because of his appearance.

Dustin is humble, generous,  uplifting and not afraid to be silly.  I consider myself lucky to have discovered and have him as a friend.  You can support him by following him on instagram, or twitter.   He’s made his directorial debut available free for people to watch on youtube, so subscribe to his channel, and like his videos on that platform too.

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Dark Side of The Moon by Dustin Bouchard

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Actor & Model Joshua Cordle

Joshua Cordle Is An American Actor And Model Available For International Bookings Of Print Advertisements, T.V. Commericals, And Films.

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When Not Acting Or Modeling Joshua Cordle Spends His Time On The Sea Correcting Charts And Steering Ships As A Merchant Mariner.

His Abilities Go Far Beyond What Meets The Eye.  Not Only Is He Goal Oriented But He’s Successful At Reaching Them.

He Once Designed & Had Built A Tiny Home Inside A Van…

He did it with purpose in mind, to enable himself to travel wherever, whenever he wanted and while saving himself the additional cost of room and board.  See photos below of his accomplishment.

He Never Has A Dull Moment!

Ships and automobiles aren’t the only methods of transportation for the shining star.   Planes are a big part of the routine for this frequent international traveler.  Recently Josh spent time and will be returning to a place known as Nicosia, Cyprus.   Rumor has it that it’s a hidden gem with one museum after another of historical proportions.  Josh has been divulging his love for the people he’s met, the things to do, and places to visit while on location.

He’s Gained A Number Of Experiences Modeling & Acting In Florida, Georgia, And New York.

Always working hard to nurture his acting career, he meets a lot of interesting people in the process.


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Watch The Videos Below To See Joshua In Action.

He’s been featured on the Oxygen Channel‘s show Snapped twice now, with his latest conquest as taking on the role of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.  More credits can be seen on his IMDb page. 

View The Solemn Short Film Below To See Joshua Act The Role Of A Young Man Struggling To Let A Loved One Go.

Josh was attending acting courses at the New York Film Academy in New York City when he acted in this film.

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Director Jesse V. Johnson

Director “Jesse V. Johnson Was Born In Winchester, England and Is An American Film Director and Screenwriter. See The New Trailer For Triple Threat!

About Director Jesse V. Johnson and Review of The Debt Collector Film.

Director “Jesse V. Johnson was born in Winchester, England and is an American film director and screenwriter.”   He’s an accomplished stuntman and coordinator who worked on the set of The Shawshank Redemption.   Holding both US & EU passports he has traveled and worked in exotic places.”   I first met Jesse in person at the Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival event in Miami Florida, where he gave a speech about the making of his fan film trailer for Wonder Woman.  Watch the trailer below.

Wonder Woman – Fan Film from Jesse V. Johnson on Vimeo.

Since then, Jesse has released a number of films with accomplished actors Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Tony Todd, Tony Jaa, Selina Lo, and many more.   The Debt Collector, had a very successful theatrical premiere in Santa Monica California and London, England.  It’s now available on Netflix.

Watch An Interview With Jesse V. Johnson at the Santa Monica Debt Collector Screening below.

Theater tickets sold well in the United Kingdom and the special post movie interview with the director and actors was witnessed by some very lucky movie goers.

You Can Watch The Whole London Q & A Interview By Clicking Here (Fighting Spirit Film Festival Channel ) or Here (Channel Fight.)
 Tony Todd had a lot of fun working on this film.

Louis Mandylor Was Ecstatic About The Project!

Check Out Behind The Scenes Footage!


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Spoiler Alert!  Skip This Paragraph If You Don’t Want To Read My take From The Movie.

Despite the blood, gore, and violence, I really liked the movie because of the figurative message in it.  It’s powerful enough to make one ponder their own purpose, plus it’s always nice to see when a bad guy changes his mind and does the right thing.  I think the ratings should be much higher than what they’ve been.  People might not be displaying their lack of understanding, or completely disregarding the content of it in their own written reviews, if they understood that the clips of the cows shown in it is a figurative message pertaining to people being spitefully used for a specific purpose before being removed by those who used them.

There is some nudity and sexually provocative segments in the film too, so it’s for mature audiences.  Watch The Debt Collector on Netflix and consider rating the film on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes when you’ve finished.  I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did!

Triple Threat Is Scheduled To Be In Theaters March 19, 2019!

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Also look for “Avengement”  in the future, and a sequel to “Accident Man.”   It looks to me like Jesse has found himself an excellent team to work with.  You can follow along his journey by connecting with him on Vimeo, Instagram, and Facebook.

See Scott Adkins bring a comic to life in “Accident Man!”


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Visiting Gateway Arch National Park

“People Said It Would Fall.  They Said A Poorly Funded Project Would Leave The Nation With A Half Finished Monument But Instead It Became An International Symbol Of The United States.” There’s So Much To See In St.Louis, Including The Gateway Arch National Park, So Add It To Your Places To Go List, And View All Of Its Works Of Art!

The Gateway Arch Is Always A Sight For Me To See. Not Just The Name Has Changed And Now It’s Even More Impressive As The Gateway Arch National Park.

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I grew up just across the river from St. Louis, Missouri.  As a child my parents took me to the amazing museum beneath it, and I think I can recall going once or twice on a school field trip with my peers as well.  I remember being with my parents best because they treated me to a meal on the McDonald’s River Boat.   Talk about a nostalgic memory of experiencing St. Louis.

McDonald’s River Boat

When my children were young the boat was already long gone, but I still took them to the arch grounds too.   There was major renovation done recently and now it’s being rediscovered by folks worldwide as The Gateway Arch National Park, with more access and other activities for tourists to do.

If You Haven’t Been There Or Ever Since Before The Renovation Add It To Your List Of Places To Go And Visit.

You can follow Gateway Arch National Park on twitter and other social media.  View this video about the rediscovery of the Gateway Arch.

Once Upon A Time…

“People said it would fall.  They said a poorly funded project would leave the nation with a half finished monument but instead it became an international symbol of the United States.  It is an architectural & design masterpiece touching everyone who touches it.” – The Gateway Arch: A Reflection of America Documentary.

“The Gateway To The West”

“The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century.  The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.”   Click here to plan your visit.


More Has Changed Than Just What Was Stated In This video by USA Today.  Visit And See For Yourself!


For Instance, Now It’s More Tourist Friendly. Check Out The Video Time Lapse Of The Renovation.

Check Out The View Of The Courthouse From Up Inside The Arch.   Spectacular!

There’s So Much To See In St.Louis!

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Takes Place Annually.   Featured Image and Photos Below Are By Justin Barr Of STL From Above.

I’m Always In Awe Of  This Place And I Hope That You Too Will Make Memories As Precious As  The Ones I Have!  Consider Using The Hashtag #STL If You Share Your Experiences on Social Media When Your Next Adventure Takes You On A Tour Of St.Louis.

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Fashion Designer & Celebrity Stylist Ola Hawatmeh

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From sunglasses, to casual & formal wear, swimwear, and wedding attire, even celebrities hire this fashion designer to Style them!

“Though  Ola Hawatmeh attended Marist College in New York for journalism and communications, she always had a natural talent for fashion design. “My grandfather owned a fabric store, so it’s in my genes,” she says. “I have always loved fashion and remember as a kid in elementary school I would be the one dressed different, with pink Reeboks and a fedora.”  The fashionista went on to model for famed New York designer Patricia Field during college before soon landing her first styling gig – for actress Brooke Shields in the 1999 movie The Weekend. “Right there, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” Hawatmeh says.

As a celebrity stylist, Hawatmeh has worked with stars from Kim Kardashian to Chingy and Nelly, American Idol and Real Housewives cast members, and, recently, actors including Ron Perlman and Michael Carbonaro, as well as the cast of the Showtime series Ray Donovan.” ~ Ladue News

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Ola Hawatmeh graced the world with her presence as a model, fashion designer, and celebrity stylist, but her philanthropy has made her stand out in places such as St. Louis, Missouri, New York, LA, and beyond.  Her personal experiences influence and inspire her collections.

Fashion Design CourseIf you wish to find Ola on social media follow her on twitter or join the conversation on facebook.

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Ola Style Survivor Fashion Show

  The  first year Ola Style Survivor Fashion Show  took place in St. Louis, Missouri to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  The event was held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac on October 26, 2018 from 7pm-9pm and was open to the general public.   Every model was a survivor who has battled with breast cancer.   Click here to see photos!

Tickets sold online came close to $3000.0o, but because of the silent auction this event raised more than $20,000.  Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Fox News Network host Sean Hannity, and other fabulous designers and various artists contributed to the success of the event.   The video below shows the items auctioned.

Want to purchase Ola Style designs?

Make it simple.  Print screen an image of the piece you want and contact her directly with your size for a price quote.

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Ola Hawatmeh at Fashion Week Watch The 2017  Ola Style Showcase Below.

To become successful it helps to surround ourselves by successful people.  Be willing to learn directly from other professionals in the fashion industry.  You can get your foot in almost any door by offering your services as an intern to gain experience.

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Author Erik Daniel Shein

A Man of Many Talents, Erik is a creative genius.



“Erik Daniel Shein was born Erik Daniel Stoops, November 18th 1966. He is an American writer, and Visionary, film producer, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, and philanthropist, Pet enthusiast and animal health advocate . He is the author and co authored of over 30 nonfiction and fiction books whose writings include six scientific articles in the field of herpetology. His children’s book, “The Forgotten Ornament” is a Christmas classic, and was endorsed by Hollywood legends Mickey and Jan Rooney.” ~ World Castle Publishing

I first met Erik working online, while he was promoting his comic series for tweens and teens titled  “The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey.”  He’s released even more material since then, such as children’s novels like “Thunder An Elephant’s Journey,” a book series many elementary and  middle graders are sure to enjoy.   His love for creatures of all kinds is shown through his private and public life, and by his efforts on and offline.  Erik is also founder and CEO of Ark Watch Foundation.  Visit Erik’s page to get a glimpse of the world from his point of view.  You can find him on facebook, and twitter.  Be sure to rate and write your review should you choose to purchase any of Erik’s books!



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