Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dracula Mosquitoes + Giveaway!

*cue Dracula voice* "I vant to drink your BLOOD!"

I swear that's what the mosquitoes say when I walk outside. I'm eaten alive, I tell you. And my poor kids seem to have the same sweet blood running through their veins, especially my Ellie.

I wish I loved going in the backyard, but it's particularly bad out there. Because we live at the bottom of the hill, we tend to collect the rain from our yard and the yard behind us. The mosquitoes think we set it up that way just for them, and watching my kids come back inside and itch for days just isn't much fun for any of us.

If you are thinking that I have a solution for the mosquitoes....I don't. Sorry. I've seen something floating around Pinterest about a penny in a bag of water, but I don't know if that works (it sounds weird to me...) But I do have a solution for the kiddos after the mosquitoes enjoy their feast!
BeKoool has a new product on the market for itches resulting from poison ivy and insect bites, including that of the dreaded mosquito! Normally, I don't go for product pitches like this, but let me share with you why I like this product for kids over the bug bite creams on the market.

At our house, this is the issue:
Does anyone else have children who feel the need to lick everything?! I really thought we would be past the phase of putting everything in our mouths at this point.

With that still being a major issue at our house, I worry about putting bug bite cream on them since they will lick it off. And I'm certainly not going to keep them in the house all summer.
BeKoool has these little medicated patches that cover bug bites and do two things: They keep my kids from licking any itch cream and also keep them from itching the bite until it bleeds. Since the patches are medicated, no additional itch cream is needed. They are also clear, so they aren't noticeable on the skin.

In an effort to fully vet the product, I stood outside and told the mosquitoes to come at me. The bad news is that it doesn't look like the mosquitoes will be giving up their free meal ticket anytime soon. The good news is that the patches really do stop the itching, and since I couldn't get to the bites to itch them, they healed more quickly than usual. I'm happy to say that it worked for the kids too!

~Giveaway~
BeKoool is offering a big prize pack to one A Beautiful Ruckus reader! It includes:
  • Their full line of products:
    • Itch Relief Patches
    • Cooling Wipes
    • Fever Sheets for Kids
    • Migraine/Headache/Fever Sheets for Adults
  • Copy of The Travel Mamas' Guide book
  • Year long subscription to Family Fun Magazine
  • Frisbee
  • BeKoool bag
To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. The first two tasks are not optional and must be completed to qualify for this giveaway. The additional entry tasks are optional. Winning entries will be validated prior to announcing the winner with an alternate drawn if the entries cannot be verified.
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The contest ends at 11:59pm on Monday, August 19th. The winner(s) will be randomly chosen and contacted by email on Tuesday, August 20th. The winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email with their information so that the prize can be forwarded to them. A Beautiful Ruckus is not responsible for the delivery of the prize and is not responsible if the sponsor does not deliver. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States. A Beautiful Ruckus received complimentary item(s) for review in exchange  for hosting this giveaway from Tommy Nelson. This post may contain affiliate links. For more info, please see my disclaimer page.

50 comments:

  1. I totally want to try those patches! My boys got eaten alive by mosquitoes when we visited a state park in New York earlier this summer. When we had the opportunity to go back there, one of them said, "But that's the place with the mosquitoes!" (Thankfully it was MUCH better the second time.) Anyway, they do tend to get bitten a lot more than I do and I would love to see if these patches could give them a little relief!

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  2. I would love to sit outside and read a book in the sun... but like you, mosquitoes are drawn to me! I can't go out (even with bug spray on) without getting at least a few bites.

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  3. Favorite activity without mosquitoes? ALL OF THEM!!! Ben is horrible allergic and gets these huge welts before we can even get in the house.

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  4. Would love to be able to sit in the yard and play with my son.

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  5. We recently were playing at my brother's house which is close to the woods. The kids loved playing on their swingset and going into the woods but they came home covered in bug bites. The girls look horrible - huge hard welts because of them. I would love to provide them with some relief.

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  6. My daughters bug bites get to the size of quarters so they are not hard to miss and she itches them till they bleed.
    I am def going to try to find these products to try them.
    In the mean time we use Deordorant on them....yes its wierd but it does work.

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  7. Brenda F

    Ugh! Those pests are awful! This sounds like a great product.

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  8. Our favorite outdoor activity that would be even MORE fun it we didn't have to worry about itching would be hiking.

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  9. Pretty much every outdoor activity would be more fun without the bugs! I feel so bad when the poor baby gets bitten

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  10. I love to do most activities in the summer evening, gardening, walking, watering the plants, playing with my kid. Unfortunately I have a that magic something mosquitoes love and it take a whole year to heal from the last summer from the bites sometimes.

    dor.turner@yahoo.com

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  11. camping - i always get eaten alive!

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  12. bonfires would be WAY more fun if I knew I wouldn't get eaten up by mosquitoes!

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  13. My kids love to play soccer outside, and play on the playground. We have to cover them with bug spray though!

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  14. Gardening, hiking and camping would be so much more fun if the skeeters were gone.

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  15. Playing outdoors with the grandkids.

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  16. I would love to feed the ducks at the lake :)

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  17. My daughter went swimming at a relatives apartment place, and came back with mosquito bites, which she never really gets. This comes just in time. Would LOVE to try these new products.

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  18. Oh the mosquitoes are SOOO bad this year here in KS. I am no fan of bug spray but we've had to use it this year. It was either that or not go outside.

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  19. Playing golf would be more fun without itching.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. Camping would be so much more fun with out inching.

    Kim Barnes
    momof3inar@yahoo.com

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  21. I love sitting outside with a bonfire and roasting marshmallows in the summer. Mosquitos definitely ruin the moment.

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  22. I love sitting outside by a fire in the summer making s'mores. Worrying about bugs ruins the moment.

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  23. Dawn Monroe
    dawnmonroe83@gmail.com
    We enjoy playing disc golf and corn hole during summer nights.

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  24. swimming at night, the bugs always get us

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  25. We like taking walks in the woods.

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  26. I like walking th dogs, and we all get bitten!

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  27. watching my kids play

    tiffany lane
    mckenziesmom1@hotmail.com

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  28. Bbqing and camping would be better without the itch.

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  29. I would love to be outside more in the evenings without the constant barrage of mini vampires!

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  30. we like to just hang out on the back porch relaxing laughing and talking

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  31. We like to have barbecues in the evening.
    Laurie Emerson

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  32. We love going hiking on all of the trails around our house

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  33. Love to do anything outside. Particularly like to walk and bicycle.
    Truly want to try this product as my grown daughter just succumbed to Poison Ivy - even on her eyelids

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  34. My favorite outdoor activity is gardening.

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  35. we would have more fun making s'mores
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  36. Gardening- love it. hate the insects

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  37. I love to sit outside and watch/play with my kids and the kittens. I can't stay out long because too many insects think I'm dinner. =(

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  38. I like 2 fish and camp outdoors.
    masonsgranny59atyahoodotcom

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