Southern Mom Loves: My Abe's Market Order and a Natural Pesticide Recipe!

My Abe's Market Order and a Natural Pesticide Recipe!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I was provided with a gift code in order to facilitate an honest review; All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Have you heard of Abe's Market? If you've ever searched for all-natural or organic products online, you've probably run across it. They are the largest retailer of natural products on the internet, and they carry beauty, bath & body, foods, home, cleaning, pets, kids, fashion, and garden products (and just about everything in between.) I've been a fan for a few years now, so when I had the opportunity to tell you about them, I was so excited! 

I've also got a simple, natural pesticide recipe for your Fall garden!

I was provided with a $50 gift card to do some shopping. How far do you think you can stretch $50 when you're buying natural, organic, or Fair Trade products? Farther than you think when you're shopping Abe's Market!

The hardest part was not buying everything! Once I started really looking around, I found so many useful and beautiful things! They have a huge selection of artisanal chocolates that made my mouth water! But since I'm currently on a diet, I was good...mostly.

They really want you to recycle and reuse, and the shipping box and packing materials are no exception. I love that they have their boxes printed with fun ideas and also encourage you to come up with your own.

My order arrived in great shape thanks to their packing materials, which are completely recyclable. 

I ended up getting some great deals! I was able to take advantage of a Free Shipping event, and also got 15% off for signing up for their newsletter. They have specials all of the time, so check back often.

My under $50 Abe's Market order:
When I started shopping, I had a few things in mind, but some of it I just ran across and had to try! 

I bought the Peppermint Castile soap specifically for the All-natural Pesticide recipe, and got the Tea Tree Castile soap for a natural bathroom cleaner recipe (coming soon!) 

I had been planning to make my own mesh produce bags, but the price for this 4-pack was irresistible. 

I was also planning on growing my own Alfalfa sprouts (delicious on sandwiches!) in my kitchen this Fall/Winter, so this find was fortunate, but finding the heirloom tomato seed starter kit was just magical. Garden in the Koop has so many cute starter kit varieties that I wanted them all, but heirloom tomatoes are my absolute favorite! 

I came across the powdered peanut butter while browsing the baking goods, and had to try it. Has anyone else ever heard of powdered peanut butter? I'll be using it in baked goods, smoothies, and milkshakes. It can even be reconstituted into peanut butter. I can see this being a great emergency kit or camping staple. A jar of it is so much lighter and more portable than traditional peanut butter.

And lastly, the ginger candy. I originally found this shopping their Try For $2 section. I had never had chewy ginger candy, so since I and the kids love ginger, I had to get it. Let me tell you, if you like the taste of ginger, this is a must try. It is absolutely delicious, and at 20 calories a piece, it won't wreck your waistline. It's made with real ginger, which can help with nausea (and also bad breath), so this would be great to pack in your bag if you get sick while traveling.

So there you have it! My under $50 Abe's Market order! 

Now on to a recipe that might help you out in any season. If you love to garden, but are having trouble with pests, you don't want to spray your edible garden with chemicals that will soak into your fruits and veggies. This recipe is for a super-easy Peppermint Castile Soap Pesticide spray. 

Castile soap is made from saponifying natural (and in the case of Dr. Bronner's, organic) oils like coconut, oilve, hemp, and jojoba into soap and glycerin, mixing with water and other essential oils for their unique properties to get a great liquid soap that can be used on it's own, or in a recipe.

Peppermint Castile Soap Garden Pesticide Spray

  • 1-2 Tbsp. liquid Peppermint Castile soap
  • 1 Liter of warm Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Optional: Cayenne pepper

Add 1 Tbsp. of Peppermint Castile soap to 1 liter of warm water and mix. Super simple! Spray directly onto your plants wherever the bugs are eating or burrowing. Re-spray every week or after a good rain.

If you find that it's not doing the trick, add in 1 more Tbsp. of the Peppermint soap. If you have persistent bugs, you can add in 1/2 tsp. of powdered cayenne pepper. 

Keep in mind that you may get the taste of the peppermint oils or heat from the cayenne pepper in your produce, so start with the smallest amount and work your way up if it's not effective enough.

You can get everything you need for this recipe, and your entire natural products shopping list at Abe's Market.

Have you ever shopped at Abe's Market? What did you find?

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