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She {hearts} Kiss My Face Suncare

Summer is in full swing which means the sun will be beating down on us on a daily basis (hopefully) and we will all be outside enjoying it! But don’t forget to protect the skin of those kiddos (and do’t forget yourself there to Mom!)

Kiss My Face has an entire line suncare products for the whole family. The Kids Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a thick, full coverage lotion that is paraben and phthalate free, with no artificial fragrances. I love how safe it is for my kids bodies and it certainly does the job by protecting their fair skin. My only complaint is it is almost TOO thick, and after some time in the pool you can see the white lotion on their skin. But if it keeps them covered, then I’m okay with that.

A good alternative to the Mineral Sunscreen that Kiss My Face makes is a Sun Spray Lotion. It has all the same great qualities of the Mineral Sunscreen, it is just easier to apply on to the kids. I just spray it on my hands and rub it in. Since it is a bit thinner, I can get it on the kids faces without having to work too hard, which in turn makes my life a little bit easier, and what mama doesn’t want that?!

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She {hearts} Gretchen Scott Designs

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GSD_meI think I love almost everything that this designer has in their store. I’m a big fan of fun & colorful tunics, dresses, and cover-ups to add to my summertime wardrobe and everything they have is right down my alley! And to make it extra special, they have Mommy & Me clothes so my baby girl and I can match!

Gretchen Scott carries the “Laugh More Gripe Less. Ignore Critics. Say Yes. Order Dessert. Love Life” mantra and it’s tagged on every Gretchen Scott item. Known for her festive tunics and dresses, Gretchen inserts life and personality into her designs. Gretchen created a sustainable line of clothing that makes summer, holiday and warm climate dressing easy. Her clothes are about accessing a place that is chic, joyous, playful and fun. She looks at the clothing need realities of her customers: clothing that packs easily, transitions from day to night, office to dinner or cocktails, carpool to swimming pool. She said, “If you can give that, with clean lines and surprise elements – it’s a homerun.”

She finds inspriation from her travels across the world. Her designs reflect a global perspective with India being the biggest part. She feels the Indian sense of color, proportion and incredible embroidery is amazing. Hand printed, festive fabrics and vibrant inks define Gretchen Scott Designs’ look.

Gretchen Scott Designs is sold in over 1000 stores worldwide.

Check out a few of my favorite Gretchen Scott Designs that hang in my closet:
Happy Turtle Mommy & Me Tunic
Sea Not Navy Mommy & Me Tunic (featured here with my daughter and I)
Georgette Silk Tunic
Reef Tunic
Check out their website or Facebook page to see what your favorite item is!

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She {hearts} Zipzicles

zipziclesLogoDSC_0147copyAs a kid, I remember enjoying icy freeze pops all summer long to beat the heat!  I know they are mostly high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes, so I haven’t given any to my girls.  I was sad about them missing out on this childhood tradition until I found Zipzicles!

Zipzicles are clear skinny bags with zip tops that allow you to make and freeze your own popsicle freeze pops!  I can make all kinds of fun flavors for my girls and customize them based on their taste preferences and allergies.  You can simply wash and reuse the bags again when you’re finished!

There are tons of great recipes on the Zipzicles website, and I can’t wait to try a bunch of them!  For my first batch, I made what I called “Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles.”  (Recipe below.)

Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 can of frozen pineapple orange juice concentrate (7 ounces)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a blender, dump in water, juice concentrate, yogurt, and vanilla.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into Zipzicle bags (fill just to fill line) and zip shut.
  4. Place in a mug and freeze until solid (about 6 hours).
  5. Enjoy!

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Our family loved the Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles!  The girls thought the concept was so cool (eating a popsicle from a bag!), and they loved getting to experience this classic summer treat.  My husband and I enjoyed them too!

The Zipzicle bags washed up perfectly and now they’re already for my next batch!

I can’t wait to try more popsicle recipes (or even just frozen juice) this summer.

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She {hearts} Scheduling the Summer with Kids

Today marks the first day of Summer Break for my kids and while many kids are excited to not have to answer to a teacher until school begins in the fall, my kids won’t have that option. The structure my kindergartener had during the school was a blessing. I didn’t realize how much a creature of habit he was and how much he benefited from the constant routine was astounding. He is a worrier, so knowing what to expect did him a world of good and helped him grown in confidence and maturity.

So this summer, my kids will be following a semi-strict schedule, similar to the school year. Every little detail of the day isn’t going to be mapped out, but things like getting dressed, doing chores, and doing schoolwork will be done at a pre-determined time. There will be plenty of playtime and downtime as well, and we will continue to run a tight ship from dinnertime to bedtime as we do year round. This way the kids will know what comes next, what is expected of them, and it will keep me from being lazy as well.

 

Do you follow a summer schedule? How does it work for you and your family?

 

 

She {hearts} strawberry pudding

graceOne of my favorite things about this time of the year are strawberries! Yesterday, I received the photo to the left in an email that read, “Couldn’t resist.” Grace was heading to school with her Daddy yesterday and I guess they decided to stop for a little picking time before she’d start her school day. I just couldn’t be mad, but I was a little jealous! One of my favorite things to fix with strawberries is a “Strawberry Pudding”.

It’s basically a recipe for Banana Pudding that has been tweaked to include these yummy red berries instead of bananas.

 

 

Strawberry Pudding

Ingredients:

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  • 1 eagle brand milk
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 box French vanilla pudding
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 2 quarts strawberries (or 4 bananas)
  • 2 pkgs Chessman cookies

Directions:

  1. Blend together eagle brand milk and 1 & ½ cups water.
  2. Add pudding and beat medium speed until well blended.
  3. Put in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until congealed.
  4. Remove from frig and add cool whip and stir with spoon do not use mixer.
  5. Layer cookies, pudding, and fruit and repeat layers.
  6. Garnish top with cookies or fruit!

I love to put mine in a clear trifle bowl to make it look extra nice, but if you’re having a party and want everyone to have their own individual desserts try making mini pudding cups and using a brandy snifter glass.

For more strawberry recipes, try:
Did you see Tara’s She {hearts} strawberry pie recipe?
Balsamic Strawberries over Shortbread
Croissant French Toast with Strawberry Syrup
Strawberry Napoleons
Chilled Strawberry Soup

She {hearts} SwimZip

Sun protection is super important to me, especially when it comes to my kids. My kids have acquired my exceptional paleness (you’re welcome, my dears) so it’s always a long, dramatic process to get them sunscreened up in the summertime. Sunburns and the potential long-term effects of too much sun exposure are painful, scary, and issues that should not be taken lightly.

SwimZip is a line of fashionable kids swimwear whose shirts zip up the front, making UV protection a “zip!” Their adorable SPF 50+ line keeps kids skin sun-safe and reduces the need for lots of chemical-laden sunscreen on their delicate, often sensitive skin. And, as every parent knows, it’s usually not a fun time having to wrangle a wriggling two year old and lather them up every few hours while they are having fun in the sun. Each SwimZip piece is made of quality stretch lycra/nylon, which blocks 99% of UVA and UVB rays and is chlorine resistant. This tagless line’s key feature is the full length front zipper, which makes for easy on, easy off (especially when wet!).

Betsy, the founder of SwimZip, was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 26 years old. She wanted to take her scary and traumatic experience and bring something good of it, and she saw it as a “chance to help others avoid my fate – and maybe even save lives.” Betsy says, “With the conviction that comes from knowing without a doubt that you are doing something right, I dove headfirst into the world of UPF sun protective clothing … and thus was born SwimZip.”

Betsy graciously sent me the Caribbean Dolphin front zip rash guard shirt for my oldest daughter to try out when we went on our beach vacation this past week. I love how the shirt opens and zips up the front of the body, eliminating the hassle of trying to fit a big-kid head through the usually small head hole of normal rash guard shirts. The material is light and comfortable, and kept my daughter cool yet protected those delicate shoulders with an SPF of 50+. Plus, how bright and fun is the design? And the hot pink definitely pleased my girly-girl.

The SwimZip sets are ADORABLE and so unique. My favorites are Grey Grey Go Away! and Ruffle Me Pretty.

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SwimZip SPF 50+ kids swimwear is perfect for summertime swimming and outside play at the beach, at the pool, or in the backyard. These pieces give kids ultra sun protection while adding so much style with their unique designs and front zipper feature. SwimZip was born of a passion to protect kids from the harmful effects of too much sun exposure without using harsh chemicals and with ease and style in mind. You can also find SwimZip on Facebook and Twitter.

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She {hearts} Citrus Lane

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Citrus Lane is a unique, very current company that provides monthly subscriptions for boxes filled with fun, practical parent-approved baby and toddler products and items. Each month has a new box theme based on the current season and customer feedback. Best of all, each “best-of” item is a surprise!

Here’s how Citrus Lane works. The great minds at Citrus Lane choose products for their monthly boxes that not only really work, but also have had great feedback from real parents and fulfill a need of parents. To subscribe to their incredible monthly boxes, simply sign up on their website, including your child’s birthdate (up to 3 years) and gender (if desired), and Citrus Lane will cater the items included in each monthly box to you and the stage your child is at. They offer monthly billing and also offer 6 and 12 month packages, which include free boxes!

Citrus Lane‘s boxes are also great for gift giving. Monthly subscription packages are available to purchase as a gift, as well as their Deluxe Shower Box, which is THE perfect present for any mom-to-be. The Deluxe Shower Box includes items such as a swaddling blanket, skin care items, baby toys, and even gift cards for baby announcements. At 32 weeks pregnant with baby #3, I would be beyond delighted if this box happened to show up on my doorstep as we prepare for her arrival!

Citrus Lane sent me their July box. The theme was “Bon Voyage” and focused on items that would be useful as families travel in the summertime. My box included travel-sized gentle skin care products for baby, travel-sized baby detergent, a diaper bag friendly sized baby essentials/first aid kit, a soft baby toy able to clip onto baby’s carseat, a fun bracelet (for mommy!) that is safe for a teething baby, and a coupon to make free postcards on my phone and send them to anyone in the world. SO FUN! I squealed with delight as I studied each product in my box. Even though I’m pregnant with baby #3 (and have tried and been exposed to LOTS of baby products), I’m still constantly on the lookout for useful, tasteful, smart new products and this box alone blew me away! The packaging even made me feel special as I first opened the box. I can’t wait to try out these new products and goodies on our new baby girl.

August’s box will be themed “Back to School” and filled with items to help prepare your child to learn! Check out their cute new video to go with their August box.

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Citrus Lane offers monthly box subscriptions for $25 a month, or subscribe for 6 months for $125 (that’s one free box) or 12 months for $250 (that’s TWO free boxes!). Each box’s surprise items will be season-themed and carefully chosen with your child and his/her stage of development in mind.

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