July 23, 2014

To the Mountains and Back: Our First Big Family Vacation


We just got back from our first big vacation with the Little Boy. It was a whirlwind trip to the mountains and back, and I loved every minute of it. We explored dinosaur museums and zoos; went horse-back riding on a pony named Popcorn; went on every ride possible at an amusement park; dipped our toes in a glacial lake; we even climbed to the top of a mountain -- with a gondola taking us half of the way up. It was an amazing time, and I cannot wait for our next adventure -- and with this trip we can cross two more things off of our Summer List!

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July 21, 2014

With the Gorilla

She was sitting with her back up against the glass, so I quietly went over to snap a photo of her sitting there when she suddenly turned around and looked at me longingly with these big bold eyes. I walked up to her and she knocked on the window. I knocked back, and we began this form of communication that lasted a few seconds and then she settled with her hand up against the window, looking down. She would look up at me periodically with those eyes. I knew that I'd eventually have to walk away and join my husband and son again, but there was a piece of me that wanted to stay. There is a piece of me that will always stay.

July 18, 2014

Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

I know I'm not the only one out there that has sensitive skin. Within a few days of using something that my skin doesn't agree with I start getting really itchy and have to stop using whatever product it is that's causing the irritation.

Sunscreen can be a tricky thing because you have to wear it on a daily basis, and sometimes apply it multiple times in one day, in order to protect your skin from the sun. I have tried three different sunscreens so far this summer, and I want to share with you which one is my favourite:

Both the Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreens are quite thick, and don't spread as nicely as a lotion typically does. Surprisingly, I found that they left a white film on my body all day because they were not soaking into my skin properly, and then I had to scrub really hard in the shower to get the film off of my skin.

The Coppertone sunscreen has been my favourite, but, although it says that it's oil free, it does leave you a bit greasy until the sunscreen soaks into your skin -- which it actually does for me. It's easy for me to spread all over my body -- except for my back...can anyone actually get sunscreen on their back by themselves? -- and it doesn't leave a white film on my skin that I have to scrub off at the end of the day. The best thing is is that it's fragrance free, which makes my skin very happy.

What's your favourite sunscreen to use?

*please note that this is not a sponsored post, just my thoughts and experiences
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