Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Sensitive + conversation starters.

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBias

Have you ever heard of Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Sensitive? This product is awesome!! I have a few family members that  have sensitive skin...sun screen can be tricky for them...the wrong kind can irritate their skin and cause isn't pretty. Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Sensitive, and baby varieties, are paraben-free, chemical-free and fragrance-free. This sunscreen is a brand trusted by dermatologists, pediatricians, and especially fact dermatologists have recommended for over 15 years. Furthermore, it is ranked as one of the top sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group! This sunscreen was perfect for my sensitive skinned family members.

I know we all (or at least I hope) understand the importance of applying sun screen when we go to the pool...or the lake...or the ocean...but I make sure to apply sun screen when my family hits up anything our doors...the baseball fields...the park... hiking trails...practices...random summer afternoon adventures.  

I think spending time together and spending time in nature is so important...but I also want to make sure I protect my family from the sun. Blue Lizard® products have a unique zinc oxide formulation and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF30+) and it provides all the coverage you need to keep you and your family safe from the sun.

One of my favorite past times is going on a random adventures...unplugging...getting away from the chores...and everyday life. I find that in those times is when my children really open up to me and engage...

Sometimes they need a little kick start on the conversations. I decided to make a travel DIY conversation starter kit. It was crazy simple to make...and it can be kept in car so its always handy. 

You'll need:

wood chips (or anything to write paper)
pen (a nice that won't bleed or run) 
drawstring bag (to carry the conversation starters in)
Once  you have all your supplies...simple write on the wood. 

Here are a few I wrote down:

Would you rather speak every language or play every instrument?

Who were you able to help today?

What family member do you think you look or act the most like?

If you could trade places with your parents for the day, what would you do different?

Would you rather travel to the past to meet ancestors, or travel to the future to meet your grandchildren?

What's something about yourself you hope never changes?

What are you most looking forward to the school year?

What is your earliest memory?

If we all lived in a zoo...what animals would we be?

What is your unusual talent? Demonstrate it.

What is the happiest day of your life so far?

If you had a time machine for the day, what would you do with it?

What fills your heart to a busting level?


If you are feeling extra crafty you could also create a simple DIY tic tac toe board...

You'll need:

a scrap board (you can buy a new one at the local craft store)
paint (two different colors)
stones, sea shells, leaves ( anything found in nature that can be used as game pieces )

first paint the wood one solid color...once that paint dries...paint the hash tag symbol in a different color of the original paint. That's it. Game pieces can be found in need to purchase them.


I though the neatest part about this product is the patented Smart Bottle™ technology - bottle changes color when exposed to harmful UV sunlight. My kiddos thought the changing color was so cool!! I thought this is such a great teaching tool for kids to learn when to when to re-apply sunscreen.

Be sure to pick up a bottle today!  Blue Lizard® can be easily found at Walmart. Check out this Ibotta offer and when you join you can earn $4!

Do not apply Blue Lizard® Sunscreen to wet skin. Blue Lizard® should only be applied to dry skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and/or water activities and reapplied at least every two hours to ensure SPF protection is maintained.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Darling box. {influencer)

All products in the post were given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.      

This months darling box from Influenster was amazing!! I think my favorite item was the baby shampoo and lotion...I don't think I'll ever get tired of that smell. I washed and lotions my baby up and then smelt her made me feel much better about the fact that she turns THREE in the fall...and she is clearly isn't a baby anymore! 

I also really enjoyed the Eva•NYC hair mask! It did wonders to my damaged hair! I enjoyed the smell as well...and I little bit goes a long way so this bottle will last me a while. 

I found the mineral 89 so refreshing! This isn't a product I would have purchased...but now I'm sold! 

Energizing gummies, were tasty. I'm not sure how energized I felt afterwards...but I have four children so I'd probably need to take the whole bottle to keep up with them. 😜 

I have yet to try the cake...because we'll I have children that can smell sugar from a mile away...and I don't want to share...I want all the loveliness to me self. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dipped cones + Hiland + summer traditions.



I adore summer time and everything that it entails. I love the warm weather, the days that never end, baseball, pool time, our trips to Silver Dollar City, late lunches, movie days, sleep overs with cousins, fresh summer tomatoes from our garden, and our traditions. 

One summer tradition we have is eating ice cream on the front porch. There is just something about sitting on our front stoop with the warm summer breeeze blowing in while we enjoy a sweet treat. 

This past week I decided to get creative with a new fun ice cream flavor from Hiland Dairy. The flavor itself,  Outlaw Run, was didn't need any I decided to spice up the cones for my kiddos. I made dipped chocolate cones with sprinkles. 

It was simple. 

You'll need: 
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (melted) 
1 tbsp of oil or peanut butter (to help melt the chocolate) 
Hiland Dairy ice cream

Melt chocolate chips. I placed mine in the microwave for about 1 min. Then add 1 tbsp. peanut butter to help melt the chocolate smoothly. Then dip the cone into the melted chocolate and then into the sprinkles. Allow the chocolate to harded before filling with ice cream and serving. 

I prefer Hiland Dairy ice cream for a few reasons. First, it tastes amazing! It's creamy, smooth and flavorful. Its made from pure Hiland Dairy milk, fresh and local from our farmer-owners, that contains no artificial growth hormones. Plus! It's always tested for antibiotics. Furthermore, Hiland Dairy is committed to sustainability to minimize waste and environmental impact. 

Overall this was a HUGE hit with my kiddos. Sometimes the littlest things can make a huge impact on our memories and traditions! Who knows maybe dipped cones will become a new staple in our home?! 

On a cute note...we are lucky enough to live close to Silver Dollar City...and all of my kiddos recognized the ride and logo on Hiland Dairy Outlaw Run bix. Have you ever been to Silver Dollar City? It's is such a neat park! Hiland Dairy is offering you a chance to win a prize package to Silver Dollar has a value of over $1,000!!! Enter HERE. The prize pack includes...park cards...hotel accommodations...and more! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

May recap.

             May. // school // baseball // school // more baseball // even more baseball // no more packing lunches // ugh. I don't want to sign another paper // schools out for summer!! // out of the park homer! // first home run photos and smiles // sisters playing at the park and eating french  fries // coats in May // why is it so cold? It's always 10 degrees colder at the baseball field // new swim practices // old stomping grounds // playing in the fields while waiting for sister // Sunday's at church and teaching two years // park days and swim days with friends // 

April recap.


April. // rainy weather// Easter service // church on the porch at home Easter morning // good worship + a message // egg dying that turned into a baseball game // Easter meals // beginning of baseball // walks and rain storms // turning 8 // giant donuts as a birthday cake // the day spent at the park // jimmy johns for a birthday lunch // MLB the show // skip day! I mean take your kid to work day // the cardinal Toronto game as a gift // road trips // baseball card collection //