As we are heading into summer, it is only natural for us to want to keep our home and our kids cool. It’s not easy to keep them happy if they are always stating how hot they are. It can be quite an unpleasant time for parents. Especially as the battle with sunscreen never seems to end. So I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can keep your kids cool this Summer.
We all love a frozen treat in the summer. These can be excellent ways to keep your kids cool as well as yourself. But, a lot of store-bought frozen treats can be full of sugar and bad stuff. Not so great if your child is asking for one every five minutes. So why not have a go at making your own? This can be a lot easier than it sounds. Get yourself a juicer or blender and add some fruit. Blend or juice up and then add to a mould and place in the freezer to freeze up. You could get quite create and make some amazing vegetable and fruit concoctions. This is an excellent way to get some extra nutrients into your child’s diet without them even realizing.
Keep the house cool at all times
It can be difficult to keep your house cool in the summer. But if you take necessary precautions you can do the best you can. First of all, make sure air conditioning system is working. It’s a great idea to have the system serviced regularly to avoid disaster when you need it most. You can speak to companies like https://www.assuredcomfort.com/cooling/ about this. There are, however, other methods you can do to keep your house cool. This might mean keeping all your blinds and curtains shut throughout the day. This is so the sun doesn’t gflare through the window and warm the room up. It would also be a great idea to open up the windows at the coldest times of the day. This will tend to be first thing in the morning and the evening. Allow the air to flow through your house and offer a cooling breeze.
Who doesn’t love a bit of paddling pool action on a hot Summer’s day? I’m sure your kids wouldn’t disagree with how fun this can be. But the cool water is an excellent way to keep your children cool on a hot day. The water will keep your child’s skin hydrated. Just make sure you still add the sunscreen to make sure the water doesn’t wash it off.
Finally, on the subject of water, there is no other fun way to keep cool than to have a good old-fashioned water fight. You could use specific water guns, the water hose or even fill balloons and launch them. They can be a lot of fun and it’s something the whole family can get involved in.
I hope this guide helps you keep everyone cool on those hot days.
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Do the mosquitos love your skin? I am hardly bothered by them but they love my husband! While my husband deals with bites and scarring on his skin, I have a tradition of burning the top of my hand in my oven. It is part of the instructions in almost every dish I bake-reach in, pull out dish and brush hand over heat element in oven! So, guess what I did over the weekend? I burnt my finger taking a baking dish out of the oven! This time, I have ScarAway® Silicone Daily Circles and on day 2-after the pain subsided I started using the circles.
In 2 weeks…..
ScarAway® is clinically proven as technology that diminishes the appearance of scars both new and old and restoring skin to a more natural texture and color. It is a medical grade silicone disc you apply over the scar and is an innovation used by plastic surgeons, burn centers and hospitals around the world. Now they are cut down to personal size and meant for your home use. It will improves scars that are up to 1″ in diameter and is an invisible disc that is comfortable to wear.
To use, you just clean and dry scar, peel off one daily disc and apply. Each ScarAway® disc should be left on 12-24 hours and replaced with a new disc each day. Results say that softening of the scar may occur in only a few days and in as little as 4-8 weeks an improved appearance.
You can use ScarAway® on those bug bite scars you accumulated over the summer or use on old scars you developed in the past. You can locate ScarAway® at many retailers and pharmacy’s near you. Grab a box and get to work on those scars!
Just last week I sat at my son’s soccer practice at 5pm and the moment I sat down in my folding chair on the grass to watch, I had these tiny gnats crawling on my arm and my Starbucks cup. I spent the entire 1 1/2 hours flicking them off of me constantly. I had yet to encounter these little pests this season so I was not prepared. All I could think about was the fact that I have BugBand products that I know are safe and could have easily shared wipes with the other parents, but they were at home. After practice when I finally got home, I threw those wipes in his soccer bag. I took the bracelets and put in the RV pile to get in there the next time we camp. Wipes for sport games and bands for camping weekends and I won’t be bothered anymore. I do intend to pick up more BugBand wipes as I saw they are at my local Target store so I also have wipes in the RV along with the bracelets.
The active ingredient in BugBand products is Geraniol, it is naturally derived. It is proven effective in repelling many insects such as mosquitos, house flies, stable flies, horn flies, cockroaches, fire ants, fleas, gnats, dog ticks, lone star ticks and no-see-ums. It does the same thing DEET does only this is natural, not a harsh chemical. BugBand is even safe for babies and pets! No more rock-paper-scissors on who will sit away from the DEET product with baby so the others can get protected and lessen the insect bites.
With BugBand products you get a choice in strengths so you get the right protection depending on your activity. BugBand is a part of the ‘be prepared’ brand products and is officially licensed by the Boy Scouts of America. Really, you can throw that harsh product you have always cautiously used and keep BugBand on hand without the worry. They are at many retailers and in the retailer near me, I found them on a aisle peg near lotions.
You remember to wear UV clothing, stay in the shade and wear sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. You even grab sunglasses and a hat to shade your eyes. But do you know why protecting your eyes is as important as your skin against UV rays? Acuvue wants to remind you exactly why UV rays can be harmful to your eyes if you head outside unprotected without the proper sunglasses or contacts.
IRREVERSIBLE: Short-term damage to the eyes may be hard to notice, but over the long-term, the sun can cause irreversible harm to all structures of the eye and surrounding tissue that are left unprotected or under-protected. These conditions may not manifest for years at which point the damage is already done and it is too late to reverse the effects of the sun. That’s why it is important to start protecting eyes from childhood.
CHILDREN, TEENS AT GREATER RISK OF EXPOSURE THAN ADULTS: Younger eyes are more susceptible to exposure to the sun’s harmful rays than adults. Children have larger pupils (allowing more light into their eyes), clearer lenses, and are outside without eye protection much more frequently and for longer periods than most adults. It is estimated that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults.
SUNGLASSES ALONE SOMETIMES ARE NOT ENOUGH: While most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, most frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the eyes from the sides, top, and bottom of the glasses. Hats with brims offer no protection from UV rays reflected up from ground surfaces such as pavement, sand, and water.
GREATER EXPOSURE TIMES IN EARLY AM, LATE AFTERNOON: While it has long been thought that the risk of UV exposure to the eyes is greatest during the mid-day hours, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, research suggests that from Spring through Fall, when the days get longer, the incidence of exposure is actually greatest earlier and later in the day.
UV BLOCKING CONTACT LENSES: UV blocking contact lenses can provide an important level of additional protection from UV exposure. Not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 82% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products. On average, contact lenses without UV blocking capability allow 90% of UV-A radiation and 70% of UV-B radiation to pass through the lenses to your eyes. Although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays, clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition.
Visit Acuvue.com to learn more on which contact lenses are right for you! You can even try a pair for free!
This week my son had one of the best experiences at his age of 7. His week at Challenger Sports British Soccer 1/2 day camp is all he can talk about and already has asked if they will be back next year and it was announced at closing ceremony that they will be back next year-so will my son!
The coaches were excellent. So professional and quickly gained the children’s respect and are tough enough on them that they learn and don’t get away with running off or speaking out. There was coach T, Mitch and Josh. Within no time at all they had children’s names memorized and each child was paid attention to equally throughout the week. I actually stayed each day and got some work done on my laptop because we live almost 40 minutes away and the scenery was gorgeous-can’t beat the office view I had from the field all week of the Puget Sound and Mukilteo Ferries.
Everyday was structured with drills, group games, scrimmages, water breaks, snack break and team discussions. However, the drills and games would change up to new ones each day which kept the kids engaged and they had a blast. On day one my son learned drills and it was the first time after any sports practice that I have seen him come home and stay glued to his ball wanting to practice as much as he could. He was doing toe touches, fast feet and roller ball proudly. Before camp my son had only 2 practices under his belt ever for soccer because he is on a soccer team in our city that had just started. What he can do after this camp amazes me for his first year of soccer!
The week was full of point-earning activities and those points add up. All kids were divided equally by age into 4 teams. Each team got to choose a country-A’s team chose Ireland. There was England, Spain and Brazil. These were to be their teams for the week on scrimmages and team meetings and activities. They could earn points with goals, remembering to wear team colors on Tuesday, remembering to wear wacky clothes on Wacky Wednesday, remembering to bring facts about their country on Fact Thursday and winning judgments for Flag Friday. My son made lucky charm Ireland flag goodie bags for the camp. Others made cupcakes, banners and tiny flags. Everyday was a fun theme.
So what team won the World Cup with the most points on the last day? That would be Ireland-my son’s team! They got to walk down the aisle of cones and accept their World Cup “trophy”. I loved that not only at victory, but after every scrimmage the coaches gathered the kids who were to reflect on that game they just played and to choose an MVP of the game. My son was chosen once as MVP and was so proud. He played Goalie that game for the first time ever! He let one through, but stopped a few others! Just look at his determination at age 7 in that goalie shot below he did not have 4 days ago! Yes, that ball made goal, but he tried with that little body of his.
The value of this camp is simply the best of any camp I have ever enrolled any of our boys in for all of these years! The kids listen respect, reflect, learn, work as teams, encourage each other and in the 90 degree heat wave we had they hung in there like champs. On the Thursday my son hit burnout due to not only camp but his soccer team practices in the heat wave all week and he wanted to come anyway. He lasted an hour that day before I pulled him to get him home and rest-he was there 20 minutes and beat red and winded and complaining he doesn’t feel well again. He wanted to show up-sick- to not let his team down because they have learned to be supportive all week and truly relied on each other at scrimmage time. Amazing how these coaches were that skilled to get a group of over 20 kids all ages working so well together from day 1! I will do this camp every year as long as my son wants! I recommend it to any child interested or who loves the sport! Best camp ever!
What you get after registering for Challenger British Sports clubs
Register by 45 days to camp start and receive a free Challenger Sports jersey
Every player gets a free British Soccer ball and British Soccer Club T-shirt
Every player gets a certificate at the end with an evaluation form filled out to see their areas of strength and improvements on so many levels
Every player also gets a free poster
Host a coach for the week and save $80-once you register you will get emails asking for host families!
After all of the freebies, I ordered my son the matching shorts, socks, shinguards and ties and spent under $35 shipped because their shop prices are great! Now that camp is over, my son wants the track jacket and at only $12, why not?
Look now for camps still open in many US states! Choose the camp that fits best for your child.