Fashion, Healthy Living, Kids, Natural Products, Reviews, Summer

Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

I have partnered with Cabana Life for feature. Opinions are my own

Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

Don’t you just love the chance to wear new swimwear? There are so many styles and brands to choose from that when you find the right piece it is like a huge accomplishment. I have a few tankinis and shorts, but what I realized I lack is something for when evening hits on chilly nights. I may still want to get in the water, but out of the water I get cold and don’t want to have to change or get my regular clothes wet. My Palace Blue Zipper Rashguard from Cabana Life is my new favorite sun protective clothing and swimwear piece.

Cabana Life has swim shorts, bikinis, suits, tanks, tees, coverups and more that all work to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and with pieces like the long-sleeve rashguard I have it is great for those days when the warm day sun brings a chilly sunset. Above is an example of a cover up from the Girls line.

Cabana Life has the boys and men covered too! Their skin-safe fabrics give you the highest rated UV protection that will not wash out in the water or with sweat like sunscreens do. I hate the chore of greasing up my son so if I can cover him with safe clothing wherever I can it eliminates skin areas that I have to apply sunscreen to.

From the water to the meal table their fabric is comfortable to wear all day. It dries fast and looks great with bold colors and/or fun patterns. This brand was started by a skin cancer survivor so they are serious about the protection this fabric gives you and your entire family.

Here is the fun part! They have Mom and Me as well as Daddy and Me matching styles. I love finding these matching sets (and it makes spotting my big and little men in a crowd much easier).

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Home, Reviews, Summer

Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy – Review

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Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy - Review

Living in the Pacific Northwest we love heading to Ocean Shores or Seaside, Oregon for weekend getaways. If you have ever visited the West Coast you know how windy it could get here. You want the shade but the wind is such a hassle with a beach umbrella. The makers of the Noblo (get it? ‘No-Blow’) understand this and so they have a solution and I tried it out. Only, I have not driven to the beach quite yet so I decided I need this for a different reason. I use it to hold my patio umbrella on our windy days so I don’t have to keep taking it up and down depending on weather.

We bought a new home last summer and this spring we finally got the concrete poured to elongate our patio. That means I finally got to shop for patio furniture and utilize our backyard to entertain. I chose a table that is a glass top because in my experience they last and clean well. However, living at the Cascade foothills we get those downhill winds. If we have them in the forecast I have to take my umbrella out. If it were to tip the table would go with it and the glass will shatter.

I decided that because I like the way Noblo looks and attaches it could work to save me having to not lug that patio umbrella on and off. I was able to attach it just like on a beach umbrella and then it sits under the table. I attached mine through the umbrella table hole as pictured and it holds. No one could trip over it. Set up is so easy so why not use it on the patio? *Note it is not labeled anywhere to be a patio umbrella anchor so guarantee on your table safety, but I decided to use it as a hack this way and so far so good on my table.

  1. Fill the Noblo bag with sand up to the labeled fill line and cinch closed
  2. Attach velcro strap  above umbrella spokes
  3. Set Noblo aside and keep your shade

The Noblo is available on Amazon. It is available in blue or red. You can also visit the Noblo website to learn more.

Earth Friendly, Healthy Living, Natural Products, Summer

PARA’KITO Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

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PARA’KITO Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

OK parents! We have been warned that much of what we grew up using as kids actually contains (or now contains) ingredients that are harmful. So, how do we know what is really safe to use from soaps to sun and bug sprays? Summer is coming and we want the best for our families but not spend a fortune either. Let’s look at PARA’KITO for mosquito repellent. The diseases these insects carry is scary but we can protect our kids, naturally and affordably.

With PARA’KITO, you can get those popular and effective essential oils in ready-to-use products that are safe and natural. I am so excited to have these for the summer! I am featuring 2 bands from the kids collection.

bug band

Finally a mosquito repellent I feel safe using on my family. It is a unique blend of essential oils with a slow release form so this works wet or dry and once you open a refill it protects for 2 weeks. I can use the roll on, bands or clips on even my youngest son. Made with natural essential oils I don’t have to fear that we have too much on or that we’ll be left with a horrible scent on ourselves.

It is gentle and with the exception of the roll-on for under 6 months old or taking care not to allow a baby/toddler to get ahold of these in a way to chew or put in their mouths you can use these on the very youngest of family members. It’s as safe as any essential oil product you would normally use. Visit http://us.parakito.com/to learn more!

Gift Guides, Summer

Summer Guide 2018 – All Things About Summer Fun and Travel

Welcome to the 2018 Summer Guide

Summer Guide 2018 - All Things About Summer Fun and Travel

Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s summertime! Fun in the sun, kids out of school and vacations waiting to be had! Are you prepared? Do you need to keep the kids busy? Do you need birthday party gift ideas? Do you need travel ideas and handy products? I hope I can help you out with topics, reviews and some fun below!

*If you are a brand, contact Erin at erinnsluka(at)gmail(dot)com to get your product featured!

Keep checking back as there are more posts added several days a week through summer!

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Education, Healthy Living, Parenting, Travel

Staying Active – Avid4Adventure Summer Camps for Kids

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Staying Active - Avid4Adventure Summer Camps for Kids

Attention California and Colorado parents! Did you know about the day camps at Avid4Adventure? In these camps, your pre-K-11th graders of all levels will learn to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from their time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, they give campers solid skills and character-shaping confidence.

This is a great way to truly embrace the outdoors with smiles and pride lasting for long after camp is over. Just take a look…

Avid4Adventure Summer Camp locations

  • Colorado Day camp locations in Boulder, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Denver, Lafayette, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs. Overnight camps in Bailey and Evergreen, Colorado.
  • California Day camp locations in Burlingame, Campbell, Cupertino, Mill Valley, Moraga, Oakland, Palo Alto and Walnut Creek. Overnight camp locations in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado.

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Jan 9th – Feb 28th: Early Bird, $25 off per session for Day Camps and $70 for Overnight Camps. All and any registrants can use code EARLYBIRD to get this discount Learn more and sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873

Healthy Living, Kids

Our Third Year at Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp

Thank you to US Family Guide for partnering with us on this feature for Challenger Sports

 

Last week we finished year 3 of the British Soccer Camp. His week at Challenger Sports British Soccer 1/2 day camp is all he can talk about and remains a highlight of his summer experiences. We did not host a coach this year because of the bad timing moving into our new home. But, we will go back to hosting whenever they need as it was a lot of fun last year when we hosted.

 

 

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 new drills and immediately I saw him using them at practice with his normal city league he is in. He was doing rainbows, fast feet and roller ball proudly.

 

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 Brazil. These were to be their teams for the week on scrimmages and team meetings and activities. They could earn points with goals. There was some homework too, but fun homework. Wednesday was wacky Wednesday so they had to dress up and bring silly clothes for the coaches to wear. Thursday was country day-they had to bring facts about their country to share and Friday was flag day to make something related to that country flag. My son made bags with the Brazil flag and yellow and green treats inside.

 

 

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
  • Each player gets a certificate at the end with an evaluation form filled out to see their areas of strength and improvements
  • 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. Their shop prices are great.

Look now for camps still open in many US states! Choose the camp that fits best for your child. If you missed a camp in your area this year, mark your calendars for Feb-March. However, there are camps throughout all seasons so take a peek!