Full Disclosure: I received the Block Island Organics sunscreen and Sun Burn Alert stickers for free in exchange for my honest review.  I am not being otherwise compensated, and as always the opinions are completely my own.  

For the 6 weeks out of the year that it feels like Summer in Wisconsin, it is beautiful.  Everyone forgets about the several inches (or feet) of snow that we got the previous winter, people of all ages flock to the lakes and parks to soak up the sunshine.  Because so much of the year is cloud covered and chilly it is easy to forget about the warmer summer weather and the fact that there is actually sunshine and yes, you can get sunburned.

Yes, I realize that even when the sun isn’t shining you should still be wearing sun protection from the UV rays, but the more time you spend outside, the more important it is.  And when it is cold and snowy and icy outside, people are much less likely to spend a lot of time outside.

Anyways.

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When I look for a sunscreen, I always try to look for something that is as simple and natural as possible.  As with most things since the whole “all natural” thing has become more popular, those words can sometimes be deceiving. So when Block Island Organics contacted me to see if I would like to try their sunscreen, I was delighted to see that it is organic, vegan, not tested on animals, and has no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, dyes, or fragrance. It uses zinc as a mineral sunscreen. Now that Baby A is about to the sunscreen-wearing age, I will feel good about putting it on her as well as myself since there are no weird chemicals.

We tried the sunscreen out a few weeks ago when we were up in the Wisconsin Dells for the weekend.  It was a little bit thicker than what we are used to using.  Because it is thicker though, a little bit goes a long way. (You just have to make sure you rub it in well or you will end up with looking like you are wearing white makeup 🙂 )  It worked well though!  It was a bit rainy that weekend so we weren’t outside as much as we could have been, but neither of us came back with a sunburn so I would say that is a success!  I also really enjoyed that it doesn’t have really any smell, and that it is not at all greasy.

Bonus: The nice people at Block Island Organics wanted to give you guys a little gift, too! Use code “kellyn” for 15% off on their site from today through Sunday! (Monday, July 20th through Sunday, July 26th) (code cannot be combined with other codes)

Shortly after I was contacted by Block Island Organics, I was also contacted by Sunburn Alert (through my involvement with Healthy Living Blogs) to try out their UV stickers that remind you when it is time to re-apply sunscreen.  I thought this was a great idea for a product, so I jumped on the chance to review those as well.  Thinking about those times in high school when I was at a soccer or tennis tournament outside all weekend and the resulting sunburn, I feel like these would have saved me some pain! (And, you know, when you are in high school, seeing something for yourself is often more effective than your parents reminding you to do something.)

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These seemed like such a great idea, especially to remind kids to reapply sunscreen while they are busy playing.  The process though, was a bit more intensive than I expected, and they didn’t work very well for me.  I’m guessing either I didn’t activate them correctly, or maybe they just don’t work well unless you are in direct sunlight? I was outside for a long period of time, but not in bright, direct sunlight, and mine never really changed color.  Maybe I will try them again when I am in a situation where I am in direct sunlight for a longer time and see if they work better.


One of the first ideas that I found, when I started thinking about what the nursery would look like, was this image of an organized closet.

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Since our nursery is rather small (other people disagree with me, but I think it is small) I felt like optimizing our closet for storage was necessary in order to have more space in the room.  Unfortunately I don’t have any “before” photos of the room, (blogger fail, I know) so you will just have to imagine how the closet started out.  It began with one hanging bar and shelf, as well as (heaving and annoying) large sliding doors.

The first thing that we did was paint the inside of the closet.  We used Valspar paint in Paradise Sky in an eggshell finish.  We also painted all of the trim (which was wood grain) white. (More precisely Frost from Clark + Kensington is the color we used)

The image that I found was just on a page with other closet inspiration, so there weren’t any details of how it was put together.  After searching several stores for fixtures and ideas, we eventually found things at a few places that worked together.  The main shelving and hanging unit is part of the Easy Track system that we found at Menards.

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The curtains are from Target. (similar to these) They are hung on a bar that is behind the wood panel on the top of the closet.  To tie them back, I am currently using some random silver ribbon that I had around the house which can be hooked onto two silver-looking Command hooks on either side of the closet.

The grey bins with elephants on the inside are from HomeGoods (as is the large grey bin with elephants underneath the hanging clothes that will be used as a laundry hamper) and the smaller teal woven bins are from Land of Nod. The purple fabric bins are from Target, and the small teal fabric basket is actually from the See Jane Work collection at Office Depot. Finding bins that were the correct size, and that I liked, was probably the most difficult part of the project.  Partially because our closet is small so when it is divided in half there isn’t much room, and partially because I am just picky about what I want.  I really wanted it to be all symmetrical and matching with perfect sizes like in the photo, but when I realized that it would be more difficult that I thought to even find things that would fit, I kind of gave up on that idea and went with an assortment of sizes and colors.

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Overall I think it turned out really well, and the space is definitely being used more efficiently than it would’ve been if we had left the closet as is.