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.


Today I thought I’d share with you some things that we have been loving for baby A recently. While I was pregnant, I loved these lists.  Obviously every baby and situation is different, but I loved reading through these to figure out what to put on my registry, and what things worked for other people. So, in no particular order, here are some of our favorites. (Full disclosure: none of this is sponsored and none of these companies know who I am.  I just wanted to share the products we are loving.  The links below are Amazon affiliate links so I get a few pennies if you buy through those links)

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Indestructibles Books – Rip proof, drool proof, chew proof, washable (yes, in the washing machine or dishwasher) these books are perfect for little babies who need to put everything in their mouth.  These books are kind of amazing.  The way that Baby A “reads” her Indestructibles books would easily destroy any other paperback book.  Yes, the pages get crumpled (which she loves doing) but nothing has ripped or fallen apart.  Added bonus: The illustrations are beautiful! (particularly in the books that have animals)

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Green Toys My First Keys – I know there are a billion different “baby’s first keys” toys out there.  These we love because they are simple, colorful, and they are made in the USA out of recycled bottles! They are also large enough that she can’t stick they too far into her mouth, and they are lightweight enough that she can easily hold onto them.

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Bumbo Floor Seat – I don’t know that we would have bought one of these ourselves because they seem like they have a pretty short life span, but my cousin had one that we could borrow so I figured we would give it a try.  Once Baby A could hold her head up well on her own, we put her in the seat and she seemed to like it.  It basically gave her a new view of the room by sitting up instead of laying on her back, which I think she really enjoyed.

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Baby Paper – this is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?!” toys.  It is as simple as it sounds – colored fabric with a piece of crinkly paper sewn inbetween.  I will admit that when I first heard of this I was a little skeptical about why this was such a popular toy – it’s just a piece of fabric, what is so special about that?! But then I got one and gave it to Baby A, and she almost instantly LOVED it.  She could easily hold it, crinkle it, and chew on it.

(We are also still loving some of our 8 week favorites like the Aden + Anais burpy bibs, the Wubbanub, as well as the lightweight swaddle blankets which are great as sun covers on the stroller, without making it too warm!)