The Truth About Spray Sunscreens

The Truth About Spray Sunscreens

This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. For years we've heard warnings that spray sunscreens should be avoided.  I have to say that as a busy mom in Florida, spray sunscreens can be very appealing.  Our kids move quick and don't sit still very long for us to apply lotion sunscreen.  I've religiously been using lotion sunscreens for the last few years and trying to explain to my friends why I don't want them used on my children. Did you know that most spray sunscreens are flammable?  Check the ingredients list and you'll most likely find alcohol as one of the ingredients in most spray sunscreens.  Alcohol is highly flammable and can turn your sunscreen bottle into a very dangerous and explosive bottle. Did you know that most spray sunscreens can be harmful if inhaled?  Any material when sprayed in or near your mouth and nose can be harmful.  When you are spraying traditional sunscreens, you're also spraying alcohol, fragrances, and lots of toxic ... [ Read More ]

Summer Sun Safety Tips with Goddess Garden Sunscreen

Summer Sun Safety Tips

This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. There's a lot more to sun safety than just applying a good, natural mineral sunscreen.  Our family spends a lot of time outside in the pool, at the beach, playing sports, and at school.  May is skin cancer awareness month and we can all take a little more time to protect our skin from the suns damaging rays. 1. Remember to apply a good facial sunscreen every day! Goddess Garden Facial Sunscreen can be applied under your makeup and is safe for kids.  You can get burnt even when you're driving around town with the sunroof open. 2. Wear your sunglasses! Especially if you have light colored eyes, you'll want to protect your eyes in the sun.  I can't go out without my sunglasses and it's just as important for us to teach our children the same safety tips. 3. Wear hats.  It doesn't matter what type of hat, you will add a little extra protection to your face and you'll be protecting your scalp.  It's really hard to ... [ Read More ]

Why Natural Sunscreens are Important

Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen

This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. As a Florida family, sunscreen plays an important role in our lives.  We spend so much time outdoors (year-round) and if we leave the house without sunscreen, the entire family will end up with rosy cheeks, burnt noses, and a farmers tan.  As a child, I was blessed with the golden "Coppertone" style tan lines which were popular in my youth.  Since then, both of my parents have had sun spots and cancerous spots removed from their face, back, and shoulders.  I realized at that time that I should embrace my "peaches and cream" complexion and not worry about my tan.  I made it a priority in our lives to protect my children from future skin damage and slather them with sunscreen when we're outside. Unfortunately, we go through a LOT of sunscreen and there aren't many safe, natural options available at big box stores.  We've ended up relying on the cheap green "No-Ad" bottle of sunscreen that's available at WalMart.  Active ... [ Read More ]

Smart Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never have a gorgeous sun kissed tan like you see in the swimsuit magazines.  I have a natural peaches and cream complexion which isn't super pale but not super tan either.  As a child I tanned pretty nicely and as I entered my teen years I remember always wanting to be darker than my skin would naturally tan.  I was never a tanning bed person (although I did try it a few times in my younger days) but I hated applying sunscreen as a teenager.  With both of my parents having skin cancer spots removed from their face, shoulders, back, and legs I decided that it was time for me to lay off the tanning and play it smart in the sun.  Once I had children of my own I decided it was time to start doing a little more research into proper sun safety.  It's amazing how quickly your priorities change after having children. We've always lived in the south where the summer heat is scorching, now that we live in Florida, sun safety is part of our ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Visiting the Beach With Kids


Even before we moved to Florida our family has always taken vacations to the beach.  Both of my kids had their toes dipped into the Gulf of Mexico before they turned 6 months.  Regardless of how old your baby or child is there are a few things to keep in mind to make your trip stress-free and fun. Simplify What do you really need to take with you to the beach?  Chances are that you and your spouse are the only ones who are going to be toting towels, sunscreen, toys, chairs, snacks, drinks, and yes...even the kids from the car to the beach.  Think about everything you take and if you are "really" going to use it. Sun Protection Sunscreen isn't the only form of sun protection that you want to remember.  UV shirts and hats can provide safe (chemical-free) protection from the sun and are safer than sunscreen for your wee ones.  Most sunscreens aren't recommended until your baby is about 6 months of age.  Tents and umbrellas can also provide a shady place for your baby to play. ... [ Read More ]

Green Gift Guide: For the Tropics

Green Gifts for the Tropics

  Do you have someone on your holiday list that lives in a warm climate?  Did you know that you can give them eco-friendly gifts that they can enjoy in the warm weather? My top green tropical gifts include: del sol hat by The Andean Collection is made from natural materials and handwoven in Ecuador.  A must-have item for anyone in the tropics. Eco Swim by Aqua Green is an eco-friendly swimwear line that is made in the US using locally sourced and recycled fibers.  Fashion forward and eco-friendly swimwear is the perfect gift for anyone beach bum.  Even their packaging is made of recycled content. SUN! Natural Sunscreen by Balm! Baby is not just for babies.  This organic, natural and vegan sunscreen is made in Hawaii.  Packaged in an attractive (and eco-friendly) glass jar to reduce your environmental impact.  SPF 30 and safe for babies and adults. Bundle all of these pieces together for one extreme tropical gift set for your green beach bum.  What other items ... [ Read More ]

THinc “THE” BALM! Sponsor Spotlight


"Love you skin! Love your plant!"  That is the tagline for my newest sponsor, THinc "THE" BALM!  Taylor House inc is a company out of Hawaii that brings you a tropical and eco-friendly line of skin care products for the entire family.  Malea (the owner) makes all her products with organic materials, many of them are grown right in her home state of Hawaii. A few of the products I've been fortunate enough to have tried include: "THE" BALM! Sanitize - hand sanitizer made with macadamia nut oil, lavender, and orange oil with a base of ethanol. "THE" BALM! Pits - a whipped balm deodorant that I am in LOVE with!! I've never used a natural deodorant before this and I'm happy to report it keeps me smelling pretty even during my weekly kickboxing classes. "THE" BALM! Sun - a natural sunscreen that is water-proof and has an SPF of 30.  It goes on super smooth and doesn't leave any white residue at all.  This was my favorite sunscreen to use on our recent trip to Turks & Caicos. ... [ Read More ]

Smart Sun Safety Tips by Beyond Coastal

Sun Safety Tips

Are you looking for a good eco-friendly sunscreen that is safe for your family and kids? Since we live in Florida we spend a lot of time outdoors, especially during the summer months.  We spend the weekends splashing away in the pool or playing in the sand at the beach.  It's important for me to know how to keep myself and my kids protected from the suns damaging rays. Smart Sun Safety Tips Limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 4pm (if possible) when the sun is the strongest and most damaging. Cover up!  Even in the heat of the summer the safest way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up.  Wear light colored clothing (reflects the sun light), hats, and sunglasses when you have to be out in the sun.  Invest in a few rash guards for your children when they are swimming to keep their sun exposure to a minimum. Enjoy the shade.  We have an amazing pop up style beach tent that we bought when Lil' B was a baby.  I would highly recommend something similar or ... [ Read More ]

Packing the Perfect Beach Bag & Accessories – Diapers Included!


With summer fast approaching – and your dream beach vacation already booked – what do you need to pack for your wee ones to make the beach fun and relaxing?  Being a Florida girl (at least for the last 5 years) I’ve found some important things you don’t want to forget on your next trip.   If you aren’t lucky enough to be staying ON the beach your bag might be a little more like mine – our beach is about 10 minutes away.  For those of you who are staying ON the beach you may need to modify the list slightly.   Me Top Beach Accessories:  -Beach chairs, blanket, and towels.  I’m more of a blanket/towel girl while my husband likes to lounge in his beach chair.  We found some great beach chairs at Target that are very functional – especially when you are toting a tot!  Our chairs have a backpack strap on them and a pocket for storing you towel, shoes, or wallet.  This type of chair costs a little more but it’s worth the investment so you can throw it on your back and ... [ Read More ]