Friday, June 23, 2017

Having Fun In The Summer Sun

* I was compensated by the CHPA's Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, but all opinions are my own






It's official! We are on summer vacation!! Whoo hoo! Well the kids are. I'm still working but with less ferocity as I have in previous months. Trying to really take time and enjoy the "lazy days" before they end. Summer is by far my favorite season. And not just because my birthday is at the beginning, I genuinely love being outdoors with the kids and enjoying the So Cal weather. However, I wouldn't say I'm outdoorsy. I just like being able to hang out in the back yard or take the kids swimming or to the beach and the weather be amazing. With those types of outdoor activities, on the horizon you better believe I check my stash of sunscreen to see what I've got on hand and what needs to be replenished. I've said it once and I'll say it again, no matter how much melanin you have in your skin you still need some kind of skin protection!

I'm adamant about putting sunscreen on the kids or sending them off with some tucked away in their bags whenever they go off without me and hoping that what ever adult is in charge sprays them. Because ideally, you want to put it on at least 30 minutes before exposure. Buuut it's not always easy to do that. Sometimes you're chasing them down by the side of the pool to get something on some part of their body. Tell me I'm not alone in this struggle? 




It also doesn't matter if it's overcast or not, as I proved to my husband last weekend at the beach. He was laughing that I text him a reminder to spray both kids before they arrived to the beach. When exposed to the powerful UVA and UVB rays you need to always protect yourself. 

To help us all out we're partnering with Know Your OTC's with in a short video with some reminders on sun protection this summer.






Look - I know how hard it is to not only get sunscreen on the kids (how do they manage to move so quickly and why do they always run??) let alone remember to re-apply every 2 hours.  But sunburns suck even more hence the video. And I implore you to go here and check out more information on sun care and protection to keep yourself and your family safe this summer!!


Do you have any fun tricks or tips for getting and keeping sunscreen on your kids? Tell me in the comments! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Canned Wine In The Daytime


I partnered with West Side Wine Co. on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Listen, I love day drinking okay? I’ll go right ahead and say it. I do. I like drinking in the middle of the day, particularly, outdoors on the patio in the summer time. What I don’t like is lugging a bottle around to an event or having to stock up on one variety or another trying to guess what everyone will be into when hosting friends over for some afternoon entertaining. This whole canned wine phenomenon is brilliant for these occasion’s. Guests have the option to drink their choice of Chardonnay or Cabernet and be done with it. There's no need to waste a bottle by opening something you might not have been ready to open, simply because a few folks aren't feelin' the lighter wines. No worries. 






There is also something slightly nostalgic about sipping a little something during the day time with my homegirl crew. Takes me back to a time before busy schedules and kids and adulting. 



However, our taste in snacks and choice of beverage has grown up over the years along with us.  Which is both a blessing and a curse. Cheese and crackers can be expensive y’all. But it’s totally worth it when you’re sitting around the patio with friends spending quality time on a sunny afternoon.


The weekend before my birthday I was able to do just that. I invited a few friends over to gather together for a little ‘canned wine in the daytime’. It was just the thing I needed to kick start a kick ass week. A variety of things to nosh on, some of my favorite ladies, and delicious libations. My day couldn’t get any better.






Everyone oohed and ahhed over the spread and then immediately inquired about our beverage of the day. I fully admit I totally out did myself. I couldn't help it. Y'all know how much I enjoy entertaining and sometimes it's just too easy to go overboard a bit. I couldn't help myself. I love any reason to hang out with girlfriends and sip some wine and eat some delicious food. 
Sunday Funday indeed!







The wines were cool and crisp resting in a bowl surrounded by ice and the ladies chose their Chardonnay and Cabernet’s. Fun fact, in the summer French red wines are also chilled? I did not know that. Nor was I aware that the cab had a slight effervescence since my previous experience with West Side Wine Co. was a can of the Chardonnay.








The creamy cheeses, savory meats paired back to the bright, refreshing wine was a huge hit and my girlfriends peppered me with questions on how they could get their hot little hands on a 4-pack for themselves. They were thrilled to find out West Side Wine cans could be purchased at their local Whole Foods as they each had one within at least 15 minutes of their homes.



All of us raved about how perfect the size was (oz.) and how easily they slip into a beach bag or tote for a long day at the sports complex (judge your mom). I'm excited to take them everywhere this summer. No picnic, jazz festival, beach bonfire or backyard bbq will be free of these cute cans. First of all, it's WEST SIDE Wine Co. Hello? As a California native, naturally I was drawn in by the name and fell further in love with the taste. 




The timing couldn’t have been better in some ways and in others it could have. Several of my girlfriends had previous and last minute engagements that didn’t allow them to make it by the house but, the ones that were able to attend were exactly who needed to be there. Vacations, sports, work and family commitments seem to go full throttle in the summer and who knows when we’ll get a chance to kick back sans kids, eat snacks to our hearts content and sip on a little canned wine in the daytime?



Gotta take advantage of these moments when they come, however fleeting they may be.



As we parted ways and the ladies excitedly took home their goody bags while trying to figure out how soon they could get to a Whole Foods and stock up on more cans of their favorite variety, my heart was so happy.



Clean up was a breeze as I didn’t have to worry about how to store a bunch of opened and unfinished bottles but simply tossed the empty cans into the recycling bin! Done and done!
Looks like summer is going to be that much more exciting. I’m ready and stocked with West Side Wine Co. and you should be too!! You can thank me later. I accept wine. 







It's going to be a party at my house all summer long!! 

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