Sunshine On My Shoulders

Summer 2014 is upon us which means we are all flocking to the beach with our kids!

Each spring, I check-in with the Environmental Working Group to see the latest reports on which sunscreens are good to use – from “0-2 low hazard”, “3-6 moderate hazard” and “7-10 high hazard”. You can read much more about their grading system on their website.

I’ve always tried to stick with sunscreens that are in the 0-2 range. After doing some research, it’s then a matter of trying to find the products at places like Longs, Walmart, Target but some years I end up ordering from Amazon. My dilemma is that we are a family of five and we go through a lot of sunscreen each year… a lot!!

Good sunscreens can be expensive and I’ve had no problem squeezing every last ounce out of a tube. It is amazing how much is left in a tube when you think “it’s done!”. Don’t be afraid to cut the bottom off the tube and scape the inside.

To my surprise I was able to get almost 1/3 of a tube out of all the used tubes. It’s worth it when you are sometimes paying a premium for a good sunscreen!

To my surprise I was able to get almost 1/3 of a tube out of all the used tubes. It’s worth it when you are sometimes paying a premium for a good sunscreen!

All sunscreens may not work for your family so it’s best to get one tube and try it out before you make a commitment to stocking up.

In 2013, I was going to go back to Alba Botanica but just happened to walk down the baby aisle at Target and found the brand BabyGanics: Sunscreen Stick SPF50 (rated a 1, #18) and Sunscreen SPF50 (rated a 2, #130).  It’s been superb for us.

BabyGanics

BabyGanics Sunscreen & Sunscreen Stick. Don’t be concerned if you see new packaging!! White stick is from 2013 and green stick is new packaging for 2014)

It is important to use sunscreen that you have researched and are comfortable with. Each year the EWG updates products so it’s worth looking to see where your skincare products are for the current year. Companies change formulas and so you can’t assume that what you are using this year will be OK next.

Most pediatricians do not recommended sunscreen for new babies until they are about 6 months old but there are some who will say to use a mild, baby friendly, hypoallergenic formula SPF 15 sunscreen.

It’s better that babies avoid the full sun and it’s best to swim in the early morning or late afternoon when the suns rays are not so strong. When you are putting sunscreen on your baby for the first time it’s good to do a small test patch before lathering your baby up!

And don’t forget sun hats and rash guards are great for kids too!

Picture of CLB and twins at Kailua Beach June 2007

Cathy Louise and twins at Kailua Beach June 2007

Here’s another good blog on 21 Safe & Natural Sunscreen Brands for Swim and Sport, Summer 2014.

Have a great super sun safe summer!

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Que será, será

On every step of my journey into motherhood I have had to make decisions and choices. Sometimes I follow my heart, sometimes a book. I’ve even had experiences when a friend would casually mention, “I’m doing this with my baby now…” and I’d quickly do some research to find out if I should be doing that too!

The list is endless: disposable diaper, cloth diapers, bottle, no bottles, co-sleeping, crib sleeping, to carry or not to carry, what to feed, how to feed etc.

Through the years there have been people who have supported my choices, questioned them and in some cases said I was wrong. Whatever decisions I’ve made I have tried with my heart to trust and believe that I’m doing the best that I can.

The best advice I can give is to be flexible in your approach. Coming at motherhood from a yoga perspective, yoga is not just flexibility in the body it’s also flexibility in our minds and thoughts. If you choose to do something one way and you end up fighting that path then change and see what else is out there.

Each day our babies grow and we need to grow up with them. My children are bigger now but I still have to make choices to help them mature into their beauty and confidence. We can’t know what the future holds but we can try our best to be present right now.

12/12/12 – this evening my daughter was playing the song “Que será, será” on her ukulele! She wanted to know what it meant so I sang my best Doris Day impression to her which got me thinking about this post…

Yes, whatever will be will be. The future’s not ours, to see…

Que será, será

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here’s what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Songwriters: Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

2011 Ends & 2012 Begins

The end of 2011was a mix of many things to do, places to be, kids and family time. I told myself that my kids and family couldn’t be put on hold and it was okay to pause the blog until the new year.

We had a great Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. My family was together for Christmas for the first time in over 20 years and it was superb.

Santa Claus was awesome. He clearly enjoyed the croissant my girls left him on Christmas Eve and he even left a note for them on the drawing they made. My brother said he heard them discussing the note and how excited they were by it. One of them said, “He even wrote the note in RED!!!”

Picture for Santa and his note to the girls

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and may 2012 be a year full of love, babies and families.

The January blog post will start the year off on a yummy note. Enjoy one of my favorite and super-easy cookie recipes. Great for kids and adults.

Aloha,
Cathy Louise

Christmas Morning 2011

Christmas morning 2011