5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids

by Jessica Lieb on April 17, 2014 · 23 comments

sun safety tips for kids

With the temperatures warming up we are spending more and more time outside. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV Rays increase the risk of skin cancer. Protecting your child’s skin is important since a blistering sunburn in childhood increases a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. There are a few simple sun-safe habits that children should learn when they are young to ensure life-long healthy skin.

  1. Seek Shade – Encourage children to play in shaded areas especially during the middle of the day when UV rays are the most intense.
  2. Protective Clothing – Hats, high-UPF swimwear, UV-blocking sunglasses. The more skin that’s covered the better.
  3. Apply a Safe Sunscreen – Not all sunscreens are created equally. Look for sunscreens that contain no parabens, no phthalates, no SLS, no artificial fragrances, and are free of oxybenzone.
  4. Reapply – Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or excessive sweating
  5. Set a Good Example – Children mimic what they see so set a good example and follow all of these tips for your own skin safety.


I use Kiss My Face Kids Defense with Air Powered Spray SPF 50 on my boys. I like it’s quick and easy application for hard to reach places with the angle Air Powered Spray. It is also formulated with a unique blend of Antioxidant Defenders for advanced protection.

Kiss My Face Spray SunscreenI love the easy to use spray for the Kiss My Face Kids Defense Spray, with three busy boys it greatly reduces the amount of time it takes me to apply and reapply sunscreen.

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Great Giveaway Links

by Jessica Lieb on April 17, 2014 · 1 comment

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Great Giveaway Links is a place where you can link up your giveaways or enter new giveaways. When linking your giveaways please be sure that you link directly to the post and not just to your site. Thank you!

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Miss You Like Crazy – Children’s Book Review

by Jessica Lieb on April 15, 2014 · 9 comments

missyoulikecrazyApril 24th is Take Your Child to Work day.

If you are a mom (or dad) who works outside of the home I’m sure it’s difficult to leave your little one during the day. Miss You Like Crazy is a wonderful book by Pamela Hall that provides parents an opportunity to let their little ones know how much they miss them even when they are at work.

Walnut and his mom agree that it would be fun if he could go to work with her, and they fantasize about the adventures they could share. Though it can’t always happen, Walnut’s mother assures him that he is always on her mind, and together they find ways to have a physical presence for each other when at work or school. This light-hearted story provides parents an opportunity to reassure children on their importance in busy parents’ lives.

While I don’t work outside of the home the boys immediately interpreted the book to be about their Dada. They saw the briefcase that Walnut’s mom carried and proclaimed, “that’s just like Dada’s!” I really love the beautiful illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell, they capture the warmth and gentle love between a mother and child.

I think Miss You Like Crazy would be a great book to give a working mom this Mother’s Day.

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One lucky reader will win a copy of Miss You Like Crazy, a 5 x 7 “Me and Mommy” frame (perfect for displaying at work!) and a keychain photo holder just right for attaching onto a little one’s backpack (ARV $35). Use the Rafflecopter form below. US Residents Only. Ends 4/26/14.

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Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

by Jessica Lieb on April 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Sea Life Charlotte

Joe and I took the boys on a little day trip to Charlotte last week to visit the new Sea Life Aquarium. The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is located at the Concord Mills Mall.

sealife1The Sea Life Aquarium is specifically designed for kids with a touch pool, an interactive quiz, a 180* ocean tunnel & learning about our marine conservation program.

We learned about a variety of new fish from the interactive touch screens located by each tank.

sealife2The kids really enjoyed getting their hands wet and touching some of the sea life like star fish, hermit crabs and more.


They even got to go “inside” the tank for the full underwater experience.


I think Noah’s favorite exhibit was the large tank with rays and small sharks. He was captivated by the ways the stingrays moved around the side of the tank.

sealife5Jude thought the tunnel was pretty magical. I think everyone else would agree as it was the most crowded spot in the museum.


We even got to visit with Neptune.


We also took a backstage tour where we learned how the aquarium operates, how take care of the animals and what they eat. The kids weren’t as interested in this part but I found it very interesting.

sealifetourAt the end of the Aquarium just before the gift shop is a large play area for kids to discover, color or eat a snack.


The Sea Life Aquarium was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed getting to see all of the different fish and underwater creatures. It certainly isn’t the biggest aquarium that we’ve been to but it had a great variety of sea life and is a great place to take kids to learn about many of the wonderful things that live under the sea.

Sea Life Aquarium Concord, NC

We planned our visit for a Friday morning hoping it wouldn’t be super crowded and we were right. I would recommend visiting first thing after they open to really take in the full experience. It took us a little over an hour to go through the whole aquarium which was ideal for young children that don’t have a very long attention span.

Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC 28027

Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 12pm-7pm

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Raleigh’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt – April 12th


Raleigh Easter FREE Saturday, April 12th 10am – 1pm Halifax Mall – Raleigh, NC On Saturday, April 12th join thousands of visitors at Raleigh’s largest Easter egg hunt, Raleigh Easter. Hunts will take place every half hour between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. this year, with separate zones for children with special needs. Visitors will also […]

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The Perfect Kindergarten Spring Break


Jude’s spring break was last week. I tried to plan some fun, low-key activities for me to do with the boys while Joe was at work. We also planned a fun day trip on Saturday to Charlotte to check out the new Sea Life Aquarium (review coming soon). The weather finally decided it wanted to […]

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Elevation Burger Raleigh, NC – Review


Last week Jude and I ventured to Brier Creek Commons in Raleigh, NC to check out the new Elevation Burger. Elevation Burger uses quality ingredients to create food that is not only flavorful but nutritious as well.  They use organic, grass-fed, free-range beef that they freshly grind to create their burgers. They also serve fresh […]

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Gentle Essentials for Baby – Pampers Sensitive Wipes {Giveaway}


After I had my first child I became much more aware of what types of products I was using on my son’s skin. He soft skin was super sensitive so I would opt for sensitive skin care products including baby wipes. Three kids later and I’m still using Pampers Sensitive Wipes not only because they […]

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