Fun In The Sun!


We finally made it to the beach! I was happy to get out in the sun and look at some clear blue waters.

MelbourneBeachI love just sitting at the beach, don't you? Though my new favorite beaches are now on the west coast of Florida, I will say that Melbourne Beach is my new favorite East Coast beach. Partly because it's only a short drive away. And mostly because of the blue waters and the fact that the beach isn't packed with people. I suppose I shouldn't even tell you lest my peaceful beach get an influx of fans.

The original thought was that we'd stay overnight but, with everything I had on my plate, we did not. Some days, don't you just feel like being irresponsible and throwing caution to the wind? Since I birthed the frog princess, I don't think I've been able to do that and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to again. Yes we have fun and we are silly and happy but I seem to lack the ability to throw caution to the wind these days. Perhaps when the business is running itself, I'll be able to (insert sarcastic laughter here).

Anywho, my plan is to not take another summer for granted and spend as much time out as we possibly can. This means that we have to protect ourselves. The frog princess has already lectured her dad about wearing "sunseen" so that he doesn't hurt his skin. I think it's pretty adorable.

Recently, Neutrogena sent over their summer suncare line for us to try. Needless to say, the products made their way into our bags and will remain there the entire summer.

2013-05-26 14.34.23I think that the kid has a favorite. I know it's one that I will be using a lot this summer on a daily basis as she has a lot of outside time and project at school (gardening, water days, etc). The Wet Skin spray is the bomb-diggity because it takes so little time to spray it on. And I love that even when she sweats, she's protected (FYI, I thought girls were supposed to perspire. This chick sweats!).

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She likes it because it doesn't cut into her playtime. Is it just me or is the "moooom" whine passed down through the generations? Especially when it's a beautiful day and they just want to play while you attempt to lather on (or spray on) some protection. So she got the Wet Skin for her body and then I did lather some Beach Defense™ Broad Spectrum SPF 70 on her face.  Though I will say, she was pretty good when I reminded her that this was "sunseen" so that her skin wouldn't burn. I wonder where she learned that from? I have no recollection of saying that but, perhaps I did (pats self on back).

Here's a short video about protecting your skin. Guess the frog princess already knows all of this:

And yes, mami and daddy used sunscreen and sunblock too! You are never too old or too young to protect your skin!

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The one thing I forgot on this beach trip? A book! I would've had time to read but alas, in all the packing frenzy I left my book on my nightstand.

What do you pack to go to the beach and how much "outside" time are you planning on for the summer? Can I help you out? Enter below to win a Neutrogena Sun Care Products pack! It will include:

  • Beach Defense Spray SPF 30
  • Wet Skin Lotion SPF 45
  • Wet Skin Spray SPF 30
  • Pure & Free Baby SPF 60+

Sadly, beach and sun will not be included.

Disclosure: I received the Neutrogena products pictured above as samples in order to provide my thoughts on them. All opinions and deep desire for more time at the beach are my own.

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This Moment: Welcome Summer!

“This Moment” is a ritual adopted from Soule Mama. Check out her blog…it is beautiful, and if you are moved to, please leave a link to your Moment in the comment box below.

This is in preparation for what's to come. Summer 2013, we are all over you!


Mami's Prayer: Surrender

We went to the beach today. It's been a while. I was grateful to see the ocean. I don't know if it's because my soul was brought into this world on an island surrounded by clear blue water or if it's all coincidence (and you know I don't believe in that). But, the ocean gives me back a little piece of me whenever I step into it and a little piece of God whenever I step out. As the day started fading, thoughts of mami came to me. Connected forever by clear blue waters. Summers where the beach was the main event.  Stories, laughter and relationships built within the grains of sand. I started praying as I sat on the wet sand, the waves tickling my feet. Clear blue skies above me, the horizon picture perfect.

I am not sure what I was praying for. I know I was thankful for that moment. For the peace that only the ocean can bring to me. At one point, I wrote the word MAMI in the sand right next to me. After a very short time, a wave came in, caressed my hand and swept the word away from me, mirroring my mother's life on earth a little too closely. As we drove home, I cried as the unshaped memory of calling mami to tell her about the day at the beach formed in my head. I wondered if she was there.

Then, I looked out of the window and, shaped in the clouds I saw it. A frog peeking out of two other clouds. I smiled. Grateful for the reminder that mami is always watching over us.

My prayers turned to strength and to more peace. To resistance. But mostly, they turned to a deep desire in my heart to do right by her and right by the God of the universe. To surrender to whatever path has been laid before me. To allow Him to guide my steps (this is a constant link through my praying day).

Tonight, I had a long talk with my beautiful sister about family stuff. Things that need to be dealt with but haven't. I was drained. I cried on the phone, heavy hearted. And I prayed for answers.

Then, one of my friends on FB posted this link. You may feel however you like about public figures. But the one thing that I cannot deny is that I am drawn to spiritual folk. I happen to think Oprah is one of them. So tonight, I was reminded of the word surrender in a slightly different light. Reminded to guard my thoughts along with my heart. Or perhaps to not guard them at all. I guess it depends on how you look at it.

I love the story she tells for many reasons. I'll let you find your own if you choose to watch it. In the meantime, if you need me, I'll be praying. Let me know if you have a special request and I'll send it up right along with mine.

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