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Hello, it is yours truly, Jenny from and it is really hot outside today but I am glad that summer is here. You can do lots of activities during the summer. Here are some summer tips:

1. When it’s hot outside, go to another place inside that is cooler. Going to another place that is cooler is more energy efficient because you are using the air conditioning that other people are using and it’s more energy efficient than using the air conditioning in your own home with few people in it.

2. Try a fan. Using a fan saves much more energy than air conditioning because it’s smaller and doesn’t use as much energy.

3. Stay safe. During the summer, you have to drink a lot of water because when you’re outside in the heat, you can get dehydrated. This is because you sweat a lot and all the water comes out of your body. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll dehydrate. Also, wear a hat and put on sunscreen. The sun’s rays are powerful and can damage your skin which can lead to skin cancer. When you wear a hat, it protects your face and sunscreen protects the rest of your body if you’re wearing short sleeves and shorts. Also, try wearing sunglasses. The UV rays are really high and can damage your eyes. Stay in the shade so that the sun doesn’t get on you too much especially during the hottest times of the day.

4. Fun summer activities. When it is not too hot outside, you should go outside and play. You can do many activities like swimming, water balloon fights, and play fun sports like soccer or lacrosse. If it’s really hot, then you can go indoors and go to places like museums, movies, and sometimes you can go to a fair (but that’s not indoors!).

Bye and I hope you have a great summer!

Contributed by: Jenny, resident writer, age 9 years, for

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Jun 22, 2012

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Oh boy, is it hot and sunny out there or WHAT? Man, oh man, it’s nuts and what better time to do a product review on sunscreen than right now where the sun is at full blast? Now, I don’t know about you but conventional brand name drug store sunscreens quite frankly scare the doo das out of me because of all the ingredients that are used.

I’ve known for a long time now about the differences between physical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens. While I’m no chemist, I understand that chemical sunscreens claim to work because the chemicals in those sunscreens get absorbed in to the skin. You see, that part creeps me out because do you really want all those chemicals inside your skin? Because, if it’s in your skin, it’s in your body and have you ever considered how all those chemicals are going to affect your body when they interact with all the goodies in your body? Just think about it.

Case in point, one time, I tried mixing kid’s glue with kid’s paint just to see what would happen and I ended up with one sticky disgusting mess that got all stringy and weird. Kid’s glue on its own is fine and kid’s paint on its own is fine but put the two together and it was not so good.

On the other hand, you have physical sunscreens that work because the ingredients used sit on top of the skin to protect your skin from the sun. A lot of people often don’t want physical sunscreens because they think it makes them look all weird and chalky looking. Well, let me tell you this, last year I got my child on to the Green Beaver spf 30 sunscreen and she didn’t look like a chalky mess so I don’t think that concern is valid. I’d much rather have the sunscreen on top of her skin than in her skin.

Alas, I digress so let’s get back to today’s post. For this post, I decided I’d test out the thinksport sunscreen SPF 50+ benefiting LIVESTRONG. I’ll be honest, I chose this brand for testing because it was recommended by my local health food store. I was told the thinksport sunscreen SPF 50+ benefiting LIVESTRONG was a physical sunscreen and I know it’s a quality product since my local health food store is quite particular about what it lets into its store. So, on faith and trust, I purchased this thinksport sunscreen SPF 50+ benefiting LIVESTRONG for today’s product test for Would the thinksport sunscreen with spf 50+ leave me looking all pasty and white?

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Aug 16, 2011

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We are fully into summer and fall is just around the corner. We’ve been using Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen for a while now (read Green Beaver review, click here) and it’s been working great but I also wanted something else that was easy to apply on the face that won’t drip into her eyes especially during those crazy hot days.
I stumbled across the Badger SPF30 sunscreen face stick during a recent trip to my local health store and instantly gravitated towards it because my daughter used Badger products last year so I knew she wouldn’t be allergic to its ingredients. I loved the sunscreen stick idea which was designed for use on the face so I picked it up and tried it out.
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Jul 29, 2011

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I’m an average parent with high hopes of the difference I can make in my daughter’s life. I hope that I can be a good role model in all of what I do. I recognize that I may not always be perfect and I let her know that I don’t want her to be perfect because there is no such thing. We also, as a family, engaged in lengthy discussions and she’s part of those discussions, not just a bystander. So, one day, she says to me, “Mom, why don’t you have a hat or sunglasses?”

This is What Happens When You Have a Big Head

Well, what do I tell her but the honest truth. I reply, “I actually had sunglasses but I don’t know where I put them (truth) and mommy’s head is really big so I’m having a hard time finding a hat that will fit my head. (truth)” She nods and comforts me, telling me that one day we’ll find a hat that will fit my big head and find me a new pair of sunglasses.
Fast forward to a week back and we’re out and about in the city and we pass by a hat store. It is stifling hot and I’m cooking under the sun while the rest of the family is decked out in shades and hats. I decide to go in and politely say to the shop owner, “I need a hat that will fit this big head of mine. Do you have any?” The shop owner is a wonderful gentleman and he smiles and points to the fedora, a cream coloured fedora with a black band and I’m thinking there is NO way I can sport that without looking like a complete clown. Yet, there’s my kid happy as a lark because her teacher has the exact same hat and she’s thrilled at the possibility that mommy and her teacher will be sporting the same style hat.
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Jul 6, 2011

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If you’ve been following my product review blog, you’ll know that I’ll be focusing on some more summer related items over the course of the next few months. After all, one thing that we do as a family is have fun in the sun but to do that, we have to practice sun safety. There is no fun if someone is suffering from a bad sunburn!
I went to my local natural products store in search of a new sunscreen for my daughter. Last year, she used one that was a physical block natural sunscreen, one that blocked the bad UVA and UVB rays on her skin’s surface. It worked like a charm but it made her look chalky white on most days and on really hot days, I worried if her skin was breathing enough or if I was only making her eczema worse. This year, I wanted the same UVA and UVB coverage but hoped to find something a bit more breathable.
Lo and behold: the value of product testing while you’re in the store. I came across Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen, recommended by one of the ladies that works at the store. She said she liked it because it was natural and that the Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen worked but wasn’t quite as chalky as some of the other products on the market. I tried it on my own skin and instantly noticed a difference compared to last year’s brand – much lighter in density but oilier so I decided I’d buy it and try it out on my daughter’s skin to see what would happen.

Product review: What happened?

Well, this weekend was the perfect time to try Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen because of the sunny weather. We also planned an outdoor event so sun protection was a must. I opened the Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen and started to apply it on her skin and noticed that it glided on really well and smoothly with an oily creamy consistency. You can tell she had sunscreen on but she was definitely not chalky white. Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen uses 21% zinc oxide as its active ingredient.
Although Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen is a sunscreen, it feels more like a lotion. Upon visiting the Green Beaver website, it actually lists the product as Green Beaver Certified organic SPF 30 Kids Body Lotion and that makes perfect sense. The larger packaging print calls it a sunscreen so this is the term I used but when you look at the weight of the product, it does say ’90 ml lotion’ in acknowledgement of its lighter creamier texture.
We stayed out almost all day but not always in the sun. We did re-apply the Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen midway through the day once right before we went out into the open field to check out an open park event that we happened to stumble on.


Will I buy the Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen again next year? Yes because I really liked its lighter weight consistency. Honestly, last year, there were times when I applied the other sunscreen that I was convinced I was overheating my child because her skin couldn’t breathe. So, this lighter weight sunscreen that still packs a punch really appeals to me.
When you read the packaging, Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen says its non-whitening, waterproof, and fragrance free. Was it non-whitening? Yes. Was it waterproof? I have no idea since we didn’t go in the water. Was Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen fragrance free? Yes. My daughter didn’t smell one way or another so that’s a good thing.
More importantly, I like that Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen is certified organic and is a chemical free sunscreen.  There is just too much floating out there for me not to be mindful of what I put on my child. Is it a bit on the expensive side? Yes, but I also factor in how long my child is going to use this bottle of sunscreen. Like previous bottles of sunscreen, I usually have a ton left over for the next year so I’m sure this Green Beaver Kids SPF 30 sunscreen will also last for the duration of the summer and I might even have some left beyond that. When you factor all that in, it is money well spent for my peace of mind.
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