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Dazed and Distracted: My Epic Parenting Failure

Swimming Alone With Three

Swimming Alone With Three

It was a hot summer day here in Boulder, Colorado. The sunscreen was flowing, the grown-ups were sweating and pools everywhere were filled with children and parents enjoying summer vacation.  My friend Jen invited us to join her and several other mommy friends and their varying numbers of offspring at her neighborhood pool. Lauren was seven and swimming independently, Kate was five and swimming underwater quite well—as long as she could either stand to come up for air or if there was an adult nearby who she could use as island. Fear as a life—preserving instinct was not present. Cooper, was still a cloth diaper-wearing two-year old, with very blond hair and a big belly poking out from under his sun shirt.

The number of children, ranging in ages from birth to seven years, made for a noisy, chaotic event. The air was punctuated by … Read More

Sunscreen…where to start? Try EWG!

BrennanSunscreen.Thirsties.6313After a full day of sun here in the Twin Cities I thought what better time to talk about sunscreens than now; after all, it is June! Despite the cloudy weather we’ve been experiencing up here in the north land the use of sunscreen should go hand in hand with any kind of exposure that lasts 20 minutes or more. So, unless you’re sitting in your house for the entire day, screen it up. According to the American Melanoma Foundation (AMF) 80% of the sun’s UV rays pass through the cloud cover. That being said…wear sunscreen.

There are two kinds of ways to protect your skin: sunscreen and sunblock. While reading through the AMF, I learned that the difference between them is that sunscreen is a provides a chemical barrier on your skin and sunblock is a physical barrier. Sunscreen is less visible, cleans up neatly and acts like a … Read More