We all know that the sun is bad for us but when it comes to the delicate skin of our kids, it’s even more important to be careful and sensible in the sun. I recently stocked up on all my SPF lotions and potions before heading off to the heat of Dubai – and am now armed and ready for any (here’s hoping) heat waves heading our way in the UK. Here are a few sun care tips I use to ensure my girls are always safe in the sun.

First of all, any sun tan lotions and sprays you have left over from last year need to go to the bin. I know it seems wasteful but believe me, these products don’t last!

When it comes to the children, I never go under factor 50. Their skin is so young and fragile and I want to teach them the importance of sun protection from a young age. I grew up thinking that getting a tan was desirable but these days we know that being sensible and healthy is far more important.

On holidays children will of course play in the water and sand, which will rub off any trace of sun tan lotion in a few hours. To be safe, I always reapply any SPF after two to three hours. We often use lotions from the Soltan Kids (£6) range, they’re brilliant for active kids who enjoy running in and out of the water. Also, they’re slightly more robust than other lotions, making them perfect for days at the beach or by the pool.

Did you know that there are two different types of sun tan lotions? There are “chemical” ones and “mineral” ones. The key difference is that a chemical SPF is absorbed into the skin, while a mineral SPF will sit on the skin’s surface, forming a barrier to deflect the sun’s rays. I’d say the mineral formulas are better for kids, especially those with eczema or sensitive skin – as the active ingredients are not absorbed into the skin itself. My favourite mineral formulas are  Clarins Sun Care Milk for Children 100% Mineral Screen 50+ (£21), which is a brilliant spray lotion and worth every penny! And La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF50+(£11), which is what I’ve been using on little Iris this year.

I know from experience that it can be difficult to top up the kids’ sunscreen throughout the day, especially when they’d rather be running around having fun and playing games. For these occasions I keep a bottle of Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Anti-Sand Spray SPF50+ to hand so that I can quickly reapply a new layer of sun protection on their skin in a matter of moments. I wouldn’t use this as my first layer of protection because I don’t feel like it gives a good base layer of protection but it does a great job later in the day when you need a quick top-up. It’s a mist spray that’s incredibly light and easy to rub in. Sun creams have come along way from the thick lotion I remember from my childhood and this one is incredible!

I hope you’ve found this useful and please let me know if you have any of your own helpful sun care tips.

 

 

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Do you have ‘holiday clothes’? You know, clothes you’d only dare wear while you’re away, as if you only really have the confidence to wear them when you’re abroad. I definitely have a holiday wardrobe that usually sits in my suitcase from one holiday to the next. However this is not the case for the girls, they wear their summer clothes from May to September regardless of where we are. Maybe I need to take a leaf out of their book and not be so scared to wear my ‘holiday clothes’ here in the UK?

Having said that bikinis and coverups are defiantly always going to be holiday wear! On that note I’d love to take you through the beautiful holiday clothes we got from the Joules Spring/ Summer 2017 collection before jetting off to Dubai last week. I’ve always loved Joules clothes, the quality is brilliant and the designs are classically stylish and easy to wear, which is just what you want for your holiday wear.

I chose two beautiful coverups and a large rope handle beach bag for myself. The coverups are both easy to throw on and literally cover up all your lumps and bumps in the most stylish way. Also the fabric on these two were so beautifully soft and flattering.

Lili and Poppy opted for a couple of dresses, one white and navy stripe and made of the softest jersey and the second was a stunning white cotton dress with a beautiful embroidery.

And I picked out these super cute little outfits for Iris, which I just love!

Here is a video of my opening/ unboxing this Joules order…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I’ve really loved putting it together and going through our holiday photos.

Disclaimer: Joules sent us these items for the purpose of this post. 

 

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I’ve now been blogging for almost three years and it always amazes me the things that pop through the post. This week we were sent a bear dressing up kit from the people at Bear Nibbles, along with two of their newly revamped Alphabites cereal boxes. When Poppy saw the face paint kit, she got very excited and demanded I paint “a beautiful rainbow” on her face immediately! When I explained to her that she needed to dress up as a bear she gave me a look that said “are you serious?”. She’s definitely more goldilocks than bear, if you know what I mean. She has to be the girliest girl I’ve ever known!

On the other hand Iris is too little to have an opinion, so we decided she’d make the better (and cuter) bear cub.

Poppy did have a go with the ears though and was happy to tuck into the cereal, which she likes to eat dry like they were crisps or popcorn. I don’t mind though, because they’re much healthier than crisps and as she doesn’t eat any fruit (I know, it’s a problem) this is a good snack option for her.

The new Alphabites boxes are very cute! They’re shaped like Bears, with actual pop-up ears, arms on the side and a pom pom tail design on the back – and of course a friendly little bear face on the front.

I’ve mentioned this before but we love Bear Alphabites. They’re 100% natural and contain no added refined sugar or salt, which means they’re also a great snack or breakfast option for Iris, our youngest little cub.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

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I’ve literally just got my hands on this NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, which is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care. These three power products work together to cleanse, purify, renew, moisturise and reveal younger looking skin. I know what you’re thinking… we’ve heard these promises before – so what makes this system different?

The ageLOC Elements Kit includes…

1) ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone: an anti-ageing foaming cleanser

2) ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22: an ati-ageing day moisturiser (with SPF 22)

3) ageLOC Transforming Night: an ati-ageing night cream

Here’s how I got on…

The ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone

This lotion beautifully cleansed and purified my skin, preparing it for the anti-ageing ingredients of the day or night cream that followed. It’s also said to work with your skin’s natural healthy pH, helping it to preserve your skin’s natural moisture level – and not stripping your skin of moisture, which can often happen with cleansers.

NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care.

The ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22

Now this is an anti-aging day cream that means business! It promises to increase your youthful cell turnover by 85% leaving your skin looking smoother and soft to the touch. According to the brand, it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 45%.

Personally, I love the fact that this day cream offers a UVA/UVB protection from the damaging effects of the sun, with an impressive SPF 22. We all know that the sun ages us more than anything else so a day cream that offers a high level of SPF is always a winner for me.

NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care.

The ageLOC Transforming Night

Did you know that while you sleep your skin is working hard to renew itself? This is why having enough ‘beauty sleep’ is so important and why you should always use a night cream before going to bed – not just a generic moisturiser or your usual day cream. This ageLOC Transforming Night Cream works together with the skin’s natural night-time repair and renewal processes, ensuring you wake to stronger, smoother looking skin.

NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care.

I absolutely love trying new skincare products and am especially excited by new brands. These products are impressive because my skin really did look and feel different after only a week. The NU Skin website is full of testimonials and ‘before and after’ shots of people who swear by the products – and you can’t argue with that! For more information visit the NU Skin website.

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As a mum I am a massive fan of aden+anais, we have their gorgeous swaddle blankets, handy muslin squares as well as a beautiful dream blanket. The dream blanket is such a useful blanket that can be used to snuggle in bed/cot or placed on the floor as a play mat.

Muslin is the perfect material to offer babies and toddlers as it’s a material that has been finely-woven and is amazingly breathable. The open weave and lightweight of the fabric also allows air to flow through easily, reducing the risk of overheating and keeps your baby comfortable and safe, at all times. It’s also good to note that Muslin is incredibly durable and is able to withstand countless washes – to be honest muslin gets softer with each wash.

I’m so thrilled to be able to offer you the chance of winning this beautiful black and white aden+anais ‘lovestruck’ dream blanket worth £44.95. It’s such a cool design, that’s perfect for a little girl or boy.

We absolutely love our dream blanket, here’s a little picture of Iris with hers…

For a chance to win, simply enter using the Rafflecopter mechanism below. Wishing you all best of luck!

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