Sun Safety for Kids

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Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is shining my kids want to be out in it! Noa, especially, could spend all day, every day outside. He loves to explore, dig, climb, build, and run. I love that he has such a connection with nature but I do NOT love when he comes in with a burnt neck and hands. As a Melanoma survivor I try really hard to protect my kids from the sun’s harm without scaring them. Here are some ways to increase sun safety for kids!

1. Wear protective clothing and accessories.

If we are going to be out watching soccer games or taking the kids on a hike, I make sure to bring hats, sunglasses, and light jackets if it will be cool enough. We also wear hats, swimsuit cover ups and t-shirts if we are walking to and from the pool.

Rash guards and UVA/UVB blocking swimwear are another great way to cover up while enjoying the sun:

Did you know you can get Melanoma in your eye? You can! Protect your vision by wearing sunglasses when you are outside. I usually stop by the dollar spot at Target for ours but these are super cute, too. I love the black baby aviators!

Hats are great for protecting scalps, ears, necks, and faces from the sun. Kids have thinner hair so their scalps burn more readily than adults. Also, how often to you smear sunscreen on their scalp? Here are some sweet options:

2. Avoid the sun from the hours of 10am-4pm.

This is the time of day when the sun is out, loud and proud. Do yard work in the early morning or early evening. In the summer I often send my kids out right after breakfast and call them in for a snack and some inside time around 10:30. We stay in or run errands after lunch then they can go back out in the later afternoon.

I’m not perfect or super strict about this schedule but I am conscious of it.

3. Wear sunscreen.

-Dermatologists recommend 1 oz of sunscreen to cover the exposed parts of your body. That’s about a shot glass full. Kids can wear a bit less, depending on their size but don’t skimp! Slather it on and take the time to rub it in.

-Choose an SPF 30 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. I buy the highest SPF I can find.

-Apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. I always apply it BEFORE we leave for the pool. We have leather seats in our car so I just lay our beach towels across each seat so they don’t get slimed.

-Reapply every 1.5-2 hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.

-If swimming or sweating, choose a water-proof sunscreen.

Here are several great sunscreens for lips, face, and full-body coverage. I especially like the Neutrogena sheer formula for my neck and face:

4. Find or create shade.

Trees, awnings, umbrellas, canopies, tents, etc. Make a habit of looking for the shade and park yourself and your kids in it! Here are some easy shades to invest in:

5. Teach sun safety.

I don’t use scare tactics but I strongly encourage my kids to wear sunscreen to protect their skin. I don’t hide my experience with Melanoma and explain how lucky we are that my doctor caught it early. They know that we are protecting against painful sunburns but also that we are protecting against cancer. They also know the sun gives us Vitamin D and helps us feel happy. We shouldn’t be afraid to go out in, we just need to be smart about it!

Skin cancers are on the rise and the average age for finding is dropping dramatically. The biggest risk factors are light skin/hair/eyes, a family history of skin cancer, and moles on your skin.

HOWEVER: don’t let a darker complexion or tanning easily give you a false sense of security. Dark skin can burn and be damaged by the sun, too. The “pretty” tan is not worth cancer for you or your kids down the road, trust me!

Last, be a good example of sun safety yourself and your kids will follow your lead!

I hope you all have a wonderful spring and summer with lots of time outside!

Top 10 Posts of 2014

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It’s fun to look back at the blog over the last year and see what worked and what didn’t. Well, it ins’t that fun looking at what tanked, actually…

Overall, I am so happy with the direction Rad Mom Cool Kid is heading. I learned a lot about blogging, small businesses, and leadership this year and I know that 2015 will be another year of soaking in as much knowledge as I can. Thanks for sticking around to grow with us and I hope to get better acquainted this year!

Here are the top 10 posts of 2014. These are just the top posts written in 2014 because we have a few oldies that would dominate year after year :)

#10 Pound Cake

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#9 Perfectly Pink Party Punch

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#8 Cruises: What to Know Before You Go

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#7 Ch- Ch- Changes

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#6 Christmas Traditions

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#5 Holiday Style Guide: Beauty

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#4 No Sew Tutu Tutorial

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#3 Favorite Things Party

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#2 PF Chang’s Copy Cat Lettuce Wraps

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#1 The Ultimate Utah Summer Bucket List

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White Christmas Lyrics Printable

I was messing around and whipped up this simple White Christmas lyrics printable…then I made it in 8 colors because sometimes I don’t know when to stop. On the bright side, no matter what your color scheme is, I’ve probably got you covered!

We still haven’t quite gotten around to decorating this year. Honestly, we still have a few boxes lurking in the dining area and I used our decorations for a Christmas dinner at church over the weekend and we just haven’t had a spare evening to get our crap together. I’m hopeful it will happen this week, though!

You can access the file with all the colors by clicking on the picture below.

White Christmas Lyrics Printable


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For more Christmas decor ideas click here and here!

Gift Guide: Reader

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1. Book Shelf
2. Kindle
3. Book Bag
4. The Book Lovers’ Companion: What to Read Next
5. Humans of New York
6. Book Nerd T-Shirt
7. Bookends
8. To Kill A Mockingbird

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9. Personal Library Kit
10. Tolkein Collection
11. Book Light
12. Create Your Own Bitty Books
13. Horned Rim Reading Glasses
14. The Book of Odds
15. Book Lover’s Scrabble
16. Little Women

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17. Library Candle
18. Tub Caddy
19. The Fault in Our Stars
20. Great First Lines of Literature Mug
21. Planner/Notebook
22. Peter Rabbit Collection
23. My First BOB Books
24. Storymatic Game
25. Reading Pillow – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)

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Gift Guide: Movie Lover

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1. TMNT T-shirt – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
2. Popcorn Bowl – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
3. The Best Film You’ve Never Seen
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4. Movie Storage Shelf – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
5. Wireless Stereo Headphones
6. Soft Suede Bean Bag
7. Scene It? Movie Edition DVD Game
8. Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall

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9. TCM Classic Movie Trivia
10. Movie Night Mug Set
11. LG Electronic 65-Inch LED TV
12. Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi
13. Film Bookend – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
14. Recliner
15. Maleficent
16. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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17. Vintage Movie Reel Camera Accessory
18. Projector Screen
19. Popcorn Machine
20. Popcorn
21. How to Train Your Dragon 2
22. Candy
23. Super Soft Blanket
24. Personalized Bean Bag
25. Projector

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He Is the Gift

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Brit here, I hope your holidays are going well!

Things have been insane here on the blog and here in Maryland. For those of you who are LDS, I was asked to be the Relief Society President at church. For those who are not LDS- this is a really major service opportunity. I am responsible for taking care of the needs of the women in our congregation. Like hundreds of them. And I’m still new so I don’t really know anyone, where people live, what their needs are, etc. While it is the most overwhelming thing I have ever experienced, it has also been really rewarding. Anyway, if you have any questions about it, please feel free to email me!

And for the blog? Christmas has been so good to us! We have a few holiday posts that have been bringing us lots of new readers and it has been fun to see the progress and learn some new things about the business. It has also been a lot of work so don’t be surprised if we fall off the face of the earth in January!

I just wanted to share this quick video about Christ- I love it! It’s exactly what I need to calm my worries about not measuring up this holiday season.

Christmas isn’t the bows, trees, traditions, or extravagant presents. Christmas is Christ, the simplest, most humble gift.

He Is the Gift


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Merry Christmas!

Gift Guide: Teen

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1. Longboard
2. Beats By Dre Ear Buds
3. iPad Air
4. GoPro Hero Cam
5. Electric Guitar
6. Gray Cardigan
7. Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit Available in Black
8. Wooden Watch

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9. 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
10. Runaway Alarm Clock
11. Be The Good Art Print
12. Backpack Available in Gray
13. Pen Cap Utensils
14. Converse High Tops
15. SodaStream Starter Kit
16. FIFA 15 Game

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17. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
18. PROOF Sunglasses
19. Mini Wireless Outdoor Speakers
20. Bike – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
21. Guitar Pick Punch
22. Fooseball Table – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
23. Who-What-Where Game
24. Eiffel Tower Jewelry Holder – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
25. Brown Wedges – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)

I don’t have a teenager yet but I’m not so far from those years that I can’t remember myself then. For me, being a teenager was all about being unique, but cool. Interesting, but not a weirdo.

In this gift guide for teens we have gathered things that span the cliques and are sure to make your teen smile! Okay, maybe not the angsty ones but deep down they will like them!

Looking for more gift ideas? You can browse through all of our gift guides right here!

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Christmas Traditions

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Last year Stephanie shared some of her Christmas traditions and this year I’m giving you mine!

My parents divorced when I was a kid so I don’t have many traditions that were the same year after year. As the years have gone on, new traditions have started and some old ones have fallen away- the great thing about traditions is you can start new ones whenever and if one just isn’t working for you, drop it.

I’m not a huge fan of intense, borderline crazy, sorts of traditions. Like, Elf of the Shelf will never be my jam. If you love spending 30 nights of your year cooking up all that insanity, bless your heart. I like not doing that. So get ready for some totally normal ideas for Christmas traditions that are manageable and probably won’t give you creepy little side-eyes nightmares.

1. Polar Express Party

A few years ago we started inviting our local family over for a really low-key holiday party. We do a pot-luck breakfast with casseroles, sweet rolls, fruit, milk and juices. The rule is EVERYONE has to wear jammies and bring pillows and blankets. After brinner (breakfast for dinner) we watch Polar Express and I make a big batch of homemade hot cocoa. It isn’t anything big but we love getting all the little kiddos together and spending a night in, celebrating with people we love!

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2. Helping a Family in Need

This is one of our FAVORITE traditions, especially the kids! Around Thanksgiving I start a discussion up with the kids about all the things we have- warm beds, a home, cars that work well, stable employment, good teachers, nice neighbors, etc. We also talk about how some families don’t have all the things we do and that the holidays can be a sad time because they don’t have extra money for gifts or a nice dinner. Then we find an angel tree and each of the kids picks out a child or two to shop for. When we go shopping we don’t mix in our other holiday shopping. We focus just on the names and what they would like. The kids really get into shopping for their child, taking time to choose the perfect gift. I love seeing them light up as they serve another person.

Several years ago, probably 5 or so, Noa chose a boy named “JoJo” from a tree. He wanted a red fire truck. Noa often brings him up during the holidays, wondering about him and hoping that he is having a good Christmas this year. These are sweet memories he will always have and I hope it has helped him learn more about being kind.

3. Holiday Movie Nights

We LOVE to cuddle up on the couches and watch all our favorite holiday movies. If it’s Friday or Saturday night and we don’t have to be anywhere you can bet we are all in our jammies, snuggled up together watching one of our favorite holiday movies:

Elf
Home Alone + Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
A Christmas Story
Polar Express
The Holiday
The Santa Clause
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Christmas with the Kranks
Just Friends

4. Not Mailing Christmas Cards

Every year. I print the pictures, buy the cards, address them, even, and I never get around to mailing them. I have now given up. Mama wants an assistant for Christmas.

5. Decorating the Tree

We usually put up our tree a few days after Thanksgiving. We turn on our DVD of a fire + Christmas Music, make homemade hot cocoa, and get our tree looking good! We have a huge collection of Hallmark ornaments from Luke’s mom and grandma that date back to the year he was born and the kids get them every year, too! It’s so fun to pull them out!

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6. Reading Luke 2

I hear Linus every time we read it but I love the message and it’s another way to be reminded that Christmas isn’t consumerism.

7. A Fancy Dinner

Luke and I love to cook. Our Christmas dinner is usually a prime rib and all sorts of yummy sides to go with it! There is just something so warm and cozy about spending a few hours in the kitchen together while the kids play with their new gifts. Eating the dinner is pretty freaking awesome, too!

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8. Going to the Movies

We rarely see full-priced movies at the theater but we like to splurge at Christmas-time and go to a movie the kids are dying to see.

9. Seeing a Live Performance

We don’t do this one every year but we love introducing the kids to a play or other holiday themed performance during the holidays. If you live anywhere near Salt Lake City, Utah, or are visiting family or going skiing, you should check out Hale Center Theater’s A Christmas Carol. You won’t be disappointed!!

10. Holiday Shopping/Christmas Lights

In Utah we loved to go see the Lights at Temple Square and do some shopping at City Creek. The Salt Lake Temple has an amazing display of lights and nativities. If you go on a night with warmer than normal temperatures be prepared for a CROWD!

This year we are excited to attend the Festival of Lights at the Washington, D.C. Temple. There are also a few other displays I’ve heard of that I’m excited to try!

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What are some of YOUR favorite holiday traditions?

Gift Guide: Tweens

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1. Nerf Rebelle Bow
2. Thursdays with the Crown
3. Ipod Nano
4. Simon Game
5. Basketball Game
6. Giant Spoons Gameicon
7. Nerf Rapidstrike
8. Ninjago Lego Set

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9. Body Lotion
10. Drink Carbonation Kit
11. Boxing Set
12. Tin Can Robot
13. Monster High Doll
14. Wall Pops Wall Art Panels
15. Nail Polish Kiticon
16. Dork Diaries Set

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17. R/C Helicopter
18. Origami Kiticon
19. Calligraphy Set
20. Neon Highlighters
21. Doll House
22. The New Way Things Work
23. Stargirlicon
24. Electric Scooter
25. Acoustic Guitar
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Tweens (ages 10-13) can be such a tough age to shop for. Some kids that age are still playing with “kid” toys while others are moving on to more grown-up entertainment. We have compiled a list that will appeal to you tweens no matter where they are in the process of maturing.

Talk to your tweens about their interests and the things they like to do in their spare time. This is the perfect age to get them gifts that are experiences or that can become hobbies- lessons, day trips, art and craft supplies, etc.

Looking for more ideas? Check out all our gift and style guides for men, women, and children HERE!

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master muffler

master muffler

You know those necessary evils in life? Like, getting your teeth cleaned or replacing your furnace filter. For me, car maintenance falls into that category. I am not one of those people who gets oil changes at 3,000 miles on the dot. I push it until I can’t stand that ‘maintenance needed’ light anymore. I mean, my car should have been registered last month. Don’t arrest me officer, please. I just really hate taking my car in to get work done. I don’t like the dirty maintenance shops with the guys who are constantly trying to up-sell me. I don’t like being overcharged. I don’t like reading old copies of Car and Driver. I do not like it, Sam I am.

However, I recently took my lil’ Camry to Master Muffler in Provo to get the oil changed and emissions done.

This place is different.

First off, the building itself is clean. It might look like an ordinary shop on the outside, but inside it is clean and spacious. And, it doesn’t smell like stale popcorn mixed with tires. I like that. And the manager Eddie is super friendly. I took Sadie with me and she was his biggest fan.

Here’s the thing, when I try someplace new, I like to be there with other customers. It’s easy to be nice to a young mom who has a cute kid. I’m not one of those patience-trying type clients. The real test is seeing how the employees treat other people that are there. I had the opportunity to sit in the waiting room and watch how the guys at Master Muffler interacted with a bunch of different people. I have never seen such friendly customer service.  They treated every single person who walked through their doors like they were old friends. It blew me away. Eddie took the time to get to know each person and offer them his best advice. This is a far cry from the places I usually take my car to be serviced.

At the end of my visit, Eddie gave me a detailed receipt of what was done that day and then another paper explaining other services that would be needed on my car in the future. It included a quote of what he thought it would cost me and when he recommended it be done. Then, he took the time to explain it all to me. I loved this. He didn’t try and talk me into to a bunch of unnecessary stuff or push me in to getting it done that day. It was just to make me aware. For me, the vehicular impaired, it is good to know when certain inspections and tune ups should be performed. It helps me plan and budget for it.

The only word of caution I can offer is this; plan for a longer visit. Because I am used to those large chain type places, I expected to be in an out within 30 minutes. That wasn’t the case. I was there for quite a bit longer. I didn’t mind terribly because of how nice everyone was and because of the great service.

All in all, I was extremely impressed with Master Muffler. I definitely recommend them and am actually excited to go back and see them! Thanks for breaking the mold guys! Check out any of their great locations located along the Wasatch Front here. 

 

**Although I was compensated with free product for this review, all opinions and thoughts are my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it!

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