People at Play
Sep04

People at Play

We are lucky to have a family cottage at a beautiful lake in Wisconsin.  We consider it our second home.  A wonderful neighborhood full of kids and families.  The pace of life that permeates your days is what makes this place so special.  Our children run outside all day and you know they are safe.  A day usually consists of coffee, a dog walk, a stretch on the pier, maybe an early morning dip to wash off the fog of the night before. ...

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Surviving Disney Sunality Style
Nov14

Surviving Disney Sunality Style

Yep, we did it.  We pulled the rip cord and jumped into our family’s first Walt Disney World vacation.  If I wasn’t sick of the “magic” by the time I navigated the endless amounts of pre-planning, I knew I would be after about one hour of the “magical” crowds, hot weather and bad food. But, you do it for your kids!  Just to see those sweet faces light up when they meet Mickey Mouse.  Our kids...

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What’s Cancer Mommy?
Sep10

What’s Cancer Mommy?

Recently on a short drive to the swimming pool my son asked a very tough and unexpected question.  “Mom, what’s cancer and do you still have it?” I guess I knew the day would come when our oldest son would catch on to the whispered conversations and the other room discussions about mommy’s doctor visits, recent scares and weekly blogging passion.  I guess I just wasn’t ready for it today. He’s 5....

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Sunality’s Sunscreen Shopping Survival Guide
Jul17

Sunality’s Sunscreen Shopping Survival Guide

Lately I have been getting a ton of questions about sunscreen: which to buy, what to avoid, best for kids, all natural vs. chemicals, etc…  I completely understand.  At first I thought, the more the better because when I started my new sunality, I didn’t know about all the other products available to shield me from UVA and UVB rays.  Additionally, I didn’t have a full awareness of how many hidden chemicals I was...

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Mother’s Day Thoughts
May11

Mother’s Day Thoughts

Not a Mother’s Day passes that I don’t thank God for giving me our two wonderful children.  Not only have I been blessed with these extra years but I am also one of the lucky ones who found their melanoma early enough to survive.  When I was diagnosed, my oldest was only 18 months old.  When I walked to the MRI and Cat-Scan clutching my son’s lion blanket, all I could think was “there has to be more...

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The Dangers of UPF Clothing Popularity: SPF vs. UPF
May02

The Dangers of UPF Clothing Popularity: SPF vs. UPF

Just received my latest Tea Collection magazine for the kids. I love their design, durability and fit for my boys.  I was excited to see rash guards, but fair warning, it is marketed as “SPF 40.”  The norm in the clothing industry is a UPF not SPF label. My concern here is that they may be jumping on a sun protection clothing bandwagon without really understanding their materials or the market and possibly putting an...

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