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The number one reason to live in Colorado is the sun. Surprisingly, we get more sunshine than any other state. Which means it can be 30 degrees outside, but the sun is still shining in the sky! This is a huge difference from my home state of Washington.
Since I am not a native to Colorado, it took some time to get used to it. But after a few hard lessons (sunburns), I quickly realized how important sunscreen is here – all year round. Not only is the sun out every season - fall, winter, spring and summer… we are also at a higher elevation than most states. Remember, I’m from SEA level? Now I am a mile closer to the sun! My house is approx. 5280 feet above sea level! It makes a big difference!
What I am trying to say, is no matter how tan or accustom to sun you are, Colorado can surprise you. You’re more susceptible to getting sunburnt. This is why it is important to wear sunscreen all year round. As of recently, the newest brand of sunscreen that I have tried is the brand, Beyond Coastal Sunscreen.
Beyond Coastal Sunscreen has a full line of sun care products, from traditional sunscreen, to natural sunscreen, to waterproof sunscreen. They have sunscreen for both kids and adults in a range of SPF. Whether your needs are for sweat and moisture protection of for prolonged sun exposure, there is a sunscreen for you.
SUNSCREEN SPF 15 • SPF 30 • FACE STICK • LIP BALM SPF 15 • KIDS SPF 30 • NATURAL CLEAR SPF 30 • SPF 30 • LIP & FACE SCREEN • DAILY MOISTURIZER
When I was furloughed as a flight attendant, did you know I worked for a dermatologist? Have I ever told you that? Well, this might come as a surprise but dermatologists recommend SPF 30 for maximum protection. The shocking part is why – because SPFs higher than 30 offer a false sense of protection and cause people to think they can stay out longer. So instead of choosing a high SPF, it is better to just apply sunscreen generously and don’t neglect to reapply every two hours, or more if getting wet or sweating.
I tested out the Beyond Coastal sunscreen and found that I liked the texture and the protection it had. I really liked using the natural sunscreen on my arms and shoulders as I gardened in the blazing sun. The natural sunscreen has a ton of great qualities like being safe for reefs, gluten free, cruelty free and more. It was strong enough to protect me from the UVA/UVB rays and after being in the sun for a full afternoon.
I am thankful for products like Beyond Coastal, that allow me to enjoy some of my favorite activities in the summer sun. Gardening, biking, hiking and camping. What are your family’s favorite sun activities?
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Win It!! Beyond Coastal generously donated a selection of Beyond Coastal products (below) to giveaway to one lucky winner. This, along with many other summer related items will all go to one winner for our Summer Splash Event! Good luck!
If you are like me, you are careful with how you spend your money. You find it hard to splurge, you rarely buy anything for yourself, and you keep a tight budget for your family. You do this so you can take fun family vacations and enjoy the important things…
But Mother’s Day is coming up, and you deserve to be pampered.
You work hard everyday for your family. You give them everything. So, why not let someone spoil you for Mother’s Day and get you a pair of shoes that are worth spending a little extra on?
Dansko shoes are just the ticket! They are high quality, comfortable shoes that are perfect for moms. They are great for the mom who is always on her feet. It’s no-doubt you will enjoy the gift of these shoes. Plus, the giver will be thrilled to gift them to you.
I have been wearing Dansko shoes for about 7 years. I bought my first pair in college, when a co-worker recommended them to me for my on-my-feet position as a waitress. By the time I left that job, nearly half of the serving staff had Dansko shoes!
I went from one active job to another, as I am now a flight attendant. Since I absolutely loved them when I waited tables, I got them for my traveling job too. These shoes are a popular option for nurses, restaurant staff and other professionals who are on their feet all day.
Dansko clogs have been my go-to comfortable shoe for nearly a decade and have yet to fail me!
Why Dansko Doesn’t Disappoint:
Complete Comfort – Why do you think these shoes are #1 for nurses, waitresses, flight attendants and more? All those occupations spend most of their time on their feet. They need to be comfortable throughout the long days.
Durable – My Dansko clogs are strong and sturdy. I trust this brand to make high quality shoes out of the best materials. I can only say this because my shoes outlasted multiple sneakers, flats and everyday shoes.
Fabulous Fit – Dansko goes by European sizes, which of course correlates to your US size. They have a wide range of shoe sizes, including wide and narrow shoes!
Styles Options – In the past few years, Dansko has become increasingly popular. Of course this is no wonder to me, an avid Dansko fan. They went from just a few basics, to now many new colors, styles and forms! Lots of selection!
Customer Satisfaction – Dansko is one of the companies who care whether or not their buyers are satisfied. They have a complete satisfaction guarantee, or your money back policy. They stand by it too. When a company is willing to work with the consumer, that is a company I like to support.
As you can see, I am a huge fan of Dansko for many reasons.
So when Dansko asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their newest styles, I pretty much couldn’t be more thrilled! This was a shoe company that I already loved, that made shoes I already wore!
I received the Volley Black Coated Canvas Sanibel Collection. They came wrapped in tissue and in a heavy-duty shoe box. They were stuffed with cardboard and tissue to maintain the shape. When I took them out of the box, I was excited to see that they were similar to the clog style that I love!These shoes have many great features.
Of course the grip on the bottom is key. I am running through airports, walking around in messy aircraft galleys, and up and down the aisle. So the textured little star shapes on the sole of the shoes keep me safe from slipping! (Moms, you know what I mean, spilled orange juice, spaghetti sauce, or crayons!)
The rubber slip-resistant bottom sole, is just the beginning. The look on the outside of the shoe is clean, crisp and classy. I received the black coated canvas fabric, but these shoes are also available in canvas fabric, box leather, and leather leather. As for the black coated canvas, they are very pleasing to the eye. They have a light shine to them and can withstand stretches and scuffs. The tip of the toe has an extra rubber portion that keeps your toes safe if you run into something or drop something. The stitching is thick and well-sewn. There are a few fabric pieces that combine to make the top portion of the shoe. Each is stitched together and forms a smooth, attractive-looking shoe.
Of course there is a lot more to a good shoe that just the outside appearance. The comfort is why I love the shoes first and foremost, and always have! The inside of the shoe fits snug and gives exceptional support. I got them in a size 38. I am typically a size 7.5-8, and this is the European size that fits me perfectly! (I highly recommend trying them on in person for sizing before purchasing online!) Since they are in EU sizes they can be a bit confusing, plus you should check and see is wide or narrow fit you better.
This Sanibel style in particular is lighter than the shoes I have had in the past. This is a MAJOR benefit when it comes to carrying them with me in my flight bag! The inside is anatomically correct and fits the shape of my foot from heel to toe. There is a small cushion on the inside bottom and on the top lip for comfort.
I have been wearing these shoes to work (sometimes 14 hour days!) and for everyday purposes for about 3 weeks. I’ve gotta say, once again Dansko shoes stood up to the test by delivering great shoes, just as amazing as the pairs I’ve owned in the past. And if these Dansko shoes are like the ones I have had in the past, they will last me about 3-5 years with pretty heavy use!
I am happy that I first tried this brand when I trusted a friend’s input. I spent more money than I ever had on shoes before, but boy were they worth the investment! Everyday I was thankful that I had them. I can’t even tell you how worth it they are! I hope these shoes stand the test of time as well.
Like I said before, any one of the Dansko styles make an excellent gift for Mother’s Day. (Moms, you are on your feet just as much as anyone, if not more. This is the ultimate reasons these shoes would benefit you. There is no reason you should be uncomfortable as you chase the children, clean the house or run errands). They have cute heeled shoes, sneaker styles, sandals and boots! They are both a practical and thoughtful gift. I promise, as far as Dansko goes, it worth is to spends $100 on a pair of shoes.
Overall, if I haven’t expressed it already, I am pretty head over HEELS in love with Dansko! Once again, after reviewing some of the shoes from their newest line, I am still overly impressed. Way to go, Dansko! I would recommend Dansko to anybody!!
Join In!! Get the most up to date information from Dansko by joining them on the Dansko Facebook page, Twitter @dansko_footwear and on Pinterest.
Buy Up!! You can find Dansko shoes in many familiar retailers, including Nordstrom, REI and other footwear stores. The new Sanibel Collection can also be purchase on the Dansko website.
Win It!! Are you eager for a giveaway of these fabulous shoes or what? Well, Dansko is blessing one lucky reader with a pair of their own! Yippee! You can choose from any of the Sanibel line if you win!
Tell me – What is Your Favorite Sanibel Style?
Valerie:Our popular sneaker outsole is now available as a Mary Jane. Complete with a removable contoured footbed and rubber outsole, this fun and flirty interpretation will soon be among your comfort classics.
Veda: Brighten up with our new lightweight, warm weather clog. Lace up closure is perfect for sneaker enthusiasts. Pair with your favorite jeans, capris or shorts for hours of fun!
Volley: These lightweight, flexible bottom clogs feature an anatomically contoured footbed and exceptional support. Available in an array of colors and prints, slide on a pair for instant spring in your step.
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Mother’s Day is on Sunday, so in honor of all the mums, moms and other lady care-takers out there, this YouTube video is for you! Hope it gets a little chuckle from you (that is if you can hear it over your children screaming in the other room!)
Have a great Friday (Funny)! Thanks moms for all that you do, and I hope you get naptimes galore this Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day shopping is in full swing, and gift cards are always popular with Moms (or even yourself). There is a gift card for almost everywhere! With a gift card to her favorite store, how can you go wrong?
That is why, I wanted to tell you about Gift Cards Rock! It is an online Facebook community for people who love to give and receive gift cards. Express your passion for gift cards and share great deals and exciting gift-giving tips on the Gift Cards Rock Facebook page!
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Tzatziki is a delicious and fresh Greek sauce used in many Grecian dishes. It is also commonly known as cucumber sauce or cucumber yogurt dip. It is made from real Greek yogurt, cucumbers, and fresh dill. Greek yogurt is used because it is a thicker yogurt and doesn’t need to be strained like standard yogurt.
Greek Tzatziki Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes (+2 hours refrigerated)
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup full-fat sour cream
- 2 cucumbers, peeled, seedless and finely diced
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
Prepare cucumbers by first peeling the skin from the cucumbers. You can do this with a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler. (Why? Because you want the light fresh inside, not the harsh peel for this recipe!) Then cut the cucumber in half length-wise. Now holding one of the sides, use a spoon to scoop out the seed channel. Continue by dicing up the seedless, skinless cucumber!
Prepare other ingredients in 3 separate bowls. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and white pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the Greek yogurt with the sour cream. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Finally, add the chopped cucumber and chopped dill. Chill in bowl for at least two hours before serving.
For presentation, garnish the dip with a spring of fresh dill before serving.
The Tzatziki sauce was cool, creamy and tangy. With the fresh flavors from the cucumber and the zest of the garlic, the Tzatziki was a perfect compliment to grilled meats and vegetables. It makes a great light, summer dip or is delicious in a warm gyro pita or souvlaki.
We added it to our pita – just like we enjoyed in Athens!
In my previous Catalogue App post – I told you about an Android phone app that had a lot of potential. There were many reasons why I thought that it did, but here were my top three reasons:
1. Green alternative to the common print catalogues received by mail
2. Easy and Quick to shop for items, all in one place
3. Large variety of brands and merchandisers
Based on the above reasons, I chose to download the app. So is it truly worth it? Well, now I am going to tell you whether or not it is worth YOUR time! Continue on…
I have been using the app for about a week, but it wasn’t cut and dry at first. Nope, at first it took two tries to find it on the Android market. When I searched for ‘Catalogue’, it didn’t come up. So helpful hint: search for ‘The Find Catalogue’ when downloading! Of course, the download process was a cinch. I had the app running in just a few minutes.
Getting started with the app brought me to the home page, where I could do a product search, scan a barcode or shop straight from the catalogs. Those are three easy ways to get my shopping started!
I really liked browsing through the catalogs. There were pages and pages of catalogs to choose from! Once I chose one, I found it simple to browse it end to end, or search for a specific item. When I tested out the search feature – it worked great. I typed in "Dress" and gorgeous dresses from Saks Fifth Avenue, Patagonia, Coldwater Creek, Guess and more popped up! I could see all of the dresses on one page, including which catalogue it was from and the price.
For the best prices, I can send email updates of the deals and discounts – (love saving money!)
With this app, everything is all in one place. There are so many stores and options! Here are just a few of the catalogs I found on the app:
1-800-Flowers, Best Buy, Coldwater Creek, Crate & Barrel, dELiA*s, Hammacher Schlemmer, Harry and David, J.Crew, Kmart, Land’s End, Macy’s, Red Envelope, Sears, The Land of Nod, Toys R Us, Vera Bradley, Williams-Sonoma, Zappos…
Once I found items that I wanted, I could add them to a shopping list. Another cool feature – and one of their newest features – is you can check local availability of catalog items before you drive to the physical stores!
Overall, there are a ton of features and a TON of merchandise to choose from! Ok, I know that sounds like a lot. You might think this app has too much going on and is confusing, but it isn’t really! No need to be overwhelmed – it is just convenient shopping on your phone! I love having Nordstrom, J. Crew and Best Buy at my finger tips! Oh, and did I mention it is AD-LESS? There are no ads on the app – for easier, less distracting browsing!
Get the App!! With approximately 1 million downloads, Catalogue is also the most downloaded catalog app, and the only catalog shopping app available on Kindle Fire – Catalogue is frequently ranked as the #1 most popular app on iTunes. If you are interested in this app you can get it for free on many different platforms, including the Android, iPad, Kindle Fire and more!
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It is difficult to write movie reviews without leaking spoilers. After you watch a movie, you just want to talk about the movie, right? But really you can’t without ruining it for someone else! So without giving too much away, I am going to speak on the independent film, Mighty Fine, which premiers in select cities May 25th.
Thanks to Mom Central Consulting, I got the opportunity to watch a sneak peek of the movie Mighty Fine from the comfort of my own home. Plus, after the movie we did a live chat with the actors! It was pretty neat! I signed into a website, entered my passcode and the movie played just like that!
This film is about a family dealing with a father who has anger issues and is mentally abusive. One moment he is happy and lavishly spending money on his family, buying their love with gifts, concerts and even a new car! Then the next minute he is exploding in a violent rage.
The theme of the film hit home for me in a few ways… It is a very revealing and true portrait of what some families deal with, day in and day out. While the movie began with a happy-go-lucky family, there were a few twists and turns, and then the true characters’ personalities were revealed.
Having experienced emotional abuse in my own family, I could relate to many of the scenes. As I watched, I saw how I was a combination of both of the daughter’s personalities. While I was one of the lucky ones, some are not. I was able to forgive and forget, be the better person – even if it made me grow up a whole lot quicker.
The movie ends with a beautiful poem that ties the movie together. It is deep and weighs heavy on the viewers’ heart. The poem relays an important message of families dealing with aggression and mental abuse. Whether you feel scared or shy, angry or passive, it is important to know you are not alone and do not deserve to be in such a hostile environment.
After the film had ended, some bloggers stayed in the chat room to discuss the film. Many bloggers expressed their own relation and how the film struck a chord in their own lives. It brought them back to the experiences they had with explosive parents, grandparents, spouses, etc. It was nice to talk about how many managed to be the better person in the end and make the best of it.