Thursday, July 29, 2010

Still Without a Tan

It's not a secret to anyone who knows me even a little bit that I loathe the sun. I love a bright, sunny long as I am seeing it from an air conditioned room. I've had a long time war with Mr. Sunshine for as long as I can remember. Summer memories of my childhood always include a story of a horrible, painful sunburn. As I got older I learned how to stop the was this handy invention called SUNSCREEN.

Being that I am now 34 years old I have had my fair share of sunscreen encounters. I have made it my life long quest to find a brand that not only works well but is easy to apply and doesn't leave me smelling like the beach.

So when I was asked to review the new Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Daily Sunblock I readily agreed. As soon as it arrived the first thing I did was smell it. I was thrilled to discover it didn't have a strong sunscreen smell. Really, it has very little smell at all. I put a little on my arm to wear for a while and see if my skin was okay with the formula and to see if the smell changed. No reactions and still no smell! (I've used other brands that smelled good at first then a few hours later it reaked). I decided it was a go for the bigger test.

I applied the Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Daily Sunblock before heading out to the pool with my kids. The lotion is very light and spreads very easily. I try to stay in the shade but sometimes shade can't be found and I was worried about getting burned as the sun shined on me. We were out for about 4 hours and I didn't reapply (I should state that I did not swim; just sat in my chair with a book. Had I swam I would have reapplied). We got home and I showered to discover that I didn't get any sun. None. Zero. Still as ghostly white (see that picture? Told you I am pale!)as I was before we went to the pool. Which, to me, is the sole purpose of sunblock.

As a very fair skinned woman who aims to stay away from getting any sun, I was very pleased. I will be using the Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Daily Sunblock the next time I head out in the sun.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from Tidal Labs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, July 9, 2010

Silver Ring Thing

A few months ago Isaiah asked me about a purity ring. I thought it was kind of odd coming from him since he is in no way, shape, form, or fashion interested in girls yet; much less actually touching one. I put it in the back of my head for more thought later.

I thought about it some more and decided that making a commitment like he was wanting to make was one of those decisions best made before the time came.

So as of today, both kids are wearing shiny new silver rings. Isaiah's is a wide band that is etched with the words "TRUE LOVE WAITS" and 1 Timothy 4:12 (Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity). Arissa's is a thinner band etched on the inside with the words "I will wait for" and on the outside of the band etched with the words "my beloved". We had a conversation about how important the decision is to make and to stand by. I stressed that the rings weren't simply something shiny and pretty but an outward reminder of their personal decision and commitment to themselves.

The vision of the Silver Ring Thing is "to create a culture shift in America where abstinence becomes the norm again rather than the exception." (taken from the Silver Ring Thing website; click to access their website). Parents have more influence on their child's sexual decision making than anyone else. I know this is one area of their life I don't want to blow. They only get one shot. When it's gone there is no getting it back. So while they committed to remaining pure until their wedding day, I am committing to NOT be afraid to talk to them openly and honestly. It won't be easy...but nothing worth having ever is.