Protect Your Skin & the Earth


It is definitely beginning to feel like summer. Wil is getting out of his school in North Carolina this week and Joseph finished two weeks ago. We just joined a community pool to get us through these hot months before we move back to Houston in August!


After a whole school year of routine, it can be a little bit of a challenge to reorganize ourselves for the summer months. There are summer camps, outdoor activities, and BBQ nights that are not part of our normal everyday lives otherwise. All of these activities require sunscreen and bug spray!

There is already a lot to think about when it comes to sunscreen but it is worthwhile to consider what these products are doing to the environment.

An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen wash into the oceans each year and contribute to damaging the ocean’s reefs. If a sunscreen is free of oxybenzone and octinoxate and has mostly zinc-oxide or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient, it is considered “reef-safe”. Also, a lot of sunscreen comes in plastic bottles that get used and then quickly discarded but there are sunscreens on the market in more sustainable packaging. Most importantly, to ensure we are recommending only the most effective sunscreens, we have chosen to highlight only sunscreens that are on the EWG’s “2019 Guide to Sunscreens”. We have found and tested some very effective, “reef-safe” and sustainably packaged sunscreens for you and the kids from brands that align with our sustainability qualifications.


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SPF 50 Sunscreen Butter

EWG approved quality, B-Corp certified, and reef-safe sunscreen in sustainable container. The size makes it very easy to always have in your bag for you or the kids.


SPF 30 Sheer Sunscreen

If you have kids similar to mine then spraying them down is way easier than trying to manually apply cream. This sunscreen is EWG certified, reef safe and in an aluminum bottle that can be recycled once completely emptied.


Tinted Sunscren

This has great, beautiful coverage for my skin tone. Perfect for tennis & outdoor exercise or trips to the park & zoo. The same EWG certification as their regular sunscreen.


Anti-Bug Spray

This bug spray has been around for years for a reason. It is safe, effective and encased in an aluminum can that can be recycled.

Avoiding Single-Use-Plastic Cups for the Kids


Most of us are pretty good about not using single-use plastic cups at home. We have our own drinking glasses and the kids have their favorite kids cups, so it’s no problem.

However, dining out at restaurants is when single-use drinking cups can be a challenge, especially with kids. Have you ever sat down at a kid-friendly restaurant and before everyone is even settled the waiter arrives with waters for all the kids in plastic cups? They are just trying to provide good service, but I haven’t even had a chance to tell them that we don’t use single-use plastic cups, or that we brought our own water or really anything at all, its an example of the culture we live in I am hoping to impact and change. I hate to complain because they are trying to make our lives easier, but it is wasteful, especially if you weren’t even going to need them.


When going out to restaurants, we either bring our own cups for milk and water, or we request that they bring milk in whatever glass they would for adults, and use these awesome Silikids silicone covers and metal straws. Doing this for at least one of the beverages (milk or water) saves so much room in your bag and works even better than a plastic cup and lid because the silicone stretched over the glass isn’t ever going to fall off, ask me how I know (Jojo). Has anyone else had the top fall off of their kids’ cup and the drink ends up all over the child, or all over THE PARENT!?

The Silikids covers are also very inexpensive. You can put any straw in them, but we got these metal ones that can also be used for cocktails when out and about so you are prepared for anything.


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Silikids Cup Covers


Short Stainless Steel Straws


Klean Kanteen 8 Piece Straw Set