The Summers Best Natural Sunscreen #GIVEAWAY

How many sunscreen’s have you purchased and then weeks later find yourself reading the latest recall list only to find that new sunscreen that you just purchased and put on your child countless times is on that list because of an active ingredient in the product? So what brand do you trust???

I am sure I am not the only one but in my house, the sunscreen battle is one of the biggest battles I have with my kids because they absolutely hate wearing it (it’s sticky, thick and smelly according to them) and this is one thing I don’t give into and lather them up head to toe while they kick and scream.

I am going to introduce you to two great natural Sunscreens: Alba BOTANICA and LiveClean Baby Mineral Sunscreen

Why I love Alba BOTANICA Sunscreen

Natural Sunscreen
– they have sunscreen for the whole family (not just for kids) both in facial sunscreen and sport sunscreen
– NO oxybenzone, PABA, artificial colours, harsh preservatives, synthetic colours, phthalates or sulfates
– it’s an emollient sunscreen meaning it moisturizes and conditions your skin
– ingredients include: Lavender flower, Aloe leaf, Calendula Flower and Camelia Leaf Extract, Chamomile Flower, Coneflower, Gingko Biloba and Ginseng Extract
– no fragrance (the smell is not over powering)
– it’s very light weight (it’s thin which makes it easy to apply)
– absorbs quickly
– not greasy in the slightest (won’t clog pores which is a big complaint of mine with past sunscreens)
– leaves no icky film or residue
– 100% vegetarian formula
– both UVA and UVB protection
– SPF 40
– water resistant (keep reapplying though)
– I love their spray bottle!!! I am not talking aerosol can, I am talking about a gentle squeeze spray that allows the sunscreen to come out in a nice fine line so it doesn’t feel like they are being smothered 

Price: $9.99
Where to buy: Whole Foods, London Drugs and

Why I love Live Clean Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF45

Live Clean Mineral Sunscreen

– A little thicker than above, however it quickly absorbs and doesn’t leave a white film
– A brand you know and trust (and of course love)
– fast absorbing which is obviously good for kids
– no synthetic chemicals, petroleum, paraben and phthalate free
– no dyes
– the packaging is recyclable
– contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide instead of chemicals
– contains nourishing and soothing ingredients like shea butter, aloe, echinacea extract and green tea extract
– It doesn’t smell!!!! This is extremely important to my kids
– not greasy
– comes in an adult version

Price: $16.99
Where to buy: Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart


Alba Botanica Sunscreen

Thanks to our lovely friends they are giving away a Alba Botanica Sunscreen Pack to 1 lucky winner. Must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter: 

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The Best in Sunglasses – Teeny Tiny Optics

Teeny Tiny Optics

As if the name isnt cute enough, these are the best of the best for kids sunglasses and how do I know that, because Frankie would ONLY wear this one pair. When they broke (might I add that it’s because they were stepped on), I tried buying similar styles and he refused to wear any of them. If that’s not a screaming review (literally), I am not sure what is!

An Important Note: sunglasses are crucial to protect our little one’s eyes as they are not fully developed and as parents, we should protect them like we do with their skin considering the amount of time they spend outside. Teeny Tiny Optics sunglasses have 100% UVA/UVB protection. The earlier you get your little one’s into sunglasses, the better! My theory … why not protect their eyes in style!

How I learned about this company: I was in NYC about two years ago and saw these super trendy, wayferer kids sunglasses and immediately bought a pair thinking there is no chance Frankie was going to wear them, but they were just too damn cute not to buy! When I brought them home and was sooo excited to give them to him, he looked at me as if to say “where are the toys” and pushed them aside and moved on. It wasn’t until a few months later when he saw me wearing my sunglasses, he wanted to wear them, so I ran inside and got him the sunglasses and that’s when it all began and he insisted from then on that he wear his sunglasses every time he leaves the house. If i’m wearing mine, he MUST be wearing his.

Teeny Tiny Optics

Lucky for me, I happened to be headed to NYC post sunglass breakage and where do you think my first stop was … the same place I bought the sunglasses from years before, but they didn’t have any left in that style so then I ran around for two days going to every toy store, kids clothing store etc on the Upper East Side and NOTHING (yes I admitting this). I even wrote Teeny Tiny Optics on Facebook to see what they recommended and they immediately wrote me back with names of stores and yes I went to/called those stores and no wayfarers.

When I got back home, I wrote them a kind letter explaining my son’s love for these glasses and how I really wanted to find another pair for my son and I have to say they were SOOOO wonderful to deal with. They called me immediately and were so kind to send me whatever pairs they had available in the style I was looking for (and even a super mini pair for the new baby to be). I’m such a fan and so is Frankie!!!!

Teeny Tiny optics

Where to Buy in Canada:
Olly Shoes, several locations
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes in Edmonton
Aunt Em’s in Vancouver
Advice From a Caterpillar in Toronto
Kidsrepublic in Toronto
Peggy Sue’s in Gibson
Bean Sprouts in Vancouver
Great Things in Store in Cochrane
Jumpin in Toronto