Alrighty . . . are you ready for another Beach Week post? Yeah, I know you are! Today I’m going to show you my favorite items in my beach bag – all of which proved extremely useful during our family vacation. And just so we’re all clear, one of the items — the Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunscreen — was provided to me for free for review purposes by BzzAgent. I was not financially compensated for my review of this product, and the opinions are completely my own and based upon my own experience.
As mentioned above, I received Coppertone ClearlySheer sunscreen for free from BzzAgent for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review and my opinions are all my own.
Last year at the beach I got fried. And I had crazy brown sun spots all over my face. I looked like a disaster. (Think Magda from There’s Something About Mary.)
Not this year!
I made it my mission to avoid a repeat performance and instead was very careful about my sun exposure. The ClearlySheer Beach and Pool Spray in SPF 50 helped immensely. First of all, the spray bottle made reapplication so easy, especially on hard-to-reach spots like my back. Second, the lightweight, non-greasy feel made me forget I was even wearing the product. None of that thick, white slime coating on my skin, thank you very much. I also loved the subtle fragrance of the product because it counteracted my dirty, hot beach scent – thank the Lord.
The ClearlySheer Sunny Days Lotion in SPF 30 has the same wonderful qualities and has been a permanent fixture in my purse for playdates at the park.
Yep, both the ClearlySheer Beach and Pool Spray and the ClearlySheer Sunny Days lotion are perfect for my summer skin needs. They absorb almost immediately for a lightweight feel, and they are moisturizing and leave my skin feeling smooth. The best part, in my opinion, is that they have not caused any breakouts (thank goodness!) on my body OR my face (they’ve been clinically tested on acne-prone skin), and I can apply makeup over the product because of its matte finish.
Easy to use, smells good and keeps my skin protected? Yes, please!
Small Brim Straw Hat
I found these sunglasses at Target and I LOVE THEM!!! They are super comfy, stay on very well (even while leaning over and building sandcastles), give great sun protection and are TOTALLY cute! I sort of want to go buy a few more pair in case I lose these. Sorry I couldn’t find them online to give you a link.
Well, I hope these favorite items of mine gave you some ideas for your own beach bag. I wish I were using them now . . . take me back to South Carolina!
Well, I’m back to reality after a beautiful and relaxing* vacation in Seabrook Island, SC.
My family spent last week off the coast of Charleston with my husband’s parents and his brother. Seabrook Island is an amazingly low-key place with minimal commercial development and an abundance of nature in all of its forms. It is truly a place to get away, and it is for that reason that we’ve made it our favorite vacation destination for the last several years.
Because my family lives in an urban area just one mile away from the City of Chicago, it is essential to be reminded of the beauty of a simple and natural life.
Among other things, Seabrook reminds us to be free – fully and completely.
*As relaxing as it can be with a two and four-year old.
Milwaukee Cupcake Company
After we wandered around the Third Ward neighborhood a bit more, we popped in to the Milwaukee Cupcake Company because my husband is addicted to cupcakes. (Right.) Everything looked SO good, but since I was the only one who was going to be eating them, I chose two of the mini cupcakes – “The Tuxedo” (marble cake with white chocolate cream cheese filling inside and chocolate ganache on top), and “The Third Ward” (chocolate cake with Reese’s peanut butter cup chunks baked in, topped with peanut butter buttercream, chocolate drizzle and a chunk of a Reese’s cup on top). They were both delicious, but the peanut butter cupcake was the best of the two.
The Harley-Davidson Museum
Even if you’re not a bad-a** motorcycle rider like myself, you will still enjoy the Harley-Davidson museum. How could you not be inspired by the success of a legendary company that began in a tiny garage?
The history of all of the bikes was incredible – including this, the first Harley-Davidson ever produced.
Lakefront Brewery Tour
After we rested up a bit, we headed out to Lakefront Brewery for a tour. A trip to Milwaukee wouldn’t be complete without a brewery tour, right? We had so much fun here! For $7 per person we got four 6 oz. pours, a souvenir pint glass and an amazingly interesting and funny tour of the actual, working brewery. I also got to impersonate Shirley from Laverne & Shirley while we inspected the bottling portion of the brewery. My husband was mortified I think. (Rightfully so.)