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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Protect Your Skin With Coola Suncare

Protect Your Skin With Coola Suncare

I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Even though summer is almost over and kids are heading back to school, as long as you are still spending time in the sun, it’s important to remember to put on sunscreen. If you don’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling, suppression of the immune system, and of course, skin cancer. Sunscreen is classified by an SPF number which refers to its ability to deflect the sun’s rays. This number is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin versus unprotected skin. Using a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher protects against sunburn and reduces the risk of skin cancer and premature aging caused by the sun. We always go for higher SPF numbers – 15 may be effective, but 50 is even better!


When I was Gabbie’s age or a bit older, I realized that while wearing sunscreen, I didn’t get tan. I risked not wearing sunscreen and sure enough, I burned. I have gotten a few bad sunburns in my life and I still worry about the effect they will have on my skin as I get older. I no longer take that risk or let my kids risk their skin the way I did.


Our favorite type of sunscreen is the continuous spray type, because it is so easy and quick to apply. Coola Suncare sent us their Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen and it’s our new favorite! It offers an ultrasheer, antioxidant-rich continuous spray and I love the Guava Mango scent! Coola Sunscreen Spray comes in other scents including Citrus Mimosa, Pina Colada, Tropical Coconut, and Fresh Cucumber, as well as unscented, and in either SPF 30 or SPF 50.


Coola Sunscreen Spray is formulated for activity and is water-resistant for 80 minutes. It is considered Farm to Face, meaning ingredients and vendors are locally sourced. It is also 70%+ certified organic, with ingredients like Cucumber, Algae, and Strawberry Extracts. Coola incorporates natural plant phyto-protectors to help boost their products naturally and they use as many natural ingredients as possible. They are also a cruelty free and recycle friendly. I love that this brand is so environmentally conscious!


Coola Suncare offers many other products including the Mineral Sport Tinted Sunscreen Stick, Face SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray, and Liplux SPF 15 Peppermint Vanilla seen here!

COOLA Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray is available for purchase at Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom, as well as at To find Coola Suncare in your area, visit the full list of store locations. Until September 30th, you can get 20% off on with the code NotinJersey20!

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Do you make sure you always use sunscreen? I hope so!

Monday, August 21, 2017

$10 at Target–Locker Accessories


A few of the blogs that I follow do a really cool challenge called $10 at Target. The idea is to spend $10 and only $10 buying fun items at Target. This month, I let Gabbie use the allotted $10 to pick out accessories to use inside her locker at school.


The Magnetic Locker Set and the Shelf were in the dollar section, costing $3 and $5 respectively. The small teal bin was in the back to school section and was $2.99. (Zachary got a similar bin in silver and a dry erase schedule board, but I did not photograph his things!)

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Here you can see the magnetic board at the back of Gabbie’s locker, the shelf at the bottom, and the bin on the door! The green clip was in the same package as the magnetic board. I am not sure where the pad of note paper came from!

Gabbie’s total spent was $10.99.

What do you think?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hooray, It’s Friday! Simon’s Birthday and Back To School


Time for another Friday recap post!



Remember I mentioned that Gabbie will be dancing in Disney World and we’re fundraising for the trip? Look at all the awesome fall things you can get! Just search for fall or autumn after you click here, enter the group number 999969679 and the seller ID Gabbie6! Thanks!


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As you know, we celebrated Simon’s birthday on Monday. He wanted to have a lemonade stand, so the kids were outside for a few hours raising money for our local Meals on Wheels. In the afternoon, we went with a few of Simon’s friends and painted! For dinner, we had Simon’s favorite meal, and then ice cream cake!

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Our friends had a baby on Tuesday and we got to babysit their dog. He is the cutest and funniest! Speaking of dogs, check out The Goody Pet for the best of everything for pets, including the Best Dog DNA Test Kits, the Best Dog Toothpaste, the Best Vacuums for Pet Hair, etc!


The kids went back to school yesterday! I can’t believe it. Simon is in 2nd grade, Zachary is in 5th, and Gabbie is in 7th! These pictures are from drop-in day (Wednesday) and yesterday.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Four More Places To Visit in New Jersey

Four More Places To Visit in New Jersey

Two weeks ago I shared Four Places To Visit in New Jersey and today I’m sharing four more!

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Because of Zachary’s 4th grader pass to National Parks and Historic Sites, we made sure to visit a few in NJ. First up was the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ, the site of Edison’s laboratory. All three kids liked checking out the cool old machines, but I think Zachary was especially interested, because he loves discovering how things work!


Washington’s Headquarters Museum

On the same day, we used Zachary’s pass again to visit the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown. This was where George Washington and his troops camped during the Revolutionary War. We checked out the museum and watched a video, plus had a tour of the Ford Mansion, where Washington and his aides stayed.


We also drove to Jockey Hollow, where the troops stayed, but Simon was scared so he didn’t want to march up the hill to the cabins!


The Land of Make Believe

After Zachary left to camp and while Gabbie was away in Canada, Simon and I went to the Land of Make Believe in Hope, NJ. It was an hour away from my in-laws house. On the way there, we realized that Simon had never been to a small amusement park such as this one and he kept asking if it would be like Disney World! The rides and attractions at the Land of Make Believe were perfect for Simon. Zachary might have enjoyed some of them, but I think Gabbie would have felt too old. NOTE: The Land of Make Believe does not accept credit cards other than Discover, so you need to bring cash (or use the ATM) when you visit!

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Van Saun Park

Also while the other kids were away, Simon and I visited Van Saun Park. They all visited previously with their grandparents, but Simon and I wanted to go again. Compared to the Turtle Back Zoo, the Van Saun Park Zoo is not all that exciting. There are other things to do there though including a really nice playground, a small splash pad, and a carousel.


We were about to take a little walk and we ran into my niece and her two kids – Simon’s little cousins. He loved hanging out with them!

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Have you ever been to any of these NJ locations?