Summer Camps – babysitting or worthwhile?

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So like most working parents out there, the thought of summer break for the kids gets you planning WELL in advance as who gets two months vacation from work???  And even if I think Ella could probably survive taking care of herself at home or tagging along with me at work, option 1 will get me arrested and option 2 will get me fired so the planning begins.

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Top 3 Chemical-FREE Sunscreens for my little one!

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We have been lucky to have really nice weather (finally) over the last week!  With the sun, I’m back on my routine to protect Ella’s skin as much as possible.  There is nothing like the softness of baby skin so I try to do what I can to protect it from sun damage.

When Ella was less than a year old, I started to do my research on sunscreens with a few objectives in mind.

1. Safe and chemical free

2. water resistant (as we are in our pool a lot)

2. the right SPF factor (which I found was between 25-35 SPF for the regular amount of time we were out in the sun)

3. ensure insignificant exposure to phthalates and parabens (more…)

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For My Little Princess – A Personalized Gift

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As we decided to have only one child, it’s been a challenge not to “spoil” her.  Don’t get me wrong, we try very hard to ensure Ella is appreciative of what she has but like many families out there we seem to have SO many toys!    She’ll play with a new toy for a couple of days (a week or two if we’re lucky) and then she’ll move onto something else.  I probably should throw most of them away but yet I keep them around with hopes that she’ll play with them again.  In reality most of the toys end up collecting dust.

After 4yrs, we’ve quickly run out of gift ideas for Ella and resort to buying her some of the essentials but like many kids, she doesn’t get excited opening up a sweater or socks!  When her birthday or Christmas comes around and I get the question from family for gift ideas, I’m stuck.

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