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5 Parenting Hacks for Summer Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)

I partnered with CeraVe for this post.

5 Parenting Hacks for Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)


Any parent who’s ever tried to convince an impatient, dripping-wet child to wear a bucket hat…or to let you reapply their sunscreen knows the challenges that come with safeguarding kids’ skin. Even on cloudy days, there’s still no relief. Ultraviolet rays can cause sun damage before you’ve had a chance to blow up your pool floats! (And we LOVE our pool floats.) That’s why I am excited to share some parenting hacks for sun protection as we enter the hot, South Florida summer months ahead.

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that more people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer annually than all other cancers combined. Even just a few sunburns can increase a person’s risk. And we certainly know how that goes in Boca Raton! On average, the likelihood of developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, doubles after more than five sunburns.

5 Parenting Hacks for Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)

This summer, stockpile and use several bottles of SPF 30 sunscreen that offer broad spectrum protection from damaging ultraviolet A and B rays. Then, consider these creative parenting hacks for sun protection to care for your children’s skin…AND yours while we’re at it!

5 Parenting Hacks for Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)

5 Parenting Hacks for Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)

  1. Prepare to paint

From toddlers to early elementary school-aged children, finger and face painting are generally considered good, messy fun. Using CeraVe® Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30 as the medium, budding artists (with a parent’s assistance) can “paint” and decorate their faces, being careful to avoid the eyes. Adults can help rub the lotion in to help avoid any white cast when they’re finished and ensure overall coverage.

Unlike chemical UV filters, mineral sunscreens stay on the surface of the skin to form a barrier. CeraVe’s 100% mineral  formula forms a protective barrier to reflect sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. Mineral filters tend to sit on the skin’s surface, sometimes causing a white cast to remain after applying. The best way I’ve found to apply it is to: 1) dot the lotion on the skin, 2) apply to one area at a time and 3) rub gently, but well. 

The Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30 contains all the CeraVe benefits you know and love! It’s an oil-free formula and provides all day hydration with three essential ceramides that help restore the skin’s natural barrier to lock in moisture.

MBMom tip: If you’re concerned about sensitive skin or eczema, not to worry! CeraVe® Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30 has earned the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. It’s also free of chemical filters, fragrances, parabens and oil.

2. Sing their praises

Have your child sit still and listen to their favorite song – or sing it. That should buy you two minutes to thoroughly apply the first coat of sun protection.

MBMom tip: Don’t forget the tops of the feet and ears. Also, remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or toweling off.

5 Parenting Hacks for Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)

3. I got your back

Take turns. First, ask your child to rub lotion onto your arms; then it’s your turn to apply on them. One small hand full, or about one ounce of sunscreen, is needed to cover exposed skin on an adult’s body. Adjust as needed for kids.

MBMom tip: Start early. Allow sunscreen to soak in for 20-30 minutes before sun exposure.

5 Parenting Hacks for Sun Protection (That Also Work for Mom!)

4. Take cover

Keep a variety of clothing and lightweight layers ready– hats, long-sleeve tops, mid-length to long skirts, rash guard tops (which I personally love) and sunglasses to help protect during peak hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).

MBMom tip: Kids love umbrellas, which are good for rain or shine!

5. Seek shade

The sun’s rays are at their peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Find relief during those times under trees, pop-up tents, awnings, picnic shelters, umbrellas and the like.

MBMom Tip: Mosquitoes and bugs also are drawn to shade. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends avoiding sunscreen that contains insect repellent. Purchase these products individually because insect repellent should be applied less frequently than sunscreen.

Thanks again to our sponsor, CeraVe, for helping with these 5 hacks for sun protection! CeraVe® Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30 is available at retailers nationwide. 🙂

Dine Out at Downtown Delray’s 2019 Restaurant Week

Calling all foodies! The 4th Annual Dine Out Downtown Restaurant Week Delray Beach is kicking off August 1st-7th (2019). With more than 38 restaurants and merchant participants + brunch and happy hour experiences (and more being added daily on the website www.downtowndelraybeach.com/restaurantweek), there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! At a discount!

Restaurant Week Delray 2019

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NEW Indoor Play Space to Open at Town Center at Boca Raton this Summer

Something NEW and EXCITING is opening up for families at Town Center! PLAY, the Town Center Mall indoor play space in Boca Raton, will debut this summer. It will be a dynamic destination where families can have fun, recharge & relax at the shopping center…and it’s at no cost to you.

PLAY is a 1,600 square-foot recreational space featuring a combination of seating and interactive play elements. They are inspired by local waterways and waterfronts. It is so FANCY!

PLAY, the Town Center Mall indoor play space in Boca Raton, will debut this summer as a dynamic destination where families can have fun, recharge & relax.Continue reading NEW Indoor Play Space to Open at Town Center at Boca Raton this Summer

The Best Ever Boca Raton Kitchen Makeover

This Boca Raton kitchen makeover post is sponsored by ShelfGenie; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


As 2017’s Hurricane Irma was rolling into town, so were our new kitchen cabinets. Great timing, right? Modern Boca Dad, now better known locally as Handy Andy Boca, spent an entire afternoon dragging boxes of brand new white cabinets from our garage into our guest room to make sure not a drop of rising floodwaters got anywhere near them. This Boca Raton kitchen makeover was our BIGGEST investment in our home to date and I desperately wanted it to turn out beautifully!

Spoiler alert: it did. The bulk of the project was completed before the holidays that year. We suffered little damage from Irma, thankfully, and Handy Andy did the install himself. Since that time, we’ve added a sparkly backsplash, wine cooler and strip lighting under the upper cabinets. We’re even planning on building a bar to round out our Boca Raton kitchen makeover! But the best investment into the kitchen we made BY FAR was partnering with ShelfGenie, Continue reading The Best Ever Boca Raton Kitchen Makeover