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School’s Out! Now What?!?

Summer is a season filled with endless possibilities and opportunities for adventure. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, explore new places, or simply relax and unwind, creating a summer bucket list can help you make the most of these warm and sunny months. In our blog:  School’s Out! What Now What?!? we’ll explore whether you should think about drawing up a summer bucket list.  We will provide tips for creating your own personalised list of activities and experiences to enjoy before the season comes to an end.  As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Why Create a Summer Bucket List? Tips for Creating Your Summer Bucket List: Summer Bucket List Suggestions At Home Outdoor Activities Days Out Whether you choose to create a bucket list or not, we hope our suggestions will give you some exciting ideas of things to do with your little ones to make sure you have an unforgettable summer. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy: Recent Articles

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Skincare Tips for Fun in the Sun

How many of you are ready to wave goodbye to the cold,dreary winter?  I don’t know about you but for me there is no better season (other than through allergies!) than spring.  And, with the arrival of warm sunny days many of us will soon hit the parks, beaches and pools in search of a sun-kissed glow? But, before you head out for some fun in the sun, it’s essential to ensure that your skin is well-prepared and protected. So, without further ado, here’s your ultimate guide to skincare tips for fun in the sun. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Preparing Your Skin for Sunbathing Skincare Tips for Fun in the Sun Remember, while achieving a sun-kissed glow can be enjoyable, it’s crucial to prioritise sun safety and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.  Sun exposure can cause premature ageing, sunburn, and increase the risk of skin cancer. With these skincare tips, you can enjoy your time in the sun while keeping your skin healthy and radiant. Here’s to a sun-safe and sun-kissed summer. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy: Recent Articles

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Essential Beach Gear

Living in Gibraltar comes with the undeniable perk of incredible weather.  While many associate beach days with summer, we’re fortunate to enjoy beach days year-round.  Of course many times this will involve layering up because of the cold. But,  given the lack of open space, sometimes the beach is the only place to enjoy a good kick about.  Take yesterday for example, it’s only mid-February but we enjoyed an unseasonably warm day.  We were planning on a countryside walk in Spain but it was too much of a beach day to miss.  Instead we set off on a walk up to the beautiful Catalan Bay.  It seems like many others had the same idea as we did as the beach was incredibly busy.  It ended up being a lovely few hours of sunbathing and the boys enjoying a kick about. I also enjoyed a “refreshing” (read “freezing”) dip in the sea.  Of course, this being an impromptu beach day we were missing most of our essential beach gear. But in this guide we’ll set out what you will need to enjoy a perfect beach day. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. The Essential Beach Gear Guide For a perfect day under the sun, a few essentials come to mind: Sun Protection Regardless of the season, sunscreen is non-negotiable. Shielding your family from the sun’s rays ensures a safe and enjoyable beach experience.  We opt for Altruist Cream 1 for face protection. This sun cream was created by a UK dermatologist and is highly recommended for those with sensitive skin.  It is fragrance free with a low risk of allergy and is suitable for daily use on face, body and children. The cream is easily absorbed and is not sticky.  For the body it is so much easier, especially when applying cream to younger children, to opt for a SPF spray.  Our favourite is Altruist Spray 2 While applying sunscreen to your face and body is common, many of us often overlook areas such as the scalp. The scalp, especially for those with thinner (or no hair) can be a prime target for sunburn.  Repeated exposure may contribute to hair damage and skin cancer! The use of Hair and Scalp Sunscreen 3 is therefore highly recommended. Lips are also susceptible to sun damage. Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dryness, chapping, and increased vulnerability to skin cancers. Using a Lip Balm 4  with SPF ensures your lips receive the protection they deserve, adding an extra layer of defence against the sun’s harmful effects. Shade Options  While basking in the sun is enjoyable, having a Beach Umbrella 5 or a Family Sun Shelter Canopy 6 provides shade when needed. This ensures everyone stays cool and comfortable.  For babies, we love this Baby Beach Tent With Pool 7 .The tent is lightweight, has a UV rating of 50 SPF and folds away perfectly into a compact bag making it easy to transport. Sun Hats The face and neck are particularly susceptible to sun damage. Wearing a sun hat ensures that these areas are shaded, reducing the chances of premature ageing, sunspots, and skin cancer. Many sun hats come with built-in SPF protection, adding an extra level of sunblock for your head and face. This, combined with regular sunscreen application, creates a powerful defence against UV radiation There is a whole range of different styles available.  Here are some of our favourites: Sunglasses Whether you’re strolling along the beach, hiking in the mountains, or simply enjoying a sunny day, wearing sunglasses with adequate UV protection is more than just a fashion statement—it’s a crucial step in safeguarding your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunglasses with UV protection also help reduce glare caused by the sun’s reflection on surfaces like water, snow, or roads. This not only enhances your comfort but also improves visibility, reducing the risk of accidents when driving or engaging in outdoor activities. As with Sun Hats there is a style to suit each face shape and personal style.  Here are just a few options you may wish to consider: Comfortable Seating An Adjustable Beach Chair  18  or Foldable Beach Recliner 19 enhance comfort, providing a cosy spot to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.  When choosing your seating, look for additional features such as cup holders and storage pockets which will add greater comfort to your beach experience.  Beachwear Another top essential when heading to the beach is of course, adequate beachwear.  This will range from swimwear like these Mens Swim Shorts 20 this Leopard Print One Piece Swimsuit 21 for ladies or Rash Guards  22 for kids.   Good beach or pool shoes are another must have.  Sliders 23 like these are extremely popular with kids but are a good choice for the whole family.  You should also consider Beach Shoes 24 . Type of shoe is perfect if you are visiting a rocky beach such as Rosia Bay (el kwari!) Not only will they make getting in and out of the sea a breeze but they will be perfect for other activities such as windsurfing, beach volleyball, sailing, boating, kayaking and more! Another popular beach activity is eating at a chiringuito (beach bar).  Now,  I don’t know about you but I don’t like having to get back into my clothes for a quick bite to eat.  So, for these occasions I love packing a cover up such as a Kimono.   There are so many stunning styles out there.  Here are just three of my favourites: Beach Bags We’ve  already listed quite a few essential beach gear items for your beach adventure.  But, with so many more things to add to this list, one item which should form part of your

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Summer Safety Equal Summer Fun

With summer just around the corner, many of us are eagerly awaiting some fun at the beach or pool.  Summertime offers endless opportunities for adventure and fun.  However, it is crucial to prioritise safety to make sure that we remember summer for all the right reasons.  In this summer safety blog, we will explore some essential tips for a safe and enjoyable summer. Be Water Aware Water awareness is the foundation for summer safety in any aquatic environment.  It is important to understand the potential risks and educate yourself, and especially your children, about water safety. All too often swimmers get themselves into difficulties by not adhering to warning signs and flags.  Understanding currents and tides and being aware of potential dangers such as rocks and marine life is also important. Swim In Designated Areas Following on from adhering to warning signs, always be sure that you swim within designated swimming areas where lifeguards are present. Avoid swimming out to deep waters or areas with strong currents especially around rocks. Partner Up Always swim with a partner to keep an eye out for each other should you get into difficulties.   Even experienced swimmers can get into trouble so it’s best not to swim alone. Sun Protection Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun is another crucial summer safety consideration.  And, using sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to do so. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and apply it liberally to all exposed areas of the skin. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.  With children, apply sunscreen before leaving the house.  Your skin takes half an hour to absorb sunscreen meaning that by applying sunscreen upon arrival at the beach your little ones are exposed to the harmful effects of the sun for half an hour.  Not only this, but, by applying sunscreen at home you avoid one of the first battles you face upon arrival at the beach.  Check out these recommendations when deciding on which sunscreen to buy for your kids this year. Cover up Wearing protective clothing is another effective way to protect your skin from the sun. Opt for light, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible, especially during the hottest parts of the day.   UV tops are also a great way to protect little ones from both UV rays and skin rashes caused by hours of surfing.   Don’t forget to wear hats and sunglasses too in order to protect your face and eyes from the sun.  This type of sun hat is especially good for little ones as they shield their face and neck from the sun and has 50+ UPF.  UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the measure used to measure sunburn protection.  Whilst we are all no doubt familiar with SPF which is the measure used to measure sunscreen protection, UPF is the equivalent measure for the protection offered by fabrics. Stay Hydrated With all the excitement that comes with the beach and pool, it is easy to become dehydrated.  Keep a bottle of water handy and make sure to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.  Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they will make dehydration worse. Supervise Children Surely this one goes without saying but keeping a close eye on children is paramount when thinking of summer safety.  Never leave children unattended near the water and designate an adult to supervise them at all times.  Make sure that your children know never to get into the water without telling you first. Be Mindful Of Sea Life Avoid touching any unfamiliar sea creatures as some can be dangerous or possess venomous stingers. Follow The Pool Rules If you are enjoying a pool day be sure to follow the rules.  Do not dive into shallow areas as this can lead to serious injuries.  Be sure to check signage for height restrictions or age restrictions, especially at water parks. Be Prepared As a former Brownie and Girl Guide (as well as mum to a Cub Scout and Scout), “Be prepared” is a motto we know well.  Always be prepared. Do your research if visiting a new beach and look for beaches which are family-friendly.  By being prepared and following these summer safety tips you will ensure that you have an amazing summer. Check out our post for ideas on the perfect sandwiches to pack for your day at the beach or pool. Related Articles

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