Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

September 1, 2009

Oh vacation, so good for the soul and so…short! It always flies by and then before you know it, it’s back to reality.

But luckily there’s still a little summer left (although the weather today feels a little like fall already). So for Labor Day weekend, maybe you’re in the need of some sunscreen? If so, I have two to recommend.

200The first is if you have sensitive skin (or your kids do). Austin had a bad reaction to regular Coppertone for kids. Then I realized Vanicream makes a sun cream for sensitive skin — it protects really well (we use SPF 30), goes on fairly easily and does last through some playtime in the water, although with any sunscreen I recommend reapplying a few times throughout the day. There’s no fragrance, dyes or other nasty chemical sunscreens, and it hasn’t irritated either of my kids’ skin. We use it not only on beach days, but on playground ones as well, as the sun never sets on outside playtime! (Runs about $15 for 4 ounces; it’s on sale right now at for $11.17.)

200-1The other one is for those of you who can’t stand messy sunscreens that get on your bathing suit or that don’t completely rub into your skin so you walk around looking even paler than when you got to the beach. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 45 sprays on light and clear, so there’s nothing to get messy. It’s so light that we were a little worried how well it was going to work, but it protected us superbly — no burns, which to me is a success. My only complaint would be that because it’s so light and sheer, it’s hard to tell exactly where you put it. So ideally I would use a regular cream at home, when you’re in your birthday suit, and then use this at the beach for reapplying, when you’re in your bathing suit. (I also think because it’s a spray you tend to use it up more quickly, but I guess that’s not their fault.) It’s a new product and I tried it for the first time on this beach vacation, and I’ll definitely be buying it again. (About $10 for 5 ounces. I purchased it at Target.)

Summer Grooming

Speaking of the last days of summer, it’s still sandal season which means pedicures must be kept up! There’s a bit of a price war going on in my neighborhood, and I’ve found an excellent place that does a manicure and pedicure for $19.99 plus tax. It’s not luxurious, but it’s clean, they do a great job, it lasts, and that price really can’t be beat. Currently I’m very into OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark on my toes.  Spring Sun Nail Spa, 221 West 14th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).


Doesn’t it seem like a lot of people are passing away this summer? Ted Kennedy, Dominick Dunne, Don Hewitt, just to name a recent few. I knew Don Hewitt had created 60 Minutes, but I didn’t realize he really created the news on TV as we know it, through his work with Walter Cronkite as well as the newsmagazine. And whatever you thought of Ted Kennedy’s personal life, his record as a legislator is really unmatched, and his work has literally touched the lives of every American. As someone who could reach across the aisle and actually get things done in Washington, he will be missed.


Well, we had a beautiful week at the beach. The kids enjoyed themselves, and we got to spend time with friends and family. Now we’re back and have a week until school starts! Crazy…

The big news upon our return home yesterday was that Austin lost his first tooth. He was upset about it, so we had to explain everything to him, including that the tooth fairy would be coming. This really concerned him, even though we told him not to worry. He didn’t want someone coming into his room. So we put him to bed, and about 20 minutes later he was calling out for me to come to him. “What’s wrong?” I asked to the lump under the covers. “Call it off, mom,” he said, clearly upset. “Call off the tooth fairy.” I assured him I would tell her not to come. Of course she did come and left him money and a note, and he could not have been happier this morning. “How did she get in? What did she do with the tooth? How did she know what to leave me? Where does she live?” and on and on, ending with, “That was nice of her, right, mom?” Very cute.

Hope you can take the time to enjoy the end of the summer!


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