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Keeping Safe in the Sun and A Great Giveway: Stylish Sun Protection

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On the bulletin board at Community Boating Boston

community boating inc boston ma capability mom blogNow that my kids can (and do) apply their own sunscreen, mornings go a bit faster…okay, a lot faster. I know it adds time to your morning routine but it is so important to apply sunscreen every day. Here are a few other reminders and resources about the importance of sun protection.

SunAWARE is a sun safety awareness program from the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, the Dermatology Nurses Association and Melanoma Foundation of New England to provide SunAWARE™ education nationally. Great tips in an easy to remember format and just last week they featured an awareness day at Community Boating in Boston.

Avoid exposure to sunlight, seek shade, and never indoor tan.
Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses year-round.
Apply recommended amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sunburn protection factor (SPF) greater than or equal to 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, or as needed.
Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns to a parent or healthcare provider.
Educate your family and community about the need to be SunAWARE.

Also check out Be Eye Smart in the Sun from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I know my dermatologist shares this suggestion: Wear a hat along with your sunglasses; broad-brimmed hats are best so much so that Krauss Dermatology (my derm) is giving away a super cute sun hat from and some Elta UV Pure Sunscreen – a gift set valued at over $70.

Plus, while you are entering the giveaway, you are also helping the Melanoma Foundation of New England because Krauss Dermatology will donate for every Facebook “Like” $1 to the MFNE. Enter to win and help out a great non-profit that helps educate and assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering free support groups, educational programs, and Billy’s Buddies, a one-on-one patient advocacy and support program.

Follow the easy directions below and you could win this very nice gift! Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway for more chances to win!

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April Vacation

I don’t like the word staycation (nor do I like the much used webinar) although I have stayed home over school break and attended a seminar on-line – I just don’t like to use those particular words. I’m quirky like that.

So we had one of the aforementioned vacations this April (and this February for that matter). What did we do? Well, we live just off the route of the Boston Marathon so we are pretty blocked in for much of the day, so we baked (a cheesecake, an apple pie and a chocolate pudding pie). Sure, it was 95 degrees that day. Hottest place in Massachusetts – anywhere on the Marathon route (especially if you were running). Second hottest place…my kitchen.

One or more of our family did some or all of the following: Caught up with friends and family, watched the Marathon, had a lemonade stand, went to soccer camp,  sailed, ordered takeout, watched movies, ate donuts, read books, had a sleepover  (still recovering), went to Six Flags, took driving lessons, music lessons, did some homework and went away for weekend to Block Island, worked, went to the new MGH museum, walked, rode bikes, went to soccer practice, played in a soccer game, went to shopping in the burbs and in Boston, went to a photo exhibit, cooked dinner, kicked around Beacon Hill and Charles Street, grocery shopped, cleaned the house, did laundry, drove carpool, went to brunch at The Common Ground, put away winter gear, started a new job. Guess which of the fun things I did?

The Common Ground (85 Harvard Avenue, Allston) has a terrific brunch – now 11 – 2 but starting 10- 2 with an newly expanded menu next week. Great home fries, eggs, toast, and turkey bacon and sausage, apple crisp, yoghurt and homemade granola and a lovely salad.  All you can eat or you can order off the menu. I had the incomparable French toast – get it if you love Bananas Foster – you will be in heaven! The home fries are delicious and I barely restrained myself from swiping bacon off my friend’s plate.

Stuff we wanted to do but didn’t… go to historic Fenway Park, the MFA (although I tried), or the beach, and we still have to get to Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Maybe next weekend. Happy back-to-school!


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