Hiking in Durango, Colorado

Our first full day in Durango, Colorado was awesome!  The weather is perfect – not too cold, not too hot, and it just so happened to rain during nap time.  No big deal.  We started off yesterday with a family hike.  I absolutely love staying active while on vacation, and to do it with family is even better.  This was William’s first time in the mountains, and he did great!  Ok, so he didn’t really have to work hard… or at all, but I know he enjoyed all the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

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Babywearing for the win!  I’m loving this Ergo 360! So easy to use and so comfortable for both of us.  The total hike was about three miles and took just under two hours.  Not bad for hiking with six little ones.  We went downhill first, and the hike back up was definitely challenging.  This altitude thing sure puts your fitness into perspective.  We are all in pretty decent shape, but were huffing and puffing at some point.  Not to mention this sack of potatoes on my back…

babywearing hike

…who caught a little snooze during part of it.

Before we began, Justin gave directions to the kiddos.  Basically all he said was, “No running and stay behind me.”  Necessary rules for hiking.

There wasn’t a bad view in sight.  Everywhere we looked was gorgeous.  Stephanie captured it perfectly.

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Picture perfect.

And to top it all off, we were all together.  All four of us siblings.  Stephanie posted this picture on her Instagram and wrote, It’s a pretty incredible thing to have the relationship that the four of us have with each other… It has not always been without fights (oh, the days when we were little and my parents had to deal with all of that), but there is not a single thing we wouldn’t do for each other. I am so thankful for my parents for instilling in us the importance of family and for bringing us all together on these vacations.”

hiking family

Do you enjoy hiking?

We’re in….

Yesterday was a very busy day because…

We’re in…

durango

Durango, Colorado for my family’s summer vacation! Follow along our adventure on my Instagram (@itzlinz).  There’s an absolutely, ridiculously hilarious video that you must check out!

Our day began with a noon flight.  The family all met at the airport.

jackson audrey

Always fun with my little munchkins!

We all boarded the plane, and shortly after, my mom, Yaya, brought out her healthy snacks that she packed for everyone.  She sure knows how to travel!

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Audrey (and everyone else) was definitely a fan of the turkey sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, nuts and dried fruit, apple slices, snacks, and a few pieces of candy.

William was due for a nap and fell asleep on his momma for just a short time.

sleep airplane

So peaceful.  I tried giving him a couple bites for a snack when he woke up, and thanks to his lovely active gag reflex, he threw up all over me and my nephew Jackson.  It was disgusting on its own, but even more so dealing with it on the plane.  My mom helped me get him cleaned up and Stephanie changed him while I tried to wipe myself and Jackson off before changing shirts. Oy. Note to self: next time pack an entire extra outfit, not just a shirt.

The second flight was on a tiny plane and it was the most turbulent flight I’ve been on in quite some time.  Not only that, they ended up having to circle for about 45 minutes in order to avoid some bad weather.  An hour flight turned into an almost two-hour flight.  William slept for the majority of it, but we sure were glad to finally touch down.

Once at the airport, we collected ALL of our luggage… which was a lot.  My mom sorted out the details at the rental car company while we kept the kiddos entertained.

luggage

From the airport, we went to the grocery store to stock up for the week.  One of my sweet friends let me borrow her Ergo 360.  This was the first time I’ve used it, and I loved it!  I knew William was tired, so I wore him on my front, but I practiced at home with having him on my back and he loved it!  My little mini me HAD to have her baby doll wrapped up, too, so we went out to the car to figure out how to make that happen (and prevent a meltdown).

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We love babywearing!

It started drizzling on the way to the condo, but there were TWO bright rainbows!

double rainbow

Every view we saw was beautiful and I’m so excited for this year’s summer vacation!  More adventures to come.  I’m not sure of the frequency of blogging during this trip, so be sure you’re following me on Instagram to keep up.  Otherwise, I’ll update you when I can!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Are you or have you taken any vacations this summer?

Weekend Snapshots

This was a good weekend.  It was relaxing yet productive.  It was low key yet busy.  The perfect balance of it all.  And I even worked out.  Twice.  My first workout of the weekend was on Friday when I met Bianca of MizzFit for a barre class.  I don’t typically love barre classes, but I wanted to see Bianca when she was in town and clearly my workouts lately have been few and far between.  I liked it more than I thought I would, and even better, we grabbed a cup of coffee after to catch up and chat.  I always feel inspired after talking with Bianca as she’s a great role model as a woman, entrepreneur, and fitness expert.

My second workout of the weekend was a long bike ride on Sunday.  We went in the middle of the day, and it was HOT!  I’m grateful that we were able to go though, as it’s rained a good 95% of this summer (possible slight exaggeration).  My triathlon is coming up at the end of this month, so the bike ride was definitely needed.  It was only the second time I’ve gone all summer.  Yikes.  Time to get my butt in gear for training.

Some other weekend snapshots included a play and dinner date on Friday evening with William’s best bud Wolf.  Audrey slept over, so she joined the fun, too.

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Wolf recently discovered how to climb up on this low table, so of course Audrey and William (with a little help) had to follow.  These three are goofballs and had us all cracking up.

Saturday morning included a fun play event at William’s school where he saw lots of his friends and even got to play on the big kid playground.  I’ll tell you what… once your baby starts walking, it’s a whole new world!

playground

Linking up with Katie and Erin!

While William napped, I got a lot of cleaning done around the house.  Vacuuming, wiping things down, putting stuff away, nothing fun, but much needed all the same.  We had a dinner and play date with William’s girlfriend, Carly in the evening.  We took the kiddies to Crazy Bowls and Wraps for dinner, Menchie’s for frozen yogurt after (for the mommas), and back to my house for bath and play time.

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Matching onesies from Old Navy for the best babies ever was a must!  We also took many hilarious and adorable bath photos that are sure to be used in their wedding video in twenty years!

It was hot and humid on Sunday morning, so we had some splash pad fun!

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We couldn’t get the little ones to stand still together in the splash pad, but managed this cute photo of them at a picnic table after.  William loves his lady friends!

Later on Sunday was time for a bike ride with a friend.  It was about 90 degrees and a million percent humidity!  Standing out in the sun for two minutes caused major sweat, but it actually was a lot better on the bike with the breeze.

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15 miles done!  Since biking is not my favorite, it really helped to go with someone else.

As I sit here typing this blog post on Sunday evening, my baby is worn out from all the sun as am I.  When I hit publish, I’m headed off to bed and go to sleep just like this little cutie:

sleeping

So peaceful.

What did your workouts look like this weekend?

thinking out loud {food edition}

I love food, that’s no secret.  Sometimes I make pretty food, and sometimes I don’t.  Sometimes I eat pretty food, and sometimes I don’t.  (Well, the pretty part.  Clearly I always eat.)  Lately I’ve made/eaten/Instagrammed some pretty food that I thought would be worth sharing in today’s thinking out loud {food edition} post.  Let’s start with the world’s absolute cutest Chipotle date:

cute chipotle date

Are you going to eat that gigantic bowl, baby?

I haven’t taken William out to eat very much.  He’s such an active, wiggly guy that I’ve always been nervous that he wouldn’t sit still throughout a meal.  And while he doesn’t really sit still, now he can sustain a few minutes in the high chair.  Long enough to scarf down a Chipotle bowl, anyway!  The other day we went to Chipotle, and he was SO good!  It helped that we sat right by a window, so he was able to watch cars drive by and birds fly around.  He ate a few bites of chicken, black beans, and corn, too.  Then I ate the rest of that massive bowl.  Chipotle never disappoints.

I went to my sister Stephanie’s house for dinner the other night and check out her beautiful creation:

zucchini turkey boat

Zucchini turkey boats!  Well done, Steph!  I’ll be coming over more often now that you’re learning to cook. (JOKE!)

I was determined to eat something red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July:

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I poured myself a bowl of Love Grown Foods Mighty Flakes (made with beans!) and added fresh blueberries and strawberries.  It hit the spot!

I was working with California Pizza Kitchen on a couple social promotions for their Gluten Free Frozen Pizzas, so I made a BBQ Chicken one last night.  While they’re good on their own, I spruced it up a bit more by adding pineapple and avocado to it.

cpk pizza

Fantastic!  What’s your take on pineapple on pizza?  You either love it or hate it.

William takes a gym class on Mondays, but they are in the morning right when his morning nap usually would be.  It can be a struggle to keep him up until we leave the house, and then I know he’s going to fall asleep in the car for a short catnap.  Well, the past couple of Mondays, I’ve left earlier than usual just so he can nap in the car and I’ve gone through a Starbucks or Bread Co. (Panera) drive through for a drink to kill some time… and it’s a good excuse to get myself a treat, something I don’t usually do.

breadco green smoothie

I ordered a Green Passion Power Smoothie thinking it was healthy. It was listed on the menu as just 200 calories.  I’m not a calorie counter by any means, but it was clearly healthier than their blended coffee drinks that topped 500 calories.  Well, after I pulled into a parking spot to let William catch a few more zzz’s, I looked up the drink online to get the official name before I Instagrammed it.  I was appalled to see that even though it had just 200 calories, it contained 47 grams of sugar! 47!!!!  Now, I’m not anti-sugar or anything.  I have no problem and thoroughly enjoy my desserts.  Cake, ice cream, cookies, you name it.  But 47 grams of sugar in a supposed “healthy” green smoothie drink was very disappointing.  Won’t be ordering that next time.  On a positive note, William’s catnap was just enough to hold him over and have a good gym class before his real afternoon nap!

Part of what I love about blogging is being introduced to and working with brands.  I received a “welcome to the tribe” care package yesterday from Sambazon.

sambazon

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Have you heard of Sambazon? Do you add additional toppings to frozen pizza? What pretty food have you eaten lately?

Summer Berry Jam Oat Bowl Recipe

Sometimes I follow recipes, and sometimes I don’t.  Sometimes that works out for me, and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes I intend on following recipes, but then it just doesn’t happen.  Sometimes that works out for me, and sometimes it doesn’t.  This is the story of a time that it did.

So I had a sweet tooth one night (nothing new there), so I began perusing some of my favorite blogs for recipe inspiration.  I was scouring Arman’s blog, The Big Man’s World, as I knew he had tons, and I mean tons, of dessert recipes.  I found this recipe: Healthy No Bake Thumbprint Cookies, and the pictures had me drooling (as always), so I decided this would be it.  No bake?  Perfect!  Cookies?  Fantastic!  Healthy?  Even better!  Thumbprint?  I don’t know, but sure.  I pulled up the recipe on my phone, and headed to the kitchen.  I loosely followed the recipe, and I mean not really.  You see, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to the kitchen.  Arman, I’m sorry for how badly I butchered your recipe.  But I’m not at all sorry with how it morphed into my Summer Berry Jam Oat Bowl recipe that I’ve made over and over since then.

summer berry jam oat bowl

It’s like pie that you can eat in the morning for breakfast that’s healthy.  Or you can eat it at night as a dessert.  Or whatever time in between that strikes your fancy.  So Arman’s recipe was supposed to make cute little cookies.  I’m really impatient in the kitchen.  Especially when my sweet tooth is in full force.  I kind of made the batter.  Kind of because his recipe called for gluten-free oat flour.  I’m not gluten-free, so that didn’t bother me, but I didn’t have oat flour and I was too lazy to grind my own… so whole old-fashioned oats were used.  His recipe called for sifted coconut flour.  Sifted?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  Ok, it probably takes an extra 30 seconds, but remember, I’m lazy in the kitchen.  I used peanut butter instead of cashew butter because that’s what I had, but I have no doubt that cashew butter would have been fantastic, as well.

summer berry jam oatbowl

His recipe called for homemade or store bought jam, and believe it or not, I made my own.  And by “made” I mean I stuck some frozen fruit with some water in the microwave for two minutes, added some chia seeds, and let sit for a few minutes.  Yeah, not really fancy jam or true jam at all, but it totally worked here, take my word for it.  The first time I made it, I ate half of the mixture (the “dough”) in the evening and poured the rest in the bowl and ate it for breakfast.  The second (and third and fourth) time I made it, I halved the amounts to make a good sized bowl for one.  I’m loving throwing it together at night for an easy, healthy, filling breakfast in the morning.  Are you ready for this super easy and super delicious recipe?

summer berry jam oatbowl recipe

Summer Berry Jam Oat Bowl Recipe

~makes one healthy serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 heaping tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (possibly more for the morning)
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Put frozen fruit and two tablespoons of water in the microwave for two minutes.  Stir in chia seeds while mashing the fruit.  Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine oats, coconut flour, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Add peanut butter and stir, equally disturbing the peanut butter throughout the bowl.
  4. Stir in milk.  Dough will be thick.
  5. Press batter into bowl, scooping out a section in the middle.
  6. Pour in fruit and chia jam.
  7. Let sit in refrigerator overnight.  Enjoy!

Sometimes I add a bit more milk in the morning as the coconut flour really soaks up the liquid!  It’s crazy thick, and in my opinion, better than overnight oats.  Like I said, it’s like pie, and you really can’t go wrong with pie so early in the morning! :)

summer berry jam oat bowl recipe

Do you follow recipes or use them as inspiration? What fruit would you use to make the jam part?

Best Recipes Using Vanilla Protein Powder

Protein powders…. Thoughts?  I think they’re great to add protein (duh), but I don’t think they should replace real food.  Particularly when working out, it’s extremely important to nourish your body with protein rich foods, and using protein powder is one way to do that.  The suggested use for most protein powders are to mix with water or milk.  I need a little something more than that.  I like to make protein shakes with many fun mix-ins depending on the flavor of protein powder.  Vanilla is my absolute favorite since it’s so versatile!  A good vanilla protein powder can easily be blended with your choice of milk and a banana for a delicious, protein packed smoothie.  Or, you can get creative and add it to oatmeal, breads, or even cookies!

I asked my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors (the experts!) for their favorite recipes using vanilla protein powder, and they came up with a very unique list!

best recipes using vanilla protein powder

Best Recipes Using Vanilla Protein Powder

So now the question is… what protein powder will you use?  I recently had the opportunity to try a new-to-me vanilla protein powder, and it quickly became one of my favorites for its great taste, stellar nutrition facts, protein sources, and versatility.  It’s the DailyBurn Fuel-6 vanilla protein powder.  It’s six sources of raw plant protein including pea protein isolate, rice protein, quinoa protein, artichoke protein, hemp protein, and sacha inchi protein.  It’s natural and cholesterol free; there are no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.  It’s vegan, gluten-free soy free, and contains 24 grams of protein, 160 calories, 3 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fiber per serving (two scoops).

fuel today protein powder

Some information I found interesting about the six sources of raw plant protein as listed on the container:

  • Pea Protein Isolate: Pea Protein Isolate is a natural vegetable-based protein which is derived from yellow peas.  It is considered one of the best plant protein source. Pea protein isolate has a balanced amino acid profile and favorable protein concentration. It has good biological value and is easily digested.
  • Rice Protein: Sprouted whole grain brown rice protein has an extensive blend of naturally occurring amino acids and minerals. This easily digestible protein is often used by individuals who suffer from certain types of food allergies and digestive difficulties.
  • Quinoa Protein: Quinoa’s nutritional profile has made it a popular food worldwide. A unique source of plant-based nutrition, quinoa is one of only a few plant foods that has all nine essential amino acids making it a complete source of protein.
  • Hemp Protein: Hemp protein powder is considered one of the plant kingdom’s most complete sources of digestible protein. It has all nine essential amino acids (EAAs) also. EAAs are important building blocks of protein and muscle.
  • Sacha Inchi Protein: Sacha inchi protein powder, which originanted in the Amazon, has often been thought of a high-quality “superfood” protein. Sacha inchi has a unique profile of essential fatty acids and essential amino acids.
  • Artichoke Protein: Artichoke protein is made of essential amino acids. Arginine is the amino acid in highest abundance, which is an amino acid that has been shown in studies to play a unique role in nitric oxide production in the body and maintaining blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range.

The DailyBurn has a great pre workout amplifier and post workout recovery drink, too.

prepost dailyburn

The pre workout amplifier helps you energize your workouts by providing support to build muscle, hydrate, and delay fatigue. The post workout recovery helps you replenish your nutrients most effectively.

The best part about DailyBurn? They have a FREE 30-day workout program!  There is a huge variety to choose from that you can stream quality workout videos to your favorite device.  Boom!  Now go get your workout on.  Then fuel with DailyBurn’s vanilla protein powder in one of the delicious recipes of your choice!

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What’s your favorite way to consume vanilla protein powder?

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‘Merica Y’all!

The past weekend, the Fourth of July, can be summed up with ‘Merica Y’all!  It was said, shouted, screamed, and shrieked dozens upon dozens times with the happiest smile on whoever it was coming from.  I’m pretty sure my sister Stephanie is who got everyone started on the ‘Merica Y’all train.  Check out her Instagram to see her adorable three year old daughter (my mini me) yelling it between giggles.  My family headed out to Innsbrook, which is always a blast.  We had a good-sized group including my family and many friends.  The crew:

4th of july group

All photos in post by Stephanie Cotta Photography.  Big thanks to Stephanie for taking out her big camera, editing, and sending them our way!  We always love your pictures!  I posted a million candid iPhone shots on my Instagram.  (Follow me – @itzlinz)

Just the kids:

4th of july kids

Hey, it’s hard to get everyone smiling!  Ok, maybe it was just William who wasn’t having it.  But how cute is that pouty face?!

There was lots of water play on the lake, tons (TONS!) of good food, smiles, laughter, running (especially by William!), playing, and an unbelievable fireworks show!  All thanks to my wonderful parents who graciously hosted our big group:

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Beyond grateful for them, not to mention they throw the best parties.  And I love how festive they are.  They got everyone in our family new Fourth of July shirts.  Everyone we saw was decked out in their red, white, and blue.  ‘Merica Y’all!

My cute little firecracker:

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William’s shorts, which I’m obsessed with and are actually “bloomies,” are from one of my new favorite Instagram shops called FuzzyPeachThreads.  I had him in them all weekend long, because why not?  They were so festive and so stinkin’ cute!  Oh… and they were just ten bucks!  I got a couple pairs for him!

Check out these sassy girls:

4th of july girls

And these boys riding in style:

4th of july boys

Linking up with Katie & Erin.

I love this image Stephanie took of Jacob:

jacob four of july

When we woke up in the morning, I promptly changed William out of his sleeper and into this amazing outfit.  I think it really shows off his bod! And those rolls… 😉

4th of july morning

Seriously, I love those shorts.  And those curls.

And to end the post, a shot of pure happiness from him and me both:

4th of july happy

Freedom.  ‘Merica Y’all!

What did you do over the July 4th weekend?

Happy 4th!

One year ago, we were in Ohio for the weekend of the Fourth of July celebrating Justin and Dana’s wedding.  William was just twelve weeks old…

audrey william flag

And now, one year later, he’s walking (running!) and talking and has way more hair now and is just the biggest boy ever!

We are heading to the lake this weekend for lots of outdoor time, fireworks, good food, and time with friends and family.

And secretly hoping Stephanie will take a new Fourth of July picture of William…

William american flag baby

That’s when he was just three weeks old!

Happy Fourth of July! Be safe!

Struggling to Work Out

Argh.  I’m frustrated.  When summer was approaching I had all these grand plans of working out on an almost daily basis.  I figured between my family and friends watching William for an hour at a time, taking him to the gym, and jogging with him in the stroller, it would be no problem for me to work out.  After all, I’m a teacher and I have my summers off.  Not a thing to do besides play with my baby, enjoy the weather, and move my body.  Ha!  Was I ever wrong or what!  I’m still busy, it’s just a different kind of busy.  Plus, it’s summer, so I want to enjoy more down time than I get during the school year.  So what’s up with working out?

I just don’t know.  I wouldn’t say I’m in a rut because I’m switching up what I’m doing.  I’m running, biking, swimming, taking BodyPump classes, lifting weights, and doing the stair stepper at the gym… just not as often as I’d like.  Usually when I don’t have William for the short time, I feel like I “need” to work out, and I think that’s the problem.  Working out has never been something I’ve “needed” to do.  It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed because it makes me feel good.

itzlinz 5k race photo

Running in the rain with my sister, not caring about the time or speed, just having a good time.  My favorite race picture!

So when I do have time to work out, I feel like I should swim, bike, or run with my upcoming triathlon less than a month away.  I’ve only been biking once this summer.  I’ve swam a few times.  And my runs have been less than stellar.  Take yesterday, for example.  I had some time, but found it difficult to get motivated to work out.  I told myself I would “only” run two miles.  Two miles seems doable pretty much always.  That two miles was tougher than it should have been, but I shouldn’t be surprised due to my lack of running.  I don’t like starting over, but I’m not running consistently to be making real progress.  Where do I go from here?

I’m hesitant to make a set schedule because I like my summers to be more relaxed.  More than a few times, we’ve made last minute plans to get together with friends, and I don’t want to decline due to a planned work out.  William is not on a set schedule, and I feel like our days revolve around his naps.  Some mornings he may nap at eight, while other days not til later.  But I can’t take him to the gym when he’s really tired because he will be cranky, and I can’t go jogging with outside because he’ll fall asleep and not take a good nap.  Oh, the dilemmas!  I don’t feel the need to work out everyday, but I do want to be more consistent and train harder than I am right now.  I like lifting weights, but I feel like I should be focusing more on running, biking, and swimming right now.

Here’s the other thing: When I do have time, sometimes I have a million other things to do.  House things, cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.  I’ve been spending a lot of time with my new business as it’s taking off, too.  There’s just not enough time in the day!!!

Maybe I just need to take a couple yoga classes to clear my head and get out of this funk.  Clearly I’m all over the place with my thoughts, with my workouts, with this post.  Hence the reason I’m not making progress in my training.

It’s not that I’m upset with not working out, I just wish I was more excited, more motivated, and more structured with my fitness right now.  But you know one thing?

I do love this baby of mine, and I’m certainly grateful for all the time I’ve been getting to spend with him this summer!

Help me out, friends! Give me some advice! What should my new plan of attack be?

Splash Pad Fun

Do you know what a splash pad is?  I didn’t before this summer.  It’s literally just an area (a pad) that has multiple fountains to splash in. Aka the PERFECT summertime activity for kids of all ages, especially on hot, sunny days!  I didn’t want to take William to one before he was walking (PS: WILLIAM IS WALKING!!!), but now that I’ve been, I totally wish I would have taken him sooner.  It’s completely fine for crawlers!  We’ve been twice so far, but after the first time I decided I was going every single day.  William absolutely loves it!  Not only is it the cutest thing ever to see him toddling around in his little swim trunks and swim shirt, but his facial expressions are priceless!  He waves his hands, claps, splashes, squeals.  It’s the best!

Side note: Obviously, sunscreen is a must when you’re outside for any length of time.  There have been so many articles lately published on how toxic chemicals have made their way into sunscreens, even ones claiming to be “natural.”  The solution? Ava Anderson Non Toxic.  It’s not greasy, it’s organic, it does not contain any nanoparticles, no chemical UV absorbers, no parabens, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, fragrance or dyes.  30+ SPF, perfect for babies, kids, and adults, alike.  I don’t feel compelled to rush William into the bath tub right when we’re finished.  It doesn’t have the usual sunscreen smell.  It’s awesome.

Now, some splash pad fun pictures because they’re too cute not to share!

See? Even crawlers love the splash pad!

HAPPINESS!

William could probably spend all day there.  Well, actually not because the splash pad wipes him out!  He’s always super tired and hungry after!

The water and humidity does great things for his curls.

Fountains are the coolest!

Can you hear him shrieking?  He loves it!

Mommas: do you take your little ones to a splash pad? How do you keep cool in the summer?