Ok mamas and papas when do you think about self care and being a little bit Vain about yourself? Yeah yeah you probably think this song is about you, because you're so vain! But lets be real...very few of us take the time for ourselves every once in a while. Case in point I just went to my hairdresser Stella at Meraki Loft and cut off 8 inches of hair to be donated to Children with Hair loss because of how long I neglected cutting my hair! I think the last time I got a cut and style was the morning of our 1 year old pictures on January 2! Yup 8 inches and still have hair! It was amazing!
Going back to school right after a vacation where I barely look in the mirror calls for some ME time. And though I am not relaxed enough while trying to enjoy my treatments because I am trying to multitask and remember what else I have to do, I have to give credit where credit is due. The ladies (and sometimes gentleman) at Benefit Cosmetics on Damen (Chicago) rock my world they get me in, make me beautiful and allow me to feel pampered! There was a time as my maternity leave was ending and I was again going back to school where I could not make an appointment and they were packed. The guy at the front said maybe try in 20 minutes and I said ok I'll go pump in the car and I will be back in. They still did not have a spot, but another mama benefit beauty maven heard me and took me in because she got it. They get it! Also note that as they wheeled me into labor and delivery I told them that I was NOT staying because I had a brow appointment.
The thing is ladies there are things that have to get taken care of. I laser my hair with the amazing Ms. Patti at Enfuse Med Spa, and I have been with her through 2 locations and probably 10 years. These are people that I feel know and love me and value my time and energy. So take the time. Pamper yourself. I know this is like a public service message, but really it has to be said!
I may not be necessarily loyal to my nail salon (sorry) but I am pretty loyal to the ladies that have taken care of me. They are like family. They are my tribe. Hands up ladies and take care of yourself before you lose yourself!
So we have been back a few weeks now, but with the grind of life of course this is just getting up. I was speaking with Zoe Withers of www.thinkbaby.org about how to keep my twinnies safe at the lake and the beach and all that jazz. There are so many things to think about and actually getting out in the sun is much more of a process than I could have ever imagined. First there is the the sun protected long sleeved rash guard that if you have ever tried to not only put on a wriggly toddler is EVEN more difficult to get off! Then its putting sunscreen in all their little exposed spots and forget about not getting it on their lips and in their mouth (#momfail). Of course there is always a hat to protect their scalp and then maybe you get 20 minutes to hang because nap time is coming up.
Anyway this is why I spoke with ThinkBaby I wanted to find out what the best sunscreens would be for my twinnies. I have sensitive and VERY fair little men and I do not want chemicals seeping into them when I can avoid it. Also I do not want them to be chalk babies or stay puffed marshmallow looking toddlers. The first product on the page is Babyganics Mineral Sunscreen. It comes in a convenient pump that you can pump onto your kiddos and then rub, rub, rub. I love this product because it can't be squeezed out by my tiny hands and I can apply as needed. They also have a stick version that I totally keep in my purse, the diaper bag, the stroller or wherever because it will not leak and it applies really easily. Another one that we love is Thinkbaby or ThinkSport. All of these products and companies work hard to ensure that their products are safe and truly chemical free. They are natural as much as they possibly can be.
Anyway the reason I even pondered this and consulted with Zoe is because at my twinnies 18 month appointment I mentioned to our doctor that one of my fellas has a small "beauty mark" on his cheek. Now this is cute identifier for my identical twins, it was something that I felt I should mention. My man has many moles and I recently had a few things removed including a black beauty mark that turned out to be a blue nevus that could eventually turn into cancer. Of course as my toddlers ran around in their shoes, diapers, and sun hats, she asked me if I used sunscreen on them. I was shocked and taken aback and probably a little defensive in saying yes. Then going home with mom guilt that maybe I did not use enough or often enough. But I think he is ok and she explained it was smaller than a millimeter or a pencil eraser so it should be fine. And now people had an identifier, right?
We as parents have a lot of pressure to keep our babies safe. And this is definitely a critical time in their dermis development. They say that skin damage happens before a person is in their teens. While some of us may have sunbathed in baby oil, we pay the price as we have gotten older. Now it is our turn to guide our kids to a happy healthy life. Not living in a bubble and experiencing all that the world has to offer. Especially in the summer at the lake!
Baby Fun in the Sun
BBQ Season Safety
EWG Sunscreen Safety List 2018
Jenifer Roth is a full time super woman...in her mind! Well she is good at being ok at the all the roles she takes on. Enjoy the ride!