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Cabana Life Sun Safety

Happy summer 2017!

With summer comes lots of fun times outside with friends and family. And since we live on the beach in coastal Connecticut, we spend most of our summer outdoors.

As I have shared with you all before, I have skin cancer, so I need to be extra careful when I’m in the sun. I am always looking for stylish but safe UPF clothing brands to protect my skin from further damage. Although I’ve tried several different types of UPF clothing brands, one of the brands that I love for myself and for my kids is Cabana Life.

Because I love this brand so much, and I know you will too, I want to offer you a special promo code for 20% off your next order from Cabana Life. Simply use the code BCPROTECT at check out to get 20% off your total purchase. There are so many tops, bottoms, dresses and swimwear to choose from for women, men and kids!

If you are looking for something comfortable and trendy, then my one fashionable tip for you this season is to combine the rashguard top with the bikini bottom—it’s a summer essential!

And since we are on this important topic of sun safety, please be sure you’re also using sunscreen on yourself and your family. Our best-selling sunscreen from Beautycounter earns the top rating for safety from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Beautycounter Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30Beautycounter Sunscreen Stick for Face SPF 30I love the Protect All Over Sunscreen lotion for the body and the Protect Stick Sunscreen for the face—it’s easy to use, and I can throw in my purse or beach bag for quick and easy reapplication.

 

 

Let’s all stay sun safe & stylish this summer!

xoxo NBC

 

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Tricks for a Sun-Kissed Summer Glow

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It seems we have fast tracked into summer with sunny and hot days already here.

Since I am a skin cancer gal, I am NOT able to lay out in the sun or get any color from the sun. Basically the sun hates me. But the problem is I love having color and getting a “tan” or a summer glow. The good news is I can get that whole look from some of my go-to’s from Beautycounter. Here is my triple threat for a faux glow: Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer, Glow Shimmer Oil and Color Contour Matte Bronzer.

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The Gratitude Attitude

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Having gratitude is such an important factor in our lives. Finding a few moments where you can reflect and focus on what you are grateful for can be so helpful. If we can all focus more on what is going right in our lives, we can see all the good that is happening even if there are some twists and turns along the way. This helps us stay positive and keep moving froward with our head held high—it’s one of the best ways for us to reach our goals, no matter what they may be!
It’s a good idea, right?
Making lists has always worked for me! Try creating a list of what you are grateful for, either once a day or once per week. Writing it down and seeing it in print can have such a positive result.

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Why We Have a “No Shoes” Rule In Our House (and You Should Too)

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Do you take your shoes off at the front door? If you answered no, then you are most likely bringing in all types of germs and bacteria into your house. A study done by the University of Arizona found an average of 421,000 different bacteria on shoes. That’s a lot of bacteria!

The biggest culprits were the following: Escherichia coli (E. Coli), which can cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, which can cause infections in wounds and bloodstream, and can cause pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare infection that can make its way into your respiratory tract and wounds.

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On the Run: The Perfect Makeup Look In Under 3 Minutes

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It’s that time of year again when the kids are back to school and we’re all running around trying to adjust to the schedule. Frankly, it’s been exhausting and I am now convinced September is just one of the most hectic months of the year! 🙂

Getting the kids fed, dressed, combed, and in the car by 7:30am calls for a quick morning makeup fix (because time is limited and mommy is on the go)!

So to make it easy with no time to spare, I’ve put together this 3 minute makeup look that’s fresh, flawless and lasts all day, using only four products!  It’s an easy morning routine.

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What’s In My “Go” Bag: Everyday Essentials

go bag everyday essentials

We all have our everyday essentials that we cannot be without, no matter where we go—from parks and beaches to running errands and hanging out with friends. Whatever I do, I always keep my health and skin in mind, which is why I cannot be without sun protective gear such as sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It’s important to protect your skin no matter the season (I switch up my hats once the seasons change, of course!)  Some friends have asked me what my favorite goodies are that I always carry around with me, so here’s a peek inside my bag.

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Use This, Not That: Toothpaste

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Do you brush your teeth every day?  Do you know what’s in your toothpaste? Are you a Colgate toothpaste user? If you answered yes, then it’s time to make a switch, and here’s why.

In your entire lifetime, you use an average of about 20 gallons of toothpaste, and each time you spit out the paste, there are a few bits that get absorbed into your bloodstream. In fact, your mouth is one of the most absorbent places in your whole body. So as you swish and brush in your mouth, the ingredients from the toothpaste get sucked into your mouth and gums.

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Making Healthy Changes: Toss the Non-Stick Pots and Pans at Home

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Since we recently moved to a new house, I thought it would be a good time for us to re-think what cookware we are using in our kitchen.  I am trying to be more aware of what toxic chemicals are being used in my household.  You’re probably thinking what’s not to love about non-stick cookware? It’s easy to clean and cook on, plus it seems that it doesn’t darken or blacken as fast as other cookware does. But did you know that when pots and pans made with Teflon are heated above 350 ºC (662 ºF), the primary chemical in Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), “begins to degrade, releasing fine particles and a variety of gaseous compounds that can cause damage to the lungs when inhaled“?

According to recent studies, these toxins are accumulating in human blood dangerously fast, and the problem is that they are leading to chronic disease over time.

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