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Friday, May 20, 2022

Friday Favorites-- a Summer Giveaway!

 Hello friends! I hope you are having a nice week. We officially have a kindergartner in our house and I am equal parts excited and also wondering where my tiny little baby went. 

The graduation ceremony was precious. They said the Pledge of Allegiance, several prayers, sang some songs, and as they walked up to the stage to "graduate", the school director read some sweet things their teachers had written about them. I loved every single second of it. And now summer is here and we are ready to make the most of it. I am very much looking forward to all the fun this summer will bring!


I feel it has been forever since I've done a Friday Favorites post and today I have some things to share that are new-ish to me over the past few months but I have really come to love. At the bottom of this post I am doing a little giveaway where the winner will get to choose one of the featured items in this post and I will mail it to you! I love these products so much I want someone else to love them too. 😊 

Let's have a look:

Sun Bum Sunscreen-- We were at the Whitewater Center a little over a month ago and had forgotten to pack our sunscreen. I ran into the little shop to buy some and the saleswoman was really talking up how good this sunscreen smelled. I mean she kept going on and on about it, I thought "dang, is it really that good?" It was the only brand they had in the shop, so I grabbed some and the minute we put it on our whole family was like "oh my gosh, that smells REALLY good!" Hahaha I mean, I thought the lady in the shop was a little crazy but now I've turned into the crazy sunscreen lady. Our kids insist on putting on this brand instead of the others we have at home. We have the sunscreen and the chapstick. They are both wonderful!

Rind Snacks-- I was out running a bunch of errands one day and wanted a healthy snack. I saw the watermelon-coconut one of these in the snack aisle and thought I'd give it a shot. They were delicious! And healthy! The perfect snack for being on the go. I have now tried them all and they are all good. My favorites are the coconut/watermelon, peach/apple/persimmon, and the strawberry/pear/apple. That being said, I am a Sour Patch Kid fan and the tangy kiwi really hit the spot when you're craving something sour.  These would make for the perfect snack to throw in your pool bag, picnic basket, or purse for some outside summer fun. 

Sunless Tanner-- My hairdresser Stephanie always has the best suggestions of new things for me to try. After talking to women all day long for her job, she certainly is "in the know" about all the good beauty products to try out. So when she told me this sunless tanner was her new favorite, I opened up my Amazon app and bought it right then and there. I have used a variety of sunless tanners over the years, and I have to agree with Stephanie that this one is GREAT! Here's why I love this one so much:

- With tanning wipes it is very easy to miss a spot, and unfortunately you don't notice you've missed the spot until the tan has already developed and it's too late. This St. Tropez tanner is a mousse that goes on dark, so you can see where you've missed applying it and fix immediately.

- With other tanners you do not have control over how dark the tan is. With this one, you do! You leave it on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want it, then rinse it off. It will continue to develop for up to 8 hours after putting it on, but the shade stays roughly the same as when you wash it off. So if you're wanting a subtle tan, wash it off after 1 hour. If you want a darker tan, leave it on for 3 hours. 

** You WILL need a mitt to apply this. I just bought the cheapest one on Amazon and it worked very well***

 I used the sunless tanner earlier this week and took some before/after pictures:

Here are my legs before. I always try to exfoliate with this first and shave. Then I rub some regular lotion on my knees/ankles/any other dry areas. 

This is what it looks like right after I put it on. See how it's darker and I can see where I've missed any spots?

I wanted the tan to be darker, so I left it on for 2.5 hours. Even after you rinse it off the tan continues to develop for up to 8 hours, so once I showered and got ready in the morning I took one last pic:

Looks pretty realistic right? After having spent way too much time in tanning beds in high school and college, my days of getting a real tan from the sun are over. I've had 20+ moles removed and some of them were sketchy. I much prefer sitting in the shade with my sunscreen on and using a sunless tanner instead. 


So in the hopes of kicking summer off right, I wanted to do a little giveaway! You can enter the rafflecopter below to win YOUR CHOICE of the following:

-  A SunBum sunscreen and chap stick

- A variety pack of RIND snacks

- The St. Tropez sunless tanner and a mitt (if you need one)

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me one thing you are looking forward to this summer. 😎 Click this link to enter the giveaway. I will announce the winner next Friday so please come back to see if you've won!!

Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites. Have a wonderful weekend!!

35 comments :

  1. I am most looking forward to having the summer off, I am a teacher!

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  2. Thanks for the opportunity! I’m looking forward to some great weather!

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    1. MJ Miller - sorry the above posted anonymous 🀦🏻‍♀️

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  3. What a great giveaway, it's always fun to try someone's tried and true favorites! I'm totally someone who would go on and on about how good Sun Bum smells! (FWIW trust me, don't use the hair lightener...it took months for me to get my hair right again! But the sunscreen is where it's at.)

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  4. We are traveling in our 5th Wheel for the first time this summer... Texas to Massachusetts to Maine to Wyoming back to Texas!!!!!

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  5. We are taking an Alaskan cruise in June, then Florida for a beach wedding

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  6. watching the hummingbirds :)

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  7. MY FAVORITE SELF TANNER!

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  8. I am looking forward to late nights without having to get up for school the next morning. Also, have a trip planned to Boston with my sister and mother.

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  9. Looking forward to some trips to the lake & the beach, watching AVP vball and all the other summer activities with friends & family

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  10. The rind snacks look delicious!

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  11. We are kicking off our summer with a family trip to Yellowstone Nat Park the first part of June. Can't wait!

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  12. Looking forward to spending more time with my kids and family vacations!

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  13. Looking forward to spending the summer with my sweet girl who just finished kindergarten:)
    -Kelsey Moore (kelsey.moore926@gmail.com

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  14. I'm looking forward to having my college kids home for the summer!

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  15. I am most looking forward to spending some quality time with my littles! I am an assistant principal with not a lot of down time throughout the year :)

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  16. How fun! I can't wait for our first summer as pool owners! Congrats to LG on Pre-K Graduation!

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  17. Those Rind snacks look delicious!

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  18. Yay for summer break! Enjoy the slow days for sure because I have a feeling it’s going to fly by. We use Sun Bum. I love it because it goes on smoothly and doesn’t irritate my son’s sensitive skin. Happy Friday and wishing you a great weekend!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  19. I’m looking forward to flexibility in our schedules and going at a slower pace.

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  20. I added dried fruit to my vacation packing list. This would be better than sweets and candy. My kids use to love dried mango

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  21. I am going to have to keep an eye out for those Rind snacks; they sound like something I'd really like!

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  22. I love the Sun Bum products too πŸ™‚

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  23. I’m looking forward to some undistracted family time! We have a few trip planned which is what it takes to get my family to unplug and to be present. And I’m going to soak all those moments up. I can’t wait! Oh and the fruit Rinds. I’m looking forward to to trying those as well. Yum!

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  24. Travel travel travel! Work trip, extended family beach trip, and a few other fun things in the mix

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  25. I am looking forward to spending time with my school age grandkids! We have lots of fun day trips planned.

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  26. I’m looking forward to checking things off the summer bucket list I made with my kids!

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  27. The rind snacks sound yummy! I wish we could get them here in Australia.

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  28. I'm looking forward to some much needed downtime (to read and hang w/ the kids) as well as our vacation

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  29. What a fun giveaway! I'm looking forward to some rest and a lot of downtime with my daughter! I just love summertime!

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  30. As a school principal, I’m looking forward to downtime and reading!

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  31. My sister in law loves sun bum I was at Sam's yesterday and it was on sale so I got some can't wait to try it out this summer

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  32. Looking forward to spending time with family!

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  33. Sun Bum is one of my favorite brands. Love their sunscreen, as well as their conditioner and shampoo.

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