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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.

How To Safely Keep Ants Off Your Hammock and Keep Them Off!

Ahhhhhhh I hate ANTS! After a long day of gardening and putting up a shade sail over the hammock I flumped into it for a well deserved rest. Then promptly leaped back out of it as a wave of  ants swarmed over my … Continue reading

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How Much Sunscreen Should You Apply? Check Out This Handy Graphic

Remember most sunscreens need to be applied 20-30 minutes BEFORE going out in the sun, that’s how long it takes for them to START working. Sunscreen must be reapplied EVERY 2 hours, more often after swimming, sweating or Toweling off

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KILL WEEDS with Ingredients From Your Kitchen- It’s Easy, Fast and Cheap!

Weeds are a time and water consuming pest, if like me, you are fed up with them always showing up in the wrong place but you don’t want to add to ground water pollution give these low toxic homemade herbicides … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation – Build a PVC Pipe Bike Rack With The Kids

The bikes and scooters were driving me bonkers, left all over the yard and garage. I love things we can make from stuff we already have and we have loads of bits of PVC pipe lurking around from our various … Continue reading

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Uh oh – Bad Idea Ellen

I like Ellen, I like her show but I just saw this invitation on the show’s website and think it really sends the wrong message. “Send Us Your Bad Sunburn Photos!” I know this is meant in the spirit of … Continue reading

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Travel With Kids – Our Secret To Keeping Sane On Long Road Trips

I don’t know about yours but sometimes I think my kids believe their sole purpose in life is to disagree with their sibling. Recently my 11 year old, so accustomed is he to taking the opposite view of his sister, … Continue reading

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Happy World Environment Day!

  We saw these little goslings as we cycled along the LA river. It’s a lovely ride but a depressing amount of trash gets blown into the river and threatens these, and many other inhabitants of the river.  Now that … Continue reading

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Today is – NATIONAL RUNNING DAY-June 4th

Why Do You Run? Some run for a cause, some for fitness, others for sanity. Whatever your reason, grab your running shoes, search for a meetup group on your area and RUN! Celebrate June 4 Be a part of National … Continue reading

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No More Sunburn – 20% OFF Coupon – ENDS Monday

 Protect Your Arms and Shoulders from SUNBURN this summer Do your kids hate sunscreen? Do you hate sunscreen battles? Keep sun protection ON shoulders and off clothes! Don’t miss our memorial day SALE Get 20% OFF everything with discount code ENDBURNS Sunny … Continue reading

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Well done Hugh – Wolverine Posts Skin Cancer Selfie

I’m not a huge selfie fan but I am a huge Hugh Jackman fan.  While this might not have been the sexiest snap of the whiskery-one, Hugh made the selfie more selfless when he took to Instagram to thank his … Continue reading

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