Uh oh – Bad Idea Ellen

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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 fun but I think it inadvertently encourages people to actually go out and get strange looking sunburns in order to send in a photo and have it possibly appear on national TV.

People make enough bad choices regarding sun protection they don’t need any more encouragement.

I’ve had sunburns, lots of them, really bad ones. They were miserable not funny and have left me with a fear of the long term damage that may show up at any time.

In fairness the request goes on to say ” … Just don’t forget the sunscreen! If you did, and you have the bad sunburn to prove it, we want to see the funny photos.” but I’m sure there are some people who will see this and think it’s a challenge!

What do you think; do you think it encourages stupid-sunburn-selfies?

UPDATE – WELL DONE ELLEN! The link has been REMOVED

It’s not that we don’t have a sense of humor, we love pictures of misspelled tattoos, auto correct fails, bad facebook status updates etc. With so many people still unaware of the dangers of sunburn we’re glad to see Ellen isn’t encouraging silly-sunburn-snaps.

We’d love to see segment on Stylish-Sungear…

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

SEDONA AZI 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, actually started to argue with her,  as she was agreeing with him!

Nothing is guaranteed to get them squabbling, like a couple of pundits in front of a camera, like a few hours squashed together in the back of the car as we head off on a vacation.

We used to listen to music in the car but since they graduated from the strains of Raffi’s animal based arias, no one has managed to agree on a single acceptable artist, song or even radio station.SEDONA SHRUG TIEDYE YELLOW_9355 WM

We are not fans of screen based activities in the car because whether its Big Sur or Grand Canyon the places we visit are spectacular and the drive is part of the trip.

They can listen independently to iPods but ear buds get annoying so we ended the grumbling with our secret weapon, audio books and story based podcasts.

Finding something that appeals to 7 year old, 11 year old and 2 grownups would seem tricky but we all agree on the fabulous Douglas Adams “Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy,” with 5 books in the series it’s kept us quietly entertained for many, many hours.  The other huge hit in our family is a series of podcasts called “Welcome to Night Vale” presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, a town in the desert where all conspiracy theories are real.SEDONA ALIEN SKATE BLACK

During spring break we drove from LA to Joshua tree, on to Phoenix Arizona, up to Sedona, Grand Canyon and back to LA.

Miles -1400 miles

Hours of driving – 20 hours

Duration – 5 days.

Squabbles – surprisingly few!

Do you listen to audio books or podcasts? Do you have any recommendations for us this summer?

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Happy World Environment Day!

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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. LA RIVER GOSLING WM GOOSE

 Now that LA has “banned the bag” I hope this will reduce the amount of plastic that ends up on the wash. Do you carry reusable bags?

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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 Running Day—a coast-to-coast celebration of running. On this day, longtime runners reaffirm their love of running and beginners can kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment

Running Sleevescheck out http://www.runningday.org/

Pledge Your Miles

Team up with Charity Miles so you can “donate” your run and support great causes.

Don’t forget your sun protection!

I was hoping by now I’d be back to running but the latest news on the knee is not encouraging so I need to live vicariously through you guys!

Did you or will you run today? If so where? What did you see

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No More Sunburn – 20% OFF Coupon – ENDS Monday

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Do your kids hate sunscreen? Do you hate sunscreen battles?

Keep sun protection ON shoulders and off clothes!

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Well done Hugh – Wolverine Posts Skin Cancer Selfie

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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 doctors Albom and Arian for working late at night to remove a basal cell carcinoma and remind his followers to “PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN”

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First Time Camping? Use These Tips To Prepare!

SUN SLEEVE SKATE BLACK CAMPINGWhether you know it or not, camping is a great way to get in touch with yourself. It is also a way to have a relaxing time away from the stresses of everyday life. There are some things you need to keep in mind though, so here are a few tips to make your camping trip work out great.

Research any potential campground well. They all have different amenities. Some may have showers and bathrooms, while others may not. There are even a few campgrounds that are quite fancy, with onsite miniature golf games or water parks. You may not need or want all that, so figure it out ahead of time so that you are not disappointed when you get there.

Make sure that you avoid any venomous plants. A good way to do this is to stop at the ranger station and ask what kinds of poisonous plants are in the area so you can identify them if you come into contact with them on the trail. Never eat anything while hiking on the trail if you do not know it is edible.

Over-packing is better than under-packing when it comes to children. Camping can be messy. Children seem to be dirt magnets. So, you are likely to be dealing with grimy kids all day long. To prepare, bring additional clothing for your children. Be prepared for dirty clothes and dirty children by packing extra clothes.

If you are interested in camping, and you are new to the activity, then you should never start out alone. It can be quite dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, so it is important to bring along an experienced friend to help you learn the ropes.

Check weather reports in the area you plan to camp in. There are many great websites that can also give you a good idea of what weather is typical for the area during the time you plan to visit. Having a good idea of what the weather will be like will ensure that you pack accordingly for your trip.

Ask a park ranger or a tour guide to let you know about all the places to check out while you are camping. This is a good idea so that you know you are getting the most out of your camping experience, you don’t want to take a camping trip and miss out on a fun experience.

Any time you go camping; do not forget to bring a first-aid kit along with you. Since accidents can happen at any time, a first-aid kit is a very valuable asset to possess. Be sure to include topical creams for bug bites, sun burns and poison ivy when putting your kit together.

Pack extra flashlights and batteries. It can get quite dark at night, away from all the city lights. A light source is very important. Bring a few spare flashlights just in case. Make sure that you pack extra batteries as well. A light source is something you do not want to find yourself without.

When camping, most people enjoy relaxing around a campfire. To prevent your fire from becoming out of control, you should incorporate a few safety practices. First of all, build your fire away from bushes and trees so that sparks from your fire will not start a forest fire. You will also want to use a circle of rocks to contain your campfire. Do not ever leave your fire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure your campfire has been totally extinguished and that there is no remaining hot embers.

You can relax when you’re camping, and when you’re enjoying yourself you can get a bit more in tune with yourself. Use the tips in this article to make sure you really enjoy all there is to enjoy on your camping trip. Look for ways to make your experience one you will remember.

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1) Always keep your tent zipped up (keep the bugs and critters out)

2) If you have an old piece of carpet at home bring it to put outside your ‘door’ to take shoes on and off and keep your tent clean

3) Invest in headlamps, they free up your hands, rarely get dropped down the toilet are worn at head height so make kids more visible to drivers than a flashlight

Do love to camp and have some great tips? Are you  hoping to give it a try? Or are you one of those people that think it’s craaaaazy to want to sleep with nothing but a bit of fabric between you and the wild outdoors!

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