Summer Loves

So summer is still officially another week away but it has certainly felt like summer for awhile now since we have been so lucky with the sunshine lately. I have immersed myself in all things summer lately and loving being home with the girls these days. I thought I would share some of our favorite summer items these days.

1 – Sunscreen. Okay so I am bad here. I rarely wear it – I know, I know but am getting better and Avery is slathered in it all the time. I was sent two brands of sunscreen to protect the whole family (minus Chloe of course) this summer. Alba Botanica and Live Clean Baby.

Live Clean Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is brand new and I was excited to see my favourite kids line come out with sunscreen! It is lightweight, non-greasy with no chemicals. As usual is also meets also of Live Clean’s standards, plant derived, free of sulfates, petrolatum, parabens, DEA, phosphates, silicone and hypoallergenic.


Alba Botanica was a new to me brand that impressed me right away, I love the spray bottle option with both sunscreens we were sent and the lotion is non-greasy – my number one must have with sunscreen. The sport sunscreen is perfect for our runs and beach days for Chad and I as it water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The kid’s sunscreen is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes as well.

2 -This iced tea brewer from Chapters. I used plum points to pay for most it and so glad I did, I make a pitcher every week and it saves me from spending extra money at Starbucks! Plus brewing iced tea at home is so easy!  And David’s Tea summer teas make perfect iced tea!


3 – Baby and Toddler Clothes. So my girls have better wardrobes than me these days. I have fallen in love with some local small shops and Old Navy like always has the cutest summer clothes for the girls as well.

Some of our current favourites:

Pineapple romper from Littles & Spice:


Shorts from Harlow Eden Designs and shoes from Minimoc


Shorts from Bear & Roo (we also have the BEST hoodie from them!) and bandanna bib from Hazelberry & Co: 


These leggings from Hazelberry & Co and pineapple onesie from Old Navy – we love anything pineapple!


Oh and I cannot forget about Avery’s bathing suit “collection”…Is this a sign I have a problem?! 😉


4 – My Younique lip gloss. I am a lip gloss snob and love this stuff, it is not sticky and a perfect fun summer colour!




12 thoughts on “Summer Loves

  1. Kelly

    I am looking for a new sunscreen for myself and the kids – Just found out the one I had bought (Neutrogena) got the worst rating of all! Might give one of these a try!

    1. arunningtale

      I had no idea about good and bad ingredients in sunscreens until I had Avery then I randomly came across an article and have been anal about it ever since!

  2. Jen

    I love my iced tea jug. It's so refreshing to have iced tea at home and something different than water.
    I'm a sunscreen nut, I love the sun but don't want to pay the price so I'm always slathered in it.

    1. arunningtale

      I agree! I get so sick of water some days so it is a great alternative. I am better (now) at using sunscreen say on beach days but for runs I never even think about it. I need to work on it!

  3. thebexfactor

    I want to try the Live Clean sunscreen. I find it hard to find a good kids sunscreen. The more natural ones that I've tried aren't as effective.

  4. Stacy

    Mango Fruit Punch is my favourite iced tea!!
    I also have that same Younique lip gloss, I love it also.

  5. Ashley

    I just got some yo unique lip gloss too and I really like it as well! My only complaint is that the applicator is flimsy! I have a feeling Emilya will have a swimsuit collection as well once she is old enough to enjoy the pool!! Noah has a collection, as well as M and I!!! We love the Harlow shorts you gave us!! I like that they will fit her for so long!!


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