Take Care of Your Skin!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

I am honored to be partnering  with Shedo Lane and SwimZip to bring awareness and to help you keep your skin healthy!

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When I first learned that I would be working with Shedo Lane and SwimZip during skin cancer awareness I jumped on it! Cancer is something that hits close to home so any and every way I can help, I will. I also know I am so guilty of not taking care of my skin the way I should – risking my health to get that perfect tan!

First, I wanted to take a second to share some facts and tips with you! It is so scary!

  • Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.
  • Each year $8.1 billion is spent treating skin cancer.
  • Over the last 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than every other cancer combined.
  • In the course of a lifetime, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer.
  • Every 54 minutes someone dies from melanoma.
  • After 5 sunburns, a person’s risk of melanoma practically doubles.
  • Sadly, it is estimated that 9,730 people will die this year from melanoma.

{Facts from skincancer.org}

While those are super scary, skin cancer is a very easy thing to lower your chances of getting! Here’s some great tips I found, as well!

  • Always use sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. And don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours!
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses, if possible.
  • Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Use lip balm and lipstick with SPF.
  • Practice the shadow rule: If your shadow is shorter than you the sun ray’s are at their strongest.
  • If possible, wear clothing made with sun-protective materials. The longest the sleeves and pant legs, the better.
  • Don’t only think about this in the pool or at the beach! Think about taking care of your skin anytime you’re outside – at the park, going for a walk, a picnic, you name it!

{Information from cancer.net}

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Our shirts are from Shedo Lane

As I said, I’m so honored to be working with Shedo Lane and SwimZip to bring awareness to skin cancer. The owner has had many personal experiences with skin cancer so she wanted to create a company that would keep her family safe in the sun, hence the UPF 50+ fabric, while also being fashion forward, hence the super cute designs.

Here’s a few more pictures of the pieces Shedo Lane and SwimZip sent us! Thanks again, for keeping us safe this summer!

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**Keep your eyes peeled the next few weeks because we are partnering again to host two separate giveaways on Instagram! Yay! In the meantime, comment below for an additional 10 entries, and tell me at least one item you would be interested in buying if you win the shop credit!**

xoxo

Domestic Travel: 5 Things to do on a Day Trip to Savannah (Baby Friendly)

This trip actually started as a weekend vacation to Hilton Head, SC, for a wedding. Since it was for a wedding, though, we were busy most of the time we were there. This one particular day was completely free so my friend, Kassie, and I decided to venture to Savannah, GA since neither of us had been there. We left early and spent the day there and soaked up as much as we could. My 11 month old goddaughter was also with us so everything we did was baby friendly!

Enjoy!!!


1. Sit on the bus stop bench where Forrest Gump sat…but you have to get creative

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The famous bus stop scene from Forrest Gump took place in Chippawa Square. When we got there however the bench was not there (and apparently never was). I was told that it was a movie prop and now sits in a museum. I was a bit disappointed, but aside from the bench not being there the backdrop is exactly the same, the big James Oglethorpe statue in the middle and everything! It was neat walking around right where such an important part of the movie was filmed. And there were still benches that look just like the one from the movie so we went ahead and snagged a pic anyway!


2. Walk down River Street

You could spend the whole day doing this! There are lots of restaurants and bars and tons of neat shops, including an amazing candy kitchen we spent way too much time in! Haha The view of the river is simple and gorgeous and the stone road and sidewalks are so pretty! This is also a easy place to find restrooms and ATMs if you’re on the go!

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3. Eat shrimp and grits at Tubby’s Tank House

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Both this dish and restaurant were suggested to Kassie and I and we knew it was a must-do! I have a weakness for food that’s specific to an area and was told that shrimp and grits in Georgia is a must! Well, let me tell you what, I’m not a shrimp fan and I’m not a grits fan but this was delicious! The crab dip appetizer was also fantastic! We sat outside, even though it was hot, because the riverwalk atmosphere was so fun and the view was so relaxing!


4. Take a stroll (by vehicle or on foot) through the spanish moss lined roads

This may have been my favorite thing about the area! This was actually the one and only thing I had on my bucket list before venturing into Savannah. There’s something simple charming and beautiful about the oaks and cypress trees that the Spanish moss hangs from. It looks like you’re driving through a movie set on a film set in the south years ago. Just so whimsical! (I don’t necessarily suggest stopping your car in the middle of a road for a picture though, like I did)

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5. Soak in history in the Colonial Park Cemetery

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I’m awful when it comes to historical facts but I love historical buildings, replicas, cemeteries, etc. When we stumbled across this while walking through Savannah we couldn’t help but have a look around. There is a stone walkway through the cemetery so it is easy to navigate which helped since we had a stroller with us! The cemetery was established back in 1750 and there are several Revolutionary War veterans buried there. If I remember correctly it is the oldest cemetery (well, documented one) in all of Savannah. (I didn’t take any photos once we were inside the gates of the cemetery, but in the above photo you can see some of the tombs and headstones on the other side of the fence).


 

Have you ever been to Savannah? Or live there? Would you add anything to the list?

xoxo

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Have Blog, Will Travel

I’m so excited to be adding a part of my life that’s so, so special and important to me and quite frankly I can’t believe has never been part of this blog before!

If you follow me on social media you know I talk about traveling being a passion of mine. If you know me personally you know I have a slight obsession! We have traveled little to not at all since Adalynn’s been born (August 2015). I always just knew that she’d be jet setting at an early age but life’s been a bit chaotic in not the best ways the past year or so and it’s just been something that’s been put on the back burner.

But no more! Traveling is a hobby of mine and is something I thoroughly enjoy. It truly rejuvenates my soul. And even if it’s a small trip somewhere here in Virginia, I intend to be doing a lot more of it soon.

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