Great Outdoors, Protected

School is out for the next two months, and the big kids have started their little half day camps, leaving the remainder of our days to be spent outdoors. With playground romps, picnics in our backyard, bonfires at the beach, and barbecues with friends and family, we pretty much enjoy the last bit of sun each day, and the warm temperatures during our long summer nights together. In Battery Park City, the “suburbs of Manhattan” there are plenty of trees, grassy fields, and beautiful flowers lining our waterfront, and sometimes, its easy to forget that we actually live in New York City.

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With all of the plush greenery, we tend to have our fair share of mosquitos, and just the other day, a fun outdoor movie on our lawn was filled with kids scratching and screaming about the bugs. The next morning, the kids woke up with so many bug bites on their legs, that they were scratching for an entire week. Each year the bug situation tends to worsen, which sometimes, puts a damper on our summertime pleasure.

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As soon as we walked in the door from the movie, I started searching for bug repellents that were not only effective, but safe for the kids, and I stumbled upon Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard. Growing up, I only remember one type of bug spray, so I was surprised to see that Avon offered three different types of protection: a spray for camping, a spray for families with added SPF, and another spray for those outdoor nights. All of Skin So Soft Bug Repellents are DEET-free, which was my biggest concern when considering the use of some sort of protection. It was very reassuring to see that this harmful chemical was not part of their formula, and that all their sprays are dermatologist tested, hypo-allergenic, and PABA-free.

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For our daytime outings, I use Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition SPF 28 Aerosol Spray. The SPF 28 spray is effective against mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, gnats, and other pests. The waterproof formula is non-greasy, with moisturizing vitamin E.


For evening hours there is Skin So Soft’s Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Insect Repellent. It offers long-lasting protection against mosquitoes, same as the Bug Guard Plus IR3535, but it lasts for up to 6-7 hours. The Picaridin is an effective alternative ingredient to DEET, and the spray has little odor, with a light, clean feel. This is great for families to enjoy outdoor activities like walks, runs, and evening barbecues, especially at dusk or dawn, when sunscreen protection is not needed.


The Skin So Soft has made our last few outdoor rendezvous’ much more pleasant, and I am certain that we will be protected for the camping trip we have panned in a few weeks. I am looking forward to campfires, making smores, and enjoying our environment, while assured that the kids will be comfortable during our time in the great outdoors.

Thank you Avon Skin So Soft for sponsoring this post and my keeping my kiddies buggy free this summer. 

A Colorful Ride

Yesterday, I just the first taste of the summer routine, and have to say I’m a little nervous about managing it all this summer. Over the next few weeks, Ryder has science camp, and Siella has dance camp, both with the same drop off times, and each location couldn’t be further apart from one another. Since the camps end at 12pm and 1pm, it seemed to just make sense for Gemma and I to stroll around and hit the park, because we didn’t have time to go home and head back before the first camp let out.  We no longer have a babysitter, and when Jason is on the road, it will be just me.

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With all the time we will spend moving from place to place this summer, the Orbit G3 Travel System is the ideal setup for my little family of three littles. The innovative strolling solution is known for its customizability from bases to seats to accessories. It features a 360-degree rotating seat perfect when dining out, color-coded brakes for easy distinction, adjustable handlebars, along with a roomy cargo basket for storage.

The Orbit has been in our family before Gemma was born, and it’s grown to accommodate Gemma. We walk everywhere, and sometimes need to be in two places at the same time (camp, for instance!) and I feel safe knowing I have all three around me holding onto something. Gemma usually sits in the toddler seat, while the big kids cruise on the side kick boards and hold onto the handles. The side kick stroller boards are key, and the kids love hitching a ride whenever possible. Orbit’s patented QuadShock front stroller suspension and rubber no-pump rear tires gives for a smooth push, which is needed for uneven rocky NYC pavement.

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Since we’ve been using the Orbit for so long, I felt we should spruce it up at bit with some of their new color sunshades, Plum and Ruby. The sunshades are big enough to completely cover the seat, protecting the kids from the sun’s rays; and with 100% UVA and UVB protection, I am reassured that they are safe and comfortable. Gemma is slowing letting go of her midday nap, but somehow, she still falls asleep riding in the Orbit allowing me to still tote the big kids around. Speaking of traveling, our stroller has come nearly everywhere with us, as the frame folds down with only one hand, making for easy transition in out of cars and even airplanes.

On our first outings with the new shades, I thought it would be fun to coordinate the girls’ outfits to match. The shades are a breeze to change, so one look for each color shade was easy enough to pull off.  It made such a statement, that I was stopped on our esplanade, and asked several times who makes our stroller.

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We are headed out to Long Island this weekend for the 4th of July, so we will use the new Ruby sunshade, while the kids rock some patriotic outfits, which are already packed and ready to go.

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Like any stroller for a New Yorker, the Orbitbaby G3 Travel System is so much a part of our lives and lifestyle, why not personalize it to your mood or wardrobe, from day to day! I am sure it will make our shuffling from place to place a bit more colorful.

Sunday Styles: Olive Mae


Looks like summer is finally settling into its grove with sunny skies and high temps, so in our house it’s dresses, dresses, dresses. The girls live in dresses and we can never have enough. We spend the majority of our days in the playgrounds and streets of NYC, and nothing makes them more comfortable. A friend just… Read more »

Perception Perceived


In the past, I shared a story about a judgmental mom in our playground, which surprisingly drew lots of attention from friends and readers. Making comments like “Oh I never see you in the playground after school,“ or “Oh I haven’t seen you at pick up in a while” and “Oh, but I saw your babysitter yesterday.” And our last… Read more »

Weekend With Samsung


A few weekends ago, I was invited to the Hamptons for a super fun event with Samsung.  Samsung outfitted an entire house in Sag Harbor to show off their newest most innovative, appliances. The weekend was comprised of different events, where guests were offered an upfront and personal experience with the new appliances, which will make certain… Read more »

Summer Essentials


Everyone has their happy place, and my happy place is definitely the beach.  Come summertime, the family and I spend as much time there as possible. The girls spend hours building their sand castles, while Ryder is usually busy on his boogie board. With the kids content and occupied, it’s the one time and place that… Read more »

2 4 6 Respectively


When chatting with Jason the other day, it occurred to me, that with the passing of Siella’s birthday, we will have children ages 2, 4, and 6, for the next two months. These even numbers will change come end of August, when Ryder turns seven years old, but just thinking about makes me realize how… Read more »

East End Travel

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I know that I have mentioned it in the past, but I sort of have a love affair with the Hamptons. Lots of important milestones in my life have taken place out east, meeting Jason in our share house, his magical proposal on the beach, and our annual getaways there in the winter and summer… Read more »