We're Vacationing in North Carolina!

Following is a guest post by my wife, Laura, (who has awesome hair!).

Since we've been married, every summer my husband, Paul, and I make the trek to eastern North Carolina.

We always have a good visit with his family and friends who live in Rocky Mount. But one of the main reasons we like to go during the summer is so we can go to Atlantic Beach.


Paul and I both love the smells, sights and sounds of the beach. Our son, Dylan, loves it too, of course. And now that we have a baby, Brady, it makes it that much more fun.

We took Brady to the beach last summer, when he was 4 months old. Now that he's 16 months old, it'll be fun watching him toddle around playing in the sand and the ocean.

We will be leaving Conway, Arkansas, Friday evening and will arrive in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Saturday morning. When we drive at night, we can make the trip in 15 hours. But when we drive during the day, it can take as long as 17 hours! Ugh.

We don't look forward to the long drive. However, Dylan, loves every minute of it, kicking back and watching movies and listening to his iPod! When I was a kid, the only thing you did for entertainment on trips was sing songs, play I Spy or The Alphabet Game, and irritate your siblings.

Yesterday, I used a vacation day from work to get some things done in preparation for the trip. The main things I needed to get done was renew the tags for the car and get my drivers license renewed. Oh, lovely picture day at the revenue office! When the lady handed me my new license and I saw my picture, I rolled my eyes and sighed. She laughed. I also did some shopping and got a pedicure, so all-in-all, it was a good, productive day!

I was planning on taking the sunscreen I bought for Brady last summer. But I just read EWG Skin Deep's Top Sunscreen Tips and found out that we should buy new sunscreen every year, because it loses it's effectiveness with age.

EWG evaluated 952 sunscreens and the one I bought last year, Banana Boat Baby Tear Free Sunblock Lotion, SPF 50, made #206 on the list - which isn't very good. It received an overall score of '3', which put it at a 'moderate hazard' rating.

So it looks like it's time for me to buy some new sunscreen! I'm going to drop by Target and pick up California Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion before we leave for North Carolina. When you sort it by sunscreen for children/babies, California Baby takes up four of the top five spots.

Oh, and one last thing... I haven't worked out since Saturday. Yes, I know - I'm a slacker.

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