Happy Summer!

LC SummerYeah, yeah. Technically it’s still Spring. Details.

It’s warm, and to me, that means it’s SUMMER!!!!!!!!!! And besides, we’re past Memorial Day, which is really the unofficial start of summer anyway, right?

Speaking of Memorial Day, we tried to go camping. It was a beautiful weekend, and we were all excited. We packed up the truck, loaded the pups, and had all these awesome things planned to do. Like playing board games. Eating hamburgers. Napping. You know, the important stuff.

Unfortunately, Karma thought it would be funny if I came down with the plague while camping. I suffered through 2 nights, taking every medication known to man, before I finally admitted defeat. To his credit, Jimmie tried to get me to leave after like 7 hours, but I refused. I was going to beat it!

Karma’s laughing now, because a week later I’m still semi-sick. Which is a bit of a drag.

May has been a busy month. I’ve got about 6 things to catch you up on, but I’m working backwards because that’s more fun. Also because yesterday we went out on the lake and I tried this new sunscreen and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Seriously. You’ll see why in a minute.

But first, can we just stop for a moment and admire my handiwork? I push-mowed this last week, friends. All by myself. Gorgeous, right?

PushMowedYardIt was a workout I never want to repeat, so I’ve found someone to come mow the yard for us. Jimmie’s 100% on board with this plan. And before you give me grief about hiring out yardwork instead of getting a workout….you’re looking at, oh, a third of the yard? And it took me an hour and a half. No thank you. Once was more than enough.

Yesterday was another gorgeous day, and I wasn’t about to let a little bronchitis stop me from enjoying it. Case in point.

WattsBarLakeI mean, really. That shouldn’t even be legal. Look how gorgeous that is. Swoon.

Anyway, there really wasn’t much that was remarkable, other than the sunscreen – which I needed to review anyway, but which probably could have waited for a more interesting post if it hadn’t been so…..so.


Oz Naturals was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Anti-Aging Mineral Sunscreen for review. It’s SPF30, all-natural, and vegan-friendly. The main ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and it’s supposed to be non-irritating.

I’d never used a zinc sunscreen before, but a few things I read said it was good for sensitive skin. This stuff is more than I’d normally pay ($18). That said, I’m getting really over breakouts, so I’m willing to spend more if it works.

The first thing I have to point out is that the packaging is inconsistent. You guys know by now how much stuff like this bugs me. The box said to wait 15 minutes after applying before sun exposure. The bottle itself said wait 3 minutes. Argh. Either way, I didn’t follow directions because I put it on while on the boat…..cause I’m a rule breaker.

This sunscreen has no smell, which makes me kinda sad because I like sunscreen smell. At first it’s fairly normal sunscreen consistency. Not at all greasy, which is nice. Then you start rubbing it in, and realize that it’s pretty tough to rub in. And it leaves an incredibly white cast to your skin.

ZincSunscreenI put it on one arm, and then because I wanted to give it a fair shot, my face. And this, my friends, is why I couldn’t wait to tell you about this sunscreen. Meet Casey the Joker.

ZincOxideSunscreenThis photo is unedited. I hope you appreciate the honesty here.

So this sunscreen makes you look like a freak. BUT. I feel torn about it, because my arm and face felt great the entire time we were outside. They never felt hot. They never felt like they were burning. And sure enough, I didn’t get one speck of sun wherever I put this stuff.

I had regular Coppertone on the rest of me, so thankfully I don’t have a weird tan.

And, bonus, my skin hasn’t broken out – and with every other sunscreen, it would have by now. So Zinc Oxide definitely works. Now if I can just find one that doesn’t make me look like a freak. I’ll definitely keep this sunscreen, and use it on places that don’t matter…like my feet. Or the dog. The dog who had the time of her life yesterday.

HappyLakeZoeI absolutely adore this picture. I’m framing it and hanging it at work. She’s so happy!!!

If you’re interested in the sunscreen, Oz Naturals has a promo code at the bottom of the Amazon page.

What have you been doing so far this summer? What do you have coming up? Any recommendations for a Zinc Oxide sunscreen that doesn’t turn you into a ghost?