lotion in the ocean

You lather up with sunscreen before you play in the waves, right? And so do hundreds of people around you. All that lotion can cause trouble in the ocean. Common ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, nano titanium dioxide, and nano zinc oxide can harm coral reefs and sea life.

When you buy your next bottle, keep these tips in mind:

-Sunscreens labeled “reef safe” aren’t regulated, so take that designation with a grain of (sea) salt.

-Some popular brands don’t contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, two of the most harmful chemicals.

-If you cover up with a swim shirt you’ll use a lot less sunscreen!

summertime and the livin’ is…hot

anyone else do porch cooking?

It’s been really steamy already this summer, and the last thing you might want is to heat the house cooking. Our thermostat goe up when I turn on the oven, which is great in the winter, but not in July.

On these blazing days, try to either cook early and reheat, grill out, or use the crock pot or microwave- they don’t create nearly as much heat. Salads are good too. We use our toaster oven a lot, so it’s on the screened-in porch until the weather cools down!

How do you avoid a hot house when you’re hungry?