Guest Post by JustPlainJ – Neutrogena ® Wet Skin Sunscreen Review {can be applied to wet skin}

I was recently given the opportunity to try the new Neutrogena® Wet Skin sunscreen.  The name alone immediately grabbed my attention since for me sunscreen has been a bit of a frustration. I sweat, and not just a little and always. I know I should be using sunscreen but since it has always been such a hassle (apply to dry skin) I have more often not been remiss in my use.  And then comes the reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, or extended sun exposure.

Why Do I Need Sunscreen At All, I Don’t Burn

Let’s start out by pointing out that sunscreen is needed to protect the skin from damaging UV rays from the sun.  From the American Cancer Society, …research studies link skin cancer with sun exposure on unprotected skin.  Now there are two types of UV rays that are responsible for this damage – UVA and UVB.  UVA rays penetrate more deeply than UVB and are the cause of premature skin agin while UVB are the primary cause of sunburns.  “To reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, dermatologists continue to recommend generously applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen – that protects against both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) – with an SPF 30 or higher, in conjunction with other sun-safe practices…” said Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of American Academy of Dermatology.

What Makes This Neutrogena® Sunscreen Different From The Rest

Paraphrasing from the Neutrogena® website; All sunscreens are not created equal.  In some sunscreens, UVA protection begins to break down the moment your skin is exposed to the sun.  Avobenzone is one of the best FDA-approved UVA blockers, but it is highly unstable when exposed to sunlight.  Neutrogena® was the first in the US market to introduce sun protection in which the Avobenzone was stabilized using Oxybenzone and DEHN, providing better, longer protection from those harmful UVA rays.  This was the beginning of their Helioplex® technology.  Today it encompasses additional technologies and ingredients while continuing to provide the same benefits of stabilized sun protection.  Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena is the only line of sunscreen utilizing Helioplex® technology.

And now they have gone beyond that with the new Wet Skin line – the first line of sunblock designed to be applied directly to wet (read sweaty also) skin.  It sprays on easily, cuts through the water and forms a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protective barrier.   With this I have very little excuse not to apply the sunscreen, before, and even during, my times outside.  It is simple enough – a quick spray and then I’m off.  The new Wet Skin line works both on wet and dry skin, does not drip or turn white when applied to wet skin, contains broad-spectrum UV protection, and has a gentle hypoallergenic formula.  You can see that the protective barrier is there as the water beads up and rolls off.  Seems that Neutrogena® is onto something with their new line.

 The Review

Right after I purchased my Neutrogena® Wet Skin at our local WalMart I had a perfect opportunity to give it a try, I was manning the VIP gate at the local rodeo.  (You can walk with me through my shopping experience at WalMart by following my link to my This Moment (This WILL open in a new Window))  The Wet Skin is a spray sunscreen, and that is also something new to me.  The bottle is very easy to operate, sprays out consistently and has very good coverage.  The spray smelled different from most other sunscreens I have tried; and it dissipated rapidly.  I suppose that could just be the smell of the propellent combined with the scent of the sunscreen.  The sunscreen absorbs in quickly leaving behind a slight sheen.  You can “see” the protective barrier it forms and feel a slight residue without the greasy feeling that oils give.  Rather than spraying on the face, I recommend spraying a bit on the hands and then applying that to your face.  It applies very easily to the top of the head for those of us with follicle-free zones (or a standard military high-and-tight).  Over the last five days it has performed very well.  It offers long-lasting protection even though there was quite a bit of sweating going on.  Overall I am highly impressed with this new product and I highly recommend the new Wet Skin sunscreen the next time your life takes you out into the sun.  Remember that sunscreen is important even on overcast days to protect you from those UVA rays and their skin damaging effects.  My thanks to Mommy Rambles for giving me this space.

As of this writing Neutrogena is offering $2 off Wet Skin, so be sure to sign up on their web site, get your coupon and share with your friends.  Register at this link:

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Thursday Thinking #12

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. 😉 Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit thought on your part.


If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

I think I would be yellow-green. Not a very common color, often overlooked and underestimated, but when brought out of the box and applied with a gentle hand, surprising in vibrancy. It’s not the first color people look for in a box, but it would be missed if it wasn’t there.

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New vocabulary and a request

In the past week since Daisy has joined our already crazy household, we have all picked up a few new words and phrases.

Mushers Secret

Dehydrated Firm Up


and the most common one….

Oh my gosh she shredded it!

Daisy is a voracious chewer. Even things that are supposed to be for “vigorous chewers” are in pieces. Little, tiny pieces. I can honestly say I had no idea how much stuffing some small toys had. Or maybe it just looks like much more when it is spread all over my living room.

So far the only two toys that have survived are boiled wool balls for fetch and a black Kong. The balls are not actively “chewed”, but lightly mouthed as she is returning them to us and the Kong, well, she doesn’t really like it. I put some cream cheese into it today and popped it in the freezer in hopes of inciting her to like it more than she likes McDonalds Smurfs.

My question to you my wise readers…

What toys can I try? HELP!

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School shoes, again.

Back to School Croc Style
Thank you to Crocs for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Crocs’ new Back to School line. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s that time of year again. Didn’t we do this just 12 months ago? I think I still have the scars from the last time.

What am I talking about?

Trying shoes on Faith. Faith has a love/hate relationship with shoes. Or should I say, she loves to hate them. However in our modern society, the rules dictate that she wear shoes to school.

The only two exceptions to Faith’s “love to hate” rule are Crocs and “light-up” shoes. We have been a Crocs family since we first spotted them back in 2004. We fell in love with Crocs for a different reason than most people. Most people pointed to Crocs wide range of colors as a factor in purchase. We bought them because they FIT.

Faith, as part of her physical disabilities, has an extremely wide, tall, inflexible foot. She also has autism which means she does not like her foot touched. For me, that equals a shoe nightmare. None of the local brick and mortar stores carried shoes that fit her. We turned to online shopping, but as she grew, we started to run out of options. Enter the Crocs Beach. This is the original slip-on that most people think of when they hear the word Crocs. They were roomy (check), they were super light (check), there was nothing that poked or pinched (check), and they slipped on without a struggle (last check)! Faith wore her original Crocs all year long. We had them in so many colors. Orange, light pink, dark pink, red, green, blue, and yellow. We had this “shoe” thing down pat.

If I'm wearing an orange and pink shirt, I should wear orange and pink shoes, right?

Until she started school.

While not outright banned at our current school, the original Crocs slip-on is frowned on as school wear. Which left us back at square one. Trying to find a shoe, any shoe, that would fit her.

But not this year! This year Crocs has a whole new line of School Approved footwear! And they are super cute!  There are 13 new styles of shoes for boys and girls from Kindergarten all the way to Eighth Grade.


These are not the Crocs I am used to!


Are these not adorable?

Hover for girls

I want a pair!  All the shoes in the new line feature the same comfort kids (and adults) have come to expect from Crocs, but wrapped in a new, closed-toed and closed-heeled, school-approved outside!  One item in my back to school shopping list just got much easier!

To see the whole line of new school approved Crocs, please watch the video below.  The music video is interactive – if you see a shoe you would like to look at more closely, click on it to go directly to that shoes’ pages on the Crocs official site.  And psssssttttt…..there is an Easter Egg hidden in the video. While the video is playing, click around on stuff. You may be surprised!
(Ok, here’s a hint: it flies!)

Visit the Crocs Back to School Kids’ Site to look around.  While you’re there you may enter a giveaway for a family vacation to San Diego with NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

Back to school, allergy style

In our household, preparing to go back to school is a heck of a lot more than school clothes shopping and meeting teachers. A back to school tradition that we also have to incorporate is allergy awareness.

Faith is allergic to peanuts, all tree nuts, and egg.

Peanuts. Peanuts can kill her. Yes, she is THAT allergic.

We have been incredibly lucky that we have a supportive school system and Faith’s classmate’s parents “get it”. We have asked for, and received a few adjustments to help keep Faith safe….and alive. I like her alive. We have asked that her class be a nut free zone. We have asked that after lunch all kiddos in Faith’s class wash their hands and in the lunch room, one half of one table be designated as a nut-free zone. She is starting her fourth year at this school and so far these precautions have kept her from having any reactions at school. (Knock on wood, throwing salt over my shoulder….)

This year I am also going to include super cute Allergy Cards from Tiny Prints in her lunch box and backpack. They are an adorable way to remind others of what Faith is allergic to. Click the picture below to take a peek at everything Tiny Prints has to offer for back to school this year.

What is a “out of the ordinary” back to school preparation in your household?

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Thursday Thinking #11

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. 😉 Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit thought on your part.


Who is the celebrity that makes your heart go pitta-pat?

Nathan Fillion. Hands down. I love me some Mal…..

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Changing paths.

Most of you know that we have been working towards getting my daughter a service dog for quite a while. She was even matched with a dog (Bella) from an un-named organization. Things have not been feeling quite right to us for some time, so after much soul searching and talking we withdrew our daughter from the program.

The organization had stopped sending us any updates. No pictures, nor any real training updates. When we would ask, they said they were too busy, but maybe later…

As I began to get more frustrated with the lack of communication, we began looking deeper. We couldn’t find any previous “matches” to talk with. It turns out we would be their very first attempt at a service animal, even though their website portrays them as having done this many times. I then contacted Siberian Husky breeders in several midwest states to see if they were even legitimate and found out that other breeders had not heard of them. However every single breeder and rescue organization who wrote me back, expressed serious concern about a very young husky being a service dog for a child. That got me looking even further, so I contacted several long standing service dog organizations and they all expressed concern about the breed choice and age of Bella also. One SD organization here in WA even found out after looking at the organizations website, that they had violated their copyrights by copying information word for word from them. At that point, the red flags were just too much for us.

I no longer felt comfortable that this was the right match for us. That left us in a quandary.

There were two different paths we could follow to our goal, one was to get back on wait lists for a fully trained service dog and hope for a better match (and at a cost of $13,500), or the second option was to find a suitable dog with the help of the Humane Society and take the dog ourselves through basic/advanced/CGC training, then to Seattle Service Dog Academy (cost of approx $5000).

We spent Tuesday at the Kitsap Humane Society, interacting with a 2 year chocolate lab they thought was the right blend of smart, eager to learn and right temperament. After playing for 30 minutes, Faith looked at her and said “You are my dog. You are Daisy. You will be mine.” So the route we will be going is basic/advanced obedience training, followed by CGC then over to Seattle Service Dog Academy. This is not the “easy” route, since it puts much more stress on us as a family to begin with, but it is the right one. Thank you to the Kitsap Humane Society for for helping, and understanding. You are amazing.

Without further ado…..Meet Daisy!

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