Are We There Yet?

05-09-2013 7:25 AM

Every year in the summer, I drive down to the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida with my family to get a bit closer to heaven and take a relaxing break from the hustle-and-bustle of the world.  It’s  a pretty long journey, especially every hour-on-the-hour when my two little girls begin singing their favorite vacation song, “Mom, are we there yet?”

I’m a 'tenured vacation mom', so I’ve learned to answer “yes”despite the 50 times my children ask that dreaded question. Did I mention it's a long drive? 12 hours! Each time they ask, I just crank up a little Jimmy Buffett and begin thinking of the tropical gulf breezes and pure calming presence of the beach.

The first year we drove to Florida, I was so excited just to hit the beach and worrying more about putting sunscreen on my two little fair-skinned girls that I forgot to have my husband put sunscreen on my back. After just a bit in the sun, we went back to our hotel room and let’s just say that images of “ouch” was really evident. It looked like I had been rubbing against a  concrete wall and rubbed off my skin. 

I was fortunate though that I had brought my Mary Kay® Sun  Care After-Sun Replenishing Gel.  Let’s just say that it was instant relief. To be quite honest, growing up being really fair skin that was not the first time that this has happened. I used to wear a well-known brand, but after trying Mary Kay’s Replenshing Gel, I will never go back. I usually stock up once a year that it comes out as limited-edition.  

The following year, I had put on my baseball cap, sunglasses, and of course, my Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and I mean I put that stuff all over me.  I normally lather up. The one area that I completely forgot were my ears and let’s just say, “hello”  a little red lobster monster appeared. Thankfully that little After-Sun Replenshing Gel was handy and soothed the pain. Do you know how embarrassing or pretty gross it is when skin peels  on top of your ears!! Not very beautiful!

You would think that I would have learned my lesson over the years. One time, I had failed to put on my Mary Kay® Sun Care Lip Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and instead put on lip gloss without that extra protection. Can you say, “Fry Baby Fry”? Now I swear the little brown spot on my lip is for not being cautious in protecting that area. 

This year, we are going back to my favorite area – South Walton Beach. Can you tell that we are in love with Florida? That being said, I have tackled the sunscreen protection methods, especially in a place that is surrounded by surf and sun. It’s hard monitoring oneself in what time of day to go out to the beach, especially when you and your family “love” the water, so I have my Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ready and of course, the After-Sun Replenshing Gel.

Our family will always follow the simple  rules of protection from the sun, but taking all the protection Mary Kay has to offer is always in my family’s sun survival kit!

 

Today's blog post is from Jennifer Juric. Jennifer works in Mary Kay's U.S. Product Marketing Department and has completely mastered the long car ride with children.

 

 

 

 Pictured below: Mary Kay® Sun  Care After-Sun Replenishing Gel, Mary Kay® Sun Care Lip Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

After Sun Replenishing Gel by Mary Kay Lip Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF-15 by Mary Kay Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF-50 by Mary Kay

 

Pictured below: Jennifer's "Are We There Yet Choir" enjoying the beach.