18 May 2015

DIY After Sun Spray Recipe #ShareMemories

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I grew up with a brother, so I cherished the time with my female cousins.  My cousins are 18 months apart, and I'm in the middle, so we were very close growing up.  Unfortunately, as time went on, we went our separate ways to college.  The oldest moved three hours away and started a family.  The youngest moved back to the area, but she has a demanding job that prevents us from spending much time together.  While I was shopping last weekend, I saw one of the new Coke bottles with her name on it, so I called her to come spend some much needed time with us.  When we were kids, I always tanned while her and her sister always burnt, even with sunscreen.  My kids get red cheeks, so I made a DIY after sun spray just in case.

We were expecting some nice weather, so I headed to Giant Eagle to pick up some steaks for the grill, snacks, and drinks.  They have the new #ShareMemories Coke bottles with over 1,000 names.  They also have mini cans with emoticons and more generic terms in case you can't find your name.  My name isn't popular enough for a Coke bottle -- thanks, Mom! -- so I love the cans with emoticons and sayings.  You can also search to see if they have your name.  

I marinated steaks, and my husband grilled them.  It was so nice to just sit outside and catch up and talk with Laura.  

The kids had fun outside with their squirt guns.  The chickens don't like the water guns, so it was funny to watch them come running to see what food they could find, then run away because of the water, then run back a few minutes later when they forgot about the water.  That, my city friends, is called Chicken Television.  It's better than anything you'll find on the real TV.  

I just happened to grab a pack of small cans that had "hug" and "kiss" on them.  I gave one to the hubby so we could toast to our marriage.  Almost 14 years of marriage and three kids deserves a toast.

I'm glad I made the after sun spray recipe.  That evening, the kids had red cheeks even with sunscreen.

DIY After Sun Spray Recipe

What You Need
  • 3 tablespoons rose water (or use distilled water, but the rose water is better for irritated skin)
  • 2 tablespoons aloe
  • 1/4 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4-ounce spray bottle

  1. Combine the rose water, aloe, glycerin, apple cider vinegar, and peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well.  The aloe may take a few minutes to mix completely.
  3. Add distilled water to fill the bottle.
  4. Store in the fridge since it doesn't have a preservative.  Keeping it cool also feels great on your skin in the summer.
  5. Spray on your skin after sun exposure.  Let dry before covering skin.
Coke helped me create a summer memory.  How will you create memories this summer?

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.