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Do You Know Why You Should Read Sunscreen Labels?

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Spring has arrived!

 

What should you look for in a sunscreen?

Although we should be using sunscreen on a daily basis, as the weather begins to get warmer, as spring arrives, some of us finally begin to think about sunscreen. We are ready to get out and have fun in the sun during this time of the year, but we should remember to protect our skin!

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You might be asking yourself these questions when it comes to sunscreens:

  • Am I reading and understanding the sunscreen labels on my sunscreen products?
  • Do I know what my sunscreen is doing for me?
  • How do I determine what is best for me when it comes to a sunscreen?
  • What are my friends using for a sunscreen?

 Here are some tips to help you find a sunscreen you will love.

First, and most importantly, you want to be sure that you have a broad spectrum sunscreen. A broad spectrum sunscreen will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Second, you want to look at the SPF rating and select one with an SPF of 30 or higher. Next, look for a sunscreen that is water resistant. While it is water resistant, you still need to reapply after a certain number of minutes (the number of minutes will follow the words water resistant).

Not allowed on labels

When we read labels from the past, we were familiar with wording like waterproof, sweat proof and sunblock, but the truth is, that these products are not water proof and do not block the sun from our skin, so these terms are no longer acceptable on labels.

What about sunscreens with insect repellents? Do you buy a combination insect/sunscreen product? While it sounds like a good idea to knock out two birds with one stone, it really is not. Here is why: sunscreen will need to be applied liberally and reapplied throughout the day, while your insect repellant is not needed as often and is used much more sparingly.

Protect your lips

Do you protect your lips from the sun? If you do not, you should make it a point to use a lip balm that is broad spectrum. Use it year round to protect your lips everyday!

Finally, buy items you really like because if you like the sunscreen products you are more likely to USE them! Try the products whenever possible to make sure you like the smell and how they feel on your skin. Ask friends what they use to get some ideas for shopping. Try their products, if possible, to see what you think. You want to be happy with your purchase, so determine if your product has a hassle free, 100% satisfaction guarantee. If not, shop around. Once you find something you like make your purchase. Use you sunscreen products daily for the best results, because every day is a SUN day!

Every day is a sun day

Hitting the Road for Spring Break

Spring break 2014

Are you hitting the road for spring break?

Many people enjoy this time of year with their family. Students get time off from school. Parents take the time off from work to be with the kids. Teachers LOVE spring break more than the kids (I know from experience).  We all enjoy this much needed break in different ways, but most by taking to the roads to cruise across America to visit a new destination or an old family favorite!

 

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If you are getting ready to travel, then you may want to do these things to prepare:

  • Do all of your laundry before you try to pack
  • Pull out an item to pack as soon as you think of it
  • Don’t take more than one ‘special’ outfit, chances are, you will not need it
  • Dust off the suitcases and toiletry bags, update name tags on each
  • Inspect vehicle tires and ensure they are at the correct air pressure (if road tripping)
  • Pack toiletry items in the luggage you will check and extra clothes in the carry-on bag (if traveling by air)

Items you may want to include when packing:

  • reusable water bottle
  • travel-size first aid kit
  • your regular skincare products
  • your favorite shoes for walking (not the new ones that will cause blisters)
  • sunglasses, broad rim hat, broad spectrum SPF sunscreen
  • medical information and emergency contact numbers

No matter where your travels take you, one thing is for sure…while you are there if you think, ‘should I take a picture of this’, then you better snap it. CAMERAS are a must while you are traveling. It is very easy to snap those photos with our handy-little phones, so no need to lug that extra fancy camera that you own. And remember the golden rule: be considerate of others when snapping pictures, as you would also want others to be considerate to you.

Enjoy your travels, wherever they take you this spring break. Remember to be safe and enjoy every moment! Take only photos and leave only footprints. Cherish the memories you make.

Spring Break BeginsHappy Travels to you!

What is on your March Calendar?

We are one week into the month of March……Do you have your plans for the month mapped out on your calendar or are you looking for things to do?

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One big event that will affect everyone is Daylight Savings Time on March 9th. Don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, so you will wake up ready for a new day on Sunday with more sunshine (weather permitting)!

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Looking for fun family activities in Tomball? Here are a couple that are sure to be fun for the whole family!

2nd Saturday at the Depot
2nd Saturday at the Depot

It’s tomorrow! 2nd Saturday at the Depot, March 8th, featuring the film, “The Flintstones”! Games, rock painting, food and a special reptilian guest . . . you don’t want to miss it. The fun starts around 5 pm at the historic Depot Plaza in downtown Tomball – 201 South Elm. See you there!

Amber Digby, Tomball Honky Tonk Festival
Amber Digby, Tomball Honky Tonk Festival

3rd Annual Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival, Saturday, March 15
It’s a full afternoon of old-style, two-stepping honky tonk music at Tomball’s historic Depot. Scheduled to perform are Dale Watson, Jeff Woolsey & the Dance Hall Kings, Justin Trevino, and direct from the Grand Ole Opry – Miss Amber Digby. You can register at racesonline.com for the Tomball Two-Step Washers Tournament, too. There will be food and beverages, vendors and a kids zone. If you’re planning to come to Tomball’s Honky Tonk Music Festival on Saturday, March 15th from out of town, we have great rates for you at local hotels! Just make the call and tell them you want the Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival rate! It’s that simple…

America’s Best Value Inn & Suites
22420 Park Road
Tomball, Texas 77377
Call 281-255-9030 for reservations and “Special Festival Rates”
Web: America’s Best Value Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites
14100 Medical Complex Drive
Tomball, Texas 77373
Call 281-357-1500 for reservations and “Special Festival Rates”
Email: Amatb_hampton_suites@hilton.com
Web: Hampton Inn and Suites

La Quinta Inns & Suites
14000 Medical Complex Drive
Tomball, TX 77375
Call 281-516-0400 for reservations and “Special Festival Rates”
Email: e-mail
Web: La Quinta – Tomball

Find out more about what is happening in Tomball, TX on Facebook Tomball Texan For Fun.

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If you are looking to have some fun with just your significant other or to have an awesome night out with the girls, check out these activities for the grown-ups at The Empty Glass located at 104 Market Street, Tomball, TX. Whether it is live music, karaoke, ladies night, or wine tastings that might interest you, they have them all at The Empty Glass.

The Empty Glass March Calendar of Events
The Empty Glass March Calendar of Events

Find out more about The Empty Glass on Facebook as well.

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If you want to drive a little farther and enjoy some of what Houston offers for family fun, here are the links to the events calendars at the Children’s Museum Houston and the Houston Zoo.

Fill up your March calendar with FUN before the month slips away!

Protecting Our Skin

MARCH is traditionally the time for SPRING BREAK!
To enjoy your spring break will you be staying at home or taking a trip?
Whether or not you decide to travel, there is one thing we should all make into a daily habit…

PROTECTING OUR SKIN.

Protect your skin

Everyday is a SUN day. Yes, we are always exposed to UVA and UVB rays here on Earth.
Did you know that UVA rays cause your skin to age and that UVB rays can burn your skin?

 

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Even if you did not, one thing is for sure, we should all use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen that protects the skin from both types of rays. So when you stop into you local pharmacy or sit down to shop online, make sure to check the label on your sunscreen before making that purchase. You want to be sure it is a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen. You should also apply liberally 15 – 30 minutes before going out into the sun and practice reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day, especially if you go for a swim.

So no matter if you are staying in your neck of the woods or taking a trip to a tropical destination, you might also want to remember these items to help protect your skin:

  • Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen
  • Lightweight, long sleeve shirt to cover up
  • Broad rim hat
  • Sunglasses

In addition, find places in the shade to sit and relax while you take in the scenery or read a good book. Enjoy your spring break and enjoy your skin!

skin and sunscreenIf you would like to see some of our family favorites for broad spectrum SPF sunscreens, check out the links below:

For the entire familyhttps://tarabuck.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/ESBS150

For my children: https://tarabuck.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/SOSS050

My favorite: https://tarabuck.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/AATT030

My husband’s favorite: https://tarabuck.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/RVSS050

 

Please note if you are interested to see if your favorite company’s products are tested on animals, check out this link: http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx and do a search for the brand or company name.

Explore and Enjoy Your Community

Tomball TX Depot

Have you been out and about in your community and acted like a visitor? Taken a stroll down Main Street, Any City, Any State, USA lately? If not, you really must give it a try.

I am a native Houstonian, but now reside in Tomball. Although we have been here for a little over a year and a half, we always find something new to do. Our community offers lots of festivals and community events that really make this city have that wonderful hometown feel. Check out the Tomball, TX website for local fun!

Our Main Street is made up of cute little shops that have antiques to handcrafted boots to high priced jewelry. On any given day you could get lost in the fun of taking a stroll and window shopping or going into a shop to browse. You could stop by the local barber and get a quick haircut. Find a cupcake shop and have a sweet treat. Swing by a dinner to grab a bite to eat. It seems no matter which place I wander into I am always surprised to find something new.

We often visit the historic Tomball Depot Plaza. It is a central location for the community. Many of the festivals take place at the Depot. Just today, we enjoyed the trail riders coming in to the Depot to rest in Tomball before heading on to their final destination – the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo Parade. It offers a large green space for the kids to run and play, a gazebo, the depot museum, a rail car to investigate, and a splash pad for those hot Texas days.

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If you don’t like to stroll and get lost, try driving around your area. We have gone for drives and stumbled upon some fantastic parks that our kids enjoy. We make visits to the M.L.K. Jr. Park, Jerry Matheson Park, and Juergens Park on a regular basis. They are all well maintained and offer shade along with great playgrounds and picnic areas for the kids. When you have kids, you know you always need restrooms at the park. Lucky for us, every park we have been to has well maintained restrooms.

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We have also happened upon some road signs that point out our local museums. It is our mission in 2014 to get there. We are still exploring our town and finding new things to do everyday. If you have not explored your community like a visitor, I highly recommend it!

The good thing is that our kids are young and will grow up in a city that has the hometown feel! Just one of the reasons I love Tomball.

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Loving Your Finances?

On the day after Valentine’s Day – the day of love – I am wondering if you are loving your finances?

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At the beginning of January, I accepted the 52 Week Money Challenge from a group of ladies in the Wealthy Sisters Network. I shared it on my Facebook page and many of my friends accepted it as well.

52 Week Money Challenge

On January 1, 2014, I started a simple Ziploc bag for each member of my family. Inside each bag, I placed a copy of the chart and the first amount to save – $1.00. Our progress has been perfect. We have added to the bags each week. My daughter especially likes to add to her bag. (She is 3 1/2 and has learned how to spell her name, so she knows which bag belongs to her.)

Now let’s say you did not hear about this challenge until now. Can you still get started? YES! I simply labeled my chart with the dates so we contribute at the right time. I also suggested to my friends that had extra Christmas money burning a hole in their pockets, if they wanted to start big, do the challenge in the reverse order and count down to the smaller amounts. Whichever way you approach the challenge, just do it. Some weeks you might have extra cash in your wallet because you took your lunch to work or did not stop in to that fast food joint for dinner. Add the extra cash to the bag and mark off the week that requires that amount. Got spare change in your car’s cup holder or your pockets? Start collecting it in a bowl at your house each evening. It adds up too, quicker than you think. You can convert it to bills or simply toss it in the bag for extra savings if you don’t want to count it now.

At the end of the 52 weeks, I am sure of two things: you will be glad you took the challenge and you will be $1,378 richer.

Now get started, love your finances and think of what you could do with $1,378 dollars that didn’t just slip out of your hands during the year.
Be intentional about where you money is going and make it useful to you.

Happy Saving in 2014!

Feeling Like a Failure

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and makes you think “am I a failure?“.

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I recently began the journey to rejoin the workforce by taking a job at my daughter’s pre-school. I went through the application process, training, and started working as a teacher. Yippee! Great Work! I mean who would not love 20 little 3 year olds running around, learning and listening to you all day? Oh, wait…they don’t listen all that well. But really, it is a nice, safe environment where my children can learn, I can teach, and it will add a little more to the family income. Win – Win for us!

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I thought going back to work was what I wanted until I woke up one morning crying about it all. I have two small children, ages 3 and 1. I just knew this job was going to allow me to be there at school with them during the day, so of course that would make it easier, right? WRONG! Once I started working, my daughter would stand at her classroom window when I dropped her off and wave to me and tears would trickle down her cheeks, breaking my heart as a mother. Since my son just started on the school adventure, he cried his little eyes out as I left him in his classroom. He had very rough days too and unfortunately picked up every germ known to 1 year olds and has been sick since he started. I guess being at home with them both since they were born makes it very difficult for them to adjust quickly to the change of not having mommy around them all day long.

And then there was my adjustment – a 40 hour work week, grocery shopping on the weekend, laundry, dishes, dinner, house work, story time, bedtime routines and the list seems to keep going on and on. How do people do this I began to wonder. When do they find the time to do all the necessary chores in life, enjoy their family and live a life that is happy and complete? As I cried that morning, I had feelings of being a failure. I thought here I am with a college degree and 13 years of teaching experience in my past and I can’t seem to find the will to get up and go to this job again today. I just cried and cried. Then I stopped and got ready for work. I made lunches, loaded the kids in the truck and off we went to school. I just kept thinking I can’t do this.

So here I am admitting I tried, but it is not working out for me. It was a great learning experience that I can add to my resume. While I know this job is not what will define me in life, I may have failed at staying the course, but the trade-offs in my mind were just too high. In trying to go back to work, the stress it caused our family was far too great to really think it would be beneficial to continue. While the job did stretch my patience, it also made me realize I am not ready to give up being at home with my babies. So while I would like to contribute more financially to our family’s income, I will have to pass on that for the meantime so that I can add more to the family LOVE account!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Germs, Germs Go Away!

My, oh my! Our family has been so tired and run down. We have been caught by some ugly, bad germs lately. Seems like we just can’t catch a break. I can’t believe that all four of us have had some kind of sickness in the last week. We have been to the doctor’s office 3 times in the last 7 days. So I just wanted to send a letter to the germs…

germsDear Icky, Yucky Germs:

You are welcome to leave our home. Go back to wherever you came from! We are tired of you. We will not take it any more. We have sprayed every door knob, light switch, and sink faucet with Lysol and hope you are squirming to your untimely demise! Do not try to re-enter our home or you will be crushed. Whether you are a cold germ or flu germ or some type of viral infection, we won’t allow you to get us again. We are building up our immunities by eating healthy, staying hydrated and disinfecting more than ever before. Here is to your end and our happy February!

Sincerely,
The Buck Family

Balancing Act

Finding the right balance is key to happiness!
Finding the right balance is key to happiness!

Have you ever been in a place in life where you are looking for balance? How do you decide the parts of life to give the most energy to? How do you fit everything in to the mere 24 hours we have each day? In every person’s life there is always a struggle to find the right balance with love, faith, family, career, finances, you name it, the list can go on. I find myself in a place in life where I am looking for the balance to fit my needs and my family’s needs. I LOVE being a stay-at-home mom to my 2 young children. That may be hard to believe for some, because I once stated in my twenties that I never wanted children. Go figure, you meet the perfect man and everything changes.

As my life has changed by marrying the man of my dreams and our family has grown in number, our dreams for our family have developed. In order to make those dreams a reality, we are working on the plans to design and build our forever home. Therefore, I find myself going back to the workforce to add to the family budget. I have been supplementing our income with my own personal business this past year, but want to be able to contribute even more. Being a teacher for 13 years, I opted to go back into a teaching position, but not in the traditional role of a public school educator. I was blessed with the opportunity to become a lead teacher at my daughter’s pre-school, therefore, my son has now enrolled as well. My children and I are able to leave the house each morning together and they are in the same building with me each day. We leave together at the end of the day to come back home and enjoy family life. I know this may sound corny to some, but after being with them since their birth, I will admit, I am very attached to them and love having them around me 24 hours a day 7 days a week! I know they are receiving quality early childhood development based on the curriculum the school provides. So while I am torn between staying at home with them and helping them develop mentally and socially, on my own, and sending them off to a classroom, I find comfort in the fact that I am there with them at school.

Now the balancing act also includes all the chores of running a household and maintaining a business while working outside the home for 10 hours a day (drive time included). I am experiencing some tiredness, but I would imagine every one does as they begin a new balancing act. My husband is very helpful when it comes to the kids and maintaining our family routines, which is also a blessing. I am grateful that I am able to be there for my family and to contribute so that we can continue to live the life of our dreams and truly be happy!

I would love to hear how you find balance in your life. Tips are appreciated, just leave me a comment!

Tara Buck’s First Blog Post

Tara Buck
Tara Buck

 

I am Tara Buck. I was born and raised in Houston, TX. Attended school and graduated from Houston Independent School District. Continued my education in my hometown by enrolling at the University of Houston in 1993. Graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1997. From there I began my career as a teacher. I worked in Aldine ISD for one year, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD for two years and Houston ISD for 10 years. The reasons for changing school districts were varied, but change is good for many reasons. I married my husband in 2008. We added to our family in 2010 with the birth of our daughter and then again in 2012 with the birth of our son. I decided to remain at home after my daughter was born. As a stay-at-home mom, I enjoyed taking my daughter to all the Houston museums, parks, and what ever else we could find to fill our days. As we added our son to our family, we relocated to Tomball, TX. I have continued to stay at home with our children, but in January of 2013, I decided to begin my own business. I partnered with the doctors that created Proactiv in there new company Rodan + Fields and have enjoyed sharing what I have learned in this business with others to help change skin and change lives. I have learned many new things by owning my own business, but as a former teacher, I know I will always be a lifelong learner just as I wanted my students to be. I hope you will continue to check back and check back often to see what new and interesting things are going on in my life and in my business.

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