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Smart In The Sun + DIY Splash Pad Tutorial

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The temperatures are creeping up, the sun is out and we are so pumped for all the outdoor fun this summer! We wanted to “try something new” on this particularly hot day so we ventured out to grab some things to create our very own backyard oasis! We wanted to create something different and exciting for the kids to play in where we didn’t need to leave the comfort of our own backyard: enter the DIY Splash Pad! With the Texas sun beating down on us all day long, it is so important that we protect our skin and especially that of our little ones! I ran out and grabbed our tried and true Aveeno sunscreen from our neighborhood CVS to start out our day in the sun protected!

 

I’ve been using Aveeno® Baby Continuous Protection® with SPF 50 on Cameron and Eli since their very first summer and they have never had even the slightest hint of a sunburn! I also love and trust it because it is made without your typical sunscreen chemicals and fragrances which makes it gentle and tear-free! Both of our littles inherited sensitive, eczema prone skin so it was important that we use something that protects, soothes and nourishes their delicate skin. It came very highly recommended by our dermatologist and pediatrician.

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I am almost always in on the fun when it comes to water activities since they babies are still so young which means I’m no stranger to the sun, either! I’ve spent so much of my adult life searching for sunscreen that doesn’t wash off, burn my eyes, or dry out my skin. I wonder where our kids get that from? I have been loving the AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE® with SPF 70 sunscreen since I first grabbed this particular brand for the kids. I don’t feel slimy, it nourishes and absorbs like a lotion! Whether we are swimming, at the park, or spending a day at the beach it has held up SO well in any circumstance and I’ve been sunburn free for a little over two years now! It is also noncomedogenic so you can safely use it on your face without worrying about breakouts or irritating your skin.



I am a huge advocate for being smart in the sun and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. Aveeno is a great way to start off your summer days in the sun especially when tackling fun outdoor projects. Right now, you can
Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Aveeno Suncare (5/20-6/2) at CVS from May 20th to June 2nd!
Located in the season aisles and some stores even have their own dedicated display!



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Now that we are being smart in the sun…. ONTO THE FUN!

This is a super easy project for any skill level and it only took about 15 minutes to put together. Cameron was dancing around Tyler the entire time super pumped to start playing! I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it was to see her joy when we turned the water on! She is definitely a water baby so this little project was right up her alley! I have a feeling this DIY Splash Pad is going to be a summer staple!

DIY SPLASH PAD UNDER $50 + FUN DAY IN THE SUN

What You’ll Need:
1. Tarp: We used this 6′ x 8′ tarp (you can use any size you like for more room but make sure you get extra noodles that coincide with your size tarp)

2. Fat Pool Noodles: Depending on how big your tarp is will determine how many pool noodles you’ll need. Most noodles are 4ft long so you can adjust from there. They are also very easy to cut down if you need different lengths! This will be the edge for your splash pad so that the water doesn’t run off too much.

3. Clothesline or Utility Cord: This is super inexpensive ($5) and the key to holding your noodles together.

4. Tent pegs + hammer: You’ll use these to hold down your tarp! I got enough for each corner and each side.

5. Favorite Pool + Water Toys

6. Towels + Sunscreen

DIRECTIONS:

1. Once you’ve decided how big of an area and tarp you are using, find a level spot in your yard for the splash pad!

2. Lay out your noodles around the tarp so that you know exactly how many you need and what length they need to be.
We cut ours down a bit since we are making a smaller area for playing.

3. Thread the clothes line through your pool noodles so that they stay together!

4. Lay the tarp over your pool noodles. You’ll want a little extra tarp to hang over the sides.

5. Use the tent pegs to pin down the corners are the splash pad and throughout the edges.

6. Slather on some sunscreen, grab your pool toys, water hose and you are ready for fun!







 

So cute right? The kids had an absolute blast playing and sliding all around. It would be a great summer activity that can help your kids get involved in the building process, too! I’d say it was a huge success!





You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home, spend an arm and a leg, or worry about packing up all the necessitites for a fun day in the summer! I’d love to hear about your experience if you decide to tackle this project, I think it’s fun for the whole family!

Enjoy the sun!
Xo, Jessica

 

 

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