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Friday, 15 June 2012 12:42

My Sightseeing Summer

Written by Coco
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Sswimmingchool is officially out for the summer!   I am excited to have a few months of a less structured family schedule and instead enjoy more leisure time with my family.  We will still keep busy over the summer months, but with low key activities on our own timeframe.

My running list of “things to do and places to see” as a family seems to be growing at a fast pace, and this summer it’s my goal to cross some items off the list.  So, what are we doing?  First, my 3 older kids are taking swimming lessons through our park district.  It's time to really focus on getting all of them pool safe, especially after a scary near drowning incident with one of the kids last summer.  They will also be participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  We are fortunate to have a wonderful library less than a mile from our house.  It's a great way to keep them reading and the program is free!

We also renewed our annual family membership to the Santa Barbara Zoo, we love it there!  So much else to do – Griffith Park Observatory, the botanical gardens and perhaps a theme park. We plan on being at the beach a lot too.  We  are lucky - we live only about 20 minutes from many beautiful beaches and I'm hoping that we don't take this for granted this summer.  I was looking through pictures from my sister's trip to visit us last summer and remembered how much fun we had exploring the many awesome sights in Southern California - I would love to do more of the same this summer.  My kids look pretty happy with her, they had a blast!

LA la visitla trip malibu

However, as much as I want my family to see many of the the local sights, I also want to spend a lot of time in our backyard. This will be our 1st summer with one!  This is probably what I am most looking forward to - BBQs with friends, relaxed evenings on the patio, the kids just being kids and all of us enjoying the lazy summer days.  The kids have already begun to enjoy the backyard!

Summer fun summer fun

Of course, we will be out in the sun a lot, so I have finally found a trick for keeping my kids protected from the sun.  I keep sunscreen in the car at all times and in my purse, and its also right buy the entrance to the house. While I have always been good about making sure my kids are practically drenched in suncreen all summer long, my attention to protecting their eyes (and mine) will be a bigger focus this summer.

Aside from encouraging my kids to wear hats when outdoors, I am going to make sure that they all have sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. I am sure that at first I will encounter some reluctance to my new "sunglasses rule," so I will use my husband as an example!  He has been wearing his Transitions Lenses glasses for 2 months and is really enjoying how fast they transition from light to dark, adjusting to the light, indoors and outdoors.   His eccentric frames always receive compliments too!  Most importantly, his glasses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays – helping to protect his eyes.   I can simply tell the kids "well, see, daddy protects his eyes" when I encounter resistance from the troops!

It's great that Transitions Optical is committed to helping consumers establish healthy eye habits - that's an important lesson that I'm hoping to teach my children. As the Official Sponsor of "Sightseeing campaign" this summer they are working with their optical industry partners to create a national outreach effort to raise awareness around taking care of our eyes with proper eyecare and eyewear.   The campaign is in full swing, traveling to really cool cities.  With the help of local travel bloggers and other travel gurus they develop a list of sights to see in each city, then they ask consumers to vote for the top sights.  My family is on board - to "see the sights" this summer in Southern California, while protecting our eyes today and for the future.

The "Sightseeing Campaign” will be coming to the following cities.

  • Seattle, Washington – this week
  • Chicago, Illinois – July 11 to 15
  • New Orleans, Louisiana – September 20 to 22


For additional information on Transitions Lenses,visit: (in English) or (in Spanish).  You can find them on Facebook and you can also follow on Twitter.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. I was provided with a complimentary eye exam and pair of eyeglasses to test for the purpose of this campaign. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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