Protect Your Kids Eyes with Proper Sunglasses this Summer

Now, I know it is hard to believe, but summer is almost upon us. And whether you are jetting off to sunnier climes (ha -not that anywhere in the world is less sunny) or having a staycation – it’s not only your kids delicate skin that needs proper protection from the harmful rays of the sun – but also, and very importantly, their eyes. Here’s a fact for you that’s a little bit shocking actually – 80% of a person’s lifetime UV exposure happens before the age of 18. This kind of freaked me out.

I chatted to the opticians at Smartbuyglasses Optical to get their tips on how to protect kids eyes properly. “The best way to protect your kids’ eyes is to buy (and always wear) sunglasses with 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. Many brands, both expensive and inexpensive offer this protection – there’s a lot of choice. But the key, is to make sure to check the label. Sunglasses, just like sunscreen, come with different sun protection factors. In order to provide our eyes the best protection, we must first understand how our sunglasses eta-i.org/cialis.html protect us.”

“UV protection categories range from 0-4, with 0 offering no protection and 4 offering the best protection available. In Europe, lenses with the certification ‘CE’ have passed EU regulation and are deemed fit for use in most conditions. When picking your sunglasses, you should always take these labels into consideration and keep your kids’ eyes protected whenever the sun is shining.”

So as a kindness for such helpful information, I promised them I would choose my Top 5 sunglasses. So here we are with our Top 5 kids sunglasses to protect their peepers in style.

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Out and About – Family Tower Bridge Adventure

I live in London. The world’s most vibrant city. But I’m lazy. I stick to my local area, do the same things.

But – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. There’s SO much to do and I am going to schlep my family away from the sport (husband) and iPads (girls) and we are heading OUT AND ABOUT on weekends.

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First up – a visit to the top of Tower Bridge to the Tower Bridge Exhibition – yes up there, at the top between the Towers, and then, off to Borough Market.

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The exhibition not only showcases the history behind the bridge, you are also able to walk across their glass walkways that are 42 metres above the River Thames, to get from one tower to the next.

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TOP 5 FAMILY SUMMER HOLIDAY SPOTS – KID & COE

Now my husband and I are big planners. It drives everyone mad. On last years summer holiday for example, we planned this year’s summer holiday and so on. But for the vast majority of people who are not lunatics like us and leave things a bit more to the last minute – here are some fab ideas for where and how to holiday this summer from pals of the blog Kid & Coe.

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Kid & Coe are like a nicer, family only version of Air B&B – as it hand picks the properties they market and all the accommodation is by families for families – like a home from home, complete with everything you need for kids or babies from a local guide written by the owners, to high chairs and toys and books used by their kids. Oh and we have an exclusive discount for our readers too. I shall leave you in their capable hands with Laura Hall their Director of Communications. She selects her top properties for a summer escape. Let’s go…

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The Mas de Verans Residence, Saint Rémy de Provence, France

Acres of gardens to run wild in, hammocks blowing in the gentle breeze beneath olive trees, sun dappled outdoor dining spaces and a heated outdoor pool: everything about this beautiful Provencal farmhouse has been created to make families feel relaxed and at home. With a six-bedroomed main house and an optional annex available to sleep a further six, it works well for a large family group or extended family getaway, and is just five minutes, a 20-minute bike ride, from the heart of the village.

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The Mas de Verans Residence sleeps up to 16 and costs from €550 per night.

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The Hasseltssteeg Residence, Amsterdam

The design details in this remodelled 17th century home in a historic Amsterdam neighborhood set it apart: dotty and dinosaur wallpaper, a cast iron roll top bath and a pretty pastel blue Smeg fridge to name but a few. Set over 4.5 floors, it sleeps up to 8 and has plenty of space for all the family. The hosts can suggest  babysitters so you can enjoy a night on the town, and the house is well set up for young children with plenty of equipment provided, including a change table and baby monitor, so you can pack light.

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The Hasseltssteeg Residence sleeps up to 8 and costs from €475 per night.

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The Spetses Residence, Spetses, Greece

Join the Athens jet set on secluded Spetses, an island two hours by ferry from Piraeus harbour with pine-clad hills, quiet beaches and designer boutiques. It’s a popular weekender destination from the city and is completely car free. This heavenly hideaway has a pool and guest house and is just five minutes’ walk from the nearest beach. Built in 1860 and renovated in 2004, the house uses traditional materials and finishes to create a calming, soothing and romantic feel, and has featured in several interior design magazines.

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The Spetses Residence sleeps up to 12 and costs from €500 per night.

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The Can Matas Residence, Mallorca

Just off a cobbled street in the village of Selva, northern Mallorca, this designer villa is airy and spacious, with lemon trees in the garden providing shade over the day beds, and modern art and sculpture throughout. It is a prime location for experiencing the most authentic and desirable aspects of the island: the town’s weekly market takes place nearby, and kids can play in the town square with local children in the afternoon. Beaches and the mountains are just a short drive away.

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The Can Matas Residence sleeps up to 9 and costs from €500 per night.

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The Sayulita Loft 2, Sayulita, Mexico

If you don’t already know about this Mexican hippy chic fishing village, consider yourself let in on the secret. Sayulita is one of the country’s hippest beach retreats, a pretty village where people use golf buggies to get around, kids surf from an early age and private yoga lessons are the order of the day. This industrial chic apartment, one of a series on Kid & Coe, is a two-minute walk from the beach and has a restaurant on site for the days when you don’t want to cook. It’s modern and a little bit punk, full of bright colours and a unique place to stay with the kids.

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The Sayulita Loft 2 sleeps up to 5 and costs from $250 per night.

SPECIAL OFFER: $100 OFF YOUR FIRST BOOKING WITH KID & COE! USE CODE KSJ AND BOOK BEFORE 31 MAY.

Thank you so much Laura. I can almost feel the sun on my skin. What are you waiting for? Get clicking for family summer fun. Oh and if you are a big planner like me and have already booked summer – dry those tears! Kid & Coe market family properties for all weathers, all seasons and many, many countries.

 

Top 5 Kids Ski Jackets

It’s almost that time of year where we pretend to be sporty types. We make a big hoo ha about taking the family skiing – oh it’s so good for them, fresh air, exercise blah blah – when really, it’s all about chocolate, rosti and copious amounts of gluwhein. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, you need to get your kids looking the part on the slopes – and the best way to do this, is from the outside in. It’s so cold – those jackets are not coming off – so let’s get some ski style on with my Top 5.

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First up – oh I know it’s not cheap, but boy is it stylish. And how cute that your kid will ski in this and look like either (a) an old-fashioned barbers sign or (b) a stick of rock. LOVE. Red Super doxycycline buy online australia Mojo Ski Jacket by Perfect Moment £270 alexandalexa. Also available in light blue stripe.

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