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I beg you not to burn + Banana Boat Giveaway.

Products supplied by Banana Boat for review & giveaway


While I wouldn’t exactly say that spring has completely sprung around these parts (it’s a still a bit cool for my liking), the sun has definitely been showing its face around here a lot more lately. I’m already planning so many more outdoor activities – beach time, more outdoor running, spending time in the garden, working on the outside of our house, trips to the playground, socialising and more. Yay! SUMMER IS COMING!

*stops happy dancing and puts on serious face*

Only thing is… with summer comes more risk of doing damage to our skin. While we can still do damage on cloudy days, it’s during the summer that I start to see disturbing images on social media of people with pretty bad sunburn. Usually captioned with silly emoji and a bit of a light hearted, “oh – whoops – burnt again – silly me – hahaha!”

Some people even seem proud of it. Sometimes there’s even talk of how they hope that after their skin burns, they’ll be brown and tanned.

I’d be lying if I said that I don’t worry about it. I’d also be lying if I said that sometimes it doesn’t frickin’ annoy me that they’d potentially mess with their lives just for a tan.

Look, I get it. Sometimes we can be forgetful. We can fall asleep in the sun after a couple of beverages, forgetting to find shade or reapply our sunscreen. We can be so absorbed in a rousing game of beach cricket or a productive day in the backyard and lose track of time. We can unexpectedly find ourselves outdoors for a prolonged period and realise we have nothing to protect us.

But I am appealing to you all to stop getting sunburnt. Make it your mission this summer (and all year round). My own family has experienced tragic loss to melanoma. It’s real and it’s happening to Aussies everywhere. Our lifestyle and our weather put us at more risk if we don’t take precautions. It doesn’t just happen to “other” people. Believe me when I say this.

Ever since our family’s very sad wake up call we try to keep up with our skin checks (you might be super scared to do it in case the results are bad but trust me – not knowing won’t change the reality of a situation – it will only steal away the time you could have been treating it). I have my house, handbag, and beach bag stocked up with sunscreen everywhere. I have it in roll on form, spray form, cream form, formulated for children, stuff for sports activities, water play. You name it, we’ve got it. Wherever we are. It has to be easy or we forget.

We cover up as much as we can. This spring/summer I’m on the hunt for the perfect wide brimmed hat. I am terrible with hats (so not a hat person), but I want to protect myself better and set a great example for the Little Mister. I urge all of my fellow non hat people to give it a go too. There’s gotta be something flattering out there for us!! We just have to commit to the search. Vanity just can’t be an excuse anymore.

Wear your sunglasses. Protect your eyes. I have been making a huge effort to remember my sunnies everywhere I go. See, during the Little Mister’s first year of life, I kept forgetting them. I was completely consumed by what to pack for the baby, that I put myself last. I don’t know why but sunglasses always went to the bottom of the list as I ran out of the door. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but by the time the Little Mister was about 18 months old, I realised the damage. In just that short amount of time (after years of being dedicated to wearing my sunnies for most of my life), I had sun spots around the corners of my eyes. They look a bit like I’ve made a mess of my eye make up. At first I thought that was what they were. I rubbed at them, thinking I’d stained my skin with eye liner or mascara. When the realisation dawned on me that it was the sun’s doing, I immediately changed my ways. I admit it started with vanity, but it showed me just how quickly you can do irreversible damage. It doesn’t take long. I promise you that. Wear them when you’re driving, walking around outdoors, any time your eyes are exposed to the sunlight.

I want my family and friends to take it seriously, because I want them around for a loooooong time. I’d rather they all be a little bit pale and perfect than burnt, leathery and flaky (and potentially sick). Tell me, which is the better look?

So that is my plea to you. Please don’t be weirdly proud of your sunburn. Do not increase your risk in the hopes that you’ll tan. Protect yourself when you’re out and about. Protect your precious children. Let’s teach them good habits now that will pay off later.

Let’s prevent the heartbreak of you or your family suffering from melanoma. Let’s not forget to look after ourselves (I know it can happen easily if we don’t put self care at the top of the list but it’s so important). Let’s stop laughing about sunburn like it’s a funny joke and start having meaningful conversations about preventing skin cancer.

This is an issue very close to my family’s heart and I want to help you to get your family’s sun protection routine in order, so I’ve arranged a little something to get a couple of my lucky readers started! I am a big fan of Banana Boat and I am so stoked to be able to run a Banana Boat giveaway right here on the blog!

You can win either a kid’s pack (4 items as below):



…or an adult’s pack (2 items as below):




How to enter…

Leave a comment right here on the blog, telling me which pack you want (kids or adults – if you don’t mind which one then let me know that either would be fine) and what you plan to do to make sun protection easier for you and/or your family this summer. Any great tips for my other readers? 

T & Cs

  • There will be two separate winners. One winner will receive the kids prize and one winner will receive the adults prize. While prize preferences of competition entrants will be taken into consideration, it is not guaranteed that they will receive the pack they preferred, should they be named a winner.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight WST on Sunday the 4th October, 2015.
  • The prizes will be sent out by a 3rd party. Products may vary slightly from what is pictured.
  • Winners will be chosen based on the quality of their entry comments. My choices will be final.
  • The winner will be notified privately via email and be announced on my Facebook page (click to follow).
  • Giveaway only open to Australian residents (so sorry my gorgeous foreigners).


Dettol giveaway!

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Oh my goodness. I have never been so excited about household cleaning products as I have since I became a parent. I am no domestic goddess, but oh, the things I have seen. It can scare even the less-than-prudent (understatement in my case much?) house keeper straight. Just the fear of the whole family coming down with a group illness is enough for me! Sometimes sharing is just not caring!!! All those missed days of work and day care. We’re already racking up the absences and winter hasn’t even kicked in properly yet! Eek.

I’m definitely not a germ-o-phobe. I’ve got no problem with a bit of dirt or some toughening of the immune system (I like to keep it real), but there’s definitely a line when it comes to toilet training or raw meat juice on the kitchen counter. Not to mention coughing and snot and…you get the idea. Ew. Scary.

Also? When the primary stay at home parent gets sick, that’s just another nightmare. I get cold sweats just thinking about it…no wait, maybe that’s cold sweats from the fact that I recently got sick for the first time in years and it SUCKS. No-one gives the stay at homer a day off! WHAT? WHERE’S MY CONTRACT? I NEED TO REVIEW IT.

So right now I am all about prevention and damage control! I can’t tell you how well timed it was that I received a great range of Dettol products at my front door when I did. Let’s just say I was starting to lose my mind a little…

Dettol Healthy Touch instant hand sanitiser.

Oh, this is so good. It comes in a handy travel sized 50ml bottle, so it fits in your handbag/nappy bag and you can take it on the plane with you if you’re travelling. I love it. I’ve used it in many different situations. Before eating in a public place (for example if you’re on the go and you’ve had to touch dubious hand rails and other such things prior to your meal). When you’ve been coughing and you’ve used your hands to cover your mouth (although they say the crook of your elbow is better I keep forgetting so the sanitiser is important!). When you’ve had to run to the loo with your toilet training child and you’ve washed your hands afterwards, but you want some extra reassurance you’re not spreading germs around.

I am sure you can think of many other instances (I have too many to list), where this is so useful.

Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser.

These are THE BEST. Did I mention that they come in the form of 40 wipes per container? Wipes are the best – so convenient. Anti bacterial wipes are even better! It makes a quick spot clean so easy. I was concerned they might be too strong, but they don’t contain bleach which put my mind at ease. You can use them on SO MANY THINGS:

  • high chairs
  • changing mats
  • potties
  • toys
  • bench tops
  • chopping boards
  • fridges
  • bins
  • sinks
  • microwaves
  • toilet seats
  • baths
  • taps
  • wash basins
  • door handles
  • tables
  • desks
  • telephone
  • keyboards

You get the idea. I just love how quick it is to use these wipes. Time is everything when I have an active, sometimes grotty, demanding small human around!! I’ll admit it also appeals to the anti 50s house keeper in me. It doesn’t even feel like cleaning. Hot tip, though. Don’t absentmindedly leave the lid open. All your wipes will dry out and you’ll be very sad. Devastated.

Pro Fresh Citrus Splash pH-Balanced Shower Gel.

Until I received this product, I had NO idea that Dettol made shower gel. To wash your whole body with. It claims to protect against BO and can I tell you, this is a good thing. Especially after I just spent a few days in Sydney, in big crowds. Trust me. No-one wants to be THAT person in the airport either.

I wondered if it would make me smell like a walking spray bottle of chemicals or a hospital, but it is surprisingly innocuous. Kind of smells like a mild shampoo or conditioner, only it’s for your body. I can handle that! I don’t know for sure how great it is at eliminating body odour, because I am blessed with less smelly genes (literally – apparently it’s a Korean thing), but it certainly provides some extra reassurance!

Look at all that non-germy goodness!!! Want to know something else that’s exciting?? You can win these very products because I am hosting my first ever giveaway! How lucky are we?!

The winner will receive a package including…


Dettol Healthy Touch instant hand sanitiser.

2 x Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser.

Pro Fresh Citrus Splash pH-Balanced Shower Gel.

All you have to do is follow Awesomely Unprepared in some way, on my Facebook pageTwitter account or by subscribing to my blog, then answer the following question right here in the comment section (your email address will not be published):

Describe the ickiest mess you’ve had to clean up recently?

Good luck!

Giveaway terms and conditions

The contest ends at 12:00 (midnight) Thursday the 7th of May, 2015, Perth time and is only open to Australian residents (sorry overseas buddies) who are over 18 years of age.

This is a game of skill…so my favourite answer will win! My decision will be final. Entrants will have to meet requirements outlined above.

The prize will be sent out by a third party and will not be replaced in the event that it is stolen, damaged or lost.

The winner will be notified privately and announced on Facebook and on the Awesomely Unprepared blog. The winner will have 3 days to reply in order to claim the prize.

These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time.