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Our Day at the Beach | Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth

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I know I'm not alone in saying that I find an inner calm and peace when I am at the beach overlooking the vast blue sea. There's something about being at the beach that makes me feel exactly where I need to be and getting to be there with my love and our two boys makes it feel even more so.


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Being by the seaside doesn't change what it is to be a parent, there's still all of the daily challenges to deal with - our wonderful little threenager and his mood swings for starters, but that's OK, because that's what it is to be a parent. It's the ordinary, the magical and the everything in between moments. It's the ups and the downs and then the ups again. It's often a heart full of love and pride as well as an aching, tired body. 

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But as if spending time with my three at such a beautiful beach wasn't enough, there are all the moments that I want to replay over and over again. Like running in and out of the sea with my little boy, laughing and giggling and jumping over the waves. Like eating the nicest ice cream I've ever tasted on our blanket under our parasol and like watching our beautiful boy make friends with a little girl so easily and witnessing what it is to be young, innocent and care-free as they jumped in and out of the sea (with their Mummy's proudly but anxiously watching on, making sure they didn't go too far in). 

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It's amazing to think that it's through my blogging space here on the Internet that we end up finding beautiful little places like this and that we are able to spend the day there together as a family. I built my blog up just for us to record the moments as we grow a family, but now I also get to work with brands that I believe in to help spread awareness of what it is they do. And our beach trip was sparked by our current collaboration with Boots Soltan,who you may remember helped me overcome part of my travel-anxiety when they invited me to London to attend Brit Mums Live (one of the biggest parent-bloggers blogging conferences). 




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Boots Soltan are a perfect fit for us - we really believe in their product and are thrilled to be able to use our blog platform to help increase awareness of the importance of sun protection, especially when it comes to protecting children's sensitive skin. 


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        The majority of families will tend to remember to take and apply sun protection when they head to the beach for the day, but it's also important to ensure our little ones (as well as ourselves) are protected from the sun at all times when outside. And that is even if it's just 10 minutes in the garden because that's all it can take for skin to get burn. Plus a interesting fact about UV exposure is that 40% of UV exposure occurs when we're not even in direct sunlight, so it's always best to ensure that we apply sun screen even before leaving the house. Hats are important too - our boys get fussy about their hats sometimes and will take them off, but we encourage that they wear them as much as possible.

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In terms of sun protection, we of course use Boots Soltan who are the No.1 5 star UVA sun protection brand. Because all of their products have a 5 star UVA rating they offer the highest protection against deep-down skin damage and burning. A favourite of ours form the range is the Soltan Kids for obvious reasons really. Boots Soltan are a brand we trust in terms of protecting our boys against the sun, they understand that children's skin is more vulnerable and so with over 75 years of expertise they've developed a sun protection that's made especially for them, as well as sun cream for us adults and many other fantastic products in the range. 

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It can be easy to get confused when it comes to choosing a sun cream with all of the different factors available, but Boots Soltan aim to help people understand exactly what Sun protection factor (or SPF) they need so have developed  this extremely easy SPF selector tool which is found over on their website. Even if you think you know which factor you or your children need, I do recommend checking it out, it takes less than 30 seconds and just offers peace of mind. 

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It's been amazing to have had such wonderful weather here in the usually grey-skied UK. It's been so lovely to spend time together outside (a favourite thing of ours do) and to have discovered a beautiful new beach to hopefully go back to very soon. I'll let some of our photos do the rest of the talking and if you'd like to you can even watch a little video I put together of our day right at the end of the post. A huge thank you to Boots Soltan for collaborating with us, please do make sure you head over to their website to see their full sun protection product range and to find your SPF. 

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Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, Beach UK, Sandy beach UK, family travel blog,
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Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, Beach UK, Sandy beach UK, family travel blog,
Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, Beach UK, Sandy beach UK, family travel blog,

Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, Beach UK, Sandy beach UK, family travel blog,
Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, Beach UK, Sandy beach UK, family travel blog,

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10 comments

  1. What a lovely day you had. I haven't actually considered Soltan myself. Shops own brands I am generally not too keen on and I trust brands like Nivea more. Nivea is the sun cream I have bought for years. But looking at your post, Soltan seems to be very promising. Even though I prefer the spray rather than the cream.

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    1. We really did. Ah thank you, they actually do the spray version too. And I so know what you mean, I was sort of the same, but then I learnt that Boots Soltan are actually the No1 5 star UVA sun protection brand. It's funny that we automatically opt for certain brands, until we know more about others. But we'll always use Boots Soltan now, it's so good and seems cheaper too! x

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  2. AH sounds like a lovely day out, the pier looks beautiful - very traditional! We live in a town with a pier but it is full of amusement arcades and fairground rides, so not quite so pretty as this one which is a shame! Ah getting them to keep hats on is a nightmare isn't it?! Noah is the worst, he sees it as a challenge!!
    I did want to try Boots Soltan as I'd heard good things but I always like to use a roll on lotion for the kids as I find it loads easier, but I couldn't find one in their range sadly. xx

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    1. Some kids just seem to have a bit of a thing with hats really, but I was the exact same as a child, I wouldn't wear them at all! x

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  3. These photos are beautiful and it looks like you had an amazing day at the beach. So sunny it looks like you are abroad! I love being at the seaside too - there's something about looking out and seeing nothing but waves as far as the eye can see that is really calming.
    I use Soltan, but we can't for Zach as his skin is too sensitive - it gives him a full body rash! xx

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    1. It felt like we were abroad, thank you lovely. x

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  4. Looks like a FAB day out and perfect place to relax and have fun. Gorgeous post and video xx

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  5. It looks like you are abroad, you had such lovely weather for your day at the seaside. Gorgeous photos as always lovely. xx

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  6. What a lovely day at the beach, one of my favourite beaches to go to. I have found since Alice started going to preschool and they have to wear hats or go straight indoors, she will happily wear one for me too. But before then it was a struggle. Thankfully Holly copies whatever her sister does! Gorgeous photos x

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