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Rockin’ Some Killer Tan Lines

by Courtney on May 29, 2011

‘Twas another beautiful day…absolutely perfect for a party by the lake.


This afternoon, Jay and I headed up to Saratoga for a Memorial Day party with family, who just so happen to be some of our closest friends, too. I love these girls.



I still can’t believe that in just three short months, these two are getting married! It was exactly a year ago that we celebrated their engagement. Smile


Our crew spent a good majority of the afternoon sitting in the sunshine, chatting away, and snacking on some munchies. I really made a conscious effort today not to over do it with the snacks.

I tend to munch mindlessly a lot of the time when in these situations, especially when the food is right within reach. However, I was happy with my ability to really only over do it on the broccoli. That’s acceptable, right? Winking smile


I also decided to stick with just one beer today, since I feel like I’ve been imbibing a little more than usual lately. I blame it on the weather.



Jay and I eventually departed from ‘Toga and made it down to meet up with my parents for a bit. Thankfully, dinner was involved, which I was more than ready for.


For some reason, nothing sounded better to me today than a juicy burger from the grill. I honestly don’t crave burgers all that often, but the aromas coming off of the grill today were smelling too fantastic to pass up.


On the side, I had some tuna pasta salad, and some of this corn and black bean salsa which was just incredible. The chips, unfortunately, were a bit stale from sitting out, but this stuff was good enough to eat as-is. Mmmm-mmmm. Smile


For dessert, I enjoyed a couple mini chocolate chip cookies (not pictured) along with a piece of birthday/Memorial Day cake. This piece was exactly the way I like it: super moist cake, and frosting with enough sugar to be able to coat my teeth.


I’m sorry, I know that sounds terrible. But I don’t mess around with frosting. The more sugar, the better. Thank goodness I don’t eat the stuff every day. It’s all about moderation, folks! Winking smile

In case you didn’t already see them above, I’m now rockin’ some killer tan lines and a pretty hot sunburn (<—pun definitely intended) thanks to being outside all morning and afternoon. Luckily, at least my face isn’t burned!

So now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go apply some aloe and write “SUNSCREEN” on my Target shopping list…

I swear, I can be such a space case sometimes!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far!

Question for the Evening:

Are you good about applying sunscreen? What SPF do you usually wear?

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1 Kate May 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm

What a fun weekend food looks amazing I love black beans &corn


2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I’m horrible about wearing sunscreen! Seriously, it’s so bad but I never remember to put it on unless I’m outside laying poolside!
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3 pat May 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I must admit that I’m not the best at being diligent with sunscreen, but I thought all my years of “Did you use sunscreen?” would have sunken in with you!


4 Courtney May 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Sorry, Mom :(


5 Melissa May 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Such a fun day! You are my kind of girl when it comes to frosting–it’s really the only reason I eat cake! ;)

I always do at least 30 on my face and chest, but don’t worry as much about the rest. I need to, though, because I freckle and someday those freckles are going to be age spots! Ick!
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6 Cute~Ella May 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I’m awesome at applying sunscreen for the most part. I spend a lot of time outside in the sun and have incredibly pasty white skin that burns by thinking about it too much (ever burn inside a car though the glass? Didn’t know that was possible did you?) I wear a minimum of 30 if I’m outside and apply every 3-4 hours (more often if I’m in the water or sweating a lot.) but usually I wear 50 and most often I get the kids kind.

Remember that NOTHING is waterPROOF!
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7 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I love grill aromas! Tofu on the grill is the best. It gets such a smokey flavor!
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8 Courtney May 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’ll have to try that sometime! Any good recipes to share?? :)


9 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Here’s my post from when I first tried grilling tofu:

It has the links to how I marinate it and such, too.

So good! Let me know how it goes if you try it :)

I recommend marinating in some sort of teriyaki grilling sauce.
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10 Kate May 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I usually wear SPF 15 or 30. When I was a lifeguard I always had 55 for my body and still got a killer tan that would last me until after Christmas – ahh, what a glamorous life that was.

That corn and black bean salsa looks awesome and so does your hamburger bun. I swear, I start craving burgers sometimes just for the buns. Yum! Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!
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11 Stephanie May 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Looks like you had a fun day! Good job not munching all day. It’s so hard not to snack away the day when hanging out like that.

Haha I managed to get a rockin sunburn too, complete with a bow on my back (from the bikini tie) I usually use SPF30 on my body and 70 on my face just to be safe :)

Also, if your burn is hot, putting maalox on it and letting it sit for a fee hours takes the heat out of the burn and can prevent peeling


12 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I’m the palest person on the planet, so apply SPF 1,000,000 religiously. :D
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13 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles May 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Bud Light Lime is always a good choice! :)
My face lotion and make-up (both from Bare Escentuals) are SPF…something…can’t remember the number! When I’m going to be in the sun all day, I usually put on SPF 30 on my neck and shoulders and reapply every couple hours. I burn so darn easily!


14 Lindsey May 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I need to wear sunscreen way more than I do! I almost always have it on my face, but forget about the other body parts! I wear SPF 45 on my face. And if I remember SPF 15 for the rest of me!


15 Katherine May 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I personally hate wearing sunscreen, but I do it anyhow.
And I love the tan lines :)
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16 Caitlin @ Southern Curls & Pearls May 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I know what you mean about icing, the more the better!! :) And I usually try to put on sunscreen if I’m going out by the pool for longer than 30 minutes. I generally use spf 15 because I love having a good tan!
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17 Khushboo May 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I’m terrible with SPF! It only occurs me to wear it when I’m actually going to sunbathe! Fortunately my daily cover up contains SPF so my face is covered!
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18 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine May 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

I have the exact same frosting philosophy, no worries :) I’m not GREAT about applying sunscreen, but I do try…though I should probably use a higher SPF than 15!
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19 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

I always find myself munching way too easily and overeating in social situations. It’s my one food thing I can never really overcome. C’est la vie!
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20 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’m pretty terrible about applying sunscreen :( I only do it when I know I’m going to be doing outdoor activities for a long period of time, but for everyday, I don’t put on much. That’s something I know I should change soon!

I love your tube top/dress. Where’s it from??
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21 Courtney May 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

Express, last year :)


22 Sarah May 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

Haha at least you wore a strapless dress yesterday. That has to count for something, right?
Your weekend seems perfect so far, so carry on and have a great Memorial Day!


23 Merrie@ Strawberrylaces May 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

The dog in the photo with the engaged couple is adorable! As are they :-) I’m so envious of your memorial day weekend. Dying for a piece of that chocolate cake. You’ve got me drooling
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24 katy @ fitinheels May 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve been so jealous reading all the Memorial Day long weekend blogs, being a Canadian! Looks like an amazing time that you deserve. I use SPF 30 when needed but have been looking for a daily face moisturizer that has SPF higher than 15. Any suggestions?
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25 Cara May 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

I’m rocking the farmers tan from this weekend! I am horrible at remembering sunscreen unless I am at the beach or pool and then I always make sure I am wearing it! I generally wear SPF 30, when I remember!


26 Tanya @ Sunday Baker May 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

I want one of those burgers-yum! Love the farmer’s tan, lol!
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27 Paige @ Running Around Normal May 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

Now that’s how you celebrate a Memorial Day weekend!! Looks like a blast:) I’m envious of your weather!
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28 Alexis May 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

that cake is looking delish! I try to wear sunscreen daily on my face since I had a “suspicious” mole removed a year ago I’ve definitely been more aware of putting sunscreen on. It was a real wake up call especially since I’m only 21! I wear at least 30 spf
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29 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" May 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Admittedly, I am so bad about the sunscreen. I’m well aware of the dangers of not wearing it…yet somehow I always forget! My mother would be so angry if she read this..shhhh, don’t tell. That burger looked amazing! I crave burgers a lot. I’d eat them for every meal if it was socially acceptable ;-)
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30 Mandee May 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I really want to try those beers!!! And I’m not even a beer drinker! They just sound so good!

Too much sun is never fun! I was super pale all my life, blessed with extra white skin and lots of freckles/moles… Which means you’re at higher risk of skin cancer. About five years ago I realized that if I wore 15 instead of 55, I’d get a nice tan eventually. Thought it was a blessing but prob moreso a curse because I ended up having to get this spot removed right on my hairline. 7 stiches and they had to shave some of my hair off… Luckily my bangs covered it but there’s a scar and some hair sill hasn’t come back! I am now super paranoid about getting sunburned! Wear sun screen everyone! And go spray tanning! It will change your life! The formulas are so much better now! I love it!
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31 Tracy @ Commit To Fit May 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I am so with you on the sugar! I am not ashamed to admit that I love icing :)
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32 Tara May 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Looks like a great day!


33 Megan@eatmybeets May 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm

haha I totally know what you mean about cake frosting! As a kid, I was sort of turned off by the super-sugary cake frosting, but now if I’m eating birthday cake, I always request the corner piece (with a flower if possible haha). The more frosting the better.
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34 Brittney May 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

You ate a lot of the same things I did this weekend- black bean salsa and a burger off the grill! Looks like a you had a great time out there :)


35 Kristen May 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Im not the best at applying sunscreen- I need to get in the habit of doing it. on another note, I will agree with you THE MORE ICING THE BETTER! haha


36 Jessica @ Bake a Little May 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more :) all about moderation!
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