Family Friday: Adventures in Coding: The Rocket Cupcake Co. App

You’ve probably heard about different ways to teach your kids coding, and how important it is. One of our favorite things we use to learn about coding is the GoldieBlox Rocket Cupcake Co. app. (My little boy is usually very into trucks and construction things, but he likes cupcakes too, of course, so he doesn’t mind the very pink-and-purple interface.) It’s a really fun game — I even enjoy playing it myself — and so if you’re looking for something fun that helps your kids learn to think like a coder (it doesn’t really teach coding itself), I highly recommend this app. It’s $2.99 at the App StoreAdventures in Coding: The Rocket Cupcake Co.

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Budget Thursday: Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Cardigan

I’ve always heard great things about Uniqlo’s very affordable merino wool cardigans, and they’ve got a bunch of merino wool things on sale right now. This cardigan comes in eight colors in sizes XXS-XXL and is currently $35, marked down from $40. Whether or not you get the sale price or not, though, it’s still a great cardigan that’s affordable and machine washable. Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Cardigan

Here’s a plus-size option that’s also on sale and available in several colors.

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Washable Wednesday: Cap Sleeve Ruffle Bottom Dress

This Lark & Ro dress has sort of a dropped waist and is not as sleek as some of the very popular Lark & Ro wrap dresses that we’ve featured, but if you’re looking for something a little different and you like a fit-and-flare kind of dress, this one looks lovely. I like the sleeves and the fact that it’s machine washable, and it’s eligible for Prime and free returns. It comes in sizes XS-XL in black and a navy/white stripe. Cap Sleeve Ruffle Bottom Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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Sun Protection Strategies for Kids

Ladies, let’s talk about sun protection strategies for kids — do you sunscreen them up before daycare or school? Only if told to, either by policy or special direction?

I was just thinking about this a week or so ago: does anyone else feel guilty if your kid gets a farmer’s tan, i.e. bronzed forearms and lily white upper arms? I have my own anti-sun agenda, but I feel particularly, perhaps excessively, protective of my fair-haired, pale-skinned boys. We all wear rash guards and sun hats whenever we’re outside, and no one’s gotten burned yet (which is good because multiple childhood sunburns greatly increase your risk for melanoma). Still, their forearms are all deeply tan right now, and I feel guilty, like I’m not doing enough to protect them. So let’s hear it, ladies: Do you slather your kids with sunscreen every day? Do you get their ears and neck and forearms, or just, say, their nose and cheeks? What do you use yourself, and what do you use on your kids?

For my $.02, I’m kind of odd for myself: I just bought some tank tops so that if I go out on a 20-minute walk I can get some vitamin D and avoid a farmer’s tan, but I’m also that weirdo on the beach with the long-sleeved rash guard, huge hat, and probably a too-white face because I haven’t blended my serious mineral sunscreen. With my kids, if I know they’ll be out in the sun for 30 minutes or more, I sunscreen the heck out of them — but on the flip side, if I’m not expecting a lot of sun exposure, I just send them out with hats.

How about you guys? Are you serious about sunscreen for your kids and/or yourself? Which products are your favorites? Are you a fan of any particular brand of rash guards or hats?

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Accessory Tuesday: Desert Wedge

Zappos is having a pretty big sale through August 5, and there are a lot of great things to check out, from sneakers to pumps — I shared some of my picks over at Corporette. Zappos still has that awesome 365-day return policy, so it can be a safe place to buy shoes for your kids up through the next year without worrying about predicting the wrong sizes. As far as women’s accessories go, I’ve heard amazing things about these wedges, which were already pretty affordable at $89 but are now marked down to $49. They’ve got 792 mostly 5-star reviews and come in sizes 5–12 in four colors. TOMS Desert Wedge

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