I actually blogged this post on what the experts stated was the hottest day in July since records began!

Here in Yorkshire, the mercury had hit the 30 C mark, whilst down in London temperatures exceeded 36 C!

It’s days like that the ones that have followed that make me yearn for my own outdoor pool! Wishful thinking huh!?

I have just returned from a lovely 5 days away in Portugal with my mum and crazily it’s hotter in Leeds than it was there! In fact, according the Guardian it’s hotter in Yorkshire than Kingston Jamaica, LA and Miami too! Yeah, baby!

And despite the sweltering heat and lack of air con, I’m appreciating this weather while it lasts because it’s one big happy-maker and it really makes life that bit more wonderful be it breaking out the denim cut offs for the garden or al fresco dining. Lush, lush, lush!

Even sat working on the patio feels amazing! And my kids are absolutely loving the heatwave too, playing out in the garden and using the soaring temperature as an excuse to eat more ice cream than usual – the cheeky monkeys!

As wonderful as it is to spend time outdoors in the this glorious weather, we all know the dangers of the sun and in particular, protecting our little ones from its harmful UV rays.

In addition to sun protection lotion, there are plenty of super stylish clothes and accessories to keep cool kids feeling well…cool during the heatwave.

I’ve teamed up with online kids’ clothing website, melijoe, to bring you the best anti-uv clothing and cover ups for kids.

What’s more, melijoe currently have a great sale on so there’s some amazing discounts to be had!

Just move quick, as these fab bargains won’t stick around for long in this weather!

Sunuva

sunuva

Sunuva is fantastic label (we are huge fans here with my boys wearing their pieces in Jamaica recently) and they specialise in sun protective fashion for kids.

This Factor 50 Rash Guard Top (£26 – reduced from £37) is extremely breathable, ensuring your little one’s skin isn’t irritated in the heat.

I love the lovely coral print and there is also a matching print twill hat (£19) and one piece too (26). The perfect summer co-ord!

 

Archimede

archimede

 

Another fab brand specialising in the UV protective, non-irritant summer and beach wear for kids. Anti-clockwise from top left: Starfish print rash guard t-shirt £24 (reduced from £34); Seabed print rash guard t-shirt £24 (reduced from £34); heart print UK Protective shortall for babies and toddlers £27 (reduced from £38). Chic prints including starfish, hearts and crab designs, they’re funky as well as safe!

 

sunglasses for kids

And it’s not just tots’ delicate skin that needs protecting, as we mustn’t forget about their sensitive peepers too! Channel their inner Jackie O or Danny Zukko with these super cool shades by Archimede, all priced £6 (reduced from £8). Beautifully bargainous!

Souris Mini

 

summer clothes

This Canadian-brand combines playful prints, easy to wear garments with UV protective technology. Awesome!

This fab summer outfit for boys includes: nautical surf print rash guard top £20 (reduced from £25); fancy print shorts £19 (reduced from £26); reversible fancy print – blue sun hat £14 (reduced from £17).

So who said safety had to be boring!

These super cool clothes mean your kids can enjoy the sun for longer, making the most of this incredible weather! Now lets just hope its lasts hey!

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