Summer has officially began and we are starting to feel the heat – in the air, activities we want to do (beach! BBQ! backyard!), and especially on our skin. We are spending a lot more time outside with our families and it’s about time we took in that fresh air we have neglected ourselves from all year long.
With summer fun comes another issue – sunburns! We often forget about the importance of keeping our beautiful skin protected. It is something that takes only a few minutes to do, but will take days to forget about if we neglect to do something about it. We have ALL had at least one bad burn in our lives (remember that burn you got during Spring Break 2000 in Cancun? Yeah, THAT one!).
Now that I have a little boy in my life to care for and protect, I cannot forget sunscreen. It is an absolute MUST and forgetting to protect him precious skin would be a sin! His baby skin is fresh, new, and oh-so-soft. I would like to keep it that way. Plus, I love seeing my sons enthusiasm as we apply sunscreen. I am instilling a life skill, or lesson, which I hope he will continue to practice forever.
In order to kickoff the summer sun and heat, I gathered a bunch of friends over last weekend for a fun backyard party in the sun courtesy of our favorite household brand sunscreen – Banana Boat! Everyone was so excited and I couldn’t wait to get the party started!
We had the kids playing with our sidewalk chalk, swingset, play houses, blowing bubbles, and many other backyard fun activities. We even took our inflatable pool into the backyard for some swimming fun! The kids all had a blast, but they never realized what their parents were actually doing, or our motive for asking them to play in the sun (I know, who has to ASK them to play anyway?!).
What I didn’t tell you was that each of my guests was given a brand new bottle of Banana Boat’s new Natural Reflect sunscreen lotion as soon as they had arrived. I gave explicit instructions for all parents to wait until their arrival at our home before applying sunscreen. We would put Banana Boat to the test and see how well it did with our crazy bunch of kids playing in the water, sandbox, and sweating as they ran in the hot sun for nearly 2+ hours!
All of our guests had an excellent time and said they felt very confident using Banana Boat’s new Natural Reflect sunscreen on their children. We all agreed that Banana Boat is a reliable and trusted household brand name. We would never second guess their products and trust them with our children’s skin!
Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion is challenging parents across the country to take the 101 Days of Summer Play pledge. By taking the pledge on the Banana Boat brand Facebook page, parents make a commitment to enable and encourage their children to play outside in the sun every day, all season long. Each pledge triggers a donation of one bottle of Banana Boat Natural Reflect Lotion to The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp, a nonprofit, residential summer camp and year round center serving children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Visit the Banana Boat Sun Care Facebook Page and be sure to "Like" the page to stay up to date on product news, promotions, and summertime fun! You can download a FREE 101 Days of Summer Play activity guidebook on the Banana Boat Facebook Page, which is filled with tons of summertime fun ideas and activities for the entire family.
One lucky winner is going to receive a Banana Boat kit to help kickoff their summer with some fun and protection from the sun! Your Banana Boat kit includes  Banana Boat® Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion and  Banana Boat branded frisbee! This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. [only]; 18+, Winner will have 48 hours to confirm before a forfeit is assumed.
Good Luck & Happy Summer!
DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Banana Boat® Sun Care and received a party kit to facilitate my review, party kits to give to my guests, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.