Friday, June 6, 2014

Woohoo!!! I’m A Banana Boat® Ambassador #BBBestSummer #Sponsored #MC

Disclosure:  I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Banana Boat® sunscreen is teaming up with actress and mother of two, Busy Philipps, to bring moms and their families the tips, tools and fun prizes they need to have the Best Summer Ever!  Read on to learn how you can enter for a chance to win a family vacation...

I am so excited to announce that I was chosen as a Banana Boat® Best Summer Ever Ambassador!  I have been using Banana Boat products for years, and love their products which are made for babies through adults.  

In addition to being able to shout it from the rooftops that I am a Banana Boat Ambassador, I will also be sharing more about Banana Boat with you throughout the summer with blog posts and mentions on my social media channels.

Have you made plans yet for summer vacations with your family?  My husband and I still don't feel comfortable enough to fly with the girls, especially since they are going through the "no" stage, which can be stressful at times.  I can only imagine what it would be like with them acting out on an airplane, having to sit in one place for an extended period of time.  So, for that reason, when it comes to summer plans, we are planning a few staycations in the New England area.   

Last year, we had a blast with the girls staying local and can't wait to try out new attractions, parks and more in and around the New England area.  Here were just a few of my favorite photos from last summer with the girls.  

You will be sure we will have the camera ready to take even more memorable photos this summer. :-)

Our first getaway will be to the new Great Wolf Lodge water park resort they opened in Fitchburg, MA next week, as a late birthday gift for my husband and early gift for Savannah's upcoming 4th birthday in July.  Crossing my fingers that our colds will be gone by then, and that we can stay healthy during and after the mini getaway.  

After this trip, we will be doing fun day trips to local zoos, parks to go hiking, playground time, and other fun outdoor activities.  I don't know about you, but I find that with little ones, the more time they spent outside, the quicker they become tired as the day winds down, making the bedtime routine a little easier. 

But, we don't go outside unprotected.  Before heading outdoors, I make sure to lather or spray on Banana Boat sunscreen to the girls and myself.  I especially have to be sun-cautious, after having gone through radiation and chemo treatment for head and neck cancer.  I now burn easier, and am prone to skin cancer if I am not careful, to the delicate area of my neck that were radiated.  So, I make a point to make sure I have on enough sunscreen before heading outdoors, in addition to using a hat and heavier clothing. 

I also make a point to carry Banana Boat products in the car and my diaper bag, so that I can re-apply as needed, to keep everyone's skin protected from the sun. It is one thing to be excited about spending time outdoors now that the nice weather is here, but you have to be sun-smart and apply sunscreen before being out in the sun for extended period of time, and re-applying when needed. 

Back when I was a health educator before I became a stay-at-home, I would educate local school children about the importance of sunscreen and protecting your skin during the summer (and year round).  And, when asked to visit companies or wellness fairs, sun safety was always a hot topic.  One of the most asked questions was about which products to use, including ones that were safe for kids.  I always found myself recommending Banana Boat, as I had been a fan and user of this brand for years.

"Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – to provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the entire family.*"

Check out the variety of Banana Boat® sun care products, as you gear up for day trips and time out in the sun with your family... 

When it comes to my girls, I love using Banana Boat® Kids Free Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen  on them, as I don't have to worry about them saying it burns when I apply it to their delicate skin, or irritate their eyes, if they happen to rub an applied area to their eyes.  It goes on easy in a mess free mist, and dries quickly.  I love knowing that the girls are protected from the sun's harmful rays when using this pediatrician tested sunscreen.

Banana Boat® Kids Free Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen is the only alcohol-free, tear-free, sting-free kids clear spray, and is great for moms searching for a sunscreen that is gentle on kids’ skin, yet powerful enough to provide dependable protection, making sunscreen application simple and enjoyable for both kids and parents. The formulation is pediatrician-tested and goes on clear to provide fast and even coverage. Banana Boat® Kids Free Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen is available in SPF 50+.

In addition to the Banana Boat® Kids Free Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen, I am also a fan of the Banana Boat® Kids MAX Protect & Play Lotion Sunscreen SPF 100.  


This SPF 100 lotion "provides maximum lotion protection for active kids, protecting them from 96% of UVA/UVB rays and is ideal for the beach or the pool." And, its handy 4 oz. tube size makes it perfect for throwing in a cluttered diaper bag, or kept on a shelf, within reach, to later on the kids, as they head out the door to play all afternoon.

Dont' forget to get the men in your life to lather up and protect their skin this summer.  More and more cases of skin cancer are on the rise, especially in men. Just look at Hugh Jackman who had a skin cancer area removed for the second time on his nose recently.  Skin cancer is no laughing matter, and even strong men are susceptible to the sun's harmful rays.   I was excited to learn recently about a new line of sunscreen from Banana Boat made just for men...

"Formulated for men’s unique sun care needs, Banana Boat® Triple Defense sunscreens provide the heavy-duty, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection you need, while also combating odor and hydrating skin."
I was sent a sample of this new sunscreen Just for Men, and love seeing my husband apply it to his skin, after he is done helping me protect the girls' skin. 
Another great Banana Boat sunscreen that I personally love using is the Protect & HydrateTM Sunscreen Clear UltraMist®.
"Building on the Protect & HydrateTM Sunscreen Lotion introduced last year, Protect & HydrateTM Sunscreen Clear UltraMist® provides a unique 2-in-1 combination of sunscreen and all-day moisturizer**, combining aloe with vitamins C & E, leaving the skin feeling soft and looking healthy when used and reapplied as directed for sun protection. This product provides safe and effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is ideal for everyday use. Banana Boat® Protect & HydrateTM Sunscreen Clear UltraMist® is available in SPF 30 and 50+."

I could go on and on about how wonderful Banana Boat and their sunscreen product line, but I also have to finish prepping for our mini vacation next week -- which includes packing our assortment of Banana Boat sunscreens for the family.  

 -- Enter the "Best Summer Ever" sweepstakes from Banana Boat -- 

In the meantime, I wanted to make sure you knew about the "Best Summer Ever" sweepstakes from Banana Boat, which offers families a chance to win cool summer prizes, including the grand prize -- a family trip to a Treehouse Resort.  Who wouldn't want to win the grand prize, right? :-) Note: this sweepstakes ends on July 31st, so don't delay in entering. 

All you have to do to enter is head on over to Facebook and visit the Banana Boat Fan page. There you will see the sign up page for this great summer sweepstakes.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over the Banana Boat Facebook Page -- and enter the "Best Summer Ever" Sweepstakes.  Then, get ready for fun in the sun with the whole family -- that is, after you apply the necessary sunscreen to all members of the family, from a trusted sunscreen brand like Banana Boat. :-)


*Please note, seven conditions does not apply to tanning products, oil products, SPF 8 lotion, SPF 100 lotion for kids, lip balms, kids FREE and Zinc Faces. © 2014 Energizer. Playtex and other trademarks are owned and licensed by Energizer. Use and reapply as directed.

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Disclosure:  I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. 


  1. Your daughter's bathing suit is so cute! My daughter loves Peppa Pig!

  2. I love Banana Boat products and I have used them for years too. That reminds me I need to get some new sun screen for summer.