Thursday, May 16, 2013

Guest Post: 10 Beach Must Haves for Families!

This week we are thrilled to feature a list of beach must-haves from 10 small, American companies whose innovative products deserve special mention leading up to this year's beach season!  The list was compiled by Kathleen Pisano of Noblo, and we are thrilled to share it! With the wonderful long hours of daylight, sunny skies, hot weather, back yard BBQ’s, and beach vacations just around the corner, these are truly 10 sun and sand must-haves you won't want to miss:

1. SwimZip Swimwear
SwimZip is UV 50+ swimwear that makes putting on and taking off a wet sticky swimsuit a breeze! SwimZip has a full-length zipper down the front which makes it easy to put-on and take-off, and it comes as a two piece set so if you have a little one with diapers the changes are quick!
SwimZip blocks 99% of the UVA and UVB cancer causing rays from your little one’s skin! You don't have to worry about applying sunscreen where the SwimZip covers and kids can spend hours of fun in the sun sunburn free!
$17.99 - $29.99 Available at

2. The Noblo Umbrella Buddy
Invented by two moms to stop fly away beach umbrellas (and the injuries that can result from this), the Noblo is a simple to use beach umbrella anchor. Three easy steps: 1) Fill noblo with sand, 2) velcro to beach umbrella, and 3) relax at the beach. Noblo will take care of your beach umbrella.
$14.99 Available at

3. Zoe b organic Beach Toys
Made from corn, not petroleum. Safer for our kids: no toxic chemicals like BPA, phthalates. Safe for our oceans: If washed out to sea, our toys will fully break down in 2-3 years (not 500 years, like ordinary plastic). The world’s first biodegradable beach toys. Made in USA. 5 pieces set: bucket, sifter/lid, shovel, 2 cups. Color: turquoise/lime, pink/orange
$22.00 Available at

4. ShowNo beach towel
ShowNo is the ultimate kids 3-in-1 towel. It’s a bath towel, a cover up and a changing towel all in one! No More having to carry everyone’s towel (along with everything else) to the beach… kids can wear them! No More having to dry off and wrap up kids after bath time… they can dry off and cover up on their own! No More having to hold a towel like a drape for kids to change behind in privacy… they can put on their ShowNo and change all by themselves!
$19.99 Available at

5. Bogg Bag
Lack of beach bags that could suit a family's needs sparked the creation of the Bogg™ Bag. Needs were simple: a bag large enough to carry everything, that wouldn't fall over and spill, and that could be rinsed at the end of the day. After coming up short, the founders decided to make their own. Use at the beach, pool, gym, school, for shopping or play, the Bogg Bag comes in three great sizes and many great color options. You'll look great carrying them wherever you go! Want to make your bogg™ unique? Customize and accessorize with fun Bogg™ Bits accessories. Fun. Functional. Fashionable.
$59.99 Available at

6. SoYoung Insulated Cooler Bags
Perfect for bringing your drinks and snacks to the beach! Now with an easy clean, leak proof insert for easy cleaning and to help avoid staining from spills. Use it as a bottle bag for baby, pack your child’s drinks and snacks in it, or leave the kids at home and take your lunch with you wherever you go. Need an extra hand? These versatile bags can be snapped onto stroller handlebars or worn in either messenger or backpack style.
$36.95 (Canadian currency) Available at

7. Eye Cream Shades
Eyes Cream Shades is a leader in providing quality sunwear for kids ages 6 months and above. As everyone knows, sunglasses are not "toys" or novelty items, but serve an important health function -protecting precious eyes. All Eyes Cream frames are fashion forward, comfortable, as well as durable; and all lenses are polycarbonate and provide 100% UVA&UVB protection. Many celebrity moms and dads sport their little ones in the Eyes Cream Shades brand.
$22.50 Available at

8. Sand Gone
Sand Gone is an amazing dry powder that when applied to sandy parts of your body, removes the sand leaving you skin soft and smooth. Made with all natural ingredients with a hint of coconut fragrance; a must for Beachgoers.
$12.95 Available at

9. S’well Water Bottle
S'well is a fashionable, reusable, sustainable water bottle company. Their bottles are double walled in stainless steel leaving liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Not only will you have a great water bottle for the beach, but you will help in S’well’s effort to bring clean water to the world’s poorest communities. Water is essential for life, but one billion people (one sixth of the world’s population) do not have safe access to it. To address this crisis, S’well is a proud to partner with WaterAid. The bottles feature a quartz finish (no-slip) for that much-needed, sweaty-hand grip – perfect for the beach on a hot day.
$35 Available at

10. Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30+
Made in California and specially formulated by a Pediatric Dermatologist. Believing less is more, Dr. Robin created this broad spectrum mineral sunscreen without irritating chemicals, phthalates, parabens, or fragrance. Dr. Robin’s special formula is: Gluten-free/ Water Resistant/ Formulated to minimize allergic reaction/ Coral Reef Safe. Dr. Robin is Robin Schaffran, M.D., a caring mom who happens to be a Beverly Hills Dermatologist.
$24 Available at

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