Summer Fun 101 With Banana Boat – Frugal Novice

Summer Fun 101 With Banana Boat

I’m extremely fair-skinned and have always been prone to sunburns, so sunscreen has always been an important element to me for outdoor activities. The boys seem to have inherited Brian’s skin tone more than mine – they’re more apt to tan than burn. But still, it’s important to us to keep our whole family’s skin safe when we’re having fun outside this summer.

Banana Boat, a long-respected name in sunscreen, ahs recently released their new Natural Reflect brand. These products are 100% naturally-sourced mineral sunscreens active with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – and they’re paraben-free. But not only are they natural, they’re also effective. They underwent extensive testing in seven real-life conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand, and 100 degree heat – to ensure sun protection.

Banana Boat is very focused on safe summer fun, and they’re running a 101 Days of Summer Play campaign. As part of this, we got to host an outdoor party and share Banana Boat with our friends! We decided to have a picnic at the park, and the Texas weather even cooperated with us – it was a mild 90-degree evening, rather than the 104 temps we had the previous weekend.

All the drinks – had to have plenty to stay cool!

Our friends’ daughter scoped out where she wanted to play first.

C enjoyed talking to his shadow… or the playground… or both. Regardless, he had a lot to say!

Banana Boat tote bag, filled with supplies.

Amanda and Rea had a conversation. :)

Baby Finley hangs out – literally – with her mom Kara!

Amanda and her family with their Banana Boat goodie bags, which included a full-size tube of sunscreen and a Banana Boat frisbee, along with a $1.00 off coupon.

Rea and her frisbee, which was almost as big as she is!

Visit Banana Boat’s Facebook page to take the 101 Days of Summer Play Pledge. For each pledge Banana Boat will donate one bottle of Natural Reflect lotion to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp – a non-profit Summer camp and year round center serving children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. Banana Boat has also teamed up with natural living expert Sara Snow. Head over to their Facebook page for her weekly activity suggestion, weekly prizes and a grand prize trip via their photo contest. And of course, don’t forget to visit the Banana Boat site for more information on all of their products.

Banana Boat wants you to have a chance to get in on all the summer fun, so I’m getting to host a giveaway for a Banana Boat goodie bag right here! This will end Saturday, June 23!

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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.

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  • JERALYN KNIGHT June 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Wow, I bet I changed thousands of diapers before my son was potty-trained!

  • Liz Davis June 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Love banana boat products!

  • Caren Clark June 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Can’t go wrong with banana boat stuff

  • Peggy Rydzewski June 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm


  • Pamela Bice June 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Lots and lots. Also used cloth diapers.

  • Lora @ Motherhood Moments June 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Definitely at the pool. We spend a ton of time there in the summer and there is very little shade.

  • Stephanie Gregory June 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    We would use it most at the pool. Thank you for the chance.

  • Leanne M June 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    i’d use it daily when the kids play in the back yard

  • Sheena June 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I’d use it all the time. We are a huge street-hockey family in warmer months and spend hours on end outside in the drive.

  • Cassandra Eastman June 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    When my son plays in the backyard, which is everyday!

  • Soha Molina June 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

    at the beach

  • shelly peterson June 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    at the pool

  • Katie Sexton June 18, 2012 at 12:44 am

    in our yard with the kids!

  • Cynthia C June 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I’d like to use it at the beach.

  • Tari Lawson June 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I would use it most at the pool.

  • Vicky Boackle June 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    i would use it out playing in the yard.

  • Susan Smith June 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    At the pool

  • Lindsey D. June 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Definitely at the beach

  • Annmarie W. June 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    We’d definitely use it at the beach…and on our lanai here at home!

  • Amy S June 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    We would use Banana Boat sunscreen at the local park.

  • Maryann June 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    We would use it at the beach this summer

  • brandy g. June 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I will use it when we are at the beach this summer!

  • Jessica T. June 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    We would use this at the water park.

  • Monique Rizzo June 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    At the park.Thanks for the chance.

  • Kathleen June 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    at the swimming pool

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  • lana June 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    at the beach

  • katfam June 19, 2012 at 8:33 am

    We enjoy getting outside during the summer, especially riding the bike trail and kayaking.

  • Julie June 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

    at the pool thanks

  • tess June 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    on the kids -in the backyard pool
    tcogbill at live dot com

  • Linda Lansford June 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    at the beach

  • Jennifer June 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Riding our bicycles!

  • tamar June 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I would use it at the park or beach, but my husband has been working 10 hour days at a construction site and DESPERATELY needs sunscreen!!!!

  • Christine June 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    at the pool

  • David Basile June 21, 2012 at 7:54 am

    at the beach and the park

  • shawna June 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    At the swimming pool.

  • Caryn S June 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    At the pool

  • Theresa H June 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    the beach

  • mell June 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    At the pool and during my son’s baseball games

  • Diana Stanhope June 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I would use it most at the lake.

  • margaret van dorn June 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I would definitely use it everywhere I go outside on my four year old

  • Derek T June 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Out on the lake fishing!

  • Brandy June 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I’ve used Banana Boat for years. It’s the only one I trust with my kids.

  • Brandy June 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I’d use it the most just being outdoors everyday.

  • DAMIAN JARREAU June 22, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I’d use it the most when I go fishing

  • Marianna June 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

    In our backyard – pool!

  • sarah t June 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    we would use it at the pool

  • Paula Tavernie June 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

    At the Pool!!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  • KIM CRAWFORD June 22, 2012 at 10:24 am



  • tomato June 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

    We would use it at the lake!

  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey June 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    camping with the family
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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