Most of this happened outside, in full sun. We are a fair skinned family and burn easily so sun protection is important to us! We have had some ups and downs this summer thanks to the sun and today I'm going to share some photos and little stories with you about it all.
At the start of the Summer, we went to the beach a couple of times. For our first visit, we arrived, set up our chairs, blankets, cooler, beach toys, and then I applied sunscreen to each of the girls (face, neck, back, chest, arms, legs). They had to wait those recommended 15 or so minutes before entering the water and then we could finally begin the fun! They played in the sand and water with their friends for hours, we had a picnic lunch and a wonderful time.
It was a fabulous day and when we got home and got ready for bed, it became clear that I had somehow missed putting sunscreen on Talia's back (she had a sunburn there and nowhere else). I felt terrible! I could have sworn I put sunscreen everywhere! Soon after that, we spent a day at a waterpark and Talia wore a Tee Shirt over her swimsuit that day, to avoid damaging her skin further! She wasn't a big fan of this "fashion statement" but understood its importance. It was baggy and heavy when wet, but it did protect her from the sun.
I had been looking for a swimwear line that would be of great quality, stylish, and have options with more coverage for extra sun protection for our family. It was actually quite challenging so I was very excited when I found Cabana Life's website. Fast forward a bit through the summer to when our new swim suits from Cabana Life arrived, and I was a happy Momma! We cut sunscreen time down by a lot because the rashguard tops cover chest, arms, back and shoulders- hurray!
I only have to remember to apply sunscreen to legs and faces and we're good to go! I don't have to worry about missing sunscreen on an area, and they don't have to wait around as long for me to get sunscreen everywhere or to re-apply it after time.
I love having a suit too, because when I take the girls somewhere by ourselves, it's difficult to figure out how to get sunscreen on my own back properly! I also just love the fabric patterns that Cabana Life uses- I like so many of their suits, it was really difficult to choose! They even have some patterns in both child and adult sizes so you can match your kids!
I'm wearing the Monaco Blue Ruched Rashguard and striped bikini bottoms. I love the side ruching because it means I can wear my top as long as I want to (sometimes long swim tops are not long enough for my torso). It can even extend into a dress. I'm kind of obsessed with the Monaco Blue print and the embroidery around the zipper at the top. I love this colour!
Talia is wearing the Big Girls Azalea Shores Rashguard Set. I also love this print! The set comes with a little bikini top to wear under the rashguard which has ruching similar to my top (but doesn't get quite as long as mine does). I love that her set comes with shorts bottoms!
Katrina is wearing the Little Girls Coral Lattice Rashguard Set. The little girls' sets don't come with a bikini top. She was hesitant to try a top with long sleeves in warm weather but after the first time she tried it, she came home and told me she was surprised that she wasn't warm at all! It's true- if you're wet, it doesn't matter that you have sleeves!
I should also mention that all of our rashguards had a zipper that made it very easy to put them on and the tops were not skin tight so there was no struggling to change, trying to get a wet, tight rashguard over your head!
We've been using these suits for just over a month now and I have been very happy with them. If you follow me over on my Instagram account, then you've seen photos of us using these suits at the pool, splashing in puddles, playing in sprinklers and more!
I'm thrilled that we found such a fabulous company and I'm excited to share them with you!
(I just thought I'd mention, too, that if you're reading this after I posted it, there is a sale on right now for 40% off of their dresses and cover ups, so check it out while it's on!)
Disclosure: I am a Cabana Life Brand Ambassador and as such, have received product in exchange for sharing our experience with the product with you. All opinions shared here are my own.