I have a story for you today. It’s about the almost best vacation I ever had. I’ve traveled to many different places in the world and had many unbelievably awesome experience, so it may surprise you to hear that my (almost) best vacation ever happened in my old stomping grounds of Destin, FL (the beach I grew up going to as a child and teenager).
It was the summer of 2008. Tim and I were in DESPERATE need of some R&R, so we planned 5 full days at the beach. We had a stack of books, plenty of sunscreen and a brand new beach umbrella and chair set. We were good to go.
That first day on the beach was unforgettable. The water was crystal clear and the most beautiful shade of aqua. There were even a few fish swimming around. The waves were completely docile. There was a slight breeze in the air. We read books, ate yummy snacks and even did a bit of dozing on the beach. We stayed under our umbrella, and had to move it around a few times (and move our chairs) so that we could stay under the umbrella’s shade. There were even times when we weren’t even under the umbrella because the shadow was so far to the side of it. But we stayed in that shadow for sure!
It was only when we left and got into the car to get a good look at ourselves did we realize that we were TOTALLY BURNED. The type of burned that nobody wants to get. It was BAD. So bad. It honestly physically hurts just to remember it. That bad. That’s what made this ALMOST the best vacation we ever had. I am fully confident that it would have been had we not ruined it on the very first day.
This memory of how we were completely not protected from the sun even though we thought we were is a major reason why I am so excited to introduce you to an excellent new product on the market. It’s called the ezShade, and it can help make sure that your umbrella or tent really and truly protects you from harmful UV rays. It also keeps you from constantly scooting around to try to find the shade.
There are two different ezShade products available; one for umbrellas and one for tents. We tried out the one for umbrellas. We spent the morning at our local park pretending to be at the beach by setting up our umbrella on the volleyball court (if your little one loves sand, this is a great place to take him/her, by the way!). The ezShade comes with a set of stick-on attachments so that you can easily attach the ezShade to your umbrella (it comes with 2 sets so that you can have 2 different umbrellas prepped for use, or just have an extra set in case you need them.
Installation was very easy, and just took a few minutes. The ezShade, once added to your umbrella, can be secured by putting anything with some weight on the bottom of it. We just added sand and that worked perfectly. It also has two open flaps in it so that when the wind blows, your ezShade won’t try to blow away.
I was very impressed with how much additional shade was provided once we got it installed. We, admittedly, have a rather wimpy umbrella that usually provides shade for one person, at best. We can all be protected from the sun now with the help of ezShade.
Speaking of protection, here’s something else that is totally awesome about this product. It provides a UPF of 50 and blocks over 99% of UVA and UVB rays. This product is so fantastic in its ability to protect you from exposure that it is approved by the Melanoma International Foundation. Take that, sunburn! As Darah gets older and becomes involved in other outdoor activities, this will be an excellent thing to take with us to the ball fields or the track meets or whatever the heck she ends us doing. And toting it around is no problem, whatsoever, because it weighs just 9 ounces!
Buy it!: The ezShade is an outstanding product for families who want to enjoy time together outside, but not have their skin pay the price for it. It is available in blue, red, yellow and green and costs $24.95. You can find it many places online (including Amazon!). You can get 20% off your Amazon order, also, by using the coupon 1ezstuff at checkout! Woo hoo!
Win it!: One lucky Stuff Parents Need reader will win your very own umbrella ezShade in your choice of color. The contest will run until August 9th at 11:59pm EST when a winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Open to residents of the United States. Limit one entrant per household, please.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.