summer at the beach

Summer's officially here in San Diego and it is HOT! We've had a lot of friends visiting lately, so we took the opportunity to host a summer beach party the other day down in Solana Beach.

summer baby at the beach

Banana Boat sent over a package of goodies for us to use for our summer beach party, including Banana Boat Natural Reflect Lotion. I love that I can use this lotion for the whole family (including Some Boy), since it's all natural and free of oxybenzone and parabens. It's strong enough to protect skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, but it's nice and gentle. They also make a tear-free kids and fragrance-free baby version. You all know how I feel about using natural products in my home and around the baby, so it makes me really happy to see familiar brands making the effort to go green.

summer beach party

At our summer beach parties, we're all about the old school games and activities like frisbee, hula hoops and human wheelbarrows. For bigger parties (and ones with lots of kids to keep entertained) I love to play the egg-spoon carrying game and have a water balloon toss!

It just so happened that the Rubio's taco truck was around serving tacos at the beach for their own summer beach party event at the same time as our party. Score! When we aren't able to hit up nearby food trucks, I like to keep it simple with a cooler full of soda or water, chips, fruit and some Subway sandwiches that we pick up along the way.

summer beach party photography

Our resident photographer, Craig, was around snapping pictures of the action. We're so lucky to have an Opa who owns his own media business. We're never short on family photos around here.

Check out more fun summer beach party ideas over on the Banana Boat Facebook page. For every person who take a simple pledge to encourage kids to spend time outside this summer, Banan Boat will donate one bottle of sunscreen to a summer camp for children coping with serious illness.

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.