Beach and Pool Gear

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Cool breezes, beautiful bright blue skies, seagulls soaring through the wind.. Ahhh beach and pool time is near. Whether you are lounging on a beach chair, sitting on the sand, or playing Frisbee against the wind, being outdoors is always calming for the soul.

We work very hard and look forward to our time off so we can enjoy our family and friends. Having fun and relaxing outdoors can be a great memorable experience.

islandA day spent by the pool or the beach can be very therapeutic and well needed but we also need to think about tomorrow. Especially if we are on vacation for several days. One fun day in the sun can mean a painful day tomorrow unless we are prepared.

At Beach n Pool Gear you will find everything you need to get ready for the summer and enjoy your fun day at the beach, pool, park, or any activity outdoors. With a little preparation you can relax with no worries.  I have provided educational tips, safety products, and items that will benefit you personally as well as “Make a Difference” to communities! If you are planning a trip to the beautiful Caribbean, visit Best Caribbean Destinations to explore many of the popular islands and things to do. My whole focus is helping others.

Enjoy your day in the sun with highly recommended products to keep you safe and comfortable!

It’s a One Stop Beach Shop featuring SAFE outdoor products that “Make a Difference,”and informative travel information to help you choose which gorgeous beach to travel to!

This year be ready to go at a moments notice and feel sexy, confident and SAFE.

When I think of the beach I think of family and friends having a good time and creating fond memories. These memories are now very dear to me.

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High Quality Beach Towels

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What is Your Main Goal When Out in the Sun?

When we get out in the sun and are relaxing on a lawn chair by a pool, laying out on the sand at the beach, sitting in the grass or back of a tailgate at a park or sporting event, or any outdoor activity our main goal is to be comfortable.Sand cloud towels

In 2014, three young men who had a mission for the simple beach life in San Diego created Sand Cloud. Sand Cloud creates high quality beach towels with unique bohemian patterns and superior functions. Every towel is one of a kind and hand-loomed in Turkey with 100% extra soft luxurious Turkish cotton.

Turkish Cotton!

Turkey is known for producing some of the highest quality cotton. The beach towels are woven with longer fibers than your average towel for smoother and stronger cotton threads. This makes it super absorbent, soft, and lightweight – everything you could ask for in a towel.

The cotton improves the more it is used, so a few washes will actually make the towel fluffier, softer, and more absorbent.

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This luxury beach towel dries half the time as a regular towel, and can absorb up to a liter of water. You can count on the colors to remain nice and bright wash after wash.

The creators work with top artisans to develop a stylish bohemian design filled with vibrant beautiful colors.

Many Uses!

These high quality beach towels are perfect for many uses such as a throw rug, blanket, sarong, and are very popularly used as an eye-catching tapestry, perfect for a bedroom or dorm room.

You can take them anywhere: picnics, yoga, beach, camping, festivals, parks and recreation, outdoor sporting events, hiking, wherever your life takes you!

Sand Free Beach Towel!

As mentioned before, the towel is a SAND RESISTANT beach towel! You simply shake the sand off the towel.

What is special about the Sand Cloud beach towels is their mission to preserve marine life and protect the ocean. Sand Cloud’s goal is to expand globally to help make a bigger difference with marine life.

Sand Cloud donates 10% of their net profits to non-profit organizations:

 sea.turtleHawaii Wildlife Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Hawaii’s fragile marine inhabitants, ecosystem, and the conservation of native wildlife. One of their recovery projects is the Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project. They monitor the nesting of the hawksbill sea turtle which is listed as endangered worldwide and needs protection

Pacific Marine Mammal is one of Sand Cloud’s main partners. They rescue, rehabilitate,  and release marine mammals back into the ocean once they start competing for food and have reached an optimal, healthy weight. One of their projects is rescuing seals that get washed up on the beach.

marine.mammalMarine Conservation Institute is an non-profit organization dedicated to securing strong permanent protection for the oceans. Many people don’t realize that our oceans are our life support system. Every breath we take comes from the ocean. It is vital to humanity to take care of the marine ecosystems to preserve human survival.

San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores drinkable , swimmable, and fishable waters in San Diego County. They engage in identifying solutions to water supply problems and urban runoff and are known as the regions’ clean water watchdogs.

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On February 2017, three of the founders of Sand Cloud appeared on Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec was so impressed with the high quality unique luxury beach towels that he made an offer.

The goal for Sand Cloud was to sell $7 million by the end of the year and donate $1 million to non-profit organizations that protect marine life.

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Not only do you get a high quality beach towel, you are also proudly CONTRIBUTING TO PRESERVING MARINE LIFE!

We make towels that make a difference!

 

 

 

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I encourage comments so please leave a comment or question below regarding Sand Cloud Beach Towels. If you purchase a beach towel let us know what you think! Enjoy your fun in the sun! 🙂

 

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Best Caribbean Destinations

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The Caribbean is a worldwide very popular destination for travelers because of its absolutely pristine and crystal clear beaches and resorts. It is difficult to choose one island over another because they are equally beautiful but there are some differences. Let’s take a look.

Jamaica

jamaica-gorgeous-1303903__340.jpgJamaica is the third largest island and is known as the birthplace of Rastafari, Reggae music. It is surrounded by the Blue Mountains and white sand beaches. What draws visitors to Jamaica is its amazing wildlife and flora, cascading waterfalls, surfing, the best golf courses in the Caribbean, exotic birds, and very famous all-inclusive resorts.

What to do in Jamaica

Jamaica has three main tourist areas on the island. You won’t be bored in Jamaica. The island is perfect for the adventurous type. Surfing is popular on the eastern side of Port Antonio at Boston Bay Beach. You can go hiking in the Blue Mountains and try river rafting on the Rio Grande in Ocho Rios at Dunn’s River Falls & Park. Don’t forget the foaming waterfalls anchored around the mountains.

If you are looking for luxurious accommodations and beautiful beaches the western side of the island would be best for you in Negril. Negril has a Seven-Mile beach perfect for gazing at the ocean and relaxing with the waves.

For the golfers, visit Montego Bay which is located in the northwestern part of the island and is known to have the best courses in the Caribbean, particularly, White Witch Golf Course or Tyral Club.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is known for its luscious jungles, 20 foot waves, exotic landscapes, and underground caves. The beaches vary for all types depending on if you are looking for something more tranquil or to test your surfing skills. There are beaches with calm water for the kiddos.

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Puerto Rico’s capital is San Juan which is the heart of dancing and music. There are numerous pulsating dance clubs, live music, and lounges in the Santurce neighborhood for you to dance the night away.

For those of you who want to bask in the sun and relax on the beach, visit the western beaches in Rincon. Bring your surfboard!

Forget your passport and bring your U.S. dollars, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory making travel easy! It has several casinos for you to test your luck!vacation-puerto-rico-726721__340.jpg

Puerto Rico is known to have great deals on all-inclusive packages and is admired for having year round specials. They are unique from other Caribbean islands because they don’t increase prices in the wintertime. You can bet that you will find an affordable package year round.

Dominican Republic

Known for golden beaches and sugary looking sand is Punta Cana, located in the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is another great place to travel with affordable lodging and reasonable prices throughout. It is popular for its robust amenities and perfect for the vacationers who don’t care to leave their resort.

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For the adventure seeking traveler, visit Hoyo Azul and engage yourself in hiking. To take a break from the sun, try your swing at La Cana or Punta Espada golf courses. If your like me and can lay in the sun all day, relax at the golden beaches of Dolphin Island known for its clear water.

Grenada

Grenada is a very popular Caribbean destination for Europeans. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. It is popular for its soft sands in Grand Anse and the kaleidoscope of colors reflecting off the water at St George’s Harbor.

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Grenada has the same awesome amenities as other Caribbean destinations but isn’t that popular for having numerous all-inclusive resorts or a sparkly nightlife. This feature is what allures travelers back to Grenada and makes it special.

Grenada has numerous diving spots for the underwater travel seeker. When you need a break from the CO2, visit St George or Petit Martinique and get the real Grenada experience of why it is so charming. The scents from the spice plantations fill the air in Market Square and will eagerly tempt you towards sampling rum at the River Antoine Distillery.

U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix are all part of “America’s Caribbean Paradise.” You can visit all three islands via a quick ferry ride or a boat and not have to worry about bringing a passport or hassle with any monetary exchange. Each island offers something unique from the other.virgin-islands-power-boat-1015935__340.jpg

St. Thomas is known for luxurious mega-yachts in the harbor and its rugged, hilly terrain. The storefronts lining Maine Street have high-end shopping for the travelers wanting to bring something special home. The island’s landscape is mountainous with gorgeous beaches lining the coast.

Make a visit to Sandy Hook where numerous restaurants and bars are located.

caribbean-virgin-islands-113400__340.jpgA 30-minute ferry can take you to the luxurious, undisturbed natural park lands of St. John. St. John is more quiet and perfect for honeymooners. Rent a jeep and explore the 7000 acres of uninhabited land lined with lush green palm trees and crystal clear pristine beaches. It is absolutely breath taking. St. John’s beaches are my favorite so far.

The island visited less of the three is St. Croix which is located down south. It is known for its rum distilleries and sugar plain plantations giving you the feel of the past and present. Visit the Soggy Dollar bar which is located right on the beach that you must walk through the water to get too, hence, Soggy Dollar!

Antigua and Barbuda

antigua-1148574__340.jpgAntigua and Barbuda are neighboring islands with over hundreds of beaches surrounding them. They are known for their spectacular beaches with pink and white soft sand.

What to do in Antigua and Barbuda

Get introduced respectfully to the beauty of Antigua and take a tour on one of its attractions. Visit Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, which is a renowned yacht location and a colonel historic naval base. Relax and take pictures at Shirley antigua-beach-2485882__340.jpgHeights with its gorgeous picturesque panoramic views.

After relaxing in the sun with the sand and waves and visiting the activities on the island, check out the numerous casinos. If you like to gamble, this is your destination. Later, liven things up in the exciting night clubs, discos, and cafes.

Each one of these best Caribbean destinations will fulfill your travel expectations. Do some research first to decide which island suites your travel plans and next, enjoy!

 

 

What is Your Best Caribbean Vacation?

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Hi my name is Kristy and I am the Producer and CEO of this website. (I’ve always wanted to say that!) 🙂

As you can see this site has all kinds of education and helpful products to enhance your day in the sun. There isn’t a product on here that I wouldn’t purchase for myself. Heck, I am the one who chose them!

The more articles I write and the fun pictures of the beaches and tanned bodies I look at, the more I want to travel! I tease myself every time I go to this site. 🙂 With that in mind, I think it needs a little something.

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I need help from you to share what is your best Caribbean destination?

I am in the process of creating content for travel destinations in the Caribbean and would like to get your feedback on where you have stayed that is your favorite. My goal is to offer special travel packages too so your comments will be greatly appreciated in choosing which islands to focus on. 🙂

Best Caribbean Destinations

The Caribbean Sea extends from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to northern South America. It has 28 island nations and over 7000 little islands in the Caribbean. So many beautiful beach destinations to choose from.

Vacations are so fun to plan and get all excited about. Possibly encourage some of us to hit the gym, work on a tan, and add a new fresh look to our wardrobe.

We research all the fun things to do in the town we will visit. Check to see if there is a festival or something culturally unique taking place when we will be visiting.

What Caribbean destination is your favorite?

Best food in the Caribbean

Every island has its own flavor flair. That’s my favorite thing to do when traveling is try out new authentic cuisine.

chefs-640904__340.jpgCaribbean destinations are known for their Acapulco Style Ceviche cooked in fresh lime juice and the spicy authentic salsa’s that are quite different then the Tex Mex Salsa we are used to in Texas.

The guacamole in the islands isn’t smooth and creamy like in the states. It is fresh and chunky with cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and fresh lime juice. Absolutely delightful!

I remember trying conch fritters for the first time in St Thomas. They were outstanding. Now, when I visit I will put that on the list of cuisines to endure.

What is your favorite food in the Caribbean?

Best Cocktails in the Caribbean

And, of course, we can’t forget beverages! Cuisine isn’t complete without an adult beverage! Margarita’s in the Caribbean are so much better than at home! Silver agave tequila is popularly used down south and their margaritas are made with fresh lime juice, no sweet-n-sour. They are much more refreshing and absolutely amazing margaritas!drinks-2684386__340.jpg

The frozen drinks are totally different than the U.S. We use mixes that have the fruit blend in them and are very sweet. In the Caribbean, the frozen drinks are made fresh with fresh fruit and lime juice. They have the perfect amount of sweetness so it’s easy to have several, so watch out!

What is your favorite drink in the Caribbean?

Best Beaches in the Caribbean

beach-hut-237489__340.jpgNow this is impossible. I don’t think there is a beach in the Caribbean that isn’t beautiful! Depending on which side of the island you are on brings a different beauty to the beach. Some sides are calm and tranquil while others are rough and rocky.

So far, my favorite beach has been in St. John, Virgin Islands. It was breathtakingly gorgeous. It looked like someone trimmed the palm trees and plants every morning. There weren’t any brown leaves on any of them. The beach was so tropical and the water was crystal clear. I will never forget the beauty!

Which is your favorite beach in the Caribbean?

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Every island has many things to do ranging from swimming with the dolphins, cooking classes, fishing, romantic evening cruises, scuba diving, snorkeling, pyramids, senotes, zip lines, swimming, etc. The list goes on and on. According to your mood, there are endless things to do that can last a day or a couple of hours.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Caribbean?

Best Places to Scuba Dive in the Caribbean?

There are so many awesome places to scuba dive in the Caribbean. There is a large reef that extends through the islands making a plethera of underwater marine life and plants. I have dived in Cozumel and St. Thomas. My favorite is Cozumel because of the drift dive on the reef. So beautiful!

What is your favorite place to scuba dive in the Caribbean?

Best hotels in the Caribbean

Where have you stayed and why did you love this place so much? Was it the location, friendly staff, close to water, water sports offered, variety of restaurants around, rooms, cleanliness, etc.

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Best Resorts in the Caribbean

Hotels are different then resorts. Resorts usually offer special packages to their customers. Some have dinner packages and some have drink packages. Some resorts offer both. There are the All-Inclusive resorts that are very popular. We usually rent a house so I need your comments please. 🙂

What is your favorite resort in the Caribbean?

All Inclusive Resort in the Caribbean

All inclusive resorts are very popular and can be very affordable. They offer several restaurants, numerous bars, evening events, poolside activities, water sports, spa packages, massages, baby sitting, etc. They have shuttles that will take you back and forth into the city throughout the day and evening.

What is your favorite all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean?

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Some guests would like to stay in a resort that has more families staying at the resort. The family style resorts are more family oriented and the activities are appropriate for all ages.

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Is Mexico Safe for Travel?

There is a lot to plan for your vacation so you get a good feel of your city before arriving. The more knowledgeable you are the better. And safety is always a concern. Very smart to know a little about the crime in the area. Let’s face it, every place has some kind of crime. Some more than others.

I am a native Houstonian so the Caribbean has always been one of my favorite places to travel. And the Caribbean is HUGE so there is a vast selection of travel destinations.

We keep hearing on the news that there are places in Mexico that are not safe for travel. I did an article regarding this topic. Check it out, “Is Mexico Safe to Travel to.”

What do you think?

 

There is a comment section below and I would love to hear your travel answers. Feel free to answer any or all of the questions. 🙂 I am currently creating new articles about traveling to The Caribbean and will be providing informative information soon. Hopefully travel too!

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Water Toys for Kids

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Summer is creeping in and the kids are excited to be home for the summer. They have one thing on their minds and it is to have fun! Lots of fun can and will happen if we keep our kiddos busy and safe. There are lots of fun water toys for kids allowing endless hours of fun time in the sun.

burnt-fried-egg.jpgWe have to remember how powerful the sun is these days and prepare our kids with proper Sunscreen, UV hats and clothing. Visit Sunburn Prevention and Tips to get the Consumer Reports tested Sunscreens.

Last year, 58 sunscreens were tested and only 15 were recommended from Consumer Reports. Several sunscreens had less than half of SPF that was advertised on the label. Pretty Scary! Disney’s Frozen was one of the 15 recommended sunscreen products for kids.

If you’re planning a trip to the beach please read Beach Safety and Kids for very important safety tips for kids, teenagers, and adults who will visit the beach. Prevention is the key to enjoying your day at the beach.

Be prepared!

Learn about what the Warning Flags mean, How to Treat a Jellyfish Sting, Heat Exhaustion Signs, Symptoms and Treatment, and very important, How to Spot a Rip Tide!rip-current.jpg

Heading down for a day at the beach is a family favorite. There are so many things to do in the sand. Building sand castles with the neat Beach Toys, splashing in the ocean water, throwing a Frisbee against the wind, and flying a Kite are some great memories I have. Kids grow up and will always remember the times they had at the beach with their family.

While at the beach, have fun with Inflatable Beach Toys. The classic toy at the beach that many generations have played with is a simple Beach Ball. You can’t go wrong with a beach ball and have endless hours of simple and safe fun!

A very popular water toy for kids and one that was popular in my house growing up and even as adults is a Water Gun. I remember chasing my brothers around the house shooting at the backs of their heads laughing and having the time of my life.

boy-kids-water.jpgFor the big kids there is the drenching Super Soaker! That toy needs to be played outdoors! It is definitely a soaker.

We also have great backyard water toys for kids. To make a nifty Sprinkler that shoots out water at various angles, there are attachments for the water hose to keep the kids cool for hours. There are also some super cool Water Table Playsets with ponds and waterfalls. I certainly don’t remember having these neat toys when I was younger. Boy how times have changed!

There are lots of beach toys for kids listed below to add to your adventurous day at the beach.

 

Splash Pond Water Table Playset

4.4 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews

Amazon’s Choice for “water table

  • One of the Most Popular Summer Toys
  • Water pail to pour water from  into the waterfall
  • Rearrange the maze to create new waterfalls
  • Realistic rain shower sound effects

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Beach Toy Set in Mesh Bag

4.4 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews

Amazon’s Choice

  • Clear storage bag with
  • Mesh bag, easy to clean
  • 2 Sand Castle Molds
  • 6 molds: turtle, alligator, bunny, alligator, dinosaur , crocodile, castle wall
  • Also included: rake and shovel, watering can, and sand sifter

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Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler

4.3 out of 5 stars 658 customer reviews

Amazon’s Choice for “sprinkler for kids

  • Attaches to a garden hose
  • Keep children entertained and cool for hours

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Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool

4.3 out of 5 stars 804 customer reviews

Amazon’s Choice for “baby pool

  • 34 in x 10 in
  • Holds 22 gallons of water
  • Soft floor
  • Repair patch
  • Supervision required for children

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Intex Inflatable Beach Ball

4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

Amazon’s Choice for “beach ball

  • Safe for indoor activities or dodgeball
  • 2 in
  • Ages 3+

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Joyin Toy Underwater Swimming-Pool Toy Set

5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

  • 4 Rings
  • 4 Diving Sticks
  • 4 Toypedo Bandits

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Mini Super Soaker Foam Pocket Water Guns

5.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

#1 New Release in Water Guns, Soakers & Blasters

  • 6 pack
  • Shoots 30 ft.
  • Buoyant
  • Plastic and Foam
  • 3+ years

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Water Blaster Super Water Gun Soaker

4.4 out of 5 stars 4 customer review

  • Holds 68oz
  • Pump pressure into chamber and pull trigger
  • Leak proof

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Best Kid’s Frisbee Rings

4.6 out of 5 stars 926 customer reviews

Amazon’s Choice for “6 year old boy toys

  • 2-pack
  • Flies straight and doesn’t hurt
  • Lighter than standard frisbees

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Camco Handy Mat with Strap

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881 customer reviews

  • Built in handles
  • Both sides have pockets
  • Mildew resistant
  • Folds out to 60″ x 78″
  • Cleans easily with soap and water

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Beach Sand Toy with Chair Box

4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

  • 12 pcs beach toys, including shovels, rake, and sea creature models,
  • Yellow and Blue chair
  • Safe high quality materials
  • 3 years old+

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Giant Octopus Kite

4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

  • 157-Inch Long Tails
  • Kite reel and string
  • Lightweight nylon
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

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Emergency Survival Kits

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When we travel for a weekend outing, a long vacation, or a quick daily trip, we think about all the items we will need to eagerly fill up our bags or suitcase. Our favorite clothes, bathing suit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, food items, water, etc are carefully planned and packed in our bags. There is one thing that is very important we tend to ignore, first aid medical supplies.

red-first-aid-kit.jpgTrust me, I forget it as well. A cut, burn, sting, or worse isn’t something we want to plan for but it definitely happens. How many times have you been somewhere and a minor injury occurs and you think to yourself, “I need to get first aid medical supplies?”

First Aid Kit Supplies List?

Many of us do not know exactly what is in a First Aid Kit. Typical items in a first aid medical supply kit are:

  • alcohol wipes
  • bandages
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • gloves
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • pain reliever
  • tweezers
  • antiseptic
  • sterile gauze
  • medical tape
  • insect bite swaps
  • cold compresses
  • scissors
  • band aids

These items are wonderful to have on hand if something were to happen.

kermit-1767617__340.jpgIn the summer we take many outdoor trips to the lake, beach, pool, camping, boating, etc. When we are outside there are many things that can cause a mishap to happen. The ground may be full of thick grass and an object can be hidden. The sand is thick and something sharp can be buried. A boat is rocking and someone falls onto something. So many things can and do happen. If prepared, having first aid medical supplies can reduce any risk of infection and further injury.

How to be Prepared for an Emergency?

First Aid Kits come in all shapes and sizes. It is best to have one in your car at all times and in your home, RV, cabin, vacation home, boat, camper, and anywhere you spend time. Keep the kit located in the same place so everyone knows exactly where to locate it when needed.

 

Mini S.T.A.R.T. Medical Kit

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This small medical kit is perfect for the car. The kit includes gauze of various sizes, antiseptic, iodine, ice packs, burn cream, various sized band aids, tongue depressor, non-aspirin, wet naps, alcohol wipes, tweezers, butterfly dressing, tweezers, gloves, bandage scissors, tape, large bandages, and First Aid Instructions.

 

S.T.A.R.T. 1 Deluxe Medical Kit

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This deluxe kit is perfect for the car, home, office, school. The kit includes gauze of various sizes, Sleeve, Mouthpiece, Stethoscope, Sting Relief, Pain Relief, Finger Splint, Wire Splint, Sun Block, Burn Gel, Band Aids of various sizes, Scissors, Alcohol Wipes, Gloves, Adhesive Tape, Sterile Eye Pads, Antibiotic Ointment, Ammonia Inhalant, Whistle with Lanyard, ACE Bandage, Combine Dressing, Antiseptic Towelettes, Sterile Gauze Rolls, Adhesive Tape, and a CPR Mouthpiece.

How to Prepare For a Natural Disaster

Living along any coastline and close to a beach brings in the threat of dangerous hurricanes. Some of these hurricanes have caused extreme fatalities and major disasters. I live in Texas and this prior year we were engulfed with devastating Hurricane Harvey.

Having a Hurricane Survival Kit is truly beneficial to safety and survival after a traumatic hurricane.hurricane-2019494__340.jpg

My husband and I were stuck in our home surrounded by water and without electricity for 5 days. By the grace of God, our house stayed dry. Thousands of families ran out of water and food and the necessary daily living items. To this day, families are still displaced and their homes are not even close to being repaired.

hurricane-63005__340.jpgAnother natural disaster that has devastated parts of the country are Earthquakes. Earthquakes have the same life-altering events as hurricanes but with less warning. I am fortunate that I have not experienced a high caliber earthquake.

Mother Nature can come knocking on our doors at any time. Earthquake Survival Kits will provide you knowing you are safe.

A very scary disaster that can happen at any moment and has already occurred in parts of the U.S. and around the world, is the threat of a terrorist attack. This comes without any warning. Nobody wants to think this type of attack can happen but it definitely can.

When an emergency happens, be sure you and your family are prepared with natural disaster survival kits. Expect that the unexpected can happen. To prepare your family for life’s unanticipated disasters, your family needs an emergency survival kit. These kits are a great investment to your family.

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

72-hour Emergency Survival Kit for 2 People

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This survival kit includes necessary items for survival for 2 people. The kit includes the Backpack, 37-Piece First Aid Kit, 12 hour Green Light Stick, 14 in 1 Pocket Tool, AM/FM Battery Operated Radio, 3-way Can Opener, Flashlight with D Batteries, Waterproof Matches, Emergency Poncho 2X, Solar Blanket 2X, N95 Respirator Mask 2X, 20 Water Pouch (5 year shelf life), 2400 Calorie Food Ration 2X (5 year shelf life), Bio Hazard Bag 2X, Whistle with Lanyard, Leather Work Gloves, and 50 yds Duct Tape.

72-hour Emergency Survival Deluxe Kit for 4 People

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This survival kit includes necessary items for survival for 4 people. The kit includes the Backpack, 37-Piece First Aid Kit, Green Light Stick, 14 in 1 Pocket Tool, Hand Crank Radio/Flashlight, 3-way Can Opener, Flashlight with D Batteries, Waterproof Matches, Emergency Poncho 4X, Solar Blanket 4X, N95 Respirator Mask 4X, 40 Water Pouch (5 year shelf life), Slow Burning Emergency Candles, 2400 Calorie Food Ration 4X (5 year shelf life), Bio Hazard Bag 2X, Whistle with Lanyard, Leather Work Gloves, and 50 yds Duct Tape.

Several size Emergency Survival Kits and Medical Kits are available at American Family Safety. Click on this link and it will take you directly to the site or click on the blue link of the product.

 

Pet Safety

Pet First Aid Kit

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Each Pet First Aid Kit includes: various size Gauze, Antiseptic Towelettes, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Gauze Rolls of various sizes, Scissors, Tweezers, Sterile Eye Wash, Cotton Tip Applicators, Hydrogen Peroxide Spray, Sterile Gauze Dressings of various sizes, Gloves, Trauma Pad, Tape, Splinter Removers, Insect Sting Relief Pads, Povidine Ointment, Cold Pack, and Pet First Aid Guide.

Dog Safety Kit

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Each Dog Safety Kit Includes: 2 Packages of Food, 1 Blanket, 2 Dog Bowls, Chew Toys, 1 Collar, 1 Leash, 2 Light Sticks, 1 Can Opener, 1 Bloodstopper, 1 50′ Rope, 1-58 Piece First Aid Kit, 12 Water Packages, 6 Poop Bags, 1 Tennis Ball, and 3 gallon Bucket with Lid.

Cat Safety

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Each Cat Safety Kit Includes: 2 Packages of Food, 1 Blanket, 2 Dog Bowls, Chew Toys, 1 Collar, 1 Leash, 2 Light Sticks, 1 Can Opener, 1 Bloodstopper, 1 50′ Rope, 1 58-Piece First Aid Kit, 12 Water Packages, 6 Poop Bags, 1 Cat Toy, and 3 gallon Bucket with Lid.

 

Customize Your Own Survival First Aid Kit

Get very creative and build your own Safety Kit for your family. You know what your family needs best. Choose from First Aid Kits for your family and pets, 6 in 1 Shovel, Portable Stove, 2 Person Tent, Cat and Dog Rations, 14 in 1 Pocket Tool, Gas and Water Shut-Off Tool, Battery Jumper Cables, Tow Rope, Gloves, Flat Tire Fixer, N95 Respirator Mask, Respirator Mask, 5 in 1 Whistle, 1200 cal, 2400 cal, or 3600 cal Emergency Food Rations, Vinyl Safety Bag, Preparedness Kit, Drinking Water Pump, Water Storage Bags, Water Purification Tablets, Deluxe Hygiene Kit, Solar Powered Battery, Light Sticks, Slow Burning Emergency Candle, Match Sticks, and much much more.

Be prepared for the power of Mother Nature at any given time and protect your family and pets. You will feel more at ease when these life changing events happen. There are items in these kits that you would never think of until you are without. Be Prepared!

 

 

 

Is Mexico Safe to Travel to

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South of the border is a favorite travel destination with it’s pristine beaches and tourist towns. With all the security alerts and news reports it is understandable for vacationers to be nervous about traveling to Mexico. Over 35 million Americans traveled to Mexico in 2016 so it’s definitely on many people’s minds.

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There are cities and regions within the country that are safe to visit. Most tourist resorts are safe to travel and have strict security for your protection. It is important for visitors to do some research on where to stay and places not to visit in Mexico. Use your common sense when visiting and keep travel to a minimum at night.

The high crime numbers come mostly from the negative relationship between the drug cartels and the federal government. These areas are along the transportation routes leading into the United States and major ports of entry.

The high crime rate numbers are very scary, but majority of the violent crimes are not targeted to tourists and are mostly related to drug cartels.

Of course, I cannot guarantee 100% safety but more than likely your visit in Mexico will be unharmed. For your safety though, it is best to be aware and prepared.cancun-1235489__340.jpg

Safer Cities to Travel to in Mexico:

Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Mayan Riviera, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, Quererato, and San Miguel de Allende

The Most Dangerous Cities in Mexico are:

Acapulco, Chihuahua, Culiacan, Durango, Mazatlan, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, Tepic, Tijuana, Torreon, Saltillo, and Veracruz.

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As many of us are aware, The Mexico Travel Advisory was issued on March 18, 2018, by the U.S. Department of State after many gang-related violent crimes recently occurred. A “Level 2” Advisory was issued telling travelers to “exercise extreme caution in Mexico.”

Level One – Exercise Normal Precaution

Level Two – Exercise Increased Caution

Level Three – Reconsider Travel

Level Four – Do Not Travel

The report noted crimes were widespread such as homicide, kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, and violence. The U.S. Department of State explicitly requests travelers to avoid the states of Guerrero, Colima, Sinaloa, Michoacan, and Tamaulipas. The resort town in these states that may sound more familiar to you are Acapulco, Ixtapa, and Mazatlan. Acapulco is currently experiencing horrific violence.

 

When planning any trip it is smart to check the advisories for your intended travel destination. Conditions can change rapidly in any country at any time.

Note that conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time.

The U.S. Department of State provides a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals to enroll their vacation in a program called STEP, The Smart Traveler Enrollement Program. step-enrollment.png

Signing up is super easy and fast. Afterwards, you will receive important information from the Embassy about the conditions in the country you will be traveling to. This service is also beneficial in case of an emergency, whether civil unrest, natural disaster, or a family emergency.

If you are not traveling but would like to monitor safe conditions in various countries you can sign up too in the “Staying at Home” program. To sign-up and receive updated Alerts and Travel Advisories for any country, visit step.state.gov or simply click on the link.

For FAQs and more details and about safety and security information, please visit travel.state.gov/travel safely.

Mexico Travel Warnings

Baja California Sur Los Cabos

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Homicides, criminal activity, and violence remain a problem throughout this area. Most of these issues are targeted, organized, criminal assassinations, but the battles between the criminal groups have been where tourists visit and bystanders have been killed or injured from shooting incidents.mexico-stop-cartels-39877931.jpg

Quintana Roo – Cozumel, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Riviera Maya

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The same advice listed for Baja California is for Quintana Roo:

Homicides, criminal activity, and violence remain a problem throughout this area. Most of these issues are targeted, organized, criminal assassinations, but the battles between the criminal groups have been where tourists visit and bystanders have been killed or injured from shooting incidents.

Mexico City and Oaxaca

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The same advice listed for Baja California is for Mexico City and Oaxaca:

Homicides, criminal activity, and violence remain a problem throughout this area. Most of these issues are targeted, organized, criminal assassinations, but the battles between the criminal groups have been where tourists visit and bystanders have been killed or injured from shooting incidents.

Jalisco – Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Gang activity and violent crime are common in parts of this state.

Nayarit – Sayulita

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Gang activity and violent crime are common in parts of this state.

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Level 4: Do Not Travel

The State Department is warning that groups operating independently from the government are armed and have set up road blocks in many areas of the state. They have been known to use violence towards travelers.

Something to consider and put in perspective, Level 2 is also the advisory warning for many other tourist destinations: Belgium, Italy, Belize, Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Brazil, the United Kingdom. Many tourists wouldn’t worry about visiting those countries.

U.S. Citizens Assistance:

Here are phone numbers, address, email, website, and fax to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City:

U.S. Embassy Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 305

Colonia Cuauhtemoc

Mexico, D.F., Mexico C.P.

06500

Telephone:  011-52-55-5080-2000

Emergency: 01-55-5080-2000, ext. 0

Email: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov

Website: U.S.EmbassyMexicoCity

 

The information provided is to assist you in making an educated decision on your travel destinations. My recommendation for you is to have the information for U.S. Assistance with you at all times and to sign up for the STEP program any time you travel. ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings. Safe Travels!

 

I encourage comments and would like to hear from any of you regarding safety in Mexico. Please share a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Ban Sunglasses

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Ray Ban Sunglasses was founded in 1937 when airline pilots were reporting that they were distracted while flying because of the intense glare from the sky. They also had a problem with their goggles fogging up from the high altitude.

Jennifer Aniston_3.jpgIn 1929, Bausch & Lomb got together with The US Army Air Corps to develop a lens that would help with this problem. Several years later, in 1936, a plastic frame with green lenses was created that would reduce the glare without diminishing vision. One year later they were redesigned with a metal frame and called the Ray Ban Aviator.

Hollywood had a huge impact on what people wore during WWII, and still does. The Ray Ban Wayfarer was born in 1952 and became one of the hottest most recognizable fashion accessories worn.jonnydepp-wearing-raybanaviators.jpg

Ray Ban Sunglasses became the Hollywood Glam and the world’s leading eye wear for quality and style. Over the years, many famous people have been noticed wearing their Ray Ban Sunglasses but don’t want to be seen:

  • 1950s – James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause
  • 1960’s – Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • 1980s – The Blues Brothers, Risky Business, Top Gun
  • 1984 – Michael Jackson at The Grammy s
  • 1992 – Denzel Washington in Malcolm X
  • 2000s – music icons The Virgins, The Big Pink, We Are Scientists, Iggy Pop
  • 2011 – Johnny Marr, legendary guitarist for The Smiths

 

Ray Ban Aviator

Ray-Ban 0RB3025 Metal Non-Polarized Sunglasses, Black/ Grey Green

  • Metal
  • Imported
  • Metal frame
  • Crystal lens
  • Non-Polarized
  • 100% UV protection coating

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Ray-Ban Aviator

LARGE METAL – MATTE GOLD Frame GREEN MIRROR POLAR Lenses

  • Plastic
  • Imported
  • Metal frame
  • Glass lens
  • Polarized
  • 100% UV protection coating

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Ray Ban Aviator

Ray Ban Aviator RB3025 Metal Sunglasses

  • Metal frame
  • Crystal lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Several Lens Colors to Choose From

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Ray Ban Wayfarer

RB2132 New Wayfarer Polarized

  • Plastic Frame
  • Nylon lens
  • Polarized
  • Several Colors to Choose From

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Ray Ban Wayfarer

Ray Ban RB2132 New Wayfarer

4.2 out of 5 stars 327 customer reviews 

  • Black Rubber Frame
  • Crystal green lens
  • Non-Polarized
  • 100% UV protection coating
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  • plastic
  • metal frame
  • iridium
  • anti-reflective lens

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  • Plastic frame
  • Plastic lens
  • Polarized
  • 100% UV protection coating

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Ray-Ban Erika

Ray-Ban ERIKA – BLACK Frame POLAR PURPLE

4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews 

  • 100% Nylon
  • Plastic frame
  • Plastic lens
  • Polarized Purple Lenses
  • 100% UV protection coating
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Beach Safety and Kids

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Beach time is fun for the whole family and something we look forward to. We pack food and towels and gather the necessary items to have a fun-filled day in the sun. As much fun as we can have, we also need to be aware of beach safety and kids to respect the ocean. It can be dangerous.

sunscreen-spfSunburn Prevention Tips

Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before swimming and reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming. Wear a Broad Spectrum sunscreen that has a minimum SPF 30. For extra protection, wear a hat, shirt, and sunglasses.

To get the best Sunburn Prevention Tips and Consumer Reports tested sunscreens, visit  in this site. You can click on the Title and it will take you directly to the site.

Beach Flag Warnings

The International Lifesaving Federation along with The United Stated Lifesaving Association developed a flag warning system to let all beachgoers know of potentially hazardous conditions in the water. Always be aware of the Safety Signs at the beach before entering the water. This will allow you to know if there are any dangers on that particular day like jellyfish or dangerous currents.

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  • Green Flags-Safe to Swim
  • Blue and Purple Flags – potentially dangerous marine animals have been spotted in the area (jellyfish, sharks, or others)
  • Yellow Flags – potentially dangerous currents, riptides, and undertows
  • Red Flags – serious of all flag warnings
    • One Red Flag – dangerous currents, riptides, and undertows and the surf is high
    • Two Red Flags – conditions are too dangerous to swim and the area is closed to swimming

Never Swim Alone

Always swim with a family member or friend to avoid trouble and to keep an eye out for each other. If something were to occur while swimming, raise your arm in the air and wave it side to side so the lifeguard can see you need attention. Stay calm and save your energy by floating on your back.

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Jelly fish are very common on beaches and they can still sting when they are dead. Jellyfish can visibly be seen lurking close to the surface of the water but can also be deeper in the water where we cannot see them. When they die, they can be found on the shore line. Be on the lookout for jellyfish when you are swimming and walking along the shore.

 Fun facts Jellyfish

  • Jellyfish are the only organism on Earth to survive without a brain
  • Jellyfish are made of 90% water
  • Most of their body is a gelatinous material called mesoglea
  • Jellyfish do not have a respiratory system, a central nervous system, or brain
  • Jellyfish move forward by squirting water from their mouth
  • Jellyfish tentacles are filled with toxins and sting
  • The most deadliest animal in The Animal Kingdom is the box jellyfish
  • Nonpoisonous jellyfish are considered a delicacy
  • Jellyfish can live for 30 years

How to treat a Jellyfish Sting

The American Heart Association recommends the following to Treat a Jellyfish Sting:

  1. Remove the Person From the Water
  2. Rinse the area with seawater and remove tentacles using anything plastic like a credit card.
  3. To deactivate the stinging, rinse the affected area with vinegar for 30 seconds. A mixture of baking soda and water can be used if vinegar is not available.
  4. Soak the area in hot water or a hot shower for at least 20 minutes 104 to 113°F(40 to 45°C ) . If hot water is not available, cold packs can be used instead.

Avoid a Shark Attack

shark.jpgShark bites are not common but they do occur. Leave the shiny jewelry at home! Sharks are attracted to reflective objects and with the bright sun, jewelry is no good. Stay away from the ocean during twilight hours and never swim if you are bleeding. Also, don’t swim near anyone fishing or if the water is murky.

Ocean Swimming Safety

Swimming in the ocean is completely different from swimming in a pool or a lake. The ocean has tides and drop offs and the strongest swimmers can be overwhelmed by a current or tide.

Never swim alone and stay away from swimming by a pier or rocks because they make the currents stronger around them. Be aware of the potential dangers that day in the water.

Never Bury Anyone in the Sand

Burying someone in the sand seems like an innocent thing to do but did you know that sand weighs over 100 pounds per cubic foot? That means a grown adult man wouldn’t be able to stand up if he were buried six inches with sand.

Rip Current Facts

Rip Currents are extremely dangerous and can be life-threatening! Rip currents pose the most serious danger at the beach. These strong underwater currents take the lives of over 100 people a year and are 80% of beach rescues.
Be very aware of Rip Current Warning Signs!

The two most important things to look out for with Rip Currents is:

  • Rip Currents occur where the water looks most calm
  • If you get stuck in a Rip Current, DO NOT SWIM AGAINST IT!rip-current-ocean.png

Rip Currents usually occur in low spots in sandbars, near structures like jetties, piers, or rocks, and form in any large open water area. You can spot a Rip Current by looking for an area where the water looks deeper and darker, it has fewer waves than other areas, and sometimes the water looks sandy colored.

If you happen to get caught in a Rip Current:

  • STAY CALM, don’t fight the current
  • Swim parallel to the shore towards the breaking waves from one side to the other or across it until you are out of the current
  • Rip Currents can form a circle and return you to shore
  • When out of the Rip Current, Swim toward the shore
  • If you feel you cannot make it to shore, wave and call for help, draw attention to yourself, float and tread water until you are free from the current
  • have someone throw a life jacket to you or anything that floats, a cooler, inflatable raft, inflatable ball, etc

Rip Current Diagram

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Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is an illness caused from the heat after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures. It is usually accompanied by dehydration. It is something to be taken seriously because if you don’t resolve heat exhaustion it can turn into heat stroke which can be fatal.

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  • heavy sweating
  • dizzy, faint, weak, or tired
  • headache
  • light-headed
  • rapid breathing or feel like your heart is beating faster than normal
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea or vomiting

Heat Exhaustion Treatments

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Remove any tight clothing
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • Apply ice towels or other cooling measures such as air conditioning

Physical activity and the sun can cause heat exhaustion and it is fairly common for beach goers. If you find yourself with these symptoms. Seek emergency medical assistance immediately. If no relief occurs in 15 minutes get help immediately to prevent heat stroke. This is a medical emergency!

Beach Safety and Kids is very important to discuss with kids of all ages, not just the young ones. Adults should read this as well and learn about the various dangers that are at the beach. It is best to learn and be aware of what can happen to prevent and avoid it from hampering your day. We all want to enjoy our fun day at the beach!

 

Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe Child Life Jacket

4.7 out of 5 stars  3,122 customer reviews 

  • Life jacket approved by US Coast Guard Type V/III for kids
  • Soft woven premium polyester for comfort
  • Adjustable buckle in back offers a secure fit
  • For children weighing 30 to 50 pounds
  • Aid for beginners learning to swim

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Full Throttle Youth Hinged Rapid-Dry Flex-Back Life Jacket

4.8 out of 5 stars  62 customer reviews 

  • Life jacket approved by U.S. Coast Guard Type III PFD
  • Five hinge points for extra flexibility
  • Smooth Span inner for drainage and comfort
  • For  youth weighing 50-90 lbs
  • Lightweight soft flotation foam

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Pure Sun Defense Disney Frozen SPF 50

4.2 out of 5 stars  5 customer reviews 

  • Consumer Reports Tested
  • UVA and UVB Protection
  • Water Resistant for Up to 80 Minutes
  • Hypoallergenic and Fragrance Free, great for Sensitive Skin
  • Pediatrician and Dermatologist Tested

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 Polarspex Kids Children Boys and Girls Polarized Sunglasses

4.5 out of 5 stars  483 customer reviews 

  • 100% UV Protection TAC Polarized Anti-Glare Kids Sunglasses
  • Lead Free Durable Plastic Frame
  • Plastic Hinges to Protect Children from Scratches
  • Plastic lens
  • Available in Many Colors

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 Bienvenu Kids Girls Wide Brim Visor Sun Hat

4.5 out of 5 stars  11 customer reviews 

  • Adorable Cat Design
  • Comfortable and soft breathable and skin-friendly cotton mesh
  • Adjustable strap, fits most children
  • UV protection
  • Foldable hat

 

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Dogs and Beach

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We all look forward to bringing our favorite four-legged buddy to the beach. What a great way to spend a summer day and enjoy some special time with our pooch. But dogs and the beach can be dangerous without special preparation.

Taking special precautions for your furry friend is a must to protect them from hazards that can occur at the beach. A great way to think about this is anything that can harm you, can harm your pet: sunburn, dehydration, rip tides, sharp objects, hot sand, and jellyfish.

 

Survival Tips and Precautions for your Dog

Why Can’t You Drink Salt Water?

Pooches get very thirsty at the beach. They are out in the sun playing Frisbee, fetching a ball, and running around with their ears flapping in the sea breeze. They get thirsty and the ocean is one giant water bowl to them.

Saltwater can make a dog very sick and be life-threatening. It is full of salt which causes dehydration. Too much saltwater causes gastric upset, hence diarrhea. If your buddy laps up too much salt, it can cause salt toxicity which is very dangerous.

Bring a large bowl and provide plenty of fresh water all day! Make sure the water is out of the sun so it doesn’t get too hot.

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Just like us, dogs can get a sunburn too, especially those with lighter fur. Purchase a pet-friendly sunscreen and apply it to your pet’s nose, ear tips, inner legs, abdomen, and anywhere else that will receive direct sun.

Pet-friendly sunscreens are non-oily and contain products safe for dogs. They should not use any sunscreen that contains zinc or a fragrance. Zinc is toxic if ingested.

 Can Dogs Get Heat Stroke?

Surprisingly, heat stroke is one of the most common and dangerous threats to dogs at the beach. A dog can have heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes and is life-threatening. Keep a keen eye on your dog and offer lots of water and provide shade and a towel or blanket to lay on.

Symptoms Heat Exhaustion Dogs

  • Excessive drooling and panting
  • Dry gums and nose
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Vomit and/or diarrhea
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Falling Over, Off-balance, Collapse
  • Unconscious

The average adult dog’s body water is 60% of his or her total body weight. A small loss of 5% will produce visible dehydration symptoms. If a dog loses 12-15% of its body water, it will go into shock and possible death.

If your pooch experiences any of these symptoms it is important to get them out of the heat immediately and get veterinarian attention.

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Most dogs can swim but there are those that have not mastered the talent. If a dog seems timid or scared to get in the water, chances are they may not be a good swimmer.

Monitor your dog closely if they swim in the water. Beaches have strong currents and rip tides that can pull a dog underwater. Dog’s can suffer what is known as dry drowning several hours to days later if they get too much water in their lungs.

For anyone taking their canine on a boat, a life jacket is highly recommended for pooch safety!

Red Tide Side Effects

Now and then there is a Red Tide Warning. This tide carries in blue-green algae that can harm your pet. Contact with these algae causes skin irritation and if ingested, it can cause digestive issues, liver failure, and possible death. Keep Fido home when these Red Tide Warnings happen.

Paw Protection Dogs

The area you choose to park for the day should be carefully examined for items that can hurt your pet’s paws. People leave all kinds of items lying around: glass bottles, sharp objects, seashells, hot sand, beer caps, rocks, etc. Rinse your dogs feet and inspect them after your day at the beach.

First Aid Kit

A First Aid Kit is essential for your pet as well as yourself in case of accidental cuts or jellyfish stings. Be sure the kit has peroxide, ammonia, cotton balls, and bandages.

Plan for your dog and beach day and have the well-deserved fun day both of you deserve!

Meet Max and Neo

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Max and Neo Dog Gear is owned and operated by Kenric Hwang and named after Max (left) and Neo (right). Kenric is the proud owner of Neo and Kenric’s brother owns Max. After Neo passed away, Kenric was unable to get another dog because of all the traveling he was doing so he decided to foster dogs from a local shelter.  From this, he realized how expensive and time consuming it is to run a dog rescue and wanted to help.

Kenric donated money and items to the shelter every month but felt it wasn’t enough. He decided to find a way to help this issue that would provide products to the rescue each month. A way that the donor and the rescue would benefit. This is how Max and Neo was born!

For every product purchased the exact same product is donated to a dog rescue.

When you purchase a Max and Neo product, you get a high quality product for a great price AND you help dog rescues.

They now donate to over 1000 dog rescues across the US.

 

Max and Neo™ Double Handle Traffic Dog Leash Reflective

“We Donate a Leash to a Dog Rescue for Every Leash Sold”

  • Tough, Heavy Duty, Durable, Comfortable and Affordable
  • 1″ wide and made of 2mm thick but soft heavy duty nylon webbing designed to handle the largest dog breeds
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY EVEN IF CHEWED BY YOUR DOG

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Max and Neo™ Waterproof Dog Blanket

“We Donate a Blanket to a Dog Rescue for Every Blanket Sold”

4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

  • Small (28″x48″) and Large (50’x58″) sizes
  • One side soft & thick with 350 gsm fleece
  • Other side is 100% waterproof, no need to worry if there is an accident

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Max and Neo Glacier Reflective Neoprene Metal Buckle Dog Collar 

“We Donate a Collar to a Dog Rescue for Every Collar Sold”

  • Small – Neck Size 10″-14″ / Medium – Neck Size 14″-18″ / Large – Neck Size 18″-22″
  • 1″ wide (3/4″ small size) and made 2mm thick nylon
  • heavy duty buckle with metal eyelets in each hole for reinforcement

 

Max and Neo Heavyweight Non-Skid Rubber Bottom Stainless Steel Dog Bowl

“We Donate a Dog Bowl to a Dog Rescue for Every Dog Bowl Sold” 

  • 32 oz bowl – 9 oz – 64 oz bowl – 16 oz – 96 oz bowl – 1.2 lbs.
  • High quality thick stainless steel thicker and heavier than other bowls
  • A full rubber bottom to make it tough for dogs to flip over

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Max and Neo Paw and Nose Balm with Calendula

“We Donate One For One To Dog Rescues For Every Product Sold”

 Amazon’s Choice for “paw balm for dogs natural
  • Protects the Paws
  • Relieves and Soothes Cracked Noses and Dry Paws
  • INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Calendula Oil, Vitamin E

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Max and Neo Organic Dog Shampoo

“We Donate a Bottle to a Dog Rescue for Every Bottle Sold”

  • 100% NATURAL AND VET RECOMMENDED
  • Hypoallergenic and free of detergents, non-toxic
  • Refreshing lemongrass scent
  • ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: Organic Saponified Coconut, Olive and Jojoba Oils, Rosemary Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera

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Max and Neo Dog Car Seat Cover – Waterproof & Durable

“We Donate a Cover to a Dog Rescue for Every Cover Sold”

  • SIZES: Large 54″ Wide and 60″ Long – Extra Large 60″ Wide and 63″ Long
  • 100% WATERPROOF
  • Stronger plastic clasps with thick 1.5″ webbing to secure the cover
  • Double stitched front seam to strengthen the front

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Max and Neo™ Fox, Bear and Wolf Water Bottle Dog Toys – 3 Pack

“We Donate a Toy to a Dog Rescue for Every Toy Sold”

Amazon’s Choice for “water bottle dog toy
Place an empty plastic water bottle (not included) into the toy. The water bottle makes a crackling sound that dogs love. These toys are contain no stuffing.
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Max and Neo Gunnison Reflective Dog Harness

“We Donate a Harness to a Dog Rescue for Every Harness Sold

  • High quality, reflective, neoprene padded
  • 4 adjustment points, two at the front around the neckline and two at the back for its chest
  • Shines at night when illuminated by light

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 Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray for Pets

 Amazon’s Choice for “dog sunscreen
  • Only FDA Compliant Pet Sunscreen
  • Protects from Sun
  • Skin and coat conditioner
  • Aroma Therapy
  • Non-greasy and non-oily Solution

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HAOCOO Dog Life Jacket with

  • Reflective Stripes
  • High grade Polyester Oxford & Nylon Fabric, Mesh Fabric, Pearl Cotton Foam
  • Adjustable Belt for All Size Dogs
  • Front float assists in keeping dog’s head above water

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Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor

  • the best all-in-one GPS location and activity tracker for dogs and cats
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When we shop for sunglasses we tend to look at fashion first and how cool or chic our shades are. The reason we are looking for sunglasses is for eye protection. There are lots of advantages in choosing the correct sunglasses.

Diff Eyewear produces the best polarized sunglasses and builds their product on being fashionable, affordable, and socially conscious!

Are Cheap Sunglasses Bad for your Eyes?

Cheap sunglasses are easy on the pocket book but potentially more damaging to the eye than not wearing sunglasses at all. When you diff-pretty-girl.pngpurchase a cheap pair of sunglasses, the cheap shades block some light so your iris stays slightly opens. This opening allows UV light to come in which can damage the retina.

Buying the proper sunglasses provides maximum comfort and safety to your eyes.

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What to look for in sunglasses:

UV Protection Sunglasses: many studies have proven UV radiation can develop cataracts, growths on the surface of the eye, cancer to the eyelid, and a temporary burn to the cornea. Studies have also shown long-term exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can cause macular degeneration.

The American Optometry Association recommends consumers wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV Radiation. There is no federal law that regulates the amount of UV protection in sunglasses so it is up to you to shop for the perfect pair of UV protection sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Tinted Sunglasses: a tint in your lens allows your shades to work better in specific situations. The color of the tint makes the difference. Green, Brown, Yellow, and Grey tints minimize color distortion and how you perceive colors.

  • Grey Tinted Sunglasses – the most popular color because it produces a more natural color perceptionkylie.jpg
  • Red Tinted Sunglasses – great for low light areas but tend to cause a significant distortion in color
  • Yellow and Orange Tinted Sunglasses – great for depth perception and contrast enhancement but will distort colors

What are Polarized Sunglasses?

Polarization is definitely the best at protecting your eyes against debilitating glare and reflection. Most quality sunglasses have polarized lenses. Glare from water, concrete, snow, glass, windows, etc can be very dangerous, especially when driving. These surfaces reflect a large amount of light producing those blinding bright spots that blast in your eyes.

Polarized lenses are available in a variety of colors, depending on the material the sunglasses are made from. The darker the color, the higher the polarization.

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Are Polarized Lenses Worth It:

  • Enhances visual comfort
  • Enhances clarity and contrast
  • Reduces eyestrain
  • Enhances perception of true colors
  • Eliminates glare
  • Minimizes reflections

Diff Eyewear produces a super high quality product with a fraction of the cost of most expensive sunglasses. Diff Eyewear has the Best Polarized Sunglasses with superior glare-reducing lenses that are UV and UVB protected.

Buy a Pair, Give a Pair!

What is so unique and special about Diff Eyewear is their mission to create eye wear that is affordable, socially conscious, and fashionable. They have made a promise of “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair.” For every pair of sunglasses purchases, a pair of reading glasses are donated to someone who needs them.

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young-girl-eye-exam.jpgDiff’s original charity partner is Eyes on Africa which is a nonprofit organization that gives eyeglasses to African communities that don’t have access to vision care.

Diff partners with Restoring Vision who have succeeded to fulfill the “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” commitment to worldwide organizations. They work with partners whose sole mission is to sustain these types of projects. They have helped over 150,000 people see clearly again.

Svosh (Student Volunteer Optometry Services to Humanity) are students who travel to underdeveloped countries and provide vision treatments and eye exams to communities that lack access to vision care. Last year, Diff’s partnership with Svosh restored vision worldwide to over 10,000 people.

Diff’s Pouch Program, The Sabo Project, provides employment and wages to artisans in Uganda and supports the development of schools in Uganda.

 

Diff Eyewear has influenced many celebrities and influencers: Audrina Patridge, Ariana Madix, Shawn Johson, Amanda Stanton, Josh Murray, Holly Madison, Mario Lopez, Alexis Ren, Scott Disick, Christina El Moussa, Giuliana Rancic, Becca Tilley, Joelle Fletcher, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner.

 

Designer Sunglasses by Diff Eyewear

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

 

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Diff Eyewear Becky Gold Frame Cat Eyes

Stainless Steel Frames 

100% UVA/UVB Sun Protection

Scratch Resistant 

Gradient Nylon Lenses 

 


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Diff Eyewear Dash Metal Modern Aviator

Polarized Lenses

Designer Stainless Steel Frame

100% UV400 Lens Rating

Scratch Resistant Lens Coating

 


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Diff Eyewear Astro Metal Brow Bar

Polarized Lenses

Designer Acetate Frame

100% UV400 Lens Rating 

Scratch Resistant

metal frame

mirrored lens


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Diff Eyewear – Becky Cat Eyes

metal stainless steel frame

mirrored lens non-polarized

scratch resistance

100% UVA/UVB Sun Protection

Nylon Lenses

 


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Diff Eyewear – Bella Tortoise Frame 

Stainless Steel

Mirrored lens

Polarized

Scratch resistance

100% UVA/UVB Sun Protection


Diff_BeckyBlackFront_320x_progressive.jpgLil Becky Metal Black Cat Eye

metal frame

gradient lens

polarized

Premium Nylon Lenses

100% UV400 Lens

Scratch Resistant Lens

 


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DIFF Eyewear Astro Metal Brow Bar 

metal frame

gradient lens

Polarized Lenses

Designer Acetate Frame

100% UV400 Lens Rating

Scratch Resistant Lens Coating

 

 


diff-bella_clear_blue_front_sunglasses.jpgDiff Eyewear – Bella Clear Frame Square

metal frame

mirrored lens

Polarized

UVA/UVB protection 

Scratch Resistant

CR39 Lenses 

 


diff-ruby-sunglasses.jpgDIFF Eyewear Ruby Cat Eye

plastic frame

mirrored lens

Polarized Lenses

Designer Acetate Frame

100% UV400 Lens Rating

Scratch Resistant Lens