Disclosure: I was provided a Packable Pail and two containers of Butterbean Sunscreen to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
School may have started, but I refuse to accept that summer is over. If you’re like me and planning to squeeze in a few more trips down the shore before the autumn officially sets in, I suggest you bring along a Packable Pail and Butterbean sunscreen!
Packable Pails are one of those products that make you question everything that came before. How did I exist before collapsible sand pails? I truly have no idea. This product is absolutely genius and hands down one of the best beach products on the market. When you’ve got kids, packing for the beach (or anywhere, really) can be a real pain. Between the diapers, snacks, towels, beach blankets, sand toys, umbrellas and/or tents, there aren’t enough hands left to carry your kids! Well, with the help of Packable Pails, most of these things can fit easily and compactly into a sturdy utility tote. No more bulky bucket full of toys that won’t quite fit into the beach bag. This completely collapsible bucket squishes flat allowing it to be tucked easily into a tote or diaper back. Once you’re settled on the beach, simply push the bottom down and pop! A large sand bucket, perfect for scooping water, collecting shells or constructing a killer sand castle. I’m telling you, this ain’t your grandma’s sand bucket. It’s a total game changer (and it comes with a sturdy shovel).
Packable Pails are available for purchase online and come in a variety of bright, kid-friendly colors. Check out the Packable Pails website for more info, and be sure to visit them on Facebook and Twitter!
Kid-safe sunscreens have been a huge topic of discussion lately. Articles detailing the ineffectiveness or harmful side effects of mainstream sunscreens appear daily, and can leave moms wondering what is the best choice for their child. Moms, meet Butterbean. Based in my hometown of Atlanta, Butterbean is a mama-owned and operated business specializing in non-toxic, kid-safe and highly effective sunscreens and bug sprays. With super safe (and tested) ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and non-nano zinc oxide, your kids will be protected from the sun and free from harmful chemicals. The kids and I tested out Butterbean’s Take Two Collection, which includes a jar of the Original sunscreen and a bottle of the Simple sunscreen. The Original sunscreen is a fantastic thick cream that goes on smoothly, rubs in easily and works exceptionally well. Perfect for protecting little faces from the sun, this broad-spectrum sunscreen is waterproof and sweat resistant. It’s high percentage of organic coconut oil and shea butter leaves the skin super soft and subtly fragrant. It’s easy to see where you’re putting it, so no skin is left exposed! The Simple sunscreen is a little thinner than the Original, but with the same level of UVB/UVA protection. This blend includes organic olive, jojoba and sunflower oils for added protection (and crazy soft, smooth skin). The pump bottle makes it easy to apply and it’s lotion-like consistency rubs in quickly and easily. I found that both sunscreens worked incredibly well and protected my kiddos from the summer sun beautifully. I love knowing that I’m putting only the safest, purest and most effective sunscreens on my kiddos, and they love NOT having a neurotic mom on the beach!