Theresa's Mixed Nuts: How To Stay Sun Safe While Cheering On Your Little Athletes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

How To Stay Sun Safe While Cheering On Your Little Athletes

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Monday is the big day!  Allison's first track meet of the season! She's been training almost every weekday for the past few months, and we are so excited to finally get to put her skills to the test.






Actually, over the next several weeks, we are going to be eating, breathing and sleeping track. Crummy weather conditions halted our first two meets and every practice last week. Now that the weather is finally warming up, we have to make up all that lost time. Which means spending a LOT of time outdoors. As a mom, it's my job to make sure I am keeping my daughter protected from sun exposure at all times, but I know I also need to make sure I am practicing sun safety from the sidelines too. Today I am sharing with you how I stay sun safe while cheering on my little athlete.

• Sunscreen. I make sure I apply it every time I am going to be outdoors, then reapply every 2 hours. I also wear cosmetics that have UV protection in them

Wear a hat. A wide-brimmed hat offers more protection, but any hat will do. I've suffered sunburn on my scalp before, and it's quite painful! It's also looks pretty gross when it starts to peel!

• If possible, sit under a tree or canopy that provides a lot of shade. 

• Bring an umbrella. It's a great way to throw off the sun's rays!

• Wear sunglasses with total UV protection to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them.

• Wear clothing that blocks UV rays. The SCF recommends sun-protective clothing as the first line of defense against UV exposure. T-shirts are not adequate protection against UV rays. You need clothing that offers a rating of UPF 50+, as well as moisture wicking so you don't over heat. You can find amazing selections at Coolibar


 Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia¹s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees UPF 50+ ratings for the life of their garments.  Each garment is developed with sun protection as the number one priority with a full line of proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics. Coolibar has been recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Melanoma International Foundation for effective sun protection. Coolibar Cares, the company¹s giving back initiative, supports programs such as SunAWARE, School Sun Hat program, Doctor Connect, the AAD Camp Discovery for sun sensitive children as well as athlete sponsorships and product donations.

I am in love with my Coolibar Banded Fitness Tee



I have been wearing it frequently to track practices. It is definitely my go to shirt for when I know I am going to be outdoors for long periods of time.



What I love about the Coolibar Banded Fitness Tee:

• It offers a lot of coverage. With a UPF of 50+, it blocks out 98% of harmful sun rays.
• It's lightweight. I don't mind wearing it on warmer days because the material is thin, and is moisture wicking, so I stay cool and dry. 
• The gathered details at the shoulder and hemline make it look very stylish.
• Key-hole cutouts for thumbs keep sleeves securely in place as I clap and cheer on Allison.
• Easy care. Wash and tumble dry. 



Not only is the shirt great for sun protection while cheering on the sidelines, it's really going to come in handy at the gym. Every spring our Zumba and Boot Camp classes get moved outside, the 50+ UPF is going to keep me sun safe, and the moisture wicking aspect is going to keep me cool and dry during those intense workouts. I am even eying some of Coolibar's super cute leggings to add to my fitness wardrobe!

Coolibar has cute, comfy and stylish clothing that will keep your entire family sun safe this spring and summer. If you would like to learn more, visit their website. Additionally, stay up to date on new products and promotions by following along on Facebook and Twitter

69 comments:

  1. I want a shirt like that. I burn so easily that a shirt that offers sun protection would be very welcome.

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    1. It would be really handy for your gardening, Terry!

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  2. You both look great! I always seem to forget about the sun, and get burnt the 1st time of the summer.

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    1. After years of getting burnt the first nice day of the summer, I finally learned my lesson and try to take every precaution I can to avoid it now!

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  3. I need one of these for when I go to Lil Pumpkin's swim class!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Definitely Ai! It would be perfect for swim class. I think it's cool you guys have it outdoors. All our classes are inside the school!

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  4. love the color and looks so comfy as well...and as summer is approaching, I guess I'm gonna need one, too :)

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    1. Isn't the color pretty? I had a hard time trying to decide between the 4 colors they offer.

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  5. You could be a model. I like both colors too.

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    1. Hahaha! That's funny! I HATE having my photo taken, so you won't find many on here or Instagram!

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  6. This is a much needed product considering the rise in the cases of melanoma in the US and other countries. I am glad that these type of products are available so people can stay protected when they are outdoors. UPF of 50+ is fantastic!

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    1. I'm glad that more and more products like these are becoming available, especially in children's wear. My oldest daughter is so fair skinned, she hates going outdoors for fear of sun damage.

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  7. I never wear sunscreen. Ever. I like to get a rockin' tan in the summer, but I do load my kids up.

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    1. I did that rockin' tan for about 3 years in my teens and paid dearly for for. My dermatologist is always cutting away suspicious spots now and it's quite painful. I rock the sunless tanning lotion now lol.

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  8. Wow, your little one is getting t.a.l.l.!!! Good luck to her on her meet!! I love all the pictures, but that first one is awesome. She looks ready to get down to business!!

    I wondered how the long sleeves were in the sun. Now I know. I'd try this, you're right it's a great way to keep your skin protected on the sidelines, and it's effortless to just toss on a shirt and go!

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    1. She just looks tall standing next to me cause I'm short ;) She looked so tiny on the track next to all the big girls at her meet!

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  9. I swear you are not hear mother but her slightly older sister!
    The tee looks amazing on you!

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    1. Thank you Dezzy! Sometimes I act like her slightly older sister when I feel like being annoying and immature ;)

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    2. That's what I'm saying. Now, when it comes to our own looks, Dezzzzzmeister.... I think you look like my grandfather. :p

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    3. Awe, Blue! Dezzy's too cute to look like a grandfather!

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    4. You think? Wait.... let me put on my glasses..... Hey, you're right.... He looks kinda cute. (Kinda.)

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  10. Wow, now that is something I never heard of. Sun protecting shirts would be good for all. Probably a lot better for you too then all the crappy chemicals in sun screen

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    1. Clothing with sun protection is great! I try to skip the chemical filled sunblock and go for organic ones. More pricey, but definitely worth it.

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    2. Now all we need are IRS protecting shirts and life will be good. Yes?

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    3. If you ever find one of those, please forward me the link ;)

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  11. I bet you are a proud Mom!! Good for her and good luck with her upcoming track meets.

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  12. We live in Florida and it is so hot. I need to look into these shirts for my kids.

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    1. I would need a yearly supply of these in Florida! We were there in October and even with sun precautions, I still got a small sunburn!

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  13. I have 2 of these and it makes a huge difference. The sun here in Texas is fierce!

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    1. I bet! I imagine it's getting pretty hot there now, but will be much worse over the next few months!

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  14. Cute shirt! I am so bad at sunscreen! My son plays tennis and I always end up with a massive sunburn on my face and the back of my neck!

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    1. Ouch! I think getting them on your face is the worst! It hurts to smile or even talk when that happens!

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  15. It's so important to protect yourself from the sun. Here in Miami it's a year round thing.

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  16. I need to get one of these for my husband. He burns so easily, and has already had several skin cancers removed. No fun!

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    1. Sounds like he could totally use these, Kristen! I've had a few spots removed too and it doesn't feel so great!

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  17. I hate being in the sun, ugh. This shirt is my kind of shirt. I like how it fits.

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  18. These are great. I went on their web-site they offer short sleeves too - my kids would really benefit from these in our hot climate.

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    1. I like that they offer swimwear too! Those would be perfect for long days at the beach!

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  19. I spend a lot of time outside in the spring of summer so I see my fair share of sunburn. This sounds like an awesome piece of clothing to have for protection!

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  20. that is a seriously comfortable looking shirt. Good luck to that super athlete!

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  21. I burn so easily in the sun. I'm like a tomato within 15 minutes, no joke! Do they ship to Canada or have international ordering available?

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    1. Hi Mary! Yes, they do international shipping. You can find rates here http://www.coolibar.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=shipping-and-handling.

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  22. If you are outdoors a lot--which you obvious are-this type of clothing is mandatory! You can get a sunburn even on an overcast day--ask me--it has happened!

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    1. That's so true! I'm a susceptible to burns no matter if the sun is out or not. I always need sun protection!

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  23. Track season just started for us as well. Now that the sun is out, we need to pick up something like this to protect the kids!

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    1. Good luck to your kids this season, Scott!

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  24. You are so pretty! That looks mighty comfy and like something I could use! I love the color of your shirt!

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    1. Thanks Jeanine :) The color is really pretty, but I do love the blue too!

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  25. My mom used to watch countless of our baseball games. I don't think she did any of that stuff. Now she wears glasses and has wrinkles.

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    1. My mom was a sun worshiper in her day too, and is getting wrinkles now as well. I'm trying to learn from her mistakes.

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  26. I burn so badly, I get sun blisters. They're so painful. I need to get one of these pretty tee shirts to keep myself safe from the sun.

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  27. That looks like a great shirt. I would wear this on walks around the block.

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  28. I always make sure i wear my sunscreen. The sun is so much stronger then it used to be when i was little. I love that you can get such nice sun safe clothes.

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  29. I can imagine it gets really hot by the track. Important to be safe! Amber N

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  30. I love how they are incorporating sun safety into clothing. I constantly forget to slather on the sunscreen before I go out.

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  31. I really like the fit and the colour of the shirt... It almost seems like a bonus that it's so practical!

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  32. I live in a very sunny place, and I never even heard that clothes can help guard and protect your skin from sunrays! I usually just put on sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Will definitely look into this, as I have really fair skin and am always getting burned where my skin is exposed...

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  33. great tips Theresa! I tend to skip my sunblock :( But, I need to be careful.
    Lovely pictures, and you don't look like a mom :)

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  34. Very nice photos and tips. I need to get back to the regular hikes. :-)

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  35. This shirt would be perfect for me. My daughter is starting soccer soon and it will come in handy

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  36. Let's see... eating, breathing and sleeping.... Hey, that about sums it up for me. Oh you meant eating, breathing and sleeping track. Well, why not? And may I say you look great.

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  37. that is a pretty color on you! I am leaning towards the feminine tones in my own wardrobe

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  38. I really love this color. You both look so gorgeous. This Tee looks so stylish and comfy as well. Its amazing that it helps to protect us from sun. Will have to check this out.

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  39. I had no idea our sun-protection technology is world-leading! No wonder my arms are so tan while the rest of my torso is like porcelain!

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  40. I love pink so I think I need one or three of these!! I am allergic to the sun so I have to wear stuff like this but the only shirts I have are navy blue.

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