Hi friends and Happy Independence Day! I hope you all have a safe and FUN Fourth of July.
I’m so excited to be teaming up with NESO TENTS for my second Summer of Favorites GIVEAWAY POST!
But first…(For those interested), as we pack up to fly back to Hawaii today, I thought I would share a quick update from our travels: We’ve had an incredible time here in Southern California for the past few weeks. Though we have been here for Luke’s National surf contests, our time has been so much more than that: we have connected with friends (old and new), enjoyed a lot of great food, created a few of our own adventures, visited some awesome churches, enjoyed more great food, and survived some crazy moments on California freeways. Also: the food. (SoCal: You win.)
As usual, Luke’s contests have been a good mix of highs and lows…Wins and losses…Cheers and tears. 🙂 We were all disappointed that he did not advance to finals in his main division last week (we really thought he deserved to go on.) But everything turned around when he made it to the finals in the air show competition. (The airshow is a contest to see who can do the most progressive maneuvers off of waves into the air– and land them. ) Yesterday Luke took the WIN in the finals, and earned the NATIONAL TITLE for the Jr Air show division. Yay! It was such a fun way to end our trip!
We are more than happy to be headed back home today, and cannot wait to be back with our (very responsible :)) older boys who have been holding down the fort for us!
NOW: Let’s talk SHADE!!
While here, we’ve been reminded of how crazy hot the California sun can be. Though most days started with a foggy marine layer, as soon as it burned off, things got toasty, quick. Of course we kept covered with our favorite sunscreen, but long days at the beach are just so…very…hot.
So…IF you happened to see our family at the beach during the surf contests, then you would have found us sitting in our favorite shade, under our Neso Tent.
The Neso tent is just genius. It is so easy to set up. In fact, most days Dave had it set up by the time we walked form the car to the beach. Everyone was jealous of our great shade; as their umbrellas blew over time and time again, they would finally come over to ask where in the world we found our cool tent. We are always happy to share the good news that you can order Neso tents on line.
And we see Nesos popping up more and more wherever we go…
Neso’s are really unique from most tents. They are secured by filling four small bags with sand, and then placing the poles wherever you like for the best shade. (Though they now also offer tent stakes on their website so you can use the tents at the soccer field or just about anywhere!)
They’re also really light and easy to carry with you wherever you may be needing shade.
A few more details:
The Original NESO TENT: Made out of a Lycra/Nylon blend. UPF 50+ and water resistant. Weighs only 4 lbs and fits in a carry-on suitcase.
What’s included in a standard size Neso:
– Neso tent (82″ x 80″)
– Carrying bag (19.5″). Fits in a carry-on suitcase!
– 2 rust-proof aluminum poles (66″ length)
– 4 anchor bags
And this brings us to the next GIVEAWAY in my ‘SUMMER OF FAVORITES’ GIVEAWAY SERIES!
Neso has offered to give one of YOU an original NESO TENT!
NOTE: Contest has finished!
To enter to win, leave a comment telling us where you most often are looking for SHADE in the summertime! At the beach? ON a picnic? At a sporting event? In your own back yard? And if you’re feeling chatty, tell us about your Fourth of July, or how summer is going so far!
Leave your comment, and I will randomly choose a winner on MONDAY, July 10th. I will email the winner directly, and publish the winner’s first name back here at this post! (If you share this giveaway on social media and let me know it, I will always give you a second entry to the contest!)
CONGRATS TO KERMINA R. from Florida! Kermina — you will love using this at the beach with your toddler! Much aloha!
More good news! If you order a Neso this summer, you can use CODE: GROMMOMFAVES to get $10 off! (spread the word!)
Be sure to check out the NESO website to see all of the sizes, styles and options for finding shade this summer. I am pretty sure you’ll quickly become a fan as well!
Finally, I have to share NESO’s video featuring the NESO GRANDE TENT…You might recognize a few faces here:
We love it, and we think our friend Brady from HUF MEDIA did a great job filming it, too!
I look forward to hearing your comments! Happy Fourth and see you again soon!