Boyish Charm

Making Summer Sports a Family Affair

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My Sam is back in t-ball for a second year. He’s really loving it! He has so much more confidence this time around. He is hitting really well this season and recently, while playing first base, he tagged someone out. The crowds roared—or more accurately—his cheering section did! On Monday, Coach Jeff chose Sam as Player of the Game because of his speed. Not only was he fast at responding to the plays—that kid was zooming around the diamond. Yes, Dad and Mom were/are super proud!

Making Summer Sports a Family Affair with Banana Boat #BBBestSummerEver

Last year we had to travel all over town to get to Sam’s first season games as they were on a different field every time. Mercifully, this year we’re at the same field every game; I don’t have to constantly double-check the schedule as we’re hurrying out the door! However, there is one drawback: there is no tree shade at the field. I have quickly learned that sunscreen is a must for Sam and his parents. That would mean me—the fair-skinned one who can burn when the moon shines bright.

Banana Boat Sunscreen

Banana Boat Sunscreen for Sports

I’m really liking Banana Boat® Sport Performance. The spray is quick and easy to apply. It not only protects against sunburns, it also protects against long-term sun damage and skin cancer. It also smells divine! Even though it has an SPF of 30 and it protects against UVA and UVB rays, the spray itself is clear. The rule of thumb for applying sunscreen is about one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen before going outside and then reapply it every couple of hours, or more when swimming or excessively sweating. Using the Banana Boat® spray is quick and super convenient, especially for busy all-stars who don’t want to stand still.

Healthy Granola Bars Recipe

Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars

Oat Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

All the team parents are taking turns bringing snacks for the kids this year. I made homemade granola bars for the team this week. These are not the dry cardboard tasting things; think chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness from honey, cinnamon and dark chocolate chips. I used almond butter, plus the almonds and oats the recipe calls for. Besides being delicious and healthy, these granola bars are no-bakes so they go together quickly. They disappear quickly, too! I found the recipe on Cookie + Kate so hop on over there for her great recipe.

T-Ball Snack

T-Ball All Star

T-Ball Sam

Baseball Game Snack Idea


Baseball + Banana Boat® + homemade snacks + one awesome little ball player sounds like a great combination for a fun summer! I’m loving being Sam’s Mom!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.