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Recs: Swim Leggings

Recs: Swim Leggings

This has been the summer of the swim legging! What's that you ask? Yes, forget the thong, I am talking full length swim pants. I have fully embraced them and may never go back!

My kids have been wearing swim pants since they were wee ones to protect their delicate skin from the harsh sun. After a melanoma scare of my own, I realized the best way to protect myself, was to join the crew and get a pair of my own. What I didn't expect was that I would love them so much! Turns out everything that makes them great for kids, makes them great for adults too.

The benefits of head to toe sun coverage are many. Not only does it help minimize sun exposure and worry of reapplying sunscreen, but also because you'll need to apply less sunscreen overall, you are also reducing chemical exposure from the sunscreen itself. The chemicals in sunscreens are easily absorbed by the body and at potentially dangerous levels. The less chemicals we put on our skin, the better. (For more see the EWG 2020 Guide to Sunscreen).

And, on top of all that, they are super fun to wear, look great and are totally effortless. Plus, there are so many cool styles out there now (I am slightly obsessed!) that you'll be sure to find one that suits you. Here are some of our current favorites from @carve designs and @mott50

I've also been asked if they are hot. Not at all. I find they are like built in A/C if you hop in the water for a dip. They keep you cooler longer. On cooler beach days I sometimes take mine off before going in the water.

Would you give swim leggings a try? Have a favorite?

*Note: this is not sponsored, just sharing things in life that make us happy!

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#totesfail - Black Hole Tote

Look familiar? Cramming all your belongings into an overflowing black hole of a tote. If you are lucky, there might be a too small pocket you can stuff your keys and wallet in to save them from the chaos. Either way, it's a mess.

And just another reason why we love the Breeze Bag. There is a place for everything! So nothing gets lost or crushed or wet that's not supposed to. It's an organizational dream.

Can you relate? Share your tote fails with the hashtag #totesfail

 

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From the Shore to the Slopes

From the Shore to the Slopes

We recently took the kids for their first ski outing. Despite a bumpy start, the day was a success. It certainly helped that it was 60 degrees out and that gone are the days of the T-Bar. Hello magic carpet! After the first run down the bunny slope, the 2.5 year old desperately wanted to head up the big mountain. 

The only bummer was that we didn't have The Breeze Bag with us. Who knew it'd be the ultimate ski bag too? Spent a ridiculous amount of time rummaging around to locate socks, sunglasses, water bottles, hats, ugh. Time to take The Breeze to the slopes!

Update: We took The Breeze Bag on it's first trail run. Hats, gloves & goggles in one section, ski pants in the middle and change of clothes in the other section. It was glorious!

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers who jumped on board at the beginning and helped us reach our funding goal last September. I still feel overwhelmed by your support and am so very very grateful.

The Breeze Bag is something I've been dreaming up for a long time and now the order is officially in. Never in a million years did I think I'd actually make one Breeze Bag, let alone hundreds! Nor did I ever think I'd say 'it's a dream come true.' But it really is.

Thank you for being a part of it.

 ~ Rebecca

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Let the Fun Begin!

Let the Fun Begin!

It's official. The order is in and production is underway for our very first run of Breeze Bags.

And the factory is wasting no time getting started. Once we signed off, the supplies started coming in. With over 60 components, there's a lot of ordering to do. Custom elastic, canvas, neoprene, nylon, waterproofing, foam, zippers and all the hardware, there's plenty of work to be done before that first stitch. The patterns are made and the team is in place, so it's only a matter of time! Crazy exciting.

In the meantime, we are finalizing the online store so we can let the pre-orders begin.

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Packing's a Breeze

Packing's a Breeze
Photo Credit: Blip Photography

We've been doing a lot of field trips with The Breeze Bag to ensure everything is functioning as expected. You really need a full day at the beach to know for sure. Ha. Or a week in Bali... if only!

A typical beach outing with the kids involves the following, plus our favorite beach hats:

We easily packed all this with room to spare! Filled one pop section with dry coverups, the other with dry towels, and all the snacks, drinks and accessories tucked away in the middle. Dreamy. So easy to locate items. Plus the kids have the system down, proudly locating items on their own, and well aware that the orange is for dry stuff and blue is for wet. #momwin

I didn't quite get to read a magazine... but I'd rather be splashing in the waves anyways.

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#TOTESFAIL: Too Many Totes

The struggle is real - too many bags and never enough hands. It's one of the main reasons we created the Breeze Bag in the first place, so that the getting to the beach doesn't have to be such a mess.

With kids, getting to the beach in one trip is the goal, especially if you are solo parenting! Multiple trips means trekking back and forth carrying or dragging your kids both ways. So we added a few extra inches and elastic cargo straps so you can get it all there.


 

 

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Production Update - All the Little Details

Production Update - All the Little Details

We have been putting the latest Breeze Bag prototype to the test with field trips all over New England. And it has been a dream taking it out into the wild. Aside from the pure satisfaction of popping out the wet section after an unexpected dip in Walden Pond, or loading it up with literally everything needed for a beach run with two hands free for the kids, it's been the best way to learn what is working and what needs tweaking.

Fortunately, more is working than not. And other than a few minor changes - shortening the key leash, swapping out the clip hardware, removing the hard bottom, reinforcing the water bottle sleeve, adding a zipper tab - we are really close to the finish line.

One of the biggest challenges was sourcing a grommet that wouldn't fray the backpack straps. In the end, we designed our own. We tested out a few options from injection molded plastic to stamped metal and ultimately went with a custom die-cast stainless steel grommet. It's so perfect. Kudos to Lukas!

Now we are packing up for what will, hopefully, be our last trip to China pre-production. Visiting the factory in person is an amazing opportunity to discuss all the many little details, finalize materials and fully collaborate to ensure that we are creating the best possible product. Plus, it gives us a chance to really get to know the people we are working with.

If all goes as planned, we'll be right on schedule to ship this Spring!

We cannot wait to deliver!

The Breeze Bag Team

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