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RIO Brands {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

 When we lived overseas, we would travel toward the northern end of the island to stay at a military resort that was right on the beach.  Our cabana was literally feet from the beach, and we would spend all day going to the beach to play, then heading back to our room to eat or take a nap before heading right back out again to kayak or ride the banana boat.  Because we were so spoiled in this way, I really don’t remember going to the beach to just play for a couple of hours and I certainly can’t think of a time that we went to the beach for the entire day.

Since moving to North Carolina, though, and living 30 minutes from the beach, we’ve made plenty of trips to and from and the beach for a couple of hours — it’s about all that we can handle!  I know that some of my friends have been able to head out there in the morning and stay clear until the sunset, but we’ve not made that jump just quite yet.


One of the first times that we went to the beach, we were so completely unprepared!  Looking back, I blame that on my experiences of being able to race right back to our oceanside cabana to get anything we needed — we had some of the fun essentials (buckets and shovels, boogie boards, etc.), but we forgot to bring snacks of any kind, and we didn’t have any sort of sunshade.  I’m so glad we had good friends who have been going for years since we were able to share their goodies from their cooler, and they let us borrow one of their beach umbrellas.


When I was given the opportunity to review for Rio Brands and I noticed their beach umbrellas, I was ecstatic at the thought of having our own umbrella to use for this very last month that we’ll be able to enjoy the NC beaches!


We were sent the Total Sun Block 7′ Umbrella to review, and, again, my husband pulled it out as soon as it arrived in the mail.  The poles were sturdy without being too heavy, making it easier to carry down to the beach.  The anchor part at the end of the main pole allows for the umbrella to basically be screwed into the ground, which was perfect for getting the pole into the ground in the first place!  It can easily be set up at the beach, at the park, in your yard, whatever!  The shade itself blocks 99.8% UVA/UVB rays and the unique square shape seemed to fit our family of four (albeit two little kids!) just fine. 

Along with this great sun block umbrella, Rio Brands features other chairs and sun shades for all day fun at the beach or outdoors in the summer heat!


Easy In-Easy Out®-Tropical Rainforest


Big Boy Backpack with Cooler


Total Sun Block Beach Shelter

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**This post was sponsored by RIO Brands, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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