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Timestamp: 2009-05-10 23:42:27 UTC

Michelle K.

Michelle wrote: Wonderful post. Very important information. Lost my bff to skin cancer on 2/14/07 Miss her dearly as she was only 46. Much to young to be gone. If I win would love the Flutter – S – Butterflies YSS-FLU one in a size 4 for my grand daughter. Her mom loves pink and I love Butterflies. A win win situation. Great site.

I am not in the habit of bossing people around, okay who am I kidding, my entire family reads this blog and they know I love to boss people around. But, I try not to boss my readers around… until today.

Protect your children this summer!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, since I grew up in Florida and spent most of my life in the water I am very aware of the dangers of skin cancer. While I have not personally been affected by skin cancer, Rhonda Sparks has, she lost her 32 year old husband to the disease several years ago. After her husband died she turned a tragedy into something positive and started UV Skinz, a company that sells swim shirts, shorts, hats and accessories.

For the past several years my kids have worn swim shirts whenever they are in the water and even when they are out of the water! In my opinion swim shirts are an excellent alternative to sun screen, you never have to reapply and you never miss a spot, not to mention you don’t have to keep buying more and more sunscreen. Did you know that one in five Americans develop skin cancer every year? You can prevent this from happening to your children by protecting them with a swim shirt.

Now, here is why you should buy your shirts from UV Skinz. Over the years I have purchased swim shirts from many different companies, Old Navy, Target, Lands End, LL Bean, local Surf Shops and not a single shirt held up as well as the ones I have from UV Skinz. Last summer one of my boys had a UV Skinz shirt and the other had one from Old Navy. This year when I pulled out their shirts from the summer clothes box the Old Navy shirt was worn thin and would not give my son any protection this year. The UV Skinz shirt looked almost brand new.
Here is a picture of my son last year in his shirt.

This year in the same shirt.

As you can see the shirt hasn’t faded even though I washed (and line dried) it many times last year. My daughter loves her shirt and today I am ordering shirts for the rest of the family.

There is a reason I waited until May to order my other shirts, other than the fact that I live in Maryland and it is currently 55 degrees and rainy. In hopes of spreading the word and helping to prevent skin cancer, UV Skinz is giving away a free baby skinz with every order during the month of May. It is Rhonda’s hope that customers will then donate the baby shirt to someone in need and pay it forward. UV Skinz are free of harsh sunscreen chemicals that can irritate baby’s sensitive skin, the shirts also carry a UPF50+ rating, blocking more than 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Many parents have their children wear t-shirts to protect them from the sun. Personally I think this is a bad idea. T-shirts are not made for swimming and do not protect as well as swim shirts from the harmful rays of the sun when they are wet. Also, I have seen many children struggling to swim in a weighted down water-logged t-shirt. Swim shirts do not absorb water and are made for swimming.

Finally investing is swim shirts is a frugal choice. Last year we did not go through tubes and tubes of sunscreen. We invested in swim shirts and one tube of sunblock for their faces.  The UV Skinz are so well made that they are able to be worn year after year saving me money in the long run. But more important than saving money I am saving my children’s skin from the harmful effects of the sun and that is priceless.

UV Skinz is giving away your choice of swim shirt to one of my readers. Go to the UV Skinz site, look around and then leave me a comment letting me know what shirt you would like to win.

Would you help me and UV Skinz spread the word about Skin Cancer Awareness Month? If you have a twitter account you can twitter about this giveaway and use the hashtag #UVSkinz. You can also write a blog post about protecting your kids from the sun this summer and link back to this post. You can pass the word on to family and friends. You can also sign up for the UV Skinz monthly newsletter which will keep you informed regarding all things sunny. The sign up link is on the left sidebar of their homepage. For each thing you do leave me another comment and that will earn you another chance to win a swim shirt of your choice.

So let’s recap:

Sun = bad

Swim shirts = good

Rhonda and UV Skinz = super cool mom of three boys turning a tragedy into something positive

Giveaway = you can win your choice of a swim shirt from UV Skinz

Ways to enter = Leave a comment, tweet with the hash tag #UVSkinz, blog about it, tell your friends, sign up for the newsletter and don’t forget to leave a comment for each thing you can do to help promote Skin Cancer Awareness month and this giveaway.

Oh, I forgot to add, the contest ends Thursday May 7, 2009, Cora time!


I am not in any way affiliated with UV Skinz. I don’t make any money if you buy from them. I am promoting them because I believe in what Rhonda is doing and want to support her 100%.

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  1. I’d love to win one. I’m off to browse their site now.

  2. Manuela says:

    I would love to win one of the Devin – Navy Kid Skinz!. My son is very fair skinned and it would protect him wonderfully.

  3. Thanks for this post. I have forwarded the Skinz site to my husband to have a looksee. We live in Florida, so this would be good.

  4. I think my daughter would like the tie-dye pink top. I’m really excited about the hats, too. My daughter has sensory sensitivities and I think a hat would make her more comfortable outside. My husband def. needs a hat because he never remembers to put sunscreen on. Even if I don’t win here I plan to buy a top this month to take advantage of Rhonda’s generous offer.

  5. My fair-skinned little guy would love the navy shark camoflage shirt. Thanks for this post. Sun is a concern every year!

  6. Oh, I love that woman’s long sleeve zip up jacket…how cute would that be over my suit while sitting on the boat???

  7. I just signed up for their newsletter.

  8. The Green Shirt is adorable! Can’t wait to explore more!

  9. Being modest may save your life! I love that shirt – my sons need one. also check out swim modest dot com. they have bathing suits for women that cover more skin also – just don’t forget that sunscreen!

  10. I like the Emily- brown/teal!

  11. Wonderful post. Very important information. Lost my bff to skin cancer on 2/14/07 Miss her dearly as she was only 46. Much to young to be gone. If I win would love the Flutter – S – Butterflies YSS-FLU one in a size 4 for my grand daughter. Her mom loves pink and I love Butterflies. A win win situation. Great site.

  12. My 2 yr old would spend all summer in the Brooke – brown/pink. She loves to be outside.

  13. I also wanted to let you know that I RT your twitter post before I came here as I believe in protecting yourself from the sun. Cancer takes to many people because they are not paying attention to the signs early enough. Prevention is key.

  14. I’m so glad I saw this post. I have two children and one on the way. The shirts I have for them are too small so I need new ones. Off to check out the site!

  15. I would lov to win one for my fair skinned little princess:)

  16. Aunt T says:

    I’d love to win one. I’ve spent by life in the FL sun and it has taken a toll on my skin. I need this protection!

  17. kristi says:

    having had a few friends with skin cancer, i no longer care about getting tan. i would love to get one of these for my 6 month old.

  18. amybee says:

    Thanks for the offer. I love the popsicles short sleeve shirt.

  19. I like the Olivia bright orange and pink. Would make it easy to keep track of my toddler!

  20. My boys should get the Avery blue sky aloha since they have beautiful blue eyes. Thanks for the link!

  21. I would love to have one of these!! 🙂

  22. I like the Ethan navy long sleeve size 2.

  23. I am going to check out this site I have a pool and two very fair skinned kids heck my husband needs one too!

  24. I would love the green aloha print for my daughter. These look really cute and fuctional.

  25. Avery Sky Blue Aloha for my DS.

  26. I think that the Limited Aloha Combos in the Brown Aloha Collection is super cute! It would be great for my two year old in the hot AZ summer time.

  27. I would get the baby skinz green aloha print for my son. He’s very fair.

  28. I signed up for their monthly newsletter.

  29. I love blue so the Avery blue sky aloha shirt would be cute! Such a great idea!

  30. I would love to win the Baby Olivia Hot Pink/Orange swim shirt for my 6 month old this summer!

  31. I have signed up for the UV Skinz newsletter. 🙂

  32. Also, I have told my family and friends at church about this website. Thank you for letting us know about it! 🙂

  33. Katherine says:

    I like the Sharky short sleeve shirt. Probably in a size 2.

  34. Katherine says:

    I’m also signing up for the newsletter right now.

  35. I also believe in Rhonda’s cause. My brother-n- law died from melanoma several years ago and two of my nieces have had skin cancer. One died at 19 and the other one caught it early. Our family preaches skin protection all the time especially since we live near the beach! I’d love to win the “Jen – 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck – Sky Blue” size 2X. Thanks Rhonda for your great product and thank you “Happy Housewife” for leading us to Rhonda’s products! 🙂

  36. Oh, I signed up for Rhonda’s monthly newsletter and posted a link to her website on our family’s website.

    Thanks again!

  37. You should check out what the Underground Wellness Channel has to say about sunblock and other summer related health issues at Enjoy!

  38. Christy G says:

    I would love to win one of the “Michael” shirts for my husband. I also plan to order for the rest of us too. Thanks for highlighting this company!

  39. I would love to wim Emma – Light Pink in size 3 for Abigail!

  40. Thanks for posting this! I have been shopping for long sleeve “rashguards” for the kiddos and have been having a hard time finding what I’m looking for! This site has it! THanks. I would love a long sleeve Olivia (size 2) for my fair skinned little girl!

  41. Wow, that was a touching story! Skin cancer has affected many in my family. I was not careful at all as a child/young adult. I want to do better with my girls!

    I would love to win the Brooke – Brown/Pink. It would be much easier to just have to buy 2 instead of 3!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. I subscribe!

  43. I am off to write a post about it!

  44. I would love the baby size 12 months swim shirt in butterfly and the bloomers in light pink. My neice is red-headed and fair-skinned! The poor girl won’t last long in the sun when we go to Lake Powell this summer.

  45. Timely post!! Our family is totally moving in this direction for swim coverage. Thanks!!

  46. Oh, I use a UV suit with my daughter but I don’t have anything for baby John-John yet!

  47. We had UV shirts for our boys last summer and I loved them (I’m also paranoid about the sun, having lived in FL too). I like the Jaden – Red /Navy short-sleeve shirt in size 5.

  48. I’m not a huge fan of sunscreen (due to chemicals) and have always used it very sparingly, favouring hats and swim shirts instead. This year, however, my 2 boys and my girl have outgrown them, and so I’ve been looking around for a good brand to buy for the three of them. I’ve only ever done the short sleeve version, but have to wonder if the long sleeve would be better, since we live in Nova Scotia, Canada and spend a fair amount of time at the (windy) beach.

    In any case, I like the Caleb (long sleeved orange and blue), size 8 please. And it’s fitting because my son’s name is Caleb!

    I’ll cross my fingers…

  49. Renee @ IndyWilsons says:

    Thanks for the recommendation on UV Skinz! I was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21, so I am extra careful with my family being in the sun. I would love to win the Devin Navy size 6 for my son. Thanks for all that you do!

  50. These are great shirts! Its a toss up here…my son likes the shark camo as well as the blue tye die. We would love to win either!

  51. I would love to win the Devin Navy shirt for my son. Thanks!

  52. Tiffany says:

    I’d love to win the short-sleeve pink/butterfly shirt for my red-headed six-year-old!
    Thanks so much!

  53. Mrs. Pear says:

    We live in CA and our oldest daughter does not handle the sun or the heat well…this would be such a blessing!

  54. Wow, there are lots of great shirts and other products. My favorite is the renee hot pink – WSS-SHA.

  55. I would love to get one for my boys…we live near the beach and are in the sun a lot.

  56. Great post!

  57. Malachi can not…CAN NOT have sun screen on his skin because of his severe ezcema. Sunshine actually helps his skin…yay for Vitamin D! Thanks so much for sharing this site with us. What great products. I’d choose the caleb/navy orange long sleeve for him if I win (c’mon…do your thing).

    Thanks to both you and Rhonda for offering this giveaway!

  58. I love all the pink short sleeve shirts. I like that they are modest too. What a great product.

  59. My son was looking at the UVSkinz site and now wants the camo shirt for himself. lol I wish they would have had these when I was growing up. My mom always had all us kids wear t-shirts over our suits. I hated it.

  60. Kristen Eliason says:

    I would love one of these as I’m outside a lot!

  61. Rebecca says:

    What a great idea! I have a very fair skinned little boy and would love to have this to help me keep him safe in the son!

  62. Sign me up! I just bought the kids swim shirts from Target, but I am sure we’ll lose one — or something!

  63. Rachel says:

    My family and I live in Arizona where it is already swimsuit weather. I am a true believer in sun shirts. Unfortunately, I have yet to find one that can withstand the long Az summer.I will be giving UV Skinz a try!

  64. Well I would have to pick the Avery-Sky blue Aloha…afterall, my DD name is Avery. 🙂

    Would love to win one! 🙂

  65. Cassie J. says:

    The tie dyed blue shirt would be wonderful for my blue eyed blonde boy!

  66. Southern Gal says:

    I would love to have one of these for my husband who is a plus size. (He’s had skin cancers removed before and is always trying to hide from the sun.) If that’s not possible, I would choose one for my 7yo son…probably the Corey.

    Thanks for letting me know about this product!

  67. Would love to win this for my kids that live outside in the Texas sun.

  68. I love that there are so many sizes and not just shirts but hats and shorts too!

  69. I like the Jaden in Red & Navy and the Devin in Navy.

  70. Katherine R says:

    I’m so excited to see their adult shirts. We’ve bought kid ones before from LLBean but it seems like the sizing is getting more form-fitted. I’d love to win one for myself that doesn’t look like shrink wrap. 🙂

    I have a question–I see nothing on their site about the free baby one. How does that work? Does she just pick a random baby one or do you request it somehow? I have a 5 month old baby boy who would need a big one.

  71. A Devin Navy, size 12, would be wonderful for our son, Sam. Thanks for the contest!

  72. Angela B says:

    Thanks for the info – I’m going to check them out 🙂

  73. I would love to win a blue BabySkinz hat. We are going to Port Aransas, Texas and my son is about as fair skinned as someone could possibly be.

  74. Heather M says:

    Oh, this is a great giveaway. Please pick me!! 🙂

  75. Heather M says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter – my email address on the subscription is abbysmomtx at comcast dot net.

  76. As someone who has been allergic to every sunscreen I’ve ever tried, these sound wonderful! I would love to get these for my girls AND myself!

    I’d choose the Sheila 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck in Black.

  77. For me, I really like the Cheryl as it has a zipper for easy on and off when needed (WLS-ZIW); for my 2.5 year old daughter, the green Aloha collection would be great (in a size 3). They all look great! Thanks.

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Seven Months!

  78. I would like to win the Flutter S Butterflies shirts for one of my girls. Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. I’d love one of these for my little girl. If I win, size 4 short-sleeved Mollie Pink Tie Dye.

  80. Terressa T. says:

    thank you for the referral to such a great company. I have always wondered on how these things would really hold up and do all they say they would. I think I’ll have to make the investment!

  81. Terressa T. says:

    btw, I receive your newsletter! 😀

  82. I’d get one of the men’s ones as my husband gets things like this for the kids and not himself!

  83. Judy Lee says:

    blue aloha collection

  84. Judy Lee says:


  85. I’m going to check them out. Thanks!

  86. We are a fair skin, somewhat freckled family that tend to burn easily. I have been concerned about the chemicals etc in sunscreen and wearing it constantly. I am grateful for the alternative. Thanks for the info. I want to get my 17 yo son at least one for working on the farm. I have 8 children – 6 at home and a grandson on the way. So many to protect. 😉

  87. Brooke says:

    I would love to get one of these for my son.

  88. I have a 9 month old with very fair skin…these are awesome. I love the pink tye dye!

  89. Thank you! My good friend was diagnosed with stage 4 skin cancer. Thankfully, she is doing well. Many people don’t take this seriously.

  90. I normally wouldn’t spend this much money on clothes for my kids, but this looks like it may be worth the investment…especially if they make through as hand me downs!

  91. I would love to win the taylor blue tie die shirt. I have been wanting to get shirts for my boys. My oldest had surgery last year and has a 3 inch scar on his neck that we are trying to protect and I worry that just sunscreen isn’t doing enough.

  92. I would love the Shark Camo short sleeve! Thanks!

  93. I would love to win the Olivia for my Olivia to wear this summer.

  94. Signed up for the newsletter

  95. Oops, I forgot to say which one I would want. I think I would get a Devon Navy or Red/Navy one for my oldest son.

  96. I’d love to win the Sharky – Shark Camo/Navy short sleeve!

  97. I signed up for their newsletter 🙂

  98. Great post! I would love the pink butterflies for my two year old.

  99. Katie k says:

    My family swears by these shirts. They are one of the best inventions ever that I even give them as gifts to everyone. There is no better way to say I love you then to protect your loved ones.

  100. Shanna says:

    The Olivia in the hot pink/orange is so cute. Would love to win something for the grandbaby my daughter & son-in-love are promising me!

  101. Shanna says:

    I have emailed the link to Rhonda’s website to my daughter, son-in-love, son, son’s fiance, my husband, and two best friends. Actually, I have two dear church friends who both have had surgery for melanoma just this past month, one requiring the amputation of part of a finger to get all the cancer removed.

  102. How cool is that?! I’m definitely nervous about skin cancer and have my kids use SPF 50. Love these shirts though! I love the flutter butterflies one. It is adorable!

  103. I just twittered the giveaway. 😀

  104. What a great idea. I have a swim shirt for the baby but not for the 3 older kids. I love the pink tie-dye and also the popsicle one!

  105. Here in sunny Arizona with blond hair, blue eyed boys I am a huge fan of swim shirts. They are only 3 and 6 months, so I am relatively inexperienced with brands, but in our last three summers we have blasted through at least 3 Target swim shirts and 1 Land End shirt. Would love to try another brand.

  106. I like the Brown and teal Emily. Living in FL I know what you mean- Thanks!!

  107. Swim Shirts = Good
    UV Skinz + Pink = Daughter’s favorite!

  108. I’d love to win a pink swim shirt! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  109. I also subscribed to their newsletter!

  110. Chrissy says:

    I’d like to win the Allison – Sky Blue/Navy – Aloha Print. It’s so important to cut down on the sun exposure!

  111. Deirdre says:

    my daughter would love the Mollie/Pink Tie-Dye short sleeve shirt

  112. Deirdre says:

    signed up for the UV Skinz newsletter

  113. Still surfing the styles, but I have a question. How well do they stand up to yard play? We don’t spend a lot of time in/around the water, but between the zoo and the playground, we get plenty of sun. Will the shirts withstand this kind of abuse?

  114. Suzanne says:

    I’d love to win the Devin-Navy for my 3-1/2 year old son. This is a great idea!

  115. I have seen a few of these around, but honestly didn’t know what they were for. I’m glad that I do. My dd and I have very fair skin so that means we never tan and always burn. I have had way too many burns in my life and my skin looks horrible at times. My father has been battling skin cancer for years. I fear for him and want to make sure that my dd never has to be faced with this. I love the butterfly/light pink one!

  116. nicole says:

    the pink butterfly short sleeve shirt is cute!

  117. Kristin says:

    I would probably get the navy shark camoflage shirt.

  118. The short sleeve navy “Devin” would be great for my oldest!

  119. I signed up for the newsletter too. Thanks for sharing this site with us!

  120. I love this. My son could really use it.

  121. Heather says:

    What a great idea! We are very fair and sensitive to the sun, and I’m actually heading to the dermatologist to get some worrisome spots checked out. I’d get the Ethan Navy baby skin, because it’s just so hard to keep sunscreen on our outdoor-lovin boy!

  122. I like the green aloha shirt in the aloha collection.

  123. I am signed up for the UV Skinz monthly newsletter.

  124. Kim Deal says:

    I think these are a great idea. I have red hair and very fair skin, and have had many sunburns in my lifetime. I do everything I can to protect my children, this is one way that would really be great. It is something they can do themselves, and not miss areas!

    I really like the Cheryl – Long-Sleeve
    Sky Blue Full-Zip for me!

    Thanks again


  125. Terrific giveaway and wonderful reminder to us all.

    LOVE that she gives away a free baby shirt!! That’s so thoughtful.

  126. Thanks Toni for posting this site!!
    Living in Hawaii, these shirts are very important for my kiddos.
    But lately for the boys all I have been finding is dark colors, which in the warm sun, gets hot very quickly. Love the white/blue tie dyed they have on the site, and knowing your busy ones are able to wear it a second year, I am sold! Is there a place on the site, we can comment that we are buying because of your site? You continue to amaze me Miss Toni! We miss you!!!

  127. sarina says:

    we have 2 skin cancer survivors in our family… i’d love to win a shirt for my son!

  128. Thanks for offering this contest. Hope we win.

  129. Those are so nice. I would love to get one for my two kids and myself. I liked the Flutter for my daughter, the Sharky for my son and the Lindsay black/white.

  130. I just blogged about UV SkinZ. I hope I win!!!

  131. I would love to win a swim shirt! My children all inherited my husband’s Irish skin tone and we live in FL! My kids don’t leave the house without their swim shirts in the summer! Unfortunately ours did not hold up nearly as well as the UV skinz. We need new ones!!!! I will also twitter the giveaway! thanks!

  132. Tamara M. says:

    I like the Devin-Navy size 2. We spend just about every sunny day at the beach and I’ve been looking for a really good shirt for my son to wear. This is perfect!

  133. Thanks for the chance to win! Very interesting product! Thanks for sharing!

  134. Tweeted a couple times 🙂 I like the either camo 🙂 To fit a 9 or 6 year old 🙂 I need to show this to my brother who has a 10 month old!!

  135. Oh, oh! Put my name in the hat. Thank you. 🙂 I never heard of these until I read your post. I’m the mom who makes her sons wear t-shirts in the pool. Now I know there’s an alternative.

  136. I like the Flutter – S – Butterflies!

  137. I LOVE these swim shirts! If I had to chose just one I’d get one for me! The Hot Pink Renee in a Medium!

  138. Sabrina says:

    These are awesome! Just in time for summer, these swim tops look comfortable and the pink tye dye is too cute!!

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