Our beach holiday – Banana Boat giveaway

The hot topic of conversation in our household at the moment is the beach, more specifically our upcoming holiday to the beach.

In just two weeks’ time, we will be heading away on a much-anticipated family holiday.

It seems like months ago that we booked our little getaway and we’ve been counting down for an eternity. Somehow 63 sleeps have trickled down to 12 sleeps and before we know it, we’ll be heading off with our car packed to the brim destined for sun, surf, and plenty of rest and relaxation.

The girls have been chattering non-stop about swimming in the pool, using their kick boards, collecting shells, building sandcastles and eating ice cream.

Ice cream, in particular, has been the focal point of Miss Five’s banter.

‘I think we should have ice cream for dinner every night because it will be hot at the beach and we’ll need to cool down.’ she says impressed with her own logic.

Miss Almost Three, on the other hand, is cautious when it comes to the beach and spends most of her time reminding us quite adamantly that she does not like waves and will not go near the waves.

Personally, I simply cannot wait to get away to breathe in the fresh air, feel the healing powers of the ocean, and spend some time away from the screen.

I need this time away – I desperately need it. This year has seemed long and hard and I feel like I’m clinging on for dear life. This holiday is just what we need to regain some normality in our life again, to recharge ready for the race to the end of the year, and to remind ourselves how important it is to celebrate the simple things in life.

Now that the kids are older, I feel like I’ve turned a corner in this motherhood gig and am hoping this getaway to the beach will be the first of many and the start of a new family tradition.

When I was a kid, our family holidays would mean sun, surf, sandcastles, toasted cheese and vegemite sandwiches, listening to the lorikeets at Burleigh Heads, and eating fish and chips.

Mum would cover us from head to toe in sunscreen and we’d tag team between the pool and the beach before collapsing into bed each night full to the brim with sun-drenched happiness.

And just as if they knew we were about to head away, Banana Boat has sent us a couple of bottles of sunscreen to get us in the mood for our holiday. The girls took the Kids sunscreen for a test drive last weekend when they went rock climbing with Dave.

The thing about living in Queensland is that it’s sunny and hot for more months of the year than not and the girls are accustomed to starting each day off with a bit of slip, slop and slap. They loved how easy it was to pump out the sunscreen and apply it themselves. Winning for kids and parents alike.

Banana Boat sunscreen

Today, I’m giving away a pack of Banana Boat sunscreen to the approximate value of $60, including a Sports, Kids and Ultra sunscreen. This competition has now closed. Congrats to our winner, Tali, and thank you to all who entered.

Banana Boat sunscreen

All you need to do is tell me in the comments what summer holidays mean to you.

The number one sunscreen brand in Australia Banana Boat has the perfect range of sunscreen for the whole family to help them stay protected against the harsh Australian sun. Banana Boat SPF 50+ sunscreens stay on in seven conditions – sun, sand, wind, sweat, pool, ocean, and heat, so the family is protected no matter what situation.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 28 September.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 29 September.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a Banana Boat Kids and Banana Boat Sport to trial. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Linking up today with Essentially Jess.

48 comments on Our beach holiday – Banana Boat giveaway

  1. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    September 22, 2015 at 7:24 am (2 years ago)

    Miss 3 can’t wait to get back to the beach, she’s been talking about it for weeks! Summer to is is beach trips, bbqs and waterfights 🙂

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  2. Dannielle @ zamamabakes
    September 22, 2015 at 7:44 am (2 years ago)

    Oh how lovely Renee a beach holiday, just heaven, I’m feeling very envious. Love how you phrased ‘the race to the end of the year’ that’s exactly what is is, crazy stuff.
    Enjoy your time away from the screen.
    Summer holidays mean pausing that crazy life so you can absorb what’s really important including family, eating ice cream and a glass or 2 of chilled wine each night. Sitting by the pool (not having to be in it constantly anymore) and just being able to supervise is so much more relaxing (our youngest being 4 we can do that now and it did start last year when she was 3!)
    Banana boat sunscreen is a staple in our house, wouldn’t be without it. Enjoy your well deserved time away gorgeous lady xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Dannielle. That description of summer holidays sounds spot on. I hope you get to enjoy a break in the very near future x

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  3. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    September 22, 2015 at 7:45 am (2 years ago)

    We were recently in Bali with the warm weather, swimming at the beach and feeling the warm sand between my toes. I love summer and can’t wait until the weather allows for weekends at the beach

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm (2 years ago)

      I’d love to go to Bali one time. My friend lives in Indonesia and loves it.

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  4. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    September 22, 2015 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

    Hope you have a fabulous time. We are heading up north to the beach too! Can’t wait.
    Unfortunately, I’m allergic to Banana Boat sunscreen, so it will be another brand for us!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh no! That’s no good at all. I’m glad you have something you can use though.

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  5. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    September 22, 2015 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

    Summer holidays mean relaxation, bbqs, sunshine, outdoors fun, catching up with friends, swimming and the beach. In my childhood it also meant sunburn although nowadays I’ve learnt better!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, me too, Ingrid 🙂 Isn’t it funny how we used to let ourselves burn to a crisp thinking it would tan?!

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  6. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    September 22, 2015 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    Just when it looked like the beach weather had arrived it left again. I’m really looking forward to some warmer weather and hitting the beach. Not that we’ve had a terrible winter but my girls have been sick one after the other recently and I’m sure a bit of summer sun will put that all behind us.

    Great giveaway.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Raych. I hope that warm weather comes your way soon.

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  7. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    September 22, 2015 at 10:17 am (2 years ago)

    Oh that is the sweetest, wanting ice cream for dinner. It is good logic!

    Summer holidays to me are fish and chips at sunset on the beach, salty hair and sand between the toes, the smell of sunscreen and endless beach towels hanging to dry on the clothesline. x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s some great imagery of summer, Ashlea. Love it.

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  8. Pinky Poinker
    September 22, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    How gorgeous would it be if all you needed to think about was kick boards and how much icecream you’re going to eat! Can I come with you? xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Sure, you can sleep on the couch 😉

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  9. lu @looking for mama me
    September 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    When I was a child I remember holidaying by the beach at my grandparents house every summer and frolicking in the waves with my cousins. These were the best times of my life, I was carefree and happy. All my experiences were new and intense. The sun was warm, the sans was soft, the waves were cool. Now I have a child of my own, I get to watch her experience all of these feelings and I can’t wait to experience them with her!

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  10. Andrea Phillips
    September 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I hope you have the most relaxing of relaxing holidays in the whole world ever ever! We missed summer this year – we were in Aus for the glorious 4 weeks of British summertime… so, please have a brilliant holiday for us too so I can live vicariously through you xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

      We will do our best, my sweet! Soon you will have nothing but sunshine. Counting down the days 🙂 xx

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  11. Josefa @always Josefa
    September 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Have a beautiful holiday Renee, I can totally relate on how at the moment the year feels like I am clinging on for dear life! So a holiday sounds perfect. We started using BB sunscreen last year (used a different brand before that) and its quite good – easy to use and hangs on tight to my ever moving boys x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, we find it works well too through all of that sand and dirt 🙂 x

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  12. EssentiallyJess
    September 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I hope you have an awesome holiday Renee.
    Sadly my kids can’t use Banana boats. Two of them are allergic to suncream.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh no! That’s no good 🙁

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  13. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    September 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

    We never really went on a summer holiday as kids. We spent every school holidays with our Grandma and Pa on the gold coast though and went to the beach every day. I think that’s where my love of the beach came from, although I’m with Smiley, I’m scared of the waves too.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh really 🙂 I wonder how your little one will like waves when she gets older. Holidays with Grandma and Pa sound lovely.

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  14. Bec Senyard
    September 22, 2015 at 11:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait for our beach holiday in a couple of weeks either. Although I’m not sure how relaxing it will be with Phoebe. I’m hoping the beach air will refresh us at least!

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  15. Druime@SnippetsandSpirits
    September 22, 2015 at 11:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Holidays are the best. I hope you guys have an amazing time. Sounds like you deserve a good break Renee. We are also allergic to this brand of sunscreen. Nice prize though !

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh that is no good at all :/ Thanks Druime.

      Reply
  16. Michelle V
    September 23, 2015 at 5:42 am (2 years ago)

    Enjoy your trip away Renee!!

    Summer to me means going to my in-laws beach house and getting to feast on my father-in-laws world famous (ok,only in my world, but still) delicious lamb spit, with salads made with freshly picked ingredients from their veggie patch. It means quality time as a family, walks along the beach, afternoon siestas, backyard cricket (with bins for stumps), stone fruits, and ice-cold beverages. It’s by far my favourite season of the year. Bring.it.on!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

      You’ve described a great typical Australian summer there, Michelle 🙂

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  17. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    September 23, 2015 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Holidays! Having spent most of my life in England, and now that I live in Australia, summer means so many different things! In England, it’s all about Pimms, garden parties and attempting to get the most out of our summer wardrobe as soon as the mercury hits 20 degrees! In Australia, it’s about the beach, barbecues and occasionally a nice, cold beer!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Ooh I would love a Pimms right now. Wouldn’t that be great and we could chat about Jamberry in the garden together 🙂 x

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  18. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    September 23, 2015 at 8:47 am (2 years ago)

    Have a great trip to the beach!! I love summer, it’s my favourite time of the year,long days, BBQs, plenty of trips to the beach. Best time of the year!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

      I feel the exact same way, Nicole! I love it too x

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  19. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    September 25, 2015 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

    Have a wonderful (and very well deserved) holiday!! Hehehe there is nothing like ice-cream for dinner!! I must say that we’ve always used Banana Boat sunscreen – I like that it’s not greasy!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Me too, Lucy. It’s nice and light 🙂 x

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  20. Cyndie
    September 27, 2015 at 4:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer holiday is the best time of the year, people are happy, seasonal fruits are delicious and the sun is out!

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  21. Leanne Stansbury
    September 28, 2015 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    Have a lovely time!

    To me, summer holidays are a break from the sometimes relentlessness of life’s routines. Sleeping in, wandering rather than rushing, afternoon naps, sandy feet, the smell of sunscreen in the air, feeling salty and never wanting it to end! Can’t wait!

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  22. Cathy B
    September 28, 2015 at 12:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer holidays for my family means lots of work, sadness and fun as well. We’re a farming family so holidays are filled with baby animals, hay feeding out because it’s dry and the cattle work associated with sending our cattle away for agistment. Holidays are also filled with adventure. There’s a raft building project happening, the kids with Grandfathers guidance are building one near our not so full dam. I hope the raft floats! No doubt there’ll be lots of adventures around that pirate ship. There’ll also be a beach trip. I’m spending this holidays wishing for the Christmas holidays to bring good soaking rain.

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  23. Elizabeth
    September 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer holidays mean sunburn, sweat and mosquitoes;
    why anyone loves it, I don’t know!
    But with Banana Boat, at least I’ll be
    prancing in the sunshine, sunburn-free!

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  24. Nic
    September 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer holidays mean not having to do the school drop-offs and pick-ups every day- yay!

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  25. Sonya N.
    September 28, 2015 at 3:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer hols means camping at the beach with the kids! Every year we choose 2 different spots to camp in and spend a week or two in each. Great times!

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  26. julian
    September 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer means me trudging off to work while my wife and kids get to have a sleep-in and then spend all day at the beach or park without me. 🙁 Hopefully this year I’ll be able to wrangle enough time off so we can all go away together. My dream is to drive up to the MacDonnell Ranges in central Australia but not sure we could all cope with the heat!

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  27. Tali C.
    September 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer hols means eating mangoes all day, walking barefoot across the grass and getting bindi-eye prickles in our feet. It means letting the kids have Calippos and Golden Gaytimes when they’re not ordinarily allowed to have them often, it means going to bed with all the windows open to cool down the house, and then running around in the morning with flyspray to get rid of all the flies! It means letting the oldest daughter read past midnight if she wants to, and it means spending all afternoon building elaborate sandcastles only to have the youngest son stomp all over them in a joyful fit of glee. Summer hols means good times. 🙂

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  28. Jennifer B.
    September 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm (2 years ago)

    With my red hair and white skin, summer holidays used to mean staying inside, mosquitoes, mangoes and card games! Thank goodness there’s SPF50+ to fix the sunburn issue these days!

    The mangoes and card games still feature heavily though…

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  29. Ern
    September 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    More fun than we can handle!

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  30. Di
    September 28, 2015 at 5:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Doing what we feel like, fun things, outings, sleeping in, going swimming and so on……not what day to day life expects and demands of us. AND Summer holidays mean lots of painful sunburn, well at least for me who never wears sunscreen.

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  31. Lisa Bates
    September 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Summer holidays for me are the warmth of sun on my skin, the smells of sunscreen and wet concrete, and the sound of the ocean, surrounded by the laughter of my family.

    Reply

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