Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Protection, Style and Quality: Real Kids Shades {Review & Giveaway}

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This protecting-our-children aspect of parenting, I'm telling you. It just never ends.

We ensure that our kids have mittens to keep their hands warm from the cold, lather them up in sunscreen to protect their skin, remind them to always wear a helmet when they ride a bicycle, provide them with soft tissues to pamper their noses during cold season...

However, one body part that I realized I was neglecting became quite clear recently when my family and I went to our city's annual Winter Festival.

outdoor winter fun

Coats, snowpants, mittens and hats? Check, check, check and check for all of us.

Sunglasses to not only prevent annoying squinting (which was twice as bad due to the reflection from all of the snow) but to protect our eyes from the damaging effects of UV radiation? Um, check... for me.

For my kids? Sorry Girls, apparently Mom left you to fend for yourselves on that one so she'd have to listen to complaints of It's sooo bright out here! all afternoon.

While I've thought about ensuring that my children have sunglasses in the past, I've never realized the utmost importance that this step can make in preventing the permanent and irreparable damage to kids' eyes as to when I was introduced to Real Kids Shades.

sunglasses for kids

On a mission to protect as many children's eyes as possible from the damaging effects of UV radiation, Real Kids Shades was launched to provide real sunglasses designed specifically for babies and children.

As opposed to the toy sunglasses that end up possibly harming your child's eyes more than helping (by shading the eyes but not providing 100% UVA and UVB protection), Real Kids Shades are high quality, intensively-tested, award-winning, kid-approved sunglasses specifically constructed to fit kids' faces and their lifestyles.

As soon as I began browsing around at RealKidsShades.com and found that their sunglasses are shatterproof, impact-resistant, adaptable to sports, lightweight, flexible, bendable, comfortable, durable and SO much more, I knew that they would be just the thing to keep my girls' eyes safe (and stylish).

Real Kids Shades review

Arriving in their own storage bag (with clip) along with a removable neoprene strap, each pair of the Real Kids Shades had me impressed as I examined them closer.

Real Kids Shades sunglasses

From the rubberized frames (my kids don't seem to understand how to slide sunglasses on, as opposed to bending them wide and propping them onto their heads) to the sleek and chic shapes to the professional grade polycarbonate 100% UVA/UVB protective lenses, they really have it all.

As these sunglasses arrived just as Big Sister E and Little Sister B were gearing up to go out and play in the snow, they couldn't have been more thrilled to add their new gear to their outfits.

kids sunglasses

Little Sister B's Flex Duo Shades (for ages 3 - 7) in Purple/Pink have been just the right alternative to banded sunglasses that we have tried (and she has disliked) in the past.

Instead, these pink and purple super flexible frames meet her fashion requirements while also being extremely durable and comfortable.

girls sunglasses

As the Flex Duo are just the tiniest bit big on Little Sister B right now, I have appreciated that Real Kids Shades included the optional neoprene strap. By simply sliding it onto the frames, it gives them an extra hold that fits easily under her hat or, in warmer weather, will keep her shades on under her bike helmet easily.

sunglasses strap

At the same time, Big Sister E's Glide Shades (for ages 7 - 12) in Aqua have a metallic sheen that she loves and the addition of rubber-tipped temple pieces to help them stay securely in place even easier.

All of Real Kids Shades' work to make these high quality and versatile really shows and, if these were slightly larger, I'd wear them myself!

tween sunglasses

When it comes to being even more fashion-forward, however, the Fabulous Shades (also for ages 7 - 12) combine all of the great qualities of Real Kids Shades' other sunglasses, but with a stylishly oversized look.

Who says that tweens can't look like movie stars while keeping their eyes protected from exposure to the sun's harmful rays?

oversize sunglasses
I'm a moooovie star!

After using these sunglasses for a while, the girls and I agree that they are pretty fantastic. They include all of the quality and safety features that allow them to withstand being used by kids (Little Sister B has dropped and stepped on hers at least a handful of times) as well as the benefits of keeping their eyes protected. We bring them to the park, for walks, in the car — everywhere!

baby sunglasses
Children's eyes are at an increased risk for permanent eye damage from sunlight until they're at least 10 years old, so instead of kids' sunglasses being an afterthought, start thinking of them as necessary gear! Together with Prevent Blindness America, Real Kids Shades is committed to educating the public on the importance of protecting children's eyes.

Be sure to check out their large variety of styles ranging for ages 0 - 12 (most retailing for only $14.99) and the tremendous number of colors, as there is sure to be one to fit your child's personality and preference. Whether you spend most time just out playing in the yard or your family partakes in skiing, hiking, soccer and more, Real Kids Shades are the sunglasses that you'll reach for year-round!

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon have a stylish and safe item for the child in their life as well, because...

One lucky person will win their choice of sunglasses
from Real Kids Shades!

giveaway


A big thank you to Real Kids Shades for providing sunglasses for me to review as well as the pair of choice for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

113 comments:

ReneeK said...

We try to wear them often in the summer.

Jessica said...

I wear sunglasses every single day. My kids wear them when they remember.

SnowflakeDay (Audra) said...

I wear sunglasses every time I'm in the car. My daughter wears them in the Summer.

wigget said...

i wear them rarely, but the others more often

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

almost daily---the sun reflecting off the snow it's a must!!!

Blogroll Please... said...

Me and my family where sunglasses whenever the sun is shining.

msilba said...

i wear mine every day! I would love a pair for my 22 month old to protect his eyes!

Yesenia said...

Whenever the sun is out!
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AndreaH said...

I don't wear sunglasses. My prescription glasses change when I am out in the sun. However, everyone else in the family wears their shades out whenever the sun peeks out from the clouds.

Laurie J. said...

We wear them pretty much every day!

Kelly R. said...

I wear mine everyday, my husband and daughter wears theirs maybe once per week.

Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

I wear sunglasses at least once a day. My son loves to wear sunglasses too.

huntcm74 said...

I wear transitional glasses everyday-my kids don't usually wear any

Accidental Farm Girl said...

Every time I remember to put them in my bag, which is not very often. Have to get a better system for that.

Lena said...

We live in Florida so we have to wear sunglasses everyday.

mummytotwoboys said...

Honestly none of us where them enough, it is something we must work on

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Ken Ohl said...

I wear them all the time. Thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Mayla Moore said...

We live in the NW so if it's sunny my husband and kids wear sunglasses. I wear regular glasses so unless I'm wearing contacts I don't wear sunglasses.

s said...

I put them on my little one all the time.

Danielle Lima said...

I wear them every day

Bethany C. said...

We wear them almost every day.

blessedintexas said...

We wear them in the summer
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SueZH said...

I wear sunglasses most of the spring/summer and occasionally the rest of the year.

Tara Martin said...

We are pretty good about wearing sunglasses. My daughter is at that stage when she'll wear them no matter what cause its fun.

Colleen M said...

Whenever there is a sunny day - mostly in spring and summer and when driving on a sunny day.

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aperry said...

flex duo black/red

Renee Walters said...

I wear sunglasses every sunny day. My kids wear them too. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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Mighty Knitting Chick said...

Every time I go out.

Breenah said...

My husband and I both HAVE to wear sunglasses while driving otherwise it's dangerous! My daughter will sometimes keep hers on, but I think we need some better fitting ones.

Andrea said...

I wear my sunglasses all the time.

Katie Ashley-Bascombe said...

We wear sunglasses all the time.

Sarah VM said...

We all wear sunglasses often.

Chelsea Korth said...

We wear sunglasses almost everyday!

Linda said...

We wear thean when ever we are out in the sun in the summer.
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Crystal Larson said...

My daughter loves to wear mine

Susan said...

We wear sunglasses most of the year in southern Oregon. It is sunny from late March to October, and on and off throughout fall and winter.

Christina Carattini said...

I wear them everyday, but my kids only wear them in the summer.

wildcat32 said...

I wear mine whenever it is sunny but the kids will only wear theirs during the summer.

Patty Schuler said...

Almost daily when sunny

walk9 said...

I wear mine for driving but my kids usually wear them in the summer.

Francine said...

when it is sunny out

delaney's mom said...

almost all the time i'm outside, even when it's a little cloudy. my husband makes fun of me sometimes, but i still do

Dave said...

we live in Az and wear them everyday, but not the kids...so this would be great

Maryea said...

We don't get much sun up here in the NW and my dh and I never wear sunglasses although we do have transition lens on our prescription glasses. Our daughter and grandchildren wear sunglasses when it is sunny.

Bo said...

We try to whenever we're outside and the sun is out! But sometimes we forget.

BrunoDogg2 said...

I always wear mine and the kids are very sensitive to the sunlight so they wear theirs very often!

AngelWinner said...

Yearround...in the car, at the pool, on snow days, at amazement parks, at the zoo, etc.

Mamushi Love said...

I wear mine any time I go out and the sun's shining.

skipthelaundry said...

We have started wearing them again since we started playing baseball again.
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Marti B. said...

My daughter wears them daily but I haven't worn them for years.

bxcrochet said...

I wear mines almost everyday

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Jason and Christy Holt said...

We could use some new sunglasses! My kids love to wear them.

iggysaysno said...

we wear them on the weekend

polly said...

I wear them every single day...rain or shine...

Teresa said...

I need reminding all the time but my husband wears them always.

LeeAnn said...

We pretty much wear our sunglasses any time we are outside.

Robert said...

My wife and I wear them everyday, and are trying to get our daughter to wear them more often.

blue65829 said...

I rarely do, but my husband is very responsible about it,

Lauren Eggers said...

I have UV transitions. So if I'm not wearing those then I have Rx sunglasses. I try to get my daughter to wear hers more often

tina reynolds said...

i wear them all the time

Lina said...

we wear them all the time

KPort207 said...

All the time but usually only during summer

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LS said...

Every day!!!

Kathleen said...

I never wear sunglasses.

WENDY Price said...

Most of the time the we wear sun glasses while traveling when the sun is too much.

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

We don't wear them as much as we should be.

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

I wear them a few times a week, and my youngest son as well. The rest of them do not have any sunglasses.

Jennifer Reed said...

I wear my sunglasses daily, my kids wear theirs when I bug them to do so.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I wear pretty often and my kids love to wear them whenever they can!

Leanne Hill said...

Every chance we get!

Julie said...

we wear them daily:)

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Kari Flores said...

Me and my husband wear them all the time. The kids rarely but only because it just isn't one of those things I think about before I actually need them for the kids.

Holly Kennedy said...

It depends on if they're lost or broken. I wear mine all the time.

Diane Cooper said...

My husband and I wear sunglasses whenever we are outside or driving. It is harder to get the grandchildren to wear sunglasses all the time, but I do my best to see that they have sunglasses on if it is sunny.

Lauren said...

we wear them daily

Sarah said...

We live in the Sunshine State, so we never leave home without them!

Kristy Figueroa said...

We wear them daily! Got to protect our peepers :)

Kristen said...

I wear them all the time. My kids don't, though.

Kristen said...

I wear them all the time. My kids don't, though.

Teresa Koedyker said...

We wear them all the time.

courtney johnson said...

We where them so much during the summer everyone call us the Blues Brothers!!

kathy pease said...

I wear them whenever the sun is shining

ltlbitone said...

everyday

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Alexandra Clatterbuck said...

We wear them everyday, no matter where we are, except my two year old...he needs a pair with a head strap =)

Jennifer Q. said...

My kids and I use them year round for outside activities.

Gianna said...

All the time in the summer. My twins keep breaking theirs!

Candice said...

My whole family has pale eyes, mine and my husband's are green and our boys' are blue and they sunburn easily, so we were them any time we are outside. No matter what the season, if they sun is out, the shades are on
Thanks!

Wendy Rozema said...

we wear them all the time!

GracePartyof5 said...

Personally I wear sunglasses every time I leave the house. My eyes are very sensitive. My youngest is just like me and he hates the sun!

mary renshaw

sarah79harding said...

We don't wear sunglasses much around here.

Andrea Howard said...

everyday when you live in las vegas!

Christina Hayden said...

Im down to the wire... but i just wanted to pop in and say omggg i need those! Look how they flex, woot woot!

Saver Sara said...

Almost every day - all year round.

mary gardner said...

any time we are outside in the sunshine!

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Erica C. said...

Anytime we are in the sun, we wear ours.
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Jules525 said...

We wear our glasses year round, especially since we live in an high altitude

Teresa Thompson said...

Anytime we are outdoors.

Carolyn Daley said...

We wear sunglasses whenever we are outdoors. I always have to wear sunglasses when driving during the day because we do not get many overcast days. We wear sunglasses for car rides, beach outings, themeparks, walking outdoors, and any other activity where there is sun.

JACLYN said...

We wear them when we play outside for long periods!

brendaelsner said...

We wear sunglasses outdoors all the time.

corey1971 said...

I always try to get my son to wear sunglasses on the water or in snow. (Corey Olomon)

daveshir2005 said...

Always when it is sunny out.

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Susan Smoaks said...

i wear sunglasses everyday, hubby doesn't wear them and the kids wear them every now and then
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rache81 said...

I don't go outside without my sunglasses ever. My fiance never wears sunglasses. My oldest son wears his when I am there to remind him.

mamalama82 said...

Pretty much any time it is sunny out

shanta spradlin said...

when we go to the beach or the park

blew415 said...

All in the summer

Tylerpants said...

I wear them when I remember. My husband wears them almost every day. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

trixx said...

We wear them every day in the Summer!

cassandra said...

we wear them a lot during the summer! i would say almost every day.

Carole Ingram said...

We never wear them cause we don't have any! I would if I had a decent pair!! :)

Breanne said...

I try to remember to wear them often

lilyk said...

once in a while