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New beach essentials for families

The BeachBUB is a portable, fold-up base that

The BeachBUB is a portable, fold-up base that fits in your beach bag and uses sand to keep the umbrella anchored. Credit: beachbub.com

There's still time to head to the beach this summer. We found three products that will help make your life easier on the shore.

Do the kids hate to take off their flip-flops in the evening, but also complain their feet get cold without socks? Solution: Freetoes. These "socks" have no toes, so flip-flops still slip on easily. They come in aone-size-fits-all variety of designs for $6.99 a pair at freetoes.com.

Got enough to juggle at the beach without worrying about the umbrella blowing away? Try the beachBUB, a portable, fold-up base that fits in your beach bag and uses sand to keep the umbrella anchored. Lay the beachBUB down, place umbrella pole through the reinforced hole, have the kids fill the beachBUB with sand, attach the wings to the collar, and the umbrella is anchored. When it's time to leave, dump the sand, fold the BUB and pop it back into your bag. $19.95 at beachbub.com.

Kids want to spray their own backs with lotion? Snap your spray bottle into the My Cabana Boy, tilt arm back and spray. Works with standard sunscreen sprays, including Banana Boat, Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, Panama Jack, and Neutrogena. $13.99 at my-cabanaboy.com.

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