Swimways Helps with Operation Smile Expedition

Our company is passionate about its corporate partnership with the not-for-profit organization, Operation Smile, because they share our vision for making children smile.

Operation Smile is a wonderful organization that provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. After having partnered with them for the past 11 years, our company has helped provide over 7,361 new smiles to children all over the world!

This year, our company was given an amazing opportunity to select a Swimways employee  to accompany their team on a trip to Puebla, Mexico to get a first-hand look at the amazing things Operation Smile does!

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, MexicoSwimways employee, Monica Jones, and her daughter, went on this trip. During the first two days, 174 children were screened for surgery. There are certain requirements for a child to be selected for surgery, such as: needing to be at least 3 months old. They also consider first time patients to be their #1 priority. (There are cases where children may need to go through more than one surgery.)

 

 

 

On day 3, the parents of over 100 children, were notified that their children would be getting the surgery on this trip!

Monica and her daughter spent much of the trip playing with the children while they were waiting. They brought four suitcases of toys for the kids to play with. These suitcases included: bubbles, coloring books, Matchbox cars, Gund bears (Gund was recently acquired by Spin Master, SwimWays’ parent company), and a collection of soccer gear that Monica’s daughter, Natalie, collected through a donation drive.

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On day 4, Monica and her daughter, along with some of the other Operation Smile guests, had the opportunity to get a tour of a neighboring town, where they got the chance to see some of Mexico’s amazing sights!

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Mexico SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Mexico SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Mexico SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Mexico SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Mexico SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico

Day 5 was the first day of surgeries. The doctors performed more than 100 surgeries over the course of five days. Monica was given the opportunity and privilege of handing one child back to his mother after surgery.

When asked about her experience on this trip in Mexico, Monica said, “You have a bigger perspective on the world.” She and her daughter will always remember this experience, where they got to see the lives of children changed. And now, every year a SwimWays employee will be given the opportunity to join Operation Smile on one of their trips. Along with Mexico, the organization travels to the Philippines, Ghana, Guatemala, China, and many others!

Terra Sol Sonoma Chaise Lounge

Mom’s Day at the Pool- The Kids are Back in School

If the kids aren’t already back to school, they will be soon! After a long, hard summer (filled with  trying to keep the peace between siblings and driving them around to their many extra-curricular activities) you’re tired, and rightfully so. So, how about taking some time to relax and have fun? In fact, invite your other friends who are moms and throw yourselves a Mom’s Pool Day party! Allow your friends their choice of floats, and rotate throughout the day! We’ve got all you need for the perfect, kid-free, pool day you deserve- right here!

 

Aquaria Avena Lounge

With its soft body support, you’ll be sure to comfortably float the afternoon away on the Aquaria Solana Lounge!

Enjoy the sweet sound of peace and quiet during your afternoon free, and float along the water on this Aqua Cell Foam float that is designed not to get waterlogged and to resist chipping, peeling and fading.

We also have the Avena LoungeSantorini LoungeAqua HammockSaddle Seat, Swim Seat and Drifter)!

 

Lunch Time

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Slaw and Mango Salsa

 

 

After you’ve gotten a chance to relax, take a break from the pool and cook up something tasty for lunch! No mac & cheese and hot dogs on YOUR day- try one of these delicious, well-balanced Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Slaw and Mango Salsa! This is your chance to enjoy some finer foods without complaints!

 

 

 

 

Terra Sol Sonoma Chaise Lounge

Terra Sol Sonoma Chaise Lounge

 

While you enjoy your lunch, lounge on the contoured Sonoma Chaise Lounge on the side of the pool!

Once you’ve finished eating, and given your stomach some time to settle, take this piece of furniture to the pool- because it also floats!

We’ve also got the Terra Sol Riviera Chaise Lounge!

 

Elluna

Elluna

 

 

If you want to switch it up later, enjoy a refreshing beverage while continuing to float the day away on the Elluna Lounge! This float comes with an oversized, adjustable pillow and 2 drink holders!

We’ve also got the Newporter Elite Pool Lounge!

 

 

 

Snack Time

 

 

 

 

Finish the day with some delicious, healthy snacks like these White Peach, Kiwi, Coconut Water Popsicles! They’ll keep you refreshed and satisfy that sweet tooth!

 

 

 

 

If you decide to have a Mom’s Pool Day party, we’d love to see some photos! Tag us @SwimWays on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Here’s a link to our Mom’s Pool Day party Pinterest board!

8 Things You Need for an Awesome Marvel Pool Party

It’s been a great year for Marvel fans with the release of some great movies! If you’ve got kids who are Marvel fans, throw the coolest pool party around with these Marvel-themed pool products!

Pool Bops

SwimWays Marvel Pool Bob

 

 

 

Decorate the pool with 3 great Avengers characters with our Inflatable Pool Bops!

Hulk Punch

 

Start the festivities off right with some funky green Hulk Punch! As the kids are arriving with their parents, offer them a cup and let everyone mingle.

3-D Swim Vest

SwimWays Marvel 3-D Swim Vest

 

Once everyone is ready to get in the pool, allow the little ones to select the 3-D Swim Vest featuring their favorite Marvel character! Choose from Captain America, Iron Man or the Hulk!

Small/Medium size fits kids age 2-4. Medium/Large size fits kids age 4-6.

 

Water Whirl Squirter

SwimWays Marvel Character Water Whirl Squirter

 

 

The kids will have a blast surprising their friends by spraying them from up to 10 feet away with the Spider-man and Iron Man Water Whirl Squirters!

Dive Rings

SwimWays Marvel Character Dive Rings

 

 

Drive rings are a great way to get your kids excited about swimming underwater. If your kids have gone through swim training, throw the dive rings in and let them practice their underwater swimming skills to collect them! Ages 5+.

Avengers Pizza and Captain America Shield Snack Tray

Avengers Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

Blow everyone away with these easy, but impressive-looking, food items; Avengers Pizza and Captain America Shield Snack Tray!

 

Comic Book Float and Oversized Inflatable Shield Float

SwimWays Comic Book Float

SwimWays Oversized Inflatable Shield Float

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make some great memories for the party by taking a picture of your kid on one of these awesome Comic Book Floats or Oversized Inflatable Shield floats!

Iron Man Cookies

Iron Man Hand-Print Cookies

 

 

This Iron Man cookie idea couldn’t be better! Send the kids home with an awesome memento (even though the cookies probably won’t make it home)! You can even make this a craft that the kids participate in at the beginning of the party- letting each kid make their own hand-print!

 

 

If you decide to have a Marvel-themed Pool Party, we’d love to see some photos! Tag @SwimWays on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

Have a Fun-Filled Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July is almost here! That means fireworks shows and BBQ’s! Enjoy whatever outdoor activity your family has planned by being as comfortable as possible. We’ve got all you need for a fun-filled holiday right here with the perfect chair for your outing and awesome holiday-themed food.

Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair

 

 

The Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair is the perfect chair for outdoor activities like cook-outs, outdoor concerts, or the park. In fact, this year Heavy.com named it one of the 11 Best Camping Chairs for Festivals!

Kelsyus Kid's Canopy Chair

 

 

 

 

This chair is perfect for the little ones in your life! If you don’t want your kids sitting on your lap all evening, but don’t think they’ll like the ground, the Kelsyus Kid’s Canopy Chair is the perfect solution!

 

 

If you’re still thinking about what to bring to that Fourth of July BBQ, here are some adorable, festive treats!

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Flag Dessert

Easy Flag Dessert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsyus Mesh Backpack Chair

 

 

Going on a family camping trip? The Mesh Backpack Chair is a great chair to bring to the campground.

 

 

Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair with Bug Guard

 

 

If you’re planning to watch the fireworks near the water, you may want to take cover from those pesky mosquitoes. Avoid those bug-bites with the Original Canopy Chair with Bug Guard.

 

 

 

Kelsyus Backpack Beach Canopy Chair

 

 

Seeing the fireworks at the oceanfront? Take the Backpack Beach Canopy Chair along for a comfortable and enjoyable Fourth of July show.

 

 

 

Whether you’re going to the beach, a pool party, or a concert, bring one of these festive beach balls! This is a great way to keep the kids entertained when you’re waiting for the fireworks to start or keep the crowd pumped during an awesome concert!

Dyna-Light Super Sized Beach Ball

Dyna-Light Super Sized Beach Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light-Up Beach Ball

Light-Up Beach Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’d love to see some photos of you and your family using our products at your Fourth of July events! Tag @Kelsyus or @SwimWays on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!