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Linda Varga

Linda is the inventor of the ezShade, which is the only UPF 50+ (blocks 99% UVA/UVB) portable shade curtain that instantly attaches to any umbrella or canopy and blocks reflected UV rays. 

How many children do you have?  I have two wonderful boys, Liam age 16 and Aidan age 11.

How did you come up with the idea for your product?  With two active boys in soccer, tennis and baseball, I have purchased just about every portable sun product there is on the market. Over the years, I have noticed that portable umbrellas and canopies only provide minimal sun protection. Most portable umbrellas and canopies do not block UVA or UVB rays, they provide only a limited shade area (the largest of which is when the sun is directly overhead), and they do not block the UV rays that are reflected off of the ground. After spending countless hours on playing fields chasing the shade, it occurred to me that if I could not buy it, I would invent it. I knew that I had to design something that would provide both UVA and UVB protection, that was lightweight, colorful, easy to use, and very portable.

What’s your favorite parenting tip?  Treat your children like you would like to be treated.

How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise?  My family eats healthy because I refuse to buy fast food. I follow Dr. Oz’s suggestion to buy food from the outside isles of the grocery store. 

Fortunately, my boys have always enjoyed sports. We put a lot of miles on our cars driving our kids to the various sporting events.

How do you recharge your batteries?  My husband and I have date nights!

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