As many of you know, I’m a HUGE Hydro Flask supporter. Everyone in my family owns at least two and I have an addiction sometimes, constantly wanting to pick up fun designs and colors. So, I can’t tell you enough how excited I was to see Hydro Flask post sneak peaks of their Hawaii Collection on social media. The day of the release, they actually hid several flasks throughout Maui and left clues for a scavenger hunt. I didn’t get a chance to find one, but I was definitely excited to get my hands on one as soon as it hit our local stores. Just in time for the holidays, the Hawaii Collection celebrates the spirit of Aloha with three gorgeous gradient colors and today I’m going to share them with you.
These gorgeous Hydro Flasks come in three colors – Moana, Anuenue and Pomaika’i. They are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and the special gradient color application is unique to this product release only.
Moana – which is inspired by the ocean. Moana in Hawaiian means… “large body of water”.
Anuenue – which is inspired by the rainbows. Anuenue also means “rainbow” in Hawaiian.
Pomaika’i – which is inspired by the sunsets. Pomaika’i means “Good fortune or blessings” in Hawaiian.
Each bottle comes with a wide mouth opening for faster fill and flow. They include TempShield insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps water cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours. Like with other Hydro Flask products, you can expect to have the durable 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel Construction and it is BPA-Free and Phthalate Free. These 40 oz. Wide Mouth bottles pair perfectly with the Hydro Flip Lid and Wide Straw Lids so you can customize how you drink from your bottle.
Retail: $47.95 each
The Hawaii Collection are now available at Hawaii Retailers (I already have seen the display at Whole Foods on Maui yesterday).
Here’s a list of Hawaii stores you can find them at.
Whole Foods Market
T & C Surf Designs
Down to Earth
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Hawaii
Tokunaga Store Inc
University of Hawaii
Foodland Super Market
Farmers Market Lahaina
Island Naturals Market
Maui Clothing Company
Deja Vu Surf
Hawaiian Island Creations
Maui Sporting Goods
Vim N Vigor
Papaya’s Natural Foods and Cafe
Abundant Life Natural Foods
Island Snow Hawaii
Alive & Well
Pedal N Paddle
Work It Out
Big Island Running Company
New Maui Fishing Supply
Mana Health Foods
McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Bike Works Beach and Sports
Bike Works Kona
Nukumoi Surf Co
Kona Mountain Coffee
Health Ways II
Oshima Surf & Skate
Malama Surf Shop
Whether you are looking to take a long drive or spend endless hours at the beach, the Hydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth bottles are perfect to keep hydrated. Your water or drink will stay ice cold or piping hot no matter what you have on your plans.
As the season starts to change and the weather gets a tad bit chillier, the kiddos make their way back to school for the 2016-2017 year. I remember as a kid, going back to school was my favorite time of year because it meant that I would have the opportunity to impress a new set of teachers and meet new friends. My boys returned back to school at the beginning of August and while it has been a busy month so far, we are so excited and they have been absolutely loving school. Today I share with you a few of their favorite finds for Back to School from affordable selections that we love and a few Celebrity faves. Since back to school can be a fun time for kids or some may feel a bit uneasy, it’s the perfect time to pick up some new goods that will surely put a smile on your littles’ faces.
Going back to school after a fun summer break isn’t always easy for littles. But, finding cool Back to School gear and supplies always make for a great start. This year I wanted the boys to be able to develop their own sense of style (see the twins with their mohawks and sunglasses in the photo above? lol), but I also wanted them to select basics that would make their year fun and functional.
A quality made backpack is always an important part of back to school. My eldest Kevin has a full schedule of classes and a heavy workload and homework sometimes. It’s important that he has a backpack that can take him to and from school while still offering him the option to use for extra curricular activities and sports. His choice of gear for this year was the Mountainsmith Approach 25 backpack (retail: $89.95).
This multi-pocket backpack is perfect for on the go for work and office, school or sports, or for a hike to climb the highest summit. It features a dual-anel loader system which is idea for travel and trail), a front panel stretch-mesh pocket with daisy chain attachment loops, Anvil Airway ridged EVA back panel padding which make it comfortable on the back no matter what you carry in it, tool / trekking pole carry, side compression straps, dual side-panel mesh pockets, an internal hydration sleeve to hold 3 liters and an eleastic sternum strap and bit valve catch with a safety whistle.
This backpack is sturdy and unisex. He has it in burgundy with brick red trim and it looks stunning and manly. It’s comfortable on and Kevin can stuff this backpack with his school supplies and homework without worrying about it falling apart. It’s a great backpack to have for anyone of any age and is not only for school but anything. I plan to pick one up for myself as well since it will be great for my forest treks.
Luke opted for a fun and stylish backpack from Chooze. Chooze is a brand selected and loved by celebrities alike. Matthew McConaughey’s little girl is a huge fan of the versatile and affordable clothing and accessories Chooze offers. Luke wanted the reversible ChoozePack in Quest(retail $43.95).
These ingenious packs feature a reversible design that has two functional sides to give your kiddos the power to choose which print to display. It offers padded convertible straps (which Luke says are BOMB because they are so comfortable) and you can flip each strap from side-to-side to provide a different look.
Of course, no back to school list and gear would be complete without a way to carry your lunch and snack to and from school. Kevin opted for something he could use for school and sports and went with the Mountainsmith Takeout insulated lunch pack (retailing $17.95). It is the perfect sized carry-all for school, office and tailgating and has a look that any teen would enjoy.
To help carry his favorite mom’s delicious soups to school for lunch, he also selected the Hydro Flask Food Flasks. He has them in the 12 oz. (retails for $29.99) and the 18 oz. (retails for $34.99). These flasks are perfect to carry his favorite soups or a hot cocoa on those chilly mornings. They fit perfectly into any lunchbox and are the perfect way to give kids a balanced healthy meal. They offer improved temperature control technology and can keep hot food items made in the morning steamy until lunchtime. He also enjoys holding his milk in these and pours a small box of cereal inside for breakfast on the go.
Luke & Isaiah decided that getting a traditional lunchbox was the way they wanted to go this year. Each of them selected a Personalized Lunchbox from I See Me! (retailing for $29.99 each, currently on sale for $17.99. Isaiah chose the Kick, Score, Run Lunchbox and Luke chose the Outerspace Lunchbox. I See Me! is a brand and leader in personalized storyboks and gifts for kids, offering over 30 customizable book titles. They also offer lunch boxes, stickers, growth charts, puzzles and so much more. This fun company is a favorite of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Brooke Shields.
Did I ever mention how much I enjoy Quinoa? Well, I couldn’t resist putting some of these yummy snacks in the boys lunch boxes. I Heart Keenwah snacks are perfect for any kiddo on the go or to pack with their lunch. These Grab n Go (1.5 oz) snacks are great afterschool or lunch treats that taste great and are fun and nutritious. I Heart Keenwah quinoa Clusters and Puffs are a healthy alternative to chips, crackers or sweets. They are made of organic, Non-GMO ingredients. They are a protein-rich superfood snack and gluten-free with the perfect crunch to fill and fuel your little ones bodies. I love them myself and the boys think they taste great. We find them at our local Safeway and Wholefoods at a reasonable cost.
Setton Farms International Premium Quality Snacks are also a great buy. Our favorite are the Creme Brulee Blend that has cashews and toffee peanuts. The Creme Brulee Blend incorporates all the creamy sweetness and crunch of the traditional Creme Brulee without the spoon. It combines freshly roasted cashews and toffee peanuts with creamy butterscotch and white chips for an irresistible treat. They are available in 5 oz resealable bags and available in major grocery store chains across the country – Price Chopper, Market Basket, King Kullen and more. Setton Farms sent us a variety of treats to try but the Creme Brulee Blend is our favorite. I hope we can find more of these in our local stores, so far I’ve only found them at http://www.puritan.com/ and I’ll need to be purchasing more soon.
When it comes to back to school, the boys are simple shoppers which makes my job easiest. I remember as a child wanting to have all the pretty notebooks and pens for back to school supplies. This year, when I did the boys school supply shopping, I also took advantage of some discounts for myself too. Whether it’s Crayons or Pens, Notebooks and Planners or a tablet, the options are endless and come in a variety of price points. Some of our favorites included:
Crayola Crayons 24 Pack – these are perfect on the go or to keep in the desk or at home. When shopping during the sales you can get these for about $0.25 each.
Calendar or Planners – some of my favorites are the Blue Sky Planners from Target. Of course, you can’t go wrong with an Erin Condren Life Planner, Happy Planner or your traditional binder planners like Kikki K, Filofax or Dokibook.
Pencils – Oh, how I love me some pencils. Currently my favorites at the moment are any type of Mechanical Pencil with 0.5mm lead, BIC Pencil 0.7mm (the metallic ones have won me over), Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (have you seen the beautiful metallic ones?) The Ticonderoga pencils are perfect for sketching as well as writing and erase cleanly.
Notebooks – Spiral, composition tablet… you name them and they are available in all kinds of paper style and cover design.
Folder / Filler Paper – ah, hand me a ream of college ruled please! The twins use Wide Ruled, Kevin uses College Ruled. I love that they are available from a variety of brands and price points.
Amazon Fire Tablet – for less than $50, you can get your hands on a Tablet that acts as a Reader or Internet hub. The Amazon Fire Tablet is affordable but gives your student (or you) the option to get online, use amazing apps or just play games. It’s definitely a great tool to have for the student or the mentor.
Now – you don’t need to pick up these particular items. Honestly, I just wanted to include some of my favorite school supplies (or mommy supplies) because I was feeling a bit left out. lol
Last but certainly not least in our Back to School finds are some great threads. Each child is an individual and I really love seeing them shop and select their own clothing, accessories and shoes – even their own hair cuts. All three of my boys are simple guys but they do enjoy fun pops of color to their outfits and clothing selections. Whether it be plaid shorts with a solid color shirt or fun hats and accessories, the boys take pride in finding something to wear that is not only comfortable and functional – but reveals their style. Isaiah is absolutely enjoying his Rocket in Listen modern sneaker boot style shoes from Chooze ($54.95) and he wanted to show them to our readers today.
This modern sneaker boot style shoe comes with a side elastic gore added for comfort. It has a signature dual design with easy access side zipper entry making the shoe easy to take off and put on. It has padded throat for extra comfort and soft canvas uppers. The flexible support offers comfort while the removable, padded, anti-stink insoles make these the perfect footwear for an active little guy. They wipe clean easily with a damp cloth or can be washed in cold water and air dried. Chooze offers a variety of footwear designs for both girls and boys and they are stylish and fun to allow your child to make a statement all their own.
Luke likes a shoe that can allow him to run and play with a little swagger and Kevin, well – if he’s not in his Nike Basketball shoes most of the time, you can find him in a pair of flip flops (rubbah slippahs as we call them here in Hawaii) and a cool pair of shades to finish off his look. The boys were quite ecstatic to return back to school because the new school year meant that they were all beginning their football season for Pop Warner but most importantly, they got to go back to school and learn… I mean, hang out with their friends, just kidding lol. The boys love school and love learning new things so shopping for new gear for back to school is always a huge highlight.
No matter what you decide to get for your child (or yourself) this Back to School season, make it fun and colorful and let it represent your own individual style. Have your kiddos gone back to school yet? If so, do they sport a relaxed and casual style or do they really like to dress up and have some fun? Wishing all the students a wonderful 2016-2017 school year filled with lots of fun, friendships and learning. From our house to yours… Aloha!
Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent for review and feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Some products were also purchased with my own money. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge water drinker… but as much as I love water, I’m not a fan of it warm or hot unless it’s in coffee or tea. Years ago my husband and I started carrying our water bottles with us everywhere, but because your typical plastic bottle usually contains some form of BPA, they were not able to be left in the car while shopping and they would get really hot from the sun. Who wants to drink hot water to rehydrate themselves? Certainly not me! Over the last year, my husband and I have invested in the Hydro Flask and it is now a household name. It is the #1 staple in our house and since all of our boys play sports and my husband and I are avid walkers, we enjoy our bottles. Today I share with you how I keep cool this summer and why I think this is such an essential item to have.
You’ve seen it featured in my Thirsty Thursday videos time and time again. The Hydro Flask has been my number one drinking companion since I first started using it a year ago. It goes where you go, whether out and about or working out, it will keep your drink ice cold or piping hot for hours. I am sharing with you the 40 oz bottle but they come in a variety of sizes. The Hydro Flask is an award-winning global leader in high performance, insulated stainless steel flasks. They were founded in 2009 in beautiful Bend, Oregon and the company’s mission is to save the world from lukewarm.
Hydro Flask uses the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel and the Hydro Flask food and beverage flasks are stylish while still offering all the necessities like BPA-free, recyclable and backed by a lifetime warranty. Hydro Flask believes strongly that great flasks and great causes go hand-in-hand. Because of this, through its charitable arm 5% back, consumers can allocate a portion of the net profit of their purchase to a charity they choose. (Learn more about Hydro Flask’s charitable giving here).
Hydro Flask offers a variety of different products that include:
Bottles (Ranging from 12 oz to 40 oz)
Beer Growlers (64 oz and 32 oz)
True Pint (16 oz beer pint)
Coffee (12 oz, 16 oz & 20 oz coffee flasks)
Food (12 oz and 18 oz food flasks)
My family and I are huge supporters of the Hydro Flask brand. Each person in my family owns a 40 oz. bottle. While each one is an investment (depending on where you buy them they can retail for about $40 for a 40 oz. flask), they are well worth the cost. During Sports, my sons need to hydrate and keep cool, especially in the warm weather that you get here in Hawaii.
Hydro Flask has Universal Benefits that are great for daily use as well as for anyone:
Keeps hot up to 6 hours
Keeps cold up to 24 hours
18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
BPA-Free and Phalate-Free
Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish
Hydro Flask is known for their Temperature, Taste and Transport. (temperature) TempShield is used in 100% of Hydro Flask products, which is a unique double wall insulation that protects temperature for up to 24 hours cold and 6 hours hot. (taste) The 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel won’t retain or transfer flavors, ensuring the pure taste of your beverage. (transport) Proprietary powder coat offers an easy-grip, sweat-free and extra-durable bottle that you can take anywhere.
Unlike other stainless steel bottles my family and I have had in the past, the Hydro Flask bottle is sturdy. Other bottles have dented quite easily but these have retained its shape for quite a bit. Of course, if it drops on a hard surface, it can get dinged, but overall it has lasted us quite some time. I have had my original flask for over a year with minimal damage to it.
I love that Hydro Flask offers a variety of different accessories for your flask. A Wide Mouth Straw attachment is a favorite of ours and it allows us to carry our water with ice in it all day. What is so awesome is that even on a hot day, with my bottle in the car, my flask is still ice cold and most of the time my ice is still wiggling around inside the flask. The bottle never sweats which makes it perfect to store anywhere without worrying that it will ruin any of my electronics or furnishings and I love how convenient it is to take with us on the go.
When it comes to staying cool and hydrated this summer or anytime of the year, I know I can rely on my Hydro Flask to keep me cool. It’s the best summer necessity to have and an essential in my book. We are completely hooked – my husband takes his to work daily and the boys take theirs to school and practice. It’s definitely something I think you should check out.
It’s an investment for a water bottle – but many times in the past I have left my flask in the sun while out at the beach or in the car and the ice is still there and my water is still very cold hours later. There are not too many of those types of stainless steel bottles on the market today that can offer you that kind of awesomeness. Who wants to drink warm water anyway, if not for coffee or tea? lol
You can purchase Hydro Flask products at: http://www.hydroflask.com/
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration, however – I already owned similar products previously so I’m speaking with experience as someone who has also spent their own money on the products. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.