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As a family, our lives tend to be a bit hectic and busy.  I just consider us busy because we are out in the world, making memories and enjoying life.  This year all three boys started school the same week they started Football practice for Pop Warner.  Let’s just say it has been a busy month so far and keeping the littles on task for school while still getting them to and from practice and games can be a challenge but overall rewarding and we make it work to the best to our ability.  With a schedule that starts from 6am and ends at 8:30pm for the boys, they have a long day and their little bodies keep truckin from rise to bed.  To keep t hem on top of their game and play, I try to incorporate great tasting snacks like CLIF Kid Zbar® that have important nutrients for active kids.

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It seems like I have a household full of guys that literally eat like crazy, but with three growing boys that’s exactly what is going on.  To keep them on their toes, I give them CLIF Kid Zbars, which are nutritious snacks that are made from organic ingredients, all of which are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.  My sons absolutely love how the CLIF Kid Zbars tastes and they have asked me to purchase them many times.

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CLIF Kid Zbars are the perfect portion size for kids. I especially love that they come in flavors that they love and they fit perfectly in their lunch box or backpack to take with them to school.  All three boys snack on their CLIF Kid Zbars during break for that mid day snack so that they are not starving when they come home from school.  I enjoy that they are made with organic ingredients, are Non-GMO (something we try to steer clear of in our household) and have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives.

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CLIF Kid has been an essential part of our back to school routine and the boys have been loving the taste and flavors of the snacks they have tried.  But, what I love is that they don’t need to be used for just school.  CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play!  With balance and active play laying the foundation for skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society, we are keeping our kids active and still providing them fun.  This is one of the reasons why my sons are engaged with Play time, no matter what it is.  Our play time is football and the boys enjoy CLIF Kid Zbars as a part of their snack after practice.

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When my sons are on the filed, they not only get a little active time, but they have a lot of fun and CLIF Kid helps to encourage that.  Let’s face it, play is disappearing at home, in school and in communities now a days, especially since technology, television and video games have a little part in that.  I remember as a kid, I played outside all the time and it’s sad to see that 70% of moms like me played outside while only 31% of our kids play outside today.  I encourage outside play whole heartily and enjoy that my sons love to play and keep active.

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Whether it’s back to school or on the field, foraging through the woods or riding a bike – no matter the play time your family enjoys, get out and enjoy it all.  Remember, like I said before… make memories while having some fun.

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What about you?  Do you remember being out exploring and playing till the lights came on?  What are your favorite memories of your play time?  Encourage play time with your kids if you don’t already, have some fun and create memories.

Check out the CLIF Kid Video.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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:

  • TempShieldTM Protected
  • 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
  • Lifetime Warranty

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.

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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/

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Summer is in full swing now a days… it’s hot and humid here in Hawaii and man, cooling off and hydrating is the best way to keep from all this heat.  My eldest son recently finished up his basketball season for the year, and let me just say – it was a tough one.  With our weather experiencing major heat and then he having to run around in the gym on the court, it really took its toll.  Recently, my family and I have had the opportunity to try HFACTOR Hydrogen water and today we share our thoughts with all of you.

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HFACTOR is the first of its kind hydrogen rich water that is designed to fuel you from your very first sip.  It’s made in the USA, is 100% natural and comes in a container that is BPA Free.  HFACTOR has the potential to improve muscle recovery and activate peak performance to provide a variety of benefits in your first drink.  Research suggests that hydrogen gas, an antioxidant, has the potential to boost circulation and provide anti-inflammatory benefits to start healing your body.

So – what is the difference between normal water if it already has hydrogen in it? 

In normal water, two hydrogen atoms are bound to oxygen (H20) making it difficult for our bodies to enjoy the benefits of hydrogen.  In hydrogen rich water, molecule hydrogen gas (H2) is dissolved into water creating active diatomic hydrogen molecules that are accessible to our bodies.  Molecular hydrogen, small and soluble, has the potential to quickly circulate into the many locations of our body – including the hard to reach powerhouses of our cells.

The benefits of drinking Hydrogen Rich Water are really great.  Depending on your home, work and lifestyle choices, there are a variety of ways that hydrogen rich water may enhance your health and wellness.  Studies documented have shown that molecular hydrogen may have the potential to improve athletic performance and recovery, energy levels, jet lag, hangovers, allergies, skin irritation, inflammation and circulation and many other researched benefits.

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Over the last few months, my family and I has started drink HFACTOR Hydrogen Rich Water.  We chill the water to make it cold – it tastes best that way.  Each water comes with its own straw so it makes it easy to drink on the go or where ever you need a quench of your thirst.  Drinking the water – you don’t taste much of a difference than your standard bottled water, but after the first sip – you almost feel immediately hydrated.  Honestly, my son described it as you feel like you were dipped into a swimming pool or cool stream and your body was instantly cooled down and refreshed.  I drank the water for the first time on a really hot day and felt like I drank a whole gallon of water – because my thirst was quenched, but I felt so cool and hydrated.

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My son Kevin drank his HFACTOR Hydrogen Rich water during half time of his games to help with his recovery and hydration.  HFACTOR suggests and recommends drinking one to two refrigerated HFACTOR packages a day, within 30 minutes of opening.  You can either pop a straw in or pour it into a glass.  Drinking HFACTOR before and after your workout may help your performance and recovery.

Instead of the normal Gatorade that we buy him for after his games for recovery, we have been giving him HFACTOR and he loves it.  Like I mentioned previously, immediately after trying it the first time, he noticed a difference in how his body felt and how it recovered.  Of course, everyone’s body is different so to have my son comment on how he felt after drinking without knowing the benefits – was a huge selling point for me.  He continued to use HFACTOR Hydrogen Rich water for the remainder of season.

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Since Hydrogen is the lightest, smallest molecule, it can easily escape through conventional bottle materials such as plastic or gas.  HFACTOR developed a special aluminum package with minimal carbon footprint, which acts as an effective barrier to keep the hydrogen inside until you are ready to drink it.  HFACTOR infuses pure hydrogen into water via a patent-pending natural method, unlike other hydrogen products which are manufactured utilizing magnesium and chemical processes.

HFACTOR was founded in 2013 as a truly functional beverage company that provides hydrogen-rich water full of antioxidants, all created and distributed right here in the USA.  Their mission is to make you and the planet proud, so that is why their aluminum water pouch is ergonomic and eco-friendly, providing an innovative and iconic package designed to deliver the best hydrogen water.

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If you are a runner – you would absolutely love this water.  I will drink one of these after a workout and immediately notice a difference.  It is great for muscles as well and really helps with recovery.  I noticed that after a workout, I don’t often get much swelling and pain, if any at all and the only change I made to my supplements or diet has been the HFACTOR water.  An increase in energy and overall wellness. But, this is more than just a workout or sports drink.  My beauty lovers out there, Hydrogen-rich water can be so much more for your beauty routine.  I have noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture as well as my Eczema.  My flare ups have not been as consistent and my absorption for my skin for skin care products has been so much better than before.  I also struggle with my heart health and this is a drink that I have really loved to help with my blood pressure.  I’m no doctor, but seeing the difference in how my body and my family’s bodies are working, makes me a believer.

I highly suggest doing your research prior to drinking hydrogen-rich water to see how it can work for you.  HFACTOR sells their water in a 6 Pack for $18.00 and a 24 Pack for $64.99.  Shipping to Hawaii was $9.00 for Fedex SmartPost which can take a couple of weeks or $46.56 for 2 Business Days.  As a family we have ordered from HFACTOR a few times to replenish our supply.  While we don’t drink it daily – it has been an integral part of my healing for my ailments and for my entire family.

I’ll be honest, it’s expensive and if I didn’t notice a huge difference with the water, I wouldn’t have purchased it myself.  I also wish there were local suppliers on the island so that I wouldn’t have to buy it online.  But overall, it’s a product that everyone in my family has been enjoying.

What about you?  Have you tried hydrogen-rich water before?  If so, was it HFACTOR or did you try another brand?  What do you think of the benefits and have you noticed anything different since trying it.  If not, do you think that you would try something like this at the price it is at?

You can read up on HFACTOR Hydrogen-Rich water or purchase your own at: https://h-factor.com/

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As a child growing up in Hawaii, you could find Aloe Vera plants everywhere and anywhere you could think of, including our backyard.  My dad used it to treat our burns and sunburn during the summer and other medicinal uses, but I had never heard about drinking aloe water until a few years ago, maybe because I didn’t pay attention to it much or it wasn’t told to me directly.  With my sons in full sports mode for summer (we are finishing up basketball season and going into football season in about a month), we always try to ensure that we keep all of our boys fully hydrated and ready to play in the hot summer sun.  Today, I share with you my thoughts and my son Kevin’s on Detox Water, a Bioactive Aloe Water.

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Detox Water is a mother inspired drink created by Founder Kenneth Park.  In his childhood days Kenneth’s mother had experienced serious digestive issues and no medication worked in trying to heal her ailments.  A doctor she seen suggested trying aloe.  By adding aloe water to her diet, she not only resolved her stomach problems, but she improved her immune response to the on-going stomach pains.  After realizing the plethora of benefits she experienced from ingesting aloe, Ken’s mother shared her smoothies with the rest of the family.  Each morning with breakfast she would serve her delicious aloe-filled smoothies, blended with fruits and yogurt to neutralize the plant’s naturally bitter taste.

Detox Water is actually the re-launch of the business that Kenneth started in his dorm room at Babson College.  In 2012, he created Superleaf Organic Aloe Juice and sold cases on campus, while juggling classwork and business.  While it was quite successful – Superleaf drink was similar in variation to existing aloe drinks on the market – which did not deliver all the potential health benefits of truly bioactive aloe vera.  After going back to the grind and working everything out, Detox Water became what it is today.

“Detox Water was born in the spirit of my mom and is testament to a strong commitment to health  I believe in aloe vera’s healing properties because it healed me, prepared me for every day.  I created Detox Water to share my experience with you, help you heal from the inside out.” – Kenneth Park (Founder, Detox Water)

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Detox Water is available in three different delicious flavors – Original, Pinamint and Mangaloe.  Each bottle contains 350mg of ACTIValoe aloe gel flakes with no less than 10% aloe polysaccarides by dry weight.  I know it’s a lot of technical talk – but basically, that means it’s comparable to drinking a shot of the most extensitively researched and clinically-proven pure aloe juice.  Each bottle is filled with electrolytes and vitamins to help replenish and restore your body with electrolytes, vitamin c and a full range of vitamin b’s.  What also makes this so wonderful is that Detox Water is made without the use of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.  The aloe water is able to provide healthy hydration from the best of what nature has to offer.  Detox Water is just 15 calories per serving and is rejuvenating, refreshing aloe water paired with organic and natural flavors.  It’s literally something that helps to make you feel great and not guilty.

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My entire family has been loving Detox Water – so much so that we have already repurchased a case for us to share.  Each case retails for $45.00 (12 bottles).  My son Kevin however, has been loving Detox Water as a way to re-hydrate after his basketball games.  Most of the gyms here in Hawaii are old and many of them do not have air circulation through out.  After an extensive game my son’s shirts are drenched in sweat and he’s beyond exhausted.  Drinking Detox Water that has been chilled is a great way to hydrate and really just give his body back the nutrients he lost while running about the court.

“Detox Water tastes GREAT!  The Mangaloe is my favorite but all of the flavors taste really good.  After one sip I feel hydrated and refreshed.  I love to drink a few sips of this during half-time to get my energy back and give me the extra electrolytes my body needs to recover from an intense game.  I have never tried aloe water before, but you can’t taste any bitter flavor at all.  It’s delicious and I really enjoy it.” – Kevin

As a mother, I try to instill proper care of your body and health to all of my children.  We are all busy bodies in our household and by teaching my sons at a young age that caring for your well-being is important, I’m hoping it will continue on with them as they become adults and well into their life.  I also suffer from ailments of health and have found after drinking Detox Water, it has improved my issues with my stomach, my IBS and other problems I have been experiencing.  I’m not a doctor, but I do notice that things have improved with my health, and of course – my son noticed immediately after drinking his first Detox Water how his body felt rejuvenated.

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I received Detox Water over a month ago and my family and I have really tested the products for a long period of time to see it’s benefits.  I’m beyond impressed and as I stated before, we have already placed an order for replenishing our water.  I have never tried anything like it before and I didn’t think it would taste as good as it did.

If you are interested in trying Detox Water for yourself and getting you a case – you can do so by checking out their website.  You can opt to do a single purchase of a Detox Water case or sign up for their Delivery Subscription and get 20% off your orders.  I haven’t found anywhere local that sells this water as of yet, so we have to order our case online.  However, it’s worth it if you are looking for Immunity boosts and other benefits like skin health & anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory and heart health help.  I have been really liking how it has helped my stomach, my blood pressure and my immune system.

Purchase your Detox Water at: https://www.detoxwater.com

Are you looking to add a little extra hydration to your summer?  Have you heard of Aloe water before?

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Disclaimer:  My family and I were sent these products for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and we were not paid to provide our thoughts.  Affiliate links are posted through out.