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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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I consume lemon water daily to help add flavor and refreshment into my drink as well as great detox power.  I love it and since water is my jam, I’m always excited to see when different water bottles hit the market.  Recently, my family and I were introduced to the Original Citrus Zinger and it has easily become a favorite product in our household.  Today I share this product with you and maybe you can add a little ZING to your water.

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The Citrus Zinger Infusion Set (SRP – $19.99) is available for purchase online and retailers nationwide.  Created by Zing Anything, the leading provide of active water infusion bottles, this new line up is perfect for the health nut, runner or anyone that is looking to add some extra flavor and nutrients to their water with a twist.  The Citrus Zinger joins the original citrus press with a BPA / EA – free bottle and comes with a handy dandy cucumber slicer and kiwi reamer to add new flavors to your water.  These awesome tools squeeze and slice fruits directly into your water bottle to extract all the nutrients we love while infusing great flavor using it’s unique infusing methods.

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No need to squeeze your lemon juice over your water only to throw away the peel and all the pulp and waste them.  Slice up your cucumber right into the bottle and release all the delicious goodness of kiwi without the mess.  Lemon, lime or clementines are easy to infuse into your water without any issues and mess.  The included cucumber slicer, citrus press and kiwi press will provide you with fresh fruits while preserving their taste, aroma, hue, vitamins and minerals in your water.  It’s easy, hydrating and this is a tool my family absolutely loves.

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Using your Citrus Zinger is easy:

  1.  Start by thoroughly washing and drying your ingredients and Citrus Zinger before you start zinging.
  2. Make sure the cap is tightly fastened before adding ingredients (the cap on the top of the bottle)
  3. Turn the Citrus Zinger over (upside down) and unscrew the bottom cup, exposing the citrus press or cucumber slicer.
  4. Slice the citrus fruit (lemon, lime, clementines) in half and twist half on the citrus press to release the juice.
  5. Once fruit is juiced, leave it on the citrus press and screw the cup back on tightly.
  6. Unscrew top cap and add water, iced tea, or another chilled beverage (that is how citrus zinger suggest making your drink – I like to put water into the bottle prior to zinging so that the water is evenly infused.
  7. Re-screw cap tightly, shake well and enjoy!

A few notes:

  • After juicing, the fruit you use can be left in the cap or taken out.  The longer the fruit is left to infuse, the stronger the flavor will be.  I like to leave the fruit in for strong flavor and great nutrients.
  • Refills can be infused by the same fruit one or two times before the flavor begins to weaken.

I posted a few snippets the first time I used this unit on snapchat and you can view that here or in the embedded video above.

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Infused Lemon water

Tips on use:

The bottle itself is well made and sturdy, however the brand does have a few tips and cautions to keep in mind.  Dropping your bottle can cause damage and the bottom cup must be twisted properly and tight to prevent leaks.  You don’t want to use your zinger if it is damaged.  Do not use your citrus zinger with hot liquids and do not microwave or freeze.  Avoid excessive heat when consuming a mixture and discard your beverage after 12 hours if not refrigerated.

A few details and features:

The Citrus Zinger is a 28 oz bottle that uses health-safe materials – BPA/Ea free Eastman Tritan Plastic.  Your citrus press is dishwasher safe and the unit is carbonated water friendly.  The bottle comes with a wide mouth top to allow for easy filling and ice cubes to keep your drink chilled.  You have a finger loop in your top cap to allow for easy carrying and this unit is designed in the USA.  Citrus Zinger (Zinganything.com) offers a 1 Year manufacturer warranty on any mechanical defects.

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My family and I have had some fun zinging cucumbers, lemons, limes and adding some organic honey, fresh herbs and cayenne pepper to our water to help refresh, detox and add great flavor to our drinks.  If you are looking for a fun way to add some flavor to your water, I think you’ll enjoy this.  With summer in full swing, it’s important to stay hydrated and this neat product can offer a lot of fun but is also practical.  It’s easy to clean, sturdy and we really enjoy it.  Using the Zinger really perks up your water and makes it easy to stay hydrated and healthy this season and every day of the year.

“When life gives you lemons – or kiwis, zing them!”

You can purchase the Original Citrus Zinger at: http://www.zinganything.com/product/citruszinger-gift-set and Target stores.

Have you heard of or tried the Citrus Zinger by Zing Anything before?  If so, what do you think of it?  If not, do you think this is something you could see adding to your lifestyle?

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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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I bet you didn’t know, just by looking at me, that I walk or run a mile to two miles five days a week!  Or that I exercise, workout or I spend lots of time on the elliptical at least 3x a week.  Running or walking is my way of clearing my mind and keeping me motivated, active and allows me to really bring out my creative side and working out, well – it keeps me healthy and helps with my asthma.  A few weeks ago I was in a grocery market when a lady snickered at the fact that I had picked up a pint of ice cream… basically saying… “Are you sure you need to be buying that?”  I let it go, but I then realized that there is such a common misconception that if  you are plus sized, or larger than most that you are obese or overweight.  The fact of the matter is, yes – I could stand to lose about 100 pounds to make myself healthier for my children, my husband and me – but that doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily unhealthy as so many will assume that I am.  Prior to having children, I was a size 8, petite in body with a large bust and behind and after having children certain medical ailments have assisted with my weight gain.  I’m not an over eater, but because of my physique – I often get pegged as “the fat girl”.  I realized a few years ago that while I’m on my journey to get healthy and stay healthy (regardless of my size), many will not see it as such.  So – now I am categorized as a plus sized lady and hey, at this moment in time… it’s who I am and I’m okay with it.  The important thing is that I continue to live a healthy life to the best of my ability – regardless of what the social standards may outline.  Yes, I do have extra baggage on me, but – I do live a reasonably healthy lifestyle.  Today – after giving this topic some thought, I figured it would be a great way to not only share my story but also a few tips that can help you make small changes to your life for a healthy lifestyle.  5 easy, healthy lifestyle changes anyone can make and anyone can do.  Feeling a little frumpy or just feel like you need a boost of endorphins or happy thoughts or need a little pick me up?  These tips are simple, easy and you can do them too.

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Drink more water

This particular tip may seem like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is… most people do not consume or drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day.  I love water and I love that I can add a little bit of lemon to my water and I am hydrated for longer periods.  I’m really good at drinking the recommended amount but if I don’t I make sure I have a trusty timer go off every so often so I do not forget.  Having a bottle with you at all times helps A LOT.  I fill up my Hydroflask with ice and water and take it with me whenever I’m on the go so I always have water available that is cold and refreshing whenever I need it.  Just adding the 8 glasses of water to your daily intake each day will make a huge difference in a healthier lifestyle.

Get up and move, walk your way to healthy

It may seem like it’s no big deal, but walking increases not only your oxygen but also helps in you regulating your breathing.  But, I get it – life can get busy and sometimes you can’t find the time… as a busy mother, I know this all too well.  There are still so many ways to get your walking in.  Park further away from the store, at the back of the parking lot (be careful to watch your surroundings if you are by yourself) and get a little extra walking time in that way.  I hate battling for parking stalls – especially when I’m at places like Costco or Walmart, so I’ll just park far and walk – exercise and a little extra steps are worth it.  You can also park your car at the end of the drive way instead of right near the house.  Since my mailbox is at the bottom of the drive way and we have another house in front of us, I like to walk back and forth to the mailbox a few times if I know I can’t devote any time to walking that day.  And, sometimes walking by yourself is boring… so head to your local big box store like Target, Walmart, etc. and just walk around the store window shopping (if you can avoid the need to make a purchase) and get some walking done there.  Last week while walking around target I clocked over 1200 steps just browsing the store and it didn’t feel like exercise to me.

Got a sweet tooth?  Don’t let it get the best of you

Let’s face it – we all have it… that dreaded sweet tooth that makes us crave those favorite goodies that satisfy our souls.  For me, it can be ice cream, gummy bears or the occasional chocolate.  Thankfully – I am not the type of person that feels the “need” to have them, but I do have my moments.  Instead of letting these things get the best of me, I just don’t keep them around me but I also don’t deprive myself if I have a craving.  The key is moderation and control.  Since I know I like ice cream – I will either replace my ice cream with a frozen smoothie with frozen fruit or make a sorbet and if that really doesn’t work, I will eat some ice cream, but make sure to choose the smallest bowl in the house to serve me in.  Sometimes all we need is the taste on our tongue to satisfy that craving and a little of it will go a long way.  Also – stock your house with fruits, when you want that snack – have a small bowl of fruit and you will be amazed at how fast it will curb that craving.

Stop drinking soda or try to eliminate it the best you can

I never drank soda growing up and once I was really introduced to the taste of it in my early 20s, it was hard to ignore.  I’m a Pepsi girl and my husband and I both enjoy Pepsi soda as well (who do you think introduced it to me? haha).  It was a hard one to battle and while we don’t stock soda in our house, we still treat ourselves from time to time.  I NEED soda with Pizza.  I know, I know – no one needs soda… but it’s something I look forward to when I have a piece of pie to eat.  So if we really find the need, my husband and I will share a can of it together.  That way – we get the flavor, the satisfaction and we are not stuck with a huge case of it in our house and feel the need to drink it all.  We can go a whole year without it and then one day, we find the need to taste the yummy, sugary carbonated flavor we enjoy and we’ll treat ourselves.  If you can quit cold turkey – do it… if not, just try eliminating it to the best of your ability until you don’t find the need for it any longer.

Get up – stand up, stand up for your life!

As someone who works from home, I can find myself on the computer for hours at a time trying to work on campaigns, type out posts, answering emails… etc.  Like with any job, the time can get away with you when you have a deadline or are busy working.  But, you should always remember that it’s important to get up once in a while, stand and stretch – walk away from your desk.  This will not only allow you to take a breather, maybe have a second to gather your thoughts, but also stretch those muscles and move.  Standing up is so important to help in the blood flow of your body and it also helps to give you a little boost of energy that you may be needing after sitting a while.

While this is just a starter list, there are so many more things you can do to make a healthy lifestyle change.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to do and it shouldn’t make you feel like you are dreading it each day.  Living a healthy lifestyle could mean that you are getting an extra 10 minutes of walking in, each day or you cut out your favorite junk food.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and things take time.  These steps and tips are there to help you be more confident in your choices.  If I can do them, well – you certainly can too.  Remember, a little at a time and you’ll see a change.  Also – if you are in the same boat as I am, know that no one can make you feel terrible – but yourself.  Have faith, think positive and know that I’m cheering you on.  A healthy lifestyle isn’t about killing yourself at the gym or starving yourself… it’s about being healthy so you can live life.  Good luck!

Like posts like these?  It’s been a while since I have done these types but I promise there will be a lot more coming soon.  😉

xo

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Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts and this post is not sponsored.

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It’s no secret if you have been visiting here on my blog, that I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, coconut water and just coconuts in general.  I love the flavor and I love the scent but I also love the ingredient in itself as it has definitely been a huge part of my skin care routine, health and overall well being.  Recently I was given the opportunity to try INVO Coconut Water.  I haven’t particularly heard about the brand before and being a coconut water connoisseur myself, I thought I would try it out.  Today I share with you my thoughts on this product, it’s benefitis and whether or not I enjoyed it on this week’s Foodie Friday.

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I’m a huge believer in the fact that water is such an essential nutrient for our bodies and drinking its minimum amount each day is a necessity.  But, I also know that if this is something new for you – new and innovative ways to drink as much water as you can is definitely a must.  Because of this, sometimes I like to mix things up a bit and drink some coconut water that helps to not only provide the refreshment my body needs but also the hydration.  INVO Coconut Water is a refreshing and flavorful healthy coconut drink that is not only easy to take around with you but it delicious and will easily become your go-to drink from the instant you start sipping on it.

Since coconuts are 99% fat-free and naturally low in sugar and packed with calcium and magnesium it makes a great drink for every day or after an aggressive work out.  INVO coconut water drinks are never heat pasteurized and have 100% coconut juice and electrolytes that help to aid in rapid hydration.  This drink is seriously a must for those warm summer days or a nice day out at the beach.  It’s available in three great flavors – Pure, Green Tea and Tropical.  Because of INVO’s creative cold water pasteurization, your coconut water is kept fresh, clean, delicious and special!

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Besides being very refreshing, coconut water contains 5 essential electrolytes to keep you hydrated.  It also has as much potassium as one banana which I love.  And, an interesting tidbit from INVO is that there is a pink hue in their coconut water which is a result of a natural enzymatic process that causes the polyphenolics present in raw coconut water to turn pink over time.

As mentioned before, the Coconut water goes through a High Pressure Processing to ensure you are getting the best quality product that tastes and is fresh.  What is High Pressure Processing or HPP?  Well, it is a cold pasteurization technique which INVO has named “cold-crafting”.  This process inactivates bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds that are present in all foods – thereby guaranteeing food safety and extending the shelf life of your product.  Unlike most juices, which are heat pasteurized, ‘cold-crafting’ only uses cold water under high pressure.  Due to the absence of heat in the process, the organoleptic and nutrional properties of the food are maintained, allowing the product to retain its fresh taste and nutritional content, just like mother nature intended it be.  Since the INVO Coconut waters are 100% cold crafted, there are no nasties ever added.  INVO prides themselves in giving us the true freshly-cracked coconut water experience.

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So now that I’ve taken the time to give you the run down on the products, all the technical and scientific information and everything in between; I’m going to share with you my overall thoughts on this drink.

First of all, if you are not a fan of the coconut flavor (I know some people don’t like it), I suggest going with the Tropical Flavor.  My sons all love the Tropical flavor though they enjoy them all.  It taste like a tropical fruit punch and the coconut flavor is not as prominent, though you easily have a quenched thirst, feel re-hydrated and it’s delicious.  If you are someone that loves Green Tea or Tea flavors, I think you’ll quite enjoy the Sencha Green Tea.  It’s got a great tea flavor and if you are someone that enjoys a great green tea, you’ll love this particular flavor.  My favorite out of the three I tried is the Pure Coconut Water.  It tastes just like fresh coconut juice/water that you would get here in Hawaii right off the tree.

Each drink is not only delicious, but really great for a usual Hawaii day.  While these are made in Thailand, they are offered at many retailers through out the US and I have been told they can be found at Whole Foods, though I haven’t found them at my local store.  Once they are available, I will admit that this will be a staple in our household because everyone loves them.

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The INVO Coconut water is gluten free, Kosher and Vegan.  And, like most premium food products, INVO Coconut Water requires refrigeration for optimum quality and safety so make sure you do not drink the water if you suspect that it hasn’t been kept chilled.  If you are allergic to nuts, while it is extremely rare to have a coconut water allergy, it is best to seek medical advice prior to consuming these drinks since Coconuts are tree nuts.  The INVO Coconut Water is a good source of vitamin C& B group vitamins and great after a work out!

My family and I are really enjoy these coconut waters and I highly recommend them.  We give these treats a two thumbs up each and all agree they are delicious but great for keeping hydrated.  If I were running consistently or on a jog, I would pull for this directly after to replenish my electrolytes.  INVO is coming out with some great new flavors which I’m also really excited to try.  I think if you are someone that wants to change up your water routine or try something new, this would make a great treat.  And, as I mentioned before, it’s great for the whole family.

Learn more about INVO Coconut Water here: http://www.invococonutwater.com/  and be sure to check out their Facebook Page for all kinds of information, reviews and more.

Have you heard of INVO Coconut Water?  Are you a coconut water drinker like I am?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts on the delicious goodness.

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  The product(s) mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

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Water is such an essential tool to hydrating your body and we all need it.  But sometimes, lugging around a water bottle (especially one that is large enough to carry the necessary amount of water) can be daunting and stressful.  After buying a Hydroflask a few months back, I have found that I can keep my water cold and still have enough on hand through the day – but carrying it in my purse or lugging it around has been an issue… until now.  Recently I got a Neoprene Water Bottle Holder that makes carrying my water bottle, whether Hydroflask or a standard plastic bottle, easy to do.  Today I’m going to share with you some information about this product and you can decide for yourself if it is something you may need.

A Cozy For My Hydroflask - Neoprene Water Bottle Holder

Perfect for travel or out and about, this lightweight and sporty Neoprene Water bottle holder can carry your 1L or 1.5L water bottle snug and easily.  I can fit my 40 oz Hydroflask in the pouch without any issues.  It is made of soft neoprene material which is a high performing material used in wetsuits so that it can help to keep your beverage cooler or warmer for longer periods of time.  This product can reduce the sweating that can happen with plastic water bottles – especially those that have been cooled and begin to sweat as the water gets warm.  This little pouch is perfect for walking, running, biking or doing any type of outdoor activities because it comes with a handle that makes it easy to carry.  The strap is adjustable so you can easily carry at a comfortable length for any height or activity.

Retailing for $15.00 and currently on sale for $10, this neoprene holder has been so convenient to use.  I love it because I have been able to easily carry my bottle around with me and leave my hands free of holding something.  The strap is long enough that I can sling it around my neck and shoulders to make it easy to hold.  I love this product so much that I even picked one up for my husband so he can have one to use for his hydroflask too.  It makes carrying your water so convenient and easy to take around with you so there is no excuse to not drink any water.

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You can get this product and others on their Amazon store here.

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Since I was a little girl, water was a huge part of my life – as it should be for anyone.  It quite honestly is my favorite drink and let me tell you – the ways of drinking it has surely evolved since I was younger.  As a kid I would drink my water directly from the water pipe or hose outside our house to keep hydrated in the Hawaii heat and as I got older, it became more evident that it was not the best way to drink water so filtered or water bottles became a part of our daily lives.  Since the gold ol’ H2O is essential in keeping our bottles cool, healthy and hydrated, it is important that we are constantly drinking for the well being of our body and lives.  With new scientific research we have learned so many ways to drink our water to help us consume it more – like infused waters, water with essential oils and more but we also need to look at issues like BPA, recycling and other environmental and health risks when it comes to consuming water from plastic bottles.

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Glasstic Glass Water Bottle

Now if you have been following me on Instagram – you will see that I am huge on fruit infused waters and green juice as well as just every day delicious plain old water and recently I have been doing everything I can to switch our household from the plastic that we are used to and got us drinking from glass.  There are so many benefits to drinking out of glass versus plastic or metal and here are a few of them:

Glass is 100% recyclable.  You never have to worry about toxins like BPA or harmful chemicals that can leak into liquids from plastic bottles or heavy metals like aluminum, chromium and nickel which can come from metal bottles.  Glass gives you a better tasting liquid or water that will not leave your drink tasting or smelling like plastic or metal.  And, since Hawaii is slowly converting to a “no plastic bag” state, it is nice to know that glass bottles will also benefit the environment, eliminating a huge amount of waste.  You save money  and our planet’s resources since the bottle is reusable.

Shatterproof?  What makes GLASStic bottles better than regular glass water bottles with protective silicone rubber sleeves?  Silicon does not contain the shattering glass if the bottle breaks.  The GLASStic bottle is not only “very” break resistant, but it is very shatterproof.  If you drop it and the glass breaks on the inside, the glass will be contained in its shell which keeps you from getting cut or having to pick up glass around you.  The outer shell is made from a highly durable BPA free plastic which helps with the longevity of the bottle.  What’s also awesome is the cap and base are BPA free as well and fully recyclable.

GLASStic Shatterproof bottle

The GLASStic bottles come in 6 cool colors ($19.99 each).  Each bottle holds 16oz of fluid and what I love about it so much is that it seals with a great lid and you can lock the lid in place.  Turning the bottle upside down and to its side freaked me out a bit, but it never leaked or spilled and made it perfect for travel, going to the park or storing in a cooler on its side.  What is awesome is that if your bottle does break – you can contact the company directly and pay a small fee (about $8.00) to replace the glass insert on the inside.  The outside layer and top/bottom should survive through most of the damage should your glass on the inside shatter.

While this bottle is super cool, it was not tested to see if it can handle high temperatures like those for tea or coffee, so please be sure to use cold or cool drinks in your bottle only.  And, most importantly – do not freeze the bottle.  Many don’t realize that when water freezes, it expands and because of this, it can cause the glass in the bottle to shatter.  Besides these little notations, this bottle provides a great item for those who love to drink water, or any cold drink for that matter.  I especially love the colors and the fact that I can see through the bottle itself.  I think infused water is not only about the healthy parts of it all – but also the fact that it’s super pretty to look at.  The bottle is dishwasher safe, however it is suggested you wash it by hand to preserve the bottle itself for longevity.

I have had this bottle now for a month and considering we are pretty active and my sons drop everything at this age, I am very amazed at how well it has held up to numerous washing (by hand) and some dropping as well.  The company states that the bottle can take up to about 6 heavy duty drops before the inside cracks and of course, it depends on what it is dropped on and how high.  If you are someone who enjoys water infused with essential oils, this would be an awesome bottle for you.

Check out the video demo below that shows how the GLASStic bottles are different from Glass bottles covered by silicone.

Overall I’m pretty impressed with the product.  It is a little costly, but at the end of the day you are saving quite a bit of money since the bottle can be reused.  If you are interested in the Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle – you can check out their site and see the colors and designs available for purchase: https://www.glassticwaterbottle.com/water-bottle/

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