Water Rules!

Britta Love

We are lucky in this family. We don’t like soda pop. We like water. I’m not even pulling your leg. If you gave us a choice between the best-tasting carbonated juice from heaven and a tall glass of ordinary cold tap water, we would choose water every time.

Bug is even more picky than I am about it. Her dad will take her out to a fancy restaurant and order her some kind of super delicious tea or juice with multiple layers and some kind of fruit-kabob on the side and Bug will totally turn up her nose and whine that she just wants water instead. I know. What a spoiled brat, right? It drives Toby crazy. Two dollars and change totally wasted.

hydrating

I don’t expect anyone to be freakish about water like Bug and I but I would love to preach about how great it is to get your kids to like the taste of water early on. Maybe it’s impossible for some kids. I know I’ve babysat kids who acted like drinking plain water was like drinking out of the toilet or drinking regurgitated spit or something. They think it’s bland or has no taste at all. But that’s not true, water tastes great. You just have to get used to it. Don’t shell out a ton of money on flavorings or carbonation machines, just force yourself to drink water straight for a week and eventually you will come to like it. At least that is my theory.

Because water is better. Yes, I’ll agree that there are some pretty tasty drinks out there. I’m not going to just wipe out the whole beverage industry just because I like water so much. But if you can get your kids to like that taste of water early on, they will pass on all those sugary drinks that they don’t really need and hopefully not develop bad habits that will be terribly hard to break as an adult later. Drinks are a treat. Water is necessary.

Okay, I’m stepping off my water soap box (sort of) (for now).

I said all that above to lead up to the water bottle situation in our house. Since we like water so much, I have to pack it in Bug’s backpack every day. She needs it for eating her snack and lunch at school and just normal hydration. It’s been hotter than dog’s breath lately and we can’t go anywhere outside without water. So we pack it.

good on a hot day

I’ve tried a lot of different methods. I’ve bought bottled water in tiny bottles and big bottles. I’ve tried every kind of sports top and screw top. They work but it kind of bums me out that we don’t have a better recycling system in our neighborhood. The city waste management system sorts the trash at the dump site and they recycle all plastics city-wide but it still bugs me to fill up my kitchen trash can with empty bottles. I’ve recycled myself but it’s a lot of work to collect bags and bags of bottles that fill up my entire car and then I barely get enough money back to cover the gas money it took me to drive to the recycling center in the first place.

I’ve bought just about every kind of reusable water bottle on the market. All of them have one problem or another. Some are better than others but most of them either leak or they are too hard for Bug to open. That seems to be the most important deciding factor for us when it comes to water bottles. They can’t leak and a six year old must be able to open them without asking for help—because teachers don’t have time to open thirty-two water bottles every day.

You can imagine my pleasant surprise when Brita asked me to review their Brita Bottle for Kids and we actually liked it. Neither Bug nor I loved the color choices (Pink Butterflies, Navy Blue with various sports balls etc or Green Squares…What? No black Hello Kitty?!!) but it actually turned out to be the perfect kid-friendly water bottle. Bug loves it.

easy top!

It’s just the right size for her to carry (13 oz.) in her backpack without weighing her down too much. Yet it still holds plenty of water for her day at school. Most importantly, she can open it by herself and it doesn’t leak!! Woo Hoo! That gets the mom approval right there. I hate unpacking soggy lunch bags. Cleaning cracker scum out of zippers? Not my favorite way to spend a busy morning.

sporty

It’s made from BPA free recyclable plastic and it has a filter built into it. The benefits of the filter are sort of lost on us because our tap water tastes pretty good already but I know in some cities that is not the case. I grew up drinking Colorado River water myself as a kid and I can agree that it was pretty nasty. A filter would have been great, especially since my parents couldn’t really afford to buy water for us. So, I recommend this water bottle with flying colors! My only suggestion? How about some new designs? I’d gladly lend Secret Agent Josephine or Little Hoo to the cause!

lunch

I’m also really happy to support Brita because they are teaming up with a non-profit called Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage kids to swap out sugary beverages and drink more water. You know how I feel about that. As part of their partnership with the Alliance, Brita will donate more than 4,000 Brita Bottles for Kids to schools across the country to encourage healthy habits in their students. Pretty cool, right?

As part of this promotion I get to give away FIVE bottles to you guys! Well, five of you readers get to have a bottle. It’s not 4,000 but it’s still pretty cool. You can test it out and tell your friends and that will help. Never underestimate the influence of a well connected mommy-blogger. We can win this battle one water bottle at a time! Water rules!!!

super athlete

Just kidding around. But please comment below and let me know what you are doing to encourage your kids (or yourself if you don’t have kids, or your dogs…whatever!) to make healthy choices at home and on the go (or feel free to lambast me for my water snobbery, I’m cool with that too). I will pick five random winners on Tuesday the 16th of October and announce them here.

Clorox (the parent company of Brita) is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me.

Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Who's There?

You are!

I am with a fun Little Hoo Halloween Party invitation for you. So maybe you have a little one at home and you want to throw a NOT-scary Halloween party for them and all your friends. Here’s an invite that will suit your needs! (And if it’s too fussy for you, don’t worry, I have a no-stress one at the bottom)

slicin' and dicin'

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. a printer that works with plenty of toner (Don’t have enough toner? Skip to the no-stress version at the bottom.)
2. card stock (You don’t have to use kraft brown like me, that’s just what I had on hand.)
3. paper cutter (or scissors if you don’t mind cutting a lot)
4. an exacto knife or blade for scoring and cutting open the little door
5. double stick tape
6. patience (Put your perfectionism in a box.)

First you’ll need to open your document by clicking here. If you want to type in your party information you can do so by clicking near the place, date, and time section and typing your info into the form I set up for you. I know the fields are invisible but just trust me, they are there. Hit tab to go to the next one. When you’re done hit print and print as many invites as you need. If you want to hand write your info, just print without typing anything into the form.

invite-instructions

Now for the slicing and dicing: You need to cut wherever you see bright pink dotted lines (above, they are not on your print out of course because that would be UGLY!). Since I’ve never really mastered printing on both sides of a page, I’ve designed this so it’s all printed on one side and you just cut and tape what needs to go on the other side. That probably doesn’t make sense to most of you but just go with me. I’ve struggled with my printer for YEARS and this is the best solution.

Don’t forget to use your exacto knife to cut out Little Hoo’s door. That’s the best part. For the hinge side of the door lightly score (using the backside of your exacto knife) along the edge. This will insure that the door opens and doesn’t fold all crooked or something. You will also need to score along the edges of the card where it will fold. That’s where it says “Fold Here”.

You are!

When you are done cutting and scoring you can affix the party information onto the backside in the middle section and right side. Don’t stick it on the back of Little Hoo’s door because then he won’t be able to peek through.

Production Line

You’ll probably figure this out on your own but the owl that is covering his beak goes under the tree flap. Just play with it, you’ll see. The scared Little Hoo is the one that peaks out the door, not the jumping excited Little Hoo.

When you’re done folding, get yourself some pretty envelopes and them mail away!

Simple Version

For the rest of you who can’t be bothered with craftiness here is a more simple version: 4×6 for those of you who can print photo size and a 3-up version for those of you who want to print 8.5×11 and save paper. I’m sorry the simple version doesn’t have the form capabilities. If enough people complain I’ll fix it but I think you should break out the pen and show your guests your beautiful handwriting.

I also think you should tell five of your friends about this Little Hoo Party idea and make them buy my book. Especially if they happen to own a bookstore. That would be awesome. (It would also make a great party favor if you could swing it financially. I know I couldn’t though so no pressure from me.)

P.S. Let me know if anything is glitchy. I never get these things right the first time.

xo!