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Make Easy Flavored Water for Hydration and Health

Refreshing cherry lemonade made in a Fruition water bottle. (Photo courtesy of Fruition bottle)

I gave up diet drinks, and am trying to cut down on wine consumption  (the struggle is real!), so sparkling water is my drink of choice. I also enjoy flavoring my water with cucumber, mint and lemon. Apparently that combination has a lot of health benefits in addition to being refreshing and delicious. But I didn’t love the texture of the pulp and the mint leaves getting stuck in my teeth.

Now I’m using the Fruition fruit-infusing water bottle. It has a basket on the bottom that I place the ingredients in. Then I press on the bottom to give it all an extra squeeze. Now I have infused water ready to go. The bottle is BPA-free and all the parts can go in the dishwasher.

I throw in a few slices of cucumber, several leaves of mint and a half of a lemon or more, as I love lemon juice although the tips say if you use lemon, try to keep it to a quarter of the other ingredients as it tends to take over the show so I should probably give the flavors of the mint and cucumber a chance to come through.

Here’s another recipe from the Fruition website I want to try.

Orange, Grapefruit Citrus Detox 

1/2 orange, in wedges
1/2 grapefruit, in wedges

Add orange and grapefruit to the fruit basket, place the filter and attach to the bottle. Fill up the bottle up with iced water and screw on the lid. Squeeze the bottom to inject some flavor.

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Top Products for 2016

Some I never could figure out. Some were just kinda meh. Others, I loved. I received several products to review in 2016 for my various outlets, and some I use every day while others make me smile when I pull them out.

Here is my list of favorite products of 2016.

 

Now I put on a happy face every time I travel with this adorable Smiley Luggage from ATM Luggage. It comes in other patterns, but I couldn’t resist this pattern, especially as it serves as a logo of sorts for my son, a millennial happiness expert and author of the book “Millennials Guide to Making Happiness.” Check out the cove and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Oh, how I’d love the adult version of these 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tents, although it’s a bit too expensive just for me to play in. But our future grandchildren will love the pop-up tent from The Monster Factory. The tent is modeled after the 1965 Split Screen VW Camper Van and is stored away in a VW Wheel bag.
I spend a third of my life now with these amazing sheets. These new hyper-cotton Bedgear sheets were developed to have greater airflow and keep your body temperature regulated through the night. All I know is that they are supersoft and make slipping into bed at night even more of a thrill.

 

I love this line of Dune Jewelry that includes grains of sand from your favorite beach, selected from their huge sand bank. Select your sand then the piece of jewelry you’d like, including rings, earrings, bracelets, charms or even a watch.
I never thought I’d abandon my iPhone. But then I got a Moto Z Force smartphone, and it’s adios to Apple. At least for my phone. It has a shatterproof screen and a battery that charges super fast.
This camera takes amazing photos on its own, and then when I attach the Hasselblad True Zoom, one of several “Moto Mods ” attachments that snap on in a jiff, I can take the most amazing photos of my life. Other attachments include a JBL SoundBoost Speaker and Moto Insta-Share Projector. And my cute Kate Spade backup battery snaps right on and assures I’ll never run out of juice. I loved it so much, I wrote an entire blog on it.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

Make Yours a Moto

When I travel, I carry a speaker, projector, professional camera, battery pack and smartphone. Together, they are about the size of my wallet.

The secret is Moto Mods, attachments for my Moto Z Force that snap right onto my smartphone, instantly transforming it. They are so easy to use and have changed the way I travel with electronics.

Here are the Moto Mods now available for Moto Z phones. And I’m loving every one of them.

I am taking the best pictures of my life with the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod
I am taking the best pictures of my life with the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod

Hasselblad True Zoom

Highly valued by professional photographers and amateurs with very deep pockets, (starting price around $12,000!) a Hasselblad camera is now within reach of even casual photographers, like me. This Hasselblad True Zoom has a 10x optical zoom and professional settings. I am taking the best photos of my life, and feeling like a pro. $299.99

The JBL Soundboost Speaker has a great sound.
The JBL Soundboost Speaker has a great sound.

JBL Soundboost Speaker

We used to travel with a separate speaker that took up valuable space in my husband’s suitcase. Now I just pop on the JBL Soundboost Speaker, and voila, great sound no matter whether we’re chilling to some jazz or getting our dance on to some James Brown. $79.99

The Insta-Share Projector lets you project movies right on the wall. Or the ceiling
The Insta-Share Projector lets you project movies right on the wall. Or the ceiling

Moto Insta-Share Projector

I’m hoping to use this clever projector to do a slideshow of photos from my daughter’s wedding at Christmas. The Moto Insta-Share Projector displays images up to 70” on any flat service. You can even use it to watch movies on the ceiling while in bed, a fun way to entertain the kids. $299.99

With my Kate Spade power pack, I never run out of power.
With my Kate Spade power pack, I never run out of power.

 

Incipio OffGrid Power Pack

With all that fun, my smartphone battery can drain pretty quickly. But I stay powered with my Incipio OffGrid Power Pack, which adds up to 22 hours of extra battery life. I have the striped Kate Spade version, perfect for me as I’m a stripaholic. The battery packs come in four other designs. Start at $59.99

You can change the look of your Motorola Z phone with swappable backs.
You can change the look of your Motorola Z phone with swappable backs.

Swappable Backs

I rather like the sleek look of my smartphone on its own, but when I want a change of style, I can easily add a Style Shell from partners like Kate Space New York and Tumi. Start at $19.99

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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