hot but hydrated child in the city

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Before I moved to Seattle nine years ago, I had vague ideas of the weather here in the Pacific Northwest. I had heard it rains nine months out of the year, and by heard, I mean, I picked it up from the movie that planted the idea to move from the island of Saipan: Sleepless in Seattle. The ark-worthy rain deluges are rare but not far off from the truth. The weather in Seattle is a fickle beast that shines sun one minute and then rains the next.

Because of this much of this city isn’t prepared for heat. Many of the homes, including my own, were built without central air conditioning. My husband’s car does not include air conditioning either. So when summer rolls around, it can be hot. Extremely hot. So hot that I remember the day that it hit over 100 degrees. It was a Wednesday. It made the news. Live at 11! It’s hot!

Even though right now the weather is still muggy and gray–more like June-uary than June–the clouds will dissipate, and there will be days when the Seattle heat is an oppressive beast that keeps its residents searching for relief. We become zombies scavenging shelves for rotating fans and portable air conditioners, vulturing around ice cream vendors and public swimming pools.

So, when asked, how do I stay hydrated and fresh in the summer heat, I turn water into an appendage. Not like I’ve replaced my hands and now plastic bottles stick out of my shirt sleeves because that would really throw off a first impression.

water bottle hands!

water bottle hands!

To fight off the energy-zapping power that summer has, I must have water around me at all times. I have bottles in my car to cover the ones I might have forgotten in my desk drawer. I have water and Crystal Light packets in my handbag so that during my commute–a packed a 40-minute bus ride without air conditioning–my mind can think about how much I really love Crystal Light’s grape flavor swirling in my drink and not, “Please let me out of this moving coffin.”

Plus, if you’re working in an office, you can always take a break for water. It’s much healthier than a smoke break, 100% less caffeinated than a coffee break and no one will raise an eyebrow and let out a long, exasperated, “Pa-shaa! Who does she think she is? Getting all hydrated in here!”

fancy pants water

fancy pants water

My favorite water bottle is one I swiped from a work retreat last summer. It’s a long and sleek glass Voss bottle and whenever I use it, I instantly feel fancy. I love to retrieve it from my bag, fill it up with freezing cold water while the sun beats down outside and I enjoy that moment of relief, the kind that makes me blurt out a loud, breathy and uncouth, “AHHHHH!”

How do YOU stay hydrated and fresh in the summer heat?


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  1. mrs blogoway says:

    I hope I win!!

  2. Mami2jcn says:

    I like Crystal Light iced tea to stay hydrated. I also enjoy Aquafina FlavorSplash Strawberry Kiwi.

  3. melina says:

    Well, I go swimming every day and make fizzy water to drink with my soda making machine. seriously, it fizzes water for you. cool.


  4. Brooke says:

    1. Water
    2. Fresh Fruit
    3. Those popsicles that come in the little plastic sleeves. Nostalgic.

  5. Amber says:

    I drink a lot of water, and I also carry around a glass refillable bottle just like you. It’s a great way to stay hydrated on the go. I also eat a lot of fruit such as watermelon which is 90% water! I also stay away from salty foods which can dehydrate you AND make you retain water, yuck. Thanks!!

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  7. Deb Anderson says:

    Crystal Light Peach Tea! Love love LOVE it! I usually drink plenty of water anyway, but when I need a thirst quencher AND something cool and delicious, I reach for Crystal Light Peach Tea.

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  9. Jeanette Huston says:

    This giveaway rocks.

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  11. Tiaras says:

    I think I need one of those fancy water bottles! Water – i agree, everywhere. Like 4 in my car b/c I take 2 each morning and then forget to put the ones that were in my car the day before (half empty) back in the fridge b/c they have been roasted from the heat of the garage! Water for me, little bottles of water for my little ones and another bottle of water, different bran b/c he is so picky, for my son! My handbag weighs a ton!!!

  12. Anne says:

    I always carry a water bottle with me, and I make sure the kids have water bottles too. They love to add the crystal light packets to their water bottles, I usually drink it plain.

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  14. 216amyc says:

    I carry my water bottle with me at all times- or I at least have one stashed in the car. Eating lots of water filled fruits and veggies helps too!

  15. Carrie says:

    Conveniently I rarely leave home, so water is always close by. I try to keep my cup always full of water with Crystal Light (or the store brand), as I hate plain water. :)

  16. Carolyn G says:

    I keep water everywhere during the summer. Of course, I drink it at home but I have bottles in the car, in the office at the gym. I make sure I am always near water.

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  19. Jennifer Reda says:

    i wear lots of white and make sure to have my reusable water bottle with me at all times

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  21. Cindy says:

    I try to keep lots of water in the frig in reusable bottles so the kids can have plenty of water while they play outside.

  22. Carol says:

    I keep ice cold water in a pitcher on the kitchen counter, and have sliced lemons in it. Having it front and center makes it so readily available for all of us to stay hydrated all day long.

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  24. Lynn says:

    I will stay hydrated by keeping a filled water bottle with me at all times. Thanks for this giveaway.

  25. Jill H says:

    I drink tons of water and if I’m outside I take a spray bottle full of water to spritz myself – does wonders!

  26. Tina B. says:

    I love to stay hydrated by drinking water & iced tea!

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  28. Kristi says:

    I am drinking Crystal Light, the sunshine flavor, right now and I absolutely love it! Normally, I am a diet coke fanatic because I like the fizz but I have found that CL actually does a much better job at keeping you hydrated. It is 103 today in Florida so we definately have to be careful here not to get dehydrated. So to answer your question, Crystal Light is how I plan to stay hydrated this summer definately. TY for the giveaway!

  29. Johannah B says:

    Only thing better than a Crystal Light hydration celebrations (I like the iced tea) is a cold shower!

  30. shel says:

    We’re not big plain water fans in our house. I keep about 5 reusable water bottles in our refrigerator filled with a mix of 1/2 Crystal Light Iced Tea and 1/2 Crystal Light Lemonade so everyone can grab and go. I also make my own Crystal Light ice cubes to add to our glasses of Crystal Light from our pitcher in the refrigerator..this way it doesn’t water down the flavor.

    I also try not to work outside in the middle of the day..I do my yard work early in the morning or late at night so I don’t get overheated.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  31. shel says:
  32. Water. Water. And more water.

  33. Deece says:

    Ice Keeeekiiiiiiii! I, too, have water bottles all over the place. In fact, right now I’m looking at an empty one, a half empty one, and a full one (all disposables bah). But man Mona, your water bottle is just what I need to stay hydrated. I now take my lunch to work in glass “tupperwares” and I’m searching for the right glass water bottle.

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  35. Sara says:

    Lots and lots of water. My favorite way to consume it is in a reuseable hard plastic Starbucks cup. You know those ones that look like the cold disposable ones, but really are secretly not? My favorite part: the straw. I suck down water much faster when it is through a straw!

    And I am a big big fan of fizzy water of any sort. Like water only more special. :)

  36. cwaltz says:

    I drink tons of water. I stash it in the fridge and freezer.(The ice becomes cold water fairly fast in 90 degree weather).


  37. Shannon says:

    I drink reverse osmosis water from a spout on our sink. So delicious. We stopped buying soda in our house, sometimes some fruit juice but usually just water, I actually love water.

  38. jennifer horn says:

    Love the Crystal Light instead of drinking plain water.

  39. Steph says:

    We keep reusable bottles with us and drink packets around all the time to use drinking fountains when we’re out!

  40. eunice b says:

    We drink plenty of water! Other drinks just don’t seem to quench it! Also, taking breaks in the shade help

    ~eunice b
    rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

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    rsmile2u@ dejazzd .com

  42. Bing says:

    I take my water bottle with me wherever I go.