This post is sponsored by Brita. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is here. This is NOT a drill! The sun is hot. The kids are out of school. And I am determined to make sure they have fun and stay hydrated, save money & help the environment all summer long.
It is extremely easy to get dehydrated in a humid climate like Houston. You don’t realize how much water you are loosing in the moist heat. When we first moved here it took me all of two days before realizing we need to bring water with us everywhere we go and encourage our kids to drink as much water as possible at home.
Honestly, my children used to ask for something else besides water first. And I understand they would love to drink iced teas, lemonade or other fruity drinks, but what they need first is water. And while they argued at first about drinking water, it wasn’t long before I had them all asking for water first.
Here are my tips for keeping the kids hydrated all summer long.
Make water easily accessible.
We keep our Brita water pitcher on the counter, but you can also keep your water chilled in the fridge as well. It’s the first thing the kids see when they come to the kitchen when they are thirsty. They can easily grab some ice from the freezer and fill their cup with refreshing water from the Brita pitcher.
Brita’s Monterey Pitcher and Longlast Filter is the perfect way to entice my children to drink filtered water instead of bottled plastic water or other sugary drinks.
Brita Longlast filters reduce 99% of Lead plus Mercury, Chlorine, Benzene, & more. Longlast filter out odors and impurities for better tasting water.
I love the value of this filter as is lasts for 6 months!
Buy each child an insulated water bottle
We love insulated water bottles and cups that keep water cool even in the heat. We choose one child to fill all the water bottles before we leave the house. Whether we are going to the pool, the playground, the lake, on a hike or even a drive to the grocery store we fill up our water bottles to take with us.
Drinking filtered water from a reusable bottle can help reduce plastic waste. With Brita, you can replace up to 1,800 single-use plastic bottles a year.
Here are some staggering facts about plastic waste.
- 2,000 plastic water bottles are used every second in the U.S.
- Plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose
- We spend $13 billion on bottled water each year
- By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
- Enough plastic to fill dump truck ends up in the oceans every minute.
- We use enough plastic water bottles a year to circle the earth 330 times.
Educate your children
I firmly believe it is our job to talk to our children about the above facts. This is their planet too and they are more than capable of learning what part they can play in keeping changing their lifestyle to make a better world for the future.
Not only do I educate my children on the effects of plastic waste, but also on dehydration. They need to know why they feel thirsty and to remember to drink often. I won’t always be around to remind them to drink some water when they are hot. But helping them start a habit of drinking filtered water now will stay with them in the future.
Live #BetterWithBrita with me! With the help of Brita, I’m ditching bottled water this summer as a step towards helping my children stay hydrated & reduce plastic waste. Learn more about Brita Longlast and find out how to get it here*