Okay, so it’s technically not summer yet! BUT, this new water bottle I’ve started toting around makes me SO excited for its arrival!
Here’s the back story on my discovery of the Define Bottle….. A few months back, I started poking around on the Internet for recipes and ideas for fruit infused water. You know, the kind of “fancy” water you get at a spa or upscale restaurant with berries in it or cucumber and mint (or, if you like to keep things SUPER simple, drop a lemon wedge in H20 and bam, infused water!). I am a HUGE water drinker but sometimes it’s nice to try something new, right? In looking for recipes, I came across the Define Bottle’s website and thought its design was just gorgeous (and I loved the originality of the idea)! So I mentioned in a recent Odds & Ends post about how I’d put myself on a waiting list for the bottle and was excited for its product launch.
Fast forward a few days and I get an email out of the blue from the bottle’s creator, Carter. And you guys, get this: CARTER IS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD!!!! (I had NO idea, as I hadn’t gotten around to reading the About section of his website). Carter wanted to know if I’d like one of the bottles to review. I wrote him back an email filled with a lot of exclamation points, saying of course I would (!!!) and that I was in awe of his budding efforts as a entrepreneur. I mean, when I was 14, I was spending my weekends watching Clueless marathons, you know? Here Carter is, the creator of this awesome bottle with incredible branding and a wonderful mission to make people healthier.
So, do I like the bottle? ABSOLUTELY! I’ve been using it the past week and while I’ve just been stocking its bottom with some wedges of lime and lemon I wanted to use up in our refrigerator, I look forward to trying out more of Carter’s recipes for fruit infused water. Peaches and cream water? YUM! The bottle is long and skinny, so it fits best in my over-sized totes and purses (or Dean’s diaper bag). It also fits perfectly in my car’s cup holder (which is nice because my Camelbak steel canteen doesn’t). The bottom has a freezing element to it, so it keeps the refills of water I add to it throughout the day nice and super cold!
And I have to add one last element to this story: In corresponding with Carter, I exchanged a few emails with his mother, Carla. (Carla, I hope you don’t mind me sharing!) Here’s what she had to say about her son: Carter is a fun kid. He came to us with this idea and my husband and I looked at each other and said”hmmm this is a good idea”…..Carter actually started this project when he was only thirteen and has done a great job. For Carter, it is a mission to live a healthier life and to help fight childhood obesity by getting kids off juice and soda. He has had the opportunity to meet President Clinton and Michelle Obama for his efforts.