Over the December 2017 holiday break, I was watching “The Top 10 Holiday Gifts” on the MSNBC Today Show. I saw this water bottle that lit up to remind you to drink water. I thought that would be a cool gift, but wasn’t going to make the purchase for myself, since I already had several water bottles.
Later that evening, my husband and I got on the topic of holiday gifts (Yes, we seem to wait until the last minute to shop.). I shared this water bottle idea with him. He thought that would be a great item to have (personally) and went to Amazon to check it out. It wasn’t long before we were choosing water bottle colors: a dark pink for me and teal/blue for him.
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I have got to say that I’ve been using this Hidrate Spark water bottle for the past seven months and absolutely LOVE IT!! The water bottle goes everywhere with me. Once I went home and left it at school. I made a return trip that night to pick it up. LOL Well, I had to . . . it was calling me.
PROBLEM: We all know how important it is to drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday. I don’t know about you, but I have good intentions of drinking my water. However, “the busy teacher life” seems to cause a distraction. As teachers, we always get busy working with students, talking with colleagues, prepping lessons, gathering last minute items . . . You know what I mean. Before you know it, the coffee is cold or the water is warm.
I thought that would be a great gift!
SOLUTION: ENTER the Hidrate Spark water bottle! I keep the Hidrate Spark bottle on my desk, so it is accessible. The first time the Hidrate Spark light flashed, my third and fourth graders asked what was going on with the bottle. I told them the flash is my reminder to drink water. Anytime the Hidrate Spark is flashing, my kids (especially Haile) are the first to say I need to drink water. LOL Once my principal was in my classroom when the Hidrate Spark began flashing. She asked why the bottle was flashing. The kids let her know, “Dr. Durbin needs to drink water!” My students all have water bottles on their desk, too. This is a great reminder for all of us to drink water.
Besides the flashing light reminder, I love how this water bottle connects to my Apple watch. I’ll get a notification such as “It’s time to hydrate!” from the Hidrate app to drink more water. The app keeps track of how many ounces I’ve had AND allows me to manually add water that I drink at a restaurant that is not from the Hidrate Spark. Hey, I want credit for all my water. This is simply smart drinking!!
Tracks water intakes and syncs with smartphones (iOS and Android) via Bluetooth.
Integrates with Fitbit®, Apple® Watch, and other activity trackers to adjust your daily water goal to your daily activity level.
Holds 24 ounces. Fits in standard cup holder. Bottle cavity and cap dishwasher safe; hand wash sensor stick.
Battery operated; no need for charging.
If you’re wanting OR needing to drink more water, add this interactive water bottle, Hidrate Spark, to your Back to School list. This is certainly a water bottle you won’t leave home (or school) without! This product is highly recommended!
Click this link to view Hidrate Spark and the assortment of colors. Choose your favorite color and stay hydrated! If you purchase this product, please share in the comments how it is working for you!!
Annette has been an educator for more than 30 years working in the PK-6 elementary classroom, English learner instructional specialist, district leadership, university professor, as well as a mentor for teachers nationwide. A National Board Certificated Teacher, Annette focuses her research on accelerating learning and advancing achievement, personalizing instruction, technology, and leadership in the education field.