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      5 Fun Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

      5 Fun Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

       

      1. Picnic at the Beach

      Pack a yummy picnic and make your way to the beach! Our Sierra bottles and Mira Food Jars are the perfect picnic companions. Simply pour ice cold water or refreshing lemonade in your Sierra bottle, and enjoy your beverage as it stays cold for 24 hours. For easy eating, pack tasty treats such as sandwich roll ups, pasta salad, watermelon bites, or veggies in your Mira Food Jar. With the Mira Food Jar, your food will stay chilled for 10 hours. Once you've packed the perfect picnic, grab your friends and have an exciting day at the beach. Spend the day playing volleyball in the sand, splashing around in the water, or lounging in the shade.

      2. Take a Swim

      Want to know the best way to stay cool this summer? Head to your local swimming pool and take a dip in the water! Whether you like to swim indoors or outdoors, swimming is a fun way to get some exercise while still beating the summer heat. With all of that swimming, you're going to want to make sure to stay hydrated. What better way to stay hydrated than by bringing a Cascade bottle. Our Cascade bottle keeps your drink shockingly cold for 24 hours, fits effortlessly in your hand and bag, and comes in various stylish colors and patterns to complement any outfit. Take a swim, stay hydrated, and repeat.

      3. Go on a Water Adventure

      Add some adventure to your summer by going kayaking, boating, stand-up paddle boarding, jet-skiing, or cliff-jumping. New or old, try a thrilling water activity on your bucket list. Take our Alpine bottle with you on any outdoor adventure. It’s sporty features make the bottle ideal for holding high amounts of liquids while still fitting in most standard cup holders. The Alpine bottle comes with a stainless steel carry lid for easy travel. While the compatible Sports Cap is the perfect solution for trouble-free drinking.

      4. Read Under a Tree

      Grab your favorite book and take shade under a tree. Relax on a blanket, lay down on a hammock, or curl up in a chair and get lost in a good book. As you unwind, sip on some sweet iced-tea and munch on some cold, crunchy grapes. Let our Sierra bottle keep the ice in your iced-tea frozen, and our Mira Food Jar keep your grapes irresistibly crisp. Our Sierra bottles come with two great caps: Standard Lid and a Flip Lid. For an even more relaxed drinking experience, try using our Straw-Lid cap.

      5. Eat Ice Cream
      I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Whether you like gelato, sorbet, or classic ice cream, indulging in frozen sweets is always a satisfying way to stay cool on a hot summer day. Try a new flavor or a different type of ice cream such as mochi ice cream, rolled ice cream, or dondurma. Find a new ice cream shop or if you're feeling really adventurous, try making homemade ice cream. The possibilities of different frozen sweets are endless!



      Tips for the Perfect Memorial Day BBQ

      Tips for the Perfect Memorial Day BBQ

       Today we remember and honor those who sacrificed for future generations. What better way to spend the day, then by spending it with your loved ones. Make this Memorial Day memorable by hosting a BBQ in your backyard, at the beach, or at the park. Read our blog for tips on hosting the perfect Memorial Day BBQ!


      A Memorial Day BBQ wouldn’t be complete without some delicious food. We’ve listed some easy to follow recipes so that you can make a healthy and tasty 3-course meal for this special day. First, we will start with some Strawberry Bruschetta as an appetizer, then Balsamic Chicken/Tofu Kabobs as the main course, and then finish the meal with a sweet Patriotic Parfait.


      Once you’ve created a mouth-watering meal, use patriotic decor to add some finishing touches to your Memorial Day BBQ. American flags, lights, and flowers in red, white, and blue will make for great decorations.

      BBQ Must-Haves:       

      Our beer growlers, water bottles, and wine bottle are perfect to take to BBQ's at the beach or at the park. The shape and size of our bottles make it easy to carry any beverage. Our stainless steel vacuum insulated bottles keep your drink ice cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. The MiraGuard technology also holds carbonation so you won’t have to worry about your carbonated drinks going flat. Get them here: Beer Growler, Water Bottles, Wine Bottle.

      Drink

      Strawberry Lemonade


      Ingredients:

      10 large strawberries

      2 cups raw sugar cane

      7 cups water

      2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

      Place the 10 strawberries, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 cup of water in the blender. Blend until the ingredients become liquefied. Combine the strawberry juice with 6 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Chill and add ice cubes before serving.
      Optional: Add slices of strawberry to the lemonade.

        Appetizer

        Strawberry Bruschetta


        Ingredients:

        ¼ cup basil

        2 cups strawberries

        2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

        1 tbsp honey

        In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Serve on toast or crackers with cheese, if desired.

        Entree

        Balsamic Chicken (Tofu) Kabobs


        Ingredients:

        Chicken/Tofu

        2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or tofu, cut into 1” cubes

        2 red peppers, cut into cubes

        1 yellow pepper, cut into cubes

        1 red onion, cut into cubes

        1 pint cherry tomatoes

        1 squash, ½” slices

        2 zucchini, ½” slices

        Balsamic Marinade:

        ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

        ¼ cup canola oil

        1 tbsp dijon mustard

        1 tbsp honey

        1 tsp dry basil

        salt & pepper

        In a bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, dry basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk together and slowly add canola oil. In another bowl, add chicken cubes and half the balsamic mixture, save the rest. Make sure all the chicken is covered with mixture, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

        Preheat grill to 375-400 degrees F.

        Remove chicken from the refrigerator and assemble the kabobs. Alternate the veggies and chicken on a skewer until everything is used. Place the kabobs on the grill and grill each side for 3-4 minutes, until charred. Then, brush the remaining marinade onto the kabobs. Grill for 2 more minutes, then remove from grill.

        Dessert

        Patriotic Parfait


        Ingredients:

        1 pint blueberries

        1 pint strawberries

        ¾ cup cool whip

        1 cup powdered Sugar

        2 sleeves graham crackers

        8 oz cream cheese

        In a bowl, whip together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Whip until smooth, then mix in your cool whip.

        Assembly:

        1. Fill the bottom of your jars with crumbled graham crackers
        2. Add sliced strawberries
        3. Add cream cheese filling, enough to cover the strawberries
        4. Finish with some blueberries on top