HydrateM8 The Game Changer

IMG_1714Every now and then I come across products that make a huge impact in my life and I’m so happy that this simple motivational water bottle HydrateM8 has done just that improving my general well being. With the big 40 life begins and all that jazz birthday next month, I’ve been trying to get into the best shape that I can possibly be. It’s been a little hard to exercise to be honest as life is busy when you have an active toddler but I try to fit in a workout here and there. I am however a huge fan of water so I’ve been drinking what feels like an ocean these past few months and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin looking brighter the crows feet are still there though.


I drink approximately 3.5 litres on a good day and make sure I drink a glass of water before I go to bed at night sadly this sometimes means I need the use of the lavatorium in the middle of the night but I can’t complain as I’m used to waking up due to my sleep raider son.  Other non water beverages (wink wink) have been consumed mainly at weekends but with the pace of every day life sometimes it’s hard to keep a track of whether you’re actually drinking enough. The popular HydrateM8 is simply a bottle of a 900ml capacity with time line markings to keep a track of how much water you should be drinking but this concept will help anyone young and old.


I first came across this product line on Instagram and loved it so much that I ordered two one for me and mine and it arrived quickly in good packaging.  Available in 7 colours, 2 childrens bottles and 2 fruit infusers, the adult bottles are £13.99 although there is a current offer on the ‘summer mode’ bottle 2 for £22.  It is perhaps pricey for an empty bottle you could say but I know I will use it daily and I haven’t regretted making the purchase at all.



Staying hydrated is oh so important yet many of us just don’t drink enough in the day. I know when I’m dehydrated as I get headaches especially in the recent warm weather. My body also slows down and every action seems a struggle. The body will perform well if it is consistently hydrated bit by  bit and it doesn’t have to be water. Eating fruits and vegetables which contain high water will definitely help. I’m not a fan of cucumbers but love cucumber flavoured water how odd is that! I love how I can infuse the HydrateM8 with a couple of cucumber slices thrown in. I have yet to try lemon and lime for a boost of Vitamin C or why not chuck in some berries and anything else you fancy as long as it’s good for you!.


I also make sure Jay has his toddler bottle of water near him always.  As a parent I want to make sure he drinks enough water in the day as he can forget when playing and having fun. Talking about toddlers, I was thinking how good a gift this would make for a pregnant friend!  The other lovely thing about this range is the quirky motivational quotes to keep you hydrated. If I hadn’t gone for the ‘Summer Mode’ bottle I would have selected ‘Carpe Diem’ (a Latin aphorism ‘Seize the day’ ) one of my favourite sayings of all time.






I don’t think I can say any more as you get the idea but do check out the website and it’s great to see that the company have been working with the British Charity Pump Aid helping communities with basic needs, safe water and sanitation. We do take water for granted here and it really is so very valuable we should use it wisely and drink wise.

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Go and grab a glass of water or better still, a HydrateM8, Mate.




Enjoy Drinking More Water Challenge


This post is an entry for the #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons. I am a huge advocate in drinking more of it, and actually love the taste of water!

Being one of my favourite daily beverages I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage members of the family to drink more water especially as it’s thirsty work being a parent! A survey of 2,000 people conducted by One Poll for Robinsons has found that 70% of those questioned have gone seven hours or more in a day without drinking a glass of water.

Just over two-thirds cited being “too busy” during the working day to grab a glass of water. Highlighting the importance of taste, 80% of respondents said they would usually choose to drink something other than water, with just one in five claiming to love the taste of water.

I was recently sent a box of Squash’d; a super concentrated squash in six different flavours all in small bottles which can be easily carried in bags without the bulk. Robinsons as a brand brings back childhood memories especially drinking squash at school sports days and especially after playing outside in the summer (when seasons were seasons).

During my pregnancy with Jay I developed Gestational Diabetes which thankfully I was able to control with my diet without having to take any medication. As a result I am much more aware of ‘processed sugar’ in foods these days and have made big changes to my diet including drinking even more water.

As a family we have been trying the different flavours my personal favourite is lemon and lime, and looking at the concentrate as I poured it out I thought it would have tasted sweeter but it isn’t which is fine by me. Each bottle makes approximately 20 servings  with no added sugar.


Water is vital to a child’s health, fortunately my son quite happily drinks water and squash. If you are a parent that is worried about your child not drinking enough water perhaps try to flavour it or use a fun style water bottle with their favourite characters to encourage them to hold and sip fluids. This chart from Robinsons is a fun way to keep a track of refreshments.


I used to set a few alerts on my phone to remind myself to sip on water but I didn’t follow this too well.  That’s when I discovered an easy water bottle which I ordered from Etsy that gives you time goals for when you should be drinking water.  I love it!  If you don’t care about what your water bottle looks like, you can always just use tape to create segments on your water bottle with corresponding time goals.


The campaign aims to remind people that with real fruit in every drop and no added sugar Robinsons is a tasty way to stay refreshed. Do you drink enough water in the day?

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Make a Splash!



I had a feeling my child of Pisces would love splish splashing around in the pool  and my assumption was correct. He is a water sign after all but to be fair all babies are born with the natural ability to swim and are perfectly adapted to immersion in water.  We all know that swimming is an important must learn life skill and unlike my other half who swims daily I’m not that confident in the water. I managed a swimming proficiency of 25m at school but that’s about it, if my feet can’t touch the bottom of the pool or the sea then it’s game over.

I was advised to take Jay swimming after his immunisations but I’ve since discovered that you don’t need to wait and can go anytime unless your baby is unwell.  Most pools start swimming classes at 3 months and many mums prefer to wait until then to take their baby for a swim. The decision is entirely up to you. Jay had his first official pool visit at 6 months old with Daddio and he took to it brilliantly there were no tears and although he managed to splash his own face with water a couple of times he didn’t cry. He was as happy as Larry whoever Larry is.


Jay and his Daddio

If you’re thinking of heading to the pool here’s a couple of pointers that I hope will help:

  • Consider the timing of your visit. Choose a time when the pool is quieter some leisure centres have a baby pool and if it doesn’t probably best to avoid busy lane sessions.
  • You may find you need to sign a form at the Leisure centre if you or family/friend is going to take photos of baby swimming. This is the World we live in now.
  • Might be an idea to get your swimming cossie on underneath your clothes before you leave the house to save time when you get to the pool.
  • Try and grab a bay with a table  as it’s quite tricky trying to change baby in one without one basically!
  • We packed 2 towels for Jay one to dry him immediately after coming out of the pool and one to put him down onto after drying. It’s no fun getting changed on a wet towel.
  • We chose Huggies disposable nappies which worked really well and Jay wore his funky swimming shorts over the nappy. Regular readers of my blog will know the Jay bird suffers from reflux. I was more worried about the milk throw ups than the possible nappy leak incidents! I had to make sure we waited 30 mins after feeding him and then we made our short drive to the pool.



  • The pool temperature should not be too cold it should be at least 30 degrees celsius or warmer. If you think it’s too cold then check with the staff.
  • When you get in the pool for the first time, smile and talk to your baby.  It’s really important that you are calm as they’ll take their cues from you. Get your shoulders under the water and hold your baby so the water covers their chests. Through the session, try alternating between holding your baby very close, with lots of reassuring skin-to-skin contact, then at arm’s length so they can move freely and feel a bit more independent. Singing songs and play gentle games with your baby, blowing bubbles and splashing water over baby’s tummy and baby’s head.
  • We restricted his visit in the water to 20 minutes and made sure he was warm and cosy afterwards as babies lose heat quicker than adults.
  • Jay usually ready for a drink  immediately after swimming, thirsty work! so I feed him before we head home. There is the added benefit that he naps for longer after a visit to the pool which means I can actually have a warm mug of coffee for once and even manage to eat a meal when it’s hot and you mummies know what I mean!.



Kicking action!



Do you enjoy taking your babies swimming and have you tried structured swimming classes?







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