There are a few things I never leave home without. I always have my wallet and phone, of course, and a pair of headphones, my pocket knife, and a lipstick in case I need to go somewhere and assume a least a semblance of professionalism. Recently, my Izola water bottle has been added to the extremely short list of things I almost always have on my person.
When Jarrid and Robyn gave me this water bottle for my birthday earlier this month, I was mostly excited because it was cute (even though I can't paddle my own canoe, and I ended up running into a cypress tree the last time I tried). NOW I'm excited about it because I've discovered that the whole "It'll keep your drinks cold way longer than you thought possible" thing isn't just clever marketing -- it really does keep drinks cold for hours.
This thing goes with me all over the place, including the office (where one time I forgot about it and left the cap off, and found my water still icy cold four hours after I remembered where I'd put the bottle -- just imagine what it'd do with the lid ON), the gym (where it's cool-looking enough that I can pretend it cancels out how ridiculous I look flailing around on the elliptical), the 801 East Main space (where we are currently working almost literally around the clock to bring you the coolest spot in Lakeland), and everywhere in-between. I walk everywhere, so its relatively compact size is perfect; it fits in my purse and is excellent for when I'm trekking around town.
Izola purports that it keeps drinks hot, too, just as long as it keeps them cold. I can't attest to that personally yet, as it's still too hot to lug around hot drinks in my purse, but I'm sure it's great for hot coffee, hot cider, and anything else I can think of to put in there. I'll plan on keeping hot chocolate in it for the Lakeland Christmas parade this year and will report back.
These nifty things are going to be in stock at the Bear Cat and Big 6 trading post, which opens on November 7. If you snag one, let me know! We can walk around Lakeland and drink cold (or hot) drinks together, toasting each other with our wonderful water bottles and not worrying about the temperature of our drinks.
Guest writer: Abby Jarvis