Ice, Iced Baby
You can call me the Scrooge of Summer because summer is my least favourite season.
Even while living abroad, I was happiest during the ber-months and could never partake in the excitement and festivities leading up to the sunshine and summer heat. (Un)fortunately, today I live in a place where summer lurks all year round. I have zero control (other than over my air conditoner) over mother nature in the tropics... which leads me to confession #2.
2. I am a cold water snob.
Yes, it is a thing and just 1 out of 7,890,125 quirks I am faced with. I love water, but not from a straw or plastic. It needs to be cold; crisp cold. Ice needs to be hard, fresh and in its purest state. I cannot stomach water with melted ice and once the cubes dissolve, I begin to feel queasy.
"Summer na! The init is real." My instagram feed is filled with summer greetings, which serve as nagging reminders to begin planning for the next of 2 1/2 months being home with the monsters. Luckily, I am a firm believer of the importance of water and the mighty powers hydration gives a tired, sweaty mama.
Fast rewind to a conversation I shared with Cheryl of @brightbrands.ph about my frustration with servers insulated tumblers that failed me. Not one withstood the true test to keep h2o brain-freezingly cold throughout the day. There was always a limit for the life of ice cubes.
Then came MontiiCo. An insulated water bottle invented by a mom from Australia who’s cold water bottle desires ceased to be satisfied by existing ones in the market. She wanted one that was light weight, but could hold a significant amount of H20. One that was easy to carry, had zero plastic parts and of course, it needed to be cute. Duh! She created a water bottle with a stainless steel cap & body, bamboo cover and a handle for easy carrying. I was instantly sucked into its cuteness, but based on my experience; the cuter the thermos the crappier it performed.
I was asked to take the MontiiCo for a test drive then rate its cold water capabilities. Well, it has been 3 weeks and I am thrilled to announce that it performs way beyond it’s advertisement. It's double insulated wall keeps water cold and ice can keep frozen for about 15-20 hours. I left mind in the car for 4 hours last weekend, when temperatures reached a high of 38. My stressful mall excursion with 3 whining children had left me feeling dizzy and dry mouthed. As we rushed back to the car, I was certain my water was luke wam, but to my surprise, the ice cubes were unfazed by the brutal heat. The h2o remained crisp, the cubes were still in its original, rectangular form and water remained iced old.
Since then, my hot pink tumbler and I have been inseparable. It holds a generous 20 oz. of h2o and it’s stainless steel handle makes it the perfect companion to carry around throughout the day.
Personally, what makes this product extra special is that its founder like me, is a busy mother. But, a mother who worked-up the determination to make her vision into reality. She created everything she wanted in a cold water companion with functional features catering to every member of the family.
The MontiiCo comes in a beautiful selection of colours, and at P1,585, it is relatively a small price to pay for your newest loyal companion, that should stick around for the next few years (at least) to come.
You're welcome! ;)