A Water Bottle More Square Than I Am!

img_0456

Clean Bottle, a company that specializes in BPA free water bottles – in the past focused primarily on cycling bottles – recently contacted me and offered to send me one of their new Tritan Square bottles to try out. After researching the bottle, and the company, I agreed, and I’m happy that I did.

The company describes the Tritan Square this way:

The Square is the last water bottle you will ever need.  Its iconic shape prevents your bottle from rolling if dropped, while it’s wide handle is perfect for comfortable carrying.  Both caps use a simple quarter-turn twist to remove, and the bottom cap makes cleaning your Square easy, no matter what you may have left in your bottle.  The Square uses durable silicone gaskets in both caps to ensure a leak-proof seal everytime.  The Square’s elegant shape is sure to get you noticed, and don’t worry, it still fits in most cupholders.  Plus, the Square has an optional Water Filter or Fruit Infuser, so you can customize your Square to be perfect for you.

The bottle is 25 oz (.75L), is BPA free, and is dishwasher (top rack) safe. It also has a lifetime guarantee, which I love.

My Square arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been testing it thoroughly, to make sure that I could give you a good review.

What I love:

  • The bottle opens on both the top and the bottom, making it easy to clean out very thoroughly. This, to me, is the biggest sales point. I have thrown away more than a couple of water bottles because I was worried about what might be lurking in the depths.
  • The handle makes the bottle really easy to carry/grab. It’s so handy for running around campus with or taking a walk. I haven’t tried it, but I suspect you could use a carabiner to hook the bottle to your bag.
  • The infuser works perfectly and is easy to clean. So far, I’ve made lemon water, lime/mint water, cucumber/mint water, and cucumber/lime water. The only time any bits got into the water was when a mint leaf got pulled to pieces in my haste to move it along.
  • The colors make me happy. I have been trying out a green bottle, but I want an orange and a blue (school colors).
  • The twist on bottom and top seem very secure and there has been no leaking, even when the bottle did fall over.

What I less than love (but don’t actively dislike):

  • I don’t actually dislike the square shape. I just have no feelings about it one way or another, other than it is different. I guess if I was camping or otherwise doing things where I might be setting the bottle down on uneven surfaces, it might be more useful to me.
  • At the moment, I’m happy with the top/bottom quarter-turn locking. It does make me a little nervous, however, that it could get knocked loose in a bag. It hasn’t happened though. I’m keeping an eye on it and will report back if it does.

All in all, I really like this water bottle. My daughter saw it and wants one, so I suspect I’ll be purchasing some for upcoming holiday gifts (they have a Buy3Get1Free deal).

Clean Bottle was kind enough to send me 2 extra bottles to use as giveaways for my lovely readers!

Tritan Square Giveaway

Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi – Review and Giveaway

Recently, I was asked to review the newest book by Brian Leaf, Misadventures of a Parenting YogiI have previously reviewed his other book, Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, on this site. Brian nicely sent me a copy to review. It took only one afternoon to read and was an enjoyable, light, summer read. My review, and a chance to own this copy follow the break.

If you are looking for a book that takes a theoretical approach to examining how yoga impacts parenting, this is not it. There are mentions of meditation, yoga practice, and the occasional connection made between parenting and yoga, but they are particularly brief.

If you are looking for a book that will help you to parent across the span of childhood (including preteen and teen years), this is not it. While it does include some parenting advice, it’s fairly restricted to a certain stance and is limited in scope, due to the young ages of the author’s children. For a parent with older children or one who has not always chosen the paths suggested here (or someone with training in family research), this could be sometimes frustrating.

If you are looking for light, easy, funny reading to do in small bits (some chapters are 2 pages), this could be the perfect thing. While there isn’t really anything in the intro to tell you that the book is somewhat tongue in cheek, and I think there should have been, it is. It’s an enjoyable read on one dad’s experience with pregnancy and early childhood.

The book is available on Amazon.com (see link above) for a reasonable price, but you could get it free! While I enjoyed reading the book, I don’t anticipate reading it again and like to pass on my free for review items to readers. So, I shall!

Enter the giveaway by posting 1 comment below regarding connections you see between yoga and parenting. A winner will be drawn on June 15th. Please be sure to either be sure you commenting profile is linked to an email address or check back after that date to see if you won and get me a mailing address.

YMX by Yellowman – Review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Yellowman by YMX contacted me regarding a review of their product line, and specifically of the long sleeved sun tee jersey.  YMX by Yellowman is the more affordable division of Yellowman that  specializes in products designed for athletes with prints based on original tattoo patterns from around the world.  The fabric of this shirt style is designed to be UV protective (SPF 50+), light, quick drying, and breathable.  After agreeing to review the product, I selected a medium long-sleeved shirt in the Henna Spiral print.  Ipicked this print because it is beautiful and seemed like it would be suited to my style.

I received the shirt quickly and found it as beautiful in person as it appeared online.  The fabric is silky and soft – pleasant on the fingers.  Though I debated a while over the size, the medium fits well on my 5′ 7″, 120 lb, wide shouldered frame.  A small may have fit, but I think it would have been a little constrictive, particularly in the arms and shoulders.

Since I don’t bike or run, I wore the shirt for walking and yoga. It does require a foundational garment, because the fabric is thin.  I felt quite stylish in the shirt with a pair of brown yoga pants. Walking, I found it comfortable and fairly warm in chilly weather.  In yoga classes, it stretched easily to allow me into poses and did not ride up in an annoying fashion. Because the cloth is somewhat warm, I found it a little too sweaty for an active yoga class. I prefer to wear a tank for such yoga classes mostly, and this was not an exception.

YMX wear is not inexpensive.  I would characterize it as the opposite.  The price on this shirt is $89.   Given that, and the somewhat overwarmth it produced, I suspect that I would not personally purchase these tees for yoga wear.  However, I can easily imagine why a runner or cyclist would be very happy with this jersey in chilly weather.  Their garments are amazingly gorgeous, and the fabric is quite nice.  While I haven’t worn it long enough to judge the long-term wear, I can say that they wash up nicely without any obvious lose of vibrancy.

YMX has offered to send one lucky TheVeganAsana reader an identical shirt in the Henna Sprial print.  To enter, please visit the YMX site and comment below with your favorite design.  For additional entries, follow YMX on Facebook, follow TheVeganAsana on Facebook, follow YMX (@WearYMX) and/or me (@theveganasana) on Twitter, or subscribe to my RSS feed.  Leave a separate comment below for each additional entry.   A random reader will be selected on December 10th using the “And the Winner Is” plugin.

Good luck to all entrants, and thanks to YMX for offering me the opportunity to review the product and offer this giveaway!

And the winner is Kia!  Watch your email for a message from me.