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Summer Floats and Why Some are Better than Others

19 Aug

Prior to a weekend away in New Hampshire, my friend Jaclyn decided that she was going to  grab a couple floats for everyone to lay out on while relaxing on the lake.

While it did seem like a great idea, no one realize how wonderful these floats would be.

With temperatures hitting the high 80s, low 90s that weekend, all everyone wanted to do was have a couple beers and be in the lake. This is when we determined some floats are better than others — especially when it comes to day drinking.

The float blow is great in theory, and can be bought pretty cheap. The one shown is from  PoolFloatsDirect.com  and can be bought for as little as $3.99.

If you are just laying in one spot all day you will be fine. But if you are laying with a beer, it’s going to continue to be a wobbly lay down/sit up for the rest of the afternoon. And, these floats tend to deflate the fastest… just sayin’!

This Pearl Series Classic Pool Lounger from Target can be purchased for $31.99.

As you can see, the raised back on this float is perfect for reclining back, but still being able to talk to friends. It’s dual cup holders are a key addition to the magnificence of this float. This lounger is hands free which is a definite plus. My only comment is you need to make sure the lounger is always full of air. We used one similar to this that weekend, and if the cup holders deflate, your beer will go into the lake. Bye, bye, beer..

Also at Target is the Pool Master Day Dreamer Tube for $23.99.

These tubes tend to stay the most inflated while lounging in water. And since it does have a head rest, it makes for easy drinking and socializing. My one concern is the fact that there are no cup holders. Balance gently or you will find your  drink in your lap. Party foul!

PoolCenter.com offers a Spring Float with Graphic Print for $21.18.

While these types of floats are perfect for the person who wants to get their whole body wet while lounging, that’s about all they are good for. This type of float leads to awkwardness when trying to sit up, and are not kosher for drinking beer while on them.

After scouring PoolRafts.com I’ve come across two rafts that work out well for those looking to just relax in the sun:

The Pacific Paradise Lounge:

and the Aqua Fun Island:

Who needs a table or even a cabin if you can find a float as sick as the Paradise Lounge?! It’s like an adult moonbeam!

The Aqua Fun Island is also perfect if you want to fit more than one person aboard. It’s good for those who don’t mind roasting in the sun all day, as you are set up a bit off the water.

So in general, when it comes to floats, cheaper isn’t always better, but you need to find higher quality floats that will stay inflated throughout the time you are sitting on them.

With summer coming to an end soon, you will also likely be able to find high quality floats at a discount price. So start planning your floating needs for next year!

Are you a fan of the float?

A Gift for Every Occasion: Designs by Lolita

22 Jul

A wine glass might just be a wine glass, however if you like collections and sets I recommend looking into Designs by Lolita. I first encountered Lolita wine glasses about 5 or 6 years ago when a friend gave me one as a present. I instantly fell in love with the fun, unique designs — and the idea that they are collectable.

Each hand painted glass is accompanied by a drink recipe on the bottom of the stem – or the glass itself.

Birthdays, marriages, holidays, Moms, beach lovers – you name it, Lolita’s got it.

Priced between $12-$30 these glasses are very affordable and make the perfect, original gift. My aunt recently bought me a Lolita martini glass for my recent engagement – I was elated! Each glass let’s you relive the memory of why it was given to you again and again.

Not limited to just wine glasses, Lolita also has champagne flutes, martini glasses, shot glasses and pilsner glasses available.

I recently discovered that Lolita also sells acrylic tableware, candles and much more. However, the glassware collection will always be my favorite.

The collection is now sold online, but in the past I’ve bought from a local Hallmark store.

What’s your favorite Lolita glass?

No More Dirty-Bottomed Cups or Bottles: Party Sticks are the Answer

22 Jun

Do you tend to frequent the beach or BBQs during the summer? Or, do you often sit around a campfire? …And, do you hate when dirt of sand cover your water condensed glass? Maybe it’s OCD, but I do.

If you are like me and are not a fan of getting the bottom of your cup dirty, then I have a product that it totally worth every penny: Outdoor Party Sticks from the Pampered Chef.

They cost just under $40, and include a set of seven sticks: one bottle holder for wine, champagne and 2-liter bottles, plus six glass holders for stemware, tumblers and cans. Each stick does has a protective colored tab covering the ends of the coils to “help identify whose drink is whose” – however depending on how hard the ground is, the tabs will fall off at times.

A few years ago, my fiancé and I were down inHyannis (onCape Codfor any of you non-locals) on the beach throwing the football around. Obviously, there are no glass bottles allowed on just about any beach so we SOLO-cupped it for the afternoon. I brought my Outdoor Party Sticks and we were good to go. Sand free! People passing by actually commented on what a great idea these little sticks are.

Another way they come in handy is when I’m playing ball outside with my dog. She’s half border collie/half boxed and 100% obsessed with fetch. Instead of putting my ice coffee down, to wipe my hands off after I throw the dirt covered ball, I just keep my coffee in my handy Party Stick until I feel it necessary to take another couple sips.

They are also a party pleaser. We always stick a couple in the ground around our firepit as well. No need to have one hand occupied with a beverage when you can just have a standing cup holder at all time.

How would you get the most out of these party sticks?