Lifefactory Glass Bottle Giveaway // Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Remember last week when I brattily exclaimed, “I want one!” after seeing my auntie Marcy’s Lifefactory glass bottle? Well, guess what? I got one. And guess what else? I have one for one of you, too, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Upon returning from Albany, I started researching Lifefactory, and it came as no surprise that one of the company’s co-founders, Daren Joy, is an award-winning designer and architect. In a video on the site, Daren briefly discusses his design process and observes that “there is a connection that gets formed almost immediately,” noting that people “know they love [the bottle] right when they first touch it.” Perhaps my reaction wasn’t so bratty after all: the instant desire to have one was simply the sign of successful design.

As I suspected, I am loving my Lifefactory glass bottle. After a week of heavy use, I have yet to open my shoulder bag to find my phone lying in a pool of water — success! — and I have yet to find myself at the sink trying to scrub away a fungal smell from the opening — success! The glass delivers such a clean, pure taste. Moreover, thanks to the silicone sleeve, the bottle has survived several crash tests — the kids are as drawn to the bottle as I am — down our asphalt driveway.

The more I read about the founders and their philosophy, the more taken I become. Pam Marcus, Lifefactory’s other co-founder, worked as a pediatric physical therapist and feeding specialist for 17 years. Her concerns about the presence of harmful chemicals and plastics in infant feeding systems inspired her to create a line of glass baby bottles. Not only are the bottles BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free, they are designed to “perform for years to come” — I love this. The line of bottles now extends to toddlers and adults, but before I start sounding like a bad infomercial, I’ll stop here and let you poke around the Lifefactory site yourself. Go on, that perfect water bottle is just a click away.

Now for the giveaway: Lifefactory will send one of you (US shipping only) one of their beautiful, glass, chemical-free bottles for water, juice and smoothies. Just leave a comment below. I’d love to hear what juices and smoothies you have been concocting these days. I’ve been on a watermelon-agua-fresca kick. On Sunday, I picked up two large watermelons at the Stafford farmers’ market, and, thanks to my new glass bottle, I have been enjoying agua fresca on the go ever since. I have never felt more stylish or hydrated in my life. Thank you, Lifefactory.

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Surprise…it’s yellow. This was not intentional.
peeling the watermelon

8 cups cubed watermelon and limes

pitcher of yellow watermelon agua fresca

agua fresca to go!

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Adapted from: The Garden of Eden

Note: Sometimes I’m bad at reading instructions. I added the sparkling water directly to the watermelon purée and stored the whole mixture in the fridge until I was ready to serve it. This worked just fine to me, but if you are worried about fizz loss, follow Darcy’s instructions.

8 cups watermelon, cubed and puréed (approximately 6 cups after blending)
4 cups sparkling water or tap water (I used sparkling)
1 to 2 limes
up to 1/3 cup sugar depending on the sweetness of the watermelon
mint sprigs for serving

1. In a food processor or blender, whizz the watermelon to a purée. It’s best to do this in two batches. Strain mixture into a large pitcher. Add water and stir. Juice one lime into the pitcher and stir to mix. Taste. Add the additional lime if desired. (I added the juice of two limes.) Taste. Add sugar if necessary. I added 1/3 cup sugar, but I suspect this was because my yellow watermelon was not too sweet. Chill until ready to serve.

2. When ready to serve, place mint sprigs and ice (optional) in serving glasses. Pour in agua fresca. Enjoy!

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267 Comments

  1. I have been making green smoothies, including spinach, fruits, almond milk, and yogurt. yummy and healthy!! And right now I’m drinking 100% cranberry juice mixed with filtered water. Healthy plus it keeps you cool on these hot days. Would love to win one of these. I love your web-site…sharon

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  2. Theses bottles are great! I’ve been making the blackberry-sage soda syrup that I like to add to club soda. It’s a recipe I found in Sunset mag.

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  3. I would like to have one of these cause when you use plastic they tend to retain the smell and is hard to get rid of. Can please tell me how to get one? Thanks

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  4. I would LOVE one (or six!!!) of these as well! I am a letter carrier for the USPS and need to carry lots of water in the truck with me. These would be PERFECT!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win one. I have a green smoothie for breakfast every day…

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  5. I need to kick the diet soda HABIT…. I like the recipe you posted above. With a sparkling water and a few other flavors added, I think I could do it. The bottle would be SWEET! Thank you for sharing your recipe Watermelon Agua Fresca. Love your recipes!!

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  6. I got a vitamix a few months ago, so i’ve been throwing every fruit and veggie in the house into that thing to make smoothies morning and night! Love it!

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  7. smoothy: wild organic blueberry, pineapple, banana, wheatgrass, wheat germ, chia seed, baby spinach, coconut water, organic apple juice.

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  8. Yum! That looks so good!
    And I have wanted one of these bottles for ever!

    Recently I am on a spinach/mango smoothie kick. ;-)

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  9. My mom just emailed me about these bottles last week, it fate! We both always have our water bottles with us, and I have started to notice the funk that my stainless steel bottle produces, and I only use it for water.

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  10. Thanks for this! I love watermelon aqua fresca but I had kind of forgotten about its existence since last summer. Time to make a pitcher!

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  11. Thanks again for a fabulous looking recipe! I’m attempting a garden for the first time this year and have been blending beet leaves in with my green smoothies. The glass bottles look great and your recommendation is enough for me!

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  12. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! I’m a huge Lifefactory fan already – would love to give a bottle to The Husband!

    I actually made a watermelon-lime-mint agua fresca recently for a dear friend who just had a baby. Thought it’d be a nice switch-up from plain old water while she’s trying to hydrate well throughout this nasty Nashville summer!

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  13. I have mint in my garden that I’ve been using in combination with fresh fruit to make my water and smoothies extra refreshing.

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  14. We’ve been taking advantage of all the fresh mint from our garden in our smoothies this summer! This morning, my husband and I had a blueberry, vanilla mint smoothie. So, so, good with fresh, frozen blueberries, coconut milk, vanilla protein powder, fresh mint and apple. We’ve just been talking about how much we’d like to try glass bottles as opposed to the plastic ones we received with our smoothie blender. Sounds great! Will def ck out Lifefactory!

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  15. I may not be as stylish as those at the gym with their Lululemon, but with a lifefactory glass bottle, I can be part of the cool kids’ club, too :D

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  16. I am training for a marathon and I am terrible at hydrating during the week I would love to have one of these as inspiration. I have also been making lots of smoothies today I made parsley, raspberry and orange. It was delicious. Can’t wait to try the watermelon aqua fresca.

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  17. Omg! That watermelon juice looks incredible. I’ve been trying to work with peaches, and added it to my usual strawberry lemonade spritzer. It makes me so happy that it’s summer time!! Maybe I can add some mint too…

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  18. I am loving plain water or seltzer with lots and lots of slices of cucumber or watermelon and mint. I would love one of your fabulous bottles. I misplaced my favorite one and in desperate need of a replacement.

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  19. I also have the bad habit of drinking too much soda and the recipe you posted is the perfect replacement. I’m a fan of citrus smoothies. Lemon, orange… so refreshing. That bottle looks awesome.

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  20. I saw my co-worker started using one awhile ago. I was immediately caught by the beautiful design. I am glad to find out finally what the brand is today!

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  21. I adore “traditional” smoothies made with greek yogurt, coconut water, fruit – fresh or frozen – and oatmeal, flax seed, maybe some greens … yum!! I’m a nut for ice water, tho … pregnancy has me chugging it out of 20+ oz spaghetti sauce jars all day long ;-) I need a style upgrade! hahah

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  22. Not sure if my comment went thru or not =/ I don’t see it! Lovin’ on some traditional smoothies w/greek yogurt, coconut water, fresh or frozen fruit and greens, flax seed, you name it!

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  23. Ohhh my!!!!!!!!!!!! I need one of those! At least once a week I end up with my bag drowned:)))))) I would especially need it for my baby boy! …filled with “zumo de naranjas rojas” and ginger!

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  24. I haven’t been juicing, but what I am doing is adding a wedge of fresh watermelon to my plain iced tea and it’s very tasty!

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  25. I live on your blog. Incredible recipes and enticing photography! I’m feeling inspired. I will be experimenting with my own agua fresca ideas soon. :-) We’re completely hooked on La Croix coconut flavor at our house.

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  26. I don’t typically drink smoothies, but I saw a great recipe on Pinterest for flavored water, using sage and blackberries. Sounds pretty incredible! I’d love to try it out this summer in one of these water bottles.

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  27. I have been thinking about buying one of those water bottles! I have been enjoying smoothies made with juice, yogurt and whatever fruit I have on hand. They hit the spot after a morning playing tennis. P.S. I LOVE your website! I am so happy I found it!

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  28. It’s been a while since I’ve made a new or exciting smoothie, but I definitely need to get back to it now that we have a decent blender!

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  29. I’ve been pureeing blackberries, straining them, adding lime and mixing with soda water (and gin if it’s an evening drink!). Summer refresher and cocktail mix in one!

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  30. I’ve been on a green smoothie kick lately–spinach, carrots, bananas, oj, pineapple, and a little flax or chia seeds.

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  31. Ooh, I’m a dietetics student so I know the importance of staying hydrated while practicing food safety, and of drinking healthy and fresh juices, and this bottle looks like just what I’ve been looking for. I love a classic apple, ginger, celery and carrot juice. Nothing to crazy, but simple and wonderful for summer.

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  32. Yellow watermelon was such a surprise to my family the first time my mom bought one thinking it was a regular red watermelon. To this day I’m not sure if it actually did taste slightly different or if it was all in our heads!

    I don’t do smoothies a lot, but I do drink a lot of water…and I make the occasional cocktail for my older brother!

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  33. I would love one of the bottles, I like my drinks out of glass anytime over plastic or metal. Yellow watermelon is great but still my eyes can’t believe its watermelon.

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  34. I throw in whatever I find in the freezer… yesterday it was broccoli, strawberries and blueberries, with some almond milk and plain Greek yogurt.

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  35. Awesome giveaway! I have been eyeing a Lifefactory water bottle for a while now. I love the fact that it keeps water’s original taste. If I had the extra money to buy one I would in a heartbeat! Until then, I’m stuck with my stainless steel bottle. :)

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  36. I am not one for smoothies but I would like to use it for water..I dont drink as much as I should for many of the reasons you listed above but now that I am ill alot (fibromyalgia) I really need to drink what is recommended to try and feel the least bit healthy for my sake as well as my family’s!!! Good luck to all & thank you AK for the giveaway!!

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  37. Watermelon, mint and cucumbers. I am trying a new recipe this week!

    What a perfect way to takenit to work. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  38. I’ve been making smoothie popsicles all summer:
    stone fruit of choice (peach, plum, cherry, nectarine, no need to peel)
    a dollop of Greek yogurt
    a *tiny* smidgeon of honey if plum skins are extra-tart
    Puree, then freeze. The kids will drink it as smoothies, or eat them like candy as popsicles. And the best part about this no-added-liquid recipe is that the popsicle sticks will stand straight up in the paper cups all on their own until they freeze.

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  39. I made some amazing raspberry/blueberry lemonade with local GA berries – would love to drink it and my daily water out of a Lifefactory glass bottle!

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  40. I really, really could use this! I had an old metal SIGG bottle, but I forgot it in the trunk of my friend’s car… and couldn’t get it back for a week. Needless to say, I refuse to open the bottle because I’m quite afraid of what might be growing in there…

    If I had one of these pretty glass bottles, I wouldn’t have this problem; I’d also have a water bottle again. :P

    The first thing I’d put in this is a beet, ginger, and cilantro detox juice. I think it would look quite pretty in one of these!

    xx St. Heather

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  41. I absolutely love these bottles! I love to drink just plain old water out of glass, but I’d also fill one up with a kale and fruit smoothie.

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  42. I’ve been making lots of simple smoothies with summer berries, avocados, bananas, and European-style yogurt for me and my little guy to share. These bottles are so fab!

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  43. I went out and bought a Cuisinart….I’m sooooo excited! Watermelon agua fresca here I come! These bottles are pretty cool looking….I’m going to check them out!

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  44. These bottles sound incredible. I love simple, fresh lemon or lime water & I would definitely make some to put into my Lifefactory bottle! Thanks for the hence to win one.

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  45. My husband just made beet and greens juice…yum? But I’ve been enjoying blackberry banana smoothies this summer…really yum. Love the bottles.

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  46. I’ve been making cucumber mint slushies this summer – blend 2 c cucumber (peeled and seeded), 1 c peach juice, 1/4 c mint leaves, squeeze of lime juice, couple teaspoons sugar, and pinch of salt with ice. Would taste great out of a Lifefactory bottle :)

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  47. I made watermelon granita two summers ago, and there was so much watermelon everywhere I sort of have been scared away from putting fruit in the blender. I do make a lovely mint iced tea, though.

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  48. We are just strawberry and banana smoothie people here lately…that is all the 5 year will drink! But, I would pretend it was so much more in one of those bottles!

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  49. You’ve gotta love a great water bottle. It’s the simplest pleasures we get excited about!
    I’ve been making lots of beautiful waters infused with all the local fruits that are finally ripe for the picking-strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

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  50. You’ve got to love a great water bottle. It is often the simplest things we get excited about.
    I’ve been drinking lots of water infused with our wonderful local fruits that are finally ripe-strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

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  51. I’m pretty boring when it comes to drinks. I love water. It is my go to drink at all times. Occasionally I’ll have a fresh lemonade or unsweetened tea, but thats about it.

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  52. I love to add raspberries to pure water. It tastes great and looks so pretty having those berries floating around. It will look great in a Lifefactory bottle!

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  53. Peach + Strawberry = One of my favorites and Strawberry + Banana + Spinach = my favorite way to get my green stuff in without making a salad!

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  54. As someone who is lucky enough to live in a city with not only safe drinking water, but water that is actually delicious, I would love to drink it from a glass bottle that I could carry around with me all day and would enjoy showing off. I don’t like to drink water cold, just pure and healthy and from glass, maybe sometimes with a ginger green tea bag swimming in it.

    Good luck to everyone! Thanks for the effort to make this giveaway happen, Alex.

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  55. My herb garden has been taken over by sweet mint and chocolate mint so I’ve been doing a simple lemon and mint water a lot lately! DELICIOUS!!

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  56. I drink filtered water enhanced with lemons, limes, cucumbers, mint, berries, or whatever fruit I have on hand and stevia. It could be enhanced even more if I drink it from a Lifefactory bottle! Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  57. I’ve been making smoothies out of whatever fruits and veges I happen to have in the fridge/freezer. Throw in some fruit like peaches/pineapple/berries, handful of greens like kale/spinach, a cucumber, and a squeeze of lime. Sounds odd but really just tastes like a fruit smoothie.

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  58. Been loving all the fresh fruits of the season. Love making drinks that have berries, pineapple and mango fruits in them… very healthy too. But most of all LOVE my water!! Water goes everywhere with me…would love one of these bottles to carry with me at all times! Thanks!

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  59. I’m not much of a smoothie drinker and my drink of choice is usually water or seltzer. (thank you, Soda Stream!) These bottles are fabulous! I love that they don’t get that mucky smell and the design is great too!

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  60. One of my favorite waters is pure filtered water laced with fresh (or frozen) blueberries and fresh orange slices. SO fresh! It would be great to have a “take along” Lifefactory bottle so I could bring healthy drinks with me to work. Thank you for the contest…and for your great recipes!

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  61. I usually do a banana-berry smoothies when I blow out the door. My daughter had one of these bottle and I’d take it every morning! However she moved out taking her bottle :( so I’m back to plastic cups. Your recipe sounds yummy, I’ll have to give it a try. After all who doesn’t love watermelon!

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  62. My five year old and I are satisfied Lifefactory owners but my husband is envious of our cool bottles. It would be wonderful if he could have his own!

    Watermelon agua fresca = yum.

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  63. I’ve been drinking a lot of peach lemonade with sparkling water and mint sprigs from the garden. Would love to do so in a new Lifefactory bottle! :)

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  64. I found a box of Trader Joe’s yuzu tisane tea packets in my pantry the other day…on their own, I thought they weren’t the greatest, so I tried mixing a few with some plain steeped rooibos tea. Stuck the pitcher in the fridge and was surprisingly pleased a few hours later.

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  65. I like any smoothie my daughter makes and she likes to experiment! Anything with strawberries is my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. I’m lazy, so I just squirt some Mio lemonade into my ice water. The water here is very hard, so drinking it straight is simply out of the question for me; can’t stand the nasty taste. Maybe drinking it out of a 22-oz purple flip cap would make it better, and if not, I’d look soooo cool drinking my Mio :)

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  67. I live in Tucson and always have a bottle of water nearby. I like water with a slice of lemon and/or fresh mint. It is such a plus that Lifefactory bottles are glass! Thanks for this opportunity.

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  68. I love to make a smoothie with avocado, peaches, and lemon verbena leaves. Yum. Would love to drink it from such a pretty glass…….

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  69. We drink mostly water in our house. But when we want something different, we make lemonade and add whatever fruits we have on hand. Recently, it’s been locally grown peaches. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  70. I have a nice watermelon in the refrigerator, and will be trying Agua Fresca as soon as I finish this comment! Would love to have what appears to be an outstanding bottle, as described by you. Thanks for your wonderful posts.

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  71. Did strawberries, sparkling water and orange juice…blend and drain through cheesecloth for the seed removal! Great with a few blueberries for color!!!!
    Thanks for all your work in this!!! love the bottles….

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  72. The bottles look great. I would love to have one. It would be a great way to get my daily water intake. So easy to take along with me!!!

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  73. These bottles look amazing! Thanks for sharing such a cool product. I’m loving my morning smoothies this summer that I make with vegan protein powder, super greens, almond milk and a handful of frozen fruit (bananas, mixed berries or peaches work great!) I cut and prep the fruit in individual containers and freeze. In the morning I can just reach into the freezer and grab one serving and throw it all into the magic bullet! And viola you have an awesome breakfast!

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  74. Rhubarb Fizz – syrup made of rhubarb juice, add a little stevia, and some sparkling water. Low cal and refreshing. Rhubarb is one of my favorite things to eat.

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  75. Those bottles look amazing!!! I would probably have to put some “juicy water”, as we call it, in there to share with my daughter. Water with strawberries and mint or maybe cucumbers.

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  76. Okay…I just finished a 7 day fruit/veg fast and I can juice!
    My favorite is pineapple and peach chilled and waiting after I worked outside.
    Need to remove the pulp in the juice machine after half of the pineapple.
    With my machine some of the pulp makes it into the glass, but it seems like a smoothie then. MMMMMMMMMM……….

    I WANT A LIFEFACTORY BOTTLE SO I AM NOT HAULING A CLUMSY QUART MASON JAR WITH ME EVERYWHERE!

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  77. the Lifefactory Bottle looks amazing! i am a Pastry Chef, currently focussing on Marmalades, and all sorts of Canning (so i am always surrounded by glass jars..) however, i have yet to find the perfect travel jar-and it looks like Lifefactory fits the bill – i would love to have one! thanks so much..

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  78. I have been meaning to get a glass water bottle – and this one looks beautiful (and for a water bottle)! And what a delicious agua fresca recipe. I will have to make it!

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  79. What a great giveaway – I would love to have one of these bottles. I am so done with hauling these plastic things around and having them leak all over. I’ve been reluctant to carry anything but plain water due to the stickiness factor if it should spill. :) Now to try out your watermelon agua fresca, which sounds like summer in a glass (or bottle)!

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  80. I make my own blueberry iced tea- I just sub a couple of blueberry tea bags in with my black tea and it makes a wonderfully subtle blueberry flavor.

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  81. I have recently been making pineapple, blueberry, greek yogurt smoothies. Sooo good and if I was drinking them out of an orange lifefactory bottle!! Love them!

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  82. Time to give up the plastics and move onto glass. I’ve thought of the quart jar idea, but these Lifefactory bottles are classier looking. Very attractive and I like that the silicone protects the glass.

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  83. I want one of those bottles. They are so cute! Here in Oklahoma we makes lots of flavored tea: mint tea, peach tea, strawberry tea. If its sweet, I add it to tea and take it with me!

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  84. I want one of those bottles. They are so cute! Here in Oklahoma we make lots of flavored tea: mint tea, peach tea, strawberry tea. If its sweet, I add it to tea and take it with me!

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  85. I have been making Mango Smoothies. I first pick the fresh ones from my
    mango in the front yard. Then let it ripen fully on the kitchen counter.
    Peel it, cut into cubes and freeze cubes on cookie sheet in freezer.
    When frozen hard put cubes in blender and blend with 1/2-3/4 cup of
    lemon/lime soda. When smooth pour in glass and drink.

    Can be done with ripe store mangoes too. Wonderful on hot day!
    I want one of those niffy bottles-too cute-and all of us in Florida need one.

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    • This summer has been the summer of smoothies. I have literally been blending up anything I have on hand! This bottle would be the perfect way to take smoothies on the go!

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  86. I usually stick with water with lemon, but I would definitely branch out if I had such a stylish bottle to carry my drink in!

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  87. Lost my favorite workout bottle. Would love to replace it with the free one you are offering. I never use anything fancy with my water. What ever I have on hand: cucumbers, lemon, limes, peaches …..quick, easy and off to the gym.

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  88. I like to make my own chia agua frescas–lime, watermelon, coconut. Cheaper than buying the pre-mixed ones at the store. And they give you amazing energy.

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  89. I make iced lavender/mint tea and have it in the morning instead of my usual hot tea. I also have been making smoothies with almond milk and frozen wild blueberries. Mmmmmm.

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  90. I’m a color junkie, so these bottles are brilliant. Also appreciate the practical features built into them. I would use one for smoothies, or even for spring water on the go. Know I would like it better than my stainless steel one! For smoothies, I like to combine fruits and veggies, for example kale, carrot, banana, blueberry and blackberry, with ginger.

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  91. I made cold brewed ice tea a lot during the summer. Just take a pitcher of water and add several tea bags (your favorite flavor – – pomegranite white tea is one of our favorites). Put it in the fridge and immediately the tea will start flavoring the water. Wait a few hours and you will have a delicious and easy flavored tea. If you choose add some sweetner, but we drink it without. I think this technique would work great in a Lifefactory glass bottle!

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  92. I’m on a iced green tea kick this summer, but I’ve been trying variations like adding fresh fruit chunks (peaches, strawberries, mango). Refreshing in the desert where hydration is a constant.

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  93. Thank you so much for this offer. I would LOVE to have one of these lovely glass bottles. Perhaps it will be an incentive to drink more water. At almost 80 I have trouble remembering to drink enough. I like to add freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice to my water.

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  94. I’m a girl of simple tastes – I drink just water, plain and pure. I would love to have one of these bottles – I used to favor a brand with a straw and complicated camp, but it’s hard to clean and has become gross over the years and I’ve been looking to switch to something like the Lifefactory classic cap. :)

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  95. The one thing that I miss from my country, Spain, is my mom’s gazpacho. So I use mine for the gazpacho I make every other day.

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  96. I have been brewing fresh mint tea daily with mint from my garden. It is simply refreshing on these hot summer days!

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  97. Stawberries, Goji Berries, Bee Pollen, Coconut Oil, Pineapple & water smoothies are my latest smoothie treat. Would love one of these glass water bottles.

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  98. I want one! I so much prefer glass to plastic…I remember when soda used to only come in glass bottles and it tasted so much better! Now I drink water instead of soda but would much rather drink it from glass! Thanks for letting us know about this great product!

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  99. I like to drink cold water with cucumber slices-simple and refreshing! And I have done away with all plastic bottles because of the harmful chemicals they contain, so I’m thrilled to see these beautiful glass drinking bottles!

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  100. I’ve been making smoothies, starting with a frozen banana and adding whatever other fresh or frozen fruits and greens I have on hand.

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  101. This summer has been the summer of smoothies. I have literally been blending up anything I have on hand! This bottle would be the perfect way to take smoothies on the go!

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  102. I drink plain ice water or water with lemon or cucumber or both. I’ve been meaning to try watermelon and coconut water Yum. Thanks for the fun and exciting offer. love your blog.

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  103. I usually don’t drink much water or anything else for that matter. I know, I know, I should drink more fluids. But I will try to make more aquas frescas. I do make them for my husband who just loves agua de Melon.

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  104. I’m loving filtered water with fresh Vietnamese mint from my garden. These bottles look amazing. I’d love to win one!

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  105. I have been “locally sourcing” my morning smoothies this past week right out of my own backyard….arapaho blackberries, lambsquarter leaves, apple mint leaves, honey from my bees, rhubarb stems and some kefir (OK, this did come from the store, as I don’t have any dairy animals). I try to use whatever I can gather from my yard or what ever is in season at our local farmer’s market. Smoothies this time of year are so refreshing and nutritious without a lot of fuss!! I currently use recycled juice or ice tea bottles for my smoothies on the go; having a really practical, stylish and safe Lifefactory glass bottle to use and brag about to others would be a lot of fun!!

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  106. I have to ask, Albany… NY? I live near there.

    I drink water. sometimes with fresh mint, sometimes fresh lemon too.

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  107. I love making my own smoothies for breakfast, but also like juicing fruits and veggies during the day. Then plain old water other times.

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  108. Thank you for this recipe, it looks amazing! I’m pregnant and love to have other options to drink besides water and plain juice! The smoothie I’ve been making in the morning is a Wildberry Smoothie: 1/2 cup vanilla bean yogurt, 3/4 cup orange juice, 1 medium banana and 2 cups frozen mixed berries.

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  109. I have been making smoothies for years, originally with vanilla-flavored yogurt (Stonyfield) plus a splash of orange juice, a ripe banana with frozen strawberries and blueberries. Last winter I transitioned to a non-dairy diet for a while and discovered almond milk. Now my smoothies use almond milk, banana, frozen peaches and blueberries with a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seed and chia seeds. Not as sweet but power-packed and filling! P.S. Love your Aunt Marcy!!!

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  110. Living in an extremely dry, hot climate makes water drinking a daily imperitive so leaving the house without a good sized bottle of water is nuts! The glass may be a bit heavier but I can see advantages in keeping everything sanitary. Plus, that bottle with it’s cute silicone sleeve is just so cute! I want one!

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  111. I think these are great! I am currently on a kick drinking apple cinnamon water and it is SO yummy and refreshing! In a glass 2 qt pitcher I cut up in slices 2 apples (Fuji are great) then add 2 cinnamon sticks. Cover with water and let sit in fridge overnight. Then pour off your water in your bottle and enjoy. You can refill this 3-4 times before needing fresh apples and cinnamon.

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  112. I’ve been mixing steel cut oats, cinnamon, almond milk, and greek yogurt up in the fridge overnight, then adding oj, frozen mixed berries, and spinach to make a smoothie in the mornings. Delicious and FILLING!

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  113. The prickly-pear is ripening in Southern California and they are available for picking in the wild. Rub off the prickles in the sand, or burn them off, or wear gloves and remove the skin with a knife. You can purée and freeze them in batches; it will make a less-sweet version of a watermelon agua fresca.

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  114. Oh my. These look lovely. I’ve been sticking to water lately, but I may have to try this agua fresca recipe. I recently came across an old recipe for blackberry limeade that looked really good too.

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  115. I’ve been working to no avail to mimic the wild berry smoothie from panera! (I think the problem is I’m trying to use real fresh fruit, and they use a syrup.)

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  116. I have a huge love for glass bottles of any kind, plus these are just so stinkin’ cute. I’ve been trying to work through all my raspberries and blueberries lately!

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  117. I just found a juicer in my dads garage, so this week, I’ve been on a juice craze!!! My favorite this week is carrot/apple juice. I’d love a glass bottle, I’ve actually been searching for one, since I threw my other bottle away when I put beet juice in it and color never washed out.

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  118. Strawberry-banana-spinach smoothies! With agave and ground flax seed. I add the spinach last so that I get that nice vibrant green color instead of the icky brown.

    I love the feel of a glass bottle against my lips, but have not yet found one that doesn’t leak in my bag!

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  119. Hi,
    I never saw yellow watermelon, though I’m not a big fan of water melon, the colour looks inviting. Hopefully I may find it soon.
    Thank you.

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  120. I want one of these so much – saw them at Whole Foods and just couldn’t afford it this week. Hubby likes it too. Does the silicone sleeve come off if little sticky hands use it? :) Loving green monsters – you’re welcome Honey :)

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  121. Strawberry mint smoothies with coconut water instead of juice or yogurt. The coconut water adds just the right amount of moisture to blend the fruit, but still tastes so light and refreshing. The mint makes it taste more like a cocktail.

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  122. This summer, my go to has been water infused with herbs and citrus. Easy peasy, keeps nice in the fridge, and I’m super-hydrated. But usually, I’m a mango-smoothie sort of gal.

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  123. Love my sparkling water with lots of ice and torn mint from my herb garden. Have to have that bottle….I waaaant one toooo!!!!

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  124. Since moving to Arizona, I drink water all day long. I bring a 24 oz cold cup to work in the morning and refill it at least 3 times during the day. Although, I think I would prefer a glass bottle, to avoid any nasty chemicals leaking out of my cup! These bottles are gorgeous!

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  125. I mostly been making them with the fruit from my garden, so strawberry and blueberries :) Although I have been curious about the ‘green’ smoothie recipes I’ve been seeing everywhere.

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  126. I just cut up a watermelon yesterday. I am going to have make up some of this beverage tomorrow before I begin tiling the front entryway. I might add some raspberries too. Thanks for the recipe.

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  127. I LOVE summer! All the fresh fruit fruit at the farmer’s market makes me want to take its picture! I’m in a berry and peach mood lately, so it’s Smartwater with raspberries and peaches in it, sometimes a little lemon if it’s really hot out.
    (By the way, I’m on my second piece of Lemony Blueberry cake. I should pray for self control so I don’t eat the whole thing, but I don’t care. This is amazing-I can tell I’m going to have a perfect day. No wonder it was Baby Boy’s favorite.)

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  128. Hi. Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve not been juicing or smoothing anything of late, but I am thinking of peaches and blueberries that are in abundance now and what I might could do with them. If I was so lucky as to win one of these really neat bottles, I’d give it to my mom. She’s got a bottle of water with her all the time, but I too worry about those BPAs.

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  129. My kids and I enjoy the following: about 6-8 celery sticks, 6-7 carrot sticks, 3-4 apples, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 large sweet potato, and about 3 oz of parsley. My kids are 14 and 3 yrs old and they ask for more. This makes about 3, 12 oz glasses of juice. Enjoy!

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  130. I love these bottles, my little one is 10 months old now and starting to try liquids other than me! ;) so I bought him one of the baby sized ones. I would love one for myself though. We’ve been sharing my morning smoothie of Avocado, Spinach, Coconut Milk, and rotate through adding fruits pineapple, banana, cherries, oh and some chia in there too – makes it nice and thick.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  131. I’ve been carrying around various old glass bottles that look like ketchup containers lately, definitely on a glass kick. I’ve also been making watermelon agua fresca from Chez Panisse Fruits but with mint infused still water, and playing around with fashioning some blueberry lemonade, too.

    :)

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  132. I’ve been making strawberry lime-aid. I puree strawberries and a couple limes in my Vitamix add lime infused simple syrup (3/4c sugar, 1 c water and the zest of a lime) and then add water to taste or fizzy water to taste. So refreshing!!

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  133. I’ve got a watermelon on my counter and cantaloupe in the fridge – bet they’ll be tasty. Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity for a practical, portable glass container!

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  134. i have been saving away for one of these after learning about them in february! i think this is my sign that if i don’t win the giveaway, it’s time to purchase :). anywhoos, i’m loving infused waters these days. mint + lime, ginger…

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  135. My husband makes a smoothie for his breakfast almost every morning (sometimes I ask for a small size and he makes a little more for me) Don’t know the measurements but here are the ingredients: Vanilla almond milk, blueberries, 1 whole carrot, 1/2 apple, a little special dark cocoa powder and a little soy protein powder, shake of salt. Places in blender with ice cubes til thick and icy. Delicious! Better and healthier than a milkshake. He usually enjoys this with a piece of your Honey Wheat Bread, toasted with peanut butter. YUM!

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  136. Yummy! That looks delicious! I have been drinking watermelon cucumber drinks and making my daughter raspberry smoothies. Been eyeing these glass bottles for years and would love one!!!

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