An Insulated Mug That Is Easy To Clean, Fits Everywhere, And Can Take A Beating

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My favorite insulated mug (or tumbler, or water bottle or whatever word you prefer) spends more time with me than my hubby, my children and my best friend do. It is pretty much always by my side. It keeps my hot drinks hot and my cold drinks cold. I can fill it up with ice and water before I go to bed at night and there will still be ice in it when I get up the next morning.

This insulated mug fits anywhere, is super easy to clean and very durable. This insulated tumbler can be used for both hot and cold drinks--making it a great water bottle.

It never tastes like tin nor plastic, and when the contents switch from coffee to water your tastes buds would never know it. There isn’t a spot I can’t reach with a dishcloth so keeping it sparkling clean is a breeze.

I love the fact that if I were to somehow misplace the lid I could easily order a new one without having to get a new tumbler.

I have had it for well over a year and yet the only sign of wear is a bit of missing paint near the bottom where the water cage on my bike rubs it–and I am not gentle with it at all.  My pink beauty has been dropped more times than I can count and yet she is dent free and still in one piece.

An Insulated Mug That Is Easy To Clean, Fits Everywhere, And Can Take A Beating

When I say it goes everywhere with me I am totally not kidding. These photos of it below are just a few I found when I scanned through all my pictures from the last year or so that I have owned it.

This insulated mug fits anywhere, is super easy to clean and very durable. This insulated tumbler can be used for both hot and cold drinks--making it a great water bottle.

Here it is waiting patiently for me in my pool lounger. Snug in the cup holder with a cool refreshing drink of True Raspberry Lemonade (only 10 calories and sweetened with stevia) .

This insulated mug fits anywhere, is super easy to clean and very durable. This insulated tumbler can be used for both hot and cold drinks--making it a great water bottle.

Another day it was busy hanging out in my thirty-one bag while I gathered my stuff together for a road trip. Snug and safe for transport.

This insulated mug fits anywhere, is super easy to clean and very durable. This insulated tumbler can be used for both hot and cold drinks--making it a great water bottle.

And here she is snuggled beside her brother (owned by my hubby) waiting for the adventures of date day.

This insulated mug fits anywhere, is super easy to clean and very durable. This insulated tumbler can be used for both hot and cold drinks--making it a great water bottle.

My insulated tumbler also fits great in the cup holder of my sit upon kayak. She and I have paddled many a mile together.

We have also spent many days biking together, although for some reason I never got a photo of her and I doing that together (I must correct that soon).

This insulated mug fits anywhere, is super easy to clean and very durable. This insulated tumbler can be used for both hot and cold drinks--making it a great water bottle.

A picture of my insulated tumbler when it was brand spanking new. I loved it so much at first sight I needed a picture to remember our first moments together.

Klean Kanteen 16-Ounce Wide Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Now, the initial cost of my favorite insulated mug was much more than I have ever paid for an insulated tumbler, mug, water bottler or insulated anything before.

It cost me even more to get the oh so convenient sippy lid. However, I am so glad I convinced my thrifty self that that my 16 0z  Kleen Kanteen wide mouth tumbler was worth the cost–because it so is (However, I do find that the sippy lid does leak a bit so if I want it to transport my bottle with no fear of leaks I use the lid it came with).

Since I bought it I rarely experience symptoms of dehydration. I finally drink all that water that the doctors say is so good for me and I don’t find it a chore to do either. After all, my insulated water bottle fits in almost any cup holder I have come across.

Psst…I bought mine from Amazon using gift cards I earned through Swagbucks and InstaGC! (psst…another great place earn Amazon gift card codes is Prize Rebel)

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3 Adults + 2 Teens in 300 Square Feet For 6 Months

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So it has been a while now since I shared our crazy change of goals for the year. You know, the one where we put off saving up to purchase another rental home so that we can take a 6 month RV trip with our 14, 16, and 20 year old?

3 adults plus 2 teens in 300 square feet--for 6 months.

I thought you might like an update on how the planning for the RV trip is going.

Our Savings

All though we are using the last of my inheritance from my father for the trip as well as the income from the rentals and this blog, we still need to pad our savings account just a bit more to be on the safe side for all the “what if’s”–and trust me, a trip this long has a lot of what ifs.

Right we are making headway on this goal by reselling items

In June we sold $4,256.40 worth of stuff out of our home. Granted, $3,500 of that was our jet skis, but over $700 of it was simply stuff!

We did this by following our own advice for holding a great yard sale, and selling at a secondhand homeschooler’s curriculum sale.

This month we plan to resell more items. Our goal is to hit another $1000 sold by the end of July.

Our Upcoming Test Drive

About a month before we came up with this crazy idea to take a 6 month RV trip as a family we booked a camping spot for a week  of camping up in Michigan.

We thought about cancelling the Michigan trip once we came up with the cross country plan, but then we decided it would be a good test drive of sorts.

We might find that we need to add more shelving in the cupboards of the RV, for instance, or that the mattresses are not going to cut it for 6 months of sleeping on them every night. I would rather find those things out now and then be able to come home and fix it before we leave instead of finding out during the long trip when we might not have tools and such available to easily take care of the problem.

Summer schooling

Our two high school aged kids had grand plans of finishing all their schooling for the year before we leave for the trip. Then all the fun of summer started rolling in. Youth camp with the church, pool parties, afternoon bike rides to the ice cream shop with friends, etc.

Now we are just hoping they finish their Time4learning subjects since they use wifi, which might not be as readily available on the road.

We will bring  their Teaching Textbook math and Apologia Science and the books they need for an elective with us.

Current Biggest Fears

I am a huge homebody and although I am looking forward to seeing more of the beauty of God’s creation, I am also a tad bit fearful of the whole trip from time to time.

What if…

What if…I have a major panic attack that just won’t stop and my husband (an RN) has to knock me out and ship me home–and they get to continue on having fun without me.

What if…my sensitive digestion issues (trying not to get too TMI on ya) get way out of control and I spend most of the trip in the bathroom or trying to go to the bathroom.

What if…we run low on money months before our intended end date, forcing us to camp in Walmart parking lots for free and eat a steady diet of hotdogs and beans–which would only make my said digestion problems worse.

What if…someone gets seriously ill or injured. We have this one child. Oh, we love him so–but he is kind of accident prone…and he is long overdue for one.

 Current Curiosities

I have always been curious in nature and this trip has me wondering about all sorts of possible outcomes.

Will living with less and in less cause me to crave my current stuff more or will I come home wanting to rid my home of even more than I already have?

What is going to happen to my husband? No–seriously! I am a bit worried; the man is used to working 40 to 60 hours a week or more. How will this much time off from work affect him?

Will we grow closer as a family? Or are we going to come home sick of each other?

How do 5 introverts find the space to refuel when they live in 300 square feet?

As the trip draws closer I plan to share more of our plans with you–but for now know we haven’t given up on our crazy plan and I am looking forward to sharing the adventure with you.

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Happy 4th Of July

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Happy 4th of July!

I will be celebrating with my family today.

I will be back next Monday with my normal weekly post about homemaking or “whatever” – I do sometimes get off topic 🙂 .

In case you need a quick and simple dish (or beverage) for today’s 4th of July gathering …..

  1. Cheater Cherry Cheese Cake
  2. Frugal Lemonade
  3.  Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade Slushy

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