These Smart Water Bottles Run on Solar Power and Remind You When It's Time to Drink Up

Bazaarian
Bazaarian

The suggestion that people need to drink eight glasses of water per day is a long-held myth. While it’s important to stay hydrated, the amount of water you should consume on a daily basis depends on many different factors, including your age, sex, weight, activity level, and even your location.

A 24-ounce, double-wall insulated smart bottle called the Hydrade can help you figure out exactly how much water your body needs, then send reminders to your phone or other electronic device when it’s time to drink up. It pairs with your phone, health apps, or wearables like the Fitbit or Apple Watch.

Unlike other smart water bottles, though, this one is completely cord- and battery-free. It has a built-in solar panel that lets you charge it naturally when you step outside for a run or hike, and a single charge can power your bottle for up to 20 days. However, it also charges when exposed to any type of illumination—even indoor lighting.

In addition to knowing how much water your body needs, its sensors can also tell whether you’re drinking the water or pouring some out for your dog. The maker, Bazaarian LLC, says the Hydrade Bottle keeps beverages cold for 22 hours, and hot for up to 13 hours.

The bottle is made of dishwasher-safe, BPA-free stainless steel, so it’s eco-friendly and recyclable. There’s a charitable side to the business, too. Depending on your personal level of water intake, Bazaarian will donate a set amount of money to a charity that supports clean water initiatives in developing countries. You can track both your charitable donations and your hydration logs via the app.

Get the Hydrade Bottle on Kickstarter now for $35—a 53 percent discount off of the retail price.

Groupon Is Offering a Costco Gold Membership and Goodies Worth $150 for Just $60

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Scott Olson/Getty Images

Costco members have access to a long list of surprising perks, like bulk movie tickets, pre-negotiated car deals, and even cheap funeral accessories. If you've been looking for an excuse to commit to a Costco membership, now's the time: According to 9to5Toys, Groupon is bundling a Gold Star Costco membership with discounts and products from the bulk retail outlet—a total value of $150—for just $60.

The main draw of the promotion is a standard membership card—plus a household card you can share with someone who lives at your address—that's valid at all Costco locations for one year. Groupon is charging the regular rate for the membership, $60, but it's also also adding several bonus items to the deal that more than double its value.

With the $60 purchase, you'll get free Kirkland Signature laundry detergent packs, free Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size paper towels, $10 off fresh meat, and a $20 gift card. And when you're ready to test out your new membership, you can use the coupon to take $25 off an order of $250 or more from Costco.com. That's $90 worth of free perks included with the regular $60 membership fee. The same deal is also available through LivingSocial.

The offer does come with a few caveats: You have to sign up for auto-renewal of your annual Costco membership to receive the extra gifts, and you can't sign up if you're already a member or if your membership expired after May 1, 2019. The gift cards and coupons included in the promotion are valid now through December 31.

If you miss out on this deal, there are plenty of opportunities to save money at Costco. Here are some tips for mastering the art of shopping there.

[h/t 9to5Toys]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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