Stay Healthy and Hydrated This Summer

Ah, summer. It’s the time of year when we enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of the wonderful warmer months. It is also the time of year when increased outdoor activity means that we need to up our hydration game. We’ve all heard that we should hydrate well, particularly during times of activity. Staying hydrated for optimal health is easier than you think. Read on to learn more about hydration and your health.

Hydration and Your Health: The Facts

Water makes up about 60% of the adult human body. However, did you know that this percentage changes throughout our lives? In utero, our bodies are made up of 94% water; infants are 75% water. As we age, our body’s water composition changes: the average elderly individual’s water composition can drop to 50%. As we take a closer look into water composition, individual organs vary too. The organ in the body that’s made up of the most water is the lungs (83% water), followed by the muscles and kidneys (79% water), the brain and the heart (73% water) the skin (64% water) — even the bones (31% water)! Staying hydrated is vital for your organs to function properly. Hydration regulates your body’s temperature, acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, helps with digestion, forms saliva and lubricates joints.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

We’ve all been told that we should drink about eight glasses of water per day; however, this is a myth. The truth is that our water needs change and depend upon a lot of factors. These factors include our activity levels, how much we sweat, the climate we live in as well as our overall health. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, need more water. Eight glasses of water or liquids per day a great starting point. Take into account your personal activity levels (and the other factors described above) when determining how much water to drink per day.

How Can I Tell If I’m Getting Enough Water?

You can always tell if you’re getting enough water by the color of your urine. Of course, if you’re rarely running to the bathroom to urinate (less than four times a day is a warning sign), you’re definitely not getting enough water. That said, the color of well-hydrated urine is light yellow. In addition to urine, your hydration level can directly affect how you feel. If you are mildly dehydrated, you’ll likely have a headache, have dry skin or bad breath, you’ll feel tired or you will be unlikely to focus. Sudden and unusual cravings for sugar can also mean that you’re dehydrated. This is because dehydration interferes with many of the body’s function, including its ability to gain access to those stores of glucose. More severe signs that you’re not getting enough water is feeling dizzy or lightheaded. You may feel increasingly thirsty; if you’re thirsty that actually means that you’re already a bit dehydrated.

What are Some Easy Ways I Can Up My Water Intake?

Luckily, it’s fairly easy to stay hydrated. Although good, plain water is the best, the good news is that many other things count as a liquid, including herbal tea, coffee, milk, soup, juice, smoothies — even fruit! Love watermelon? Cut up some watermelon and take advantage of this great source of water; make your melons fun to eat with our stainless-steel cookie scoops for some decorative and easy-to-create melon balls. All of these items can count toward your daily water intake. If you prefer, filtered water, check out our clear water filtration pitcher. Keep it in the fridge for cold, filtered water to sip on throughout the day in your colorful 16-ounce insulated tumblers. Drink your coffee or tea out of a special personalized mug. Miles Kimball offers our personalized tea bag mug or our popular personalized coffee mug. Have a favorite NFL team? Check out our NFL coffee mug from Miles Kimball. Freshly squeezed juice is easy to enjoy and helps with hydration. Our 16-ounce citrus juicer by Home Marketplace is a great way to enjoy fresh orange juice. Keep your drinks cold with ice cubes, made with our aluminum ice cube trays.

Do I Need Sports Drinks?

With their fun flavors, sports drinks are often a favorite among people — both young and old. These flavored drinks are made mostly with water. They are also enhanced with electrolytes (sodium and potassium), as well as carbohydrates, and may contain glucose, fructose or high-fructose corn syrup. Some of the newer drinks are enhanced with vitamins and protein. Some studies have shown that individuals who are continuously and vigorously exercising may lose a lot of electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, calcium, chlorine, phosphates and magnesium). Electrolyte depletion can cause cramps and heat illness. If you are exercising in warm weather and are sweating a lot, these sports drinks may be beneficial to you. However, experts also agree that water is still the best solution for high-performance athletes. Electrolytes can be replenished without the use of those sports drinks, which may include added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Instead, opt for bananas, coconut water, dairy and avocado to replace your lost electrolytes.

Hydration and Health

It’s important to stay hydrated, and we’ve explored the ways that you can stay hydrated and healthy this summer. Do you have some tips and tricks that you’ve found to stay hydrated and healthy? What do you, your kids or your grandkids do to make staying hydrated for health fun? Leave a comment below to share.

Fun Coffee Décor & Gifts

There’s no substitute for a good cup of coffee in the morning — but cool coffee decorations and gifts are a close second. Miles Kimball knows how many people out there love their brew, and we’ve picked out some of the best ways you can celebrate that love.

With coffee-themed kitchen décor, you can create a home coffee bar, brighten the living room or expand your coffee horizons. Our selections for the best coffee décor and kitchenware will pay the ultimate respect to java. You’ll also find plenty of coffee-themed gifts for family, friends, employees and others who can’t live without their morning Joe. We’ve stocked unique gifts and unexpected finds at an affordable price since 1935 and will do the same for coffee-lovers everywhere.

Coffee-Themed Décor

Tabletop Adornments

 Turn any flat surface — whether it’s a rustic coffee table, kitchen counter or work desk — into a coffee shrine with the right decorations. A metal coffee cup clock is proof that any time is a good time for your favorite brew. Set it by your bed or hang it above the coffee maker for a well-timed alert. Personalized vanity trays are another cool gift. These trays are a perfect place to set down your mug without sloshing any liquid onto the table.

Coffee-Loving Animals

Do you own a large white goose statue or other garden figurines? You can turn them into coffee lovers, too! Simply order an “I Heart Coffee” T-shirt for them to wear proudly in the garden, on the front porch or in the living room. After all, any home can always use an extra messenger of this drink’s power.

A Coffee Nightlight

Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean coffee time ends. Coffee nightlights are cute and functional coffee-themed décor that can show the way when it’s dark outside. Get up before the crack of dawn, find your way to a late-night snack or give your kids some extra security without waking up the entire house.

Coffee Wall Art

Everyone will know how much you love your coffee when that love is covering the walls. Hang a coffee plaque with a simple but to-the-point message such as “Coffee is Always a Good Idea” and “All You Need is Love and a Lot of Coffee”. They just might spur you or the recipient to make an extra cup. If you prefer something with a more vintage or industrial vibe, metal coffee cup wall art is an instant pick-me-up that will have a kitchen buzzing.

Affordable Coffee Gifts

Whimsical Coffee Mugs

Everyone who drinks coffee can use more mugs — especially when it’s a mug chosen and designed just for them. Personalized coffee mugs with a name or message printed on them will quickly become a loved one’s new favorite hot beverage cup. Kids can give their dad a tear-jerking Father’s Day gift with a personalized father mug. Is someone you know a huge fan of both coffee and football? Help them wake up for the big game with an NFL coffee mug. Every team is available so you can enjoy good java no matter who you cheer for.

Coffee Warmers

If you’ve made a great cup of coffee, you want to savor it, not chug it down. But that’s hard to do when the coffee gets cold halfway through. A compact mug warmer will keep your beverage at the right temperature so you can drink it as slow as you want to. Give it to anyone who is tired of lukewarm or cold coffee as they’re getting ready for the day. Insulated coffee carafes will keep larger amounts of coffee hot longer for a second cup that’s as good as the first.

Coffee Holiday Sample Packs

A sampler pack is a great coffee-themed gift for someone who wants to try new brews without going to a shop or buying huge bags of each. The Twelve Coffees of Christmas gift set will be the perfect holiday present. It contains a dozen gourmet blend packets that each make 10-12 cups of coffee — all for an unbelievably low price. You might just end up giving it to yourself! A single-serve Christmas coffee pack is also available. If you want to get a holiday beverage for the whole family, get the Christmas sampler trifecta that includes all the great holiday coffees plus 12 gourmet teas and 12 hot cocoas.

Coffee Snacks

A cup of Joe is even better with a tasty treat on the side. Some bakery snacks or candies are a delightful holiday present or addition to the Christmas party coffee table. Coffee cakes are a clear option, and a pumpkin streusel or apple streusel cake will be gobbled up fast. Dark chocolate espresso beans and caramel macchiato candies also add that coffee flavor to an edible form. Plenty of other breads and cookies also pair well with a coffee palate.

Countertop Holders

Every coffee drinker needs a place to store their coffee-making accessories. A wire coffee pod holder is a creative gift for organizing up to two dozen single-serve pods, whether they be store-bought K-cops or reusable coffee pods. They also can be used for utensils, napkins and other coffee supplies. A ceramic cow creamer is another fun option. Pour milk or cream from these elegant holders at lunch and say goodbye to wasteful disposable containers.

Help the Men on Your Shopping List Celebrate Their NFL Team Spirit


Whether it’s a special occasion like a birthday or Father’s Day or to show the man in your life how much you care, we’ve got you covered with a wide selection of commemorative NFL Football gift ideas for every man on your shopping list available at Miles Kimball. Browse our impressive jewelry selections where you’ll find the perfect gift for every football fan like our men’s NFL Sparo Key silver watch available with their favorite team colors and logo on the face. With precision quartz movement and a shock-resistant metal case, he’ll never be late for game day celebrations!

NFL Coffee MugIs that special someone on your list an avid coffee drinker? Check out our lineup of commemorative NFL coffee mugs perfect for game nights or celebrating team spirit every day of the week. The high-quality, fade-resistant finish shows off team pride in style. Need help finding a unique Father’s Day or Christmas gift for the one who has everything? We have just the thing at Miles Kimball NFL Pint Glasseswith an extensive collection of memorable NFL gifts like our dishwasher-safe NFL pint glasses that come in a set of two. Check out the vast selection of football memorabilia and put together a gift basket he’ll never forget with items like NFL leather wallets, beach towels, and an NFL logo 4-ball gift set complete with a divot tool and marker to choose from to make the football fan on your list smile with the ultimate NFL collection.

There’s something for every taste at Miles Kimball, and with convenient drop-down menus and search functions, it’s easy to find the perfect way to show your team pride without blowing the budget. Browse our entire category to discover great NFL gift ideas to make dad smile all year long.