You know how you want to hear your Spotify playlists or podcasts pretty much anywhere you go?  There are likely spaces like the pool. But how about when you take your little for a walk in a stroller. You don’t really want to wear earbuds because you can’t hear. Maybe you’re washing the car, or at the beach and it’s not practical to set up a speaker.  Since I use so much battery life taking photos, I try not to use my phone to listen to my podcasts. And what about needing to take a call, then having to reset your Spotify? If you’re by the pool you don’t want to risk getting your devices wet.

Hello, NARWHAL speaker lid!  It’s a Bluetooth, waterproof, speaker lid that fits on any traditional 30oz tumbler (like a Yeti, Hydro Flask, Beast SIC, Corkcicle, or Swig).  It also fits on the new 26oz YETI and the 14oz Yeti mug.

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NARWHAL is the invention of two Fort Worth couples tired of being anchored to clunky, Bluetooth speakers with poor signals. Getting their phones wet and NOT being able to meander around the pool area while keeping the “good tunes vibe” became a clear problem they could no longer endure. Their solution: create a device that eliminated the extra devices, allowing the freedom to communicate with your phone so that you don’t need to get it wet when changing the playlist or taking a phone call.

This patented wonderment replaces the boring lid on any tumbler and instantly transforms it into something functional and fun. Two NARWHAL lids can sync together for stereo sound and they have a mic, so you can activate Siri or take and make phone calls at anytime (in or out of the water). It’s great for all things outdoors like the lake, fishing, camping, golfing, tailgating, or just for your front porch while enjoying some tunes and a tasty beverage. Be sure to follow NarwhalLife on Instagram for all the fun ways you can use your speaker lid.  They plan to launch the 20oz size before the holidays. They are sold in about 48 stores including my favorite retailer Jabo’s Ace Hardware. Check out Narwhal’s store locator here.

Here’s the best part – NARWHAL is giving away one lucky HWT follower a FREE lid!  You have to head over to my Instagram account for the contest details and to enter. The contest starts Thursday and ends on Friday at midnight, so don’t delay!

For the full NARWHAL life experience, I couldn’t resist whipping up a refreshing cocktail to test out the lid in my Swig animal print tumbler. In honor of National Watermelon Day this week I decided to craft a Watermelon Margarita from a recipe in my NYT Cooking subscription. It’s so easy to create, very refreshing, and perfect for all the watermelon available now. If you are a Costco shopper, look for the tiny watermelons sold in a two-pack.  And, since I don’t allow glass by the pool – my NARWHAL is the perfect poolside, party companion for serving my sip.  But, I also wanted you to see how beautiful the drink is in a margarita glass. I purchased a set of these handblown colorful glasses several years ago while visiting my sister in New Mexico.

Refreshing Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita by Alexa Weibel (NYT Cooking)



1 tablespoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon Tajín or 1/2 teaspoon
ground cayenne (optional)

Ice, as needed
6 ounces fresh watermelon juice (from about 1 1/2 cups chopped seedless watermelon, blended in a blender)
2 ounces tequila, preferably blanco
2 ounces Cointreau (optional) *see note below
2 ounces fresh lime juice (from 1 to 2 large limes), rinds reserved
2 to 3 thinly sliced jalapeño rounds (optional)

YIELD 2 drinksStep 1
Prepare the salted rim, if using: In a small shallow bowl or plate,
combine the sea salt and Tajín. Set aside.
Step 2
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the watermelon juice, tequila,
Cointreau (if using), lime juice, and jalapeño (if using). Shake to
Step 3
Using one of the squeezed lime halves, run it along the rim of two
rocks glasses, then dip the rims into the salt mixture. Fill the glasses
with ice, then strain the margaritas into the glasses and enjoy

Note: The watermelon flavor shines brighter without the Cointreau, but the liqueur takes the drink into more traditional margarita territory. If you’d like to compare, first try the mixture without, the liqueur, then add 1 ounce of it per serving. Ultimately, I liked the Cointreau, but reduced it to 1 oz and reduced the lime juice to 1 oz.

Be sure to check out the Narwhal speaker lids in a retailer near you. I think they would make the perfect gift for a new college student. Cheers!