22 Ridiculously Awesome Pool Floats
When we say ridiculously awesome, we mean ridiculous, awesome, and ridiculously awesome. Who knew that floats came in the shape of alligators and watermelons? But why, oh why, does an ice cream float float not exist yet? Now, we just need to find a pool…!
1. Joust ($30): We’ll kick things off with a little American Gladiator action. We are not convinced that the folks modeling this are in a real pool, but these look like a good part of a DIY summer Olympics.
2. Giant Pillow Floats ($250): Miss the trend of waterbeds? Okay, we don’t either but these look super comfy for a lazy summer day.
3. Corn Hole Pool Edition ($40): If you haven’t played corn hole (also known as bags and baggo), it’s time to get on it. It’s a great lawn game, and is easy to play with a beer in hand. And, because games are obviously more fun when they float, we’re all over this option.
5. Floating Poker (contact for pricing): We particularly love the noodle chairs featured in this poker scene.
6. Port O Pong ($50): Yep, this is real and it is a must for summer parties. Beer pong that floats!
7. Floating Fridge ($65): Of course, how can you properly play pool games without refreshments? This fridge’ll store all the bevvies you need.
9. Floating Jungle Gym ($2,000): That price tag is for real, and it comes from none other than our friends at Hammacher Schlemmer!
10. Bean Bag Float ($170): Now this is bean bag we can get behind.
11. Floating Pool Pong Table ($75): Ping pong is awesome, whether floating or on land. We love the idea of playing this right next to floating beer pong.
12. Multi-Game Gameboard ($50): On the more random side, this float lets you play checkers and backgammon while submerged.
13. Water Hammock Chair Float ($80): Though we love making a floating chair out of two noodles, this is a serious upgrade.
14. Gigantic Water Slide ($9,000): Another zinger from Hammacher Schlemmer. This is like a slip n slide on major steroids. We have no idea who is in the market for this, but we really want to find that person, become their best friend, and hang out on their floating water slide.
15. Giant Ring Toss Pool Game ($50): Again, what is the deal with Urban Outfitters’ fake pool backdrop? But… this does look really fun.
16. Cooler Couch ($80): The description of this includes the following sentence: “No more trips from the pool to the fridge!” While it looks more like a pool lazy boy than a couch, this would make for some serious relaxation.
17. Aqua Floating Table ($400): Chairs, a table, and a cooler in the middle? Just make sure you get up and out of the pool when nature calls.
18. Bolo Ball Ladder Game ($30): We’ve never head of bolo ball, but we’re all for playing obscure games in the pool :)
19. T-Rex Float ($37): True story: One Brit + Co. staffer does a killer T-Rex impression. We just want to see her do it on a T-Rex float!
20. Relaxation Station ($100): Mellow out on the lake, on the pool, or even in your backyard with this inflatable living room.
21. Blue Lagoon Floating Island ($246): Okay, we take that back. THIS is an inflatable living room and even has two separate rooms.
22. Inflatable Alligator ($25): At 5 feet tall, this alligator is the same height as the author of this article!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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