How To Be Cool In Summer

Summer has arrived in full force with sun blazing, kids swarming, days lingering. How do we cope with the hot weather, keep our kids bustling and our minds from exploding, yet intensifying these prized moments. I have scraped together 14 ideas to help you unwrap the sticky summertime days with some cool thoughts.

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1. Icy Days

There is nothing easier and tastier than making your own popsicles, whether you whip up some yogurt and fruit, press fresh fruit juice or blend up any concoction of sweet things and, then, pop in a Dixie cup with a wooden stick or into any favorite popsicle mold. Freeze until firm and have an icy treat ready when the “hot naughties” strike your home. How about a Root Beer Float Popsicle-summer on a stick.

ROOT BEER FLOAT POPSICLES

4.5 can of natural cane sugar root beer
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2-4 Tablespoons of coconut sugar

In a mixer, blend whipping cream while adding sugar until cream thickens.
Drop spoonfuls of cream mixture into popsicle molds.
Pour root beer on top and mixture will naturally congeal together.
Freeze for at least 6 hours or until ready to slurp.

Source: Pass the Sushi
Source: Pass the Sushi

2. A Pot Lid Swing

One of my favorite memories is swinging from a tall tree limb in my backyard that my Dad whipped up with an old metal pot lid from my Mom’s kitchen. He tied a big heavy rope through the lid and climbed up on out tallest ladder and secured it tightly around a big limb. We would twist our legs around and sit on the lid, hold on tightly and my sister and I would spin each other until we were queasy. Pot lids swings are easy to make and a special kind of homemade fun. If you are feeling luxuriant, a rustic version with a hand-carved seat and nautical knots can be ordered from a woodworking studio for a hefty price from dzierlenga.com.

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3. Savor Shave Ice

I hope you have been lucky enough to have a real Hawaiian Shave Ice made from real fruit juice, not the bottled, sugar loaded concentrate, falling ethereally in translucent flakes to be deliciously devoured on a hot day. This fruity, icy treat is always on my mind. To makes these light and fluffy snowflakes of wonder, the West Bend Professional Snowball Machine does a fine job of approximating the Hawaiian original. In less than 30 seconds, extra-fine shave ice is ready for you to combine with your own snow-cone recipe.

Source: Munchie Musings
Source: Munchie Musings

4. Frozen Pillows

If the heat is streaming in through your windows in the bedroom and you forgot to order Solar Shades, put your pillow or pillowcases in the fridge to take out at bedtime to cool you down at night. Any cold surface kept close to your body, reduces heat throughout your body. You can order a pre-made “chillow,” but who wants to sleep on a plastic gel-pack!

Source: Consumer Reports
Source: Consumer Reports

5. Playhouse Party

Rescue the kids from the heat and pitch a playhouse tent or teepee in the backyard. Many playhouses can be ordered, but it is easy to take a big blanket or tarp and throw around some poles or tree limbs to make a shaded spot to play or chill out.

Source: Interier+Detail
Source: Interier+Detail

6. Kindle Cuddle

If you love to read your kindle and enjoy lounging on a pool float or tubing on a lake on your summer vacation, the Satechi Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Case is just what you need. This amazing gadget will float and is waterproof up to 20 feet. Be water worry free and read and laze in the cool water with a favorite summer read.

Source: Great Expectations
Source: Great Expectations

7. Beverage Bling

Grab those ice molds that are formed in the shape of rocks or crystals and garnish all your summer drinks with icy gemstones. Freeze lemonade or fruit juice or any punch, and, of course, water, in crystal shapes to spike up the coolness factor of any drink.

Source: Find the Top 10
Source: Find the Top 10

8. Fanfare

Fans are the workhorse for hot, humid days and nights. To amp up their performance, place a bowl or bucket of ice in front of the fan to duplicate the refreshing breeze of air-conditioning.

Source: Air and Plumbing
Source: Air and Plumbing

9. Play Spongeball

Cut up new sponges that have not been revived with water. Tie together the strips to make a starburst ball. Soak the sponges in cold water and cool off with “spongeball fights”. How easy is that to drive away boring and heat filled days?

Source: A Childhood List
Source: A Childhood List

10. Freeze Fruit

Before this became popular, my Mom always had a bowl of frozen green grapes in the freezer. Now, I see this frigid treat everywhere as these snack sized bits of healthy goodness are popular, but when a summer or winter cold strikes, these cold orbs, soothe a raw and scratchy sore throat. You can use red or purple grapes, too, but the green grapes seem to be the iciest one. I know you know that frozen bananas cut up and wrapped in foil are just as good as a banana popsicle.

Source: Tickety-boo Health Coaching
Source: Tickety-boo Health Coaching

11. Tea Spritzers

Brew any mint tea of your choice. Chill overnight and fill a spray bottle and spritz away the heat. Tea has soothing properties and can calm down angry skin and hot tempers.

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Source: Craftfhubs

12. Arctic Water Bottles

Muggy nights are the worst. Be prepared with an array of water bottles for your family. Sleep with a water bottle filled with ice cubes or wrap frozen plastic bottles of water in a towel or a cotton pillowcase (or, if you are like my Dad, he uses a thick old, clean athletic sock for a wrapper). For extra coldness, add salt to the water to increase the coldness and pretend you are in Iceland.

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Source: TransCanada2012

13. Carafe Coolness

If you like your drinks undiluted and ice free, make use of terra cotta like the ancient Romans. This amazing carafe is a matte glazed jar that when run under tap water for a few minutes, absorbs water. As the water evaporates, it changes from a liquid to a gas and lowers the temperature of the carafe. Pre-chilled drinks stay cold for hours. Ingenious. Order from abode-newyork.com from Simon Stevens Cooling Ceramics Carafe.

Source: Finnstyle
Source: Finnstyle

14. Frosty Tees

For those days when nothing seems to soothe sweltering days, have ready in the freezer a stack of frozen T-shirts in all sizes. Prepare the T-shirts by soaking in water, wringing out and folding each one. Place each wet shirt between sheets of waxed paper. Stack on a baking sheet and freeze for those days to take the edge off summer. Hand out a frozen tee and let the fun begin to see who can be the first one to get into the frigid tee – a fun way to unwind, laugh and get icy.

Source: The Superfantastic Beeders
Source: The Superfantastic Beeders

Squeeze in every moment in these endless but treasured days.

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Source: Brad Olsen
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Katie

Our BG designer, Katie, has been creating bright looks for windows and rooms for over ten years. Katie has great ideas and "picks” for your windows. She will be sharing with you her design choices and seasonal recommendations throughout the year. Katie reminds you that all our BG window blinds, shades and drapes are all custom made for you. Each one is hand crafted to your size, color, fabric and special requests with our added attention to quality and detail. Katie will make sure you love your windows.

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