Ah, Summer… The sun is shining, the kids are outside playing in the sprinkler and the days are longer. Depending on where you live Summer is either one of two things 1. A pleasant time of the year to be spent poolside or at the beach. 2. A nightmare! Here in the South, it’s #2. If you have not already figured it out, I hate Summer. I simply do not deal with heat and sweat, lol. If you are anything like me you are looking for ways to beat the heat until the Fall (my favorite season). Here is how I am coping with the nightmare that is Summer.
During the Summer it is especially important to stay hydrated. Dehydration wreaks havoc on your body and in extreme cases can cause death. Having a cute water bottle (bonus if it’s stainless steel) can help keep you motivated to sip your way to hydration. So here’s what I like to do. Before I go to bed I like to make a pitcher of flavored water (use fruits) and let it sit overnight in the fridge. Once I wake up I fill my water bottle and I drink my flavored water through out the day. I hate water so adding fruits is a great way to liven water up. My absolute go to water bottle is The Coldest Bottle. Keeps water cold for up to 36 hours! It is a wee bit expensive ($29.99) but worth every penny.
Signs You Are Dehydrated
infant or young child
- Dry mouth and tongue
- No tears when crying
- No wet diapers for three hours
- Sunken eyes, cheeks
- Sunken soft spot on top of skull
- Listlessness or irritability
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
When to see a doctor
Call your family doctor if you or a loved one:
- Has had diarrhea for 24 hours or more
- Is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual
- Can’t keep down fluids
- Has bloody or black stool
Info courtesy of: Mayo Clinic
Slather On The Sunscreen
In the Summer sunscreen is your most important accessory. Before you and your little(s) step foot outside make sure all of you are protected from the sun. With so many sunscreen options for adults and kids their is no excuse to not protect your skin from the sun. Some of the best are:
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Pick Me Up Spray
On my night-table I have a spray that I make which is just water with a few drops of essential oil. In the Summer I like to use either lavender or a citrus oil. While the lavender oils soothes and de-stresses me the citrus oil invigorates and perks me up, bonus: they also keep those pesky mosquitoes away. Keep a bottle in the fridge for the hottest days.
Peppermint oil would also be a great oil to use. Play around with the recipe and make it your own!
Not for the reason you think (but please remember to apply)! Ok, without getting to personal, ladies if you are packing the big guns (boobs) you know that during the Summer boob sweat is a real and uncomfortable thing. Not only is it disgusting but prolonged exposure to moisture can cause a yeast infection (yes! an under boob yeast infection). just think of it as a diaper rash for your cleavage. After I shower I make sure everything is dry and apply a liberal amount of deodorant to “that area”. If you have a newborn A&D ointment also works! yes, I have!! No shame in my boob game.
I literally can eat a box of Lindy’s Italian Ice (lemon is my fave). Great thin is they can be found in most stores and they are only 100 calories!! I am eating one as I type (at 5 in the morning). They are soo good and a tasty way to help you beat the heat. I like to save the containers and fill them with lemonade and stick a popsicle stick in them for homemade ice pops. If you have ever watched King of Queens you know all about Arthur’s love for lemon ices.
still one of my favorite episodes!!
I hope that I gave you some good ideas on how to stay cool this Summer. Please remember to drink plenty of water, keep yourself and your littles hydrated. Check on your elderly neighbors and make sure that they are coping with the heat. If at all possible bring your pets indoors, If that is not an option please make sure that they have adequate shade and fresh water. If you enjoyed this post please share with your friends!