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By Jane Fusco
It’s summertime, and as the song says, the living is easy. Longer, warmer days and cool nights, kids out of school, and time to get outdoors. But it is also a time for mosquitos, sunburn, and the need for more hydration. Here are some ways to keep cool and enjoy the outdoors a little bit more.
Mosquitos be gone
Avoid the itchiness of pesky mosquito bites by applying a dab of toothpaste on the bite and the itch will be eased instantly. Keep a small tube in your summer first aid kit, beach bag, or in the car for immediate itch relief on the go.
Freeze water bottles
Toss a water bottle in the freezer before using it and it will stay cold for a very long time. Fill the bottle halfway with water before freezing then when you are ready to use it fill the rest of the way and you will have instant ice water. This is especially useful for jogging, walking or at a picnic when even cold water in ordinary water bottles turn warm quicker in hot weather.
Make your own beach safe
A clean, empty suntan lotion bottle can easily become a place to keep your possessions safe while at the pool, beach or an outing. Just empty the bottle and rinse it well. Use bottles that have removable tops and are large enough to hold cash, keys, and even a cell phone. Put your stuff in the lotion bottle and pack it in your bag. It will help to hide your valuables, and it makes it much easier to keep your cash and keys stored neatly together.
Bag Your iPhone
Literally. Place your iPhone or iPod in a zippered sandwich bag to protect it from water and sand while at the beach. Because these plastic bags are see-through, you will still be able to see who is calling or even play games while your phone is in the bag. Make sure that the bag you use is clean and dry to prevent it from damage.
Easily Remove Sand
Baby powder isn’t just for babies. Take along some baby powder to the beach, and sprinkle some on your sand-covered feet when you’re ready to leave. The sand will fall off quickly and easily, and there will be no tracking sand in your car or on the floor and carpeting at home.
No more messy popsicles
Popsicles are a great frozen treat but can leave a mess on your hands when they melt. Avoid the sticky mess by using a cupcake liner to catch the drips. Just cut a slit in the bottom of the cupcake liner and stick the Popsicle stick through it.
Frozen Aloe Vera
Nobody wants to get summer sunburn, but if you do, you’ll want to have some frozen aloe vera on hand to ease the pain and sting of sunburn. Put some aloe vera gel into an ice cube tray and freeze it. The cold gel will soothe a nasty burn and help heal the burn and prevent peeling. You can even freeze the gel ahead of time and stick them in a plastic zipper bag so they’ll keep in the cooler, or just use them when you get back home. Use store bought aloe vera or squeeze the leaves of an aloe plant to get enough gel to freeze.
Lemon juice is a tried and true method of giving hair natural highlights that has been used for decades. Just squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon into hair and then spend some time in the sun. You can squeeze the juice straight into your hair or put it in a spray bottle and spritz your locks before you head to the beach or pool. Lemon juice is healthier than dyes and bleaches and it gives you a natural highlight that you can’t get from a bottle.
Arrange Condiments in Style
A muffin tin serves as the perfect condiment server for barbecues or picnics. Just fill the compartments with condiments and you will have the perfect serving tray for ketchup, mustard, relish, and anything else that you are serving. Another trick, if you are serving outside, place cupcake liners upside down over the cupcake sections to protect your condiments from bugs. They fit perfectly and will help to keep flies and bugs from landing on the food.