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WRITTEN BY SARAH McCULLEN
It’s August, the kids are headed back to school, and the dog days have arrived. When the relentless heat and humidity make the return to routine even harder, here are some fresh ideas for keeping cool while soaking up the last bit of summer.
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When lakes and swimming pools feel like bathwater and a dip seems anything but refreshing, splash pads and water parks are a great alternative. Check out Pirate Adventures in Oxford, James Trussell Park and Patton Lane Park in Batesville, the New Albany Park Commission spray park or one of several in Tupelo.
Essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus have cooling properties when spritzed on warm skin. For a fun indoor project, try making this DIY cooling spray: In a 4-ounce spray bottle, mix 2 ounces of distilled water with 2 ounces of witch hazel, and add 5-10 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus and/or lavender oil. Tuck the bottle in your bag, and give yourself a spritz on your neck and pulse points when you need an on-the-go refresher.
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Research shows that keeping cool improves sleep quality, and that better sleep improves school performance. Beat the heat with thermal blackout curtains and cooling bamboo-fiber sheets for energized students on those first back-to-school mornings.
Turn to page 88 for three fresh, icy concoctions that can easily transform from “mocktails” to cocktails. Prepare the basic recipe for the kids, and kick it up a notch for a delicious late-summer libation for grown-ups.
INVITATION OXFORD | AUGUS T 2018
M a ke a “P up - s ic le” Don’t forget pets. Freeze your dog’s favorite treats or toys in a bowl of water and let him lick to free them.