9 tips to ensure smooth sailing through the hot summer days

Eddie Cochran would have you believe "there ain't no cure for the summertime blues," but we beg to differ! There are plenty of things about summer that can be a bit of a downer, like the extreme heat, excessive sweating, and major risk of bug bites, but we're going to take more of a Beach Boys approach to the warmer season this year and turn all summer negatives into positives! Here are 9 helpful tips on how to best deal with the summer sun and all that comes along with it.

1. Mosquito Trap

Yeast and brown sugar are key to fighting these nasty pests, provided you know what exactly to do. Luckily for you, a DIY mosquito trap is pretty easy to make with our easy-to-follow instructions!

2. Slimming Summer Drinks

Try these 5 cooling drinks that will give you a nice figure. The perfect combinations for a hot summer day!

3. Dog Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream has never been so easier, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for furry friend. Animals get hot too, so go ahead and whip up some homemade pet-friendly ice cream for your four-legged companions!

4. Homemade Sunscreen

Mix three types of oil and a special ingredient and you get the perfect natural sunscreen, without any unnecessary additives found in store-bought sunscreen lotions.

5. Grilled Salmon

If you're looking for something special for your next BBQ, check out this recipe. Finally, no more scraping the grill after the big party!

6. Creative Ice Cubes

The ice cubes in a drink can almost be as important as the drink itself! These 5 colorful ideas will certainly make your next picnic a huge success!

7. Homemade Mosquito Spray

Finally, you can make yourself a natural DIY insect repellant that's sure to keep the little beasts away in the long run! Just make sure you have some vodka in the house.

8. Strawberry Kiwi Sangria

With this recipe, your next summer party is sure to be a huge success — the tangy-fruity mixture offers a refreshing surprise that your guests will love!

9. Tire Seats

Whether it's for a family get-together, your next garden party, or just as a fun arts and crafts project, making your own tire seats is a great way to spend the afternoon. If you have old tires on hand, you can easily build yourself a few nice outdoor seats. They also make great storage spaces!

With these tips and tricks, you'll be fully equipped to withstand a hot summer. Above all, you'll finally be able to safely venture out into the open, armed with sunscreen and mosquito repellent, and with a cool homemade drink in hand. Plop down on your new summer lounge chair, kick up your feet, and relax!

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