5 refreshing drinks to keep cool this summer

  • Watermelon mint refresher. This healthy drink will detox your body while keeping you cool. First, you cut up watermelon and blend it in a blender or food processor. Next, add a small handful of fresh mint leave in and blend. Third, strain the mixture in a kitchen strainer or tea strainer. Lastly, enjoy the sweet summer elixir. optional: Add ice cubes or extra mint leaves.
  • Passionfruit tea lemonade. This beverage is truly amazing and nothing says summer like lemonade! First, steep passion fruit tea. Second, while making the tea, cut up lemons and squeeze all the juice out. Third, mix the lemon juice with water and add sugar to the mixture. pour lemonade into a pitcher and add the tea. Lastly, add ice cubes and lemon slices and feel the summer vibes.
  • Strawberry basil lemonade. Nothing beats the peppery taste of this drink. First, make the lemonade as shown in the drink description above. Next, blend up strawberries and fresh basil in a blender. Next, mix the lemonade and strawberry basil mixture together to make this zesty elixir. optional: Add ice cubes and fresh basil leaves.
  • classic blueberry smoothie. This icy smoothie is full of antioxidants and nutrients and is perfect to beat the humid weather. First, put one cup of blueberries in a blender. Next, add a small banana. Third, add vanilla protein powder and almond milk into the blender and blend until smooth. Warning: check your teeth after you have this drink because things will get stuck in your teeth.
  • root beer float. This is the BEST drink to sweeten your summer. All you need is root beer and vanilla ice cream! add a couple scoops of  ice cream to your glass of root beer and feel your summer begin again.

Top 5 herbs to grow this summer

  • Aloe vera. Aloe is probably one of the best herbs of all time. This magical plant heals skin irritations such as sunburns, cuts, scrapes, eczema, and rashes. It also can be used in hair to prevent dandruff and promote growth.
  • Peppermint. The same substance that flavors your gum also has the ability to open airways in your nose and help with respiratory issues. The essential oil needs to be diluted before use. Fresh peppermint can also flavor lemonade and tea.
  • Sage. This peppery plant aids the digestion of fatty meat. Sage is a tonic for the liver and rebuilds vitality in a long-term illness. This herb is excellent for healing throat issues by drinking or gargling the tea.
  • Lavender. Lavender is a superb stress reliever. This super herb is a mild antidepressant and relieves migraines and headaches. Invest in a lavender lotion or drink the tea before bed each night to relax and get some beauty sleep.
  • Echinacea. This powerful plant is an immune booster. Echinacea has a natural resistance to infections and heals oral problems. Drink the tea or tincture at the first sign of a cold or flu to build immunity. 

Top 10 activities to plan this summer!

  • Miniature golf. This activity doesn’t require you to be a pro golfer and helps to bond with friends and family.
  • Take a road trip. I know in most cases road trips are only fun in retrospect. Even if the trip is bad, it will be the most memorable, that is a guarantee.
  • Host a bonfire. Whether it is just you and your family or a huge party, bonfires are always the most exciting part of summer. Break out the marshmallows and chocolate and get this party started.
  • Rent a bike. Riding bikes are one of your fondest childhood memories. They help clear your head and connect you with nature.
  • Buy something from the neighborhood ice cream truck. Remember when you and your friend were hanging out and you heard that song that could only mean one thing: The ice cream truck! When you hear that little jingle you know it’s about to get lit. Keep money by your door so you don’t miss the sweet surprise!
  • Attend a festival. Who doesn’t love the rides and games and all the deep-fried foods you can imagine. Festivals are a must during summer vacation.
  • Bake a cake or any type of sweet. make festive vanilla cupcakes or even making a rainbow crepe cake to enjoy this summer.
  • Splatter paint! this activity helps you get in touch with your creative side. create any color combinations that feel right.  When you are finished, show off your masterpiece to the world.
  • make root beer floats. All you need is root beer and vanilla ice cream to create this flavorful drink. Cheers!
  • Buy several flavors of ice cream and have an ice cream tasting. Invite your friends and family to try exotic flavors of ice cream to expand your palette.
  • Bonus! Pick up gardening as a hobby this summer. Nothing beats the taste of a fresh grown strawberry or a sun ripened tomato.