I am super glad summer is here, but I must admit, it has been a weird one! For some reason, the temperatures have been really up and down and we have had a lot of storms. I have seen more thunder and rain storms this summer than I have seen in several years. When the weather gets warm, I have a list of tricks and tips I use to get me through the summer. My list has changed from when I was a teenager and I was rubbing myself down with Crisco to get a tan! This list of DIY summer hacks is a bit more mature!
- Natural Hair Highlights: I must admit, this was also a favorite when I was a teenager. Virtually all of my friends had a spray bottle with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 3/4 cup of water. We would spray our hair and stay in the sun for at least 2 hours to get those natural highlights in our hair.
- Stop Popsicle Drips: My kids can go through a box of Popsicles in a day or two when it is really hot. I hate how sticky they get when the Popsicle drips all over them. To stop that dripping, just take a paper cupcake liner and pierce the liner with the stick and push it up under the Popsicle. No more drips!
- Frozen Grapes: I love to eat fruit when it is hot and frozen grapes are one of my favorite snacks. I just take a plastic bag and pop in a cup of grapes and put them in the freezer. Whenever we want a snack, we just grab a baggie and we are good to go!
- Natural Pest Control: Two of the peskiest pests we get here in the south during the summer are ants and fruit flies. They drive me absolutely crazy! I have a sure fire cure for these little guys that work every time! For ants, take a cup of popcorn kernels and grind them in the blender. Leave a small pile of the mixture anywhere ants are coming in your house and within a few days, they are gone! For fruit flies, take a ripe banana and cut it into cubes. Put it into a small container with some ripe mango peels and your fruit flies will be drawn to it. Again, within a few days, your fruit flies are gone!
- Cold Water: You must keep yourself hydrated when the weather is hot and water is the drink doctors recommend. I keep a few bottles of water in the freezer and when I want a drink, I grab a bottle and run it under hot water for a few seconds. It loosens up the ice and I get a cold and refreshing drink to keep me hydrated.
When it comes to getting bikini ready for the summer, we have a list of things we women must go through. Once we have gone through the ghastly task of trying on and choosing a bathing suit, we need to get ourselves groomed. I totally hate to shave because I had an accident when I was 16 and it made me afraid to use a razor. When I was growing up, my dad had the old fashioned razor that opened up and you put a razor blade inside. I borrowed it and was shaving my shin and my hand slipped and I took a huge chunk of skin.
I still have a pretty nasty scar that reminds me of that scary slip up. Even though we now have safety razors available,I have not used a razor since. For me, I prefer to use the super easy to use hair removal products from Veet®.
Veet® has a line of great hair removal products, including their 2-Step Facial Cream Hair Remover Kit, In-Shower Hair Removal Cream and my favorite, the Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover Pump. I love the Fast Acting Hair Gel Cream for many reasons. The pump is convenient and the cream works close to the root of the hair so I get smoother skin for way longer than had I used a razor. I personally use the Sensitive formula because it is gentle on my skin and the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E keep my skin hydrated and smooth.My 15 year old daughter has recently begun her bikini beauty routine and she is also using the Veet® Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover Pump. It is safe enough for her underarms, legs and bikini area and I feel confident in her using it as well. Veet® helps you feel smooth all summer long. There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom that summer brings. Be sure to follow Veet on Pinterest and YouTube. Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser.
What is one of your go to DIY summer hack tips?