TTBMJ July: Stay Cool

Jul 1, 2014



Welcome to July, one of the hottest months of the year! With our “Stay Cool” theme for the month, we offer some suggestions to help you beat the heat. Relaxing by the sea is one of my favorite ways to spend summer days. This photo of me from a couple of years ago brings back such great memories! Watching the whales and gazing out at the Sea of Cortez along the coast of Mexico was a treat I’ll never forget.  

But, there are other ways to chill out…even when you can’t get to the beach! Dive into some of these cool ideas, below, and enjoy the summer days we’ve been waiting for all year!

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DIY: Summer Drinks & Popsicles
As we bask in the summer heat, nothing is more refreshing than a cool summer drink or a freshly made Popsicle! One Fab Day has some great DIY recipes for delicious drinks and popsicles you can make from home.


Joy With Family: Water Parks

Looking for something cool to do with the family? Head for the closest waterpark! Here are a few family friendly waterparks in Pennsylvania and if you’re not in our area, do a search for one near you!

Herron Park Sprayground – Philadelphia, PA
Hershey Park – Hershey, PA
Dorney Park – Allentown, PA
Sesame Place – Langhorne, PA


Self-Care: Summer Facemasks
Facemasks are a great way to nourish your skin in those hot summer months. The Free People Blog has 2 simple DIY facemasks that you can easily do at home with ingredients like Honey, Avocado, Banana and vitamins.


Food: Summer Salads
Sometimes it’s just too hot to cook dinner. Refreshing summer salads are the way to go when you need a light meal that will keep you full without weighing you down! Check Two Peas & Their Pod blog for a great selection of refreshing summer salads.


Product: Namaste Print
Even on the hottest days, it is still possible to stay calm and collected on the inside by practicing meditation or yoga. My Namaste print may get you in the right state of mind. A Hindu word that means “I bow to the divine in you”, the word Namaste is hand-lettered by brush on a cool aqua-blue background. This gentle reminder just might bring a touch of peace to your world.


Design Trends: Cool colors
Pantone has identified some great cool colors in their Color Trend Report for this year, like Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue. For endless color inspiration, check out Design Trends’ website which is chock full of great color palettes, like the two we show below. Create a summery feel with these cool trending hues!

Product: CHIVE Pooley Tube Vase
This fully glazed ceramic bud vase is perfect for single stems and even looks super cool sitting on your shelf with no flowers at all. The summery colors are soothing to just look at! Visit our online store or Retail Gallery to get your own!

Charity: Cool Earth
Cool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. They don’t create reserves, put up fences or buy land. Instead, they put indigenous people back in control of the world’s most endangered rainforest. By building better incomes, schools and clinics, they give their partner villages the resources they need to keep their forest intact. Cool Earth is now working alongside 65 rainforest villages throughout the world and at least 90% of each donation goes directly to their projects. To find out more about Cool Earth and how you can get involved, visit their website.