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3.  rosewater tutorial  4. play tent tutorial

This week’s roundup is all about keeping cool during the rising summer heat. First off is a yummy raspberry lemonade recipe. Okay, I haven’t made it myself yet so I can’t testify to it’s yummy-ness, but I do love making fresh lemonade and adding raspberries to it could only make it better. And a sweet cool drink in hand makes the sweat running down your back a little more bearable!
Next I found a cute lemon cup recipe which is basically lemon juice and sugar turned into slush–but it looks cute (and almost healthy) inside a lemon (I have a little bit of a sweet tooth now, don’t I?). 

I also found a rosewater recipe (which is not for drinking) which would be perfect as a cooling spray. The tutorial calls for using home-grown or organic roses rather than store-bought ones. We have a row of rose bushes we planted earlier this spring. They’re not blooming enough to make our own rosewater yet, but I think I might try once they do. 

And lastly, I couldn’t resist sharing this awesome play tent tutorial. The designer used three twin sheets (which, I believe, are just $3 each from Walmart) and a hula hoop to make it, and it can be used indoors or out! I love how simple her tutorial is and can imagine one of these hanging up in our own backyard all summer. Now for next month’s budget so I can go out and by some sheets!

How are you keeping cool this summer?