5 After 5, Top Tips to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 of your favorite organizational tools and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here and catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 ways you stay cool in the summer heat 

We've only been back home in The Sunshine State for a short time now, but our patience has already run out and we're ready for the 98-degrees-at-midnight thing to end.

Here are my top 5 tips on staying cool (not counting air conditioning, of course, because that's just a given down here and runs pretty much constantly, 360 days of the year!)

1.  Find yourself a swimming pool

Fly into practically anywhere in Florida and you'll see that there's pretty much a pool for every house out there.

Around here, if you don't have a pool in your backyard, you probably live in a big neighborhood that has a community pool near the entrance.

We, however, don't have a pool and we don't live in a neighborhood.

So we just find a friend with a pool, and go enjoy theirs!

2.  Get yourself a kiddie pool

You can't exactly jump in your friend's pool whenever you want, so it's smart to get yourself a kiddie pool.

An obvious choice for someone with small children, but as my good friend Sheri knows, there's nothing as wonderful as just sitting and hanging out in a kiddie pool on a hot day, even for a grown-up.

3.  Set up a sprinkler

Sometimes those kiddie pools can be pretty pricey (we lucked out and found one on Super-Duper Clearance for 1,623% off and then had a gift card to cover the loose change total that was left!).

If a kiddie pool is out of your price range, then just do what I always did as a kid, and run through the sprinkler in the backyard!

Yes, I've done this as an adult and guess what?

It's still fun.

4.  Grab a garden hose

Maybe you don't have a sprinkler, or maybe yours is just broken from being a big ol' klutz like me and stepping on the sprinkler instead of bounding over it gracefully.

In that case, grab a garden hose and a buddy to take turns with in spraying each other down.

5.  Go ice skating

How cute is this throwback photo of Gv's first time on the ice?

Finally, if all of these options are a little too wet for your tastes, seek out some water in its solid state and go ice skating!

And if it's anywhere near as hot as it is here, you can probably just go do it in shorts and a tank top and be perfectly comfortable!

For next week:

Share your 5 favorite summer Olympic events to watch

Did you watch the opening ceremonies last night?  Is your television set to play coverage of the games 24/7?  Or will you just pick and choose a few favorite events to watch?  I can't wait to hear!

And now, here's this week's link party!  Two other fabulous bloggers have teamed up with me to create lists of five each week and we hope that you'll join us, too!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our three blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow each of the three hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

Your Hosts:

Lisa, at Syncopated MamaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Bloglovin'
Samantha, at Motivated DaysFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ 
Heather Marie at Life, Love, and LasagnaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin'

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