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I (Sarah) am struggling to get through summer. To me, summer is the longest season, and we seem to be getting heat wave after heat wave here in Southern California. I have such a hard time keeping track of how hot it is outside, when to apply sunscreen, and how much water to drink. My health problems complicate summer even more. I have three FREE apps on my tablet that I LOVE that help make summer more tolerable.
The Heat Safety Tool app has a very simple interface. It keeps track of the heat index (not just the temperature) in your area so you know how hot it actually is outside. It also makes recommendations as to whether or not outdoor activities are safe in the heat. Get the app: Android and Apple
The Sunzapped app is great for people like me who don’t keep track of applying sunscreen when they are outdoors. The Sunzapped app actually prevents you from getting sunburned. It sets off reminders when it’s time to reapply sunscreen, can be customized based on the SPF level of protection that you are using, and makes clothing recommendations about what to wear to avoid getting sunburned. My favorite part about this app is that it actually tells you when it’s time to get out of the sun so that you don’t get sunburned. Get the app: Android and Apple
Finally there’s the Waterlogged app. The Waterlogged app helps you keep track of how much water you have consumed, but it also shows you how much water you have left to drink for the day. It also has some really cool graphs that show you how much water you’ve consumed over time. If you do a lot of outdoor activities in the summer time, this app will help keep you hydrated all summer long. Get the app: Apple
What is your favorite app to use in the Summer?
Check that out. Yep – Christmas stuff! I (Jeni) was cruising around Hobby Lobby this weekend, and was pretty surprised to see a TON of Christmas items out already. I’m all about being prepared. I’m all about stocking up for Christmas decorations and gifts all year (see our post Christmas 365 for more about that!) and I’m all about Christmas because I love it. But I don’t remember years before, seeing holiday decor and Christmas items in full display in stores until at least back to school shopping is over.
After getting over my shock, I started enjoying the winter wonderland! There were tons of trees, ornaments, decor and even gifts on display – like, aisles and aisles of them. And even more surprising, there were a lot of people shopping them! NONE of the things for Thanksgiving or Christmas were on sale – everything was full price, and I wondered, “Who buys holiday stuff at full price in July? Why not wait a few months and stock up, or better yet, wait until after the holidays to grab the serious sales!?”
Do you buy Christmas decor when it’s not on sale?
I (Sarah) recently got this game What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar? It’s a lot of fun. It’s sort of like a truth or dare style game. You have to stock your freezer with Klondike Bars before playing (not in the rules, but it’s a must!). Collect the most mini Klondike Bars and you win. Plus, it’s just $9!
Are you trying to drink more water this summer? If so, you need an infuser water bottle. This BPA free Tritan water infuser bottle is just $7.95 in a variety of colors.
This adorable mermaid tail blanket is just $5.99!
I (Sarah) am a huge Star Trek fan, and I was delighted when I found out they now make Star Trek swimsuits. How cool are these Star Trek bikinis and one piece Star Trek swimsuits? The hardest part is deciding which color to buy!
Would you wear a Star Trek bathing suit?
I (Sarah) love Kettle potato chips. They are my absolute favorite brand of chips. Kettle is always coming out with new flavors. Some of them turn into all time favorites for me, like sea salt and vinegar, while others like their jalapeno flavors don’t appeal to me at all. Last night I found this tasty flavor I had never seen before Tropical Salsa. These chips are made with avocado oil and mango infused salt. The chips are fantastic, seriously like eating a summer salsa on a hot day while drinking margaritas.
What flavor of chips would you like to see Kettle make?
I (Jeni) LOVE watermelon! When I saw this awesome Watermelon Slicer, I knew I had to have it 🙂 It has a neat curve that cuts into the watermelon without wasting any of it by cutting with a normal knife. So easy and SO cool – and really cheap, too! Plus, you can use it for a ton of other fruits, as well.
Do you buy kitchen gadgets like this?
OMG OMG OMG OMG! You guys know that I (Jeni) LOVE The Golden Girls! I just found this Golden Girls Coloring Book at Target this weekend, and it’s pretty dang amazing. I could have saved a few bucks by buying it on Amazon, though, because it’s cheaper there – but that’s ok, because I’m just happy I have it! Wooooohoooo!
Do you have a favorite coloring book?
This right here is TOO COOL! It’s a Jellyfish Aquarium with live jellyfish inside! Plus, it changes colors – which changes the colors of the jellyfish, as well. Jellyfish pets…. hmmmmm….. sounds pretty unique!
What’s the strangest pet you’ve ever had?
Check out those flavors!!! One of my (Jeni) favorite things in this world (besides Marky Mark, and bacon, of course) is a uniquely flavored coffee. Brew La La Coffee makes the most awesome flavors of coffee you’ll ever have! Seriously….check out my review, and then treat yourself! TREAT YO SELF!
What’s your favorite flavor of coffee?
I (Sarah) grew up with Jell-O pudding pops until they discontinued them. They were like a fudgesicle only much tastier. I could seriously live off them as a child during summer vacation. I recently came across a chocolate pudding pops copycat recipe that tastes just like the real thing. Jell-O actually has a recipe on their website, but this one is much tastier and a lot more authentic to the original pudding pops I knew and loved growing up.