Friday, July 15, 2011

If I die from a heat stroke, tell Bradley Cooper I love him ...

I decided to check out weather dot com this morning to see what temps I was working with for the weekend, and I started sweating just reading our 10 day forecast:

Excuse me, 104 today?  Not cool.  Literally.  And these are just the temps before you factor in the heat index.  I've lived in Texas basically my entire life, so I'm used to this.  It doesn't mean I like it. 

I always wonder how people in the North survive the winters and blizzards, but I'm sure y'all wonder how we survive our sizzilin summers.  You just stay inside as much as possible and accept that you may pass out from a heat stroke at any time. 

In case you don't want to take out a loan to pay your summer electric bill, here are 5 ways to avoid a heat stroke on the cheap:

1. Cool your pulse. Wrap an ice cube in a towel and apply it to any of your body’s major pulse points (wrists, behind the knees and inside elbows) for a minute, then remove it for a minute—repeat until you feel sufficiently cool.  Pulse points are areas with the best circulation, so lowering your blood temperature in those spots will carry the cooling effect throughout the entire body.

How cute are heart shaped ice cubes?  I found this heart ice cube tray on Amazon for $6.99:
 2. Try a hint of mint. The menthol that's in mint creates a cooling effect. Chewing a piece of gum that contains menthol will trigger cold-sensitive nerves in your mouth, making a glass of water taste colder than it normally would.  Similarly, lotions and soaps that contain mint or menthol will lend your skin an icy sensation.

Bath & Body Works carries a Mentha Body Vitamin Body Lotion for $14:
or Target has a Mint Mojito lotion for $5.99:
3. Go downstairs. It's true that heat rises: warm air is less dense, so it floats upwards. If you're in a house, head to the first floor or the basement to enjoy chillier temperatures. A good way to rid upstairs rooms of hot air is to place a fan in a window to suck the warm air out.

4. Slice up a cucumber or watermelon. On a hot day, eating fruits and vegetables with high water content will not only help keep you hydrated, the added fluids allow your body to release heat by thinning the blood.

Watermelon is so good in the summer!  I can't get enough of it.
5. Sit still. Though it's tempting to create a breeze by fanning yourself, excreting energy by moving around in the heat will actually end up making you feel even warmer. So stay calm—and stay put—to avoid raising your own body temperature.

Get a personalized fan instead like this pink personal air circulator for $19.99 from Target:

Stay cool this weekend bargainistas!  If you need me, I'll be in my apartment slathering on mint lotion, inhaling watermelon and taping ice cubes to my wrists.  TGIF.
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  1. Ugh, I don't envy you all down there! We recently had 104 degree temps in DC this past week, and it was humid and gross. Me no likey! Good suggestions for how to beat the heat tho!! :)
    Hope you have a cool weekend!!
    Jenn @ Going the Distance

  2. i like how the LOW is 80 degrees. we've been in the 100's this week...but today it's raining and when i left for work the temp was 69. i have on a long sleeve polo button down. hopefully i won't be trying to talk myself out of taking it off. i don't think exposed bras are part of the dress code here.

    and a touch of mint/menthol. does that include menthol cigs? i kid, i kid.

    you forgot to add that a pool helps you cool off. that's probably where i'll be tomorrow. if i can find one not full of rednecks and kiddos.

  3. that personal pink fan is so cute. i just recently bought another fan for my room and it has really helped a lot.

    ooh and i love watermelon. it's the fruit for summer that is for sure.

    have a fun weekend. try and stay cool. i live in AR so i totally feel your pain..especially on the days i have to work outside.

  4. hello fellow 100 degree-er

    im in florida where its 95 but feeling like 105! HOW do you deal with it!! and yeah we get some pretty cranky winters up here with -473283 degrees and blizzards up the wazoo

    these are some good tips. i never thought of the pulse cooling.

    and its safe to say i have only used my blowdryer/straightener down here ONCE thus gets SO FRIZZY. ugh.

    have a fab weekend!


  5. What about a pool?! That's my kind of cool off :)

    Dang girl, it is HOT there! Well, summer literally arrived a week ago and It's 80 here. I haven't been in that hot of weather forrreeevver!

    Love ya! Have a good weekend!

  6. Girl, I feel you! But at least in AZ we dont have TX humidity- I couldn't deal with that!

    Thanks for the tips!! I can use them here too!! We are off to the pool today- although it feels more like a bath!

  7. I feel your pain girl, the temps here in Oklahoma are just as bad. I am going to San Francisco at the end of the month and the temps there are in the 60s, I may have to wear a light sweater. So excited about that.

    I will say this though, I will take 105 over a blizzard any day. Those are not fun.

    Stay cool, jump in some water and sip a margarita this weekend, I think I will be doing the same thing. : )

  8. I'm from NY so I'm use to the blizzards although I don't like it all the time either! However it's 94 today here!

  9. it is 58 degrees here today. that is all i am going to say.

    ...oh and have a nice weekend!

  10. I can't believe I've been complaining about the high 80s to mid 90s. Come visit me and cool off :-) <3

  11. My MIL lives in Allen,Tx. She has a turtle and has a little Cabana set up for her to keep her cool. I wish TX would send some of the heat to CA.

  12. Yikes! That weather looks brutal! Even when we have our super hot days in the 90s it still drops down to the high 60s at night. I don't envy you.

  13. We have been having some really really hot, humid days here in North Carolina, too! Then today out of NOWHERE its cloudy and only like 70 degrees!! hellooo outside run! love it :)

  14. Let me know how that taping of ice cubes to your body goes, especially after layering mint lotion all over.

    I can't believe you missed listing a nice cold longneck beer as a good way to cool off; as you sit very still with your personal fan blowing on high directly at your face. Wait the fan will make the ice cubes melt faster, so point it away from you

    Love you

  15. Oh girl I'm feel for you with that icky heat!!!...Gross!!.lol! We've had some 90 degree days in L.A. but nothing in the 100's YET!! : / I know it's coming thought!!! I just stumbled onto your blog and love it!! You've got a new follower :)

    XOXO, CC

  16. I'm a new follower and I love your blog! I can totally relate to the heat dilemma. I live in Florida and we have a 120 degree heat index today....say what!!! Disgustingly hot! Anyways, hope you have a great weekend and stay cool! XO

  17. that's a scary forecast right thurr. i read about the ice cube/pulse point method - i'll have to try it next time my apartment turns into a sauna...luckily we've been having dry 80s weather up here in boston lately. don't worry, i'll pass bradley the message if it comes down to it.

    xx sharon/lemonontherocks

  18. I'm in Oklahoma. Our forecast is about the same.

    I'm also dying.

  19. Have you heard the saying "Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft"? Yeah, I'm FROM there so I have ZERO tolerance for anything other than mild weather. I would not bode well in that Texas heat! Stay cool homegirl.

  20. Jeezus! That's is effing hot. It get's like that where I'm from too but we have zero humidity. Texas os the same though right? A dry heat? I sure hope so!

    Damn I will no longer complain that LA apartments don't have AC when the temps hit the 90s because I think you still have it worse :(

  21. LMAO at your Mom's comment.

    Just join me in Corpus. We get a nice breeze and it's usually about ten degrees cooler. ;)

  22. I'm in Dallas right now and imagine this is what hell feels like, lol!!

  23. I drank strawberry mojitos and rubbed my wrist with ice at Top Golf and it was lovely, even in 104 degrees. Thanks!! Love you BFF!!!

  24. Ouch! I feel your pain. We had over 30 days of 100+ temps one summer when I lived in Dallas. I lived in a little apartment in Lakewood that only had one window unit. I even resulted to putting my sheets in the freezer before bedtime, and don't forget about air-conditioning is even better.

    Stay Cool-


  25. It was about that hot today. My makeup just about melted off my face. Not cool.

  26. I have also seen those cute ice cube trays at Ikea for super cheap!!

  27. Oh wow... That is ridiculous weather up there in Dallas! I thought Houston was f-ing hot! Hopefully some of the rain we keep getting will come your way!

  28. didn't know about the target mint lotion. making a special stop there tomorrow (vs. the 4x a week i usually stop there).