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Keeping cool during the hottest months of the year isn’t just a matter of comfort—it can also be life-saving. Heat stroke and exhaustion strike millions of people each year, and their effects can be deadly. Even if you have central air conditioning in your home, activities like exercising and cooking can raise your temperature fast and put you at risk. And of course, outdoor activities like gardening, walking and running put you at tremendous risk on hot days. Here are a few tips for keeping cool this summer indoors and out so that you stay comfortable and reduce your risk of a heat-related illness.


One of the best parts of summer is enjoying your outdoor space. Entertaining on the deck, puttering around the garden, relaxing on the patio…this is the time of year when you can really enjoy your outdoor areas like additional rooms of your house. And there’s no reason to stop enjoying them when the sun goes down. In fact, you might want to make a point of relaxing outside after sunset, when the heat of the day turns to refreshing evening breezes. All you need to do is add some outdoor lighting and your yard will be ready to enjoy as late into the night as you like.

Adding outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be expensive or a hassle. Solar lights soak up the sun all day, then turn that energy into warm, ambient lighting after dark—no wires to install, batteries to change, or cords to trip over. And best of all, you can use it anywhere: patio, garden or deck! Here are out favorite solar lighting ideas:


On your deck

Summertime gatherings are more fun when you have plenty of activities to keep guests entertained. Games are a great option because they give everyone something to do together, even if they don’t know each other well. Plus, games are a great way to help shy people get in on the fun without too much pressure. It’s easy to incorporate games into your next barbecue or pool party. Just set them up at various spots around your yard and people will start to play! Here are a few of our favorite games that are just challenging enough to be fun for grownups, but just silly enough to be relaxing enjoyment.


1. LED Ladder Toss



For years, sun tanning was a summer ritual, and there was little thought about summer skin care. SPF (skin protection factor)? It wasn’t even on the radar screen. Slathering on baby oil and cocoa butter was a sure way to turn winter-white skin into a deep, dark tan. Fortunately, we’ve wised up to the hazards of subjecting our skin to all those rays.

You’ve planted your gardens, pruned your bushes, prepped your patio. You’re all ready to enjoy your outdoor space, and then—bzz bzz bzz—bugs! Mosquitoes, wasps, and flies descend to ruin your relaxation!

Time to fight back. And you can banish these pesky pests without resorting to chemical warfare. We’ve searched out the best non-toxic ways to reduce the three most common backyard bugs: mosquitoes, wasps, and flies.



Here at Solutions, we’re all about finding faster, simpler ways to do things, so when spring arrives, we look forward to easy gardening. Here’s a smart workaround for the labor of digging a flowerbed from scratch in your yard: container gardening! It’s also a great option if you have no room for flower beds in your yard—or no yard at all. Just a few of the benefits of container gardening are: