Chill Out While You Grill Out

Keep cool in the warm weather with these fun and easy hacks!


A homemade cucumber facial spray, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz, David Katz

David Katz, David Katz

Cool as a Cucumber Mister

What you'll need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth
  • Strainer
  • Large measuring cup
  • 1 lemon
  • 100 percent aloe vera gel
  • Whisk
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Mini spray bottles
  • Bucket filled with ice

How to:

  1. Peel and slice the cucumber.
  2. Add to a blender with 1/3 cup water and blend thoroughly.
  3. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth and a strainer into a measuring cup.
  4. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel and whisk together.
  5. Put some mint leaves in each mini spray bottle then pour some of the mixture into each.
  6. Place in an ice bucket and enjoy!

Hula Hoop Sprinkler

What you'll need:

  • Old hula hoop
  • Garden shears
  • Drill
  • Brass garden hose adapter
  • PVC TEE adapter (we used an LFA-677 adapter)
  • Duct tape
  • Hose

How to:

  1. Cut the hula hoop at the seams with garden shears.
  2. Drill holes all the way around the hula hoop, about 6 inches apart from each other.
  3. Twist the brass garden hose adapter and PVC TEE adapter together.
  4. Fasten the adapter parts to the hula hoop, leaving the hose connector open.
  5. Securely wrap duct tape around the hula hoop and adapter parts (tightly, so water doesn't escape!).
  6. Attach the hose…and let it rip!
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