Cool It Down When It's Hot

July 8, 2019

We had a SERIOUS taste of the heat to come last weekend, didn’t we?   If you went to the fabulous art festival in downtown Des Moines, you know just how good it felt to retreat back to the inside after a couple of sweat-drenching hours outside. 

There is something glorious about cooling down, isn’t there?  In preparation for the heat to come, I found a few interesting ways to keep it cool for the summer.

 

 

  Take Vitamin C 



Keeping cool might be as easy as taking your vitamins.    Research has shown that good old Vitamin C can help prevent your body temperature from rising from heat exposure.   Cool, right?  And healthy.

 

 


 

  Eat Spicy Food

 

Well, that just seems like something one wouldn’t do on a scorching day!   But there is a reason that spicy food is overwhelmingly popular in hotter climates.  

Turns out, eating spicy food is actually a great way to stay cool. When your mouth is hot, hot, hot (from spicy food)...your brain tells you that you are overheated which in turn makes you sweat from head to toe.   And thus the sweat on your skin cools you down!  

 

 

A genius way to cool down when its hot outside. Sounds like a spicy meal at Wasabi Waukee to me!



 

  Switch Scents



All scents are not equal in your home.  Hot weather calls for a summer scent. A scent like Nest’s Grapefruit.  A fragrance blended with lily of the valley and coriander blossom that not only smells awesome but feels cool, too.

 


 


 

  Sip Some Peppermint Tea

Little did I know that peppermint tea is another great way to cool down the insides, thanks to the menthol, an ingredient that tricks the body into feeling cold. Not only can you cool off with a refreshing ice tea (with zero-calories) but there are other amazing side benefits.  Peppermint tea promotes relaxation, better digestion and can act as an appetite suppressant.     They say this herbal remedy increases metabolism that could result in weight loss.  

It's the holy grail of keeping it cool strategies!  Who knew?!  I picked one up today to test out myself.   I've never been a fan of iced tea...until now.

 

 
Let it Flow 


 Hot days are perfect for loose-fitting, light-weight flowy clothes.   The loose fit provides much-needed airflow for looking and feeling cooler.   Loose fitting does not have to be frumpy!   We have some amazing caftans still remaining (and on sale) in our clothing boutique.   I can't seem to have enough of these beauties in my closet.   They are the best for swimsuit cover-ups and for running around on those uber hot days.  

 

 

How cute does our summer intern, Caroline, look in this vibrant caftan?!

 

 

 

  Go Underground

 

The best place in your house on a super hot day is your basement.   You are only going to balk at this idea if you haven't given your basement the tender loving decor care that you've given other spaces in your home.  Might be time to create an inspiring space down under so you have a great get-away for hot summer days and nights.   

There is nothing that channels an arctic chill better for me than these gorgeous new introductions from our Interiors line (exclusively at K. Renee.) 

 


Stunning and cool (not just in the chilly sense either.) 

 

 

 

 
  Plants and Flowers

 


 Plants and flowers not only improve your mood but somehow make a room feel cooler.   I suppose it's because living plants release moisture and purify the air.   And flowers just plain raise your spirits which is why we asked Pepperharrow Farms to come back and throw another floral workshop here at the store! 




Some of you might remember last years jam-packed event.  Everyone loved it so much (and have been asking for another workshop) that Pepperharrow Farm is coming back to talk about centerpiece basics.

This is a hands-on workshop you won't want to miss.   For a $40 class fee, you will be provided with flowers and supplies to create your own centerpiece.    We will also be serving summer-inspired refreshment and canapés.  

 

You can register yourself and a few of your friends by clicking the link below.    We will have a class limit of 40, so make sure you sign up sooner than later.  This has been one of our most popular K. Renee events!

 

 

I hope you have a wonderful week.   

 

 

 

xoxo,

Julie



We had a taste of the heat last weekend, didn’t we?   If you went to the fabulous art festival in downtown Des Moines, you know just how good it felt to retreat back to the inside after a couple of sweat drenching hours outside. 


There is something glorious about cooling down, isn’t there?  In preparation for the heat to come, I found a few interesting ways to keep it cool for the summer.







Take Your Vitamin C


Keeping cool might be as easy as taking your vitamins.    There has been reseach that shows that vitamin c helps keep your body temperature from rising from heat exposure.   Cool, right?  


We had a taste of the heat last weekend, didn’t we?   If you went to the fabulous art festival in downtown Des Moines, you know just how good it felt to retreat back to the inside after a couple of sweat drenching hours outside. 


There is something glorious about cooling down, isn’t there?  In preparation for the heat to come, I found a few interesting ways to keep it cool for the summer.







Take Your Vitamin C


Keeping cool might be as easy as taking your vitamins.    There has been reseach that shows that vitamin c helps keep your body temperature from rising from heat exposure.   Cool, right?  


  















Tip: Eat Spicy Food


Well that just seems like something one wouldn’t do in the heat!   But there is a reason that spicy food is popular in hotter climates.   Eating spicy food is actually a great way to stay cool. When your mouth is hot, hot, hot...our brains tell us that we are overheated which in turn makes us sweat.   And thus the sweat on your skin from eating spicy food in turn cools us down! A genius way to cool down when its hot outside. Sounds like a spicy meal at Wasabi Waukee to me!







Keep it Cool by Switching Scents


All scents are not equal in your home.  Hot weather calls for a summer scent. A scent like Nest’s Grapefruit,  grapefruit blended with lily of the valley and coriander blossom smell awesome and feels cool.


Eat Spicy Food


There’s a reason spicy food is so popular in places with hot climates. It turns out eating something hot is a great way to stay cool. Capsaicin, the substance in peppers that makes spicy food spicy, binds to the pain receptors in your mouth. In response, your brain interprets this as being hot, and makes you sweat, and the sweat on your skin subsequently cools you down. The brilliant part is that you can do all of this without actually raising your body temperature, making it a genius way to cool down when things get hot outside. And for more tips on staying healthy all season long, check out the 15 Biggest Health Mistakes People Make in the Summer.




Sip Some Peppermint Tea

A glass of peppermint tea is a great way to make your insides feel cool and tingly, thanks to menthol, a substance in the plant that works the opposite way capsaicin does, instead tricking your body into feeling cold. You can also spray mint tea on your skin to provide both evaporative and mentholated cooling, so this beverage pulls double duty.

1. Peppermint Iced Tea

Cool off this summer with a refreshing iced tea that packs more than just the zero-calorie benefits. Along with promoting relaxation, digestion and providing immune development, peppermint tea has also been show to act as an appetite suppressant. The herbal superfood can actually increase your metabolism resulting in weight loss among some. So put this tea over ice and enjoy!



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Let it Flow (loose fitting clothing)


You only get to wear them between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so you may as well get the most use out of your summer whites as possible. Light colors reflect light, which means you’ll be cooler in white or pastels than you would be in dark clothes, which trap heat. And whenever possible, opt for them on the baggy side: loose-fitting clothes provide better air flow, which means you’ll feel cooler.




4. Go underground

Head down to the basement on those scorching hot days. Our basement stays so chilly that we sometimes use blankets down there in the summer.

Some people may balk at this idea if their basement is unfinished. However, don’t let that stop you. Simply clean out a corner and set up a chair or maybe a desk. Personally, I would rather smell mustiness than melt into the floor upstairs.




Keep it Cool With Plants Flowers


The benefits of having houseplants are manifold. They can improve mood, purify air, and they can also make a room feel cooler. Plants release moisture into the air, which helps regulate the relative humidity of a room and can make it feel more comfortable than it otherwise would. And for more genius ways to maintain a temperately comfy abode, check out












We had a taste of the heat last weekend, didn’t we?   If you went to the fabulous art festival in downtown Des Moines, you know just how good it felt to retreat back to the inside after a couple of sweat drenching hours outside. 


There is something glorious about cooling down, isn’t there?  In preparation for the heat to come, I found a few interesting ways to keep it cool for the summer.







Take Your Vitamin C


Keeping cool might be as easy as taking your vitamins.    There has been reseach that shows that vitamin c helps keep your body temperature from rising from heat exposure.   Cool, right?  


  















Tip: Eat Spicy Food


Well that just seems like something one wouldn’t do in the heat!   But there is a reason that spicy food is popular in hotter climates.   Eating spicy food is actually a great way to stay cool. When your mouth is hot, hot, hot...our brains tell us that we are overheated which in turn makes us sweat.   And thus the sweat on your skin from eating spicy food in turn cools us down! A genius way to cool down when its hot outside. Sounds like a spicy meal at Wasabi Waukee to me!







Keep it Cool by Switching Scents


All scents are not equal in your home.  Hot weather calls for a summer scent. A scent like Nest’s Grapefruit,  grapefruit blended with lily of the valley and coriander blossom smell awesome and feels cool.


Eat Spicy Food


There’s a reason spicy food is so popular in places with hot climates. It turns out eating something hot is a great way to stay cool. Capsaicin, the substance in peppers that makes spicy food spicy, binds to the pain receptors in your mouth. In response, your brain interprets this as being hot, and makes you sweat, and the sweat on your skin subsequently cools you down. The brilliant part is that you can do all of this without actually raising your body temperature, making it a genius way to cool down when things get hot outside. And for more tips on staying healthy all season long, check out the 15 Biggest Health Mistakes People Make in the Summer.




Sip Some Peppermint Tea

A glass of peppermint tea is a great way to make your insides feel cool and tingly, thanks to menthol, a substance in the plant that works the opposite way capsaicin does, instead tricking your body into feeling cold. You can also spray mint tea on your skin to provide both evaporative and mentholated cooling, so this beverage pulls double duty.

1. Peppermint Iced Tea

Cool off this summer with a refreshing iced tea that packs more than just the zero-calorie benefits. Along with promoting relaxation, digestion and providing immune development, peppermint tea has also been show to act as an appetite suppressant. The herbal superfood can actually increase your metabolism resulting in weight loss among some. So put this tea over ice and enjoy!



6

Let it Flow (loose fitting clothing)


You only get to wear them between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so you may as well get the most use out of your summer whites as possible. Light colors reflect light, which means you’ll be cooler in white or pastels than you would be in dark clothes, which trap heat. And whenever possible, opt for them on the baggy side: loose-fitting clothes provide better air flow, which means you’ll feel cooler.




4. Go underground

Head down to the basement on those scorching hot days. Our basement stays so chilly that we sometimes use blankets down there in the summer.

Some people may balk at this idea if their basement is unfinished. However, don’t let that stop you. Simply clean out a corner and set up a chair or maybe a desk. Personally, I would rather smell mustiness than melt into the floor upstairs.




Keep it Cool With Plants Flowers


The benefits of having houseplants are manifold. They can improve mood, purify air, and they can also make a room feel cooler. Plants release moisture into the air, which helps regulate the relative humidity of a room and can make it feel more comfortable than it otherwise would. And for more genius ways to maintain a temperately comfy abode, check out