If Spring is about growth and beginnings, and Fall is about harvest and endings, then Summer is where the MAGIC happens...where things get delicious

Like a delightful little garlic bulb soaking up the sun, make the most of your summer by daring to indulge in these summertime guilty pleasures:

1.     Tan (safely)

Hopefully everyone knows by now the dangers of unprotected UV exposure, but it doesn't hurt to say it again: WEAR SUNSCREEN! SPF 30 or higher. Avoid tanning between the hours 10am and 4pm, when the sun's rays are strongest. Tan only in increments of a half hour, or at most one hour. Flip frequently.

That being said... tanning in the sun is actually safer than a tanning bed! Not to mention the natural vitamin D can help with depression, especially the seasonal affective kind.


2.     Watermelon.

Did you know that the watermelon is technically a berry? And the whole berry is edible; rind, seeds, and all! Of course, when you think of watermelon, you're thinking of its juicy fruit. Sun-kissed into sweetness, watermelon is the epitome of summer! It is hydrating, perfect for hot summer days; naturally low-calorie; and loaded with vitamins A, B6, and C! Watermelon is all summer pleasure and no summer guilt...unless you eat a whole melon by yourself, of course.


3.     Floats!

The classic Root Beer Float is the summer equivalent to a toasty hot chocolate in the wintertime. Sassafras soda has a flavor like nothing else. But here at the Omni Cheer Blog, we've discovered the true secret of the Float: the vanilla ice cream. You can't go wrong with vanilla ice cream and just about any flavor of soda! Try it with orange soda for a magical summertime creamsicle! 

Pair vanilla ice cream with any of your favorites from Dr. Pepper to Mountain Dew, to experience: The Float Version.

This year maybe mix it up? Pineapple ice cream with a mango soda sounds like a tropical delight. Oreo ice cream with iced coffee?! Or perhaps a summery sparkling pink lemonade with sherbet. My personal favorite: vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, floating in sweet strawberry soda pop. The chocolate chips are essential. Give it a try! I promise you won't be disappointed.


4.     Naps.

Naps are so underrated. Since most of us don't usually get the recommended 8+ hours a night anyway, a little nap is hardly something to feel guilty about. And yet, naps are still associated with kindergarten and grandparents only. Want to be alive for a late night party, but tired after a long day? Take a quick 20-30 minute nap for a boost of energy. Completely wiped out after a weekend hike in the sun? Maybe consider an hour or two snooze to heal up. The key to a quick and efficient nap is not getting too comfortable. Try keeping your shoes on if you know you need to jump up and be awake in a short time. Salvador Dali had an interesting way to nap effectively. He would take a spoon in his hand and dangle it off the bed above a ceramic plate. As soon as he fell asleep, the spoon would fall onto the plate, making a sound loud enough to wake him up. It's surprisingly refreshing! But real pleasure is a long and luxurious nap. Take a leaf from a cat's book: find a sunbeam, and sleep in it.

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