3 ways to beat the summer heat in Birmingham including waterfalls, tropical cocktails + sweet treats

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We’ll take them all! Photo via SMOOSH Cookies on Instagram

Let’s be honest, being anywhere without A/C right now is miserable. Thankfully there are still ways to get out and explore the city AND stay cool at the same time. Here are 3 ways to beat the summer heat in Birmingham including where to find waterfalls, tropical cocktails and sweet treats.

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Where to get your watermelon fix in Birmingham + more fun ways to use the fruit at home

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Eating a watermelon AND listening to Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles is a whole mood. Photo via Unsplash

Ahhh, the sweet sweet taste of watermelon. The quintessential summer fruit. (Don’t believe me? Google it!) Nothing beats eating a slice of watermelon (with a sprinkle of salt) in the summer sunshine. It’s also one of the most versatile fruits—you can slice it, dice it, throw it in a salad, turn it into juice, put it in a cocktail…the list goes on. Here’s where to get your watermelon fix around town, plus, a few fun ways to use the fruit at home!

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Floating the Cahaba, road tripping and more. Your definitive guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham

These building’s definitely look cool, but that’s not the cool we’re talking about. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hot, Birmingham. We know. To help y’all beat the heat and still participate in all the fun, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham—including happy hours, road trips and floating local rivers!

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Kids Clinic: Learn to Speak Dog

As both a mom and a former elementary school teacher, Rebecca values the importance of keeping kids safe around pets by teaching them to understand the ways that dogs communicate. June 22 from 9-noon, drop off the kids and let us teach them how to stay safe around pets! Kids 7 and up will…

Be a dog detective! Students will learn canine body language and put their knowledge to the test!

Learn what the “bite zone” is (can you guess?) and how to avoid it!

Learn how to properly pet dogs to avoid frightening them or getting bitten or snapped at

Practice proper interactions with REAL dogs!

Learn what to do if approached by a stray dog

Learn when it’s not okay to approach their own dog or a friend’s dog

Role-play how to respond if a dog growls

Meet a service dog and learn about important jobs that dogs do

Make friends and have some silly fun!

Join us June 22 from 9-noon at Altadena Valley Animal Clinic! Email rebecca@lovethemtrainthem.com to enroll!

4 things to keep in mind to avoid heat-related illnesses during Birmingham summers

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Hiking and doing some yoga along the trails at Red Mountain Park . Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

Looks like we won’t see any relief in the hot, summer days any time soon, and with the humidity levels rising, the heat index only makes matters worse. Especially during this time of the year you need to make sure that you and your senior friends and family are keeping cool and taking precautions to get relief from the dog days of summer.   Continue reading “4 things to keep in mind to avoid heat-related illnesses during Birmingham summers”

7 Water safety tips from Children’s Hospital educator Debbie Coshatt

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With the temperature on the rise, what better way to cool off than on the water? However, parents must be on the lookout, especially since drowning is the second leading cause of death among children. Children’s Hospital wants you to stay safe and enjoy the summer! So, check out this interview about water safety with Debbie Coshatt, RN, and nurse educator in Patient Health and Safety at Children’s Hospital.

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