Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2013

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Around the Cooler By Meredith Francom Oh, What Do You Do in the Summertime? Summer comes with long hot afternoons, baseball games, and swimming lessons. But amid the hustle and bustle of filling your days, make sure to save time to unwind. Relaxation normalizes metabolism, improves mood, and increases mental agility. Let go with these stress-relieving ideas. 1. ROAD TRIP There’s no place like home, but a short getaway can quickly recharge your batterieseven if it’s only for a day. Try touring a local factory, taking in an exhibit at a museum, or visiting a new park. Apps like Gogobot, Roadtrippers, and Goby are designed specifically to help you find new things to see in your own neck of the woods. So gas up, take off, and rediscover the charms of your neighborhood. 2. MIX IT UP Freshen up your summer evening with a mocktail. These nonalcoholic fruity drinks are a tasty way to enjoy the season’s produce. Find recipes on Pinterest or create your own blend of fresh fruit, soda, and juice. Indulge by pouring the sweet concoction into your best glass. Add an umbrella for an island touch.

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