The East Coast went through an intense heatwave last week. Although I am from Florida, this heat was unlike any Florida summer I’ve ever experienced. Temperatures were close to 100 degrees, but the humidity made it feel like it was well above 100.
Living in New York City without a car, it requires you to do a lot of things outdoors. Just to get to the grocery store, I have to load up the girls in the stroller and walk a couple of blocks. While I usually love living in the city, when it’s as hot as it was last week, it makes it hard to love being outside and enjoy the city streets.
The girls and I stayed indoors a lot to try to stay cool. But staying indoors for a long period of time can easily make you a little stir crazy. We managed to get creative and make it through.
Check out the 10 ways we survived the East Coast heatwave:
Ways to Beat a Heatwave 1 of 11
Check out these 10 ways we beat the east coast heatwave.
Popsicles! 2 of 11
Without central air conditioner in our apartment, we are keeping our window unit at full blast. But since the heat was so intense, it was still a little bit warm in our apartment. Thankfully a popsicle was a nice cold treat! Avery loved them and managed not to get it all over her. Success!
Silly Sister Time 3 of 11
The girls bonded a lot this week. I caught them laughing hysterically as they played in their room together. Love moments like this between these two.
Sprinklers at the Playground 4 of 11
Thankfully many of the playgrounds have sprinklers that the kids can run through. Avery was a bit reluctant to run through, but Harlan had a blast getting soaked.
Slurpees 5 of 11
This was a very special treat for both of the girls. Of course they both loved it and it was a nice cold drink on a hot day.
Make Your Own Pizzas 6 of 11
I tried to get creative when we were indoors because it is very easy for boredom to sneak up on you. Rather than cooking dinner for the girls, I decided to let them do it themselves. We set up a pita pizza station at our kitchen table and let them have fun making their own pizza. Avery didn't quite get the concept and tried to eat most of it before it was cooked, but we had a blast.
Finger Painting 7 of 11
This was the best project of the week. Avery had fun putting paint on her face and on her sister. They spent plenty of time getting their hands dirty and having fun while making a mess.
Petting Zoo 8 of 11
I knew that we needed to get out of the apartment no matter how hot it was, so I found places that were air conditioned and indoors where both girls could have fun. I found this indoor petting zoo that was such a blast. Avery was fearless with all of the animals, while Harlan was a bit more stand offish. They had so much fun being introduced with animals that they had never seen before.
Ice Cream 9 of 11
We had a lot of nice cool sweet treats last week, but it was totally justified with the intense heat. Avery and I had a little date and shared this ice cream. It was delicious.
NYC Day 10 of 11
We themed a day around NYC and played with all the NYC toys that we have. We also ate pizza and had apples as snacks! It was so fun and a creative way to spend our time indoors.
Found New Hiding Spots 11 of 11
With all of our time indoors, Avery was bound to find new nooks in the apartment. This spot between the couch and the wall is her favorite. I find her here every morning just relaxing. It's the cutest thing ever.
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