Chill Out

#1 Chill out collage

Summer’s in full swing and the heat is on. Every night before bedtime, I give thanks for my trusty Trane air conditioner and for inventive products like these, designed to help us keep our cool whenever we dare step outside. A mix of quirky, practical and posh, each thrill with their ability to chill.

A twist-open fabric fan compact enough to fit in your pocket, The FANtastic Pop-up Fan puts a modern twist on an old-fashioned way to keep cool. It collapses into a little pouch so it’s easy to take to the beach, onto a plane or just about anywhere else you can think of. These fans are also the deal of the day at $5 each.

The problem I’ve always had with ice cream makers is how much room they require to store. Problem solved with this  4-Quart Collapsible Ice Cream Maker. It folds flat, using 39% less storage than traditional ice cream makers. Use it, too, to make frozen yogurt, custard, sorbet, gelato and sherbet maker. $49.99.

Aptly named, the stainless steel Ice Bucket with Hook attaches to the side of outdoor tables. Looks to me like it could also be hooked onto patio rails and beach chairs, too. $39.99.

With a double-walled stainless steel base, lid infuser and ice basket chambers, the three gallon Beverage Dispenser with Spigot chills and dispenses beverages without diluting flavor. $99.95.

Groove on with guitar-shaped ice stirrers made in this cool blue ice tray. $10.

Avoid the mess of melting ice with Icy Cools Reusable Ice Cubes. Use them like you do regular ice in a drink or cooler. They’re BPA-free, non-toxic and made for hand-washing between uses. Set/45-$4.99.

In Texas, we like bling and we like it big. So I ask you–how could I not fall hook, line and sinker for big, beautiful popsicles made from Ring Jewel Ice Pop Molds? Set/6-$12.00

Get the scoop on ice cream, frozen yogurt and fruit sorbet with this 1/2-Pint Ice Cream Gel Canister. It makes delicious frozen treats the easy way–without rock salt, ice or hand-churning. $19.99

With chic stripes and retro-styled scalloped edging, the Regatta Umbrella delivers shady style every yard needs. Price upon request.

Add a touch of Old Hollywood glam with the St. Tropez Outdoor Pavilion. Now where’s that pool boy? Price upon request (for pavilion, not pool boy).