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And don't forget the red, juicy, delicious tomatoes of late summer. For a fragrant and easy option, consider an herb garden right outside your kitchen door. Fresh basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, and chives are simple to grow and will enhance your summer recipes. eight Make sure all systems are go Before summer heats up, it's important to ensure that your air conditioning units, sprinkler systems, and outside water faucets are working properly. Schedule appointments in the spring, as summer maintenance schedules fill up quickly. If there are any issues, you'll be grateful if you catch them early, before you break into a sweat trying to find an air conditioning repair person, along with the rest of your neighbors on a sweltering 95-degree day. nine Heat up the fire pit A warm fire pit on a brisk night is a great setting for some family fun. Use your fire pit to keep guests cozy and add some ambiance. Outdoor throw pillows with floral or wave designs will keep your guests comfortable and relaxed. Your friends will certainly remember an evening spent roasting marshmallows while seated in classic wooden armchairs. You can also add a little sage to your fire pit to keep mosquitos and other bugs away. ten Get ready to grill Cookouts are the perfect way to invite family and friends to your home. Make sure your grill is working properly and schedule a deep cleaning for better tasting food. Visit www.MrGrill.net for a list of servic- es. Use bold serving trays for your sizzling steaks and sumptuous swordfish and decorated Mason jars for those indulgent summer beverages. Mollie Johnson says it's always a good idea to have a plastic folding table on hand for impromptu summer cookouts with friends. "Throw on a fun tablecloth and you're ready to have a party. With your new napkins, of course." seven Try out your green thumb Use this summer to revamp or revisit your garden and try growing your own vegetables. Some common vegeta- bles to grow during June are cucumbers and corn, while peppers and green beans grow well in July. season by transitioning to a bright blue, teal, or lime green color set. Mollie Johnson says that a small change like adding pops of color to a family room sofa with bright, fun pillows will make a big impression and instantly add a cheerful mood to your home. She also suggests buying new linen napkins in "a favorite bright or pastel color … corals or orange, turquoise or robin's egg blue. Whatever colors make you happy." W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 22 H X D B Z X Y / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 10 tips ( C O N T I N U E D )