31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 11, Handcrafted Soda Kit

August 11, 2015 | By and | Comments (38)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own.  Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of Torani

Courtesy of Torani

Liven up your soda with Torani’s Handcrafted Soda Kit ($25). Torani’s syrups are made with simple, real ingredients like pure cane sugar and natural flavor making it the best way to cool down on a hot summer day.

How to Enter: How do you beat the hot Southern heat? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. Brenda Smith

    Ice cold lemonade!

    August 13, 2015 at 12:05 am
  2. Michelle Rosborough

    I make snow cones with Torani’s syrup

    August 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm
  3. Megan

    A glass of sweet tea in the pool!

    August 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm
  4. LaLa

    We love our tall glasses filled to the brim with crushed ice and good ol’ southern sweet tea. Lemon slices and mint sprigs please!

    August 11, 2015 at 10:48 pm
  5. Ann Beard Etier

    Nothing can make you relish our heat like a snow cone. We have moved to the deep south and have found the dogs days of summer can be beat with a snow cone machine. The shaved ice is saturated with tons of syrup, sprinkled with some sweetened condensed milk, and spiked if you are of age. A snow cone cools down hot and humid Mississippi days.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm
  6. Stefanie E

    We go bowling, to the skating rink or the movies when it’s too hot to play outside.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm
  7. Barbara DeMeuse

    As a rural mail carrier, I’m out and about midday, with no air conditioning & the window down. I keep cool with a wet micofiber towel draped around my neck. I also bring along a small cooler filled with ice water to refresh my towel as needed.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm
  8. Lauren Timmons

    Relaxing at the pool with an iced cold lemonade or sweet tea!

    August 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm
  9. L Denise Ellis

    Stay indoors and sip on a tall glass of ice tea.

    August 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm
  10. Elizabeth

    Never leave the AC. But if I have too, I have an iced tea lemonade in hand.

    August 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm
  11. michelle r

    Since I can’t walk around naked I just sit in my spa all day 😉

    August 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm
  12. Kathy

    Stay in the house until it cools down a little.

    August 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  13. JD Northwest (@jdnorthwest)

    A glass of iced tea and nice spot of shade. If it is a more social event then a pitcher of mint julep might be in order.

    August 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  14. Jean M

    We cool off with tall glasses of sweet tea and a sprig of mint while relaxing on the porch swing overlooking the birdbath under the mimosa tree and listening to the late summer calls of the cicadas.

    August 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm
  15. cris

    I always wear a shade hat and a cool beverage! We plan trips to the beach often or to a swimming pool

    August 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm
  16. Barbara Marta

    The Eternal Standby All Year Round – Sweet Tea- Flavored Tea- Any Iced Tea. PS Carbonated Pop Is Simply Not A Thirst Quencher

    August 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm
  17. Misty Foster

    Stay inside with sweet tea or lemonade! If I must venture out, then I’m in a sundress and sandals. Having a swimming pool close by doesn’t hurt either!

    August 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm
  18. Kathy Blackmon

    In the south, we like to stay inside during those really hot days. But there are a few who will venture out, we like to call them adventurous, they might like to run, hike, or exercise in the middle of the day. I don’ t know if they truly mean to be out in the heat or if they just lost a bet! Me, I will be relaxing indoors while escaping dante’s furnace , sipping on a ice cold flavored coffee, using delicious Torani’s of course!

    August 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm
  19. Stephanie Strawn

    i stay inside and drink a cold drink.

    August 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm
  20. Suzanne Tuck

    Would love to try in my lemonade.

    August 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  21. Julie L

    To beat the New Orleans summer heat, I store all of my beauty products (lotions, sunscreen, perfume, etc…) in the fridge for a quick cool down while applying them! I also put pillowcases (in zip lock bags) in the freezer and put them on my pillows before going to bed!

    August 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  22. firsttimemommyadv

    We cool off with cold sparkly beverages and iced teas! We love playing with the boys in the kiddie pool even if it means just putting our toes in.

    August 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  23. Jenn H

    Inside with AC!

    August 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  24. Lynn Welch

    Nothing is as cool and refreshing as my homemade lemonade. I found the recipe in one of my SL cookbooks, and it tastes just like my grandmother’s. She always made it for special occasions, such as the church picnics on the last day of Vacation Bible School and dinner-on-the-grounds after a special Sunday service.

    August 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm
  25. amy williams

    lots of time on the lake

    August 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm
  26. Carole J Preiss

    The Beach !!!

    August 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  27. clmdukes

    I beat the heat by floating in my pool on a raft as often as possible!!!

    August 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm
  28. lorri langmaid

    Spending a lot of time at the cool zone places in my town, like the library and the Mall. Keep ceiling fans going. Lots of ice coffee made so much better with variety of Torani added. So never gets boring!

    August 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm
  29. CindyB

    We love making Italian sodas with the syrup. Then putting a different flavor in our whipped cream charger to customize our whipped cream as well..

    August 11, 2015 at 11:54 am
  30. Margaret K

    Iced skinny pumpkin latte on the patio….never hurts to dream about autumn!

    August 11, 2015 at 11:42 am
  31. amy guillaume linderman

    we have a huge shade tree in front of our house….shades the front porch and living room so nicely. still it’s nice to sit on the porch with a cool drink. we avoid using the oven or stove on hot days

    August 11, 2015 at 11:30 am
  32. Sue Allred

    Do any cooking early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid heating up the house any more than I have to – or lots of cold meat/salad type meals to keep from even turning on the oven!

    August 11, 2015 at 11:27 am
  33. karen s

    I stay cool during these hot summer months by dressing right, eating light, and by staying hydrated. Recently, my doctor expressed to me that he does not think I drink enough water. I told him that I had a hard time getting water down, that I truly dislike it. Then he said (que the music – life altering ahead) that he recommends that I drink tea instead since it is mostly water and will hydrate me almost as well as water. I have been following his orders all summer long and enjoying every sip!

    August 11, 2015 at 10:54 am
  34. Vicki Hopper

    I stay inside with the air and fans going.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:29 am
  35. Kathleen

    Sweet tea.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:24 am
  36. Jeannette Wilkins

    Well, yesterday I realized that my husband had a garden hose while he was cleaning the front steps, and I had a garden hose, watering my flowers, SO, yep, you guessed it! Water fight! We were both much cooler after!

    August 11, 2015 at 10:21 am
  37. Miriam

    AC, ceiling fans, porch fans, sweet tea, linen clothes and just realizing and accepting that it’s a part of living in the wonderful south!

    August 11, 2015 at 9:59 am
  38. AngelaS

    Ceiling fans in every room. Oh and did I forget the non negotiable central air conditioning. I do not know how but we did it but my family did not have an air conditioner until I was 12 or so. Looking back I have no idea how we managed. The humidity, my hair, breathing, working, school. Thank goodness for freon, heat pumps and cool artificial air.

    August 11, 2015 at 9:07 am

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