21 Ways To Enjoy The Rest Of Your Summer

08/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
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21 ideas to make the most of this season, from finding the ultimate beach reads to making a lobster roll.

The Best Way to Cut Jeans into Shorts

What better way to declare the start of summer? The key to cutting off jeans is not to go too short too soon.

Slip on the jeans and mark the desired length on one leg with chalk. "Take them off, fold the leg at the mark, and iron the fold," says Caroline Calvin, creative director of Levi's. "Then cut just under the crease with fabric scissors. Lay the short jean leg on top of the other side and cut to evenly match." Repeat as needed to get the length you want. Ninety-degree days? Bring 'em on!

The Best Way to Catch Fireflies

How? With womanly wiles: "Fireflies blink to attract a mate," explains naturalist Lynn Havsall, director of programs at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, in Bar Harbor, Maine. "Males fly around while females sit in trees, in shrubs, or on the ground. So find a female and watch her blinking pattern. Then imitate the pattern with a pen flashlight and the males will come to you."

A plus: The bugs move slowly, so they're easy to trap in a jar. Punch some holes in the lid and add a little grass and a piece of fruit for moisture. Admire your pretty night-lights till bedtime, then let them go.

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