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Whatever, sweat and sunburns. We’ll always remember summer for the good times spent outdoors, sipping lemonade and rocking our best plastic shades. Here are 11 ways to make this summer legendary.


Read a Mischievous Novel on the Beach

The juicier the better--naughty, murdery, we love it all. Here, some reading inspo. A good book will keep you on the sand for hours, so don’t forget your Coola sunscreen.


Go Berry Picking

You’re about to get your hands dirty, so maybe don’t wear your white jeans. Use your berry haul to make yummy pies and other desserts. (And by “other desserts,” we obviously mean boozy slushies and fruity cocktails.)


Stalk the Ice Cream Truck

We’ll take a SpongeBob, two Firecracker pops and a pink Screwball, please.

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Try the Three-Step Dinner for Two

Don’t let the summer fly by without taking advantage of its extra-long, balmy evenings. Here’s a cheat sheet to enjoying your weeknight dinner alfresco. First, move your favorite table settings and candles outdoors. Literally. Then whip up a simple gazpacho as a refreshing main course. End the evening on a sweet note by snacking on bites of The Laughing Cow Creamy Original Swiss Cheese spread on chocolate graham crackers and topped with Bing cherry slivers.


Make Sugary-Sweet Lemonade

Psst: There’s a secret way to make it in one minute.


Gobble Funnel Cake at the Fair

It’s a tradition. Just make sure you eat it after riding the Ferris wheel.

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Sip Cocktails Outside

Head to the nearest bar with a patio, order a cucumber martini and park yourself in a chair for the rest of the day.


Hang Poolside at a Party

When you were a kid, pool time meant doing cannonballs and pretending to be a mermaid. Now it means wearing a carefully selected swimsuit, donning a gorgeous summer braid and sipping a frozen drink. When you go out après swim, let down your locks and rock the resulting beachy waves crease-free. (You can thank your Invisibobble for that.)


...And Load Up on Ridiculous Pool Floats

Preferably in oh-so-Instagrammable pizza and doughnut shapes.

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Watch Fireworks on the Fourth

There’s nothing like relaxing in a crowded field of lawn chairs with the smell of firecracker smoke in the air.


Watch Fireworks in Your Backyard

Because your next-door neighbor loves to DIY. Legally, illegally…we won’t judge.

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