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Lemonade Stands Are Getting Shut Down Left and Right. Is This Wrong? — Summer Jobs

Of course it's wrong. Why would you even ask that? Lemonade stands are always worth a stop, even if you don't particularly like lemonade. The opportunity to talk with young entrepreneurs is irresistible, and the price is usually just right.

For the kids, stocking, staffing, and marketing a lemonade stand is a great first job, with plenty of lessons to be learned (like why you should hesitate before working with family, which kids will discover as soon as little sisters get too obsessed with holding all the money — causing parents to revoke all business licenses).

These days, though, a younger sibling with impulse-control issues isn't a young entrepreneur's only problem. There are some joy-stealing adults out there who want to destroy yet another innocent childhood tradition. Yup, people are actually calling the cops on kids ... for selling lemonade without a permit. Why, oh, why?

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How Grocery Shopping Is My Own Little Feminist Act — My Healthy

I'm a proud feminist, and I also love to cook. Even more, I love to grocery shop. Picking out a recipe and then hitting the supermarket to put the necessary ingredients into my basket is a small thrill for me during what I'd describe as a bleak time, politically. Of course, just walking into a grocery store to go shopping or stepping into the kitchen to cook can feel like trading in your values and beliefs for age-old gender norms.

Sometimes, I get so giddy in the grocery store that I feel like a feminist failure. Am I doing this wrong? Is it possible to smash the patriarchy with one hand and pick out a package of chicken breasts with the other?

I like to think that the answer is yes.

In a world where women are regularly and systematically stripped of our right to make choices and control our own lives, grocery shopping can be an act of feminism. At least it is for me.

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Why I Don’t Worry About Keeping Things Neat and Tidy — Strong Opinions

I like to say my apartment is shabby chic. But some of my more meticulous friends will tell you it's just shabby.

They may have a point, because my home is nothing like those magazine or online images of spotless interiors with gleaming surfaces — nor do I want it to be. To me, those pictures do not represent the perfect interior, but a sterile one, lacking the human element. Yes, even those pictures with a perfectly styled blanket draped over a chair and a single coffee mug on the table. Mismatched towers of cookbooks and novels on a side table, a wine glass in the bathroom, crumbs on the kitchen counter — these are the things that give a space character and make it feel lived in.

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Do You Need This Kitchen Tool? — Shopping

It's no secret that we're skeptical of unitaskers around here. If you're going to spend the money on a gadget (and devote some storage space to it), it better be able to make your life easier, better, or faster in a bunch of ways.

We make very few exceptions for unitaskers (this lemon sprayer happens to be one of them), so it may come as no surprise to learn that not a single one of the staffers on our food team owns a strawberry huller — because they've decided they don't need one.

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What’s Your Best Advice for Planning a Great Family Vacation? — Family Vacation

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As May winds down and summer vacation nears, I realize I have no idea what we'll do. Sure, our kids have a mix of day camps and playdates scheduled for the summer, but in terms of thinking about a real family vacation, I have done exactly zero planning. In the past we've done a mixture of long-weekend car trips and a plane trip to visit family, but this year we are hoping to have one excellent family vacation that is just for us — a destination we haven't been to before and that definitely doesn't involve crashing at Grandma's house.

I'm not even sure where to start with family vacation planning, and that's where I need your help!

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What’s Your Best Advice for Planning a Great Family Vacation? — Family Vacation

(Image credit: Samantha Estrada)

As May winds down and summer vacation nears, I realize I have no idea what we'll do. Sure, our kids have a mix of day camps and playdates scheduled for the summer, but in terms of thinking about a real family vacation, I have done exactly zero planning. In the past we've done a mixture of long-weekend car trips and a plane trip to visit family, but this year we are hoping to have one excellent family vacation that is just for us — a destination we haven't been to before and that definitely doesn't involve crashing at Grandma's house.

I'm not even sure where to start with family vacation planning, and that's where I need your help!

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