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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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As a Food-Lover and Cook, What’s Your Dream Vacation? — Summer Vacation for Food-Lovers

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As a general concept, vacation is something I think we can all get behind. Everyone can agree that a few days off from the daily grind (whatever your version of the daily grind is) is a very good thing.

But what isn't so clear cut is what the ideal vacation looks like. For some, it is a trip halfway around the world to explore a new culture and a new cuisine. For others, it's the pool a few towns over, with outdoor grills and picnic tables nearby.

So, we're throwing the question out to you: As a cook and a food-lover, what's your dream vacation?

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What’s Your Best Advice for Small Appliance Repairs? — Small Appliances, Sweet Love

Deciding whether to fix a broken appliance or just get a new one can be pretty tough in our disposable society — especially when you have a stack of blue-and-white coupons for 20 percent off at your nearest big box store, and when you don't even know where to get started. (It's not like you can just bring it back to the store, 10 years later, or leave it on your windowsill and wait for magical elves to come fix it. You can't, right?)

So, we're wondering, what have you done when you've found yourself with a non-toasty toaster or a non-mixing mixer? How do you determine if it'll cost less (in terms of time, money, and effort) to just get a new one? If you should just take a hammer to the old one and smash it to pieces? Or if it's worth fixing? If it's worth fixing, how do you even go about it?

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Our Readers Share Their Favorite Foods to Eat When They’re Stressed — Reader Intelligence Report

Everyone feels stressed, and everyone has some anxiety, but it's the level at which we experience it and how we deal with it that sets us apart. Some people might find some solace in going running, while others think the best thing you can do is take a hot shower and go to bed. It's so personal, and yet I always love hearing how other people take care of themselves or find comfort when they're stressed or anxious.

Food is one way we can take care of ourselves every day — and I'm not talking about just "healthy" options. A couple weeks ago I asked our readers to tell me what they eat when they're stressed and I received a bevy of answers. Here are some of the trends I saw in the comment section on Facebook and on the post itself.

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What Do You Eat When You’re Stressed? — Reader Intelligence Request

When times are tough and stress is high, there are a number of things people rely on to relieve the tension. And it's always nice to have an arsenal of things you can go to instead of just one. For some that means meditation or yoga, for others it might mean going for a run or taking a hot shower. But there's one thing I imagine many of us do: lean on food for a little comfort.

Different stressful situations may elicit different types of comfort food, but I'm curious to know if there is a thread among our readers of similar foods or recipes they rely on no matter the situation. Care to share what you eat (or drink)?

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