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10 Ways to Keep Those Outdoor Bugs Away — Reader Intelligence Report

I've lived in the Northeast for more than 10 years now and somehow every summer I forget about bugs. As the days become longer I get excited about grilling, ice cream, and shorts. (Ignorance is bliss!) But then one night I'll be on someone's rooftop about to open a beer and I'll be painfully reminded of blood-thirsty mosquitoes, or that bee that just won't seem to move away from the guacamole. What are you supposed to do? Stay inside? Buy a house with a screened-in porch? Neither!

Our readers shared their best advice for dealing with bugs when they're outside this summer. From purchasing special clothing to clipping dryer sheets to your shorts, there are a whole slew of ideas you need to try.

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Submit Your Favorite Healthy Recipes for Kitchn’s New Series — Call for Submissions

Here at Kitchn we believe that "healthy" is different for everyone. Some people might think drinking a green smoothie is the best thing for them, while others like a hefty omelette with all the fillings. There's no one way. When you're feeling at your best or your healthiest, what are you eating? Starting next month we want to show you how real people make healthy decisions, however they define that. But we need your help to do this.

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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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