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16 Smart Tips for Packing a Healthier Lunch — Reader Intelligence Report

When I'm busy, the first thing to fall by the wayside is home cooking and homemade lunches in particular. It's tough to stay motivated to pack and eat your lunch, so we asked you, our readers, to share your best tips for making a healthy lunch an effortless part of your daily routine.

You guys responded with a lot of encouragement and so many smart tips! Here are some of our favorites.

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The 10 Commandments of Kitchen Renovation — The Big Reveal 2014

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Last week we announced the winner of our first annual kitchen makeover contest, The Big Reveal! But now that we have the voting out of the way, let's look at the useful and interesting advice every single entrant learned from their real-life kitchen renovation. What makes for a successful kitchen renovation? What's important? What's not?

We assembled the best kitchen makeover tips from the entries, and here, direct from our readers and The Big Reveal 2014, are the 10 commandments of kitchen renovation.

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Your Food Through a Filter: Here’s a Look at July’s Summer Produce Instagram Theme — Last Month on Instagram

Summer is the absolute best for many reasons: There's that whole warm weather thing, hanging out at the beach, and no school for the youths. But let's be real, the reason summer is so very awesome is the produce selection. From your local farmers market to your average grocery store, there are tomatoes, delicious fruit, and more squash than you could ever consume.

July's Instagram theme for The Kitchn was all about summer's best produce, and you had a lot of delicious things to share. See a few of our favorite photos from last month to get inspired!

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Kitchen Before & After: A Small 1946 Bungalow Kitchen Gets a Budget $6,000 Update — Reader Kitchen Remodel

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When Kitchn reader Linn emailed us photos of her bungalow kitchen makeover, we immediately wanted to know more. Before the renovation, this 90-square-foot kitchen was "very green," as she tells us, with mint green linoleum, walls, and ceiling — perfect for the 1940s perhaps, but not so great for the 21st century. To save on costs, Linn and her husband did the remodel themselves, and on a very tight budget:

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Kitchen Before & After: A Small 1946 Bungalow Kitchen Gets a Budget $6,000 Update — Reader Kitchen Remodel

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When Kitchn reader Linn emailed us photos of her bungalow kitchen makeover, we immediately wanted to know more. Before the renovation, this 90-square-foot kitchen was "very green," as she tells us, with mint green linoleum, walls, and ceiling — perfect for the 1940s perhaps, but not so great for the 21st century. To save on costs, Linn and her husband did the remodel themselves, and on a very tight budget:

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Kitchen Before & After: A Hand-Built Shelving Unit Fills a Blank Kitchen Wall — Reader Kitchen Project

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Catharine, an architect, and Jonathan, a industrial designer, live in a one-bedroom, 550-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. When they moved in, they decided that everything in their apartment had to be either handmade or free. "While we do have one or two things we bought (like an IKEA shelf for $15), most of the furniture is either handmade, a street find, or a hand-me-down," says Catharine. "Not only have we saved money, but the apartment is specialized for and by us."

The kitchen shelving unit you're about to see is the result of this commitment to handmade. No more empty, unused wall space! See what this stretch of wall looks like now:

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