Have a Relaxing Weekend.

Dean the Basset

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to a holiday party tonight and I’m excited to dress up and drink some bubbly. (We’re bringing these amazing cookies.) After a busy week with Alex out of town for work, I’m also hoping to steal a nap with the boys tomorrow. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The last paragraph made me tear up.

Do you dread awkward pauses? Here are a few funny conversation starters.

A lifesaver for fussy kids on a plane.

Guests coming over? Here’s how to fake a clean house.

Alpha always has the best Halloween costumes.

Imperfect Produce sells the ugly fruits and vegetables that don’t make it to grocery store shelves.

Thumbs up to this 2016 calendar. Bravo.

The way we board planes makes absolutely no sense.

Your new favorite fall floral isn’t a flower at all.

10 viral sensations (including Charlie Bit My Finger) talk about their Internet fame. Really fascinating.

Great stocking stuffer.

Made me laugh.

And, last but definitely not least, Seinfeld is coming back!!!

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Dean the Basset. Plane link via Of a Kind. Produce link via Swissmiss)

  1. I think your blog is fantastic :)! I’ve just started a blog on ‘’ – it would mean a lot if you get time to take a look. Emma x

  2. I love the irony of online advertisements. Cheetos ad on the “Grin Slowly Spreads Across Mom’s Face As Meal Revealed To Contain Healthy Ingredients” article on Onion! Now that really made me laugh

  3. Julie says...

    Assigned seating in airplanes is the most dignified way to do it! I was once forced to follow the choose-your-own-seat method and I did not enjoy it. There is something reassuring about knowing your seat in advance, especially when traveling with family. As for the the window first seating, this would force groups traveling together to divide up. I think that a lot of people, myself included, would not like this. The whole point of travel is often to bond and spend special time with your dear ones. Anyway, just my two cents.

    • mosey says...

      Totally agree with you.

  4. Prudence Marule says...

    Imperfect produce is a completely foreign concept to me.. i cant believe its a thing?? I’m South African and since most produce ends up in a pot I don’t get why it has to look perfect before it gets there??
    I want to get Mr Rogers messages the most sincerest thing, I love it.

  5. Monica says...

    I would love a post on a few really good holiday cocktails. Thank you for your blog. I look forward to reading it each morning.

  6. About imperfect produces, those are sometime the best. In my city, in Provence, there are days where everyone is welcome at the end of market with apron & knife to make together a disco soup. Such a simple concept : let’s turn music ON & prepare a soup with all leftovers. Every soup sold raise fund for a charity and volunteers share a soup meal at the end. It’s clever !

  7. Dear Joanna,

    so much brilliant links in a single post, you’re amazing ! It isn’t a relaxing week-end in my home, we’re lucky to leave Monday for a long home exchange down under. So either Pigeon activity book, boarding plane system & faking clean home tips are catching my eyes. But, oh wait, I can’t just fake…it has to be clean and there is still work. If I could make a wish at this instant, I would certainly give a chance to never dirty windows !

  8. Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was the one show I was allowed to watch every day as a young child. I still feel warm and fuzzy when I hear about him – it’s crazy but in many ways I feel as though I really actually knew him.

  9. Jo says...

    I’m so happy that we love the same oatmeal cookie recipe, Joanna. I bet Tieghan’s cookies were a total winner last night! Yum! (I’ve made them like, two dozen times now and they’re always so perfect because the recipe is so intuitive. :-)

    Thanks for the fun links and especially for the link to Imperfect Produce. What an absolutely genius idea! I can’t wait till their deliveries are available to NY/NJ!

  10. I love the tips for how to fake a clean house – I have never been the best at cleaning, I’m more the type of gal who does 75% and calls it a day – so this was perfect for me!


  11. Those oatmeal chocolate chip cookies look delicious! The eucalyptus arrangement can really revive a room! Have a great weekend!


  12. SJ says...

    A friend of mine once told me the solution to awkward silences: The other one is more uncomfortable than you and Why would you feel uncomfortable because of a silence.
    Whenever I have one of those situations, I think of those 2 things, and I relax watching the other one feel awkward at the situation. It’s kind of funny.


  13. The pigeon saves everrrything! ;) My daughter quotes quite a few of the books, and it’s hilarious! She’s not 3 yet and she kept telling us “what’s 5 minutes in the grand scheme of things…” The pigeon & Pete the cat are her jam!

    The tips on cleaning the house are spot on. She just says more eloquently! Haha! In other words stuff everything in the unseen closet and Windex is your friend. I have so many good organic products but I still cannot say goodbye to Windex! I’m like the Dad in the My Big Fat Greek Wedding! Haha! That stuff cleans everything and it makes it smell clean. When I’m pressed for time, I grab a paper towel roll & my Windex and use it all over the house.

    Hope you have a great weekend & definitely take a good nap!

    We’re road tripping to Southern California with Luna and the pigeon books are going with Us!

    Xo Lendy

  14. I liked all the tips on how to “fake a clean house” except putting your dirty dishes in the oven! If someone happened to spot them or open your oven, it would be horrifying! HOW do you explain away that one!? Stick them in your dishwasher (just as quick!) or dedicate 5 minutes to rinsing the gross looking dishes off if you don’t have a dish washer!
    Thats just what I’d do! :)

    • Helena says...

      Absolutely agree with you on that one! I once visited my brother’s famously dirty and disgusting apartment and found that he had, surprise!, cleaned it. I was impressed until I went to the kitchen to grab a glass of water and found that he had put all his dirty dishes (two weeks of them maybe) in one of the cupboards. I can’t think of a time when I’ve been more disgusted. The smell! I’ll never forget it!

    • Ryan says...

      I tried this once after a frozen water pipe prevented me from doing dishes. Just before the plumber arrived I tossed the dishes into the plastic dish pan and put it in the oven. After a very busy day I had completely forgotten about this little trick, so imagine my horror when I smelled burning plastic while preheating my oven for dinner. The dishpan had melted into a pool at the bottom of my oven.

  15. Lauren says...

    The Charlie Bit my finger video is still so damn funny! Sad for the Caite Upton – she was great on the Amazing Race.

  16. Cynthia says...

    Love the napping basset hound! My girls grew up watching Mr. Rogers, and his message makes all of us, regardless of age, feel valued and loved.
    I’ve always said that if everything is put away and straight, your home looks clean, even if you need to run the vacuum. I hope you get a nap with your boys! Grown ups need naps too, and they’re fun with your children. Your boys are just adorable!

  17. Those cookies look soooo good! I just pinned them … I will be making them soon. Have fun tonight!

  18. Now there is a pup who knows how to take a nap ..

    I am showing my house , it is for sale and hopefully will be planning my next move … South ..

  19. I love the 10 viral sensations one, although it is a bit sad. It’s very interesting to see where they go after that. I follow Chris Crocker (Leave Britney Alone guy) on FB and he is absolutely hysterical!

  20. I love the Onion.

    Also, are we every going to find out what happened to Caroline’s date? Probably not, but I still wonder. That post was so long ago.

  21. The Pirelli calendar photos are GORGEOUS! Couldn’t take my eyes off of Serena’s portrait. Bravo, indeed!