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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend? We are taking the boys on a day trip to Philadelphia, and they are out-of-their-minds excited for the Please Touch Museum. (Also, if anyone has any lunch recommendations, we’d love to hear!) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Voice doubles. This is crazy!

Would you ever paint your ceilings?

I’m not a great mother.”

An awesome field guide to redheads.

I’d love to wear this sweater all fall with jeans and a ponytail.

Dad of triplets figured out a genius way to stop back-seat fights in the car.

Julia Child: It took a village!

A letter to the doctors and nurses who cared for my wife.”

The Obama family’s White House life, in pictures.

Baby fever. (Don’t tell Alex:)

How to teach your child emotional agility.

Target has a beautiful round mirror, if you’re in the market.

Plus, two reader comments…

From Candice: “My husband and I recently had a night to ourselves, and he came up with a game where we’d blurt out a number, say 12, and the other person had to tell a story about something that happened to them at that age. It was great digging into the nooks and crannies of our brains for stories we still hadn’t told each other!”

From Noelle: “I like the Will Ferrell quote: ‘Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.’ ”

(Photo by Yossy Arefi.)

  1. late to the party: my bedroom, dressing room and living room have blue ceilings (different shades). will be doing the kitchen and bathroom eventually. it’s very calming. either i feel like i’m looking at the sky at dusk (bedroom), at the beach (dressing room) or while fruit picking (living room)

  2. Nykayla says...

    My favorite weekly round-up yet! xx

  3. I.Costelloe says...

    That letter is so touching and moving, as is his wife’s death notice which he also penned so beautifully. So sad.

  4. Painted ceilings change EVERYTHING! My family’s house has wheat-gold walls and gray-green ceilings. The balance is lovely. If you think about how your floors look, why not your ceilings? :)

    http://www.gillianreed.wordpress.com

  5. rach says...

    The letter from that man to his wife’s hospital staff was awfully heartbreaking and moving. It’s so nice to hear positive experiences in hospitals. I felt this way during the labor/delivery/birth/postpartum care with my first. I had a great experience.

  6. Rachel says...

    The problem with the I’m Not A Great Mother blogpost is that it only reinforces the very stereotypes it celebrates them. (Reading that post reminds me how grateful to be a lesbian parent and my wife and I can parent out of our strengths regardless of whether they are limited by “Dad” or “Mom” identities.)

    Just freaking parent.

  7. Sarah says...

    The letter from Peter DeMarco to the hospital staff moved me. Fat tears rolled down my cheeks as I read his beautiful words. Thank you for sharing this link, Joanna.

  8. Eilis says...

    Honey’s has really good french toast. Sabrina’s cafe does a great brunch. Spread Bagelry has great bagels and breakfast sandwiches. Vetri pizza is good as well. As far as cheese steak places go dalessandro’s and chubbys in East Falls are both good (chubbys has a bathroom tho, and with kids thats crucial). Avoid Pat’s and Genos steaks. If you need a cheesesteak place within center city Jim’s steaks is a good choice. Also insider tip; The Loews hotel behind city hall allows you to up to the top floor to get a view of the city. Enjoy your trip.

  9. lisa says...

    FEDERAL DONUTS–for the best, best, best donuts ever. I don’t eat chicken–but I’m told their fried chicken is amazing.

  10. What a fun museum! Hope you have a wonderful time! We’re going to explore a new trail near Lake Clementine in Northern Ca. I can’t wait to put our toes in the cold water & enjoy a picnic lunch on a big ol rock! Luna has been ready to go since 6am (nutty toddler)!

    Xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

    p.s. Our comments are because of you!

  11. If you are looking for cheese steaks, it is well worth your while to go out to Manayunk to eat at Chubbie’s. EVERYWHERE you go in Philly for a cheese steak is authentic (so many Italians!), so don’t worry about going to one of the famous Pat’s or Gino’s. You have to wait FOREVER and they don’t even give you very much food! On the other hand, you will get an entire bowl full of cheese steak at a super local diner for $5 at Chubbie’s – never any wait.

  12. Sasha says...

    CoP is a haven, a respite, a tiny corner of calm and civility. A treat. A reminder that not everyone is actually crazy. Or mean. Something to feel hopeful about. Ahhhhh. Thank you.

  13. Please Touch is such a great museum! My kids love it. If you can, Reading Terminal is a great place to try. Lots of options :). Not very close but not far either lol. Oh, and that reader comment about date night. Cute idea, we’ll have to try that!

  14. Ann says...

    A million years ago Dock Street Brewery was a good place to go. Very close to that museum!

    • Alas both have moved

  15. Kelsey says...

    Or Vientiane Cafe on Baltimore Ave is incredible. They serve delicious Laotian-Thai dishes.

  16. Kelsey says...

    Tandoor India in University City area!

  17. Sarah says...

    Hi! I live right in Fairmount which is close to the Please Touch Museum. RyBrew or RyBread are great. Also Mugshots is a great coffee shop with good food. McCrossans is my favorite bar in the neighborhood with delicious food:) have fun!!

  18. My city :) take them to the Continental Diner in Old City and then you can pop around the corner into Shane’s Confectionary for sweets or the Franklin Fountain for handmade ice cream!

  19. Kathryn says...

    The Fat Ham has amazing hot chicken and is some of the best southern food you’ll find in the area. Honey’s Sit-n-Eat! It’s not always on the menu, but you can ask for mac n cheese pancakes. They will always make it. It’s out of this world, promise! In Riva has good pizza and it’s a place that has great cocktails but I’ve also let my baby crawl on the floor and gnaw on pizza crust and no one bats an eye about it. :) Enjoy! It’s a great city.

  20. ar says...

    that will ferrell quote is too funny!!! *gets sheepish*

  21. Klara says...

    I painted my ceilings! I live in a rental appartment and bathroom + guest bathroom have white tiles on floor and walls. I wanted to avoid a “hospital vibe” so I painted the bathroom ceiling very light sky blue (a bit like the Pinterest picture in the top right) and the guest bathroom ceiling vanilla yellow. It worked out great!

  22. The letter that was written to the hospital staff who cared for a man’s wife lead me down a digital path for over an hour. I have not cried that many tears for a stranger in a while. My heart aches for that man and family.

  23. Tina says...

    Hi. I am a regular reader of your blog and have come to your side of the world for the first time…NY from India. I have two kids who are 12 and 9. Would have loved it if you can suggest some apple picking kind of stuff that I can do with them. Or anything else if you can suggest too.

  24. Katie D. says...

    I live in Philly! Since it’s going to rain tomorrow, you should go to reading terminal market – lots of fun stalls for the boys to look at and fun foods to try (try the brisket grilled cheese at meltkraft, beilers donuts or Bassetts ice cream)

  25. Halle says...

    Audrey Claire and Parc in Rittenhouse Square are wonderful!!! They are right next to a beautiful park with lots of cute doggies all around! The Mutter museum is really cool too if you have time. For the kids the Franklin Institute is THE best. I went for all my school field trips in elementary and middle school.

  26. Sarah says...

    Do tell Alex!!!!!!

  27. Meghan says...

    That letter from the husband thanking his wife’s caretakers in the hospital is so accurate and touching. I lost my dad to brain cancer two years ago and after speaking with one of his nurses several late nights in a row, she had explained that her son was being treated for a brain tumor as well. I couldn’t believe the strength of this nurse. To come to work and deal with the same heartbreak as she experienced at home day in and day out. She cared for my dad so empathetically, while comforting us by cracking jokes and making jovial conversation, despite having so much on her plate. An unsung hero that was one of many involved in my dad’s final moments.

  28. Genevieve says...

    Famous Fourth Street Deli (there are two)! DeNics in Redding Terminal Market! Sabrinas!

  29. Mandy says...

    Go to South Street, lots of Shops & Art.

  30. tay tay says...

    We took our 3 year old to the Benjamin Franklin museum, they have a big pirate ship you can crawl around on, a giant brain you can play inside of, and enough ~interesting~ stuff for the grown ups. There is a science museum the street (we didn’t have time to go in) with animatronic dinosaurs outside! Are you taking the train? The Philly version of Penn Station is breathtaking!

  31. Julie says...

    I always look forward to these Friday posts. I make sure my son is settled in bed, my husband is occupied reading a book, then I read the links while enjoying “me time”. Thank you Joanna!

    • Nora Ronanoff says...

      Julie! Me too! I wait until the perfect moment and open each link like a treat.

    • Carrie says...

      That sounds so nice!

  32. Nora says...

    I love La Calaca Feliz if you want Mexican. There is a great coffee house called Mugshots in the same neighborhood (Fairmount section). Also, Federal Donuts is a fun treat!

  33. Heather says...

    My city! Great recommendations so far. I’ll just add Honest Tom’s in West Philly, which has great burritos and tacos and is right next door to the Lil Pop Shop, a yummy popsicle shop.

  34. Sounds like it is going to be a lovely weekend. The target mirror is so cute! I also love that you’re sharing the comments from readers, so fun.

  35. Amy says...

    reading terminal market is the only place to go for lunch in philly. Hands down the best philly has to offer – roast pork sandwiches at dinic’s, pretzels at miller’s twist, donuts at beiler’s, mac & cheese at Molly malloy’s, apple dumplings at the Dutch eating place – I could go on & on. Love high street but it’s tiny and now there’s one in nyc and the menus are pretty similar. It’s totally a mad house in the market but so much fun & so philly!

  36. It’s not fabulous food (but choices for parents and kids, and a candy store, and he got a cool dragon fan at one of the kitschy tourist stores he still plays with there) but last year when I took my son to Philly for the first time since he was 2 we went to the Bourse. It’s so pretty inside. The first stock exchange. And you can go down the escalator and see an interesting, weird Ben Franklin thing and the bathrooms aren’t packed.

  37. I loooove Philly! Vedge is so good (go for happy hour and it’s much more affordable). I also love Sampan, Indeblue, and get donuts at Federal Donuts. I’m hungry just thinking about all the great food I ate last time I was there!

  38. Carrie says...

    I cannot hide my tears after reading that letter. My heart is just crushed. I am going to go home, climb into my husbands arms and stay there all night.

  39. We also loved Please Touch! When we were in Philly, we took the kids to Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat. It’s a great, kid-friendly restaurant with an eclectic menu, part soul food, part Jewish food. :) http://honeyssitneat.com

  40. Thanks for sharing the Obama family White House photos. Some how their family balances class and being down to earth, I feel like I’m always saying this but I’m really going to miss them in the White House.

  41. Judy says...

    Dizengoff!

  42. JP says...

    What a great museum that is!! Your kids will love it! As for lunch, I love Monk’s cafe, its one of the older restaurants in the city but their mussels and fries are to die for. And their beer selection is really extensive. Have fun and can’t wait to see some photos on your instagram and perhaps on your blog!

  43. Sooooo many tears for the letter to nurses and doctors! I’m in awe of the compassion that care providers give, even when they are overworked and overtired. Makes you appreciate the people in your life even more.

  44. yael steren says...

    I love Philadelphia!!! ( i went to penn undergrad). I loved Continental but I don’t even know if that place still exists, lol! Have a wonderful weekend! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  45. Ana says...

    I’m sure this (rather personal) comment from a stranger means little to you….but I have to tell you that whenever you mention baby fever, I wish so much for a new little life for you. I’m pregnant with my fourth, and and while I initially struggled to be grateful for another pregnancy, this has been such a special time for me. Best wishes for you!

  46. Megan says...

    Parc Restaurant in Rittenhouse Square for lunch! It reminds me of the old Pastis in the Meatpacking and they are very nice to kids. We also like Devil’s Alley in Philly . Philly is great! So much fun and an easy trip from NYC

  47. Sarah says...

    Philly has so much good food! phillymag.com/foobooz and uwishunu.com are great resources for things to do and places to eat. If you want a quick treat for the kids Federal Donuts is amazing. Enjoy!

  48. Anne says...

    I can’t stop grinning over the ‘I’m a great dad’ story. Dads get to have so much fun!! Cheers to this lady for realizing she’s a dad, not a mom.

    Also, no fair, haha

  49. Tiffany says...

    The Obama photos made me tear up… Im not ready for them to leave :/ But it is eight years for a reason, I’m sure.

  50. I’ve been reading since 2008 when we both began our blogs, and you once even linked to mine (such an exciting day for me!) Though I rarely comment, I wanted to share that I’m loving your added feature posting a few comments from readers on your weekly roundup, such gems! This week’s Will Ferrell quote and last week’s ode to a fried egg sandwich. Loving this segment!! Cheers From Seattle

  51. I’ve been reading since 2008 when we both began our blogs, and you once even linked to mine (such an exciting day for me!) Though I rarely comment, I wanted to share that I’m loving your added feature posting a few comments from readers, on your weekly roundup, such gems! This week’a Will Ferrell quote and last week’a ode to a fried egg sandwich. Loving this segment!! Cheers From Seattle

  52. Cynthia says...

    I heard Dizengoff is so good especially from the people across the street at Federal Donuts (their chicken is awesome). I love 4th street Deli (although it is in Queens Village which isn’t close to the Please Touch Museum). Sabrina’s, Side Car, Pietros, Parc, are some of my faves!!

  53. Meems says...

    Soo excited you will be so close! Wow! This is my neck of the woods and agree with what everyone posted. Vetri Pizza….yum.
    Not sure if you are driving. My vote is Vietnam Cafe on 47th Street.
    My husband heard me repeat this question out loud and suggests “Federal Doughnut”. The best fried chicken and crazy doughnuts for the kids.
    Have fun and Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love ;O)

    • Meems says...

      *donuts
      spelling…ugh

  54. Ahhh, the Please Touch Museum was my FAVORITE as a kid, back when it was still in Center City. Dizengoff is amazing, though maybe not full-lunch fare. Could always follow it up, though, with stops at Federal Donuts & Elixr . . .

    • Also, the one place I have to eat every time I go home — Manakeesh. Amazing amazing amazing.

  55. Traci says...

    My biggest plan is taking a home pregnancy test Saturday morning. Eeeeee!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      How exciting!!!

  56. Louise says...

    Oh I second the baby fever one. After all, I only have three children! But I hold the youngest one’s tiny bonnets in my hand, and I can’t help myself.

  57. Reenie says...

    Pizzeria Vetri would be a great lunch spot after the Please Touch Museum!

  58. The posts from these past two weeks have been my favorite on here! A friend and I were actually talking about a few of them the other night. Thank you Joanna, for both speaking your mind and for your thoughtfulness (and for fun links).
    If you happen to be in the Kensington area of Philly, our friends own Soup Kitchen Cafe. Yummy + kid friendly + drinks

  59. zoe persina says...

    I know you asked about lunch spots but I thought I’d chime in and tell you that my favorite margaritas are at this cute Mexican place called Tequilas. Terrible name but great Mexican food and cozy/kid friendly.

  60. One fun and inexpensive thing to do in Philly is take the train to see how many of the 50 “Love Letter” murals you can spot! You can see many of them from the train itself, but if you get out at certain platforms you can get a better view. Could be a fun game with kids! Here’s a link that tells more:

    https://www.muralarts.org/artworks/a-love-letter-for-you/

  61. Roxana says...

    Oh my goodness. “A letter to the Doctors and Nurses. . . ” absolutely heart-breaking. So sad. So beautiful.

  62. Maddie says...

    Pizzeria Vetri on 19th and Callowhill it’s just a short distance from Please Touch. It’s central to the Franklin Institute (also a Childrens’ Museum) The Barnes Foundation, and The Rocky Steps of the Art Museum! There’s lots of room to play nearby and the Sister Cities Park (by the Logan Square Fountain) has a nice little playground too. Enjoy! Philly has the most amazing food scene. If you can make it further into the city I would absolutely recommend Reading Terminal but with little kids during peak times on a Saturday it can be a bit stressful with the crowds- later afternoon for a Beiler’s Amish donut would be best!

    • Jane F says...

      Yes! This is great advice! Pizzeria Vetri or right next door Buena Onda! Or in University City we love Honest Tom’s with the Pop shop right next door, both are kid friendly.

  63. Jo, I absolutely love that you started including comments from your readers in your round-ups! I always spend hours and hours pouring over the comments in each post, they’re always so fascinating, so I’m loving this update :)
    We’re such an awesome little community on Cup of Jo!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww, loved this, thank you, emilie!

  64. Oh, that museum sounds like every kid’s dream! We are “hunkering down” (official meteorologist terminology) and riding out Hurricane Matthew. Lots of crafts, coloring, puzzles, and games for the twins and probably a bit of wine for my hubby and I to get through it! If we don’t lose power I will check out some of your links.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      stay safe, amy!

  65. Annelise says...

    Fitler Square Dining room is my favorite little lunch spot. It always seems easy to get a table too, but if there is a wait it’s in the perfect area to walk around. I think there is a park nearby for the boys!

  66. Loved candice’s comment :) and love that you go through to find something interesting :)

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

  67. Also, don’t forget to check out the Ann Hamilton exhibit! It’s the last weekend it is open. It is an interactive exhibit so your boys should love it!

  68. Eat at dizengoff in center city! You can take it to go and eat in rittenhouse park if there are no seats left.

  69. We just bought those mirrors for the bathrooms at our restaurant! So pretty and easy to hang.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is awesome, tess!

  70. Sarah says...

    If you need a place for lunch in Philly, absolutely check out Dizengoff! The menu is simple and seasonal, served with the best hummus and fresh pita I’ve ever had!

  71. Surfing! We are going surfing in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. I kind of wish we were going to a pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins, but it’s been too long since we were on the beach.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, have an amazing time!

  72. So much love for High Street on Market! I agree. They opened an outpost in NYC – High Street on Hudson. Reading Terminal can be really overwhelming but also very Philly and lots of choices for the kids. Talulas Garden can’t be missed – if it’s nice, sit outside. Then stop by the daily for a coffee and explore Washington Square.

  73. We fell in love with Disco Chick’n at HipCityVeg (one of amazing vegan options in Philly) .

  74. Lauren says...

    I also love the addition of reader comments! I don’t know if there exists a better ‘comment’ section on the entire internet than this community! Frankly, I wasn’t sure such a place existed before this :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “I don’t know if there exists a better ‘comment’ section on the entire internet than this community!” = I agree!!! :)

  75. Lauren says...

    That letter from the man writing to the staff of the hospital who cared for his wife had me in tears and gave me chills. What love, all around. I lost my 26 year old sister a year and a half ago, and loss in general gets to me so much more, but particularly when a younger person passes away, it is just gut wrenching to read/hear about. What a story of love til the very end.

  76. Lisa says...

    So many great recs. Sabrina’s is a surefire win for all. If you want tacos and don’t feel like heading into Center City from the PTM, Buena Onda (http://buenaondatacos.com/) fits the bill.

    If you go to High Street on Market and Franklin Fountain – DO NOT MISS FRANKLIN FOUNTAIN – and then really want to blow their minds, stop at Momo’s Treehouse (really cool toy store near there, http://www.momostreehouse.com/) for something to keep them busy on the way home. Fireman’s Hall Museum (http://www.firemanshallmuseum.org/), which is free and pretty much little boy/kid heaven, is also nearby.

    Enjoy Philly!

  77. The please touch museum in Philly is awesome. I am sure the kids will love it!

  78. Ashley says...

    The Dandelion is a Stephen Starr restaurant with a British pub feel. Super cozy, especially if it’s cold/raining. We’ll be going for afternoon tea this weekend. It’s close to the Franklin Institute if you and the kids find yourself checking that out.

  79. a says...

    If the weather holds up and the boys aren’t too tired, you should check out Smith Memorial Playground (smithplayground.org).

    • Lisa says...

      Yeeessssss! Our favorite spot and close to PTM.

    • L says...

      Another vote for Smith! 6.5 acre playground and historic mansion.

  80. Huzzah! Red heads unite. =>

    The NYT article made me cry, so much grace in the face of so much pain.

  81. Libbynan says...

    The redhead book reminds me that in past years they were said to be “children of the devil.” Unfortunately those days are not necessarily over. Last year a third – grader in a town about twenty miles from here was told by his teacher that he needed to start using his right hand instead of his left because left-handedness was the sign of a ” devil’s child.” Just when you think we live in a civilized society…..

    • Trish O says...

      Yikes. I can’t even begin to process that could happen in 2016.

    • Wow, I sure hope the child’s parent(s) spoke up and set the that teacher straight. That is such “dark ages” thinking!

  82. Jess says...

    Definitely second the High Street on Market recommendation! If the family feels like ice cream, you can walk up the street to Franklin Fountain after lunch– get the Teaberry ice cream (so so good).

  83. Kelly says...

    Day by Day and Green Eggs Cafe are both awesome. Also second Sabrina’s– these places don’t take reservations though and they have a bit of a wait on the weekends!

  84. A says...

    Reading Terminal Market is the best for lunch! Huge variety of food stalls and vendors, fascinating space to poke around – so much to see! Great people-watching, too. Dinic’s roast pork sandwich with broccoli raab and sharp provolone is my favorite.

  85. Penny says...

    Not to be missed!!!: Morning Glory on 10th and Fitzwater. You won’t be sorry about annnnnything you order at this brunch/lunch spot:)

  86. Jenn says...

    Sabrina’s cafe has a location close to the musem (near Penn and Drexel) which is close to the train (if you are taking Amtrak), and there is parking close-by. Serves breakfast all day and also family-friendly (with unlimited La Colombe coffee refills!) So many trendy restaurants but this is a fun one for the whole family. Love from Philly :)

    • Rebekka says...

      Seconding Sabrina’s on Drexel’s campus! We eat there regularly with a 1.5 year old and they are SO accommodating. Most of the staff is college age girls so they love little kids. The portions are huge (I always get the half sandwich, soup and fries for under ten bucks!) and it’s casual but delicious. Street parking is abundant on the weekends.

      If you have a car and a little extra time, Smith Memorial Playground is a free ENORMOUS (acres and acres) play space for kids 10 and under not far from Please Touch.

      Have a great trip!

  87. Belle says...

    Wow, definitely should have had a tear-jerker warning on that letter from the husband! So touching.

  88. I’m lucky my Husband didn’t see me using a computer with slow internet. I don’t think he would have married me. Ha

  89. Joanna! You could have warned me about the letter to the doctors and nurses! I’m a blubbering mess in my office! Thank you for sharing it though. What a touching, and heartbreaking read.

    That Julia Child picture is EVERYTHING.

    I really loved the “I’m Not a Great Mother” essay! My husband and I are a great mix of mothering and fathering and it definitely doesn’t always fall along gender lines.

  90. The Will Ferrell quote is hilarious. The pictures of the president are outstanding. I love that his family life was shown. The letter by the husband had me moved to tears.

  91. Caitlin says...

    Reading Terminal Market is crazy but wonderful.

  92. J says...

    dos tacos and vetri pizza are great options and good for kids too. they are both relatively close to the museum.

  93. Amy says...

    Hit Sabrina’s (there are a few of them, but the closest is at 34th and Powelton) for lunch. Your stomach will never be happier. There isn’t much around the PTM, but the kiddos will LOVE it. My 3 and 5 year old ask to go all the time. Tip–if you get there early, go downstairs to the grocery store first. It gets packed the fastest. Get in before everyone else!

    • Amy says...

      Oops, isn’t much TO EAT around the PTM…after I read what I wrote, I feel like I said there isn’t much to do there. Not what I meant!

  94. L. says...

    Favorite Philly lunch spot: High Street on Market (and afterwards, walk up to Vagabond on 3rd St. for some gorgeous clothes & ceramics).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!

    • Lindsay says...

      Second that! Looove High Street on Market!

    • Michelle says...

      And 2 blocks away, the delightful women-owned Menagerie Coffee. Ben Franklin’s original post office is still functioning and also nearby at 4th & Market, with a gorgeous carved wood counter. It’s an awesome 5-15 min history stop without crowds. Zahav is probably my favorite fun, nice restaurant (same owners as the much more casual Federal Donuts). Have a great day! I moved to Philly from Brooklyn 4 years ago, and while I miss some parts of NYC I really love it here.