Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

Yossy Arefi

What are you up to this weekend? My mom is in town, and tonight we’re making tacos. It has been really nice having her here, and it always makes me wish we lived closer. Tomorrow Alex and I are stealing away to Miami for two nights, and I’m packing this book, which I heard is totally gripping. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Quick dinner: Dirty rice.

These Valentine’s Day word problems made me laugh walking down the street.

RBG’s marriage advice sounds about right.

What NOT to eat at Trader Joe’s.

A mistake is just a moment in time.

Universal Standard has such lovely dresses.

What black parents tell their kids about the police. Worth watching.

Really digging this Korean beauty pop-up shop. (Would you try these guys?!)

What adulting looks like.

Wow, are these really cupcakes?

Such a pretty sweater.

Bravo to Tinybop for making amazing (and free!) classroom posters, available to teachers all over the internet.

Plus, two great reader comments…

Says Colleen on nine gold necklaces: “My best friend bought one of these for all her bridesmaids and had them engraved with a special nickname individual to each of us. Mine says ‘Smokeshow’ and I love it.”

Says Sandra on conversations with a three-year-old: “My daughter is seven and non-verbal. She can entertain her whole family with a sigh at just the right moment. She can express so much with a smile, a giggle, a skeptical look. There’s a language beyond words and even though she does not speak, I often feel like I hear her. This is true for her older brother, as well. He is nine and when we recently picked him up from school, he turned to her and said: ‘Did you have a good day?’ She smiled. ‘I know’, he said. ‘I missed you, too.’ ”

(Photo by Yossy Arefi. Tinybop and adulting via Swissmiss. Mistake via Jocelyn Glei. Parents video via Kottke. Cupcakes via Ashley.)

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