Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re flying to California today. (Alex’s sister is getting married, and guess who gets to be the ring bearer?) Also, good news: this Sunday is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which means that, from then on, every day will get a little brighter! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

This face map tells you why your skin is acting out.

How to care for introverts.

New York Times editors share the best books (old and new) that they read this year.

A chef honestly reviews his own restaurants.

What it’s like to call your dad.

Why Love Actually is the least romantic film of all time.

I’m pregnant. So why can’t I tell you?

How to cook (featuring our latest crush).

Found! The best way to entertain kids on a plane.

Wow, what winter looks like in Slovenia.

A pretty way to serve olives.

This holiday drinking game made me laugh.

Plus, just in case these are helpful this weekend…
* 10 tips for traveling with a baby.
* 10 ways to entertain a toddler on a plane.
* Finally! We figured out jet lag.
* 15 holiday hair tutorials.

Have a good one, and lots of love. xoxo

  1. Here in Brazil was the longest day of the year, and was awesome! A little too hot for my taste, so I stayed indoor as much as I could, but all my family was together, so it was cool!

    We are heading up to Rio de Janeiro tomorrow, that are way hotter, but it worth it :)

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

  2. About the Slovenia winter photos… The winter here doesn’t usually look like this, it was this february’s ice rain that made those fascinating sculptures. But it also made a natural disaster in Slovenian forests – the majority of the forests was damaged at that time and for our country, where forests cover as much as 60% of the whole area, it was really devastating… It will take more than a lifetime for the forests to recover.

  3. Hello! I was disappointed that the book you linked to was bring sold for $144! Seems like a great idea for kids but way to pricey at it’s current price.
    Happy holiday! Really love your blog.

  4. m. says...

    Hi, I have been reading your blog for a long time now and I am glad that you mentioned my country, Slovenia, and quite surprised how many slovenian girls are reading this as well! :) Winters can be beautiful here, however last year we didn’t have much luck with snow. Summers are great too, very green! :)

    Happy holidays and greetings from our small land! :) Maruška

  5. I love the article about keeping pregnancy secret. I’ve had that internal struggle twice so far.
    The first time I even kept the secret from my parents and siblings because they’d previously told me that they wanted to know at 12 weeks when they could tell their friends and be excited.
    The second time I ‘selfishly’ told them right away because I needed the support while caring for a toddler while my husband was traveling for work and I was suffering from morning sickness.
    Granted, the second time was a less monumental occasion – the first time they were becoming grandparents/uncles/aunts for the first time.

  6. Joanna,

    Have you read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain? I think you would love it, and it would make a great vacation read.

    Have a great trip to my home state!


  7. That piece about the first trimester of pregnancy is so spot on for me. I am pregnant with my first child and just reached 7 weeks today. We saw the heartbeat yesterday. I want to leap for joy, tell the world, cry away all the panic, eat all the food, and sleep a few extra hours a day. It’s SO strange keeping all of this in. I know it’s my choice, but we’ve decided to wait to tell our parents and close families in person over the holidays, so we don’t want to tell others until after that. I don’t know that I’ll wait till 13 weeks. It seems like I’ll want to rely on my friends (who have helped me through hard times in the past) if the worst happens. I couldn’t imagine going through that alone. Thanks for finding and sharing such a great piece! Happiest of holidays to you.

  8. This may be your best Friday collection, yet. Loved the Slovenia photos. Totally agree about Love Actually. Loved all of it. And the “Why can’t I tell anyone I’m pregnant” article really struck home. I’ve thought of writing something similar myself many times in the past, because not only can the first trimester be lonely (and difficult) when everything goes right, miscarriage can be so lonely and difficult when you’re expected to just carry on with life as if it were no greater tragedy than a migraine. I have friends who keep going to work while they are miscarrying, and they are so depressed and physically depleted, and I think: why? Just because you don’t want to tell your boss you were pregnant? Please take care of yourself!! I’d like to see American workplaces have more accommodations for women in their first trimester (or for however long pregnancy side-effects plague them), for our culture to have better traditions around mourning and talking about this kind of loss.

  9. totally agree about Love, Actually. The first time I saw the Andrew Lincoln/Kiera Knightly wedding video scene I was just like, “WTF, does he jerk off to that while crying?” I don’t know how anyone would think that romantic and not Super Creepy.

  10. Love the article about the best way to serve Olives, how beautiful!

  11. Oh please post of photo of Toby performing his ring bearer duties! Is he beside himself with excitement? Love the travel tips (as always!) Flying from East to west also (Toronto to British Columbia). Merry Christmas Joanna! Thanks for adding so many special moments and thoughts to your readers’ lives!