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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Beyonce and Jay Z in the Louvre

What are you up to this weekend? After all the heartbreak and upset in the news lately, I hope you’re hanging in there. It’s disorienting. Hug your loved ones extra tightly this weekend. We’re heading to the beach to visit some friends, and I want to just soak up the boys and watch them play in the sand. Meanwhile, if you’re in a blog-reading mood, here are a few fun links from around the web…

Funny flowcharts.

Ha! Love this fun fact about The Graduate.

An awesome approach to allowance. (What cool parents.)

Fourth of July pie.

NYC will provide free tampons and pads in public schools, prisons and shelters. Bravo.

I’m not an alcoholic.”

For better salads, the key is a bigger bowl.

The most adorable summer ritual!

How rad is this guy’s resume? No wonder he got the internship without even an interview.

What a pretty summer shirt.

TV critics’ first impressions of 9 legendary TV comedies.

Can’t wait to read this new book, which is getting insane reviews.

And great news: Loeffler Randall is having a 50% off sale (!!) on their shoes and bags.

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo of Beyonce and Jay Z’s private tour of the Louvre.)

  1. Chilling says...

    The review of the Cosby Show is so chilling in light of present knowledge about the man.

  2. Tessa says...

    So many amazing things to comment on! Loved the powerful essay about alcoholism, the idea about allowance and investing, and I was inspired by eating from a big salad bowl! (Did it, loved it, doing it again!)
    I feel really sad that anyone has to work so hard for an internship. Who can afford to work for free after paying for college? Internships are just another way to keep poor people out of jobs. I can’t wait to hear your reaction to “The Play Library”! Love! Love! Love! Every city needs one!

  3. OMG That Guy’s Resume looked AMAZING. He totally deserves the job :-)

  4. Marielle says...

    I love this picture! Jay and bey ❤️

  5. what a great pie!!! looks so yummy

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  6. As a polish girl living in England I do find it really sad how the vote goes. It makes me wonder what the future holds, luckily I live in Oxford were people are so friendly.
    Thanks for the distractions :)

    • Kate says...

      Very sad. I used to live in Oxford, it’s super friendly. I think it had a 70% remain vote, so I imagine the mood there is just as sombre as London. Sounds like a Cowley road milkshake is in order!

  7. I’m an American who’s lived in London for the past 5 years and am incredibly upset about the Brexit. And people were so optimistic too! If it is any indication for how the vote will turn out in November, I really don’t know where I will call home anymore. Thanks Joanna, for offering some welcome distractions.

    • Karine says...

      HI Kat, felling the same here. Living in London, very stunned and upset by the vote. Presidential in France next year, I am already scared of the results (France got a very tough year, people are scared), where will I call home ?

  8. I think it’s great that NYC is providing feminine hygiene products to people in need, but let’s all remember that “free” doesn’t actually mean free… The tax payers are, of course, actually paying for it.

    • Lex says...

      Agreed, My first thought as well. Feeling the shrink in my income already.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s SUCH an important and good use of taxes, though. i’m thrilled about it.

    • Anu says...

      And this is why we can’t have nice things. Honestly, the cost of free tampons and pads is negligible compared to NYC’s budget, and is unlikely to increase your taxes by any perceptible amount. And it really is a wonderful and important thing to be able to provide.

    • NSU says...

      It’s not like they actually levied a tax hike to pay for it. There are much bigger line items to protest than this. And more money flowing to people who don’t need it as much as the girls who miss school for their periods (as also occurs in Africa and is partially responsible for pervasive gender inequality).

  9. I guess I’m moving to NYC then.

  10. That 4th of July pie is beautiful. And thanks for the heads up on the Loeffler Randall sale! I just spent like 15 minutes looking at the sale lol. Lots of cute stuff.

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  11. Hi Everyone,
    We have been doing spend/ save/give for about 2 years now, I wrote about it here if you want to look: http://www.mybeardedpigeon.com/2015/10/raising-global-citizens.html its from a book by Ron Leiber, I didn’t actually read the book just heard about the concepts as he was interviewed on a podcast I was listening to. My 9 year old has to learn about the organisation she is giving too and she can’t give to the same one twice. She also has to alternate between humanitarian organisations and ones that help/ rescue animals or the environment. It really has been the most significant parenting thing I feel I have done insofar as her learning about the world and how lucky we are in Australia, how much we have and how little so many others have. I think if you teach children not to look at what others have that are more fortunate, to not envy the big houses etc etc etc but to look at what others have that have far less they will appreciate the privilege they are growing up in.

  12. Emily says...

    I’m two-thirds through Homegoing – it’s fantastic – it’s the best book I’ve read since Americanah. Yes, you should buy it and then clear your weekend so you can devote yourself to it. Also, it’s better on paper than “on tape.” I started it on Audible, but realized I needed to really read this one.

    The author also had an interesting piece, “I’m Ghanaian-American. Am I black?” in last week’s Times. Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/opinion/sunday/im-ghanaian-american-am-i-black.html?_r=0.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i can’t wait, i just got it and am going to crack it tonight!

    • Val says...

      I was really excited about Homegoing too at first. But by the middle of the book I felt that there wasn’t enough character development. Maybe it’s because the author had to cover a long time span. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts. Parts of the book were really good.

  13. Checking out the resume first, sounds intriguing ;)

  14. Have to agree with the salad bowl thing, bigger is better. Gives you more room to get creative and throw in enough vegetables to result in a filling and nutritionally rich meal instead of a sad little side dish. Luckily, for people (like me) with big appetites, you can’t really overeat salad if you’re making thoughtful choices with the components: a variety of vegetables that provide flavor, color and nutrients, texture, crunch and protein from grains, beans or seeds, and light dressing easy enough to make fresh with pantry staples.

  15. Oh happy weekend! Sounds like you’re going to have some fun beach time. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing the fun links and I love the photo (it’s always been my favorite statue at the Louvre).

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

  16. Laura C says...

    Before opening the link, I was thinking that Golden Girls has been (imho) the best comedy ever. I was only 12 or 13 when I saw it, but I really laughed watching it and still do- some dialogues are unbeatable. Please don’t miss this one:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jJS54oxSebs

  17. JoAnne MacGillivray says...

    Hi Joanna

    I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada and today on radio CBC (Canada’s public radio station) I heard an interview with your sister Lucy about the book her husband wrote while dying ‘ When Breath Becomes Air ‘. It was a beautiful interview and I have read about the book from your blog which I read every day. I just thought today what a coincidence that she was interviewed and it would have been heard across Canada this morning. Just thought you might want to know.

    JoAnne

    • Sara says...

      Hi Joanna,
      I saw your sister at Dolores Park a couple weeks ago. I didn’t go up and say hi because she was there with friends and I didn’t want to bother her. I wanted to tell her though that I read her husband’s book in 2 sittings. I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. I haven’t been the same person since. His story is beautiful.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, joanne and sara. that’s so meaningful. i’ll tell lucy. xoxo

  18. Using a huge bowl is definitely my secret to a better salad! So much better for mixing in all the flavours and dressing. Also, that welcome to summer banner is adorable!

  19. Fiona says...

    This week has me emotionally drained (everything, globally). I was so grateful for that lovely hug someone .gif. Thank you!

  20. Samantha says...

    I couldn’t open the salad bowl link cause I’m at work and that website is blocked, but I swear I used a bigger-than-usual bowl for my salad last night and it made ALL the difference.

    The free tampons and pads made me so happy. I live in the Dominican Republic and tampons have gotten so expensive here, I might have to start buying them online. I mean, $8 for a 18 tampon box of Tampax pearl?! The same box of tampons is only $4 at Target! And since tampons are still kinda taboo here (people think they’ll take your virginity, in case you are a virgin) you won’t find them in public bathrooms and you have to wear a pad in case of emergency. I don’t think Public Health here has ever considered how girls in public schools have access to hygiene products or if they’re using them for longer than they should because they can’t get enough which is very sad to think about. I wish they take that into consideration some day, given the fact that it is a developing country and there’s so much poverty.

  21. Emily says...

    That is a really cute photo.

  22. Collectorscabinet says...

    I don’t know about Joanna and her family but here in London (which was strongly for Remain in the EU), the people on the streets are in shock. You can feel the tumbleweed as people retreat indoors to try and process what happened.

    • Jess west says...

      Like a day of mourning ?. Came over to cup of jo to lighten my day…

    • Karine says...

      Me too, trying to cheer up. Mood is really heavy here in London…

    • Rebecca says...

      I live in London. I’m delighted, I know so hundreds of people in London who voted out. I’m optimistic about the future, democracy and the opportunities this will give us. Switzerland are a beautiful role model.

    • A London gal says...

      It’s so sad and divisive! I’m a Londoner that voted remain and I wish, wish, wish that it could’ve been different.

    • Jo says...

      I’m in Cornwall ( which sadly voted Leave), but the mood I’ve been sending has been sombre too. It makes me sad how this reflects us globally – we aren’t all that 52%.

    • Jo says...

      *sensing

  23. Nina says...

    Love that summer ritual – must start it! and wow, that I am not an alcoholic – wow. but I think the salad bowl is too big. have a great weekend. I’d be interested to know what your British family (and you) think of the vote there. I haven’t really read much about it – the Britrex or whatever it is, made me think of car seats and I never read anything about it.

  24. Lindsay says...

    I just started using a ceramic mixing bowl as my salad bowl and I will never go back! In fact, I’m going to buy one to keep at work for my salads.

  25. Ok, Joanna, I thought that was YOU in the photo! And I was like, “Who is that hugging Joanna at the Louvre?” Haha, you just got mistaken for Beyonce! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      well that just made my whole night, haha! :)

  26. Alice Quin says...

    The allowance concept is so smart!