Have a Beautiful Weekend.

Have a Beautiful Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to take an evening walk around the neighborhood to see all the Halloween decorations. (“Maybe you will definitely freak out,” three-year-old Anton told me.) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

This new book about women is AMAZING.

The difference between club soda, seltzer and sparkling water. (I’ve never really known.)

Made me laugh.

What a glass of wine really looks like.

Who wants to road trip to Maine?

Mini meditations while brushing your teeth and drinking coffee. (Such cool illustrations!)

Says Amy Poehler: “Sexual assault is not locker room banter.”

Wow, a glow-in-the-dark bike path.

Now THAT looks delicious.

A kitchen makeover. (Yes to the round mirror.)

Love the idea of a book swap with friends.

Good news: Cool-girl shoe brand Loeffler Randall is having a friends and family sale. Get 25% off site-wide with the code LRFF25.

Plus, two reader comments…

From Heather: “This post makes me smile because I’ve taken whole graduate level classes about making your local library a “third place” outside of work and home. Just know that there are many librarians out there trying to court you all away from restaurants to set up shop with us. :)”

From Erin Jang: “It bothered me that there weren’t many invitations with Asian kids, black kids and other kids that looked like my son Miles’s friends, so I made a series of Minecraft/pixel people invitations for Paperless Post. I’m so happy with how they came out, and Miles was thrilled to see a card that looked like him. (When I was a little kid, I never saw cards, books or toys with girls that looked like me.)”

(Photo by Aniket Shahane. Club soda link via Swissmiss.)

  1. I made the eggplant parmesan this weekend. It was phenomenal! A little time consuming (I would recommend making the sauce a day before), but I definitely plan on making it again. Thanks for sharing!

    • I second this!! It’s definitely time consuming but oh so worth it!

  2. You should definitely roadtrip through Maine! If you do, I have a place for your family to stay in Kennebunkport!

  3. emily says...

    awwww…the photo you used for this post is by aniket, an old classmate of mine!
    (caribou emily)

  4. Heather H says...

    I would love to use the library as a meetingplace – my home is small and my kids are young (early bedtime) so I shy away from hosting my book club. I’ve often thought it’s too bad we can’t use the library but they are all such temples to quiet I wouldn’t feel comfortable hosting a meetup there. Maybe this is more typical of a suburban library than urban ones…?

    • Heather says...

      I so encourage you to pursue this! Many libraries have public meeting rooms (with doors, haha) that can be reserved for free, you just have to call and ask! Also, bring your little ones sometime, I think you’ll be surprised at how noisy and fun your library’s children’s department can get, without anyone batting an eye. There are places that, yes, quiet is expected, but there are also concerts, coffee shops, teen gaming rooms (…on and on) happening in most modern libraries.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a really cool idea, heather!

    • Kasi says...

      As a librarian (A children’s librarian at that) we really don’t mind the noise at all. We have several mom meetup groups that come and shoot the breeze while their kids basically go bonkers, and we really only intervene if the kids could potentially hurt themselves. Otherwise, go nuts. The noise thing is usually self-imposed. It’s a common joke among librarians that you’re not one of us until you’ve been shushed by a patron.

  5. We had the best weekend enjoying the spring weather here in Sydney, I even had my first swim in the ocean since last summer! We passed a pretty spectacularly decorated home in Bondi Beach and it felt weird to be thinking about halloween when the weather is warming up. I wonder if I will ever get used to being upside down!

  6. I love looking forward to this every week, I did know about the difference between the waters because as funny as this sounds I use them to drink because I can not get over how tasteless water is! Its a fool proof method and I am still getting the water I need. That and sparkling water. I also love the wine one because I had this conversation about this, and is funny how white wine and red wine in different glasses seems to look different but have the same amount. Also the book swap thing I am doing is funny because with normal people the books( comics in their eyes) I read is confusing to them. But their books are so boring to me so we are even! have a great weekend!

  7. The onion could always be relied on for a good laugh. Sadly it does seem to have gone downhill recently.

  8. Christina says...

    Hell yes to the library as third place concept! As a public library worker bee I practice this theory every day and it totally brings meaning to my work there.

  9. Genna says...

    Just got engaged at the top of Cadillac Mtn in Acadia!

    • Joanna Goddard says...


  10. Rachael says...

    Love the new addition of reader comments <3

  11. Nora Romanoff says...

    Erin, Joanna – great Minecraft design!! I’d love to see those Minecraft invites for girls, too! I have a hard time finding things like this for my daughter.

  12. A group of us have had a regular book swap for almost nine years. We started it because nobody had the time to go to the English books shops once we had babies and nobody could commit to reading a book a month (mummy brain). I love seeing these women and trying a new restaurant each a month. (Also love the oh sh!t moment when we’re about to say goodbye and realize we’ve forgotten to talk about our books.) Swapping copies of People and Vogue is strongly encouraged. And thanks to these fab women, I’ve discovered some really great books that I would have never read. I really can’t recommend enough a book swap! Xo

  13. That’s a lovely bike path :) could be a great date idea in the glistening moonlight


  14. Ha! That bike path :) Greetings from Poland <3

  15. Liz Abrams says...

    I’m in love with Maine. My husband and I visited Portland in 2008 and last weekend. The Portland Headlight lighthouse is beautiful. We can’t wait to take our sons there.

  16. Jessica says...

    In the Amy Poehler article she mentions The Gift of Fear, a very great book, but an even more important one written by the same author is Protecting the Gift, I can’t recommend it enough…a lot of excellent and necessary advice for women about protecting themselves and their children from violence. Starting with the simplest rule: trust your intuition. If you pick up one new book this year – let it be this one.

  17. Jeanne W says...

    Initially I thought Amy Poehler’s article would be solely about Trump’s long history of sexual assault and abuse of power. And it was in the beginning. But it was so much more. She gave examples that can happen in a woman’s everyday and professional life. Those situations where a woman feels like something is off-kilter or she’s being mentally manipulated. But she’s being convinced to believe otherwise and not cause a problem. And then Poehler quoted Gift of Fear!!! I bought that book when it came out in 1998 and it has never ceased to become relevant. I think it should be required reading for all high school and college bound women. Thank you so much for posting this link Joanne. It’s so important and presents female manipulation in an open and understanding light.

    • Molly K says...

      It was an excerpt from her book, so other than the short intro, it was all written before the Trump convo took place. The rest of her book rocked too, by the way!

    • Molly K says...

      Oops, I mean before the conversation was made public in the media this year, not before it took place.

  18. Mallory says...

    Reader comments are my favorite edition. I love experiencing fellow reader’s spirits over the inter-web!

  19. Coming to NYC for a weekend without kids and haven’t been in years – so freaking excited!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yay! hope you have a wonderful time!!!!

  20. Amanda says...

    We went to Bar Harbor in August and spent most of our time in Acadia National Park. It was a wonderful vacation!

  21. Simone says...

    Amy Poehler link is leading to a 404 error

  22. I totally didn’t know the difference between all of the carbonated water types…just know that I prefer Club Soda in my cocktail :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Christina |

  23. Oooh some great links! I love the Amy Poehler post, she’s incredible. The hubby and I are also off on a night time stroll in NYC :)

    My weekend is full of delights as we have friends coming to visit from the UK and we finally get to show off this wonderful city we’re lucky enough to call home! Have a good one x

  24. erin says...

    I’ll have to bookmark that eggplant parm recipe – just made it at home for the first time last week but it paled in comparison.

    If you’re looking for some festive weekend cheer, there will be a family-friendly free pumpkin painting/fall crafts workshop hosted by the Battery Urban Farm in Battery Park tomorrow morning (I believe it’s ‘full’ but there’s always room if you just show up):

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, erin!

  25. Erin says...

    In August we spent a week in Maine, right near Acadia, and I truly can’t recommend it enough!