Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Tonight, we’re actually flying to Italy for a family vacation! We are so excited; Toby and Anton are bouncing off the walls. Thank you so much for the advice — we decided to go to Rome, Tuscany and Venice, and I can’t wait to just soak up the boys. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links around the web…

The first thing I packed for our trip.

Forty ounce rosé, dreams do come true ;)

Hasan Minhaj’s stand-up special was the best TV I’ve seen in ages. Highly recommended.

How to raise a reader. “Make reading a group activity. Just as younger children parallel play, older children parallel read. And reading together — separately — is a wonderful way to spend time in each other’s company. Instead of organizing family leisure time around TV, movies or video games, schedule a regular family reading time.”

Digging Bon Appetit’s rent week series.

Five times you thought you were sexually harassed. Worth reading.

The kind gesture that helps Elizabeth Gilbert find the light on her worst days.

This dress has such a pretty back.

My friend sent me this video and we laughed for like a half hour. (Chasing! Being chased!)

Cool new brand for petite ladies.

How to be mindful on vacation.

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Leanna on things that enchant children: “True story: I picked out my ‘grandma name’ before I even picked out names for my own kids, and it’s 100% going to be COOKIE! Where would you rather go? Granny’s house or Cookie’s house?!”

Says Layne on travel pillows: “The trick to using U-shaped pillows is to turn them around backwards. That way your head can rest all the way against the seat, and if your head nods forward, the pillow is there to catch you.”

Says Celeste on keeping the spark alive: “Keeping the spark alive is definitely a challenge, and we’ve been together only eight years! One thing we do is light role playing, which is so, so dorky, I know. My husband might say something like, ‘I’m an underwear model and I can’t believe I get to work with the esteemed photographer Celeste.’ The dumber the scenario the better, honestly. It usually devolves into fits of laughter at the reveal: ‘Oh my gosh, I never knew she was MY WIFE.’ Haha, it’s truly terrible theater, but telling those stories is a funny way of getting inside each other’s brains.”

(Photo by Yossy Arefi.)