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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Heirloom tomatoes by Ben Wagner

What are you up to this weekend? My mom is visiting, and we’re all so happy she’s here. We’re planning to watch Toy Story 3 tonight with popcorn! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The trailer for The Crown’s season two.

A pretty sweater for fall days.

An awesome podcast episode about things you shouldn’t talk about.

What a dreamy little beach house!

I want Jennifer Garner to be my BFF.

Why being near water really does make us happier.

An ode to the untouched food on the Bachelorette. Made me laugh out loud.

How lovely is this Ikea lamp?

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck.

LOVE the concept of Loving Lion books, which let you choose the main characters who most reflect your family. Would be amazing to see same-sex couples, single parents and other family structures in the future, too.

Would you buy oysters from a vending machine?

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Laura on bad family vacations: “Every summer our family of five loaded into the car and set off to explore national parks. My dad is of the ‘drive straight through’ variety and would sometimes bite off more than he could chew. Once, he wearily pulled off the road in rural Colorado at 1:00 a.m. at the only available, affordable motel within miles. Sure there were some questionable-looking characters hanging around outside in the dead of night. But the place was a child’s dream! A heart-shaped tub in THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM! A huge waterbed that WOULD SHAKE LIKE A RIDE IF YOU PUT QUARTERS IN IT. And when you looked up there were MIRRORS ON THE CEILING! We’d never seen anything like it. My poor mom wouldn’t even let our golden retriever sleep on the floor that night. We hightailed it out of there as soon as the sun started to rise.”

Says Stef on couples with separate bedrooms: “My (happily married) parents haven’t lived together in 22 years. They live about 30 minutes away from each other, have keys to the other’s houses, go out for dinners, travel together… I really think that not living together saved their marriage.”

Says Maddy on caprese salad: “Two years ago, in an effort to eliminate some frustration and being a new mom, I started picking one cookbook each week and cooking dinner exclusively from that cookbook. It cut down on the options on what to cook for dinner, and I was able to use cookbooks that had been collecting dust. For my birthday this year, my mom gave me Melissa Clark’s Dinner, and I cannot say enough good things about it. It’s easy yet interesting and makes me go back for more. Follow my progress at @letscookthebook.”

(Photo by Ben Wagner/Instagram. Oysters via Kottke.)

  1. carmen says...

    heyooo, i thought i’d pop in to say the lion heart books require both a father and mother… so not totally perfect for a single parent.

  2. Tracy says...

    A big YES! to “Dinner” the cookbook (from the comments). The asparagus and white bean toast is so incredible and easy to prepare. A fresh loaf of bread (I make mine in a bread machine) is what really makes it special.

  3. That beach house (in my option), is EXACTLY what a beach house should be. A beautiful, simple and quaint dwelling that supports the main purpose – family, friends, nature and let’s be honest, some vino on that deck! Gorgeous… love it.

  4. Lovely collection of links you have here Joanna! Loved them. The picture looks so mesmerizing as well
    Keep sharing! xoxo

  5. Terri Hetzel says...

    What an entertaining post! Loved all the links.

  6. Becca Lloyd says...

    I was in this very mountain meadow this weekend in Utah! Come visit the mountains, Jo!

  7. Shelly says...

    I knew that photo was in Utah! We just visited and saw similar wild flowers.

  8. I find that comment so interesting about living in separate houses while married. My nana and grandpa slept in different rooms all while I was growing up. Not for any negative reason, just because she didn’t like his snoring haha. I think if people don’t want to sleep in the same room or house even, we shouldn’t judge the relationship if it works for them! Such a cool quote.

  9. Elizabeth Spence says...

    Hi Joanna, could you please give me a list of any other This American Life archived episodes that you recommend? I have a list that I am slowly working through and I would love your recommendations 😊

  10. Maddy Corey says...

    I thought that was Utah, my current state in the photo and I was right! It really is that beautiful! Have a great weekend!

  11. LOL to Laura’s vacation….

  12. These posts are so lovely and simple to read! (that lamp is incredible!)x

  13. Amy says...

    Is no one else laughing until it hurts about Laura’s bad family vacation?! Oh my goodness, as a parent of three kids (6, 4, and 2)….I can only imagine their glee and my squeamishness in that situation!

    We had a similar event on a roadtrip as young kids where we had to stop in the middle of the night, but our motel room only sported a um, filthy bed instead. We went to the van and got out our sleeping bags and tried not to touch anything.

  14. Especially adored the reader comments this week – all three! Also, Yes on being near water and happiness.

  15. You mentioned fall! I am so excited to start talking about this. The sweater is perfect.

    Water! I’ve never thought about it until that read, but it resonates. Born and raised in California, I used to take the ocean for granted. Now in Seattle, I’m still surrounded by water. I wouldn’t want to be far from it.

  16. brianna says...

    The sweater is the exact right mix of preppy and cozy.

  17. Lori says...

    I dont know about oysters from a vending machine, but we just got back from Switzerland where we bought cheese from a small farm that had a vending machine at the end of their lane.
    Best cheese ever!!

  18. Diana says...

    The 7 Things You Shouldn’t Talk About is my VERY favorite podcast episode of all time (and I listen to a lot!), followed closely by No Coincidence, No Story! (also Sarah Koenig – This American Life from 2013!) Definitely check that one out as well if you haven’t – I talk about it ALL the time!

    • Sarah says...

      Call the radio!

    • Sasha says...

      Oooh, I love that coincidence show!! I have to give this podcast a listen. Thanks!

  19. Katy says...

    Just go to the tippi sweater in the mail yesterday along with the button front chino skirt. Size down with the skirt, size as usual for the sweater. Love them both. Bring it on Fall.

  20. Laura C. says...

    I like the sweater, but mainly, I like fall days. :) am I the only one here who can’t wait for Autumn to come?

  21. Selina says...

    Have you seen Toy Story 3? Add tissues to your popcorn! Is it me or a mom thing- I think I cry behind my son during every Pixar movie! I remember staring at my mom in bewilderment/embarassment when she was doing the same watching kids’ movies with me.

  22. Justine A Clark says...

    I highly recommend another book about not giving a F*…”The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*” by Sarah Night! Another quick read that was like receiving permission for trusting my instincts.

  23. Sharon says...

    I too want to be best friends with Jennifer Garner. It is so refreshing to me that she leaves her house without being perfect and that she doe not feel the need to instagram every outfit, every meal, every hang out with her kids, every vacation etc.

  24. Maija says...

    Speaking of not living with your husband… mine lives in Norway, so I know that the Bachelorette Rachel’s mystery chips in the Bon Appetite article are Sørlands Chips, havsalt (sea salt) flavor. She chose well! And BA nailed it. Hilarious!

  25. Rachael says...

    Y’all made my Friday!

    As Maddy’s little sister, I’m totally biased in how hilarious and talented I think she is. But with that said, as someone who’s always envied her natural cooking abilities (that gene somehow skipped me!), I love watching her Instagram evolve. She finds the best cookbooks and shows their recipes for what they are – uncomplicated, delicious, and totally doable. I highly recommend following Maddy for any mealtime inspiration. Plus, her daughter Sadie is the sweetest of the sweet.

  26. Nicola says...

    Hope you enjoyed Toy Story 3! I was in pieces after it was over, especially the empty room scene when Andy was heading to college. I have one more year before my daughter does the same and it makes me sad to think of it. Hug your gorgeous boys and enjoy every moment with them, it’s a cliche but times does go so fast :)

  27. Jill says...

    Jennifer Garner’s style has always baffled me. She is attractive and has a nice figure, yet everything she wears is ill-fitting, oddly put together outfits with ugly shoes. I have always wondered if she just doesn’t care or is unaware of how unflattering her choices are.

    • Andrea says...

      Lol! I thought that JG looks a thousand times better than I ever look on her dress down days. Recalibrating how bad I must really look now!

      Jennifer SHOULD look stunning in all moments, because that is our main job as women.

    • Emily says...

      I find it so refreshing! There is so much pressure to always look great (especially for celebrities) and women’s bodies are always scrutinized. How nice to just be comfortable and not worry about what people think of you.

    • Leah says...

      I love her and her style – it feels real. She looks like a mother, who juggles a million other things and don’t have time to worry about how her outfit will look the best for the paparazzi. I respect that.

    • Sasha says...

      Andrea: “Jennifer SHOULD look stunning at all moments because it’s our main job as women.”

      You are the best! And here I was thinking our main job was feeding people and wiping butts. I will immediately reassess my priorities. If I’m going to be stunning though, someone’s butt is not going to get wiped. Just another woman who can’t have it all ;)

    • Andrea says...

      Sasha–you can’t have it all! I love that her kids also get the pass to look like kids. Suri’s Burn Book would always single them out for having mismatched socks or looking like hot messes. I like that Jennifer models other interpretations of what it means to be a woman.

  28. The Crown! This Anglophile can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!!

  29. Dawn says...

    The Oyster vending machine is crazy! But, I was recently in France and came upon a Baguette vending machine in the middle of nowhere. With fresh baguettes in it! If you put in a vending machine, they will come.

  30. I recommend The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck! A quick read with some eye-opening ideas to ponder over.

    Love the pared down beach house. An Aalto stool as a nightstand, swoon! :)

  31. Em says...

    Love the quote from “The Art of Not Giving A F*ck.” I’m printing in out and plastering my house with those wise words.

    Also, kudos to Maddy for cooking from a cookbook as a new mom! (Or even, cooking in general…I give my son rotisserie chicken, frozen peas, and some berries and call it a day.) I will have to follow along with her cooking..Maybe I’ll learn something!

    • Thanks Em! It keeps me sane and actually relaxes me! Hope you enjoy my crazy adventures!

  32. Hannah says...

    I just happened to listen to that 2013 This American Life episode earlier this week, and I listen to that podcast maybe once every month or two. I swear this blog reads my mind haha :)