Peaches by Yossy Arefi

What are your plans for the weekend? We’re flying to England tonight to visit my grandmother. I’m so excited to see her; it has been two years since our last trip there. Also, will you be attending a Families Belong Together rally tomorrow? (Here’s a recap and an update on the border crisis.) Squeeze your loved ones this weekend, and here are a few links from around the web…

9 clever rules for summer salads.

Made me laugh.

A great way to say no: “I must decline for secret reasons.

Oh my gosh, Eminem’s sign language interpreter is a genius.

21 tips for a great vacation. (Love #1.)

How things look from the baby’s and parent’s perspectives.

Would you make this cookie for one?

We’re bringing these on our overnight flight. Fingers crossed they work!

The NYT’s “Tip” column is fascinating: How to pose for a photo, how to sing a lullaby, how to float.

Lo & Sons is having a big Fourth of July sale on their beautiful travel bags.

One sky.

Plus, two great reader comments:

Says Meg on a foolproof birthday present for kids: “A box of sugar cereal… all their own! A savvy uncle brought a wrapped cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch FTW) to one of my kiddo’s parties and there was no happier child in all the land!”

Says Sarah on making a budget: “One of the best budgeting mantras I’ve heard is to have a ‘F*ck Off’ fund for when you need to prioritize yourself and get out of a situation. Boss terrible and work toxic? F*ck it. Living with a partner and the relationship has ended and you need out? F*ck it. Car broken down and you need a safe one for your kids earlier than anticipated? F*ck it. You get the idea. I love the idea of a fund to keep you safe, take life’s lumps and handle the unexpected with (some) grace.”

(Photo by Yossy Arefi. Sign language via Swissmiss.)