What are you up to this weekend? We’re taking the boys to the carousel tonight, and tomorrow I’m taking myself to get a foot rub. Have you ever had one? It’s amazing how your whole body relaxes. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Say her name: Nia Wilson.

People underestimate the power of thank-you notes.

“Congratulations: you no longer have adult acne, you have constellations,” wrote Amelia Diamond, in her wonderful re-branding project of so-called body “flaws.” Frizzy hairs are now “parties,” and stretch marks are “life lines.” What would you re-name?

Alex and I watched The Departed this week, and I forgot how heart-pounding it is.

Loving the 70s vibe of this fall top.

What a musical conductor actually does on stage. (I’ve always wondered!)

Made me laugh.

Totally smitten with One Fine Stay’s vacation rentals — like this, this and this.

Five-year-old Anton is excited to make this red fruit salad.

Awww, a child’s vacation photos.

How great is this table centerpiece?

An update: Separated families report trauma, lies and coercion, says Human Rights Watch. After one father was deported alone to Honduras without his four-year-old, he was finally able to speak to his son on the phone. ‘[My son] said he didn’t want to talk to me because he said I left him there,’ Pablo said. ‘I can’t speak. I just want to see him and hug him.'” If you’re able to help, here’s a good place to donate.

Plus, two great reader comments:

Says Mel on parenting in Hungary: “When my first child was a baby, I had been up all night and I was making a bowl of cereal for myself. I turned to my husband with teary eyes and said, ‘I want blueberries, but I don’t have the energy to cut them all in half.’ He just looked at me with confusion and said, ‘But you don’t have to cut them up for adults.'”

Says Lizzie on parenting in Hungary: “There’s an Anna Quindlen essay ‘Goodbye Dr. Spock,’ in which she writes, ‘Raising children is presented at first as a true-false test, then becomes multiple choice, until finally, far along, you realize that it is an endless essay.’ This series is a wonderful reminder of the many different ways to raise children.”

(Photo by Laura Willems. Thank you notes via Jocelyn Glei.)