What are you up to this weekend? Our friend is having a 40th birthday dinner tomorrow. (It’s happening!!! One by one, we are all turning the big 4-0! Mine’s coming up in January, and I’m just the littlest bit in disbelief;) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

I’m the food expert. But my kids love my husband’s cooking.”

Excited for Ellen’s new comedy special!

An awesome present for kids, if you need a last-minute one.

Is it ever okay to take home the wine you brought to a party? (The artwork made me laugh.)

Psst, my friend says this sex dust really works.

The other day, I gave Anton and Toby sweaters as an early Christmas present. To manage expectations, I told them, “This present is kind of boring, but you’ll get toy presents later!” They ripped open the wrapping paper and flipped out in the cutest way. “I’ll be warm EVERY DAY!” said Anton. “I can’t believe you said this was boring!” said Toby. Their surprising response made my heart swell — and reminded me of this funny video, where a dad gives his kids a banana and an onion to see how they’ll react.

A wonderful interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (New Yorker)

When half the table goes meatless.

My beauty editor friend swears by this.

This story about ultra-marathoner Courtney Dauwalter, who runs 200+ miles at a time, was GRIPPING. Totally worth reading. (NYT)

And congratulations to Jenny on her affordable print shop!

Plus, a reader comment:

Says Kerri on what is romance, really: “On a walk one evening, my 17-year-old boyfriend told me that when his first child was born he planned to wear a suit because that’s what you wear to all of the special celebrations in your life. Teenage me was definitely hoping to be the one to have his babies after that! Fast forward almost a decade, I assumed he would have forgotten but, nope. That tender-hearted husband of mine walks into the delivery room with a tie peeking out from underneath his scrubs.”

Finally, here’s our full holiday gift guide and winter guide to NYC. Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by James Ransom.)