California by Nicki Sebastian

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to visit Alex’s mom, sister and brother-in-law in Atlanta. The boys are excited to swim, and we’re heading to our go-to spot, Kimball House. ATL is such a fun town! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

The Downton Abbey movie trailer!

Also, critics are saying Booksmart is “a goddamn delight” and “the most fun I’ve had at the movies in years.”

A trick to help kids put their shoes on the right feet.

Oh my gosh, this stunning garden.

Allow me to convince you to take a lunch break today.”

Jennifer Garner’s pitch-perfect graduation advice.

A cow got a blow dry, and the internet fell in love.

Tiny love stories, including “my husband is not my son.” (NYTimes)

Do you know your enneagram number?

The coolest restaurant totes, of all things.

A crowd-pleasing dish for summer dinner parties.

Made me laugh.

Five big sales this weekend:
* Nordstrom is having a huge sale. (Including this pretty top.)
* J.Crew is up to 50% off with code WEEKEND.
* Shopbop is having a huge sale. (Love these shoes.)
* Loft is 40% off with code FINALLY.
* Dermstore is up to 20% off with code SUMMER. (I’m getting this magical exfoliator!)

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Caitlin on should we get a dog: “I’m a huge Gretchen Rubin fan, and she had similar reservations when her two daughters asked for a dog. Ultimately, she chose to go for it, and I think often about her decision in my own life. She said, ‘Have trouble deciding whether or not to choose a course of action? Like — whether or not to get a dog? Try this: Choose the bigger life.’ I already have a dog, but ‘choose the bigger life’ is still so powerful for me. It applies to everything — going on that run you’re dreading, moving to a new city. Choose the bigger life, Joanna!”

Says Katie on what makes you come alive: “Little girls walking belly-forward. Going to sleep when its raining outside. Drinking morning coffee with loved ones, the day after Thanksgiving or on vacation. Kids starting sentences with, “When I was little…'”

Have a good one. xoxo .

(Photo by Nicki Sebastian for Midland Shop. Cow blow dry via Of a Kind.)