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Have a Loving Weekend.

Pride Parade engagement

Happy Pride Month! What are you up to this weekend? We’re going on a sail for my friend Gemma‘s birthday, and we’ll also be getting family haircuts on Saturday. The boys are dreading it, but I can’t wait to get a fresh cut. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links…

Big Little Lies Season 2 starts this weekend!

Cutest sandals. LOVE the straps.

Dating goals.

Is long Sunday lunch better than Saturday dinner?

Seth Rogen apologizes for having gay jokes in his past work. “We do not want people to feel bad when they’re watching our movies.”

A Japanese secret to a longer life.

We made these shark attack cupcakes for Anton’s kindergarten class this week, and his teacher played the Jaws theme song. :)

The sweetest love letter to a teacher.

Our friends at Lewis made a Mad-Lib-style Father’s Day card that kids can fill out. Print it here, if you’d like!

How to speak Australian.

Queer Eye star Tan France’s new memoir just came out, and our girl Caroline helped him write it!!!!! She’s included on the title pages.

Have you tried Care/of? To stay healthy and get that summer glow, you find your ideal vitamins with a fun little quiz. They’re offering 25% off your first order with code JO25.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says LSH on a funny question to play with friends: “One ‘game’ that my friends and I came up with in high school — and we still resurrect sometimes — is ‘The Compliment Game.’ We start with one person, and everyone goes around and tells the person the things that they love or admire about them. It could be a physical trait or something endearing about their personality. The person receiving the compliments is not allowed to deflect or deny them – which can be surprisingly hard! We continue the circle until everyone has been complimented. It’s such a sweet and uplifting way to get a glimpse of yourself through the eyes of the people who love you.”

Says Nicole on my kids’ hilariously passive-aggressive notes: “My 5-year-old son regarding his 9-month-old sister: ‘I don’t trust that baby.'”

(Photo of EMT Trudy Bermudez and paramedic Tayreen Bonilla getting engaged at the Pride Parade in 2018 in New York City by Kena Betancur, via the Atlantic. Japanese secret via Swissmiss.)

  1. Nicole says...

    Thanks, Bonnie. I actually keep notes in my phone for each one of my kids (there are three of them now), and when the notes get long, I compose an email to myself with the latest funny quotes. :)

  2. Lauren E. says...

    HAPPY PRIDE! The city seems to be bursting with rainbow flags right now and I am here for it.

  3. Nicole Parker says...

    OMG, IT ME!!! My kid is the one who doesn’t trust his baby sister. Lol! Let me give you another gem from the recent past:

    Mikey: “Lily [a fellow five-year-old at school] gave me a thumbs down today.”
    Me: “Oh no! That’s sad. Why?”
    Mikey: “Well, sometimes I roar at her like a dinosaur. Maybe if I tone down the roaring she’ll give me a thumbs up.”

    • Bonnie says...

      Nicole – you have GOT to compile these. Gems!! Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up! :)

  4. Cute sandals, I ordered the same. Love reading dating goals and funny question to play with friends.
    Great post. Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. Julie says...

    I’m Australian…. trust me … most of us do not speak like that ….. save for teenage boys and criminals.

    • Loren says...

      Funny! I’m kiwi and we do 50% of these :)

  6. Laura C. says...

    Re family haircuts: are you going to get bangs Joanna? :)

  7. Emily says...

    “Apologizes” is a pretty generous term for that Seth Rogen article – “acknowledges” is more like it

  8. Cynthia says...

    As a retired high school teacher, I was touched by the note to Mrs. Mc. The notes from children and parents meant more to me than any gifts students could have given me.
    Those sandals come in some pretty colors.
    I know those cupcakes were a hit. They are cute!

  9. I’m super excited about Big Little Lies. I loved the book and enjoyed season one. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.

  10. Sofia says...

    As a physician, I just want to say…nobody needs to take daily vitamins. There is no solid evidence behind this.

    • K says...

      Yes! Just eat a balanced diet, it’s all there.

    • Callie Kurtz says...

      For a possible unnecessary item, I’m stressed by all the extra unnecessary packaging 😫

    • Joaquina says...

      Sofia, Thank you for this reminder. The vitamin industry is a sham. Eating mostly plants, one can get all the nutrients necessary. And as someone else pointed out, all of the
      plastic packaging is totally egregious.

    • Lauren E. says...

      A friend of mine, who is also a physician, likes to say, “Americans have the most expensive pee in the world.”

  11. Congrats to Caroline! week of outfits from Tan pretty please??! xo

    • Lisa says...

      YES YES YES

      I’m also so jealous that Caroline got to do that. Tan must be ace to hang out with

  12. Alex says...

    “I don’t trust that baby!” Hahahahahaha!!

  13. Jb says...

    The Aussie video is totes legit. It is defo how we speak. Beaut vid fellas.

    • SarahN says...

      Came to say the same thing. Some words I don’t use, or I wouldn’t use THEIR shortening, but all of it makes sense to me!

      I totally don’t get when other English speakers in the world don’t get it!

  14. Becca says...

    Ugh, that teacher letter got me right in the feels. I’ve been a toddler teacher for the last eight years, and of course that means nobody remembers us. But that inspired me to still hang in there and do the best job I can, even when it feels pretty thankless.

    • Anonymous says...

      Hi Becca!

      Just wanted to let you know that my teacher Cindrie from when I was a toddler (ages 2-4) was such an important part of my childhood and I will never forget her! My mother was hospitalized due to a difficult pregnancy with my younger sister during that time and Cindrie provided so much love and comfort to me. I always think of her fondly even decades later so please know that you do make a difference even your students are not always able to understand or articulate it until many years later!

    • mindi says...

      As an elementary teacher, I say “we remember you!” and THANK you for teaching our littlest friends manners, social skills, and so much more before they get to us. <3

    • Emily says...

      We love our kids’ toddler teachers!! Thank you for all you do for those little tater tots!

    • Claire says...

      Parents remember you with deep gratitude, even if the toddlers do not.

  15. Sair says...

    I’m an Aussie, and dare I say it, most of this slang is true (some of it I’ve never heard before) but at least 80% of it is spot on :)

    Love your blog xx

  16. I’m Australian and that video is so accurate I’m crying!! “Avanavo” – this term is literally used as the marketing slogan for avocados here. Proud to be an Aussie!

  17. Kat says...

    I don’t know what I love most about the weekend links, the amazing content or the fact that is the weekend ;) either way, thank you! Loved the sweet teacher story, I want to make shark cupcakes with my boys and then realized from the Japanese longevity article that hobbies that make you move and give are life changing! It reminds me of an article a few weekend links ago about the people who’ve been at their jobs for decades- all manual/crafting jobs! Need to find mine :)

    Anyway, lots of random thoughts! Thanks again ♥️

  18. Those reader comments!! I love that LSH’s “game” began when they were high schoolers. Wish I’d had that friend set back then! And Nicole’s kid’s note – hahahaha. Love it.

  19. Tammy says...

    We do the compliment game as a family, during dinner. And the key is that everyone also has to say what they love about themselves, too. I want my two young daughters to grow up knowing that it’s both okay and important to love and admire yourself.

  20. Beth says...

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  21. Bec says...

    So happy to see “Trackie Daks” make it into “how to speak Australian”. I’m wearing mine right now ;)

  22. Maywyn says...

    NIcole’s 5 year old quote…made me laugh aloud!
    Will check out Tan’s memoir

  23. Kim says...

    The swissmiss quote is exactly how I feel about my husband and I. I feel like I am the luckiest woman ever to have a handsome, emotionally intelligent, empathetic, feminist man who cooks dinner every night and he feels like he’s the one getting the good deal for reasons I don’t completely understand. I feel like he does more to keep our family going, and he feels like I do! It’s great. We’re both so grateful for each other.

  24. Liz says...

    I am Aussie (Australian) and while scanning these links I actually asked my husband where we’re going for brekky (breakfast) and if he’d seen my sunnies (sunglasses).

    • Kat says...

      Yes being an Aussie I thought “this is going to be not accurate” until I watched it. I realised, yep,
      I do use a lot of these as I
      had just text my Mum about pressies….

  25. P says...

    I was a little disappointed to not see an apology in the Seth Rogan piece. He admits the jokes don’t age well, but there’s no apology. Am I missing it?

    • Sarah says...

      I agree. Not a great apology. More of a “eh, I’m sorry you felt bad.” That’s a shitty apology.

    • Emily says...

      I thought the same! It’s not an apology if all you’re saying is “i’m Sorry you felt bad” and not “I’m sorry I made you feel bad and I’ll learn and listen and do better”.

    • Martha L. says...

      It’s kind of like saying “I’m sorry for what happened.” instead of “I’m sorry for what I did.” It’s just not the same. There’s a world of difference in those two statements.

  26. Leila says...

    I cannot wait for Big little lies!

  27. Eliza says...

    At my last birthday party with all my friends, my sister-in-law asked everyone to go around and say something original they love about me – like the compliment game, and it’s apparently something she does with her family members and close friends on their birthdays – it was actually one of the best presents I’ve ever received!

  28. Bethany says...

    I’m so interested to know about Caroline helping Tan write his memoir. I know NDAs may prevent her from saying much, but I have always wanted to ghost write and help people with incredible stories tell them eloquently. How does this happen?

  29. I loved the Australian abbreviation video! Reminds me of the year I spent there back in my 20s. I still wish we said “arvo” here…it’s so easy!

    I got to write a review of Big Little Lies 2 (and see the first three episodes!!) and I must say, I’m LOVING this new season! And did anyone see the cast’s interview at The Wing last week? It was SO good.

    https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/tv/review-big-little-lies-season-2-turns-its-female-stories-into-powerful-myths/

    • Abigail Schiavello says...

      The main guy (Josh) in that video is one of my best friends! He has achieved new levels of viral YouTube fame for being included on Joanna’s prestigious weekend link list.

  30. Sonja says...

    Ah, love the weekend links; we made it, team!

    A game to try this weekend: Stupid Money. My husband and I play this and it’s basically a twist on “what would you do if you won the lottery?” but it’s way less noble. Example, if we had stupid money (like, an outrageous sum that we should feel badly having because people are starving, etc. you know, Bezos money) we would build all of our family dream houses BUT they would have a weird room full of plastic troll dolls super-glued to the ceiling. They can have the house, but they have to keep the trolls.

    • Mary says...

      This made me LOL. I hope to have such creative responses when I play the Stupid Money game.

  31. Caroline says...

    Ok, first I read the note to Mrs. Mc and it is soooo good and it made me cry, then watched the Aussie video and it is soooo true and it made me laugh so much! Congrats to Caroline, from another Caroline. Have a great weekend!