playing cards by nikaela marie

playing cards by nikaela marie

What are you up to this weekend? We’ve been getting into card games this fall, and Alex and I are also going on a daytime date to this hydrotherapy garden. I’m excited to hang out in a hot tub in the chilly weather. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

These toothpick sculptures are amazing.

2019 dating in a nutshell.

Japan’s mundane Halloween costumes, including “a girl who just gave blood and now can’t do anything for a few minutes.”

The scariest Halloween party, haha.

A marriage mantra.

How beautiful is this guest bedroom?

When a soccer player’s hijab fell off, other players gathered around her while she fixed it.

The chocolate cake that saved a vacation. (NYTimes)

My kids would flip for this bath hack.

Skillet ravioli for the win.

Psst, I’m in love with this amazing vibrator. Dame is offering 15% off site-wide with code CUPOFJO15, until November 15th.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says A.S. on what sounds do you love: “The sound of dishes being put away by neighbors with their windows open. It’s oddly soothing, and I always wonder what they had for dinner.”

Says Anna on how to raise kind children: “I’ve thought SO MUCH about this as a parent. For all the parents out there struggling with their ‘tough’ child and wondering what they’re ‘doing wrong,’ I would offer that I have two children quite close in age and that they are very different people and have been since birth. My two-year-old is naturally kind in all the ways everyone is mentioning and hopes their children will become. She’s aware of other’s emotions, waits very patiently for her turn, will give her sister or a stranger her very favorite toy, etc. She is my heart’s resting place. My four-year-old is very self driven. She wants the most of everything (food, toys, crayons) and when she was her sister’s age would push random children on the playground for no obvious reason. She is dynamic, gorgeous and…not always kind. My point is, if I had just had one or the other, I would have thought myself either an exceptional parent or a fairly poor parent, based on their individual behavior. But neither read would have been true. My daughters are on their own unique paths as humans. As their mother, I have the great gift and responsibility to meet and join them on their path with a sense of curiosity and zero expectations. It’s not always easy, but it is worth it and has made me a better person. So, for all the other kind mamas out there with tough kids who may not always be kind, hang in there. It’s not you! It’s them living out their journey. And they probably picked you as their mom especially because you are the one who could best meet them there, with her whole self.”

(Photo by the wonderful Nikaela Marie.)