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Have a Delicious Weekend.

Pizza by Carla Music Lalli

What are you up to this weekend? Anton is starting drumming classes, so I might make some brownies for our neighbors:) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Thank you for being so excited about our Spring Market! Would love to meet you there. :)

I saw this movie this week, and it was a delightful confection.

Would you try no-screen Sundays?

Fascinating.

A comic talking to kids about the coronavirus. Loved this.

This photo made me laugh so much!

This shirt has the prettiest sleeves.

What a welcoming entryway.

A delicious dinner for kids or adults.

We interrupt this brain surgery to bring you a violin solo.

Have you seen Love Is Blind? It’s bonkers but so compelling.

Enjoyed this essay by rom-com director Nancy Meyers, who now finds herself attending weddings with her ex-husband. (New York Times)

Plus, a reader comment:

Says Christine on what’s one nice thing someone has done for you: “While traveling in Hong Kong, I had an anxiety attack in the middle of a crowded shopping mall — my heart felt as though it would explode, and I felt like I was drowning. As I scanned my surroundings for somewhere to sit, I realized that both of my calves and all of my toes decided to start cramping.

“Overwhelmed and now unable to walk, I sat down on the floor in the middle of the shopping mall and tried to stretch out my cramps. I was beyond caring about how strange I must have looked. Moments later, older Hongkonger ladies who didn’t speak English came to me and began massaging my legs and took my shoes off to massage my cramped toes. My bare feet. Covered in my cold sweat. While they did this, other ladies stopped to help and massaged my hands.

“My anxiety passed, as did my cramps, but they would not let me stand up until I finished a bottle of water they instructed another stranger to get for me.” How sweet is that?

Have a great weekend. xoxo

(Photo by Carla Lalli Music on Instagram. No-screen Sundays via Swissmiss.)

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  1. Jessie says...

    We actually are very strict with iPads and screens. Our daughters only get the iPads on Fridays for 1 hour. On Saturday nights we do family movie night. Other than that if it is educational we might let them watch 1 show and that would be on TV and they all have to agree on it. I stay off of screens on Sundays and take them climbing instead. It really is amazing once you get off your phone how much more time you have to do other things, and also how insane it is when everyone else is on their phones instead of talking to each other. We also do the standard, no screens at meals. My daughters don’t have phones, (They are 10, 8 and 5) but some of my oldest daughters friends do, when they come over we ask them to leave their phones at home. They always do. When we have their cousins come over and they get on their phones or their parents phones to plays a game, we kindly remind them no screens at our house. Please hang out with us or your cousins. I read a father tells his children, “technology will always be there. Childhood won’t.”

  2. Molly says...

    “Bonkers” is exactly the word I texted to my bffs repeatedly about Love is Blind. Totally.

  3. Christine says...

    My sister texted me to let me know that my comment got posted! As a decade long reader, I feel so honored. <3

  4. AS says...

    Christine’s story of kindness is so sweet and gives me so much hope in humanity and the ways in which we are seen by the people around us, even when we are so wrapped up in our own heads.

  5. rachel says...

    Wow! That story of kindness is absolutely amazing.

  6. Megan says...

    In response to your question about no-screens Sunday, my family just started doing tech-free Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, when we all get home, we turn off all the TVs, plug in our phones/iPads for the night, and choose something quiet to enjoy that doesn’t involve technology–no videogames, no podcasts, no music even, NADA! I was nervous that our eight-year-old, whose obsessed with YouTube right now, wouldn’t be into it but she embraces tech-free Tuesdays, using the time to do crafts mostly. And my husband (a big gamer and phone scroller) usually comes and lays in bed with me while I read or paint my nails and we talk about our days. Normally when we feel the need to unwind, we reach for Netflix, a movie, or something else with a screen, but you don’t realize how passively draining those things can be until you stop–which is easier said than done. I always wake up Wednesday morning feeling super refreshed and calm.

    • Genevieve Martin says...

      Like the sound of this!! I love this when on holiday or camping, so why not an evening every week? :)

  7. Maranda says...

    I have been thinking about implementing a social media free day and I think this article might have been the kick in the pants that I needed! I deleted Facebook off of my phone (I still have a profile, but I now can only access it from a desktop), and I have really enjoyed that experience. Instagram and YouTube still have their hooks in me though! I don’t think I would want to go fully screen free. I enjoy doing an at home yoga video on Sunday mornings and my husband and I will often watch a movie on Sunday evening while eating dinner/folding laundry, but I could get down with a social media free day for sure.

  8. Whitney says...

    Love is Blind—I’m so happy to see all the discussion. Call Your Girlfriend has a whole episode of you need a support group! So much to unpack.

    Re. teeth whitening, I did the trays through the dentist in college, and it made my teeth super sensitive and the bottoms of my upper front teeth transparent. I wish I was a better candidate for a little whitening, but agree with others about feeling like the current look is artificial. I feel the same way about makeup and hair in older shows—I’ve never been one to use much product and feel like beauty pre-2000s was much more realistic prior to contouring, hair extensions, fake lashes that are so ubiquitous now.

  9. Angry says...

    I like the corona virus comic except for one thing that, as an adult, I cannot ignore. It says that medical people are doing all they can to track the virus and protect us, which is so true and God bless them. This is the nicest focus for a child, yes. But ADULTS be aware, please: the president of the USA is NOT doing anything to help those hardworking medical people. Instead, he is trying to turn this into some political smear campaign against the Democrats, while the virus spreads. His willful negligence is putting people of this entire continent at risk. His negligence and that of his “officials” is appalling.

  10. Thank you for the link to our entry project, lovely Joanna!! Sending big hugs! xo

  11. Leah says...

    Thank you for the teeth whitening comment!
    I recently watched a movie from the 80s with my kids and guess what? Men had hair on their chests and arms!! Teeth weren’t blinding!! There were lines on people’s faces and they actually looked like human beings and not wax figures!!
    We’re living in times where the standard of beauty is no longer just naturally beautiful people but artificially made humans or photoshopped images. It’s very depressing Honestly, especially as a mom.

    • Sasha L says...

      I’m with you Leah. The normalization of things like Botox (women are now starting in their 30s) and fillers as *self care* makes me sad for us all.

      When did it become a crime to just look as old as you are? Why are a few wrinkles or teeth colored teeth considered so ugly that we’ll fork out hundreds and thousands to remain looking 20 something forever?

    • Owl says...

      Exactly!

  12. Emma says...

    I forgot to post the one nice thing I thought of the other day and reading the Hong Kong story reminded me. I used to live in Seoul, South Korea. As a pretty tall, very white (I am a ginger with matching see through skin) westerner I often felt giant & very out of place. One day I had dropped my daughter at school and was walking home when a downpour came out of nowhere. I was dressed in my gym clothes and sandals and was quickly soaked. As I stood at a crossing an older Korean lady came up to me and shared her umbrella with me, she took my arm and walked with me all the way to the underground and inside until I was in the dry – then turned around and walked out again. It was so kind and so unexpected, I was feeling sad and homesick at the time and this small act of kindness made me feel less foreign, less other, less alone.

  13. Emma Australia says...

    *wait

  14. Emma Australia says...

    Oh my gosh Johanna I’m third episode deep into Love Is Blind!! Look what you made me do haha. The housework will have to wake another day.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha

    • Heather says...

      I was traveling for work this weekend and ended up watching the ENTIRE SEASON — all thanks to this tip. I don’t even watch reality TV but WOAH.

      When my husband picked me up from the airport I had just finished the 6th episode and I said, ugh, I wish I’d waited and watched this with you so we could talk about it. He says, I’m on episode 5. Ha!! Apparently he’d read about it on some film site he follows and was curious. We agreed we would definitely have gotten together if we’d met over pods, first. And in a way, we sorta did, because even though we knew what the other person looked like, we were just friends from class, and I fell for my husband over late night AOL instant message conversations.

      I’m really ready for us to break this show down (rubs hands together). My thoughts:

      (1) So much sweetness + so many dumpster fires. Pure entertainment.
      (2) I want Cameron and Lauren to be my friends IRL. I loved them so.
      (3) Any time a woman describes herself as being UNABLE to relate to other women, or not having female friends, she should WORRY about herself just as much as she would worry if she never had a romantic relationship. She should ask herself, Am I pursuing the wrong (friend) relationships? Am I not making myself truly available? What’s going on with me, or my life, that I’m unable to forge meaningful bonds with women? Maybe Amber and Jessica need to go on another reality dating show where they are put in pods and on the other side are women who could potentially be their friends. We need friends, ladies. If you don’t have them, do not give up. (Also, I cannot believe anyone would be in such close proximity with the warmth and authenticity of Lauren and not devote every second in the pod-house to trying to make her your best friend. Lauren, seriously, call me.) I volunteer to write a full post on this. So much to say.
      (4) Messica and the dog scene may be the most outrageous 30 seconds of TV I’ve ever seen: https://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/jessica-love-is-blind-dog-wine
      (5) The other two couples who got engaged but weren’t followed: https://people.com/tv/love-is-blind-helped-2-more-couples-get-engaged-why-netflix-didnt-show-their-stories/

    • Abby says...

      Watched the show with my boyfriend and it was so enriching! We have had lots of deep talks throughout the whole show just because of our intense reactions to certain behaviours or couples.
      As a European I have to say the most cringe moments were actually the mentions of race as an obstacle to dating. So sad that this is dominating US society so much as well as some patriarchical “I need to provide for my woman to be a good man” conversations.
      As for the actual weddings: so good to see the couples did not take their decisions lightly!
      Finally, surprisingly the show taught us that love is not blind. Most couples who seemed perfectly connected did not seem to make it because of a lack of physical attraction. Definitely looking forward to the follow-ups of this show!

  15. Anon says...

    Honest opinion: I think these excessively white teeth look kind of creepy and fake. A healthy, naturally white smile is lovely. Please people, stop bleaching your teeth. It isn’t natural and doesn’t look natural.

  16. Liz S says...

    I have to admit i love white (but not super white) teeth. they look so fresh and clean to me. i’m lucky that crest white strips really work on me. i only have to use the strips twice and my teeth are noticeably whiter.

  17. Jules says...

    I love the idea of screen free Sundays! Growing up, my siblings & I couldn’t watch tv when we had school the next day (so Sunday-Thursday). My husband & I have 4 kids & our oldest is only in first grade but we already follow the same rule. They don’t ask for shows during the week, which is so nice. I’m not sure how we’ll translate it to phones/computers when they’re teenagers (the kids currently don’t have access to any other type of technology), but I’d love to keep it going…at least in some form.

    My husband and I got rid of our social media before I got pregnant with our eldest and we’ve never regretted it!

    • Jm says...

      We did the same: no screen time during the week for kids when they were younger. It was great and worked very well for us! (Kudos to your parents for being so progressive!) But it became very difficult in 7th grade when all kids got laptops in public school. (Sigh, I’m still against this policy and I’ve had 3 kids go thru it.). The next step was to say “no phones or laptops in bedrooms, ever.” It helped, but it’s still hard. I will admit, after age 16, it kind of disintegrated. I will also acknowledge, after 4 kids, I have realized that some are addicts, and some are not. And your vigilance often depends on the child. Good luck; it’s a struggle, but you seem to be starting in a good place.

  18. Laura says...

    Christine’s comment had me bursting into tears! Which is usually just par for the course, but my I’m sitting next to my kids who are watching Daniel Tiger and they were…confused. The show isn’t that sad, Mommy! :-)

  19. Kat says...

    Love that comic – as a fully grown adult, it made me feel much better about the coronavirus!

    • Maranda says...

      I felt the same, Kat!

  20. Nicole says...

    I have no screen Sunday because of Tiny Chef’s inspiration. It’s great and he’s great! If you don’t know him, definitely check him out on Instagram

  21. rachel says...

    i watched “love is blind” liked it at first, hate it now. G&D drove me absouletly crazy. The show was just cruel.

  22. K says...

    I have friends that observe a 24 hr Sabbath each week with no screen time, and they really enjoy it. I’ve been contemplating it with my family, especially since Lent just started. The screen time article was timely!

  23. Jenn P says...

    I snuck away to (my hometown) of Las Vegas to see my favorite band play in a small venue with some of my high school best friends. I’m currently holed up in a hotel on the strip, all alone(!!!), so excited to have a super fun night!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

  24. I was sick this week, which meant that I binged watched Love is Blind. I was hooked from start to finish. I’m not too embarrassed to admit that I cried at the end, too. I read that it was filmed in 2018…so that means everyone kept things quiet for two years? How??

  25. Tenley says...

    Oh my gosh, my housemate and I have a good relationship, but Love is Blind has brought out our chatty sides–bring on alllllll the speculation about whether Jessica KNOWS she changes her voice when she talks to dudes, and can we please talk about the dog drinking out of the wine glass???? It has bonded us more than discussions about chores ever could!

  26. Karleen says...

    I know that coronavirus comic is for kids, but I needed to read that too. Thank you :-)

  27. Yvonne says...

    Oh, my! The kindness of the women in Hong Kong overwhelms me!

    • Jamie says...

      Me too! The kindness of strangers, if accepted, can make ones heart swell. I love that they recognized what was happening and came to Christine’s aid. Makes me feel hopeful.

  28. Lana says...

    Omg! The tooth whitening story is so timely. For some reason I decided that I was going to really whiten my teeth up a few weeks ago. I bought strips and they did a lovely job, but I also used whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash. Ten days later they were A LOT whiter but I still couldn’t understand why they weren’t Blake Lively white and it kind of bummed me out. It had almost become an obsession to make them whiter each and every day! I was talking to my husband about it just yesterday and he was like, “When did these crazy ass white teeth become a thing?!” Now I can tell him (and feel 100% better about my regular bone white teeth). :)

  29. Emily says...

    I love that Anton is learning to play drums! Any chance you named him after Anton Fig that played in David Letterman’s band? ;)

    • Sarz says...

      YES! I’ve always said that Animal from the Muppets is my favorite drummer (right, Kimberlee?), but he and Anton can definitely be tied in my esteem. :D

  30. alison says...

    I don’t normally do reality tv — but I can’t help myself with marriage shows like Married at First Sight, and now Love is Blind. I hated almost everyone! I need a support group… and a second season! hahah…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i loved lauren and cameron!

    • alison says...

      I really wanted to love them! And i did at first — but then I was annoyed at how he was always touching her and guiding her towards wherever they were going, and speaking so softly. Maybe it’s just not my style. They were by FAR the most likable couple though and I really hope they stay together for a long time! I want to believe! :)

      Don’t even get me started on Jessica’s baby talk! Woof!

    • Becs says...

      Ugh. I *love* this show but the scientist in me is so critical of their so called “experiment.” They really pushed the whole idea that if love is truly blind then you should fall in love and commit to marriage after a week of dating. Sure, if love is blind then you might meet some really amazing individuals who you would otherwise never consider. You might even fall in love without the distractions of the outside world and appearances to distract you. This does end up happening. But, just because you fell in love with a person’s true self doesn’t translate to being ready to marry that person in mere weeks. The fact that nearly all of them said they weren’t sure if they were going to say “I do” the day of their wedding is insane! I would never marry someone who was on the fence the day of my wedding! But, yeah obviously I can’t wait for a second season either ;)

  31. rachel says...

    our family has been practicing “silent sundays” for the past year or so. it began as a way for me to limit screen time for our kids (and ourselves) after saturdays full of bingeing. we are not literally silent, but the tv, phones, laptops, and even alexa are off. we read real books, sometimes aloud as a family. we go to church, or out to brunch. we bake something yummy together. we fold laundry. it was VERY hard at first. the kids’ whining and complaining nearly drove me to give in, but now they don’t even bother to ask for electronics. it has become a lovely ritual in preparation for the week to come.

    • Kristen says...

      Rachel that is awesome and so inspiring! Maybe my large and phone addicted family can start with just a few screen free HOURS and work up to this!

    • Sarah says...

      Kristen, it starts with the parents! Just do it!

    • That’s so great! Going screen free is such a necessity for our kids. The data behind what’s happening to their little brains is so upsetting. I bought a watch so I’d stop picking up my phone to check the time and then mindlessly wasting 20 minutes. I’ve also started leaving my phone at home when I am out running errands or spending time with my kids. It’s crazy ow many times I go to pick it up out of habit, not need.

  32. Emma says...

    OH. My God. Christine’s comment has me tearing up at my desk right now.
    As someone who suffers frequent, severe panic attacks, the kindness of those dear ladies is overwhelming.

    • Rachel says...

      Same! Tearing up at my desk right now.

    • Kate says...

      What an incredible act of kindness!

  33. Danielle Rubino says...

    This pizza is drool-worthy!