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Friday, July 06, 2012

Have a wonderful weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend? We had the best time in Chicago and are now visiting my dad in Michigan. As I type, Toby is running around naked in the grass! I really hope you enjoyed the work/life balance series this week, and a huge thank you to the seven brave and wonderful women who put themselves out there. This series was meant to show that even working mothers with glamorous careers who seem to "have it all" still face the same things (rushing to make dinner, missing their kids during the day, wanting more time with their spouses) as we all do. It's so great to be honest and normalize the ups and downs that all parents go through. Have a great weekend, and in the meantime, here are some fun links to make you smile...

Oh, Paris.

Fancy doghouses.

The heart sweater is back!

Wes Anderson is awesome.

17 genius tips to make your life easier.

Nautical tattoos.

A great post about leaving work at 5:30pm.

10 rules of good writing (“Leave out the parts readers tend to skip.”)

Coffee trick.

The Obama wedding registry. (Now we've really seen it all!)

Ben Stiller's face.

As always, much more on Pinterest.

(Photo of the Louvre Museum in Paris, taken in the reflection of the pyramid outside)

55 comments:

ElsaD said...

Darling! I truly enjoyed the series! So honest and insighful. Those ladies are awesome, a real inspiration. Thanks for putting it all together!

Enjoy the rest of the vacay!

This weekend I look forward to hit the movies to watch To Rome With Love (Can't wait!!!!) XOXO

courtney and phil said...

your series was powerful and truly hits home to so many, even inspired my post today (courtneyandphilanddrake.blogspot.com). thank you. (ps - naked babies in the grass are the best)

StephV said...

Love the 17 genius tips...I shaved my legs with hair conditioner this morning! I buy the cheap 99 cent kind, and keep it under my sink. I always forget to buy shaving cream, and this works just as well!

Denise said...

Hi, I loved the series and I am not even a mom. There were great tips on generally balancing your life. I have a business, a partner, a food blog and I am starting to do some freelance photography and writing. Finding balance to keep all areas happy is tough. Let alone the me time that is screaming for attention. I cannot imagine adding a little one to the mix.

Have a wonderful weekend as well!

Freya Lily said...

I did enjoy that series. Even though I'm not in a mother or wife stage in my life, I like reading about successful women who have and maintain it all! It was nice to read :)

Liliana Costa said...

for the weekend? visit Zurich (hope the weather helps) enjoy your weekend

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Emmy said...

I love the Friday roundups, as well as your interviews with working moms - I'm a single 25 year old and I cannot imagine adding a husband and a baby to my life with work and not feeling completely overwhelmed. This was great to read.

Also, Elmore is my cousin's grandpa and I adore that you included his list of 10 writing rules - I can imagine him with his cigarette at the kitchen table very simply stating to leave out the parts readers tend to skip, as if that were a choice :)

House of Tong said...

I love eating in Chicago so so so much!! Visited when my Aunt was she was in a musical (Million Dollar Quartet). Loved it!! Everyone has so much style out there. xoxo

Kathryn said...

i'm so glad you loved Chicago! It is a great city, I'm so glad to be here for college. Thanks so much for sharing the links, definitely trying the iced coffee ice tray trick this weekend :)

Nicki Logsdon said...

I have always loved your weekend lists! They give me a reason to be lazy and surf the web.

http://thelittlethingsofme.blogspot.com/

Meredith said...

That photo is amazing!

Kelsie @ My Beautiful Life said...

even though I doubt I would see you, I got super excited knowing you were visiting Michigan. I am from the Novi area and go to school in Ypsilanti

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Wow that photo is incredible. Love it.
Going to try that iced coffee trick.
Paul

Kate {Modette} said...

Hope you have a lovely weekend, Jo! x

Kate {Modette}
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Jessica said...

Hope you're having a great trip! This weekend, I'm headed to London with my mom! (We'll also hit up Edinburgh, Paris, and Mt. St. Michel.)

Can't wait!

Stefania said...

I loved the writing tips, haha.

My Love Wedding Ring said...

Lol, LOVE that photograph - do have days when I feel the world is going that way too!

Anonymous said...

Watching the Wimbledon finals this weekend and going swimming. Love Ben Stiller! Have a great time with you Dad.

Anonymous said...

I loved your serie about work/life balance! Congrats!
I love how you see interesting topics in everyday things.

Dingal

Anonymous said...

The coffee trick is great. Why didn't I think of that?

Carrie said...

I am sorry that Obama registry is taking things a bit too far! Geez oh man.

Melissa Blake said...

Glad you had a great time in Chicago and thanks for the awesome links!

Cathryn @ My Heart's Content said...

Glad you had a good trip to Chicago!! This weekend, we're watching sport! The Tour de France and then Wimbledon with the first Brit for something like 75 years in the final. It could be momentous!!!

shawn said...

Thanks for sharing :) The Obama registry is exactly the kind of thing I'd prefer to register for...though if the American Cancer Society or Feeding America did this I'd head in that direction (keep the politics outta my wedding, ya know?).

Katie Ann said...

I love iced-coffee coffee cubes to keep my coffee well composed! :) This weekend will include my bachelorette party, and then a wedding shower the next day. And of course, a cup or two of iced coffee on both those days!

Enjoy your weekend!
Katie

RS said...

I love you blog Jo !

From Paris, w/ love

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Anonymous said...

Hello! I have a reader request, pretty please, could you do a post on what to do in Michigan??! I will be visiting for the first time and would love some ideas! Merci beaucoup, love your blog, as always xx

Heidi said...

I loved the work/life balance series. I just started working again and now my husband cares for our two children. I've been offering him loads of tips from your blog as well as taking advice for myself. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I adore Paris! Great round-up. Also, I really enjoyed your work/balance series.

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Anonymous said...

i love the tip about putting a dryer sheet in your pocket to keep mosquitos away. I will try that when I go camping in August. It is 102 here in MI, so hope you are keeping cool.

Sarah said...

Joanna! I love the coffee idea & a few years ago I found these: http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Friends-Cool-Beans-Cube/dp/B003AQB2XA

They are shaped like coffee beans and they are super cute in glasses!

Reem | SImply Reem said...

Beautiful Series!!
We all need to create a balance between work n personal life...
I am loving and getting inspire by ur series!!

Rita said...

thanks for the balance series... great perspective!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so much for these lovely comments! kelsie you are so sweet:) we're in traverse city and going to ann arbor quickly tomorrow before flying home. i love michigan.

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, i'd love to do a post about michigan! it's a HUGE state, so i don't know all the things to do in all areas, but i can say that ann arbor is awesome since it's a fun college town, and traverse city and mackinac island are so beautiful for swimming in the lakes, etc.....but mostly we hang in the suburbs with my parents! :)

Tisha Green said...

Nice links! I love the NY Times showcasing different dog houses! Those actually are nicer than MY house! Have a wonderful weekend =)

Jessica Hsü said...

I'm definitely going to try a few of the 17 genius tips, especially shaving with hair conditioner!

I've also gotten a few of the Tattly tattoos, and they are amazing. They look so real and last a long time. I always get complimented whenever I have one on!

Lauren said...

We just came back from Chicago and the food was delicious!! The people in Chicago are truly so much friendlier than New Yorkers too! We stayed at Longman and Eagle which was so cute and you have to try their restaurant.

Loved the mini series even though I'm not a mother and don't have plans to be anytime soon. It's great though because I still find it a challenge balancing living and work life in NYC with a longterm boyfriend and doggy!

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Some fun things to do in MI along with going to Traverse City and Mackinac Island is to go to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Ludington (near Traverse City), go canoeing, and go berry/apple/cherry picking depending on the season, visit the DIA in Detroit, go to Grosse Pointe to the Ford House or to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, and visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Have fun!

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

It really was refreshing to see that those so called "glamorous" jobs that those women hold, that they still experience the same difficult ups and downs of everyday life with their kids! Wonderful series, truly wonderful!

Christina said...

I always love your blog, Joanna. I like the variety of topics and the realness and openness that your blog fosters. I recently read somewhere that you moved to New York after college and I would love to hear the full story as I recently graduated and am thinking about moving to New York.

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Elaine said...

I very much enjoyed this series, as well as the last. So, thank you! I truly hope you continue these interviews--I'd love to hear from even more women!

One thing that really stood out to me was that most of these women seem not to have time for themselves. And, they seem okay with that! (Or at least resigned to the fact that having no personal time is just the way it is.) Personally, I need a lot of time to myself. Perhaps that will change if/when I become a mom, but I have to wonder how these women keep their personal tanks full, so to speak, if they rarely have a moment to themselves.

I'd love to hear from you on this, Joanna, as well as from other readers and past or future interviewees.

Eliza Jane said...

These are some of your best links yet, I think! The paris photos made me swoon and I'm so sad my favourite one is sold out in the 8x10. I used to live in Paris. Also, I don't think I could love that Wes Anderson commercial more if I tried!!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm the 'anonymous' who requested the Michigan post ealier^

Anything you can post on Ann Arbor would be great actually, as that is specifically where I'm headed!! Just tips on what to do and where to eat, good cafes, etc...anything you could come up with would be fantastic!

Thanks again for a great blog, never miss a post :)

Amanda said...

You did a masterful job on this series, because even though I found myself longing for their wardrobes or gorgeous homes, I felt a kinship.

The inherent push and pull of being a mom and working (or not) is something we forget that we share. There are many times in the day I find myself holding my breath or clenching my teeth, each post from your series found me loosening my knots.

To moms the world over.

Quiana said...

A friend of mine only registered using the Obama election link last time he ran. I was a bit surprised but that's what she wanted and he won. If that's someone's choice then so be it!

marisa125 said...

Just got around to this post and thanks for the referral to the New Yorker article/video on Ben Stiller's two faces.

Amielle said...

Those nautical tattoos are beautiful. I've always wanted one of an anchor. And bookmarking those 10 things to remember writing and the 17 tips. I love things like that and you always have some of the best links.

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