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Friday, August 30, 2013

Have a delicious weekend.

What are your plans for this weekend? My mom has been here for almost three weeks, and she's leaving this Sunday. We're so sad for her to go back to Michigan! I wish we lived closer. Anyway, hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Am I too old to read this book?

Tomato sandwiches.

26 ingenious ideas for your home.

Commission your own painting.

What a cool apartment.

21 reasons to love IKEA.

The six years when parents are happiest.

The power of doing something meaningless.

A new airline class for the child-intolerant.

Wow, Europe and Russia aren't kidding around.

What a beautiful locket.

This woman lives in a garden.

A game about real life.

Haha, these are so weird!!!

Let kids help.

(Photo by Alexandra's Kitchen. American Dreamers link via Swissmiss)

64 comments:

Hanna Lee said...

Oh u're never too old to read any of Roald Dahl's books! The woman who lives in her garden made me feel so refreshed & inspired :) Those Ryan Gosling earrings ARE weird but funny... the things that people come up with haha. Have a splendid long weekend!
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thekittchen.com said...

You are NEVER too old for Roald Dahl. You should read them ALL. My parents read many of Dahl's books to us when we were kids: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda.... I have the best memories of my parents reading these to us. My dad even did fun voices. Wait until your boys are about 6-8 and start reading them.

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Robyn said...

I love Roald Dahl!

tk said...

I am reading The Witches to my kids (6,8,and even the 12 yr old is listening in.) The BFG is next on our list!

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

Who's too old to read Roald Dahl?

Grace Beekman said...

Oh my that new video game looks fascinating! SO glad it's not filled with violence and guts and everything else that's out there. And that list about Ikea! Ikea is only safe on the weekdays. I could never shop there on the weekends! :)

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Aya said...

Re: BFG
NEVER!! That makes me want to re-read it.

Samantha Scarlett Phoenix said...

Nope you are not old to read that book, or any book at all! Just read read read whatever you want! :)

..and wow!!! I would love to have a vacation at her Garden home. Seems so peaceful and relaxing.

..and dang, the Ryan Gosling fandom has gone to the extremes. I wouldn't wear it.. would you?

And that picture just makes me so hungry! Anyway, since you asked, I am not really doing anything in the weekend, I'm just mostly likely going to go back-to-school-shopping but for school supplies only! I am really dragging the fact that my summer vacation is coming to an end! Sigh! Anyway, enjoy your weekend! Spend the most time that you can with your mom, I love my mom too and I know how that would feel to be living away from your mom.. so do as much as you can or just spend some time at home, that one would always be so ideal! Stay safe Jo and family!

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mba said...

I feel for you you! I cried for days when my mom left after staying with us for a month after my daughter was born.
We eventually moved closer and I am so grateful everyday to have her near, helping us raise our girl.
I'd always been close with my mom but never realized how much I needed her until I had a child of my own.
Skype helps!

Shannon Buell said...

No such thing as too old. Try reading My Uncle Oswald, as you are just old enough ;)
http://www.amazon.com/My-Uncle-Oswald-Roald-Dahl/dp/0140055770/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377886757&sr=1-1&keywords=my+uncle+oswald

Melanie Price said...

OK, that Airstream is amazing!! And no, you are not too old to read that book.

Have a lovely weekend!

Melanie Morales said...

Those tomato sandwiches look fantastic! I absolutely love food!
And of course, we can never go wrong with ikea because I love decor and crafting!

Cheers!
Melanie

www.toloveandinspire.com

Christi said...

We have ALL the Dahl books, our middle child (8) introduced us to them as he has that type of humor, he has read them all and we have followed along! So fun! When my middle and youngest are fighting I call them the Twits, and there is even a fun cookbook!

All ages have there fun..I feel as happy now as when I just had one and he was 1! They are 11, 8 , and 6 and I have had fun for the last 11 years! and I am not a sentimental my children are precious type mom, ..we have lived on 5 continents since having babies and been busy but really - each age has there fun!

Valerie said...

Mmm, that red in the tomato looks unreal!

The weekend will be spent being lazy and not working for once. Can't wait. Hope you have a lovely weekend, too!

Lily on Fillmore

Chelsea Elizabeth said...

Have a wonderful weekend! And no! You're never too old for those!

Stephanie McDonnell said...

My honey's favorite sandwich is a cucumber sandwich. I have never eaten it.

XO,
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Champagne Sunday said...

You should try pickle and mayo sandwiches - my fav.

Cheers! from,
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cjg said...

Interesting...my kids are 10-14 and I would say I am happiest now. Though that may be to do with my second marriage, ha!
I also loved the baby and toddler years wildly. That was a truly magical time, as a mother.

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Jennifer said...

No one is too old for the BFG! I re-read a bunch of Dahl books recently and enjoyed them just as much as I did as a child (although at a much faster pace - I'm always surprised at how short most childrens' lit is! I think I must have been a very slow reader back in the day).

Sarah Spitz said...

Is it just me or does this beautiful photo not only look yummy but also somehow sensual?

Falling for a slice of tomato...

Greetings from Germany,
B

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Giulia said...

i've been incredibly busy this week so i just read all the posts in one sitting. joanna, you are amazing! i adore this blog:) every single one of these posts was beautiful and funny and thoughtful:)

jennifer schmittlin said...

That picture made me want tomatoes! Unfortunately they're not so sweet and ripe in London right now :(

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Emily said...

Oh my goodness that tomato looks fabulous!!!! Perfect.



Emily
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Tonya Rose said...

You are never too old to read Dahl! I recommend reading all of them, and then passing them down to your kids. :D

Tonya

Eliza Jane said...

I love the ingenious things for your home link - thank you! My partner and I are moving into a new (smaller) apartment, in a completely different neighbourhood. It's good to get some inspiration.

Georgia Christakis said...

AHA! I always suspected that the Brits drank more than we did!

girlseeksplace said...

You're never too old for Roald Dahl. Plus, I bet Toby would love it.

Jennifer Bridges said...

I look forward to your weekend posts every Friday!! Thank you so much for this fun compilation of sites to browse. Always inspirational if not in practicality than in spirit.

Shannon S said...

I just recently reread The BFG (i'm 27) and It was so much fun, and a totally different experience from when I was young. I highly recommend it!!!

Karin said...

Joanna! The BFG is our absolute favourite. I read it to my daughter when she was in preschool and then she re-read it independently in grade 3. We're always using "BFG-isms" around the house. ("scrumdiddlyumptious!") She's in Grade 6 now and says BFG is her all time fave.

Ingrid said...

I'm 66 and The BFG gets better with age!! Much of the humor is lost on the younger readers!

LeeLee said...

Great links. Have a fun weekend.

Jen Kluftinger said...

Mmm the picture drew me here. Love me some tomato sandwiches! Also, that woman who lives in the garden looks like the happiest woman around. Jealous!

Jen
www.drawingsunderthetable.blogspot.ca

Mani said...

Oh wow, those tomato sandwiches look amazing! And no, you're never too old for Roald Dahl :)

Myrt said...

If you are going to read Roald Dahl, don't leave out the Twits! I think one of the greats perks of having young kids is that you get to read them all your favorite childhood books!

Katie said...

You are never too old to read The BFG! :)

alex said...

Definitely not too old for The BFG...but if you're in the mood for some children's lit, consider the fantastic Harriet the Spy, who loves tomato sandwiches too and has cake and milk when she gets home from school every day.

Laura D said...

The Ryan Gosling earrings are so, so disturbing. And yet funny

http://greenmountainglobetrotter.blogspot.com/

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Gina said...

The kid-free airline class is a great idea. I'm not grumpy like the gal in the article, but no, I'm not interested in listening to kids cry (or kick the back of my seat) while flying. The same way that other people aren't interested in me bringing my small dog (which doesn't make noise) into coffee shops, I guess.

Michelle Lee said...

happy weekend :)

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Valentina Duracinsky said...

How lovely! and no, not too old! x

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Michelle Panting said...

I want to live in that woman's garden. It looks so beautiful. The Novelist game looks super interesting!

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Trina said...

I can usually tune out a wailing baby better than an overly chatty seatmate!

Rebecca said...

Hi Joanna,

I just posted about a new furniture store in Michigan... West Bloomfield. Is that near where your Mom lives?

Rebecca

Vanessa Morgan said...

It's been a while since I've read Roald Dahl, but I'm currently reading the Chi's Sweet Home series which is also for children :)

Lyra Burch said...
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Lyra Burch said...

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BHIMA S.T. said...

Good one

Christine said...

If only my 16 month old would sit still long enough I'd read her Roald Dahl just so I can read them again myself. Is there a board book version I wonder?

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend.

Christine
http://pinwheelsandstories.com

London Notebook said...

I've been reading your blog for the last few months and I so enjoy it! Just thought I'd touch in and say hello. I don't think I'll ever grow out of the slightly wobbly feeling I get when I say goodbye to my Mum....

Katherine

ps. I love tomato sandwiches!

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megan grimes said...

You are absolutely NOT too old to read the BFG. It's so so so SO wonderful!

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Joanna Goddard said...

Sorry for the disappearance of the Italy motherhood post! There were a few negative comments that really upset the mother we had interviewed, so I removed the post out of respect for her. But we'll do another Italy post down the road! Thank you for understanding. Joannaxo

Joanna Goddard said...

(PS Of course, debate and constructive criticism is welcome. But since it was someone else who had been interviewed, I wanted to be very respectful of her and her wishes, of course! One of those tricky blog decisions, and I felt this was the right one. Thanks again.)

the kimber said...

Aww, that's too bad. I had a chance to read the post before you took it down and thought it was just as insightful as the others. I enjoyed it a lot and the photos were beautiful!

Peggy said...

I really enjoyed the Italy post!!.....having lived in Spain for five years my experiences were very similar to what the mother you interviewed stated......also, I noticed the "one" complaining said that it is not true that Italian women make three meals every evening.....well, the mother interviewed said "three courses" not three meals!!!......as I read her nasty comments all I could think of is that she needs to learn more English!!!......I also understand your removing the post to be respectful of the woman you interviewed.

JoLee said...

You are never too old to read Children's Literature. I love the BFG. My husband and I read it together when we were engaged.

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