Friday Roundup

After a long hiatus we are back at the blog! It's been a busy but fun summer for me -- having a newborn and a toddler is no joke but we've been making some great summer memories along the way too. I'll be sure to catch everyone up next week with some photos of what we've been up to. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

This weekend I'm co-hosting a baby shower for a friend and trying to get some much needed sleep. What are you up to?

Here are some links from around the web to get us started:

This is maybe the most romantic meet-cute ever.

Loving the "READ WATCH BINGE" installment on NPR this summer! Brilliant idea.

Need a vacay? 35 awesome (affordable) AirBnB's.

Fascinating tales from a certain ghost writer.

This movie teaser is intriguing. And yes, that is Gosling's voice.

Prince George is as cute as ever. That dog tho.

Definitely need to book a night in this Seattle hotel for a special occasion this year.

Love these essential oil combos. 

These look sooo delicious.


It's been a busy summer! But Jason and I paused the non-stop working on projects for a day to celebrate our TENTH wedding anniversary on the 15th. That's right, TEN. 10. How did we get here?

We talked about doing something big, going somewhere, etc. etc. and in the end, I told Jason I wanted to eat cheeseburgers and ice cream in bed, but also have some fun photos so we look like people who do more with their spare time than eat cheeseburgers and watch The Office while laying in bed with cats. 

Our wonderful friends Johnny and Julia of Mazagran Photography hung out with us for a few hours and snapped a few pictures of us around our neighborhood. 

And of course, because it's us, we did cool things like this...

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend! This is the first 4th in YEARS that I haven't been at a wedding! Our plans are pretty low key and my main goals for the weekend include getting out of the city and reading in the sun as much as possible.

Happy Canada Day today to my friends from the north! Lets all celebrate with this list of all the reasons Justin Trudeau is awesome. 

These fake animal facts are just the best. 

Why you should hire a professional organizer. (I really need to do this!)

Donkey milk masks and other cult favorite Korean beauty products to try...

Make ahead salads for a week of lunches, for people like me who need to stop eating at the taco truck every day...

I'm currently listening to "The Most Beautiful Song in the World" playlist on Spotify.

Yoga Nidra, something I need more of in my life.

Wine & Popcorn

Summer Reading: Short Stories

My favorite summer pastime is laying on a beach/dock/boat/hammock and reading a good book for an afternoon. That's pretty much my goal for this upcoming weekend. Lately I've been into short stories, Alice Munro in particular.

A really good short story will fully captivate you, immediately suck you into the moment. Sometimes it takes a chapter (or seven) to fully get into a novel. Short stories don't have the luxury of extra pages, they either grab you right away, or they don't.

Here's a list of some of my favorite compilations...I'm including Amazon links so you can read descriptions and reviews and of course purchase online if that's your thing, but since these are all older, I bet you could easily pick these up at a used bookstore.

JD Salinger's Nine Stories and well, all of the rest of his short stories. My favorite from the collection is "For Esme -With Love and Squalor". Wes Anderson credits the Glass family, which appear in many of Salinger's stories, as part of the inspiration for The Royal Tenenbaums

Alice Munro's Dear Life I can't quite explain why I like Alice Munro as much as I do, it's like she writes what you know people are really thinking, the things that they're afraid to admit even to themselves and her characters are so very real in that way.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Basil and Josephine Stories These were quite possibly the first short stories I ever read. WAY back in middle school. The 1920's have always fascinated me. This collection is also great in that it follows two characters as they grow up, so it also reads a bit like a novel.

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies Lahiri is also one of Mindy Kaling's favorite authors and the namesake for Mindy Lahiri, on the Mindy Project, so you know she has to be good!

Also, you can give some stories a try w/o committing to a full book of them. Here are a few available for free from The New Yorker...perfect if you find yourself with your iPhone and a little free time.

Alice Munro's "Admudsen"

Zadie Smith's "The Embassy of Cambodia"

Haruki Murakami's "Town of Cats"

Lorrie Moore "Referential"

Just a fun wedding idea...

Because it isn't true until you declare it on a napkin! I thought these were a cheeky twist on the traditional monogramed napkins. Perfect to personalize cocktail hour. 

Watch This: Twinsters

I'm a little behind on this one, it's been out for awhile, but incase you missed it like I did, check out Twinsters! 

It's the real life, separated at birth story of two girls, adopted from Korea. One grew up in the US, the other in France. They would have lived their entire lives without knowing of the other one's existence except for a chance YouTube viewing. Crazy.

Twinsters is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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Happy Pride Weekend! For so many reasons, it's been a weird, tough few weeks, I feel like both the news and things I'm hearing from friends are all sad. Today and everyday when Teresa and I blog our goal is to share the things that bring us joy, but sometimes, you can't ignore the rest of what's going on. Sending love to you all.

If you're in Seattle, here's a list of Pride events happening around the city. 

I've been meaning to watch this forever and my sister just told me it's on Netflix and really good! Yay!

Book recommendations from Mindy Kaling's Instagram.

Ellen on voicing Dory

Creative way to get a baby tooth out.

Drugstore beauty finds that celebrities swear by.

If camping always looked like this, I'd totally be into it.

I really respect Aziz Ansari for sharing a bit of his own story in the NY Times this week.

Cute animals of Instagram

Image above from "22 Photos of the World Standing With the LGBT Community in the Wake of Orlando"