Odds and Ends No. 20

100 rules of dinner

photo credit: Dinner: A Love Story

1. Jenny from Dinner: A Love Story pretty much rocked my ever-loving socks off when I bought her book last year, and she’s done it again with her 100 Rules of Dinner. You guys, if you click one link in the post, let it be this one. BRILLIANT.  (Some of my favorites: #28 – The best way to get the conversation going at the table is by saying “Which kid got in trouble at school today?”, # 30 – The best way to prevent tearing when chopping an onion is to wear contact lenses. (SO TRUE), and #43 – Without some crunch (nuts, celery, snap peas, radishes), salads can only reach half their potential.)

Jenny’s husband Andy contributed 50 of the 100 rules, and I’m pretty sure #54 -” You very rarely feel worse about yourself after cooking dinner,” and #87 – “If you care about what other people thing about you and your parenting abilities, it is important that your kids only ask for their water ‘on the rocks’ at home” are two of the greatest ever.

2. It’s spring, which means HELLO, SPRING CLEANING. (My favorite! No, really. I love it.) BuzzFeed has a great article entitled 52 Totally Feasible Ways To Organize Your Entire Home. Organizational porn, my friends. Organizational porn.

3. Oh! And speaking of organizational porn, let’s veer into actual house cleaning. Have you see this Spring Cleaning in One Day guide?

4. Kristen and I have a few more Mama Said videos up this month. The mom uniform one, the exercise routine one, and the school lunch dread one. (Also, remind me never to film in that spot again – we look like beige cyborgs blending into the background.)

5. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere posted a link to theSkimm this week, and I’ve already become a fan. In their words, “theSkimm is the daily newsletter that simplifies the headlines for the educated professional who knows enough to know she needs more.” It is exactly what I need for staying up-to-date on current events.

6. Wito’s homework assignment this week is to write about his very favorite vacation spot. Now, the boy has been to some fun places – Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, San Francisco, Mammoth, Chicago, and Boston, to name a few – but when I asked him his favorite place, without missing a beat, he said “Oklahoma.” I have to admit I got a little choked up because I know his love of Oklahoma stems from the unconditional love and adoration he receives from all of his family there. That’s why this post hit such a huge chord for me, even down to the title.

Happy Friday, hot mamas and papas. We’re off to Palm Springs for the Easter holiday, and I am really looking forward to working on my (non-existent) tan. While eating Easter candy, of course.

  1. Courtney Reimer

    March 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

    These odds and ends were the best. Love them all!

  2. gorillabuns

    March 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

    The organizational porn really got me jazzed.

  3. Sinem

    March 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Organizational porn a good description