I’ve been writing a weekly round up for years now. The names may change over the years, from Week In Review, to Weekly Recap, to Links I Love, but the sentiment is all the same; sharing the things I’ve recently discovered that have made a positive impact on my life. Could be an enlightening article that made me think, an engaging book that taught me something new, a product that made life easier or a closet staple that made getting dressed in the morning just a little more fun. These are all things that one way or another, have sparked a little joy in my life. I hope you enjoy and find something that may spark a bit of joy as well.

This article, titled, What Your Child To Eat (Almost) Everything? There Is a Way offers the same standard advice often given; feed them a variety of foods from the get-go, don’t order off the kids menu and don’t bring chicken nuggets into the home. While my own personal experience agrees that this is mostly all true, biology does play a bigger role than you’d sometimes imagine, as seen with my middle child, a selective eater who wants to change and eat a wider variety of foods, but just doesn’t have the tongue or stomach for it :-/What a middle aged man’s Summer reading list looks like. Not exactly like mine, but pretty close. Which reminds me to ask, what you are you reading this summer? I would love to know!

“If resolute one-sidedness is a disqualifier for you, you won’t be watching many food documentaries. The genre exists for ax-grinding.” Tamar Haspel is one of my favorite food writers due to her even-handed approach to covering a wide range of food topics, from CAFO’s to GMO’s. In this article she fact-checks the new documentary Eating Animals, based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2010 book. Have you read the book? I did about 5 years ago, and I now plan to watch the documentary to see how much my views have changed, if at all, on the subject.

This author argues that politics is not the sum or a person, or of the whole of society for that matter.  “Just as politics are not the sum of a person, politics is not the whole of society. Almost all meaningful human interactions, relationships, and achievements occur outside of politics — in the market economy and in civil society. Family, friendship, work, religion, charity, community, and culture are where human happiness is forged.” What do you think?

This article, Why Normal Rockwell Matters, is so touching. ““His work has helped define how to convey a message that may not be broadly palatable, or may have something controversial in it, in a way that gets people to look and think—people who may be on the other side of the issue,”

We recently got away for a couple of days to the Santa Ynez Valley, and spent our time eating, napping, hiking and of course drinking wine. I protected my face from the sun with this affordable straw hat that looked perfect with every outfit.

During the Summer months I wear dresses 75% of the time, so I’m always looking to add a couple new ones to my closet each year. I love this red and white striped number

And this midi dress style has become quite trendy, and I love this solid Free People version, as well as this printed, a bit more affordable version from Nordstrom.

And these striped palazzo pants are a definite splurge I’ll keep an eye on until they hit the sale rack.

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