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What are your plans this weekend? The boys and I will be driving to Guilford in Connecticut to visit our friends Rob and Sharon. Catastrophe Jean skirts – a jean skirts fad. Also, we made January, guys !!!! We all congratulate you. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Today’s Big Salad issueMy long-time friend Abbey Nova’s garden makeover (it’s magical), plus her favorite sexy books, her therapist’s best advice, and a marriage-saving bathroom product. You can read it here, if you’d like.

Crispy potatoes and mushrooms, yum.

Omg This bumper sticker.

The TV series Mr. and Ms. Smith — starring Donald Glover and Maya Erskine — comes out today.

Also, the Australian comedy OffspringLooks good. (“LOVED OFFSPRING,” wrote Laura, a Big Salad reader. “Named my daughter Zara, wormed into my brain while watching that show.”)

I channeled the French girls that I saw in Paris.

What it’s like to be a therapist for the ultra-rich. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been, ‘Whoa. You did what? What did you do? And you crashed what kind of Ferrari?’ If I’m ever shocked, I don’t have a very good poker face. In some ways, I’m a reality check for my clients, and I think they like that.” (NYMag)

This subscription is for a prepaid cardIt makes my life so easy. (Plus, a discount!)

Lina, a friend of mine, made brownie shortbreadIt was a wonderful gift for my birthday. (NYTimes link for gift)

What’s your favorite airport amenity? I like Portland, Maine’s rocking chairs, but wow This indoor forest!

Should we bring our children back? The 1970s conversation pit?

What is a Beautiful book cover.

Be like a choir. .

Plus three reader comments…

Says Olivia my #1 parenting goal: “I have two teenagers and one preteen. What I’ve found has a big impact on them is being positive about teens in general. I’ve realized that adolescents are surrounded by negative comments about themselves: ‘Teenagers,’ adults will say, ‘what a nightmare.’ ‘Teenagers are awful.’ ‘You have teenagers in the house? Poor you!’ I’m convinced it makes them start to believe that they are unloveable. So, I make sure to say to them, and around them, whenever I can: ‘I love teenagers, you are all so fascinating and funny, your brains are expanding in all these different directions, you introduce me to new things, you keep my finger on the pulse, you show me all these new shows/songs/vocab, you’ve taught me how to do great eyeliner, I LOVE TEENAGERS.’”

Says Mary my #1 parenting goal: “As a mom of two tweens, I am trying really hard not take anything personally. It helps to vent to my wife and say, ‘Our kid is being a turd right now. A perfectly normal and developmentally appropriate turd.’”

Says Lauren O. on 12 Valentine’s Day gifts: “If you really want to say, ‘My feelings for you will outlast almost everything else on the planet,’ might I suggest naming A cockroach in the Bronx ZooYou’re after someone special? They used to offer this with a roach-shaped fancy chocolate to accompany the certificate, but these days it’s either a plush roach or roach-print socks. I have done this for my husband and he…reacted like most people would, but I still think it’s a good idea.”

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