Weekend Plans (& Friday Links)

We’d made plans to do a house swap—our cabin for a weekend in San Francisco—but alas, we’ve decided to stay put: our driveway concrete is being poured, and after a rough go on our bathroom remodel, we thought it wise to stick around.

Still, this change of season always gets me excited about making travel plans. Next weekend, we are going to try camping in Big Sur for the first time! I pulled out this guide to camp cooking and I’m using the Camp book from Sunset Magazine to help me with checklists. In terms of clothes, I was looking back at this “Packing List for Yosemite Valley” post—most of this is still my default weekend-in-the-woods wear. Actually, it’s probably for the best that we stay put this weekend—there’s a lot to figure out!

Have you been camping in Big Sur with kids? We haven’t been since the Highway reopened. Any tips?

In the meantime, some links of note… 

This. Is. Amazing. (Braces straightening teeth.)

We made these in third grade! A fall-leaf project to do with kids. 

A bonding trip to NYC with a 12-year-old.

Being a teenager on Instagram is scary.

Cute gimmick, but I’ve heard it’s actually great—along with the other items from the K Beauty brand. On my test-list for my next trip to Sephora.

How one family reacting to an amazing, up close look at whales. So funny (and kind of sad).

The alternate-side parking link on Tina’s link list AND the comment about it on her link list are both really interesting to me.

Such a pretty dress. I love the sleeves! (Note: Sounds like it runs a size large.)

Love this encouragement!

12 years of blogging.

Ha! The Shining is our Halloween movie, too! 31 Days of Halloween on Netflix.

Just another reason to love Taylor Swift! (And to stop listening to Kanye.)

Wedding Dos and Dont’s. And bravo to A Cup of Jo for featuring same-sex couples, too!

What to bring to dinner.

Disney Heiress Abigail Disney talks tax cuts for the 1% on Now This.

This story broke my heart. And it makes me so angry!  (For reference: the Flores Settlement Agreement protects the welfare of migrant children in U.S. government custody; without it, children are at risk for indefinite detention, fewer legal protections, and questionable standards of care and oversight.)

Read it in conjunction with this one: AP Investigation reveals that deported parents may lose kids to adoption.

And finally, “Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040“:

A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”

The report, issued [this week] by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population. 

Are you ready to vote yet?! 

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