So. America. I’ve written about how traveling outside the country as an adult gave me a new perspective on our very insular kind of huge nation. And it’s always during the Olympics (which I really enjoy) that I find this the most painful. This week has been a lot of watching the Olympics and CRINGING at the NBC narration. Sample, “Team USA, who are here to play their starring role.” Oooofff.
Meanwhile! In APW land! We’re super happy to introduce our newly revamped free wedding planning spreadsheets, in partnership with Glö. If you’re starting to gird your loins for the heavy-lifting part of wedding planning, that’s the page you need to bookmark.
Plus! Maddie had real live happy hour with the ladies of Monogamy Wine last week. She’s adorable, no? Have we mentioned we love those ladies? LOVE THEM. Happy wedding drinking!
And with that, happy long weekend. In a rare treat, we have family in town, which means happy baby + free babysitting. I wish you a similarly joyous long weekend, and we’ll see you back here Tuesday. It’s your Friday open thread, so hop on it!
P.S. Happy Valentine’s day! We’re not doing much over here other than date night tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to future (pre-school) years covered in glue and glitter. What are y’all up to?
Highlights of APW This Week
Another one of a many reasons why weddings are important, or worth having, plus an economic perspective not heard enough.
What a phone full of usies said about this relationship.
Rachel’s countdown to the wedding. SHE’S GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW YOU GUYS.
The groom wrote “Mario Kart Love Song” and the couple did their secret handshake as a part of their vows.
Ten tips for choosing a wedding photographer, from Meg.
Because we live in a culture of idealized beauty, and being outside the norm can be painful: wedding dress shopping as a stick figure.
We go on the record about beauty taboos.
Year one of motherhood, the post that took me three months to edit.
Rounding out our non-floral centerpieces with a glitter explosion.
What’s Lauren Conrad’s favorite position? (Start at 6:16. It’s my favorite thing this week.)
LeanIn.org and Getty Images are aiming to change the way women (and work, and motherhood) are portrayed in stock photos.
Celebrities reading mean Tweets about themselves. (Do I want to do this? Yess.)
Whitney Way Thore’s videos are catching the cyber world’s attention as she practices “aggressive self-love.”
#SochiProblems is more embarrassing for the U.S. than it is for Russia.
Activist pick up lines. Favorite: “Roses are red. Violets are Blue. Smashing the patriarchy makes me super attracted to you.”
Thumbnail image by Eyes and Hart for APW, from real life happy hour with Monogamy Wine
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