This & That: No. 170

Aug 07, 2015

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~The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey

A book that is wisely being released just as the new school year is about to begin. Receiving high acclaim, teacher and writer Jessica Lahey focuses on the need for children to fail and struggle so that their confidence can soar and their education can be as rich as possible. Certainly an intriguing focus.


~Barefoot Contessa in LA

Ina Garten finally returns to Food Network with a new hour long episode taking viewers with her to Los Angeles. Stopping to cook with Wolfgang Puck, Jennifer Garner, The Wilson Sisters, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, set your DVRs for Saturday (August 8th) at 11 am (EST).

~Valerie’s Home Cooking

Valerie Bertinelli’s talents do not stop at acting. She now has her own cooking show on Food Network kicking off this Saturday. Valerie’s Home Cooking kicks off with her co-stars from Hot in Cleveland: Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick where the food is just as delicious, it appears as the conversation. Tune in at Noon (EST) August 8th.


Jimmy’s Hall

Based on a true story, set in 1930s Ireland, Jimmy Gralton’s Hall was built in 1921 to offer locals a place to dream, dance and learn. Eventually, it was forced to close by local politicians and the religious faction, but when Jimmy returns ten years later, he decides to reopen his beloved haunt and come what may. Does this remind anyone else of Footloose? It was released in the UK last year and more recently (early July 2015) in the states at certain small theaters. Look for it in your local listings or have patience, and look for it on Netflix soon.

~Ricki and the Flash

Meryl Streep truly is a chameleon, no? Starring along side her daughter (Mamie Gummer) and Kevin Kline (who plays the role of her character’s ex-husband), Ricki Rendazzo (Streep) returns to Indiana after a long absence having chased her dream of rock and roll stardom. With her daughter’s marriage on the rocks and her son embarrassed to have his mom at his upcoming wedding, Ricki has the opportunity to mend fences and perhaps provide finally give her children the chance to know who she really is. Released today in theaters, go and enjoy.


~Clare V Sale (30%)

One of my favorite classic clutches was purchased at Clare V. It is an oversized leopard clutch and is of wonderful, lasting quality. The good news is that Clare V’s entire Spring Collection is reduced 30% off the already reduced prices. Simply use promo code SPRING30 to receive the additional discount at checkout.

~Petit Bateau stripe cotton dress

One of the shops I enjoyed stepping into during my last visit to Paris was Petit Bateau. I stocked up on stripe tees and sweatshirts. Top quality cotton, you will not be disappointed with the finish as they are classic cuts and superb craftsmanship. Reduced at The Outnet, this navy stripe cotton dress is now less than $110, and be sure to peruse the rest of the collection on the site as there is a maxi dress and other tops as well you might like. (Please note, that I usually buy one size larger than my typical US size as Petit Bateau runs small.)

peachrecipe ~recipe for Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches~

A weekend to chill, relax and go absolutely nowhere is what I have in store and cannot wait to enjoy. With all of the chores done and responsibilities at a minimum, I must admit, I’m looking forward to reading, napping and doing whatever else tickles my fancy.

Perhaps tinkering in the kitchen with new recipes that have caught my eye, taking an extra long hike or well, I just don’t know and I love that. What will you be up to this weekend? Can you believe we’re beginning the second week of August? The weather is slowly receding from the excruciating high temps, and the days are simply lovely here in Bend. I hope they are as well where you are. Whatever your weekend plans, have a wonderful time, and below are a few articles and a video you might enjoy. Until tomorrow morning with the Au Courant Weekly, bon weekend!

~A few worthwhile reminders . .. . 6 Steps for Living Intentionally Each Day

~What we eat and the effects on my mind, a powerful TEDtalk here.

~The New York Times is talking money, Secure Your Future with Money You Didn’t Even Know You Had

~And in more money topics, 10 Money Mistakes Successful People Don’t Make

~Sheryl Sandberg has 7 Powerful Books She Wants All Women to Read



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