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Links for Your Weekend: Hometown Edition

Kansas City Country Club Plaza

Several times when our kids were little, Tom and I celebrated our anniversary by lining up my parents to watch the kids, booking a hotel room, and treating ourselves to an anniversary staycation of shopping, movies, and dinners out. I can’t say for sure how many times we did it, maybe it was only once or twice, but the memories still stand out all these years later.

We recreated the staycation tradition a few years back, and then again last year for our 28th anniversary. More good times. More good memories. Even though we’re no longer young parents in need of a break, being at play in our hometown evokes the same feelings.

It may be those good staycation memories that caused me to take notice of  The World Outside Your Window at the HOLSTEE Mindful Matter blog. This quote particularly struck me:

If we applied the same measure of curiosity towards where we live as the places we tear out of magazines, dream about, book time off work and travel to, I wonder how much more we’d enjoy our everyday lives.

Such an interesting thought, don’t you think?

Tomorrow is our 29th anniversary, and we’re skipping the hotel this year, but we do plan to visit City Market in the morning and have dinner at Lidia’s tomorrow night. More of a stayday than a staycation but I’ve been looking forward to it all week.

Here are some other things I bookmarked to share with you:

  • Remember author Jane Green’s Creeky Cottage from last week’s links? New England Home magazine has this feature on her previous home. That dining room!
  • I’d like to have a seafood boil like this one before the summer’s out.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the book giveaway for The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand. The deadline is this Sunday at 11pm Central Time.

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  1. Julie, I hope you have a wonderful anniversary! We have a connection to your lovely city…my uncle was head of public relations for Hallmark Cards for years, and my brother retired from Hallmark a few years ago. I’ve always found KC to be such a pretty place.

    Such fun to see the photos of Jane Green’s home. Yes…that dining room!

    The seafood boil looks great and reminds me of Ina Garten’s Kitchen Clambake. Those lobster sugar cookies are adorable!

    Happy Anniversary! ~Jillian

    1. Thank you, Jillian. You have a wonderful connection to KC. Hallmark is one of our jewels. And, oh Ina. Love her. I’ll have to look up that kitchen clambake.

  2. Happy Anniversary to you!! Here’s to another 29 years!!! Enjoy.

  3. Bobbie Turek says:

    Julie – Aug 1 is your anniversary?! It’s ours too – 34 years! You’re just young things I think we’re headed to Bonefish – $10 off coupon

    1. Happy anniversary to you too, Bobbie! We both have big ones coming up next year.

  4. Happy Anniversary! I like your idea of a staycation…great way to really know your town, or city! 😉

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