Summer’s officially winding down now with Labor Day weekend just around the corner. Were any of you able to do anything fun during that time? No beach time for us this year, and unfortunately the vacation to southern Italy that we were so looking forward too in early September was cancelled.

We did, however, enjoy a few socially distant get togethers with friends and spent some valuable quality time with family.

I’ll be starting a new teaching job next week, and am both excited and nervous about it. Excited to get back to teaching, nervous because of the pandemic. Luckily it’s at a small pre-school and as of now my class is only six children who are mostly in first grade. I’ll be doing virtual learning support in the mornings and fun enrichment activities in the afternoon.

I’m in New Jersey, which currently has among the lowest infection rates of any state, but of course we’ll still be taking all the precautions needed.

Wish me luck!

It might be a while until we have our next real dinner party, but in the meantime, these 13 easy but impressive appetizers are great to make anyway. (via My Domaine)

Back to school plus colder weather equals a craving for some easy and comforting food, and these 12 healthy soup recipes that you can batch cook ahead of time will be there for you when you need them. (via My Domaine)

It’s ok to not be ok, even when there isn’t a pandemic. If you’d like to offer support to friends and loved ones who are struggling, here are 6 things not to say, and what to say instead. (via Well + Good)

As mentioned, no beach time for us this year unfortunately. I think instead I’ll make some of these 15 tropical smoothie recipes and lounge in the backyard for a while during the holiday weekend. (via AllRecipes)

Oatmeal is a breakfast powerhouse – here’s how to get the most out of it in the morning. (via Eating Well)

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You might already be familiar with a few of these, but I guarantee you that this list of 20 spice blends includes a few lovely surprises to take your cooking to the next level. (via Readers Digest)

I want to literally live in this sweater when the weather turns colder. (via Anine Bing)

While it’s not quite a substitute for our canceled trip to southern Italy, this lemony grilled chicken from the region brings the flavors to you. (via Milk Street)

Here are 25 recipes for spaghetti squash if you’re like me and don’t really know what else to do with except for bake it and put red sauce on it. (via Eating Well)

If you’re looking to do something new with your bedroom, these 7 color palette ideas can help provide some decor inspo. (via Hunker)

What are your plans for the weekend? Share below in the comments!