Baltimore teen wins Top Chef Junior, therapy dogs are headed to court (for good reason!), Milo Ventimiglia reads sad tweets (and makes everyone feel better about the most recent This Is Us episodes), and more. Check out this week’s round up of news and fun links, curated with Baltimore moms in mind.

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In Case You Missed It: February 9

Valentine’s Day is next week — have the urge to bake your loved ones something special? Turns out there’s a reason for that! Baking is about more than creating something sweet to eat — especially when it’s done for others. Check out the psychological benefits. (Including busting stress and increasing happiness!)

Speaking of kindness, have you heard about the Have a Nice Day Project? They host social events where attendees write positive messages on blank coffee cup sleeves. Then they donate them to locally owned cafes around Baltimore. (Yes! Kids can get in on these events!)

The Food Market is now serving funnel cakes. So yes, #FunnelCakeFriday needs to be a thing.

There have been a lot of articles lately about how to talk to your children about sexual harassment. Deborah Roffman, human sexuality educator at The Park School, shares her advice with the National Association of Independent Schools. How does it start? “I don’t know what the world record is, but I’m pretty sure I’m close: My first experience with sexual harassment occurred within the first 10 minutes on my first shift at my very first job.” 

Can’t wait to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremonies? Check out the New York Times images. (Spoiler alert: The US Team walks out to the song “Gangnam Style” by the South Korean musician Psy.

If you’re still having trouble processing last weekend’s This Is Us episode, check out Elle’s video of Milo Ventimiglia reading sad tweets about Jack’s death. He also apparently admits that he enjoys a good crockpot — but maybe stay away from slow cookers from the past with faulty switches on fictional tv shows.

Therapy dogs are now going to court. Six goldendoodles, two labradoodles, two French bulldogs, a golden retriever and a massive 115-pound boerboel took an oath (or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say their handlers took an oath) at the Circuit Court in Annapolis on Thursday to faithfully serve and comfort children testifying in court, according to The Baltimore Sun.  The Courthouse Dog and Child Witness Pilot Program will be part of Anne Arundel and Harford counties. 

Want some serious closet envy? Check out this Guilford dressing room featured in Baltimore Style.

Last but not least, a huge congrats to Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School eighth grader Owen Pereira, winner of Top Chef Junior! Pereira won over the chef judges with turnip soup and parmesan croquette, a duo of pork, and a braised short rib with a caramelized onion puree, pickled onions, mustard seed, and chanterelles. 


Header image from Have a Nice Day event. Photo by John Waire.