The Citizenry Giveaway

Are you planning any refreshes to your home for spring? Changing up throw pillows, swapping in a fresh rug or upgrading bath towels can have such a big impact, with much less effort than painting or rearranging furniture.… Read more

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My Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

My Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Dani Aceino lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jimmy, and their three boys, all under the age of five. Dani’s outlook on beauty has changed since becoming a mom — both practically and emotionally.… Read more

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What Love Means

What Love Means

Yesterday, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal — who wrote the viral New York Times essay You May Want to Marry My Husband — died from ovarian cancer.… Read more

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8 Common Salad Mistakes

8 Common Salad Mistakes

When we asked readers what lunches they pack for work, an overwhelming majority shared the same answer: salads. Reader Abby noted, “I bring salad every day.… Read more

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Five Fun Things

Strong Is the New Pretty

Strong Is the New Pretty, a new photography book that shows what it feels like to be a girl.

Who What Wear plus-size dress at Target

Target has great pieces in their Who What Wear collection.… Read more

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“I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair”

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

Have you ever gotten a dramatic haircut? Today, we’re introducing our “Tried” series. The Cup of Jo staff and friends will be dipping their toes in uncharted waters, testing out curious beauty procedures, making lifestyle changes, switching up work habits and more.… Read more

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Finding My Best Self

As a young family, we spent a good part of our formative parenting years living in New York City. I think about our experiences there and refer to them often because of how much we learned through the different perspectives we were given every day....

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The Clean Team

There are certain things in my life and daily routines that I am pretty good at. I love cooking, baking and preparing meals for my family. I even somewhat enjoy doing dishes and washing clothes, so long as I don’t have to put any of...

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A New Solution

Earlier this year, long before I became pregnant with our fifth child, I finally found an exercise routine that I was not only able to commit to but also excited about the process. For weeks I played with different times and days that I would...

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Sweet, Savvy and Supersized (Plus an Awesome Giveaway!)

It probably sounds silly, but living in New York City taught me how to shop efficiently online. I bought everything from diapers and groceries to setting up and dealing with laundry on the internet. New York City is a great place for shopping for fun...

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An Extraordinary Experience on the Islands

The islands of Hawaii are deeply rooted in our story as a family, starting with my marriage. As a child I was fortunate enough to visit one time, and not again until I met my husband. Justin spent his undergraduate years on Oahu while attending...

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Sending Love, Personally

As a child, I didn’t spend a lot of time around my immediate family. We lived across the country from my dad, my aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. I developed a fondness as well as a skill of keeping pen-pals with my best friends from...

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Important Conversations

Parenting isn’t one of those things that I went into fully prepared for. I hadn’t really thought about what kind of disciplinarian I’d be as a mother, or how often I’d allow sweets in their diet, or how often screen time would be acceptable. I...

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Staying Close Through the Holidays

Every year I say I will manage my time better during the holidays. I promise myself I’ll get my shopping done early, my holiday cards in the mail, and everything wrapped and ready for Christmas morning. Needless to say, every year I leave large gaping...

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Celebrating with our Furry Love

It sounds silly and obvious I’m sure, but when we adopted Theo at 7 weeks old, I had no idea that bringing home a puppy would be so much like bringing another child into the family. He was so young and likely fairly traumatized from...

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Decked Out for Christmas

Every year, Christmas has slowly gone from being my least favorite to my most favorite holiday. The uptick began when Jack celebrated his first Christmas at 11 months old. We were living in a tiny apartment while Justin was working full time and completing his...

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Helpers, Big and Small

The pathway through the holidays isn’t always the smoothest journey for our family. For years when we lived in New York City-truly where we spent the majority of our time raising our growing brood-we’d either have visiting family members or we’d spend the holiday by...

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Eight Years & Well Rounded

“That attitude and confidence will suit her well when she’s grown,” a stranger called out to me as I struggled with Zoe. Our oldest daughter Zoe has forever been known as our strong-willed, confident and entirely loving child. She learned early on how to express...

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Fun For All with Kids and Crafts

We’re big communicators in our family – it’s the one thing I try to be the very best at with my kids. Each child is so different that this has been a real challenge in some ways, as well as a learning experience that changes...

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Big and Little Journeys for All

I don’t consider myself an expert on much. I’ve done a lot of things for many years, from studying to actual real-life experiences and working in the field, but it would take a lot for me to appropriate that term to myself in any way....

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Into Her Own

Yesterday while making breakfast, Evvie bounced into the kitchen singing and swinging her baby around like she usually does.  She has quite the spirit, one that I can’t say is completely unique to her (as she often reminds us of Beau), but certainly a special...

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Sisters With Style and Grace

We’re back in school now, and the weather is starting to be a little fickle. Fall is officially here now, and despite the random 100 degree days, there is a crispness in the air that visits us at night and in the mornings. We’re wearing...

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Baking With My Baby

Earlier this year we enrolled Evvie into a preschool program a couple of days a week for two year olds, just like we did with Jack, Zoe and Beau. It was a good time to start socializing, but mostly it was intended as an independent...

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Adventure Awaits

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our lifestyle and how much time we spend outdoors. How different it would be if we still lived in an apartment in New York City, and how grateful I am for those years as difficult as they were...

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Enjoying the Best Parts of Fall

October is a bit of a funny month for us Californians. The seasons have already technically changed from Summer to fall, the Halloween candy has hit the shelves of most stores and the flavors of pumpkin and nutmeg have infiltrated nearly everything we normally like...

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Enjoying the In-Between Time

We live a very busy, full life. We could not be happier. The reality that my children live as equal parts of of a big family, is that being one of four children means there are unique compromises within most situations and they often have...

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She Can Do Anything

The first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter was not unsurprising: I shopped. I didn’t really know what our lives would look like raising a son and a daughter 19 months apart in age, but I was...

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A Brand New Me

Throughout my adulthood, self-care has taken on new meanings, depending on my phase of life. In college I spent a lot of time in the gym, but it wasn’t for my mental health, it was mostly geared toward my physique and physical well being. It...

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Motherhood, The Every Day Triathalon

The other day I managed to do that one thing that I promised myself I’d never, ever do. For eight years I’ve been taking my kids to some type of school program, from integrated twos to full blown 4th grade, elementary school. We’ve gone to...

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Growing With Them

When I was pregnant with my first child, so many people made comments to me about how much my life would change and how hard it would be to raise a baby. Then, 10 months later we were expecting our second child and the comments...

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