Pared Down and Powered Up: Preparing for Travel Success with a Big Family

Jack, my oldest who is now 11, has always been a voracious reader. He learned to read and write at an early age, and while he excels at math especially, reading is a fun and safe place for him to go when social and sports...

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A Small Kindness I’ll Never Forget

The Beatles

When I was pregnant with my first child, my doctor discovered a grapefruit-sized cyst in my right ovary…

It was most likely nothing, she said; a benign blob that had probably always been there, possibly blooming after marinating in pregnancy hormones.… Read more

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Delicious Crosshatch Cookies (Without Peanut Butter!)

Crosshatched Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

Is there anything sweeter than a homemade crosshatch cookie (made by flattening dough with the back of a fork)? Today, we continue our month of easy desserts with this sunflower seed butter recipe from the new Sweet Laurel cookbook.… Read more

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Great Spring Sale

Shopbop discount code

Shopbop is offering up to 25% off everything with the code EVENT18. The sale goes from today through Saturday night. Here are a few of our favorite picks…

Floral dress

Floral dress

Classic Sneakers

Classic sneakers

Stripe T-shirt

Green stripe tee

Stripe tee

Navy stripe tee

High-rise jeans

High-rise jeans

Transport Tote

Leather tote

Ruffle dress

Ruffle dress

Rose mules

Rose mules

Whisper tee

Whisper tee

Transport tote

Boho blouse

Whisper tee

Jean shorts

Wrap maxi

Wrap maxi

What are you eyeing this spring?… Read more

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These Maximalist Sisters Live Together in a Color Explosion

Hollister and Porter Hovey's House Tour

After growing up in Kansas City, sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey moved together to a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Thirteen years later, their apartment has become a pink oasis filled with fuzzy rugs and Ikea pieces they swear by.… Read more

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Four Great Things

In cute baby news, Alexi Ashe, Seth Meyers’s wife, gave birth to their second son… IN THE LOBBY OF THEIR NYC BUILDING. By the time the Uber arrived to take the family to the hospital, the newborn was already out.… Read more

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The Game Our Kids Can’t Stop Playing

Vintage Uno

What games do you like for kids? We found this one on a stoop the other day, and the boys have now played it 946,255,308 times.… Read more

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11 Cool Ways to Display Family Photos

11 Cool Ways to Display Family Photos

Where do you hang family photos? At the end of a long day, I love coming home to baby pictures and vacation snapshots. You immediately feel right at home.… Read more

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Have a Great Weekend.

Chocolate Chip Cookies With Sea Salt by Thalia Ho

What are you up to this weekend? Tonight we’re making pizzas at home (the boys requested pineapple!). And, most important, we’re going to the March for Our Lives tomorrow — if you’d like to join, here’s a list of marches around the world.… Read more

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Inspirational Quote Rebuttals

Inspirational Quote Rebuttals

We feature an illustration by the wonderful Mari Andrew every Friday morning. Here’s today’s.

Also, tomorrow (Saturday, March 24th), I’ll be chatting with Mari at Books Are Magic at 7 p.m.… Read more

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A Daily Ritual That Makes You Smarter

A Daily Ritual That Makes You Smarter

It takes less than 30 minutes…

For decades, my mom has gone on a walk every day NO MATTER WHAT. I’ve seen her off during ice storms, thunderstorms and even her own holiday cocktail party.… Read more

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Seven Everyday Clothes I Swear By

Seven Everyday Clothes I Swear By

This year, I’ve found myself reaching for the same few things in my closet over and over. (Do you do the same?) Here are seven things I’ve been wearing on rotation, and I’d love to hear yours…

Sweater: This cashmere sweater is oversized and soooo comfy.… Read more

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Do or Don’t: Sharing Food at Restaurants

Do or Don't: Sharing Food at Restaurants

After eight years of marriage, Alex and I see eye to eye on most things — date-night rituals, low-key parenting — but there’s one thing we can’t agree on…

Alex hates sharing food in restaurants.… Read more

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A Fun Idea for Movie Night

The Best Idea for Movie Night

Do you watch movies as a family? My friend Erin Jang (of Trader Joe’s fame) is a genius at creating special moments and she came up with an easy way to take their monthly movie night up a notch…

The Best Idea for Movie Night

Erin and her family watch movies together once a month — and it has to be simple.… Read more

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Have a Wonderful Weekend.

Olivia Rae James

What are you up to this weekend? We’re having a family game night tonight, since the boys just learned how to play Uno and Go Fish.… Read more

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Dating After a Breakup

Dating After A Break Up

We feature an original illustration by the lovely Mari Andrew every Friday morning. Here’s today’s.

P.S. Random turn-ons, and falling in love.… Read more

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Class Anxiety: When You Live a Different Life From Your Parents

Class Anxiety: When You Live a Different Life From Your Parents

A friend and I were hanging out at the playground, as her little boy jumped from one structure to the next, when she turned to me and said…

“Sometimes, I wonder if he’s not a little too happy.”

I didn’t know what to say.… Read more

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Monthly Challenge: Try to Meditate

Weekly Challenge: Try to Meditate

Years ago, we started a series of challenges on Cup of Jo. I would suggest things — memorize a poem, interview your parents — and whoever was up for it would join in.… Read more

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What Shoes Do You Wear to Work?

The 10 Best Comfortable Shoes for Work

“Please, please, please do a post about comfy worky shoes,” reader Jessica recently commented. “I rarely walk less than five miles a day.” These heels are my go-tos, but I’m always curious to discover more.… Read more

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On Parenting Teens

A Cup of Jo: On Parenting Teens

Oh, teenagers. The growth spurts, the hormones, the awkwardness, the drama. We asked nine parents of teens to share their thoughts, anecdotes and advice. Here are their funny, touching answers…

On entering new terrain:

I had no idea it was going to be like this, living with teenagers: all the scalp-smelling love affair of my babies, but with these hulking long-limbed beauties who know how to critique capitalism and drive each other to the dentist and make eggs.… Read more

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Have a Fun Weekend.

Dad biking with kids

What are you up to this weekend? We have one more day in California before flying home. Just enough time to fit in 100 more tacos!… Read more

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A Happy Heart

A Fully-Furnished Heart

We feature an original illustration by the wonderful Mari Andrew every Friday morning. Here’s today’s.

P.S. Lovely, nameless feelings, and synonyms for home. … Read more

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The Best Toothbrush

A Cup of Jo - The Best Toothbrush

Confession: I’ve never had the best teeth. When I was 23, I went to the dentist and discovered that I had ten cavities. Ten. How embarrassing is that?… Read more

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How Are You?

Lena Corwin

We’re in California for a quick family vacation, and I’m excited to post about our trip next week. It’s beautiful but freezing here!

Meanwhile, I hope you are doing well.… Read more

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I Tried It: YouTube Exercise Videos

The Five Best YouTube Exercise Videos

There are two things I know for sure: Armie Hammer looks beautiful in a tracksuit and I don’t want to leave my apartment this winter. Because of the latter, I realized online exercise routines could be my saving grace.… Read more

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What Are Your Favorite Kids’ Audiobooks?

This past fall, I found myself stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to go apple picking with a carful of kids, some of whom were repeating, “Apple pick your nose!” at the top of their lungs.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Citrus by Yossy Arefi

What are you up to this weekend? Alex and I are going on a daytime date tomorrow. Maybe we’ll ride bikes, maybe we’ll have brunch, who knows?!!… Read more

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How to Procrastinate

Procrastination by Mari Andrew

We feature an original illustration by the lovely Mari Andrew every Friday morning. Here’s today’s.

P.S. Our to-do list, and relaxing experiences.… Read more

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Which Lipstick Color Would You Choose?

Three Burt's Bees Satin Lipsticks

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? We usually skip the crowded restaurants and make a cozy dinner at home, but it’s still nice to dress up a bit.… Read more

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Four Great Things

Jonna Fransson Affordable Artwork

We have a little corner of our apartment that needs art — just something simple. So, I was happy to discover these nature drawings by Swedish artist Jonna Fransson.… Read more

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