11 Wedding Dos and Don’ts

lisa and inge's wedding

On this hump day afternoon, let’s talk about something fun! What advice would you give friends who are planning their weddings? (Mine is to wear waterproof mascara.) Here, newlywed couples share the 11 things they swear by…

lisa and inge's wedding

Break the ice: “During the ceremony, I was pretty nervous.… Read more

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This Dinner Is So Good, It Has a Nickname

Kale Sausage Beans Dinner

For this month of reader dinners, Katie from Brooklyn is sharing a kale and sausage dish that has become a weeknight ritual and legend among her friends.… Read more

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An Anxiety Trick

An Anxiety Trick

Recently, my bedtime ritual has gone like this: Brush my teeth, climb into bed and…

…freak out.

As soon as my head hits the pillow, whatever is on my mind — the boys, work, marriage, politics — blow in like a hurricane.… Read more

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Kitchen Art

Silke Bonde house tour

What kind of art do you have in your kitchen? We have mostly family photos, but the other day I came across the home tour of Danish designer Silke Bonde, and how lovely is her knife and fork print?… Read more

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Have a Great Weekend (Plus, Some News!)

Cup of Jo Clare V collaboration

What are you up to this weekend? I’m taking the boys to visit my parents in Michigan. My mom is making roast chicken tonight, and I’m planning to sleep in as long as possible tomorrow morning.… Read more

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Cup of Jo Bags Are Here!

Cup of Jo x Clare V. Collection

Today, we’re so excited to share a collaboration with you! We’ve long admired Clare V., the Los Angeles-based brand that makes beautiful handbags and accessories.… Read more

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Help! What Do You Make for Family Dinner?

Joanna Goddard and family

Over the past eight years, since Toby blew into the scene, we have gone through fits and starts of family dinner. But now that both boys are in elementary school, we’re giving it a real shot, in earnest!… Read more

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Pretty Dresses for Fall

12 Fall Dresses

Where are you shopping these days? It’s *finally* tights and boots season, and I’ve been on the hunt for pieces I can wear into the winter.… Read more

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An Open Letter to Dogs

An Open Letter to Dogs

Dear dogs,

Hi. I know you can’t read, but maybe a nice human can read this to you… If you’re lucky, maybe they can read it to you using funny voices.… Read more

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Three Playful Things

Food puzzles

Broccoli puzzle

Random question, but do you ever do puzzles? Lately, I’ve gotten into doing them in the evening, while chatting with Alex or watching Downton Abbey. They’re relaxing at the end of a busy day, and how incredibly adorable are these food ones?… Read more

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21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Girls

21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Girls

I’m now in the phase of parenting when someone replies, “I’m sorry,” after I tell them my daughters are 14 and 16. “And girls!” they’ll add, shaking their heads.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Joanna Goddard's desk

What are you up to this weekend? Anton had a wobbly second week in kindergarten (little guy!), so we’re going to his favorite spot — Brooklyn Crab — for dinner tonight.… Read more

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Quality Kid-Time

Summer is quickly coming to a close and while the temperatures are still high enough to allow us into the pool and barbecuing late into the evening, routine and schedules are on the horizon. My oldest two children, Jack who is 11 and Zoe, nearly...

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Back Yard Date Night

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds It’s not easy to admit this, but the reality of my life is I don’t prioritize myself or my marriage as often and regularly as I should be. I am fully invested into the wellbeing of my...

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Safe, Secure and Comprehensive Shopping for Five!

Sponsored by PayPal Towards the end of summer, the seven of us tend to start unravelling. We’ve stayed up late watching movies with homemade popcorn and cooking smore’s on campfires, we’ve swam in oceans, lakes and chlorinated pools, so much that our blonde, sun bleached...

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Stovetop Lasagna for Busy Weeknights

Stovetop Lasagna

A good friend once joked with me in her kitchen, “80% store-bought, 20% homemade, 100% of the credit.” To continue our month of dinners that people actually make, here’s an easy take on classic lasagna.… Read more

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The Art of (Bad) Running

The Art of (Bad) Running

It is my personal belief that every Type A person should have at least one thing they are not good at. Ideally, it is an activity where you possess no talent, at which you will never excel, that you do for the sheer sake of doing it.… Read more

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Four Fun Things

Madewell Velvet

What do you like to wear on nights out? I’m going to dinner with Alex tonight, and although I’ll probably wear a T-shirt and jeans, this velvet top caught my eye.… Read more

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Boob Giveaway

Boob Maternity Wear

Boob is a sustainable Swedish maternity brand committed to empowering women. Their line is full of thoughtful details (like cleverly concealed openings and hold-everything kangaroo pockets on the BFF dress, above) to help moms feel beautiful and comfortable during pregnancy and new motherhood.… Read more

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15 Surprising Things About Parenting in Nepal

Maggie Doyne and her family in Nepal

Today, our Motherhood Around the World series takes us to Nepal to visit Maggie Doyne. For the last 11 years, Maggie has lived in Surkhet, Nepal, where she runs BlinkNow, a nonprofit foundation with a children’s home, school, health clinic and women’s center.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Flowers by Jaclyn Simpson

What are you up to this weekend? We’re taking it easy after the first week of school. We’re all exhausted! And maybe we’ll go out for some yummy ice cream.… Read more

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Have a Great Weekend.

Thalia Ho

What are you up to this weekend? While Joanna’s in Maine, I’ll be taking over today’s link list! Tomorrow, Andrew and I are taking an early train upstate for a day date and kicking it off with a stack of ricotta pancakes.… Read more

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The Mistake I Made at ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Why Crazy Rich Asians Made Me Cry

In watching Crazy Rich Asians, I made one key mistake…

I went into the theater wearing a considerable amount of black eyeshadow. It’s what I usually do — I apply it under my eyes, along the lash line — but I had plans with friends after the movie.… Read more

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Three Fall Bags: Which Would You Choose?

Growing up, the end of August was one of my favorite times, due in large part to back-to-school shopping. Excluding the year my mom bought me a leather briefcase — I looked like an eight-year-old reenactment of a John Grisham movie — choosing a new book bag was my favorite part.… Read more

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A Charming Home in the Ohio Cornfields

A Charming Home in the Ohio Cornfields

Kristen Mittler lives in a cozy three-bedroom home outside Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Arick, their four children and a bunch of personality-packed chickens. “This is the smallest place we have ever lived and we love it,” she says of her house built in 1861.… Read more

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When in Dinner Doubt, Add an Egg

A Back-to-Basics Dinner Idea

What do you cook when you’re due for a grocery store trip but too pressed for time? To continue our month of dinners that people actually make, we’re excited to feature a delicious idea from reader Karen, who swears by topping parmesan pasta with garlic fried eggs.… Read more

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What’s in Your Bag?

Jean Shrimpton

Once upon a time, my everyday bag weighed almost as much as I did…

At any given moment, were you to peek inside, you would have found at least one book and enough random beauty products to rival the inventory at the nearest mall.… Read more

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Errands Made Easy

This post is sponsored by Walgreens and SheKnows Media.   My husband and I often use our experience raising children in New York City as a barometer to measure our aptitude as parents in the suburbs. Every day, as I’m loading my kids into the...

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Have a Great Weekend.

Amy Merrick flowers

What are you up to this weekend? I’m exhausted after a busy week, so my plans are to lie low. Luckily, the boys got a crazy clay wheel, so all they want to do right now is make little bowls and snakes (and, in Toby’s case, meatballs, haha).… Read more

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Crushing on Midi Dresses

Christy Dawn midi dress

Now that I’m in my late 30s, I’ve figured out certain things that make life easier. Cutting pizza with scissors. Choosing an aisle seat on the plane.… Read more

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