Just The Three of Us

One of the biggest challenges we’ve faced as parents welcoming the fifth child into our family is making sure to carve out time for each individual person in our home. Jack is 10, Zoe is 8, Beau is 5, Evangeline is 2 and Demi is...

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The Scope of Motherhood

I had a full-time job when Jack was born. Justin was working and going to school, and things were generally difficult and money was tight. For a year or so, I dropped my firstborn off at a woman’s home where she watched a few kids...

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Summer Scents

Summer Scents

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

P.S. Your true self, and modern dating. … Read more

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What It’s Like to Have an Open Marriage

What It's Like to Have an Open Marriage

Have you ever wanted to try an open relationship? “Non-monogamy is way more common than most people think,” says Ava from Texas, “But it’s rarely discussed in public.” So, I recently spoke to three women about their open marriages — the pros, the cons, and how they make it work.… Read more

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Good News

Good News

Heads up: Nordstrom is currently having a huge sale with thousands of pieces up to 40% off. If you’re looking for some summery pieces, here are a few picks…

Great Sale

Crop Denim Jacket

Great Sale

Ruffle Wrap Skirt

Great Sale

Retro Crop

Great Sale

Eyelet Tank

Great Sale

Off-The-Shoulder Top

Great Sale

Tie-Front Shirt

Great Sale

Ballet-Neck Dress

Great Sale

Knit Midi Dress

Great Sale

Babydoll Dress

Great Sale

Embellished Slides

Great Sale

Crossbody Purse

Great Sale

Woven Sandals

What would you pick?… Read more

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Do You Still Talk on the Phone?

Audrey Hepburn, 1954

The phone echoes throughout the house, ringing once, twice, three times. She stops in her tracks, eyes wide with fear…

This is not the opening scene of a horror movie, but what happens every time my iPhone rings.… Read more

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Where Would You Travel in Italy?

Family Summer Travel in Italy

We’ve been brainstorming a family vacation this summer and are daydreaming about going to Italy. I’m so excited about the possibility!

We’d love to figure out an itinerary that would be good with two little rascals in tow.… Read more

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Asparagus and Avocado Tartines

Avocado and Asparagus Tartines

There’s no better time to stalk up on asparagus ;) After all, this vegetable practically tastes like spring — it’s bright, crisp and fresh. So, today, we continue our month of farmers’ market finds with these asparagus, avocado and ricotta tartines.… Read more

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Potty Training with Evvie!

Jack was a perfect baby who grew into a great, great kid. There was a rough patch around four years old, but generally speaking, Jack has been the most even-keeled of them all. Zoe came along and added some spice, flair and a whole lot...

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Where You Live

A Map After Moving

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

P.S. Life changes, and proud moments. … Read more

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How Old Are You?

On Aging

“How old are you again?” Toby asked me the other night. “Mommy, are you old?” I’m 38, so maybe a little bit? Here’s what has surprised me about being in my late thirties…

How I know I’m getting older:

Sometimes I see a photo of myself or glance in the mirror and am surprised that I look older than I feel.… Read more

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7 Big Summer Books

7 Big Summer Books

Which books are on your reading list these days? After a fall and winter spent consuming mostly news (so much news!) it has felt really great lately to crack open a fresh book and let my mind roam.… Read more

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A Week of Outfits: Melissa Lee

A Week of Outfits: Melissa Lee

“I don’t box myself in fashion-wise. If something looks good, it doesn’t matter to me if it’s my ‘style’ or not,” says Melissa Lee, a neuroscientist getting her Ph.D.… Read more

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Strawberry-Cherry Crumble

Strawberry-Cherry Whole-Grain Crumble

Baking a fruit crumble feels similar to performing a magic trick: a few easy moves and — voilà! Pantry ingredients are transformed in a delicious, bubbling dessert.… Read more

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Five Fun Things

J. Hannah Ring

My dad wears a gold signet ring on his little finger; it was passed down to him from my English grandfather. Nowadays I love seeing beautiful modern takes on signet rings — you can get an initial engraved on it, too, if you’d like.… Read more

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Safe Travels + A Fabulous Giveaway

I have very vivid memories of being elementary school-aged, taking road trips during the summer with my father, my sister, Aunt, Uncle and my beloved cousins. It was the 80’s and we piled into the back of a large van and played Barbies for many...

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How Not to Store Chocolate, And Other Tips From Industry Experts

Tips From Food Industry Experts

To conclude our month of food industry experts, we chatted with 10 more field leaders — including a spice mixologist (above), a chocolate specialist and a fishmonger with a degree in marine biology.… Read more

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5 Hair Problem Solvers

Five Best Hair Products for the Summer

A good hair day is one of life’s simple pleasures (and a confidence booster every time). But hair can often do the exact thing you wished it wouldn’t.… Read more

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On Going Home

On Going Home

Did you move away from your hometown? For me, Springfield, Missouri, is a strange place to visit because it sparks so many memories of growing up.… Read more

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Cool Mobiles

Nursery Mobiles

How pretty and mesmerizing is a mobile hung up in a nursery? These days, we’re especially loving sculptural wood or brass versions. They would look just as great displayed as a piece of art in a master bedroom or even a living room.… Read more

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5 Ways to Teach Kids About Consent

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Consent

My boys — now aged 3 and 6 — are constantly asking questions about bodies and growing up and how babies get into mommies’ bellies. I don’t think it’s ever too early to answer questions about sex; and likewise, it’s never too early to teach kids about consent.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend? Our team is in Dallas for a conference, and I’m wearing this for my presentation. Wish me luck! We were laughing about how I’m not scared of the usual things (like public speaking), but instead completely freak about random things (elevators, swallowing pills, the dark).… Read more

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Dating for the First Time in Six Years

Dating for the First Time in Six Years

This spring, our series of personal essays is all about dating. Each contributing writer will share a true story, from texting to sex to breakups. Today, Emily Johnson talks about taking a six-year hiatus from dating and how she broke the ice…


When I moved to New York City for college, I had seen every episode of Sex and the City approximately 200 million times.… Read more

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Animal Wall Stickers

Animal Wall Stickers

Three-year-old Anton has gotten really into animals. (His favorite game is “Mousey,” where he pretends to be a mouse, and I bring him endless crumbs to eat.) Recently, in the cute new store Maisonette, these animal wall stickers caught my eye.… Read more

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16 Ways to Travel With Kids (And Enjoy It)

Budapest with kids

When brainstorming family trips, I sometimes think of that funny Onion article, “Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties in Closer Proximity to Ocean.” So, how can you get a family vacation to feel like a true escape — not just for kids, but for grown-ups, too?… Read more

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Have a Fun Weekend.

Jerry and Elaine

What are you up to this weekend? On Saturday, Alex and I are sneaking off for a long bike ride, like we used to do pre-kids!… Read more

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Learning to be Mindful and Deliberate About Financial Decisions

This post was sponsored by CreditWise by Capital One, but all opinions are completely my own. For more information about CreditWise, click here: www.capitalone.com/creditwise.   Although I was close to 25 years old when I met my future husband, it wasn’t until our relationship got...

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Good News

Roses by Ben Wagner

Shopbop is offering a whopping 20-25% off with the code EVENT17. The sale goes from today through Friday. Here are a few of our favorite picks…

JOANNA’S WISHLIST

Spring Sale

Ruffle Top

Spring Sale

White Jeans

Spring Sale

Petal Ring Sandals

LEXI’S WISHLIST

Spring Sale

Woven Slides

Spring Sale

Indigo Jumpsuit

Spring Sale

Canvas Clutch

MEGAN’S WISHLIST

Spring Sale

Scalloped Bikini

Spring Sale

Natural Tote

Spring Sale

Tie Top

STELLA’S WISHLIST

Spring Sale

Floral Dress

Spring Sale

Geo Earrings

Spring Sale

Mini Purse

What would you pick?… Read more

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I Tried It: Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

Have you ever gotten eyelash extensions? They’re fake eyelashes that are individually attached to your natural ones at a salon. I’d always heard such rave reviews, so for “Tried” series, I recently headed to Lashes on 5th in Manhattan to try theirs out.… Read more

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Healthy Bites on the Run

Spring sports are in full swing here on the Shyba front. The three big kids are playing baseball and softball, respectively, plus basketball, soccer and gymnastics. This means that there isn’t a single day of the week that we aren’t headed out to practice, a...

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