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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A Fun Birthday Gift Idea

A Fun Birthday Gift Idea

Last week, my colleagues asked me to step into the conference room…

A Fun Birthday Gift Idea

Since I was turning 39, they presented a spread of 39 things they knew I’d love!… Read more

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Risks Worth Taking

Risks Worth Taking

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

P.S. A fresh perspective, and falling in love. … Read more

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Let’s Talk About Money…

Talking Openly About Money

Do you discuss finances with friends and family? There’s still a taboo around talking about money, but it can be really helpful to hear what others are going through.… Read more

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My Mini Fridge Taught Me How to Cook

What My Mini Fridge Taught Me

As soon as I toured my 175-square-foot studio apartment, I was hooked. It had two windows! It had a bathtub! It even had a closet! It was a New York victory, and I was ready for it to be mine.… Read more

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Comforting Chicken Tortellini Soup

A Chicken Tortelli Soup For Winter Days

Our month of soup wouldn’t be complete without the classic hit: chicken noodle. So, today, we’re sharing this tortellini version (infused with a chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano rind) from Ivy Manning’s Easy Soups from Scratch.… Read more

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My Beauty Uniform: Connie Wang

My Beauty Uniform: Connie Wang

Connie Wang is a senior features writer at Refinery29, and she’s the kind of woman who, as soon as you talk to her, makes you want to a) be her best friend and b) know where she found every single product she’s wearing.… Read more

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Four Fun Things

Oscar-Nominated Film Mudbound

Mudbound is hands-down one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages. The film, which takes place in the segregated Mississippi Delta during World War II, is impossible to get through without tissues.… Read more

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The Many Layers of Parenting Big Kids

I feel like my day to day lineup of personal responsibilities is already fairly long. Adding in the layers of household duties and each child’s emotional and practical needs and we have our hours and minutes more than accounted for. When it comes to priorities,...

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Furry Friends on the Furniture: An Exciting Giveaway

This blog post is sponsored by BISSELL, but the opinions are all mine. I always seem to forget what it’s like having a puppy and a toddler at Christmastime. We only just put the new tree skirt under the tree and it was ruined within...

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Lovely, Nameless Feelings

Lovely, Nameless Feelings

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

P.S. Books someone could write, and a fresh perspective.… Read more

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A Funny Thing About Relationships

When Harry Met Sally

Now that Alex and I have been together for almost ten years, I’ve realized…

…that as much as we love each other, little things also drive us bats.… Read more

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13 Questions for a Bra Whisperer

13 Questions for a Bra Whisperer

For something I have worn every day since I was 12, I actually don’t know that much about bras. Some of mine fit oddly, a few are (way) past due to be replaced and I could use advice on proper washing strategies.… Read more

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Four Fun Things

Reformation Blouse

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks — this will be the last year of my 30s! (!) For a special evening, I’d love to wear a pretty top, like one of these: lace, ruffle and silk.… Read more

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A Slow-Cooker Soup to Keep on Rotation

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

Do you like using a slow cooker? The old-school appliance can transform pantry ingredients into a delicious meal with just a couple steps. So continue our month of soup, we’re happy to share this easy favorite from Hugh Acheson’s The Chef and the Slow Cooker.… Read more

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12 Great Reader Comments on Friendship

12 Great Reader Comments on Friendship

Whenever we write about friendship — making new ones, maintaining old ones — the comment section not only explodes with wisdom, readers often make connections, too.… Read more

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Baking Sweet Treats with My Sweet Girl

I will be the first to admit that the Shyba Family is fully onboard on the fall + winter pumpkin flavored holiday train. We don’t go totally overboard, but as soon as we are able to pick out the sweet sugar pie pumpkins for roasting,...

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Managing the Mess

Some days our busy life, full of many moving parts, feels like a well-oiled machine. Those days are few and far between, but they do happen and I make sure to take mental note of that wonderful feeling. Most days Justin and I are so...

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House of Shyba: Decking The Halls

This blog post is written in partnership with and sponsored by Big Lots. Often I find that the anticipation of an event, a trip, or a major holiday is the most stressful part of the entire experience. As my family grows, this kind of anxiety...

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GIVEAWAY: Veer All-Terrain Cruiser (the coolest wagon around!)

Well, I never thought I’d be a wagon person.     Until, that is, I was introduced to the Veer All-Terrain Cruiser. Demi and Evvie both love riding around in it, to soccer games, the beach, Christmas tree hunting, big-kid drop offs and even walking...

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Preparing For Christmas: In The Kitchen With My Kids

This blog post is written in partnership with and sponsored by Big Lots. I am learning quickly what it means to be a parent of five children during the holidays. Celebrating, planning, preparing, and organizing everything from food to events to shopping is a very...

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Well Equipped: Multitasking During the Holidays

As Californians who spent four winter seasons on the East Coast—still relatively recently—you would think that we’d be prepared for cold weather, or at least less whiney about it when the temps dip into the forties! The truth is, we are never prepared when it...

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Managing My Health + A Chance To Win

This post is sponsored by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals. All opinions are my own. With Thanksgiving freshly in our past and December launching the final countdown of the quickly approaching festivities, we are in full preparation mode. I will...

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We’re Hiring!

Cup of Jo is hiring an editor and writer

We’re looking for two editors/writers to join our team — one senior, one junior. Both are full-time positions based in our Brooklyn office. Here are the details, if you’re interested…


Cup of Jo is a multi-media company based in Brooklyn, centered around our award-winning daily women’s lifestyle site.… Read more

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Have a Wonderful Holiday!

Joanna Goddard family

Happy holidays! Hope you’re having a fun week. I wanted to thank you again for reading over the past year, whether you check in every day or now and again.… Read more

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Have a Fun Weekend.

When Harry Met Sally

What are you up to this weekend? We’re flying to California tonight to visit family, and Toby is out-of-his-mind excited to get a rental car. But more important: OH MY GOSH, the comments on this post were so, so, so amazing.… Read more

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