Did Your Hometown Shape Your Personality?

Car by Ben Wagner

It’s official: I am a New Yorker. I’ve lived here for more than 10 years (that’s the rule, they say), but this bustling city will never be my true hometown…

New York has infiltrated my core: you’ll often find me debating the sauce-to-crust ratio on a slice of pizza; if you snag my cab you’ll feel my fury; I walk down the sidewalk at record speed.… Read more

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A Seven-Year-Old’s Guide to Surviving Holiday Travel

A Seven-Year-Old's Guide to Surviving Holiday Travel

Are you traveling with any little ones this holiday? Seven-year-old Toby loves nothing more than planning trips (just like his mama!), so while he splashed around in the bath this weekend, I asked for his thoughts on flying on planes, choosing rental cars and visiting relatives.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Sheep in Ireland by Emily Billings

What are you up to this weekend? We are going to meet Santa tonight at our neighborhood playground, and tomorrow we’re are going to a holiday party.… Read more

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On Optimism

On Optimism

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

P.S. Feeling bittersweet, and how to feel productive. … Read more

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A Winter Guide to NYC

A Winter Guide to NYC

This time of year, readers often ask for suggestions of things to do in New York City when it’s cold outside. So! Without further ado, here’s a list of more than 20 awesome activities, restaurants and holiday fun we’d recommend in the winter (and please add yours)…

A Winter Guide to NYC

FIVE HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS THAT ARE ACTUALLY COOL

1.… Read more

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Skipping Through the Holiday Season with Born Shoes + a Fabulous Giveaway!

Right now, in this season of my life with five children including babies and toddlers, parenthood defines me. I suppose it has since I became a mother and likely will until they leave the nest, and it’s a state of being that I am absolutely...

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Kindness Matters Most

It took awhile for us to narrow our family motto, the single core value that not only brings us together as a family but also connects and bonds us to our pets, our peers and acquaintances and even strangers. There are a lot of things...

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Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Pie by Erin Jeanne McDowell

Happy almost Thanksgiving! My dad and aunt are here, and the boys are out of their minds excited (read: melting down a little). Here we go, haha!… Read more

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The Best Thing to Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

Vintage Thanksgiving Dinner

Do you have any funny holiday traditions? My aunt Rosie has a trick that always lightens the mood…

Pictionary! “It’s good to play when the kids start getting on your nerves,” she told me.… Read more

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Gift Guide #4: Your Mom (or Mother Figure) Who Makes the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies and Just Learned How to Text Emojis.

Handblown Carafe

Handblown glass carafe, from $84; or this $15 cutie.

Best chocolate chip cookies by Tara O'Brady

A batch of homemade cookies, just like she taught you.

Cozy cardigan

A soft cardigan she can cuddle up in all winter, $74.… Read more

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A Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Auna Barretto-Grignoli is a self-confessed “shopaholic,” but you won’t ever find her in Zara or Forever 21. Her wardrobe is mainly thrifted with a few sustainable pieces mixed in.… Read more

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Gift Guide #3: Your Dad Who Still Works Seinfeld Quotes Into Everyday Conversation and Looks Even Cooler With Gray Hair.

Obama book by Pete Souza

Obama: An Intimate Portrait, the incredible and moving photo book by former official White House photographer Pete Souza. $29. (There’s also a kids’ version!)

Sweater

Cozy sweater, $75, because it’s been his #1 closet staple for 55 years.… Read more

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The Best Thing My Mom Did as a Parent

Jean Goddard

The boys and I visited my mom in Florida this weekend, and while making guacamole, I suddenly remembered something she used to say…

When we were kids, she used to regularly tell us (at bedtime, in the car, whenever, really): “There’s nothing you could ever do or say that would make me not love you.” She would bring it up in conversation, or just say it out of the blue.… Read more

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Lead With Love

This post was developed in collaboration with P&G as part of their Love Over Bias campaign.  The last couple of summers, my daughter Zoe elected to sign up for a baseball camp organized by our local World Series champion major league baseball team. This particular...

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The Best Meal to Make With Leftovers

The Best Meal to Make With Leftovers

In her new cookbook, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen presents a solution to a perennial takeout conundrum: so much leftover rice. “I come from a long line of frugal people and cannot just throw it away,” she says.… Read more

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Have a Cozy Weekend.

Have a Cozy Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Alex is taking the boys to test drive a Tesla tonight. It’s basically their childhood dream come true! And I’ll be brainstorming our Thanksgiving menu — what’s on yours?… Read more

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Books I Could Write

Books I Could Write

What are yours? :) We feature an original illustration by the wonderful Mari Andrew every Friday morning. Here’s today’s.

P.S. Growing up, and silver linings.… Read more

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What Do You Wear to Work? Six Readers Share Their Real-Life Looks

What Do You Wear to Work? 6 Readers Share

Do you have a go-to office outfit? We get comments all the time asking for workwear ideas. So, on Instagram, we asked people who work in offices to send us photos of their ensembles.… Read more

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How to Make Over Your Bathroom

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

Are you hosting anyone in the next couple months? If you’re rushing around before people arrive, the best thing to do is freshen up the bathroom.… Read more

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Four Fun Things

1970s sweaters

I’m digging the 1970s-style sweaters I’ve been seeing around. They make me want to cut thick bangs and wear wool all fall. Here are five cool ones: ribbed, contrast, gold, cozy and stripe.… Read more

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12 Quilts for Babies and Kids

12 Quilts for Babies and Kids

What’s sweeter than a sleeping child? Basically nothing, except maybe one with a cozy quilt tucked under her chin. Here are 12 quilts that would look lovely on a bed, spread out on the floor for playing or even hung up on the wall.… Read more

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Growing Up Happy, Healthy + Armed with SpoonfulOne, Plus a Giveaway!

Whenever I mention to someone that I have five children, the response is usually that of shock and awe. It’s not really my generation’s thing to have more than 3 children, at least in the area that we live. I try to explain that our...

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The Citizenry Giveaway

The Citizenry Giveaway

We don’t know how they do it, but each new collection from The Citizenry is lovelier than the last. Their fall pieces would set up any living space for a cozy season of straight chilling or entertaining (or both!).… Read more

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A Secret to a Happy Marriage

A Secret to a Happy Relationship

Last month, I came across a New York moment I’ll never forget…

Just after sunset, I was walking along the Brooklyn Promenade, when I spotted a couple having a candlelit picnic.… Read more

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A Great Baking Trick

A Great Baking Trick

The secret to making no-hassle desserts that can feed a crowd is in your cupboard…

Sheet pan cooking has taken the food world by storm for good reason.… Read more

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What Magazines Make You Happy?

The Best Magazines

I love podcasts and Instagram and reading the news on my phone — but there are few things that give me as much joy as getting ahold of a fresh magazine.… Read more

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A Weekend Getaway (Without Kids)

Joanna Goddard and Alex Williams

Every year, Alex and I try to take a short trip alone — no noisy children allowed. :) So, this past weekend, while my mom stayed with the boys, Alex and I went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.… Read more

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Everything I’ve Learned From Potty-Training My Four Kids

September is a big month for the Shyba family, and this year is no exception. All of the kids besides baby Demi have started school, with Jack in 5th, Zoe in 4th, Beau in Kindergarten and Evangeline began attending preschool. Though we were already on...

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How Theo Improves Our Life

This post is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, a research-driven pharmaceutical company standing for innovative healthcare products for people and animals for more than 130 years. All opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. It’s hard to believe that Theo is nearly four...

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