How To Do Anything

How To Do Anything

Hope you’re having a wonderful week! We are taking the next week or so off while we are on our family vacation. Some of our team will be traveling and some will be working ahead on posts like beauty uniforms, personal essays and, of course, Motherhood Around the World.… Read more

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17 Surprising Things About Parenting in Namibia

Motherhood Around the World: Namibia

It’s that time of year again! We’re so happy to kick off our fifth annual Motherhood Around the World series with Kaylan Reid Shipanga in Namibia.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Tonight, we’re actually flying to Italy for a family vacation! We are so excited; Toby and Anton are bouncing off the walls.… Read more

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Do You Really Need That Many Packing Peanuts?

Things I Could Do Without

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

P.S. Honest genre labels, and what not to bring on vacation.… Read more

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Skincare for Younger Women

The Best Skincare for Twentysomethings

Three-year-old Anton often sits on my bathroom counter when I’m getting ready. He’ll try the odd lip gloss or perfume spritz — but his most sacred ritual is requesting a single drop of my face oil and slowly rubbing it into his chubby cheeks.… Read more

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How to Keep the Spark Alive

How to Keep the Spark Alive

In long-term relationships, everyone can fall into ruts now and again. So, what little things do you do to keep the spark alive? Sex therapist Esther Perel shares her #1 tip…

“Be playful,” says Perel, who has a gripping new podcast about couples therapy.… Read more

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Have a Relaxing Weekend.

Boat by Chris Ozer

What are you up to this weekend? We’ll just be knocking around the neighborhood, and I’m getting a pedicure on Sunday night. (Any polish recommendations? I usually get this color.) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The secret to small talk.… Read more

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Career Goals

Career Goals

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

P.S. The weirdest thing about getting older, and the people worth impressing.… Read more

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Have You Ever Slept in Linen Sheets?

Brooklinen's Linen Sheets

Over the past year, Alex and I have slept with cotton sheets and pillows from Brooklinen, an amazing online bedding brand founded by a husband and wife in Brooklyn.… Read more

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The Wedding Tradition That I’m Skipping

My four bridesmaids are all to the left of traditional, but their eyes popped when I made a decision about my wedding this summer…

I told them they wouldn’t be carrying bouquets down the aisle.… Read more

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Are You Addicted to Instagram Stories?

Are You Addicted to Instagram Stories, Too?

Do you watch Instagram Stories? They’ve become my guilty pleasure. Every night, I devour them like I’m watching reality TV. Here’s my #1 favorite…

For those who don’t know what Instagram stories are: You’ll see them when you tap on a person’s Instagram profile photo.… Read more

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What Little Things Enchant Your Children?

Toby and Anton

One of the best parts of parenting is seeing the world through a child’s eyes, don’t you think? The world feels so magical. It’s not just a city block with buildings; it’s an ant hill, a taxi, A TEENAGER.… Read more

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Exploring The Ups and Downs of Potty Training

With three successfully toilet-trained children, I will admit reluctantly that I’ve walked into this season with Evvie feeling slightly cocky. As a mother of five children, I can safely say that the only thing that is consistent about having children is inconsistency. They will each...

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Conversations With Toby and Anton

Conversations With Toby and Anton

Have your kids (or kids you know) said anything funny recently? Now that Toby is seven and Anton is three, I love hearing what’s going on in their little minds!… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re having people over for burgers tomorrow. Do you have any recommendations of sides to serve? (Potato salad? Corn?) Then we’re hoping to take the boys to the beach on Sunday.… Read more

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Honest Genre Labels

Honest Genre Labels

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

P.S. A new romantic comedy, and small-talk topics.… Read more

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5 Things I Can’t Stop Wearing

5 Things I Can't Stop Wearing

Do you have certain clothes you just love? A couple years ago, I shared a list of clothes I’d worn eight million times. And it’s funny, because I’m STILL constantly wearing them — the glasses, the red shirt, the pajamas, everything.… Read more

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An Affordable Wallpaper Trick

Framing Wallpaper as Artwork

Wallpaper looks so beautiful, but committing to it floor to ceiling can get expensive. Plus, what if you don’t like it? Here’s an easy and more budget-friendly idea for hanging wallpaper…

Framing Wallpaper as Artwork

Framing Wallpaper as Artwork

Framing Wallpaper as Artwork

How pretty does it look to frame pieces of wallpaper?… Read more

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Cup of Jo’s Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Last Thursday, we threw a Cup of Jo garden party in Brooklyn! We invited readers to the Clare V. store next to our Brooklyn office, and we LOVED meeting all the wonderful women — including designer Clare Vivier herself.… Read more

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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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