How I Found Nature (or Rather, How Nature Found Me)

Brooklyn brownstones

Every morning, before the news or work or even coffee, I throw on my sneakers and set off on foot…

A morning walk has been part of my routine for years, but recently, I have forgone listening to music or podcasts in an effort to be more present.… Read more

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been talking to my dad on the phone most evenings and he’s gotten me into Jeopardy. It’s fun to watch, and Alex Trebek looks exactly the same as always.… Read more

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Heart Palpitations

Jessica Olien cartoon

By the wonderful Jessica Olien.

P.S. Maybe baby, and lesser known love languages.… Read more

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TV Shows: What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

TV Shows: What's Your Guilty Pleasure

I am not what you’d call a “TV person.” In my twenties, I had a screen so tiny that anyone who entered my apartment immediately made fun of it, followed by years of owning no TV at all.… Read more

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My Beauty Uniform: Zoë François

My Beauty uniform: Zoe Francois

The lovely Zoë François (aka Zoebakes) has been baking for as long as she can remember. “I was eight when I baked my first Dutch baby,” she says.… Read more

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What Quarantine Taught Me About Cooking

It all started when he asked me to mince a shallot…

A few months ago, I was standing at the kitchen counter while my boyfriend Steve made us linguine and clams.… Read more

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New Graphic Novel

dancing at the pity party by tyler feder

Do you ever read graphic novels? This week, I flew through…

…Dancing at the Pity Party, a new graphic memoir by Tyler Feder, about losing her mother when she was in college.… Read more

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What Do You Cook on a First Date?

What Do You Cook on a First Date?

When I was in grad school, I had a crush on a boy in the history department. To impress him…

…I invited him over to my shoebox apartment and cooked him a ridiculous multi-course dinner: We started with lots of white wine and maple-candied toasts, topped with soft-bellied Camembert; next was the soup course, a creamy tomato number, followed by whole trout en papillote with minted pea puree and sautéed pattypan squash; the finale was homemade vanilla ice cream with raspberry coulis (which I was, thankfully, able to prep the night before).… Read more

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How to Support a New Mom From Far Away

how to support a new mom

A reader named Maud recently emailed us: “I was supposed to see my big sister deliver her first baby. It meant so much to me, but of course now I won’t be able to be there.… Read more

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Motherhood Mantra

Motherhood Mantra

Cup of Jo has been running for 13 years (!) so we’ve decided that every week, we’ll be highlighting one of the most popular posts from the past.… Read more

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Have a Loving Weekend.

west village by stella blackmon

What are you up to this weekend?

First, and most important, have you been reading about Ahmaud Arbery? “Arbery was enjoying a nice run on a beautiful day when he began to be stalked by armed men.… Read more

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Classic Mom Advice

What’s your mom’s? By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. The new vocabulary and ways to unwind.… Read more

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Have a Good Weekend.

young mick jagger

What are you up to this weekend? We are watching old episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, reading our book club pick, and listening to lots of the Rolling Stones.… Read more

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The New Vocabulary

quarantine comic by grace farris

By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. Pandemic hair and lipstick styles.… Read more

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Plink, Plank, Plunk!

Just a little something to make you smile today: The Chicago Sinfonietta came together to play Leroy Anderson’s Plink, Plank, Plunk!, where many of the musicians pluck string instruments.… Read more

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What Weird Things Do You Do to Feel Better?

I was standing in front of the stove the other night…

…cooking garbage. It was late — somewhere between 10:30 and dawn. I don’t know what time exactly, because I never really know what time it is anymore.… Read more

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My Beauty Uniform: Allison Rhone

Allison Rhone is the director of social media for Planned Parenthood — and a huge Living Single enthusiast. “I literally moved to Brooklyn so I could be an editor, like the character Khadijah James!”… Read more

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Cabbage: A Love Story

Cabbage: A Love Story

I think we’re all looking for fresh produce that can stretch for days in between grocery shops, which explains why cabbage seems to be having a moment right now.… Read more

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Have a Cozy Weekend.

bread by james ransom for food52

What are you up to this weekend? We’re watching the whodunit movie Knives Out and it’s so much fun! (“An entertainment that’s as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as any movie lover could wish for,” says the Wall Street Journal.)… Read more

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Ways to Unwind

By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. Friday night plans and reading positions.… Read more

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“I Cut My Own Bangs During Quarantine”

GUYS. What is happening with your hair?

Mine just keeps getting longer and I’m trying not to look too closely. Meanwhile, this cuter-than-cute Cup of Jo reader, Kara, sent me this video, below, of her cutting her own bangs.… Read more

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What’s Your Life Like Right Now?

seagulls by lena corwin

My darlings, I’d love to take a pause to ask: What’s your life like right now? The other day, when we posted about quarantining with a partner, readers left really beautiful comments about other situations — juggling work with little kids running around, struggling with infertility and wishing little kids were running around, living solo and craving a hug, working outside the home, actually enjoying quarantine because introverts, etc.… Read more

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What Cheerful Songs Do You Like?

When the world feels upside down, I want all the cheerful tunes. If it has a catchy hook and major chords, I’m in. So! In case you’re craving the same thing, I made an hour-long Cup of Jo playlist featuring songs I’ve been playing on repeat (and I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions)…


What would you add?… Read more

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What’s The Best Meal You Ever Had?

What's Your Most Memorable Vacation Meal?

Last weekend, when we were on what felt like our hundredth family walk of the day, I asked my two teenage daughters a question…

“What are your top 5 most favorite restaurant meals?”… Read more

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“Does This Make Me Look Functional?” An At-Home Lipstick Challenge

At-Home Lipstick Challenge

Once upon a time, three million years ago (actually six), I tried to wear a different lipstick every weekday for a month. While working from home, popular wisdom tells us it can be helpful to maintain our normal routines, including grooming and getting dressed each day.… Read more

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Four Fun Things

lou and grey sweatpants

Like everyone I know, I’ve been living in sweats around the house. And the comfiest-of-all-time are these Lou and Grey ones. They’re soooooo much softer than any others I’ve ever tried.… Read more

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What Do I Make With the Beans I Panic-Bought, and Other Burning Questions

What Do I Make With the Beans I Panic-Bought and Other Burning Questions?

Remember way back to February when crafting a dinner party menu was at the top of the culinary quandary list? You can’t imagine how much I look forward to having that problem to solve again, but in the meantime, in between washing dishes and emptying the dishwasher (“All.… Read more

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Together or Apart? When You’re Newly Dating During Quarantine

Dating illustration by Alessandra Olanow

Imagine this: You’re newly dating someone — going out to dinners, flirting over text, wondering if it’s too early to get them a birthday present — when, all of a sudden, the world goes into quarantine.… Read more

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A Trick for Air Drying Your Hair

How to Air Dry Your Hair

Reagan Baker is a hair genius. Today, she’s sharing her proven method for air drying your hair, with lots of volume and zero frizz. The best part?… Read more

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How Are You Today?

I had a few different post ideas for this afternoon, but, honestly, what I really want to know is, how are you?

Tell me: How are you faring?… Read more

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