14 Birthday Traditions from Around the World

Birthday Traditions from Around the World

A few years ago, a Cup of Jo reader told us that many adults in Germany throw their own birthday parties. How cool and empowered is that?… Read more

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‘Will I Be Single Forever?’ and Other Pressing Questions

cup of jo's new relationships column

We’re excited to kick off the first installment of our new relationship advice column. Today, we’re answering two reader questions about dating (and we’d love to hear your takes, as well)…

Q.… Read more

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Spaghetti With Creamy Lemon Sauce

lemon spaghetti

My friend Skye McAlpine is one of those hosts who makes it look easy — a bowl of ripe peaches, a hunk of salty parmesan, a couple of kids underfoot.… Read more

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KAMALA!!!!!!!!!!

Kamala Harris

Senator Kamala Harris was just announced as Joe Biden’s pick for vice president. She is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nonimated for national office by a major party, and only the fourth woman to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets, reports the New York Times.… Read more

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The 5 Beauty Finds I Use the Most

My Five Top Beauty Finds

It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about favorite beauty products, so I thought I’d ask: Are there any finds you’re into lately? Here are the five things I’ve been using the most these days (and I’d love to hear yours)…

For hair:

As a long-time proponent of the $18 hot air brush, I never owned a “fancy” hair tool.… Read more

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10 Fun Ideas for Kids’ Bedrooms

Sandra Ajanaku house tour

What is it that’s so comforting about children’s bedrooms? They’re always so playful and calming. From disco balls to bright wallpaper, here are 10 cool ideas for kids’ rooms from past home tours…

Embrace Ikea.… Read more

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Have a Relaxing Weekend.

the north fork

What are you up to this weekend? We are going to the North Fork for a little getaway. I’m looking forward to sitting on the rocks and being a wuss about the cold water.… Read more

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New Workouts

quarantine comic by grace farris

By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. Career paths and what are your daydreams?… Read more

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The Mentor Myth

Nora Ephron

I’ve had a few amazing mentors in my life, but I haven’t actually met any of them…

When I started Cup of Jo in 2007, blogging felt like the Wild West.… Read more

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Supergoop! Giveaway (Plus a Discount Code)

Supergoop Sunscreen Giveaway

Do you wear sunscreen every day? Since 2007, Supergoop! has made it their mission to turn wearing sun protection from a chore into an enjoyable daily ritual.… Read more

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What Songs Do You Find Comforting?

comforting songs

When I was in middle school, I was forbidden to listen to…

…anything other than Christian music. Still, pop punk was having a moment, and because those tunes were forbidden, that made me want them all the more.… Read more

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Andrea Nguyen’s Perfect Banh Mi

Like many people, I love bánh mì sandwiches and almost always order one when I eat at Vietnamese restaurants, including from the beloved Brooklyn spot right around the corner from Cup of Jo’s office, that I miss so much it hurts.… Read more

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Have a Good Weekend.

dog walker by Stoops Of Brooklyn

What are your plans this weekend? We have been eating ice cream every day to cool off, and honeycomb has become our official family flavor. Have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

“How micro aggressions made my dream of living in suburbia impossible.”… Read more

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The TV Show I Can’t Stop Watching

For Black women, it’s often challenging to find an accurate portrayal of themselves in media…

So, when I heard about I May Destroy You, starring Michaela Coel — who makes me want to keep my head shaved, forever — I was intrigued.… Read more

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Would You Do a Wedding First Look?

wedding first look photos

When Alex and I got married almost 11 years ago, we had a first look, and it felt so intimate. So, when I saw these photos of Aveena and Alissa’s first look, I was dying to hear how they were feeling at that very special moment…

The couple got married in Bellevue, Washington.… Read more

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The Three Pieces Our Editors Can’t Stop Wearing

Three Pieces We Can't Stop Wearing

What are you wearing this summer? We’re all about comfort, so…

I’ve been living in these linen blend shorts. I pair them with tees, tanks and even silky blouses, and they look surprisingly pulled together.… Read more

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This? Oh Just Threw It Together

easy fruit galette formula

You know how they say most people are either Cooks or Bakers? Well…

I fall squarely in the Cooks camp. Cooking feels more improvisational and forgiving compared with baking, which rewards science-like precision and seems to enjoy punishing my cake and me if I forget just the tiniest teaspoon of baking powder.… Read more

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Have a Good Weekend.

seagulls by Nicki Sebastian

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to the beach, and I’m looking forward to hearing the seagulls squawking. Hope you have a good one — stay safe — and here are some links from around the web…

It is time for reparations.… Read more

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Insomnia Checklist

insomnia comic by Grace Farris

How have you been sleeping? By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. Staying-in tops and pandemic hair.… Read more

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Skincare Giveaway (Plus, a Discount Code)

Monastery Giveaway

Have you tried Monastery? Founder Athena Hewett first fell in love with aromatherapy and natural skincare while visiting her grandmother in Greece. Her grandma would press her own oils and use them to make holistic skin tonics.… Read more

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A Week of Outfits: Jamie Erickson

A Week of Outfits: Jamie Erickson

Jamie Erickson runs the Brooklyn café and catering company Poppy’s, which makes arguably the best cookies in the city. But despite her hectic job, her style remains relaxed and casual.… Read more

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

When we first moved into our house 16 years ago, we were shocked by how friendly and welcoming our new neighbors were…

We figured it would be like Brooklyn — we’d meet our fellow apartment dwellers eventually, after running into them enough times in the lobby’s mail station, or taking a minute to ask what kind of breed their dog was while riding the elevator.… Read more

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5 Things I Want to Tell My White Friends

5 Things I Want to Tell My White Friends

Dear White Friends…

When I first started getting all of your text messages and DMs and phone calls in the days after George Floyd’s death, I was incredibly touched, if also a little bit surprised.… Read more

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Have a Beautiful Weekend.

tawny chatmon redemption

What are you up to this weekend? We are having important conversations with the boys and it’s been interesting how they bring things up and ask questions at random times, like when we’re on a walk or in the car.… Read more

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What Books Have You Read Lately?

Summer Books

Are you reading anything good right now? I just finished a book, and it was kind of strange…

The book is Rodham, the latest from Curtis Sittenfeld.… Read more

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Maque Choux for Corn Season

Maque Choux for Corn Season

If you live in certain corners of the country, you’ve probably noticed that corn is starting to creep into markets…

And that means summer’s MVV (Most Valuable Vegetable, naturally) will be showing up on our dinner table at least a few times a week in as many ways as possible.… Read more

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How I Feel Right Now as a Black Woman

mural by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Last week was the longest week of my life…

As I sat on the couch paralyzed with anxiety, scrolling through photos of police officers with their guns pointed at children protesting with their parents, and pepper spraying non-violent protestors, a text came from my boyfriend’s mom: “Is Kim with you?… Read more

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15 Children’s Books by Black Authors

15 children's books by black authors (illustration by Bryan Collier)

Years ago, we wrote a post about books featuring characters of color, but a reader pointed out that some of those authors were white. So!… Read more

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Have a Safe Weekend.

black lives matter mural washington D.C.

What are you up to this weekend? Sesame Street is airing a 60-minute special called “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” on Saturday at 10 a.m.,… Read more

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