What Baking Recipes Do You Love?

Best baking recipes

Question for the group! Recently, I’ve gotten really into baking, and I’m dying to ask: which recipes you swear by? The amazing (and easy) recipe that Anton and I make on repeat is…

Smitten Kitchen’s Strawberry cake.… Read more

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Four Fun Things

West Village by Nicole Franzen

Walks are the best — like exercise and meditation you can squeeze in between tasks. Says the always hilarious David Sedaris, “I was traveling when I got my Fitbit, and because the tingle [of reaching 10000 steps] feels so good, not just as a sensation but also as a mark of accomplishment, I began pacing the airport rather than doing what I normally do, which is sit in the waiting area, wondering which of the many people around me will die first, and of what.”

Steamed broccoli by Sarah Jampel

Food writer Jenny Rosenstrach and her husband Andy Ward have a handy dinner formula for parents this summer: “________ + Side of Broccoli = Healthy Enough.” So, go ahead and dish out mac n cheese or hot dogs, as long as you have that virtuous veg sitting pretty on the side.… Read more

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My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn soccer player

This afternoon, 26-year-old soccer player Crystal Dunn, a defender on the U.S. Women’s National Team, will take the field to play Thailand in the first round of the World Cup.… Read more

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Mabo Kids Giveaway

Mabo Kids Clothes

For years, Mabo has been one of our favorite places to find beautiful, well-made children’s clothing. Today they’re offering a $300 giveaway (and a discount code)…

Mabo Kids

All of Mabo’s pieces are incredibly well made and last forever.… Read more

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Kate Baer’s Motherhood Poems Make Me Laugh and Cry

Parenting Poems by Kate Baer

Have you heard of Kate Baer? The Pennsylvania-based poet writes about the behind-the-scenes of parenting and marriage in such a real way, you can’t help nodding your head while reading.… Read more

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Have a Loving Weekend.

Pride Parade engagement

Happy Pride Month! What are you up to this weekend? We’re going on a sail for my friend Gemma‘s birthday, and we’ll also be getting family haircuts on Saturday.… Read more

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Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

California by Nicki Sebastian

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to visit Alex’s mom, sister and brother-in-law in Atlanta. The boys are excited to swim, and we’re heading to our go-to spot, Kimball House.… Read more

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Staying-In Tops

Grace Farris Comics

Wardrobe essentials. By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. Hanging plants and everyday smiles.… Read more

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“Why I Gave Up Drinking — And How It Changed My Life”

Why I Quit Drinking — And How It Changed My Life

I stopped drinking the week after my 28th birthday…

I have always had a complex relationship with alcohol. While no one would have called me an alcoholic, my hold on drinking was slippery, and I didn’t always feel in control.… Read more

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An Old-School Photo Birthday Cake

How to Make a Photo Cake

Here’s the cake I’ve been excited to show you! When Toby and I were discussing ideas for his birthday, I casually mentioned something that was cool when I was younger, and he lost his little mind…

Photo cakes!… Read more

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11 Great Reader Comments on Friendship

On Friendship

Trick question: What’s better than Oprah? (Answer: Oprah and Gayle.) Because friends make everything better. Here are 11 comments that made me cry multiple times while putting this post together…

On traditions:

“I started a tradition of celebrating ‘friendiversaries’ when we hit big milestones – five years of friendship, 10 years, 15, 20, 25.… Read more

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Toby’s 9th Birthday Party

Toby's 9th Birthday Party

Last weekend, we celebrated Toby’s ninth birthday outside Jane’s Carousel. After Toby talking about it for six months, the day had finally arrived! He loves nothing more than being surrounded by his friends and running around, so we kept it super low-key.… Read more

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Mother’s Day-Adjacent Things to Do This Weekend

Mother's Day Comic

This Friday’s cartoon is by Grace Farris. Sending a hug to anyone who needs one. Mother’s Day isn’t always easy.

And if you’d like to donate this Mother’s Day, here are three worthy causes:

* National Bail Out reunites families all over the country on Mother’s Day by bailing out as many black mothers and caregivers as possible, providing supportive services and fellowship opportunities, and organizing to transform harmful systems (like money bail and pretrial detention).… Read more

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Nisolo Makes the Best Sustainable Shoes

Nisolo Makes The Best Sustainable Shoes

Have you tried Nisolo shoes? I want to shout about them from the treetops…

Nisolo Makes the Best Sustainable Shoes

Nisolo, the shoe brand based in Nashville, is an ethical B Corp that offsets their carbon emissions with every product sold.… Read more

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Do You Want to Try Binge-Reading? (Or Do You Already?)

Why We Should Start Binge-Reading Right Now

We’ve talked about what books we love reading, but now I’m curious: How do you read those books? For years, my evenings would go like this…

…head home from work, eat some quesadillas, play a card game with the boys, brush their teeth, tickle their backs, tell them no more talking, remind them no more talking, flop down on the sofa, chat with Alex, turn my brain off with a TV show (one winter, I watched the entire series of Frasier), maaaaaybe wash my face but probably not wash my face, put on pajamas, read a few pages of a book and pass out.… Read more

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The Best Boxed Brownie Mix: A Taste Test!

The Best Boxed Brownie Mix: A Taste Test!

This might sound funny but…

I’ve never made a batch of brownies from scratch that could compete with the ones I’d bake as a kid, the box mix kind that call for two or three eggs and some hydrogenated oil and maybe even a “chocolate flavor packet” if you feel like getting fancy.… Read more

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Have a Delicious Weekend.

Roberta's Pizza

What are your plans this weekend? I’m going to my friend Gemma‘s tonight for pizza, chatting and no children in sight. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

The New York Times said Aperol spritzes were bad, and the internet freaked out.… Read more

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Have a Relaxing Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re happy to be spending a few days in Austin, visiting old friends and eating all the migas tacos.… Read more

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Guided Meditation Experiment

Christine Rai cartoon

No, but seriously where is my tongue? By the wonderful Christine Rai.

P.S. Modern dating problems and relaxing experiences.… Read more

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9 Easy Family Meals We’ve Loved to Death

I was emailing with my friend Mindy the other day and signed off the way I always do with certain friends…

“What’s for dinner tonight?”

As a food writer, I’m in the business of family dinner, so it’s a good way to discover new and exciting dishes that my husband and teenage kids might like.… Read more

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A Week of Outfits: Katie Sturino

A Week of Outfits: Katie Sturino

We’re long-time fans of Katie Sturino, the woman behind the fashion blog The 12ish Style and the Megababe body-care brand. Katie is known for recreating celebrity outfits with plus-size pieces that prove how easy (and fun!) fashion can be.… Read more

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Four Great Things

Elizabeth Dunker winter swimming

Do you have any new hobbies? My friend Elisabeth Dunker, who lives in Sweden, has started winter bathing, which is basically jumping into freezing water.… Read more

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Sour Cream and Cheddar Egg Biscuits

Sour Cream and Chive Egg Biscuits

Today, we conclude our month of sandwiches with this freshly-baked breakfast. It’s a sandwich! It’s a biscuit! It’s all your dreams come true. Here’s how to make it (you know you want to)…

Sour Cream and Chive Egg Biscuits

Sour Cream and Cheddar Egg Biscuits
From Mike Le of I Am a Food Blog

I have a thing for biscuits.… Read more

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What to Do With Kids’ Art

Things to Do With Your Children's Art

Thank you for your service. By the wonderful Grace Farris.

P.S. So many art projects and the best worst bedtime stories.… Read more

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CBD Sparkling Water Giveaway

CBD Sparkling Water Giveaway

Have you tried CBD? The phytocannabinoid (a big word for a plant compound) is seemingly everywhere these days, in oils, lotions, lip balms… But the easiest, and most delicious, way to try it is Sweet Reason sparkling water.… Read more

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8 Everyday Clothes I Wear Over and Over

Minkpink sweater

Have you ever done a closet cleanse? I reach for the same trusty pieces almost every day, and chances are if we run into each other on the street, I’ll be wearing some version of them.… Read more

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This New Zealand Apartment Welcomes You With a Bright Yellow Door

New Zealand Small House Tour

Ana Barbono lives in the center of Wellington City, New Zealand, with her husband, Rob, and their almost-two-year-old son, Aro. “I’m a former lawyer and political advisor, now almost two years deep into stay-at-home parenthood,” she says.… Read more

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The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich

veggie sandwich

Spring is in the air, bringing buds, brightness, and one big question: How do you make the most of spring produce? Today, Heather Hands of Flourishing Foodie shares how she combines the season’s best greens to make one delicious sandwich.… Read more

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9 Cookbooks That Earn Their Keep

9 Cookbooks That Earn Their Keep

There are two shelves in my kitchen that house approximately 50 cookbooks, and I am constantly adding new ones and giving away old ones to make sure the shelf — and my cooking — stays relevant.… Read more

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