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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 18:00
Three years ago, I posted about a random idea I had for an articles club. "An articles club would be just like a book club," I wrote, "But we'll read articles. We'd all read the same story—from, say, The New Yorker or Elle—and chat over wine and snacks. It would be fascinating, timely and a much easier commitment than a book club (because, honestly, who ever finishes the book on time?). And it would make the winter feel fun." Well, my friend Anna and I started one, and here's what it's like...
The evening starts at 7:30pm, so Toby can stay up a few minutes late and say hi to the ladies. He gets to eat some guacamole and chips and tell a few jokes before padding off to bed.
He always tries to sneak in a few extra minutes:)
Then the evening begins! We discuss the article and share anecdotes and philosophies. We also drink wine and eat snacks, of course.
We usually choose an article that feels relevant to our lives—typically about friendship, career, work/life balance or relationships.
The fascinating thing about an articles club is how close you get to—and how much you learn about—the women in the group. The conversations get intimate pretty quickly—we've talked about marriage, breakups, parenting, career goals, what success means, the saddest and happiest times in our lives, depression, body image, aging, feminism, religion, everything under the sun. I've learned things about my friends that I hadn't known after years and years of friendship, since we end up talking about such specific, deep topics. It's wonderful.
Here are some of the articles we've chosen:
Those Aren't Fighting Words, Dear
The "Busy" Trap
Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30?
Surprised to See Me: The biggest shock of losing weight is the (sometimes weird) reaction by my old friends
Why We Cheat
Is There Life After Work?
Why It's Smart to Court Your Friends
How to Be Polite
Masters of Love

Would you ever set up an articles club? They're so much fun and the best part is you can read the article on the way to the club! I always leave buzzing from the female friendships. :)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "articles club, books, entertaining, pers..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 11:42
We've been long-time fans of AHeirloom, the Brooklyn-based shop run by a husband and wife. The couple, Amy and Bill, created their first state-shaped cutting board for their wedding, where they served cheese on boards shaped like their home states (Michigan and Connecticut).
Today, they're giving one reader a set of two wooden cutting boards in the states of her choice. Which would you pick? (I'd go for Michigan!) They'd be awesome for parties or gifts or just to have around the house.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite state. The winner will be chosen on Monday at random. Thank you so much!

Bonus for all readers: Get 15% off with the code CUPOFJO15, good through this Sunday.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 10:37
Have you seen Brittany Maynard's incredibly moving video, below?

When 29-year-old newlywed Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and given six months to live, she and her husband thought carefully and decided to move to Oregon, which is one of five U.S. states that allow patients to die with dignity. Her doctor prescribed a pill that will allow her to end her life peacefully and painlessly. Maynard says she plans to die this November 1st in her bedroom, surrounded by her mother, stepfather, husband and best friend.

"There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die. I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease, but there's not," Maynard explained to People. "I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying...For my mother, it's really difficult, and for my husband as well, but they've all supported me because they've stood in hospital rooms and heard what would happen to me."

Here's her video:

On a similar note, surgeon, writer and public health researcher Atul Gawande published a book yesterday called Being Mortal. He discusses how, when patients are aging and dying, the goals of medicine seem to frequently run counter to the interest of the human spirit:
I had never seen anyone die before I became a doctor, and when I did, it came as a shock....I felt as if I’d failed. But death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things. I knew these truths abstractly, but I didn’t know them concretely—that they could be truths not just for everyone but also for this person right in front of me, for this person I was responsible for.

You don't have to spend much time with the elderly or those with terminal illness to see how often medicine fails the people it is supposed to help. The waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver's chance of benefit. These days are spent in institutions—nursing homes and intensive-care units—where regimented, anonymous routines cut us off from all the things that matter to us in life.

As recently as 1945, most deaths occurred in the home. By the 1980s, just 17 percent did. Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.

I'm not sure how to wrap up a post like this other than saying I'm so moved.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "relationships, videos, what we're readin..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 14:00
Cup of Jo editor Caroline has had the same hair for almost thirty years (see above). She and her boyfriend just broke up, so she's craving the classic Breakup Haircut—a fresh new look for a fresh start. But she isn't sure what to do. Will you help her decide? Here are the three choices...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, caroline, fashion"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 11:24
This month, we're featuring baked snacks, and today's recipe comes from Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers. Her new cookbook features amazing menus for gatherings, from dinner parties to picnics. Here's how to make homemade pretzels for your next get-together...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, food, homemade pretze..."
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 19:26
In our Motherhood Around the World series, we talked to American moms who are raising their children abroad. This week, we turned the tables and talked to nine moms who grew up abroad and are raising their children here in the United States. Here are 24 things they have found surprising about parenting in the U.S....Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood mondays"
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 15:58
Have you seen the trailer for St. Vincent? The movie, starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, features a chain-smoking curmudgeon (naturally), who agrees to babysit the 12-year-old boy who moves in next door. As you'd expect, they become friends, teach each other valuable lessons, yada yada yada, but the script looks funny and Bill Murray is the best.
It comes out October 24th. Will you see it?

P.S. Our favorite comedies and documentaries. Plus, the 101 best written TV series.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, movies"
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 21:26
I can think of two little boys who would gladly wear this shirt. Made me laugh.

P.S. The ever-expanding bedtime routine.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood mondays"
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Date: Saturday, 04 Oct 2014 14:24
What are you up to this weekend? We're going out for Mexican food tonight, and tomorrow we're going on a family bike ride. Also, I've gotten really sucked into this book. (B.J. Novak said, "I thought it was incredible that a book that was so much of a pulpy heart-pounding thriller had so many intimate sophisticated observations about human nature.") Have you read it? Hope you have a relaxing weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

A song to kick off the weekend.

Have you tried this? Every beauty editor I know swears by it.

The picky eaters club.

How to serve grapes.

A hilarious review of every single drugstore mascara.

These Halloween costumes are a trip. (Ira Glass!)

A cool app for saving.

This texting trick made me laugh. (The whole blog is great.)

Genius tip: ice-cube popsicles.

Learning to love criticism.

Are you guilty of blue cheese blabbing?

Riveting photos of the Underground Railroad.

Seven events that sparked baby booms.

(Photo by Branislav Jovanović)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 17:42
My friend Nora got engaged this summer, and her engagement story actually felt kind of revolutionary...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "do or don't, engagement, illustration, r..."
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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 16:12
I've been looking for a go-to fall shoe, and I just discovered these leather loafers. You could pair them with jeans and sweaters and instantly look cool and effortless. I like that they look like men's shoes, but are graceful with a small heel. The olive color is my favorite.

Thoughts? Aren't they lovely?

P.S. My other fall staple.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "fashion, fashion favorites"
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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 14:29
For this week's beauty uniform, we talked to the lovely Holiday Kumar, who runs the ice-cream company OddFellows and lives in Manhattan with her husband and twins. Here, she shares her funny shower ritual, pick-me-up underwear and the book that changed her life...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, beauty uniform, fashion"
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 23:44
On Monday night at 10:30pm, Toby walked out of his bedroom, deliriously chatting a mile a minute. His forehead was burning hot, and he curled up next to me on the sofa, while I stared into his eyes and nodded along, trying to get him to come down to earth. I ended up sleeping in his bed to keep an eye on him, and his tossing body felt like a radiator. The next morning, he was still hot and his cheeks had developed a rash. We rushed him to the pediatrician, who then rushed us to the ER, fearing bacterial meningitis. After being poked and prodded for hours, and taking a long nap in my arms like a newborn, teary Toby was proclaimed safe and not seriously ill (with an unidentified virus). Thank goodness!

What a terrifying day. Moments like that make you realize with a shock how intensely you love your children.

Meanwhile, Anton, also feverish but not as severely, stayed home and cuddled with our babysitter. Or, as Alex joked, Anton is so rugged, he was probably chilling in a corner with an empty whiskey glass, chewing on a bullet.

These two boys. The loves of my life.

(Photo taken last night. Goodnight Moon always does the trick.)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, motherhood, personal, toby"
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 18:11
Every time we visit our relatives in L.A., Huckleberry Cafe is one of the first places I want to go. Alex describes it as the "ultimate girl food"—salads, soups, pastries—and everything is mouthwateringly delicious. So I was psyched when I saw their new cookbook! Today, Zoe from Huckleberry shares her cornbread recipe, which can be customized any way you like: sweet, savory or bursting with fresh fall corn. Here's how to bake it...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, food, fresh corn corn..."
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 21:15
Yesterday, at 10:30am sharp, I dialed a fancy Manhattan hotel and asked to be connected to a publicist, who then connected me to...Lena Dunham! Dunham's collection of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, came out today, and I was curious to talk to her about sex, books and how she's changed over the years. Here's what she said...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "books, relationships"
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 14:15
Alex and I were laughing the other day about how differently we've approached parenting with our second child versus our first. You learn to be so much more relaxed! Comedian Jason Good wrote this pitch-perfect comparison in his book This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing...

Raising Your First vs. Your Second Child
By Jason Good, father of two

First Kid: All homemade in special baby-food processor. Quinoa! Spinach! Sweet potatoes!
Second Kid: Crackers.

First Kid: Crib that Daddy put together himself while Mommy yelled at him.
Second Kid: Mommy's bed. Daddy now has his own room with a mattress on the floor surrounded by dirty socks.

First Kid: One hundred percent organic cotton. Some even made of bamboo?
Second Kid: His brother's old clothes.

First Kid: In our backyard with a piñata hanging from the Japanese maple.
Second Kid: Pizza on the floor.

First Kid: Every night in a special bathtub that's just the right size. Hand-washed with a soft cloth or silky sponge.
Second Kid: Twice a week. Swimming pools count.

Nighttime Routine
First Kid: Swaddled in a Miracle Blanket. "Baby Beluga" sung to him. Asleep by 7:30pm.
Second Kid: Falls asleep on the sofa with mom's boob in his mouth at 10:30pm.

First Kid: Playgroups, mommy and baby get-togethers in the park!
Second Kid: His brother's friends.

First Kid: All handmade out of wood. Mostly Swedish.
Second Kid: The boxes his brother's toys came in.

TV Rules
First Kid: PBS/Sesame Street only. Two 23-minute shows per day.
Second Kid: Has his own Netflix account.

First Kid: Something European with an umlaut in its name.
Second Kid: Old muddy shoes with faded umlaut and missing sole insert.

Potty Training
First Kid: Diapers, then some kind of training underwear, then underwear.
Second Kid: Might crap in a diaper until college.

First Kid: A wonderful woman named Sarah, whom he loves and will cherish for the rest of his life.
Second Kid: Doesn't have one. We never go out.

P.S. The crazy things you do as a parent, and 20 surprising parenting tips.

(Top photo by Alpha Smoot of Kendra's adorable little ones; it was an outtake from this shoot. Book excerpt via Parents)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood mondays"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 12:55
The other day, my friend and I went shopping for maternity clothes at Hatch in Soho...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "maternity wear, pregnancy"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 18:42
In the fall, as the air grows crisp and the days get shorter, it's always great to have those clothes you pull on again and again. We often spot our friend Gaby, a curator at Etsy, around Brooklyn wearing the most amazing outfits. When she came to our most recent photo shoot, we asked her to share the three looks she'll be wearing this fall...
Look #1: Mustard sweater, similar shirtdress, sneakers, similar tote

"My fall uniform usually includes a loose sweater; I like feeling comfortable. Even though I'm small, I typically avoid heels in favor of Vans or Converse. I'm always running around, and heels don't last very long on NYC concrete. I also kind of like being little in a city full of tall people."
Look #2: Plaid dress, sneakers, similar bag

"I love this dress because it's so easy. Dresses are great when you don't feel like coordinating an outfit in the morning. I'm not a morning person, so having to make decisions about my wardrobe can feel like a chore. Having a basic style formula has been really helpful for me."
Look #3: Skater skirt, sweatshirt, sneakers, necklace, similar bag

"I'm currently going through a skirt phase, but, specifically, I'm obsessed with this skirt. It's the perfect length and transitions from day to night. I'll usually add one of my favorite Academy necklaces and Young Frankk rings. I like neutral colors, like the stereotypical NYC girl. Think of Woody Allen movies before 1985: everything is either an earth tone or black. In fact, I'd say Diane Keaton is my style muse."

Thank you so much, Gaby! We love your style.

P.S. Six women's beauty uniforms, and how to tie a scarf.

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Interview by Caroline Donofrio)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "fashion, julia robbs, three fall outfits"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 13:50
What are you up to this weekend? We are having a little housewarming party tomorrow night (does anyone know any foolproof appetizers?), and I'm also going to spend lots of quiet time playing with the boys. Toby was a little overwhelmed at school this week—it's a lot for little dudes!—so we're going to play on the floor and just take it easy. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web...

Great tiny bathroom makeover.

The best way to reheat leftover pizza.

What a pretty wreath.

This new guidebook made me laugh.

Cozy sweaters for fall (I really love the blue one).

A day in the life of a ballerina.

Maps that will surprise you.

"Why I want my sons to see me naked."

Anthony Bourdain's brilliant travel tips.

How funny is this calendar?

At last! I got these fantastic tweezers and, after three decades, my brows finally look good.

What a touching story.

Iconic portraits recreated...with John Malkovich.

A baked potato party.

Finally, another BRAVO to the amazing women starting a revolution against campus sexual assault. (And what it's like to lug around that mattress.)

(Instagram photo by Seth Smoot)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 19:50
We've talked about taking vacations alone and living alone, but what about walking around town by yourself? When you're flying solo in public, do you talk to strangers or keep quiet? This week, just for fun, Cup of Jo editor Caroline—who generally stays mum—ventured outside of her comfort zone and chatted with various strangers around NYC. Here's Caroline's diary...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "caroline, new york, relationships"
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