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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 22:42
Alex and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary tomorrow. Over the years, I've learned many things about marriage—both what to do and what not to do. Here are my top eight...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "alex, marriage, personal, relationships"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 12:18
Would you ever get married at City Hall? There's something so exciting, laid-back and intimate about these small ceremonies. My friend got married at City Hall a couple weeks ago, and she wore a white linen T-shirt, jeans and sandals. And when Alex and I stopped by years ago to get our marriage license, we saw a bride, groom and their entire family wearing Mets jerseys!

What do you think? Would (or did) you get hitched at City Hall? Refinery 29 just photographed a bunch of couples—see the slideshow here.

P.S. This would make a lovely casual wedding dress.
P.P.S. My friend Lee's wedding, the day New York legalized gay marriage and this bride wore overalls!

(Photos by Winnie Au for Refinery 29)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "new york, relationships, weddings"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 11:50
My friend Jenny Rosenstrach is warm, wise and a genius when it comes to dinners. Her new book, Dinner: The Playbook, takes you through 30 days of dinners, inspired by a time she and her husband, Andy, challenged themselves to make 30 different meals and have their young daughters try them all. I especially love her recipe for chicken parm meatballs, and here's how she makes them...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, chicken parm meatball..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 08:44
We moved into our new apartment about two weeks ago (I'd love to share more photos once we finish unpacking and painting), and the new place has two things we've never had before: outdoor space (a small balcony off the living room) and...a WASHER AND DRYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's the first washer and dryer Alex and I have had in our adult lives (and we're old), and I cannot tell you how happy we are that our dragging-bags-to-the-laundromat days are over.
We turned to (you guessed it) The Honest Company, one of my beloved long-term sponsors, to try their natural, non-toxic laundry supplies, including laundry detergent, non-chlorine bleach, stain remover and dryer cloths.
For lingerie and delicates, I washed everything by hand in the sink with baby shampoo (have you heard that trick?). It's gentle and smells like sweet orange vanilla—so good.
The laundry scents are very subtle, light and fresh, and the ingredients are all-natural and safe for babies and sensitive skin.
Four-year-old Toby helped me sort the laundry into colors vs. whites; we've been giving him chores lately and he takes them very seriously.
And one-year-old Anton helped by rolling around on the blanket. :)
If you'd like to try Honest, you can see their cleaning supplies here. We love and trust all of their natural products and highly recommend them! (Especially their adorable patterned diapers.) Looking forward to sharing more apartment photos soon. xo

Bonus for all readers: Get 35% off your first bundle with the code CUPOFJO35OFF, good until September 10th. Thank you, Honest!

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by The Honest Company, whose products our family has used for years. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "brooklyn apartment"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 21:18
We're going out to dinner for our anniversary, and I'm planning to wear a dress I've had for years, but then I stumbled upon this lace jumpsuit. Isn't it sexy? So cool, elegant, effortless—and with such alluring details, like the lace bodice and low back. What a gorgeous ensemble for a date, especially with red lipstick and a low bun.

P.S. How to keep the sparks alive.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "fashion, personal"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 15:00
Alex and I are celebrating our fifth anniversary this Friday. Our wedding simultaneously feels like yesterday and a million years ago. So much has happened! This week, I'd love to talk about what I've learned during the past five years of marriage, but first...

Let's talk about romantic comedies. When I was dating in my twenties, if I liked a guy, I would suggest we watch So I Married an Ax-Murderer. If he enjoyed it, I knew that our senses of humor aligned. It got terrible reviews, but even just thinking of this scene or that scene make me laugh out loud. What rom coms do you like? New York Magazine just did a list of 25, and here are 10 of my favorites...

* When Harry Met Sally
* Emma
* Bridget Jones's Diary
* Roxanne
* Clueless
* Say Anything
* Her
* Forgetting Sarah Marshall
* 13 Going on 30
* Silver Lining's Playbook

Plus, four amazing romantic movies (that aren't really comedic):
* A Room with a View
* Sense & Sensibility
* Away from Her (broke my heart)
* Romeo & Juliet (the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey)
And just for fun, here's a fake trailer of When Harry Met Sally made into a horror film. Makes me laugh.

Agree or disagree? Which romantic comedies or movies do you like? I'd love to hear...

P.S. The seven types of women in romantic comedies, and the movie we watched on our first date. Also, will you cry at your wedding?
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "movies, relationships, what we're readin..."
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 07:56
What are your plans for the weekend? We're getting settled in Brooklyn and have been loving it so far. Everyone is so friendly. Meanwhile, thank you so much for these inspiring tips! I'm looking forward to trying some things. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Head's up: Everything at J.Crew is 25% off right now.

Breakfast downgraded from "most important meal of the day" to "meal."

Although I still really, really want to make this.

This anniversary card made me laugh.

What?! You can sleep in IKEA for the night!!!

Classic movies changed to not be sexist.

LOVE these day-in-the-life photos of ballet dancer David Hallberg and actress Jemima Kirke.

Genius alarm clock.

10 pictures of the daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies.

The thought process of being late. Too true.

Tip: Treat a night with a friend like a date night.

Makes me want another baby.

(Coffee brewer link via Girls of a Certain Age)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 14:51
Thank you for being so enthusiastic about our Motherhood Around the World series. It has been an honor to share these women's personal stories, and we loved reading all your comments. We hope to do another round next year.

Our thirteenth—and final!—interview features Natasha Ngaiza. She moved from Philadelphia to Santiago, Chile, with her husband, David, and their young daughters, Mia and Sara. Here are 18 things that have surprised her about being a mom in Chile...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood around the world,..."
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Date: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 08:19
For our Motherhood Around the World series, our twelfth interview features Diane Zhang, who moved from Brooklyn to Istanbul with her husband, Josh, and 11-month-old son, Aaron. Here are 13 things that surprised her about being a mother in Turkey...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood around the world,..."
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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 00:23
Have you seen the trailer for The Theory of Everything, the new movie about physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane? It comes out November 7th, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it. The movie is based on Jane's memoir, Travelling to Infinity, which chronicles their extraordinary courtship and life together.

The trailer focuses on their romance, but, in real life, their marriage also grew complicated. If you're curious, check out this fascinating NPR post. Here's a quote from Jane herself:
"I had two tiny babies, I was running the home and looking after Stephen full time: dressing, bathing, and he refused to have any help with that other than from me. I thought that to coerce him into taking these measures would have been too cruel. One of the great battles was getting Stephen to use a wheelchair. I'd be going out with Stephen on one arm, carrying the baby in the other, and the toddler running alongside. Well, it was hopeless because the toddler would run off and I would be unable to chase. So that kind of thing made life rather impossible."
Thoughts? Will you see it? She sounds like an amazing woman.
P.S. 25 best documentaries.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, movies, what we're reading"
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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 00:23
Have you seen the site Honest Slogans? It's hilarious. Here are 11 that made us laugh out loud...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, illustration"
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 17:59
Now that we've moved to Brooklyn, Toby will be going to a new school this fall. To get him ready and excited, we've been doing more art projects at home, and we discovered the fantastic company Yoobi...Read More >
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 17:29
Anton sucks his thumb all the time—while bathing, playing, even walking. But the other day at the playground, he pulled off his funniest move yet: He needed to hold on, so he just tilted his head and maneuvered to get to his thumb. Oh my gosh, I love that little multi-tasker!

P.S. Anton's first steps and seven armpits.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, baby, motherhood, personal"
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 15:05
This summer, I've been using my phone less, but Cup of Jo editor Caroline has been using her phone more. Here's a (wildly unofficial) quiz to see if you, too, are addicted to your smartphone...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "caroline, comics, illustration, julia ro..."
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 17:36
Over the past year, Toby has fallen in love with a stuffed animal named Mr. Fox. They cuddle together at night and, according to Toby, Mr. Fox tells really funny jokes. So...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "baby, design, motherhood, motherhood mon..."
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 16:02
Do you exercise?

For years, I've just biked and walked around town, but now that I'm 35 with two babies, it's not cutting it anymore. I feel creaky and achy, and my back always hurts. (It takes me like 30 seconds to straighten my back after standing up, no joke.) I'd love to get more toned and flexible and maybe take an exercise class. So, I'd really like to know: What kind of exercise do you do?

My history of exercise:

Childhood: Running around.

Teenage years: Daily ballet classes. Riding my mom's NordiTrack in our foyer.

College: Tae Bo on VHS with my roommates. (It was actually kind of amazing.)

One summer in my early twenties: WALKING on the treadmill at the gym every night while watching Felicity reruns. (Team Ben, btw.)

One day in my late twenties: I took a yoga class and was so inflexible that I felt embarrassed and didn't go back.

Twenties, early thirties: Biking and walking everywhere and hoping it adds up to a decent amount. Taking stairs instead of elevators (see: phobia).

So, now that I'm an old lady, I need to bolster my routine. When Jessie raved about SoulCycle yesterday, I was really intrigued. I'm also wondering if I should give yoga another chance? Or pilates, Pure Barre, Zumba? Brazilian Butt Lift?! I would LOVE to hear what you do! Please send any and all suggestions my way :) Thank you so much!
P.S. Seeing movies alone, and riding bikes with babies.

(Photos: International pupils at an outdoor physical education class at the English-Scandinavian Summer School by William Vanderson. Aerobics class at the Helena Rubinstein Salon, 1958, by Inge Morath)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "personal, relationships"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 13:30
For years, I've had a girl crush on Jessie Randall, the creative director of shoe and handbag brand Loeffler Randall. A mom of three boys, Jessie lives with her family in Brooklyn; and in addition to having amazing taste, she's also incredibly warm and down to earth. Here, she shares her secrets, including a life-changing serum and a book that made her cry...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, beauty uniform, fashion"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 12:33
What do you eat for breakfast? I know it's the most important meal of the day, but I'm the worst at it. I either skip it or eat leftovers while standing next to the fridge. But this breakfast salad might change my ways. It's easy and delicious (and would also make a great dinner). Erin of Yummy Supper shows us how it's done...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, breakfast salad recip..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 12:28
What are you up to this weekend? We're moving to Brooklyn today and unpacking all weekend. Exciting! Please wish us luck (as Deb says: "moving out is the easy part! Moving in, hoo boy"), and thanks for all your tips and suggestions. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web...

How to do a double knot ponytail.

What your ponytail says about you.

Humans of New York is traveling around the world.

How to get a good night's sleep.

Statue selfies.

A chef's good advice.

LOVE this fall nail polish.

Women listening to men in Western Art. Made me laugh.

45 ways to avoid the word "very."

Confessions of a Magnolia Bakery cupcake bouncer.

Toby needs this T-shirt.

Awesome bus stop.

Finally reading this book and loving it.

Hello, stranger on the street, could you please tell me how to take care of my baby?

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Meghan Kay Sadler for OnceWed. Stranger advice post via Storq)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 12:11
My brother brought his French girlfriend on our family vacation last week. She was fun and beautiful with shiny brown hair and thick bangs, and she taught us French phrases, like the term of endearment "mon petit chou," or "my little cabbage."

But what stood out to me was that, during the trip, her uniform was skinny jeans, brown flat sandals and...a grey sweatshirt. She looked effortlessly cool. I had always categorized sweatshirts as workout clothes, but hers was fitted, cropped and flattering. Naturally, as soon as we got home to New York, I googled said sweatshirts. Here are cool ones from J.Crew, Current Elliott, BP and Everlane.

Thoughts? Would you wear one? Might be the perfect thing to pull on every day this fall.

P.S. England photos are coming right up!
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "do or don't, fashion"
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