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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:51
What are you up to this weekend? This week, I went to see a sneak peek of 26-year-old choreographer Justin Peck's new ballet for The New York City Ballet, for which Sufjan Stevens wrote the music. It was amazing! Peck's super fast and even funny choreography made ballet feel incredibly contemporary and relevant—he's bringing the art form into the twenty first century. I'm really excited to see the full performance this May. Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Humans of New York is writing a second book!

Would you live in this 84-square-foot house?

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has a cherry blossom tracker—they're starting to bloom!

Kindness: this broke my heart.

An incredibly realistic drawing by a 16-year-old.

How flipping cute are these bonnets? And everything here makes me want another baby:)

Playful typography.

How to make everything ok.

"I was racially profiled in my own driveway."

Just ordered the perfect blush for spring.

Jenna Lyons is a marketing genius.

Is this the world's happiest photo?

Anton's bottle spilled all over my laptop the other day. I wish I'd had this!

Hemingway on how to become a good writer.

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo of Justin Peck from the new documentary Ballet 422)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 10:42
I'm a huge fan of bronzer—it instantly makes you look healthy and beautiful. But I was never sure I was doing it right and didn't want to end up looking orange or glittery, like a teenager. So! We partnered with Nordstrom to try out their Midnight Bronze collection, and with the help of makeup artist Ashlee Glazer, we figured out how to use bronzer to get that effortless glow—and, basically, just look really, really pretty. Here's how...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, beauty tutorial, fashion, julia ..."
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 09:21
Our friends Ashley and Aron moved from NYC to Davis, California, almost two years ago. They live with their children—Hudson and Skyler—in a midcentury modern house that feels quintessentially Californian. (How much do you want to beam yourself there?!) Here's a peek inside...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "california, design, home, home inspirati..."
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 08:33
Have you seen this video of a girl who practiced push-ups for 100 days? She was self-conscious about her body and told she was "scrawny," but her transformation is so inspiring. I actually found myself doing push-ups in the boys' room at 6am this morning:)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "relationships"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 13:42
For my last birthday, I was given some bluetooth speakers. And they are awesome. We listen to so much more music at home now (especially "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," which three-year-old Toby constantly and inexplicably requests), and we've also started playing music while making out. I had forgotten how music can instantly makes things so much steamier! My #1 song to set the mood is...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "relationships"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 16:53
Great news: Shopbop is giving a whopping 25% off with the code INTHEFAMILY14. Good today through Thursday. (I love this dress and bag.)

The pretty shoes above are these sandals, wedges, flats and sneakers for the summer. (And also have Swedish Hasbeens!)
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 11:15
This month, we're featuring dips and sauces. With summer barbecues just around the corner, there's one sauce that always makes an appearance: ketchup! This homemade version tastes much fresher than the bottled kind, and you can customize it with garlic, jalapeño, whatever you'd like. Here, Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen shows us how...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, dips and sauces, food..."
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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 17:00
Today's giveaway is a big one! Diapers.com is giving away an entire baby registry, up to $1000!!

We've always shopped regularly on Diapers.com, which delivers within two days. I just wish I had known about their baby registry, which is easy to use and has awesome perks:
* You have the option to wait to ship registry items up to six months past your due date (if you don't have room for everything right away).
* You get a 10% discount six weeks before your due date, so you can buy all your remaining registry items.
* About two weeks after you create your registry, Diapers.com will email you a 15% discount code, so your friends and family will save 15% when they shop from your registry. Plus, as an added bonus, the code is good for you to use once, too.

For a chance to win, just head over to Diapers.com to create a registry, and comment on this post below. A winner will be chosen at random next Monday, so you have seven days to put your registry together. Good luck, and congratulations to all the expectant parents out there!
Above: Storage bin, high chair, pajamas, crib, bottle, blanket, bus.

P.S. Years ago, I wrote out our entire baby registry, in case you need any guidance—they can be pretty overwhelming to put together!

(This post is sponsored by Diapers.com, a site we love and use all the time. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep Cup of Jo running. The photo is of Toby when he was ten days old)
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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 13:52
When Anton was born, he slept in our master bedroom for ages. We were nervous about moving him into Toby's room—would they wake each other up every morning? how would their staggered bedtime routines work?—and kept waiting to pull the trigger. A few readers have asked for an update on our sleeping situation, and I'm happy to provide one, as long as you don't judge, haha...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, motherhood, motherhood mondays, p..."
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 17:25
What are you up to this weekend? We are having friends over tonight and going on a bike ride tomorrow. (I can't wait until Anton is old enough for a bike seat!! I'd love to have him on the front and Toby on the back, like this mama.) Also, Mad Men starts Sunday, whoot whoot. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web...

A song to kick off the weekend.

LOVE these zigzag earrings.

Oh my goodness, I want to eat this grilled cheese.

How to handle criticism.

What it would look like if Venice froze.

The nerdiest app.

Rejection letters sent to famous people.

This book looks great. (Congrats, Molly!)

Would you try this eyeshadow? I actually kind of love it.

Now you're supposed to eat seven fruits and veggies a day.

The perfect response for absolutely everything.

Prince George is too flipping cute!

Is this reality show for real?

Old paintings get a new twist.

This A-to-Z of Dance video is jawdropping. Worth watching.

And I have to say, one more time, how much I love your comments, always. These were especially lovely.
And, by request, here is a photo of Caroline's dog! Her name is Mia, she is a five-and-a-half-pound morkie, and she loves being part of a good tablescape. :) Have a good one!

(Top photo from Breathless)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 14:00
This article in the New York Times was so touching—did you see it? It’s written by a man who was struggling to finish a novel and suddenly having crippling panic attacks. ("Seven years into writing a novel, I started to lose my mind," he wrote.) To make himself feel better—and quiet his mind—he did something counterintuitive: He started praying for other people.

Here's an excerpt...

*****
Sitting on the bench by the river that day, I remembered having read in Reader’s Digest—a periodical my family has undue reverence for—that when you are feeling bad, one way to make yourself feel better is to pray for others. I began to pray for the people who were passing by. I prayed for the nanny pushing a stroller. I prayed for the young woman jogging by in spandex. I prayed for the little boy pedaling his bicycle. I prayed that each of them got the same things that I wanted for myself: that they have good health, peace of mind, financial security. By focusing on others and their needs, my own problems seemed less unique and, somehow, less pressing.
...I called my parents a few weeks ago on the second anniversary of my brother’s death. My father began telling me that he felt abandoned by my brother, that my brother’s dying feels like him leaving us. As he spoke, I started thinking: I love you. I love you. My usual response at this point would have been to tell my father that he needed to focus on the future, that what was past was past. Instead I told my father that he was wonderful, that he should think of how brave he had been to take care of his poor sick son for all those years, that his devotion had been heroic. However odd my reasons may seem, I am glad that I said this.
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Are you religious? Do you pray for people? Even though I'm not very religious, I love this advice. Sometimes when I'm walking around the city or taking a cab, I'll watch people go by, look at their faces and think of the complicated lives they must lead—all their worries, hopes and fears; how they might be planning a trip to visit their mom, how they might be reminding themselves to pick up a prescription, how they might be hurrying home to see their children. It makes you really love strangers in a funny way.

P.S. His article reminded me in some ways of Humans of New York.

(Photo from the movie Her)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "relationships"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 11:28
Now that the weather is warming up, I've been on the hunt for an everyday spring dress. But it's been hard to find something flattering—dresses were either too short or too long, or the sleeves were capped (never good).

But lo and behold, I went onto Madewell.com last night and saw this beauty. She's perfect! And the pattern is so pretty! What do you think? Where do you usually shop for casual dresses?

P.S. And these sandals.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "fashion"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 21:28
Oh. My. Gosh. I DIE. (Toby, you did such a great job smiling and making your hands look sophisticated!)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, personal, toby"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 21:28
How beautiful are these photos from the kitchen shop Provisions? They make me want to tie on an apron and throw a dinner party.
A gorgeous salad bowl...
A farmer's pitcher...
A crescent bottle opener...
A gold ladle...
Lovely thin glasses...
And how ingenious is this beeswax wrap that keeps baguettes fresh?

Just love their styling so much. Visit the shop here, if you'd like.

P.S. Address stamps and cloth napkins.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, kitchen"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 11:00
This month, we're featuring delicious dips, spreads and sauces. Today's recipe is from Paul Lowe's gorgeous new cookbook Sweet Paul Eat & Make. I'd love to serve this when friends come over, wouldn't you? It's really easy to make but so, so good. Here's how to whip it up at home...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, best lemon feta dip r..."
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 09:31
Have you seen this video by dialect coach Andrew Jack? He gives a tour of Great Britain and Ireland and shows how different the regional accents are. Really fun to watch!

P.S. What British people say versus what they really mean.

(Via Mashable)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "relationships, travel, videos"
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 13:32
I first met Brooke Williams—a photographer and blogger—when she was an editor at the original Domino Magazine. She's funny and talented with a seriously amazing head of hair, and has been one of my style icons for years. Here, she talks about the magic of oil, wonderful advice for little girls, and what it's like to be taller than her husband...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, beauty uniform, fashion"
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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 22:51
Seriously, where do you live? Do you like it? BECAUSE YOU GUYS. The grossest thing happened last week, I can barely type it out...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "home, motherhood, personal"
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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 22:24
The other day, we spent a sunny morning in Dumbo. Toby and I walked by the river, while Anton rode in our trusty carrier. We were trying out Ergo's new Four Position 360 Baby Carrier, which is awesome because you can wear your baby in four different positions. Here are a few photos (and a giveaway), if you'd like to see...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, julia robbs, motherhood, new york..."
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Date: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 21:19
What are you up to this weekend? My dad is coming to visit, and we're planning to go to the Museum of Natural History in the morning and show him the views from our building's roof deck at night. We can't wait to see him! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

The list of animals who can dance is very short. And very cute.

A new pigeon book!!! Love that guy.

The secret to the perfect grilled cheese.

15 people who didn't know the Titanic was real.

Breast pumps should be as elegant as an iPhone and as quiet as a Prius by now.

A wonderful app for meditating.

Should Paris love locks be banned?

What Kevin Bacon thought about the "Six Degrees" game.

Two beautiful spring dresses: striped and white.

Made me laugh.

People are starting to dress like Seinfeld.

The one word that should never follow I love you.

If you're scared of heights, don't look at this...

Have a great weekend! And just wanted to say that I love your comments so much—and they were especially interesting on this post; it's such a pleasure to chat with likeminded women about so many things. :)

(Top photo of Jackie O. and John Jr. in Central Park by Larry Zumwalt, via NYMag)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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