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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 18:50
On Monday night at 10:30pm, four-year-old Toby randomly walked out of his bedroom, deliriously chatting a mile a minute. His forehead was burning hot, and I ended up sleeping in his bedroom to keep an eye on him. 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, teary Toby was proclaimed safe and not seriously ill (with an unidentified virus). Thank goodness! What a scary day! Moments like that make you realize with a shock how intensely you love your children.

Meanwhile, Anton, also feverish but not as severely, was home cuddling 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: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 14:32
I've been looking for a go-to fall shoe, and I just discovered these leather loafers. Aren't they lovely? You can 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.
P.S. My other fall staple.

(Top photo by Aline Vissoto)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "fashion"
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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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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 00:14
Lena Dunham's much-anticipated book, Not That Kind of Girl, comes out next Tuesday.

To celebrate the book's release, Lena made twelve short videos, in which she answers fans' personal questions. They're brilliant; she comes across as intelligent, empathetic and so, so kind.

1. On dressing provocatively:

2. On being plus size:

3. On toxic friends:

4. On sleeping with bad people:

5. On being an insecure writer:

6. On dealing with OCD:

7. On bullies:

8. On having bad sex:

9. On dating someone who doesn't make you laugh:

10. On a fear of death:

11. On jealousy:

12. On being too loud:

Will you read the book? The New York Times gave it a glowing review, and Lena, reflecting on her tumultuous past, says: “I can never be who I was...I can simply watch her with sympathy, understanding and some measure of awe. There she goes, backpack on, headed for the subway or the airport. She did her best with her eyeliner. She learned a new word she wants to try out on you. She is ambling along. She is looking for it."

P.S. A Q&A with the costume designer of Girls, and Mindy Kaling's friendship advice.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "books, genius, relationships, videos"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 15:17
My mom come to visit this past weekend—we miss her so much already!—and we wanted to send her a little gift for helping out so much with the boys, who absolutely adore her. For a thank you gift, I considered sending her flowers or brownies, but in the end, I stumbled on this baguette tray. Isn't it lovely? She and her husband love cooking, and I figured this is the perfect size for a baguette, or you could fill it with olives or nuts.
See the rest of the store here, if you'd like. We miss you, Mama!!

P.S. A mug to make her laugh.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, design, food, personal"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 12:17
Fall is officially here! If you're in the mood for something warm and comforting, Giulia from Audrey's is sharing her recipe for baked apples with hazelnuts, which are great for kids and adults. (And so easy you don't even need to peel the apples!) Here's how to make your own...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "baked apples with hazelnuts recipe, basi..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 17:43
This little trick is brilliant...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "career, relationships, what we're readin..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 14:19
Pink lipstick can be surprisingly hard to wear. It can make your face look washed out or like a seventh grader playing with makeup. But thanks to makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, we just discovered a pink lipstick that looks amazing on everyone...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, beauty tutorial, fashion"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 22:35
A lovely reader recently asked me which parenting books I'd recommend. Such a good question! Here are our 15 favorites (and I'd love to hear yours)...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "books, motherhood, motherhood mondays"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 17:31
Today's giveaway is from Of a Kind, the online marketplace founded by two college friends. They curate beautiful, limited-edition pieces from emerging designers, with new items added every week. See everything here.

Today, they're offering one lucky reader her choice of the items above—a watercolor scarf, tassel necklace, spotted clutch or leather tote. Which would you pick?

To enter, please visit Of a Kind (and consider signing up for their newsletter, so you'll never miss any of their limited editions) and leave a comment below telling us your favorite item. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday. Update: The winner has been emailed. Thanks for playing!

Bonus for all readers: Of a Kind is offering 20% off their editions with the code ACUPOFJO, good through Tuesday.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 17:48
What are you up to this weekend? My mom is in town for a few days, and we're all in heaven. She plays with the boys all day, and then we watch cheesy TV shows and drink white wine at night, nothing better:) Thank you so much for all your great comments this week, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

25 famous women on not having kids.

(And five Cup of Jo readers share why they decided not to have children.)

Why archaeologists hate Indiana Jones.

What amazing wallpaper!

How many of these common misconceptions do you know?

How to eat toast for dinner. (I would add this.)

This woman's beauty routine made me laugh. Love her.

Really, really love these shoes for fall.

Gorgeous book cover.

Rashida Jones is awesome. (Love her line about aging.)

How to learn self control.

Speed dating...to make friends!

Mark your calendar: Bill Hader is going to host SNL.

Plus, five about career:

What it's like to work on your bed.

Beautiful business cards.

Made me laugh.

How to be a good employee.

How to be a boss.

(Photo by Nicole Franzen)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "career week, design, photography"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 10:08
Tomorrow I'll be sharing 10 things I've learned in my career over the past fifteen years (so many things!), but meanwhile here are a few career tidbits from around the web...
Watch Peggy Olson break the glass ceiling in under three minutes...
My back hurts all the time, so my friend Gemma told me (and raved) about these ergonomic kneeling chairs. Apparently they keep your spine in proper alignment, strengthen lower back muscles and encourage good posture. Have you ever tried one?
My favorite career book by George Lois, the real Don Draper, which has 120 valuable nuggets about career and life. Smart, funny and no-nonsense.
Just discovered the hilarious tumblr It's Like They Know Us, which points out how unrealistic stock photos can be. The caption above is "I am getting so much work done. Toddlers are easy."
And above is, "My clients love when I bring the baby to meetings. My severe bun lets them know I mean business."
And above is, "Mom, I’m getting kinda hungry...Hey, um, Mom, you’ve been stirring that empty pot for 2 hours. Is the stove even on?...Mom? Mom? Mom...what happened to Dad?"
What have been your toughest interview questions? Douglas Edwards remembers being interviewed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin: "I'm going to give you five minutes," he told me. "When I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don't already know." He then rolled out of the room toward the snack area. I looked at Cindy. "He's very curious about everything," she told me. "You can talk about a hobby, something technical, whatever you want. Just make sure it's something you really understand well." (What would you explain?)
John Derian paperweights to cheer up your desk. (Caroline and I both have one.)
If you're in the mood, here's the past work/life/baby balance series on Cup of Jo. I'd love to do another one in the future featuring mothers with different careers, relationships, economic means and overall situations. It's a topic very near and dear to my heart. Lots of love to you.

P.S. Let's talk about fashion, books and travel...

(Google office photo from The Atlantic)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "books, career, career week, relationship..."
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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 17:27
When I was 21, I moved to New York with almost no money but lots of nerves and excitement. Over the next fourteen years, I worked a bunch of different jobs and learned so much—sometimes the hard way! For career week, I'd love to share 10 things I've learned during my career...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "career, career week, personal, relations..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 18:42
Did you ever hear this riddle when you were growing up?

A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly, and the son is taken to the nearest hospital. The doctor comes in and exclaims, "I can't operate on this boy." "Why not?" the nurse asks. "Because he's my son," the doctor responds. How is this possible?

Here's the answer, below...
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