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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 23:56
I've lived in New York for 13 years, and I only just discovered the secret sprinklers on top of the Natural History Museum...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, family travel, new york, travel"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 23:07
A couple years ago, everyone was half-tucking their shirts (like this), but nowadays the funny thing I've been noticing on Madewell models (and women on the street) is that they're front-tucking their shirts. The trick is to tuck in just a tiny bit. Thoughts? Will you do it?
P.S. Here's a third lovely version.

(Photos from Madewell)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "do or don't, fashion"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 13:48

This week, intrepid Cup of Jo editor Caroline was tasked with trying five natural deodorants and rating them on a scale of one to five. Here's her diary...
Let's face it: "Awesome Natural Deodorant" is basically an oxymoron. But many standard formulas contain harsh chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients. So this past week, I slathered on five natural formulas, then went about my life—in hot, humid NYC—to see what worked and what didn't...

Day 1: Tom's of Maine Wild Lavender
This doesn't work. It's a shame because the wild lavender scent smells so good. But after an hour, the lavender part goes away and it just smells wild. "Hi-don't-hug-me," I greeted my friend at dinner, taking great care not to get too close. Throughout the meal, I kept my upper arms glued to my sides, wielding cutlery with just forearms, like a tiny T-Rex. Oh, well. Now we know. Rating: One out of five stars

Day 2: Crystal Body Deodorant Stick
Pros: One salt crystal can last up to a year, which means less money spent on deodorant and less waste for the environment. Cons: The part where it doesn't actually deodorize. I've heard that salt crystals have legions of fans...who are you? (Really, I'd love to know.) I suspect this stuff may work for people who naturally smell fine. If that sounds like you, you're lucky! If not, you probably shouldn't buy this. Rating: Stars? What stars?

Day 3: Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh
The label says it's "refreshing and long-lasting." Only half of that is true. The roll-on liquid does indeed smell fresh, but only for an hour or two. I usually love Dr. Hauschka products, but this didn't stand up to a sweltering day. "Don't worry," said the boyfriend, "I like the way you smell." That was sweet, but I doubt anyone else would have agreed. While this might be fine for a chillier season, I wouldn't recommended it, unless you're willing to carry it everywhere and frequently reapply. Rating: Two out of five stars

Day 4: Nourish Organic Deodorant
When I was a freshman in college, I learned a new word: frowzy, which was how my roommate described her underarm condition when it was less than fresh. I thought of that word many times while sporting this deodorant. It didn't completely fail me, but I always felt, well, frowzy. I would wear this deodorant to read a book. I would not wear it on a run. Final verdict: Just okay. Rating: Three out of five stars

Day 5: LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant
By this point, I was about ready to reach for the clinical-strength Secret. Luckily, LaVanila swooped in to change my mind. It isn't 100% perfect, but let's be honest: what deodorant is? This was the winner of the pack, by far. I applied it in the morning and made it through the ENTIRE workday scent-free. I did need a quick touch-up before heading out in the evening, but this is New York in the summertime, so that's to be expected. So happy to say: Recommended! Rating: Four out of five stars

Do you wear natural deodorant? Do you have a great recommendation that we didn't try? If so, we'd love to hear!

P.S. How to get beachy waves and how to feel gorgeous on a date.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, caroline, fashion"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 12:11
Years ago, before we were married, Alex and I took a trip to The Standard hotel in Miami for his birthday. It was amazing—quiet and romantic, with fire pits, a spa and a hot tub under a waterfall.
(We were such babies!) Here's a deal from the Standard, if you'd like to stay...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2014 22:21
For our tenth Motherhood Around the World interview, we're thrilled to feature Luisa Weiss, author of the blog The Wednesday Chef and book My Berlin Kitchen. Luisa lives in Berlin with her husband, Max, and two-year-old son, Hugo. Here are twenty things she found surprising about being a mom in Germany...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood around the world,..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 13:24
Do you have a phobia? This is crazy/embarrassing, but I...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anxiety, illustration, personal, phobias..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 16:37
What are you up to this weekend? Our friends are having a party tonight, and tomorrow we're taking the boys to the Natural History Museum to see the whale. Also, thank you so much for your phobia comments—it made me feel less crazy and alone! Hope you have a great weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Nordstrom's anniversary sale starts today. (I just ordered these.)

How When Harry Met Sally used physical spacing to tell its love story.

Why you should sleep in a cold bedroom.

What Jane Austen really looked like.

Tiny flower arrangements.

Cute way to wrap small gifts.

Clever stationery.

Two bizarre reality shows. WHAT IS HAPPENING.

The perfect picnic.

An easy way to say no.

Amy and Tina on the set of their new show.

The Grand Budapest Hotel actually has reviews on TripAdvisor.

Simplifying bath time.

Have a good one. xoxo
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 21:37
Have you seen the new movie Boyhood? I saw it on Monday night and can't stop thinking about it.

Directed by Richard Linklater (of Before Sunrise fame), the movie was filmed over a period of 12 years—beginning when the lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, was six years old and continuing until he was 18. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his parents, and the cast met for a few days in Texas every year. The story is, simply, about a boy growing up. “Time is actually the lead character in the film,” Linklater said.

From the New York Times Magazine:

The project was a leap of faith in almost every sense—for starters, Coltrane (and his parents) was under no obligation to Linklater to return each year and continue the film. “You wouldn’t contract anyone to do something like this for 12 years, much less a 6-year-old,” Linklater says. “My hope was that his parents and him would see this as a positive thing in his life and a fun thing to be involved in every year.” Linklater’s other gamble was that the dreamy, artistic temperament he saw in Coltrane as a child would mature into the smart skepticism and quiet charisma we witness in young-adult Mason. That, in other words, the kid wouldn’t grow up into a dud.

From the New York Times review:

“Let’s face it, we bet the farm on the cumulative effect of identification, on the idea that you would care about this family and be invested in them, not because their dog died, or some fake plotty thing,” [Linklater] said. “Execs are like: ‘Why should we care about this guy? Let’s give him a flaw.’ No. You like him because you’re familiar with him. Why do you like your friends? Because you know them.”

We went to dinner with friends last night and I could have talked about the movie for days. But, for now, here's the trailer, above. Will you see it? Have you? I'd love to hear what you thought...

P.S. On having a boy.

(Photos via the New York Times)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, movies, relationships"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 21:22
For our Motherhood Around the World series, our ninth interview features Tatum Hawkins, who moved to Shanghai with her husband, Sam, and their daughters, Tess, 3, and Rue, 18 months. Here, she shares 16 surprising things about being a mom in China...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "motherhood, motherhood around the world,..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 13:32
Now that we're moving apartments (again!), I've been thinking about home decor. We have a bunch of family photos and artwork in our apartment, and those pieces of art immediately help a new place feel familiar and cozy. Framing artwork always makes it look a million times better, but custom frames can be expensive, especially if you have an oddly shaped piece of art. (Not to mention the hassle of schlepping to the framer.) But! Here's an easier way...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 16:33
This month, food bloggers are sharing their favorite three-ingredient pastas. Today, Heather from Flourishing Foodie shares her recipe for fettuccine with mushrooms, walnuts and parmesan, a rich combination she discovered by accident. The best part? It takes just 10 minutes to make. Here's how...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, best three ingredient..."
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 16:10
My friend Jenny Gordy, a designer of handmade clothing, moved from Brooklyn to Iowa City and now has a sweet baby girl. She's warm and thoughtful and is one of those people you want to ask a million questions because she always has the best answers. Here, she shares her secrets, including a game-changing eyebrow trick and the "mocktail" she swears by...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, beauty uniform, fashion"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 13:45
Last night, I had a headache, and as I rooted around in our medicine cabinet for Advil, I came across this headache soother, which my old roommate had given me. She swore by the stuff, so I decided to give it a try. You just massage it onto your temples and forehead; the Menthol Crystals feel cool and calming, while the lavender relaxes you. And lo and behold...it worked like a charm.

Just thought I'd pass it along! It's always nice to find natural remedies. Any other headache tricks to share? I'd love to hear!
(Top photo by Alpha Smoot for this braid tutorial)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design"
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Date: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 12:14
Every time our kiddos wear these patterned clothes, we get a bunch of questions about where they're from. The answer: Winter Water Factory, the Brooklyn-based design company. The clothes are made in America and printed on organic cotton. Aren't they beautiful? We mix them with basics and they just look so, so sweet and are really well made. Anyway, that's all!

P.S. Look at the hats:)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "baby, design, illustration, motherhood"
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Date: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 00:18
What are your plans for the weekend? We're heading to our friends' cabin in Connecticut, to pick berries and splash in the river, and Toby has asked me one gazillion times what color I think the rental car will be. ("It will be a surprise!" I always say. "I think red," he always says.) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web...

Behind-the-scenes glimpses of iconic American photographs.

An inspired cheese board.

Everyone in New York is wearing these shoes. Seriously. It's crazy.

Do you have a best friend?

8 reasons children of the 1970s shouldn't have survived.

A good reason to cut the words "literally", "I can't" and "dying" from your vocabulary.

My friend's anniversary tradition.

History looks so much more real in color.

Made me laugh.

Thumbs up for this simple summer lunch.

I'd like to wear this pretty top.

The world's most expensive potato salad.

Eight entertaining tips.

Can you find grandpa's photos?

Really loving this instagram.

(Photo by Leila Jeffreys, via Thoughtful Day. 1970s link via Joy)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 00:13
My sweet bunny Anton turned one this past weekend. I can't believe how quickly his first year flew by. (The first year with our first baby felt endless and insurmountable, whereas, thankfully, we knew—more or less—what we were doing the second time around.) For his birthday, my dad came to visit, and we did Anton's favorite activities: eating strawberries and watermelon, taking a million baths, swimming in our friend's pool, splashing in the sprinklers at the playground and eating just a little bit of sand while I wasn't watching:)

The day he was born, I looked at his masculine face and deep eyes and half-joked to Alex, "He is a bruiser with a heart of gold." And, funnily enough, that has been 100% true as he has grown. He climbs up slides, he puts his face underwater in the bath, he literally shakes off bumps and falls—but he is also shy and gentle and the most devoted friend. He's a lover not a fighter. When he's playing at home, he'll periodically take a break to walk over and lay his head on my knee for a few seconds, like a little puppy, before returning to his toys. And he's always walking over and offering his face up to his babysitter for kisses.

I just adore him and feel so lucky to be his mama. I'm so excited to see what this next year brings.
Also, this photo made me laugh out loud. What a second child's birthday! Since Anton doesn't know how to blow, Toby pushed forward and blew out the candle, while Anton waited patiently in his little paper crown. Oh, Anton, little doll, you get first dibs next year!
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anton, baby, personal, second baby"
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Date: Friday, 11 Jul 2014 12:12
Have you guys seen this trick for riding a bike in a skirt? If you have a penny and a rubber band, you can prevent yourself from flashing people. (I also secretly want to be friends with the girls in this video. They're so cute!)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "bikes, design, genius, videos"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 18:56


Today's giveaway is from Lo & Sons, a line of fantastic travel bags made by a mother and her two sons. Our favorite is the Catalina ($120), a roomy canvas travel bag. It comes in five beautiful colors, plus this cute striped version—and has a separate bottom zippered pocket for shoes, toiletries or dirty clothes (clever, right?). It would be great for weekend getaways all year.

Today, they're giving two lucky readers the Catalina bag in any color. Which would you choose? To enter, please visit Lo & Sons and leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! (Update: The winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing!)

Bonus for all readers: Get 20% off full-priced bags with the code ACUPOFJOSUMMER1, good through the end of July.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 17:30
Do you dress up for date nights? I usually don't—jeans and T-shirts are my uniform—but recently I've been trying to put in a little more effort. So when White House Black Market offered to send a dress to try, I said an enthusiastic yes. This week, we had drinks on our building's roof deck and then went for dinner. Here are a few photos, if you'd like to see...
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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 14:39
I love hearing your book recommendations, so I thought I'd share one of my own. Right now I'm reading the fantastic new graphic memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Roz Chast, a New Yorker cartoonist and only child, writes about watching her parents age into their nineties and die.
It sounds dark, but the book is actually hilarious and full of love. Chast tries to talk to her parents about their future plans, but they always manage to change the subject. (Because if you don't ever think about death, it will never happen, right?)
She combines her drawings with family photos, and the way she brings her Brooklyn-based parents to life—her nervous, neurotic father, and her opinionated, hard-charging mother—is extraordinary. My heart ached for her family, but I also laughed out loud constantly. Chast has such a gift for getting candid observations just right.

You end up feeling like their child, too: They're completely batshit and drive you insane, but you just love them so much. I'd highly, highly recommend it if you're looking for a new book.

Have you read anything good lately? I'd love to hear...

P.S. Five graphic novels.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "books, design, illustration"
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