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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:03
Do you have bangs? Do you want them? You can cut your own bangs at home—it's actually not that hard. Our cute reader Ambika, above, wanted to learn how to create bangs, so my friend Reagan, a hair stylist, agreed to show us how it's done...
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Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "beauty, fashion, hair, hair tutorial"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 21:51
This spring in NYC, something funny is happening: Everyone is wearing the same outfit. If you walk down the street in the West Village, you basically pass ten girls wearing the items above. It's uncanny.

The basic uniform: an army jacket, striped shirt, ankle jeans, a leather bag and white Converse (especially this slightly thinner, less-clown-shoe version) without socks (no socks is key).

Thoughts? Would you wear it? Are you wearing it right now? :)

P.S. Plus, the cutest spring dress I found today.

(Top photo by Nicole Franzen, layout by Rachel Ball)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "fashion, new york"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 16:46
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! Update: the winner has been emailed. Thanks for playing!
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)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 12:27
Like most three-year-olds, Toby feels awkward talking on regular phones. He gets shy and can't think of what to say when staring at a blank screen. But he LOVES FaceTime on our iPhones. Since he can actually see his grandparents, Toby will ask my mom to read him bedtime stories or honk her car's horn, and my dad always gives Toby a thrilling tour of his basement and garage.

Do you guys ever do FaceTime? What a godsend for grandparents who live far away. It really feels like you're hanging out!

P.S. Skyping across the ocean, and conversations with a three-year-old.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "personal, toby"
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Blarg.   New window
Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 11:57
I'm feeling a little sad and overwhelmed this week, and I'm not even sure why. Sometimes I wish I could just turn off my brain. Do you ever feel like that? I need to remember the old Grand Canyon trick.
(It's funny 'cause it's true.) How are you feeling these days, my loves?

P.S. What are three things you're grateful for? And encouraging words.

(Comics by Gemma Correll)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "anxiety, comics, personal, relationships"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 00:11
Pinhole Press, the company that makes simple photo gifts, has a new collection of beautiful gift boxes. We made the blue one for my mom, and it features a personalized photo notepad, scented candles and Swiss chocolates. The other boxes have soap, tea and jam. They're super easy to create, and they would be so much fun to open.
Aren't they lovely? See Pinhole Press's Mother's Day Gift Guide for more ideas, and get 15% off everything with code CUPOFJO, through May 11th.

P.S. Past gifts: A notepad and brag book.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Pinhole Press, a long-time sponsor and brand we adore and order from all the time)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "best gifts for moms, gifts, gifts for wo..."
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Date: Monday, 21 Apr 2014 12:15
Our beloved babysitter, Brady, has been making a great lunch for the boys, and I wanted to share it: Pancakes made from eggs + bananas (and blueberries, if you'd like). They're sweet and delicious; you don't even need syrup.

Here's how Brady does it: "To make three pancakes, mash half a banana with a fork in a bowl—it's fine if there are chunks—and then mix in one egg and blueberries (chopped in half). Pour pancake-size amounts into a greased frying pan over medium-low. I keep lifting the edges with a spatula to see if they're browning, and once they are, I flip them over to brown the other side. That's it!"

You can always skip the blueberries, or add other ingredients: Cinnamon, peanut butter, chopped strawberries, chocolate chips, you name it. The boys go c-r-a-z-y for them. Have you ever made them? Thank you so much, Brady!
(We added blueberries to these, but you can make them with just egg and banana, if you'd like)

P.S. 7 tips for getting picky kids to eat, and toddlers in the kitchen.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "baby, food, motherhood, motherhood monda..."
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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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Push-ups   New window
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!)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)"
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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 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.

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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