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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 17:30
We're heading to England to visit our long-lost cousins, aunts and uncles this week. We haven't been there in three years, and we cannot wait to see everyone. Toby was teeny the last time we were there, and they've never met Anton! We're excited for fish and chips, the smell of salty air and all the noisy chaos at my grandmother's house.

I was originally going to blog a bit during the trip, but in an effort to disconnect, we decided in the end to take the time completely off, and Caroline is taking a vacation, too. So, have a wonderful two weeks, and we'll be back with lots of fun stuff on August 11th! Meanwhile, if you're in a blog-reading mood, you're warmly invited to check out the archives...
Motherhood posts, such as 8 confessions of a new dad, a pregnancy survival guide, fast labors in cabs, kissing babies, kissing husbands, the funny things kids say, 20 parenting tips, mothers talking about work/life balance, sibling rivalry, how to make your child feel loved and the hardest two months of my life.
Design posts, such as beautiful house tours, blogging as a career, 10 favorite wallpapers, how to decorate a tiny apartment, 5 great books, where to find affordable art, funny illustrated questions, natural home scents, how to arrange supermarket flowers and a fantastic ballet documentary.
Fashion posts, such as the most flattering jeans, a one-day hair makeover, a five-second trick for feeling pretty, hair tutorials, real women's beauty uniforms (with lots of great ideas), our favorite nail polish, my mom's tomboy style, an underwear confession, a genius hair tool and a fascinating conversation with the costume designer of Girls.
Food posts, such as table manners, best recipes (including this French silk pie), how to make a perfect cheese tray, hot toddies, a cookie swap, a baby-food epiphany, how to get your kids to talk at the dinner table and why French children eat everything.
Travel posts, such as 9 crazy things about NYC, the prettiest shoes for traveling, gorgeous homes to rent on a trip, a genius packing tip, how to travel with a baby, 10 ways to entertain a toddler on a plane, how not to look like a tourist and the Cup of Jo Guide to NYC.
Relationship posts, such as sex on your wedding night, what to say when there's an awkward silence, a new approach to happiness, how to say goodbye at a party, a genius trick for worriers, having friends officiate your wedding, five-minute phone calls, how to help someone grieve and keeping the sparks alive.
And, as always, random posts, such as a When Harry Met Sally prank, how to give a high five, a swing art installation, celebrity look-a-likes, how a key actually works, annoying words and how to walk on ice.

Have a wonderful couple weeks, and see you on August 11th! (By the way, I got this book to read on the plane and it's incredible so far.) Lots of love, as always. xoxo

P.S. I might be posting a few photos on Instagram, if we can figure out our phones in England; Alex and I are total neanderthals with that stuff!
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design"
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 12:00
What are you up to this weekend? We're actually in Atlanta celebrating my mother-in-law's birthday, and I'm in charge of putting together a quiz about who knows her best—complete with questions like "how old were you when you had your first kiss?" and "how much did you used to charge for babysitting?" (Her answer was 50 cents!) Also, thanks for your comments on this post; we were laughing out loud. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few great posts from around the web...

Eight hours of sleep might actually be bad for you.

What writers can learn from Good Night Moon.

The nostalgia machine is such a flashback!

How to be a pickpocket.

People barreling out of a water slide.

Good words to remember.

19 mistakes new parents make. (Number 9 made me laugh out loud.)

Beautiful photos of Florence.

What really goes into a Bon Appetit recipe.

Pretty hair trend: The middle part.

I love following ballet dancers on Instagram.

A soldier's kiss.

Cheesecake popsicles? Yes, please.

Plus, a bonus for all readers: Get 20% off at Emily McDowell's shop with the code JOANNASENTME. (Good through Monday, on domestic orders only)

(Sarah Lamb in rehearsal by Johan Persson for The Royal Ballet)
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, photography"
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 11:17
Have you seen the HBO documentary 112 Weddings?

For two decades, filmmaker Doug Block made extra money by shooting wedding videos. After each one, he was always curious what happened next to the couples. ("I can't help but wonder," he says, "do they have any idea what they're getting into?") So, in this documentary, Block visits nine of his favorite couples to see how they've fared. As Block says, "happily ever after is complicated."

You know those movies that haunt you for days? The film was incredibly affecting, and Alex and I kept pausing it to talk about various scenes. I still can't get it out of my head. It's on HBO on Demand or you can find it here.
Have you seen any good documentaries lately? Would love to hear...

P.S. 20+ best documentaries.
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, documentary, movies, relationshi..."
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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:40
We've tried Blue Apron, the meal subscription service, a few times before and really like it. Lately, some of our friends have been raving about using it for at-home date nights—they cook the recipes with their significant others, while cracking a bottle of wine. You don't have to worry about meal planning or grocery shopping—it's like a date-night-in-a-box! So, we decided to try that out...Read More >
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 15:37
Caroline and I were chatting the other day about having guests visit during the summer, and after we covered the basics—clean sheets, the Sunday paper, extra eggs—we suddenly realized there's one MAJOR thing you need when hosting out-of-towners...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "design, entertaining, genius, home"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 11:38
This month, we're featuring three-ingredient pastas to whip together for friends and family. (Just add wine!) Today, Lindsay from The Live-In Kitchen shares her recipe for this rich, melty combination of onions, garlic and cheese. Here's how she does it...Read More >
Author: "Joanna Goddard (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "basic food series, best three ingredient..."
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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 >
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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 >
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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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