Category: Lifestyle

  • In Your Culture, How Do You Show Physical Affection?

    In Your Culture, How Do You Show Physical Affection?

    I once told an ex that I wasn’t a physically expressive person. “That’s just not my love language,” I said blithely, scrambling from his lap.… Read more The post In Your Culture, How Do You Show Physical Affection? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Toby’s Genius Way of Making Friends

    Toby’s Genius Way of Making Friends

    Twelve-year-old Toby has a three-step approach to deepening friendships, and it really works… 1. Just invite them. Every week or two, Toby will stroll into whatever room I’m working in and casually announce: “Claire’s family will be here at 6 p.m.”… Read more The post Toby’s Genius Way of Making Friends appeared first on Cup […]

  • Have a Relaxing Weekend.

    Have a Relaxing Weekend.

    What are you up to this weekend? We are going to our friend’s birthday dinner, and our job is to bring a pitcher of margaritas. She’s also letting me arrive early to rock her baby to sleep, eeeeeps!… Read more The post Have a Relaxing Weekend. appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Momsters on Vacation

    Momsters on Vacation

    Does anyone need a hat? Sunscreen? Water? By the lovely Grace Farris. (Btw, she also made a family calendar!) P.S. The best Friday night and summer pleasures.… Read more The post Momsters on Vacation appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • What Are Your Daily Rituals?

    What Are Your Daily Rituals?

    Every day, for lunch, Grandpa Bernie has three baby carrots — sliced lengthwise — and a can of lentil soup. In the afternoon, he enjoys one glass of crisp white wine at 4:30 p.m.… Read more The post What Are Your Daily Rituals? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Where New Yorkers Eat in New York

    Where New Yorkers Eat in New York

    New York City! So many places to eat, so many moments of paralysis deciding where to go. To help, we’ve enlisted a panel of New York food pros and asked them where they pick up bagels, grab brunch with the kids, and meet for date nights.… Read more The post Where New Yorkers Eat in […]

  • What Are 5 Things in Your Kitchen You’d Never Be Caught Without?

    What Are 5 Things in Your Kitchen You’d Never Be Caught Without?

    Whenever I visit my dad in Michigan, I text my sister to laugh at how adorably reliable his cupboard and fridge are. Without fail, he will have hummus, bananas, Sausalito cookies, Bob’s Muesli cereal, and plain yogurt.… Read more The post What Are 5 Things in Your Kitchen You’d Never Be Caught Without? appeared first […]

  • 5 Things I Spotted Women Wearing in Europe

    5 Things I Spotted Women Wearing in Europe

    Last Friday, I mentioned that I spotted this dress everywhere on our recent trip, and a few readers asked for more takeaways. So! Here are five things I saw women wearing… 1.… Read more The post 5 Things I Spotted Women Wearing in Europe appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • 14 Surprising Things About Parenting in India

    14 Surprising Things About Parenting in India

    For our next Parenthood Around the World interview, we spoke to Gopika Kapoor, a writer and neurodiversity consultant, who lives in Mumbai with her husband and twin children.… Read more The post 14 Surprising Things About Parenting in India appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • During Big Life Changes, How Do Keep Your Personal Identity?

    During Big Life Changes, How Do Keep Your Personal Identity?

    The other day, my one-year-old daughter Ella and I cozied up on my bed for our morning routine: watching Disney YouTube videos and singing along to the inspirational ballads.… Read more The post During Big Life Changes, How Do Keep Your Personal Identity? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Grief Is Like Butter

    Grief Is Like Butter

    Sending a big hug to anyone who needs one today. Ruth Chan is an illustrator who lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. Her comics tackle lighter topics like dogs and curry fish balls to heavier topics like grief and race.… Read more The post Grief Is Like Butter appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • What Shoes Are You Wearing This Summer?

    What Shoes Are You Wearing This Summer?

    What summer shoes do you wear on repeat? During warm months, our whole team lives in shoes from Nisolo, the sustainable Nashville-based company… We love Nisolo’s beautiful styles and mission: Nisolo is a Certified B Corporation and provides living wages across their supply chain.… Read more The post What Shoes Are You Wearing This Summer? […]

  • What TV Shows Are You Watching These Days?

    What TV Shows Are You Watching These Days?

    What TV series have you enjoyed lately? I’m between shows right now, but these three new ones are next on my list… Oh my gosh, the A League of Their Own trailer made my heart pound!… Read more The post What TV Shows Are You Watching These Days? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Our Summer Trip to England and Ireland

    Our Summer Trip to England and Ireland

    This month, we were lucky enough to spend time at my grandmother’s house in Cornwall, England. And beforehand, the boys and I stopped for a few days in Ireland, just the three of us (Alex had to work), since I used to go there as a little girl.… Read more The post Our Summer Trip […]

  • Chaotic Pavlova

    Chaotic Pavlova

    Pavlova is a classic dessert with meringue, whipped cream and fruit — but to me, it’s more than that. There’s something about it that’s ethereal but also chaotic.… Read more The post Chaotic Pavlova appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • What Was Your First Job?

    What Was Your First Job?

    When I was 15, my mom cut me off from “going-out money.” At that age, I knew that keeping up my mall-rat lifestyle was a non-negotiable, so, to fund Auntie Anne’s pretzel runs, I needed to find a job.… Read more The post What Was Your First Job? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • 15 Surprising Things About Parenting in Costa Rica

    15 Surprising Things About Parenting in Costa Rica

    Today, we’re kicking off this summer’s installment of Motherhood Around the World! First up is Mallika Viegas, who lives in Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica, with her husband, son, and dog.… Read more The post 15 Surprising Things About Parenting in Costa Rica appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • How to Do Anything

    How to Do Anything

    What are you up to this week? We are visiting family, so we are taking this week off Cup of Jo. But we’re excited to come back with a bunch of new posts on July 25th, including our next Motherhood Around the World installment!… Read more The post How to Do Anything appeared first on […]

  • The Beauty Product I Always Finish

    The Beauty Product I Always Finish

    I consider myself a skincare-product skeptic. This is because my sensitive skin gets itchy and inflamed as soon as it touches any ingredient it doesn’t like.… Read more The post The Beauty Product I Always Finish appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Tater Tots Cake

    Tater Tots Cake

    The night my boyfriend turned the big 4-0, I walked into his living room holding a cake in my hands, while all our friends sang “Happy Birthday.”… Read more The post Tater Tots Cake appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • The One Thing I Always Pack When Traveling With Kids

    The One Thing I Always Pack When Traveling With Kids

    Ever since the boys were little, we’ve packed this on trips… Fun card games. We play them on flights, before dinner, at the Airbnb, at restaurants, on the beach — they’re perfect for those in-between times when kids need a little entertainment, but you’re not in the mood to deal with phone angst.… Read more […]

  • “How I Found Out I Had 35 Siblings”

    “How I Found Out I Had 35 Siblings”

    While reading the gripping new memoir Normal Family: Truth, Love and How I Met My 35 Siblings by Chrysta Bilton, I challenge you not to feel every emotion course through your body.… Read more The post “How I Found Out I Had 35 Siblings” appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Have a Great Weekend.

    Have a Great Weekend.

    What are you up to this weekend? We are heading to my grandmother’s house in England, and I can’t wait to squeeze her. I can already hear the noisy seagulls.… Read more The post Have a Great Weekend. appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Summer Reads

    Summer Reads

    Pride and Prejudice, we meet again. By the wonderful Grace Farris. P.S. Reading coincidences and summer report card.… Read more The post Summer Reads appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • 10 Reader Comments on Love

    10 Reader Comments on Love

    Today on Cup of Jo, we want to feel all the fuzzy, schmoopy feelings. So, let’s talk about love. Here are some of our favorite reader comments that describe love in all its forms… On acts of devotion: “When it comes to love languages, I am a words-of-affirmation person, married to a man who lives […]

  • A Week of Outfits: Aurelia Ugarte

    A Week of Outfits: Aurelia Ugarte

    Aurelia Ugarte lives in Jacksonville, Alabama, where she co-owns the restaurant Heirloom Taco. “My parents have a food truck in Austin, so the food industry is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a passion for,” she says.… Read more The post A Week of Outfits: Aurelia Ugarte appeared first on Cup of […]

  • Race Matters: Traveling While Black

    Race Matters: Traveling While Black

    A few months back, a (white) friend of mine enjoyed a weekend getaway in South Dakota and extolled its many virtues as a vacation destination (“delicious food!”… Read more The post Race Matters: Traveling While Black appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Overnight Baked French Toast

    Overnight Baked French Toast

    Whenever I visit my sister, like I did a few days ago, dinnertime is a rich, if chaotic affair. There is my family of four, her family of five, an assortment of her three kids’ friends, their adult friends, a favorite neighbor and his two kids, often my parents and my brother and his family, […]

  • What Makes Your Friend Amazing? Shout Them Out!

    What Makes Your Friend Amazing? Shout Them Out!

    Recently, a Cup of Jo reader named Ceridwen left a sweet comment: “I want to shout out to my friend: She has been going through a difficult time since her mum died and wanted to do something for herself and with others.… Read more The post What Makes Your Friend Amazing? Shout Them Out! appeared […]

  • Heather Taylor’s L.A. Home Is a Patterned Fever Dream

    Heather Taylor’s L.A. Home Is a Patterned Fever Dream

    “I’m about the cozy life,” says home goods designer Heather Taylor, whose family lives in a one-story home in Laurel Canyon. Her daughters, Scarlett and Marigold, make forts with a million pillows.… Read more The post Heather Taylor’s L.A. Home Is a Patterned Fever Dream appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

    Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

    What are you up to this weekend? Our friend Naudia is getting married, and I can’t wait to dance with her mom! We might also make a strawberry cake to ring in the summer.… Read more The post Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend. appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Magazine for Your Forties

    Magazine for Your Forties

    Literally just sent this to my sister. By the hilarious Grace Farris. P.S. Ways to unwind and packing styles.… Read more The post Magazine for Your Forties appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Four Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

    Four Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

    How do you prepare your home for overnight guests? My mom recently came to stay, and, since she’d been through some ups and downs (all good now!),… Read more The post Four Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • My Packing List for England

    My Packing List for England

    What do you pack for trips? We’re excited to be heading to England this summer, and over the many years of visiting my grandmother, I’ve gotten my packing list down to a science.… Read more The post My Packing List for England appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Help! What Non-Alcoholic Drinks Do You Like?

    Help! What Non-Alcoholic Drinks Do You Like?

    Over past summers, Alex and I have loved drinking white wine on the stoop in the evenings or enjoying post-bike-ride beers, but! We are drinking less alcohol these days and looking for great non-alcoholic drinks instead.… Read more The post Help! What Non-Alcoholic Drinks Do You Like? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • “What Movies and Shows With Gay Characters Have Meant to Me”

    “What Movies and Shows With Gay Characters Have Meant to Me”

    “It’s been really validating for me as a gay Asian man to finally live in a society that has blockbuster hits with queer characters,” food writer (and CoJ contributor) Eric Kim tells me on the phone.… Read more The post “What Movies and Shows With Gay Characters Have Meant to Me” appeared first on Cup […]

  • Four Great Things

    Four Great Things

    McSweeney’s list How to Give Directions Like My Dad: “Notice your audience’s tires ‘could use a little air.’” “Ask whether your audience is getting regular oil changes.”… Read more The post Four Great Things appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • The Best Way to Rent Cars in NYC (and Everywhere!)

    The Best Way to Rent Cars in NYC (and Everywhere!)

    My kids have always loved rental cars. (Toby has even made photo books!) Through the years, we have tried out all the different agencies around the country, and Turo has become, far and away, our #1 pick for renting cars.… Read more The post The Best Way to Rent Cars in NYC (and Everywhere!) appeared […]

  • The Magical 10-Year Plan

    The Magical 10-Year Plan

    When I was a teenager, I’d go to bed thinking about the future in so much detail that it felt like a hallucination. I’d picture walking down a sidewalk between skyscrapers, hearing taxis honk and smelling fried onions from a food truck.… Read more The post The Magical 10-Year Plan appeared first on Cup of […]

  • Have a Restful Weekend.

    Have a Restful Weekend.

    How are you feeling today? Oh my gosh, what to say? I hope you’re hanging in there, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.… Read more The post Have a Restful Weekend. appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Parenting Moments

    Parenting Moments

    Who’s up for Mamma Mia this weekend? By the wonderful Grace Farris. P.S. If you’re reading this at night and mom voices.… Read more The post Parenting Moments appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Let’s Find This Reader a (Formal) Wedding Guest Dress!

    Let’s Find This Reader a (Formal) Wedding Guest Dress!

    We recently heard from a reader, Jodi, who’s looking for a dress for a wedding: “After two years without special events, I finally get to attend one: my dad’s wedding!… Read more The post Let’s Find This Reader a (Formal) Wedding Guest Dress! appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • I Tried It: A 30-Day Phone Breakup

    I Tried It: A 30-Day Phone Breakup

    Years ago, while subletting an apartment in Germany, my boyfriend and I noticed something. Our host had good knives and leafy plants, but what stuck out most was the indigo cloth draped over every electronic, from the TV to the desktop computer.… Read more The post I Tried It: A 30-Day Phone Breakup appeared first […]

  • My Beauty Uniform: Angela Garbes

    My Beauty Uniform: Angela Garbes

    Angela Garbes’s Essential Labor: Mothering As Social Change is the book you want to give anyone who has ever spent part of their life caring for another human being.… Read more The post My Beauty Uniform: Angela Garbes appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • What Meals Have You Maxed Out On?

    What Meals Have You Maxed Out On?

    When I moved to New York 20 years ago… …I worked two jobs, but they didn’t pay much, so I was pinching pennies. To cut costs, I’d buy noodles and the cheapest tomato sauce at the bodega.… Read more The post What Meals Have You Maxed Out On? appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Wait, Are Matching Sets the Coolest Summer Uniform?

    Wait, Are Matching Sets the Coolest Summer Uniform?

    Recently, I’ve been spotting women around town wearing a new-to-me look… Matching shorts and shirts. At first, I wasn’t sure if they looked like a seven-year-old’s outfit, but when women pair them with hoops and sandals, they feel decidedly cool and adult.… Read more The post Wait, Are Matching Sets the Coolest Summer Uniform? appeared […]

  • A Very Low-Key Summer Checklist

    A Very Low-Key Summer Checklist

    What’s on your summer checklist? I’m excited for some lazy, knock-around weekends. I want to follow my heart and sandaled feet to an ice cream truck and then watch two hours of Frasier reruns.… Read more The post A Very Low-Key Summer Checklist appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Have a Lovely Weekend.

    Have a Lovely Weekend.

    What are you up to this weekend? For a Father’s Day getaway, we’re heading to a beach house. The boys can’t wait to swim in the ocean, and even though I’m a wuss about waves, I will try my best!… Read more The post Have a Lovely Weekend. appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Things You Might Say Instead

    Things You Might Say Instead

    Cartoonist Sophie Lucido Johnson is the author of the graphic memoirs Many Love and Dear Sophie, Love Sophie, as well as the audiobook Love Without Sex.… Read more The post Things You Might Say Instead appeared first on Cup of Jo.

  • Four Fun Things

    Four Fun Things

    Wait, should we all be bringing kids’ foods to parties? “I went to a potluck where everyone tried to outdo themselves by bringing gourmet appetizers,” wrote a reader named Karen.… Read more The post Four Fun Things appeared first on Cup of Jo.