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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Four fall outfits

My friend Courtney lives in rainy London and has four kids, yet somehow always manages to look put-together. I’ve always been curious about how exactly she does it, so I was psyched when she agreed to share her four fall uniforms...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What music do you listen to?

I recently got this sweet email from a reader:

Hi Joanna,
What music do you listen to? I was recently asked this question in a mom group I'm in. They were going around asking what kind of music everyone was into. When it came to me, I totally drew a blank. My first thought was, 'Uh...The Itsy Bitsy Spider?' My pulse on the music scene is pretty non-existent these days. My one-year-old son loves music, so I find myself listening to a lot of Caspar Babypants and Raffi these days. But there are times I need a mom moment to enjoy music that I Iike. Something other than my classic tunes I've been listening to forever. There's so much music out there, it's daunting. I'm curious, what are you listening to these days? Do any of your friends have a knack for compiling great playlists?
xo Lacey

I wished I had a million recommendations to give her, but here's my response:

Hi Lacey,
What a good question!!! I, too, am so lame at music right now and listen to the same things over and over...although I do love them (God Help the Girl, The Left Banke). I never know the new bands or singers and am always out of the loop! This might be a great question for me to ask CoJ readers and see what people say. People always have amazing feedback, and I have made so many real life choices based on reader comments. Thanks so much, and have a great day with your cutie,
So, we are turning to you, lovely readers! What are you listening to these days? Old or new? We need to know! I swear I was so cool about music in my twenties but now I know nothing.
We do listen to the God Help the Girl album ALL the time at home that it has become almost a family soundtrack. I'll overhear Toby singing, "Is your heartbeat racin'? Is this your soul you're facin'?" and he'll ask me to call him James (the main guy). Here are the boys rocking out—I love that Anton's headbanging to indie rock :)

P.S. Toby dancing as a three-year-old.

Cheese makes you high

The other day, I was flipping through an old issue of Culture, the cheese magazine, and I came across this crazy fact:
As the body digests dairy, the milk protein casein creates an opiate-like effect through the production of peptides called casomorphins. Since casein is concentrated in cheese, more casomorphins are producted. Neal D. Barnard compared this opioid reaction to an infant’s feeding on its mother’s milk. A cheese eater may become as relaxed and euphoric as a newborn baby.
How fascinating is that? Makes me want to go buy some La Tur immediately.

P.S. How to keep lipstick off your glass, birthday cheese and a cheese wedding cake.

(Photo by Dana Velden)

Personal Fondue!

This month, we're featuring comfort foods, which can usually be summed up in one word: cheese. These bread fondues, from the pretty new cookbook My Little French Kitchen, give each person their own little fondue—how cool is that? Here's how to make them...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to get ready for a party in 5 minutes

The holidays are approaching quickly—along with travel, parties and hangovers. The goal is to feel fresh and pretty through it all, but it's easy to end up bleary eyed by mid December. So, we asked makeup artist Ashlee Glazer to show us how to navigate three tricky holiday situations...

Packing tip

Speaking of travel, what are the things you always bring on trips? (I always take these facial wipes.) Yesterday Caroline surprised me when she told me her top item...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Finally! We figured out jetlag

Are you traveling anywhere for the holidays? We're staying home for Thanksgiving but heading to California for Christmas. The three-hour time change used to freak me out, but after four California trips, we finally figured out how to beat jet lag. Here are our five steps...

Our holiday cards

Do you send out holiday cards? Over the past few years, I've gotten really into the tradition—it warms my heart to see our fridge covered with photos of friends and family.

For our own cards, we always turn to Pinhole Press. They have tons of beautiful holiday cards, and you just add your names and a favorite photo. (We always hand-write a little note on the back, too.) This year we used this card, along with their new Happy Holidays envelopes to make the letters feel extra festive.
We also made this one to send to a few close people who have witnessed the constant chaos of our family. :)

Bonus: Pinhole Press is offering Cup of Jo readers a whopping 30% off holiday cards with the code CUPOFJO, good through December 5th. See all the cards here.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo; family portraits by Winnie Au. This post is sponsored by Pinhole Press, one of my beloved long-term sponsors and a company we have used for years)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Have a fun weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Alex and I are going out for burgers tonight, and tomorrow we're taking the boys to a tuba concert. I was also looking through old photos, and it's crazy how little they were just one year ago! Finally, more than ever, I want to thank you for all your funny comments and thoughtful insights these days. It's such a pleasure to have this community of likeminded women. Hope you have a good one (stay warm!), and here are a few fun links from around the web...

Cacio e pepe with a twist.

Toby and I have been playing this game every night.

How babies used to fly on airplanes.

A bike path inspired by Van Gogh.

How to draw a perfect circle. It really works!

Disney Princesses have ridiculously tiny waists.

"A really bad month."

Caroline got me obsessed with using this beauty tool.

20 baby names that are getting popular.

Made me laugh.

WOW. Hugely inspired by ballet students on Instagram.

Italian chefs rate grocery-store pasta. (Go, Trader Joe's!)

11 idioms only Brits understand.

Remember Caroline's break-up haircut? Here's the result:)

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Mark Kaarremaa. Bad month via Miss Moss)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Would you date older?

When Alex and I first met, I figured we were the same age. But, then, on our fifth date, he told me he was...
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