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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Honest Slogans

Have you seen the site Honest Slogans? It's hilarious. Here are 13 that made us laugh out loud...

"My beauty uniform"

We've long admired Jessie Randall, the creative director of shoe and handbag brand Loeffler Randall. A mom of three boys, Jessie lives with her family in Brooklyn; and in addition to having amazing taste, she's also super warm and down to earth. Here, she shares her secrets, including a life-changing serum and a book that made her cry...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gift idea: Puzzle with your child's lovey

Over the past year, Toby has fallen in love with a stuffed animal named Mr. Fox. They cuddle together at night and, according to Toby, Mr. Fox tells really funny jokes.
So, as a back-to-school present, we gave him a puzzle with a photo of Mr. Fox. The puzzle has 12 big pieces—perfect for a just-turned-four-year-old.
We made the puzzle through Pinhole Press, the company that makes beautiful photo gifts. They have amazing and fun photo products for kids, including a personalized memory game, drawing pad, and book of names and faces.
I'd love to make more puzzles with family photos, and the more intricate puzzles would make great gifts for grandparents, too.
Which photo would you feature in a family puzzle? Does your child have a lovey?

Bonus for all readers: Get 15% off all Pinhole Press products with the code CUPOFJOLOVE, good until next Monday. (I'm planning to make some magnets for our new apartment, and how cute are these photo notepads?)

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Pinhole Press is one of my beloved long-term sponsors. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible.)

13 Surprising Things about Parenting in Turkey

Diane Zhang moved from Brooklyn to Istanbul with her husband, Josh, and 11-month-old son, Aaron. Here are 13 things that surprised her about being a mother in Turkey…

Friday, August 15, 2014

Have a beautiful weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We're moving to Brooklyn today and unpacking all weekend. Exciting! Please wish us luck (as Deb says: "moving out is the easy part! Moving in, hoo boy"), and thanks for all your tips and suggestions. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web...

How to do a double knot ponytail.

What your ponytail says about you.

Humans of New York is traveling around the world.

How to get a good night's sleep.

Statue selfies.

A chef's good advice.

LOVE this fall nail polish.

Women listening to men in Western Art. Made me laugh.

45 ways to avoid the word "very."

Confessions of a Magnolia Bakery cupcake bouncer.

Toby needs this T-shirt.

Awesome bus stop.

Finally reading this book and loving it.

Hello, stranger on the street, could you please tell me how to take care of my baby?

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Meghan Kay Sadler for OnceWed. Stranger advice post via Storq)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our England vacation

As I've mentioned, we just got back from visiting family in England, and I'd love to share a few photos, if you'd like to see...

Do or Don't: Sweatshirts

My brother brought his French girlfriend on our family vacation last week. She was fun and beautiful with shiny brown hair and thick bangs, and she taught us French phrases, like the term of endearment "mon petit chou," or "my little cabbage."

But what stood out to me was that, during the trip, her uniform was skinny jeans, brown flat sandals and...a grey sweatshirt. She looked effortlessly cool. I had always categorized sweatshirts as workout clothes, but hers was fitted, cropped and flattering. Naturally, as soon as we got home to New York, I googled said sweatshirts. Here are cool ones from J.Crew, Current Elliott, BP and Everlane.

Thoughts? Would you wear one? Might be the perfect thing to pull on every day this fall.

P.S. England photos are coming right up!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tips for moving with kids?

We're moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn this weekend, and I'm trying to figure out how to help the boys with the transition. We went to the library to read this book, and I've reassured Toby that his toys will be coming with us. But what else? Any advice? Here are a few tips I've heard...

Goodbye vs. Ghost

When you go to a big party, do you say goodbye to everyone or quietly slip out and thank the host later? (I'm a fan of the latter.) If you're not sure what to do, Wendy McNaughton and Caroline Paul put together this hilarious flowchart about how to get on out of there. Thumbs up.

(Illustration via Explore)

How to make English jacket potatoes

When we were visiting our family in England last week, we ate our weight in jacket potatoes. They're different from the baked potatoes we make because they have super crispy skin and a fluffy melty inside. SO AMAZINGLY GOOD.

They're all over the place in England. Every pub and restaurant we went to devoted a section of the menu to them, along with a choice of toppings: grated cheddar, baked beans, tuna, cole slaw or plain with butter, salt and pepper.

My aunt Janey often made them for our dinners in Cornwall—as a side to roast chicken or sausages—and we all loved them so much, so she agreed to share the basic recipe...
"Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Cut a cross on the potatoes. Put the potatoes at the top of the oven—straight on the rack, not a baking tray. Cook 1-2 hours (usually closer to 2). When they feel crunchy on the outside, pull the rack out, cut the potatoes open again to release the steam, then put them back into the oven. The major important thing is NOT to turn the oven down as they go soggy and lose their crunch. After ten minutes, serve immediately with shedloads of butter, salt and pepper. Perfect."
Have you ever had these? Do you have them all the time? Is this a no-brainer to you? They're really different from the ones we make in the microwave! Any other toppings you love?

P.S. Crunchy roast potatoes aren't half bad either:)

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)
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