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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Push-ups

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:)

What music do you make out to?

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...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

California house tour

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...

Homemade Ketchup

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...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shopbop sale

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!)

How to wear bronzer like a grown-up

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...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baby registry

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!
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)

How our kids sleep (it's weird)

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...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Have a wonderful weekend.

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)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The trick of life

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...

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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.
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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.

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