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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Homemade Caramel Sauce

This month, we're featuring dips and sauces, and today's recipe is a sweet one! Eva from Adventures in Cooking is sharing her tried-and-true recipe for caramel sauce. How delicious would this be over a bowl of ice cream? Here's how to make it...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What everyone is wearing in NYC

This spring in NYC, something funny is happening: Everyone is wearing the same outfit. If you walk down the street in the West Village, you basically pass ten girls wearing the items above. It's uncanny.

The basic uniform: an army jacket, striped shirt, ankle jeans, a leather bag and white Converse (especially this slightly thinner, less-clown-shoe version) without socks (no socks is key).

Thoughts? Would you wear it? Are you wearing it right now? :)

P.S. Plus, the cutest spring dress I found today.

(Top photo by Nicole Franzen, layout by Rachel Ball)

How to cut your own bangs

Do you have bangs? Do you want them? You can cut your own bangs at home—it's actually not that hard. Our cute reader Ambika, above, wanted to learn how to create bangs, so my friend Reagan, a hair stylist, agreed to show us how it's done...


I'm feeling a little sad and overwhelmed this week, and I'm not even sure why. Sometimes I wish I could just turn off my brain. Do you ever feel like that? I need to remember the old Grand Canyon trick.
(It's funny 'cause it's true.) How are you feeling these days, my loves?

P.S. What are three things you're grateful for? And encouraging words.

(Comics by Gemma Correll)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother's Day gift box

Pinhole Press, the company that makes simple photo gifts, has a new collection of beautiful gift boxes. We made the blue one for my mom, and it features a personalized photo notepad, scented candles and Swiss chocolates. The other boxes have soap, tea and jam. They're super easy to create, and they would be so much fun to open.
Aren't they lovely? See Pinhole Press's Mother's Day Gift Guide for more ideas, and get 15% off everything with code CUPOFJO, through May 11th.

P.S. Past gifts: A notepad and brag book.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Pinhole Press, a long-time sponsor and brand we adore and order from all the time)

FaceTime with grandparents

Like most three-year-olds, Toby feels awkward talking on regular phones. He gets shy and can't think of what to say when staring at a blank screen. But he LOVES FaceTime on our iPhones. Since he can actually see his grandparents, Toby will ask my mom to read him bedtime stories or honk her car's horn, and my dad always gives Toby a thrilling tour of his basement and garage.

Do you guys ever do FaceTime? What a godsend for grandparents who live far away. It really feels like you're hanging out!

P.S. Skyping across the ocean, and conversations with a three-year-old.

Two-ingredient pancakes

Our beloved babysitter, Brady, has been making a great lunch for the boys, and I wanted to share it: Pancakes made from eggs + bananas (and blueberries, if you'd like). They're sweet and delicious; you don't even need syrup.

Here's how Brady does it: "To make three pancakes, mash half a banana with a fork in a bowl—it's fine if there are chunks—and then mix in one egg and blueberries (chopped in half). Pour pancake-size amounts into a greased frying pan over medium-low. I keep lifting the edges with a spatula to see if they're browning, and once they are, I flip them over to brown the other side. That's it!"

You can always skip the blueberries, or add other ingredients: Cinnamon, peanut butter, chopped strawberries, chocolate chips, you name it. The boys go c-r-a-z-y for them. Have you ever made them? Thank you so much, Brady!
(We added blueberries to these, but you can make them with just egg and banana, if you'd like)

P.S. 7 tips for getting picky kids to eat, and toddlers in the kitchen.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Have a great weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? This week, I went to see a sneak peek of 26-year-old choreographer Justin Peck's new ballet for The New York City Ballet, for which Sufjan Stevens wrote the music. It was amazing! Peck's super fast and even funny choreography made ballet feel incredibly contemporary and relevant—he's bringing the art form into the twenty first century. I'm really excited to see the full performance this May. Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Humans of New York is writing a second book!

Would you live in this 84-square-foot house?

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has a cherry blossom tracker—they're starting to bloom!

Kindness: this broke my heart.

An incredibly realistic drawing by a 16-year-old.

How flipping cute are these bonnets? And everything here makes me want another baby:)

Playful typography.

How to make everything ok.

"I was racially profiled in my own driveway."

Just ordered the perfect blush for spring.

Jenna Lyons is a marketing genius.

Is this the world's happiest photo?

Anton's bottle spilled all over my laptop the other day. I wish I'd had this!

Hemingway on how to become a good writer.

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo of Justin Peck from the new documentary Ballet 422)

Thursday, April 17, 2014


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...
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