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Friday, January 23, 2015

Have a fun weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We're going to our friends' apartment for dinner tonight, and tomorrow is my friend's bridal shower. I put together that newlywed game, where you ask the groom questions beforehand and then see if the bride gets the same answers. Can't wait:) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Mindy Kaling on happiness.

This is weird and amazing.

Nine tips for your best smile. Worth reading.

How to fall OUT of love with anyone. (Made me laugh.)

What history looks like in color.

Could you go 40 days without being mean?

I'd love to wear this on a date night.

The secret problems of other couples.

Stunning nighttime photos of NYC.

Have you watched this? I've heard it's fantastic.

"Behind every successful kid is a mother who's pretty sure she's screwing up."

My bedtime routine.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Brooklyn apartment tour

My friend and graphic designer Linsey Laidlaw and her husband Brian Morris live with their three young children in a bright apartment in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn—just around the corner from us! Even though they have only two bedrooms for five people, they manage to carve out clever spaces for everyone. Here are some more photos, if you'd like to see...

Sneaky exercise

You know those days when taking the stairs seems like it might as well be going to the gym? For years, I've secretly counted things like living in a third-floor walkup and carrying chubby babies all over town. What are those random little things you count as exercise? Emily's illustration made me laugh.

This is part of a series with illustrator Emily McDowell, who asks us one pressing question every month, such as what are your pet peeves and what do you do when you're home alone?

(Illustration by Emily McDowell for Cup of Jo)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beginning family dinners

For the past few years, Alex and I have given the boys dinner around 6pm, then played, read books, sang and put them to bed. Once they're asleep, we have our own dinner around 8 or 9pm. I really like having that time to drink wine, talk about our days and just chill. But! Now that the boys are getting a little older (Anton is 1 1/2 and Toby is 4 1/2, sob), we'd love to start having family dinners more regularly. Blue Apron just launched a Family Plan, so we figured it was a good time to try it out...

A random winter trend

Every woman in New York seems to be doing something funny right now...

Spaghetti with Parmesan, Brown Butter and Pine Nuts

On our honeymoon five years ago, we went to Italy and ate our weight in cacio e pepe, which is basically spaghetti with a boatload of cheese and pepper. Simple and delicious! On that note, I'm psyched about this week's vegetarian dinner, which adds just a few ingredients for serious flavor. Jennifer from Savory Simple shares her recipe...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Survival Guide: Write a love letter

Last week, we talked about creating a winter survival guide, where we do a fun thing every week to get us through these dark days.

First up: Write a love letter. The twist? It doesn't have to be romantic—you could write one to your mom, a close friend, anyone you love.

So often I'm hanging out with friends and looking across the table thinking how brilliant they are, and how their skin is glowing, and how hilarious it is when they work hashtags into regular conversation...but it doesn't always occur to me to actually say anything. Now that it's winter, when everyone needs a pick-me-up, let's just tell each other.

Will you do it? Who will you write to?
The sort-of good news: Only eight weeks left until spring!

P.S. Six more fun challenges, if you're in the mood.
P.P.S. And while we're at it, you're a good mama.

(Comic by Gemma Correll)

"My beauty uniform"

LaTonya Yvette is a Brooklyn-based stylist, blogger and mama of two. We're huge admirers of her Instagram and were thrilled when she agreed to share her beauty uniform. Here is her sweet morning ritual, top-secret perfume and the lipstick that looks great on everyone...
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