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Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to drive your partner crazy in bed

It's funny 'cause it's true.

(By Gemma Correll for the Nib)

A weekend getaway

A few weeks ago, Alex and I escaped the New York winter and took a weekend trip to Jamaica. My mom took care of the boys (we were so grateful!), and it was such a treat to spend a couple days relaxing. Here are a few photos, if you'd like to see...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bario Neal giveaway

Today's giveaway is from Philadelphia-based jewelry brand Bario Neal, which creates handcrafted jewelry with ethically sourced stones and environmentally conscious practices. They make beautiful engagement rings and wedding bands, as well as earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Aren't they lovely? (Those black diamonds are stunning!)
Today, they're giving away these 14K gold cross studs ($185 value). Wouldn't you love to wear them every day this spring? To enter, please visit Bario Neal and leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! Update: The winner has been emailed. Thanks for playing. xo

Thank you so much, Bario Neal!

How to take a romantic walk

New York Magazine just did an issue on nightlife, in which they interviewed a bunch of celebrities about late-night anecdotes. I liked this one from Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick...

Sarah Jessica Parker: Before we were married, we used to walk a lot because time didn't matter.
Matthew Broderick: If we had a fancy outing in midtown, we'd walk all the way home to Tribeca.
SJP: One thing that Matthew used to do to me, he used to walk me with my hand over my eyes...
MB: I led you, and the rule was you had to keep your eyes covered.
SJP: And he would walk me into completely random places and take my hand off my eyes and I would be in the most strange, unconnected-to-the-previous-spot places. I would be in the lobby of a residential apartment complex, or a Starbucks, or at the very door of a tenement that I obviously couldn't get into.
MB: You're like listening and trying to figure out where you are, and then when your eyes finally open, boom, you're two inches from a lamppost.
SJP: He would spin me and sort of make me lose my bearings.
MB: The first time it happened, we were somewhere near Union Square, and...
SJP: We ended up in the lobby of Zeckendorf Towers. I was very delighted by it. I think the reason we remember it is that it paints a portrait of a time that, for many couples, they don't have anymore. There's a sort of leisure, before more grown-up responsibilities dictate your life.
MB: New York has so many close-together, completely different, crazy things you can suddenly be staring at after a five-minute walk from one spot to the next. You're in a totally new environment.

Sweet, don't you think? (Don't you want to try it?)

P.S. 9 crazy things about NYC.

What are your favorite things at Trader Joe's?

A few years ago, my friend went to her in-laws' house for dinner. They were a formal couple, and she had always been nervous around them. Her mother-in-law served coq au vin, and her father-in-law opened an expensive bottle of red wine. Everyone raved about the meal, and she graciously thanked them for their praise. Cut to an hour later: My friend was helping clean up in the kitchen, and opened the trash—only to see four packages of Trader Joe's Coq au Vin! BUSTED!

But it proves that Trader Joe's food can be seriously delicious. What are your favorite items? Here’s our list...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Funny weather report

This winter has lasted 1,000 years, and it's a bummer to look at my iPhone weather report every morning and see all clouds and snowflakes. So! I was psyched to find this awesome weather report, Poncho, which sends a funny note to your text or email every morning...
At least it will make you smile as you pull on your winter coat for the millionth time, right? It will even tell you if it's a bad hair day. Hope you guys are hanging in there!

P.S. Made me laugh.

Three spring dresses

Now that it's officially spring, we're getting excited to wear dresses. We rounded up three of our favorite looks for the season, and the lovely Courtney, who was recently in town from London, came to play dress up with us...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Motherhood Mondays: First words book

Anton is almost two years old (I can't believe this was so long ago!), and he's really starting to speak. It's such a fun age! To help him learn words, we made him his own Pinhole Press Mini Book of Names & Faces.
It's so sweet to show Anton photos of him with people who love him.
Since our relatives live far away, this book helps Anton remember them between visits (and excitedly recognize them when he sees them again).
We also included photos of his favorite toys and animals, so when he learns words like "ball" and "house," the images will actually look like the things in his everyday life.
Anton now requests it every night before bed–it has definitely become his favorite book. And it was quick and simple to put together—you could use Instagram photos! Thank you so much, Pinhole Press xoxo

Bonus: Get 15% of any Pinhole Press order using code CUPOFJO15, good through Sunday, April 26th. See all their other photo gifts here.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Pinhole Press, whose products we've loved and ordered for years. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo)

Motherhood mantra

Have you read Amy Poehler's memoir, Yes Please? I expected it to be funny. But I didn't realize it would also be wise and sharp and dive deep into what it means to be a woman. Here's one of my favorite parts:

I have many friends who have had natural childbirth. I applaud them. I have friends who have used doulas and birthing balls and pushed out babies in tubs and taxicabs. I have a friend who had two babies at home! In bed! Her name is Maya Rudolph! She is a goddamn baby champion and she pushed her cuties out Little House on the Prairie style!

Good for her! Not for me.

That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.

What a brilliant mantra, right? There are countless ways to be a good mother (and person), and we should trust our guts; we know that intellectually. Still, at certain moments, it can be hard not to sometimes compare yourself to others, and then doubt yourself or wonder if you're at odds if you're taking different paths. But in the end? "Good for her! Not for me." Brilliant.

Have you read Yes Please? I'd definitely recommend it.

P.S. 15 career tips from smart women, and 21 surprising parenting ideas.
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