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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Laundry! We're grown ups!

We moved into our new apartment about two weeks ago (I'd love to share more photos once we finish unpacking and painting), and the new place has two things we've never had before: outdoor space (a small balcony off the living room) and...a WASHER AND DRYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's the first washer and dryer Alex and I have had in our adult lives (and we're old), and I cannot tell you how happy we are that our dragging-bags-to-the-laundromat days are over.
We turned to (you guessed it) The Honest Company, one of my beloved long-term sponsors, to try their natural, non-toxic laundry supplies, including laundry detergent, non-chlorine bleach, stain remover and dryer cloths.
For lingerie and delicates, I washed everything by hand in the sink with baby shampoo (have you heard that trick?). It's gentle and smells like sweet orange vanilla—so good.
The laundry scents are very subtle, light and fresh, and the ingredients are all-natural and safe for babies and sensitive skin.
Four-year-old Toby helped me sort the laundry into colors vs. whites; we've been giving him chores lately and he takes them very seriously.
And one-year-old Anton helped by rolling around on the blanket. :)
If you'd like to try Honest, you can see their cleaning supplies here. We love all of their products and highly recommend them! (Especially their adorable patterned diapers.) Looking forward to sharing more apartment photos soon. xo

Bonus for all readers: Get 35% off your first bundle with the code CUPOFJO35OFF, good until September 10th. Thank you, Honest!

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by The Honest Company, whose products our family has used for years. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)

Chicken Parm Meatballs

My friend Jenny Rosenstrach is warm, wise and a genius when it comes to dinners. Her new book, Dinner: The Playbook takes you through 30 days of dinners, inspired by a time she and her husband, Andy, challenged themselves to make 30 different meals and have their young daughters try them all. I especially love her recipe for chicken parm meatballs, and here's how she makes them...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lace jumpsuit

We're going out to dinner for our anniversary, and I'm planning to wear a dress I've had for years, but then I stumbled upon this lace jumpsuit. Isn't it sexy? So cool, elegant, effortless—and with such alluring details, like the lace bodice and low back. What a gorgeous ensemble for a date, especially with red lipstick and a low bun.

P.S. How to keep the sparks alive.

What are your favorite romantic comedies?

Alex and I are celebrating our fifth anniversary this Friday. Our wedding simultaneously feels like yesterday and a million years ago. So much has happened! This week, I'd love to talk about what I've learned during the past five years of marriage, but first...

Let's talk about romantic comedies. When I was dating in my twenties, if I liked a guy, I would suggest we watch So I Married an Ax-Murderer. If he enjoyed it, I knew that our senses of humor aligned. It got terrible reviews, but even just thinking of this scene or that scene make me laugh out loud. What rom coms do you like? New York Magazine just did a list of 25, and here are 10 of my favorites...

* When Harry Met Sally
* Emma
* Bridget Jones's Diary
* Roxanne
* Clueless
* Say Anything
* Her
* Forgetting Sarah Marshall
* 13 Going on 30
* Silver Lining's Playbook

Plus, four amazing romantic movies (that aren't really comedic):
* A Room with a View
* Sense & Sensibility
* Away from Her (broke my heart)
* Romeo & Juliet (the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey)
And just for fun, here's a fake trailer of When Harry Met Sally made into a horror film. Makes me laugh.

Agree or disagree? Which romantic comedies or movies do you like? I'd love to hear...

P.S. The seven types of women in romantic comedies, and the movie we watched on our first date. Also, will you cry at your wedding?

Monday, August 25, 2014

18 Surprising Things about Parenting in Chile

Thank you for being so enthusiastic about our Motherhood Around the World series. It has been an honor to share these women's personal stories, and we loved reading all your comments. We hope to do another round next year.

Our thirteenth—and final!—interview features Natasha Ngaiza. She moved from Philadelphia to Santiago, Chile, with her husband, David, and their young daughters, Mia and Sara. Here are 18 things that have surprised her about being a mom in Chile...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Have a wonderful weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend? We're getting settled in Brooklyn and have been loving it so far. Everyone is so friendly. Meanwhile, thank you so much for these inspiring tips! I'm looking forward to trying some things. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Head's up: Everything at J.Crew is 25% off right now.

Breakfast downgraded from "most important meal of the day" to "meal."

Although I still really, really want to make this.

This anniversary card made me laugh.

What?! You can sleep in IKEA for the night!!!

Classic movies changed to not be sexist.

LOVE these day-in-the-life photos of ballet dancer David Hallberg and actress Jemima Kirke.

Genius alarm clock.

10 pictures of the daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies.

The thought process of being late. Too true.

Tip: Treat a night with a friend like a date night.

Makes me want another baby.

(Coffee brewer link via Girls of a Certain Age)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anton loves his thumb

Anton sucks his thumb all the time—while bathing, playing, even walking. But the other day at the playground, he pulled off his funniest move yet: He needed to hold on, so he just tilted his head and maneuvered to get to his thumb. Oh my gosh, I love that little multi-tasker!

P.S. Anton's first steps and seven armpits.

The Theory of Everything

Have you seen the trailer for The Theory of Everything, the new movie about physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane? It comes out November 7th, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it. The movie is based on Jane's memoir, Travelling to Infinity, which chronicles their extraordinary courtship and life together.

The trailer focuses on their romance, but, in real life, their marriage also grew complicated. If you're curious, check out this fascinating NPR post. Here's a quote from Jane herself:
"I had two tiny babies, I was running the home and looking after Stephen full time: dressing, bathing, and he refused to have any help with that other than from me. I thought that to coerce him into taking these measures would have been too cruel. One of the great battles was getting Stephen to use a wheelchair. I'd be going out with Stephen on one arm, carrying the baby in the other, and the toddler running alongside. Well, it was hopeless because the toddler would run off and I would be unable to chase. So that kind of thing made life rather impossible."
Thoughts? Will you see it? She sounds like an amazing woman.
P.S. 25 best documentaries.

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

This summer, I've been using my phone less, but Cup of Jo editor Caroline has been using her phone more. Here's a (wildly unofficial) quiz to see if you, too, are addicted to your smartphone...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yoobi giveaway

Now that we've moved to Brooklyn, Toby will be going to a new school this fall. To get him ready and excited, we've been doing more art projects at home, and we discovered the fantastic company Yoobi...

Do you exercise? (On purpose?)

Do you exercise?

For years, I've just biked and walked around town, but now that I'm 35 with two babies, it's not cutting it anymore. I feel creaky and achy, and my back always hurts. (It takes me like 30 seconds to straighten my back after standing up, no joke.) I'd love to get more toned and flexible and maybe take an exercise class. So, I'd really like to know: What kind of exercise do you do?

My history of exercise:

Childhood: Running around.

Teenage years: Daily ballet classes. Riding my mom's NordiTrack in our foyer.

College: Tae Bo on VHS with my roommates. (It was actually kind of amazing.)

One summer in my early twenties: WALKING on the treadmill at the gym every night while watching Felicity reruns. (Team Ben, btw.)

One day in my late twenties: I took a yoga class and was so inflexible that I felt embarrassed and didn't go back.

Twenties, early thirties: Biking and walking everywhere and hoping it adds up to a decent amount. Taking stairs instead of elevators (see: phobia).

So, now that I'm an old lady, I need to bolster my routine. When Jessie raved about SoulCycle yesterday, I was really intrigued. I'm also wondering if I should give yoga another chance? Or pilates, Pure Barre, Zumba? Brazilian Butt Lift?! I would LOVE to hear what you do! Please send any and all suggestions my way :) Thank you so much!
P.S. Seeing movies alone, and riding bikes with babies.

(Photos: International pupils at an outdoor physical education class at the English-Scandinavian Summer School by William Vanderson. Aerobics class at the Helena Rubinstein Salon, 1958, by Inge Morath)
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