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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Are you sleepy?

Are you tired right now? In a recent Atlantic article, Harvard sleep coach Dr. Charles Czeisler said that we live in a chronically sleep-deprived society:
"We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work."
Crazy, right? I used to think about this when my sister was doing her grueling medical residency. Let's go to bed early tonight!

P.S. A sleepwalking dog, and a baby trashes a bar.

(Photo of Lucy by ©Bob Rosinsky, with permission. Via Explore)

Cuyana travel bags

Last fall, my friend Megan turned me onto Cuyana, a brand of beautiful leather bags and accessories based in San Francisco. So when Cuyana asked if I'd like to share their products on the blog, I said a quick and enthusiastic yes! Here's the set of bags I carry...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NYC tips and etiquette

The book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, which came out yesterday, made me laugh. New York is so weird! It's funny how he managed to notice the little things that become second nature after living here for a while. Here are some animated examples...
You can find the book here, if you'd like. Can't wait to read all of them. Congrats, Nathan!

P.S. How to flag a cab, and how NOT to look like a tourist.

Secret trick for cutting cherry tomatoes

This trick is super awesome! (100 points if you figure out what he's going to do ahead of time; I had no idea.)
(Top photo by The Novice Chef. Via Swissmiss)

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.
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