Has This Summer Felt Off to Anyone Else?

In the dead of winter last year, all I could think about was how amazing summer would be. I couldn’t wait to lie on the beach again and see friends every single day. I imagined the city coming back to life and that it would feel like November 7th all summer long. But just a…

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The Problem with Constant Self-Improvement

A big part of my twenties was focused on compulsive change and improvement. I morphed myself into the best person I could be, always left feeling guilty. I wasn’t getting enough quality sleep. My meditation plan was destroyed by distractions. I was eating unhealthy foods. I was trapped in a cycle of being good and…

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Are You a Morning Person?

I like my husband a lot, but he has this really annoying habit… In the morning, when the sun is peeking through the blinds, and the dog is stretching at the foot of our bed, he engages me in conversation. “GOOD MORNING!” he’ll say a little too loudly. How’d you sleep? Should we do something fun…

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A Health Realization That Changed My Life

When I was in college, my roommate, Kristi, convinced me to go to the gym with her. I remember feeling intimidated. I was slight, pale and Goth-leaning with oxblood lipstick and zero muscle tone. I was certain everyone could tell I was an imposter in borrowed Lycra. I reluctantly climbed on the bike next to…

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8 Interior Design Books That Are Inspiring Me Right Now

Some say print is dead. I refuse to believe it! I collect books of all kinds but always leave room in my budget for beautiful coffee table books that provide all sorts of visual eye candy. With my full-time job dedicated to much of what is happening in this house, my collection of design books—specifically…

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What Are Your Favorite Sandwiches?

Years ago, when the boys were tiny, we traveled to see my family in Cornwall, England. Since I grew up visiting, I knew what to expect: walks on the cliff paths, rocky beaches, loud seagulls, loud relatives, salt-and-vinegar chips. I love it there so much. But one afternoon, we went to the pub for lunch,…

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The Cup of Jo Heart Shirt

Today, we’re excited to share a new Cup of Jo collaboration with Alex Mill… The ‘Heart on Your Sleeve’ shirt. We made this soft, comfy button-down as a way to acknowledge the love and strength of women. You can roll the sleeve up to share the heart, or keep it tucked away, just for you….

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3 Reasons I Chose Natural Stone Flooring for Our Kitchen Remodel

Scope creep refers to continuous or uncontrolled growth in a project’s scope at any point after the project begins (see also: “domino effect” or If You Give A Mouse A Cookie).  I’m not an interior designer by training, but rather an intuitive one. I’m not always able to articulate the reasoning and science behind my…

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10 Fun Things

Recently, I had to read through the first few years of Cup of Jo (2007-2010) to fix some coding glitches, and it was kind of hilarious to re-live the early days of blogging. (I talked about moving in with Alex and my serious case of baby fever.) Anyway, I figured I’d share a few vintage…

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