• What Songs Define Your Life?

    What Songs Define Your Life?

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    Do you have songs that transport you back in time — where the opening notes give you flashbacks of first kisses, a new job or heartbreak?… Read more The...

  • Tomato, Corn and Chickpea Salad

    Tomato, Corn and Chickpea Salad

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    Fresh salads are the ideal summer dish. They make the most of seasonal produce and complete any meal. So, to conclude our month tomato recipes, we’re sharing...

  • Back to School Rituals

    Back to School Rituals

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    Next week, Toby and Anton are heading back to school. They are excited, but it’s also (of course) a little nervewracking. As Dr. Seuss put it, “How did...

  • My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Peterson

    My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Peterson

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    Michelle Peterson is an eighth grade humanities teacher, who lives in San Francisco with her husband, Mike, and their 11-year-old son, Mika. She loves...

  • Parenting, in a Nutshell

    Parenting, in a Nutshell

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    This Saturday, Alex and I took the boys to Coney Island. Anton and I went on the hot air balloon ride, which spun us in circles.… Read more The post Parenting,...

  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

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    Our series of personal essays by contributing writers has, so far, delved into the topics of breasts and travel. The next few essays will center around...

  • Wise Words

    Wise Words

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    Toby and Anton have a book called Zen Shorts, which features a wise panda teaching kids life lessons. The first time I read it, I was sitting on the floor...

  • Pretty Entertaining Pieces

    Pretty Entertaining Pieces

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    We’ve invited friends over a few times this summer, and we’re starting to find our entertaining groove. Alex will make burgers, a salad and tater tots...

  • A Bright, Friendly Los Angeles Home

    A Bright, Friendly Los Angeles Home

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    Rebecca Lehrer, the co-founder of The Mash-Up Americans, a website and podcast about diversity, lives with her husband Neil, and their dog Gunther, in...

  • Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato

    Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato

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    Have you tried a Bloody Maria cocktail? It has the savoriness of a Bloody Mary, but is made with tequila instead of vodka. Today, we’re sharing Elizabeth...

  • Three Jackets for Fall

    Three Jackets for Fall

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    Let’s face it: the best part of autumn is jackets (sorry, fall foliage, apple picking, wool sweaters and pumpkin spice). With cooler weather on the horizon,...

  • How Do You Get Your News?

    How Do You Get Your News?

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    For almost a decade before I came to Cup of Jo, the news was my job, so staying up on current events felt like second nature.… Read more The post How Do...

  • Great Children’s Book

    Great Children’s Book

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    When hanging out with the boys, I often try to get them to see things from other people’s perspectives… “When we get onto the bus, we have to be quiet,”...