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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 excited to get started. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

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!

How to be a good dinner guest.

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

Makes me want another baby.

Good news: Everything at J.Crew is 25% off this weekend (I like this and this).

(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)

Breakfast Salad

What do you eat for breakfast? I know it's the most important meal of the day, but I'm the worst at it. I either skip it or eat leftovers while standing next to the fridge. But this breakfast salad might change my ways. It's easy and delicious (and would also make a great dinner). Erin of Yummy Supper shows us how it's done...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Honest Slogans

Have you seen the site Honest Slogans? It's hilarious. Here are 11 that made us laugh out loud...

"My beauty uniform"

For years, I've had a girl crush on Jessie Randall, the creative director of shoe and handbag brand Loeffler Randall. A mom of three boys, Jessie lives with her family in Brooklyn; and in addition to having amazing taste, she's also incredibly warm and down to earth. Here, she shares her secrets, including a life-changing serum and a book that made her cry...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gift idea: Puzzle with your child's lovey

Over the past year, Toby has fallen in love with a stuffed animal named Mr. Fox. They cuddle together at night and, according to Toby, Mr. Fox tells really funny jokes. So...

13 Surprising Things about Parenting in Turkey

Diane Zhang moved from Brooklyn to Istanbul with her husband, Josh, and 11-month-old son, Aaron. Here are 13 things that surprised her about being a mother in Turkey…
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