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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Can you believe 2014 is right around the corner?! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Honestly, this year has has some ups and downs—long-time readers know that I'm not great with pregnancy hormones!—so I'm more grateful and touched than ever to have such incredible people returning to Cup of Jo. I love your funny, heartfelt and insightful comments and emails every day. I learn so much and can't express how happy I am to have you here. It's such a gift to have this warm and dynamic community of likeminded women.

Here's a quick look back over the past year, if you'd like...
Motherhood posts, such as co-sleeping with your children, six words to say to your child, five genius motherhood tips, naked babies at the beach, toddlers in the kitchen, a lullaby that really works...and the most moving post of my entire blogging career about a stillborn baby boy.
We also did a motherhood around the world series, where we interviewed mothers living in India, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Congo, Japan and Abu Dhabi. I was completely riveted by their answers and was inspired by parenting norms in different cultures. We'd love to do another series in 2014 with more countries.
Posts about toddler Toby, such as conversations with a two-year-old and three-year-old, playing his violin, his donut birthday cake, going on a babymoon trip for your older child, bringing his favorite book to life and preparing him for a sibling (thank you so much for the enlightening tips!)
Post about our new arrival, Anton, such as announcing our pregnancy, seeing his sweet profile, choosing a name, fast labors in cabs, introducing our two boys for the first time and decorating our very first Christmas tree.
Beauty posts, such as hair tutorials and nail polish trends, which are my secret favorite. We also did four reader makeovers (here are the afters!).
Fashion posts, such as a five-second trick for feeling pretty, my fall uniform, and the most flattering jeans.
TV posts such as the 101 best written TV series of all time, celebrity look-a-likes, casting auditions for The Office, SNL's spoof on Girls and a fantastic ballet documentary.
Design posts, such as natural home scents, how to arrange supermarket flowers, lost loves, the rain room and how to do...anything.
Home posts, such as a 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment, a vacation rental website for families and our own apartment makeover.
Career posts, such as a Q&A with the Girls costume designer and a Q&A with an animal photographer.
Food posts, such as crunchy roast potatoes, the beauty of eating dinner alone, 11 Nutella recipes, how beer's taste alone gets you a little high and three flavored waters.
Friendship posts, such as what to say when there's an awkward silence, how to say goodbye at parties, a spot-on personality test, the power of empathy, three things you're grateful for, wise words for when you're freaking out and the wobbly path to success.
Travel and NYC posts, such as 9 crazy things about living in NYC, what British people say vs. what they really mean, 11 untranslatable words from other countries, Swedish slides, a Positano travel fantasy and how to piss off every New Yorker in 36 seconds.
Relationship posts, such as making out in public, saying I love you, having sex on your wedding night, what marriage means, how to give a reflexology foot rub, having friends officiate your wedding, what you'd do differently if you got married again, celebrity crushes and a brilliant speech about the word "gay".
And, as always, random posts, such as a When Harry Met Sally prank, goats yelling like people, how a key actually works and how to walk on ice.

I hope you enjoyed this year on Cup of Jo, and thank you again for reading. Very much looking forward to new series and exciting adventures in 2014, and sending a big kiss to you. Happy holidays!!! xoxo

P.S. I'll resume posting on January 6th, if you're in a blog-reading mood:)

94 comments:

Patty said...

Happy Holidays Joanna! You did a great job this year! Love your blog!

bisbee said...

What a great recap! I so enjoy your blog - we are at very different stages of life - I have 2 grandchildren that are older than your children - but I really enjoy your blog. Your writing style is great, your subject matter ranges from light to smart to entertaining to serious, and your sharing of your family moments is endearing.

nycsunflower said...

Happy Holidays! I rediscovered your bog this fall after having my second baby and have enjoyed it so much!

holtkamp said...

Your blog is the best! I loved the mothers around the world series. Happy holidays!

simone antoniazzi said...

I've really enjoyed your posts this year, you post on so many interesting topics.

Congratulations on beautiful baby Anton....and your gorgeous new apartment.

Merry Christmas to you!

Lotta said...

Your are an incredible source of inspiration.

You move me, excite me, and you give me that wow factor. It is such a joy coming along with you guys.

You make a difference!

Happy Holidays to you and your adorable family!

xo

Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays Joanna (and Alex, Toby, Anton)I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog, it's such a joy to read and is always a nice escape. I've actually been reading through your archives all week and have found so many new things to love about both your blog and the internet in general, so thank you for sharing!

Enjoy your time off xx

Katerina Kosta said...

I told you before that I love your blog and you're partly the reason I created a litle internet space of my own..I hope you enjoy your holidays!!!

Shruti Kapoor said...

Happy Holidays Joanna. Thank you for all your wonderful posts. Looking forward to some more in 2014!!

jm said...

Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Elizabeth Lee said...

Merry Christmas, Joanna! Your blog makes every day brighter! :) x

Gina said...

As someone who works with police enforcement and learns of babies being smothered from co-sleeping often (very often) then needs to watch the autopsy, I don't think that it's something that should be featured as just another option. It's a preventable death that should never be flirted with because "a friend does it and it has worked out fine for them."

Stella Dobry said...

Merry Christmas, Jo and family! I absolutely adore your blog and your family. My husband and I are expecting baby #1 and I've drawn so much inspiration from you over the years about what kind of mother I want to be. Enjoy your VERY well deserved break over the next few weeks. May your next year be a little bit easier and full of much laughter and love.

Unknown said...

I just love your blog and I look forward to reading it everyday. Happy holidays to you and your adorable family!

Aliya said...

Have a great holiday Joanna! I've been reading your blog for years and it's been so fun!!

See you in 2014 :)

Noraly ~ More Please! said...

Thanks so much for your inspiring posts. They make me smile and sometimes make my day. You've done something good and I wish you all the best for it. Have a blissfull start of the new year.

xxx Noraly

Noraly ~ More Please! said...

Thanks so much for your inspiring posts. They make me smile and sometimes make my day. You've done something good and I wish you all the best for it. Have a blissfull start of the new year.

xxx Noraly

MerelM said...

Dear Joanna, thank you for every single inspiring post! All the best for 2014!

MerelM said...

Dear Joanna, thank you for every single inspiring post! All the best for 2014!

~Love Lis said...

Love this recap and love you! You're so amazing! :)

Joy said...

I discovered you this year.. so fun reading your blog as I'm only a bit behind you in the baby thing (2nd boy on the way).

Have a lovely break and see you next year.

xx

Marissa said...

What a beautiful photo of the four of you! I love it!
Enjoy the holidays and THANK YOU for your blog and sharing your life.

Xoxo marissa

Rob said...

Your blog is amazing and I'm grateful I found it. I can't wait to keep reading next year! <3

kirsten said...

your blog is the best - keep at it

Ju said...

Hi, Jo!
Your blog is truly inspiring. I relate so much to so many of your posts. Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life with us readers. It makes a big difference to know there's someone who goes through so many experiences we go through and often think we're alone in them. Hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you, Alex and the boys!

Jay said...

Merry Christmas and a happy 2014 to you Joanna!

Maria Melnichuk said...

Happy holidays to you and all your boys! :) I Love this blog!

Schenck catherine said...

Happy holidays Joanna, to you and your family!
I've been reading your blog for a year now ( I start my morning reading your posts from the previous day, since I live in FRance)and I'm really looking forward to more great posts in 2014. I just loove your blog!
Joyeux Noël!

Cindy Goldstein said...

Love your blog! Happy Holidays to you n your boys. My husband and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary. And went to Amsterdam . We used many of your tips and so enjoyed ourselves. Thank-you for sharing. So enjoyed that post.

Chloé said...

Thank you, Joanna, your blog is amazing. Happy Holidays to you and your family from Spain!

Anna said...

Happy Holidays Joanna! I wish you wonderful and relaxing days with your family :) Thank you for many great posts this year!

marielaureinalaska said...

Happy holidays!

Philline Dilao said...

happy holidays Joanna! Thank you for the fun filled blog read. I must admit, I drew a lot of inspiration from your hair tutorial posts, "the best...you'll ever have" posts, and secretly read up on your motherhood related posts to daydream about my own motherhood to come, if I'm blessed to have one :) Wishing you a happy 2014.

mamamgeni.com said...

Thanks for the recap! I cannot WAIT for another dose of Motherhood Around the World in 2014! LOVED IT! Let me know if you're interested in Kenya... ;)

Michelle Lee said...

happy holidays!

Katie Cope Wolf said...

Merry Christmas Joanna! I love reading your blog, but never comment and it was starting to feel like eating out and and not tipping.... So thank you for what you do. I am an American living in New Zealand with my almost 1 year old baby girl. Your blog has been so enjoyable, thought provoking, fun, and a bright spot in my days. You are really great at what you do. Wishing you all the best in 2014 and many good times with your beautiful boys.

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Kat said...

Merry Christmas!
I really love your blog, beautiful photos and inspring articles.
Thank you,
Kat.

Melanie Price said...

Joanna, your blog is my morning go-to!! A beautiful and fun blog done by a beautiful person. Thank you for the tips, ideas, recipes, laughs and tears (from the inspiring and beautiful posts that touches the soul).
Cheers to you and your family and have a wonderful New Year!! Can't wait to see what 'A Cup Of Jo' will have in store for 2014!
Melanie

AMD said...

I've SO enjoyed getting to know your blog this year, Joanna! I can't tell you how much you've helped me laugh, and think, and LEARN! Many a post has been bookmarked or shared. Thanks for your hard work... you really have something special here. Happy new year!

Sammi said...

Merry Christmas Jo, and your beautiful family too. Hope Santa brought all the gifts you wished for ;) Xxx

brianna said...

I enjoyed your blog so much this year! I've been reading for many years now, but my favorite topic ever is the series you did on motherhood around the world. So interesting! I've also enjoyed seeing peeks of your sweet little family.

Hemylle Karollyne said...

It was such a wonderful year! Wish you an even better 2014, Joanna! :)
Hugs!
xx

lessthanperfectmama.com said...

Joanna, your blog is one I read daily bc you seem to be such a lovely, real, funny and smart gal. Your family is adorable and i'm smitten. Thank you for all the effort you put in to making your blog so interesting and funny. And please, please keep it up. No plans to close up shop anytime soon I hope. Happy New Year!

Katrina said...

I love your blog, and having 2 little boys myself, find your little ones' so sweet : ) I hope you do more posts inspired by motherhood around the world!
xoxox

Megan M-R said...

Happy Holidays Joanna! I love everything about your blog-- thank you for another great year! All the very best to you and your family in 2014!

megan said...

I discovered your blog earlier this year and absolutely love it. I especially loved the motherhood around the world series

Teffy Perk said...

Happy Christmas Jo!
Your blog is amazing, and I love everything you post.
Thanks for all the laughs and thought provoking posts you've put up!

{Teffy's Perks} X

Traci Hendrix Hart said...

My day-off ritual is coffee in hand, quiet time at my desk...and reading your blog. I get caught up on (and caught up in!) all sorts of wonderful things...I SO enjoy living vicariously through your insightful, thoughtful, and thought-provoking posts.
Thank you! I just love your blog!

Courtney Suzanne said...

Your blog is one of my must-reads every day. My husband and I got married around the same time you two did, then we had our son not long after you two had Toby, so it's nice to read a blog that frequently parallels what I'm going through.

Your posts with Lookmatic inspired me to finally get a new pair of glasses, my first new pair in three years. They're great!


Thanks again and have a Happy New Year!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Love those cozy selfless! Those are the moments we live for :)

nadia said...

Happy holidays Joanna!

I hardly ever comment on blogs, but I'd like to take a moment and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtful and honest posts, specifically those around pregnancy, hormones and the unexpected sadness that sometimes comes with it all. I just had my second son three weeks ago and after a tough morning it was refreshing to read some of your posts. It helps to know you aren't alone and that even people you admire have gone through the same.

You are my favorite blogger for many reasons, but most of all for your authenticity. Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family.

xo Nadia

Astrid said...

Happy holidays dear Joanna! Thanks for all your sweet, honest and inspiring posts in 2013, and always remember that having a baby is the most life-changing thing in the world; it's a given that it shakes you to the core, both in a positive and less positive way. So please take your time to find yourself again; no need to rush things, cause I'm sure that I speak for a LOT of your readers when I say that we're not going anywhere. xxo Astrid

Nat said...

Every time I read the story of baby Paul tears stream down my face. Thank you for sharing such a beautifully tragic story. Love your blog and how well it reflects life.

Paige said...

Happy New Year! 2013 was the year I discovered your blog and I'm SO happy I did. It's a daily read. I LOVED the motherhood around the world series. It was super! xo

Sumeera Rasul said...

Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful family Joanna! This is a great recap. Wishing you the best in 2014 from all of us at Madesmith.

EmmaJane said...

Thanks for all your thoughtful writing about the world! I have loved reading every post this year :) All the best for 2014

2moiselles said...

Love your blog, I just discovered it :-)

Renee said...

I love your blog. Last year and this year we gave our youngest son the Melissa and Doug wooden play sets based on your recommendation. Thank you! He loves them. We also bought some of your book suggestions.

Best wishes for the new year.

Roksana said...

Ohhh i love the first picture !

Mathilde said...

Happy holidays!
I have started reading your blog in 2013 and it is great!!
Greetings from France

Lindsay Moir said...

I loved your Motherhood Around The World series. Please do another in 2014, it was a wonderful read!

nina corvallo said...

Happy 2014 to you and yours and thank you for your blog. And most importantly thank you for also sharing the bad. As many have said , it means the world to your readers -- especially mothers. Thank you!

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Lana said...

Happy Holidays!

jennyg said...

Happy New Year! I love your blog, it is a highlight of my day!!! I feel so informed, enlightened, entertained and connected by you. Thank you and I'm looking forward to another great year!!!

Ola O. said...

Oh thaat's great :) The best of your posts i can't wait to see them all ( ok maybe the majority )

a owens said...

I just love your blog- thanks for keeping it!
I enjoy reading your work and learning about your family. You are wonderful Joanna!

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Monica said...

What a great year. Yours is the only blog I read every day. I am a working mom with two kids under five, and I love my mini-vacation with your site every day! Thank you for being a wonderful writer, mother, and inspiration. :) Congrats to you on your many successes. Happy 2014!

Kathleen Heffner said...

I love the self-portrait of your beautiful family! Happy New year!

Nancy Hamling said...

Really love the round up of 2013. New to Cup of Jo this year and loving it! Happy 2014 x http://whatnancydid.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/2013-favourites.html

bananastand said...

Love Cup of Jo more than any other lifestyle blog -- congrats on your upcoming moves to grow and become even more successful, interesting, and especially lovely. I look forward to seeing what you'll be doing in the year ahead!!

Karen said...

Great end-of-year recap; something for everyone. I wish I was "an editor" so I could move to NY and work for you. Actually, I am a good editor for most things, it's what I like to do, but I don't have any kind of proof that someone should pay me for it!

Menno van Rookhuijzen said...

Oh Yes PLEASE do another Motherhood around the world series! I loved it soooooo much! So. Much.
Rachel

Jemma Doley said...

Thanks for a wonderful year of posts Jo!
I look forward to reading your posts each week!!
Happy new year!! :)

Jem

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Virginia said...

Hi Joanna! This is actually a comment for the editor search, but thought I'd share it here. You write the BEST POSTS EVER, but thought a good interview/test question/post would be something like "creating a classic wardrobe". I say it's a test for the newbie, but I'd really love for you to do it because you have such timeless style. I'd love for you to share a few style staples (the best tapered pants, slippers, button downs, jackets, accessories, etc). Know you'd find the best quality and style available. Get Alex in on it too! Y'all are a style power couple!

Melissa said...

I adore your blog, Happy holidays!!

Pinkmoocow32 said...

ENJOY YOUR EXTENDED BREAK YOU DESERVE IT!!! It makes me happy to see all my favorite bloggers taking time off. Having a flexiable work scheudle is why most of yall made that transition and it makes my heart happy seeing you do that. We will all still be here. xoxo

Barbara said...

I am so grateful for your blog! I just started following it this year and I love everything about it, the gift guides, the weekend round-ups, and especially the series (my absolute favorite was Motherhood Around the World - I tell everyone I know to read it). I appreciate that you find a comfortable way to bring up and open discussion about so many topics. Keep up the great work and Happy New Year!

Ana said...

Hi Joanna, I am reading out to you to share this because you have such a wide reach in NYC. These cats have been companions to lovely elderly couple in their last moments, and as the husband doesn't have much time left, the cats are facing homelessness. Could you help spread the word and help find them a home? http://hilaryfields.com/2014/01/06/my-fathers-cats/

JacPfef said...

Eagerly anticipating the big reveal on what these changes to Cup of Jo are, but mostly just missing your posts :)

Hope you had happy holidays and a nice break!

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Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! Can't wait for new posts!
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That Ridiculous Girl said...

Hi there! I just hopped back into the blogging world after a three-year hiatus (woot!), stumbled across your blog, and was hooked. WHAT A FREAKING BEAUTIFUL AND FULFILLING YEAR! I think people aspire to do in their entire lifetimes what you have accomplished in just 2013. Keep it up, you awesomeness of a woman.

DMMOM said...

Oh, I just love the photo of you and your children, breastfeeding one of them. What memories that brings back!

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