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Friday, December 19, 2014

Have a great weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We're flying to California today. (Alex's sister is getting married, and guess who gets to be the ring bearer?) Also, good news: this Sunday is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which means that, from then on, every day will get a little brighter! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun links from around the web...

This face map tells you why your skin is acting out.

How to care for introverts.

New York Times editors share the best books (old and new) that they read this year.

A chef honestly reviews his own restaurants.

What it's like to call your dad.

Why Love Actually is the least romantic film of all time.

"I'm pregnant. So why can't I tell you?"

How to cook (featuring our latest crush).

Found! The best way to entertain kids on a plane.

Wow, what winter looks like in Slovenia.

A pretty way to serve olives.

This holiday drinking game made me laugh.

Plus, just in case these are helpful this weekend...
* 10 tips for traveling with a baby.
* 10 ways to entertain a toddler on a plane.
* Finally! We figured out jet lag.
* 15 holiday hair tutorials.

Have a good one, and lots of love. xoxo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

30 movies to watch with your relatives

This Thanksgiving, my dad and aunt came to visit, and after the babies were in bed, we relaxed at home and tried to find a crowd-pleasing movie. It was surprisingly tough, but we finally landed on...

Being single for the holidays

Cup of Jo editor Caroline recently broke up her boyfriend and is now flying solo for the holidays. And two of her good friends just got engaged. Whoot. Here, she shares her plan for surviving the ups and downs of the holidays (aka engagement season) alone...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Serial parody

Oh my goodness, I just watched this on my walk to dinner and was literally crying with laughter on the streets of Brooklyn Heights. Serial fans, watch immediately! (Can't wait for tomorrow's episode.)

8 genius entertaining tips

Are you hosting any guests this holiday? As I mentioned in the gift guide, I've been loving the magazine Bon Appetit, and their entertaining advice is especially brilliant. After dog-earring a bunch of pages over the past few months, I thought I'd pull together my favorite tips and share them with you...

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies (with Pretzels!)

Are you making holiday cookies this year? (It's Toby's favorite thing to do.) Today, Monique from Ambitious Kitchen shares her killer recipe for chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies with salty pretzel and crunchy toffee. Here it is...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A great way to read books

We're excited for our annual trip to California for the holidays, and we've already started packing. The only catch? I always end up bringing a bunch of books on vacation, and they weigh down my bags and break my back.
So, I was THRILLED to hear about the book app, Oyster. For $9.95/month, you can read half a million titles, from New York Times bestsellers to Oprah's Book Club picks to children's books to cookbooks. You can read them on your smartphone, iPad, Kindle, Nook—wherever you can get apps. It's like Netflix for books.
These books would make great vacation reads:
The Glass Castle (one of my favorite memoirs)
Bobcat (gripping short stories)
Mansfield Park (a romantic classic)
Just Kids (I've been wanting to read this for ages)
This is Ridiculous This is Amazing (made me laugh out loud—a perfect plane read)
Once you choose a book, you can start reading it immediately. (And if you don't like it, you can just try a different book.) Such a brilliant idea, don't you think?

If you're intrigued, get a 30-day free trial by signing up here. Thank you so much, Oyster!

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Oyster. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo)

Gift Guide #7: Your Awesome Dad Who Still Calls You By Your Childhood Nickname and Always Fixes Your Bike When He Comes to Visit.

Rugged sweatshirt, $40, for his outdoor adventures. (This one is also nice.)
Bottle opener, $28, with a six-pack, for everything he's done over the years.
Eyes on the Prize documentary, $24, which was called one of the "essential documentary series of the 20th century," and although the events talked about happened 50 years ago, it still feels as relevant as ever today.
Chocolate Babka Pie, $49, because as Elaine Benes says, "You can't beat a babka."

Food: A Love Story, $16, with laugh-out-loud anecdotes by comedian (and father-of-five) Jim Gaffigan.
Whiskey wedge, a genius ice mold that keeps drinks cold without watering them down. $17.
Sriracha-to-Go Keychain, $7, because he won't eat anything unless it's on fire.
A crowd-pleasing game, $14, to play together during the holidays. (This game also got fantastic reviews; and I just ordered this nerdy one because I secretly think it looks fun.)
Crunch snow ball stress reliever, $32, to keep on his desk.
Shearling slippers, $88, because they're the Classic Dad Gift for a reason. (On sale here.)
Detroit tee, $28, plus a plane ticket home. Yes, Michigan! (These state tees are cool, too.)

P.S. More gifts for dads, and here's the COMPLETE 2014 gift guide.

(Sriracha via A Continuous Lean. Babka via NYMag. Documentary via Kottke)

Monday, December 15, 2014

What are your holiday traditions?

What are your holiday traditions? I just read about an awesome ritual that I'd love to adopt...

In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night reading. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How cozy and wonderful does that sound?

(More fun facts: Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, and new books are typically published only during the Christmas season—the frenzy is called Jólabókaflóð, or the Christmas Book Flood.)
Wouldn't you love to do that? What other traditions do you have? I'd love to hear, we're trying to create a bunch! :)

P.S. Five holiday traditions, and decorating our first Christmas tree.

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