Gone Fishing…

12 Posts From the Cup of Jo Archives

This week, our whole office is taking a week off. Hope you have a good one. In the meantime, here are a few posts from the archives, if you’re in a blog-reading mood…


“So it was at 12:40pm that the doctor placed teeny Toby into my arms. He was purplish-red and wet and crying, and my heart felt like it was going to burst. He felt soft and smooth, and I was weeping and laughing. It was so magical to be cuddling our sweet sweet baby in my arms after nine months. I would have a million babies just for that moment.” — Toby’s Birth Story

“I want to protect my daughter from the things that could kill or seriously hurt her, but that’s it. If my daughter pulls our cat’s tail and gets scratched, I see that as a learning experience: how not to treat the cat.” — 15 Surprising Things About Parenting in England

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar is tough sledding.” — 8 Confessions of a New Dad

“When breastfeeding, you get hungry like the wolf. I remember drinking an average of four glasses of whole milk every day, and once, I ate an entire tuna pasta salad in the middle of the night. The next morning, my mom, who was visiting, was like, ‘Where’s the pasta salad?’ I was like… In. My. Belly.” — On Boobs

“A very useful phrase to repeat when you find yourself turning to your spouse blamefully: Your spouse is not the enemy. The baby is the enemy.” — 5 Motherhood Tips


“My unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.” — 15 Career Tips From Smart Women

“One thing tourists have on us: They look up! They noticed the grandness of the city. The skyscrapers! The churches! The bridges! If you want to look like a New Yorker, look down and keep moving. But you’ll miss out.” — How NOT to Look Like a Tourist

“My instinct is to make the leading lady look good. But at our first fitting, I got notes back that said Hannah looked too good. People would never believe that this flailing character would look so put together. So, we rejected all the belts. I re-adjusted hemlines to make them slightly off. We fit the clothes while she was wearing Spanx and then removed the Spanx. You’re reminded that as a costumer designer, it’s not about a pretty look, it’s about telling a story.” — Q&A with the Girls Costumer Designer

“Treat the whole dang city like it’s your living room. We sit on the church steps across the street for weekend lunches and after-dinner treats. And if there’s a public park in this city, chances are that we’ve strolled through it. A few numbers to help you understand why: Central Park: 843 acres; Prospect Park: 585 acres; Brooklyn Bridge Park: 85 acres; The High Line: 6.73 acres; Our apartment: 0.005509 acres.” — 15 Genius Tips for Living in Small Spaces


“When we got up to our hotel suite, our only problem was that we couldn’t get my wedding dress off. It had 50 tiny buttons down the back and my husband couldn’t unloop them all with his tired hands. Thankfully one of the gifts we’d opened was a set of knives, and we used them to literally cut my dress off.” — Did You Have Sex on Your Wedding Night?

“‘You didn’t do anything wrong!’ friends counsel, like a gaggle of well-meaning defense attorneys. But your righteousness can’t accompany you on Saturday morning coffee runs or bicker over which Netflix movie to choose. You miss that. You grow nostalgic for the time your partner forgot to put the seat down and you fell into the toilet in the middle of the night.” — A Seven-Step Guide to Heartbreak

“Advice for my younger self? Oh gosh. So much to tell her. Firstly, everything is going to be okay. Second, stop going to the gym every day if you’re just going to read magazines going slo-mo on the elliptical trainer. Third, don’t bother trying to tell DJs what to play because they don’t like it (and they never even have Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up). Fourth, rewrite and rewrite and rewrite — writing is rewriting. It’s through re-writing that you find your voice, and once you find your voice, good things will happen. Fifth, everything is going to be okay.” — Gemma’s Beauty Uniform, from our series of women’s beauty uniforms.

Plus, a few more:
* 16 Hair Tutorials (including a messy side ponytail)
* 10 Best Documentaries
* A Pretty Necklace Trend
* How to Talk to Little Girls
* A Round-Up of Our Favorite Books
* 12 Favorite Recipes of All Time
* The Nail Polish We All Wear
* Pregnancy Survival Guide
* 10 Fun Travel Facts

Have a great week! We’ll be back with a link list on Friday. xoxo

(Top graphic by Miss Moss for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Hope you have a great time on vacation! Sending good vibes, XO, Poppy

  2. Nonna says...


  3. Jen says...

    Your post about your family vacation sparked a story idea I’d love to share with you. I’d love to hear about road trips with a boyfriend or girlfriend, whether they’re first trips, when things don’t go according to plan (fiascos or sucesses), or when a trip led to something big (move, proposal, etc.)

  4. Kim Gee says...

    Eh, Toby’s birth story is cute and all (and both of your sons are super adorable so I don’t want this to come off wrong), but sometimes I feel sorry for Anton. You share so much about Toby but it just seems you don’t really write about Anton with that same obsession.

    • Rebekah says...

      I think that often happens with first babies. They seem to be the favorites. The second (and third and so on…) is just as beloved, though… you just may not hear about him as much!

  5. I’m excited to read through these, especially Motherhood ones :)

    have fun in portland!

  6. Have fun! I love discovering old posts, even some ones I hadn’t read, which I didn’t think was possible. And I love the quote format of it!!

  7. Love the “gone fishing” post :) Portland is lovely, have a wonderful time!! xo.

  8. I am a Portlandia addict! I want to go there in the worst way! He he!!

    Have a wonderful family vacation…can’t wait to see photos of your trip! xo


    adorn la femme

  9. mimi says...

    My first baby is due in 3 weeks, so perfect timing on these motherhood posts from the archives! Desk crying over your birth story <3

  10. I like the quote from “Did You Have Sex On Your Wedding Night” because it resonates with me… Nope, I didn’t! Add another one to the list. :) Cutting off the wedding dress is a hilarious mental image.


  11. GREAT roundup! And a Portland vacation sounds divine :)

  12. Heather says...

    Your “gone fishing” post was the perfect way to sign off for a week. I love, love, LOVE your blog. It’s the first one that I ever read, and the one that keeps me coming back! Cheers from Canada

  13. Portland sounds so lovely. Enjoy!

  14. Lauren E. says...

    This collection of quotes made me tear up. And ending with “everything is going to be okay”??? Love it. Enjoy your vacation!

  15. I love that first quote on life! It’s such a great reminder to work hard and ignore the voices that try to slow you down.

  16. Literally laughing out loud at the thought of cutting a wedding dress off with a wedding knife. You gotta do what you gotta do! Enjoy Portland… be sure to check out Salt & Straw for ice cream if you haven’t already!