We’re heading to England to visit our long-lost cousins, aunts and uncles this week. We haven’t been there in three years, and we cannot wait to see everyone. Toby was teeny the last time we were there, and they’ve never met Anton! We’re excited for fish and chips, the smell of salty air and all the noisy chaos at my grandmother’s house.

I was originally going to blog a bit during the trip, but in an effort to disconnect, we decided in the end to take the time completely off, and Caroline is taking a vacation, too. So, have a wonderful two weeks, and we’ll be back with lots of fun stuff on August 11th! Meanwhile, if you’re in a blog-reading mood, you’re warmly invited to check out the archives…

Motherhood posts, such as 8 confessions of a new dad, a pregnancy survival guide, fast labors in cabs, kissing babies, kissing husbands, the funny things kids say, 20 parenting tips, mothers talking about work/life balance, sibling rivalry, how to make your child feel loved and the hardest two months of my life.

Design posts, such as beautiful house tours, blogging as a career, 10 favorite wallpapers, how to decorate a tiny apartment, 5 great books, where to find affordable art, funny illustrated questions, natural home scents, how to arrange supermarket flowers and a fantastic ballet documentary.

Fashion posts, such as the most flattering jeans, a one-day hair makeover, a five-second trick for feeling pretty, hair tutorials, real women’s beauty uniforms (with lots of great ideas), our favorite nail polish, my mom’s tomboy style, an underwear confession, a genius hair tool and a fascinating conversation with the costume designer of Girls.

Food posts, such as table manners, best recipes (including this French silk pie), how to make a perfect cheese tray, hot toddies, a cookie swap, a baby-food epiphany, how to get your kids to talk at the dinner table and why French children eat everything.

Travel posts, such as 9 crazy things about NYC, the prettiest shoes for traveling, gorgeous homes to rent on a trip, a genius packing tip, how to travel with a baby, 10 ways to entertain a toddler on a plane, how not to look like a tourist and the Cup of Jo Guide to NYC.

Relationship posts, such as sex on your wedding night, what to say when there’s an awkward silence, a new approach to happiness, how to say goodbye at a party, a genius trick for worriers, having friends officiate your wedding, five-minute phone calls, how to help someone grieve and keeping the sparks alive.

And, as always, random posts, such as a When Harry Met Sally prank, how to give a high five, a swing art installation, celebrity look-a-likes, how a key actually works, annoying words and how to walk on ice.

Have a wonderful couple weeks, and see you on August 11th! (By the way, I got this book to read on the plane and it’s incredible so far.) Lots of love, as always. xoxo

P.S. I might be posting a few photos on Instagram, if we can figure out our phones in England; Alex and I are total neanderthals with that stuff!