Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for such a wonderful year. I loved reading all your smart, funny and thoughful comments and emails and can’t tell you how grateful I am for this community of likeminded women. Very much looking forward to new series and exciting adventures in 2015. And by the way, did you know that 2015 is the year that Marty visited in Back to the Future Part II? (Get psyched for hoverboards!!!)

Here’s a quick look back over the past year, if you’d like…

Motherhood posts, like a mama/kid sleepover, home as a haven, 5 tips for sibling rivalry, beautiful necklaces for mothers, how to get your kids to talk at dinner, the crazy things you do as a parent and a moving essay asking: what if you can’t have a child?

We did another motherhood around the world series, where we interviewed moms living in England, Turkey, China, Germany, Australia and Chile—plus 24 surprising things about parenting in the United States. As always, I was completely riveted by their answers and inspired by parenting norms in different countries. (And now I want to move to Berlin!)

Posts about four-year-old Toby, such as dates with your child, our England vacation, his first school picture, Toby the gourmand and funny things he says (Never grow up, Toby!)…

Posts about one-year-old Anton, including his first steps, his birthday cake, his emerging personality, a Fire Island vacation and a baby food realization

Fashion posts, such as how to look French, a funny fall trend, four everyday outfits, cheeky T-shirts and what everyone is wearing in NYC

Beauty posts, such as a new beauty uniform series, where lovely women spoke frankly about their beauty routines and bodily insecurities and bedtime rituals and changed-their-life products, plus tomboy perfumes, how to blow dry your hair like a stylist, the perfect nail polish, how to get rid of a pimple and wise words to make you feel good

Screen-2BShot-2B2014-08-27-2Bat-2B2.53.33-2BPMDesign posts, like where to find affordable art, funny vases, 15 genius tips for living in a small space and the Cup of Jo holiday gift guide

House tours, like a California house, NYC apartment and colorful New Jersey home (and I’m looking forward to sharing some photos of our Brooklyn apartment in January)…

Posts about career, such as 10 lessons I’ve learned in my career, 15 career tips from smart women, the funniest tumblr ever written and six ways to stretch at your desk

Food and entertaining posts, including the #1 item you need for house guests, what we cook at home, pizza math, how to get kids to eat vegetables, dinner-party conversation, the trick to a healthy diet, two-ingredient pancakes and three-ingredient pastas

Lifestyle posts, like how to start an articles club, what kind of exercise you actually like, why happiness shouldn’t be the goal, where you want to live, what’s really in your bag, interviews with B.J. Novak and Lena Dunham, and which fascinating articles we’re reading (a new series)…

Relationships posts, including 8 things I’ve learned about marriage, how often you say “I love you,” my sister’s awesome dating tip, the best time of day to have sex, dating a (much) older man, a 19-hour romantic getaway, a new kind of wedding registry, a cool way to get engaged and what you’re actually thinking when you run into an ex

Cup of Jo editor Caroline came on board! She accepted fun challenges, like experimenting with natural deodorant and talking to strangers; and wrote about a genius hair trick, being an introvert and seven ways to cope with heartbreak

Travel posts, such as great family vacation spots, how NOT to be scared of flying, the best packing tip, traveling to Paris alone and how to pack without wrinkles

How-to posts, such as how to feel happier, how to cure a headache, how to tie a scarf, how to remember people’s names and how to help a grieving friend.

Thank you so much for everything! It was a joy to interact with you this year, and I’m looking forward to more conversation in 2015. Happy holidays, and sending a hug through the internet. xoxo

P.S. We’ll be back to regular posting on January 5th, if you’re in a blog-reading mood. Meanwhile, see you on Instagram :)

(Photos, from top: Seth Smoot’s instagram, Winnie Au, Gaby Fearn, Rebecca Zeller, Julia Robbs, Alex, Julia Robbs, Courtney Adamo’s instagram, Wacamole Ceramic, Alpha Smoot, 30 Rock, Lindsay Moe, James Nord, me, The Sartorialist, photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and Nicole Franzen)

  1. good boy !!!
    I am so glad you’re taking time off! Enjoy it. Love the blog.

  2. Just an FYI “7 ways to cope with heartbreak” links to a parenting book post. :) love your blog& this round up!

  3. Happy New Year to you, your family and to Caroline. I’ve related to her so much. Thank you both for your honest writing. Hero status. xo

  4. Love your blog. Can you tell me where the green pool above the ocean was taken? That is magical!

  5. I discovered your blog less than a month ago so this is the perfect round-up post for me! I really love it and look forward to checking in on a regular basis during 2015. :)

  6. Happy Holidays, what a great wrap up of the year. I love the food and entertaining articles and the fashion and career advice.

  7. I’m trying to catch up with every post you highlighted here, currently reading “how to look french”, but I guess my vibe isnt right for fashion after reading those gorgeous posts about Anton!

    Looking forward for your next posts :)

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

  8. just dropping by to say how much i enjoy your blog – happy holidays to you & yours xo

  9. Lovely post and lovely pics, have ana mzing christmas!!!

  10. I’ve loved reading your blog over the years. Best blog on the Internet ;)

  11. Have a very Merry Christmas, Joanna! I will miss your posts but I’m so glad you get a proper vacation. I’ve used your gift guides the last few years, as well as your NYC guide when I’ve visited. Your posts are helpful, funny, thoughtful and make me feel normal as a 28 year old mama of 2!

  12. Hey Jo! I truly love to pop in and see the wonderful things you guys are up to! Thanks for a great year.
    Happy new year!

  13. Merry Christmas Jo & Caroline! Thanks for all the great blog posts this year. Xx

  14. back to the future is our christmas morning movie!!! :)

  15. Thank you Joanna! Have a very happy Holidays and see you soon!! Love to you and your family!

  16. great~great~
    enjoy every day~

  17. I am so glad you’re taking time off! Enjoy it. Love the blog.