Have a Lovely Weekend.

Veronica Olson flowers

What are you up to this weekend? I’m exhausted after a busy couple days (my kids always seem to wake up at the literal crack of dawn), so I’m looking forward to taking things easy. Also, for Father’s Day, we’re on the hunt for malted milkshakes, which are Alex’s favorite. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

British grandma includes “please” and “thank you” in Google searches, believing that manners make search quicker.

A village of tiny houses. So cool.

The ugliest Pantone color is being used to deter smokers.

A hilarious GIF of the Queen scolding Prince William.

The best hostess gift!

Your bum is proof that you should wear sunscreen.

A pretend magazine about anxiety. Made me laugh.

Would you dare ride these four roller coasters?

7 things to talk about with little girls other than their prettiness. (I’d add future birthday cakes and Halloween costumes.)

What David Sedaris can’t travel without.

5 signs that your dinner party host is good at their job.

Famous novels retitled like episodes of Friends.

And, if you haven’t yet seen it, Amy Schumer and Anna Wintour swap lives.

Lots of love to everyone after a tough week. xoxo

(Photo by Veronica Olson/Instagram. Sunscreen and grandma via Swissmiss. Pantone color via Jocelyn Glei.)

  1. LM says...

    In regards to the hosting a dinner party, I’d love to see you all address how to support a friend who has a drinking problem.

    It seems, as reflected in this article (though not it alone), that it is a given that a good, fun get-together for adults will necessarily include alcohol. I think this mentality often contributes to the many, many good people who struggle with drinking habits because they can’t imagine adult social relationships without it. What would it look like to promote dinner parties, super bowl parties, grilling out, or girls nights that, maybe, couldn’t or shouldn’t include alcohol as something other than a burden to be born or an anomaly?

  2. Kat says...


    I was so happy to see you mention Australia’s plain packaging laws for cigarettes. Australia has seen a big drop in smoking rates since this initiative came into effect. The woman who was the Health Minister at the time (Nicola Roxon) had to fight a really tough battle against the cigarette companies to get it to happen and she won – she’s amazing. Packaging for cigarettes seems like such a small thing but it is making and will make such a huge difference in terms of people’s health. Poor dirty muddy green though!

  3. OK, the butt thing…. Lol. I live in Baja Mexico and we get a lot of sun. And I’m a farmer. For me the best thing is to cover up! A big hat and clothes that cover. A rashguard instead of a bikini. Oh, and when we go to the beach we go a few hours before sunset instead of midday.

  4. Loved the Buzzfeed article for conversation starters with young girls. A few of my friends have daughters who I absolutely adore and consider myself their honorary auntie :). Sometimes I worry I’m only praising them about their appearance. Even though we were all kids at one point, it can be difficult to think up interesting topics to discuss with them. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Great links. I look forward to them every weekend ;P

  6. The polite search just KILLED me :D

    Hoping to surprise with breakfast burritos tomorrow.. but as always, we are at the whim of the master of the house (aka the toddler)

  7. Send him to Tilda all day in CH/FG. It’s my favorite spot to eat at the moment and they do a malted milk cappuccino.

  8. Cate says...

    David Sedaris gave my husband and me a “Stop Talking” card at a book signing a few years ago. It was after we asked him to sign a book for our then toddler son and shared that he often asked us to do just that. He is hilarious and he will sign books and chat with every last person at his shows. Love him.

  9. Have a great weekend, Jo! Thanks for another wonderful content to entertain ourselves over the weekend. :)

  10. Aimee says...

    I just want to comment on the link about how to be the best host/ess. I agree that it’s nice to feel comfortable at a party with the perfect drinks, food and conversation and there are lovely people who can pull that off. Then there is the rest of us. And I know I am guilty of letting my perfect host friends host the parties because, well, my house is never clean enough and I have three boys and I can’t pull out such a perfect party. Instead I throw together gatherings. We will be on the porch all summer long and I will do my best to make all feel welcome. Bring your kids and your friends and your special drink. It’s more important to me to just invite people over to gather and laugh and talk. I’m sure that makes some people uncomfortable, but the majority of us have a grand old time. I think too many people are thinking they need a Pinterest perfect party and that actually stops them from throwing one and inviting friends over. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It will still be fun!

  11. I’m looking forward to a casual weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. Just drinking coffee, reading books, going for walks and a bikeride to the sea. And maybe I will watch a EM-match with my boyfriend ;)

    Have a nice weekend!

    Josephine //

  12. Kristian says...

    I work in a job where I am often taking young elementary students for testing. These students often have never met me before, but they need to be feeling at ease in order to do their best testing (we test student to see if they should be identified for gifted education service fyi). The two questions that I’ve found work the absolute best to talk to kids is to ask about their siblings (who are they? Are they good older/younger brothers/sister or the annoying kind?) or, asking them what was the absolute coolest thing to happen to them this week/end (or, depending on the student, the most boring or worst thing).

  13. Maria says...

    I love Nan’s way to google and the Queen scolding the Prince! First is soooo cute, it makes me think that if my grandpa have had the possibility of googling he’d have been doing it on the same way!
    I love friday’s posts!

  14. Issue 3 of Anxiety Magazine. Ack! I may die laughing!!!! (But seriously, I would so read it.)

  15. Janine says...

    If you’re willing to make the trek to Staten Island, Egger’s makes a killer malted. It’s such a cool, old-school ice cream parlor, and they make all of their ice cream on site. Bonus: they have the best whipped cream I’ve ever tasted.

    If you’re making the trip, the Staten Island Zoo is near Egger’s, and the Children’s Museum at Snug Harbor is just off the Ferry. Make a day of it!

  16. Hallie says...

    Hello! I love Cup of Jo because so much of what you post truly aligns with my values and opinions. This week I was disappointed that there was no mention of the Orlando victims. I think it would be important to include reflections on this tragedy or links for donating to the Orlando Pulse victims this week.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I talked about Orlando on Instagram but you’re right I should have linked again here. Thank you xoxo

    • Tara says...

      Me too. I think it would be nice to discuss it next week if you could. XO

  17. Melissa says...

    Oh my goodness, the Anxiety magazine is the best. I laughed out loud at most of them. It’s also nice to know it’s not just me who has those thoughts!

  18. I love the story about the polite googling grandma! So sweet and funny. We’re spending Father’s Day weekend at the beach. Have fun on your malted milkshake adventure.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea

  19. I love the idea of talking to little girls about Halloween costumes! I actually tried it once with my 11 year old (at the time) cousin, sending her this super cool Halloween card and telling her how it was my favorite holiday and what she wanted to be for Halloween etc, and she wrote back telling me she didn’t like Halloween and preferred Christmas =/

  20. Tyler says...

    Jo, you had a very insightful post years ago about not speaking to young girls about their looks, and it resonated deeply with me. I shared it with my husband, who immediately understood, even though he’d never thought about it before. We now both are conscious of this, and I often hear him speaking to the neighbors little girl.. “Wow, you’re super strong!” “You’re so clever” etc etc. Its very sweet.

  21. Sarah says...

    Oh my gosh David Sedaris is hilarious. He is so comfortable with himself, it’s wonderful.

    Did you end up liking The Lobster?

    • Joanna says...

      We ended up seeing love and friendship instead! It was a fun movie and I love anything to do with Jane Austen.

  22. Tabitha says...

    I’m not a smoker, but I love that Pantone color. It appeals to me! I’ve often joked that my favorite color is drab.

  23. I have a MAJOR roller coaster phobia. I tried watching one of the videos and even that made me feel so anxious (and glad to only be watching a video)! I find it fascinating that some people seek them out and actually enjoy them.

  24. Amy says...

    “Malted milkshake” = “Malt.” Surprisingly, Potbelly’s has THE BEST malts! And I’m definitely a connoisseur of all things malted. ?

    • Joanna says...

      Ha you’re right!

  25. Jan W says...

    I’m really disturbed by the post regarding the “world’s ugliest color” being used to deter smokers. It’s alarming what people deem “ugly” and “dirty” and its reflective of sad times in the world.

  26. Amy says...

    Oh my goodness, my girls are waking up at horrible hours too! 5:15, 5:30, why?1?! We are trying out the Gro Clock (I remember you talking about it before) but it’s still early days for us too.
    Have a great weekend!

  27. Holly says...

    The beautiful skin on your bum testifies to shade, not sunscreen lotions.

    • Joanna says...

      Good point! My dermatologist always reminds her patients to walk on the shady side of the street whenever possible. It’s such a little thing but makes a big difference after weeks/months/years!

  28. Mia says...

    Hi Joanna! I’m a big fan of your blog and look at it daily. I have a thought about your links that bring us to The New York Times. Would you be able to mention where they are from ahead of time? I don’t pay for a subscription so sometimes I’ll click a link and inadvertandtly “read” one of my 10 free articles of the month. Just a thought, thanks!

    • Emma Bee says...

      Just clear your cookies on your browser when you hit your 10 article limit.

  29. Fabulous links! Poor William. He is the best royal (besides his wife, but she’s only there thanks to him) ever!!!!! He seems like a really sweet guy. We all have been told off by grandma, but not in public to this degree. I feel for him.
    David Sedaris is the best.
    And I am trying to keep the rest of my skin in bum condition, after decades of not caring. Probably too late and also not easy!

  30. Very interesting collection of links, as usual, but I have to question the sunscreen one. What about Vitamin D??? My midwife said I need twenty minutes of midday sun everyday to avoid a Vitamin D supplement (this is while breastfeeding and/or pregnant, so those not directly supporting another human need less). Also, I have read that one bad sunburn is much worse than getting a little sun everyday in terms of cancer risk.

    It seems to me that the sun is like good food: a little is good for you, too much is not.

    • Laura says...

      I wonder about this too. I live in Minnesota and my doctor tells me every year how Vitamin D deficient I am (I get my levels tested), despite taking supplements. I used to wear makeup with sunscreen in it, but discovered it had other bad chemicals in it. It’s like you can’t win. And I know there are sunscreens out there without those particular ingredients but I’ve never found a natural sunscreen I could wear on the daily that I liked.
      So now I don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis, only really in the summer when I know i’m going to be out and exposed for a prolonged period. I am careful not to burn but I do know that I need some sun, for my body (and my mental health). Everything in moderation. We can all only do what we can.

    • I agree! I think some sun is good for you- the amount likely depends on your complexion. I actually put a bit of coconut oil on- it has an spf of like 5, but it is something, and it certainly doesn’t have any toxins! :D