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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

What are you up to this weekend? We are going out for pizza with friends tonight, and tomorrow we’re having Toby’s seventh birthday party (oh my gosh, how little does he look here?). Hope you have a good one, and if you’re in a blog-reading mood, here are a few fun links from around the web…

How to end a bad date.

My friend Gemma’s family takes the same sweet photo every year.

The new summer drink. Who’s in?

Excited about these awesome sandals. (Or this less expensive version.)

How to nail a phone interview. I would add: Dress up, even though they won’t see you, in order to feel extra poised and confident.

These three pictures make a powerful statement about race and power.

A lovely way to relax.

We got these birthday party favors!

Made me laugh.

Plus, two great reader comments…

Says Erin on lullabies: “A children’s choir once performed the song ‘I Will‘ at a celebration for an adoption agency. I have always loved the song, but now I’ll always see it through the beautiful lens of adoptive parents singing to their newly adopted children. Makes me tear up every time.”

Says Jo on gifts for hosts: “When I was growing up in India, guests usually brought us kids gifts – desserts, a toy, chocolates, etc., and it was a highlight of their arrival. Nowadays I always take something for the hosts’ kids – sometimes even just a Ferrero Rocher. (My husband gets embarrassed when I give out *one* chocolate, but the kids are always thrilled.) If it’s an overnight stay, I take a small toy and make sure to get one for my child, too. That way, there’s no fighting and the kids are also engaged with the new toy and don’t bother the adults!”

(Photo of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.)

  1. Amber Olney says...

    They had that spritz everywhere in Venice when we went for our honeymoon! The locals recommended it, and we loved it.

  2. Who the heck still has a landline to do phone interviews?

  3. Cynthia says...

    I didn’t realize slap bracelets were still popular, but I’m sure they were a big hit with all the children.

  4. Trisha says...

    Happy Birthday Toby! Sorry I am a little late!
    OMG he is the cutest baby I have ever seen at his first birthday! (next to my own ;-p) I love your I Love Toby shirt! want!
    but really, adorable. I bet your heart breaks every day seeing these little boys. I always love hearing stories about them!

  5. JMB says...

    I do not like those sandals one bit…but while I was on Everlane’s site I noticed they do ONE HOUR NYC DELIVERY. That’s AMAZING. I just hardcore spaced out thinking about how I can utilize this service! MMMM SHIRT DRESSESSSSSS waiting for me when I get home. Can’t find anything to wear? Sit down and have a coffee. Curl your hair. Paint your nails. Your outfit will be here in a jiff.

    • L says...

      I was thinking about that for work too. Spill coffee on your shirt? Order a new one to arrive before your lunch meeting.

  6. Lauren E. says...

    I love the less expensive version of those sandals, but I refuse to wear them because of the “slap, slap” sound they make everywhere you walk. It’s the worst in the office!

  7. Erin says...

    Apparently, I am the world’s worst parent/party host because I don’t do favors for the guests. Yes, my daughter is 6 and nope, I don’t do favors. I am paying for the guests to go to the pool, eat cake and ice cream, and enjoy the afternoon. I’m totally out of style here but, I’m cool without buying everyone else gifts on top of it.

  8. Maggie says...

    Jo’s comment is sweet – one of my parents’ friends would always bring booze for the adults and chocolates for the kids. We loved it!

  9. Jess West says...

    Gemma has very nice legs!

  10. Joanna, It was a wonderful blog .. Every pictures you have posted in Tells a story. Looking forward to read your other wonderful travel experience

  11. Robin says...

    My three year old bought a slap bracelet a little while ago with his very own money (grandparents!) and he LOVES it. That set is perfect for his birthday party this summer!

  12. Ahh those photos from the Oprah magazine are too real it hurts. Sad to see the negative social media feedback on it though. Such a powerful message, the photos are amazing. Genius act from the photographer!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  13. Victoria says...

    I thought the “a lovely way to relax” was sarcastic… I mean, get on a ferry to an island? How is that something possible for most people? I wish it was to me :)

    • Erin says...

      I can easily hop on a ferry; however, the destination would be to… Delaware (uhhhh). Also, while on said ferry, if I tried on stay outside, my fellow ferry-goers would be treated to me vomiting from sea sickness (only get it on ferries, how weird is that?). So, no, not relaxing for me. LOL.

  14. How awesome is the top photo by Lucy Laucht?! I might have to get one of her prints… they’re amazing :-)

  15. I love the Rosé drink inspiration, will definitely try this one next weekend when summer is supposed to be back here in Europe! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the birthday party!

    XOX, Lea
    http://www.passportandpalmtree.com

  16. alina says...

    Agree with the phone interview tips (and your addition to the list!). Since I can’t run before phone interviews I take up a quick power position. I put my feet up on the table and lean back or stand with my arms spread wide (King of the World pose haha!). I come across much better in person or on video than I do over the phone, so this is one way I’ve tried to sound more confident and experienced when the interview starts. The jury is out on the results but worth trying.

  17. Ali says...

    Ha, the comments on the bad date story are hilarious. I still stick by my first date rule: day-time coffee date. Much safer, and pretty easy to get out of under 40 minutes if necessary. Sounds boring but if things are going well, it can always turn into lunch/drinks/dinner.

    • shannon says...

      Yes!! A quick coffee was my husband’s and my first date. It started so low-key which kept the pressure to a minimum, but we started talking, moved the party to dinner, and hours later we were still chatting away as they closed down the restaurant. Totally agree with you, Ali.

  18. I says...

    According to my mom, when I was five I was horrified that only the birthday child got presents and the siblings would have to suffer watching him or her open gift after gift. As an adult, I still always bring a small gift for every young child, whether it’s for a dinner party or a family birthday. Especially for the young, the process of opening the gift is the best part. I try to make the process entertaining to unpack (wrapping things losely in tissue paper! Ribbons and curlies!) Dollar stores offer great finds (balloons on a stick! Gift bags and confetti tissue paper! A small toy!) or grocery stores are often convenient (an outrageously decorated treat!).

    • Katie says...

      While I understand your point, I think it’s important to teach children that it’s not all about you/them. For example, if it’s not your birthday, it’s not your day for presents. If it is your birthday, present time!

  19. Thank you for sharing this, lovely picture too :) I will be clicking on those links throughout this weekend as I’m just chilling!

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  20. Laurel says...

    I second that….he’s seven?!? Already?!?

  21. Brianna says...

    Happy birthday, Toby!

  22. The photo looks like Monterosso al Mare in Cinque Terre! My husband and I were there last fall and it’s so so wonderful (even after slipping and hurting my knee).

    I’ll have to check out your recommendations. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Rei says...

    Another fun idea for kid’s party favours are gift cards! For my little brother’s sixth birthday, after seeing how all of the party favours were plastic, he decided that he didn’t want to add any more plastic to the landfills and gave out gift cards to the neighbourhood ice cream shop as favours instead. I was so impressed with his decision to do so :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a sweet idea!!!

    • Colleen Wenos says...

      How generous! Wow!

  24. Katie Larissa says...

    I hope Toby’s party goes perfectly! My little boy is having his 2nd birthday tomorrow, and tonight I’m staying up to decorate a bunny cake for him. It’s my very first time to decorate a cake, and Peter Rabbit’s tail has already broken off and been glued on with frosting, so I’m not sure that foretells a successful evening. :/ fingers crossed! (And next year he’s getting a plain layer cake with maybe a toy stuck on top, period.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how adorable!! happy birthday to him, katie!

  25. Molly says...

    So, I’ll admit, I’m not the most fashionable person in the world, meaning I’m not super on top of the current trends. But, I dress well (I think), a little on the preppy side, although I’d call it classic. And I love this blog. Love it. Read it daily. But, dear god, what are those “awesome sandals” linked to above? Has fashion really swung in the direction of mandals? I just googled mandals and I swear those sandals are right there at the top. I adore you, Cup of Jo team, but you’ve lost me on the sandal recommendation. Clearly, I am way out of touch if those are the new “it” thing. Lolol.

    • amanda june says...

      they look like shower shoes. (the “less expensive” nordstrom ones are worlds better, i think)

    • Robin says...

      Agreed! apparently this is a thing but I definitely don’t get it. Birks are a classic if you’re looking for leather slip on sandals, and way better looking in my book.

    • federica says...

      I agree. Here in Italy those “crossover sandals” have always been considered elderly men’s slippers (my father, 91, has several pairs. Perfect for difficult feet).
      And Birkenstock? Their upgrade as sandals to wear with city outfits is quite a fashion mistery to me – unless normal shoes gave you blisters…

  26. Liz says...

    I organize the behavioral rewards for the elementary school I work at and cannot keep the slap bracelets in stock! My students love them! I’ malways surprised when kids as old as 4th grade pick them. How fun!

  27. I love these end-of-week roundups :) It wouldn’t be Friday without them!

    xx

  28. 5339kalanianaole says...

    Toby’s seven?!?!?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know!!!! break my heart!

  29. Amanda G says...

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t even realize just how long I had been following A Cup of Jo until I realized it’s Toby’s seventh birthday…I think I’ve been reading since just before you and Alex got married :) This blog has been not only a great inspiration over the years for all things housewares, fashion, and travel, but has also become such a comfortable and homey place to return to when I’m feeling a little lost in the world. It’s definitely the blog version of my most favorite, soft hoodie.

    Thanks for taking on all aspects of this crazy world we find ourselves in, whether it’s silly diversions or serious conversations, and for always making this girl (and I’m sure many others) feel like an old friend. And happy birthday to your sweet, sweet boy!

  30. Anna Kleinfeld says...

    Fun birthday favors!!

  31. I agree with Christina! I love the idea of bringing a gift for the children when you have dinner at a friends or stay with them. It seems like such a nice tradition and encourages them to welcome new people. I remember growing up my sisters and I would practically run and hide when relatives came, rarely enjoying any of the adult gifts they brought for my parents. Nice to be a kid these days ;)

    http://www.shessobright.com

  32. Lora says...

    It was Gemma who inspired me two years ago when my husband and I were married at our City Hall here in Louisville. Last year on our anniversary we snapped a pic at the same spot and plan on making it a tradition. I’m so grateful for the lovely idea.

    • L says...

      I just celebrated my first anniversary this year and we did the same thing, after seeing Gemma’s pictures.

  33. Sam M says...

    I wish I had seen those slap bracelets a few days ago. We’re having our daughters seventh birthday party on Saturday too!

  34. Christina McFadden says...

    I LOVE the comment about toys for kids. Recently we had some friends over for dinner and while I was out grocery shopping for the evening ahead I stopped at the toy store and spent ten dollars on two small lego sets, one for my child (who is 3) and one for their child (who is 8). I was worried that they might not want to play together, but buying something that the older child could help my younger child with was a hit! They spent a solid 2 hours putting those things together. Best ten dollars that I’ve ever spent! The other mom and I sat stunned, like why didn’t we think of this earlier!?

    • Katie says...

      Love it!!!! What a great idea!