1. Laura says...

    I love mugs and when my husband and I got married, I started collecting them on vacations. They are an easy, useful souvenir. And every morning when I open my cabinet, it is full of great memories.

  2. Meg says...

    My aunt gifts all the cousins a photo coffee mug for Christmas each year. At Thanksgiving, we all guess which photo will end up being “the mug shot” :)

  3. Bec says...

    Hi Joanna, as a fellow tea drinker who has also turned to coffee (cold brew, oh gosh so wonderful) during the pandemic, I just want to add a cautionary note in case no one else has – coffee can be a problem for some people. Please take care of yourself and tread cautiously! Like so many others, I love your little corner of the internet and treasure my daily visits! http://www.health.com/condition/anxiety/how-coffee-increases-anxiety

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, Bec! I really appreciate it.

  4. Sarah Smith says...

    I buy a mug every year with the kids santa picture. So far all of them involve at least one child screaming in the photo. They are so fun to use during the holiday season – my husband and I look forward to pulling them out, and adding to the collection every year.

  5. Meredith says...

    Also excellent friend gifts when you move! I gave a couple of my close friends mugs with a silly picture of me on them before I moved this spring as a gag gift and now it makes my day when they randomly send me selfies “having coffee with me.” Plus I get to stay a familiar face to their young kids who are now my pen-pals :)

  6. Laura says...

    I’m also a recent semi-convert to coffee (out of a combination of boredom and a hope that the caffeine will help fuel the long days at home with 2 kids and a full time job)….but I’m not totally sold. I like the dalgona craze and sweeter coffee which makes me think I’m more in it for the sugar. And I’ve always said i’d much rather eat my calories than drink them so I should probably just stick with tea. Plus, it’s honestly easier to not drink coffee than to try and figure out all the MANY types of coffee roasting.making/drinking techniques. No space in my overcrowded brain for that!

  7. DebPS says...

    This photo is so sweet… I have no affection for posed, professional, or studio portraits where kids are concerned. I love this kind of pic because you really get the true-to-life big kids trying/wee kids distracted vibe… I have so many similar pictures of our extended bunch, and they just make me smile :)

  8. Amy says...

    Love photo gifts! I recently sent a 1000-piece photo puzzle to my grandmother with a snap from our last family trip together, which she loved. Something sweet to keep her busy while she stays safely inside these days!!

  9. Anna says...

    Over the years, hubby and I have collected a mug from each of the five (!) colleges and universities one or both of us have attended. Eventually we got superstitious about it- when he flew back to defend his dissertation, he waited until after his (successful) defense to go to the campus bookstore for a mug!

  10. Emily says...

    My husband and I buy some sort of mug or cup as souvenirs from our best vacations – its so so wonderful to open the cupboard and think “hmm, what delightful location do I want to ‘travel’ to this morning?!” (today was a gorgeously clunky handmade mug from Greece – its the color of the water from the Agean and I love it!)

    Its a nice way to make a mundane routine feel special and to begin the day in a place of gratitude for all the things we’ve been lucky enough to see!

    • Chelsea says...

      My mug painted with an olive branch from Naxos, Greece is my favorite coffee vessel for a little escape :)

  11. kd says...

    You started drinking COFFEE!!! Wow! I’m amazed. I have been in the adult-non-coffee-drinkers club with you for all of the years, so I feel like this is substantial news! LOL! I need more details. Are you drinking it occasionally? Becoming a connoisseur? Roasting your own beans now? ;)

    • Natasha says...

      Same here on all fronts! What made you defect, Joanna?

    • Kelly says...

      I need to jump on the bandwagon as well. Not to miss the adorable point of your current post, but I think this could be a whole post in itself. Cold coffee? Hot coffee? Do you take cream? Have you enjoyed one of Toby’s famous cookies while drinking your coffee? One of my personal favorites is coffee with a bagel on the occasional Friday morning. This is BIG NEWS, Joanna! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha you guys are so sweet! I usually drink hot coffee but I loved iced coffee, too. I take milk but no sugar. I have definitely enjoyed Toby’s Famous while drinking coffee :) thanks for all the cute qs!

  12. Elisabeth says...

    A UK reader here on holiday just round the corner from Polruan. We are having a gorgeous September weather . We’ve come here for the last 3 years and when I want to feel a bit of ‘holiday’ I look up your Cornish holiday photos and blogs and get that feeling xx

    • Yvonne says...

      What s fabulous idea. Am going to pinch that idea for Christmas. Thank you x

  13. Inge says...

    I order myself a mug with photos of my children every year for Mother’s Day. I keep it at work (I don’t have pictures or anything else personal at work). The old one gets a place at home. So I already have 3 mugs at home on which I see my first and later second child grow up, and one at work. I am going to continue this as long as I can photograph them :-)

  14. I love love love photo mugs. My bf’s son’s school has a cool thing where you can get the kids artwork they made in class printed on a mug which is also super fun and adorable, plus some of the proceeds go to the school.

  15. Mel says...

    You just started drinking coffee?!? Welcome to this glorious world. I’m on my probably 12th coffee phase of my life – the one where regular coffee, chemex coffee, cold press, perfect temp regulated plus fresh ground beans every morning coffee has now moved to purchasing a $1000 Espresso machine (#covidpurchase) coffee phase. Welcome, it’s good here.

  16. Amanda says...

    A personalized mug is my *favorite* gift. I go HAM collaging pictures in Powerpoint for mugs, and then always order from Walgreens when they’re half off. My partner and I are eloping in October, and I just ordered all of the guests (only 7) personalized mugs that say “Amanda and Jeremy got married and I got a mug” with pictures of us imposed on the cabin we’re getting married at. Super kitschy, but that’s the point!

    • Kim says...

      That’s so cute!! Thanks for the Walgreens tip, too!

  17. CMG says...

    Actually more interested in your bookshelf:) Any chance you’ll do some book recs soon? Maybe a COJ staff bookshelf tour?

    • Lauren says...

      +1 Bookshelf tour!!!

      I love to see each book sitting next to it’s friends and am so interested in how people choose to organize

    • Sara says...

      Staff and readers! Maybe we can share “shelfies” and talk about our faves?

    • CMG says...

      <3 "shelfies" yes!

    • Emily says...

      yes! i’d also add that a COJ goodreads page (listing what your team has read and loved) would be awesome!

  18. Kamina says...

    Recently I’ve been discovering the joy of having everyday objects that remind me of loved ones. I have two favourite mugs. One of them is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed gag mug that my best friend got me on my birthday because we were bingeing the show together at the time. (Over text message, because we live in different cities, and the mug arrived in the mail, which made it even more special.) The other one is a nondescript grey mug that I saw in another friend’s kitchen cupboard, commented that I liked it, and she insisted I take it home with me. Neither mug is particularly special in itself. But now every time I have a hot drink I think of one of those dear friends! Their imaginary presence is stitched into my daily routine.

    P.S. I’m also team “coffee as ritual”….doesn’t seem to impact my sleep or anxiety levels, and I can just as easily drink zero cups in a day as three. But I love making a coffee last thing before I leave the house in the morning and carrying it the short distance to my office. A little piece of home to bring with me, and an alert to my brain that it’s time to start working. And on the weekends…nothing beats lounging with a coffee in bed!

  19. AJ says...

    Love this!!

  20. Sarah says...

    I love a fun coffee mug – always makes me smile.
    I am separated from most of my family right now so had the idea to send a cardboard cutout of myself and my dog to my nephews. So funny and it’s been hilarious seeing them holding my face in front of theirs and pretending to be Aunty Sarah : ) Plus, they can give us both hugs!
    We’re very lucky where I live in Australia – life is pretty much normal except for the ever present reminders to wash your hands and keep your distance – but State borders remain quite closed. At least if I can’t get home at Christmas, I can still be in the photos!
    If anyone wants to see what they look like, check out my Instagram – @sartreadie. It’s a laugh and I highly recommend it as a mood booster.

  21. Agnès says...

    This photo is so adorable, it reminds me so much of summer holidays at my grandparents in the south of France; my grandmother would take us to the market and after her shopping she would buy us these plastic cheap toys that we were never allowed during the year and I thought they were the best thing. One of my favourite childhood memory, isn’t it weird…

    Love your mug. Coffee goes with mugs, cups and then: how do you make your coffee? (for me , the classic old moka pot, in different size).

  22. Abbey says...

    A close friend of mine in a different city just got in touch about some bad health news. We both wish so much we were together. I just ordered a mug of one of our favorite photos together. Thank you so much for the sweet idea!

  23. Denise says...

    I’m a potter so all the mugs in my house are handmade either by myself or collected from other potters. . I have a pot rack over my kitchen island hanging with probably 40-50 different pottery mugs. When friends come over for coffee I love to see the mugs they choose. Everyone has a different “favourite” mug. Handmade mugs are a great souvenir to collect when travelling as well as they’re easy to tuck into luggage and usually easy to seek out. I’d love to send you one of my handmade mugs as a thank you as I get so much enjoyment from this blog❤️. Just contact me via email so I have an address to mail it to you.

  24. Julia says...

    Haha I just read the last line as “…especially as we are all falling apart,” and instantly felt better (and already mentally picked a photo for my future “pick-me-up-“mug :)
    I am in San Francisco and with the pandemic AND wildfires, (plus two little toddlers) I am literally almost falling apart. Solidarity helps so much :) Love this blog.

    • Sophie says...

      Haha I did the same thing, I’m in DC and we have our own special blend of current insanity. Sending love, long naps, and lots of rain to the Bay Area!

    • Julia says...

      Thank you Sophie :) I am sending you the same (well maybe not the rain) and anything else you need. Hang in there! We will get out of this – I hope ;)

  25. Megan says...

    Grandparents LOVE these!

  26. Caroline says...

    We gave mugs to both sets of grandparents. Since COVID we’ve been alternating living with both grandparents. So when our 1 year old sees them with their mugs he points to each person on the mug and then to them in the room. It’s become the whole house’s favorite morning tradition!

  27. I am absolutely doing this. I just want a picture of chubby baby hands on my mug. I’m so curious what you did before coffee?!? It’s the one thing I look forward to. When I was pregnant, I didn’t mind that I had to give up wine or sushi, but it drove me to agitation when I’d see people casually drinking coffee. I remember, we were making our way through West Wing and all the guys carrying around styrofoam cups of weak coffee made me so jealous.

  28. Rachael says...

    This is a slightly ridiculous question…does the mug have a good heft to it? My husband is always on the hunt for a good, heavy mug and I thought this might be the perfect candidate!

  29. Erin says...

    The five small children in that photo appear to have been bribed into holding still for a picture with bacon, a magic kit, a plastic frog and a candy bar. Expert-level parenting. :)

  30. Elizabeth says...

    So I have a burning coffee question: do you think coffee stains your teeth? I didn’t start drinking coffee until my late 20s/early 30s, and even then I didn’t drink a lot. I found a recent photo of myself at age 26 and my teeth were dazzling. Then, about 15 years ago (I’m 61) I noticed that my teeth look gray. My dentist asked me if I’d taken tetracycline for acne as a teen and I did (and probably started too young) — he said that was the reason. Then I found that photo and I think he’s mistaken.

    Anyway, I bought whitener from his office but I’d have to give up coffee for the length of time I use the whitener plus a couple of weeks. Plus Diet Coke! (Thankfully I’m not a red wine drinker). I mean, maybe I’d have to abandon coffee for a month or so! I don’t know if I have it in me. That first cup — oh boy.

    Has anyone else overcome coffee stains through whitener? Will I go into withdrawal if I give it up? (I can’t drink coffee through a straw — I just can’t). Are my teeth gray because of coffee? (I don’t drink a ton of tea — I know that can stain teeth as well). Will the whitener restore some of my younger teeth?

    Thanks so much!

    • DW says...

      Crest white strips. I’ve only been drinking black coffee regularly for about 10 years, and drink my iced coffee with a straw, but I have had great results with white strips. And no need to stop drinking your coffee.

    • Agnès says...

      Coffee does stain your teeth ;-) In France, every body has stained teeth, but how could we live without coffee? I try to do one day with coffee, one day with maté . But honestly, I love the fact that my body keeps the traces of what makes me who I am. These shiny white teeth look very strange to me.

    • AJ says...

      I think it can do, yes, maybe depends how much coffee you drink/whether black or with milk/etc. I find I get streaky stains over time, which go after a visit to the hygienist for a polish.

    • Christine says...

      I was thinking of getting my teeth whitened but had no idea I’d have to give up coffee for that long. Impossible! That’s it, no whitening for me :)

    • AS says...

      I’m a dentist. Coffee and tea absolutely stain teeth. I can always tell my coffee and tea drinkers off the bat. Try drinking through a straw and rinsing when done drinking. Also try to avoid casually sipping on these drinks throughout the day (versus sitting down for a whole, single serving and being done). Hope that helps!

    • mb says...

      As soon as you get back to drinking coffee your teeth will get stained again. And whiteners make your teeth more sensitive! Anyway, my dentist told me to rinse my mouth with water right after I’m done–the acidity of the coffee makes it so your teeth are sensitive right after you drink it, so plain water helps.

    • Patricia says...

      I swish around a table spoon of coconut oil once a week or so and it has absolutely whitened my teeth. It is a little gross at first, but you get used to it.

    • Lauren says...

      AGNÈS – your reply should make it to Jo’s Friday comment round up! !

      “But honestly, I love the fact that my body keeps the traces of what makes me who I am.”

      Makes me feel better about my coffee habit and the slightly acne scars left over from adolescence.

    • Emily says...

      my 4 year old daughter said to me “Mama, I love your teeth… they look golden!!!!”

      as a daily coffee drinker that has for sure stained her teeth, I’m here to say beauty is a construct and maybe “golden” is gorgeous too!

  31. Amelia says...

    This is so sweet! Also, looking at the last comment I was thinking you might like Michael Pollan’s audible short about caffeine. It’s like 3 hours long so it’s kind of like a long essay in audio form which was just right for my attention span these days. The piece emphasizes that caffeine is a true psychoactive drug, which is interesting – it just lead me to be more mindful and curious about my relationship to coffee, which is cool.

    • Emily says...

      Ooh! Off to check it out. I’m so fascinated by caffeine. I can drink gallons of coffee and immediately fall right to sleep. It has no effect on me! I usually drink just a cup at work because I like the ritual and taste.

    • Caroline says...

      We gave mugs to both sets of grandparents. Since COVID we’ve been alternating living with both grandparents. So when our 1 year old sees them with their mugs he points to each person on the mug and then to them in the room. It’s become the whole house’s favorite morning tradition!

    • CEW says...

      If you don’t have the attention span for even 3 hours, Terry Gross interviewed him about it on Fresh Air as well. :)

  32. Justine says...

    This year for Mother’s Day, we siblings took a zoom selfie from our homes all over the world, put it on a mug and sent it to my mum so she’ll never forget this strange Mother’s Day!

  33. Louisa says...

    Your mug is taking a shelfie! ?

  34. Michelle says...

    welcome to the coffee world!!

  35. Jennie says...

    LOL- I read this fast and thought it said, “especially when we are all falling apart” which is EXACTLY how I feel right now since there is an issue at work, my child is sobbing because he thinks he is behind in Science and I am trying to figure out how to squeeze in cooking dinner between Aussie business calls and me Chicago timezone…..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3 <3 <3

    • Austeja says...

      That’s EXACTLY how I read it, too! (And… that’s also how I feel).

    • Colleen says...

      Don’t you just hate dinner? Every. Damn. Day.

    • julia kuhn mirza says...

      Yup, I read it the same way :) It helps knowing that I am not alone and that there are so many other people feeling the same way. Sending you and all the other ones who are falling apart lots of strength.

  36. Nora says...

    SO curious to hear more on how drinking coffee has changed your life??!
    I haven’t skipped a day of drinking coffee in like 22 years…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question!! I just really love the ritual now, like Caroline wrote about the other day. it feels so good to get up and sit with your family for a while sipping on a hot drink. I now see why everyone loves it!