how to do anything cup of jo

What are you up to this week? We are visiting family, so we are taking this week off Cup of Jo. But we’re excited to come back with a bunch of new posts on July 25th, including our next Motherhood Around the World installment!

We want to thank you, as always, for being here. This community of smart, funny, thoughtful people is the great joy of my life, and I feel grateful to have daily conversations about all things big and small. If you’re in a blog-reading mood, here are some past posts you may enjoy…

How to wear comfy sneakers on long walks.
How to choose your wedding look.
How to find a pretty necklace.
How to figure out a great everyday look.
How to discover your new favorite store.

How to get glowing skin.
How to pull off this summer’s blush trend.
How to choose a meaningful tattoo.
How to find a great sunscreen.
How to know you’re beautiful.

How to decorate a very small space.
How to hang family snapshots.
How to fill a home with heart and soul.
How to organize (or not organize) books.
How to choose beautiful paint colors.

How to eat alone at a restaurant.
How to break the ice at parties.
How to build the perfect TJ’s grocery list.
How to charm your dinner guests.
How to easily bake killer bread.

How to pack outfits for a trip.
How to truly relax while traveling.
How to travel alone (and enjoy it).
How to plan an epic family vacation.
How to enjoy a chillllll summer at home.

How to write a condolence note.
How to thrive as a late bloomer.
How to get through a friend breakup.
How to surprise guys with flowers.
How to get hitched at City Hall.

How to figure out if you’re ready to have a baby.
How to play when you’re really, really tired.
How to raise teenage boys and teenage girls.
How to make a child feel loved.
How to find the joy in parenting.

Life overall:
How to get tulips to stand up straight.
How to instantly burst out laughing.
How to recognize if you need anti-anxiety medication.
How to make friends as an adult.
How to find a truly great book.

Thank you so much for reading. And here are great reader comments and photos, if you’re in the mood. Have a wonderful week! xoxo

(Photo layout by Stella Blackmon. Grid from top to bottom, left to right: romance reader comments photo by Jennifer Brister/Stocksy; squash gnocchi photo by Yossy Arefi, popular baby names photo by MaaHoo Studio/Stocksy, zucchini pizza photo by Christine Han for The Weekday Vegetarians, quitting drinking illustration by Alessandra Olanow, Brooklyn house tour photo by Genevieve Garruppo, three great books photo by Studio Firma/Stocksy, the easiest relationship tip photo by Joanna, how to raise gracious children illustration by Abbey Lossing.)