Has Your Beauty Routine Changed During the Pandemic?

The other day, I turned to the back of my daily planner and made myself a list: • Haircut• Eyebrow wax• Order tinted moisturizer• Order a red lipstick• Mani/pedi• Get running shoes• Mammogram• Pap smear• Eye exam• Writing retreat I barely even knew what to title said list. “Self Care” was inaccurate. I already lit…

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This One Thing Is the Secret to Any Lasting Friendship

Image by Athena Pelton Family. Spouses. Kids. The lucky person who gets to prepare the mess formally known as taxes. These are all relationships in which we know work is required and there’s an equal expectation that the deal is, in ways small and forgettable or big and important, transactional. A give here, a take…

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Growing Up With a Mom With OCD

Ruth Chan is an illustrator who lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. Her comics tackle lighter topics like dogs and curry fish balls to heavier topics like grief and race. She writes and illustrates children’s books. For Cup of Jo, she also written about losing a pet and Lunar New Year. P.S. Taking care of…

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Toby and Anton’s Guide to Life

Children often see the world in cool ways, and I love hearing their pearls of wisdom. So! At bedtime last night, I asked my own kids — Toby, 11, and Anton, 8 — to reveal their pro tips… 1. What’s a good breakfast?Toby: Toast with butter is always satisfying.Anton: Frosted Mini Wheats plus Kashi Cinnamon Harvest….

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The Drawstring Chino Is The Pant For Our New Normal

Our comfort requirements have changed – and so has the chino. By Primer reader Christopher A. Like many office workers, I began working from home after the pandemic started. And despite academic theories about “enclothed cognition” and articles about how some people were wearing business casual to “get into work mode,” I’ve exclusively worn sweatpants…

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Have a Relaxing Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re throwing Toby’s 12th birthday party. (Side note: 12?!?!) We got a photo cake, which is always a crowdpleaser. My dad is also visiting, which means that we will be watching this movie. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the…

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