Have a Good Weekend. | A Cup of Jo
What are you doing this week end? We take long walks around the neighborhood and admire all the holiday decorations that are already in place. (I love that people start early.) Thank you also for being excited about our gift guides, in which we present many small businesses. More to come next week! So here […]

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What are you doing this week end? We take long walks around the neighborhood and admire all the holiday decorations that are already in place. (I love that people start early.) Thank you also for being excited about our gift guides, in which we present many small businesses. More to come next week! So here are some links on the web ...

Love it miracle beauty product.

Anonymous obama gets ice cream.

Also, how rad is this photo of Obama? (Brava, Shaniqwa Jarvis.)

This sweatshirt made me laugh out loud.

Zoom announced no time limit for family video reunions on Thanksgiving Day. Made me cry!

Send this song to your family if they don't understand why you're not traveling on Thanksgiving.

This stuffing taste test had a clear winner. Boom!

A delicious dinner bowl.

A video with The Crown's costume designer.

How cool would it be to see that Humpback whales?

Nisolo's gift guide It's awesome. Bonus: they offer 25% off sitewide with the code COJHOLIDAY.

Additionally, a reader comment:

Said Leslie on the Holiday Gift Guides 2020: “I love your gift guides! Joanna, would you consider a list of OOC manufacturers? Or maybe just a post where people could comment on their product and website? I don't know how many of your readers are also creators, but I know I would love to support them with my dollars. (As lowercase mom-and-pop shop, my husband and I are grateful for every customer.) It's been a tough year for everyone (including us - people don't really need belts to wear their sweatshirts on Zoom, lol!), and j thought it might be nice to be able to support others. Thank you! "So please if you are a manufacturer or have a store leave a comment below! Xoxoxo

(Photo by Roberta.)

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Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a saine lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time emploi, eat well, train for a marathon, make homemade green juice, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day.

Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid assimilation, enhance skin health and boost energy.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it !

A simple cheat for saine eating ( and portion control ) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal. The veggies pack in essential vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients important for health and longevity. And, because they’re rich in fiber, they help to aid absorption ( aka keep you regular ! ) and keep you feeling full longer.

Using a fitness tracker ( like the Fitbit, Apple Watch or similar ) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity each day. We aim for 10, 000 steps daily, which has significant physical and mental health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour ( another important measure of health

Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health ( or the health of our kids or pets ! ). Switching to healthier alternatives is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. See our Healthy Cleaning Guide for a complete list of recommendations, and what to look for when choosing safer household cleaning products.

Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care and beauty products ( see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products ).

Maintaining a healthy gut has significant impacts on digestion, skin health, immunity, esprit health and more. Taking a daily probiotic with a glass of water each morning is one of the simplest things you can do to boost your gut health ( which, in turn, boosts overall health in many ways too ). Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics ( and all the ways to get them in your diet ), and shop our favorite probiotic supplement here.

Aim to eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. ( Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry ! ) This is a little different than suggesting you eat only “health foods” ( many of which are increasingly processed ! ). “Real food” includes unprocessed foods like an apple, a cucumber, soybeans or a steak, as well as foods loosely processed from one ( or few ) real-food ingredients, like butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. In other words, aim for foods that could be reasonably made in your own kitchen and avoid foods that can only be made in a lab.

Reduce the harmful effects of sitting ( like at your desk job ) by standing up and moving around for a minute or two every half hour.

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of our best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen ( read more about that here ). Not much sunlight in the winter where you live ? It might be worth supplementing with a vitamin D supplement and/or other food sources of this essential nutrient.

Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air ( sadly, it probably needs it ! ), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving !

Aim to sweat in some way each day—whether that’s via running, biking, dancing, hot yoga, or any other physical activity you enjoy. See our Fitness Guide for more workout ideas, as well as tips and tricks for building regular physical activity into your daily life and a downloadable sport planner you can use to outline your own custom sport plan to stay on track.

Green smoothies as a snack or simple, on-the-go breakfast are an easy way to get your greens in each day. Check out our curated list of healthy ( veggie-packed ! ) smoothie recipes for our favorite starter green smoothie recipe ideas.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ” It’s true—mindset is everything ! Cultivate a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations. Here are more mindset resources for positive thinking.

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to quantity, quality of sleep matters too ! Follow our tips on getting quality sleep—things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

{Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else.


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