half zip sweater

Do you ever wear half-zip sweaters? After reading Joanna’s theory — that they make everyone instantly more attractive — I decided to try one, which comes in five colors. Turns out, she was right! It was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. (Also, how good is this color combo?) — Jannelle

My friend Erin (of hiking and work motto and breakfast fame) also had a holiday wrapping idea: encourage your kids to create portraits of the person receiving the gift. They can be simple crayon drawings or more elaborate scrap-paper collages. How fun is that? — Joanna

As part of my plan for mood lighting at home, I signed up for a Keap candles subscription, and I’m excited to experience the different scents this winter. Keap has been my favorite for years, ever since I smelled this one in a cool restaurant bathroom and fell in love. Their candles are poured to order in Kingston, New York, using coconut wax, nature-inspired scents and reusable glass tumblers. Bonus: Get 10% off your first order with code CUPOFJO. — Joanna

Today we’re biting off all our nails during the midterm elections, so here are two funny Instagram reels for some comic relief. And, if you haven’t already, please vote!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

P.S. More fun things, and hot dads in children’s books.