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a bumpin' summer {giveaway} with hatch...26 May 2015

Hatch

Hatch

Hatch was one of my go-to maternity brands when I was pregnant with both of my kids. I love that the pieces are stylish and comfortable and can be worn both while pregnant and after baby as well. They've recently launched some new intimates and summer pieces, so we've partnered with Hatch to give away these four pieces shown above—the nightgownbracotton brief, and 3/4 body dress—to one lucky reader (a total value of $272)!

To enter, follow Hatch on Instagram, then tag a friend who you also think would also love these pieces on my Instagram post here!

Entries must be posted by this Friday, May 29th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. One winner will get the 4 pieces shown in their choice of colors and sizes.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Entries should be made via Instagram. If you don't have Instagram, you can alternatively leave a comment here to enter. $272 USD total value. Winner will be contacted via Instagram once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

happy friday + long weekend getaways...22 May 2015

Oh Joy Family / Palm Springs

Around this time of year, everyone starts planning their summer vacations, and I keep getting asked, "Where are you guys going on vacation this summer?" And my answer is...no where! It's not that I don't want to take a vacation, but you guys, I am really bad at taking vacations. I wish I could shut my brain off, relax, and just enjoy a two-week long vacation away somewhere. But being away from the routine of my life is really hard for me. I've been to Paris, Mexico, and London in the last few years, but this year I am all about the mini vacation and just taking some long weekends away.

After our weekend getaway to Palm Springs recently, I realized that just a few days away somewhere not too far away gives me just the right amount of time to re-charge, and I can keep my computer at home and just enjoy being somewhere new with my family.

So, I need some suggestions! What are some fun places that we can go this year for a long weekend away that's either within a couple hours driving distance or a couple hours flying distance from LA? Any places you guy have been to and recommend? I'd love any and all of your suggestions!

Have a great (long) holiday weekend guys! If only every weekend, was a three day weekend!

the evolution of a baby's room...21 May 2015

Oh Joy / Kids Room

About a month ago, we put the Ruby and Coco together in the same room! As a newborn, Coco was sleeping in the home office room that we turned into a super fun office/nursery for a little while. But once the kids were in bed by 7:30pm every night, we lost the use of our office during those prime times that Bob and I needed to get work or other errands done after the kids were asleep. The office/nursery was always planned to be temporary, and we knew we'd move them in together once Coco was sleeping through the night.

Since we've lived in the same place for the last 5 years, I wanted to share the evolution of how the same room went from a room for a baby to a room for a toddler, and now to a room for a toddler AND a baby. Here's a look at what parts of changed and what parts have stayed the same...

The Crib and Bed

Oh Joy / Kids Room

In 2011, the room focused on the crib and changing table side-by-side which is my ideal placement for a baby's room when possible. It just makes those post-nap diaper changes even easier. We had a couch in the far end of the room and a glider right by the crib for those middle of the night feedings when Ruby was a tiny babe and when I'd be too tired to go back to sleep in my own bedroom.

Oh Joy / Kids Room

A few years later in 2014, Ruby was ready for big girl bed! We removed the couch at the far window and moved the changing table to that spot. While most people would put the long side of a toddler's bed up against a wall, this room has a couple large windows and very few windowless walls where a bed could go. And because the room gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter, we opted to keep her away from the window have her bed frame come out from the wall and sit a bit more central in the room. 

Oh Joy / Kids Room

Now, here we are in 2015! Ruby's bed has stayed in the same place since last year centered underneath one of the windows (we have bumpers underneath her fitted sheet so she doesn't fall out). And Coco's crib is along the same polka dot wall where it was when Ruby was a baby. This allows for some open space in the main part of the room where they can play and get dressed, while giving their beds a bit of separation from each other.

Now, the part of the room that has stayed pretty much the same...

The Bookshelf and Dressers

Oh Joy / Kids Room

Oh Joy / Kids Room

Oh Joy / Kids Room

The dresser and bookshelf area in the girls' room is probably my favorite wall in our house. I bought those colorful dressers off Craig's List when I was pregnant with Ruby, and they've always served as the perfect pop of color for the room. They're also super sturdy and very functional. We've been keeping Ruby's clothes in the left dresser since she was born, and now that Coco is here, we keep her clothes in the one on the right. The mini library book case has held books and toys throughout and simply evolves as the girls grow. I love that this whole wall and the main furniture pieces against the wall will grow with them for years to come.

Next week, I'll go more into the logistics of having a toddler and baby share a room (will they wake each other up, how does the bedtime routine go?) and some tips that helped our kids ease into the transition!

{Photos credits: 2011 photos by Bonnie Tsang, 2014 photos by Sasha Guilish, 2015 photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy} 

oh joy answers / coming up with a business name...20 May 2015

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Hey guys, here's my newest video in the Oh Joy answers series. Today, I'm talking about coming up with a name for your business. Do you go with your personal name or with a made-up name? Press play below!

one room, two different rugs...19 May 2015

One Room, Two Different Rugs

We love rugs around here. They ground a space and draw your eye to the focal point of a room. A lot of times it can be hard to decide on a rug because 1) they aren't cheap and 2) they provide such a focus on an area that it can be tricky to decide how bold (or not bold) to go.

So, today we've partnered with Loloi to show you two ways that a room can look simply by your choice of rug and how it affects some of the accessories around it. Take a look at these two options—both which I love in different ways. Both rugs have graphic patterns (because you know I'm all pattern all the time), but one is neutral and one has a very defined color...

Room with Blue Rug

Option 1 - A rug with a strong and clear color. I chose this light blue rug because of the pattern and because it has a color that I've generally always liked. If I'm going with a colorful rug, it's gotta be a color I can live with for a while. For me, that's usually blues and greens (hence the green couch). Your favorite colors may be different than mine, but the rule holds true. Don't pick a color that's too trendy or that you know you'll hate next year.

Loloi-blue-rug

After placing down the blue rug, we accented the space with a couple large pillows in other complementary shades of blue as a base. Then we added in a couple neutral pillows, as well as a contrasting pop of color with that velvet peach pillow. The artwork is neutral and simple in this version to avoid competing with the graphic, colorful rug. The great thing about a colorful rug is that it brings a ton of life to the space, but you just have to be more mindful of the other elements around it.

[Rug and blue pillows by Loloi, couch from Room & Board, side table from Target.]

Room with Black and White Rug

Now here's option 2 - A neutral, graphic rug. This cream and black rug serves as a fun, neutral base that's way cooler than defaulting to a plain grey rug. If you're scared to incorporate both color and pattern, a neutral rug like this with a bit of pattern makes for a good way to dip your toes into that patterned water.

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After placing down the neutral rug, we accented the couch with a few graphic pillows that pull in some of the black and white from the rug. Then we added in a neutral pillow and that same peach pillow we used in the first version. This shows you how you can use some of the same pillows with different rugs. But to make it all work together, it looks best when a couple of the pillows tie into the rug as well. The artwork here is a bit more mixed and can include more colors and variances because this rug doesn't distract too much away from the wall.

[Rug and patterned pillows by Loloi, couch from Room & Board, side table from Target.]

So, what do you guys think? Which one do you like better? Would you pick a neutral rug or a colorful one?

P.S. You can purchase Loloi's rugs on sale this week over at Zulily. Otherwise, you can find them at Wayfair and Rugs Direct as well as retailers around the nation.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Loloi. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

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