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i wanna be the boss when i grow up... 31 Mar 2015

oh joy for zooey magazine / photo by megan welker

oh joy for zooey magazine / photo by megan welker

oh joy for zooey magazine / photo by megan welker

Remember when you were asked that question as a kid? Looking back, it's sort of a hard thing for a kid to answer when they don't really know what all the options that exist out there really are. The very first thing I said wanted to be "when I grow up" was a cheerleader. Then, I evolved it to being a veterinarian, a pediatrician, a journalist, a botanist, a geneticist, and finally, a graphic designer.

Lately, Ruby has been saying she wants to be a princess or a doctor. But yesterday, she gave me the best answer I've heard yet...

    "When I grow up, I want to be the boss!"

What are some of the best answers to that question you've heard from little ones?

P.S. Check out this Day in the Life series I was a part of for Zooey Magazine. There I go a little more into how my childlike hobbies turned into my job today and why loving your job is one of the most important things ever...

{Photos by Megan Welker}

happy friday + baby things... 20 Mar 2015

Oh Joy / Coco sleeping

Every day I revel in the fact that I'm able to love another tiny human as much as I love my first. I really didn't think it was possible. And then it just happened. And here we are five months later with a baby who is more than a newborn and slowly growing into who she'll become.

Coco so much more easy going than Ruby. I heard that second babies are more laid back because they have no choice but to be (did you guys find that to be true?). Ruby will be on the ground in meltdown mode while Coco is smiling and cooing away. She started sleeping through the night last week, so I'm thrilled to have my full night of sleep back and feeling a little less loopy these days!

Lately, I've been sharing more of my personal photo and videos on Instagram, but today I had to end the week with this video of my little Coco (who is 5 months old today!) learning how to smile and interact and just figuring out this whole life thing. Don't you just want to raspberry that chubby little belly? Ahhhh!

Have a great weekend guys!

{Top photo by Oh Bob}

in the mirror... 16 Mar 2015

Giant Photo Booth Photos

The other day, Ruby wanted to play dress-up and asked me for a princess dress to wear (yes, the dreaded princess phase has started!). Since we don't have any play dress-up clothes, I pulled out a flower girl dress that was sitting in the back of her closet that she had never seen before. Her eyes lit up as I helped her put it on. She immediately walked over to the mirror and stared at herself for a good five minutes. She didn't know I was listening, and I overheard her saying...

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happy friday + a peek... 6 Mar 2015

Oh Joy Sneak Peek

Hey guys, it's been a busy week full of designing, design meetings, and photo shoots for new products coming out this year and next. Over the next few months, we have a bunch of new things coming out, so it was fun to hear on Facebook what you're hoping to see.

Our next product collaboration is launching next week! Here's a little peek above at our recent shoot...can you guess what it's going to be?

Have a great weekend all!

Oh and P.S. Did you see this? Ah!! Next to the President and Taylor Swift? NBD!

living in the present or in the future... 4 Mar 2015

Oh Joy / Living in the Present

Oftentimes I find myself working so hard, lining up projects, crossing things off my to-do list, figuring out how to constantly pay all those bills, and working towards that "end goal" of success that I forget to live in today. I'm trying to be more present in the present by asking myself every night, "What's the best thing that happened today?". It doesn't have to be a big deal or anything hugely significant, it's just about noticing what's happening around you and appreciating life as it unfolds.

Go ahead and try it yourself...and tell me, friends, what's been your favorite thing to happen today?

P.S. On not doing it all...

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy friday + something you didn't know about me... 27 Feb 2015

Oh Joy

Happy Friday guys! The other day, I was chatting with a friend and learned about a talent of hers that I had never known about. So, I thought it would be fun to share something you didn't know about me...

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happy friday + not doing it all... 20 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Dotty Wall

Last week, I had a conversation with an acquaintance on Facebook over her frustration of seeing so many handmade Valentine's Day cards that moms were making for their kids' classmates at school. She wondered how they had time to do that on top of everything else, and she felt it would make her look lazy if she just bought some simple cards at a store instead. I couldn't help but feel like I was one of those moms she was referencing as I had just posted a photo of the cards I helped Ruby make for her class. I had to respond to her to remind her she wasn't being lazy and also to tell her something really important...

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5 tips for archiving your digital memories... 18 Feb 2015

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

Before Ruby was born, we barely took photos of special occasions, let alone our daily life. But when you have a baby, you get camera happy and all-of-a-sudden daily life seems way more interesting. Bob really got into photography from capturing photos of our kids, and he's since become pretty good at taking pictures.

With everything being so virtual these days, I love that we can capture memories so quickly and easily, but I find that digital photos can just get lost in the abyss that is your phone or your computer. I know how much I love going to my parent's house and flipping through old photo albums of our family, so I want to be able to preserve these memories for our kids to be able to look back at some day, too.

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

I know it can seem overwhelming to put together a book of all your favorite moments from each year, but if you stay organized as the year progresses, it makes it way easier and way more fun to do. And the end result is super rewarding. Here are a few tips on how we archive our digital memories...

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lately around the studio... 13 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Book Trailer

...we filmed the Oh Joy book trailer this week!

Oh Joy Book Trailer

...which includes one of my favorite projects/recipes—a striped ombre cake—which tastes as good as it looks!

Oh Joy Rose Bowl Treasures

We went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market to do some inspiration shopping. We're designing a ton of new products that come out this year and next year. I can't tell you exactly what yet but there just might be some "little" things coming soon...

Oh Joy Team

And at the end of the week, when we're tired and need to rally through, we put on our matching sweatshirts and shake it all off...

Oh Joy flowers

Hope you all have a dreamy Valentine's Day and an extra fun long holiday weekend! I'm closing the office on Monday so we can have one of those 3-day weekends I love so much...

happiness is... 11 Feb 2015

Oh Joy / photo by Sasha Gulish for Land of Nod

...when your baby giggles at your bad French accent.

...eating Girl Scout cookies in bed after your kids have gone to bed.

...eating anything in bed, really.

...when one of your favorite ice cream brands sets up shop in your neighborhood.

...a 3-day weekend that includes Valentine's Day.

...more diversity on TV.

...coming to terms with your post-baby belly and that it just might jiggle like that forever (and that Spanx is a very good thing).

...80 degree weather in March.

...when your toddler talks about falling in love.

...maple & sea salt popcorn.

...date night out with your husband after that newborn baby haze.

...dancing your butt off in hip hop class with your friends.

...surrounding yourself with positive, driven people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself.

...day dreaming, night dreaming, and just dreaming in general.

Hey friends, what makes YOU happy?

{Photo by Sasha Gulish for Land of Nod}

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