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conversations about babies... 2 Sep 2014

Oh Joy and Ruby

With less than nine weeks to go, we've had our fair share of conversing with Ruby about her baby sister-in-the-making. Here are just a few of my favorite things she's said or asked about the baby lately...

"My favorite ice cream is chocolate, and the baby's favorite ice cream is ga-nilla."

"Mama, how's the baby doing today? Is she ready to come out yet?"

"Hi baby! When you come out, I'm going to carry you on my shoulders!"

"Mama, your boobies got SO big!"

"Babies get milk from mommies. And kids get fresh cold milk from cows."

And probably my favorite...

Ruby: "Who's that baby's daddy?"
Me: "I think the baby has the same daddy as you!"
Ruby: "Noooo, her daddy is a potato!"

{Photo by Oh Bob. My dress by Sonnet James, vest by Madewell, necklace by Emily Green. Ruby's shirt by Whistle & Flute, shorts by House of Mia, necklace by Coral & Cloud.}

oh pregnancy... 27 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Pregnancy

I'm not gonna lie guys, being pregnant can be really unfun. I do like being pregnant most of the time...I love the feeling of a growing baby inside your belly, people are really extra nice to you, Bob will never say no to my request for a back massage, and of course, the prize you get at the end is awesome. I like being pregnant maybe 75% of the time, but the other 25% of the time, it just kind of sucks. I run out of breath really quickly, I have trouble sleeping, I've peed in my pants more times than I'd like to admit, and my body eventually just can't keep up.

When I was pregnant with Ruby, I developed gallstones and had to have my gallbladder removed soon after she was born. And yesterday, I found out that I have gestational diabetes. Which means little to no carbs and no sugar until this baby comes out. To a person whose day is based around what I'll have for dessert, it was a pretty sad thing to hear.

So, here I am all-of-a-sudden having to go on a diet, while pregnant—the one time your body wants just a little bit more to eat and needs a little bit more energy to get you through the day. Yes, I am super bummed. But I know it's for my own health and the health of our baby and that I have to get on track with this new plan even if it wasn't part of the old plan.

So, friends, if you have any amazing protein-based, veggie-based food or recipe suggestions for me, I am all ears. Or if you've had gestational diabetes before and have any tips for me, I need all the help I can get!

{Photo by Bob Cho. I tried to find a photo of me with a "thumbs down" but had no luck.}

this week... 15 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

A few peeks at what's to come soon...parties for little and big kids alike, finalizing the Oh Joy book, colorful sugar highs, and dressing more bumps. Thanks so much for all your kind words on the Oh Joy for Target fall collection—I'll be up bright and early Sunday morning to see it on the shelves!

Have a great weekend all!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

my latest splurge... 13 Aug 2014

Arro Home

Since we've been saving up for a house, I've been trying not to buy too many things that we don't need. But recently I did take the plunge and splurge on something that has changed my life...

Arro Home

...a king-sized bed. Bob and I had been sleeping on what I thought was a pretty good bed for the last 10 years. But with this 2nd pregnancy, I found it a lot harder to sleep. I take up about 3/4 of the bed with all my tossing and turning, and Bob is usually lucky to get the other 1/4! I just wanted more space to spread out without worrying that I was kicking him in the face in the middle of the night.

So we decided to get a king-sized bed, and we are so much happier.  I've slept better than ever and actually have long, vivid dreams again because I am sleeping so soundly. I wonder why we didn't do it earlier as I'm convinced a big bed is a serious marriage saver (along with separate closets)!

Do you have a splurge like this that felt kind of tough to do in the moment but so worth it after-the-fact?

And, P.S...how amazing is this bedding by Arro Home?

{Photos by Brooke Holm for Arro Home, styling by Marsha Golemac}

in the studio lately... 8 Aug 2014

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Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

It's been a little mad in my office lately with prep for a ton of upcoming projects. If you stop by our studio on any given day, here's a few of the things you might see...pillows taking over every square inch of floor, kids hiding in said pillows, matchy-matchy moments, vintage clothes gone wild, and dogs wearing party hats. It's serious business over here, folks. Have a great weekend all!

our two girls... 6 Aug 2014

Oh Joy / Matching Dresses!

When we found out we we're having another girl, I have to admit, I was surprised. This pregnancy felt so different (and easier) in the beginning. I dreamt the baby was a boy, and I grew up having a little brother. There was no real science behind my feelings other than I just assumed I'd have one of each some day, and I wanted the experience of knowing what it was like to raise both a girl and a boy. When we found out that our newest baby would be a girl, I immediately felt so excited for Ruby to experience that sisterly bond that I never knew about. But I was worried that Bob would be disappointed. We've always planned to have two kids and said no matter what, we'd be happy with just two. I thought that in the back of his head, he'd feel like he was missing out by not having a son. This was his response when I asked him, truly, if he was okay with not having a baby boy...

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happy friday + beach days... 1 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Beach

Oh Joy Baby

Happy Friday friends! I don't know about you, but it's sweltering here this week! All I want to do is go hang out by the beach or pool and drink iced cold lemonade all day. I came across this old photo (on the left) from our babymoon a few years ago. So much has changed since then, and I'm excited to what this next chapter holds. Have a great, relaxing weekend guys!

P.S. Thanks so much for all your kind words on this post. It's so nice to know we're all in this together...

{Photos by Oh Bob}

the changing business of a blog... 21 Jul 2014

Oh Joy Studio

I've recently spoken at a couple conferences, and as a blogger for almost nine years (say what?!?), I often get asked what's different about blogging now than when I started. It's crazy to think about how much things have changed since I started in 2005. Every blogger does things differently, so I wanted to chat about how things have changed for me over the years.

When I started my blog, it was a hobby (as it was for most back then). This was before there were "professional bloggers", before anyone called people "tastemakers", and before people started blogging with the intention of making any money. Just like a lot of the earlier bloggers, turning this site into part of my job happened unintentionally, but it's something that changed the course of my career and my life for the better.

Oh Joy Studio

Here are a few things that have changed for me about blogging over the past nine years...

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happy friday + philly! 18 Jul 2014

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Oh Joy

Happy Friday guys! What are you up to this weekend? We flew into Philly yesterday to visit our parents, so I'm excited to be in my hometown for a bit. If you Philly folks have any suggestions for new things we should do or see while in town, please let me know!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from upcoming videos we shot earlier this week. I'm loving that it's summer, it feels a little more laid back, and I'm embracing the outdoors as much as possible right now.

Have an amazing weekend, and I'll see you back here Monday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy 4th! 3 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / Hers and Mine bathing suits

Oh, don't you love four day work weeks?!? For those of you in the States celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, I hope you have an amazing day off tomorrow. I really should be working with my book deadline looming, but I'm forcing myself to shut down for the day and spend some fun in the sun with my little family. My friend, Marysia, give us these matching bathing suits so I'm pretty psyched to finally have a chance to wear them!

Have a great, long weekend guys! See you back here on Monday!

P.S. Thanks so much for your amazing name suggestions. There were so many great ones and really fun to read! We have a tough job ahead of ourselves ;)

{Photo by Oh Joy. Bikini by Marysia, kid's suit by Bumby}

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