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oh joy videos / what's next? 31 Oct 2014

Oh Joy YouTube videos

One of my goals for 2014 was to create more video content this year. It was something I was scared to do, but found it to be a good challenge to get more comfortable talking in front of the camera and to bring content to you guys in new ways within personal style, entertaining, DIY, and behind-the-scenes of my product designs.

I have a couple more videos left to share with you this year, but then I'll start planning for next year. So, I'd love to know how you guys are liking the videos and any requests for types of videos you'd want to see more of next year? I appreciate and value so much your thoughts and feedback!

P.S. See all the past Oh Joy videos right here and subscribe to the Oh Joy YouTube channel to see them as soon as they're posted!

ruby's 3rd birthday party! 27 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

I was 37 weeks pregnant during Ruby's 3rd birthday and very close to not having a party at all. But knowing that she was soon going to have a big change in her life, we decided to still throw a party and keep it small with just a handful of her close friends and their parents.

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

We chose the same public park, Grand Park in Downtown LA, where we had her first birthday. This time, we set up tables by the splash pad, one of her favorite spots in the summer where the kids can play in the water close by. Since the park is first come, first serve, I had to be able to set up the decorations quickly and easily and not have too much time setting the party. I mixed and matched multiple seasons from previous and current Oh Joy for Target collections and finally got to use the pieces I designed for this very purpose!

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Inspired by her friend Ida's purple birthday party, Ruby requested that everyone wear her favorite color—yellow. It ended up being super cute and an easy way for friends to find which party at the park was ours.

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welcome little coco! 23 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

We're excited to share the arrival of Coco Grace Cho! Our 2nd little lady (and Ruby's little sister) was born Monday night, October 20th at 6lbs, 3oz. We thought we had a couple more weeks to prepare, but it seemed as though she had other plans. She's only been in the world for a few days, but I already know she's the one we've been waiting for to make our family complete.

We're back home resting, and I'm trying my best to soak up time as a family of four. I have posts and content that's been planned in advance, so you can still check here daily. And I'm sure you'll find a new baby photo or two over on Instagram too while I'm taking some cuddly baby time at home. She's still very new and smushy, so I'll be sure to share more photos as her little self begins to develop...

P.S. Thanks so much for your tips on life with two kids. I'm trying to do my best to take each day as it comes and enjoy both the ups and downs that come with every new chapter of life.

happy friday + getting ready for 2 kids... 17 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Floral Crowns

Oh Joy / Floral Crowns

At 37 weeks, this whole second baby thing is starting to get real. I'm excited, but nervous, to start this whole process again. I'm anxious to have a tiny, helpless person in my arms. I'm unsure about how it will be to be a mother of two, how to juggle that whole life thing, to see how Ruby will handle sharing her world with another baby. If you have any tips or suggestions for me as we crossover from parents of one to two, I am all ears!

Have a great weekend, guys. We'll just be hanging out and wearing these crazy beautiful floral crowns that Siren Floral Co. made from my Fox and Sparrow session yesterday (more photos from that soon)!

{Photos by Oh Bob}

happy friday + maternity/family photos... 26 Sep 2014

Oh Joy Family Photos

Before Ruby was born, we never had professional family photos taken (except for our wedding photos). We never took engagement photos, and I didn't take maternity photos the first time around because I thought I had to do typical maternity shots which I was never into. But since Ruby's come into our lives, I've realized how nice it is to have these visual memories to keep and cherish forever. Even though we take a ton of photos ourselves in our daily lives, we so rarely have ones with all three of us in them. So this time around, I chose to take maternity photos but really have them be about documenting our family of three before we become a family of four. Here are a few of my favorites photographed by the amazing Luke and Katherine of Max + Friends...

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

...and then here's the face Ruby will make soon when she realizes she has to share all the attention with her baby sister...

Here are a few photos of me solo. I kept the same outfit on—something simple, yet it defined the belly well and had a lot of color. Since this is probably the last time I'll be pregnant, I wanted to remember how lucky I am to get to carry another baby inside of me...

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

The best part is, we shot all of these in less than two hours. I love the combination of photos at home in our natural, everyday space and a few others that were photographed in front of a gorgeous floral home that add so much color and life.

If you've ever been apprehensive about taking maternity photos, I say do it because you only get a few chances to capture these moments in life. Thank you to Katherine and Luke (who also photographed our holiday photos last year) for seeing the way that you do and capturing our family so beautifully.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

{Photos by Luke and Katherine of Max + Friends. My hair and makeup by Danielle Walch. My skirt by Calypso St. Barth (from past season), necklace by Emily Green, Ruby's romper by Wolfechild. Grey duvet by DwellStudio, pink pillowcases by Suku Home.}

getting a little more personal... 25 Sep 2014

The Lively Show Oh Joy

Last week, I did a podcast interview with Jess Lively of the Lively Show, and it was one of my favorite interviews to date. It was nice to not talk solely about business and blogging and share a more personal side and some of the highs and lows of my life and my business. If you'd like to listen, click here!

{Photo by Bonnie Tsang}

right now i'm grateful for... 11 Sep 2014

Oh Joy and Ruby

...getting past the stage of being super self-conscious about my body. I'm surprised, but glad, that stretch marks and post-baby breasts have made me get over those body issues I obsessed over in my teens and 20's. It feels freeing to accept yourself for who you are.

...having this blog for nine years now (this was my first post). I am grateful that I still enjoy it, and that you all still come by to read it.

...your words of encouragement and support about my gestational diabetes. After crying a good tear over missing my sweet treats, I've learned about how to better balance everything out till baby comes ;)

...being a resident of New York City thirteen years ago when the world changed forever. I am grateful to have seen how a city and a country could unite together and to have been spared the injuries and loss that struck so many.

It's nice to stop for a moment and think about what we really have to be grateful for—on crappy days when nothing seems to be going right...and especially on days when things are feeling too good to be true.

So, tell me friends, what are you grateful for?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

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}

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