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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

Oh Joy

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}

lately around the studio... 2 Jul 2014

Oh Joy Book

Oh Joy Book

Oh Joy Book

...we've been hustlin' trying to finish up the Oh Joy book coming out next spring. I am not sure why I like to write books while I'm pregnant (I wrote Blog, Inc. while pregnant with Ruby), but I have to say I'm pretty excited about what we've been putting together. It's a DIY book full of color, pattern, and whimsy for sure...stay tuned!

{Sneak peeks on Instagram}

the name game... 1 Jul 2014

Mama Baby Bump

Now that we're preparing for another little girl in our family, it's time to figure out what her name will be! I never thought about having to think of another girl's name. I loved the name "Ruby" for so long and got to use it the first time around, so we're a little stumped this time. Bob and I have a couple names we've tossed around but nothing that's 100% yet. 

Do you guys have any suggestions for us that would be a good name for Ruby's little sister? I'm all ears! We're open to hearing any ideas! 

P.S. This photo is from last night when Ruby decided she wanted a baby in her belly and spent the whole night during dinner keeping "the baby" safe in her dress.

{Photo by Oh Bob. Ruby at 2.5 years, baby bump at 22 weeks. My top is Liz Lange for Target, shorts are from ASOS}

let's have a donut, shall we? 6 Jun 2014

Glazed-donut-bistro

It's National Donut Day...and the internet is exploding with donuts (like this and this and this!). I've never actually celebrated one of these national food days because they seem so random and cause I'll happily eat a donut any day of the year. But I bought some for the office today because we had a great week with lots to celebrate. 

I wanted to say thank you to you, my loyal readers. I have put out a lot of things this year—new products, news of our growing family, new videos—I have shared a lot with you. Thank you for supporting everything I do, embracing it, and for truly being happy for me. From your comments, tweets, IG messages, Facebook comments, and now, Pips, the support means the world to me. I don’t even know most of you in person, but the love you have sent my way truly means so much and motivates me to keep chugging along. For all of that and so much more...thank you. I would send you all a big hug raining with donuts if I knew how to make donut-filled hugs.

P.S. Thanks to your support, Pippit is the #1 paid Lifestyle App! We've been working through the kinks of the first week and have an updated version coming out very soon. Also, we've compiled many of your questions into a FAQ section, so please check that out if you still have any questions or email info@pippit.co with any other issues you're coming across.

(Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy)

i'm so proud of you... 30 May 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby Monkey Bars

Oh Joy / Ruby hanging

Lately, I've been thinking about that amazing phrase, "I'm so proud of you". We've been making sure to tell Ruby that when she accomplishes a new goal or is especially kind to her friends that day. It's one of those things that you often hear from your parents or from your partner, but how often to you say it to your friends or your co-workers? It feels so nice to hear, so why not making others in your life know how much you notice their hard work and accomplishments by telling them so more often?

I hope you have a great (and proud) weekend, guys!

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ruby's outfit from Zara.}

how'd that baby get in your belly? 23 May 2014

Oh Joy / Mama and Ruby

Oh Joy / Mama and Ruby

Lately, Ruby's been asking us, "How'd that baby get in your belly?" Umm...we were kind of shocked she asked but I can appreciate her curiosity.

A friend of ours said that Ruby might not be asking about the actual process of it, but more like how did the baby get in my belly versus another part of my body? So we've been telling her that mama's belly is a nice, safe place for the baby to grow until the baby is ready to come out. That answer seems to buy us some more time for now...

Now, the question is...how do you answer that question? I'm all about telling kids the truth about stuff, but I don't think a two year old really needs to know how that baby really got in my belly. What have you guys told younger kids when they ask this question? I am all ears!

Have a great holiday weekend!

{Photos by Bob Cho. My outfit: dRA jacket, Isabella Oliver tee, Target pants. Ruby's outfit: Zara romper and shoes.}

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