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the one thing you don't learn in school... 15 Apr 2015

Oh Joy / Ruby Running

We spend so much time of our young life in school learning the skills that are supposed to prepare us for the career we will have one day. But one thing I've always felt the least prepared for is the hardest job of all of them—how to be a good parent. No one teaches you how to deal with a toddler who has an unexpected tantrum or how to comfort a child when they wake up crying from a bad dream. Everyone knows how to make those cute babies but then we are left to fend for ourselves in figuring out what to do with them, how to talk to them, how to raise kids who will turn into good people (and not a-holes), and how to deal with every stage of life your kids go through... 

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oh joy answers / how to set yourself apart... 10 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

A few years ago (before my life got busier with babies), I did a ton of phone and Skype consulting for other creative small businesses. I loved connecting with people (especially women) who needed some guidance, advice, or someone to just keep them accountable in their new/existing/in-need-of-an-update business path. I haven't been able to offer consulting much lately, so we usually refer folks to read Creative, Inc. or Blog, Inc. But, there are still some questions that I get asked a lot and things I may not have addressed in the past.

SO, we've started a new mini video series called "Oh Joy Answers" where I'll be answering some common business questions. It's super casual and like we're just chatting together in my living room. Let me know what you guys think of these and if it's helpful for you. And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

Here's the first one!

happy friday + philly-bound! 3 Apr 2015

Ruby and Coco

Happy Friday guys! We're off to Philly this weekend to visit our parents and give our kids some good grandparent time in (my Dad will be meeting Coco for the first time!). It will be Coco's first flight and our first time traveling with both kids...ah, fingers crossed there are no major meltdowns.

I always look forward to our bi-annual trips home and getting back to my home town. For those of you in Philly, what's new/newish that we should check out? I'm open to any and all suggestions especially with food or fun things to do with the kids in the city.

Have a great weekend all!

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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