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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.}

happy friday + 35... 16 May 2014

Oh Joy / Photo by Jennifer Young

Happy Friday guys! This weekend, I'm turning 35 and couldn't be happier to be adding another year to the books. I used to be scared of getting older, but now I love it because every year I figure out more about myself, what I want, and what's really important in life. I'm celebrating with a low key weekend of relaxing with my little family.

P.S. Thanks for all your kind words about the new videos that came out this week. It's always a wonderful feeling to see my ideas finally come to life and get to share them with all of you. Oh, and I loved hearing what you wanted to be when you were a kid!

{Photo by Jennifer Young and Geronimo}

oh joy for target summer collection / a preview! 15 May 2014

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection Coming May 25th!

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection Coming May 25th!

I'm excited to give you a peek at the new Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming out in less than two weeks! Here's a little video we put together to get you excited for all the fun picnic party pieces coming soon. The collection will be online in all Target stores in the US and Canada on Sunday, May 25th for six weeks only.

P.S. You can follow along here to see more peeks leading up to launch! And, to make room for the summer collection, the remaining items left in the spring collection are now on sale!

{Video by the amazing paper artist Chloé Fleury}

when i grow up... 14 May 2014

Oh Joy London

Last week, while speaking a Blogtacular in London, I was giving some background on my history and how the things I did led to the things I do today. It's always funny to go back in time and revisit those things you did and said and forgot about until you revisit your past. I once said I wanted to be a geneticist, a botanist, or a martial arts stunt double. And then I turned into a graphic designer and a blogger.

I'm curious what you thought you wanted to be when you grew up and how different that is from what you actually do now? I find the differences so fascinating...

{Photo by Bonnie Tsang}

happy mother's day! 9 May 2014

Oh Joy / Mother's Day

While appreciation for any parent should be every day of the year, I still love to extra appreciate mom on this special day. I had no idea how hard (yet amazing) motherhood would be until I got there. So my love and respect for my own mom (and anyone out there who has ever raised a child) grows more and more every day.

Happy Mother's Day to my very own amazing mom (shown with Ruby above) and to all of you mamas out there!

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