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toddler essentials...(part 2) 17 Jul 2014

Toddler Essentials

Since putting together my first list of toddler essentials last year, I wanted to share a little update of 10 things I've found helpful in the past year for the 2 to 3-year-old set.

Toddler Essentials

01. Nap mat by Little Bean -  Ruby starts preschool in a couple months, and I've been searching high and low for a nap mat/toddler sleeping blanket with simple (not too kiddy) patterns. It's been really tough to find ones I like until these came out recently. They are a little more expensive than other mats, but they are all organic which I love. 

02. Honest sunscreen stick - We've been hitting the beach regularly this summer, and this stick is super convienent for applying sunscreen to Ruby's face especially when she's in the middle of playing and needs a new layer of coverage quickly.

03. Water Wow books by Melissa & Doug - My friend, Naomi, gave one of these to Ruby, and she loves it. It's perfect for keeping her busy at restaurants or on a long flight.

04. Little Looster potty stool - This might not look like anything special, but I love that it wraps around the base of any toilet making it so much easier for a potty-trained toddler to reach the toilet and to rest their feet (which is super helpful when potty training).

05. Melissa & Doug child-safe scissors - Ruby is obsessed with cutting paper right now, and I love that it helps develop her fine motor skills while giving her a crafty activity to work on.

06. Pons Avarcas sandals - These are pretty much Ruby's go-to shoes. They're cute, comfy, have great grip for sandals, and hold up well in sand or on the beach.

07. Juice-in-the-Box drink cup - One of my recent missions in life has been to find a non-leaking sip cup. This one is the best I've found so far and is easy for a toddler to open and close on their own.

08. Primo folding potty - When they're little butts are too small to fit on a real potty, these are super helpful when using public restrooms. I keep one in my bag wherever we go.

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09. Magic Bumpers for a toddler bed - Since Ruby's big girl bed isn't against a wall, we added these bumpers underneath her sheets and they're perfect for preventing her from falling off.

10. Custom trail mix - For a high-protein snack with lots of good fats, I love making my own trail mix for Ruby filled with nuts, dried fruit, and Greek yogurt chips.

What are some of your toddler must-haves?

{Top photo by Bob Cho}

the cutest party foods for kids... 14 Jul 2014

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

When we threw Ruby's little ice cream social, I wanted to make sure the kids ate a healthy meal before filling their bellies with the special ice cream treat. So I called upon my crazy-talented friend, Matt Poley from Heirloom LA, to come up with healthy and kid-friendly foods to feast on. What he came up with blew my mind and gave me so much inspiration for future meal-making for Ruby.

Fruit and Cheese Skewers by Heirloom LA

Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

Mini Crudite

Mac and Cheese Nuggets by Heirloom LA

The menu included (from top to bottom): mini grilled cheese sandwiches (in heart and star shapes); fruit, cheese, and mouse melon skewers; baby vegetable crudités (with ranch dressing for dipping), almond butter and banana sandwiches topped with sea salt, and finally, mac n' cheese nuggets (shaped like kids!). I mean, have you ever seen food look so cute?! Even the parents were chowing down on these beautiful morsels of goodness.

Oh Joy Mini Ice Cream Social

Matt made these mac n' cheese nuggets for the first-time ever for our party, and they were such a hit that he has kindly shared the recipe with us today. Thanks so much to Heirloom LA for these amazing treats and for giving me a serious dose of kid food inspiration!

See below for the recipe...

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a mini ice cream social... 9 Jul 2014

Mini Ice Cream Social

With a new baby on the way, we thought it would be fun to do something just for Ruby and her friends to celebrate summer before our lives change and our family grows in the fall. So when our friends at Carmela Ice Cream created a new space at their W. 3rd shop to use for an ice cream party, we quickly took them up on the offer to spend a little time inside away from the summer heat to cool down with a few bites of food and scoops of ice cream with Ruby, her besties, and their parents.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

We certainly tested the patience and decision-making of two year olds, as they had to wait in line for their turn to get ice cream and then they could only pick two flavors out of the four that we offered them. It was fun to see what they decided on.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

Topping time! Everyone's favorite part...

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

As much as I usually love outdoor parties, it doesn't work as well with melting ice cream. And it was just nice to have a space where the kids could play and draw and get out all that extra pre and post-ice cream energy.

Raspberry Rose Sorbet

We loved this raspberry rose sorbet so much that Carmela kindly offered the recipe for us today!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet
(serves 8)

You'll need:
2 cups purified water
1 1/2 cup cane sugar
1 Tbsp rose water
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Here's how:
1. Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Remove from heat once sugar fully dissolves. Set syrup aside to cool.

2. Once syrup is cool, blend with raspberries, rose water and lemon juice. Strain into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Let cool for 4 hours or overnight.

3. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

4. To make a fun summer drink, combine a couple scoops of sorbet with sparkling water!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet Spritzer

P.S. We made sure to feed the kids, too, before letting them inhale all that ice cream. Stay tuned for some pretty fun, kid-friendly food coming next week!

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ice cream by Carmela Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Plates and decorations by Oh Joy for Target.}

um, this is amazing... 16 Jun 2014

Girls with Glasses / I'm Not Fancy

...just watch this and you'll thank me later...

{Video by Girls with Glasses}

party of 4! 5 May 2014

Oh Joy / Party of 4!

Oh Joy / Baby #2

Dear friends, we're excited to share the news with you that we're pregnant with our 2nd baby! We have been wanting to grow our family and give Ruby a sibling, so we're thrilled to be blessed with a new baby on the way. I am 14 weeks along and due November 3rd.

Ruby is super excited to be a big sister. Here's a video we recorded last month when we first told her the news. She definitely had a lot to say...

P.S. Thank you SO much for your sweet notes, comments, and emails! I am reading every single one, and we are beyond grateful for your kindness and support.

{Family photo by Casey Brodley. Party hats are from the Oh Joy for Target fall collection coming in August!}

happy friday + happy kittens... 2 May 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Before you guys get too excited, these are not our kittens. A couple weeks after our cat Lucy passed, we visited these kittens that our friend rescued, and it made Ruby super happy to know that these little guys are getting new homes soon. Thanks to your suggestions about helping a toddler understand the passing of a pet, we got her a book about a pet cat that passed away and a little stuffed animal that looks just like Lucy that she now loves to sleep with. It's helped so much, so thank you guys.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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

 

oh joy for feed diaper bag 23 Apr 2014

Oh Joy for Feed Diaper Bag

Oh Joy for Feed Diaper Bag

Ever since becoming a mom, it's become more important than ever to help other families whenever possible. I'm thrilled to partner with FEED to bring you this very limited-edition FEED + Oh Joy diaper bag. Covered in a colorful and whimsical Oh Joy pattern, the bag holds all of your little one's daily essentials. And, the best part is, for every bag purchased, 1 mother and 1 child will be provided with micro-nutrients for 1 year.

Here's a special video we made showing a peek into our adventures and the making of this bag...

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by FEED + Oh Joy
Art Direction by Oh Joy
Video by Jenner Brown
Music is "Together" by Natalie Prass
Photos by Casey Brodley

a little party celebrating sweet slumber... 17 Apr 2014

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

A couple weeks ago, we held a launch party for the Oh Joy for Nod collection at the amazing Fig House space here in Los Angeles. Typically launch parties are at night and with adults only, so it was extra fun for me to have a daytime party that was made for kids to enjoy, too!

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Although the Fig House (designed by the talented Emily Henderson) was intended for weddings and other evening events, it's amazing how beautiful it was in the day time, too, surrounded by all of the colorful bedding, decor, and florals by Yasmine.

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petit collage... 15 Apr 2014

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

The queen of collage, Lorena Siminovich, has a new book called Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home. Using lots of recycled papers, Lorena shares a ton of kid-friendly projects that are so colorful and fun. And you have to see her super cute book trailer below! Congrats Lorena!

{Photos and video by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

ruby's big girl room... 7 Apr 2014

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

The last time you guys saw Ruby's room was over 2 years ago. She was only 4 months old and so, so tiny! She's now a smart and sassy toddler ready for a big girl room of her very own. See our video at the very end to see the transformation from a baby room to a big girl room and Ruby's reaction when she saw it all... 

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We switched out her crib for a twin size bed that sits pretty low to the ground. It's safe to say Ruby's been pretty obsessed with her bed ever since and sometimes asks for a "time out" just so she can go lay in her bed.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We kept all the original storage we got for the room when she was a baby including Oeuf's Mini Library and those vintage dressers I got from Craig's List. We just updated her storage bins a bit and added some Oh Joy lamps to light the way.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

She was pretty excited to play in her room and roll around on the rug. I swear, add a teepee into any kid's room, and they go crazy for it!

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We also updated her windows with more streamlined darkening shades that you switch from light to dark in minutes and makes the transition from nap time to awake time so much better.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

I'd say Ruby was pretty happy with the whole thing, and we're excited to have a room she'll love for years to come...

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Land of Nod
Photos by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod
Video by Casey Brodley
Music is "Blink of an Eye" by Frances England
Honeycomb Window Shades from DecorView
My dress by Sonnet James
Ruby's romper by Duchess & Lion

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