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happy friday + 3 months with coco... 23 Jan 2015

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo

Before having my second baby, I had serious doubts that I could love another baby as much as I loved my first. It sounds silly, I know, but I didn't think I had any more love to give. But then, Coco came into our lives with her happy and laid-back disposition, and I fell in love all over again. I seriously marvel every day at how much I love her.

Now at three months in, I feel like we're finally getting into a groove as a family of four. Ruby is no longer super jealous and loves her sister (most of the time), I'm no longer crying every day from lack of sleep and hormonal emotions. And, I no longer feel guilty for getting take-out or delivery because I just cannot make daily meals from scratch while wrangling two kids. We are finally figuring out how to just do this thing the best that we can.

Here's a look back at our last three months of Coco. Babies change so much in the first few months of life that it's fun to see how they start to look like the person they'll become...

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo

I also shot some lying down photos this time around...

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo

Some people like to do the same outfit and same background for their monthly baby photos, but I like to keep a couple things the same (the chair she's sitting on, the size of the number), but have her outfit and the background blanket change every month. She has too many cute outfits that she outgrows so fast that it's nice to get to remember them from these photos.

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo with Big Sis

Big sister always makes a cameo. Ruby likes to pretend to take the monthly photos of Coco with her toy camera and then she can't help but get in there, too. 

And because I love seeing how everyone does their monthly photos, I've added a few of my favorites on my Oh Baby board right here for some inspiration!

{Mini pinata numbers by Katie K. Franklin. Coco's Outfits - 1 Month: Boden onesie, Thief & Bandit leggings, 2 Month: Rylee & Cru onesie, Little Hip Squeaks headband, Freshly Picked moccasins, Month 3: Little Hip Squeaks onesie, Thief & Bandit headband.}  

coco's nursery! 21 Jan 2015

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

A few months before my due date last year, my friends at Target said "Hey, what do you think about having Emily Henderson design the nursery for your new baby?" Since I'm a designer at Target and she's their style expert, it was a fun way for us to work together show people how you can design a nursery at a reasonable price and not have to go crazy on super fancy purchases. Plus, Emily and I have a loooong history of working together. She designed our living room for her show (and then again when we needed to baby proof). She designed our studio, and she has signed-on to design every single house I will live in for the rest of my life (just kidding, but not kidding because I will pay her in Ryan Gosling kisses). So it only made sense for us to work together again on Coco's room. She gets me, I get her, and we just have fun hanging out together.

However, the one thing about this whole "Let's design a new nursery" thing is that I didn't actually have an extra room dedicated to our 2nd baby. As is the case with the many second children (sorry, second kids), we weren't planning to do anything special with Coco's room. I figured we'd put a bassinet in our only extra room (our home office) until our new baby was sleeping through the night and then have her share a room with Ruby. So I proposed that we do an office/nursery-in-one because the reality is that not everyone has enough space for every kid to have their own dedicated room.

Since my home office was no longer my main office, we were able to scale back on the needs of that room and give Coco a special area just for her while she's little and getting her sleep skills mastered (more on that whole newborn sleep thing soon...).

Here is the space before...sorry it looks like an explosion went off in there. It was once my home office for Oh Joy but had since turned into an office/storage/extra junk room.

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

And here it is now...

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Since I already had the usual Oh Joy "pops of color and gold" in Ruby's room, Emily convinced me to go a different direction with this nursery and made it more gender neutral, graphic, and fun. The main pieces (crib, changing table, pouf, rug, lamps, book shelfoffice chairs, baby bedding) were all from Target and so well-priced. And everything else was a combination of pieces I already had (like the glider which used to be in Ruby's room), vintage finds (like that cool credenza with gold accents she found on Craig's List for $200), and other affordable sources like the Ikea desks which had custom legs and lucite tops added to them.

Here's a look at the "office" part of the room... (click below to see more)

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how to get your kids to drink more water... 19 Jan 2015

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

I don't know about you, but it can be really hard to get my kid to drink water. Ruby will say "How about some juice? How about some chocolate milk?" We try and stick to water or milk during the week and then let her have special drinks on the weekend. In an effort to get her excited about water, we recently started doing something so simple that I never even thought about...adding fruit to the water! I've never been much of a "add lemon to water" kind of girl so it didn't come naturally to me to try that with a toddler. But all of a sudden, water seems so much more fun now. And she loves getting to pick out what kind of fruit goes into her water.

Fruit Water

Her favorite combo right now is raspberries mixed with orange slices. And then the best part is getting to eat the fruit at the end as a reward for finishing the whole cup!

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

With an active toddler and a tiny babe, anything that makes the process of keeping the dirty dishes and cups to a minumum makes my life so much easier. These crazy cute Puj Phillup cups are a new favorite for our fruit water. They hang from adhesive hooks on the fridge and make it easy for Ruby to grab when she's ready to get a drink and to hang back up for later when she's done.

Puj Phillup Cups

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

We even use them for the whole family because everyone can have their own cup color to use throughout the day. Plus, anything that is safe and fun for my kids is a win-win for me. And now, we're all drinking more water which is never a bad thing...

P.S. I've long been a fan of Puj (even before they become a sponsor) and so excited that these Phillup cups are available for pre-sale now through 2/15!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Puj—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

{field trip} zuzii studio... 15 Jan 2015

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Zuzii Shoe Studio

As a designer and small business owner, I have a true love and appreciation of seeing how other small businesses are run. Whenever I have an opportunity to visit the studio of a fellow maker, it’s a serious treat. In partnership with American Express, we recently visited the new Downtown LA studio of Zuzii, a family-owned and operated shoemaker that makes beautiful, handmade shoes. I brought along my little sidekick (and shoe-lover) so she could see the shoe-making process in action.

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Zuzii Shoe Studio

I first learned about Zuzii last year and have loved following their growth ever since. What started as a kid’s shoe line has now evolved to a brand with items for grown-ups, too. Ruby loved seeing all the shoe samples and all the materials that go into making the shoes.

And because I am always so fascinated by how each business runs differently, I asked Ryan, Alex, Nickie Campbell (a mother and two daughters) a few things about how it all comes together…

Zuzii Shoe Studio

What’s your biggest joy in being a small business?

We love our connection with our customers. All of our management and production is done by the three of us, so we really get to be consumed by the entire process including interacting with our customers. We have so many wonderful customers that show us love on a daily basis. Our favorites are those wonderful customers who take time to send us a photo just to tell us how much they love their new shoes. It truly is a special experience for us to be able to take the order, craft the shoes, pack and ship, and a few days later be able to see them on the customers feet. I know it is said often, but we really couldn’t do it without them. As a small business we also have a unique opportunity to really get to know our customers (especially thanks to social media). We have so many long-term customers who have been around since the early days. Zuzii has basically grown up along with some of them, it makes it such a sweet experience considering our start as an infant shoe brand. 

Zuzii Shoe Studio

What are the pluses and minuses of having a family-run small business?

We are all equal co-owners of Zuzii, which is a great thing but at some points also makes things a little challenging. It was really important to us that we make collective decisions between the three of us. We have many commonalities that can sometimes overlap and make things tricky, but for the most part we all have our own strengths that complement each other and allow us to work together to figure things out and get things done. It took a couple years to get used to working together inside this setting, but it has bonded us in a way I think most families don’t ever get the opportunity to. 

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Are you inspired by customer feedback/requests when creating new designs?

This has been a key part of growing our business. When we began Zuzii we only had intentions of creating infant shoes, it was a lot of thanks to our customers who pushed and drove us to continually expand our size range. It was funny, every time we launched a new size we would immediately have customers coming back and asking us for even more! We launched our Women’s line this past summer, and almost immediately we had requests for a men’s line which is now in the works for this coming summer!

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Thanks so much to the Campbell family for giving us a peek into their wonderful world!

This post is in partnership with American Express – committed to connecting small merchants to more customers through the Shop Small® movement. 

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

dressing the babe / just my type... 12 Jan 2015

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

As an evolution from my Dressing the Bump series last year and my Hers & Mine photos of the past, I'm trying out a new photo series called Dressing the Babe! I've had requests from your recent feedback for personal style posts or style videos post-baby. But to be honest, there are so many great fashion bloggers out there already killing the whole "cute-girl-posing-in-front-of-a-camera" thing that I didn't think I could do it justice. And it's not really me. What does get me excited though is life with my kids and how I love to incorporate the way I dress into what I pick out for them. Because really, your personal tastes rubs off on your kids whether you realize it or not. And, you only have so much time before they have strong opinions about what they want to pick out to wear (which may or may not include an animated character or two).

I'm not usually into being totally matchy-matchy (except for this outfit), but I do love it when their outfits reflect a little bit of my style in some way. Sometimes you'll see me with Coco, or me with Ruby, or sometimes me with both of my kids (maybe we'll get Bob in here at some point for some dude style)...

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

I've definitely been in a little bit of a style rut post-baby, so this has been helping me to kick that rut to the curb and get excited about getting dressed for the day again. This week, we were all about a little bit of typography. As a graphic designer, I'll always have a love for type used in bold—yet simple—ways. That GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS sweatshirt should probably be for Bob as the man in a house full of girls. And, by the way, look at those thighs on my little Coco-nut. Nothing makes me happier than a chubby baby...especially a chubby baby that I get to keep.

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Mama outfit1. Sweatshirt by Bow and Drape via Ban.do Pop-Up Shop, 2. & Apparel tulle skirt, 3. Loeffler Randall espadrilles (use code MARAJOY for $35 off through January 19th).

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Babe outfit / 4. Little Hip Squeaks headband, 5. Nununu onesie (past season) - on sale here, 6. Petit Bateau shoes (past season) - these and these are similar.

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Um, and that dotty wall by The Most Famous Artist we found!?! Can I just paint the outside of my house like that?

P.S. I want to make these posts fun and carefree...but I will always try and include a mix of price points (from very reasonable to the special splurge that might inspire a baby gift) as well as a mix of indie brands, chain retailers, and vintage which is the way I dress in real life.

P.P.S. I am totally aware of the fact that newborns grow out of their clothes lightning fast. Most of the time, Coco is wearing the same few onesies we wash over and over again until she outgrows them. The nicer pieces we have for her are usually items we received from friends as gifts or the occasional splurge that was once Ruby's and is getting its second go-around.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 2.5 months in these photos and growing chubbier every day.}

eeny meeny miny kate spade... 30 Oct 2014

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

One of the cutest kids collection I've laid my eyes—Kate Spade for GapKids—launches today. If you're a fan of Kate Spade like I am and happen to have little ones, it's kind of like a dream come true to see mini versions of both Kate Spade and Jack Spade pieces. Ruby had a chance to wear some of the pieces recently while out on our weekend adventures to her favorite spots to explore...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

The grocery store (because mini shopping carts are always a hit)...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Descanco Gardens to look for ducks, ride trains, and run around among the trees...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round to go round and round and round...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

...and a gold 'ole city pumpkin patch because pumpkins are the new black for fall...

Those sunglasses?!? Yep, I want a pair for myself!

{Photos by Oh Bob. This post is in partnership with Kate Spade for GapKids—a collaboration I adore.}

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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toddler lunch essentials... 13 Oct 2014

Toddler Lunch Essentials

Ruby started pre-school last month, and at first, I dreaded having to pack her lunch every day. But now, it's become more fun trying to think of fun little, nutritional foods to give her. Here are a few of the pieces thath have become a daily essentials for us when packing her lunch...

Toddler Lunch Essentials

01. This Bumkins lunch bag with reusable snack bags are easy to open and close. The patterns aren't my favorite but it's much easier for Ruby to use than a lunch bag with a full zipper. 

02. To keep her lunch cold, we stick a couple of these Fit & Fresh penguin ice packs into her bag.

03. I use these Kitchen Kraft silicone cupcake liners to divide up little sections of fruit and veggies for her inside of the lidded containers.

04. I love how these Fit & Fresh containers have ice packs as part of the lid! They're perfect for fruit, veggies, and for her little sandwiches. 

05. For hot foods, we use this Frego glass container which is microwave and dishwasher safe. I also use these when I pack my leftovers for lunch the next day too!

06. We use these Juice in the Box reusable juice boxes for water, milk, or juice. They are easy to open and don't leak!

07. And finally, Ruby loves when her sandwiches come in fun shapes using these Munchkin silly sandwich cutters!

Are there any other pieces you love for your mini's meal time?

P.S. general Toddler Essential part 1 and part 2!

bite size style... 23 Sep 2014

Oh Joy / Bite Size Style

There's nothing cuter than tiny little clothes! So to inspire some back-to-school style for your mini me, here's a bite size video we put together showing a few of our favorite layered outfits for fall. There's plenty of mix-and-match patterned goodness in classic Oh Joy style.

And, you can see all sources for the clothing below...

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itsie bitsie bracelets... 16 Sep 2014

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

I've been a long-time fan of 31 Bits—the accessories company that makes all of their jewelry from recycled paper and employs and empowers female artisans in Uganda to earn a living and provide income for their families through the jewelry made.

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

And since I'm all into mama and me types of pieces, I'm excited to share that today 31 Bits launched their newest line—Bitsies—mix-and-match bracelets made for kids with the same positive impact as the grown-up pieces. Ruby and I had a chance to see them in person at their studio a few weeks ago, and we loved layering them together.

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

Bitsies

Bitsies

Bitsies is a colorful and fun way for kids to have an impact on the world while accessorizing, giving, and sharing with their friends. The bracelets are available in 10 different colors, each with an inspiring meaning like "Be Loving", "Be Brave", and "Be Generous". I love that they are simple, sweet, and stand for positive messages.

P.S. For the next two weeks, Oh Joy readers will get a special 15% off everything at 31 Bits through September 30th.  Simply enter OHJOY15 at checkout.

{All photos by Kayla Adams for 31 Bits, backdrops by Greta Anderson, and hair & make up by Chelsea Ann ScottMy outfits: Pink dress is past season from En Soie, top is past season Lauren Moffatt, flats by BC Footwear. Ruby's outfits: orange dress is vintage from Wolfechild, orange/pink dress is from I Love Gorgeous.}

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