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little sips {giveaway} with lollaland...(now closed) 30 Jun 2015

Lollaland
Lollaland

Lollaland

The first straw cup that Ruby ever drank out of was by Lollaland, so they have a special place in my heart for mealtime in our house. They recently came out with beautiful glass baby bottles that are made of durable, premium quality, borosilicate glass that is naturally BPA-, BPS- and phthalate-free. 

So today, we've partnered with Lollaland to give away (2) $200 gift cards to two lucky readers for anything on their site (cups, bottles, or meal time sets!)

AND, we have a really special addition to this giveaway today...for every entry, Lollaland will donate 1 item to Baby2Baby to help children in need. 

To enter, simply visit Lollaland's website then leave a comment here telling me which items you'd pick if you won! Entries must be posted by this Friday, July 3rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, Lollaland is also offering 20% off + free shipping through July 7th. Simply enter OHJOY20 at checkout.

UPDATE: Congrats to Stephanie M. from NJ and Suzy B. from CT for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value for each winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Caroline Tran}

mini style summer {giveaway}...(now closed) 23 Jun 2015

June and January

June & January has such a great mix of fun, yet comfortable, pieces for kids. My kids love wearing their pieces, and I love that they are cute but still so easy to wash and wear. In celebration of their new collection, I've partnered with June & January to giveaway (3) $100 Gift Cards to three lucky readers, domestically or internationally. 

June and January

To enter, simply visit June & January's website then leave a comment here telling me what your favorite piece (the playsuit and dresses are my fave)! Entries must be posted by this Friday, June 26th, at 8 a.m. PST, and three winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Christine S. from CA, Gina R. from MD, and Wendy L. from CA for being our winners this time!

*Open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value each for three winners. Winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

dressing the babe / starry days... 18 Jun 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Kid Style

Lately, I've been loving light and wispy things. Maybe it's the summer air or the cool night breeze or the fact that it's just time to shed those winter layers and welcome a little more sunshine. I came across this romantic skirt that became the basis for an easy, yet pretty, outfit that's crazy-comfortable, too. 

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

When I'm running after my kids, being hands-free is super helpful. So anything that functions like a back-pack but doubles as a great bag in general makes it more worth investing in a nicer non-diaper bag type of bag.

Mama outfits / 1. Riley and Co. tee, 2. Darccy tulle skirt, 3. Clare V. backpack, 4. Target sandals, 5. LouLouLollipop Finery teething necklace.

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Babe Outfit / 6. Rylie & Cru dress, 7. Zuzii loafers (I mean, why doesn't this outfit exist in adult size?)

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Kid Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Kid Style

If you've been reading this blog for a bit, you might know I like to shoot these Dressing the Babe style posts in front of graphic murals that we find around Los Angeles. It's a fun way to get to interact with public art, and it's a nice challenge for us to find ones I really love. But what happens with public art is that it doesn't last forever. We found this cool wall two weeks ago. And then this week when we showed up to take some photos...uh, it was gone! And just covered up with something new. But that's kind of how life goes, right? Sometimes you can plan and plan for things and some things are just not under your control. So you just make the best of it, and it all still works out in the end...!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 going on 13.} 

let's get ready for the beach! 16 Jun 2015

DIY Beach Marker

I’m so excited summer is finally here! I was never big into the beach growing up, but since moving to Southern California and having kids, the beach has become a favorite spot to spend fun times with my family. The best part is, you don’t need a ton of things because the water, the sand, and the open space provide the basis for a day full of building things from sand and playing in the ocean.

Beach Marker DIY

One thing that I always find is when coming back to our home base after playing in the water or wandering off to find sea shells, it can be tricky to find your spot especially on a busy weekend full of families. When Ruby is playing with her friends not too far away, I always want to make sure she knows exactly where we are. So, we created this Beach Marker with a few simple materials so that we all (kids and grown-ups, too) could easily find our way back whether it’s to take a nap, reapply sunscreen or take care of a boo-boo from a pretty, but sharp shell. Here's how to make this festive and fun Beach Marker...

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10 family beach essentials... 10 Jun 2015

10 Family Beach Essentials

We're going to the beach this weekend for our first beach adventure of the summer! Heading to the beach with kids can be a major event with all the stuff you have to bring. There are a few key pieces I've added to our arsenal that we use for beach trips throughout the summer. Here are a few of my favorites...

1. Love Taza for Let's Playground mat is waterproof, durable, and great for hanging in the sand all day long.

2. Crew Cuts girl's rash guard (boys here) helps to protect Ruby from the sun and is perfect for those not-too-hot days when she can stand to be a little more covered up.

3. Since it's hard to get babies to wear sunglasses, I love this Honest baby sun hat with UPF 50 for extra protection.

4. I like to pair Honest swim diapers with a simple swim tank or rash guard for Coco.

5. I love one pieces for myself, and this Virginia Johnson bathing suit is so flattering and a really great price.

6. Bob loves his Apolis swim trunks because they're cool without being too flashy.

7. It's a bit of a splurge, but this LemLem cover up is so soft and perfect for the pool or beach.

8. This Birdling Bags weekender has a ton of compartments which makes it easy to organize and hold all of our beach toys, sunblock, snacks, and smaller essentials. 

9. I used to get really cheap thin towels, but now I appreciate a really soft, giant beach towel like this one from Ruby Mint for drying off between dips in the ocean.

10. When Coco needs to nap or just hang out and roll around, this 4Moms Breeze Playard is the easiest to set up and pack up. Literally, I can open and close it myself in seconds!

two kids, one room... 1 Jun 2015

Oh Joy / Tips for Baby and Toddler Sharing a Room

When I grew up, I had a brother who was eight years younger than me. We never shared a room because we were so far apart in age, and my parents had enough space that we could each get our own room. Fast forward to now, and I have two girls that are three years apart. We don't have a ton of space in our current house for them to have their own rooms, and I like the idea of them learning to share a room. So now we have a 3.5 year old and a 7 month old together in the same bedroom.

As I mentioned a couple week's ago, we put the Ruby and Coco together in the same room when Coco was 5.5 months old. I was terrified of the transition and worried for the weeks leading up to it that no one would sleep or they'd keep waking each other up. It definitely wasn't tear-free, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought! 

A few months ago, I wrote a post about the book I read to help Coco with her sleep habits when she was an infant, and The Happy Sleeper was also helpful for us in making this transition, too. So I thought I'd share some of the advice from the book that helped me as well as what I've learned in my own experience of putting a toddler and a baby together in one room...

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Oh Joy to the Rescue! 28 May 2015

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

You guys! I’m excited to announce our newest products—BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! & First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! For your tiny boo and their boo-boo’s, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies to design bandages that help cover up cuts and scrapes. The products add a playful twist to iconic first aid staples. Ruby is obsessed with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages and tries to convince us to let her wear them even when she doesn’t have an ouchie.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

No one likes it when they get a real cut or scrape, but I wanted to be able to inject a little fun into the healing process with some of our favorite Oh Joy patterns in a variety of colors and sizes!

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

The handy First Aid Kit can be used to keep on hand at home, in the car, at the office or in your purse so that you are always prepared for any mishaps.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! are available only at Target stores and Target.com for $2.49. The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! will be available only at Target stores and Target.com, free with the purchase of three qualifying items (such as BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment, BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Gauze and Tapes, and Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream).

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

I’m super excited to wear these myself, too, and to finally have a cute First Aid Kit to keep on hand at home and at my office! This has been a dream product to design, and I hope you guys love them, too!

P.S. Share your snaps of your new first aid products by Oh Joy! with the hashtag #OhJoyToTheRescue!

the evolution of a baby's room... 21 May 2015

Oh Joy / Kids Room

About a month ago, we put the Ruby and Coco together in the same room! As a newborn, Coco was sleeping in the home office room that we turned into a super fun office/nursery for a little while. But once the kids were in bed by 7:30pm every night, we lost the use of our office during those prime times that Bob and I needed to get work or other errands done after the kids were asleep. The office/nursery was always planned to be temporary, and we knew we'd move them in together once Coco was sleeping through the night.

Since we've lived in the same place for the last 5 years, I wanted to share the evolution of how the same room went from a room for a baby to a room for a toddler, and now to a room for a toddler AND a baby. Here's a look at what parts of changed and what parts have stayed the same...

The Crib and Bed

Oh Joy / Kids Room

In 2011, the room focused on the crib and changing table side-by-side which is my ideal placement for a baby's room when possible. It just makes those post-nap diaper changes even easier. We had a couch in the far end of the room and a glider right by the crib for those middle of the night feedings when Ruby was a tiny babe and when I'd be too tired to go back to sleep in my own bedroom.

Oh Joy / Kids Room

A few years later in 2014, Ruby was ready for big girl bed! We removed the couch at the far window and moved the changing table to that spot. While most people would put the long side of a toddler's bed up against a wall, this room has a couple large windows and very few windowless walls where a bed could go. And because the room gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter, we opted to keep her away from the window have her bed frame come out from the wall and sit a bit more central in the room. 

Oh Joy / Kids Room

Now, here we are in 2015! Ruby's bed has stayed in the same place since last year centered underneath one of the windows (we have bumpers underneath her fitted sheet so she doesn't fall out). And Coco's crib is along the same polka dot wall where it was when Ruby was a baby. This allows for some open space in the main part of the room where they can play and get dressed, while giving their beds a bit of separation from each other.

Now, the part of the room that has stayed pretty much the same...

The Bookshelf and Dressers

Oh Joy / Kids Room

Oh Joy / Kids Room

Oh Joy / Kids Room

The dresser and bookshelf area in the girls' room is probably my favorite wall in our house. I bought those colorful dressers off Craig's List when I was pregnant with Ruby, and they've always served as the perfect pop of color for the room. They're also super sturdy and very functional. We've been keeping Ruby's clothes in the left dresser since she was born, and now that Coco is here, we keep her clothes in the one on the right. The mini library book case has held books and toys throughout and simply evolves as the girls grow. I love that this whole wall and the main furniture pieces against the wall will grow with them for years to come.

Next week, I'll go more into the logistics of having a toddler and baby share a room (will they wake each other up, how does the bedtime routine go?) and some tips that helped our kids ease into the transition!

{Photos credits: 2011 photos by Bonnie Tsang, 2014 photos by Sasha Guilish, 2015 photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy} 

a sunny weekend of crafting in the desert... 13 May 2015

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Last weekend, we took our first weekend getaway as a family of four to Palm Springs! We went to the annual Crafting Community retreat at the Ace Hotel which is basically like summer camp for families who love the arts. There were craft activities galore, dance classes for the kids, workout classes for the parents, ice cream, snacks, and a ton of lazy times by the pool. It was a busy, but super fun weekend that really helped get us away from the daily grind and just focus on family time together (I even left my laptop at home!).

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

The craft workshops were insanely good with teachers that are some of my fellow colleagues and craft idols. We had never attended Crafting Community before because Ruby seemed too young previously to really enjoy it, but this year was the perfect year to come. While she was on the younger side of the crafting kids, she was just old enough to start enjoying it (with our help for some of the projects).

Crafting Community

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But when you're in Palm Springs, and the weather is like 100 degrees—the bonus is having a pool nearby which we spent a ton of time in. Ruby spent most of her non-crafting time in the pool, and Coco got in the pool for her first time EVER!

Crafting-community-ace-14

Crafting Community

Oh Joy Family

Having a concentrated weekend together away from everything else (I couldn't get distracted by dirty dishes, errands to run, or other daily life stuff) was so, so good for us. Bob has been crazy busy at work lately, and life with two kids has made us both a little more frazzled then usual. So, it was really a great way to reconnect as a family and reminded us how important these little getaways can be! I'm already looking forward to going back next year and figuring out how we can carve out more long weekends like this for our family this year.

P.S. For those of you in LA, Crafting Community's next big event will be a holiday craft day for families which is like a mini version of the Palm Springs retreat! Join the mailing list to be alerted when it's happening.

{Most photos above by Morgan Pansing for Crafting Community with a few of our personal photos sprinkled in.}

dressing the babe / floral pop... 20 Apr 2015

Dressing the Babe / Floral Pop

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

You guys! Spring is here, and I couldn't be happier. To celebrate spring, we got decked out in a medley of neon pink and florals for a set of outfits that scream pure joy...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

The new Lilly for Target line is pretty much out-of-control cute. This dress feels like I'm wearing a night gown—it's so, so soft!

Mama outfit / 1. Lilly Pulitzer for Target dress, 2. Emily Greene necklace, Loeffler Randall sandals.

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Since the only pink I really dress my girls in is hot pink, I had to give them a blast of neon in these poppin' pieces...

Little Babe Outfit / 4. Noé & Zoë romper, 5. Freshly Picked moccasins, 6. Pitchoun Designs hair clip.

Babe Outfit / 7. Noé & Zoë tank, 8. Lilly Pulitzer for Target shorts (similar), 9. Pons Avarca sandals.

Dressing the Babe / Floral Pop

I've been loving the challenge of finding lots of street art here in Los Angeles, and this one by Kim West feels like we walked right into a gorgeous life-sized floral painting. And, those colors!

{Mural by Kim West in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 years old and loves to dance. Coco is 6 months and can't get enough fruit purée.}

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