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ruby lately... 21 Feb 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby ballet class

Oh Joy / Ruby ballet class

At almost two and a half, this girl is full of life and sass. And she loves to keep busy. When we're not playing at home or outside, we try and take her to the abundance of kids classes that L.A. has to offer... 

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happy valentine's day! 14 Feb 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby in ArtMo Project

Oh Joy / Ruby in ArtMo Project

Oh Joy / Ruby in ArtMo Project

I hope your Valentine's Day looks like this...

Oh Joy / Ruby in ArtMo Project

...and not like this...

{Photos by Jennifer Young and Geronimo's Art/Mo Project

happy friday + happy to be here... 7 Feb 2014

Oh Joy | Ruby

Every night before Ruby hops into the bathtub, she like to climb into our bed and have us tell her a made-up story. She'll say "banana story!" or "polka dot story!" so we tell her a quick story about a banana or a polka dot (usually named Ruby). It's a simple moment that has become part of our nighttime routine. The other night, I didn't realize Bob took a photo of us during our little story time, and I love this so much. It just reminds me with all the hustle and bustle and stress and worry about life, I can take a step back and know that I am simply happy to be where I am right now.

I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead, friends!

P.S. Thanks SO much to everyone who bought something from my Hunters Alley sale. We've raised over $1000 to benefit My Stuff Bags. There a few items left if anyone is interested.

little bits of happiness... 29 Jan 2014

Oh Joy and Boden | On the line

Oh Joy and Boden | All in Blue

Oh Joy and Boden | Making Pizza

Oh Joy and Boden | Hey there

One of the things I treasure most these days are the simple moments that I get to enjoy with Ruby. I used to feel like things had to be really over the top or involve big adventures for things to feel special, but now, I'm appreciating the every day so much more.

Through mid-February, I'll be sharing some of my favorite moments of happiness over on my "Little Bits of Happiness" Pinterest board in collaboration with one of my favorite clothing lines, Boden. Whether it includes fun DIY activities to do with kids, fun mother/daughter outfits I've put together (like the one below), or simple everyday moments to savor, I hope you'll follow along for a bit of joy each day.

Oh Joy and Boden

P.S. Boden is offering a chance to win a $1000 gift card. See how right here...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Boden. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for
Oh Joy.

{Photos by Bob Cho} 

hers & mine... 21 Jan 2014

Oh Joy | Hers and Mine

Oh Joy | Hers and Mine

Oh Joy | Hers and Mine

Oh Joy | Hers and Mine

An on-going photo journal of our often similar things and moments...

top | Visiting one of my besties and watching our girls bond instantly.

middle | Our growing vintage Block Chromatics collection...

bottom | Learning how to swim in swimsuits by our friend Marysia.

See past ones right here...

{Photos by Bob Cho/Oh Joy}

happy friday + ruby lately... 17 Jan 2014

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Oh boy, this whole kid thing keeps getting more and more fun. Two years old has been the best age yet. I love posting little Ruby updates over on Instagram, so I thought I'd share more about some of the things she's doing and saying and thinking as she grows. So, here's a little of Ruby lately...

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the coolest pop-up book ever... 16 Jan 2014

food pop-up book by warabe kimika

The other day, I took the Oh Joy team on an inspiration field trip to Little Tokyo in downtown L.A. While at the Japanese bookstore, I came across this little pop-up book that I had to get for Ruby. I'm a sucker for pop-ups, and it's seriously one of the best I have ever seen...

food pop-up book by warabe kimika

food pop-up book by warabe kimika

food pop-up book by warabe kimika

Ruby loves it so much that she has asked to read it as her bedtime story every night since I found it. I have no idea what it says so we just make up a story about these cute animals and their favorite foods. You know a book is good when you don't need the words to keep a child entertained!

P.S. The book is called: Tabemono (Food) by Kimika Warabe. Thanks for the translation, Joyce and Lindsay!

a little pizza party... 8 Jan 2014

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

We're very lucky to have a lot of entrepreneurial friends and see behind-the-scenes of different kinds of businesses. Recently, we were invited to our friend's pizza shop to have a pizza-making lesson with their son and his two besties (Ruby being one of them). Short of toddler Zumba, this may have been the cutest thing I have ever seen...

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

The kids loved the process of making something from scratch and getting to see how it's transformed into something you can actually eat. The grown-ups got in on the fun, too. I can't say my pizza toss is as good as Garrett's (on the left), but it's pretty fun to throw dough in the air, regardless...

Oh Joy | Toddler Pizza Class

After lots of flour in our hair, dough on our fingers, and toddler kisses to be had, we had a fun lunch eating the pizzas we made with the kids. Doing things like this always inspires me to create more moments like this at home where we can have Ruby be a part of our meal-making or baking process. Thanks so much to Garrett, Marisa, and little Cam at Tomato Pie for having us! We love you guys!

P.S. A cute video from the lesson if you'd like to see...

little prints... 16 Dec 2013

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Having a toddler means trying to keep coming up with new and creative ways to play with them and entertain their often restless minds. Ruby has been crazy about stamps lately, so I'm loving this book, Yellow Owl's Little Prints, which includes book stamp, stencil, and print projects to make for kids and with kids. Plus, I kind of want to stamp everything now...

{Photos by Laure Joliet for Yellow Owl Workshop}

tiny... 11 Dec 2013

Oh Joy | Ruby's Gold Shoes

The other day as I was putting away Ruby's old clothes, I came across some of the old shoes she's outgrown. I had to share this sight with you as my ovaries literally just jumped out of my body...

{Photos by Oh Joy. Shoes are (smallest to biggest):tiny gold shoes by FilamentSaltwater sandals, Pons sandals, boots from Tip Toey Joey. }

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