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a bumpin' summer {giveaway} with hatch... 26 May 2015

Hatch

Hatch

Hatch was one of my go-to maternity brands when I was pregnant with both of my kids. I love that the pieces are stylish and comfortable and can be worn both while pregnant and after baby as well. They've recently launched some new intimates and summer pieces, so we've partnered with Hatch to give away these four pieces shown above—the nightgownbracotton brief, and 3/4 body dress—to one lucky reader (a total value of $272)!

To enter, follow Hatch on Instagram, then tag a friend who you also think would also love these pieces on my Instagram post here!

Entries must be posted by this Friday, May 29th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. One winner will get the 4 pieces shown in their choice of colors and sizes.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Entries should be made via Instagram. If you don't have Instagram, you can alternatively leave a comment here to enter. $272 USD total value. Winner will be contacted via Instagram once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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} 

dressing the babe / happy blue day... 18 May 2015

Mama and Me Style

Mama and Me Style

Today, I turn 36! It's funny to think back to what I thought 36 would feel like. I remember when the mid-30's seemed so old and so far away, yet here I am feeling like I'm still 24. And, I have to say my 30's have been my favorite yet. I gained more confidence in myself and in my role in life. And I also started focusing on making myself and those I love happy instead of trying to make everyone happy (because it's kinda impossible, you know?). Either way, just a quick thanks for following along on this journey as I enter another year of life and learning!

At the start of every summer, I find myself in a blue phase. I'm not sure if it's the thought of the beach and the ocean or if I'm just feeling a little more mellow. But I'm currently loving blue in all shades. And with my flying babe in tow, we're channeling both the summery sky and the calm ocean today...

Mama Style / Maternity and Post-Baby

Oh, and I'm still loving maternity pieces even 7 months post-baby. You guys know I really tried to minimize my "maternity" wardrobe when I was pregnant, but there are some pieces that if you're going to buy them, you get so much more bang for your buck when you can wear them post-baby as well. This duster and dress are maternity but still super flattering to layer with (and comfy!) when not pregnant.

Mama outfit / 1. Hatch duster jacket, 2. Storq dress, 3. Dolce Vita booties, 4. Necklace by Crescioni, 5. Oh Joy for Solly baby wrap.

Baby Style

One-pieces on babies are my favorite thing ever, and Coco now has her own pair of our family's favorite summer sandals.

Babe outfit / 6. Thief & Bandit one-piece, 7. Thief & Bandit head band, 8. Pons baby sandals, 9. BlaBla knit raccoon.

Mama and Me Style

Mama and Me Style

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 7 months and rollin' with her homies.} 

a baby essentials {giveaway}...(now closed) 4 May 2015

Customized Wipe Warmer with Washi Tape

Diapers and wipes and bottles are part of my everyday existence these days. Once you have a baby, there are some things that you use every single day that you just can't live without! A few of my favorite baby essentials include a diaper pail, wipe warmer, and a bottle from the awesome baby and kid brand, Munchkin, which provides so many of those little essentials that become a part of every day.

Customized Diaper Pail with Washi Tape

We made these everyday baby essentials cuter by adding a variety of tapes (washi, console, and metallic tape) around the edges of the of my favorites. And, it's pretty darn cute if I do say so and transforms something so basic into something that can be customized to whatever color scheme you like (we used gold, hot pink, mint, and peach)!

Customized Latch Bottle Lid with Washi Tape

Latch Bottle

When I'm away at work and not home to nurse Coco, these Latch bottles have been so helpful when giving her a bottle. The accordion nipple moves, stretches, and functions like the breast, helping her to latch easily and correctly and makes it easy to transition from breast to bottle and back.

With these three of my favorite essentials in mind, we've partnered with Munchkin to give away (1) $500 gift card to one lucky reader to get all of the things your babe needs!

To enter, follow @munchkininc on Instagram, then leave a comment here on this blog post telling me an item from Munchkin you'd get if you won! (In addition to the pieces shown here, we love these baby spoons and this snack catcher in our house!) 

Entries must be posted by this Friday, May 8th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. One winner will get a $500 gift card from Munchkin.

UPDATE: Congrats to Nicki B. from Quincy, MA for being our winner 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. $500 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. This giveaway is brought to you in collaboration with Munchkin—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. My dress by Thief & Bandit.}

happy friday + halfway to one year... 24 Apr 2015

Oh Joy / Coco - 6 months

You guys! Our little Coco hit the halfway mark earlier this week. How has it been 6 months already?  It's exciting but also bittersweet as I'm already starting to miss having a tiny wee baby. But it's getting way more fun as she laughs, smiles, rolls around, and interacts with us more and more everyday.

Oh Joy / Coco's Monthly Photo

This is the stage of having a baby that starts to get really fun, and it feels like she's starting to become the little person that's been waiting to come out!

Oh Joy / Ruby and Coco

The girls started sharing a room a couple weeks ago. It hasn't been perfect, but Ruby is slowly (but surely) working on sharing her room (and her parents) with her little sister.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!

{Mini pinata numbers by Katie K. Franklin. Coco's Outfits - 1 MonthBoden onesie, Thief & Bandit leggings, 2 MonthsRylee & Cru onesie, Little Hip Squeaks headband, Freshly Picked moccasins, 3 MonthsLittle Hip Squeaks onesie, Thief & Bandit headband, 4 Months: headband by Thief & Bandit, top and pants from Target, Freshly Picked moccasins, 5 Months: full outfit by Ultra Violet Kids, 6 Months: top by Ultra Violet Kids, bloomers by House of Mia, hair clip by Pitchoun, blanket by Aden & Anais.}   

i'm gonna wrap you up in my love... 21 Apr 2015

Oh Joy for Solly Baby Wrap

For all you mamas and mamas-to-be out there, the Oh Joy for Solly baby wrap is now available and ready to ship! This is one of my staple pieces for a new baby especially in the first few months for when we're on the go and Coco needs to nap. She snuggles up right up to me and is in dream land within minutes. And we made a mini version, too!

Oh Joy for Solly Baby Wrap

The wrap is in one of our floral patterns perfect for spring and summer in shades of mint green and aqua with accents of hot yellow and dark grey. I've also been using it as a nursing cover when out in public which means I don't have to bring a separate cover in my diaper bag. And, if you're looking for a new mama gift, the wrap will ship in time to arrive before Mother's Day!

{Top photo by Max Wanger, bottom photo by Bob Cho}

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.}

10 family-friendly natural body products... 16 Apr 2015

10 Family-Friendly Natural Body Products

I really never cared too much about what body products I used until I had kids, and now I'm all about using high-quality natural products for our bodies as much as possible. Here are a few of my favorite natural beauty/bath/body products right now (with something for the whole family)...

1. Ilia lipstick, 2. One Love Organics Coconut Salt body lotion, 3. Babyganics night time baby lotion, 4. Honest laundry detergent, 5. Tubby Todd orange bubble bath, 6. Tata Harper hydrating floral essence, 7. Priti soy nail polish remover, 8. Babyganics dryer sheets, 9. One Love Organics gardenia and tea body serum, 10. MOP basil mint unisex shampoo. 

P.S. I have updated the description of these items to be called "Natural" vs. "Organic" as not all of them can be considered organic.

happy friday + baby things... 20 Mar 2015

Oh Joy / Coco sleeping

Every day I revel in the fact that I'm able to love another tiny human as much as I love my first. I really didn't think it was possible. And then it just happened. And here we are five months later with a baby who is more than a newborn and slowly growing into who she'll become.

Coco so much more easy going than Ruby. I heard that second babies are more laid back because they have no choice but to be (did you guys find that to be true?). Ruby will be on the ground in meltdown mode while Coco is smiling and cooing away. She started sleeping through the night last week, so I'm thrilled to have my full night of sleep back and feeling a little less loopy these days!

Lately, I've been sharing more of my personal photo and videos on Instagram, but today I had to end the week with this video of my little Coco (who is 5 months old today!) learning how to smile and interact and just figuring out this whole life thing. Don't you just want to raspberry that chubby little belly? Ahhhh!

Have a great weekend guys!

{Top photo by Oh Bob}

oh joy for solly! 12 Mar 2015

Oh Joy for Solly Baby wrap

I'm excited to announce our newest product collaboration—an Oh Joy for Solly Baby wrap! I'm definitely an on-the-go mom especially after having Coco because it's not always possible to be home for all her naps when we're trying to keep Ruby busy at the same time.

Solly Baby wraps have been a favorite to use especially during the early months before your babe can face outwards in a more structured carrier. Coco loves to cozy right up to me when she's ready for a nap, and I can have her close while being hands-free and available to be there for Ruby as well.

So, I'm thrilled to be launching their first ever designer wrap with a new floral pattern perfect for spring!

Oh Joy for Solly Baby wrap

When deciding what to design for this wrap, I wanted it to be a pattern you'd want to wear as a fun spring or summer dress. So we designed this abstract floral with accents of mint green, aqua, neon lemon yellow, and hits of grey. It's fun, bright, and says "hello spring!".

Oh Joy for Solly / Dolly wrap

And, the new Oh Joy wrap is available for mini me's too! The new Solly Dolly wraps for your little ones give them a way to wear their dolls and stuffed animals and pretend to be mini mamas on-the-go.

These wraps are one of my favorite gifts to give a new mom-to-be, and I hope you guys like it! The wraps are now available for pre-order right here!

P.S. You can use the code SPRINGFORSOLLY to receive 10% off all adult-sized wraps till Friday.

{Photos by Max Wanger for Solly Baby}

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