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happy friday + the gift of giving... 5 Dec 2014

The Gift of Giving

As the holiday approaches and we all get into the gift-giving mood, it's been really important to me to help give joy to others—especially those who don't have as much or have been born into unfortunate circumstances. So part of our annual family tradition is to help teach Ruby the gift of giving and learn what it means to be grateful for what you do have.

The Gift of Giving

One of our annual traditions for Christmas and Ruby's birthday since she was born has been to take her to donate clothes, toys, and books to other children in need. For every new present she gets, she has to donate something she already has. That way she doesn't keep getting more and more and understands that giving to others matters, too. 

The Gift of Giving

I've started working with the Los Angeles-based Baby2Baby organization this year for our donations. And for this holiday, we've been matched with another family of two girls to shop specifically for and help give them their wishlist of books, toys, and clothes that they need but their parents cannot afford to buy. When I took Ruby to shop for the girls, I told her that we were buying presents for other kids who need them. I kept reminding her that the toys weren't for her but it would make someone else very happy.

This is the first year that she really understood the concept and kept getting excited that she'll get to give the gifts to them in person soon. Sometimes we think these little ones are too small to understand what it means to give, but you'd be surprised how quickly they pick up on it and how they begin to feel joy from it, too.

I hope you all have a great weekend. How is it almost Christmas already?!?

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

dressing the bump / post baby! 3 Dec 2014

Dressing the Bump / Post Baby

Dressing the Bump / Post Baby

Dressing the Bump / Post Baby

We welcomed Coco Grace Cho on October 20, 2014, and we couldn't be happier that our family is complete. During my pregnancy, we covered what to wear while rocking that baby bump, but what do you wear while your post baby bump is still around? We filmed this a month after I gave birth so my post-baby bump is similar to what it looked like in the first trimester. Here's the last video in my Dressing the Bump series with some tips for what to wear post-partum as well as pieces that work well for nursing.

Thank you so much for joining me in the Dressing the Bump series. It was so fun to make, and I hope helpful to those of you expecting as well!

You can find all sources for the clothing worn in this video below...

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one month with coco... 20 Nov 2014

Oh Joy / Coco One Month

Time flies when you're in a newborn cloud of a half-asleep baby brain and that new baby bliss. We've had a month full of changes for our whole family. My labor and recovery was way easier this time. But, this whole two kid thing is no joke, you guys. The newborn part seems easier than before, but the whole man-on-man, no-one-gets-a-break thing is still taking some getting used to. We can already see the bond forming between our girls, and it's nice to feel like our family is finally complete.

Oh Joy / Coco One Month

Oh Joy / Coco One Month

So happy one month to our little Coco-nut! She's still smushy and makes little squeaky noises like a squirrel. Sometimes for a moment, she's so quiet that I forget I have another baby. I'm excited to watch her grow and change and see what type of person she'll become and how she'll be different from her sister. Ruby had a rough first couple weeks as a big sister, but she's getting much better lately and loves to smother Coco (maybe a little too much). In the end, we're all still figuring this whole thing out, but we're having fun in the process...

P.S. A look back at one month with Ruby!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Blanket by Roxy Marj, leggings by Thief & Bandit, onesie by Babe, pinata number by Katie K. Franklin, duvet by Suku Home and Virginia Johnson. My dress by Rachel Pally and necklace by Coral & Stone.}

lately... 14 Nov 2014

Ruby and Coco

Ruby and Coco

Lately, I've been...

...navigating the waters of having two kids, and trying to divide myself while also trying to multiple myself. I am happy, but oh-so-tired.

...going back to the office a bit and figuring out my own version of maternity leave (more on that soon). I've realized I can't feel guilty for working more than people think I should or not working as much as I think I should and to just to do what makes sense for me.

...getting some much-needed catch up time with friends as they come by the house to visit the new baby. It's reminded me how much I needed some down-time, how comforting it can be to have visitors, and how nice it is to have people shower you food and treats.

...eating whatever I want (hooray for a normal diet again), and not feeling guilty about it one bit!

{Photos by Oh Bob}

happy friday + a few more maternity photos... 7 Nov 2014

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

Last month, I shared our last photos as a family of three. And a few weeks ago, I had a chance to take some solo maternity photos with the ladies of The Fox and the Sparrow who offer pop-up sessions all around the country. Since I never had maternity photos taken when I was pregnant with Ruby (and this is the last of our babies), I took the opportunity to capture my pregnancy in a different style than my usual—a little boho, a little vintage, and a little romantic.

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

They took care of hair and makeup, floral crowns, and wardrobe options. It makes it super easy to just show up and not have to worry about planning anything yourself. When you're 37 weeks pregnant, achy, peeing all the time, and super tired, it's just nice to let someone make you feel like a real babe. I'm writing this post a little sleep-deprived from a newborn and a little spent from a toddler who's getting used to said newborn. So it's fun to look back at these now and think I had no idea of all the love (and exhaustion!) that would soon come my way.

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

So, the moral of the story is...take some maternity photos and capture that amazing time however you feel comfortable doing it. I said I didn't want to do anything with a bare belly but we found ways to show off the belly without showing it all. Have a great weekend guys!

P.S. If you're interested in a future session with The Fox and the Sparrow, you can email fox@studiocastillero.com to be put on their wait list for 2015. They are planning on visiting Austin in the new year. They love to travel and open to other cities that people want them to come have a pop-up!

{Photos by Rachel Cast, styling by Tori Hendrix, hair and makeup by Erica Beukelman, and florals by Siren Floral Co.}

welcome little coco! 23 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

We're excited to share the arrival of Coco Grace Cho! Our 2nd little lady (and Ruby's little sister) was born Monday night, October 20th at 6lbs, 3oz. We thought we had a couple more weeks to prepare, but it seemed as though she had other plans. She's only been in the world for a few days, but I already know she's the one we've been waiting for to make our family complete.

We're back home resting, and I'm trying my best to soak up time as a family of four. I have posts and content that's been planned in advance, so you can still check here daily. And I'm sure you'll find a new baby photo or two over on Instagram too while I'm taking some cuddly baby time at home. She's still very new and smushy, so I'll be sure to share more photos as her little self begins to develop...

P.S. Thanks so much for your tips on life with two kids. I'm trying to do my best to take each day as it comes and enjoy both the ups and downs that come with every new chapter of life.

happy friday + getting ready for 2 kids... 17 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Floral Crowns

Oh Joy / Floral Crowns

At 37 weeks, this whole second baby thing is starting to get real. I'm excited, but nervous, to start this whole process again. I'm anxious to have a tiny, helpless person in my arms. I'm unsure about how it will be to be a mother of two, how to juggle that whole life thing, to see how Ruby will handle sharing her world with another baby. If you have any tips or suggestions for me as we crossover from parents of one to two, I am all ears!

Have a great weekend, guys. We'll just be hanging out and wearing these crazy beautiful floral crowns that Siren Floral Co. made from my Fox and Sparrow session yesterday (more photos from that soon)!

{Photos by Oh Bob}

dressing the bump / 36 weeks! 15 Oct 2014

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Alright guys, this is my last pre-baby episode of Dressing the Bump! We're at 36 weeks and talking about how to layer for fall with blazers, jackets, sweater dresses, and long-sleeve rompers. 

These videos have been really fun to make for you, and it's also challenged me to really celebrate that bump while pregnant. I hope you'll share this series with your sisters, friends, and co-workers who are expecting! I have one last post-baby bump video coming after our little lady arrives and will cover that "post-baby bump" as well as some great pieces to wear while nursing.

You can find all sources for the clothing worn in this video below...

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a thank you necklace DIY! 3 Oct 2014

Marbled Necklace DIY

Happy Friday friends! For this second baby, we didn't have an actual baby shower, but some of my YouTube friends decided to throw me a Virtual Baby Shower! Each one of them is sharing a video of something they’d make to contribute to a real life baby shower.

As a thank you, today I’m going to show you how to make these Thank You Baubles. Rather than just writing a card, you can make these little necklaces to send to friends with a thank you note to show how much you appreciate their gifts or for hosting your shower. The best part is, they are super easy to make but look like you spent way more time than you actually did! And your friends get a little keepsake they can use and wear regularly!

P.S. Have a great weekend and stay tuned next week for another fun marbling project!

// Materials Used //
Wooden geometric beads
Neon orange elastic cord
Brass screw nuts 
Nail polish colors of your choice
Gold mailer tubes
Decorative paper from local Art Supply store
Primer
Dish pan or small tub from local grocery store
Copper wire

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Music is "Never Wanna Grow Up" by Katrina Stone
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

a little {giveaway} with oeuf...(now closed) 30 Sep 2014

Oeuf Layette Giveaway

As we prepare for baby, I've been going through lots of tiny clothes lately. I can't get enough of super soft, organic pieces for our babe. As a long-time fan of the Oeuf brand, I was excited to see their newest layette line of whimsical and organic clothing. So today, we've partnered with them to give away seven of my favorite pieces to one lucky reader. This includes: Kimono Onesie, Harem Pants, Jumper, MittensTee, Leggings, and Booties shown here (a total value of $200). I love the little gold cat prints and bunny faces, but the winner gets to choose the colors and sizes of your choice!

Oeuf Layette Giveaway

Oeuf Layette Giveaway

To enter, simply visit the Oeuf website and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from the layette collection and who you'd give these to if you won. Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 3rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats to Mallory T. from Carol Stream, IL for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

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