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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}

bite-sized sibling style! 10 Mar 2015

Tips on Coordinating Sibling Outfits for Photos!

Tips on Coordinating Sibling Outfits for Photos!

I have to admit, as the mom of two girls it can get pretty fun dressing them up both separately and together. When it comes time to take monthly photos for our youngest, we also like capturing the two of them together so we can look back at how they grew over the years.

When you're picking clothes for your kids for a monthly photo or for family/holiday portraits, it's easy to buy two sizes of the same outfit and have them match exactly. But it's way more fun and unique for their outfits to coordinate rather than match (in the same way that siblings might look like each other without being identical twins). 

Press play below to see our newest Kids' Style video above for a handful of fun sibling outfits for spring... 

And, here are a few tips for coordinating sibling outfits for family or special occasion photos...

1. Make sure they are wearing pieces of the same season. While they don't need to be wearing the same types of pieces (both in dresses or both in pants), make sure both kids look like they're both dressed for spring, summer, winter, etc.

2. Have their colors coordinate without being too matchy-matchy. Especially if you're picking outfits for photos, have a general color palette your working with (neutrals, bright colors, pink and green, etc.) and pick clothing that has accents of those colors. For example, if you want to bring hot pink into the outfits, pick pieces for each child that has hot pink but still select different outfits for each.

3. Just have fun with it! Kids clothes are so much more fun than grown-up clothes so you don't have to make these too serious or stoic. Kids grow up so fast, and preserving memories by taking monthly or yearly photos will be something you'll look back and treasure forever. Pick an easy and comfortable location that your kids will have fun in, and snap away!

You can see all outfit details below...

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a baby-wearing workout! 26 Feb 2015

A Baby-Wearing Workout

In my former pre-mom life, I worked out 4-6 times a week. It was what I did in my spare time, and I loved every minute (well, most minutes) of it. These days though, I can barely get in a workout. I'd rather spend my free time with my kids than be at the gym every day. I'd love to say that I wake up at 5am and go for a 5 mile run before my kids wake up, but I need every hour of sleep I can get. And by the time the kids are in bed, I either have work to finish up or I just want to watch some mindless TV and relax.

So, one of the ways I try to get in a workout these days is by wearing Coco during one of her naps. She's on a pretty set nap schedule and takes four naps a day mostly in her crib. But for one or two naps per day, she can nap in a baby wrap or carrier which makes it a perfect time for me to get in a workout while keeping her close to me. 

I asked my friend Lauren, founder of Lithe Method, to show me a few moves that I could share with you for a Baby-Wearing Workout while wearing my Ergo Baby wrap. You can do these exercises as their very own workout or as an add-on to a brisk walk with baby. The wrap I am using here is a hybrid wrap, which means it's strong like a woven wrap, but stretches to provide great fit and moves in every direction with your baby.

These exercises look easy but carrying the weight of your baby is really challenging. It requires strength and balance! You'll want to try and work up to 3 sets of 10 (30 reps), working one side of the body and then repeating on the other side. And, don't forget to breathe!

Are you ready?!?

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dressing the babe / birds of a feather... 24 Feb 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

While we might still be okay with putting a bird on it, it's gotta be a bird of the exotic type these days. So here's my mini flamingo hanging with her mama swan in our cozy bird-inspired outfits.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Mama Outfit / 1. Virginia Johnson swan tee (on sale!), 2. Calypso St. Barth sequins pants (past season) - similar, 3. Loeffler Randall flats (past season) - similar.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Babe Outfit / 4. Little Pilgrim flamingo onesie from Bohem, 5. Striped leggings from Mabo Kids, 6. Winter bonnet by Briar Handmade, 7. Target baby sneakers (past season) - similar.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

And yes, I kiss those cheeks 500 times a day.

{Mural by Retna. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco was 3 months old when these photos were taken and has since developed a less concerned expression ;P} 

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