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pregnancy cravings... 19 Jun 2014

Sprinkles Ice Cream

Half and Half Tea House

I'm so glad to finally have my appetite back (that first trimester nausea knocks me out, and I don't want to eat anything for the first four months!). Similarly to my pregnancy with Ruby, I have been craving the most random things. Right now (usually at 9pm at night), I want:

-shaved ice

-boba milk tea

-spicy cheetos

-mint chocolate chip ice cream

-french fries (specifically steak fries)

-a frosty

-a slurpee


-hot sauce

...pretty healthy stuff, hunh? It's like a teenager took over my body. I always find it funny to see what hormones do to your taste buds. Why can't I crave carrots or an avocado? What have you guys craved if/when you've been pregnant? Have you ever sent your partner out to get you something really crazy?

All I have to say is...the baby made me do it.

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy from our past food adventures at Sprinkles Ice Cream and Half & Half.}

um, this is amazing... 16 Jun 2014

Girls with Glasses / I'm Not Fancy

...just watch this and you'll thank me later...

{Video by Girls with Glasses}

dressing the bump / 16 weeks! 29 May 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump - 16 Weeks

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump - 16 Weeks

My belly is growing, and I'm excited to share with you the second episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm sharing some maternity essentials that are perfect for bringing in around 16 weeks—including jeans, shorts, and tees—and how they can be incorporated with your non-maternity clothing. I hope this inspires you pregnant mamas to get creative with your current wardrobe while also letting a few of those maternity staples in.

Feel free to leave any questions or requests for future episodes in the comments below!

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy. 

P.S. 12 weeks!

You can see all sources for the pieces worn below... 

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how'd that baby get in your belly? 23 May 2014

Oh Joy / Mama and Ruby

Oh Joy / Mama and Ruby

Lately, Ruby's been asking us, "How'd that baby get in your belly?" Umm...we were kind of shocked she asked but I can appreciate her curiosity.

A friend of ours said that Ruby might not be asking about the actual process of it, but more like how did the baby get in my belly versus another part of my body? So we've been telling her that mama's belly is a nice, safe place for the baby to grow until the baby is ready to come out. That answer seems to buy us some more time for now...

Now, the question is...how do you answer that question? I'm all about telling kids the truth about stuff, but I don't think a two year old really needs to know how that baby really got in my belly. What have you guys told younger kids when they ask this question? I am all ears!

Have a great holiday weekend!

{Photos by Bob Cho. My outfit: dRA jacket, Isabella Oliver tee, Target pants. Ruby's outfit: Zara romper and shoes.}

dressing the bump / 12 weeks! 13 May 2014

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump

Oh Joy / Dressing the Bump

I'm excited to share a new little video series with you today called "Dressing the Bump". During my first pregnancy with Ruby, I shared bump updates along the way and got lots of questions about what to wear during each stage. So this time, I thought it would be fun to chronicle it through video and give you more specific tips this time for what I like to wear along the way.

We recorded this first one a few weeks ago at 12 weeks, and I'll be sharing a new one every month (16 weeks, 20 weeks, etc.) For those of you currently expecting currently or who plan to in the future, I hope to inspire you to embrace that beautiful belly! You can see all sources for the pieces worn below...

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party of 4! 5 May 2014

Oh Joy / Party of 4!

Oh Joy / Baby #2

Dear friends, we're excited to share the news with you that we're pregnant with our 2nd baby! We have been wanting to grow our family and give Ruby a sibling, so we're thrilled to be blessed with a new baby on the way. I am 14 weeks along and due November 3rd.

Ruby is super excited to be a big sister. Here's a video we recorded last month when we first told her the news. She definitely had a lot to say...

P.S. Thank you SO much for your sweet notes, comments, and emails! I am reading every single one, and we are beyond grateful for your kindness and support.

{Family photo by Casey Brodley. Party hats are from the Oh Joy for Target fall collection coming in August!}

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. }

a little joy {giveaway} with twig... 15 Oct 2013

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

I first came across Twig—a husband and wife duo who makes beautiful handmade products for children on Etsy. Ruby has one of their little wooden cameras and loves it. Recently, Twig and I decided to partner together for a limited Oh Joy + Twig edition of their products—a child's chair, wooden camera, and orchard nightlight. The collection is being sold in their shop now through the holiday season.

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

In celebration of our little collaboration, we're giving away one Oh Joy + Twig playroom set (which includes 1 chair, 1 camera, and 1 nightlight) to one lucky reader. I customized the coloring and accents for all pieces with gold, white, and grey as the base colors and pink, yellow, and green as accent colors.

Oh Joy and Twig Collection

There are two ways to enter (you can enter both ways for a higher chance to win):

1. Visit the Oh Joy + Twig collection page, then leave a comment here saying which piece is your favorite and then tell me who/what/where is your "Little Joy" (it could be your child, pet, favorite dessert, getaway spot, or anything else that provides that little spark of happiness in your life).

2. Follow @ohjoystudio and @twig_creative on Instagram. Then upload a photo showing your "Little Joy" and tag the photo with #littlejoygiveaway. Then, leave a comment here with your Instagram handle saying that you entered via Instagram.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 18th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats to Sheena Y. from Playa Vista, CA for being our winner this time!

Don't forget...Twig is offering Oh Joy readers 20% off any item in their shop through October 31. Enter code LITTLEJOY at checkout.

P.S. Watch our collaborative process in this little video above. 

*This giveaway is open to any reader, anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $290 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy friday + 21 months with ruby... 19 Jul 2013




The last few months have been the most fun I've had yet in my time as a mom. Ruby's verbal skills astound me every day as I watch her little mind process more and more. She says things like, "Have a good day!," "Peace out!," and "More noodles, please," while also learning the meaning behind phrases like "Sorry, Mama..." and "Oh no!" She responds to us more like this little kid she's becoming and less like the baby she's growing out of.

I hope you guys have a great weekend! We're going to the beach, which we rarely do. I need to take advantage of it while the summer's still young!

P.S. Ruby from 15-18 months!

{Ruby's clothes: 19-month romper is DVFxGap, 20-month dress by Thief & Bandit, 21-month leggings by Candy Kirby.}

toddler essentials... 10 Jul 2013


Last year, I put together my list of baby essentials for those of you preparing for a baby. Now that Ruby's a toddler, our essentials have certainly changed, so I wanted share an update of our favorite toddler gear right now, as well as our favorites from babyhood that are still going strong...

(And, if you're not the parent of a toddler right now, this guide just might come in handy for gift ideas for toddlers whose birthday parties you get invited to!)




At this stage, clothing gets more fun and doesn't need to be quite as protective as it needed to be during the newborn days. I typically try to limit basics to under $15 per piece, but I'm okay with spending a little more on leggings, shoes, and jackets now because they are so versatile and toddlers don't outgrow their clothes quite as fast as newborns do. I have a ton of my favorite kids' clothing brands, but I'll focus on a couple of our staples for this post... 

Leggings...Ruby lives in leggings. She has so many pairs, but they are really so great for toddlers because they're easy to move in, washable, and they don't have to be the child's exact size to fit (ie. Ruby can wear them a little small or a little big, and it all works). You know I love patterns, so some of our favorites include House of Mia, Little Hip Squeaks, Thief & Bandit, Candy Kirby, and of course, the $5 sale leggings at Gap or Old Navy!

Shoes...Ruby's favorite pairs are moccasins by Freshly Picked, cordones by TOMS and sandals by Saltwater. We've gone through multiple pairs of all of these as she's outgrown them, and they've all lasted so well.

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