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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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the things you do when you don't have a backyard... 24 Jun 2013


When we found our current home in L.A. a few years ago, we fell in love with the view and the location in the Silver Lake hills. We didn't care that there wasn't a backyard or any outdoor space because we had a balcony overlooking the city. And at that time (pre-baby), a cool view was all that mattered. But now, all I want is a backyard. Sure we go to the park and play on the street outside our house, but I want Ruby to have an enclosed area to run around and play. It's amazing what I'd give for even just a 5x5 foot patch of grass! Even with our lack of outdoor space, I've somehow managed to figure out her favorite activity of all time...

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a peaceful space for a little one... 5 Jun 2013





Recently, a couple of my friends—Max and Margaux Wanger—welcomed their beautiful son, Dash, into this world. Not only are Max and Margaux seriously talented photographers, but they are also going to be the best parents to their sweet boy. For Dash's nursery, they worked with Morgan from The Brick House and photographer Sharon Montrose of The Animal Print Shop to create a baby's room around Sharon's newest addition to her Baby Animal collection—the baby elephant.

Just as elephants are so calm yet striking, this room is the same for Dash. I love the small pops of color that tell you a baby hangs out here, but he'll totally be able to grow with the room as well. This is just a peek...you can see more photos over at Sharon's blog right here and see the sweet baby elephant print right here.

{Photos by Joe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop}

happy friday + discoveries... 31 May 2013






The amount of time that Ruby can be fascinated with something—a mini tent, a water table, an animal at the zoo, or even her own belly button—amazes me. I will never tire of seeing life through these little eyes...

Have a great weekend all! Hope it's full of little discoveries of your very own...

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ruby's top in first photo is DVF for GapKids, tent is from Ikea.}

hers & mine... 23 May 2013





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

top | Hers & Mine: A flower crown made by Yasmine from the leftover flowers for our upcoming Make Someone Happy video.

middle | Hers: Saltwater sandals. Mine: Loeffler Randall clogs.

bottom | Hers: 3191 bunny made from vintage fabric. Mine: vintage blouse from Wear it Well.

See past ones here and here...

{Photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday + being present... 3 May 2013


The other night, as we were getting Ruby dressed for bed, I turned my head for one second and she fell off her changing table. Luckily, all her body parts stayed in tact and unbroken. But I held her tightly and cried and felt ashamed that I'd let that happen. While I know that it was an accident and that every parent goes through something similar, it made me realize that I wasn't focused on her completely in that moment. I may have been thinking about the work I needed to do after she went to bed or that I was cold or hungry or that I had to pee. Had I been paying complete attention, I could have prevented our little fall from ever happening.

I've realized that being present in each moment (while working, enjoying time with friends, or being with my family) is something I really need to be better at. Because as great as multitasking can sometimes be, it's not so great when your brain goes somewhere else and you lose sight of what you're doing during that particular moment in time.

...and how could I not soak up moments like this?


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