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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.

oh joy for target holiday collection is here!22 Oct 2014

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

I'm excited to share a little peek with you at the newest Oh Joy for Target holiday collection that is available online and in stores (in the US and Canada) now! This collection celebrates the upcoming holidays with easy and festive mix-and-match party and entertaining pieces that will make your holiday gatherings look special in no time. In addition to holiday specific items, there are pieces you could keep and use year round.

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection
You'll see ceramic mugs, a table runner, placecard holders along with more paper and melamine pieces like as serving bowl, new goblets, oven mitts, and—you guys, paper plates and napkins and cookie favor bags with metallic foil (Just wait till you see them in person)!

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection
Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection that you can find on sale now!

P.S. See the process of how these collections come together right here...

{Environmental photos by Thuss+Farrell and styling by Scott Horne. Product images by Target.}

a fall boot {giveaway}…(now closed)21 Oct 2014

Loeffler Randall boots

One of my favorite things about fall is getting to wear boots! They're such a classic piece that go with so many things. Loeffler Randall is one of my favorite shoe brands and makes really high quality boots that last forever. So today we've partnered with them to give away this pair of Marit Flat Boots (a total retail of $695) to one lucky reader.

Loeffler Randall boots

To enter, simply visit Loeffler Randall's website, and then leave a comment here telling me which color you'd pick in the Marit boot if you won (Cuoio, Chestnut, or Black). Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 24th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

Also, Loeffler Randall is offering a special 20% off discount for all Oh Joy readers on the Marit boot (any color). Simply enter FALLJOY at checkout. Valid through Tuesday, October 28th at 11:59 EST.

UPDATE: Congrats to Natalie C. from Stanford, CA for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $695 USD 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. See outfit links here.}

a floral fall planter...20 Oct 2014

Pumpkin Floral Planter DIY

Fall (and all the fun holidays that come with it) is just around the corner! Today, I'm heading to the garden to make a Floral Fall Planter to greet friends and family arriving at your doorstep soon. You can see the full video below!

You can see all the materials used in the video below...

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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}

{oh joy eats} honeymee ice cream...16 Oct 2014

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Some days you just need a refreshing, cold treat (well, for me that's like every day). So yesterday, we stopped at Honeymee in L.A.'s Koreatown to have an after lunch snack. Sometimes simple is better, and Honeymee makes all-natural vanilla soft-serve ice cream with a just a couple topping options like a honey swirl, honey comb chip, or chocolate sauce with sea salt. It's creamy, refreshing, and not too sweet. We loved the honey comb chunk on top for a little extra chew and sweetness...yum!

Honeymee | 3377 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 116 | Los Angeles, CA 90017

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

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 party polish {giveaway}...(now closed)14 Oct 2014

Ella Mila nail polish

Painted nails is one of my favorite weekly treats. It's such an easy thing to add to your routine for an extra pep of fun. I've been loving the nail polish by Ella+Mila which is vegan, has less chemicals than regular nail polish, and made to be safer for using with kids. So we've partnered with them today to give away 10 of my favorite colors—shown above—to two lucky readers.

To enter, simply visit Ella+Mila's website, and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite color. The two winners will receive your favorite color PLUS the full set of my favorites above! Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 17th, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Naomi A. from Camarillo, CA and Silvia C. from Rockville, MD for being our winners this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value for each winner. Winners 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}

toddler lunch essentials...13 Oct 2014

Toddler Lunch Essentials

Ruby started pre-school last month, and at first, I dreaded having to pack her lunch every day. But now, it's become more fun trying to think of fun little, nutritional foods to give her. Here are a few of the pieces thath have become a daily essentials for us when packing her lunch...

Toddler Lunch Essentials

01. This Bumkins lunch bag with reusable snack bags are easy to open and close. The patterns aren't my favorite but it's much easier for Ruby to use than a lunch bag with a full zipper. 

02. To keep her lunch cold, we stick a couple of these Fit & Fresh penguin ice packs into her bag.

03. I use these Kitchen Kraft silicone cupcake liners to divide up little sections of fruit and veggies for her inside of the lidded containers.

04. I love how these Fit & Fresh containers have ice packs as part of the lid! They're perfect for fruit, veggies, and for her little sandwiches. 

05. For hot foods, we use this Frego glass container which is microwave and dishwasher safe. I also use these when I pack my leftovers for lunch the next day too!

06. We use these Juice in the Box reusable juice boxes for water, milk, or juice. They are easy to open and don't leak!

07. And finally, Ruby loves when her sandwiches come in fun shapes using these Munchkin silly sandwich cutters!

Are there any other pieces you love for your mini's meal time?

P.S. general Toddler Essential part 1 and part 2!

happy friday + three!10 Oct 2014

Oh Joy Ruby

Oh Joy Ruby Pumpkins

I had a baby almost three years ago, and it seems like just yesterday. Ruby turns 3 on Sunday, and I'm blown away by the change she has had on my life. She's smart and sassy and has made me learn to love a very small person very quickly. (She also likes teaching me Spanish...see below!)

This weekend, we're having a small party for her in the park to celebrate before her little sister arrives soon.Hope you all have a great weekend full of fun fall things! Why are kids and pumpkins so darn cute?!

P.S. Ruby's first and second birthday!


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