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happy friday + philly!18 Jul 2014

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Happy Friday guys! What are you up to this weekend? We flew into Philly yesterday to visit our parents, so I'm excited to be in my hometown for a bit. If you Philly folks have any suggestions for new things we should do or see while in town, please let me know!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from upcoming videos we shot earlier this week. I'm loving that it's summer, it feels a little more laid back, and I'm embracing the outdoors as much as possible right now.

Have an amazing weekend, and I'll see you back here Monday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

toddler essentials...(part 2)17 Jul 2014

Toddler Essentials

Since putting together my first list of toddler essentials last year, I wanted to share a little update of 10 things I've found helpful in the past year for the 2 to 3-year-old set.

Toddler Essentials

01. Nap mat by Little Bean -  Ruby starts preschool in a couple months, and I've been searching high and low for a nap mat/toddler sleeping blanket with simple (not too kiddy) patterns. It's been really tough to find ones I like until these came out recently. They are a little more expensive than other mats, but they are all organic which I love. 

02. Honest sunscreen stick - We've been hitting the beach regularly this summer, and this stick is super convienent for applying sunscreen to Ruby's face especially when she's in the middle of playing and needs a new layer of coverage quickly.

03. Water Wow books by Melissa & Doug - My friend, Naomi, gave one of these to Ruby, and she loves it. It's perfect for keeping her busy at restaurants or on a long flight.

04. Little Looster potty stool - This might not look like anything special, but I love that it wraps around the base of any toilet making it so much easier for a potty-trained toddler to reach the toilet and to rest their feet (which is super helpful when potty training).

05. Melissa & Doug child-safe scissors - Ruby is obsessed with cutting paper right now, and I love that it helps develop her fine motor skills while giving her a crafty activity to work on.

06. Pons Avarcas sandals - These are pretty much Ruby's go-to shoes. They're cute, comfy, have great grip for sandals, and hold up well in sand or on the beach.

07. Juice-in-the-Box drink cup - One of my recent missions in life has been to find a non-leaking sip cup. This one is the best I've found so far and is easy for a toddler to open and close on their own.

08. Primo folding potty - When they're little butts are too small to fit on a real potty, these are super helpful when using public restrooms. I keep one in my bag wherever we go.

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09. Magic Bumpers for a toddler bed - Since Ruby's big girl bed isn't against a wall, we added these bumpers underneath her sheets and they're perfect for preventing her from falling off.

10. Custom trail mix - For a high-protein snack with lots of good fats, I love making my own trail mix for Ruby filled with nuts, dried fruit, and Greek yogurt chips.

What are some of your toddler must-haves?

{Top photo by Bob Cho}

a dress {giveaway} with numari...(now closed)16 Jul 2014

Numari-dresses

When it comes to pieces that should fit more tailored, I often have a hard time finding store-bought pieces that fit quite right (even when not pregnant). So I love that Numari's dresses are made to order with your specific measurements in mind. Today, we've partnered with them to giveaway one custom-sized dress of choice to one lucky reader (approx $200 value). I love these styles for a more dressy work environment, a cocktail party, and for layering with other, more colorful pieces on top.

To enter, simply visit Numari's website, and then leave a comment here telling me style you'd choose if you won. Entries must be posted by Monday, July 21st at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. 

Also, Oh Joy and Numari are offering a special discount for all Oh Joy readers for $25 off the first purchase using the code "OhJoy25" through July 31, 2014.

UPDATE: Congrats to Max D. from San Francisco, 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. $160-235 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

the cutest party foods for kids...14 Jul 2014

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

When we threw Ruby's little ice cream social, I wanted to make sure the kids ate a healthy meal before filling their bellies with the special ice cream treat. So I called upon my crazy-talented friend, Matt Poley from Heirloom LA, to come up with healthy and kid-friendly foods to feast on. What he came up with blew my mind and gave me so much inspiration for future meal-making for Ruby.

Fruit and Cheese Skewers by Heirloom LA

Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

Mini Crudite

Mac and Cheese Nuggets by Heirloom LA

The menu included (from top to bottom): mini grilled cheese sandwiches (in heart and star shapes); fruit, cheese, and mouse melon skewers; baby vegetable crudités (with ranch dressing for dipping), almond butter and banana sandwiches topped with sea salt, and finally, mac n' cheese nuggets (shaped like kids!). I mean, have you ever seen food look so cute?! Even the parents were chowing down on these beautiful morsels of goodness.

Oh Joy Mini Ice Cream Social

Matt made these mac n' cheese nuggets for the first-time ever for our party, and they were such a hit that he has kindly shared the recipe with us today. Thanks so much to Heirloom LA for these amazing treats and for giving me a serious dose of kid food inspiration!

See below for the recipe...

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currently snacking on...10 Jul 2014

Quin Candy

I've been on a bit of a sugar kick lately, and loving these organic chewy candies by Quin. These Dream Come Chew candies are like an all-natural version of a Starburst...yum!

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a mini ice cream social... 9 Jul 2014

Mini Ice Cream Social

With a new baby on the way, we thought it would be fun to do something just for Ruby and her friends to celebrate summer before our lives change and our family grows in the fall. So when our friends at Carmela Ice Cream created a new space at their W. 3rd shop to use for an ice cream party, we quickly took them up on the offer to spend a little time inside away from the summer heat to cool down with a few bites of food and scoops of ice cream with Ruby, her besties, and their parents.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

We certainly tested the patience and decision-making of two year olds, as they had to wait in line for their turn to get ice cream and then they could only pick two flavors out of the four that we offered them. It was fun to see what they decided on.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

Topping time! Everyone's favorite part...

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

As much as I usually love outdoor parties, it doesn't work as well with melting ice cream. And it was just nice to have a space where the kids could play and draw and get out all that extra pre and post-ice cream energy.

Raspberry Rose Sorbet

We loved this raspberry rose sorbet so much that Carmela kindly offered the recipe for us today!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet
(serves 8)

You'll need:
2 cups purified water
1 1/2 cup cane sugar
1 Tbsp rose water
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Here's how:
1. Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Remove from heat once sugar fully dissolves. Set syrup aside to cool.

2. Once syrup is cool, blend with raspberries, rose water and lemon juice. Strain into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Let cool for 4 hours or overnight.

3. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

4. To make a fun summer drink, combine a couple scoops of sorbet with sparkling water!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet Spritzer

P.S. We made sure to feed the kids, too, before letting them inhale all that ice cream. Stay tuned for some pretty fun, kid-friendly food coming next week!

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ice cream by Carmela Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Plates and decorations by Oh Joy for Target.}

if i had a boy... 8 Jul 2014

Baby Boy Clothes

Before we found out if we were having a boy or a girl, I had a lot of readers mention they were hoping I'd have to a boy so that I'd post more ideas about clothing and decor for boys. Unfortunately for the mothers of boys reading, I won't get to live out that for you in real life, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I'd use if I were having a baby boy ;)

Clothing: Zara denim sneakers, Polarn O. Pyret stripe tank, Whistle & Flute cloud tank, Noe and Zoe star onesie, Splendid striped set, Target gingham romper, Little Hip Squeaks onesie, and Wolfchilde mechanics suit.

Baby Boy Decor

I'm not much into the pink for girls and blue for boys thing so some of the pieces I'd buy for a boy are still things I'd get for a girl, too. But it's more about playing up a fun neutral palette with pops of pattern and some subtle colors. 

Decor: Oh Joy for Nod striped lamp, Naked Lunge house pillow, Roxy Marj bear blanket, Land of Nod car print, Little Auggie striped sheets, Jonathan Adler lion pillow.

Oh, and if you guys haven't seen this Instagram account, this cutie must be one of the best dressed little boys I've ever seen...!

{oh joy eats} hero shop in downtown la... 7 Jul 2014

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Sandwiches are pretty much my jam, and it can be hard to find a really a good sandwich in Los Angeles (I am from Philly, afterall). So I'm always excited when a new place pops up that offers a fun alternative to the usual sandwich. Hero Shop in Downtown Los Angeles takes a twist on bánh mì sandwiches with really delicious fillings and flavors mixed with the traditional garnishes of the Vietnamese style sandwich.

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Some of our favorites include the Spicy & Sour Chicken, Lemongrass Tofu, and BBQ Pork sandwiches. They mix a bit of spice and tanginess into a filling and satisfying sandwich that I'm craving more of already.

Hero Shop | 130 E. 6th Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014 | 213.265.7561

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy 4th! 3 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / Hers and Mine bathing suits

Oh, don't you love four day work weeks?!? For those of you in the States celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, I hope you have an amazing day off tomorrow. I really should be working with my book deadline looming, but I'm forcing myself to shut down for the day and spend some fun in the sun with my little family. My friend, Marysia, give us these matching bathing suits so I'm pretty psyched to finally have a chance to wear them!

Have a great, long weekend guys! See you back here on Monday!

P.S. Thanks so much for your amazing name suggestions. There were so many great ones and really fun to read! We have a tough job ahead of ourselves ;)

{Photo by Oh Joy. Bikini by Marysia, kid's suit by Bumby}

lately around the studio... 2 Jul 2014

Oh Joy Book

Oh Joy Book

Oh Joy Book

...we've been hustlin' trying to finish up the Oh Joy book coming out next spring. I am not sure why I like to write books while I'm pregnant (I wrote Blog, Inc. while pregnant with Ruby), but I have to say I'm pretty excited about what we've been putting together. It's a DIY book full of color, pattern, and whimsy for sure...stay tuned!

{Sneak peeks on Instagram}

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