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happiness is...11 Feb 2015

Oh Joy / photo by Sasha Gulish for Land of Nod

...when your baby giggles at your bad French accent.

...eating Girl Scout cookies in bed after your kids have gone to bed.

...eating anything in bed, really.

...when one of your favorite ice cream brands sets up shop in your neighborhood.

...a 3-day weekend that includes Valentine's Day.

...more diversity on TV.

...coming to terms with your post-baby belly and that it just might jiggle like that forever (and that Spanx is a very good thing).

...80 degree weather in March.

...when your toddler talks about falling in love.

...maple & sea salt popcorn.

...date night out with your husband after that newborn baby haze.

...dancing your butt off in hip hop class with your friends.

...surrounding yourself with positive, driven people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself.

...day dreaming, night dreaming, and just dreaming in general.

Hey friends, what makes YOU happy?

{Photo by Sasha Gulish for Land of Nod}

{field trip} society of the spectacle...10 Feb 2015

Society of the Spectacle

As a wearer of glasses (for over 20 years), I love coming across shops that carry vintage frames that can be made into prescription glasses or even sunglasses. I came across Society of the Spectacle in L.A.'s Highland Park when filming our Dressing the Bump series last year, and it's still one of my favorite spots to be inspired by all the frame options out there.

Society of the Spectacle

Society of the Spectacle

I usually steer away from colored frames, but a vintage pair like these add a nice pop of color to your face!

Society of the Spectacle

Society of the Spectacle

These sparkly frames above are not vintage (but vintage-inspired) and they are so, so fun! Let's just inject glitter into all our eyewear, shall we? 

Society of the Spectacle | 4563 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041 | 323.255.4300

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy} 

coco's birth announcement... 9 Feb 2015

Coco's Birth Announcement

I feel like I'm finally catching up on sharing some of the pieces we made to celebrate the arrival of our newest family member (like our family portrait!). For Coco's birth announcement, we worked with one of our favorite photographers, Katherine and Luke Griffin of Max & Friends, to capture a few photos of Coco when we shot our holiday card photos at the end of last year. If you happen to have a baby near the end of the year, I found it super helpful to double up on family photos with newborn photos to save time and money.

Coco's Birth Announcement

I pulled out some of my favorite blankets, swatches of fabric, and pretty little props (like sprigs of flowers and mini party hats) to have on hand as a back-drop for our tiny's photos. I also covered our bed in my favorite duvet by Suku Home which ended up providing the perfect dose of color for Katherine to capture our Coco.

Oh Joy / Newborn Photos

Here were a few of my favorites above...

Oh Joy / Newborn Photos

Oh Joy / Newborn Photos

But for the birth announcement, we ended up choosing a simple one where Coco was looking at the camera as well as one with our two girls together. It just felt like the perfect glimpse into their future together as sisters...

Coco's Birth Announcement

I normally print pieces like this through many online digital card companies (like Minted, Tiny Prints, or Artifact Uprising) but since our photo has very subtle touches of color, I really wanted to do something fun with the ink color of the type. I worked with a local letterpress printer, Kristine from Presshaus LA, to print the graphics I gave her in an ombre neon on the front with an image of the girls on the back. I loved the way the ink colors came out and how every card was a little different as the two colors began to blend together from neon red to neon purple.

It was a nice change to be a little more interactive this time in the process of making another piece to add to our family's memories...

{Newborn and family photos by Katherine and Luke Griffin of Max & Friends. Photos of the printed cards by Casey Brodley and prop styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 5 Feb 2015

Gray Malin x Compartes Chocolate Bars

Is it just me or do you also keep a bar of chocolate in your bedroom's nightstand? Maybe it's the thoughts of Valentine's Day swirling in my head or the fact that my sweet tooth is off the charts these days, but I'm currently snacking on my own box of chocolate à la these Gray Malin x Compartes chocolate bars. The "Sweet Sea" flavor (milk chocolate waffle cone with sea salt) is my fave and anything called "Beach Sprinkles" sounds so sweet in so many ways...

Gray Malin x Compartes Chocolate Bars

...and this packaging? Compartes always nails it with these gorgeous boxes!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

"kiss me" funfetti cookies... 4 Feb 2015

Kiss Me Funfetti Cookies

What would Valentine's Day be without a couple kisses for those you love? We made our kissable version of funfetti cookies as tokens of affection for friends and loved ones this upcoming holiday!

Kiss Me Cookies
(Makes approx. 15 cookies)

You'll need:
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter - softened at room temperature
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 large egg at room temperature
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 and 1/2 cup flour
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cream of tartar
-1/2 cup sprinkles
-red and pink decorating frosting
-lip cookie cutter (part of this set)

Kiss Me Funfetti Cookies

Here's how: 

1. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute, then add the sugar and mix until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Set aside.

2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Then add the wet ingredients in 3 batches. Once combined, fold in the 1/2 cup sprinkles.

3. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. 

4. Preheat oven to 350F. 

5. Roll out dough to 1/4" in depth and use the lip cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place the lip cookies on an no-stick cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 3 minutes and move to wire rack to cool completely.

7. If the cookies have spread out and don't look super defined anymore (this could happen depending on your specific oven), you can use the cookies cutters to re-cut them while soft and define the shape once again.

8. Once the cookies are cooled, use the red and pink frosting to outline your lip cookies. Enjoy! 

P.S. Funfetti Biscotti!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, baking and styling by Julia Wester, adapted from this recipe by Sally's Baking Addiction.}

happy sleepers... 3 Feb 2015

Oh Joy / 8 Tips to Encourage Self-Soothing

We've finally crossed over that 3 month newborn hump where things are starting to fall into place a little better over here. I'm still tired and haven't slept a full night in three months, but I can see the light at the end of the sleepy tunnel as Coco gradually sleeps for longer stretches at night.

I'm always hesitant to talk about sleep training because even the phrase "sleep training" can stir up so much controversy between parents who believe in cry-it-out vs. the no cry method vs. co-sleepers vs. independent sleepers and every variation of parenting or sleeping style in between. With Coco being our second, Bob and I knew how we'd do things differently (and implement things sooner) with Coco this time around...

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one pattern, so many walls... 2 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

Five years ago when I launched this little collection of wallpaper, I had no idea that some of it would still be around now. Some designs come and go and are meant to have a short shelf life. But one of the first patterns I designed for my own company—Petal Pusher—has become a classic Oh Joy pattern and our best seller in the wallpaper category. We recently refreshed it with a few new color ways like blush and gold (so dreamy) and a more subtle whisper-like pearl (shown above).

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Anthropologie

And, it's also now available in a few of the classic colors at Anthropologie! Here's a look (below) at all the ways people have been designing their homes with the wallpaper... 

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper

A cool stairway by @alyssadkent.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

A great dining room by @hunted_interior.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

A modern bedroom via @hyggeandwest.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

...and the beginnings of more to come by @inhonorofdesign.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / room by Emily Henderson

Finally, a couple rooms designed by Emily Henderson include the dark grey version Petal Pusher behind an open bookshelf...

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / room by Emily Henderson

...and the classic cream and gold version used wall-to-wall in my own living room! My life was so different five years ago when I first drew this pattern. So when I see it around the web, it's this crazy-cool flashback of a time in my life that lives on in people's homes forever.

P.S. I love seeing these photos, so if you have our wallpaper, please share by tagging your photos on Instagram with #ohjoywallpaper. 

dressing the babe / winter pop...30 Jan 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Winter in Los Angeles is anti-climatic for sure. While the rest of the country (and other parts of the world) get to enjoy the brisk cold, we're lucky if we get to pop on a hat and scarf for a couple hours a day. With dark blue and faux fur as my wintry base, here's my version of an L.A. winter with a flash of color that you just can't miss.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

I pulled out my favorite skirt from when I was pregnant, and used it as the inspiration for both of our outfits. You can see all the outfit details below...

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Mama outfit / 1. Target tank, 2. Zuzii faux fur pom hat, 3. Lauren Moffatt jacket (past season) - similar, 4. Loeffler Randall boots (past season) - similar5. Calypso skirt (past season) - similar.   

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Babe outfit / 6. Target faux fur vest (past season) - similar, 7. Ban.do buttons, 8. Gap Kids tights (past season) - similar, 9. Two Els dress, 10. Zuzii shoes. 

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

And, if you're in L.A., this Taschen Gallery is pretty amazing!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3 years old and getting sassier every day.}

a growing family portrait...29 Jan 2015

  Oh Joy Family Portrait / Thank You Card by Rifle Paper Co.

When Ruby was born a few years ago, I had custom thank you cards illustrated by the super talented Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. We sent them out to friends and family for all the amazing gifts and tokens of love we received. Once we ran out of the cards, I thought it would be fun to update it again with a slightly older Ruby. And since then, we now update it every year or so (with our newest shown above).

Oh Joy Family Portrait by Rifle Paper Co.

I loved the mini portraits so much, I started framing one of the cards from each year and hanging them by our front door. Sadly, our cat family has shrunk, but it's fun to see how our human family has grown over the last few years!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Painted portraits by Rifle Paper Co.}

8 nursing essentials...28 Jan 2015

8 Nursing Essentials

Lately I'm living in a dreamy/messy world of breast milk and baby spit-up. After our post-baby Dressing the Bump video, I received more questions about nursing favorites so I wanted to share a short-list of some of my favorite nursing essentials...most of which I use every day...

1. Fast Food nursing bra by Boob / I wear a few different nursing bras, and this one combines the best of both worlds. It's soft and comfortable—yet actually cute—which is a nice little bonus when you're covered in spit-up and wearing the same clothes everyday in those early newborn days!

2. Nursing kimono by Milk Snob / When you need to cover up, I love that this piece has bottons to help cover up your babe. And, when you wear it, it doesn't look like a typical nursing cover. 

3. Milkies milk saver / When you're building up your supply in the first couple months of nursing, every drop of milk counts. While nursing on one side, this collects extra milk on the other side that would otherwise get wasted or leak through.

4. Lansinoh Nursing pads in Ban.do pouch / I've tried a bunch of different nursing pads (from washable to disposable), and these are my favorite because they never leak through. They're also easy to carry around and have extra on hand when you need them.

5. Nursing tee by Boob / These tees make it so easy to nurse both at home and in public. No more of that awkward pulling up your whole shirt to feed your babe.

6. Medela breast milk bags for pumping / For when you're pumping, these attach right to the pump and make it easy to pump and then store extra milk without taking up too much space in the fridge or freezer.

7. Honest x Piece & Co. nursing scarf / This piece doubles as a chic scarf and another way to keep covered up.

8. Baby Log app / There are tons of feeding/nursing apps out there that help you time your feedings, but this one is my favorite (I used it for Ruby, too) because it also includes sleep and diaper logs too. And it has a handy chart that lets you compare the days or weeks and how your baby's patterns change over time.

Also, this doesn't have to do with nursing, but as something that many new mama's experience (when you laugh or sneeze, if you know what I mean) these period panties are great for that post baby issue we sometimes experience!

What are some of your favorites that you love using?

P.S. Did you know you can usually get a free breast pump through your health insurance? And lactation supplies are now tax deductible?

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy} 


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