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happy friday + beautiful san francisco... 19 Jun 2015

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

Happy Friday guys! This week it's been crazy hot here in LA reminding me that summer is seriously upon us. I'm still dreaming about long weekend escapes this summer, and Victoria Smith's new book—See San Francisco—makes me want to jet off to the Bay Area. The book is beautifully photographed and shows San Francisco in a way that shows the colorful, eclectic, and bohemian side of the city.

I hope you have some amazing plans whether celebrating Father's Day on Sunday with your favorite Pop or simply enjoying the reprise the weekend has to offer! See ya soon!

{Photos by Victoria Smith}

10 family beach essentials... 10 Jun 2015

10 Family Beach Essentials

We're going to the beach this weekend for our first beach adventure of the summer! Heading to the beach with kids can be a major event with all the stuff you have to bring. There are a few key pieces I've added to our arsenal that we use for beach trips throughout the summer. Here are a few of my favorites...

1. Love Taza for Let's Playground mat is waterproof, durable, and great for hanging in the sand all day long.

2. Crew Cuts girl's rash guard (boys here) helps to protect Ruby from the sun and is perfect for those not-too-hot days when she can stand to be a little more covered up.

3. Since it's hard to get babies to wear sunglasses, I love this Honest baby sun hat with UPF 50 for extra protection.

4. I like to pair Honest swim diapers with a simple swim tank or rash guard for Coco.

5. I love one pieces for myself, and this Virginia Johnson bathing suit is so flattering and a really great price.

6. Bob loves his Apolis swim trunks because they're cool without being too flashy.

7. It's a bit of a splurge, but this LemLem cover up is so soft and perfect for the pool or beach.

8. This Birdling Bags weekender has a ton of compartments which makes it easy to organize and hold all of our beach toys, sunblock, snacks, and smaller essentials. 

9. I used to get really cheap thin towels, but now I appreciate a really soft, giant beach towel like this one from Ruby Mint for drying off between dips in the ocean.

10. When Coco needs to nap or just hang out and roll around, this 4Moms Breeze Playard is the easiest to set up and pack up. Literally, I can open and close it myself in seconds!

happy friday + long weekend getaways... 22 May 2015

Oh Joy Family / Palm Springs

Around this time of year, everyone starts planning their summer vacations, and I keep getting asked, "Where are you guys going on vacation this summer?" And my answer is...no where! It's not that I don't want to take a vacation, but you guys, I am really bad at taking vacations. I wish I could shut my brain off, relax, and just enjoy a two-week long vacation away somewhere. But being away from the routine of my life is really hard for me. I've been to Paris, Mexico, and London in the last few years, but this year I am all about the mini vacation and just taking some long weekends away.

After our weekend getaway to Palm Springs recently, I realized that just a few days away somewhere not too far away gives me just the right amount of time to re-charge, and I can keep my computer at home and just enjoy being somewhere new with my family.

So, I need some suggestions! What are some fun places that we can go this year for a long weekend away that's either within a couple hours driving distance or a couple hours flying distance from LA? Any places you guy have been to and recommend? I'd love any and all of your suggestions!

Have a great (long) holiday weekend guys! If only every weekend, was a three day weekend!

a sunny weekend of crafting in the desert... 13 May 2015

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Last weekend, we took our first weekend getaway as a family of four to Palm Springs! We went to the annual Crafting Community retreat at the Ace Hotel which is basically like summer camp for families who love the arts. There were craft activities galore, dance classes for the kids, workout classes for the parents, ice cream, snacks, and a ton of lazy times by the pool. It was a busy, but super fun weekend that really helped get us away from the daily grind and just focus on family time together (I even left my laptop at home!).

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

The craft workshops were insanely good with teachers that are some of my fellow colleagues and craft idols. We had never attended Crafting Community before because Ruby seemed too young previously to really enjoy it, but this year was the perfect year to come. While she was on the younger side of the crafting kids, she was just old enough to start enjoying it (with our help for some of the projects).

Crafting Community

Crafting-community-ace-13

But when you're in Palm Springs, and the weather is like 100 degrees—the bonus is having a pool nearby which we spent a ton of time in. Ruby spent most of her non-crafting time in the pool, and Coco got in the pool for her first time EVER!

Crafting-community-ace-14

Crafting Community

Oh Joy Family

Having a concentrated weekend together away from everything else (I couldn't get distracted by dirty dishes, errands to run, or other daily life stuff) was so, so good for us. Bob has been crazy busy at work lately, and life with two kids has made us both a little more frazzled then usual. So, it was really a great way to reconnect as a family and reminded us how important these little getaways can be! I'm already looking forward to going back next year and figuring out how we can carve out more long weekends like this for our family this year.

P.S. For those of you in LA, Crafting Community's next big event will be a holiday craft day for families which is like a mini version of the Palm Springs retreat! Join the mailing list to be alerted when it's happening.

{Most photos above by Morgan Pansing for Crafting Community with a few of our personal photos sprinkled in.}

just plain cool... 2 Apr 2015

Sugarhouse Studios UK

Sugarhouse Studios UK

Sugarhouse Studios UK

I have an extra appreciation for public murals and wall art lately, as we're always on the look out for cool, local backdrops for our Dressing the Babe series. I came across this image of Sugarhouse Studios (a collaborative studio and event space} in the UK and had to share if you've never seen it. It's just stunning and unlike anything I've ever seen before...

{Top two photos by Sugarhouse Studios, bottom photo by Full Time Fiesta.}

what i did in london (part 2)... 4 Jun 2014

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

For part 2 of my trip to London, I'm sharing some of the things I did in Shoreditch. Known as the hipster area of London, to me it feels a little urban and a little gritty (in a cool way), and filled with great indie shops and cafes.

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Our first stop for a cozy breakfast on a rainy morning in Shoreditch was Leila's Shop. It was a simple spot with hearty and filling items that felt like they were made from a wonderful local farm.

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

London has a lot of boutique/cafe-in-one type of stores. I loved this clothing shop, Aida, which happened to have a cafe with barista and coffee bar right in the front!

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what i did in london (part 1)... 27 May 2014

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Earlier this month, I took a trip to London to speak at Blogtacular. I went a few days early to explore the city with my friends Bonnie and Kelly, and we had a great time exploring the sights and sounds and tastes of London. We didn't have a ton of time to see the whole city (and I wanted to take it easy since I was just at the end of my first trimester), so we mostly spend our free time in Notting Hill and Shoreditch. Here are a few of my favorite things in Notting Hill...

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

The colors on the buildings are clearly one of the things that tourists like me go to Notting Hill to see. It's funny—in other cities where buildings are painted in unexpected colors, it often looks cheesy. But in Notting Hill, it just works. There are rows of homes or buildings painted fun color palettes that sit in-between other simple, plain buildings. They are happy just being different, and I love that.

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

I was also super inspired by the store windows and displays. It's too bad I am not opening a store anytime soon, otherwise the inspiration would have been extra perfect. They just do window displays so well and really do make you want to walk in.

(Above: My new favorite British kids' shop, I Love Gorgeous.)

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

(Above: beautiful flowers at Wild at Heart, colors and patterns galore at Cath Kidston, the cutest neon sign at Caramel Baby & Child, cool boba tea menu at Latwatsa, desserts galore at Ottolenghi, and pretty vintage-inspired dresses at Darccy.)

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hello from london! 8 May 2014

Oh Joy / London

Just popping in for a quick hello from London! Yesterday, I—along with my friends Bonnie and Kelly—went to Notting Hill for some shopping and eating. There were so many good things to see and be inspired by, and we had a surprising amount of sunshine! Today, we're headed to Shoreditch which is where I hear all the cool kids hang out. ;) I'm definitely missing my family back at home (luckily, I get to carry the newest one around with me), but excited to have a few days to adventure with friends before attending Blogtacular this weekend. Thanks so much for your awesome recommendations—I have a huge list with me!

I'll be sharing some bits on Instagram during my trip and will be sure to post a more detailed recap of my favorites when I get return!

{Photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday + london! 25 Apr 2014

Notting Hill, London

I can't believe it's almost May, and I just realized I'm going to London in a little over a week! I'll be the keynote speaker at Blogtacular and heading to London for the first time ever. I'm super excited for the adventure and would love any tips of where to eat and shop and explore? I'm definitely in need of some new adventures and inspiration, and you guys always have the best suggestions.

Have a great weekend guys!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

traveling abroad with a toddler... 25 Nov 2013

Oh Joy | Traveling Abroad with a Toddler

After all of our travels with Ruby lately (and especially after our two-week trip to France), I've gotten to know the ins and outs of being on the go with a toddler. For all you parents out there who are planning trips soon and are nervous about any aspect of it, I thought I'd share 10 tips for traveling abroad with a toddler and what I've learned along the way. While this post is focused on traveling abroad, many of my tips apply to traveling with little ones in general, no matter how close or far...

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