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what we did in chicago... 14 Sep 2012

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We spent most of last week in beautiful Chicago. Bob had a conference for work, so I managed to coordinate it with my Chicago book party so that we could take a little family trip all together. It was such a fun and leisurely week in one of my favorite cities.

Normally when I travel, I have a huge list of things I want to do and places I want to eat. But with having to fit in baby naps and lugging around a car seat to get around in a taxi, I chose not plan anything and figure things out day-by-day. It was so not me, but so perfect for this trip. Ruby and I got to explore Chicago by foot without having to worry about our usual play dates, appointments, or work commitments. We met up with a few friends, fit in in a work meeting (a very kid-friendly one), and found fun places to eat on the fly. Being in Chicago sure made me missing living in a walkable city. I'd totally live there...if only it wasn't so darn cold in the winter...!

ps. I did a fun live chat with Levo League yesterday chatting about blogging and business. You can see the archived chat right here (skip over the bit of pause at the 3 min mark)!

{Photos by Oh Joy, bottom photo by Vanessa Churchill. Above: Doughnuts from Glazed and Infused (the chocolate and lemon flavors were INSANE), SmileBooth photos from my Chicago book party (thanks Katie for this post!), Lemon Meringue cupcakes from More, Passion fruit Tart from Floriole.} 

mini adventures... 5 Jun 2012

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As Ruby gets older, it's fun to think about all the places we'll go together as a family. So, I'm loving these ZigZag City Guides for kids. The two characters, Zig and Zag, guide your child through the city {in this case, Rome} and teach words and phrases in Italian, various sights to see, and let them reflect on what they experience. The fun illustrations, the foldout map, and the overall format seems so fun and useful! — Joy

bumble, play & eat... 21 Dec 2011

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Located in Los Altos {in Northern California}, Bumble Cafe is a new concept cafe and play space created for families in downtown Los Altos to gather, meet other parents, enjoy a healthy meal with their children, and/or relax with friends while the children play. The menu serves farm-to-table fare for both parents and kids. As a new mom with my own business, I wish there was a place like Bumble Cafe near me to be able to meet up with friends or clients while having Ruby not too far from me. It's such a fun idea and hope they'll spring up in other cities soon! — Joy 

{photos by Bumble Cafe, designed by Kate Collins}

{guest post} with jamie of from me to you... 20 Oct 2011

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Jamie of From Me To You is not only a photography and cinemagraph genius, but her travels are out of this world. So, I asked her to share some recent traveling adventures with us so I could vicariously live through all the sights, sounds, and tastes she's experiencing! — Joy

I was so thrilled when Joy asked me to guest post especially as I was heading to visit my fiancee's parents in Kansas City, half way exactly between where Joy & I live. You see, since I'm marrying a man from Kansas City I've gotten to know quite a bit about this mid-west town and to be honest, I'm becoming more and more smitten with it! Here is a Texas-born-transplant-New Yorker's top ten things about Kansas City {so far}...

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1. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art — it's big, beautiful and oh-yeah free!

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2. Boulevard Beer — as soon as I get off the plane I have an unfiltered wheat which is just the tip of their delicious portfolio {and you know I like my craft beer}

3.OKJoes

3. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ — Anthony Bourdain said it was one of the 13 places to eat before you die, what else is there to know?

4.Fall

4. The seasons are so beautiful — between the Apple orchards and pumpkin patches, fall is just spectacular. 

5.HappyGillis

5. Happy Gillis — A favorite lunch spot! A delicious seasonal menu and retro atmosphere {perfect for my vintage dress collection}.

6.Antiques

6. Antiques — reasonably priced antiques! Favorite shops: River Market, Good JuJu, Re-Runs but let's just keep that a secret...

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currently {wishing} i was snacking on... 19 May 2011

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While in Harbour Island last week, we came across Arthur's, a local bakery on the the island that has the best granola and these mini meringue key lime tart. They were just the right size dose of sweet, sour, buttery goodness, and I wish I had one right now... — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

bahamian delights... 17 May 2011

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You may think I only eat desserts since I share a lot of these tasty treats on this blog. But I really do eat lots of normal, healthy foods too {they're just not always as fun to share}! While I was in Harbour Island for a fitness retreat with Lithe Method, our meals were simply amazing. All locally caught fish, fresh vegetables, and healthy combinations inspired by Bahamian flavors. Here's a sampling of what I ate last week. All menus were developed by Banana Tree and made by a local chef, Portia, who was awesome and so kind. I'll miss these! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday + coming home... 13 May 2011

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I've had an amazing, relaxing week here in Harbour Island. As much as I'll miss the sunshine, the ocean breezes, and the great workouts, I can't wait to head home tomorrow and see Bob, our cats, and sleep in my own bed. Wishing you all a relaxing spring weekend...see you back here on Monday!

ps. Thanks so much for your interest in our Summer School workshops. My blogging class is now full, but if anything changes and I can add an additional session, I will be sure to keep those on the wait list posted! — Joy

{photo by Jess for Oh Joy}

the candy colors of harbour island... 12 May 2011

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Some shots from around the island...oh, how I'd gladly paint my house in pastel shades of candy colors like these... — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy}

retreating in harbour island... 10 May 2011

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Hi friends! I'm spending the week on an escape/fitness retreat with Lithe Method in Harbour Island, Bahamas...enjoying amazing workouts, fresh local food, and pure relaxation. I haven't been on vacation for this long since my honeymoon 5 years ago so this is the most relaxing I've done in years! Baby Cho in my belly seems to be enjoying the R&R, too. I began to feel he/she moving around more this week with tiny flutters in my belly! I wanted share some photos from the island and the house we're staying at. Designed by India Hicks, I love the collected world traveler feel of the house mixed in with a bit of British/Southern comfort. Also, it's so fun to hang with my friend and fellow mama-in-the-making, Lauren! Stay tuned for a food post from the Bahamas later this week! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy. photo of me at 16 weeks & Lauren at 30 weeks by Jess}

a stylish island getaway... 26 Oct 2010

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I'm already thinking about 2011 and just booked a very special treat to myself that I've waited a few years for...a fitness retreat/escape in the Bahamas next Spring being held at India Hicks' Hibiscus Hill House on Harbour Island. Because retreats are so much about good food, good people, and treating yourself well...I'm especially loving these areas of the houses that perfectly fit the merry-making of a great getaway.

{photos by Hibiscus House}

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