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eeny meeny miny kate spade...30 Oct 2014

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

One of the cutest kids collection I've laid my eyes—Kate Spade for GapKids—launches today. If you're a fan of Kate Spade like I am and happen to have little ones, it's kind of like a dream come true to see mini versions of both Kate Spade and Jack Spade pieces. Ruby had a chance to wear some of the pieces recently while out on our weekend adventures to her favorite spots to explore...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

The grocery store (because mini shopping carts are always a hit)...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Descanco Gardens to look for ducks, ride trains, and run around among the trees...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round to go round and round and round...

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

...and a gold 'ole city pumpkin patch because pumpkins are the new black for fall...

Those sunglasses?!? Yep, I want a pair for myself!

{Photos by Oh Bob. This post is in partnership with Kate Spade for GapKids—a collaboration I adore.}

{field trip} reykjavik outpost in eagle rock...29 Oct 2014

Reykjavik Outpost Los Angeles

We always love it when new, inspiring shops pop up in the area and recently stopped by Reykjavik Outpost in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of LA. Everything in the shop is sourced from Iceland-based artists and designers. With hand-drawn fabrics and hand woven shoes, every piece is beautifully made by hand.

Reykjavik Outpost Los Angeles

Reykjavik Outpost Los Angeles

Reykjavik Outpost Los Angeles

Reykjavik Outpost Los Angeles

Reykjavik Outpost Los Angeles

Inspiring and lovely and full of amazing colors, patterns, and textures, it's a place to go for a truly special treat for someone.

P.S. Here's a special Oh Joy reader discount for their online store for 25% off through November 5th. Simply enter RVKOHJOY25 at checkout and see more past field trips right here...

Reykjavik Outpost Icelandic Design Store | 4680 Eagle Rock Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90041

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

chocolate cherry dipped almond biscotti...28 Oct 2014

Chocolate-dipped-cherry-almond-biscotti

My friend, Camille Styles, has a new book out today! Camille Styles Entertaining is all about how to make, create, and serve for a gatherings of all kinds. This girl knows her stuff when it comes to having people over, and I'm so proud of her and her new book! Today, she's sharing this recipe from the book with us for Chocolate Cherry Dipped Almond Biscotti.

From Camille, "Biscotti is Italian for 'twice cooked', and the unique method of slicing the loaf of hot-out-of-the-oven dough and baking each cookie a second time is what gives these cookies their satisfying crunch. They practically beg to be dipped in a cup of coffee, making the chocolate coating indulgently melty...and making me want to bring back the tradition of afternoon teatime."

See below for the full recipe...

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ruby's 3rd birthday party!27 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

I was 37 weeks pregnant during Ruby's 3rd birthday and very close to not having a party at all. But knowing that she was soon going to have a big change in her life, we decided to still throw a party and keep it small with just a handful of her close friends and their parents.

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

We chose the same public park, Grand Park in Downtown LA, where we had her first birthday. This time, we set up tables by the splash pad, one of her favorite spots in the summer where the kids can play in the water close by. Since the park is first come, first serve, I had to be able to set up the decorations quickly and easily and not have too much time setting the party. I mixed and matched multiple seasons from previous and current Oh Joy for Target collections and finally got to use the pieces I designed for this very purpose!

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Inspired by her friend Ida's purple birthday party, Ruby requested that everyone wear her favorite color—yellow. It ended up being super cute and an easy way for friends to find which party at the park was ours.

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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.

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