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a baby-wearing workout!26 Feb 2015

A Baby-Wearing Workout

In my former pre-mom life, I worked out 4-6 times a week. It was what I did in my spare time, and I loved every minute (well, most minutes) of it. These days though, I can barely get in a workout. I'd rather spend my free time with my kids than be at the gym every day. I'd love to say that I wake up at 5am and go for a 5 mile run before my kids wake up, but I need every hour of sleep I can get. And by the time the kids are in bed, I either have work to finish up or I just want to watch some mindless TV and relax.

So, one of the ways I try to get in a workout these days is by wearing Coco during one of her naps. She's on a pretty set nap schedule and takes four naps a day mostly in her crib. But for one or two naps per day, she can nap in a baby wrap or carrier which makes it a perfect time for me to get in a workout while keeping her close to me. 

I asked my friend Lauren, founder of Lithe Method, to show me a few moves that I could share with you for a Baby-Wearing Workout while wearing my Ergo Baby wrap. You can do these exercises as their very own workout or as an add-on to a brisk walk with baby. The wrap I am using here is a hybrid wrap, which means it's strong like a woven wrap, but stretches to provide great fit and moves in every direction with your baby.

These exercises look easy but carrying the weight of your baby is really challenging. It requires strength and balance! You'll want to try and work up to 3 sets of 10 (30 reps), working one side of the body and then repeating on the other side. And, don't forget to breathe!

Are you ready?!?

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apple and pear nachos!25 Feb 2015

Apple and Pear Nachos

I have to admit...I've been eating terribly lately. Because I'm nursing, I'm hungry ALL THE TIME up until the minute I fall asleep. Which means you'll find me snacking on chips, nachos, crackers, and chocolate at 10pm and then falling asleep soon after. I try and tell myself I'm burning off the calories by feeding my baby, but that excuse only works for so long. So, we challenged ourselves to come up with a fun and filling snack that I could eat after dinner, yet has good fats and some protein to keep me full through bedtime.

And so we came up with these Apple and Pear Nachos as an update to those full-of-toppings and not-so-healthy nachos we know and love. Here are three fruity alternatives using apple and pear slices topped with dried fruits, nuts, and other fun little ingredients...

Apple and Pear Nachos

1. Granny Smith apples with marshmallow fluff, pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, and granola. 

Apple and Pear Nachos

2. Asian pear slices topped with nutella, dried mango, coconut, and toffee. 

Apple and Pear Nachos

3. Bartlett pears with dulce de leche spread (from Trader Joe's), sliced almonds, white chocolate chips, and pecans.

Simply slice the fruit horizontally (cutting through the core), cut out the seeds, and top with whatever you like! Just like regular nachos, the fun part is in the combinations you come up with as toppings. We tried out alternates to peanut butter, but of course, you can use classic peanut butter or almond butter as a spread for more protein. 

What other ingredients would you guys top these with?

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

dressing the babe / birds of a feather...24 Feb 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

While we might still be okay with putting a bird on it, it's gotta be a bird of the exotic type these days. So here's my mini flamingo hanging with her mama swan in our cozy bird-inspired outfits.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Mama Outfit / 1. Virginia Johnson swan tee (on sale!), 2. Calypso St. Barth sequins pants (past season) - similar, 3. Loeffler Randall flats (past season) - similar.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Babe Outfit / 4. Little Pilgrim flamingo onesie from Bohem, 5. Striped leggings from Mabo Kids, 6. Winter bonnet by Briar Handmade, 7. Target baby sneakers (past season) - similar.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

And yes, I kiss those cheeks 500 times a day.

{Mural by Retna. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco was 3 months old when these photos were taken and has since developed a less concerned expression ;P} 

oh joy book - a pre-order present!23 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Book / Pre-Order Gift!

Ah! I can't believe our new book comes out in just a month and a half! We're in the midst of planning our book parties and sharing various peeks with you over the coming month. With all the fun things coming out this year in Oh Joy land, we thought it would be fun to gift a very special new product that's coming out soon as a thank you to everyone who pre-orders the book.

I can't tell you what the new Oh Joy product is, but I can tell you it's been one of my dream items to make, and it's something you'll always want to keep on hand once you have it. Anyone who pre-orders will receive the gift before it launches in stores in late May!

Oh Joy Book / Pre-Order Gift!

To get your special pre-order gift, please fill out your information at this link, and you can expect to receive the gift in the mail soon after the book launches. (And if you've already pre-ordered the book, you can submit your info, too!)

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins.

*Please note: Quantities are limited for the pre-order present. And once we run out, the gift may be substituted. The bonus gift is only available to ship within the US.

happy friday + not doing it all...20 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Dotty Wall

Last week, I had a conversation with an acquaintance on Facebook over her frustration of seeing so many handmade Valentine's Day cards that moms were making for their kids' classmates at school. She wondered how they had time to do that on top of everything else, and she felt it would make her look lazy if she just bought some simple cards at a store instead. I couldn't help but feel like I was one of those moms she was referencing as I had just posted a photo of the cards I helped Ruby make for her class. I had to respond to her to remind her she wasn't being lazy and also to tell her something really important...

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dressing the bump / a re-cap!19 Feb 2015

Dressing the Bump - Maternity Style Series

One of my favorite projects last year was this Dressing the Bump series we created that chronicled my second pregnancy through video and provided style tips on what to wear through every stage of growing that beautiful baby bump. I honestly feel like my best and most beautiful self when pregnant, and I loved helping other mamas out there embrace that bump while we're lucky enough to have one.

Here's a re-cap video (below) we made to give an overview of the series which I hope you'll share with your expecting friends, family members, and co-workers!

From 12 weeks to post-partum, this series covers:
-how to mix maternity with non-maternity pieces
-how to choose the best sizes that will last throughout your pregnancy
-what style and cuts flatter a bump the best
-how to emphasize your best (pregnant) features
...and more!

I get teary watching this and seeing the evolution of how my body changed and grew to create a new life. You can see all eight videos in this series by clicking the thumbnails at the end or by watching this full play list

5 tips for archiving your digital memories...18 Feb 2015

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

Before Ruby was born, we barely took photos of special occasions, let alone our daily life. But when you have a baby, you get camera happy and all-of-a-sudden daily life seems way more interesting. Bob really got into photography from capturing photos of our kids, and he's since become pretty good at taking pictures.

With everything being so virtual these days, I love that we can capture memories so quickly and easily, but I find that digital photos can just get lost in the abyss that is your phone or your computer. I know how much I love going to my parent's house and flipping through old photo albums of our family, so I want to be able to preserve these memories for our kids to be able to look back at some day, too.

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

I know it can seem overwhelming to put together a book of all your favorite moments from each year, but if you stay organized as the year progresses, it makes it way easier and way more fun to do. And the end result is super rewarding. Here are a few tips on how we archive our digital memories...

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{field trip} a+r store...17 Feb 2015

A+R Store / Los Angeles

I'm often so virtual these days that I tend to do most of my shopping online. But I miss the ritual of going into an actual store and seeing and feeling the pieces in person. Even if I'm not actually shopping to buy, there's still something so much more enjoyable about window shopping in person. I love imagining—even just for a second—how something I see in a store would look in my future dream home.

One of my favorite online modern home decor shops, A+R, has an actual brick and mortar store here in Los Angeles. It's rare to see independent shops that exist both online and in person these days, so I love seeing how a website comes alive in a real live space.

A+R Store / Los Angeles

A+R Store / Los Angeles

A+R Store / Los Angeles

A+R Store / Los Angeles

Full of modern, colorful, functional, and quirky pieces for the home, this shop makes me want to hang the coolest lights from my ceiling and paint my desk in an awesome, fun color!

A+R | 171 South La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 800.913.0071 x 3

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

lately around the studio...13 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Book Trailer

...we filmed the Oh Joy book trailer this week!

Oh Joy Book Trailer

...which includes one of my favorite projects/recipes—a striped ombre cake—which tastes as good as it looks!

Oh Joy Rose Bowl Treasures

We went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market to do some inspiration shopping. We're designing a ton of new products that come out this year and next year. I can't tell you exactly what yet but there just might be some "little" things coming soon...

Oh Joy Team

And at the end of the week, when we're tired and need to rally through, we put on our matching sweatshirts and shake it all off...

Oh Joy flowers

Hope you all have a dreamy Valentine's Day and an extra fun long holiday weekend! I'm closing the office on Monday so we can have one of those 3-day weekends I love so much...

dressing the babe / my funny valentines...12 Feb 2015

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

I know some people really hate Valentine's Day, but I love it because it gives me an excuse to wear red (a color I normally never wear) and dress my kids in things with hearts all over them.

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

Mama Style / Funny Valentine

Mama outfit / 1. Loyal Hana nursing blouse, 2. Madewell high-waisted jeans, 3. Zuzii shoes, 4. Ban.do heart bag.

Toddler Style / Funny Valentine

Babe outfit / 5. Boden heart jumper, 6. Boden white tank, 7. Zuzii shoes, 8. 31 Bits bracelets

Baby Style / Funny Valentine

Mini Babe outfit / 9. Heart tee from GapKids, 10. dotty shorts from GapKids, 11. Zuzii shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

And yes, my kid is sitting inside a bag. We all know kids like bags and boxes (and random tissue paper found in said bag) way better than toys ;P Happy Valentine's Day guys!

P.S. Our heart outfits from two years ago!

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

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