My Baby Olive Juice Shop & Blog Break!


SHOP-BREAK

Hi guys! Just wanted to let you know that MBOJ Shop and Blog will be going on a little break while get our home renovations started!

During this time you can still place orders in the store, but they will not be processed until the shop reopens July 11th – which means they will ship out 5-7 business days after that date! Any orders placed before that date (on a business day!) will be shipped out before shop closure! This means that the absolute last day to get orders in before shop closure is Friday, June 26th, 2015!

As for the blog, we’ll be back the week of July 5th!

Thanks for your understanding! I’m working on some new goodies that I’ll be adding to the store when we reopen! Here is a little sneak peek of what’s to come…..

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Sending you love! I’ll be back soon!

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32 Month Old Favorites


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Come and gone are the days where Olive is willing to just play on her own. I mean, she does – but it’s rare. Instead, she’s in this new stage where she likes us to “solve puzzles” together. She particularly loves this Picture Word Bingo set (her first board game!) that she plays with both Patrick and I; i still find it incredible that she understands to wait her turn, and the concept of when BINGO! happens. I have a feeling this will be the first of many, many board game nights at our house…..

Here are a couple of her other favorites right now that totally keep her occupied……well, with me helping along.

One: Melissa and Doug Wooden Puzzle Set: This set comes with 5 double sided boards that you arrange pieces the matching shapes on. While it might seem like this game is limited play, I found this on Pinterest which shows you other ways to utilize these colored pieces! Score!

Three: Olive has been obsessed with this little character, Red Knit Cap Girl, and her imaginative adventures that she goes on with all of her animal friends. Beautifully illustrated and whimsical, I’m sure your little one will love this, too.

Four: This matching sticker book has been a godsend at restaurants – she spends her time waiting for food playing with this book instead; putting stickers in their right place. I really like this book because not only is it compact, but it groups the stickers into lesson categories (like colors, shapes, activities, etc etc).

Hope you’re having a great day!

 

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Favorite Pins & Links This Week


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Do you guys use Instagram? I know that it’s one of my favorite ways of getting to know my readers, so I’m on there a lot!

Taking a great photo takes some work – the composition has to be right, and the colors have to be attractive, and the light is so important; but what always gets my attention in a photo is if it’s taken by an awesome backdrop. Above you’ll see a few of Los Angeles’ most Intagrammed walls….and it’s not hard to see why. Aren’t they so pretty?

Here are a few links that I’m loving this week:

This video was just so mesmerizing to watch. I’m not a great dancer, so THIS makes me a little envious!

A birth announcement at wedding! Would you do it? I’m not sure I would, but this story is just too sweet.

I want to eat this. So badly

25 ways to simplify your life – really needing this right now!

 

Happy Friday!

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Why You Cannot Do It All


WHY-WE-CANNOT-DO-IT-ALLI remember growing up and thinking, “I am going to have it all.”

I had this plan, and it was all mapped out. I told myself: I’m going to have a big happy family, and a huge, successful career. I would roll up my sleeves and do it all – and do it well.

And everyday, I strive to reach this goal. Everyday, I try to give marriage, motherhood, home responsibilities, and business projects to the best of myself because deep in my gut, I feel like being successful in all these aspects is the key to making myself completely happy.

But recently I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed, and a little underwater. To tell you the truth, I’ve been floundering for the past few months trying to juggle all this stuff on my plate.

I think the girls of my generation (and this current one, too) have been brought up with powerful dreams – we have been told that we can be career women, mothers, wives, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers or Indian chiefs – anything we set our minds to. And hell, if you want to do that all at the same time, you can do that too! And you will easily be able to balance everything you want to do.

I know that I think that way – which is why recently when I found myself overwhelmed, I had a little bit of a breakdown. I wasn’t sure why I felt like I was drowning, but I knew that I was doing a half assed job at all the things I had on my plate just because I just didn’t have enough energy or time. But these are the things I want and have chosen to do, so they are supposed to make me happy. What is happening?

Part of the problem is that I see all these amazing women on social media just “doing it all” so well, and looking great at the same time. These women seem to have it all together – if so many people are able to do it, why can’t I? I was starting to look at myself as a failure because I wasn’t able to live up to this expectation I had in my mind.

In the vein of living authentically, I just wanted to put it out there that I have now realized that I cannot do it all. I mean, I could try, but I wouldn’t be able to do it all as well as I want to. Realistically, everyone has 24 hours a day, and not every day is the same. One day will inevitably be more dominated by being a hands on mom, and others will be dominated by mini emergencies like “crap, my house is falling apart”. I think the trick is to focus on the long term game – putting off your to-do list until the next week isn’t going to kill you, your business isn’t going to fail because you missed an Instagram or blog post. And it’s alright to say “no” to projects because you’re overbooked, and have to focus on the home and family. You’re still a great business woman. And on the mothering front – did your kid watch a little more TV than you’d like today because you had a deadline to meet? And did everyone eat KFC for dinner (okay maybe twice this week)? Don’t be too hard on yourself – it didn’t harm anyone, really.  You’re still a great mom and wife.

Personally, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I will have to slow down my business growth for a little while during the summer months since we’re packing and moving out for our renovation, Olive being on summer break form school, and my husband finally wrapping up his MBA program in the fall. Just trying to do it all will be madness; so this, I’ve decided, will be the season I focus on family. I can pick my other stuff back up later.

And it will be okay.

And I’m going to wrap up this crazy lengthy post with a final thought: “Taking Care of Yourself is Part of Taking Care of Your Family and Business”. Oh, and also, “You can do Anything, but not Everything.”

Fine, that was two thoughts.

I hope you’re having a great day!

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Ryan Hung Photography

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Favorite Pins (And Links!) This Week


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I haven’t done one of these in a long long while; but to be honest, I’m never sure why I stopped. I spend so much time on Pinterest feasting on all this eye candy! This week, pretty much was pinning things in shades of pink. But whats even more attractive to me is pink used sparingly so that it’s not overwhelming nor is it overly feminine, either.

And here are a couple of links that I’ve been super into this week, as well. Happy Reading!

Did you know that I was born and raised in Singapore? One of the things I miss the most about Singapore is the amazing food – here is a video of a few Americans trying Singaporean dishes for the first time. 

My best friend sent me this mushy little cartoon and I kind of love it

Have you tried this before? This is a program that helps you create a distraction free environment (on your laptop, at least) to help encourage you to write. Along with beautiful sounds and colors, this might be one of my favorite things right now. (Thanks Michelle!)

I’ve always been kind of a worrywart – this article teaches you how to recognize your anxiety and approach it from a different place.

This is so great – finally, our kids have a fairy tale that represents the whole spectrum of human love – Hulu just debuted this short cartoon that has an alternate LGBT ending. Check it out here.

I cannot wait for this new music app for kids to hit the market next week – Olive is super into music, and this little music making program is just right for this little bug.

And …THIS – Wendy’s Lookbook featured us in her May Favorites video – I love her message about how she wears our Warrior Tattoo. Thank you, Wendy!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Totally a Basic B*tch – 3 Favorite Basic Tops


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I love my basics.

I might have a slight obsession with them; I kind of feel compelled to try out every single basic top out there even though they might look exactly the same as each other….this is because I totally believe that there is the perfect one out there just for you. The one that drapes correctly – that hides what you need it to, easy to launder, and feels like butter on your skin. I will not rest until I find you.

But until then, these 3 up here come pretty darn close. An awesome Muscle Tee (Sincerely Jules Karlie Top), Tank Top (Everlane The Ryan Tank) and T-Shirt (T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T) are all really great staples for your closet, and you’re going to be able to dress these up or down. I personally own all of these and in multiple colors…..and might be getting some more. Maybe. Ok, I will.

Hope you’re having a great day!

PS – on a similar note, did you guys ever read this article about the woman who chooses to have a “capsule wardrobe“? It’s fascinating, and I am so tempted to try this! Would you?

 

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My Baby Olive Juice is TWO! -NOW CLOSED-


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Two years ago today, I started this blog.

Holy cow, two years has flown by. I started this blog because I was a little lost – being a new first time mom, I was stuck in between being two people: the former, childless person that I was, and this new, frightened new mom with responsibilities so daunting. My Baby Olive Juice came about as an outlet for my (many, many) feelings and my creative desires.

You guys, I know I say this all the time, but I’m really glad you’re here to share this with me.

To celebrate, I’m holding a giveaway! I’ll be giving one reader a Good Morning Glass Mug, as well as a 5 piece set of my Temporary Calligraphy Tattoos. All you need to do to enter is to like My Baby Olive Juice on Facebook and leave us a comment right here on the blog! You have until June 12th to enter, and I’ll announce the winner the following Monday, June 15th on this post.**

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Good Luck! And here are a few of my favorite posts from the archives of MBOJ, from the past two years…..

On Friendships

On Being A Wife

The Obsession with Sharing, and Why It Isn’t Always Right

The start of my series “The Working Stay At Home Mom” (more installments to come in coming months!)

and the most popular post of ours, ever:

An Interview With “The Dad”: Thoughts on Fatherhood.

EDIT – Hey Sophie McCaffrey! YOU’VE WON! Please email me with your mailing address at ohhello (at) my babyolivejuice (dot) com! Can’t wait to connect!

 

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**sorry, this giveaway is only open to readers within the United States!

On Promoting Peace & Arguing In Front of Your Kids


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Do you argue in front of your kids?

Patrick and I don’t really argue too much – but let’s be honest, there are some times when we are just impatient and short with each other. It’s marriage, it’s real life. It happens. When Olive was an infant, I somehow thought that never letting her see us angry at each other, or never letting her see us fight was the right thing to do. So if I was ever annoyed and raring to fight, I would sweep it under the rug and wait for a later time to talk about it. But “later” was always put off; we were either too tired, or too busy to reconnect, and things would pile up, and bubble over.

Seriously, this can’t be healthy.

I recently have started to believe instead of pretending that everything is okay, we should actually argue nicely in front of Olive, as and when we need to. I think that if my husband and I can show Olive how to effectively communicate (argue) with each other, hopefully she will learn that healthy relationships take work, and that there is a correct and respectful way to argue with someone you love. Healthy relationships take communication – and this is a lesson I want Olive to know well. On a side note, this probably will help Patrick and I think a little more before speaking in anger, as well.

What are your thoughts? Do you guys argue in front of your kids? Why or why not? I’d love to hear.

 

Photo Credit: Erin J Saldana Photography

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Pretty Techy – And on Being An Adult


WE-ARE-ALL-KIDS-I posted this lettering piece I did on Instagram yesterday – and thought I’d make it into a wallpaper download for you guys. I’ve been so crazed lately with projects (work and personal) lately that one night I almost had a meltdown, and I was wondering when I became this…..adult. An adult with responsibilities! An adult with a child, good lord, I have a child!

For those of you out there who are Moms, do you ever catch yourself feeling this way? Sometimes I still feel like such a kid myself; how on earth am I going to impart any sort of wisdom to my offspring? Sometimes, I feel like i’m just faking my way through adulthood and motherhood, hoping no one notices I’m actually still a teenager. (Ok, maybe I don’t LOOK LIKE a teenager anymore, but that’s besides the point.)

So my conclusion? In the words of Lang Leav – maybe I’m just a kid with grown up powers.

Get the wallpaper here.

 

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Make A Statement


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I’ve been kind of in a fashion-funk lately – I’ve been gravitating towards one single color palette only, which makes getting dressed quick and easy, but sometimes you can look kind of…..drab. Luckily there is a quick solution to that, and one of my favorite ways to add some awesome detail is in a big, statement necklace. Not only do they frame your face and draw the eye line up, it adds a quick punch of color where you need it.

A few of my favorites are above – (can you just tell I have a thing for gold and blues?) Shop the looks here:

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