Joah Love $200 Shopping Spree Giveaway!


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You guys, I am so stoked to share this awesome giveaway with you – someone is going home with a $200 Shopping Spree on ShopJoahLove.com! And guess what – Joah Love has little boy clothes too! So mamas with little boys – here is a fun one for you, too!

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I was introduced to Joah Love last year when I went shopping at their sample sale and met the brands founder, who is a sweet mama herself. She makes sure that all the clothes that she creates are good enough for her son – so everything is garment dyed with softener to achieve a buttery soft hand, and everything is pre-shrunk and machine washable. If you haven’t noticed by now – everything is also super cute; making a statement that fashion shouldn’t sacrifice comfort. Oh, and everything is made here in the good ol’ USA.

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In terms of wear, these Montana leggings are honestly the best leggings Olive has ever owned. They are super comfy and also retain their stretch all day – which means that they still look really good after hours of play. (No saggy pants!) And that Cecile wrap cardigan is the softest thing, ever. And it’s super fashion forward, as well. Honestly, I really just want one for myself, and it seems unfair that I don’t have one in my size.

So, who wants a $200 Shopping Spree?

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Here is how you enter:

Subscribe to the Blog and go to Joah Love’s Facebook Page and Like them, as well! Go to ShopJoahLove.com and check out their collection! Tell me which item is your favorite in the comments below!

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Follow MyBabyOliveJuice and Joah Love on Instagram, and tag someone who you think would love this giveaway in the comment section of the giveaway post!

That’s it!

Entries close on Sunday, March 8th at 8pm PST.

Joah-Love-6This giveaway is open to US readers only! Sorry! BUT…..

Joah Love has also agreed to give ALL My Baby Olive Juice readers 25% your entire purchase indefinitely. This means, like, forever. (what!) Just use the code “babyolivejuice25%” on their website! This is open to everyone, international readers included. Happy Shopping!

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Photo Credit goes to the incredible Sadaf Murad Photography. Thank you, always, my friend.

On Mama: Shirt by Equipment, Jeans by Mother, Shoes by Joie

On Olive: Clothes by Joah Love, Shoes by Cole Haan, Hair Clips by Hello Shiso 

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Twilight Is Not Literature & Other Hand Me Down Wisdom


A few months ago, a friend from high school shared with me a list he had started keeping since his wife was pregnant. In this list was pages and pages of advice he wanted to share with his son as he grows up.

What a sweet sentiment, I thought – advice on how to be a great human! Oh – what an understatement – Jonathan’s list contains the best, most down to earth, and funniest nuggets of wisdom I’ve ever read. He’s just keeping it real. I loved them so much that I couldn’t help but to hand letter a few of them and share them with you guys.

1. Twilight Is Not Literature:   Raspberry-wash-Twilight

2. Be Aware of How You Eat A Popsicle In Public (am I right, am I right?)Be-Aware-Of-Popsicle

3. And most poignantly, Don’t Be A Dick:

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I’ll be sharing more of these with you over the next few months as I hand letter them out….. Do you have more Hand Me Down Wisdom for your kids that you’d like me to write out? Let me know! I’d love to hear.

 

 

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Motherhood: You Don’t Have To Love It All


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I’m not sure why it makes me feel like terrible people to admit this: but maybe more than 50% of the time, I am totally not loving this Motherhood Thing.  Am I the only one, here?

This is not to be mistaken with me not loving my child. Because I do. She is my everything, and I love her to smithereens – but it’s the other aspects of Motherhood that I could really do without: the negotiation on why she needs to eat her vegetables, the battle with changing her diaper and potty training. The two hours it takes to get out of the house when all I need to do is run to the store. Oh, I particularly love it when she tells me she wants to eat toast, so I make it, then she says she doesn’t want it, then she cries when I take it away. Really? 

Obviously, it’s not her – it’s me. She is just being a regular two year old, and I was born with an insufficient amount of patience to have to coax her out of Ikea to go home for a nap. So, guilt starts to set in that maybe I’d rather not be with her today. Today, I’d rather work in the office. Today, I’m not going to be that super involved, super awesome gung-ho involved mom that I really want to be. Today is not that day.

Guilt, so so much guilt.

I guess the reason for this post is that I want to say to others that if you’ve ever felt this way, quietly – you’re not alone. I love my child all the time, but not always the motions of being a mother. I know the years go by fast, but people, I’m in today right now, and today, time is crawling by.

So mama, if you’re having that day today – take heart. You’re not a bad person, you’re not a bad mama. You’re human. You’re just like the rest of us.

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The Working SAHM – A Series on Balance, Episode 2


About a month ago I introduced a new series to the blog, The Working Stay-At-Home-Mom, A Series on Balance. I am so grateful to so many of you, from around the world, who sent me encouraging words about this new endeavor of mine. More than ever, I am convinced that balance is something that so many of us Working SAHMs struggle with. Myself included.

Bea Wood has been a dear friend of mine for over a decade. We met each other before we met our husbands, and have seen each other through almost everything. She is someone I look up to as a role model – she is a firecracker; she’s ambitious as well as an amazing mom. Without further ado, I’m proud to introduce Episode Two – Introducing Bea Wood of Pilates When Pregnant

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 Bea, tell me about your family:

We are a three-person family. There’s a mommy and a daddy and a little 3.5-year-old Riley. We would love to spend every morning in bed reading books and laughing together. But we are a modern family with two working parents constantly juggling between devoting our time to our family, our marriage and our careers.

What you do, career wise, and how did you get started?

A friend in NYC introduced me to Pilates in 2001. At the time, I didn’t even know how to pronounce the name ‘Pilates’. From day one I was hooked and I totally fell in love with its precision and mindfulness. I didn’t want to just go to class – I wanted to teach. So I started my yearlong certification journey in 2003 and I never looked back.

I’ve been teaching private Pilates for twelve years. It’s incredibly rewarding. With each new client I learn a little more about the human body each day. I spend one on one time with my clients and together we build trust and with this trust we delve deeper into the functions of the body, exploring why we move the way we do, allowing us to correct the imbalances in our body. I really hope what a client learns in the studio empowers their day-to-day life.

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In 2014 I also produced and released my Pilates When Pregnant DVD. I shot the DVD when I was 32 weeks pregnant. I wanted the viewer to see a super pregnant woman doing the workout. In hind sight (after shooting for 12 exhausting hours!) I realize I probably could have shot the DVD a month earlier and clients would still feel inspired. I thought I’d have the DVD ready to go by the time Riley was 6 months old. Talk about being a shocked and overwhelmed first time mom… (And by the way, it’s totally our right as first time parents to act as first time parents.) I finally released the DVD a few years later than I intended, but it’s totally relevant and I’m really proud of it.

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Why did you decide to become a SAHM?

So, I’m technically not a stay at home mom. Am I? I’m confused. I like to tell people I’m a part-time worker and a full-time mom. So here’s how I break it down. I’m my own boss. While I long to own my own studio one day I currently rent space from an existing studio. This gives me the maximum freedom to be home with Riley. I teach in the studio 15-20 hours per week. I schedule, correspond, handle accounting, and all DVD related jobs from home, which ranges from 5 to 15 hours of ‘at home’ work a week.

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I want to be the person Riley sees the most throughout the day. It’s what I had growing up. I love being at home with Riley and I love being with my clients. I knew I needed to balance both. Even though, honestly, most times I just feel like a crazy person. I don’t think it will ever feel ‘perfect’ so I remember to breathe and when that doesn’t work I eat chocolate and drink wine.

When people ask you what you do, what is your response?

“I teach Pilates and I love it. I only work part-time though. I spend the rest of my time with Riley.” Then I wonder if they think I have free time on my hands and I want to punch them.

What is the most difficult thing about being a SAHM and working from home at the same time? When do you find the time to work or create?

Being interrupted! Then feeling bad about being annoyed about being interrupted. I’m a super organized person. I like to start a task and complete the task. As a working mom I start 10 tasks a day and complete maybe 2 of them. I used to thrive off a to-do list. Now they just stress me out. The truth is, the to-do list is in my head. I really try to work on trusting myself, knowing that eventually I’ll remember everything and get it all done, if not today well then tomorrow. But boy I wish someone else could fold my laundry and empty the dishwasher!

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I do my best work during Riley’s naptime. I’m awake, I’ve had lunch, and I’m relieved to have a moment alone. When I have a lot on my plate I also work in the evening but whine like a three year old. I truly hate sitting at the computer at 8pm when all I want to do is have a moment with my husband. Mind you it’s 8:06 pm and I’m typing this out as we speak. But I promise you I’m enjoying writing this.

Have your career objectives changed since becoming a SAHM?

Yes. I think so. I’m not sure. Do I have to answer this question? Owning my own Pilates studio is on the back burner. Which bums me out some times. I was a kid who liked A+’s  – as an adult I like being successful. I often think and feel I should be doing more. But if I work more, what will I miss at home?

I like baking with my kid, I like going to the sand park, and I like the sweet moments that happen in just spending time together. At the same time I hate feeling bored and in truth sometimes playing with a three year old is sooooo boring. If I have to make that stupid Elsa doll sing ‘Let It Go’ one more time I’m going to…. and I was a musical theatre major in college. I mean come on!

Do you have any childcare help?

Yes. In the beginning we had a nanny only for the hours I was in the studio teaching. Sometimes when a client was out of town I got to run to the market by myself. I definitely needed and wanted more help then.  When Riley turned 2.5 we split the week between a nanny and preschool. I recently changed my schedule to have a full Mommy and Riley day and I love it.  So now … Monday is with Mommy, Tuesday morning is with the Nanny, Wednesday thru Friday are Preschool days, Saturday morning is special Daddy time and the rest of the weekend we spend as a family. When I’m not with Riley I’m working and when I’m not working I’m with Riley.

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What are some tips you have on balancing those two roles, or keeping yourself sane? What have you found the most helpful in maintaining this balance?

4 pm happy hours and neighbors who will join you. Seriously though, learning to navigate the world as a working mom was a hard transition. How do I give to my husband, my child, my twenty clients, and my DVD business, to myself and still have energy? I’m still figuring it out. I don’t think I’ll ever get it right. It’s just like when you think you’ve figured out your kid and you’ve got the schedule just right – it all changes because kids grow and change. I can’t give less than I do. I love my family, I love my clients, and I love making people feel good. So I do my best to stay present and when I need a moment to myself I take it. I usually realize I need a moment to myself when I’ve raised my voice. I’m human, I do it, but I hate raising my voice to Riley. So when I need a moment I workout – even if only for 10 minutes, I pluck my eyebrows, I wear sexy jeans, and I call my best girlfriend and go to the movies. Not necessarily in the listed order.

Give me a brief rundown of your typical day at home with your baby, and working.

Every day is different but a typical workday is as follows:

6am – Wake up and shower before Riley wakes up at 6:30am. Snuggle, brush teeth, get her out of her diaper, pick her outfit, and braid her hair.

7:15am – Rush out the door with my coffee and breakfast in hand (which my amazing husband has made for me).

7:30am – Teach at the studio.

1pm – Eat lunch, run errands, laundry, dishes, accounting, office work. Lord I need more than 2 hours.

3:45 – Pick up Riley from school, play, park, swim class, dance class, or play date.

5:30 – Cook dinner, feed Riley, bath time, reading time.

7:45 – Riley’s bedtime.

8pm – Pick up the house, pack school lunch, respond to more emails, eat dinner with husband and catch up on our day. Then I either have the strength to sit at my desk and work again or I pass out on the couch thinking I was really going to watch the movie this time.

I fear that a single person will read the above schedule and think I have the most boring life. But Moms, with all that we do, are we not the luckiest people in the world? I’m now crying. It’s 9:06pm. Husband is not home from work yet. I can’t wait till he gets here.

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To find out more about Bea, check out her website and her amazing DVD. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook, too!

Thank you to the incredible RLH Photo for the pictures, thank you for being such a huge part of this.

 

 

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Currently Totally Obsessed With…


Anti-Aging-Stuff

So let me tell you something embarrassing.

The other day, I got some image proofs back from one of the photographer that I collaborate with on the blog. They were some photos of me in my workspace, and I was so, so excited to see them. Other than the fact that I hate being in front of the camera, I was pretty stoked to see how my creative process translated on screen.

You guys, the photos were beautiful. But man, perhaps it was just the angle, but I straight up had a gobble. A puffy double chin. This, my friends, was not there a year ago. Even my mom, who is the queen of nice, said to me, “okay Jody maybe it’s time to get some neck cream, or do some face massage?” Okay, I’m not in my twenties anymore, things are starting to…….fall…down. But I mean, I’m also not 60. Before things got any worse, I really was looking to pump up my anti-aging skin regime with some solid, effective anti-aging stuff.

And you guys, I think I’ve hit the jackpot.

I’ve been using the Rodan + Fields AMP MD system for a while, and I kind of love it. It’s a little face roller of tiny acupuncture needles that you run up and down your face, neck and jawline. This skin-needling roller creates teeny, tiny holes in the skin, triggering a healing response that produces more collagen, which is what makes skin young looking. It also helps whatever product you put on after it to be absorbed better into the skin. I know, it’s a little scary if you think about it too hard, but I promise you it doesn’t hurt.

The StiVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream is a godsend. No joke, I used it for maybe 3 days and my mother actually noticed a difference. I thought I was just delusional because my jawline and neck looked tighter, but when she confirmed it….I mean, I am probably never going to be able to live without it. Ever.

I AM NOW GOBBLE NO MORE!!!!

Do you have any favorite anti-aging products you swear by? I’m all ears!

 

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On Feeling Beautiful


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More often than not, I don’t feel beautiful.

Is that an awful thing to say? In the spirit of trying to be more self confident so that it rubs off on my daughter, I’ve been better at embracing my new body and the new, older me. But sometimes when I look in the mirror, I just can’t handle how tired and haphazardly dressed I am. Or how “bleh” I feel inside. Yeah, it takes a lot of effort to get the kid out of bed in the morning and get the day started….but I feel that perhaps I have fallen by the wayside, just a little.

This really isn’t about getting hollered at by people on the street, or getting complimented by your significant other on how you look; but more about the way you feel about yourself, instead. It’s not even about just looking beautiful on the outside, but also about feeling positively on the inside.

I’ve decided that I really need to take several minutes each day to do something that makes me feel good about myself, before we start our day. Yeah, this means I have to wake up a little earlier for some alone time, but if that means that I’ll get the whole day feeling awesome about myself…therefore putting me in a better mood…and therefore making me a better mom… this might be worth the 30 minutes of sleep I’m missing out on.

It took me a while to narrow down this list, but here are some of the fail proof ways that instantly make me feel a little more beautiful, inside and out:

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So the next time I’m feeling a little ‘bleh’, I’m going to be rocking that red lip, working out, and cleaning my house. Maybe if it’s a REALLY bad day, i’ll be doing all three. Simultaneously.

Don’t Judge.

Shop the Story, Here: 1: Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, The Dry Bar Curling Iron | 2: Image from Here | 3: MUJI Foam Board

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Mama Needs Sleep, Too.


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You know how it is – you say you’re going to bed early, and before you know it, it’s past midnight and you’re still up getting stuff done. Or even if you do manage to crawl into bed at a decent hour, you’re up tossing and turning anyway, because you have a million things running through your mind.

Trust me, I do one or the other every single night.

It recently got bad enough that I decided that I needed to find ways to unwind and relax before I ended my day because my days were starting to suffer, and I was drinking way too much caffeine. Here are my favorite things to help knock me out:

Hot Tea:

I try to have some tea a couple of hours before bed while I’m working on my computer. The warmth of it in my belly just seems to put me in a snuggly mood, and soon I find myself ready to leave front of my computer. If you’re looking for a good one, try this tea by Traditional Medicinals.

Aromatherapy:

I find that having my room smell nice makes me want to be in it. It sounds like such a stupid-simple concept, but sometimes if you luxe your room a little, it makes you want to be in it more. I particularly like this one from Diptyque – it’s my favorite scent. I’ve also discovered this great oil blend by Young Living which works wonders on me: I apply their Peace and Calming oil to the soles of my feet or in my diffuser, and no kidding, I am in a deep slumber and am super well rested. I have also found that it works on Olive, too. BONUS.

Warm Baths:

My favorite recipe for an awesome bath: Dim Lights, Bath Oil, a Face Mask and 20 minutes of uninterrupted quiet.

Hail Mary Move: Melatonin:

Okay, so there are some days where none of the above will work on me – I’m just too wound up, and I need something a little more…..well, something more foolproof. My last resort is going to be Melatonin supplements, which help me fall asleep, and stay asleep through the night. Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced by the body which helps you with your sleep and wake cycles. If you’re in the market to try these, please discuss with your healthcare professional before you do! When you get the go ahead, you might want to try these melatonin supplements

Oh, and have you seen this floating around the web? It claims to help you fall asleep in under a minute….what do you think?

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Papermade Design Giveaway! -NOW CLOSED-


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Today we’re giving away this beautiful, rose gold foiled print shown above. Elaine of Papermade Design has been making these beautiful You Are So Loved wall decals for a little while now (she actually initially designed them for her little girl, Elodie, when she was pregnant!), and has recently expanded into a full range of prints and tees, as well.

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There are two ways to enter:

1. Subscribe to My Baby Olive Juice (You do this in the sidebar on the right of this page) and leave us a comment below about which item is your favorite!

or

2. Follow My Baby Olive Juice and Papermade Design on Instagram and repost the giveaway image with the hashtag #mybabyolivejuice

Entries will be accepted until Feb 11th, PST and the giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY! Yay!

 

Good Luck!

 

 

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Pretty Techy


Hey Hey, it’s February!

That was quick, wasn’t it? I am so glad January is over – it has been a hellish month for us – between our trip back from Asia, and beating jetlag, then Olive being sick with two colds back to back…..I am so happy to give January the boot.

February!!!! Hello!!

Which also means that in less than two weeks, it’s Valentines Day. Did I ever tell you that my husband hates this holiday? Last year, he actually sent me a gigantic bouquet of flowers the day after Valentines Day, just to make a statement. It’s okay, I still loved them anyway!

But since I’m still a sucker for this day-for-fools, I’ve made you two free downloadable desktop wallpapers because I’m in a smoochy mood this month. Well, today. We’ll see what happens the rest of the month.

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I think it’ll look pretty good, what do you think?

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As usual, if you want to download them, click on these links below:

Hey Boo Love You: Watercolor

Hey Boo Love You: Pink Background

Have fun, people!

 

 

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