Introducing MBOJ Workshops for Modern Calligraphy


Modern-CalligraphyI’m so excited to share that I am starting to teach beginners Modern Calligraphy classes this summer, and the very first class is less than a month away – August 23rd at 3pm in Pasadena, CA!

These small, intimate 3 hour classes are perfect for you if you’ve never used the pointed pen before – we’re going to go over the fundamentals of the pen and nib,  and we’ll cover everything from basic strokes to full alphabets, and talk about developing your personal calligraphy style. I’ve created a booklet of practice drills, the alphabet and resources that you’ll need to start this journey confidently:

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And these tools will be yours to use in class, and take home.
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LuxTots in Pasadena will be hosting the first of the class series, and mamas if you love beautiful things for your little ones, this is the store for you. They are totally a lifestyle shop for little dreamers! You can check them out on Instagram or on their Facebook page! We’ll have some refreshments and light bites from Copa Vida during class, too!

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So…wow. Yeah! If you’re in the LA area, and you want to introduce yourself to the world of calligraphy, this is the right class for you! More info on the class is below, and if you’re interested in signing up, the link to do so is right here.  This will be a small class, so please sign up soon!

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If you have any questions at all, please feel free to drop me an email at ohhello (at) mybabyolivejuice (dot) com! I’ll be happy to answer them!

I can’t wait to meet you!

 

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Photo Credit for LuxTots Store by Noodoso

Storq Intimates Launch at Olive & June


Last week I had the (very exciting) honor of being invited to a little get-together at the beautiful Olive & June, to celebrate the launch of Storq’s new intimates collection.

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If you haven’t heard about Storq, mamas, you probably should – they are in it to make maternity wear comfortable, effortless and chic as hell. They don’t have very many pieces in their lineup – but that’s the whole point. It’s for the mom who isn’t into the ruffles in bows, and for the mom who isn’t going to buy a whole new wardrobe to accommodate her changing belly. Just the chic basics. Those are enough.

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Their intimates line was a natural place to branch into, and after seeing it in person last week I can say that I’m probably going to get some anyway. I’m not pregnant, but who am I to resist comfy underthings that are smooth. like. butter? And uh, doesn’t this mama-to-be just look sexy? I mean – there really isn’t another word for it.

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By the way, this event was perfect – Olive & June gave out the best mini manicures for everyone there:OliveYouStorq5

Some beautiful treats from Valley Brink Road (dude, those colors…)OliveYouStorq3

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Here is the morning after obligatory-nail-shot of my mini mani. I loved it.

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Hope you’re having a great Monday so far!

Photo Credit: All Event Photos by me, Storq garment photos from the Storq website.

 

 

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It’s A Staycation!


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A few weeks ago, we had to move out of our temporary condo for a few days because the tub was being reglazed.

I am not going to lie, I was pretty pissed. We had just spent a whole week moving into the condo from our home, just to have to vacate again a week later. Not only that, but Patrick was going to be out of town for work during that time too. So yeah, I was more than a little annoyed.

But when I was done fuming, I realized that it was a great opportunity for Olive and I to have a little mama-daughter staycation. We had been so stressed out for so long with this remodel (and to be honest, I was also feeling a little guilty for packing and moving so much and not hanging out enough with her) that I decided that to make the best of it – we were going to check into a local hotel and spend all day at the pool. We were going to have breakfast in bed. We were going to snuggle and fall asleep together on the same bed. We were going to have a blast.

And ohmygod, we really did. It was kind of like going away with your best girlfriend, but better. And because Olive goes to bed early (and we obviously were sharing a room), it forced me to sleep early too. That night, I slept for 10 solid hours. It was the best feeling in the world.

Here are a couple of things we brought on our Staycation – seriously, that swim float is probably the best invention there ever was. It has an additional float panel that supports the chest, so they get a lot more buoyancy in the water. Olive wouldn’t take it off, and it gave her such confidence to be able to swim around independently. If you’re interested, a video of that, here. (Note: she’s really never gotten swim lessons, I really slacked on that. But seriously, look how awesome she is with that float!)

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Favorite Pins and Links This Week


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I know it’s only July, but I’ve already started looking at things for Olive’s 3rd birthday (her birthday is in November. I know, I’m nuts). The hope is that our home will be ready for move in before then so we can have a birthday-slash-housewarming party in one! I know, I know, construction never goes according to schedule, but I’m crossing my fingers for the best!

These pretty cake toppers were floating around Pinterest and I just can’t handle how cute they are. Are you seeing these mini balloons?

Find these pins here, here, here and here.

Favorite Links This Week:

There are a couple of videos this week that made me laugh out loud. This one by the super cute Joseph Gordon Levitt is a song about the M.I.L.F – and ohmygod I fell out of my chair! This other one is a tongue in cheek music video about “Dad Life” …how do you feel about this one, do you think the dads in your life can relate?

Have a great weekend you guys!

 

 

 

 

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We Survived Potty Training


WE-SURVIVED-POTTYTRAININGI finally got around to doing something that I’ve been avoiding for a long, long time now. I finally got around to potty training Olive this weekend!

We had tried before (to no avail) – I’m not sure if it was because I was inconsistent with it, or that I found the process so tiring (read: I was too lazy) that we hadn’t had successes before. Olive ended up having potty phobia for a while, so I just kind of shelved the whole thing.

But you know – Olive’s almost 3. She also needs to be potty trained for the fall session of school. So the time had come. It had to be now.

We decided on doing a modified version of the 3 Day Potty Training Method, which claims to have your child using the potty within 3 days. The book tells you that you need to lock yourself in your home for this period of time, and completely rid your home of diapers – and your child goes cold turkey into underwear from Day 1. This includes nap time and bedtime……which okay, let’s face it, that’s just crazy scary to me. So, we cheated, we let Olive sleep in her pull ups for all sleep times….and you know what guys? It WORKS.

This method works.

It is insane to even think that it works, but it does.

I’m not going to lie to you, Day 1 was ugly. It was so bad, that by the end of it I wanted to throw in the (urine soaked) towels. I spent every waking moment cleaning or shuttling Olive to the potty. While Day 1 really made me reconsider this whole method, this day is essential. This is when the toddler learns what it means to “need to go” – before this, they’ve never felt a sense of urgency to relieve themselves since they always just go, whenever, in their diaper. This is the day they develop awareness of bladder control (or lack thereof.) This also means that every 30 minutes or so, they will pee all over their underwear. All over you. All over your floor. And they will be upset and scared. Olive told me so many times that she really wanted her diaper back. She would cry every time she wet herself, and cry harder every time she was made to sit on the potty.

It gets better though – by Day 2, she only had 1 accident in the house and started to understand her body’s cues for needing to relieve herself. She was in a better mood too, since she also started to feel like a “big kid” with all her successes. Today, I’m sitting here typing this at the end of Day 3….where we had no accidents, and Olive is independently walking herself to the potty whenever she feels the need. She doesn’t need me to ask her if she needs to go, she just…..gets up, goes to the potty, wipes, and flushes. All by herself.

I know that I’m not totally out of the woods yet – she’s still getting used to her new found bladder control, and we haven’t really pushed the limits of that yet, either – so of course there are going to be some accidents along the way. But I am so proud of Olive for mastering this in such a short period of time – it still kind of blows my mind.

If you’re interested in Potty Training with the 3 Day Potty Method, here are a couple of tips for you:

1 | Sleep early the night before. You will be tired, oh so tired, from Days 1 and 2. You really need to be on your A Game – you have to be patient, optimistic and positive.

2 | Go to the grocery store and stock up on fluids for the toddler, and easy meals for the family. You literally cannot take your eye off your toddler on Days 1 and 2, so cooking is almost impossible. Plan ahead.

3 | SO MANY TOWELS. GET SO MANY TOWELS.

4 | You’re probably going to need like at least 20 pairs of underwear to do this method, and you’re going to need to do a lot of laundry, so get caught up on that pile sitting on the floor before you start.

5 | You’re gong to be stuck indoors for 3 days – get some new toys and new activities and settle in for the long haul.

Have you guys tried this method? What did you think? Or did you go with a longer, more drawn out method? I really want to hear all about it!

**I do want to add that while the 3 Day Potty Training Method says to not use diapers ever again even for sleep, while I’m only on Day 3 – I have found that her being in diapers for nap and nighttime hasn’t affected her grasping the concept of potty training – every child is different though!

 

 
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Favorite Pins & Links This Week


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It’s Friday!

Ok, so technically these aren’t images I found on Pinterest.  While i’m SURE you can find these images on Pinterest (since they are so completely gorgeous), these are actually a few local artists and makers that I’ve been kind of in love with, lately.

I found all of them through Instagram, and have been following them for at least a few months now, and I am in awe of their talent and their dedication to their craft. I don’t know, I kind of feel like when you purchase something from a maker or small business like them, you really are getting something that they’ve put their hands on and shaped. It’s not like buying something from a big box store. It has…..heart. A little more love was put into it.

And the result? Is beautiful.

01: Felt Foliage by Golden Afternoon Made | 02: Print of Watercolor Art by Olive Twig Studio | 03: Leather Goods by Matine | 04: Hand Drawn Art by Katy Ann Gilmore

And here are a couple of my favorite links this week:

This is awesome – Michelle Poler decided that she was tired of living in fear: so she started the 100 Days Without Fear Project, where she faces one of her fears every.single.day for 100 straight days, and records it for us to watch. I mean……….I’m not sure I could ever do that (anxiety attack, anyone?) but you really have to see how to tackles this. i LOVE this.

This beautiful church is made from living trees….and the result is gorgeous.

An encouraging, positive piece about the “Millennial Mom” and who she is…do you agree?

Have a great weekend!
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Pretty Techy


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So hey, it’s been a minute!

I can’t even begin to tell you about the madness that is moving. I didn’t like it when I was single, I didn’t like it before I had kids. But moving with children in tow is a whole different game, folks – it’s kind of crazy. We’ve been in our temporary living space for about a week now, and it’s taken Olive about this long to get comfortable with her new bedroom. Packing and unpacking also takes that much longer because you have to wait until they’re asleep to really get into it. I’m already dreading the move back at the end of the year. I just want to sleep for days.

One good thing did come out of the move though – during this time, I came to realize that I just have…way too much stuff. Stuff that I never use, stuff that I forgot was even there. We spent a lot of time decluttering and reselling things, and I’m happy to report that I feel…so much lighter.

In the spirit of decluttering I created this free downloadable wallpaper for you guys, as a reminder to Collect Moments, Not Things. Even though, you know. I really, really, really like things. All the things. Every thing. (Stop, Jody).

You can get this wallpaper here.

So glad to be back you guys!
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My Baby Olive Juice Shop & Blog Break!


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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.

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

 

Happy Friday!

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