The Only Pregnancy Outfit You’ll Need


I’m almost done with my 2nd trimester, can you believe it?

Well, my body can. I am feeling pretty large – which I hear it pretty normal for pregnancy 2. Everyday, there is a moment when I happen to accidentally drop something on the floor and I literally spend a full minute debating whether I should pick it up, or just leave it for Patrick to find later. Bending over is hard, people!

As this belly grows (and everything else, too) and the summer heat descends upon LA, I’m finding it harder and harder to dress comfortably, and fashionably. I’m trying to really embrace this bump instead of hiding it, but when it’s a million degrees out I honestly just want to wear a potato sack.

However, I recently purchased 2 dresses from Storq and I’ve been wearing them almost exclusively these past few months. If you’ve seen me around, i’m probably almost definitely wearing one of these outfits. And the best thing is that not only are they SUPER comfortable (they really are, it’s insane) but they are much more flattering than a potato sack, too. Quality wise, I’ve been pretty blasé about the recommended care instructions (so lazy, you guys) and I’ve just been throwing them into the regular wash, and it hold up really well as well.

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I’ve been able to dress them up or down too – I wore them with heels and red lips to date night, and with flats and a topknot to the farmers market. Honestly, having something this versatile for this short time in my life has really been awesome.

If you’re pregnant, and if you’re looking for a chic and comfortable way to get through this time – this is honestly the way to go.

Shop these dresses here:

  1. The Dress
  2. The Tank Dress in Black
  3. The Tank Dress in Grey

 

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Bad Moms – The Movie


Have you guys SEEN this trailer?

It’s the most insane, amazing, true thing I’ve seen and I cannot wait to watch it with a gaggle of my mom friends. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn star in this movie and it looks absolutely hilarious. This movie goes out to all my mom friends who are so sick of trying to be that “perfect” mom….. Let’s all be bad moms! (Okay, even if it’s just for a minute)

Who is coming to watch this with me?!

 

Xo, Jody

 

Pregnancy Acne and Other Skin Problems


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Acne.

It’s been one of those things that people keep telling me I would outgrow, but you know – i’m well into my 30s now and guess what. I haven’t. So like my dad always says – some problems can’t be solved, you just have to manage them.

So, I’ve been managing it all my adult life with trips to the dermatologist but now that I’m pregnant, there are so many things that are off limits when it comes to treating acne. I remember when I was pregnant with Olive my acne was the absolute worst. Between the new pregnancy hormones and already being predisposed to acne, I had severe back and chest acne, and my face was covered with cystic ones. So when I found out that I was pregnant this time, I was determined to prevent these problems from the beginning. And so far, regimen has been working, and I totally wanted to share it with you.

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When I’m not pregnant I usually use a sulfur based face wash for my acne – but that isn’t allowed right now, and neither is salicylic acid (which is what you’re going to find in most drug store brands.) What I really needed was to find a cleanser which provided gentle cleansing but also exfoliation to prevent my pores from being clogged. Regular Benzoyl Peroxide cleansers were too drying for me (which in turn, causes more acne).

My dermatologist recommended a gentle glycolic acid cleanser which aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, which in turn helps your skin breathe. I’ve been using this on my face as well as my chest and back since the day I found out I was pregnant, and i’m happy to report that my chest and back are so far free from acne, which is something to freakin’ celebrate. I alternate this with a super gentle Cetaphil cleanser when my skin feels a little drier, and it’s worked well for me.

Moisturize

My skin has been incredibly dry this pregnancy – from my head to my toes I feel like I want to swim in a vat of lotion. I love using BioOil especially on my belly and boobs – it helped me prevent stretch marks with my pregnancy with Olive. I also use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream all over – especially on my lips and extra dry spots like my elbows and knees. A little goes a long way; and it lasts forever.

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I love masks n’ things. I especially love this Rose Mask from Fresh – with my skin being crazy dry, this wonderful smelling mask delivers a powerful punch of moisture to just cleansed skin. The smell is also to die for, but i’m partial to the scent of roses; I always have been! When I do get spots on my face, I use Aesop Camomile Anti-Blemish Mask to calm my skin. This clay blend mask doesn’t seem to over dry or over aggravate my troubled skin like so many other clay based masks do.  Sometimes when i’m feeling especially lazy, I smooth these two masks on together, at the same time. Seems to work for me! And a time saver. Score.

This last treatment is something that I had to get prescribed from my dermatologist – but I think it’s been really worth it. It’s a combination of an safe-for-pregnancy antibiotic and benzoyl peroxide, which i use sparingly when I have breakouts. It’s able to safely reduce swelling for my smaller zits, something that over-the-counter remedies just aren’t able to do. However, once in a while I get really deep, really painful cysts that won’t go away for months – the only solution here is to get a cortisone shot in these spots at the doctors. Don’t worry, these are also totally safe after the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

Do you have any tried-and-true acne or skin solutions during pregnancy? I’d love to hear if you’re willing to share!
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Dear Olive, I Miss You.


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To my Dear Olive,

Now that I’m halfway done with my pregnancy I find myself missing you more and more. No, you haven’t spent more time away from me, but I’m starting to mourn the fact that you’re not going to be my only child anymore. You’re not going to be my only baby anymore.

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For so long, it was just you and me. Daddy traveled a lot for work and school for the first 2.5 years of your life, and during that time you and I spent so much time as a team; just us girls. Yes – sometimes things were rough and lonely, but we made it through, together. Adapting to early motherhood was very challenging for me, I’ll admit; but as you started to grow into this emotional, sweet and happy little girl I just fell in love with you, and in love with being a mom. More specifically, in love with being your mom.

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While I’m really happy that we’re pregnant and expanding our family, I can’t help but think about how my attention is going to be divided between you two kids. I can’t help but already miss the time we spend alone together: our Color Me Mine dates, our park dates, or our mani-pedi dates. I’m going to miss you being my friend, my sidekick, and my partner in crime.

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I’m also worried that you won’t understand why we can’t hang out all the time anymore. I’m worried that especially in the early days (the ones that are full of breastfeeding and no sleep – we went through that with you too!) that you will mistake my absence or fatigue for me not loving you anymore. Or that your baby brother has replaced you. Or that I don’t want to hang out with you. Because I promise you that I do, very very much so.

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I miss our time together so much already that it makes mama really sad. I will try to snuggle up on your more these few months, so please don’t think i’m smothering you. To be honest, i’m probably going to pull you out of school on random days, ‘just because’ – I intend to soak up as much of our duo as much as I can. What do you want to do? We can go to the zoo, or the bakery….whatever you want. Let’s do it.

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Oh, before I forget. I just want to say that I am so proud of the big girl that you are. You are kind, and thoughtful and funny – and you have a sweet and generous heart. You are not only an amazing daughter to Daddy and I, but you are going to be the best older sister. I can’t wait to watch you discover that relationship and learn how to love your sibling. It won’t always be easy, but mama knows that you’re going to be great at it.

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One last thing – please don’t ever forget that you’re forever my firstborn child, my first true love, and that you and I will always be something special. I’m here for you, and I’ll never be too busy to listen to you, to love you, and to be there when you need me. I promise to always make time for you.

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Love always,

Mama.

 

 

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Photo Credit – Photos 1, 2, 3 and 6 by Sadaf Murad Photography. Photo 6 by Erin J Saldana Photography. 

New Product in Shop!


So happy to have been able to take the last few months to work on a new mug design for my shop! I designed the You Got This mug a few months ago when I was having a tough time getting through the day without wanting to chug a vat of coffee. You’ve had those days, right?

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

I also had some more photos of the Mr and Mrs mugs updated, just in time for wedding gift season:

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

Thanks to my husband for modeling (you’re a natural hand model, babe) and to my friend Michelle of Mishina Photography for taking these beautiful pictures.

All mugs are available in the shop!

 

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Mothers Day Giveaway with Swellpress Paper


You guys, I’m so excited to be doing this collaboration-giveaway with my friend Britt who is the boss lady behind Swellpress Paper.

We created these super cute notecards that I’m stoked about – I did the lettering, and she did the letterpress and hand-dip dye and I’m so thrilled with the results!

Just in time for Mother’s day, we wanted to give you guys a chance to win a set of these personalized, hand lettered, letter pressed and hand dipped note cards either for your mama. (or for yourself, just because.) I’ll personalize the hand lettering with a first name, and Britt will take that and create a gorgeous set of notecards just for you!

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Would you like to enter? WELL THIS IS HOW!

  1. Follow both myself and Britt on Instagram
  2. Find the picture that corresponds to /announces this giveaway and tag 3 friends in the comments section.
  3. We’ll announce the winner this Friday, April 15th!
  4. NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

What you’ll win:

Personalized 25 flat stationery cards with envelope, hand dip dyed & letterpress printed in your choice of color on Crane’s Lettra Cotton paper, valued at $125.00

Good Luck, and I can’t wait to create something for the winner!

x,

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Oh Boy…Here We Go


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I have a confession to make.

When I found out I was pregnant with a little boy, I was perhaps slightly let down that I wasn’t having another little girl. I’m a creature of habit, so I already knew what to expect with a tiny girl. (Plus, she has all the same parts as me. Just seems easier, you know?) I am truly worried that I won’t know how to be a boy-mom! (Trucks? Dinosaurs? Huh? )

I also already have all these really cute baby girl clothes that I was really hoping to reuse with baby #2. I mean, we have heaps and heaps of clothing gifted from family and friends, and from too many sessions of late-night-breastfeeding-online-shopping. These will never be used again! Sob.

As I get further into my 2nd trimester, I’ve finally started to buy a few items for Baby Boy Che. Specifically, I’m looking at little clothes and swaddles – and I’m pleasantly surprised to see that I was sorely mistaken – cute clothing for little boys does exist! Okay. I’m not going to lie, baby girl clothes are still way cuter. But I’m not as disheartened as I thought I would be – designers have started to move away from the typical dinosaur or superhero decals and moved into beautiful colors and unisex patterns. Now THAT i can get on board with.

One last question though, for those of you who have little baby boys already…. can infant boys wear leggings? Genuine question. Please help.

Hope your Monday is going well.

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New Beginners MBOJ Workshops Open!


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I’m holding a Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop on Mother’s Day Weekend! Well, the day before Mother’s Day!

We’re back at The Assembly in West Hollywood – a beautiful, intimate space where you will learn the basics of Modern Calligraphy!

And Psst…since it’s Mother Day weekend, I would love if I saw some Mama-Daughter / Mama-Son attendees; I know my own mom personally loves Calligraphy, so I think it’d be a great place to learn a new skill and spend some quality time with the lady who made ya!

If you’d like to sign up, do so here. Spots are limited!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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While I Was Away…


Hi!

In case you don’t remember, I’m Jody. I write on this blog, My Baby Olive Juice, remember me?

I know, I know – I’ve been gone for a couple of months; and I didn’t really offer a good reason for my sudden blog hiatus. The truth is, I’ve been in a really withdrawn and closed place for the past few months, but with good reason:

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I’m pregnant!

Yeah, I’m pregnant with kid-number-two! We found out on Christmas Day last year while we were in Aspen with my family, and since that moment, my brain has been in a state of constant worry. I wish I could say that I’m the sort of person who is filled with light and joy when I’m pregnant. While I do enjoy most parts of pregnancy, my mind mostly gets consumed with worry. Too many urban legends or sad stories from friends-of-friends fill my mind, and I honestly become somewhat of a mess.

And with that worry also came the 1st trimester fatigue, nausea and general illness. I’ve got to say, so far, this pregnancy has been much harder than when I was pregnant with Olive. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve now got a preschooler to chase after, a household to run and a small calligraphy business as well – but most days I’m pretty much down for the count by 5pm.

Which is why this blog fell by the wayside for a little while, friends, and I’m so sorry!

But I’m now feeling better at almost 19 weeks pregnant, and I’m back! I also realize that my belly looks way larger than a 19 week belly would, but I guess with your 2nd pregnancy, your body just lets it ALL hang out.

And guess what….we’re having a boy. Oh boy.

I can’t wait to tell you more, so very soon. Thanks for being patient with me!

Xo,

 

 

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Photo By: Sadaf Murad Photo

MBOJ x Seedling Instagram Takeover!


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So excited that I’m going to be taking over Seedling’s Instagram account this weekend! (And on valentine’s weekend too, whoohoo!) I’ll be showing little snippets of our lives there, sharing motherhood with a new audience. I can’t wait!

Seedling has been a pretty major brand in our lives – I remember getting one of their first activity kits and not being able to wait to share it with Olive. I think part of the joy of their stuff is that I get to participate with her in the activity, and not be underwhelmed about the aesthetics or getting plenty bored. Let’s face it – a lot of the toddler stuff out there isn’t pretty to look at, and it isn’t stimulating for the parents, either.  A lot of Seedlings toys are also very design based (which I love and gravitate towards) so it’s kind of a no brainer for me to want to impart some of that aspect of myself to Olive.

As a thank you to my readers, we are offering 30% off Seedling projects through the 22nd of February with the code:

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– a great time to stock up on those birthday presents that are already coming up, am I right?

Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: Sadaf Murad Photo

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