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…


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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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Workshops I’m Coveting Now


So I’ve been teaching Modern Calligraphy workshops for a little bit now, and while I really love teaching, I’m starting to miss taking workshops, as well. I was peeking around the internet the other night and found these amazing workshops in LA that I am dying to try out….maybe i’ll see you there?

Charmain Chen of Emblem Flowers: Flower Crown Workshop at LUXTOTS

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I’ve always been such a fan of Charmain’s work, especially I’ve collaborated with her on so many of my workshops. She has such a great eye for beauty, and she’s teaching a floral crown workshop this Sunday at LuxTots in Pasadena. Just look at that beauty she created in that picture above! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Sign up here.

Emily Katz: Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop at THE LINE HOTEL 

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I’ve been searching for a planter for one of the little nooks in our newly renovated home, and have recently become obsessed with macrame planters. I mean, check out how stunning they are:

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Emily Katz of Modern Macrame is teaching a class at the Line Hotel March 12 to teach you how to make one of these babies from scratch. Sign up here.

Priscilla Park: Crêpe Paper Flowers at Oh Hello Friend

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I’m planning a couple of parties this year, and am obsessed with the thought of filling an entire wall with these babies as a beautiful dining backdrop. Considering i’m AWFUL with scissors and making things from paper, this might be a perfect class for me. Sign up for classes in March here.

Hip Cooks: A Cocktail Party

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So I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me to take a cooking class. I mean, i’m not a terrible cook, but really I’m not the best, either. This class offered by Hip Cooks is actually specifically about teaching you everything you need to know to throw an awesome cocktail party – and it sounds right up my alley. They are other specific classes on their class schedule – but they fill up quick! Find classes here.

Any of these catch your eye? Never Stop Learning!

 

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For you, I wish I was Better


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In the past few months, Olive has been going through some major sleep changes.

Of course, our little holiday season (with two trips to Aspen and Hawaii…where we co-slept…..) didn’t help, at all.

Developmentally she’s grown leaps and bounds – and so of course, with cognitive leaps, comes sleep disruption. I get it. But these new sleep troubles are different; it’s not just crying, it’s trying to leave her room, it’s pleading, it’s long tirades of words, it’s negotiation with mom and dad for just “more water”, or “more hugs” or “hey can you tuck my stuffed animal in please?”

About a month ago, she started to wake up randomly in the middle of the night, asking for the same things. She has never, ever ever done that – she’s slept through the night since she was 4 months old. So Patrick and I are tired, impatient for it to get better, and well, lets be honest, I’m just really mad at her.

And you know, I wish I wasn’t mad at her for doing this. I wish I was better than that, than to hold a grudge at her the morning after, when she wakes up with boundless energy, trying to kiss me hello. But somehow I just can’t shake off the disappointment, and I can’t help but tell her that I wish she was better.

Tonight I sit here at my computer writing this, listening for any noises coming out of her bedroom, hoping that if she doesn’t sleep well again tonight, that tomorrow I will be nicer. Tomorrow I will be better. That I will be able to hold her hand through this phase and find what it is she needs to sleep through the night again, rather than resenting the sleep that I’ve lost.

Also, I’m taking suggestions or advice from people who’ve been in this situation before, because you know, I’M TIRED.

I hope everyone is getting more sleep than I am!

 

 

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MBOJxMadewellPasadena


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Hey guys!

I just got these photos back from my MBOJxMadewellPasadena event and I wanted to share them with you! I had an awesome time hosting a shopping and calligraphy party at Madewell in Pasadena, CA – and it was really great meeting so many of you! Thanks for coming out to say hello!7 3 4

The Raymond and 1886 provided refreshments – and they were so delicious. It was a real shame that I spent all of those 3 hours writing when all I really wanted to do was eat…………..but how professional would that have been, REALLY.6

We made gift tags for shoppers for their Christmas presents, and gave away hand lettered wrapping paper as well.5

Olive’s friend came to visit me too, and I taught her a little beginners modern calligraphy……….1

… but most importantly, Patrick was there. He was there the entire time, helping me greet people, helping me with my merchandise. I am so lucky for his support. As a woman who is building a business and is a SAHM at the same time, there can be times where it’s completely overwhelming. And I know I burn the candle at both ends. To have someone have my back is truly priceless.

And as always, thank you to Sadaf Murad Photography for capturing this event.

 

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New Year Thoughts


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Happy New Year!

Did you guys go out to celebrate the coming of 2016? In true homebody, I’m-a-parent-i-need-sleep fashion, we ushered in the new year trying to keep our eyes open, watching a (terrible) movie at home. We almost didn’t make it to midnight; this holiday season has been pretty tiring, so we were more than happy to just hit the hay.

I’ll be honest, I’m pretty glad to see 2015 go – it’s been a crazy year full of ups and downs. We did an extensive home renovation (which we’re still trying to fully wrap up), moved twice, and my husband finally graduated from his almost 3 year EMBA program based in Germany. I launched MBOJ Shop and MBOJ Workshops this year as my calligraphy business started to pick up some traction. It’s been a really tough learning experience trying to juggle ambition and home life. Olive also turned three and started to go to school 5 days a week – which was a huge change in our daily routines. School has helped her blossom into a little threenager (good and bad, people! They always come as a pair. ) and she’s just become the little, sassiest lady. Learning how to parent a 3 year old has been quite interesting.

Okay, I’m tired again, just typing all that out.

I think the reason why this last year was so difficult for me is because there was so much change in such a short period of time – and i’m awful with change. I’m scared of it, and it makes me really anxious and uneasy, which makes the people around me uncomfortable, too. But I realize that that’s no way to live….thing will never stay static. I need to just find a better way to adapt quicker and to go with the flow.

Instead of giving myself a resolution for 2016, I’m just going to say that I’m going to try and relax and let life come at me. I really don’t know how to better phrase it – I’m just going to open my mind and heart and let change (and opportunities) come my way. I’m not going to force it, nor resist it. I’m just going to let things happen. I kind of want to see what happens when I don’t try and control every single thing in my life.

How about you? How was your year? Any hopes and dreams for the new year? I’d love to hear.

As always, I’m glad you’re here – thank you for reading.

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Photo Credit: Sadaf Murad Photo

 

 

MBOJ Workshops at Apartment 503


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Hey guys!

I know i’ve been MIA for a long time from the blog – my family has been in town and I’ve been spending a lot of time on whats important – them. Olive has had such a great time bonding with her grandmother and uncle. I’ve missed them so much, and I’m sad the holidays are almost over, and they’ve now gone back home to Asia. In the meantime, it’s back to work here, and I’m so happy to announce my latest Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshop at Apartment 503 in Downtown Los Angeles on Jan 31st!

If you’d like to come learn Modern Calligraphy, please join me! The link for sign ups is here, I hope you can make it!

Special thanks to Dots Cupcakes , Apartment 503 and Sadaf Murad Photography for collaborating on this event!

 

**Edit – Sold Out!**

 

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