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13 December 2017

Have you guys finished your holiday gift shopping? Since so many of you have been asking what our current favorite things are, I thought I’d post them here to give you some gift ideas! Most of these items are favorite things of Joey who is currently almost 20 months old. I’ve also added a couple things for parents. ūüôā

NAPTIME WITH JOEY BOOK:

I mean, c’mon. I¬†have to throw this one in there because it’s kiiinda my book haha! No but actually I’ve been hearing they’ve been great gifts for expecting parents, grandparents, kids (they love the pictures and playing I-spy with them) and also for white elephant gift exchanges. You can buy them at most bookstores worldwide as well as through the links below:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2C3omkx

Simon & Shuster: https://goo.gl/WE3jfC

Barnes & Noble: https://goo.gl/pWKudp

Books-a-Million: https://goo.gl/J2MFBZ

Indie Bound: https://goo.gl/8w4BJ8

 

KARAOKE MIC: 

OK, who wouldn’t want this? Joey LOVES music and singing so this was such a great thing to have especially when we went camping recently and she entertained everyone with Bruno Mars songs. Allen and I are big karaoke fans so it’s only natural that Joey inherited the same passion as well.

You can find the microphone here: http://amzn.to/2AazuuH

 

 

BUCKLE PILLOW: 

This toy was incredibly entertaining for Joey especially right after she turned one. We would take it everywhere (we still do!) on long car rides and airplane trips. These days, she been able to actually put the buckles together by color when she wasn’t able to do that. What I do from time to time is hide the toy for about a month and then bring it back so that it’s kinda like “new” to her again. I’ve watched her play with it in the car for about 20 minutes straight once! Trust me, if you’re looking for a “helpful” kid-friendly gift to give, GIVE THIS TOY.

You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2l4AOwI

 

UNCLE PAULS’ PLAYDESK: (for those who live in Southern California only)

I asked our dear friend who can build all kinds of amazing wooden structures to make us a play desk for Joey. This is what we came up with! There’s a magnetic board on it as well as a little cubby hole. The great thing about this is you can add whatever you want to it. Lately Joey loves to color with crayons so we just set up her paper and crayons on this desk so she could mark it up any way she wants. You can read my other blog post about how to order one by clicking here.

 

PRETEND MAKEUP: 

Joey loves watching me put on makeup and when she started reaching for my brushes and wanting to play with my makeup, I looked up pretend makeup toys and found this. I got it for our flight to San Francisco and it entertained her for a good 30 minutes! Some of my friends said that they bought it for their toddler for trips as well and that they it was the perfect entertainment for their kids too!

You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2l2lqkd

 

FLASHCARDS: 

So many of you have asked about these flashcards that we’ve been going thru with Joey every day. We love them! What I love about these are the pictures are very simple and clear to identify. It says that it is from ages 1 and up but we started around 15 months because she was still chewing on everything. Mudpuppy who makes these cards also make other things like puzzles which Joey also loves to play with and also other types of cards.

You can find them here: http://amzn.to/2AUgPnW

 

NUGGET COMFORT: 

I can’t say enough how much I love our Nugget Comfort. We have a play room for Joey where she likes to play with her toys, read books and lounge around and we had been looking for something just like this Nugget Comfort. It’s not only super comfortable to sit and lay on, you can move it around as it comes in four pieces. If you go to their website, you can see all the different ways you can set it up.

You can find it here: nuggetcomfort.com

 

COLORING BOOK WITH WATER: 

Joey is so interested in markers, crayons and pens but the bad thing about that is she obviously doesn’t know how to color in between lines and so it goes everywhere! She recently marked up our leather couch with a Sharpie! One of our dear fans gave us this at one of our book signings and Joey has been loving it. Best thing about it is, there is no ink involved. Only water! This was also something we brought with us on air plane rides and also when we go on playdates to someone’s house. The way it works is you fill the pen with water and you start coloring the pages and the drawings magically appear!

You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2z99HVT

 

SOUND PUZZLE: 

We have several of these now because we realized Joey can sit for a pretty long time by herself just putting these puzzles together. I couldn’t believe how quickly she learned how to put it together on her own without my help. It’s pretty amazing how kids absorb so much knowledge so quickly on their own. We love gifting this to our friends who have kids because it’s not messy or hard to clean up. I think it totally beats iPad sorting games!

 

CANON G7II: 

This gift is obviously for the mamas and the papas. This is my go-to camera for all video related things. If you’ve seen the recent “Banana Talk” video on my Instagram, that was shot with this camera. I love that it auto-focuses and that it has a flip screen so that you can record in selfie-mode. This also has wi-fi tethering so that you can download the images and videos you shot right on your phone! This would make a great gift to someone who loves to take photos and videos all the time but don’t want to carry a big dSLR around all the time.

You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2C1Oc7K

 

EASTER AHN JEWELRY: 

If you’ve been following my posts Instagram, you’ll know that I LOVE Easter Ahn’s jewelry line. I wear my custom Joey necklace, bracelet and earrings everyday. She also designed our wedding rings. I’m obviously a big fan of her work. Her pieces make the perfect gifts for your loved ones because they’re high quality real gold (comes in White, Yellow and Rose), they’ll last forever and you can personalize them with a name or initial(s)! Easter also does custom designs for all types of jewelry and can create gorgeous engagement/wedding rings.

Go check out her shop at EasterAhnDesign.com

 

DIY Holiday Lantern Winter Landscape

10 December 2017

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably know that I love all things miniature. So when I was asked by the SoCal Honda Dealers to create a holiday DIY craft, I decided to try something I’ve always wanted to do: make a miniature winter landscape! I’ve seen many versions of this in mason jars, vases and even trifle bowls but I wanted to try one in a wooden lantern that I had laying around and use this opportunity to learn how to use polymer clay for the first time. After trying to make a miniature car out of clay, I now have a new found respect for artists who do this but in even smaller versions. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible either so you can try it out yourself!

The reason why I partnered up with the SoCal Honda Dealers to do this DIY project is because I love what they’re doing with their #RandomActsofHelpfulness campaign and wanted to spread the word. They have been doing random cool things like surprising families throughout the holiday season all over Southern California (OC, LA, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties) by just being helpful!

For instance, keep your eye open for the Helpful Guys in Blue who will be popping up at 4 different Christmas Tree lots across SoCal where they will be surprising families there with free Christmas trees. Also between now and Christmas, their tanker truck will surprise Honda drivers at gas stations across SoCal with free gas!

Follow the SoCal Honda Dealers on social media for hints as to where they’ll be! You can find out more about their upcoming local community events at https://www.facebook.com/socalhondadealers.

[This blog post is sponsored by the Southern California Honda Dealers]

 

Things you need: A decorative lantern. I got mine here.

I had these miniature trees and they were the perfect size for the lantern. I got mine from Michaels but you can find them here.

I took the glass from an unused photo frame to use as my workspace with the polymer clay. There are various types of polymer clay but the one I used was this one.

This was probably the hardest part of this whole project. It’s no joke trying to make something out of literally nothing! The polymer clay was easy to work with however as it ended up being very easy to mold and shape even after working at it for more than an hour. Yes…this took me an hour haha. Polymer clay remains workable until cured in the oven so you can keep using it until you’re ready to pop it in the oven. Even after you cure it, you can always add more of the polymer clay if you feel like adding more to it and then put it in the oven again.

When you’re done with your clay figurine, it’s time to cook! Depending on the size of your figurine, curing occurs at temperatures from between¬† 265¬†¬įF (129¬†¬įC) to 275¬†¬įF (135¬†¬įC) for 15 minutes per 1‚ĀĄ4 inch (6.4¬†mm) of thickness. You can use your home oven for this. I used my toaster oven and it worked fine! To avoid it from burning I added a foil tent to block. Doesn’t it look like a little car port? How cute is that little Honda decal? This is exactly why I love miniatures. It just tickles me how cute everything is in tiny form!

I used a copper wire string light that I received in a gift from one of our fans who included it with a Moana ornament for Joey (her favorite thing to play with right now! Thank you!). I used a velcro sticker to attach it to the top of the lantern.

Next I took some green felt, bunched it up and placed it on the bottom of the lantern. I then arranged a couple of the decorative trees on top of the felt.

Found these miniature gifts that literally made me squeal. They were the perfect size for the car!

I took the car out of oven, I let it sit in a pool of ice water before adding the presents on top.

Next I took fake snow powder and used a spoon to add to the landscape bit by bit.

I added the string lights to crowd to the top and left a few to run through the snow so that it would illuminate the ground as well. After Joey woke up from her nap, I asked her to help me add more snow into the landscape and she was more than willing! Love that we can now do projects together!

Halloween Treats

25 October 2017

This is our favorite time of year because it’s the start of our favorite holidays beginning with Halloween. We love dressing up all year round but this month it’s socially acceptable haha. It’s also our favorite time of year because we get to feast on holidays foods and treats. This year Joey is old enough to take in part of the Halloween festivities with us such as trick-or-treating, however we decided not to indulge her with candy this year because if she’s anything like me, she will get HOOKED¬†on candies. Might as well prolong the inevitable! So we decided to think of some alternatives for treats for her this year. Since Joey LOVES fruit, I thought it would be fun to get an Edible Arrangements full of cute fruit cut out and arranged in a bouquet. She loved it! There were some chocolate covered fruit but that went straight to my mouth.

 

In case you don’t have an Edible Arrangements store near you, here are some great ideas that I’ve been finding on blogs for candy alternatives for Halloween. We’ll be trying some of these treats for Joey this year!

 

Cheese & Pretzel Brooms from Cocinando con Catman

All you need for these are cheese slices, pretzel sticks and chives!

 

Tangerine Pumpkins from Bren Did

I know Joey will LOVE these because tangerines are one of her favorite fruits. For these all you need are tangerines and celery stalks & leaves. Just take a pairing knife or use your fingers to remove the white membranes on the outside, wash and slide the celery stalks to fit in the middle and there you go! Not sure if Joey will eat the celery but there’s no hurt in trying!

 

Boo-na-nas from Healthy Slice of Life

This one cracked me up when I saw it because it just looked so easy! Why didn’t I think of that?? If you’ve seen Joey’s Banana Talk video, you’ll know how much she loves bananas. This one’s perfect for her! This one has a bit of chocolate chips but it’s pretty much just bananas. No pun intended.

 

If anyone has any more candy alternative ideas, comment below! I’m all for tricking kids into eating healthy snacks!

 

MY FAV THINGS GIVEAWAY!

18 August 2017

Still pinching myself because I can’t believe Naptime with Joey is about to be released on October 3rd! Book stores are already taking pre-orders for the book so I decided to do a giveaway to kick off the countdown to the release! At first I wanted to do a giveaway of Joey’s magnet and temporary tattoos but I decided it would be even more fun to include some of my favorite items that we’ve used as a family with Joey. It’s also a thank you to all of you for supporting and loving our family especially this past year. THANK YOU!

OK, so what am I giving away??

You will be getting:

  1. A Walker Family Goods States duffel bag. We have two of these and we love using them from everything from day trips to long weekend holidays. The bags were created by my wedding videographers whose family I absolutely adore! They are all about encouraging families to go on trips and make memories which I’m all for. This bag is on backorder right now!
  2. Cuddle + Kind Pearl the Mermaid Doll. Joey loves Pearl and often times naps with her during the day. I love what Cuddle + Kind does which is they provide 10 meals for each doll that is purchased (Through the World Food Program USA).
  3. Rags to Raches rag. I love that these rags (they call them rags not rompers) have no snap buttons and are super stretchy and comfortable for your babies. It’s breathable and easy to play and sleep in comfortably.
  4. Two bows by Blondes in Bows¬†Joey wore these all the time especially on bad hair days! They’re absolutely adorable and we have Joey wear them often.
  5. Mochi Kids Cactus tee. I am in love with Mochi Kids graphics. The ramen and this cactus one is currently my favorite!
  6. Four Glitter & Spice teethers. Joey loved their teethers, especially their french fries one.
  7. Iddy Biddy Baby tank and matching bloomers. I love how durable and soft their fabric is and also their gender neutral graphics. Joey practically lived in this outfit this whole summer.
  8. Gathre diaper changing cover. I love how light it is to take around and also how cute they are! They’re also waterproof and super durable. They also make larger sizes so check them out for more items.
  9. Sushi costume by The Wishing Elephant. Carolyn makes the most creative costumes for kids! I loved dressing Joey up in the sushi costume especially because my favorite food in the world is sushi!
  10. The Mini Mat by EZPZ: It sticks to the table so it doesn’t move and this one can be easily taken with you when you’re on the go.
  11. Host and Toast Muse Floating Letter Board: Something fun for the home!
  12. Mini Love Letter Gold necklace from Easter Ahn Design (letter and color of your choice!) Easter designed our wedding bands and engagement ring and we LOVE her work. She makes the BEST quality jewelry! I have the Love Letter bracelet of the letter j for Joey that I never take off and I’m planning on passing it down to Joey when she’s older.
  13. It Really Takes a Village Tote by Eunie Park.¬†If you get my book, you’ll recognize her handwriting on this tote bag. Her hand lettering was used for Naptime With Joey. I absolutely love this tote bag. I take it everywhere I go!
  14. Joey magnet and temporary tattoos created by my good friend Sarah Soh who is an AMAZING illustrator. Go check out her work here.

To enter the giveaway, please email us your receipt of your pre-order for Naptime With Joey. If you purchase more than 1, please send us your receipt indicating so and we will count additional entries for each book you purchase. You can email the receipt at hello/at/lauraiz.com or direct message us on Instagram. Winner will be chosen on September 7th, Allen’s birthday! Can’t wait to get these goodies out to the winner!

Joey’s Favorite Miyeok Guk (Korean Seaweed Soup)

5 August 2017 / 40 Comments

If you’ve been watching our Instagram Stories, you might’ve caught me feeding Joey some Miyeok Guk for lunch or dinner. It’s her absolutely favorite food. It’s so easy to make and is something she eats pretty often.

Miyeok Guk is a Korean seaweed soup which mothers eat postpartum for at least the first few weeks after giving birth because of its amazing health benefits. It helps with lactation/breastmilk supply and is known to be the best thing for mothers in recovery, at least in Korea. I ate this soup with rice for about 2 weeks straight along with a very simple no-salt/no fried diet (for a month) and I have to say it did make me feel like I was recovering quicker than I expected, I didn’t feel lethargic or tired like I thought I would be and I had a pretty good breastmilk supply by the end of the first week. It was tough being on a strict no-salt diet and eating this soup 3-4x a day for two weeks but I have friends who have done it for a month! The fish sauce has sodium in it so it was the only amount of sodium I had. Everything else I ate, for example, salmon, I had to only season with lemon. I will admit though that I feel strongly that it did help me with postpartum recovery, especially in the area of breast milk production. The Koreans started this postpartum tradition after they noticed centuries ago that whales would eat massive amounts of seaweed after giving birth to nurse their calves. I don’t know how much of that is true but that’s how the tradition started! Miyeok Guk is also known as Korean Birthday Soup and is commonly eaten during birthdays because of this tradition.¬†

Miyeok/seaweed is actually a super food as it contains a great source of calcium, iodine, fibre, omega acids, vitamin B1 & B3, while low in calorie. It helps with metabolism, blood circulation and purification, constipation relief, detoxification, anti-carcinogen, anti-aging etc. No wonder the Koreans love this stuff!

There are many different variations of Miyeok Guk but since so many of you asked for my specific recipe that I use for Joey, here it is. 

Ingredients: Yields 2-3 “Joey-servings”

  • Dried seaweed (You can find them at most Asian grocery stores) *Please note that this is not the same as the dried seaweed snacks. Those are already cooked, salted and ready to eat. The dried seaweed you want to get for this recipe is the one that is dried in its original state and it usually comes in a long packet like the one pictured below.
  • 2.5 ounces of thinly sliced beef brisket or ground beef
  • 4 cups of cold water for the soup / Extra water to soak dried seaweed in
  • 1/2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce

I like to use my Korean Stone Pot instead of my other cooking pots because it doesn’t leave a stain where the top of the soup is and it retains the heat longer than my stainless steel pots. In general I like to cook simple things like pasta and boiling water in my stainless steel pots as soups tend to leave odors behind. You can find a Korean Stone Pot here. You can cook Bibimbap in there as well, which is a fav Korean dish of mine.

Directions:

  • Use your scissors to cut a handful of seaweed. FYI, a little bit dried seaweed goes a long way.

  • Soak the dried seaweed in cold water for at least 30 minutes. An hour is ideal. After 30 minutes, you’ll see the seaweed take its original shape.

  • When it’s ready, rinse the seaweed twice and drain. Squeeze to remove excess salt that was used in the drying process. Cut into bite sized pieces for your little one. You can always cut again after the soup is made.
  • Saut√© the meat in your pot with a tiny bit of sesame oil. Again, a little bit of sesame oil goes a long way so use a very small amount. You can always a tiny bit more later if needed.¬†Add the seaweed, minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce.¬†Saut√© for 5 minutes. If it starts to stick to the bottom, you can add a bit more oil.

  • Add the water, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a medium low and let simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Skim off any foam or oil that floats on top and serve with rice.

For Joey, I like to use this Seven Grain organic rice which includes brown rice, barley, millet, flax seed, wheat, red quinoa, and wild rice. I got these at Costco. 

Sometimes I make a larger batch and keep several portions in the freezer so I can whip them out if I’m pressed for time for a meal prep. The regular version of this recipe is a little different as most people use soy sauce but I prefer the flavor of the fish sauce far more better. You can also substitute the beef with chicken, shiitake mushrooms, abalone or mussels. You can add tofu if you’d like as well! It’s a super healthy dish and hopefully your little ones will love it as much as Joey does!

 

Joey’s Workbench

28 July 2017 / 11 Comments

So many of you have been asking about this custom workbench that I asked my good friend Paul to make for Jo. I’ve always wanted to make her a busy board but¬†wanted something a little different to put in our kitchen/living area without it getting in the way of things. The workbench design was perfect for us to put right under our kitchen countertop that way I can keep an eye on her while in the kitchen! She loves playing with the magnets and also putting them back in the cubby hole. I’m planning on adding some more features including a rotary telephone (if I can find one!) and other things that might peak her interest like buckles and zippers. I didn’t want to add them all at once because her interests change every day. Excited to keep working on this!

Rainbow Wooden Magnets can be found here. I do have you warn you that they are not the strongest magnets so they have a tendency of sliding down on this particular magnet board.

Wooden Block Magnets can be found here.

So I have great¬†news! I asked if Paul would take some orders for you guys and he said he would! I know many of you wanted to get one so just read below to see how you can order one from Paul. You would get this same bench but can choose what type of features you’d like. All three designs do not come with the door lock or the light switches in these photographs. The three design options are below.

  1. Just the workbench in the grey stain. (No magnetic board or cubby) – $120 (+$20 Delivery Fee)
  2. Workbench with the magnetic board (No cubby) in the grey stain. – $145 (+$20 Delivery Fee)
  3. Workbench with the magnetic board and cubby and white knob in the grey stain – $165 (+$20 Delivery Fee)

To place an order, please email Paul at CPKDesigns2017@gmail.com. The turnaround will be 1-2 weeks after payment is received. There will be a delivery charge of $20. After the Venmo payment is received, Paul will coordinate a delivery time that will work with you!

Please provide the following when placing an order:

  1. Full name
  2. Location (City) *Must be in Los Angeles or Orange County California
  3. Must be able to pay through Venmo. Bench will be made after payment is received.
  4. Please provide which Workbench design you’d like (#1, #2. #3)

Joey Phone Wallpaper

14 July 2017 / 8 Comments

Hi! Since so many of you have asked for these, here you go! Thank you Erica for making these!

Our YouTube Channel is now LIVE!

6 June 2017

We now have a YouTube Channel! Now you see follow more of our family’s journey through weekly vlogs. If there’s anything you’d like to see us vlog about, let us know in the comments below! We’re kicking it off with Joey’s First Birthday Cake Smash and Doljabi.¬†If you haven’t already and wanted to check it out, Joey’s First Birthday party blog post is up! Traditionally in Korean culture, the first birthday is a big celebration because before¬†access to medical care was readily available in Korea many many years ago, it was a big deal for a baby to live past his or her first birthday. Hence the big celebration. Since Joey is mostly Korean, we decided to keep this part of her heritage included in her birthday party. We set up a doljabi which is¬†a Korean tradition where the birthday child is placed in front of various objects that represents a certain future with respect to career or lifestyle. Typically the items represent¬†things like Doctor, Lawyer, Scholar,¬†Entrepreneur, Judge, Athlete or Performing Artist. We decided to pick unique occupations that were sort of inside jokes to me and Allen. Obviously this game is just a tradition and isn‚Äôt what Joey will end up becoming but we decided to keep the tradition but change it up a bit just to make it fun. We had a planet toy to represent Astronaut, an In-N-Out hat to represent the In-N-Out District Manager, grapes to represent Sommelier, dining utensils to represent Michelin Star Food Critic and an American flag to represent POTUS. She ended up picking the grapes first and then continued to pick up every one of the other items so I guess she’ll tackle all of those jobs?? ūüėČ Her cake smash wasn’t so much of a smash as it was a gentle massage of the dessert. She was so tired and out of it by that point of the party but she was such a trooper and stuck her hands in there and soaked in the moment. So fun to see her first bite of sugar! Thank you Uncle Paul for this video footage!

Great News from Alaska Airlines!

12 May 2017

Allen and I have flown on Alaska Airlines quite a bit in the past because we live on the west coat and travel quite often up north and since we’ve only had good experiences on their flights, we decided book our flights with them when we took Joey on her first airplane ride when she was around 6 months old to Portland. We were really nervous about how she would do on the plane as any first time parent would. We had heard that it was best to take babies on plane trips from age 4 months to 6 months because they would most likely just sleep through the plane ride but the only time Allen got off work was when she was 6 months old so we decided to try it out. Turns out she’s born to fly! Alaska was so great about accommodating us with getting us on the plane first to unload and get ready. I nursed Joey during take off so that her ears wouldn’t pop with the altitude change and then she slept pretty much the whole way to Portland from Los Angeles. We were so happy! The plane ride back home was exactly the same way. We’ll never forget how sweet everyone was on Alaska Airlines and how quickly they offered to help us with our carry on luggage and didn’t make us feel like we had to rush.

So when Alaska Airlines contacted me to see if I would help them share about their new Elite Leave program for new parents and also dress Joey up as an Alaska Airlines pilot,¬†I was more than happy to! Their Elite Leave lets new parents keep their elite status Mileage¬†Plan‚ĄĘ benefits earned for another year. If you’re a new parent who’s a frequent flyer with Alaska Airlines, you can extend your status through the end of 2018 while you’re on parental leave!¬†The idea first took hold when a frequent flyer reached out to Alaska because she‚Äôd just had a baby and was upset about potentially losing her MVP status. When the request made its way to Alaska‚Äôs leaders, they decided to implement this parental¬†leave program. How awesome is that?

Here’s how it works:

  1. Email your full name, date of birth, Mileage Plan number and proof of leave to elite.flyer@alaskaair.com.
  2. Once eligibility is verified, you’ll be registered for Elite Leave for new parents.

Here’s some video of her first plane ride!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alaska Airlines. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Joey Iz One!

5 May 2017 / 11 Comments

Joey’s First Birthday photos are here thanks to our friend and photographer Megan Welker.

Check out her beautiful photography at MeganWelker.com.

We are so overwhelmed at how amazing Joey’s first birthday party turned out. It wouldn’t have been possible¬†if it weren’t for these amazing friends & vendors who generously contributed to this party out of just love for Joey. Wow,¬†we thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and our bellies!).

Rekindle Creative Co. | Megan Welker | Wayfare | E2Beauty | Sarah Soh | Merely Sweets | En Route Coffee Co. | Popd Up+ | Amaze Bowls | Create A Party Rentals | Outsource It | Letterstou | Tattly | Wild Child Party | Shop Little Wanderer | Anewall | Harlow Jade | Sweet Lily Chocolates

A SPECIAL shoutout to Rekindle Creative Co. and Julia who runs the incredible team. They were were responsible for putting together every single detail including florals, decor, planning & coordinating. You ladies ROCK! Check out more of their work at rekindlecreative.com.

Another BIG UPS to Wayfare for hosting this party at their beautiful coworking space. This venue was just perfect! Thank you guys!

In Korean culture, the first birthday of a child is celebrated in a big way because long ago before medicine wasreadily accessible, many babies didn’t make it past their first year due to diseases. So when a baby turned one, it was a joyous occasion. The tradition stuck and so the first birthday (aka Doljanchi) is celebrated in this big way. There’s no way I can do this every year haha!

Custom Wood Sign by Letterstou: Shop here.

Custom made pretzels and wooden toys by Sweet Lily Chocolates. Shop here.

Wooden Joey Head Lasercut Magnets designed by Sarah Soh. You can buy her adorable pins here.

Custom Temporary Tattoos by Tattly. Get your custom Tattly ink here.| Designed by Sarah Soh

Doljabi is a Korean tradition where the birthday child is placed in front of various objects that represents a certain future with respect to career or lifestyle. Typically the items represent¬†things like Doctor, Lawyer, Scholar,¬†Entrepreneur, Judge, Athlete or Performing Artist. We decided to pick unique occupations that were sort of inside jokes to me and Allen. Obviously this game is just a tradition and isn’t what Joey will end up becoming but we decided to keep the tradition but change it up a bit to make it fun. We had a planet toy to represent Astronaut, an In-N-Out hat to represent the In-N-Out District Manager, grapes to represent Sommelier, dining utensils to represent Michelin Star Food Critic and an American flag to represent POTUS.

Any guesses on what she picked?

Guests were given raffle tickets to place into the bucket of their choice. Joey picked the winning ticket and the winner received my favorite tote bag made by my friend Eunie. You can buy it here. Scroll down to see which item Joey picked!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in and saw this. The backdrop was designed by Rekindle Creative Co. and built by Outsource It. Outsource It can design, built and install incredible woodwork. Check out their Instagram for more of their work¬†here.

The venue came with tables which we used so we just rented white folding chairs from Create-A-Party Rentals. We decided to buy the table linens because they ended up being cheaper than renting them. I¬†love throwing parties so I figured why not just buy them?¬†Here’s the link to where I bought them.

We had a kid station with a color-in-playhouse which we also had at our wedding. Julia included some Minted artwork on the wall and a baby ball pit by Scandiborn. She also created a photo booth wall with a beautiful cactus wallpaper by Anewall. Click here to see more gorgeous wallpaper.

Balloon installation was done by Wild Child Party. How awesome is that?? If it were me, I would be popping them every minute putting it together and then I would give up. Luckily there’s talented people like Wild Child Party who can do it so perfectly. Check out more of their balloon installations here.

Okay so can we talk about this incredible front table for a minute?

Desserts were made by¬†Merely Sweets who also made my wedding cake. These cakes were the same as the one at my wedding which is the Merry Berry Cake, my FAVORITE at Merely Sweets. They make everything from cakes to french macarons to cupcakes and even cake pops. If you’re in the Brea area, check their brick & mortar out here. You have to try their banana pudding! ¬†Here’s some more delicious eye candy for you.

Aren’t these cupcakes so beautiful?

All the beautiful florals were designed by Rekindle Creative Co.

Gorgeous teepee tent by Shop Little Wanderer | Custom made laser cut wooden pieces by Letterstou | Sheep hanging mobile by Hello Birdie Birdie

Joey is wearing¬†Blondes In Bows¬†and Harlow Jade. My dress is from¬†Stitch & Feather. My hair & makeup was done by my beautiful¬†friend Genie from E2Beauty. Allen’s shirt is from Asos¬†and pants are from¬†Zara. This wallpaper behind us is from Anewall.

In lieu of gifts, we asked for gift donations to the children of Olive Crest, a foster care and adoption agency based in the West Coast area. They are dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving the family. They are able to continue their work through donations and so this was the least we could do to show our support. California has the highest number of children in the foster care system in this country. Everyone can help and support even if you can’t foster or adopt a child. To learn more about how you can help, visit OliveCrest.org.

 

Rekindle Design had these beautiful custom logo signs made for our vendors.

Every party needs a little caffeine don’t you think? Especially if you’re a parent! We had En Route Coffee Co.¬†come with their beautiful mobile coffee cart to serve us gourmet coffee all day. To book them for your event, visit their website at enroutecoffeeco.com¬†or their Instagram. Thank you Eric & Hanna!

PopdUp+ served their delicious and unique seasonal iced drinks: Strawberry Shiso, Hibiscus Agave, Thyme Orange and Gooseberry Marigold. It was such a hot day so it was such a treat to have PopdUp+ there. We first found out about them at the LA Smorgasburg and fell in love with their drinks. You can find them there every Sunday at 10:30 AM Р6:00 PM. Go check them out!

Amazing right?? Amaze Bowls came and served us their beautiful¬†and¬†delicious acai bowls as an alternative healthy dessert option. I couldn’t stop staring at how beautiful the coconut bowls were. If you’re looking for them to cater your event, visit their page here. You can also find them at the LA Smorgasburg every Sunday.

Of course, we had to have In-N-Out. We only eat it like every other week.

We had the most amazing balloon artist and face painter for the kids attending. I’ve never seen anyone make balloon art as well as David makes them! If you want to book them, contact David Laura at eliteentco123[at]gmail.com.

Cake smash with Merely Sweet‘s Merry Berry Cake (aka our wedding cake)

Joey’s Korean traditional dress (hanbok) is from Seoulful Kids.

Looks like sommelier wins!

Maybe POTUS too?

We want to say thank you so much to all of our friends and family who have loved on our family, especially this past year, during Joey’s first year. It’s been such a rollercoaster of a year and we’re so thankful that we have such a supportive community. It really does take a village! Thank you also to our amazing vendors who generously donated your services to make this party happen. We don’t know how to thank you enough.

What a year it’s been. We blinked and then Joey turned 1. Allen and I are so humbled and truly grateful to be first-time parents and we thank God for every moment we have with each other, especially with Joey. Our words can’t even express just how much we love Joey and we pray that with all the love that she’s received, Joey will grow to extend that love forward and be even more generous, kind and gracious than those who have been for her and our family.