This is how We olive juice! : Ania and Clara

We are so excited to launch our latest collaboration post! We'll be featuring moms and dads from around the globe and their oh-so-stylish tots! We love to see how you incorporate our items into your little's closet and we want you to meet some very fun parents along the way. 

Our dear friend Ania has a gorgeous blog, The Diplomat's Wife, where she writes about her adventurous family that moves every two years because of her hubby's new assignments as a diplomat. We sent her some items from our Spring 2014 collection and she has shared the way she incorporated them into little Clara's wardrobe. We caught up with her in Barcelona and Mallorca, Spain and asked her a few questions about her on-the-go mum life.

OJ: Tell us where you live.

Ania: My husband is a diplomat so we change where we live about every 2-3 years but for now, we're in Copenhagen, Denmark.

OJ: What would be the perfect way to spend the day with your little one?

Ania: A lazy wake-up to a  sunny day...hot chocolate with fresh croissants for dipping....an outing to a pool or one of Denmark's lovely summer beaches...a few inside jokes...sushi for two in the evening outside...topping it off with a watching her favorite movie, Finding Nemo, which she likes to watch in Spanish, on our couch.  Maybe an ice cream if we've both been behaving....it's the little things that make the days with kids perfect.

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OJ: Describe in a few words her style preference.

Ania: Colorful, charismatic, playful and classic.

OJ: What's her favorite bedtime book?

Ania: Goodnight Moon is still a hit with us, even though my daughter can nearly recite it from memory.  Also, as I'm Polish, we have a few Polish books as well.  There is one called "Lokomotywa", about a steam train, which she loves to listen to since when you read it aloud it actually sounds like a train coming down the tracks...

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OJ: Finish this sentence… My favorite part of being a mom is___

Ania: Being surprised every day.  At some point, you get to a stage in life where you think you might never be in awe anymore - we're exposed to so much these days through travel and movies and books and internet...but then the little ones come along and make you discover all these things that you didn't even realize you were missing.

Thank you Ania and petit Clara! We can't wait to see where your next adventure takes you! If you have any questions for Ania, let us know in the comment section. 

Clara is wearing the Cosmos Twill skirt in Barcelona and the Ruffle Bib dress in Mallorca. Both are from the Spring 2014 collection. 

Little Heros Launch

We are so excited to launch our new campaign Little Heros! We encourage children to volunteer their time in their communities and we would like to cheer them on! We'll be highlighting a Little Hero once a month on our blog so if you have a great kiddo we should know about please email us at ideas@olivejuice.com with the subject line Little Heros. Pass along you your friends and family!


Summer Outfits

We're loving the hot weather! We've put together three looks that will take your tot from morning to night...

Pom Pom Ponytail

We welcome Ava as our new hair post contributor! Today she's showing us how to do a fun pom pom ponytail do!

For this tutorial you will need a handful of pom pom beads, clear fishing line, two hair bands and a brush.

Start by brushing the hair back and gathering it into a high pony tail.

Once gathered, push the clear fishing line through the band and secure with a knot.

Section the hair into three and with the first pass of the braid add a pom pom. 

Braid another section and string the second pom pom.  

Continue braiding the hair and adding a pom pom with the start of a new pass. 

Once you reach the bottom of the braid, secure it with a band. Tie the fishing line to the bottom band and trim off the excess line. 

All finished! Thank you to Ava and her sister Sabrina! Look for more of Ava's tutorials in our upcoming posts. 

Ava is wearing the the Ona Frock dress in Sunburst.

Sabrina is wearing the Baby doll top in Teal and the summer skirt in Yellow Stripe.

Pillows provided by Little Pincushion Studio.

Father's Day Tie Pin

We found a little friend to teach you how to make a fun tie pin for your Papa!

Here's what you'll need:

1. Perler fuse beads in assorted colors

2. Assorted shape pegboards 

3. Iron- we got the mini  here 

4. Hot glue gun and sticks (cool setting)

5. Earring post and backs

6. Fuse paper (you can use non-stick parchment paper)

Step 1:

To make the fox, follow the pattern in the image below. Place the beads in the correct order on your square pegboard. 

Step 2:

Place the parchment paper on top of the fox. Place the iron on top of the paper and gently press for about 5- 10 seconds. If you find that the beads have not fused together, iron again for a few more seconds. Be careful, the beads can get very fused and the design may distort. 

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Step 3:

Once it is fused, you'll find that the design sticks to the paper. Gentle lift it off and flip it over. You will now do the exact same thing on the other side.

Step 4:

Get a grown up to place a little dollop of hot glue on the back of the fox and push the earring post into the glue.

Hurray you are finished! We've even made a card for you to decorate and add your pin to! 

Click here for the link to the card PDF.  Get creative and make your own designs!

Little Lola is wearing the Liberty Print Annie dress