The latest Olive Us episode features a pottery lesson from Master Potter, Joe Bennion in his studio at Horseshoe Mountain Pottery.
Friends, I have to tell you what a treat it was to make this episode. Joe is simply a delight and we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to get to spend an afternoon with him.
I didn’t have my big camera with me that day, but I took about a million photos with my phone. The pottery is so beautiful! While we were in his shop, we picked out a pie plate to take home as a souvenir. I wish I could get to his shop right now! His pottery would be wonderful as holiday gifts.
If you’d like to see the kids’ finished pottery, Joe posted a photo of the fired pieces on his blog. We can’t wait to visit again next summer to pick up our pottery and spend more time in Joe’s shop.
P.S. — Joe’s wife makes the salve I’m so crazy about. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Olive Us Newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of the Olive Us fun!
A new Olive Us episode is ready to share!
Have you ever rock-climbed? Our kids love to. (Especially Maude — she scrambles up the mountain like she was born doing it.) As parents, it’s really satisfying to watch our kids challenge themselves, work hard, take risks, and encourage each other to reach the top. I hope you enjoy the episode!
Fun fact: We were scheduled to film this episode in the red rocks of Southern Utah with rock-climbing guidance from my brother. But we were rained out! So we rescheduled and filmed in Provo’s famous Rock Canyon instead. Special thanks goes to Audrey Moore for assisting on this episode, and to Rich Barrett for being the climbing teacher/guide.
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This week’s episode is a special Halloween edition of Olive Us. Featuring a visit to a spooo-oo-ooky Ghost Town!
Fun fact: it was filmed in the real-life ghost town of Grafton, Utah. Which is near the entrance to Zion National Park. Have you ever been?
Enjoy the episode. And Happy Halloween from all of us at Olive us!
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Oh man! I’m so excited for you to see this video because we had such an amazing time filming it. We started by borrowing this insanely charming, perfectly restored VW Bus from friends in St. George, Utah.
Growing up, my family always drove Volkswagen vans and as an adult, they’ve been my car of choice as well. (Here’s the VW Transporter we drive now.) So you can imagine I was feeling nostalgic that day!
Want more behind the scenes? Here you go:
Once we had the van, we scouted a location. We knew the gorgeous VW would look great against the local red rocks. So we drove around until we found a potential spot, then we’d knock on the door of the house and inquire about shooting a video in their back yard. Hah! We ended up shooting at Cottam Farm (fun fact: my family used to buy milk from the some of Cottam cousins).
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A new Olive Us episode just went live! That always makes for a happy day at our house. Little June likes nothing better than to climb into our bed as soon as she wakes up, then snuggle in with Mom and Dad and watch Olive Us episodes on repeat. : )
In this new episode, you can follow along as the children go on a picnic in the mountains. We filmed it at Kotter Trail in Mendon, Utah when we were there in July. Being in the mountains really is one of my favorite things in the world!
Have you ever spent time in the mountains? There’s nothing quite like it.
Who has dinner clean up duties at your house? When I was growing up, each sister or brother was assigned a night of dish duties. Mine was Thursday nights and I remember frantically trying to finish up so I could watch The Cosby Show with my family. (Someone was always sure to help me so I didn’t get left out.)
Since we moved here, our dinner time has been pushed back and we’ve found we’re all pretty worn out by the time we finish up with our meal. To get through that final leg of the day, and tidy up the kitchen, we turn on something loud (the older kids will pick a playlist from one of their iPods) and we’ll have a clean up dance party.
It usually only takes a few songs and keeps everyone in a happy mood as we head in to our bedtime routines. And as an extra bonus, it keeps me and Ben Blair up on what our kids are listening to these days.
When Tiger in a Jar was here last April, they filmed one of the cleanup parties. It was a one-shot deal! And we loved how they edited it together. We don’t count this as a full Olive Us episode, but we thought you might enjoy a little behind-the-scenes peek at our family life.
P.S. — You may notice a 7th child. That’s my wonderful niece Roxcy who was staying with us at the time.
Just in time for back-to-school season, here’s the latest episode of Olive Us: How To Set Up a Study Space. It’s a really cute one!
We filmed this episode at my mom’s house in Mendon, Utah. We actually filmed it as we were packing up and getting ready to drive back to Colorado. It was a busy morning!
Matt and Julie of Tiger in a Jar had such a great vision of how to make it charming. I love the music they found! And a big part of the charm is definitely the fantastic illustrations of Merrilee Liddiard. (Do you know her work? Her excellent blog is called Mer Mag.)
I hope you enjoy the show!
P.S. — Want to see the illustration that didn’t make it in? Go here. And be sure to sign up for the Olive Us newsletter to be the first to see new episodes.
Here’s the latest from Olive Us! Join Betty, Olive & Maude as they visit our French neighbor to buy eggs.
Bonjour hens and roosters!
Please enjoy this 30 second video featuring Oscar wearing sweat bands. : ) As always, you can find more OliveUs videos at OliveUs.TV.
P.S. — We had a fantastic time in London yesterday and we’ll be home soon. I’ll be sure to share a little Olympic report tomorrow.
It’s been several weeks since we shared an Olive Us episode, and we’re so happy to have a new one today! In this episode, titled Spring Cleaning, Ralph, Maude and Olive work together to prep their bikes for a ride on a sunny day. Isn’t it lovely to work hard, then enjoy the benefits of your hard work? We love it!
Friends. They are not wearing helmets. Yikes! (If you saw the original trailer, you may remember this.) I wish I had a good excuse, but honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind. In the barn at La Cressonnière, where we filmed this, there are a dozen bikes and not a single helmet. Wearing helmets for casual bike riding doesn’t seem to be a big thing in France. If I’d been thinking, I would have stopped at the sporting goods store to pick some up. But clearly, I wasn’t thinking. My apologies in advance! That said, I hope you enjoy the show anyway. : )
For those of you who’ve emailed, asking how many episodes to expect, here’s the plan: we have one more Season 1 episode to share, and a possible bonus episode (or two!) as well. We share those over the next couple of weeks. For Season 2, earlier this month, we filmed 8 awesome episodes! They’ll start airing in late August or early September. We’re excited!
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What a funny week it’s been! We’ve been filming more Olive Us episodes and visiting Grandma and Grandpa Mac in Mendon, Utah. I assumed I’d have plenty of time to work, but I assumed wrong. Hah!
We should be wrapping up more episodes today, and then I’ll be back to a more regular schedule. In the meantime, feel free to check in on Instagram to see what’s we’re up to.
P.S. — The photo above was shot on Monday in Spring City, Utah at Horseshoe Mountain Pottery.
Hooray! Here’s episode 5 of Olive Us. In this one, viewers will get a little cultural lesson — and maybe even learn a few French words — while Olive, Betty and Ralph demonstrate how to properly visit a French Bakery. A tiny warning: you may want to watch on a full stomach. : )
Shopping basket from Kayce Hughes.
Betty’s blouse, dress, and cardigan from Olive Juice Kids.
Olive’s skirt and sweater from Olive Juice Kids.
Ralph’s outfit from his closet. (Yes. He totally wears scarves.)
Are you ready? Are you set? Here’s episode 4 of Olive Us! It’s called Helping Dad. Perfect timing for Father’s Day, don’t you think?
Once again, this is a different sort of episode than the ones we’ve shared so far. It’s our first attempt at a parody!
We know that modeling positive behavior can sometimes suggest the Blair kids are unrealistically well-behaved. So we thought it would be funny to make a video showing something truly over-the-top.
We hope you enjoy it! And for those of you with little ones, this episode might be over their heads. But hopefully they’ll still enjoy the music. : )
Want more Olive Us? Here are the most recent behind-the-scenes videos:
- Fun facts about Helping Dad
- How to Make Prop Lemonade
- Lemonade Stand Trivia
- How to play Zing Zing Zing
Find more at OliveUs.TV. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly email so you’re the first to know about new videos!
Would you like to see the next episode of Olive Us? In this one, Olive is having trouble getting customers at her lemonade stand. Find out what happens when she brainstorms with her brothers and sisters!
Once again, it’s something completely different from the previous episodes. This is our most scripted video yet — where the kids get their first chance at reciting written lines.
I hope you enjoy the show! If you’d like to stay in touch about all things Olive Us, be sure to subscribe here. You’ll receive a weekly email with updates, new videos and behind the scenes footage. For example, here are Maude & Olive demonstrating Zing, Zing, Zing — the hand game they played in episode 1.
Once again, a big thank you to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring our first 3 episodes!
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Are you ready for episode 2 of Olive Us? It’s something completely different from Garden Day — it’s a recipe tutorial! Make this with your kids and dip bread or crackers or veggies in it. They will love it!
I hope you enjoy the show! If you’d like to stay in touch about all things Olive Us, be sure to subscribe here. You’ll receive a weekly email with updates, new videos and behind the scenes footage. For example, here’s Ralph sharing some fun facts about episode 1.
Once again, a big thank you to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring our first 3 episodes!
P.S. — At the Blair house, we love tzatziki on everything. We learned to make it when Ben Blair and I lived in Greece. We’ll make a big batch for dinner and eat it with chicken and Greek salad. Have you ever tried it?
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It’s here! Olive Us has officially launched. Tiger in a Jar — the amazing video crew who put this together — has been working round the clock to finish up the edits. And I’m crazy excited about how it turned out! I hope you are too. : ) I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.
Things you can do to join in the fun:
- Watch our pilot episode. It’s called Garden Day. It was made with love!
- Check out the new Olive Us website. You can find out more about the show there, including FAQs and bios of the kids. There’s even a video of Ben Blair talking about the aims of the series.
- Subscribe to Olive Us! We’ll be sharing new videos every week and we don’t want you to miss out.
- Tell your friends. We’d love help getting the word out about Olive Us. If you like what you see, feel free to share the videos on Facebook or your own blog or wherever you like to share things.
We hope you enjoy the first episode. A huge thanks to Pottery Barn Kids for being the sponsor — they’ve been so fun to work with, and their faith in the idea made the series a possibility.
P.S. — Oscar made up the song at the end on the video. Hah!
I’ve been getting lots of questions about props and wardrobe, so click here for a source list.
Ready for another Olive Us update? Here’s the extended trailer! Are you still excited? I sure am. And I still have butterflies. You guys had lots of great questions on the last post and I didn’t get a chance to comment, so I’ll answer some of them here.
Q. Is it called Olive Us as in I Love Us? Or, as in All of Us?
A. The second one. It’s Olive Us as in All of Us. Cute, no?
Q. Why Olive? How come she’s so special?
A. Olive is our 3rd child. Third children are notorious for not getting enough attention. Seriously, there are all sorts of books written about birth order and 3rd kids have a hard time of it. So Ben Blair and I have been trying to come up with a project to highlight Olive’s talents. She’s great in front of a camera, so we thought it would be fun to create a little show where she’s the hostess. We knew the other kids would also want to be involved, so the name Olive Us was perfect!
The format of the show has changed since we first conceived it last summer — in fact, the episodes we’ve shot so far don’t feature a hostess at all. But we stuck with the name, and we still think of this as Olive’s project.
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Oh my goodness! I have butterflies as I type this. I’m so excited about it. And nervous too! Remember when I mentioned we had a video crew at our house a couple of weeks ago? The crew goes by Tiger In A Jar, and they are amazing! Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ve been working on with them. Don’t worry, it’s short. : )
What is it? A new weekly web series called Olive Us that will launch mid-May. A series that we hope parents and kids will love! I’ll tell you more about it next week as we prep for the official “launch” (launch = show the first episode). But for now, I’m just so excited to share the trailer!
And if you watch the trailer, tell me, please: Are you intrigued? Does it appeal to you? I’d love to know! By the way, Ben Blair’s cousin, Geoff Groberg, did the fantastic music. And most of the adorable props are from Pottery Barn Kids — they’re sponsoring the first 3 episodes!
P.S. — I snapped the image above during one of the episode shoots. I call it: Tiger In A Jar In A Field.