Olive Us Launch! Episode 1: Gardening

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!

Source List

I worked hard on the props and styling for each shot. From glimpses of the series on Instagram and the teaser videos, I’ve already been getting questions about some of the objects and clothes in the videos. So I’ll plan on including a source list for every episode. Here’s the first one! Since Pottery Barn Kids is the awesome sponsor for this episode, we sourced as much as we could from them. Anything not on the list, is from our personal collection or belongs to the homeowners here at La Cressonnière.

Gardening Props & Equipment

Tiny wheelbarrow, gardening gloves, kid-size potting table, flower seed tins, birdhouse, red lantern, chalkboard plant labels, butterfly nets — all from Pottery Barn Kids.

Twine, red hand rake, kid size rake & shovel, and pale blue watering can are from Intermarché.


June’s gingham dress is from Kayce Hughes.

Betty’s gingham skirt, Betty’s red sweater, and Oscar’s red polo are from Olive Juice Kids.

Betty’s boots, Oscar’s plaid button down, Maude’s red stripe hoodie and Olive’s navy print hoodie are from Polarn O. Pyret.

Ralph’s green jacket and June’s chambray jacket are from Zara Kids.

June’s heart print hoodie is from HEMA.

Red and yellow wellies by Hunter.

143 thoughts on “Olive Us Launch! Episode 1: Gardening”

  1. Beautiful!! So well put together and sweet. I love the idea of portraying sibling relationships in such a positive way. Well done! I look forward to the next episode.

    As an aside, I think it’s amazing to see you and Ben in each of your children. They really are a beautiful bunch of kids!

  2. Wow, I love the video! Aside from the project, which is great, I think it will be so fun for your children to watch these videos when they’ll be grown up. What a great life experience they are living. Beautiful! You and Ben did a great job!

  3. What bright and charming kids! I absolutely love the made-up song at the end. This made me want to get out in my garden. :)

  4. Love it! Good looking and full of heart. Looking forward to showing this to my 6 year old although I know he is going to beg to plant some stuff and I am not a good gardener. Which kind of leads to my only suggestion, to include the the parents presence at least a little. The parents are directly and leading and part of this sibling full family and I think it would be good to show that element too.

  5. Great episode! I really liked it. It is so fun to see your beautiful children and I can’t believe how much Maude looks like you when you were little.

  6. I didn’t realize until I watched this episode how much your children look like you and Ben Blair! Adorable – the children and the episode!

  7. THANK YOU! I adore your reasoning behind this series. And we could oh so use it in our home right now. Summer brings about wonderful opportunities for sibling shared moments, and I love seeing examples of peaceful, respectful, endearing siblings. You two are right on…we need these great examples. Can’t wait to show this to my little ones (7, 5, 2). We have our own garden to plant. XOXO, MJ

  8. This is so inspiring on so many levels. I love the use of internet for good, not evil. The thought of the good winning makes me giggle slyly as I sit here on my apple break at work. Olive us feels like a big, warm hug and it makes me want to be a better human being.

  9. That was so cheery and sweet! I loved seeing your children talk about planting and work together. The shot them dancing and Ralph playing the air-guitar was priceless. Thank you for sharing your lovely children with us!

  10. My 4 year old and I just watched this together and we loved it! Congratulations and well done! We can’t wait for big brother to get home from school and show him too. Looking forward to the next installment!

  11. Very creative and SWEET! Congratulations to all of you… You’re great actors but most importantly a wonderful (good lookin’) family!

  12. Loved this! We just planted our garden on Monday (FHE, anyone?!) and I enjoyed so much seeing your children working together–my kids are still young (7, 5, 3, 1) but they love digging around in the dirt and tucking in the seeds! Thanks so much, Gabby, for sharing this. I often wonder how families with more children “do it,” especially since I want more children but things are so hectic now with mine, and it’s so lovely to see the happy dynamic between your children. And to daydream about my children being as helpful in a few years (Ralph can actually shovel! Awesome!).

  13. Loved watching the episode with my 11year old son . He got very much interested in eenie-meenie thing done by the girls. can we have the text? :)
    Looking forward for the next episode!
    Yulia+Gleb from Moscow

  14. Your kids are so adorable. It’s so neat to see your and Ben’s mini-me’s and the other sweet combinations. Thanks for sharing. I can’t believe how much your kids have grown since I started following your blog five years ago or so. We love our garden and it’s such a great thing to look at/work in/eat out of with the kids.

  15. Your children are just the loveliest-they all just melt my heart. And the video is so charming and sweet. Wonderfully done. I can’t wait to see more.

  16. Sharon Gullikson

    I work for Pottery Barn Kids, and recognize some of our products. This is a cute video which should be shown at PBK stores on our portable DVD players at the checkstands. It shows that gardening is totally accessible for kids, and is enjoyable and interesting. Bravo!! I’m also a big time gardener, and member of a garden club. So I’m very into this!

  17. This is the best family video I’ve ever seen. I just adore it. It’s so well done and fun to watch. I can’t wait to show Danny. Your family could not be more wonderful. Those kids! Ahhh…they are just making me melt. xoxox

  18. Congratulations, Gabrielle! I’ve just watched it with two of my kids on my knees. They laughed, they were inspired and they asked great questions; right up to wishes for their own gardens! (Sweden… we’ll have to wait until June!) It was fun because I felt that they could really relate and wanted to relay that! It left us wanting more! Have fun bringing us more!

  19. Fantastic and beautiful! It’s so true that TV and books are too filled with nasty bickering siblings who only learn the important lessons about sharing and caring in the final 3 minutes or on the last 2 pages. How wonderful to have something that highlights the more positive moments of sibling life! Well done!

  20. We love, love, loved this! I watched it twice in a row and then my three year old son Benjamin watched it three times in a row. :) I’m sure I’ll show it to my husband this evening.

    I called my mom to tell her I was going to send her the link to the first episode. When I got off the phone Benjamin said, “What did you tell Grammy?”

    “I’m going to send her the link to the garden day video.”

    “Mommy, can we not send it to her?”


    “Because then we will not have it on our computer.”

    *oh dear heart* We had a lovely little chat about how it will still be available for us to watch, too. Keep it up, we love Olive Us!

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