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. OH MY GOD :) What a result ! I LOOOOOVE it !!!
    BRAVO aux acteurs en herbe… aux sympathiques “Tiger in a Jar” … et félicitations aux heureux parents de cette merveilleuse grande famille. Love you !
    Gabby and Ben : Merci du fonds du coeur pour le petit clin d’oeil de fin ;)

  2. What a gift! Thank you for sharing this super fun project.

    I loved your kid’s commentary on the weeds. We have a big yard in sunny Central Florida and weeds are always popping up. A few years ago, we planted a butterfly garden and with all the beautiful flowers came the task of pulling weeds to protect those flowers. We have made that into a word picture or life analogy for our children. When we have unkind words spoken here at our house or unkind actions taken, we compare those unkind deeds to weeds. If left unchecked, they could really harm someone. Pulling weeds has become a real character building activity in our family.

  3. I am sure that it is the age, but I am adoring cute Oscar. What incredible kids, you are an amazing mother.

  4. Fabulous! So authentic and what a wonderful topic – gardening. You guys should all really be proud of yourselves….this is a wonderful thing to share. Thank you! I was smiling the entire time.

  5. wow! This series is my new favorite thing! I love it!

    And how cute are your sweet kids! Man. This makes me want more kids.

    And your sweet husband?! Oh my. I love how he kinda talks out of the side of his mouth. Oscar’s mannerisms really mimic his in this video. How wonderful.

    Thanks for doing this! I really can’t say enough. Just love it!

  6. I just watched this with my 5 year old daughter, and she says she likes Oscar talking so much! I have to agree, his voice and expressions are so adorable. All of your children are lovely, and exude such happiness and joy- I loved watching it! Thank you for sharing your sweet kids with all of us!!

  7. Oh my goodness gracious, your kids are adorable! Congratulations to your family on this wonderful, beautifully executed idea.

  8. This is incredibly sweet. What smart and lovely children you have. I was having a hard day today but this warmed my heart and made me smile!

  9. Awesome! Just watched with my 3.5 year old. He says…” mom, let’s go plant some pumpkins!” Perfect format and length for young kids and the idea of cooperation really shines throughout! Can I say this without sounding silly….but as a longtime reader I’m just so proud of what you’ve created!

  10. Your kids are adorable! My kids watched with me. I like the potting bench and my older daughter wants labels for her garden now.

  11. Oh wowee. Your children are delightful (June and that giant welly! Betty and her voice! “Some people say you should sing to it but I’m not really sure …”). The concept is delightful. And oh, but is the editing ever delightful. Great job Tiger in a Jar and great job Blairs! Totally looking forward to the next episode.

    Lola x

  12. really really lovely!!! Three kids, baby and me saw it and we couldn’t stop smiling. If you could see my kids’ faces!! They felt part of it, asked questions, wanted Oscar and Betty to come and play, but best of all: they want a garden day now, best day ever!! Congrats, Gabby and Ben! Beautiful project and a delight to watch.

  13. Wow! So precious. And Oscar is so articulate! As a choral music teacher, I can tell you that he’s displaying a lot of music potential – great rhythm, good pitch for his age – would love to hear about him starting an instrument or joining a children’s choir someday soon!

  14. love it! my kids enjoyed it too…hopefully it will inspire them to get out into the garden with me! and my goodness Maude looks like you. wow!

  15. So sweet, Gabby. Your kids should all feel proud of the work they put into this video, as well as Ralph’s extra Fun Facts video.

    I enjoyed seeing all of your children in the video, but I’m especially glad for a chance to see Olive more. I feel like I’ve gotten to know all of your kids through the blog except Olive! She’s so poised.

    And is Oscar a mini Ben Blair or what?! All he needs is a beard and glasses!

  16. Best. Family. Video. Ever.
    I so loved it.
    I think the world might just fall in love with Oscar after this.
    I love how he’s laying there and he says “best day ever”. Reminds us all that children don’t need mountains of toys and video games.
    Then there’s the part where he says pull gently and
    how the plants look cute and pretty. Kills me.
    I don’t watch reality TV but I would so watch a Blair Family reality show just to enjoy your beautiful, delightful children – all of them.

  17. Very earthy and sweet! Reminds me of my kids…..out in the garden…but not so jovial! Have you seen KidHistory on youtube? It might be inspiration for 1 episode… it’s one of our family’s favorites!
    And, and tell Oscar that he might have a future in jingle ads!
    mille merci!

  18. Oh, so when you go to KidHistory, episode #1,4,6 are our favorites (you really have to watch them all, but those are the gut buster ones) I would love to see Olive Us do an episode like this with Gabrielle and Ben doing the voice overs! And maybe a french neighbor or two also! Just thinking about it, gets me all excited! Please please consider it! A la prochaine!

  19. oh, how wonderfully lovely! the scenery, the cast, the music (especially the final song!)..all just simply lovely! can’t wait for the next episode!

  20. That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Little Oscar at the end – oh, so sweet! Just like my little girl improvising on the spot – that’s the best!

    I really appreciate and commend you for setting examples of positive family relationships that inspire and showcase good family values. Awesome. Can’t wait to share with my daughter tomorrow! I’ll of course have her garden shovel and watering can ready! ;)

  21. Awww! I love the show Olive Us. Your kids are beautiful & so is the scenery. More importantly, I heart the message behind series.

    I only have one kid now. So, I must admit that I haven’t thought a lot about how siblings interact lately. But I am one of four kids and in my experience, relationships between siblings — good or bad — are generally not talked about too much. I think it’s wonderful that you are showing how, just like a garden, relationships between siblings can grow into something beautiful with a little T.L.C. I will definitely keep watching and look out for tips on nurturing and teaching positive relationships as we try for baby #2!


  22. Okay. Right now I have 1 daughter with another little person on the way, but after seeing this video you made me want to have a whole lot more. I just subscribed to Olive Us…love it so much!

  23. Love this Gabby. Totally showing it to my kids in hopes that seeing YOUR kids excited about gardening will get them excited too. Plus they’ll just like seeing your kiddos again. They ask about them from time to time…we will have to plan a mini reunion sometime!

  24. Nothing beats digging in the dirt and taking pride in watching your hard work grow, and grow, and grow! One of my favorite things about growing up on a farm was helping my Mom in the garden. You will have to do another video of the “big harvest”.

    PS – Your children are such a great mix of you and your husband! Beautiful family.

  25. jennifer milton

    Really digging this!! It’s fun to follow you b/c we are also a family living overseas….and we love to garden! will be fun to show my kids. I think it’ll make them feel special to see kids ‘on t.v.’ doing it too!

    jennifer (in New Zealand)

  26. wow! Im really impressed! Not only by the video, but also by the project! It’s a really wonderful idea and sooo important!! I can’t wait to see more!

  27. What a precious group of children. I once heard somewhere that the goal of motherhood was not to raise children, but adults. You and Ben Blair appear to be doing a fantastic job, and I’m sure it’s not by accident.

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