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family meal: chinese chicken salad... 31 Mar 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how we do something called "family meal" at the Oh Joy office where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team. That way, we only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and it gives us a mid-day break where we all sit down to lunch and enjoy a meal together. Last time, I shared our crafting assistant, Jessica's, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich and today, we're sharing this Chinese Chicken Salad that our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia Wester, makes...that I LOVE so much! It combines so many textures and flavors and is one of my favorites for lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

You'll need (serves 4):

- 2 cups romaine

- 2 cups of shredded/pulled chicken breast

- 1 cup shredded carrots

- 1 cup shredded cabbage

- 1/2 cup chopped green onions

- 1 cup fuscilli pasta (pre-cooked)

- 1/4 cup sliced almonds 

- 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles

Chinese chicken salad dressing

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and toss with dressing! Now, we are fully aware that Chinese Chicken Salad is not rooted in anything actually from China. It's an Americanized version of a salad that has become a staple at cafes and restaurants. For me, it combines lots of great textures and flavors and with the addition of pasta, makes a salad that actually leaves me feeling full! It's so easy to make and SO good!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and recipe by Julia Wester}

a {giveaway} with instacart...(NOW CLOSED) 30 Mar 2016

Instacart

As a working mom of two, I feel like I have less and less time to get stuff done every day. I've talked before about using delivery services, apps, and other tools help make your life a little easier. Grocery delivery is one of those modern day conveniences that has made my life SO much easier. There are so many times when I don't have time to load up the kids and make a big trip to the grocery store...but I still need food to stock my fridge. I've used Instacart for over a year now and have been a regular customer because I can get my usual favorites from my local grocery stores (like Whole Foods or Gelson's), but it shows up at my door within 1-2 hours and allows me to do something I'd rather be doing in that time...like spend time with my kids!

Instacart is currently available in 18 U.S. cities. To celebrate its launch in Orange County, we've partnered with them to give away a $350 credit and a full year of Instacart Express (free deliveries!) to one lucky reader (a $500 value).

To enter, please visit (and like!) this Instacart post on Instagram! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would do with the free time you'd save using Instacart. Entries close this Saturday, April 2nd at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.*

UPDATE: Congrats to Melanie L. from Austin, TX for being our winner this time!

New Code for Oh Joy! Readers!  Instacart is offering $5 off for first-time orders of $35+!  Use code "ohjoy5" to save!**

*This giveaway is open to readers located in the United States and eligible for Instacart service. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $500 approximate USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

**Credit expires 4/9/2016 at 11:59pm PST. Credit valid on first-time orders of $35 or more. Credit will be deducted from the total purchase price for all non-alcohol products. Credit cannot be applied to alcohol products. In order to take advantage of this offer, customers must have a valid account on Instacart.com with a valid form of accepted payment on file. Only one Credit per household. Instacart reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Credit may not be sold, copied, modified, or transferred. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Credit has no cash value. Instacart is not a retailer or seller. Instacart may not be available in all zip codes.

3 ways to use firefly lights... 29 Mar 2016

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

Have you guys ever used firefly lights before? They are sort of the toddlers of the string light world (they're smaller and cuter!) and my new favorite way to add a little whimsical glow to a small corner of the room.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

1. Plant friend - String them around a plant in your home and get a miniature version of those warm fuzzies you feel every year when putting up the Christmas tree.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

2. A Jar of Light - Whether it's a terrarium, a mason jar, or a carafe that's not being used, put those lights into a clear glass vessel to add instant magic.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

3. Flower Power - Double up on the decor by wrapping firefly lights around your favorite vase. That way, when you get up in the middle of the night for a late night snack, you've got a little extra glow to light the way.

We used our Oh Joy lights here but the same goes for any set of firefly lights you might already have, too!

UPDATE: We've had a lot of questions regarding where the battery pack gets stored. You can see it in some of the photos, but we just hide it behind the object. It can also be taped to the back or lengthen the cord a bit so that you can have it trail down behind the table the object is on (like in the glass carafe image). Hope that helps!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

dressing the babe / spring stripes... 28 Mar 2016

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Spring is here! My friend, Jen, has this AMAZING bougainvillea wall in her backyard that is so full and lush right now. So I thought it would be fun to take Coco and do a "part 2" of this post with Ruby from last year. Kids love bougainvillea because when they fall to the ground, they dry up and sound crunchy under their little feet. Coco didn't want to leave...

Oh Joy / Mama Style

I will never tire of a good maxi dress. I wanted to dress it up a bit so I added my go-to vintage gold belt to give it a more polished look. 

Mama outfit / 1. dRA dress, 2. vintage gold belt, 3. Target hat, 4. Bryr sandals, 5. Akola necklace

Oh Joy / Baby Style

There's honestly nothing cuter on a baby girl than a little romper. Ahhhh! And this one, has crotch snaps which I can seriously appreciate for diaper changes!

Babe outfit / 6. Pausch romper, 7. June & January hair clip, and 8. Zuzii shoes.

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Oh Joy / Baby Style

How is my little munchkin getting SO big?!? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 17 months and has a mind of her own.}

happy easter! 25 Mar 2016

Oh Joy Pattern Play Eggs

Happy Friday all! We're heading to Washington D.C. to spend Easter at the...wait for it...WHITE HOUSE! Eeek! A few months ago, I was asked to design the logo for this year's Easter Egg Roll at the White House so we'll be joining the festivities with the Obama's on Monday! Then, taking a little trip to see family in Philly while we're East side. I hope you have a nice weekend and a Happy Easter for those of you who celebrate it! 

P.S. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I'll be speaking at Create & Cultivate on May 7th on a panel called "The Balancing Act of Mother and Mogul". Hope to see some of you there!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

oh joy for boys... 24 Mar 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

One of the things I hear most from moms of boys is that there aren't as many cool options for dressing them as there are for girls. Being a mom of girls, I haven't had to through that challenge. But I know when I've been on the hunt for baby boy gifts in the past, it can be hard to find a lot outside of typical blue and khaki with standard stripes and plaids. Which is why when we designed the pieces for our Oh Joy for Target baby apparel collection, I wanted to make sure to offer more patterns, colors, and simply just fun mix-and-match items for boys, too! (Oh Joy isn't only for girls, anymore ;).

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Here are a just a few of my favorites from playwear to sleepwear for the little guys in your life.

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Look at those cuties! I can't even take it. I'm SO glad we got to add in some non-girl specific items in our newest collection for all those moms of boys (or those who want gender-neutral clothing) who have been asking for it over the last couple years! If there's anything else you're hoping for in future baby collections, please let me know that, too!

{Top photo: Ever via Cassidy, Bottom photos: Andy and Otto via Angie}

living wall art! 23 Mar 2016

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

Have you ever had air plants in your home? They have become one of my favorite plants to keep around because they're easier to maintain than other house plants and you can put them pretty much anywhere (since they don't need a pot of soil to grow in). Inspired by the living walls we see a lot around here in Los Angeles, we made our own version using air plants...living wall art, if you will!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

You'll need:

nails

elastic cord

- hammer

plywood board (ours is 2ft by 1ft) 

- white paint

Here's how:

1. Paint a piece of plywood white.

2. Once dry, hammer nails on the long edge of the plywood on both ends. We placed the nails 1 inch apart. Hammer the nails in halfway leaving enough room to string the elastic cord around the nails. 

3. Once all the nails have been hammered in, you can start stringing. Tie a double knot of string one the first nail on the bottom left, then loop it to one of the top nails, then back down again keeping the tension as you go. You can go in a very orderly pattern or go crazy with it! We started from one end and went left to right using two different elastic colors overlapping them in some areas. Once finished, tie off the last string on another corner nail and trim the ends.

4. To hang the board on the wall, you can use picture-hanging strips!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

The end result is a fun piece of wall art for your home that also holds air plants. The air plants are super easy to pull in and out when you need to water them and then place them back in their spots!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafting by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong, styling by Julia Wester.}

sleepyheads... 22 Mar 2016

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

One of my favorite illustrators, Christopher David Ryan, just released this super cute series of prints called Sleepyheads. They just make me smile...while also reminding me how much I really do love SLEEEEP!

{All artwork by CDR}

 

confetti easter eggs! 21 Mar 2016

How to Make Confetti Easter Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, we wanted to share a fun way to bring a little confetti party to your eggs this year. They're so easy and so fun to make, and you only need a few things...

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product updates! 18 Mar 2016

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*This was last updated on May 15, 2017.

We have been blown away by your love and enthusiasm for all the Oh Joy for Target collections. From home decor to nursery to baby apparel, your support means the world and I'm so happy to be able to offer little bits of Oh Joy that you can all have in your homes.

Because we receive daily emails, comments, and messages about items that are out of stock, I wanted to give an update for those of you who have been asking or who are trying to locate certain items. Here are some more detailed updates per category. We will continue to update this page as new updates occur or any announcements are made!*

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