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4 ways to mix chairs in a dining room!

4 Ways to Mix Chairs in a Dining Room! / Oh Joy!

One of my favorite ways to add whimsy to a dining room? Mix and match the chairs! The result looks chic, yet fun. Here are some examples...

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happy friday + work in progress...

Oh Joy! Self Help Book List

The other day, I was reading one of the books above (a parenting book), and Ruby asked me what I was reading. I told her, "Well, I am reading this book about how to be a parent." She responded, "You already are one, why do you need to read about it?" And I replied, "Well, this job is really hard and sometimes I have no idea what I am doing!" Then, she shrugged her shoulders and went back to playing.

Currently, I'm in a bit of a discovery phase of my life. I'm trying to grow in areas that I think I could use help in, and also be open to changes knowing that there is so much more to come that I don't even know about yet. I understand that was the most vague sentence ever, but all I mean is that I am very aware of the work in progress that I am as a person, a parent, a friend, a leader, a mentor...so I am reading more than usual right now and wanted to share those reads with you if you're interested!

The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child — I just started reading this book. The sub-title speaks to what it's about but what I am loving so far is that what they are teaching to you as a parent can also be applied to your own life in addition to your child's life. Curiosity, courage, and resilience are qualities we all need!

Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma — I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this over the holiday break, and it came at the perfect time where I could really focus on putting these tips into practice while home with my kids during the long break. There are some key steps from this book that I use everyday when dealing with meltdowns and disagreements. It's also helped to retrain the way I respond to my kids during their most upset moments. I am getting ready to read it again because I need a refresher with every stage of parenting!

Authentic Success: Essential Lessons and Practices from the World's Leading Coaching Program on Success Intelligence — This book is the only non-parenting book I am reading right now because my life coach (yes, I started working with a life coach!) has me reading it. It has raised a lot of questions for me about what success really is and my vision of success. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is very goal oriented and always looking for what's next on the bucket list.

{Amazing photo above shot by my iPhone ;P}

lace heels diy...

Lace Heels DIY / Oh Joy!

We're back with a brand new way to up your shoe game! We've shown you how to add fringe, gems, and rickrack to sandals or wedges...and today, we're showing you how to add a little lace to a cute pair of heels! It adds just the right amount of detailing and is super easy. Here's how...

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mother's day gift guide!

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It's almost time to celebrate that favorite lady in your life—mom! Here are a few of my favorite things for all kinds of amazing moms right now in a range of prices!

01. Nora Kogan MAMA and MOM rings, 02. tassel earrings by SJO, 03.Custom Mini Moon Necklace by Elisa Solomon, 04. Otherland candles, 05. Oh Joy! for Target diaper backpack, 06. Oh Joy! for CALPAK power luggage tag, 07. Oh Joy! for CALPAK sunset luggage, 08. Goverre traveling wine glasses, 9. Valerie Confections x Clare V chocolate bar.

pattern adventures: oh joy wears abstract outfits!

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I'm playing with abstract prints for this month's pattern adventures! From loud and bold to soft and subtle, here are four colorful outfits packed with abstract pattern...

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our newest first aid kit is here!

Our New First Aid Kit is HERE! / Oh Joy!

I can't believe this is our FOURTH First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! You all were so amazing in your support and love for the past three that we have a NEW kit this year that is now available exclusively at Target! This year's design will bring bright skies and colorful clouds with you wherever you go. 

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Our handy First Aid Kit can be used to keep at home, in the car, at the office, or in your purse so that you are always prepared for any boo-boos that may happen during the day's adventures. The kit is currently free with the purchase of three qualifying items (such as our Oh Joy! BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment, BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Gauze and Tapes, and Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream). And I have to warn you...the First Aid Kit goes quick! In the past, it was gone in just a couple months and people still email us about wanting to buy designs from seasons past. 

So get them online or head to your local Target and find them near the Pharmacy section! And if you share photo of them on your Instagram, don't forget to tag us @OhJoy and add #OhJoyToTheRescue

This content is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. All opinions are my own.

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.} 

happy friday + questions for growing a team?

Oh Joy! Growing a Team

Happy Friday! I am working on some new projects, and would love your input! For a while, I have been wanting to teach an online class for small business owners about "How to Grow a Team". I never learned how to be a boss in any formal way and have figured it all out as I go. I wish I had more direction when I was building my company and adding employees on what made sense, how to hire people, and other aspects of growth that there was no resource for. As I have grown my team over the last 13 years (from just me to six full-time employees), I have learned a lot about when it's time to grow, how to find good people (and how to keep them), how to run a company that your employees enjoy working at, and so much more.

In a similar way that Creative, Inc. and Blog, Inc. gave you all my tips from everything I've learned in freelancing and blogging, I want to do that again to help other small creative business owners understand how to go about it. So...if you are a small creative business owner or want to be one some day, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

1. What you would want me to cover and what specific questions do you have about growing a team? That will help me best customize this class for your needs!

2. If you are a small business owner and located in Los Angeles and would be interested in coming to an in-person version of this class before the online version goes up, also let me know what type business you have, what your concerns/questions are, and your email. That way, we can contact you if the opportunity arises. 

Thanks in advance for your input! Happy weekend!

an embroidered clutch DIY...

An Embroidered Clutch DIY / Oh Joy!

Adding a little flower power to your wardrobe has never been easier! This floral embroidered clutch DIY will take less than 30 minutes, and it's both summery and chic. It totally looks like a vintage find, but we actually took a plain clutch and gave it new life with some pretty raffia ribbon. Plus, it makes a great spring accessory or a sweet a one-of-a-kind gift (Mother's Day IS coming up!). Here's how to make one...

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pattern adventures: an abstract kids' room!

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For this month's Pattern Adventures we're mixing things up by going abstract! We brought in fun shapes with a simple DIY dresser that anyone can create, complemented with other subtle patterns, and lots of bright colors. Here's how we did it...

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Oh Joy! for CALPAK power luggage tags are here!

Oh Joy! for CALPAK Power Luggage Tags

Meet the newest member of our Oh Joy! for CALPAK collection...POWER LUGGAGE TAGS! We teamed up with CALPAK to create three bright, colorful tags that pair perfectly with our Confetti and Sunset suitcases: Pink and Gold Dip, Floral, and Confetti. We designed the tags so you can either match your suitcase OR mix it up with a whole new print and pop of color. There's no suitcase and tag combo we don't love...

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