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a pippit update... 7 Aug 2014

Pippit App

A couple months ago, I helped to launch a new app called Pippit with Naomi and Josh of Love Taza. We wanted to create a way for people to easily get the latest updates from their favorite blogs while also being able to see blog content mixed with everyday photos and videos as well. Since the launch, we have been working hard to improve bugs and glitches that revealed themselves once there were thousands of users on the app. It was a difficult few weeks soon after launch as we wanted to make sure every concern was heard, and we worked with the programmers to fix things to make the app better as quickly as possible. We truly value the enthusiasm and support of everyone who has joined so far. During the launch, you helped it to become the #1 Paid Lifestyle App as well as the #2 Paid App in all categories!

Pippit App

This week, we've released the newest update of Pippit v1.3 which has dramatic performance enhancements (like being able to "like" something on the home feed with a single tap!) and some new features. Thanks to your feedback, we were able to see what we could make better and how we can create a better experience for you. The biggest update is that the app is now free. When launched, Pippit was intended as a paid app in efforts to charge a small, transparent fee upfront for an ad-free interface instead of a free app that would eventually need revenue in some other form to support itself down the road. But since then, lessons have been learned, and it's been realized that charging the small fee still prevented many people from using the app. And therefore it limited the experience and the ability for those who had joined to follow as many people as possible. We want you to have even more great content to discover and even more people to share experiences with, and making Pippit free is going to help us do that for you. 

Pippit App

In addition to being able to have your own blog's feed show on your Pippit feed (and follow other blogs you love there even if you don't have a blog of your own), one of my favorite features still is that you can add "dots" to your photos or videos that allow followers to be able to go directly to the moments or things you're sharing. For example, you can add a dot to reference the exact recipe for a cake in your photo and add a dot to link to where to buy the cake stand. It makes it easy to not only share your experiences but help others go out and experience them as well directly and immediately.

I understand that it might be a bummer to have paid for it and now see it for free. If you paid for Pippit initially and would like a refund in light of the free version, please email info@pippit.co, and we will take care of that for you. As always please feel free to email info@pippit.co with any technical difficulties or issues. 

If you haven't tried it yet, you can download Pippit in the App Store now through your iPhone! (And yes, it's only on iPhone for now).

We hope you'll try out the app if you haven't yet (you can find me under username @ohjoy), and please let me know what you think if you are using it! 

one more week left for an oh joy summer... 4 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target goblets / Photo by Justina Blakeney

Oh Joy for Target baskets / Studio DIY ice cream sandwiches

Oh Joy for Target mat and goblet / Photo by House of Mia

Oh Joy for Target picnic basket / Photo by Jen Gotch

I love seeing how everyone has been using the Oh Joy for Target summer goodies. Just a reminder that the collection is only in stores for a another week or so (and now on sale!) so get it while you can as it won't be available any longer once the Fall collection arrives!

{Photos via: Justina Blakeney, Studio DIYHouse of Mia, and Jen Gotch}

let's all have less mom guilt, shall we? 29 Jul 2014

Oh Joy for Target - Behind the Scenes

I've recently spoken at a few conferences, and I always get asked about how to deal with feeling guilty about being away from your child as a working mom. Now, let me preface this by saying that "mom guilt" is an epidemic that every mother I know seems to feel often—whether they're stay-at-home-moms, working moms, or any kind of mom—we (unfortunately) feel bad for something. While I certainly struggle with it too, here's something that recently helped me feel a little less guilty...

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the changing business of a blog... 21 Jul 2014

Oh Joy Studio

I've recently spoken at a couple conferences, and as a blogger for almost nine years (say what?!?), I often get asked what's different about blogging now than when I started. It's crazy to think about how much things have changed since I started in 2005. Every blogger does things differently, so I wanted to chat about how things have changed for me over the years.

When I started my blog, it was a hobby (as it was for most back then). This was before there were "professional bloggers", before anyone called people "tastemakers", and before people started blogging with the intention of making any money. Just like a lot of the earlier bloggers, turning this site into part of my job happened unintentionally, but it's something that changed the course of my career and my life for the better.

Oh Joy Studio

Here are a few things that have changed for me about blogging over the past nine years...

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cool kickstarters... 13 Jun 2014

Oh Joy desk

It might be the business lady in me, but I am obsessed with watching Shark Tank and watching Kickstarter campaign videos. I love seeing a good idea come to fruition and the reasons that made it viable or not. It's amazing how one idea can turn into a whole business simply with a little help. Here are a few of my favorite Kickstarters right now...

Fly Tot

Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion that helps little ones sleep flat on an airplane which is tough to do on a regular seat once they've reached toddler age.

Dear Kate

Dear Kate yoga pants allow you to go commando (yep, commando) while being active. It's one of those things I never really thought I'd need, but after watching, I can see why it's so useful.

Beacon and Lively

Beacon & Lively have created a blue-tooth enabled cuff that alerts you when important people call, text, or email you so that you don't have to constantly check your phone and will be alerted with a simple vibration or illumination.

Reading Rainbow

Finally, my favorite childhood show wants to bring back Reading Rainbow in a web version for every child everywhere and at no cost for those children and schools in need.

Have you guys ever funded one? I've contributed to a handful, and I'm always so excited to see the ones that make it...it's like supporting a friend that you don't know but are really proud of anyway..

the pippit app! 2 Jun 2014

Pippit App Founders

I have some fun news to share with you today! For almost two years, I've been working on creating a new app with my friends Naomi and Josh from Love Taza (that's us above in our first meeting with our programmers in Silicon Valley over one year ago). As we watched more and more people reading our blogs on their mobile phones, we wanted to create a way for people to easily get the latest updates from their favorite blogs while also being able to see blog content mixed with everyday photos and videos as well. So, we created Pippit.

Pippit App

In addition to being able to have your own blog's feed show on your Pippit feed (and follow other blogs you love there even if you don't have a blog of your own), you can also add "dots" to your photos or videos that allow followers to be able to go directly to the moments or things you're sharing. For example, you can add a dot to reference a the exact recipe for a cake in your photo and add a dot to link to where to buy the cake stand. It makes it easy to not only share your experiences but help others go out and experience them as well directly and immediately.

Pippit App

Also, instead of simply "liking" something, you can "Like" it, "Want" it, or find it "Useful". So your opinions have more meaning and you can reference those items you've found useful again later. You can also respond to comments directly within each individual thread so it's clear who you are chatting with. There are a ton of other cool features as well which you'll discover as you play around with the app and try it out.

See this video below to see a preview of how it works in real time...

I hope you guys will try it out and please let me know what you think or any questions you have! I know navigating a new app for the first time can sometimes feel tricky, so I am happy to help you navigate. But we're thrilled to get to share the news of the release with you first so you can claim your first choice username ASAP (You can find me under @ohjoy)!

Download Pippit in the App Store now through your iPhone! 

P.S. Please keep in mind that since this is the beta version, and there may be kinks that show up once we have a lot of users on it for the first time. So if you have any issues this week as you try out the app, please feel free to email us at: info@pippit.co with any feedback or questions. Our goal is to make a really solid mobile platform that is easy to use and navigate for all users. We would love your feedback as we launch so we can keeping improving it with future releases.

P.P.S. I want to mention that we made a conscious decision not to make this a free app. Pippit is a paid app with an non-renewing subscription. The subscription for the first year is included with the app purchase. We’ve chosen a small, up-front, and transparent fee so we can ensure there is no advertising on or off the app.

oh joy for target summer / launches sunday! 22 May 2014

Oh Joy for Target Picnic Basket and Mat

The Oh Joy for Target summer collection launches online and in all Target stores this Sunday, May 25th! As promised, here's a look some of the actual products coming out. This collection was all about creating a fun summer picnic with extra special summer pieces like a picnic basket, picnic mat, insulated tote bag, tiffin box, and condiment holders—as well as summer party essentials like paper cups, napkins, lanterns, and more...

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target Tiffin Box

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection

 

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection

Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection, and you can see them all online and in-stores (in the US and Canada) starting Sunday! Like last time, some things will sell out fast, so get them while you can. The collection will be available for just 6-8 weeks (and get what's left from the spring collection on sale now)!

{Environmental photos by Thuss+Farrell. Product images by Target.}

oh joy for target summer collection / a preview! 15 May 2014

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection Coming May 25th!

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection Coming May 25th!

I'm excited to give you a peek at the new Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming out in less than two weeks! Here's a little video we put together to get you excited for all the fun picnic party pieces coming soon. The collection will be online in all Target stores in the US and Canada on Sunday, May 25th for six weeks only.

P.S. You can follow along here to see more peeks leading up to launch! And, to make room for the summer collection, the remaining items left in the spring collection are now on sale!

{Video by the amazing paper artist Chloé Fleury}

oh joy for feed diaper bag 23 Apr 2014

Oh Joy for Feed Diaper Bag

Oh Joy for Feed Diaper Bag

Ever since becoming a mom, it's become more important than ever to help other families whenever possible. I'm thrilled to partner with FEED to bring you this very limited-edition FEED + Oh Joy diaper bag. Covered in a colorful and whimsical Oh Joy pattern, the bag holds all of your little one's daily essentials. And, the best part is, for every bag purchased, 1 mother and 1 child will be provided with micro-nutrients for 1 year.

Here's a special video we made showing a peek into our adventures and the making of this bag...

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by FEED + Oh Joy
Art Direction by Oh Joy
Video by Jenner Brown
Music is "Together" by Natalie Prass
Photos by Casey Brodley

happy friday + work in progress... 11 Apr 2014

Oh Joy / Chloe Fleury

Oh Joy / Chloe Fleury

TGIF, friends! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am? This week, I've been reminded—both personally and professionally—that no dream is achieved without some minor set-backs. But once you get through it, a sea of possibilities still lies ahead.

Above is a tiny peek of a video I'm working on with paper artist Chloé Fleury for the next Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming out at the end of May. If you look really close, you can see some tiny paper versions of some of the summer pieces! Oh, and the spring collection is only in stores for a few more weeks - so get them while you can!

Have a great weekend!

{Photos above by Chloé Fleury}

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