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5 tips for an easy easter brunch!

5 tips for an easy easter brunch / Oh Joy!

With Easter just a few weeks away, we wanted to share some tips for an easy (and beautiful) Easter brunch! This year, we used our new Oh Joy! for Cheeky paper goods to help set the tone. Here are my top 5 tips!

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oh joy for cheeky!

Oh Joy For Cheeky Is Here!

Our newest collection has arrived! Together with Cheeky Home, we've created the perfect paper goods line to bring joy to every single day. We have paper plates, bowls, hot cups, cold cups (with and without straws!), and cute little snack cups, all in fun, playful prints perfect for spring picnics and parties! 

Oh Joy For Cheeky Is Here!

Oh Joy For Cheeky Is Here!

Oh Joy for Cheeky Is Here!

Oh Joy For Cheeky Is Here!

Oh Joy For Cheeky Is Here!

You can find them all online in select Target stores for a limited time! Also, stay tuned Friday afternoon with an extra special Instagram live where we'll show all the products and answer your questions live (and maybe have one more fun surprise!).

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

why you deserve a vacation without your kids...

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This past weekend, I did something with my husband that I never thought I'd do...

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Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

In my 12 years in business, one of my favorite parts of what I am able to do at Oh Joy is to share the work of other designers, artists, makers that I admire and love. So, alongside our own Oh Joy! products, we've created a BRAND NEW Oh Joy! Shop filled with exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces by my favorite designers, makers, and artists. We have decor items for your home, accessories to wear, even a few options for your little ones. Each one is handmade and will bring a bit of sunshine and cheer to your daily life. 

Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

Introducing the Oh Joy Shop!

There's a little peek of a few items...head over to the shop now to see them all! 

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

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection!

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection! 

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

I am thrilled to introduce out newest product line...an Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection! We teamed up with CALPAK to create colorful suitcases and travel accessories to bring the party with you wherever you go, whether it's near, far, or somewhere in between. The collection includes suitcases in three different sizes in two whimsical prints, the loveliest hat box you'll ever see, and lots of festive packing cubes to keep you organized...

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Take a look, let us know your favorites, then shop the new Oh Joy for CALPAK collection right here! And, if you happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend, we're having a trunk show on Saturday, January 27th. See all details and RSVP here.

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

my executive office at oh joy: final reveal!

Oh Joy Executive Office / Designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel

It feels like just yesterday that we moved into our current office, but it's been just over a year now! We spent a good chunk of last year doing renovations to the space taking it slowly one room at a time. You may have seen our beautifully organized and fun craft room and our completely renovated dream kitchen! Today, I'm sharing the next room on the list—my executive office! I worked with my talented friend, Sarah Sherman Samuel, to bring this space to life. Come see the before and after and more about the space below!

Oh Joy Executive Office / Before

Oh Joy Executive Office / Before

Ever since opening a physical office for Oh Joy outside of my home office five years ago, I have always sat with my team in one big open space. I loved having the ability to easily communicate and brainstorm with them in that arrangement, but it got difficult when I had lots of phone calls or meetings and needed privacy. When we moved into our current space, I had planned to sit together with my team again until they all confronted me one day with an intervention. They were like, “Joy, you need your own office!” I joked that they kicked me out, but it really was the best decision as it allows separation when I need it but also I am right there and still very easily accessible...

 

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a new year + loving yourself...

Oh Joy / Photo by Morgan Pansing

A couple months ago, I had a back and forth conversations with someone on Instagram about how following some bloggers made her feel more self-conscious about herself. It made her feel as if she needed to dye her hair or dress a certain way. She wrote me because she appreciated that I didn't dye my hair and just worked with what I had. When I was reading her messages, I saw my younger self in these same words. I spent SO much of my teen years and early 20's wishing I looked or acted like someone else. And, this was before the days of social media. I didn't have access to watching the lives of strangers in a way that so easily could make me compare myself to others even more so than I already did. It took me so long...really until my 30's...to truly feel confident in my own skin, as I am. Some of that comes with age, but I also think a lot of it comes with seeing examples of other women who are not perfect, who are not models, who are unique in their own way just being who they are and being OK with it.

One thing I always strive to do with our content here at Oh Joy is to show how I (as a person) and we (as a company) are putting into the world what feels right for us, staying true to our voice and style, and trying to represent what makes us happy. In turn, the goal is that others will see that in themselves as well if they don't already. If we can't find that feeling for ourselves, how can we instill it into the next generations of kids who need us to be their role models?

So, here is what I am asking you to do today...I would like you to leave a comment here telling me at least ONE THING that you like about yourself. How often do we get a chance to do that? We're often thinking about what to fix, what to resolve, what to make better in the New Year. But I would love you to just reflect on something you are already doing that kicks butt.

I'll start...

I like that I care about people and will always do my best to help people whenever I can. I also make a really good grilled cheese sandwich!

Now, your turn!

P.S. If you feel like posting on Instagram, I would love to see you post a photo of your beautiful self telling me and others what you like about yourself there too. Hashtag the photo #OhJoyLoveYourself and tag a friend to get them to join in, too!

{Photo by Morgan Pansing}

the best of 2017...

Oh Joy!

Alas the time has come to say goodbye to another year. We will be closed at the Oh Joy office through end of year and back here on January 3, 2018. Thank you SO much for all of you who take the time to come visit this site and our social channels regularly. We keep creating content to add a little bit of happiness to your day and hope to continue doing so for a while to come! If you're looking for some inspiration over the holiday break, please see some of my favorite posts of the year below!

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how to make your family photos feel like you...

How to make your family photos feel like you / Oh Joy!

I love family holiday cards. I love that it's the one time of the year that we focus on getting a professional photo of our little family, get dressed up, and make it a special day for all of us. Since I know how stressful it can be to plan for holiday photos, for the past few years I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share some tips that I hope are helpful for you...like How to Choose an Outfit and How to Choose a Location for family photos.

This year, more than ever, I wanted my holiday card to feel like a reflection of us. We had ups and downs with my husband's health and became a stronger family because of it. My husband and I really made a bigger effort to focus on family and make time for our kids even with our crazy work schedules. And we're ending the year on a sweet note, for sure, with everyone in good health and good spirits! So, where better to go capture those memories to reflect on our year than in Downtown Los Angeles and at the Museum of Ice Cream!

Here are my five tips for getting your holiday family photos to feel like you...

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happy friday + parents magazine cover!

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OMG. I am seriously in shock that I just posted that photo up there. On a recent Saturday, we spent the morning at my studio being photographed for the COVER of Parents Magazine! I was pretty much like...."Um, are you sure you are asking the right person? Did you call the right number?" I am honored to have been included and to be joined by two of my favorite people ever—my girls, Ruby and Coco—on the cover. My husband was standing just off camera beaming with pride. Here's a little peak from behind-the-scenes at our shoot for the December issue out now...

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