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Introducing: Oh Joy! For Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Kid's clothing has been a long-time request from you all, so I am super excited to partner with Alice & Ames to bring you really fun, playful outfits for summer. As a long-time fan of their dresses for my girls, I love that the pieces are super wearable and washable for everyday use, yet are still perfect for special occasions. Here's a look at our collection...

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

The Ballet Dress — These ballet dresses are SUPER easy to wear for a day of play and make for the BEST twirling dress. They range from sizes 2T to 10, and you can get them in either Oh Joy! print — Fizzy Bubbles or Dancing Daisies.

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

The Sunsuit — How cute are these sunsuits?! I love the criss-cross straps in the back and ruffle detailing on the sides. They're perfect for keeping cool on those hot summer days and range in size from 3 months to 4T. They also come in both Dancing Daisies and Fizzing Bubbles, two patterns that are different yet complement each other just like sisters.

The Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames collection is available right now. We'll have limited stock so go grab them while you can!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Lucia Tran. Special thanks to our models: Arianna, Cami, Boston, Gianna, Zealand!}

BIG NEWS! We're building a house!

BIG NEWS: Oh Joy! Builds A House!

I can't believe this is actually happening, but I am excited to FINALLY tell you that...we are building a HOUSE! Are we crazy for doing this? Yes! Is this process going to give me 267 ulcers and a head of grey hair? Probably. Is it going to be the project of a lifetime? Heck, yes! Here's how it all began...

We have been living in the same rental since we moved to Los Angeles 8 years ago (before kids, before my husband started his current job, before Oh Joy grew to being more than just me). We only had a few days to find an apartment when we decided to move to LA in 2010 and rented the top floor of a little duplex (with a great little balcony and view of the city) thinking we would eventually move into a real house with a backyard once we had kids. But Bob and I were both building our careers, and we had a really great deal on our rental so we took the time to save money for a house. We had no real rush to buy anything and no desire take on all the responsibilities that come with home ownership. Our place felt just fine with one child. However, once we got pregnant with Coco in 2014, we felt ready to make the leap and do what grown-ups think they should do...buy a house with more space for their growing family.

Four years ago, I wrote this post how we were looking to buy our first house in Los Angeles and how not easy the process was. Los Angeles isn't a cheap place to live, and the prices of homes here are pretty insane. We spent a good year looking while I was pregnant with Coco as that balcony with a great view didn't seem as amazing anymore when all I wanted was a backyard for my kids to run around and play in. As I had mentioned in that blog post, our first house offer got outbid by someone who had ALL CASH (how do you compete with that?). Then, we decided to up our budget a little bit and found another house we liked even more...thinking, "THIS is why that other house didn't work out. We were meant to get this one!" We put an offer on that 2nd house, only to get outbid WAAAAY over our budget. We started looking at fixer uppers that would be in a comfortable budget, but then we'd still need to spend a ton of money on renovations after the fact to make them livable. Feeling deflated, we kept looking and realized to get the moderate-sized house with a flat yard in the neighborhoods we wanted, we would need to increase our budget more than we could afford. No one wants to be house poor, so we were ready to stop the hunt and keep saving so that we could come back with a bigger down payment in another year or two.

THEN, during one of our drives around the neighborhood looking for open houses, we ran into a friend who had just finished building their house. They invited us in to see it, and we were floored. The value of their house when finished was double what it cost them to build it. The thoughts running through our minds as we talked to them were...

"Yes, of course this house is amazing because it's brand new and custom-designed."

"It's always been my dream to build a house!"

"We could never afford to do that now."

"Wait, what? It costs you HALF the price to build a house in Los Angeles then to buy one?"

Our friends, Cleo and McShane from Project M+, who happened to have also designed their own home, set the path for convincing us that if we had the patience, we should build a house instead of buying one. At the same time, a childhood friend of mine, Melissa, had just moved to Los Angeles. She was an architect as well and told me how she was about to begin designing and building her own family's house, too. And I was like..."Wait, what is happening here? How are these people who are still building their careers, like us, able to do this?" Yes, they were both architects and knew what they were doing. But, it turns out that in Los Angeles (unlike most of the country), the real estate prices here are so ridiculously high that it actually cheaper to build a house from scratch then to buy one. Who knew? Now, that does NOT mean it's quicker to build a house because if that was the case, this post would have been posted a lot sooner than today.

So, that was 2014...how it took until now for me to tell you this story and announce that we are actually doing this is....to be continued. We started construction on the house about six months ago, and it will take another year or so until it's done. I'm excited to share details about this ENTIRE process from start to finish and share snippets with you in real time as we go. I'm also so excited that we will be partnering with Architectural Digest's Clever to tell the story on their channels as well over the next year to completion. We'll be providing additional tips and takeaways over there so you'll get a lot of great information. I have learned so much, and it's really so fascinating (both the fun and not-so-fun parts about it). Here's a little peek!

If there is anything in particular you want me to share, please (please!) leave a comment below. Do you want to see photographed posts or video posts? Do you want to see things in a Pinterest board, Instagram, Instagram Stories...all of it? Do tell! This project has been my second job for the last couple years, and I can't wait to tell you everything I've learned. 

BIG NEWS: Oh Joy! Builds A House!

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will talk about how we found land to build on, and how went about buying it!

{Photos by Lily Glass and video by Jenner Brown 

what we did before working at oh joy!

Oh Joy Team

Happy Monday! Often when I show the Oh Joy! team on Instagram Stories, people ask me how they got their jobs at Oh Joy, what they did before, and also about how I started this company. So today, we have an extra special post that gives you a little peek into what everyone was doing before they joined the team here. See it all right here...

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happy friday + when siblings don't get along...

Oh Joy Shop Pillows

One of the most common questions/comments I get on Instagram stories is..."Your kids seem to get along so well! They don't seem to ever fight with each other!" Umm....ha. That is not true AT ALL. They are just like any other set of siblings and do sometimes argue and don't get along. Some days are better than others.

Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright (who wrote my favorite sleep book, The Happy Sleeper) just came out with a parenting book called Now Say This. When I received an advance copy back in December, it came at a time when my kids were starting to play so well together, but also arguing more then ever. Not only did I learn some other amazing parenting techniques from their book that I use everyday with each of my kids, their book also helped me figure out what to do when sibling rivalry does occur. Since the sibling aspect is one area I think a lot of parents struggle with, I asked them to share some tips for us! Take a look at some common questions they often get asked, and I hope this helps some of you parents out there, too...

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Introducing: Oh Joy! for DockATot...

Introducing: Oh Joy! For DockATot!

Sweet dreams are made of our newest collaboration...Oh Joy for DockATot! As a mother of two, I've always been in search of pieces that make those early newborn days easier and more comfortable for the whole family. DockATots are so cozy, and together we’re bringing you their quality and comfort with our signature whimsical colors and prints. We've partnered with DockATot to bring you TWO limited-edition cover styles for their multi-functional lounging docks. They're perfect for babies (ages 0-8 months old or 5-22lbs) to rest, play, cuddle, get diaper changes, and practice tummy time. They make a functional and beautiful addition to your new baby’s home! Come see them all...

Oh Joy! For DockATot Petal Party / Shop now!

Oh Joy! For DockATot Petal Party / Shop now!

Our "Petal Party" print is light and lovely, inspired by a spring day and flowers blowing in the breeze.

Oh Joy! For DockATot Block Party / Shop now!

Oh Joy! For DockATot Block Party / Shop now!

Our "Block Party" style is bold, fun, and is inspired by all the shapes that fill your babe's imagination. 

We hope you love them! You can shop them for a limited time online right now!

{Photos by Morgan Pansing, styling by Julia Wester, and styling assistance by Jess Hong. Special thanks to our models Chelsea and Arden, Sherye and Amelie, and Natalie and Oakley!}

a cake inspired by hawaii!

The prettiest coconut cake inspired by Hawaii! / Oh Joy!

Today, we have something extra special and really delicious for you...a cake inspired by my recent family trip to Hawaii! It's a haupia cake with coconut butter cream and ube extract frosting inspired by the authentic Hawaiian desserts (among other delicious foods) we had at our KA WA‘A luau at Disney's Aulani resort. It's SO pretty and SO delicious. Here's how to make it... 

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Oh Joy! x Erin Condren is HERE...

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Planners are HERE!

I shared a sneak peek with you all last week on Instagram, and today I am so excited to announce that the wait is over...our newest collaboration with the queen of planners, Erin Condren, is here...

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Planners are HERE!

We designed FOUR colorful Oh Joy! covers for their popular Lifeplanners™️: Floral Festival (a brand new, exclusive design!), Wandering Waves, Bright Blooms, and Dancing Dots. Each design comes in multiple color-ways, and the covers are interchangeable so you can switch things up depending on your mood. Each one is as bright and whimsical and fun as the last, meant to inspire you to get organized in style no matter what the day holds!

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Planners are HERE!

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Planners are HERE!

When seeking collaborations, I aim to work with companies who create products that speak to my life as an on-the-go working mom. In addition to whatever to-do’s I have on my personal work calendar, I need to coordinate my family’s plans, events, appointments, and play dates, which can be stressful. Erin Condren’s Lifeplanners™️ are THE go-to planner when it comes to keeping life organized. They help me focus on enjoying life and not stressing about forgetting any of the little details.

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Planners are HERE!

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Planners are HERE!

You can also find sticker sheets for adding to your calendar that all coordinate with our four different covers. Find them all now exclusively online at Erin Condren!

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

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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tips for vintage shopping at the rosebowl flea market...

Tips for Shopping the Rosebowl Flea Market / Oh Joy!

One of my favorite things happened this past weekend...the Rosebowl Flea Market. Every second Sunday of the month, Los Angeles vintage lovers head to Pasadena for this day full of scouting for treasures! I usually go every month and find it to be so inspirational and fun! I now bring my oldest daughter, Ruby, and it's fun to show her all the cool things out there that still have lots of life left in them. Today, I'm answering some of the most common questions you guys have asked me when I go to the flea market...

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oh joy yoga tote!

Oh Joy! Yoga Tote

Happy Friday! You might want to say, "Wait, Joy. Are you about to tell me about ANOTHER product launch?!?" And my answer is YES. Sorry, but not sorry ;P. We launched a super fun and VERY functional Oh Joy! Yoga Tote at Target! It actually came out a few months ago, but we have had some issues keeping it in stock so we had to wait to officially tell you about it...

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