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oh joy for target gifts! 17 Oct 2017

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

With holidays and thoughts of gift lists only a couple months away, we're getting a head start by giving you some inspiration on creating a custom gift for someone you love for a birthday gift, shower, or the upcoming holidays. Watch our video below for a few of my favorite gift sets you can put together for three different types of people with our Oh Joy for Target fall collection...

All of the items shown are available exclusively online only for a limited time!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "The Dreamers" by Katrina Stone
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker

10 cool mother's day gifts! 19 Apr 2017

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As Mother's Day approaches, here are a few fun things to give Mom this year!

Left to right, top to bottom: A light box from Bright Box, Clare V backpack, Clare V pom pom, Ban.do pom earrings, Rifle Paper Co. personalized stationery, Indego Africa basket, MiGoals Bucket List journal, Esselle coasters, Dert Bag bunny reusable bag, Ariel Gordon nail polish.

gift guide: get crafty... 15 Dec 2016

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Our resident crafting assistant, Jess Hong, is no stranger to getting crafty. For her gift guide picks this year, here are a few of your favorite ways to give a little DIY cheer! 

01. Paper Source paper cactus kit, 02. Clover pom-pom maker, 03. Brit + Co. paper flower class (use code OHJOY20 for 20% off all online classes. Offer expires on 12/31.), 04. On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie, 05. gold and clear storage boxes from Container Store, 06. rose gold scissors from Anthropologie, 07.Bigban color pencils, 08. Hedley & Bennett apron, 09. Ban.do notebooks.

gift guide: pattern play... 12 Dec 2016

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For today's gift guide, our designer, Angie Stalker, chose gifts based on designers, artists, and creative brands that she loves and finds inspiring. They are fun and light-hearted pieces that bring art into the every day.  

01. Gorman tote, 02. file organizer by HAY, 03. Holes glasses, 04. Helen Dealtry print, 05. Jenny Pennywood tea towel, 06. Moglea iPhone case, 07. Toools treasure box, 08. Leah Bartholomew table runner and 09. mugs, 10. Benumade earrings.

gift guide: happy desk... 8 Dec 2016

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For today's holiday gift guide, Courtney Ketchersid, my Executive Assistant, put together her favorite items for helping to create a happy desk. For a student, for the home office, or for work, everyone loves a touch of whimsy with desk supplies that are fun and functional, too!

01. George & Willy studio roller, 02. Cooper Hewitt highlighter set, 03. Kate Spade book ends, 04. Ban.do agenda, 05. Pinky Up tea infuser mug, 06. Artifact Uprising desk calendar, 07. Yoobi mini gel pens, 08. Tokketok flower notes, 09. Present & Correct eraser.

gift guide: home decor... 6 Dec 2016

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For this year's gift guides, each member of the Oh Joy team hand-picked pieces based on their area of expertise at Oh Joy! Today, we're starting with Julia Wester—our Creative Producer and Stylist who is responsible for all the styled shoots you see here on the blog. Here are some of her favorite pieces to add whimsy to any home in a range of price points!

01. Hawkins New York bowl, 02. Oh Joy for Target mini forks, 03. Arro Home pillow, 04. Kingdom by Randal Ford print, 05. Ban.do heart tray, 06. leather coasters from Leif, 07. Eric Trine planter, 08. Target throw, 09. enamelware utensils from Leif.

3 ways to be a wrap star... 13 Jun 2016

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When I was in middle school, I was obsessed with going to the basement level of John Wanamaker's to watch the professional wrapping paper people wrap gifts. They made nice crisp edges, used double-sided tape so you couldn't see visible tape, and they had an assortment of ribbons that I swooned over. "Wrap Artist" definitely topped my "Future Careers" list at that point, and ever since I always enjoy wrapping gifts in ways I hope will make the recipient smile. Here are a few of our favorite ways to wrap gifts as of lately...

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10 father's day gifts... 7 Jun 2016

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For your favorite pop, here are a few of my favorite gives to give him this Father's Day!

1. Pair of Thieves dad & kid sock set, 2. Forage bow ties, 3. Tinker watches, 4. Crazy Dog tee shirt, 5. W&P's travel cocktail kit, 6. a monthly subscription to a Gentlemen's Box, 7. a gift box of Cured meats, 8. Hudwood carabiner, 9. yStudio pen, 10. Grovemade catchall.

the best moments are the everyday moments... 24 May 2016

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When people ask how we get such great photos of our kids, the answer is simple: we bring our camera with us almost everywhere and we capture everyday moments. Today, I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share some of my favorite, everyday moments and how you can capture them, too.

You might be saying, "Well, Joy, you're a blogger, so that's easy for you to take pictures all the time!" Sure, my mindset is a bit different because I am so used to documenting life. But it wasn't originally easy for me to do. Lugging around a camera can be a pain in the butt and sometimes you just don't want your picture taken. But I realized that when we get over those hurdles and just make it fun to capture the everyday, you will never regret it. It's kind of like exercise. It may seem like a pain to go through the steps to make it happen and it's easy to just not do it, but the result is well worth it. My kids can look back at photos of themselves just enjoying life. It doesn't have to be just a birthday party or just a family vacation. My favorite photos in this layflat photo album are of everyday moments like going to the park or playground and just spending time together.

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Don't forget to get IN the photos, too! Often parents are too busy taking photos of their kids or chasing after them or trying to get their attention for the photo that they don't want to be in the photo. This photo above was taken at brunch on a Sunday while we were waiting for our food. There was nothing glamorous about where we were or what we were doing, but when a baby has cheeks like mine does, they need to be kissed. I'm working on a wall of some of our favorite family photos and this framed print is one of them.

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This is one of my favorite photos that Bob took while we were visiting our parents back in April in Philly. We were in my parents' backyard and my dad was taking Coco around to look at the flowers. It wasn't a grand moment. It wasn't a special occasion. It was just normal life. Yet that sweet moment captured tells such a big story. I can't wait to give this framed print to my dad for Father's Day.

To recap, here are a couple tips for capturing the everyday:

1. Bring your camera with you everywhere. At first, it will seem more like a pain then it's worth. But once you get used to capturing more of life, it will come naturally. It helps to have something smaller that won't be a pain to lug around (even an iPhone works!). But once you get into the habit of it, it becomes second nature.

2. Get in the photo. It doesn't matter what you're wearing or what your hair and makeup look like. Your kids think you look amazing no matter what! And someday, when your kids look back on these photos they want to see their parents (and grandparents) in the photos with them, too. 

3. Capture those moments and then put the camera away. You don't have to be taking photos all day long, but bring it out during certain moments where it just feels right. You can never shoot too much and with kids, you often have to shoot more to make sure you get a good shot. And then stick the camera in your bag, soak up those moments that pass too quickly and enjoy life!

P.S. Two fun things...

1) Artifact Uprising has kindly offered 10% off any item with code OHJOYFD10 valid through June 1, 2016. AND...

2) You can enter your email address in the box below to enter to win $250 credit with Artifact Uprising towards a photo gift for your Dad/Husband/Grandpa for Father's Day. Entries close on May 31st at midnight.

UPDATE: Congrats to Courtney S. from Vancouver BC, Canada for being our winner this time!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Mary Costa, styling by Julia Wester, personal photos by Joy and Bob Cho}

a few fun things... 9 May 2016

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Lately, it's been very on-trend for adults to discover their child-like spirit with items meant to inspire us to just let go of our grown-up thinking (just for a second). Here are a few things for finding your inner youth we're loving lately...

Pencil Case by Ban.do (shown above)— Why did we stop using pencil cases after the age of 17? They are awesome and so useful (And, are useful for things other than pencils)!

Flowers coloring book

Flowers coloring book by Brittany Jepsen — Brittany is one of my favorite DIY bloggers and her coloring book is nothing short of beautiful. I love the sophisticated florals with a touch of whimsy that makes coloring feel both meditative and fun!

Pipsticks Sticker Subscription

Sticker subscriptions by Pipsticks — every month you get a cool, assorted pack of stickers...I mean, my 3-12 year old self is loving this. And, my current self, too.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

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