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

3 ways to be a wrap star

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}

10 mother's day gifts... 18 Apr 2016

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With Mother's Day coming up, here are a handful of my favorite things to give your mom/spouse/sister/friend for the occasion in a range of price points...

1. Duzen backpack so she can be chic, yet hands-free for keeping her babes in check, 2. custom rings by Thea or 3. Maya Brenner initial earrings so she can show-off her nearest and dearest, 4. A Mother is a Story by Samantha Hahn for reminding her how amazing she really is,  5. Ariel Gordon custom studs make a statement, 6. Super Mom bouquet by Pro Flowers because every lady loves flowers, 7. Hatch Collection pajamas for a comfy, yet feminine, set she can really relax in, 8. a small wallet from Leif to easily take her bare necessities from diaper bag to regular bag, 9. Give her something meditative to do in her downtime with this "Flowers" coloring book by Brittany Jepsen, and 10. Klippan blanket for cozying up on the couch to watch her favorite reality TV shows.

love to love ya... 12 Feb 2016

Floral Friendship Bracelet

Hey friends, sorry for my light posts this week. My whole family has been knocked out by the flu and I've been home taking care of sick (and sad) kids and husband for much of the week. With Valentine's Day approaching, here are some last-minute ideas from Oh Joy posts past if you need a little inspiration or quickie treat or craft to make!

1. Floral Friendship Bracelets (see above)

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2. Pop-Up Love Letter (see video here)

Funfetti Biscotti

3. Valentine's Funfetti Biscotti

Pie Crust Conversation Hearts

4. And, some Edible Valentines!

Wishing you a great weekend with your favorite loves! I'll be here hoping we're germ-free soon ;/

 

a valentine for your boo... 8 Feb 2016

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Since Ruby's school doesn't allow candy for Valentine's Day exchanges, I'm always thinking about other fun things we can make and give to her friends instead. And...since we always have a ton of Band-Aids lying around (and kids love Band-Aids), we came up with a couple fun Valentines inspired by everyone's favorite boo-boo cover/body sticker.

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If you feel like gifting a whole box of Band-Aids, here's a punny wrap we designed that you can download right here. Simply print them on regular paper, cut it out, and use it to wrap around a standard size box of Band-Aids.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Add your greeting to the back, and boom! A valentine that also comes in handy for adventures throughout the year.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Or, if you don't want to give out a whole box of Band-Aids, you can use them as a decorative element for your love bugs, instead. Oh Joy Band-Aids worked perfectly to create fun little patterned bug bodies for these Valentine's Day postcards. Download our template here, print them on card stock, then cut out. Finally, add a Band-Aid to make the body of the bug!

I'm Stuck on You - box template

Be My Love Bug - card template

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, graphics by Angie Stalker}

mini valentine's brooch bouquets... 1 Feb 2016

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

While flowers are an obvious gift to give for Valentine's Day, they are also always a people pleaser. There are very few people in the world who don't like flowers (and if you don't like them, I want to know who you are!). Whether you're gifting your mom, your teacher, your co-workers, or your besties, here are some Mini Valentine's Brooch bouquets that are super easy to put together...

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All you'll need are your favorite blooms, some pins (we used both new and vintage), and strips of leftover fabric to tie the bouquets. Simply assemble your mini bouquet with blooms of your choice, then wrap the stems and tie with a strip of fabric. Pin your brooch to the fabric for a decorative accent that your gal pal can also wear later on her collar and think of you every time she does!

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And, don't forget to add non-floral plants like kumquats off your tree or basil for an extra dose of color, texture, and fragrance. We topped this one with a vintage brooch I've had for years!

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Or use a modern pin like this one from Ban.do for your nearest and dearest. You can make the bouquets up to one day before you're planning to give them out. If you make them in advance, make sure to keep each bouquet in cool water in the fridge and then tie them and pin them right before giving them out!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and florals by Julia Wester}

 

the gift of giving! 17 Dec 2015

The Gift of Giving

We all strive to ensure our kids know that the holidays are not just about receiving gifts but it’s also about the joy of giving, too. In today’s video, I've partnered with Target to share 4 steps to help teach kids about the fun of giving by showing them how to make every gift giving experience fun and personal. See my video below for a playful look at gift-giving!


// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Make it Happen“ by The Likes of Us
Crafts and Production: Ariel Fulmer and Julia Wester

*This video is sponsored by Target.

10 dude gifts... 11 Dec 2015

10 Gifts for Dudes

Since the holidays are fast approaching (and Hanukkah is already in full force!), I'm doubling up on gift guides this week...this one is for the guys in your life! (And, if there are any other types of gifts you need help with, let me know. I can probably fit in one or two more guides before we get to Christmas)!

1. For that guy that likes a little something to wind-down with in the evening, Corksicle whisky wedge adds a cool twist.

2. Because a legit key chain is a sign of being a real grown-up, the Apolis key fob is cool and classic.

3. Happy feet make for a better day with these Richer Poorer socks.

4. He can look dapper and stay connected with this Jimmy Fallon for J.Crew iPhone case.

5. This Harry's shave set is both pretty and practical.

6. For that Instagram Husband of yours, get him these iPhone lenses by PhotoJojo to bump up his game ;)

7. Because every guy loves a  shirt that makes a statement. This Suburban Riot tee makes me laugh!

8. These Izola cuff links are a fun mix of classy and quirky.

9. He can mix and match and make his own Tinker watch. 

10. For the adventurer, this Izola backpack feels casual and timeless.

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