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a children's book {giveaway}...[now closed] 25 Oct 2016

Wide Eyed collection

Reading a bedtime story with Coco and Ruby every night before they go to bed for the night is the best part of my day. While we love classic books, I love exposing them to the world with all of the amazing art and lessons that books have these days. The Wide Eyed collection has some of the most stylish and nicely illustrated children's books I have ever seen. So today, we've partnered with Quarto Publishing to give away 20 books from their Wide Eyed collection to one lucky reader! That's approximately a $450 value—hello Christmas shopping list done!

Wide Eyed collection

To enter, visit the Wide Eyed collection. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorite book (I love the Hello Atlas and Illuminature) and who you would give them to! Entries close this Friday, October 28th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Kristen W. from Rosemead, CA for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Approximately $450 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester.}

a {giveaway} with incy...(NOW CLOSED) 18 Oct 2016

Incy Interiors

My recent bedroom makeover included a beautiful velvet headboard and settee from Incy Interiors in Australia. In January, their velvet line is coming to the U.S. and is just beautiful. So today, we've partnered with Incy to give away $500 worth of credit on their site to ONE lucky reader!

Incy Interiors

To enter, please visit Incy's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me which piece you would choose! Entries close this Friday, October 21st at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Kathryn J. from West Hartford, CT for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. only! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes.$500 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a {giveaway} with coco carpets...(now closed) 11 Oct 2016

Coco Carpets

My recent bedroom makeover included this beautiful vintage rug from Coco Carpets. It's an authentic Berber Moroccan rug that has a timeless quality with a pop of color that I just love. And because I love you...my loyal readers so much, I want you to have one, too! So today, we've partnered with Coco Carpets to give away one rug of your choice (up to $1,900 in value) to one lucky reader!

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To enter, please follow @CocoCarpets on Instagram. Then, leave a comment here telling me where you'd put your new rug! Entries close this Friday, October 14th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

Coco Carpets

UPDATE: Congrats to Freya S. from Nashville, TN for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers everywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $1,900 USD credit can be applied to only a single order. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

in the company of women {giveaway}...(now closed) 4 Oct 2016

In the Company of Women

I have always believed that a big part of achieving success in anything is being able to learn from and be inspired by those who have taken a leap and embraced their dreams. I especially love supporting and learning about female entrepreneurs who are making their mark in the world. Grace Bonney, Founder of Design*Sponge, is one of those people who has inspired my career and who I am lucky to call a friend. Her newest book, In The Company of Women, shares the stories of 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs and is sure to inspire. And, I am honored to be included as one of those 100 women who tell their story in her book...

In the Company of Women

In the Company of Women

In celebration of the book release today, we've partnered with Grace to give away her new book In The Company of Women PLUS a ticket to her book tour that includes inspirational panels with those featured in the book (I'll be speaking at the Los Angeles event)!

The book tour is going to 13 cities: Austin, TX on October 7; Atlanta, GA on October 13; Chicago, IL on October 16; Los Angeles, CA on October 17; Seattle, WA on October 18; Rhinecliff, NY on October 22; Washington, DC on October 25; San Francisco, CA on October 27; Marin, CA on October 28; Philadelphia, PA on November 10.  If you are near one of these cities, or want the book and have a friend who could use the ticket, enter by commenting below by telling us who has inspired you in your life. Entries close this Friday, October 7th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Carrie H. from Columbus, OH for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Sasha Israel}

joyful family homes {giveaway}... 29 Sep 2016

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I love a beautiful living room. But once you have kids, it does get harder to design a living room exactly the way you want to. However, it's not impossible! It's about adding in decorative pieces that are safe for kids, while keeping some items (that are still special to you) out of their reach! So today, we've partnered with Kid & Coe and some of my favorite home brands to help you create a beautiful and kid-friendly living room...

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Enter here for your family’s chance to win $3,500 in prizes from Oh Joy!, Kid & Coe, Gray Malin, Hygge & West, Maryanne Moodie, Oeuf, and Aelfie. The giveaway ends on October 5 so make sure and enter!

$3,500 Prize Package Includes: 

- The entire Oh Joy fall home decor collection

‐ $500 in Kid & Coe travel credits to stay at a well-designed and kid-friendly rental home

‐ $500 Gray Malin gift card to hang a beautiful new framed print from "Gray Malin at the Parker" series

‐ $500 Hygge & West gift card for wallpapering a beautiful accent wall or an entire room

‐ $500 Maryanne Moodie gift card for a brightly woven wall piece

‐ $500 Oeuf gift card for modern and chic furniture to hold those toys that always seem to multiply

‐ $500 Aelfie gift card for a gorgeous, colorful rug that those little feet will love running on

 *Visit right here to enter and see all the rules for entry! And good luck!

tokketok {giveaway}...(now closed) 20 Sep 2016

tokketok

I love getting handwritten notes—in the mail, on a gift, from my kids, basically anytime. And I love sending them to those I love. One of my favorite stationery brands is Tokketok because of the simple, yet whimsical, messages. So today, we've partnered with Tokketok to give away TWO complete sets of the ENTIRE COLLECTION ($395 value each)!

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The collection includes all the flower card designs (7 sets); all the happy jotter sets (4 sets); 6 notepads; all the sticker notes; a set of flag notes; 3 sets of fill in notes; and boxed notes

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To enter, please visit Tokketok's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorite product and who you would send it to! Entries close this Friday, September 23rd at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Thuy B. from Yukon, OK and Kylie T. from Jacksonville, OR for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $395 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a {giveaway} with packit...(now closed) 2 Aug 2016

Packit Insulated Lunch Bags

Everyday, I pack Ruby's lunch for school. I have been a big fan of PackIt because I freeze the bag overnight, pack it in the morning, and her lunch stays cool all day. They're also awesome for my own lunch for work or for trips to the park or picnics. So today, we've partnered with PackIt to give away $100 worth of credit on their site to two lucky readers!

Packit Insulated Lunch Bags

To enter, please visit PackIt, then leave a comment here telling me your favorite design and pattern! Entries close this Friday, August 4th at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. All Oh Joy! readers can claim 15% off at PackIt! Use code OHJOY15 

UPDATE: Congrats to Gloria C.  from Paramount, CA and Suzanne W. from Loveland, OH for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers in the United States! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a back-to-school {giveaway}...(now closed) 21 Jul 2016

oh joy back to school giveaway

It's crazy to think that it's already time to start thinking about going back to school (Cue children's wails and parents cheers!). To get everyone excited for a new season and new chapter of the school year, today, we've partnered with Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages to give away over $200 in back-to-school items to THREE lucky readers that I have personally picked out myself!  

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The gift includes everything shown above including a limited edition Oh Joy First Aid Kit, which is available exclusively at Target and is great to have on hand and stocked for quickly treating any cuts and scrapes that might happen from back to school activities and sports. We’ve stocked the kit with essentials such as Oh Joy Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Neosporin, Benadryl, Neutrogena Sunscreen). Other gift items include the Oh Joy! Accent Table, Mint Lamp, File Box, File Folders, Patches, Stencil Book, Paper Pad, Pencils, Markers, and a Watercolor Set.

To enter, please leave a comment here with what you're most excited about for going back to school! Entries close next Thursday, July 28th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Tanya L.  from Olympia, WA; Carolyn N. from Richardson, TX; and Tanya T. from Apex, NC for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers only in the United States! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Over $200 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a {giveaway} with pehr...(now closed) 28 Jun 2016

Pehr Designs

Storage is a never-ending issue in my house—especially when it comes to the kids' toys, books, crafts, and everything else! So, I love these cute storage bins by Pehr that come in a bunch of cute patterns. These awesome drums are one of my favorite pieces by Pehr because they hold shape well and can fit a ton from towels and household items to the kids' stuff. But Pehr is not just for kids! They've got tabletop items, throw pillows, and so many things you need for the house.

So today, we've partnered with Pehr to give away $200 worth of credit on their site to two lucky readers - and 25% off their entire site for all our readers!

Pehr Designs

To enter, please visit Pehr's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorites! Entries close this Friday, July 1st at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. Use code OHJOYXPEHR at Pehr Designs to claim your 25% off discount until July 5th! 

UPDATE: Congrats to Haley S. from Cincinnati, OH and Sonia L. from North Vancouver, BC for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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}

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