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a {giveaway} with pehr... 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! 

*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}

a {giveaway} with le creuset...(now closed) 5 Apr 2016

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

This spring, I partnered with one of my favorite kitchenware brands, Le Creuset, to offer some tips for hosting and throwing baby showers, bridal showers, and gatherings of any kind in their lookbook "April Showers". Check out my advice and the best Le Creuset pieces to accomplish a great event.

As a celebration of spring and their new Oasis colors, we've partnered with Le Creuset to give away a $1,000 credit to one lucky reader!  

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

To enter, please follow Le Creuset on Instagram and find your favorite products! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would buy with the credit. I personally love the tiered stand, mini cocottes, and multi-bowl we used here! Entries close this Friday, April 8th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. Le Creuset is also offering a signed copy of the Oh Joy book! Sign up here to be entered.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kimberly O. from Garden Grove, CA for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to readers located 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. $1,000 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 Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer}

a {giveaway} with instacart...(NOW CLOSED) 30 Mar 2016

Instacart

As a working mom of two, I feel like I have less and less time to get stuff done every day. I've talked before about using delivery services, apps, and other tools help make your life a little easier. Grocery delivery is one of those modern day conveniences that has made my life SO much easier. There are so many times when I don't have time to load up the kids and make a big trip to the grocery store...but I still need food to stock my fridge. I've used Instacart for over a year now and have been a regular customer because I can get my usual favorites from my local grocery stores (like Whole Foods or Gelson's), but it shows up at my door within 1-2 hours and allows me to do something I'd rather be doing in that time...like spend time with my kids!

Instacart is currently available in 18 U.S. cities. To celebrate its launch in Orange County, we've partnered with them to give away a $350 credit and a full year of Instacart Express (free deliveries!) to one lucky reader (a $500 value).

To enter, please visit (and like!) this Instacart post on Instagram! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would do with the free time you'd save using Instacart. Entries close this Saturday, April 2nd at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.*

UPDATE: Congrats to Melanie L. from Austin, TX for being our winner this time!

New Code for Oh Joy! Readers!  Instacart is offering $5 off for first-time orders of $35+!  Use code "ohjoy5" to save!**

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

**Credit expires 4/9/2016 at 11:59pm PST. Credit valid on first-time orders of $35 or more. Credit will be deducted from the total purchase price for all non-alcohol products. Credit cannot be applied to alcohol products. In order to take advantage of this offer, customers must have a valid account on Instacart.com with a valid form of accepted payment on file. Only one Credit per household. Instacart reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Credit may not be sold, copied, modified, or transferred. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Credit has no cash value. Instacart is not a retailer or seller. Instacart may not be available in all zip codes.

a {giveaway} with le cou...(NOW CLOSED) 8 Mar 2016

Le Cou

I have always wanted to be one of those girls who could pull off the layered look with a collared shirt under sweater, but I always find it to look too bulky. I was recently introduced to Le Cou who makes the modern version of the dickey. When's the last time you heard anyone say "dickey"?!? They not only make a collared shirt version but a bunch of other really pretty and chic styles as well. I also love that when your body changes (pregnancy, post-partum, etc.), these pieces go with any other clothing you are wearing in whatever size you're wearing. So that you can experience the wardrobe possibilities these pieces add, today we've partnered with Le Cou to give away TWO pieces of your choice to three lucky readers (up to $180 value per winner). Here are some of my favorites below...

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To enter, please visit Le Cou, then leave a comment here telling me which one(s) you'd choose if you won. Entries close this Friday, March 11th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.*

P.S. As a special offer for Oh Joy readers, Le Cou is offering a special 20% discount through March 25, 2016. Simply enter OHJOYXLECOU at checkout.

UPDATE: Congrats to Tanya S. from NY, NY; Rebecca L. from Ashland, OR; and Sunny K. from Fullerton, CA for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to readers located ANYWHERE in the world. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $180 approximate USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Le Cou}

a duo of aprons {giveaway}...(NOW CLOSED) 15 Dec 2015

Hedley and Bennett aprons

With the holidays fast approaching and thoughts of making and baking our favorite treats for loved ones set in, we have a fun giveaway with Hedley & Bennett today for a duo of their amazing aprons. A mix of modern and timeless, these are our go-to aprons (you'll see plenty of big-time chefs rocking them, too!). We're giving away TWO aprons of choice to one lucky reader (up to $200 value). You can choose between two adult aprons or one adult and one child apron, as well as colors and style of your choice! I love the Sweet Pea apron (shown above).

To enter, please visit Hedley & Bennett, then leave a comment here telling me which one(s) you'd choose if you won. Entries close this Friday, December 18th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.

UPDATE: Congrats to Whitney B. from Portland, OR for being our winner this time!

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

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

a little bundle {giveaway}... (NOW CLOSED) 1 Dec 2015

Cheerily Baby Clothing

In preparation for the holidays, we have a super cute giveaway from the folks at Cheerily. We're giving away the above set—that includes 2 baby tees and the custom baby hoodie and sweats ($100 value each)— to THREE lucky readers. You can customize the back of the hoodie with a word of your choice (I chose BABE). So whether you're looking to outfit your own babe or gift another kiddo in your life, these are so fun and perfect for both boys and girls!

Bonus! This giveaway is open to all readers, located anywhere in the world! To enter, please visit Cheerily, then leave a comment here telling me which babe you'd gift this set to if you won. Entries close this Friday, December 4th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.

*This giveaway is open to those anywhere in the world. 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.

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

how to choose outfits for family photos... 18 Nov 2015

how to choose outfits for family photos

Every year, I have friends frantically texting me as they prep for their family photos asking about the outfits they have chosen and what their kids or husband should wear. It’s the one time a year that people might spend a bit more time choosing that special outfit for the whole family. Picking out outfits for my family is actually really fun for me because to me it’s like a design challenge that involves a lot of the same components of color, texture, and balance that I keep in mind when putting together any other image (that's the art school part of me coming out). Whether you’re taking photos of you and your partner, you and your pup, or you and your family of 15, I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share my tips for choosing outfits for family photos with some outtakes from this year's holiday card to demonstrate…

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1. Dressing for the environment. The first thing to think about is how casual or dressy you want to be. I say you should wear something more special than your average casual Saturday because...why not? If you’re spending time to take these family photos, you should use it as a chance to wear something a little extra special. That doesn’t mean you need to go black tie and wear a ball gown to the park, but dress so you feel excited about what you’re wearing and so your kids are excited, too. Also, think about where you’re shooting the photos. If you’re going to the beach, then soft flowy pieces look great in the wind. Or if it’s a snowy/winter scene then cozy on up so that the scene feels like a moment out of your real life. This year, we chose a modern, urban setting outside the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

2. Color and texture. When outfitting a the whole family, I compose a set of outfits the way I would a full scene—balance, texture, and color come into play. If you have a certain stand-out color or pattern, you want to see that pop of color/pattern in a couple places so that it doesn’t stand out in only one spot. In our case, we have a couple hits of neon yellow, a couple hits of black, a few neutral stripes, and some blush throughout. Men and boys can be the hardest to dress because there are far less options in male clothing (poor guys). But if you love color and want to incorporate it in their outfits as well, find smaller areas like a cool belt, a bow tie, hat, or shoes where they can wear a pop of color and feel comfortable in that shade (check out Bob's blush shoes!). Also, think about textures. If you’re taking your photos in a very modern setting that has strong lines and not a lot of color, it could be nice to balance that out with some clothing that has some softness or texture to it (hence our soft skirts and dresses). Also, across the board, I typically avoid wearing all white, all black, or anything with bold logos or typography.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

3. Complement without being too matchy matchy. Unless you are going for the Ugly Christmas Sweater look, I like to have some elements of the family outfits that match or complement without anyone wearing the same exact outfit. For example, if you have multiple kids, they can wear similar colors or patterns. Or, they can wear the same style of dress or shirt but in different colors or patterns. That way there are parts of the outfits that are the same without the full head-to-toe outfit being the same. Ruby and Coco are two slightly different dresses in the same pattern, but to avoid them looking too matchy, I gave them different tops to wear over the dresses. Same goes for the grown-ups, try to have part of your outfit link back to one other person in the photos even with a touch of the same color or pattern. 

How to Choose Outfits for a Family Photo

4. Try on the clothes before you take photos. Especially if kids are involved, make sure they've tried on the full outfit ahead of time. I can't even keep track of the number of times I've put on a new pair of shoes or a new dress and Ruby doesn’t want to wear it cause they hurt her feet or something itches. Or sometimes you’ve been saving a super special piece of clothing for a few months and then your kid outgrows it before they go to wear it. So do a test run in the full outfit beforehand so you and your kids are in comfortable clothes that fit! (For example, the outfits above were what I had planned for the kids this year. But Ruby would not wearing the stockings because she felt too hot in them, she outgrew the shoes I planned for her, and we decided not to have Coco wear the headband in fear of it constantly falling off during shooting). So we simply took out some of the unnecessary accessories and switched out Ruby’s shoes for a bigger pair we already had.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

5. Be comfortable to look comfortable. You might see this as a chance to step outside your box and wear something more risqué, more glamorous, or more colorful. But don’t wear something you wouldn’t normally wear. Bob and I both wore clothes we already owned and have worn before this day. These photos should look like you and your family—just a bit more special. And if you don't feel like you or you’re uncomfortable in any way, it will show in the photos. Oh, if you have kids, don't forget to take a photo of you and your partner without the kids. I know it can be hectic to take family photos, but if someone can entertain your kids for a few minutes so you can snap a shot together, it's well worth it.

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And, now here's a peek at our holiday card for this year! I hope these tips help you for your holiday photo, future family photos, or for any other special occasion coming up!

P.S. Two fun things...

1) Artifact Uprising has kindly offered 10% off holiday card printing with code OHJOYTEN valid through December 2, 2015. AND...

2) You can enter your email address in the box below to enter to win $250 credit towards printing your cards with Artifact Uprising. Entries close on December 2, 2015.

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 from this year's family photo by Morgan Pansing. Past family photos from card's past: Max Wanger and Jesse Chamberlin (sparkly streamers card), Katherine and Luke Griffin (bougainvillea running and family montage). Still life photos of the cards by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer. Outfit details: Joy's sweater from J.Crew, skirt from Darccy, shoes from Target, necklace from Lou Lou Lollipop Finery. Bob's shirt from Apolis, pants by Betabrand, shoes from Greats. Ruby's dress by Two Els, cardigan from Crew Cuts, shoes by Zuzii. Coco's dress by Two Els, top by Crew & Lushoes by Zuzii, hair pin by Homako.}

have kids, will travel {giveaway}! ...(now closed) 9 Sep 2015

Have Kids Will Travel / Family Getaway Giveaway

You guys...we have a HUGE giveaway today for you. With my recent family trip to Seattle, I'm feeling excited to travel again with my whole family in tow! So, I've partnered up with some of my go-to travel and lifestyle brands to give away these amazing goodies that are some of my favorites when jet-setting with my family!

Have Kids Will Travel / Family Getaway Giveaway

Enter here for your family’s chance to win $2,750 in prizes from Kid & Coe, Ergo Baby, Orbit Baby, Clare V., Instacart, and Artifact Uprising. 

$2,750 Prize Package Includes:

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

‐ $250 Artifact Uprising gift card to make photo books full of your best adventures

‐ $200 Instacart gift card for getting groceries delivered right to your vacation's doorstep

Orbit Baby stroller bundle for toting around your littles

Ergo Baby 360 carrier for being hands-free with your babe

Clare V. black Agnes backpack for holding mama's must-haves

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

a mini beauty {giveaway}... (now closed) 11 Aug 2015

Stowaway MakeUp Kit

I'm pretty low-key when it comes to makeup and have a few essentials I wear everyday and like to keep on hand for when my face needs a little pick-me-up. I've recently started using this amazing kit from Stowaway Cosmetics at work or when traveling because it includes mini versions of the cosmetic basics everyone can use—cheek/lip balm, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, beauty balm, and concealer.

Stowaway MakeUp Kit

Today, we've partnered with Stowaway Cosmetics to give away a Stowaway Kit (a $75 value) to 5 lucky readers. To enter, visit this page over at Stowaway! Entries will close on Tuesday, August 18th at 11:59pm PST.

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, use code OHJOY at checkout and receive a free additional mascara and free additional eyeliner with the purchase of a kit. Promo ends Friday, August 21st.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please enter via the link above on Stowaway's site. $75 USD total value per winner. The bag and accessories shown are not part of the kit. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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