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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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our family vacation to hawaii!

A Family Vacation to Hawaii / Oh Joy!

A Family Vacation to Hawaii / Oh Joy!

Last week for spring break, we took a family trip to Hawaii. We had not been on a longer vacation like this in a couple years...AND the trip was extra special because we also brought along my parents and my brother for an extended family trip! With my parents living in Philly and us living in Los Angeles, we only get to see them in person a couple times a year. It's always bittersweet to have your kids so far away from their grandparents, so it was an opportunity to spend really great quality time with them. Also, my dad hasn't been on a vacation in TEN YEARS! He is a business owner and workaholic like I am, so I had to force him to come with us. I convinced him we had to take the chance to do these things while we can and not keep putting it off. In partnership with Disney's Aulani Resort, we had SUCH a great week in Oahu. Here's a look at what we did if you'd like to see...

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5 'girl power' books for kids...

Girl-power-books

As the mom of two girls, I am always on the lookout for great books that show my girls examples of amazing women in the past, present, and future. Here are a few of my favorites for young kids (both boys and girls) that emphasize girl power!

1. Little Feminist book set, 2. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, part 1 and part 2, 3. Little People, Big Dreams series (like Rosa Parks and Coco Chanel), 4. She Persisted, 5. My First Book of Girl Power.

my rules for screen time...

My Rules for Screen Time / Oh Joy!

Screen time is a big topic of conversation between parents and something that not everyone agrees on. I have never been black and white about anything, and just like giving my kids treats, I think most things in moderation are fine. To me, it's about implementing rules that makes sense for your family and for your particular children. Depending on their ages and their personalities, some kids do fine when you say it's time to put away an iPad and some completely lose it and go into a complete meltdown. Today, in partnership with Circle by Disney (a little device that helps manage all your household devices), I'm sharing how we tackle screen time in our house...

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a few of my favorite snacks lately...

My favorite snacks / Oh Joy!

I am a HUGE snacker. I'm someone who can't usually finish a whole meal, but instead can snack on things throughout the day. I also find that snacking helps with my blood sugar level (aka crankiness levels) in the afternoon so I'm pretty much always looking for snacks I can keep at work, at home, and in my car to avoid getting hangry like I can sometimes! Ha. Sometimes I share my go-to snacks on Instagram stories but wanted to post them here so they can stay together in an easy-to-find list for you guys. So here goes...

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my everyday jewelry...

my everyday jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, I love statement pieces now and then, but I really gravitate towards light and lovely pieces that I can wear and keep on every day. When I do Instagram Stories, you'll often spot my necklace or rings, and so I wanted to share a round-up of some of my favorites with you...

01. If you're looking for a classic piece made modern, this Leah Alexandra Star Moon Necklace makes for a beautiful update to a traditional locket. Add a couple photos inside of loved ones or your favorite quote.

02. I love this Starling Colette Small Pavé Necklace for laying with others. It adds a bit of color from the stones and goes with anything.

03. This Clare V x Maya Brenner AMOUR Necklace offers a lovely sentiment and is beautiful worn alone or layered with other pieces.

04. For a pair of everyday earrings that aren't simply studs, I love these Ariel Gordon Ruby Pave Huggies. They come in a few different colors and can be kept on all the time.

05. This Ariel Gordon Sweetheart Bracelet is a tad thicker then some of the other pieces here but makes a nice, everyday piece with simple heart shapes added to the pretty chain.

06. I love how this Maya Brenner Double Cut Bracelet goes with anything and is perfect for layering with other bracelets, thick or thin.

07. For a special piece with a bit of sparkle, this Ariel Gordon Diamond Dash Bracelet mixes everyday with a few tiny diamonds to make it a bit fancier than just a metal piece.

08. If you're looking to celebrate your family in a special way, this Ariel Gordon Horizon Birthstone Ring allows you to add five different birth stones. This makes for a great gift to give to someone or to hint that you want for yourself ;)

09. This Leah Alexandra Moonstone Antiquity Ring looks like a vintage ring passed down from generations. This piece is the boldest of the items shown here, but so, so light and pretty that it really can be worn every day.

10. I love the color of emerald, so this Leah Alexandra Green Gem Ring adds a nice pop of color if you want something that isn't too bold but also isn't too neutral.

11. You'll always find me wearing this Maya Brenner Initial Necklace with my kids' first initials on them. This is the piece I get asked about all the time!

P.S. For a limited time, Leah Alexandra is offering 20% off to Oh Joy readers with code: OHJOY20 at checkout.

back to school for parents...

back to school for moms...

“Back-to-school” usually means an exciting time in kids’ lives to meet new friends, new teachers and get back into the daily routine of learning and growing. However, that shouldn’t be limited to our children! Rather than waiting for a January New Year's resolution, I find that sending my kids back to school inspires me to go back to school myself to keep learning and growing. In partnership with Acer, here are some ways I'm going "back to school" this fall, too...

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how to shop for vintage clothing online...

how to shop for vintage clothing online / oh joy!

how to shop for vintage clothing online / oh joy!

If you know me, you probably know how much I love mixing vintage into my wardrobe (I even had the Oh Joy team get glam in vintage)! Shopping vintage used to be about scouring local thrift stores and flea markets to find hidden gems, but now it's become easier to find great vintage with all the online options out there. Shopping for vintage online allows you to shop from anywhere in the world from anyone's former closet. And, if you live somewhere where there aren't great flea markets, you can still access some of the stuff that other cities seem to have more of. Here are my 10 tips to shopping for vintage clothing online...

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travel essentials with kids...

travel essentials with kids

From recent travels with my kids, here are a few things I really love...in no particular order...

Ave Dee fanny pack - For when you need to carry some essentials, without carrying a full-on bag, this basic and durable fanny pack does the job!

Calpak Packing Cubes - I pack my whole family's clothes into one suitcase, so these are essential for dividing up clothes as well as for helping to keep things organized in a suitcase full of stuff.

Calpak marble suitcase - I love how light this suitcase is. Plus, the marble version looks way chic and no one mixes up your suitcase at the airport.

Parasol diapers - These are thin and light, yet still super absorbent, and take up less weight when traveling. Plus, you can order them in advance and have them delivered to your hotel or vacation rental.

Lil Gadgets headphones - For a road trip or an airplane ride, these headphone are perfectly sized for little ears and heads and make it easy to keep your little ones occupied when needed.

Toms shoes - When you need walking shoes that are easy for kids to put on and take off themselves. This style is one of my favorites.

Zig Zag guides - When traveling to a new city, it's always nice to get kids excited for things they might see. I love the format of these guides because the cards are fun for kids to pick up and play with as they learn.

Oh Joy for Target diaper backpack - I might be biased because this is our bag, but I use it with my kids as my go-to bag. It keeps all of their essentials and keep me hands-free for chasing after them!

10 on the go essentials...

On-the-go-essentials

Whether you're headed out the door for a business trip, a day at work, or just to run errands, here are a few of my favorite items lately for being on the go...

1. Ban.do phone case because this is just too fun not to want to carry around all day long.

2. Ban.do floral duffle for that overnight or weekend trip!

3. This is Ground cord taco to hold your cord basics while on the go.

4. Sunnylife travel radio for when you want to amplify those tunes whether indoors or out.

5. Poppin gold folio for business papers, meeting files, or projects.

6. Baggu 3D Zip Tote for shoes, extra clothes, or anything that needs to be put into a larger bag.

7. Lifefactory water bottle for the gym or just to stay hydrated throughout the day.

8. Frends headphones to keep your tunes to yourself while on the move.

9. Rifle for Le Sport Sac cosmetic bag because it's compact and easy to clean!

10. Owen & Fred luggage tag to keep track of your belongings no matter where you go.