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oh joy day trip: pasadena... 22 Aug 2017

oh joy day trip: pasadena

Today, we're going to Pasadena, CA which is just 20 minutes outside of Los Angeles for our latest Oh Joy Day Trip! Pasadena has a family-friendly vibe with Angelenos living here when they want more of a neighborhood feel than you might get in parts of Los Angeles proper. Here are some of our favorite spots in Pasadena...

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oh joy day trip: atwater village... 25 Jul 2017

Oh Joy Day Trip: Atwater Village

In our newest, Oh Joy Day Trip, we're taking you to Atwater Village—a small neighborhood near Silver Lake and Los Feliz on the East side of Los Angeles.

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Happy (almost) National Ice Cream Day! 14 Jul 2017

Somi Somi Ice Cream Los Angeles

Happy Friday! In honor of National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, here's a look back at several of our favorite ice cream spots in Los Angeles if you're looking to pick up a sweet scoop. There are quite a few—and as you might be able to tell—we really like ice cream ;). Take a look...

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oh joy day trip: culver city... 7 Jul 2017

oh joy day trip: culver city

For this new edition of Oh Joy Day Trip, we're headed to Culver City! Since I live on the East Side of Los Angeles, I rarely make it to Culver City, but I need to get there more. There are so many great, new spots to see, explore, and eat! Come check it out...

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My Favorite Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles... 29 Jun 2017

Bob Baker Marionette Theater / Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles so much. There is so much to do here and see year round...and I've certainly discovered more things to do after having kids. We get emails and messages asking for suggestions on what to do with kids when visiting Los Angeles, so here are some of my favorites in no particular order. Please keep in mind, I do live on the East side, so this is skewed towards the East side of the city. A West sider might have additional suggestions and if you do, please share them in the comments!

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4 ways to teach young kids about giving back... 16 May 2017

4 ways to teach young kids about giving back

As my kids get older, it's been really important to me and my husband to help teach them how to give joy to others—especially those who don't have as much or have been born into unfortunate circumstances. So throughout the year, we have a few different ways that we try to teach our kids the gift of giving and to also teach them to be grateful for what we do have. I get a lot of questions about this when I share some of the things we do on Instagram stories, so I wanted to put together a few of my favorite ideas here on how to teach young kids to give back...

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oh joy team field trip: museum of ice cream... 5 May 2017

oh joy team field trip: museum of ice cream

The Museum of Ice Cream is in town, and the Oh Joy team took a field trip last week to the color-filled, sweet-filled space. It's every bit as fun as it looks, and you get to eat ice cream throughout your time there! I don't want to give it ALL away, but here are a few snaps from our visit which included a banana split room, a mint chocolate chip room, a gummy bear room, and of course the sprinkle pool which makes for a perfect ending...

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oh joy eats: yolk & flour in cypress park... 20 Apr 2017

yolk & flour in los angeles

If you want some delicious, good-for-you, and BEAUTIFUL food...one of our favorite Los Angeles caterers, Heirloom LA, just opened a new casual restaurant called Yolk & Flour in Cypress Park. Here's a peek...

yolk & flour in los angeles

yolk & flour in los angeles

yolk & flour in los angeles

yolk & flour in los angeles

When I say that this place actually makes me want to eat vegetables, I am not kidding. You will actually want to eat them! But you'll also want to eat the insanely good Detroit pizza, roasted fish, lasagna cupcakes, pasta, and more. Yolk & Flour is currently doing Friday pop-ups this month (go tomorrow if you're in LA!) until they open normal hours next month.

Yolk & Flour | 3232 1/2 Figueroa Street | Los Angeles, CA 90065 (currently open Fridays 11am-7pm, with hours expanding in May).

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

oh joy day trip: arts district... 6 Apr 2017

oh joy day trip: arts district

For our newest Oh Joy Day Trip, we're heading to a hotspot...the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles! This area has seen major revitalization in the last few years and has turned into a mecca of cool shops, restaurants, and places to be inspired. Come see!

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oh joy day trip: sunset blvd. (east side)... 21 Mar 2017

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

For our newest Oh Joy Day Trip, we're heading to one of my favorite streets of Los Angeles—Sunset Blvd. Sunset runs across most of Los Angeles, so we're focusing on a few of our favorite spots on the East end of Sunset, running from Silver Lake to Echo Park. Come see!

Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

 Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Matchabar — Start your morning off with a little kick of...tea! I'm a big tea drinker and matcha is a favorite when done in fun ways. Matchbar just opened on Sunset in Silver Lake and makes fun versions of lattes using matcha instead of espresso (the drinks are also VERY pretty). We loved the Coconut Chai Latte and the Harmless Matcha Latte. Then, get either a small bite of Matcha Mochi or eat a savory and delicious breakfast of Purple Egg Pot.

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Social Type — This beautiful shop makes for a great place to pick up cards, stationery, and small giftable items. They often have pop-ups and events, so it's a cool space to know about.

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ali Golden — For a mix of indie clothing and handmade accessories, Ali Golden carries a chic and cool array of pieces in their own label and others they adore.

Ohana Poke Co. / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ohana Poke Co. / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ohana Poke Co. — Take a lunch break for some fresh poke and fried chicken! We love the mix of options available in the poke and love how healthy it feels. On the flip side, the fried chicken wings (available in hot and mild) have a light, crispy texture that makes you want more and more.

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now — If you want to add to your day trippin' with a little R&R, The Now offers a place to get inexpensive massage treatments without planning too far ahead. Starting at just 25 minutes, you can get a little pick me up in this serene and beautiful space.

It was really hard to narrow this list down to just five as you are likely to see twenty more cool spots along the way. Our picks are all day time spots, but if you're looking for any dinner recommendations in this area, ask me! And, if you live here and have other favorites, please feel free to share them with us below!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

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