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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}

{oh joy eats} magpies softserve... 14 Mar 2017

magpies softserve los angeles

I have a new addiction. While my ice cream loving heart will always belong to Jeni's Ice Cream...when I am in the mood for soft serve, Magpies Softserve has been my go-to... 

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oh joy day trip: koreatown... 10 Jan 2017

K-town-100-blog

I often get asked about what to do in LA when someone is coming to visit from out of town. I have so many favorite spots in Los Angeles, that it can be hard to narrow it down. And since LA is so spread out, you really want to see the city one neighborhood at a time as it's not easy to see a ton of different spots all around the city in one day.

So today, we're starting a new series called Oh Joy Day Trip, where we'll focus on one neighborhood in Los Angeles and share a few of our favorites there. It will by no means be able to cover everything I love in that neighborhood, but it's a good starting point for a handful of spots if you're visiting for the first time. Each day trip will include a mix of food, shopping, and treats, of course! See our first one below!

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{oh joy eats} laurel point... 6 Oct 2016

laurel point

It's been a while since we've shared some local Los Angeles eats because I worry about it not being interesting to those of you who don't live in LA. But since some of you do still write in asking for restaurant suggestions when you do visit LA, hopefully, you still enjoy these and can bookmark this post for a future trip! 

Our most recent food adventure took us to Laurel Point in Studio City...

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an oh joy mural! 22 Jul 2016

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

I have always wanted to see an Oh Joy pattern large in and in charge on a wall mural somewhere in the world. So when we were asked by the Southern California Children's Museum to paint whatever we wanted on the walls of their new space, it felt like the perfect moment to bring that dream to life for the kids who play there.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Our designer, Angie, and I worked together to concept a mural that I wanted to be fun, bold, very Oh Joy, yet not too specific that it would feel dated later on. So I didn't want to use any Oh Joy patterns that have already seen on our products and instead decided to merge a few different patterns together to create a brand new one just for this project. I worried how we would execute the mural because with my team's already busy work schedule, we didn't have enough resources to be able to paint the very large project on our own. So it was time to ask for help from someone with mural experience.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

With the incredible help of Rachel Deitsch of Really Fake Digital and Carrie Hansen, we were able to make our vision a reality. We matched our Pantone colors to Benjamin Moore paint colors, Angie drew the pattern to 1/10th scale, then Rachel and Carrie blew it up to full scale to draw out all the lines on a grid for the shapes. The mural took almost two weeks from start to finish thanks to their amazing work. The Oh Joy team took a break from our usual work and came to help paint, too, which was seriously so therapeutic.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Here's the finished mural! We are still waiting on vinyl decals of the museum's logo which will go right in the entryway overhead as well as a plaque that will tell about our involvement and inspiration behind the mural's design. This was such a fun change for me to conceptualize and see Oh Joy come to life in a different way than we're used to! For those of you in Los Angeles with kids, I hope you'll stop by the Southern California Children's Museum in Pasadena and see it in person. And if you do, please tag @ohjoy so we can see your photos!

A huge thank you to Benjamin Moore for donating all the paint for this project and to Rachel and Carrie for their help with this project!

P.S. For reference, we used Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint in an eggshell finish in the following colors: Bubble Bath 1326; Limelight 2025-40; Bahama Waters 576; Pink Ladies 1347; Cactus Flower 1335; Paddington Blue 791; Bayberry Blue 790; Golden Orchards 329; Tangelo 2017-20; Neon Green 2032-10; and Cool Aqua 2056-40.

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

work in progress... 15 Jul 2016

Mural by Oh Joy for the Southern California Children's Museum

Mural by Oh Joy for the Southern California Children's Museum

Mural by Oh Joy for the Southern California Children's Museum

Earlier this week, I shared a peek on Instagram of a mural we designed for the Southern California Children's Museum. The mural is almost done and we'll be making final touches next week. I'll be sure to share more photos of the entire piece when it's ready! Yay!

...and happy weekend!

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

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