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shortcuts... 27 Apr 2016

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

Shortcuts by Oh Joy!

We have a new series of short-length videos called "Shortcuts by Oh Joy!". They provide easy and quick tips that you can watch in less than a minute. These videos will only be posted on our Oh Joy Facebook page and YouTube channel, so please "like" the page or subscribe to the channel to see them regularly.

Click here to watch the first one!

{Video by Casey Brodley, production by Jessica Hongand styling by Julia Wester.}

a spring adventure kit! 26 Apr 2016

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The weather has been so nice here in LA lately that it's really making me and my family change up our normal weekend routine and go on more unplanned adventures. Sometimes we'll have an impromptu picnic in a new park or drive to go find dinner not knowing where we'll end up. In order to prepare for any adventures that might come our way, we've put together a little Spring Adventure Kit.

Pack a bag with a few of these essentials, toss it in your car or by the door, and you're prepared to have instant fun ready to go whether you're heading to the park, to a friend's house, or to visit a relative last minute. Here's what's in my kit...

1. a kite, 2. Oh Joy! First Aid Kit and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! to be ready in case of any boo-boos, 3. memory card game, 4. jump rope, 5. picnic mat, 6. binonculars, 7. bubbles, 8. mini flashlight, 9. sidewalk chalk,  10. water bottles, 11. a ball, 12. instant camera and film, and 13. a duffle or tote to hold everything in it's place when on the go! 

P.S. Everything here can be found in stores or online exclusively at Target.

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

palm frond wall hanging... 25 Apr 2016

palm frond wall hanging

Because plants make every room look better, we wanted to create a wall hanging that makes it easy to add a little greenery to any space! If you live in a warm area where they happen to fall from the trees, you can use real ones. Or you can scoop up some faux ones (and faux ones these days look pretty legit!). We made this palm frond wall hanging that looks sort of like a mobile and beaded curtain had a baby. Here's how...

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dotty leaf decor... 12 Apr 2016

dotty leaf decor

Palm fronds and other tropical leaves are super on trend right now. To give you the Oh Joy version of this look, we updated an inexpensive faux leaf simply by painting white dots on it. It adds a little bit of whimsy to it and make a really easy and fun decorative accent.

dotty leaf decor

Simply Use a brush to paint dots (or any design of your choice) onto the leaf. Then, let it dry and display it in a vase or vessel for a super easy (yet statement) piece in your home!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, production by Jessica Hongand styling by Julia Wester. Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney.}

confetti catchall... 4 Apr 2016

Confetti Catchall DIY

I often need a little catchall or some sort of vessel to hold small knick-knacks (keys, paper clips, jewelry, etc.). Usually I'll use a small bowl or dish from my kitchen, but today we wanted to show you an easy way to make one yourself that can be used to hold those little things that just need some place to go!

Confetti Catchall DIY

You'll need:

- a simple, inexpensive ceramic tray

- dimensional magic mod podge

- confetti

- gold glitter

Confetti Catchall DIY

Here's how:

1. Sprinkle confetti on the tray in your desired amount. 

2. Then sprinkle the glitter over the confetti.

3. Add dimensional magic mod podge over the entire tray covering the confetti and glitter completely. 

4. Let dry over night and voila!

Confetti Catchall DIY

This sort of tray or catchall is best for desk supplies or jewelry (any non-food items) and is super cute left out whether filled with objects or not. This also makes for a really inexpensive and easy-to-make gift!

P.S. For those of you in Los Angeles this weekend, I'll be a speaker at the Club Momme Spring Fest this Saturday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafts and styling by Julia Wester}

family meal: chinese chicken salad... 31 Mar 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how we do something called "family meal" at the Oh Joy office where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team. That way, we only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and it gives us a mid-day break where we all sit down to lunch and enjoy a meal together. Last time, I shared our crafting assistant, Jessica's, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich and today, we're sharing this Chinese Chicken Salad that our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia Wester, makes...that I LOVE so much! It combines so many textures and flavors and is one of my favorites for lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

You'll need (serves 4):

- 2 cups romaine

- 2 cups of shredded/pulled chicken breast

- 1 cup shredded carrots

- 1 cup shredded cabbage

- 1/2 cup chopped green onions

- 1 cup fuscilli pasta (pre-cooked)

- 1/4 cup sliced almonds 

- 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles

Chinese chicken salad dressing

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and toss with dressing! Now, we are fully aware that Chinese Chicken Salad is not rooted in anything actually from China. It's an Americanized version of a salad that has become a staple at cafes and restaurants. For me, it combines lots of great textures and flavors and with the addition of pasta, makes a salad that actually leaves me feeling full! It's so easy to make and SO good!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and recipe by Julia Wester}

living wall art! 23 Mar 2016

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

Have you ever had air plants in your home? They have become one of my favorite plants to keep around because they're easier to maintain than other house plants and you can put them pretty much anywhere (since they don't need a pot of soil to grow in). Inspired by the living walls we see a lot around here in Los Angeles, we made our own version using air plants...living wall art, if you will!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

You'll need:

nails

elastic cord

- hammer

plywood board (ours is 2ft by 1ft) 

- white paint

Here's how:

1. Paint a piece of plywood white.

2. Once dry, hammer nails on the long edge of the plywood on both ends. We placed the nails 1 inch apart. Hammer the nails in halfway leaving enough room to string the elastic cord around the nails. 

3. Once all the nails have been hammered in, you can start stringing. Tie a double knot of string one the first nail on the bottom left, then loop it to one of the top nails, then back down again keeping the tension as you go. You can go in a very orderly pattern or go crazy with it! We started from one end and went left to right using two different elastic colors overlapping them in some areas. Once finished, tie off the last string on another corner nail and trim the ends.

4. To hang the board on the wall, you can use picture-hanging strips!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

The end result is a fun piece of wall art for your home that also holds air plants. The air plants are super easy to pull in and out when you need to water them and then place them back in their spots!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafting by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong, styling by Julia Wester.}

confetti easter eggs! 21 Mar 2016

How to Make Confetti Easter Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, we wanted to share a fun way to bring a little confetti party to your eggs this year. They're so easy and so fun to make, and you only need a few things...

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a snack kit! 16 Mar 2016

How to Make a (Good for You) Snack Kit

During the week, the days are often go, go, go! I am so consumed with getting everyone else fed, dressed and off to school/work, and then busy with a million things at work. I often find myself needing a snack throughout the day to keep my energy level up. But in an effort to make sure I have a healthy snack (and not whatever random, greasy snacks are at the convenience store down the street) I recently discovered new Curate Snacks bars. Made from wholesome fruit, nuts, and grains, the bars come in six fun combinations like Indulgent Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts or Harmonious Blend Marcona Almonds & Apricots. They have the texture of a bar you’d make in your own kitchen!

Today, I’ve partnered with Curate to show you how to make a snack kit that we created inspired by these fun and brilliant combinations. I like to make a snack kit on Sundays to bring to the office on Monday so that throughout the week, I can grab a morning or afternoon pick me up from it.

Here’s how to make these super cute snack kits...

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tick tock...make a clock! 15 Mar 2016

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Now that we all have phones that do 498 things in addition to telling the time, I rarely see clocks in homes anymore. But I LOVE clocks. Not only do they make it easy to assess the time at a quick glance, but they serve as objects that are decorative AND functional. Today, we're sharing a simple way to make and decorate a wall clock!

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

You'll need:

-mod podge 

-paint brush

-gold clock hands

-wood clock face

-white spray paint

-craft paper in assorted colors

-scissors

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Here's how:

1. Spray paint your clock base white (or other color if you want a different background color). 

2. Now here's the fun part...coming up with your design! Cut out paper in various colors and shapes. You can go more loose and organic like the first photo or more structured and geometric like our bottom photo.

3. Use Mod Podge to glue pieces onto the clock base and then paint a coat of Mod Podge over the entire face once all pieces are glued on. This seals the pieces onto the base.

4. Let dry overnight.

5. Once dry, add clock hands and voila!  

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Hang or place the clock in an area that needs a pop of color. The cool part about making your own is you can customize the colors and patterns to fit your space exactly how you want it!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafting by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong, styling by Julia Wester. Wall hanging in last photo by Maryanne Moodie.}

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