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the cutest kid's cookbook ever... 14 Mar 2016

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

We see a lot of books come through this office, and this one—The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth—is one of the most well-done books I have ever seen. Through colorful photos and amazing illustrations, it gives a ton of ideas for plant-based snacks and meals that kids can help make in the kitchen. I am not even vegetarian or vegan, and it seriously makes me want to make these recipes for (and with) my kids.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

I mean, it's ridiculously cute, right?!? I've really been trying to eat more vegetables lately myself and this book inspires me to get more veggies into my body as well! Congrats to Ruby Roth on her beautiful new book! It goes on sale in a few weeks and you can pre-order it right here and see the adorable trailer here.

{Photos of the book here by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

a roasted sweet potato sandwich... 10 Mar 2016

roasted sweet potato sandwich

At the Oh Joy Office, we do something called "family meal" where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team (I bring lunch on Fridays). It makes it easy to only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and then the other days you get to enjoy a surprise lunch that someone else put together. It's a fun way for us all to think of recipes that are easy to reheat or make in the office with just a microwave and toaster oven! But more than anything, now we all sit down to lunch at the same time everyday and enjoy a meal together. Before this, we'd all eat at random times, pay way too much on takeout, and I'd often be eating at my desk or forgetting to eat...which is never good!

Our new crafting assistant, Jessica, made this sweet potato sandwich the other day for family meal, and we all loved it so much, I had to share the super easy recipe with you here today! I'm not even vegetarian, and I found this to be so good and so filling, too...

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one potato, two potato... 29 Feb 2016

Mini Baked Potatoes

Ever since I was allowed to use an oven (probably in middle school), one of my favorite things to make when I wanted to eat something filling, yet easy, was a baked potato. Especially when I was broke in college, I ate my fair share of baked potatoes slathered with butter and a ton of cheese. No matter when you make it, it's just so satisfying.

Combining the comfort of a baked potato with some unexpected ingredients, we made these mini baked potatoes which are perfect for making when people come over...or for a late night snack for yourself...

Mini Baked Potatoes

Here's how:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Place small yellow dutch potatoes in a baking dish or baking sheet.

3. Bake covered for 30 minutes, and then uncover and bake or another 10 minutes until golden brown and give in when squeezed.

4. Top butter, salt, and extra toppings of your choice!

Here are some combinations we love...

Mini Baked Potatoes

1. Peas, proscuttio, basil, and a dash of pepper is like an artisanal sandwich in miniature potato form.

Mini Baked Potatoes

2. Edamame, pomegranate seeds, green onions, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of spicy korean chili seasoning tastes savory with an asian twist.

Mini Baked Potatoes

3. Peaches, walnuts, ricotta cheese, and a drizzle of honey is creamy and a tad sweet almost like a sweet potato.

Are there any other baked potato toppings you make and love?

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

3 ways to decorate with string lights... 25 Feb 2016

3 Ways to Decorate with String Lights

The year was 1997, and I moved into my first college dorm room at Syracuse University. As every college student does with limited space and limited decor options, I taped string lights (um, Christmas lights to be exact) to my side of the room onto the painted cement walls. I plugged them in every night while doing my homework and always found them to add just the perfect glow. Fast forward to 2016, and I still love string lights. Used in the right way, a strand (or two or three) casts the most subtle and beautiful glow in any space. So here are a few ways to decorate with string lights (we used the Oh Joy for Target dotty lights in these examples)...

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wallpapering for renters... 17 Feb 2016

Wallpapering for Renters

Oh wallpaper. It's one of those home decor items that so many people love, but so many are also afraid of. Whenever I share photos of my living room (which is covered head-to-toe in wallpaper), we get a lot of questions from those of you who can't or don't want to put up something so permanent. Usually, you love wallpaper but...

A. You don't own your home and your landlord won't let you use wallpaper.

B. At $150/roll, it can get pricey to wallpaper a whole room or even a whole wall.

C. You're not sure if you will love THAT ONE PATTERN...forever.

So we came up with an easy solution for adding some wallpaper love to your home that doesn't involve a huge commitment or lots of money. Simply wallpaper one giant panel and turn it into a statement piece for any room. We used one single roll of wallpaper from Justina Blakeney's collection to demonstrate. Here's how...

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love to love ya... 12 Feb 2016

Floral Friendship Bracelet

Hey friends, sorry for my light posts this week. My whole family has been knocked out by the flu and I've been home taking care of sick (and sad) kids and husband for much of the week. With Valentine's Day approaching, here are some last-minute ideas from Oh Joy posts past if you need a little inspiration or quickie treat or craft to make!

1. Floral Friendship Bracelets (see above)

Do-something-card

2. Pop-Up Love Letter (see video here)

Funfetti Biscotti

3. Valentine's Funfetti Biscotti

Pie Crust Conversation Hearts

4. And, some Edible Valentines!

Wishing you a great weekend with your favorite loves! I'll be here hoping we're germ-free soon ;/

 

soft hearts run free... 11 Feb 2016

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If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift to make for a friend or loved one, check out these no-sew pillows we made for the L.A. Times!

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

a valentine for your boo... 8 Feb 2016

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Since Ruby's school doesn't allow candy for Valentine's Day exchanges, I'm always thinking about other fun things we can make and give to her friends instead. And...since we always have a ton of Band-Aids lying around (and kids love Band-Aids), we came up with a couple fun Valentines inspired by everyone's favorite boo-boo cover/body sticker.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

If you feel like gifting a whole box of Band-Aids, here's a punny wrap we designed that you can download right here. Simply print them on regular paper, cut it out, and use it to wrap around a standard size box of Band-Aids.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Add your greeting to the back, and boom! A valentine that also comes in handy for adventures throughout the year.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Or, if you don't want to give out a whole box of Band-Aids, you can use them as a decorative element for your love bugs, instead. Oh Joy Band-Aids worked perfectly to create fun little patterned bug bodies for these Valentine's Day postcards. Download our template here, print them on card stock, then cut out. Finally, add a Band-Aid to make the body of the bug!

I'm Stuck on You - box template

Be My Love Bug - card template

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, graphics by Angie Stalker}

mini valentine's brooch bouquets... 1 Feb 2016

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

While flowers are an obvious gift to give for Valentine's Day, they are also always a people pleaser. There are very few people in the world who don't like flowers (and if you don't like them, I want to know who you are!). Whether you're gifting your mom, your teacher, your co-workers, or your besties, here are some Mini Valentine's Brooch bouquets that are super easy to put together...

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

All you'll need are your favorite blooms, some pins (we used both new and vintage), and strips of leftover fabric to tie the bouquets. Simply assemble your mini bouquet with blooms of your choice, then wrap the stems and tie with a strip of fabric. Pin your brooch to the fabric for a decorative accent that your gal pal can also wear later on her collar and think of you every time she does!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

And, don't forget to add non-floral plants like kumquats off your tree or basil for an extra dose of color, texture, and fragrance. We topped this one with a vintage brooch I've had for years!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

Or use a modern pin like this one from Ban.do for your nearest and dearest. You can make the bouquets up to one day before you're planning to give them out. If you make them in advance, make sure to keep each bouquet in cool water in the fridge and then tie them and pin them right before giving them out!

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

 

mini holiday cookies! 16 Dec 2015

Mini Holiday Cookies!

Everyone loves a good holiday cookie. And, I love EASY holiday cookies. With the help of my friend Claire from Kitchy Kitchen, today we're showing you how to make these verrrrrrry tasty cookies! Check out the video below to see how...

Enjoy!

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