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meal prep for the work week!

How I Meal Prep for the Work Week / Oh Joy!

I have to admit...I am not great at meal prep. I have a hard time getting ahead for the week when it comes to meals, and I've been trying to be better about that. Especially when it comes to lunches at work, it can get expensive to get take-out or delivery every day. I don't always have enough leftover dinner from the night before to pack for lunch, so I made it a mission to get better at that and starting by doing it in a way that feels more manageable. Today, I've partnered with Blue Apron to share this Garlic & Soy-Glazed Shrimp with Charred Broccoli & Hot Green Pepper Sauce recipe by Chrissy Teigen for Blue Apron that I made for 5 days of work week lunches. (And as a bonus to all our Oh Joy! readers, we have a special offer from Blue Apron for $50 off your first two weeks for the first 50 people to claim it HERE!)

See how I turned one of these meals into my whole week of lunches...

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3 unexpected ways to add embroidery to clothes...

Unexpected Embroidery DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Hey hey hey! Today, we're showing you three super fun ways to add a little extra flair to a jacket, shirt, or pair of jeans...all with some simple embroidery! It's a fun way to express yourself, make something your very own, or make a custom-made gift for a friend! Here's how to do it and some ideas to get you started...

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easy DIY terracotta planters...

An Easy Way to Transform Terracotta Pots / Oh Joy!

I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of terracotta pots. They always seem so earthy to me, which is not necessarily a palette that I love. However, we have a super easy DIY to transform a classic terracotta planter into something a bit more modern and chic! You only need four supplies, and chances are, you already have a few of them lying around the house. You can make multiple at once for a cute mix-and-match indoor garden like shown above. Check it out...

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3 ways to furoshiki with 3 different gifts...

Three Ways to Furoshiki with Three Different Gifts... / Oh Joy!

When I went to Japan several years ago, I became obsessed with Furoshiki—a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that's super multifunctional. You can wear them as scarves, use them as wall hangings, or even to wrap presents! So often, I want to give a gift that doesn't have a box or comes in an odd shape, and a furoshiki comes to the rescue. So today, we're showing you THREE different types of gifts you can put together to give friends and family with three different ways to wrap them using a furoshiki! Here's how...

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three things to do with instant film!

3 Things to Do with Instant Film / Oh Joy!

3 Things to Do with Instant Film / Oh Joy!

My kids love using instant film cameras. However, the film isn't cheap so I try and save it for special occasions and trips where they can take a bunch all at one place. We recently went to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad and I thought it would be the perfect time to let them get snap happy, and the results were incredible! I've always wanted to turn my kids' photos into art, so we did, and today we're showing you how you can do the same. Here are three cool ways that go beyond sticking instant film on the fridge...

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a painted spot to sit...

DIY Painted Chair... / Oh Joy!

Seating is often something we're lacking when guests come over...especially in smaller spaces. So today, we're making a perfect little seat that's great to have on hand for when guests stop by. We used simple, abstract brush strokes that are super easy and impossible to mess up that were inspired by the Gray Malin painting shown above...

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storage coffee tables...

Before and After: Kid Storage Coffee Tables / Oh Joy!

Storage is one of those things people rarely talk about when it comes to pretty interiors, and I always wonder...where do people put all their stuff?!? Especially when you have kids, storage (especially for toys and books) becomes something that requires maintenance every single day. It's made such a difference for me in my own home to have functional storage for the kids' toys in our living room, since toys always end up there one way or another. The solution? These chic AND practical coffee tables that double as storage bins! Here's how to make these...

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a cake inspired by hawaii!

The prettiest coconut cake inspired by Hawaii! / Oh Joy!

Today, we have something extra special and really delicious for you...a cake inspired by my recent family trip to Hawaii! It's a haupia cake with coconut butter cream and ube extract frosting inspired by the authentic Hawaiian desserts (among other delicious foods) we had at our KA WA‘A luau at Disney's Aulani resort. It's SO pretty and SO delicious. Here's how to make it... 

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mini DIY chairs for kids...

Mini DIY Chairs for Kids / Oh Joy!

We originally named this post "Cute Kids' Stools" but then all I could think about was the not-so-cute kind of kids' stool (oops!). So, today (instead), we're sharing the cutest set of mini DIY kids chairs (yes, chairs!) that would be so fun for a playroom or in the play area of your living room. Here's how to make these...

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dull to colorful: a rusty metal chair!

How to Transform a Rusty Metal Chair / Oh Joy!

We've shown you how to spruce up a vintage end table and an old wicker chair. Today, we're showing you how to take a rusty metal chair and turn it into a chic desk chair with some paint and tape. Here's what we started with...

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