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why you deserve a vacation without your kids...

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This past weekend, I did something with my husband that I never thought I'd do...

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cool kids' graphic tees...

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I love dressing my kids in adorable little dresses and skirts, but often for school and play time, they just need a cozy tee and shorts or pants to be durable and easy-to-wash. So, as much as I love a graphic tee for myself, I love them even more for my kids. Here are a few of my favorites right now!

01. rainbow tee by Hello Apparel, 02. Girls with Glasses "You Can Sit with Us" tee, 03. Omamimini "Fearless" tee, 04. Whistle and Flute pretzel tee, 05. Whistle and Flute heart tee, 06. TOT tee by Tosan Knows Best,

happy friday + be amazing...

Oh Joy! Be Amazing

Every so often, you witness another parent do something that just sticks with you. My friend Audrey gave me the idea for "Choose Your Own Adventure", and it's often something so simple like this that means so much to kids. I recently noticed a dad at school telling his daughter, "Be great" before he kissed her goodbye in the morning. It was short and sweet, but the way in which he said it had so much meaning. I will happily be inspired by other parents to create a version for my own kids. So now, every morning when I drop my kids off at school, I have started to give them a positive message like that before I say goodbye.

I'll say, "Be amazing", "Be Fantastic", "Be Silly", or any other adjective that gives them that sunshine to head into their own adventure for the day.

Ruby has loved it, and now says back to me, "Mommy, be amazing at work today!"

And I reply, "I will!"

{Photo by Morgan Pansing}

my favorite faux fur jackets right now...

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If you follow my Outfit of the Day on Instagram, you might know I am VERY into faux fur jackets right now...especially those in fun colors. The ones that I currently wear are sold out or older seasons, but these are SUPER cute. Here are a few pairs for ladies and girls that I am loving right now!

PRINTS: Zara floral, Target girls star jacket.

STRIPES: Anthropologie blue striped jacket, kids vintage coat from JuliasChildVintage.

NEUTRAL: Urban Outfitters long jacket, Zara girls pink jacket.

city books for kids!

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I love teaching my kids about the city we live in (yay LA!), as well as other cities that we visit during the year. Whether you're raising a local tour guide or a budding travel editor, here are 9 of my favorite City Books for Kids! Lots of them come in various options for different cities, too!

01. When I'm in LA by Le Future Kids, 02. Zig Zag City Guides,03. Larry Gets Lost books, 04. A Walk in New York, 05. Neela Goes to San Francisco, 06. This is Paris, 07. Los Angeles 1 to 10 by Sara Beth Greene, 08. Bright Eyed Baby Flashcards, 09. Los Angeles Is....

oh joy gift guide: gifts for kids!

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Our last gift guide for this year is all about the kids. With items ranging in price point and both wearable and playable, here are a few of my favorite things for kids!

01. Cabbages and Kings scarf, 02. Nailmatic washable nail polish, 03. knot pillow by Juju and Jake, 04. Custom books by Read Your Story,  05. tees from June & January, 06. Small Lot shoes, 07. Cuddle and Kind stuffed animals, 08. Oh Joy! Band-Aids, 09. Cub Coats, 10. Honor Society merit badges, 11. Bravery Magazine, 12. Olli Ella Holdie House.

how to make your family photos feel like you...

How to make your family photos feel like you / Oh Joy!

I love family holiday cards. I love that it's the one time of the year that we focus on getting a professional photo of our little family, get dressed up, and make it a special day for all of us. Since I know how stressful it can be to plan for holiday photos, for the past few years I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share some tips that I hope are helpful for you...like How to Choose an Outfit and How to Choose a Location for family photos.

This year, more than ever, I wanted my holiday card to feel like a reflection of us. We had ups and downs with my husband's health and became a stronger family because of it. My husband and I really made a bigger effort to focus on family and make time for our kids even with our crazy work schedules. And we're ending the year on a sweet note, for sure, with everyone in good health and good spirits! So, where better to go capture those memories to reflect on our year than in Downtown Los Angeles and at the Museum of Ice Cream!

Here are my five tips for getting your holiday family photos to feel like you...

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do something nice!

do something nice printable / oh joy!

In celebration of today's Do Something Nice day, we created this fun printable PDF for things you can do with your kids to encourage and teach them to do nice things for others. It's filled with kind gestures that you can do together like bringing someone flowers, baking a sweet treat for a friend, or sending a note to a family member who lives far away. It's set up a bit like a treasure map so you can see your progress as you go...

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mini meatball sliders for kids!

mini meatball sliders for kids!

With school back in session and work and our busy schedules, it can be hard to carve out time to make dinner. When I get home from work, I don't want to spend an hour in the kitchen! I want to get as much time with my kids as I can before they're off to bed. So I'm always looking for ways to make meal-time easier and faster for me while still healthy for the kids. Today, we've partnered with KidFresh to share our Mini Meatball Sliders that make for an easy, fun, and delicious dinner your kids will love...

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kid's books that show diversity...

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When I was a kid, I never saw characters in stories or books that looked like me. I never saw books with families that looked like my family. Now, as a mother with a new generation of kids, we've come such a long way. It's not perfect, but children's toys, tv shows, and books show so much more diversity then in years past. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite books that teach (and show) diversity to kids. Here are nine of my favorites... 

(left to right, top to bottom): The Skin You Live In, Goodnight Stories for Rebel GirlsI Like Myself, This is How We Do ItMommy, Mama, and MeThe Last Stop on Market StreetLove Family (a customizable book for multiracial families), Pepper Zhang, and Zero.

If there are any others you love, please share in the comments! 

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