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a children's book {giveaway}... 25 Oct 2016

Wide Eyed collection

Reading a bedtime story with Coco and Ruby every night before they go to bed for the night is the best part of my day. While we love classic books, I love exposing them to the world with all of the amazing art and lessons that books have these days. The Wide Eyed collection has some of the most stylish and nicely illustrated children's books I have ever seen. So today, we've partnered with Quarto Publishing to give away 20 books from their Wide Eyed collection to one lucky reader! That's approximately a $450 value—hello Christmas shopping list done!

Wide Eyed collection

To enter, visit the Wide Eyed collection. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorite book (I love the Hello Atlas and Illuminature) and who you would give them to! Entries close this Friday, October 28th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

*This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Approximately $450 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

happy friday + a joint birthday party... 21 Oct 2016

oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

Last week, Ruby turned 5 (five!) and yesterday, my little Coco turned 2 (what?!). I still do not understand how time really does go by so fast. With two October babies, this year, we decided to throw a joint birthday party. I was nervous about having one big party with kids in a range of ages...but I'm so glad we did. It was definitely my favorite party to date, and I was the least stressed about it and was able to enjoy myself the most of any of their birthday parties of the past. Here are a ton of very cute photos from the day and more about what we did if you'd like to see more...


planning a joint garden birthday party! 10 Oct 2016


October is a big month in our house with both of my girls celebrating a birthday! Ruby turns 5 this week, and Coco turns 2 next week! Last year, I threw two different parties on the same weekend (crazy, I know), so this year we decided to have a joint birthday party and combine efforts into one bash for my little ladies. 

Here are some things that will go into decorating and planning a lovely little garden party...

01. Decor - Our party will be outdoors in a public garden area. Since decorations need to be set up pretty quickly, I always stick to things we can hang without having to nail or tape anything to public property like these clusters of honeycombs from Poppies for Grace and these giant paper flowers which we made (and will share the DIY soon!).

02. Outfits - Since we have a floral theme, it was super easy to find outfits from my kids' existing wardrobe and not have to buy anything new. Ruby is wearing a vintage dress we found earlier this year while we were shopping at Shareen Vintage with her Zuzii sandals. Coco is wearing this outfit that she still fits in from Crew & Lu and shoes by Zuzii.

03. Table - You guys know I love a good paper plate! We're mixing and matching a bunch of fun pieces from the Oh Happy Day shop including these floral and dotty plates. And the same gold glitter numbers we use every year by Little Cat Design Co. along with these awesome colorful candles.

04. Activity Stations - The park doesn't have a playground, so we'll have a few activities for the kids including a cookie decorating table and a floral necklace making table.

05. Book Drive - In lieu of gifts, we're asking all our friends to bring a book (gently used or new) for us to collect and donate to Baby2Baby for children in need. We did the same thing for Coco's 1st birthday, and we collected over 40 books last year! It's a great option for when you don't want or need more toys, and we always take the kids to bring the books and see where they're going to.

Stay tuned next week for some photos from this weekend's party!

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Party styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester.}

how to add family photos to your home... 22 Sep 2016


For years I've only shared family photos digitally and never took the time to print and frame them to actually enjoy with my own family. In a day and age when we rarely print photos anymore, it is a treasure to see your favorite faces on your wall daily. But it can be overwhelming to even know where to start—what photos would you frame and how would you arrange them into a gallery wall? Today, we've partnered with Framebridge to show you three different ways to add family photos and memories to your home...


5 tips for traveling with kids... 14 Sep 2016

Ruby and Coco / Oh Joy

When we first traveled with Ruby as a baby, we had (no joke) 6-8 pieces of luggage that included a mix of travel crib, car seat, multiple suitcases, and more. Bob looked like a crazy person carrying way too much luggage while I carried a diaper bag plus our baby. Now as a family of 4, we take one suitcase that gets checked, one diaper bag that I carry, one kids backpack that Ruby carries, and one adult backpack that Bob carries for a week's worth of travel and that's it.

I know everyone has their suggestions for how they travel and some go more into detail on various aspects of travel (since there are so many!), but these are my go-to "in general" 5 simple and easy tips for traveling with kids...

1. Pack everything in one suitcase. If you make a goal of fitting your whole family's clothing into one suitcase, you'll fit everything into one suitcase (unless of course you have a family of eight in which case you might need two suitcases). What that means is we limit clothing to: two pairs of shoes per person (one pair gets worn), mix and match clothing and/or wash clothes mid-way through the trip if that's an option, and don't bring anything you can get at your final destination (see #2).

2. Rent/borrow what you can there (car seats, strollers, travel crib). Unless you are going to a city or country that doesn't have these items, borrow whatever you can to cut down on having to bring them yourself. We went from bringing all of the above and carrying what felt like 86 pieces of baggage to now renting car seats at the car rental place and using a stroller or travel crib that is offered at a house rental or hotel. That cuts out four pieces of luggage!

3. Order/buy things when you get there (groceries, diapers, anything you need in bulk). If you're traveling to anywhere in the US or a major city abroad, chances are they have most of your necessities there. If I'm traveling in the US and we're staying at a house rental (which I highly prefer over hotels with kids), the night before we arrive, I usually order groceries and any basics we need through something like Instacart. I set the delivery for after the kids go to bed on our first night and then by the morning, we have all our pantry staples as well as diapers/wipes, etc. And it saved space in my suitcase from having to fill it with diapers.

4. Plan one thing everyday but let the rest of the day be decided as you go. I always get recommendations ahead of time for anything I think we'd be interested in. The night before each day on vacation, Bob and I chat about a couple things we want to do, see what else is nearby, and then we focus on one main activity. I keep a couple of other things in the back of my head that are nearby if we have extra time. But with kids, we've learned not to map out the whole day because sometimes there's extra wiggle room that's nice to have and freedom to let the day take you where it will.

5. Break your rules (a little). If you're on the more strict side with schedules like I am, this is the one time it's okay for bedtime to be a little later or to let the kids watch an iPad out at dinner because you just want to have a peaceful meal at a nice restaurant. Cut yourself some slack and let the kids get to break your normal rules a little, too! It's a vacation!

What are your go-to tips?

{Photo by Bob Cho}

garden party inspiration... 12 Sep 2016

Anne Ten Donkelaar

Next month, both of my girls have birthdays (Ruby turns 5 and Coco turns 2). Rather than throwing two separate parties like I did last year, they're getting a joint birthday party this year. I am not sure if that's going to make things easier or twice as hard, but it's worth trying right? It's a Garden Party theme so I've been gathering lots of images like these for inspiration...

Eloise Corr Danch

Mother Magazine Cake

House That Lars Built / Balloon Arch

Oh Happy Day / Paper Flower Headbands

Have any of you been in or thrown a joint birthday party before? Any tips? I am planning for each kid to have their own cake so we can sing to each separately and especially for each one. That was a tip I heard from parents of twins who always have to share a birthday.

{Image sources: giant paper flowers Anne Ten DonkelaarEloise Corr Danch, Cake from Mother, balloon arch by House That Lars Built, and paper flower headbands by Oh Happy Day.}

bento box snacks! 25 Aug 2016

Bento Box Snacks

As a mom of two, it’s a daily struggle to figure out new and healthy things to make for my kids that they will actually eat. Inspired by the new Curate Kids bars, today, we’re going to create a few versions of a Bento Box Tray that your kids will love. Check out our video below to see how to make one!

Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Let's Go" by Handsome and Gretyl
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

{Sources: White tray by Poppin, Animal forks from CuteZCute, Silicone cups from IPOW.}

DIY finger puppet friends! 16 Aug 2016

DIY finger puppet friends

Inspired by the new Netflix show Beat Bugs, today we’re making finger puppets that your kids can help you make. And once they’re done, they become the perfect companion to singing, playing, and creating adventures all through their imagination. See the video below for the full how-to!

*This post is in partnership with Netflix and their new family show Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles.

Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “All You Need is Love“ by The Beat Bugs
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

dressing the babe... 7 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

What started as a blog series, Dressing the Babe, has now evolved into me putting together fun outfit suggestions for your minis. I'll still post real life outfits of me and my kids when I can, but since putting together kid's outfits is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, I've been sharing lots of outfit flats over on Instagram under #OhJoyDressingTheBabe. Our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia, hand paints and hand cuts the backgrounds for all them which super cute and a fun thing to see come to life. So watch for them over there where all sources are tagged (just tap for tags on Instagram!)

P.S. I have gotten requests for boy outfits, so I am trying to do more non-girl ones, too ;) 


Sources: Outfit 1 - Raincoat by Nobodinoz, onesie by Oeuf, sneakers by Zara; Outfit 2 - Noe & Zoe top, Childhoods pants, Pons sandals, hair clips by Meri Meri from Lux Tots; Outfit 3 - Target dress (past season), Boden sunglasses, Pitchoun bow, Ouistitine bunny from Bitte, Zuzii shoes; Outfit 4 - romper by Izzy & Ferd, shoes by Toms, vest from Target (past season), bow by June & January.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and Mary Costa, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester.}

some new family photos! 8 Jun 2016

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

We're surrounded by so much talent here in our Los Angeles creative community, and I feel so lucky that we recently had a chance to take some new family photos with our friend, Katherine Rose. Katherine photographed our maternity photos, Coco's birth announcement, and some of our earliest family photos. We haven't seen her since Coco was a month old so it was fun to catch up while hanging in our neighborhood and taking some photos with our kids.

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

We usually take photos twice a year, and I've learned to keep the location and the setting really simple. We kind of have an on-going bougainvillea theme with Katherine, so I simply find a not-too-busy street with a beautiful, lush area of greenery. And we walk, play with the kids, and let her capture us as we are. We rarely get a photo where everyone is looking at the camera, but I've learned the less perfect the expressions, the better. It's about the simple moments and seeing our personalities shine through that always make these photos so special.

Thanks again to Katherine for spending the morning with us and always capturing my family so beautifully!

{Our outfits: My skirt by Whit NY and shoes by Zuzii, Ruby's romper by Crew & Lu and shoes by Zuzii, Coco's romper by Duchess & Lion (past season) and shoes by Pons, Bob's shirt and pants by Apolis and tie by Ben Sherman (past season).}


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