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how to make your family photos feel like you... 21 Nov 2017

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! 5 Oct 2017

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! 25 Sep 2017

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... 29 Aug 2017

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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! 

let's discuss: teaching empathy to kids... 18 Aug 2017

Oh Joy / Photo by Bonnie Tsang

For the last couple weeks, we've discussed some things that were fun to talk about and get various perspectives. They were light and sometimes silly, but today's post is about to get a little more serious...

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preparing (yourself) for pre-school... 7 Aug 2017

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A few years ago, I wrote a post about how to choose a pre-school after I had gone through the process of choosing one for my oldest (who recently graduated pre-school and starts kindergarten this fall!). My youngest, Coco, started pre-school last week. After having gone through the process with my first, I thought the start of pre-school would be easy the second time around. But, it wasn't and we are still working on getting her used to a new environment and a new schedule. Here are a few things I've learned that I thought might help some of you starting your babes at pre-school soon...

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a rainy day puppet kit! 3 Aug 2017

A Rainy Day Puppet Kit

Summer vacations are planned to be packed with adventures, but sometimes something unexpected happens… like a rainy day! Weather can certainly get in the way of all the fun you’ve planned with your family. Rather than doting on unexpected weather, though, we partnered with Embassy Suites by Hilton to show you how to make a Puppet Craft Kit to have on hand to save that stormy day. It’s small enough to take with you wherever your destination may be! Watch our video below to see how...

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Embassy Suites by Hilton
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "I'm Gonna Marry You" by Upstate
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

This content is sponsored by Hilton. All opinions are my own.

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oh joy for target baby apparel! 31 Jul 2017

Oh Joy For Target Baby Apparel

I'm so excited to announce that our new Oh Joy For Target Baby Apparel collection is now available online! It includes rompers, dresses, sleep 'n plays, bodysuits, and pant sets for both girls and boys to mix and match to your heart's content. Watch this insanely cute video that shows off our newest nursery and apparel collections...

Oh Joy For Target Baby Apparel

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This is our LAST baby nursery and apparel collection at Target so get it while you can! Sizes from from 0-24 months (with sleepers up to 9m). But they do run a tad big so even my (almost) 3 year old fits in the 24 month pieces! Thanks again for all of you who have supported our collections these past few years by buying something for yourself or a loved one!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Together" by Upstate
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Special Thanks: Henri Martin and Jaxson Green
Still photos: Nicki Sebastian

oh joy for milk snob! 20 Jul 2017

Oh Joy for Milk Snob

Oh Joy for Milk Snob

For those of you with babies or babies on the way, you'll be so excited to see our newest collaboration with Milk Snob! I've been a fan of these covers back when I was in my early baby/nursing days. They are so, so soft and double/triple as a car seat cover when baby is sleeping, a nursing cover for yourself, a grocery cart cover, and more. With the launch of our newest Oh Joy for Target nursery collection, we worked with Milk Snob to create two covers that match our new nursery bedding and accessories!

Oh Joy for Milk Snob

Oh Joy for Milk Snob

Oh Joy for Milk Snob

You can find our Oh Joy for Milk Snob confetti and zebra covers ONLINE ONLY right now!

{Lifestyle photos by Casey Brodley, prop styling by Julia Wester, prop styling assistance by Jess Hong. Product/Model photos by Milk Snob.}

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how to stick with it... 6 Jul 2017

How to Stick With It / Oh Joy

Currently, I'm in the middle of trying to instill new habits and hobbies in my house—teaching my littlest to use the potty, showing my oldest that sticking to a new hobby (like tennis) takes patience, and I'm really trying to get better at making more recipes at home. It can be so easy to just let any new teaching moment pass by, but consistency is key. So, along with my friends at BAND-AID Brand, I wanted to share a few tips I've learned that might help you to stick with it through challenges big and small...

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