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5 'girl power' books for kids...

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As the mom of two girls, I am always on the lookout for great books that show my girls examples of amazing women in the past, present, and future. Here are a few of my favorites for young kids (both boys and girls) that emphasize girl power!

1. Little Feminist book set, 2. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, part 1 and part 2, 3. Little People, Big Dreams series (like Rosa Parks and Coco Chanel), 4. She Persisted, 5. My First Book of Girl Power.

my rules for screen time...

My Rules for Screen Time / Oh Joy!

Screen time is a big topic of conversation between parents and something that not everyone agrees on. I have never been black and white about anything, and just like giving my kids treats, I think most things in moderation are fine. To me, it's about implementing rules that makes sense for your family and for your particular children. Depending on their ages and their personalities, some kids do fine when you say it's time to put away an iPad and some completely lose it and go into a complete meltdown. Today, in partnership with Circle by Disney (a little device that helps manage all your household devices), I'm sharing how we tackle screen time in our house...

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the cutest snack you'll ever take to school...

The Cutest Snack You'll Ever Take To School... / Oh Joy!

If you have pre-school or school-aged kids, it's likely that you've been in charge of snack duty—when parents take turns or volunteer to provide snack for the class. Today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos to help you be a Good Choice Snacker, and show how to make snack duty fun and easy, while also adding a little something special for the next time it's your turn! Here's how...

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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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