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back-to-school helpers...

Back to School Helpers / Oh Joy!

With the start of school just right around the corner (Eeeek! How did THAT happen?), I've partnered with Johnson & Johnson to share some of my favorite things for back-to-school time! From handy helpers for lunch to useful items for everyday, to things that you need for that very first special day, here are a few of my favorites...

01. Oh Joy First Aid Kit and Band-Aid®️ Brand Adhesive Bandages for keeping handy in your car or kids' locker; 02. Kikkerland reusable straws; 03.travel utensil set by Bambu; 04. Cheree Berry lunch box notes; 05. See Kai Run shoes; 06. Hudson Tailor backpack/lunchbox in one; 07. Cheree Berry first day of school banners; 08. Everyday Co. Cloth Napkins 

P.S. Don't forget! You can get the Oh Joy! First Aid Kit FREE when you buy three qualifying items (like the Oh Joy! Band-Aid®️ Brand Adhesive Bandages) at Target stores and online at target.com!  

This post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. All opinions are my own. 

a snack table makeover!

Colorful Snack Table Makeover DIY / via Oh Joy!

Happy Monday! Today, we have a super cute way to transform a simple Ikea side table! It's makes for a handy snack table (because everyone needs one of THOSE!) or little coffee table to put next to your couch or bed. 

Colorful Snack Table Makeover DIY / via Oh Joy!

We started with a simple black table (shown above!), but wanted to add some color and life. So we spray painted it and added a pretty insert with leftover fabric scraps. Here's how you can make your own...

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Oh Joy! for Freshly Picked soft shoes are here!

NEW: Oh Joy! for Freshly Picked soft shoe collection

I am SO, SO, SO excited that we’ve joined together with Freshly Picked for a second time to bring you perfectly whimsical soft shoes for your baby’s adventures! We launched our first collection three years ago with two prints, and this time around, we're bringing you FOUR new designs: Garden Stroll, Space Walk, Party Hop, and Moon Bounce. Take a look!

NEW: Oh Joy! for Freshly Picked soft shoe collection

Garden Stroll is a colorful floral print that dances with delight and has gold metallic soles! It's available in the Mary Jane silhouette which has sweet scalloped details and cute cut-outs perfect for summer picnics and playdates.

NEW: Oh Joy! for Freshly Picked soft shoe collection

Space Walk is packed with stars and mini planets in blue, green, yellow, orange and white on a black leather background with chrome metallic soles. This print is available in the Moccasin silhouette, perfect for your littlest space walker.

NEW: Oh Joy! for Freshly Picked soft shoe collection

Party Hop is a super fun, multi-colored design with confetti pieces sprinkled about. They are truly a party in a shoe and perfect for a birthday or any everyday celebration! My favorite part? The Mary Jane soles are the prettiest metallic rose gold! 

NEW: Oh Joy! for Freshly Picked soft shoe collection

Finally, Moon Bounce is available in the Moccasin silhouette! It's a great gender-neutral option with solar system drawings on a white leather background and steel metallic soles for a little extra shine. 

You can buy them all now online for a limited time only at Freshly Picked

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.

healthy (and delicious!) monster muffins...

Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!

Weekday mornings are always go-go-go for our family. So I love having breakfast options that are easy and healthy for the kids that can be prepped in advance. These monster muffins are full of nutrients (we snuck some spinach in there), great to have on hand when picking up the kids after school, or even to bring with you to work for a pick-me-up throughout the day. Here's how to make them... 

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Introducing: Oh Joy! For Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Kid's clothing has been a long-time request from you all, so I am super excited to partner with Alice & Ames to bring you really fun, playful outfits for summer. As a long-time fan of their dresses for my girls, I love that the pieces are super wearable and washable for everyday use, yet are still perfect for special occasions. Here's a look at our collection...

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

The Ballet Dress — These ballet dresses are SUPER easy to wear for a day of play and make for the BEST twirling dress. They range from sizes 2T to 10, and you can get them in either Oh Joy! print — Fizzy Bubbles or Dancing Daisies.

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames

The Sunsuit — How cute are these sunsuits?! I love the criss-cross straps in the back and ruffle detailing on the sides. They're perfect for keeping cool on those hot summer days and range in size from 3 months to 4T. They also come in both Dancing Daisies and Fizzing Bubbles, two patterns that are different yet complement each other just like sisters.

The Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames collection is available right now. We'll have limited stock so go grab them while you can!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Lucia Tran. Special thanks to our models: Arianna, Cami, Boston, Gianna, Zealand!}

DIY Gummies for Dad!

DIY Gummies for Father's Day! / via Oh Joy!

Happy weekend and happy almost Father's Day! Here's a fun last minute treat you can make to help you tell Dad just how awesome he is...giant, homemade gummies! You can make them at home with a few ingredients, place them in a small jar, and top it off with a sweet note! Here's how...

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happy friday + when siblings don't get along...

Oh Joy Shop Pillows

One of the most common questions/comments I get on Instagram stories is..."Your kids seem to get along so well! They don't seem to ever fight with each other!" Umm....ha. That is not true AT ALL. They are just like any other set of siblings and do sometimes argue and don't get along. Some days are better than others.

Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright (who wrote my favorite sleep book, The Happy Sleeper) just came out with a parenting book called Now Say This. When I received an advance copy back in December, it came at a time when my kids were starting to play so well together, but also arguing more then ever. Not only did I learn some other amazing parenting techniques from their book that I use everyday with each of my kids, their book also helped me figure out what to do when sibling rivalry does occur. Since the sibling aspect is one area I think a lot of parents struggle with, I asked them to share some tips for us! Take a look at some common questions they often get asked, and I hope this helps some of you parents out there, too...

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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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Introducing: Oh Joy! for DockATot...

Introducing: Oh Joy! For DockATot!

Sweet dreams are made of our newest collaboration...Oh Joy for DockATot! As a mother of two, I've always been in search of pieces that make those early newborn days easier and more comfortable for the whole family. DockATots are so cozy, and together we’re bringing you their quality and comfort with our signature whimsical colors and prints. We've partnered with DockATot to bring you TWO limited-edition cover styles for their multi-functional lounging docks. They're perfect for babies (ages 0-8 months old or 5-22lbs) to rest, play, cuddle, get diaper changes, and practice tummy time. They make a functional and beautiful addition to your new baby’s home! Come see them all...

Oh Joy! For DockATot Petal Party / Shop now!

Oh Joy! For DockATot Petal Party / Shop now!

Our "Petal Party" print is light and lovely, inspired by a spring day and flowers blowing in the breeze.

Oh Joy! For DockATot Block Party / Shop now!

Oh Joy! For DockATot Block Party / Shop now!

Our "Block Party" style is bold, fun, and is inspired by all the shapes that fill your babe's imagination. 

We hope you love them! You can shop them for a limited time online right now!

{Photos by Morgan Pansing, styling by Julia Wester, and styling assistance by Jess Hong. Special thanks to our models Chelsea and Arden, Sherye and Amelie, and Natalie and Oakley!}

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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