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this is what 10 years of marriage looks like...23 Sep 2016

Cho Family Prom

Cho Family Wedding

Cho Family

In 1996 (when I was 17), I met this guy that I thought was a total slacker. We went to his Senior Prom together as friends. I thought we'd date for a few months and then he'd go off to college and that would be it. After dating (for real) soon after the prom and having a long-distance relationship for most of our early adulthood, 10 years later, in 2006, we got married. And 10 years after that...here we are living in Los Angeles with our two girls. I know I cut out a lot of the in-between stuff because I don't want to bore you.

But I seriously never thought I'd date this guy, have him turn into my best friend, and then still be with him 20 years later. I'll try and keep this anniversary post short and not too sappy. But in celebration of my 10 year anniversary with my husband, Bob, today, here are 10 things I've learned in my 10 years of marriage:

1. The person that you are married to should make you want to be a better person. They should lift you up when you're low, make you laugh when you're having a bad day, make fun of you when you need to be made fun of, and believe in you more than anyone else.

2. Marriage is always a work in progress and you have to work at it to make it progress.

3. You'll never agree on everything. But you should see eye-to-eye on most things.

4. If your spouse had an annoying habit when you first started dating, chances are, they'll still have it 20, 30, 40 years later. And you just need to be okay with it. And love them for it. Or laugh at them for it.

5. You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run. (Ok, I borrowed that from Kenny Rogers, but it's true.)

6. Marriage is loving someone so incredibly much and more than anyone else. But it's also being annoyed and infuriated with them more than you could be with anyone else.

7. Having butterflies in your stomach is a good thing.

8. Make time for each other even when your kids feel like your new priority. Don't forget to keep nurturing the relationship that made those kids in the first place.

9. It's a good sign when you can be independent and do your own things separately, but you're stronger (and have more fun) when you're together.

10. If you can fart in front of your spouse and not feel embarrassed, you're on your way to eternal happiness.

{Wedding photo by Karen Wise, family photo by Katherine Rose}

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

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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...

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OMG...YAY!21 Sep 2016

Oh Joy for Target word vases

As a follow-up to our best-selling OK vase, our newest word vases just launched...OMG and YAY! These are available online only and make a fun addition to any party, celebration, or just to every day. And if you have more than one, oh the words you can create!

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They are all available online only at Target right now! And, if you're not yet following our new Instagram account, @OhJoyCo, follow there to get the first scoop on all our products!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

tokketok {giveaway}...(now closed)20 Sep 2016

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I love getting handwritten notes—in the mail, on a gift, from my kids, basically anytime. And I love sending them to those I love. One of my favorite stationery brands is Tokketok because of the simple, yet whimsical, messages. So today, we've partnered with Tokketok to give away TWO complete sets of the ENTIRE COLLECTION ($395 value each)!

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The collection includes all the flower card designs (7 sets); all the happy jotter sets (4 sets); 6 notepads; all the sticker notes; a set of flag notes; 3 sets of fill in notes; and boxed notes

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To enter, please visit Tokketok's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorite product and who you would send it to! Entries close this Friday, September 23rd at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Thuy B. from Yukon, OK and Kylie T. from Jacksonville, OR for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $395 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a chic little tray...19 Sep 2016

a chic little tray

A tray is one of those pieces that adds an extra decorative (and functional) detail to any corner of your home...on a coffee table, on top of a dresser, or even a side table. We made this simple and chic version using just a handful of materials. So if you need an easy little addition to your tabletop, make this little tray! Here's how...

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oh joy is 11 years old!16 Sep 2016

oh joy is 11!

11 years ago, I started a blog called "Oh Joy" just for fun. I thought maybe some of my friends and my mom might read it. 2005 were the early days of blogging and the internet. It was before there were a ton of social media sites, and it was before anyone was worried about their personal brand. I didn't think that any real people—people that I didn't know in real life—would care about anything I had to say. Thank goodness I was wrong. Having this tiny place on the internet to share my vision and ideas with you has brought me so much inspiration, so much joy, and such a sense of community from those of you that I have never met.

I always say that the internet allows regular people like you and me who want to say something or share something to share their view and voice with the world. It gives us all an opportunity. Starting this blog completely changed the direction of my career from something very planned into something completely different, unplanned and a mix of work that I never expected to be able to do, but am completely grateful for. 

As we reach 11 years of Oh Joy this month, I wanted to say thank you for following along here for however long or short you have been. Your support and love means the world.

P.S. Last year, I did a recap of the previous 10 years which was fun to look back on...

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

a funfetti crepe cake...15 Sep 2016

a funfetti crepe cake

When it comes to making a special dessert or cake, anything that feels special without taking up too much time is always a plus in my book. Today, we've partnered with Seventh Generation to share this recipe we came up with—a no-bake funfetti crepe cake that is just as beautiful as it is delicious. It can get a little messy to make and eat, but it's worth every dab of whipped cream you'll have to wash off your plates! Here's how...


You'll need:

- 30 Crepes (store bought in packs of 10, but here's a recipe if you'd like to make your own)

- 4 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/3 cup strawberry jam

- sprinkles

a funfetti crepe cake

Here's how... 

1. In a metal bowl, combine whipping cream, sugar and jam.

2. Use an electric mixer to whip together until stiff peaks form. 

3. Begin building your cake by placing down one crepe as the base. Add one large spoonful of the whipped cream and spread a thin even layer over the crepe. 

4. Stack another crepe on top of the whipped cream layer, and continue alternating until you've used all of the crepes.

5. Finish off your crepe cake with a layer of whipped cream on top - add fun sprinkles as a garnish! We also added some crumbled meringues for extra texture!

a funfetti crepe cake

Finally, it's gonna get messy, so we use Seventh Generation's Free & Clear dish soap to wash all cream off the sticky dishes and bowls. It's non-toxic and plant-based, yet tough on grease and dried-on foods (and lots of whipped cream in our case)!  Which means it's safe for kids to help clean the dishes because it doesn't leave behind potentially harmful residue.

a funfetti crepe cake

Because of the fresh cream, make this cake prior to your special occasion and refrigerate until serving. It's best if enjoyed the same day!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Recipe by Oh Joy. Props include: Leif Spoons, Leif Napkin, Target Canisters}

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}

a hearty fall salad for brunch!13 Sep 2016

Fall Brunch

I love brunch. Like I love brunch more than a lot of things. But you know what brunch usually doesn't have? Salad! And as much as I'd love to eat only eggs and carbs for brunch, sometimes you need some of those greens for your growing bones, too. So today, we're sharing a recipe we created for a hearty fall salad that's perfect for brunch (or lunch or dinner, too ;). Here's how to make it...

Fall Brunch Salad

You'll need:

For the salad:

- 16 oz kale

- 1/2 cup thinly sliced brussels sprouts

- 1/3 cup thinly sliced beets

- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

- 1 cup micro greens

- 2/3 cup feta cheese

- 1/2 cup julienned heirloom carrots

- 1/3 cup pistachios

- 2 cups cubed, roasted butternut squash

- 3 tbs honey

- salt & pepper 

For the dressing:

- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

- 3 tbs maple syrup

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- salt & pepper, to taste

Fall Brunch Salad

Here's how:

1. Preheat over to 375 F. Toss diced butternut squash with honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

2. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through to evenly brown. The squash should be slightly tender and lightly browned.

3. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients—kale, brussels sprouts, beets, pomegranate seeds, micro greens, feta, carrots, and pistachios. Allow for butternut squash to cool for 15 minutes before adding to the salad. 

4. Prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. 

5. Add butternut squash and mix in dressing. Salt & pepper to taste.

Fall Brunch Salad

Add the salad to your other dishes, and you'll feel much better having this dose of green!

Fall brunch table runner

And, to spruce up your brunch table quickly and easily, we added in a faux leaf garland and mixed in some real eucalyptus and flowers. It made for a centerpiece that lasts longer and costs a lot less since you can use the garland over and over again.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Tabletop items: Pehr runner, Target flatware, 1882 Ltd Plates, Pehr napkins, vintage glasses.}

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.}

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