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10 family beach essentials...10 Jun 2015

10 Family Beach Essentials

We're going to the beach this weekend for our first beach adventure of the summer! Heading to the beach with kids can be a major event with all the stuff you have to bring. There are a few key pieces I've added to our arsenal that we use for beach trips throughout the summer. Here are a few of my favorites...

1. Love Taza for Let's Playground mat is waterproof, durable, and great for hanging in the sand all day long.

2. Crew Cuts girl's rash guard (boys here) helps to protect Ruby from the sun and is perfect for those not-too-hot days when she can stand to be a little more covered up.

3. Since it's hard to get babies to wear sunglasses, I love this Honest baby sun hat with UPF 50 for extra protection.

4. I like to pair Honest swim diapers with a simple swim tank or rash guard for Coco.

5. I love one pieces for myself, and this Virginia Johnson bathing suit is so flattering and a really great price.

6. Bob loves his Apolis swim trunks because they're cool without being too flashy.

7. It's a bit of a splurge, but this LemLem cover up is so soft and perfect for the pool or beach.

8. This Birdling Bags weekender has a ton of compartments which makes it easy to organize and hold all of our beach toys, sunblock, snacks, and smaller essentials. 

9. I used to get really cheap thin towels, but now I appreciate a really soft, giant beach towel like this one from Ruby Mint for drying off between dips in the ocean.

10. When Coco needs to nap or just hang out and roll around, this 4Moms Breeze Playard is the easiest to set up and pack up. Literally, I can open and close it myself in seconds!

a father's day {giveaway} with apolis...(now closed) 9 Jun 2015

Apolis Father's Day Picks

I love the mission behind Apolis—a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide. My husband, Bob, loves their clothes and accessories. The pieces are classic, modern, and high-quality which means they work well into a guy's wardrobe for a long time (you know how guys hate shopping so that's always a plus!)

In celebration of Father's Day, I've partnered with the guys at Apolis to giveaway a $500 Apolis Gift Voucher to one lucky reader, domestically or internationally. To enter, simply visit Apolis' website and then leave a comment here telling me what you'd pick for a Father's day gift this year! Entries must be posted by this Friday, June 12th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

P.S. Apolis is offering a special 20% off discount site-wide for Oh Joy readers for Father's Day. Enter code OHJOY20 at checkout through June 16th, 2015. And, if you're in the United States and want to receive an Apolis gift before Father's Day use the ADDITIONAL code DAD2015 for free USA "2-Day" shipping through Tuesday, June 16th.

UPDATE: Congrats to Leslie S. from Lake City, FL for being our winner this time.

*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. $500 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

hey boo (boo), let's party! 8 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Last week, we held a small brunch here in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of the BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!. It was fun getting to hang with friends and have a party inspired by the smallest item we have ever designed! We filled Elysian with tons of color, pattern, good food, and good friends. Here are a bunch of photos of all the details if you'd like to see...

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should i eat donuts today? 5 Jun 2015

Oh Joy / YES NO MAYBE SO donuts

Oh Joy / Yea Boy! Donuts

Oh Joy / SOS donuts!

If you needed an excuse to eat a donut, TODAY IS THE DAY because it's National Donut Day (which is the first Friday of every June and has been since 1938). We had a little (too much) fun playing around with these donuts we custom-made with California Donuts in celebration!

SO...who's eating a donut today? And happy Friday!

P.S. Check out my Instagram today to see more of our favorite donuts from around the city!

{Creative Direction by Joy Cho, photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester} 

um, yum... 4 Jun 2015

Pam and Audrey's Donuts / Los Angeles

Pam and Audrey's Donuts / Los Angeles

A few months ago, we got to taste test these donuts by Pam and Audrey's in Los Angeles. They're some of the prettiest donuts I've seen so I'm excited that they are finally launching tomorrow! With flavors like Lime Basil, Passionfruit Coconut, Thai Iced Tea, Chocolate Ginger, and Chili Chocolate, they're like little clouds of sweetness. I might have eaten two (or four of these) at once. If you're in LA, they make local deliveries of these fresh and (seriously) pretty donuts. 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy} 

i like you a lot... 3 Jun 2015

I like you a lot


I Don't Wanna Grow Up


Over It

...and other things you can say without having to actually say them...

{Top to bottom: "I like you a lot" kid's tee by Kid and Kind, "I don't wanna grow up" adult tee by Hello Apparel, "Over it" adult tee from ASOS.}

a summer snack {giveaway}...(now closed) 2 Jun 2015


Snacks are my jam. I am constantly hungry and do much better job maintaining my energy level if I give myself a small snack or two during the day. I've been loving NatureBox—a subscription service that offers the ability to discover and enjoy healthy and delicious snacks on a monthly basis, conveniently delivered directly to your doorstep. With over 100 options, you can pick what kinds of snacks you want each month and change it up, or you can stick to a few favorites. I love that everything is made with high-quality, wholesome ingredients so it's actually something can feel good about eating!


Today, we've partnered with NatureBox to give away a six month subscription—to two lucky readers (a total value of $120)!

To enter, check out the snacks at NatureBox, then leave a comment here on this post telling me what sounds good to you (I love the sriracha cashews)! Entries must be posted by this Friday, June 5th, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Two winners will get a six month subscription.

P.S. Join NatureBox today and get a FREE sample box of some of their most loved snacks! Click here to get started!

UPDATE: Congrats to Jenn B. from Lee's Summit, MO and Myhra M. from Brooklyn, NY for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US and Canada only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $120 USD total value. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

two kids, one room... 1 Jun 2015

Oh Joy / Tips for Baby and Toddler Sharing a Room

When I grew up, I had a brother who was eight years younger than me. We never shared a room because we were so far apart in age, and my parents had enough space that we could each get our own room. Fast forward to now, and I have two girls that are three years apart. We don't have a ton of space in our current house for them to have their own rooms, and I like the idea of them learning to share a room. So now we have a 3.5 year old and a 7 month old together in the same bedroom.

As I mentioned a couple week's ago, we put the Ruby and Coco together in the same room when Coco was 5.5 months old. I was terrified of the transition and worried for the weeks leading up to it that no one would sleep or they'd keep waking each other up. It definitely wasn't tear-free, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought! 

A few months ago, I wrote a post about the book I read to help Coco with her sleep habits when she was an infant, and The Happy Sleeper was also helpful for us in making this transition, too. So I thought I'd share some of the advice from the book that helped me as well as what I've learned in my own experience of putting a toddler and a baby together in one room...

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Oh Joy to the Rescue!28 May 2015

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

You guys! I’m excited to announce our newest products—BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! & First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! For your tiny boo and their boo-boo’s, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies to design bandages that help cover up cuts and scrapes. The products add a playful twist to iconic first aid staples. Ruby is obsessed with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages and tries to convince us to let her wear them even when she doesn’t have an ouchie.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

No one likes it when they get a real cut or scrape, but I wanted to be able to inject a little fun into the healing process with some of our favorite Oh Joy patterns in a variety of colors and sizes!

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

The handy First Aid Kit can be used to keep on hand at home, in the car, at the office or in your purse so that you are always prepared for any mishaps.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! are available only at Target stores and Target.com for $2.49. The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! will be available only at Target stores and Target.com, free with the purchase of three qualifying items (such as BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment, BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Gauze and Tapes, and Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream).

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

I’m super excited to wear these myself, too, and to finally have a cute First Aid Kit to keep on hand at home and at my office! This has been a dream product to design, and I hope you guys love them, too!

P.S. Share your snaps of your new first aid products by Oh Joy! with the hashtag #OhJoyToTheRescue!

career day / a painter...27 May 2015

Kim West

Kim West

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

In our newest Career Day, I took Ruby to visit the studio of Kim West, a painter living and working in Downtown Los Angeles. We came across one of her amazing murals recently, and after that I had to see and learn more about her. So one afternoon, I picked Ruby up from school and said "We're gonna go paint at an artist's studio! You can paint right on the wall, and it's okay if your clothes get dirty." She was more excited for this then the day that puppies came to our office.

The minute you walk into Kim's studio, the saturated colors, beautiful line work, light, and wit come through in her work and in every inch of her space. She's warm, kind, and as the mother of two kids...she armed Ruby with a paint brush, paints in every color, and gave her an afternoon to remember. Here's a little more about the life and work of this amazing painter...

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

What’s your background and when did you start painting? / I was taught to hold a paintbrush before I learned to walk or talk. Though she's semi-retired now, my mom is an art teacher and art historian, and as such, creative play and art education were a part of my daily childhood for as long as I can recall. And still, though I always found painting and making things to be as natural and necessary as breathing, I never labeled myself as an 'artist'. This changed for me when, at the end of my first year of a pre-law schedule at a Smith College, I decided to transfer to the painting department at Rhode Island School of Design. In every sense of the word, that choice was a relief.

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

When/how did you figure out your signature style? / My work is essentially the result of an on-going series of responsive investigations to what is happening around me, and so it’s continually evolving. In all of that, it is fair to say that strong, emotive color is a constant for me, and the use of it is a thread that connects disparate bodies of my work together. 

Kim West

Best part about your job? / My first summer job at age 10 was working on an assembly line in a fertilizer plant. Throughout college and for a while after, my jobs were mainly in restaurants and bars where I waited on lots and lots of tables. Most of these jobs ranged from truly terrible to blah, but the experience of them serves as a reminder to recognize that as a painter, I never feel like I am working a job. Although painting is work, and that work can be hard or stressful or frustrating at times, in general it’s also my sanity and without the ritual of its’ practice I am sad and lost.

Worst part about your job? / On a bad day, feeling like a teeny drop in the gigantic art-world bucket.

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

Favorite Day of the Week? / A Sunday/Monday crossover. I love Sundays with my husband and children - starting out lazy and then spending time outside with no agenda other than to enjoy the day and see where it takes us, typically for a hike, heading to the beach or a museum, or seeing friends. Mondays in the studio make me happy because even though the week is only 5 short days, on Monday it seems long and possible to fit so much into those hours.

Kim West

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

If there were two of you, what other type of business or job would the other Kim have? / At this point, I can’t envision being anything other than a painter. But I would definitely consider a clone.

Kim West's Studio

Favorite artist? / Forever and ever...Alice Neel, Cy Twombly, and Helen Frankenthaler. Recently, Mary Weatherford. 

Kim West's Studio

One thing that has happened in your career that you never expected? / I didn’t set out to paint murals; that was set in motion over a chance encounter regarding bathroom paper products.

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

One thing that has happened in your career that you completely expected and had hoped for? / I have always expected and hoped that at the end of each work day, I would feel satisfied with at least some of the day’s progress, and would leave the studio excited to return for more. I am grateful to report that happens almost every day.

Career Day at Kim West's Studio

At the end of the afternoon with Kim, we had to take off Ruby's romper since she was covered in wet paint. She walked to the car in just her undies and said, "This was the best day ever!" Thanks so much Kim for sharing your world with us!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. All art by Kim West.}


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