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mini citrus cakes for mother's day! 6 May 2015

Mini Citrus Cakes

With Mother's Day coming up, here's a super cute and fun treat to make for a brunch or lunch with your favorite lady. These were a twist on the mini neapolitan cakes we made in the Oh Joy book and a sweet treat for Mom! We made these recently for a little party that my friend Emily Henderson threw, and they were a fun addition to a summery backyard get-together. 

Mini Citrus Cakes

You can see Emily's style video right here where I popped in and brought these mini cakes!

Here's how to make them...

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creating a colorful kitchen... 5 May 2015

Neon Jar DIY makes your kitchen pop with color!

I love open shelving in kitchens. It reminds you what you have in your kitchen and makes it easy to see and find things. The kitchen is one area that often gets neglected when decorating a home, so we wanted to show you a super easy way to bring a bit more color into that oh-so-important space (I mean, that’s where food is made and consumed, and food is probably one of my favorite things on earth!).

Neon Jar DIY makes your kitchen pop with color!

We made these neon blocked jars that are perfect for holding dry foods or other loose items that need to be contained. The cool part is, you can paint your jar to cover as much or as little as you want and show off the foods that you want to see (and those you don’t mind others seeing as well).

Neon Jar DIY makes your kitchen pop with color!

Since most of mornings can be crazy with getting two kids fed, dressed, and ready for the day before work, I recently started using a Keurig 2.0 Brewer to make the morning a bit easier and get my kick of caffeine on the go. These jars have come in handy for also holding the little cups with all the different K-Cup pods (I’m partial to the tea and iced coffee options but there are over 400 different beverage varieties from 60+ brands available within the 2.0 system). I love the white one to serve as a neutral for the accents of color I add in elsewhere, but the system also comes in a ton of other colors including Vintage Red and Pantone’s Color of the Year Marsala.

Here’s how to make these Neon Blocked Jars…

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a baby essentials {giveaway}...(now closed) 4 May 2015

Customized Wipe Warmer with Washi Tape

Diapers and wipes and bottles are part of my everyday existence these days. Once you have a baby, there are some things that you use every single day that you just can't live without! A few of my favorite baby essentials include a diaper pail, wipe warmer, and a bottle from the awesome baby and kid brand, Munchkin, which provides so many of those little essentials that become a part of every day.

Customized Diaper Pail with Washi Tape

We made these everyday baby essentials cuter by adding a variety of tapes (washi, console, and metallic tape) around the edges of the of my favorites. And, it's pretty darn cute if I do say so and transforms something so basic into something that can be customized to whatever color scheme you like (we used gold, hot pink, mint, and peach)!

Customized Latch Bottle Lid with Washi Tape

Latch Bottle

When I'm away at work and not home to nurse Coco, these Latch bottles have been so helpful when giving her a bottle. The accordion nipple moves, stretches, and functions like the breast, helping her to latch easily and correctly and makes it easy to transition from breast to bottle and back.

With these three of my favorite essentials in mind, we've partnered with Munchkin to give away (1) $500 gift card to one lucky reader to get all of the things your babe needs!

To enter, follow @munchkininc on Instagram, then leave a comment here on this blog post telling me an item from Munchkin you'd get if you won! (In addition to the pieces shown here, we love these baby spoons and this snack catcher in our house!) 

Entries must be posted by this Friday, May 8th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. One winner will get a $500 gift card from Munchkin.

UPDATE: Congrats to Nicki B. from Quincy, MA for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. 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. This giveaway is brought to you in collaboration with Munchkin—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. My dress by Thief & Bandit.}

happy friday + palm springs... 1 May 2015

Oh Joy Palm Springs

Weee! We're headed to Palm Springs this weekend! I'm excited to finally go to Crafting Community and spend a weekend of creativity, fun, sunshine, and pool time with my family. The past month has been non-stop with work for both Bob and I, so this mini vacation is a very welcome change. And Coco's first time in a swimming pool! When you pack for Palm Springs, you just gotta BRING IT with the color, you know?!?

Have a great weekend guys! See you back here on Monday!

girls holding flowers...30 Apr 2015

flower girl by Luisa Brimble

flower girl by Luisa Brimble

flower girl by Luisa Brimble

flower girl by Luisa Brimble

flower girl by Luisa Brimble

...a gorgeous series by Luisa Brimble.

a sleepy slumber {giveaway} (now closed)...28 Apr 2015

Slumber Giveaway

One of my favorite things in the world is sleep, and I can tell you that I appreciate it so much more now after having two kids. Two of my favorite moments are when I get into my PJ's and wind down for the night and when the kids climb into bed with us in the morning on a lazy Saturday.

So we've partnered with two of my favorite pajama brands to give away (1) $200 gift card from Maison Du Soir and (1) $200 gift card from Little Auggie to one lucky reader to outfit yourself and your babe in the softest PJ's EVER...for a total of $400 in pajama love!

Slumber Giveaway

To enter, simply visit Maison Du Soir and Little Auggie's website, and then leave a comment here on the blog post telling me which items you'd pick from each if you won. I live in this Barcelona set and Tulum dress and my kids love their soft robot PJ's.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, May 1st, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. One winner will get a $200 gift card from Maison Du Soir AND a $200 gift card from Little Auggie. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Monica from Bishop, TX for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to anyone in the US or Canada. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $400 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

framing vintage pieces (part 2)...27 Apr 2015

Framing Vintage Pieces

A few weeks ago, I shared a few vintage pieces that I wanted to frame and turn into wall art. Here's a look (above) at the pieces "before"...

Framing Vintage Pieces

and the framed pieces "after" in a room! Here's how it all went down...(click below to read more)

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happy friday + halfway to one year...24 Apr 2015

Oh Joy / Coco - 6 months

You guys! Our little Coco hit the halfway mark earlier this week. How has it been 6 months already?  It's exciting but also bittersweet as I'm already starting to miss having a tiny wee baby. But it's getting way more fun as she laughs, smiles, rolls around, and interacts with us more and more everyday.

Oh Joy / Coco's Monthly Photo

This is the stage of having a baby that starts to get really fun, and it feels like she's starting to become the little person that's been waiting to come out!

Oh Joy / Ruby and Coco

The girls started sharing a room a couple weeks ago. It hasn't been perfect, but Ruby is slowly (but surely) working on sharing her room (and her parents) with her little sister.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!

{Mini pinata numbers by Katie K. Franklin. Coco's Outfits - 1 MonthBoden onesie, Thief & Bandit leggings, 2 MonthsRylee & Cru onesie, Little Hip Squeaks headband, Freshly Picked moccasins, 3 MonthsLittle Hip Squeaks onesie, Thief & Bandit headband, 4 Months: headband by Thief & Bandit, top and pants from Target, Freshly Picked moccasins, 5 Months: full outfit by Ultra Violet Kids, 6 Months: top by Ultra Violet Kids, bloomers by House of Mia, hair clip by Pitchoun, blanket by Aden & Anais.}   

oh joy book parties / recap!23 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

You guys, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement, craziness, and a little less sleep than usual with the launch of the Oh Joy book and my recent book tour. I had a couple book parties—one in LA and one in New York to celebrate with those of you who have been such wonderful supporters of Oh Joy. It was seriously amazing to meet each and every one of you who came out. I wish we could go to more cities, but as a mama of two (and one being very tiny), two cities was all I could make happen right now. But, I wanted to share some photos from the two parties so that in some small way it can feel like you guys in other cities were all there celebrating with us, too!

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

In LA, West Elm was decked out in streamers galore. It's inspiring to see how much a space can change with the work of a few really creative people. My team (Casey, Angie, and Julia) and I were so excited to celebrate this baby that we'd all worked on for so long together.

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

During the party, it was fun being there with Oh Joy readers and supporters, friends, family, colleagues, many happy and familiar faces, and simply everyone who took the time to come by. We snacked on treats by Heirloom LA and we all screamed for ice cream by Jeni's Ice Cream.

And then in New York....(click below to see more)

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oh joy answers / when you like to do so many things...22 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

In a new Oh Joy Answers, we're talking about what to do when you like to do so many things! And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

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