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a mini ice cream social... 9 Jul 2014

Mini Ice Cream Social

With a new baby on the way, we thought it would be fun to do something just for Ruby and her friends to celebrate summer before our lives change and our family grows in the fall. So when our friends at Carmela Ice Cream created a new space at their W. 3rd shop to use for an ice cream party, we quickly took them up on the offer to spend a little time inside away from the summer heat to cool down with a few bites of food and scoops of ice cream with Ruby, her besties, and their parents.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

We certainly tested the patience and decision-making of two year olds, as they had to wait in line for their turn to get ice cream and then they could only pick two flavors out of the four that we offered them. It was fun to see what they decided on.

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

Topping time! Everyone's favorite part...

Mini Ice Cream Social

Mini Ice Cream Social

As much as I usually love outdoor parties, it doesn't work as well with melting ice cream. And it was just nice to have a space where the kids could play and draw and get out all that extra pre and post-ice cream energy.

Raspberry Rose Sorbet

We loved this raspberry rose sorbet so much that Carmela kindly offered the recipe for us today!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet
(serves 8)

You'll need:
2 cups purified water
1 1/2 cup cane sugar
1 Tbsp rose water
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Here's how:
1. Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Remove from heat once sugar fully dissolves. Set syrup aside to cool.

2. Once syrup is cool, blend with raspberries, rose water and lemon juice. Strain into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Let cool for 4 hours or overnight.

3. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

4. To make a fun summer drink, combine a couple scoops of sorbet with sparkling water!

Raspberry Rose Sorbet Spritzer

P.S. We made sure to feed the kids, too, before letting them inhale all that ice cream. Stay tuned for some pretty fun, kid-friendly food coming next week!

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ice cream by Carmela Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Plates and decorations by Oh Joy for Target.}

if i had a boy... 8 Jul 2014

Baby Boy Clothes

Before we found out if we were having a boy or a girl, I had a lot of readers mention they were hoping I'd have to a boy so that I'd post more ideas about clothing and decor for boys. Unfortunately for the mothers of boys reading, I won't get to live out that for you in real life, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I'd use if I were having a baby boy ;)

Clothing: Zara denim sneakers, Polarn O. Pyret stripe tank, Whistle & Flute cloud tank, Noe and Zoe star onesie, Splendid striped set, Target gingham romper, Little Hip Squeaks onesie, and Wolfchilde mechanics suit.

Baby Boy Decor

I'm not much into the pink for girls and blue for boys thing so some of the pieces I'd buy for a boy are still things I'd get for a girl, too. But it's more about playing up a fun neutral palette with pops of pattern and some subtle colors. 

Decor: Oh Joy for Nod striped lamp, Naked Lunge house pillow, Roxy Marj bear blanket, Land of Nod car print, Little Auggie striped sheets, Jonathan Adler lion pillow.

Oh, and if you guys haven't seen this Instagram account, this cutie must be one of the best dressed little boys I've ever seen...!

{oh joy eats} hero shop in downtown la... 7 Jul 2014

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Sandwiches are pretty much my jam, and it can be hard to find a really a good sandwich in Los Angeles (I am from Philly, afterall). So I'm always excited when a new place pops up that offers a fun alternative to the usual sandwich. Hero Shop in Downtown Los Angeles takes a twist on bánh mì sandwiches with really delicious fillings and flavors mixed with the traditional garnishes of the Vietnamese style sandwich.

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Hero Shop / Los Angeles

Some of our favorites include the Spicy & Sour Chicken, Lemongrass Tofu, and BBQ Pork sandwiches. They mix a bit of spice and tanginess into a filling and satisfying sandwich that I'm craving more of already.

Hero Shop | 130 E. 6th Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014 | 213.265.7561

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy 4th! 3 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / Hers and Mine bathing suits

Oh, don't you love four day work weeks?!? For those of you in the States celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, I hope you have an amazing day off tomorrow. I really should be working with my book deadline looming, but I'm forcing myself to shut down for the day and spend some fun in the sun with my little family. My friend, Marysia, give us these matching bathing suits so I'm pretty psyched to finally have a chance to wear them!

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

P.S. Thanks so much for your amazing name suggestions. There were so many great ones and really fun to read! We have a tough job ahead of ourselves ;)

{Photo by Oh Joy. Bikini by Marysia, kid's suit by Bumby}

lately around the studio... 2 Jul 2014

Oh Joy Book

Oh Joy Book

Oh Joy Book

...we've been hustlin' trying to finish up the Oh Joy book coming out next spring. I am not sure why I like to write books while I'm pregnant (I wrote Blog, Inc. while pregnant with Ruby), but I have to say I'm pretty excited about what we've been putting together. It's a DIY book full of color, pattern, and whimsy for sure...stay tuned!

{Sneak peeks on Instagram}

the name game... 1 Jul 2014

Mama Baby Bump

Now that we're preparing for another little girl in our family, it's time to figure out what her name will be! I never thought about having to think of another girl's name. I loved the name "Ruby" for so long and got to use it the first time around, so we're a little stumped this time. Bob and I have a couple names we've tossed around but nothing that's 100% yet. 

Do you guys have any suggestions for us that would be a good name for Ruby's little sister? I'm all ears! We're open to hearing any ideas! 

P.S. This photo is from last night when Ruby decided she wanted a baby in her belly and spent the whole night during dinner keeping "the baby" safe in her dress.

{Photo by Oh Bob. Ruby at 2.5 years, baby bump at 22 weeks. My top is Liz Lange for Target, shorts are from ASOS}

an oh joy for target summer...30 Jun 2014

Oh Joy for Target / insulated bag

Oh Joy for Target / Condiment Bottles

Oh Joy for Target / Goblets

Just a reminder that the Oh Joy for Target summer collection will be in stores for just a couple more weeks. And, from now until Saturday, July 5th only, there's a special 25% discount on all Oh Joy for Target pieces. Simply enter OHJOY at checkout to purchase online or redeem through the Target Cartwheel app in stores.

Here are a few ways we've been using the summer collection around here... 

-Carrying around things for the beach, park, or really, anything at all in the insulated tote.

-Storing beads, confetti, and other craft supplies in the condiment bottles.

-Using the goblets to hold mini floral arrangements.

Oh Joy for Target

I always love seeing how you guys are using your Oh Joy for Target goodies on Instagram. Keep sharing how you use yours at #ohjoyfortarget!

{Instagram's via @atsuyosworld, @tori__hendrix, @alyssarosencheck, and @amanda_smith. Other photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

mango chia seed pudding recipe...27 Jun 2014

Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Lately, I've been in a breakfast rut—especially on during the week. I find myself making Ruby's breakfast and heading to the office quickly without feeding myself. I've been searching for something healthy, yet filling, and Casey (our office manager) suggested one of her favorites—chia seed pudding. So we came up this mango version which is tasty, filling, really refreshing for summer (and actually really good for you). Have you guys tried chia seed pudding before? Today, we're sharing our version of the recipe with you. It's super easy to make and full of protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants...

Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Mango Chia Seed Pudding
(serves 2)

You'll need:

-1/2 cup coconut milk

-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/3 cup chia seeds

-1 ripe mango, skinned and sliced

-optional toppings: fresh mango cubes, coconut flakes/toasted coconut, fresh pomegranate seeds, and almond slices

Here's how:

Blend the mango, coconut milk, and vanilla almond milk together until smooth. Stir in chia seeds, cover, and place in refrigerator. Let set for at least 1-2 hours. Then serve with toppings of choice (we like shredded coconut, almond slivers, pomegranate seeds, and mango cubes). Enjoy!

P.S. If you don't like coconut milk, you can use a full cup of almond milk instead.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

DIY treat wrappers for a summer treasure hunt...26 Jun 2014

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

Inspired by Easter egg hunts and how much kids love finding special treats and treasures in their own backyard, I wanted to create a summer treasure hunt for Ruby and her besties that could be made and enjoyed any time of year.

We custom-designed these wrappers (download the templates below) that can be printed on glassine paper through a regular laser printer. With some fun graphics, they instantly become the perfect wrapper for treats and small toys to hide for the hunt!

Oh Joy / Summer Treasure Hunt

Oh Joy / Summer Treasure Hunt

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

Oh Joy / Summer Treasure Hunt

Oh Joy / Summer Treasure Hunt

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

Oh Joy / Summer Treasure Hunt

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

The kids had so much fun looking for treasure and then opening them up to discover little treats and other fun toys. Here's how to make these DIY Treat Wrappers...

You'll need:

-glassine paper

-letter-sized card stock

-masking tape

-laser printer

-Oh Joy custom templates (download here or create your own artwork)

-scissors

-treats and small, age-appropriate toys

-optional: baskets to collect treats

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

Here's how:

1. Cut sheets of glassine paper and use masking tape to secure them to letter-sized card stock. This will allow you to be able to feed the glassine through a laser printer. Follow your printer's directions so you know which way to feed it through to print on the correct side.

2. Print our templates (or your own artwork) onto the glassine. Let dry at least one hour to make sure the ink is dry to the touch before removing the masking tape and glassine from each sheet.

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

3. Wrap small toys or treats (we used bite-sized pieces of Quaker Chewy granola bars) in the paper and twist the ends like candy.

4. Hide in your backyard or a local park and send the kids on fun summer treasure hunt!

Oh Joy / DIY Treat Wrappers

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Quaker Chewy. Quaker Chewy helps give kids the energy they need to play and is helping Fuel Backyard Fun all summer long. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. 

{Produced by the Oh Joy team: creative direction by Joy Cho, photography by Casey Brodley, design by Angie Stalker, styling and production by Julia Wester.}

an on-the-go giveaway with able made...(now closed)25 Jun 2014

Able Made Giveaway

Able Made partners with creative innovators and designers to support causes that are closest to their hearts through beautifully designed products. Today, we've partnered with Able Made to give away this Able Made x WHIT clutch and Able Made x S'well water bottle ($161 retail value) to one lucky reader.

To enter, simply visit Able Made's website, and then leave a comment here telling me what kind of charity or cause is closest to your heart. Entries must be posted by Monday, June 30th at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. 

Also, Oh Joy and Able Made are offering a special 20% off discount for all Oh Joy readers on orders of $100 or more in the shop. Simply enter "GIVEJOY" at checkout. Valid through Monday, July 7th at 11:59 PST.

UPDATE: Congrats to Samantha L. from Renton, WA for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $161 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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