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new band-aid bandages by oh joy!11 Apr 2016

band-aid bandages by oh joy!

Last year, we announced the arrival of one of my favorite Oh Joy products ever...BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! & First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! You guys were so amazing in your support and love for them that I am thrilled to announce we have a NEW collection for this year coming out this Sunday, April 17th!

band-aid bandages by oh joy!

Once again, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. to design bandages that help cover up cuts and scrapes but make the healing process way more fun. This year, we added in all new designs including some florals for summer and a couple of our favorite phrases!

first aid kit by oh joy!

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

band-aid bandages by oh joy!

The new BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! will be available only at Target stores and Target.com for $2.79 beginning Sunday, April 17th. 

The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! is 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). And I have to warn you...get the First Aid Kit quick! Last year, it sold was gone in just a couple months and we still have people emailing us about it!

P.S. Also, stay tuned this Friday morning at 10am PST for a special Periscope where I will show you all the designs and a behind-the-scenes look at how they were designed LIVE. You can ask me questions and see all details up close before the product hits shelves. So if you're not yet on Periscope, sign up and follow me @ohjoy so you can be alerted to the live broadcast and watch it in real time (or within 24 hours while the broadcast is still up)!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

the most stunning cakes... 7 Apr 2016

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

...by Cordy's Cakes...are you drooling yet?!

three ways to use a serving tray... 6 Apr 2016

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

A serving tray is one of those staple entertaining pieces to have around the house. You might buy one for having breakfast in bed or for carrying drinks when entertaining for the holidays. But what do you do with said tray when you're not lounging around having breakfast in bed (how many people really do that anyway?) or when you're not entertaining?

A tray is basically a vessel used to transport and hold lots of things at one time. And it doesn't have to always be food or drinks like you'd imagine. Here are a few ways we like using a serving tray within everyday life...

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

1. Art Tray - For art or craft supplies, help keep them organized with a serving tray. It also allows for easy transport if you're taking supplies from one area of the house to another (great for kids, too).

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

2. Coffee Table Tray - If you like having books on your coffee table, use the tray as a base for the books and other loose decorative items. That way, you can have a single unit to pick up and move if you need to quickly clear the table for drinks and snacks.

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

3. Plant Tray - Keep your house plants clustered together on a tray to create a focal point in any room of the house. Plus, if you need to quickly water them in the sink or outside, you can take them all in one go for their thirst quencher.

We used our Oh Joy for Target lucite tray here, but you can apply these tips to any serving tray with handles!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Blanket in top photo by Pom Pom at Home}

a {giveaway} with le creuset...(now closed) 5 Apr 2016

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

This spring, I partnered with one of my favorite kitchenware brands, Le Creuset, to offer some tips for hosting and throwing baby showers, bridal showers, and gatherings of any kind in their lookbook "April Showers". Check out my advice and the best Le Creuset pieces to accomplish a great event.

As a celebration of spring and their new Oasis colors, we've partnered with Le Creuset to give away a $1,000 credit to one lucky reader!  

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

To enter, please follow Le Creuset on Instagram and find your favorite products! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would buy with the credit. I personally love the tiered stand, mini cocottes, and multi-bowl we used here! Entries close this Friday, April 8th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. Le Creuset is also offering a signed copy of the Oh Joy book! Sign up here to be entered.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kimberly O. from Garden Grove, CA for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to readers located in the United States only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $1,000 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer}

confetti catchall... 4 Apr 2016

Confetti Catchall DIY

I often need a little catchall or some sort of vessel to hold small knick-knacks (keys, paper clips, jewelry, etc.). Usually I'll use a small bowl or dish from my kitchen, but today we wanted to show you an easy way to make one yourself that can be used to hold those little things that just need some place to go!

Confetti Catchall DIY

You'll need:

- a simple, inexpensive ceramic tray

- dimensional magic mod podge

- confetti

- gold glitter

Confetti Catchall DIY

Here's how:

1. Sprinkle confetti on the tray in your desired amount. 

2. Then sprinkle the glitter over the confetti.

3. Add dimensional magic mod podge over the entire tray covering the confetti and glitter completely. 

4. Let dry over night and voila!

Confetti Catchall DIY

This sort of tray or catchall is best for desk supplies or jewelry (any non-food items) and is super cute left out whether filled with objects or not. This also makes for a really inexpensive and easy-to-make gift!

P.S. For those of you in Los Angeles this weekend, I'll be a speaker at the Club Momme Spring Fest this Saturday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafts and styling by Julia Wester}

oh joy for cats! 1 Apr 2016

Oh Joy Cat Litter

As a long-time cat lady, I couldn't be more excited to give you all a peek at our newest product launch...Oh Joy cat litter! I've been a cat owner since I moved into my first adult apartment in 2001 and despite the furry snuggles and companionship, scooping cat litter has always been my least favorite thing to do. I've spent the last 15 years trying to figure out how to make the whole experience better and more fun. So we worked with leading litter scientists to develop a formula of cat litter that not only clumps like no other but also adds just a little bit of joy to the sometimes not-so-fun task, and I'm so thrilled that it's finally here!

Oh Joy Cat Litter

Oh Joy cat litter comes in three different combinations so you can match your litter to your decor or to the personality of your cat. This one is called "Everyday is a Paw-ty" for those cats who just revel in life and includes biodegradable and clumping confetti mixed with our signature fuchsia litter. 

Oh Joy Cat Litter

As a special bonus for those who purchase our new litter early, we're also including these special commemorative golden nuggets. They even come with their very own mini party hat!

We hope you're as excited as we are about our newest addition to the Oh Joy line of products. To purchase the Oh Joy cat litter collection, click here!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong. Rug by Lorena Canalswallpaper by Chasing Paper, storage bin by Pehr.}

family meal: chinese chicken salad...31 Mar 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how we do something called "family meal" at the Oh Joy office where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team. That way, we only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and it gives us a mid-day break where we all sit down to lunch and enjoy a meal together. Last time, I shared our crafting assistant, Jessica's, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich and today, we're sharing this Chinese Chicken Salad that our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia Wester, makes...that I LOVE so much! It combines so many textures and flavors and is one of my favorites for lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

You'll need (serves 4):

- 2 cups romaine

- 2 cups of shredded/pulled chicken breast

- 1 cup shredded carrots

- 1 cup shredded cabbage

- 1/2 cup chopped green onions

- 1 cup fuscilli pasta (pre-cooked)

- 1/4 cup sliced almonds 

- 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles

Chinese chicken salad dressing

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and toss with dressing! Now, we are fully aware that Chinese Chicken Salad is not rooted in anything actually from China. It's an Americanized version of a salad that has become a staple at cafes and restaurants. For me, it combines lots of great textures and flavors and with the addition of pasta, makes a salad that actually leaves me feeling full! It's so easy to make and SO good!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and recipe by Julia Wester}

a {giveaway} with instacart...(NOW CLOSED)30 Mar 2016

Instacart

As a working mom of two, I feel like I have less and less time to get stuff done every day. I've talked before about using delivery services, apps, and other tools help make your life a little easier. Grocery delivery is one of those modern day conveniences that has made my life SO much easier. There are so many times when I don't have time to load up the kids and make a big trip to the grocery store...but I still need food to stock my fridge. I've used Instacart for over a year now and have been a regular customer because I can get my usual favorites from my local grocery stores (like Whole Foods or Gelson's), but it shows up at my door within 1-2 hours and allows me to do something I'd rather be doing in that time...like spend time with my kids!

Instacart is currently available in 18 U.S. cities. To celebrate its launch in Orange County, we've partnered with them to give away a $350 credit and a full year of Instacart Express (free deliveries!) to one lucky reader (a $500 value).

To enter, please visit (and like!) this Instacart post on Instagram! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would do with the free time you'd save using Instacart. Entries close this Saturday, April 2nd at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.*

UPDATE: Congrats to Melanie L. from Austin, TX for being our winner this time!

New Code for Oh Joy! Readers!  Instacart is offering $5 off for first-time orders of $35+!  Use code "ohjoy5" to save!**

*This giveaway is open to readers located in the United States and eligible for Instacart service. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $500 approximate USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

**Credit expires 4/9/2016 at 11:59pm PST. Credit valid on first-time orders of $35 or more. Credit will be deducted from the total purchase price for all non-alcohol products. Credit cannot be applied to alcohol products. In order to take advantage of this offer, customers must have a valid account on Instacart.com with a valid form of accepted payment on file. Only one Credit per household. Instacart reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Credit may not be sold, copied, modified, or transferred. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Credit has no cash value. Instacart is not a retailer or seller. Instacart may not be available in all zip codes.

3 ways to use firefly lights...29 Mar 2016

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

Have you guys ever used firefly lights before? They are sort of the toddlers of the string light world (they're smaller and cuter!) and my new favorite way to add a little whimsical glow to a small corner of the room.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

1. Plant friend - String them around a plant in your home and get a miniature version of those warm fuzzies you feel every year when putting up the Christmas tree.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

2. A Jar of Light - Whether it's a terrarium, a mason jar, or a carafe that's not being used, put those lights into a clear glass vessel to add instant magic.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

3. Flower Power - Double up on the decor by wrapping firefly lights around your favorite vase. That way, when you get up in the middle of the night for a late night snack, you've got a little extra glow to light the way.

We used our Oh Joy lights here but the same goes for any set of firefly lights you might already have, too!

UPDATE: We've had a lot of questions regarding where the battery pack gets stored. You can see it in some of the photos, but we just hide it behind the object. It can also be taped to the back or lengthen the cord a bit so that you can have it trail down behind the table the object is on (like in the glass carafe image). Hope that helps!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

dressing the babe / spring stripes...28 Mar 2016

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Spring is here! My friend, Jen, has this AMAZING bougainvillea wall in her backyard that is so full and lush right now. So I thought it would be fun to take Coco and do a "part 2" of this post with Ruby from last year. Kids love bougainvillea because when they fall to the ground, they dry up and sound crunchy under their little feet. Coco didn't want to leave...

Oh Joy / Mama Style

I will never tire of a good maxi dress. I wanted to dress it up a bit so I added my go-to vintage gold belt to give it a more polished look. 

Mama outfit / 1. dRA dress, 2. vintage gold belt, 3. Target hat, 4. Bryr sandals, 5. Akola necklace

Oh Joy / Baby Style

There's honestly nothing cuter on a baby girl than a little romper. Ahhhh! And this one, has crotch snaps which I can seriously appreciate for diaper changes!

Babe outfit / 6. Pausch romper, 7. June & January hair clip, and 8. Zuzii shoes.

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Oh Joy / Baby Style

How is my little munchkin getting SO big?!? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 17 months and has a mind of her own.}

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