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happy friday + memories on paper...28 Mar 2014

Oh Joy prints from Artifact Uprising

We create so many digital memories that I've been trying to print more photos and celebrate some of my favorite moments on paper, too. We recently made the most beautiful, thick stock prints through Artifact Uprising. I love having prints that are ready to be framed or ones that can just hang out on a shelf for displaying more casually.

Have a great weekend guys!

{Our family photo by LK Griffin, tabletop photo by Paige Jones, prints made by Artifact Uprising. Photo above by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy.}

you guys...27 Mar 2014

Oh Joy for Target on Instagram #ohjoyfortarget

I am seriously loving all the #ohjoyfortarget photos you're sharing on Instagram of how you're celebrating the everyday with the Oh Joy for Target collection! I am constantly floored by how creative you guys are and appreciate the support more than you know. I had to share some of my favorites...

Above: Look at these gorgeous parties by doctorsclosetericapattoncomfycozycouture, and ecodivabeauty.

Oh Joy for Target on Instagram #ohjoyfortarget

I love seeing the vases in a group or in singles from cometothesunshinepippinpearlmumloveseee, and vividot.

Oh Joy for Target on Instagram #ohjoyfortarget

Cuties in party hats! Thanks for wearing them so well thegracechonemilyoomilyginnychase, and curlygirldesign!

Oh Joy for Target on Instagram #ohjoyfortarget

And finally, just a few more images that just scream happiness...

(via ohhappydayphiandmemaraboudesignjvonvpittr_pattr, and ginnychase)

The spring collection will be available for only 4 more weeks! Thank you SO much for all the love! 

feeling like a funny clutch...26 Mar 2014

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I love things that are a little off-kilter and a little bit silly. I mean, who really needs to carry around a purse that looks like a car or a lemon, but it just can't help but make you smile...

{Left to right, top to bottom: Kate Spade lemon bag, face wallet by Gorman, half moon coin purse by Paris House, and Kate Spade car satchel.}

love this...25 Mar 2014

Children's paintings framed as art / by Sawyer Berson

Children's paintings framed as art / by Sawyer Berson

Children's paintings framed as art / by Sawyer Berson

...children's paintings and drawings turning into perfect pieces of art by Sawyer Berson. While I am sure there's plenty of artwork to be framed in a child's lifetime, I love that this elevates and celebrates their creations for everyone to see.

5 tips for applying to pre-school...21 Mar 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby

It's been a while since I've talked about what's going on in the parenting world part of my life lately, so I want to share a little bit about applying to pre-school. I didn't want to go all "crazy mom" and get stressed about this process. But I did. I got stressed, I made a crazy spreadsheet comparing all the pre-schools we were looking at for Ruby, and I was up at night worrying about if she'd get into any of them. And at the end of the day, it all worked out how it was supposed to. 

Just as a foreword to this post, I am fully aware that the process of applying to pre-school isn't as competitive everywhere as it is here in Los Angeles. In many parts of the country (and even outside of the U.S.), you just fill out an application, put down a deposit, and your child gets to go to wherever you want him or her to. But here in LA (and other large cities like New York and San Francisco), applying to pre-school can feel like the second coming of college applications. There are limited spots and a small percentage of the applicants actually get in. It can be super competitive. You're going up against kids of actors and astronauts and parents who all have really cool jobs.

For the privacy of my family and our community, I won't be talking specifically about where we applied or where Ruby is going to pre-school, but I thought the process was so fascinating that I wanted to share few tips with those of you who might be approaching this subject in your lives in the near future...

Oh Joy / Ruby

1. Decide what kind of school environment makes sense for your child and your family. Some parents want their kids to run free and enjoy playing while they can. Some parents want structure. There are play-based schools, Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, and schools that are a combination of them all. Some schools split up the kids by age and some mix them all together. During the process of touring schools, we decided early on that we wanted Ruby to have a mix of play and learning. We wanted her to go into kindergarten with a good comprehension of her letters and words, and be on her way to reading. And we wanted a school that would offer her inspiration and ways of learning that we wouldn't be able to provide on our own. 

2. Tour a few schools and watch how the kids interact with the teachers and with each other. Do the kids at the school seem interested and engaged? How do the teachers engage them? The biggest turn-off for us was when we visited a school and saw that a child was bored and sitting in the corner by him or herself, or playing in a patch of dirt when there were plenty of other things to do. You want your child to love going there and to constantly feel engaged.

3. Think about the most important factors for you. It's sort of like any other life decision—what's most important to you if you can't get everything you want? Location? Cost? Style of learning? Schedule? For us, it was about the style of learning, a school that offered early drop-off hours, and the location (something within 10-15 minutes of our offices or our home). 

4. Participate in Parent & Me classes if available. Some schools offer Parent & Me classes where, for a couple hours each week, you can experience a sampling of what the school has to offer. It gets your child familiar with a more formal school set-up, and you get to know the teachers and their style of instruction better. And, in my opinion, it really helps when you're applying to a school if the staff already knows you and your child. It always helps your application and can never hurt your chances. Plus, that way, the school can make its decision based on how well your child would fit into the school and not just based on what your family looks like on paper.

5. You don't have to sign-up at birth. When we were pregnant, people asked us if we were going to start looking at pre-schools and we were blown away. I hear some people do put their unborn children on pre-school waitlists, but I had no desire to do that not knowing what Ruby's personality would be like. It was much better that we waited until she was an actual toddler. We started looking at pre-schools soon after Ruby turned two, a few months before all the deadlines for that school year. We looked at five schools, applied to three, and she got into two of them. We honestly loved all the schools we applied to, but chose the final one based on Ruby's personality now and where we thought she'd flourish the most.

At the end of the day, your kids will turn out fine no matter where they go. The pre-school your child goes to doesn't dictate if they'll go to Harvard. I went to very ordinary pre-school and turned out fine. However, I wasn't the best traditional learner as a kid, and did best when learning visually, so it really made me want to give her additional opportunities that I didn't have. I think if you have choices, it's worth researching what's best for your family and your child. It can only enrich your child's learning and imagination.

If you have pre-school aged kids, did you guys have to go through this crazy process, too? Anything else you learned in your experience?

{Top photo by Bob Cho. Bottom photo by Casey Brodley.}

a confetti table runner DIY...20 Mar 2014

DIY Confetti Table Runner

After sharing images from our Garden Party brunch the other day, we had a lot of inquiries about the gold confetti table runner that graced one of the tables. So, I wanted to share this very easy, yet super pretty, DIY with you today.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

All you need is a roll of butcher paper (we used white but other solid colors would be pretty, too), glue dots, and jumbo confetti. We used the Oh Joy gold confetti dots which are unfortunately already sold out online but you can track them at your local Target store or you can also make your own dots with a big paper punch.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

DIY Confetti Table Runner

Start by cutting a sheet of butcher paper to the length and width that you'd like. I like 1/3 the width of the table and at least two feet longer than your table so it hangs over about 1 foot on each end. Then, attach the dots to butcher paper in a gradient so that they start off light towards the center and get heavier and more concentrated towards the ends.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

The result is a table runner that feels ultra luxe and special using only paper and glue!

{Process photos by Casey Brodley, party photos by Laure Joliet.}

mini me...19 Mar 2014

Mini-me

{MiniWhistle & Flute ice cream tank,  Thief and Bandit leggings, Zara sandals. Me: Urban Outfitters earrings, Boden floral top, Gap shorts, Loeffler Randall sandals.}

eating donuts in bed...18 Mar 2014

my brain has too many tabs open...

Sometimes the bed's not made, my desk is a disaster, I miss a shower or two, I'm behind on a big project, and I eat dessert in bed after I've already brushed my teeth. This week is one of those weeks, and I'm just going to let it be...

{Print by Pair of Pears}

a garden party!17 Mar 2014

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

A couple weeks ago, we threw a little celebration to launch the new Oh Joy for Target collection of party and entertaining pieces. Take a look at how the pieces were used to create a whimsical and stylish event. I hope it inspires your spring parties, showers, and everyday celebrations! You can see a video of the event and more photos with swoon-worthy ideas below...

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Those are paper napkins from the collection clustered in chicken wire to make that beautiful backdrop!

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

What was supposed to be an outdoor garden party brunch turned into an indoor event real quick as we had the biggest rainstorm to hit Los Angeles in years that day! Yet, you wouldn't even know it...see even more photos below...

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have a playful weekend!14 Mar 2014

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Have a great weekend guys! Hope you have some fun things planned. Bob has been away for work all week, and I can't wait to have him back soon.

P.S. A certain little someone is in the new Zara kids "brothers and sisters" lookbook!

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