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currently snacking on... 8 Aug 2016

Oh Joy Passion Fruit Yogurt

...fresh passion fruit! My friend Catherine dropped off a bag of passion fruit from the tree in her backyard, and while I have always loved passion fruit-flavored things, I have never really eaten straight from the fruit! Yesterday, I had it simply over yogurt and mixed with some champagne grapes, and it was perfection. So I scoured Pinterest for a few others on my "must make with passion fruit" list that I wanted to share with you...

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Clearly, I'm obsessed...

{Top photo by Oh Joy, other photos credited below each image.}

 

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat... 5 Aug 2016

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Since Tuesday, the Internet has been in a frenzy over the update to Instagram called Instagram Stories. If you haven't yet seen it, it's basically a way of adding un-edited photos and videos to a feed composed of a string of individual moments that your followers can view for only 24 hours. It's a very similar format to Snapchat—which has been the current favorite platform for teens and millennials...and a platform I just got into and liked after protesting it for so long.

So the question around town is...if you're into both Instagram and Snapchat, or if you follow people or brands on both platforms...what do you do now? Where do you check in on those more "real" tidbits of life or where do you post your own behind-the-scenes glimpses that you want to share?

I am still figuring out my own plan, but as a test for the past couple of days I have been sharing the same content I would normally share on Snapchat on Instagram Stories. That way I could test the waters and make an informed decision for myself and really know the differences from first-hand experience both as a sharer and a viewer. Here's my breakdown for you of the benefits of each...

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Things I like better about Snapchat

1. Filters! While filters are not at all necessary for the sharing of information, they make people kick back and not take things too seriously. It makes it easier for those who are nervous about talking to their camera to cover their face with some funny filter. My husband always says that if the people who invented the technology for those filters worked in the medical field we might have a cure for cancer by now! Because, yes, the filters are VERY good.

2. It feels more intimate. Because you have to actively add someone's exact username to follow them on Snapchat, these are people you want to be following and not people that you found by "exploring" or people you added just cause you met them once at a party. Because of the intention behind these "follows", you're probably following less people here than on Instagram. And, these are people that you want to know more about. Those that follow you here may be a smaller number than on Instagram, but they are the ones who really want to see more of the real you.

3. Ability to send stories directly to someone. I don't actually use the messaging part of Snapchat where you can send a snap ONLY to a certain person (it's like the text messaging part of it), but this was the original intent of Snapchat and a feature that it still has over its new competitor. 

4. Thumbnails preview someone's story. When you're viewing your feed of recent stories, the thumbnail shown gives an indication of their last snap. It's a very small detail but I do like this ability to be able to know what I'm about to watch.

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Things I like better about Instagram Stories

1. One less app to visit! While I have really been loving Snapchat lately, I can't say that I want one more thing to add to the social media cocktail that I consume and serve up on a daily basis.

2. Your current Instagram audience gets to see another side of you. A bit in contrast to the intimacy mentioned above about Snapchat, I find that people want to actually see more of the unedited side of people and brands on Instagram but don't either use Snapchat or forget to add them (since it's not an easy process to find people there). This gives you the chance to see their other side easily and it might actually help people (including myself) edit down who they follow.

3. Forward/Back controls when viewing stories. There are so many times I have viewed someone's Snapchat story only to want to go back to something I wanted to see again or screenshot. The "tap on right side of screen" to go forward and "tap on left side of screen" to go back thing is super useful.

4. You can see someone's "trailer". If you visit someone’s profile (either for the first time or to check up on their posts) and you can see their most recent story when their profile photo is outlined in color. It's a fun way to see what new people to your feed are up to or use it as a way to decide if you want to follow along. 

5. Easier to direct message. While I don't love having another message stream to maintain, I like that when there is a direct message stream, you can read the conversation beyond just the 24 hours. Sometimes you see messages in Snapchat too late or you didn't get to read it and it just disappears and then you have no idea the context of what was last said.

6. Usernames are the same. For me, sometimes I like to reference other people or brands in my stories so it's nice that if I mention someone's handle that it's clear it's the same as their Instagram handle.

Here's what I think will end up happening...

A. People who never got on Snapchat in the first place will start using Instagram Stories instead.

B. People who have been on Snapchat for a while and have a strong following will stay there.

C. Those who use the platforms for their brands might post on both but distinguish different content on each—perhaps more brand-related content on Instagram Stories and more personal content on Snapchat.

For me, I have yet to decide exactly what I'll do. But I'd love to hear what you guys think!

As viewers of content, which format do you prefer? Or if you are creating your own stories, which do you prefer?

P.S. A great article on TechCrunch about it.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

career day / the oh joy office... 3 Aug 2016

career day at the oh joy office

career day at the oh joy office

For our Career Day series, we've profiled some of my favorite entrepreneurs and makers for you to learn about through the lens of a kid going on a field trip to a creative office. For our newest post, we thought it would be fun to bring Ruby to the Oh Joy office so she could learn a little bit more about what her mom and team do over here! Come see how she spent the day at our office and what she did with each member of the team...

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a {giveaway} with packit...(now closed) 2 Aug 2016

Packit Insulated Lunch Bags

Everyday, I pack Ruby's lunch for school. I have been a big fan of PackIt because I freeze the bag overnight, pack it in the morning, and her lunch stays cool all day. They're also awesome for my own lunch for work or for trips to the park or picnics. So today, we've partnered with PackIt to give away $100 worth of credit on their site to two lucky readers!

Packit Insulated Lunch Bags

To enter, please visit PackIt, then leave a comment here telling me your favorite design and pattern! Entries close this Friday, August 4th at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. All Oh Joy! readers can claim 15% off at PackIt! Use code OHJOY15 

UPDATE: Congrats to Gloria C.  from Paramount, CA and Suzanne W. from Loveland, OH for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers in the United States! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

what to do with extra chairs around your house... 1 Aug 2016

what to do with extra chairs around your house!

Often times we have a six-person or eight-person dining table in our homes for those few times of the year that our table is full of loved ones and extended family gathered around the table. But unless you have a big immediate family, more often than not, those extra chairs don't get used on a daily basis. Rather than having them collect dust around the table, here are a few other ways you can use them...

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what should we do for our 10 year anniversary?29 Jul 2016

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In September, Bob and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary (and 20 years together in total)! We had been planning to have a big party with all the people in our lives we love. But then it felt like it would become a very big party and would...cost as much as a wedding.

Since we are saving up for a house, we are thinking maybe instead a short weekend getaway without the kids would be some nice time together. We have actually not both (at the same time) been away from the kids. So that could be a fun option although we would probably just look at photos of them the whole time. ;)

Or maybe a really fancy dinner? A hot air balloon ride or some other kind of "experience"? What have you guys done in the past to celebrate big anniversaries?

summer berry tart!28 Jul 2016

summer berry tart by sweet laurel

Few things are more refreshing then a berry tart on a summer day. Today, our friends Claire and Laurel from Sweet Laurel are sharing this beautiful dessert with us that takes only 15-20 minutes to make! And what's even better, for those of you have food allergies, this tart is gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar free! Here's how... 

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three places to use a side table...27 Jul 2016

three places to use a side table

A side table is staple of any home. You probably have a side table in at least one room in your home. So today, I'm sharing places to use and style a side table in different parts of your home using our Oh Joy for Target version...

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some jewelry i'm loving...26 Jul 2016

jewelry I'm loving

A bit chunky with some subdued flashes of color, here are a few pieces I'm loving right now...

1. J.Crew link necklace, 2. necklace by The Wilde Bloem, 3. Babe necklace from Ban.do, 4. Eye ring from Leif, 5. Pateel Sandrik necklace, 6. ring from Leif, 6. J.Crew foliage necklace, 7. Gorman earrings, 8. Kate Spade stud earrings, 9. Maslo bracelet.

what's your signature dish?25 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Pattern Play

I'm not super domestic when it comes to home cooking. I like cooking and I would love cook more, but life and work often take over and I often get assistance when it comes to meal time. However, I still one day would love to have a signature dish. That one thing I know how to make without a recipe, that I can make well, and that I'd probably bring to every pot luck dinner because it's my go to. It doesn't have to be super fancy or complicated but something you just love and know inside out.

Do you guys have a signature dish? If so, what is it?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and pattern play by Julia Wester, wrapping paper background by Moglea from Urbanic.}

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