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the gift of giving!17 Dec 2015

The Gift of Giving

We all strive to ensure our kids know that the holidays are not just about receiving gifts but it’s also about the joy of giving, too. In today’s video, I've partnered with Target to share 4 steps to help teach kids about the fun of giving by showing them how to make every gift giving experience fun and personal. See my video below for a playful look at gift-giving!

Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Make it Happen“ by The Likes of Us
Crafts and Production: Ariel Fulmer and Julia Wester

*This video is sponsored by Target.

mini holiday cookies!16 Dec 2015

Mini Holiday Cookies!

Everyone loves a good holiday cookie. And, I love EASY holiday cookies. With the help of my friend Claire from Kitchy Kitchen, today we're showing you how to make these verrrrrrry tasty cookies! Check out the video below to see how...


a duo of aprons {giveaway}...(NOW CLOSED)15 Dec 2015

Hedley and Bennett aprons

With the holidays fast approaching and thoughts of making and baking our favorite treats for loved ones set in, we have a fun giveaway with Hedley & Bennett today for a duo of their amazing aprons. A mix of modern and timeless, these are our go-to aprons (you'll see plenty of big-time chefs rocking them, too!). We're giving away TWO aprons of choice to one lucky reader (up to $200 value). You can choose between two adult aprons or one adult and one child apron, as well as colors and style of your choice! I love the Sweet Pea apron (shown above).

To enter, please visit Hedley & Bennett, then leave a comment here telling me which one(s) you'd choose if you won. Entries close this Friday, December 18th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.

UPDATE: Congrats to Whitney B. from Portland, OR for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is limited to US readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 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.

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

displaying those holiday cards...14 Dec 2015

How to Display Holiday Cards

Right about now, you might be getting holiday cards arriving daily to your mailbox from friends and family. I love seeing how everyone's family has grown and changed over the past year. But by the time the end of the year comes, we usually have 30-50 cards that have arrived that we have no idea what to do with. I used to just put them on the fridge as one does. But once you get more than 12, then it tends to get crazy or I'd simply run out of magnets. This year, we came up with a simple solution, and all you need are some hangers and binder clips!

How to Display Holiday Cards

Simply use small or medium binder clips (we used these) and attach them to the bottom of a hanger of your choice. I got these black and white raffia wrapped ones a couple years ago in London, but you can duplicate that wrapped look by using yarn to wrap any old hanger and securing it with a knot when you've wrapped it all the way around.

How to Display Holiday Cards

The nice thing about this format is that you can cluster a few cards together and just add more as you get more. By having them in groups, you can put them all in one area of your home or scattered throughout different areas to show off those you love.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Crafts and styling by Julia Wester.}

10 dude gifts...11 Dec 2015

10 Gifts for Dudes

Since the holidays are fast approaching (and Hanukkah is already in full force!), I'm doubling up on gift guides this week...this one is for the guys in your life! (And, if there are any other types of gifts you need help with, let me know. I can probably fit in one or two more guides before we get to Christmas)!

1. For that guy that likes a little something to wind-down with in the evening, Corksicle whisky wedge adds a cool twist.

2. Because a legit key chain is a sign of being a real grown-up, the Apolis key fob is cool and classic.

3. Happy feet make for a better day with these Richer Poorer socks.

4. He can look dapper and stay connected with this Jimmy Fallon for J.Crew iPhone case.

5. This Harry's shave set is both pretty and practical.

6. For that Instagram Husband of yours, get him these iPhone lenses by PhotoJojo to bump up his game ;)

7. Because every guy loves a  shirt that makes a statement. This Suburban Riot tee makes me laugh!

8. These Izola cuff links are a fun mix of classy and quirky.

9. He can mix and match and make his own Tinker watch. 

10. For the adventurer, this Izola backpack feels casual and timeless.

be the sunshine...10 Dec 2015

Oh Joy Flamingo Sunshine

Do you guys have any of those friends who are just happy...ALL THE TIME? Every time you see them, they bubble with smiles, give you the biggest hugs, and they just exude sunshine. There was a time when I was annoyed with those types of people. They can't REALLY be that happy...all the time...can they? But then you know what I realized once I became friends with a few of those "very happy people"?

1. They are not actually happy all the time. They are real people like all of us and have ups and downs and sometimes things suck for them, too. But, they CHOOSE to be positive even when things aren't going their way. And, in turn, that helps them to feel happy MOST of the time.

2. When you are around people like this, it makes you a happier, more optimistic person. I've spent the past few years trying to have less negativity in my life, surrounding myself only with people who inspire and uplift me, and trying to be a bit more sunshine-y so that I can make those around me feel more positive, too. The world isn't perfect (and sometimes it's actually pretty frightening) but one thing we can all do for one another is simply to give off a little more sunshine.

P.S. Have you seen this video? Now THAT is some serious sunshine.

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Flamingo from Poppies for Grace, blanket from Madewell, confetti from Oh Happy Day} 

organizing kids' clothing... 9 Dec 2015

Tips for Organizing Kids Clothing

Last week, I shared some of my tips about making the morning rush a little easier to navigate by prepping a bunch of different things in advance. Today, in partnership with The Quaker Oats company, I'm going to dive a little deeper into how to organize/save kids clothes so that they are easily accessible. That way when you are getting the kids (or yourself) dressed it's easy to find everything and get on with grabbing breakfast and heading out for the day.

Tips for Organizing Kids Clothing

So your kid's drawers might look something like the above shot. And that's what my drawers looked like before I realized it was taking way too long to find stuff when things weren't folded consistently, things weren't labeled, and it was hard to tell what was what. Here are my four musts for getting it all organized...


10 kids gifts... 8 Dec 2015

10 Kids Gifts

Gifts for kids can be hard because every kid is different and if you don't know them super well (maybe it's your friends kid or your niece who lives on the other side of the country), it can be hard to figure out what "kids" like. So this list includes some of my favorites—mostly creative, imaginative play gifts plus a few fun wearables included for ages 2-6. I've found that if you're gonna give kids wearable gifts, they like accessories much more than getting actual clothing.

1. This Kid-O pattern stacker is a great gift for a toddler that's actually pretty cute when sitting out in your living room, too.

2. For a budding muscian, this Vilac guitar makes for a fun starter to the real thing.

3. Every kid loves pretend food, and this Djeco burger set will have them playing "restaurant" in no time.

4. Kids love books and here's a cute favorite called Friends. I also love anything by Herve Tullet.

5. For a sprinkling of pattern and an accessory that's easy to wear, Thief & Bandit headbands are a favorite.

6. My kids love their lovies and this Lovie Bunny from Bitte is super cute.

7. Who doesn't love a smiley face on their legs? These Hansel from Basel leggings are a quirky piece to give.

8. We're all about science experiments in our house, and this Electro Dough Kit from Tech Will Save Us combines something every kid uses to help spark the scientist in a little one.

9. Because drawing utensils never get old, these International Arrivals neon gel crayons are some of my favorites to give. The texture is smoother than then a regular crayon and they fit well in tiny hands.

10. For that very special kid in your life, you can custom make a pair of Zuzii shoes with this Choozii maker!

a cozy indoor campfire... 7 Dec 2015

Cozy Indoor Campfire DIY

I love the holidays and creating fun new experiences to make each holiday season just a little bit different than the last. With my busy schedule (from work to kids to life), it can be difficult to create everything totally from scratch. Today, in collaboration with Target, I’m showing you how to make a cozy camping scene indoors with this faux campfire. It’s a fun way to bring a little wintry coziness to your next holiday gathering! Play the video below to see more!

Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Good Times" by Sofia
Crafts and Production: Ariel Fulmer and Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch

*This post is sponsored by Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own.

happy friday + a gift for a gift! 4 Dec 2015

Oh Joy Book

Earlier this year, we launched the Oh Joy book—and it was no small feat. I was pregnant while working on that book (and was ordered to go on bed rest while also dealing with gestational diabetes), so it was like birthing a baby in addition to the real one I did have. We love hearing from those of you who have the book and how much you enjoy it. If you plan to gift the Oh Joy book to anyone this holiday season, I wanted to extend a thank you by giving YOU a gift for the gift you are about to give someone else.

Oh Joy "Way with Words" print

If you purchase the book this holiday season, please fill out this form and we'll send you this special limited edition "Way with Words" print from the book! It's an 8x10 print and was one of my favorite images to make. You can frame it or hang it casually for a fun pop of color and type!

P.S. How we picked the book cover.

Have a great weekend!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer}


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