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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.}

an oh joy mural!22 Jul 2016

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

I have always wanted to see an Oh Joy pattern large in and in charge on a wall mural somewhere in the world. So when we were asked by the Southern California Children's Museum to paint whatever we wanted on the walls of their new space, it felt like the perfect moment to bring that dream to life for the kids who play there.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Our designer, Angie, and I worked together to concept a mural that I wanted to be fun, bold, very Oh Joy, yet not too specific that it would feel dated later on. So I didn't want to use any Oh Joy patterns that have already seen on our products and instead decided to merge a few different patterns together to create a brand new one just for this project. I worried how we would execute the mural because with my team's already busy work schedule, we didn't have enough resources to be able to paint the very large project on our own. So it was time to ask for help from someone with mural experience.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

With the incredible help of Rachel Deitsch of Really Fake Digital and Carrie Hansen, we were able to make our vision a reality. We matched our Pantone colors to Benjamin Moore paint colors, Angie drew the pattern to 1/10th scale, then Rachel and Carrie blew it up to full scale to draw out all the lines on a grid for the shapes. The mural took almost two weeks from start to finish thanks to their amazing work. The Oh Joy team took a break from our usual work and came to help paint, too, which was seriously so therapeutic.

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Oh Joy mural for the Southern California Children's Museum

Here's the finished mural! We are still waiting on vinyl decals of the museum's logo which will go right in the entryway overhead as well as a plaque that will tell about our involvement and inspiration behind the mural's design. This was such a fun change for me to conceptualize and see Oh Joy come to life in a different way than we're used to! For those of you in Los Angeles with kids, I hope you'll stop by the Southern California Children's Museum in Pasadena and see it in person. And if you do, please tag @ohjoy so we can see your photos!

A huge thank you to Benjamin Moore for donating all the paint for this project and to Rachel and Carrie for their help with this project!

P.S. For reference, we used Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint in an eggshell finish in the following colors: Bubble Bath 1326; Limelight 2025-40; Bahama Waters 576; Pink Ladies 1347; Cactus Flower 1335; Paddington Blue 791; Bayberry Blue 790; Golden Orchards 329; Tangelo 2017-20; Neon Green 2032-10; and Cool Aqua 2056-40.

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

a back-to-school {giveaway}...(now closed)21 Jul 2016

oh joy back to school giveaway

It's crazy to think that it's already time to start thinking about going back to school (Cue children's wails and parents cheers!). To get everyone excited for a new season and new chapter of the school year, today, we've partnered with Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages to give away over $200 in back-to-school items to THREE lucky readers that I have personally picked out myself!  

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The gift includes everything shown above including a limited edition Oh Joy First Aid Kit, which is available exclusively at Target and is great to have on hand and stocked for quickly treating any cuts and scrapes that might happen from back to school activities and sports. We’ve stocked the kit with essentials such as Oh Joy Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Neosporin, Benadryl, Neutrogena Sunscreen). Other gift items include the Oh Joy! Accent Table, Mint Lamp, File Box, File Folders, Patches, Stencil Book, Paper Pad, Pencils, Markers, and a Watercolor Set.

To enter, please leave a comment here with what you're most excited about for going back to school! Entries close next Thursday, July 28th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Tanya L.  from Olympia, WA; Carolyn N. from Richardson, TX; and Tanya T. from Apex, NC for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers only in the United States! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Over $200 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

spicy chicken pasta salad...19 Jul 2016

spicy chicken pasta salad

One night when I was prepping my "family meal" at the Oh Joy office (where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team), I mixed a bunch of leftovers together into a dish that turned out way better than I expected and is now an office favorite. We wanted to share the recipe with you today for an easy lunch or dinner full of protein, flavor, and a kick of spice!

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floral honeycomb decor for a baby shower...18 Jul 2016

floral honeycomb decor DIY

Once you reach your 30's (or at least in my case), baby showers are like weddings and you find yourself going to one (or throwing one) multiple times a year during the baby boom that happens among your friends and family. Decor is always a fun aspect to a shower to celebrate the baby to be and we wanted to share our take on a piece you could make for a baby shower that could also be hung in the baby's room after, too!

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work in progress...15 Jul 2016

Mural by Oh Joy for the Southern California Children's Museum

Mural by Oh Joy for the Southern California Children's Museum

Mural by Oh Joy for the Southern California Children's Museum

Earlier this week, I shared a peek on Instagram of a mural we designed for the Southern California Children's Museum. The mural is almost done and we'll be making final touches next week. I'll be sure to share more photos of the entire piece when it's ready! Yay!

...and happy weekend!

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

how to feel young even as you get older...14 Jul 2016

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Last month, I turned 37. And while I often joke that I am “so old” because of my numeric age, I always feel like I’m actually in my early 20’s. Now, that doesn’t mean I have the desire to stay up late and party like a young 20-something, but in my mind, I feel younger than I am. As I get older, I realize it’s the really simple things that keep us feeling young. Today, I’ve partnered with No7 to share my go-to tips for feeling young even as you get older…

1. Dance and sing without caring what anyone thinks - I used to really care if I had good rhythm and if my voice sounded okay to others. And what I learned was that I don’t have good rhythm and I’m actually pretty tone deaf. But worrying about what others think of my dancing and singing weighed me down and prevented me from just letting loose and letting myself express how I feel through something so fun and eternally youthful like dancing and singing whenever you feel like it.

how to feel young even as you get older

2. Laugh at yourself - I’m not perfect. No one is. Sometimes we mess up. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we say the wrong thing. Laugh it off and know that whatever it is will work itself out, and you’re going to be okay.

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3. Take Care of Your Skin – It sounds obvious, but when you feel good about yourself, you feel younger. And your skin is the first thing you see every morning in the mirror. In all honesty, I really haven’t been that proactive with my skincare over the years, mainly because I didn’t want to admit to myself that I was actually getting older. But I recently tried the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum. The texture is amazing and has made my skin more supple and luminous. It’s become a go-to addition to my morning and evening routine, and I apply a small amount on my whole face after cleansing and before moisturizing for younger looking skin.

how to feel young even as you get older

4. Go to Bed Two Hours Earlier - As adults, we often spend our evening hours doing bills and laundry or catching up on social media. And before you know it, it’s midnight and you meant to go to bed way earlier. Have you ever regretted going to bed early or have you ever hated feeling well-rested? Probably not. Sleep is one of the keys to feeling like you can go tackle the world the next day. So if you feel tired (like I often do), try going to bed two hours earlier. Chances are you might not be able to actually get to bed until one hour before but that’s still a whole hour more that you won’t regret.

how to feel young even as you get older

5. Eat Dessert - Grown-ups go on diets. Grown-ups spend so much time obsessing over how they don’t look like they did in high school. Of course, be healthy and do what’s right for your body, but please also remember to treat yourself every once in a while. Because life is too short to (always) be counting calories.

How do you guys keep yourselves feeling young? 

*This post is in collaboration with No7. All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

a rainbow table runner...13 Jul 2016

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Table runners are one of my favorite go-to tabletop items to make a dinner or brunch look put together really quickly. It adds a pop of color without being too fancy like a full-on tablecloth. So we turned a plain, inexpensive runner into something much cooler to have on hand for our next gathering! See how...

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