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{oh joy eats} a play restaurant in west hollywood... 3 Jun 2016

Au Fudge in West Hollywood

For over a year, the buzz has been swirling about a new restaurant/play space coming to Los Angeles called Au Fudge. It opened a few months ago, and the Oh Joy team took a trip yesterday for brunch and to see how a restaurant and kid's play space comes together in reality...

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career day / a floral designer... 2 Jun 2016

Career Day with a Floral Designer

I first met Kelly Cuadra of Viva Voce over 5 years ago when she was the assistant for a local event planner. Little did I know that years later, she would be running her own floral design business and making some of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen. For our newest Career Day, I took Ruby to visit Kelly and learn about her process and how these beautiful arrangements come together. We first went on a trip to the Los Angeles Flower Mart where Ruby picked blooms in her favorite colors, pink and yellow. Then, we went back to Kelly's home studio to turn them into a whimsical arrangement and learn more about her process...

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wearing all those social media hats... 1 Jun 2016

Oh Joy Studio wall / designed by Emily Henderson

Do you ever feel like there are so many places on social media you need to check or you might be missing out on something? When I started my blog almost 11 years ago, it was the only place where I shared information with all of you. There wasn't even Twitter back then and people just came to your website if they wanted to read it. But now, there's Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Periscope, Snapchat and others where I spend my time trying to keep up and share in all the ways I can. I won't lie...it can be overwhelming. Right around spring break this year, I almost had a melt down with feeling overwhelmed with all the social media out there and trying to keep up with it. But I took a step back, I refreshed my mind a bit, and focused.

It could be easy to close yourself off from the social media world or avoid using it for your business, but the reality is that the internet has given the opportunity for so many small businesses to grow and be seen. So rather than shy away from it, I always encourage people to use it in a way that makes sense and best fits each person. Right now you can find Oh Joy in a handful of places and you can choose to follow me on all of them, some of them, or none of them. But since I have never officially defined what I share where, I thought I'd do that here so you can see what best suits where you want to follow along. And hopefully, it will help you decide the best places for you to be as well (for yourself or your business).

Oh Joy blog - This is where longer content appears: DIY's, home decor tips, fashion posts, and other content in which a story needs to be told that is longer than what I could share on a single image elsewhere on social media.

Instagram - This is a mix of single moments that inspire me that I want to share (beautiful, simple, colorful, funny moments). I also share more personal photos here from my life as well as peeks and updates on Oh Joy products.

Snapchat - I avoided joining Snapchat for a while but finally decided to start using it about a month ago and am really enjoying how it allows me to share more behind the scenes of what we do at Oh Joy as well as some moments on the weekends when I'm out and about with my family. I love the imperfection of it and how it all goes away a day later so there is no need to obsess about what your whole feed looks like. You also don't know how many followers you have (only how many people view your stories), so there is none of that comparing your "number" to others - which I love.

Pinterest - This is my online scrapbook of things I like and things that inspire me. It's a tool I use everyday for my own workflow as it allows me to easily save things I want to reference later. The plus side is that others who follow along can get a glimpse of those inspirations, too.

YouTube - Here's where I share DIY videos which are a fun alternative to sharing them simply in a blog post when you can see me make something in real life.

Facebook - I use Facebook to amplify our daily blog posts as well as share other snippets from around the web that are fun and interesting. I also share our Shortcuts videos here exclusively.

I have started using Facebook Live in which you can find live broadcasts of product reveals and DIY's. You can interact and respond to me directly or ask questions in the comments afterwards. If you're following Oh Joy on Facebook then you'll see these notifications.

Twitter - While I am not as active on Twitter as I used to be, I still use it to amplify blog posts and Instagram posts. I also use it as a newsfeed to follow a lot of local Los Angeles businesses...especially food trucks and places that change locations.

Periscope - Every Friday, I try to give a chat about a specific topic. Last week, we talked about the importance of a squad (basically your support system). I've also talked about social media, business advice, and given peeks at new products. This one is where we talk more face-to-face and you guys can ask me anything you want. It's like sitting down and having coffee and a chat!

I hope that helps give you an overview of what we share and where. One thing I always suggest if you are newer to social media for your own business is to focus on just TWO social media platforms. It's too much to try and start it all at once and I have slowly added them on one-by-one.  Hopefully, this has shown you ways in which social media can be helpful for your business based on how we break it down. 

{Photo of our by Casey Brodley}

a mobile for any room...31 May 2016

a mobile for any room

Mobiles are a whimsical piece of decor that I've always loved and wished were used in more rooms of a home besides just the nursery. So we came up with a version that's neutral and easy to make!

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my favorite mini swimwear...30 May 2016

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With summer almost in full swing, I wanted to share a few of my favorite swim pieces for the little ones...in a range of price points, from indie to mass brands, and for both boys and girls.

01. Little Adi + Co. swim trunks, 02. Crew & Lu, 03. Minnow Swim, 04. Bumby by Marysia, 05. Platypus Australia sunsuit, 06. Target rash guard (in stores), 07. Marimekko for Target, 08. Minnow Swim brief with Tiny Cottons tee, 09. Snapperrock sunsuit, 10. Bumkins swim diaper and wet bags.

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

happy long weekend + in the studio lately...27 May 2016

Oh Joy studio

Oh Joy studio

Oh Joy studio

It's been a doozy of a week and I'm SO glad to be going into a three day weekend! I'm just excited to get to hang with my family all day for three days and simply catch up on life. Here's a peek at what went on in the studio this week...we shot the video for our new summer collection that comes out mid-June (where I matched the decor), played around in a pool after the shoot, worked with some very pretty flowers, and 100 other things I forgot to take a photo of!

Also I'm now on Snapchat if you would like to follow along. I share peeks of what we're working on, outfits of the day, and other random musings ;)

P.S. Thank you for loving our new Dressing the Team series! I am so grateful your amazing comments and working on more coming soon!

your daily routine just got a little cuter...26 May 2016

Johnson's® by Oh Joy!

There are some brands and products that take me back to my childhood. A certain scent of a bath wash or lotion that takes me to the days of my youth and brings back that nostalgic feeling when using the same things now with my own children. Johnson's® is one of those brands I have been using ever since I can remember.

Johnson's® by Oh Joy!

Johnson's® by Oh Joy!

We're excited to have partnered with Johnson's® this summer on a collection of Johnson's® by Oh Joy! baby lotion and bath wash bottles that you can find now exclusively at your local Target store for a limited time. The Johnson's by Oh Joy! collection includes: Johnson's® baby Head-To-Toe® wash, Johnson's® baby lotion, Johnson's® baby Bedtime® lotion, and Johnson's® baby Bedtime® bath.

Since my family often keeps these products out and visible in our homes, it was fun to decorate the bottles to make them even cuter and more fun. Your family will love keeping these bottles out on the dresser, in the nursery, or in the bathroom.

This limited time collection is exclusively available in Target stores and online now through July 23.

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. In top photo: Animal wallpaper by Chasing Paper and print by Bonnie Tsang for Minted.}

dressing the team / a pleated skirt...25 May 2016

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I've been getting requests for more fashion posts here on Oh Joy! While I love fashion, I wanted to offer it in a way that would be interesting for those who like my taste in clothing but may not be the same size as me. It can be hard to know if a piece of that someone else wears will work on you if you're a totally different body type! So, we came up with this new series that I hope you'll love called...Dressing the Team. I will choose one item of clothing that I think complements a variety of people, and we'll share the results. All of the girls in the Oh Joy office will wear the same piece, and I'll show you how we styled each outfit differently on varying body types. And if you guys like it, we'll keep doing more! Are you ready for our first one?

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the best moments are the everyday moments...24 May 2016

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When people ask how we get such great photos of our kids, the answer is simple: we bring our camera with us almost everywhere and we capture everyday moments. Today, I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share some of my favorite, everyday moments and how you can capture them, too.

You might be saying, "Well, Joy, you're a blogger, so that's easy for you to take pictures all the time!" Sure, my mindset is a bit different because I am so used to documenting life. But it wasn't originally easy for me to do. Lugging around a camera can be a pain in the butt and sometimes you just don't want your picture taken. But I realized that when we get over those hurdles and just make it fun to capture the everyday, you will never regret it. It's kind of like exercise. It may seem like a pain to go through the steps to make it happen and it's easy to just not do it, but the result is well worth it. My kids can look back at photos of themselves just enjoying life. It doesn't have to be just a birthday party or just a family vacation. My favorite photos in this layflat photo album are of everyday moments like going to the park or playground and just spending time together.

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Don't forget to get IN the photos, too! Often parents are too busy taking photos of their kids or chasing after them or trying to get their attention for the photo that they don't want to be in the photo. This photo above was taken at brunch on a Sunday while we were waiting for our food. There was nothing glamorous about where we were or what we were doing, but when a baby has cheeks like mine does, they need to be kissed. I'm working on a wall of some of our favorite family photos and this framed print is one of them.

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This is one of my favorite photos that Bob took while we were visiting our parents back in April in Philly. We were in my parents' backyard and my dad was taking Coco around to look at the flowers. It wasn't a grand moment. It wasn't a special occasion. It was just normal life. Yet that sweet moment captured tells such a big story. I can't wait to give this framed print to my dad for Father's Day.

To recap, here are a couple tips for capturing the everyday:

1. Bring your camera with you everywhere. At first, it will seem more like a pain then it's worth. But once you get used to capturing more of life, it will come naturally. It helps to have something smaller that won't be a pain to lug around (even an iPhone works!). But once you get into the habit of it, it becomes second nature.

2. Get in the photo. It doesn't matter what you're wearing or what your hair and makeup look like. Your kids think you look amazing no matter what! And someday, when your kids look back on these photos they want to see their parents (and grandparents) in the photos with them, too. 

3. Capture those moments and then put the camera away. You don't have to be taking photos all day long, but bring it out during certain moments where it just feels right. You can never shoot too much and with kids, you often have to shoot more to make sure you get a good shot. And then stick the camera in your bag, soak up those moments that pass too quickly and enjoy life!

P.S. Two fun things...

1) Artifact Uprising has kindly offered 10% off any item with code OHJOYFD10 valid through June 1, 2016. AND...

2) You can enter your email address in the box below to enter to win $250 credit with Artifact Uprising towards a photo gift for your Dad/Husband/Grandpa for Father's Day. Entries close on May 31st at midnight.

UPDATE: Congrats to Courtney S. from Vancouver BC, Canada for being our winner this time!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Mary Costa, styling by Julia Wester, personal photos by Joy and Bob Cho}

orange balloons...23 May 2016

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

I feel so grateful to be surrounded by people doing creative things simply because they want know it will make someone—maybe some stranger they have never met—happy. Last week, my friend Jihan from Geronimo Balloons put up this balloon installation outside her studio in Echo Park. It was a two-day job so Ruby and I drove by two mornings in a row on the way to school/work to see the progress. This was day one above...

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

geronimo balloon installation in echo park

And, this was day 2 after it was completed. I mean, this child was seriously in balloon heaven. You can't help but smile when stumbling upon hundreds of orange balloons. Thanks, Jihan, for being awesome.

{Installation by Geronimo Balloons, photos by Oh Joy}

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