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ruby's 4th birthday prep! 7 Oct 2015

A Fruity Dance Party

You guys, Ruby turns FOUR on Monday! This weekend we are celebrating her birthday with a small party with a handful of her four-year-old friends with a hip-hop/ballet party at her dance school. I usually share photos of our parties after they take place but I thought it would be a fun change to show you what I am setting up, too. So you can see how it all comes together afterwards.

Here are some of the things I've prepped for the party...

01. Decor - When you're having a party in a space that is not your home, I'm all about getting things that are easy to set-up on the fly. Often, you only have 30 minutes to get everything together so anything that pops-up and stands up easily is very helpful. I'll be using a bunch of these fruit poufs to decorate the little tables that the dance school os providing.

02. Outfits - Since it's a fruit theme, Ruby and Coco will be decked out in their fruity gear. Ruby's pairing her favorite strawberry tank with this crazy, amazing pom-pom skirt we got just for her birthday and some gold ballet flats for dancing. Although Coco can't quite dance yet, she'll be crawling around in her orange romper and moccasins.

03. Table - Paper plates are one of my favorite things ever because it makes clean-up so easy and they come in the best colors and patterns. I got a ton of fruity paper plates, cups, and trays. Her cake will be chocolate and fruit-filled and topped with this glittery cake topper.

04. Balloons - We won't have too many balloons, but just a giant watermelon to hang outside which I'm planning to combine with some hanging fruit poufs that I'll have leftover from the table decor.

05. Favors - For favors, we made fruity wands that the kids will get to dance and play with. And we're giving them a fun fruit tattoo and these cool kaleidoscope cameras.

I've personally requested a lot of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift songs, so there might be some mamas (aka me) dancing with the kiddos, too!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Joy Cho}

a kid's supper that gives back... 6 Oct 2015

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Every year for my kid’s birthdays, we ask our friends not to bring gifts, but donate to a charity instead. Or even to bring a gently used book they no longer need that we can collect and donate to other children. My kids are very lucky to have a decent life, and I want them to be aware of the fact that not all children have things like clothes, food, and a place to live. We started talking to Ruby about helping others in need when she was two years old and have her help bring toys and clothes to a local charity every year for the holidays.  

This year, I hosted a FEED Supper as part of a wonderful initiative that FEED Projects organizes every fall to help provide meals for children in need. Rather than limiting the dinner to just my friends for a fancy adult dinner party, I wanted to include our children in the supper and create a couple hours that would be enjoyable for both parents and kids, but also to expose the kids to the idea that they can help other children, too. And, we all had a great night in the process. Here are some details of the supper if you'd like to see...

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

We held the event in a small restaurant-like space called The Salon at Heirloom LA that our friends at Heirloom use for food tastings and small events which worked perfectly for our small dinner and ravioli-making demonstration for the kids. I love the casual non-fussy nature of floor seating, so we used a single long coffee table as a table for the kids to sit right on the floor for dinner. It was like a fancy picnic!

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Moon Canyon helped bring autumn to our dinner with florals. We kept any larger florals higher up where the kids couldn't reach and made sure anything within their reach weren't too fussy and could withstand being man handled by kids. I especially loves the leaves, apples, and persimmon on the tables that brought warmth without being too precious.

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Ruby loves helping to bake and cook and help make things whenever she can. When kids can see the result of something they have made, it gives them pride and makes them even more excited to make it. So I worked with Matt and Tara of Heirloom LA to come up with something the kids could enjoy for this FEED Supper. Matt (the chef) came up with the idea to make their own ravioli and then they’d boil them in the kitchen, add sauce, and let them enjoy the fruits of their labor for dinner!

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

You would think it might be hard to get 8 kids (from ages 2-11 to stay still and make ravioli, but they loved getting to be a part of the process. It was interactive, fun for both the kids and adults, and a really fun way for all of us to spend a couple hours together to raise awareness for a great cause. If making ravioli seems to complicated for your own supper, think of other types of foods kids can easily make or customize themselves (pizza, tacos, pancakes, etc.) I mean, LOOK at this pasta the kids made!

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Oh Joy Kid's FEED Supper

Young children don’t usually understand the words “charity” or “giving back”, so when talking to kids about helping and giving back, it helps to give them examples that they can understand. For example: How would you feel if you didn’t have shoes to wear to school? Or what if you didn’t have a warm, cozy bed? By having them imagine what that would be like, they are more likely to understand and empathize for the children you are hoping to help. By telling them the number of kids we were able to help feed, it helped them to understand the impact we were making together.

So far over 1 million meals have been provided by the FEED Supper held just in the last couple weeks. It's crazy to think that you can give 10 meals with just $1.10. I encourage you to host your own FEED Supper and collect donations however you see fit. Or, if you're not able to host one yourself and would like to donate, you can visit my page right here.

Thanks so much to all the families who joined us!

 

Creative direction: Joy Cho

Production and set-up: Ariel Fulmer and Casey Brodley

Catering and venue: Heirloom LA

Furniture and pillows: Circa Rentals

Florals: Moon Canyon

Photos: Casey Brodley for Oh Joy

who am i? 5 Oct 2015

Oh Joy

Last week, I traveled to Vancouver (more about what I did later this week). I was supposed to take my family with me but ended up making it a work-only trip at the last minute. Because I had been planning the logistics of traveling with the kids in my head for the months leading up to this trip, it was kind of a sigh of relief to make the short trip on my own. To travel solo is a very rare treat these days when I go on work trips. And while I was sad they didn't make this trip, it was so peaceful to be able to just bring a light bag and go through security with minimal belongings.

But then you know what happened? I watched other parents at the airport with their kids—doing those things I normally do like making sure your kids are fed, entertained, and hopefully not screaming the whole time while carrying a ton of stuff for "just in case". I empathized with them and wanted them to know I understood what they were going through. But then I also felt weirdly sad—like no one knew that I was a mother and that all of those things are things that I usually experience, too. It was the first time that I felt like I was defining my identity and how I wanted to project myself to strangers was that of a mother.

It made me think...how do I define who I am? How do YOU define who you are? When we meet strangers on the plane, we almost always talk first about our jobs or what we do for a living. We never really talk about what we like to do on the weekends or our favorite dessert. Sure, I have a fancy professional bio that I use most of the time for work stuff, but how would I define myself to a complete stranger if I had to tell them briefly who I am?

So this is what I came up with...

My name is Joy. I design things that I hope will make people happy. I come up with ideas for life that I hope will surprise and delight, and I share those ideas on the Internet. I am the mother to two girls who have taught me to enjoy the simplicity of every day. I am the wife to a person who has always believed in me even when I didn't know what the heck I was doing. I work really hard, and I go after what I want. I try and spend my time doing things that make me happy because life is too short to spend your time doing too many things that you hate. I also think about ice cream...all the time.

What about you guys? Who are YOU?

{Photo by LK Griffin

Chocolate Chip and Caramel Sandwich Cookies... 1 Oct 2015

Chocolate Chip and Caramel Sandwich Cookies

In honor of National Homemade Cookie Day today and as a Part 2 to yesterday's post, I wanted to share this very delicious recipe for Chocolate Chip and Caramel Sandwich Cookies by the ladies of Sweet Laurel Bakery...

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career day / bakers...30 Sep 2015

Career Day with Sweet Laurel Bakery

Career Day with Sweet Laurel Bakery

Career Day with Sweet Laurel Bakery

When I asked Ruby if she wanted to visit a couple of awesome ladies who make "treats", of course, she screamed with excitement. What Ruby didn't know was that the bakery I was about to take her to for "Career Day" is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free! I, personally, don't have any food limitations or allergies, but when I come across food companies that make me crave their food or treats even without "all the normal stuff", I am immediately fascinated. So Ruby and I took a trip to see Laurel Gallucci and Claire Thomas of Sweet Laurel Bakery, and they showed us how to make some amazing Coconut Chocolate Chip and Caramel Sandwich Cookies that I am craving as I write this. Here's a peek into this amazing baked goods company started by two friends united by a love of whole food...

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from doodles to works of art...29 Sep 2015

Ruby Painting

A few months ago, Ruby made a really fun painting while visiting artist Kim West during one of our Career Day trips. Now, we have so many pieces of Ruby's "art" that I don't keep (I just can't keep) every single piece. But this one was so large and vibrant, that I couldn't part with it...

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party planning...28 Sep 2015

10 Favorite Party Pieces / Oh Joy

With two kids born in October, next month is turning out to be a party-packed month for us! Ruby is having a Fruity Dance Party with just a handful of her closest friends while Coco is having a Confetti Wild Animal Party filled with mostly our friends (you know how 1st birthdays go). Since I've been all over the web looking for various party ideas and decor, I wanted to share some of my favorites I've come across recently...

1. Little Cat Design Co. cake toppers, 2. Poppies for Grace feather garland, 3. Fuji Instax dotty film, 4. Poppies for Grace honeycomb fancy, 5. assorted animals from Michael's, 6. fruit honeycomb from Oh Happy Day, 7. jumbo confetti from Urban Outfitters,  8. cake toppers from Anthropologie, 9. Poppies for Grace gold candles, 10. scalloped gold bowls from Oh Happy Day shop.

P.S. Ruby's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd birthday parties...

happy friday + in my bag...25 Sep 2015

Oh Joy Bag / Styled by Emily Henson

One of my favorite prop stylists, Emily Henson, recently featured the contents of my bag on her blog. I had no idea the contents of my bag could look so good, but leave it to a stylist to turn the madness into a beautiful shot! You can read the full story about what I carry around in there and why right here!

Have a great weekend guys!

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Emily Henson}

we need a textile designer!24 Sep 2015

Oh Joy Textile Designer

It's been said that if you work at the Oh Joy office, you get pregnant within seconds! Ha. We're having a baby boom over here, and my designer, Angie, will be going on maternity leave in a few weeks. I thought I could do her job AND my job while she's away. But then I realized I was being a crazy person. So, I am looking for a talented textile designer to help fill-in while Angie is on maternity leave. This is a great chance to work at our studio, build your portfolio, and get to be part of designing a bunch of Oh Joy products for upcoming collections! You can see a sampling above of the work that you'd get to do!

FREELANCE TEXTILE DESIGNER
Duties include:
-Working with Joy on design/production of Oh Joy products
-Creating and designing original patterns and illustrations
-Putting patterns into repeat for production
-Drawing CADs
-Graphic design for promotional materials

Qualifications:
-Ability to take art direction and translate that into designs, patterns, and illustrations (both hand-drawn and digitally-drawn)
-Ability to draw 2D CADs in illustrator
-A love of fashion, home decor, and children
-Resourceful, efficient, strong multi-tasker, organized, punctual, excellent attention to detail
-Enthusiastic, go-getter attitude, and exemplary work ethic
-Consistent availability
-Graphic design skills with advanced knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

You must have prior experience (sorry, no entry-level candidates for this position). This is a paid, temporary, part-time (2-3 days per week) freelance position to run approximately from late October to December. Exact pay will be based on experience. You must live in the Los Angeles area and have transportation to get to our studio in Hollywood.

In order to apply, please download and fill out this application, then email it to: hi@ohjoy.com with the directions noted on the application. 

Label the subject of the email with: “OH JOY TEXTILE DESIGNER”. We are accepting applications now and reviewing them by Friday, October 2nd. If you or anyone you know fits the bill, we would love to hear from you!

dressing the babe / baby bird love...23 Sep 2015

Baby and Mama Style

Sometimes you see a piece of street art, and you just have to take a photo in front of it before it goes away never to return again. And, when you can get your baby to smile her toothless smile and capture it on film, that's even better...

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