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a funfetti crepe cake...15 Sep 2016

a funfetti crepe cake

When it comes to making a special dessert or cake, anything that feels special without taking up too much time is always a plus in my book. Today, we've partnered with Seventh Generation to share this recipe we came up with—a no-bake funfetti crepe cake that is just as beautiful as it is delicious. It can get a little messy to make and eat, but it's worth every dab of whipped cream you'll have to wash off your plates! Here's how...


You'll need:

- 30 Crepes (store bought in packs of 10, but here's a recipe if you'd like to make your own)

- 4 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/3 cup strawberry jam

- sprinkles

a funfetti crepe cake

Here's how... 

1. In a metal bowl, combine whipping cream, sugar and jam.

2. Use an electric mixer to whip together until stiff peaks form. 

3. Begin building your cake by placing down one crepe as the base. Add one large spoonful of the whipped cream and spread a thin even layer over the crepe. 

4. Stack another crepe on top of the whipped cream layer, and continue alternating until you've used all of the crepes.

5. Finish off your crepe cake with a layer of whipped cream on top - add fun sprinkles as a garnish! We also added some crumbled meringues for extra texture!

a funfetti crepe cake

Finally, it's gonna get messy, so we use Seventh Generation's Free & Clear dish soap to wash all cream off the sticky dishes and bowls. It's non-toxic and plant-based, yet tough on grease and dried-on foods (and lots of whipped cream in our case)!  Which means it's safe for kids to help clean the dishes because it doesn't leave behind potentially harmful residue.

a funfetti crepe cake

Because of the fresh cream, make this cake prior to your special occasion and refrigerate until serving. It's best if enjoyed the same day!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Recipe by Oh Joy. Props include: Leif Spoons, Leif Napkin, Target Canisters}

5 tips for traveling with kids...14 Sep 2016

Ruby and Coco / Oh Joy

When we first traveled with Ruby as a baby, we had (no joke) 6-8 pieces of luggage that included a mix of travel crib, car seat, multiple suitcases, and more. Bob looked like a crazy person carrying way too much luggage while I carried a diaper bag plus our baby. Now as a family of 4, we take one suitcase that gets checked, one diaper bag that I carry, one kids backpack that Ruby carries, and one adult backpack that Bob carries for a week's worth of travel and that's it.

I know everyone has their suggestions for how they travel and some go more into detail on various aspects of travel (since there are so many!), but these are my go-to "in general" 5 simple and easy tips for traveling with kids...

1. Pack everything in one suitcase. If you make a goal of fitting your whole family's clothing into one suitcase, you'll fit everything into one suitcase (unless of course you have a family of eight in which case you might need two suitcases). What that means is we limit clothing to: two pairs of shoes per person (one pair gets worn), mix and match clothing and/or wash clothes mid-way through the trip if that's an option, and don't bring anything you can get at your final destination (see #2).

2. Rent/borrow what you can there (car seats, strollers, travel crib). Unless you are going to a city or country that doesn't have these items, borrow whatever you can to cut down on having to bring them yourself. We went from bringing all of the above and carrying what felt like 86 pieces of baggage to now renting car seats at the car rental place and using a stroller or travel crib that is offered at a house rental or hotel. That cuts out four pieces of luggage!

3. Order/buy things when you get there (groceries, diapers, anything you need in bulk). If you're traveling to anywhere in the US or a major city abroad, chances are they have most of your necessities there. If I'm traveling in the US and we're staying at a house rental (which I highly prefer over hotels with kids), the night before we arrive, I usually order groceries and any basics we need through something like Instacart. I set the delivery for after the kids go to bed on our first night and then by the morning, we have all our pantry staples as well as diapers/wipes, etc. And it saved space in my suitcase from having to fill it with diapers.

4. Plan one thing everyday but let the rest of the day be decided as you go. I always get recommendations ahead of time for anything I think we'd be interested in. The night before each day on vacation, Bob and I chat about a couple things we want to do, see what else is nearby, and then we focus on one main activity. I keep a couple of other things in the back of my head that are nearby if we have extra time. But with kids, we've learned not to map out the whole day because sometimes there's extra wiggle room that's nice to have and freedom to let the day take you where it will.

5. Break your rules (a little). If you're on the more strict side with schedules like I am, this is the one time it's okay for bedtime to be a little later or to let the kids watch an iPad out at dinner because you just want to have a peaceful meal at a nice restaurant. Cut yourself some slack and let the kids get to break your normal rules a little, too! It's a vacation!

What are your go-to tips?

{Photo by Bob Cho}

a hearty fall salad for brunch!13 Sep 2016

Fall Brunch

I love brunch. Like I love brunch more than a lot of things. But you know what brunch usually doesn't have? Salad! And as much as I'd love to eat only eggs and carbs for brunch, sometimes you need some of those greens for your growing bones, too. So today, we're sharing a recipe we created for a hearty fall salad that's perfect for brunch (or lunch or dinner, too ;). Here's how to make it...

Fall Brunch Salad

You'll need:

For the salad:

- 16 oz kale

- 1/2 cup thinly sliced brussels sprouts

- 1/3 cup thinly sliced beets

- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

- 1 cup micro greens

- 2/3 cup feta cheese

- 1/2 cup julienned heirloom carrots

- 1/3 cup pistachios

- 2 cups cubed, roasted butternut squash

- 3 tbs honey

- salt & pepper 

For the dressing:

- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

- 3 tbs maple syrup

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- salt & pepper, to taste

Fall Brunch Salad

Here's how:

1. Preheat over to 375 F. Toss diced butternut squash with honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

2. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through to evenly brown. The squash should be slightly tender and lightly browned.

3. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients—kale, brussels sprouts, beets, pomegranate seeds, micro greens, feta, carrots, and pistachios. Allow for butternut squash to cool for 15 minutes before adding to the salad. 

4. Prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. 

5. Add butternut squash and mix in dressing. Salt & pepper to taste.

Fall Brunch Salad

Add the salad to your other dishes, and you'll feel much better having this dose of green!

Fall brunch table runner

And, to spruce up your brunch table quickly and easily, we added in a faux leaf garland and mixed in some real eucalyptus and flowers. It made for a centerpiece that lasts longer and costs a lot less since you can use the garland over and over again.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Tabletop items: Pehr runner, Target flatware, 1882 Ltd Plates, Pehr napkins, vintage glasses.}

garden party inspiration...12 Sep 2016

Anne Ten Donkelaar

Next month, both of my girls have birthdays (Ruby turns 5 and Coco turns 2). Rather than throwing two separate parties like I did last year, they're getting a joint birthday party this year. I am not sure if that's going to make things easier or twice as hard, but it's worth trying right? It's a Garden Party theme so I've been gathering lots of images like these for inspiration...

Eloise Corr Danch

Mother Magazine Cake

House That Lars Built / Balloon Arch

Oh Happy Day / Paper Flower Headbands

Have any of you been in or thrown a joint birthday party before? Any tips? I am planning for each kid to have their own cake so we can sing to each separately and especially for each one. That was a tip I heard from parents of twins who always have to share a birthday.

{Image sources: giant paper flowers Anne Ten DonkelaarEloise Corr Danch, Cake from Mother, balloon arch by House That Lars Built, and paper flower headbands by Oh Happy Day.}

remembering... 9 Sep 2016

Dallas Clayton print

15 years ago, I was living in New York City. I had graduated from college just a few months prior and was on my way to work and a month into my first job ever. I watched the twin tower attacks from a stalled N/R train on the Manhattan Bridge going from Brooklyn to downtown NY during my commute to work. What I initially thought was a really bad fire turned into an event that changed the world and my life forever. 

From that day forward, I told myself to be more grateful for what I have, to appreciate any and all parts of my life, and to hold those I love tighter than ever before. I continue to feel sadness for those that lost loved ones that day and hope they are living their lives now as best as they can.

This Sunday will be 15 years since the September 11th tragedy. Even though so much time has passed, it's an event I will never forget seeing and never forget how the city, the country, and the world came together slowly—but stronger than ever.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, hug/love/treasure whomever you're with and tell them you love them...

{Print by Dallas Clayton}

oh joy for target / fall collection! 8 Sep 2016

oh joy for target fall collection

oh joy for target fall collection

oh joy for target fall collection

oh joy for target fall collection

Weeee! A new season is here which means a new Oh Joy for Target home decor collection is upon us! Our fall collection launches this Tuesday, September 13th. Inspired by the moon, the stars, and swan lake, the collection mixes rose gold accents with jewel and midnight tones. In preparation of the holiday season, there are entertaining pieces like a barware set, cocktail shaker, serving bowls, serving utensils and cocktails forks. And for cozying up your home, we have swan and moon lights, pillows full of glimmer, and a chic side table.

Oh-joy-target-fall-2016

We hope you enjoy this new collection as much as we did creating it. It's been over a year in the making, so I'm thrilled for it to finally be here! You can shop this collection online at target.com/ohjoy and in all Target stores beginning September 13th!

I'll be sharing ALL the pieces in a live Periscope (@ohjoy) tomorrow at 9am PST/12pm EST so come join me for a look at everything before it launches in stores.

P.S. What's left of the summer collection will be on sale and only available for a few more days!

{Lifestyle photos by Casey Brodley and Mary Costastyling by Julia Wester. Product images by Target.}

mini waffle sandwiches! 7 Sep 2016

Mini Waffle Sandwiches

Today, we’re going to make some mini waffle sandwiches perfect as an afternoon treat - whether after school or simply after a day full of adventures! See our video below for the full how-to!

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// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "El Sea & The Mar" by Fremont
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

*This post is in partnership with Band-Aid Brand Bandages

a pom pom tote! 6 Sep 2016

a pom pom tote DIY

I can't tell you how many of those "free" tote bags I have that are given out as promos or swag. Often, they're made of fabric and great for using again. But how many plain tote bags do I really need? So, we decided to dress up a simple fabric tote with some color-blocked pom-poms to turn it into something new! It's so easy and fun to make. Here's how...

a pom pom tote DIY

You'll need...

- 2 different colors of yarn (we used a multi mix and solid neon pink)

- pom pom maker

- needle and thread

- scissors

- a tote bag (we dyed our bag pink but you can use the natural color as it comes, too)

a pom pom tote DIY

Here's how...

1. If you want to fill up the whole face of one side of the tote, make nine pom poms using a pom pom maker. We made these color-blocked by wrapping one side of the clamp in a multi-color yard and the other side in a neon pink yarn. The fuller you fill up the maker, the more dense the pom poms will be.

2. Once you've made all nine, trim so that you don't see any excess yarn from the tied knot. Then, using a needle and thread, secure each pom pom from the base of the knot to the tote bag. We spread them out evenly in three rows of three. But you can group them however you'd like!

a pom pom tote DIY

Now, your once plain tote bag looks way more fun and chic!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess HongDress from Boden.}

happy long weekend! 2 Sep 2016

Oh Joy for Target

Happy Friday guys! I've been in San Francisco this week on vacation eating my way through the city and getting some much needed hang time with my husband and kids. I hope you all have a great, LONG weekend full of that R&R we all need every so often.

P.S. What's left of our summer collection will soon be gone to make space for our new fall goods...so shop them while you can! Neon lights shown are sold out online but available in stores for one more week only. AND, our baby apparel is currently 25% off for Labor Day weekend!

{Photo by Target}

a woven pendant lamp... 1 Sep 2016

a woven pendant lamp

I love the look of hanging pendant lights but sometimes they seem so overwhelming and too permanent when they need to be installed into a ceiling. Today, we're creating a smaller version that can be hung off a simple hook on your wall to add both light and decor to any small space...

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