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hello... 8 Jan 2016

hello

...it's me...did anyone else totally miss out on getting Adele tickets like I did?

I wasn't allowed to go to concerts when I was a kid/teenager living with my parents. So I am catching up now big time (especially with boy bands from the 90's) and went to see Justin Timberlake, Hanson, New Kids on the Block/TLC/Nelly in the past year. This coming year, I'm taking the Oh Joy team to see Justin Bieber and going to see Britney and Janet with some of my girls. Concerts are just such a fun escape for me because I love experiencing this other world that is so different than my own.

Ok, back to Adele for a second. Do you remember back in the day when you could just go online and buy tickets like a normal person? Now, we have to try and get them before they sell out in 2 hours and eventually buy them from someone who got them before you and reselling them to make a quick buck! Ah....end of rant. 

Happy weekend guys! Thanks for listening to my very random post. Oh, and Oh Joy for Target nursery collection is now LIVE!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, ornaments from Anthropologie}

how do you know when it's time to hire? 7 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Answers

It's been a while since I've posted a business video for you small business dreamers out there. With the start of the new year and thoughts of growth and change and dreams being fulfilled, I wanted to address a question I am often asked by other small business owners...how do you know when to hire employees and how do you find the right people? This video is a little longer than my usual ones because I am answering two related questions, but a great topic for discussion for those of you with small businesses out there, so grab your coffee and let's chat...

career day / a prop stylist... 6 Jan 2016

Career Day with Justina Blakeney

Career Day with Justina Blakeney

Career Day with Justina Blakeney

Ruby recently starting paying a lot of attention to this one little corner of her room and set it up with a little chair, some pillows, and some of her favorite toys. I heard her saying that she was "styling" it and asked Coco to please not mess it up. I had no idea that she even knew the word "styling" but must have heard me say it from work. So, for our newest Career Day, I decided to take her to visit my friend—Justina Blakeney—a self-taught designer, prop stylist, author, interior designer, and all around ambassador of bohemian style, to get a lesson on what styling really is and to learn from one of the best around...

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mini pancakes! 5 Jan 2016

Mini Pancake Toppings

I could eat pancakes any time of day. I've been making pancakes a lot more lately because my kids love them (especially when they are bite-sized), they don't take a lot of time to make, and it's a fun food for kids to help make. I like to make a big batch of these mini pancakes and then put out a bunch of toppings so everyone can make their little stack special and pick their very own toppings. 

Mini Pancake Toppings

I'm not ashamed to say I use pancake mix—it's just so easy to have on hand and there are so many good ones out there like this Beekman 1802 pancake mix (from Target!) we used. Here are a few of our favorite topping combinations right about now...

Mini Pancake Toppings

1. Blueberries, sliced persimmon, and ricotta cheese — this is like summer on a pancake. It's fresh, healthy, and delicious.

2. Shaved chocolate and coconut flakes — for the chocolate lover, this adds a little extra sweetness that makes it such that you won't need anything else.

3. Sliced almonds, sprinkles, and whipped cream — I like to call this the birthday cake pancake. This is extra special and fun for a birthday breakfast!

Mini Pancake Toppings

Of course, you can drizzle honey or a little maple syrup on any of these, but I find that all these naturally sweet toppings do the job to satisfy that sweet tooth!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

oh joy for target / home decor and nursery collections! 4 Jan 2016

Oh Joy for Target Home Decor

I hope you all had an amazing holiday and new year! I'm happy to be back and starting 2016 off with a bang. Last year, we were working on some top secret new things. I'm so excited to finally reveal a peek at our newest Oh Joy! for Target collection! Our new home decor and nursery collections take Oh Joy! into the home even more and bring you items designed to add color, whimsy, and a touch of surprise.

Oh Joy for Target Home Decor

Oh Joy for Target Home Decor

The Oh Joy! for Target spring home decor collection (which debuts in stores and online February 7th) is made up of 20 pieces from vases to pillows to end tables to brass party animals. I wanted to create a collection of cheerful home décor pieces that were grounded in bright colors and quirky details. Check out a few of my favorites above!

Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

The Oh Joy! for Target nursery collection (which debuts in select stores and online now in early January) includes 26 items for your babe's new space ranging from crib bedding to swaddles to changing pad covers to diaper bags. I love creating nurseries that a baby will sleep, play, and grow with. In this collection, we mixed fun icons, mix-and-match prints, and notes of whimsy to create a truly lovable space that both parents and their little ones will enjoy. 

Next Monday, January 11th, I'll be sharing a more detailed look at more of the products LIVE on Periscope. So if you're not yet on Periscope, sign up and follow me @ohjoy so you can be alerted to the live broadcast and watch it in real time (or within 24 hours while the broadcast is still up)!

I can't wait for you to see them in person and stock up on your favorite pieces! You'll be able to see it all at Target.com/OhJoy as they arrive.

{All photos via Target} 

happy holidays!22 Dec 2015

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Oh Joy Family by Morgan Pansing

Happy holidays, friends! As we end the year, I wanted to thank you all for being here. I am so very grateful to have you as readers following along to both the business part of me and the personal part of me that I share with you. As we wrap up the year, I wanted to share a few outtakes from our recent holiday photos. Every time I have a baby, it always takes me about a year to feel back to normal—both emotionally and physically. So this is the first time I can look at photos of our family of four and feel really peaceful and content about where we are and where we're headed. It feels like a great place to be to end 2015, and I'm excited for a fresh, new year to begin.

We'll be taking a blog break for the rest of the year and will be back here on January 4, 2016 (Say what?!? How can we already say that?!). Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday filled with simple joy, enthusiasm for life, love in the purest form, and every sweet treat your heart desires (because it is the holidays, after all)...

P.S. I have some VERY exciting news coming in the new year that I can't wait to share, so stay tuned!

{Photos by Morgan Pansing who we adore and is seriously the child-whisperer when taking photos!}

favorite posts of 2015...21 Dec 2015

Oh Joy Favorite Posts of 2015

As we head into the end of the year and about to go on a little blog break, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite posts from this year in case you're looking for some inspiration or reading material during the holidays...

Oh Joy Band-Aids

Behind the Scenes of...

-Making Oh Joy Band-Aids

-The Oh Joy Book cover

-Oh Joy book parties!

-Oh Joy Band-Aid launch party

Framing Vintage

Tips on how to...

-Pick outfits for Family Photos

-Frame vintage pieces

-Create a Photo Studio at Home

-Make the mornings easier

-Archiving Your Digital Memories

-Declutter your house

-Choose a rug

-Find success

Oh Joy Dressing the Babe

Motherhood and Life with Two Kids...

-Sharing a room

-Why I'll miss being pregnant

-Not doing it all

Career Day with Kim West

Career Day with...

-Claire Vivier

-Sweet Laurel Bakery

-Kim West

How to Use a Flower Frog

Make some cool stuff...

-A Housewarming Welcome Kit

-Floral arrangements with a flower frog

-Sidewalk chalk

-Beach marker

10 Years of Oh Joy

And, 10 years of Oh Joy!

dressing the babe / winter florals...18 Dec 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

In our last Dressing the Babe for this year, I was inspired by keeping florals going into winter (who says florals are for summer, only?!). My little nugget, Coco, is walking! So we went for a walk near the LA River to scoop up the last bit of December before the end of the year...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

I'm loving long dresses lately, especially those that cinch at the waist a bit to give a little shape. Accented by a floral necklace, I love the contrast of the pop of color against the deep green hue.

Mama outfit / 1. D.Ra dress, 2. Vegan jacket from Anthropologie from last season (similar here and here), 3. Gaia necklace, 4. Loeffler Randall booties (past season)

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

If you have changed a diaper with a wiggly baby before you know that rompers with snaps in the crotch are a must. I love little rompers, but often they don't have snaps and so changing a diaper involves having to undress your babe completely.

Babe outfit / 5. Thief & Bandit romper, 6. June & January cardi, 7. Crew & Lu pom headband, 8. Zuzii shoes, 9. Afternoon Faun Octopus

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Ah...this face! This face makes me want to have another baby (no just kidding, not really). But I do love that face. That's Coco impersonating Adele saying, "Hello, it's me..."

{Photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester, outfit styling by Joy Cho. Coco is 14 months and walking around town like she owns it.}

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!


// CREDITS //
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...

Enjoy!

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