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a spring adventure kit! 26 Apr 2016

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The weather has been so nice here in LA lately that it's really making me and my family change up our normal weekend routine and go on more unplanned adventures. Sometimes we'll have an impromptu picnic in a new park or drive to go find dinner not knowing where we'll end up. In order to prepare for any adventures that might come our way, we've put together a little Spring Adventure Kit.

Pack a bag with a few of these essentials, toss it in your car or by the door, and you're prepared to have instant fun ready to go whether you're heading to the park, to a friend's house, or to visit a relative last minute. Here's what's in my kit...

1. a kite, 2. Oh Joy! First Aid Kit and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! to be ready in case of any boo-boos, 3. memory card game, 4. jump rope, 5. picnic mat, 6. binonculars, 7. bubbles, 8. mini flashlight, 9. sidewalk chalk,  10. water bottles, 11. a ball, 12. instant camera and film, and 13. a duffle or tote to hold everything in it's place when on the go! 

P.S. Everything here can be found in stores or online exclusively at Target.

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

that time we went to the white house... 20 Apr 2016

Oh Joy at White House Easter Egg Roll

Last month, we were invited to go to The White House (ahhhh!) for the annual Easter Egg Roll. After being asked by the First Lady's office to design the logo for this year's roll (and saying "umm, yesss!"), we took a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the event and to meet the President and First Lady in person. Here are a few photos from the day...

Oh Joy at White House Easter Egg Roll

Cho-easter

While waiting to meet the President and First lady, we hung out inside the White House and got to meet some amazing athletes and artists who were there as well like Silento, Dominique Dawes, and Echosmith. Bob wanted to take a photo with Shaq so bad, but we weren't allowed to have our phones with us as we got closer to meeting the President so we missed the chance! 

The President and First Lady were SO kind and youthful and tall! When the First Lady told me how much she loved my work, I just about passed out...

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prague with kids? 2 Mar 2016

Prague print by Sketchmore

Dear Oh Joy readers,

I need your advice! My husband has a conference in Prague this fall and we're debating if we should extend his trip and make part of it into a family trip. We did this three years ago when he had to go to Lyon, France for work, and we took (a then 23 month old) Ruby on her first trip out of the country. But now with two kids, I'm a little scared to take them both to a city we've never been to and with me being on my own with the kids for a chunk of it while Bob's working. Part of me is saying "C'mon Joy, you gotta do these things and go on these adventures while you can!" and the other part of me is saying "Oh man, it's super tiring and you should save the money for the house you are saving up for!". So, I need any and all advice you might have if you have ever been to Prague. Would you go with kids? Is easy to get around with them? Would you stay there for just a few days and then head to another nearby city?

Thank you in advance for your wisdom!

{Print by Sketchmore}

10 on the go essentials... 18 Jan 2016

On-the-go-essentials

Whether you're headed out the door for a business trip, a day at work, or just to run errands, here are a few of my favorite items lately for being on the go...

1. Ban.do phone case because this is just too fun not to want to carry around all day long.

2. Ban.do floral duffle for that overnight or weekend trip!

3. This is Ground cord taco to hold your cord basics while on the go.

4. Sunnylife travel radio for when you want to amplify those tunes whether indoors or out.

5. Poppin gold folio for business papers, meeting files, or projects.

6. Baggu 3D Zip Tote for shoes, extra clothes, or anything that needs to be put into a larger bag.

7. Lifefactory water bottle for the gym or just to stay hydrated throughout the day.

8. Frends headphones to keep your tunes to yourself while on the move.

9. Rifle for Le Sport Sac cosmetic bag because it's compact and easy to clean!

10. Owen & Fred luggage tag to keep track of your belongings no matter where you go.

what i did in vancouver... 8 Oct 2015

Vancouver-1

A couple weeks ago, I traveled to Vancouver for a few days to speak at IDS West's Social Sessions and to do a morning TV show. I had previously planned to bring my family with me and make a long weekend out of it, but it was turning into more of a work trip then I had expected so we decided to have the kids stay home and that come back again as a family next year when I could have a bit more leisurely time. I sadly couldn't hit as many spots from all your amazing suggestions this time (don't worry, I'm saving it all for our next trip!). But I did get to hit a few, very cute spots that I wanted to share with you...

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happy friday + vancouver... 11 Sep 2015

Oh Joy Twirl

This past month has been a fun one with lots of little getaways...some work and some play. In a couple weeks I'm headed to Vancouver to speak at IDS West at their Social Sessions (if you're in Vancouver and into design/blogging), hope to see you there! We'll be there for a long weekend with the kids. Since I'm headed to a new city yet again, I wanted to ask for your always amazing recommendations of where to go with the kids, where to eat, and any other spots to check out.

Thank you in advance and Happy Friday!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

have kids, will travel {giveaway}! ...(now closed) 9 Sep 2015

Have Kids Will Travel / Family Getaway Giveaway

You guys...we have a HUGE giveaway today for you. With my recent family trip to Seattle, I'm feeling excited to travel again with my whole family in tow! So, I've partnered up with some of my go-to travel and lifestyle brands to give away these amazing goodies that are some of my favorites when jet-setting with my family!

Have Kids Will Travel / Family Getaway Giveaway

Enter here for your family’s chance to win $2,750 in prizes from Kid & Coe, Ergo Baby, Orbit Baby, Clare V., Instacart, and Artifact Uprising. 

$2,750 Prize Package Includes:

‐ $500 in Kid & Coe travel credits to stay at a well-designed and kid-friendly rental home

‐ $250 Artifact Uprising gift card to make photo books full of your best adventures

‐ $200 Instacart gift card for getting groceries delivered right to your vacation's doorstep

Orbit Baby stroller bundle for toting around your littles

Ergo Baby 360 carrier for being hands-free with your babe

Clare V. black Agnes backpack for holding mama's must-haves

Visit right here to enter and see all the rules for entry! And good luck!

what we ate in seattle... 7 Sep 2015

Oh Joy Seattle

I hope you guys are having a great, long weekend! I usually don't post on holidays, but I have so much I want to share after being away that I decided to post today ;)

Before I had kids, I would eat like five meals a day when on vacation to take advantage of all the amazing food in a new city. We couldn't quite go on a non-stop food tour of Seattle with the kids but we did make sure to have some fun meals, snacks, and a loooot of ice cream...

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what we did in seattle... 3 Sep 2015

Oh Joy Seattle

We had such a fun family trip to Seattle last week. The weather was perfect, the people were pleasant, the air was fresh, the food was amazing, and I just fell in love with the city. As I was prepping this recap post of our trip, it was becoming absurdly long so I've decide to break it up into two posts. This one will cover a few of the things we did and where we stayed. And since I like to eat my way through every city I visit, the second post will cover what we ate in Seattle...

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what should we do in seattle? 21 Jul 2015

Seattle Print

Hey guys...we're headed to Seattle next month for an end of summer family get away! It's been a couple years since I visited, and this time I'll have my family with me. You guys always have great suggestions for me, so if you've been to Seattle, I want to hear where you think we should go/eat/shop/play with kids. Thank you in advance for your tips!

{Print by Vicky}

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