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happy friday + the best travel companion...

the best travel companion!

Happy Friday! By the time you read this, I'll be on my way to Napa for a mini weekend family getaway. Every time I travel, I get lots of questions about the packing cubes I use (which are from our line with CALPAK) and truly the best travel accessory ever! If you follow my Stories, you've heard me talk about how much I love them, and how they completely change the packing game. So today, I'm going to share a few tips to get the most out of packing cubes and the best way to use them...

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Oh Joy! for CALPAK power luggage tags are here!

Oh Joy! for CALPAK Power Luggage Tags

Meet the newest member of our Oh Joy! for CALPAK collection...POWER LUGGAGE TAGS! We teamed up with CALPAK to create three bright, colorful tags that pair perfectly with our Confetti and Sunset suitcases: Pink and Gold Dip, Floral, and Confetti. We designed the tags so you can either match your suitcase OR mix it up with a whole new print and pop of color. There's no suitcase and tag combo we don't love...

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our family vacation to hawaii!

A Family Vacation to Hawaii / Oh Joy!

A Family Vacation to Hawaii / Oh Joy!

Last week for spring break, we took a family trip to Hawaii. We had not been on a longer vacation like this in a couple years...AND the trip was extra special because we also brought along my parents and my brother for an extended family trip! With my parents living in Philly and us living in Los Angeles, we only get to see them in person a couple times a year. It's always bittersweet to have your kids so far away from their grandparents, so it was an opportunity to spend really great quality time with them. Also, my dad hasn't been on a vacation in TEN YEARS! He is a business owner and workaholic like I am, so I had to force him to come with us. I convinced him we had to take the chance to do these things while we can and not keep putting it off. In partnership with Disney's Aulani Resort, we had SUCH a great week in Oahu. Here's a look at what we did if you'd like to see...

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travel must-haves with kids...

Travel-kids-blog

This weekend, we're headed to Disney's Aulani Resort in Oahu for spring break! I'm so excited to take my kids on vacation as it's been a few years since we have gone away together for more than just a weekend. As I prep for our trip, I wanted to share a few things I'm bringing that are so helpful for us (and fun for kids!) to take when traveling...

1. Wee Society Adventure Journal — Sometimes kids can feel overwhelmed with a completely blank journal, so I love this one which has illustrations, questions, and prompts to fill out about their current or recent adventures! This will come with us on the plane and also help keep my 6-year-old occupied when we're out at dinners waiting food to come out!

2. Oh Joy! for CALPAK packing cubes — I obviously love these because they are one of our products. But these packing cubes really are a life changer! When traveling with kids, I assign a cube (or two) to each child to keep their clothes for the full trip organized and contained. I love that you can also add labels so it's easy to tell what is what before opening them. 

3. Totokan portable monitor — While my kids aren't babies anymore, when we're in a new place, sometimes they'll be a little unsettled the first night or two. So, it's helpful to have a baby monitor in the room they are sleeping in to check in when needed. This one is wireless and portable making it perfect for travel.

4. Love Taza neck pillow with hood — Planes can get cold, so I love these cutie koala neck pillows with hood by our friends over at Love Taza!

5. Love Taza kids activity kit — This little kit is going to be a lifesaver for us on the plane. It's full of so many types of activities and offers a great alternative to airplane screen time.

6. Lil Gadgets wireless headphones — While my kids' ipad time is very limited, they definitely get to have more of it for long plane rides. Wireless headphones for kids are key so that they don't disrupt others, and so the cords don't get all tangled up.

7. State Bags mini backback — A backpack is a must-have for the plane ride, and I love the mini ones from State Bags because the quality is SO good. Plus, for every bag purchased, a backpack full of school supplies is given to a child in need.

Oh Joy! for CALPAK launch party...

Oh Joy for CALPAK Launch Party!

Happy Friday! Last month, we launched our Oh Joy for CALPAK luggage collection with a super fun party, and I wanted to show you some photos from it...

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happy super long weekend!

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

I know it's not Friday, yet! But I'm headed on a secret mission for the long President's Day weekend. I can't tell you about it till I get back, but I promise to share more soon. In celebration of a little R&R, I'm saying Happy Weekend a little early to pack my bags and gear up for this extra long weekend. I hope you have a great one, too, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday!

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{Photos by Lily Glass, Floral Hat Box is Oh Joy for CALPAK}

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection!

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection! 

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

I am thrilled to introduce out newest product line...an Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection! We teamed up with CALPAK to create colorful suitcases and travel accessories to bring the party with you wherever you go, whether it's near, far, or somewhere in between. The collection includes suitcases in three different sizes in two whimsical prints, the loveliest hat box you'll ever see, and lots of festive packing cubes to keep you organized...

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Oh Joy for CALPAK Travel Collection

Take a look, let us know your favorites, then shop the new Oh Joy for CALPAK collection right here! And, if you happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend, we're having a trunk show on Saturday, January 27th. See all details and RSVP here.

 {Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.} 

city books for kids!

Kids-city-books-blog

I love teaching my kids about the city we live in (yay LA!), as well as other cities that we visit during the year. Whether you're raising a local tour guide or a budding travel editor, here are 9 of my favorite City Books for Kids! Lots of them come in various options for different cities, too!

01. When I'm in LA by Le Future Kids, 02. Zig Zag City Guides,03. Larry Gets Lost books, 04. A Walk in New York, 05. Neela Goes to San Francisco, 06. This is Paris, 07. Los Angeles 1 to 10 by Sara Beth Greene, 08. Bright Eyed Baby Flashcards, 09. Los Angeles Is....

a rainy day puppet kit!

A Rainy Day Puppet Kit

Summer vacations are planned to be packed with adventures, but sometimes something unexpected happens… like a rainy day! Weather can certainly get in the way of all the fun you’ve planned with your family. Rather than doting on unexpected weather, though, we partnered with Embassy Suites by Hilton to show you how to make a Puppet Craft Kit to have on hand to save that stormy day. It’s small enough to take with you wherever your destination may be! Watch our video below to see how...

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Embassy Suites by Hilton
Creative Direction: Joy Cho and Julia Wester
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "I'm Gonna Marry You" by Upstate
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

This content is sponsored by Hilton. All opinions are my own.

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field trip: color factory!

Oh Joy / Color Factory

Last week, I took a quick trip to San Francisco to visit my friend, Jordan's, newest project—Color Factory. This amazing space is an experience in color as you walk through rooms, hallways, installations, and tactile and sensory stories that will leave you smiling. Here's a peek...

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