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happy holidays!

Oh Joy | Family Photo

Oh Joy | Family Photo

Oh Joy | Family Photo


Oh Joy | Family Photo

Oh Joy | Family Photo

Seriously, how is it the end of the year, already?!? As we wrap up for the year and take some time to give ourselves a little R&R, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by here however often you do. I love sharing my inspirations, ideas, bits of my life and my work with you guys, and I look forward to bringing you more fun things in 2014.

As we close out the year, I wanted to share a few of our holiday family photos with you. We love reflecting on how much has changed each year and also to provide a memory we can look back on for the future. These were taken by the talented duo at LK Griffin (who will be part of Max & Friends soon). Happy holidays all! See you back here in a couple weeks on January 6, 2014...

P.S. Our holiday card from last year.

P.S. Ruby would like to tell you a knock-knock joke...

my favorite posts of 2013...

Oh Joy | Joy & Ruby

As we head into the end of the year and about to go on a little blog break for a couple weeks, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite posts from this year (in no particular order) in case you're looking for some inspiration or reading material during the break...

Oh Joy | Rainbow Pancakes

1. Rainbow Pancakes

Oh Joy | Ruby & Her Besties

2. Besties

Oh Joy | Contact Paper Door DIY

3. Make it A-door-able

Oh Joy | Studio Reveal

4. My studio reveal...the photos and the video

Oh Joy | France

5. Our trip to France (Part 1, 2, and 3)

Oh Joy | Fruity Striped Ice Cubes

6. Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Oh Joy | Art of Being a Goal-Getter

7. The Art of Being a Goal-Getter (Part 1 and 2)

Oh Joy | Recreating Our First Date

8. Recreating Our First Date

Oh Joy | Ruby Floral Crown

9. The beginning of Hers & Mine

Oh Joy | Make Someone Happy

10. Make Someone Happy...with a thank you.

currently snacking on...


It's the time of year where we fill our bellies with an extra dose of sweetness. I don't know about you, but there is an insane amount of chocolate and cookies and sweet treats of all sorts in my home and my office right now. And because I love crunchy things, I'm pretty obsessed with these chocolate bars by Ticket Chocolate. The flavors include a waffle pecan chocolate bar, grasshopper pie chocolate bar, and hazelnut cherry stuffing bar. They all have chunks of crunchy goodness and are almost like extra chocolate-y cookies...yessss, please...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

hers & mine...

Oh Joy | Hers & Mine

Oh Joy | Hers & Mine

Oh Joy | Hers & Mine

An on-going photo journal of our often similar things and moments...

top | Hers: striped dress (unknown). Mine: dress by Tea Collection (past season).

middle | Hers: Heart sweater from My Little Square. Mine: vintage Ban.do scarf.

bottom | Hers: Old Navy dress (past season). Mine: Duvet by PBteen.

See past ones right here...

{Photos by Oh Joy}

my favorite thai dish to make...

Oh Joy | Thai Green Chicken Curry Recipe

Growing up in a Thai family, people always assume that I can make really great Thai food. But I never really had to learn how to cook since my parents owned a Thai restaurant, and I could just go there and eat any time I wanted. Only since living in LA—where I'm far from the comfort of my parent's home-cooking and where there's an abundance Thai grocery stores—have I started learning how to cook some of my favorite Thai dishes. I recently made this for a friend's birthday dinner, and it came out so great that I wanted to share this recipe with you. This is my favorite Thai dish to make...green chicken curry. It's spicy, sweet, a little tangy, and full of so much flavor. It's my kind of comfort food.

One thing to point out about making this dish is that it tastes so much better when you use all of the ingredients listed (usually from a Thai or Asian grocery store). You can certainly make a simple curry using coconut milk and curry paste, but when you have access to key flavor enhancers like kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil, it makes a world of difference. And, it's still super easy even with the special ingredients. Here's how to make it...


little prints...





Having a toddler means trying to keep coming up with new and creative ways to play with them and entertain their often restless minds. Ruby has been crazy about stamps lately, so I'm loving this book, Yellow Owl's Little Prints, which includes book stamp, stencil, and print projects to make for kids and with kids. Plus, I kind of want to stamp everything now...

{Photos by Laure Joliet for Yellow Owl Workshop}

i hope your weekend feels just like this...

Oh Joy | Family photo by LK Griffin

Have a great weekend guys!

Thanks again all your amazing support, comments and responses on Monday's post. It means more to me than you know, and we really are all in this together...

{Photo from our recent family photos by LK Griffin.}

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the adventurer...


My next gift guide is for the girl that loves to explore—whether through travel, food, or daily life—she sees adventures in every moment, big or small...

01. chopsticks by Hank by Henry to explore new tastes ($25), 02. brass bottle opener from Michele Varian for her favorite beverage ($68), 03. mini vases by Anzfer Farms to hold collected buds ($40), 04. print by Max Wanger to remind her of her favorite road trip ($25-enter code "OHJOYHOLIDAY" for 25% off anything in the shop from today until December 19th), 05. vanity trunk from The Little Market for a little getaway ($350), 06. over-sized inflatable zebra from Urban Outfitters just because ($400), 07. Jeni's pumpernickel ice cream because she's already tried every flavor out there ($12), 08. Owen & Fred key chain for getting her in and out of trouble ($18), and 09. brass bike bell from Poketo for nearby adventures ($20).

extra ordinary ornaments...

One of my favorite things to make during the holidays are ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree. Whether you make one to put on a gift or you make a bunch to cover the tree, each ornament is like a little present in itself. This year, I wanted to challenge myself to make ornaments out of everyday materials. So here we have some "extra ordinary" ornaments made from things you'd find around the house or can get at a local discount store. It's fun to see how they transform into something more beautiful...

These would be fun to make with kids, too!

Extra Ordinary Ornaments | Oh Joy

P.S. See more of my favorite DIY ornament ideas right here...

Follow Joy Cho / Oh Joy!'s board Getting Ornamental - Oh Joy + Target on Pinterest.

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Video: Modshift
Music: "Happy Christmas" by Handsome & Gretyl
Production assistant: Julia Sir

Hair rollers, shower curtain rings, party streamers: Target stores.
String, wire, and nuts: at local hardware store
Gold Christmas tree: Treetopia

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. To see more Oh Joy videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the newlywed...


As my Special Project Assistant/crafter/newlywed, Julia helps construct, concept, and produce Oh Joy videos and other crafty projects. With her mutual love of gold, these gifts are perfect for building a glimmering nest...

01. Monogram door knocker from Anthropologie for making an entrance ($30), 02. coasters from Anthropologie for keeping that coffee table pristine ($8), 03. Frends headphones for when you want to listen to your very own tunes ($200), 04. Sukan pillow to add a little love to the couch ($36), 05. West Elm glassware set for having the girls over for drinks ($34), 06. pig bookends from CB2 to build your library ($30), and 07. tray by Up in the Air Somewhere for breakfast in bed ($98).

See all other gift guides right here...