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a snack kit!

How to Make a (Good for You) Snack Kit

During the week, the days are often go, go, go! I am so consumed with getting everyone else fed, dressed and off to school/work, and then busy with a million things at work. I often find myself needing a snack throughout the day to keep my energy level up. But in an effort to make sure I have a healthy snack (and not whatever random, greasy snacks are at the convenience store down the street) I recently discovered new Curate Snacks bars. Made from wholesome fruit, nuts, and grains, the bars come in six fun combinations like Indulgent Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts or Harmonious Blend Marcona Almonds & Apricots. They have the texture of a bar you’d make in your own kitchen!

Today, I’ve partnered with Curate to show you how to make a snack kit that we created inspired by these fun and brilliant combinations. I like to make a snack kit on Sundays to bring to the office on Monday so that throughout the week, I can grab a morning or afternoon pick me up from it.

Here’s how to make these super cute snack kits...

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tick tock...make a clock!

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Now that we all have phones that do 498 things in addition to telling the time, I rarely see clocks in homes anymore. But I LOVE clocks. Not only do they make it easy to assess the time at a quick glance, but they serve as objects that are decorative AND functional. Today, we're sharing a simple way to make and decorate a wall clock!

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

You'll need:

-mod podge 

-paint brush

-gold clock hands

-wood clock face

-white spray paint

-craft paper in assorted colors

-scissors

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Here's how:

1. Spray paint your clock base white (or other color if you want a different background color). 

2. Now here's the fun part...coming up with your design! Cut out paper in various colors and shapes. You can go more loose and organic like the first photo or more structured and geometric like our bottom photo.

3. Use Mod Podge to glue pieces onto the clock base and then paint a coat of Mod Podge over the entire face once all pieces are glued on. This seals the pieces onto the base.

4. Let dry overnight.

5. Once dry, add clock hands and voila!  

How to Make a Patterned Wall Clock

Hang or place the clock in an area that needs a pop of color. The cool part about making your own is you can customize the colors and patterns to fit your space exactly how you want it!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafting by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong, styling by Julia Wester. Wall hanging in last photo by Maryanne Moodie.}

the cutest kid's cookbook ever...

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

We see a lot of books come through this office, and this one—The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth—is one of the most well-done books I have ever seen. Through colorful photos and amazing illustrations, it gives a ton of ideas for plant-based snacks and meals that kids can help make in the kitchen. I am not even vegetarian or vegan, and it seriously makes me want to make these recipes for (and with) my kids.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

I mean, it's ridiculously cute, right?!? I've really been trying to eat more vegetables lately myself and this book inspires me to get more veggies into my body as well! Congrats to Ruby Roth on her beautiful new book! It goes on sale in a few weeks and you can pre-order it right here and see the adorable trailer here.

{Photos of the book here by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

happy friday + lifting each other up...

Women-lift

I came across this amazing gif the other day by Libby Vanderploeg which perfectly sums up how I feel about life, friends, work, and just existing on the earth right now. It's basically that we all need each other in some way to lift each other—whether personally, professionally, in real life, or virtually.

I hope you have a great weekend full of those who really bring out the best in you!

a roasted sweet potato sandwich...

roasted sweet potato sandwich

At the Oh Joy Office, we do something called "family meal" where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team (I bring lunch on Fridays). It makes it easy to only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and then the other days you get to enjoy a surprise lunch that someone else put together. It's a fun way for us all to think of recipes that are easy to reheat or make in the office with just a microwave and toaster oven! But more than anything, now we all sit down to lunch at the same time everyday and enjoy a meal together. Before this, we'd all eat at random times, pay way too much on takeout, and I'd often be eating at my desk or forgetting to eat...which is never good!

Our new crafting assistant, Jessica, made this sweet potato sandwich the other day for family meal, and we all loved it so much, I had to share the super easy recipe with you here today! I'm not even vegetarian, and I found this to be so good and so filling, too...

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three ways to fill a vase...

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

I have an obsession with vessels of all sorts...vases being one of my most beloved vessels. Vases are beautiful and decorative, but how often do we really have fresh flowers in our vases? For me, not as often as I think (or hope) I will. So today, we're sharing a few ways to keep those vases filled even when they aren't filled with fresh blooms...

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

1. Studio Helper - Place a vase desk-side and turn it into a decorative caddy for your office essentials.

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

2. Botanical Marie Antoinette - For a romantic addition your vase, add some faux palm fronds and/or feathers. They add a light and organic shape to an otherwise structured base.

3 ways to fill a vase (that doesn't include flowers!)

3. We Like to Party - Use leftover party supplies (like tissue paper pom-poms and honeycomb balls attached to skewers, sparkly drink stirrers, or noise makers) to create a happy display for an actual party...or for any corner of your home that could use a little festivity.

What other fun things would you fill a vase with?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, all background wallpaper by Chasing Paper, vase is Oh Joy for Target}

a {giveaway} with le cou...(NOW CLOSED)

Le Cou

I have always wanted to be one of those girls who could pull off the layered look with a collared shirt under sweater, but I always find it to look too bulky. I was recently introduced to Le Cou who makes the modern version of the dickey. When's the last time you heard anyone say "dickey"?!? They not only make a collared shirt version but a bunch of other really pretty and chic styles as well. I also love that when your body changes (pregnancy, post-partum, etc.), these pieces go with any other clothing you are wearing in whatever size you're wearing. So that you can experience the wardrobe possibilities these pieces add, today we've partnered with Le Cou to give away TWO pieces of your choice to three lucky readers (up to $180 value per winner). Here are some of my favorites below...

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To enter, please visit Le Cou, then leave a comment here telling me which one(s) you'd choose if you won. Entries close this Friday, March 11th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.*

P.S. As a special offer for Oh Joy readers, Le Cou is offering a special 20% discount through March 25, 2016. Simply enter OHJOYXLECOU at checkout.

UPDATE: Congrats to Tanya S. from NY, NY; Rebecca L. from Ashland, OR; and Sunny K. from Fullerton, CA for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to readers located ANYWHERE in the world. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $180 approximate USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Le Cou}

how to (not) do it all with two kids...

Oh Joy Family

Throughout the course of my 4 short years as a parent, I have shared a few posts here and there with you about the struggles of being a working parent, feeling guiltyjuggling it all, and how I attempt to keep it all going. "How do you handle the work/life balance?" or "How do you do it all?" is probably the number one question that I get asked when I speak at conferences or when I get to chat with Oh Joy readers in real life. After the birth of both of my kids, I experienced a very long string of guilt as I eased my new baby into my life and eased myself back into work and attempted to figure out how all those pieces would come together. The short answer to those questions is that I don't "do it all", and it's taken me until recently to really be okay with that...

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clustering tabletop centerpieces...

clustering tabletop centerpieces

One of my favorite mantras when it comes to simple decor—whether for a temporary party or an everyday area in your home—is to "cluster it"! In many cases, things just look better in multiples. So today, we wanted to show you how you can create a table centerpiece using a few different types of things that you might already have at home...

clustering tabletop centerpieces

1. Found Objects - whether that means vintage knick-knacks you have been collecting, leftover paper balls from your last party, or even your kid's toys, by grouping them together, they create a vignette that would look great on a table for a party or on the top of a mantle for everyday decor that you can easily change as you wish.

clustering tabletop centerpieces

2. House Plants - If you have lots of small plants around your home, gather them all together in a nice neat row, add some confetti, and you've got an easy centerpiece for a dinner party...made with some things you already had.

clustering tabletop centerpieces

3. Flowers in drinking glasses - Rather than having to buy a ton of vases, simply use drinking glasses to hold a group of your favorite blooms. Whether on a coffee table or a party buffet table, each glass only needs to hold a few flowers, but it adds immediate impact by clustering them all together.

No matter what you use, the idea is simply to take multiples of one thing and put them together to instantly style an area that needs a little extra love.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney.} 

oh joy for target baby apparel!

Oh Joy for Target Baby Apparel

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I'm excited to share a peek at the newest addition to the Oh Joy for Target line...baby clothes! We'll have over 50 different sets of easily wearable, washable, mix-and-match pieces for all babies (girl, boy, and gender neutral) sized from 0-24 months. We’ve designed the collection so you can mix and match the entire collection, making dressing your babe super easy and fun. If a top gets dirty, swap it out for a different style or print from the collection and continue on with your day. The pieces will launch this Sunday, March 6th (online at Target.com only).

Watch our fun video below to see more of the collection!

Also, stay tuned tomorrow morning at 10am PST for a special Periscope where I will show you every single piece from the collection LIVE on Periscope. You can ask me questions and see all details up close before the baby clothing launches online. 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)!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, video by Jenner Brown, flats by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong. All clothes shown are Oh Joy for Target. Shoes on Coco by Zuzii and Freshly Picked.}