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an at-home mother's day gift guide!

Mother's Day Gift Guide / Oh Joy!

One of our favorite holidays is coming up to celebrate our favorite lady...MOM! This year, gifts she can enjoy at home seem more relevant than ever. Here are a few of my favorite things for mom to enjoy while she's safe at home in a range of price points and all from small businesses I love...

Mother's Day Gift Guide / Oh Joy!

1. Ceramic Candles from Urbanic ($36), 2. Birdies House Slippers ($95), 3. Tea Drops (gifts starting at $15), 4. Sarah Hendler Vintage Jewelry Dish ($40), 5. Max Wanger Print (from $50), 6. Poketo Feelings Jar ($20), 7. Ariel Gordon Hoop Earrings ($245, 25% off with code: MOTHERLOVER), 8. Holy Sheet by Great Jones ($35, Use code: JOY — for $10 off orders of $50+), 9. Pan from Material Kitchen ($95), 10. Maya Brenner initial bracelet (from $200), 11. PrintFresh Pajamas ($108).

And, The Bouqs (featured last week!) is offering Oh Joy! readers 20% off bouquets through 5/11/20 with code: OHJOY20

Status of Oh Joy! Products Around the Web

Oh Joy! Pillows

Since we no longer carry our items through our own e-commerce shop, we want to keep you updated about where you can still find Oh Joy! online. Many of our partners are still shipping as usual, but some may have  delays due to the current pandemic...and some have sales! We'll keep updating this post as things evolve!  (Last updated 4/28/20)

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1) Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Kid's Shoes

Our newest two designs are still available. TODAY AND TOMORROW (4/28-4/29), get 20% OFF our shoes AND get FREE SHIPPING on your orders!  Use code JOY20

Oh Joy for Lorena Canals Washable Rugs

2) Oh Joy! for Lorena Canals Washable Rugs   

Our rugs are still available and shipping!

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3) Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Planners

The collection is still available and shipping as usual! We just released new designs this past month for all styles of planners (including teacher), so check them all out!

 

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4) Oh Joy! for Mixbook Photo Books

Our collection is still available and shipping per usual!

Oh Joy for Peking Handicraft

5) Oh Joy! Pillows

All of our pillows are still available and shipping as usual! 

Oh Joy for Cle Tile

6) Oh Joy! for Clé Tile

Currently still shipping samples and orders from our collection per usual.

Oh Joy for Petco

7) Oh Joy! for Petco Pet Accessories

Some of our collection is still available and HALF OFF!

Oh Joy for CALPAK

8) Oh Joy! for CALPAK Luggage

Our CALPAK collection is currently on hold. They hope to reopen their warehouse on April 30th.

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9) Oh Joy! for Hygge and West Wallpaper

Any of our wallpaper  that is "in stock" is currently shipping. Any custom orders (tiles) or orders of not in stock items will ship after their printer reopens.

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10) Oh Joy! for Cloth & Co. Furniture

Our collection is currently on hold through May 4th. We will let you know as updates come through.  

Let us know if you have any questions or need any additional information by leaving a comment below, emailing us, or sending a message on social media. We love hearing from you!

(Photos by Lily Glass. Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong)

some things I've learned after building a house...

Oh Joy! Builds a House | Things I've Learned

We finished our house right as quarantine was going into effect, so we feel so grateful we were able to be in our new home during this time. We have been spending our days safe at home unpacking, nesting, and settling in. It's been a light among all the unknown happening in the world right now.

While we're still finalizing the interiors, and I can't reveal rooms to you just yet (I know...I promise it WILL happen!), I do want to share some things I've learned from the process now that we are a few weeks into actually living in this house that took us six years to finally be in.

Now listen...I will admit, I feel slightly weird talking about a new house when the world is in unknown place and the economy is a mess. I am so grateful we finished before things got really bad or we may not have been able to finish. But I decided that I would keep sharing stuff with you guys because a lot of you have asked for the inspiration while you're home and getting more time to nest as well...and because you've been rooting for us along this journey to our first and forever home which truly means so much to me.

I know that now isn't really a time that people are starting massive projects like this. My hope is that something I've shared is helpful for any type of home project you're in the middle of or thinking about. Here are some questions you guys have asked. And, now that we're in, I can truly answer them!

1. How long did the house build take? We bought the land in summer of 2014 and started construction in fall of 2017. It took 1 year to design it, 2 years to get permits in Los Angeles, and about 2.5 years to build. That's on the longer side for most of the country, but Los Angeles is not an easy place to get permits quickly. Plus, our land was tricky to build on (which we didn't expect since we didn't really know what we were in for). While it took much longer than we expected, the plus side is that it allowed us to save more money before the build actually started. You can read why we decided to build in the first place right here.

 

2. How did you pay for the house? We paid for the land in actual money (it was our savings that we had for a down payment on a house) and then got a construction loan to pay for the actual build (which is the majority of the cost). You can read more about our construction loan process here.

 

3. Did you stick to your budget or your projected schedule? Nope! Every single person who starts a home project thinks they are going to be the one person to stay on budget and stay on schedule. It's nearly impossible because so many things are out of your control, especially the bigger the project is. Our change in budget wasn't because we wanted fancier things than we had originally planned. A lot of it was an increase in costs for materials and labor that happened to increase during the time our project spanned. Also, because our land is on a hill, there were unexpected issues that came up that caused additional unexpected costs.

 

4. What's the most stressful part of building a house? The finances of it. If anyone wanted to do it, I would recommend saving up and having extra money on hand in addition to your loan because there are often costs that arise that your loan my not cover (fees for your architect, engineers, permits, etc). I was very good at keeping track of every dollar spent though, so that I could see what we stayed on budget with and what we didn't.

 

5. If you were doing more of a home renovation and had the budget to update one area of a house, which one would be the ONE? The kitchen is one area that is totally worth prioritizing. Whether you need more storage, more space, better cabinets, better flow, more durability, etc. My cooking life and happiness with cooking has changed completely since having this new kitchen. Especially now that we are home and cooking three meals a day, it's been a life-changer.

 

6. Is there anything you wish you hadn't put in, installed, chosen? 

Yes!

Pocket doors...we don't love those. We have them mostly in rooms where there is a room inside another room (like our master closet or bathroom within our bedroom or our kids' bathroom connected to their bedroom), and we have had all kinds of problems with them in just the few weeks we have lived here. The kids slam the doors by accident, the locks are tricky since they are not standard, and they've just been annoying. While they save space, we wish we would have used regular doors in most of these areas instead.

Also, some things that people told me were nice details to add when you can...a pot filler faucet (didn't end up getting that), water filter at sink (got it), and a towel warmer (got it).They were things that I really didn't think we needed but took those suggestions when we had the chance to install them, and we really didn't need them at all. I regret spending money on those things that we never knew we needed, and we really didn't need. You know you and your family best, and go with your gut on details like that.

 

7. Do you hate your contractors like most people do after a home project? Ha! If you can believe it...this is the number one question I get asked from those who have done some sort of renovation or build. And my answer is no....I LOVE our contractors! Our team at Boswell Construction has truly been amazing...so thorough and on top of things even whenever we had hiccups along the way. We also loved our architecture and interiors team at Project M+ and their ability to be flexible throughout the process. Getting referrals when you choose an architect or contractor is definitely huge since a portfolio alone can't tell you what it's like to work with someone.

 

8. Would you decide to build vs. buy again if you could do it all over again? My answer to this has changed over the course of this project. If you asked me 6-12 months ago, the stress of the last year was so bad that I would have said that I wish we would have just bought a house instead. When we starting looking at houses back in 2014, we couldn't find anything in our budget that felt like a long-term home. But we could have waited 3-4 years more and had a better budget to get what we really wanted and would have still been in a house sooner than our now house would have been done.

BUT, now that we are here and in it, I am glad we did it. It was one of the top two most stressful experiences I have ever been through, but I'm so happy with how it turned out. I truly cannot wait to build a life of memories with my family here and (eventually) have our friends and family over for lots of dinners and get-togethers.

You can catch up on the past two years of progress on our home build right here, see more peeks over on Instagram under #OhJoyBuildsAHouse and in my stories under (House 1, House 2, House 3, House 4). If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments!

(Photo by Lily Glass)

celebrating mother's day from far away...

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it definitely feels different this year. Lots of us haven't had a chance to see our extended families in a while with our current social distancing. While we are in our homes and our moms are in their homes, how can we connect with them in an extra fun way for Mother's Day? I was inspired by the things we used to do with our moms when we were younger and figure out a way to do them together virtually! In collaboration with The Bouqs, here's something fun I did with my Mom recently....

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

When I was little, my mom and I spent a lot of time creating together. She taught me how to do calligraphy (which eventually turned into my first business when I was 12 years old :P). I also used to help her fold napkins (and came up with fun ways to fold them) and helped arrange flowers in vases at my parents' Thai restaurant when I was a kid. So I thought it would be fun to send her matching bouquets (I love the pastel mix of roses), and we could prep and arrange them together virtually!

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

Whenever you receive flower deliveries, they are all set and ready to be displayed in the vessel that it comes with (like this mason jar we received), but it's important to trim the stems at a 45 degree angle to help them drink the new water you'll add to their vessel. When doing this, I also like to trim the ends so that the flowers fit the height of the vase I have. I trimmed these down so they would sit about 6" over the opening of the mason jar. I did this on mine while my mom arranged hers at her house!

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

It was fun to chat about flowers (which we both love!) and also think about when we used to do this together when I was younger.

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

celebrating mother's day from far away / oh joy!

And, after our call, we both had a beautiful arrangement to have in our homes! What are some things you used to do with your Mom a lot that would be fun to do virtually with her this Mother's Day?

P.S. To help celebrate Mother's Day for your mom, The Bouqs is offering Oh Joy! readers 20% off through 5/11/20 with code: OHJOY20. And, see my Instagram stories today for another tip on how to get roses looking even more beautiful after receiving them!

bathtime just got cuter...

Oh Joy! for Tubby Todd Bubble Bath

I am so excited to announce our newest collaboration - Bubbles and Books with Tubby Todd! Tubby Todd is one of my very favorite kids' bath brands, and we've worked together to create a Raspberry and Black Currant Bubble Bath inspired by our first ever kids' book, Be Curious! Read along with our curious cat while your little one enjoys a bubble bath! 

Oh Joy! for Tubby Todd Bubble Bath

The bubble bath is a relaxing and fun scent of raspberry and black current sure to be a favorite of kids (and parents!). We're so excited to add this Oh Joy! version to our daily bath routine!

Oh Joy! for Tubby Todd Bubble Bath

If you already have BE CURIOUS!, add the bubbles to your nighttime routine. Or, if you haven't picked up the book yet, you can order the book and the bubbles as a perfect pair. Together, they also make great birthday and baby shower gifts! Either way, bath time just got a whole lot cuter!

give your wardrobe an at-home refresh!

Emroider Clothes - Oh Joy!

Right now, everyone seems to be focused in the craft and creativity space for kids, but no one is focused on adult crafting and creativity as a way to relieve stress and to do something fun and engaging with your hands during quarantine. So today we wanted to round up a few of our favorite Oh Joy! projects to get you crafting and finding joy with an activity that's just for you! Plus, you might just come out of it with a fun wardrobe refresh...

Emboridered Shirt Edges - Oh Joy!

A Little Embroidered Detail - For collars, cuffs, or edges, we did this DIY is on shirts, but can be used on any piece of clothing (even socks and scarves!) or on your home decor as well (think napkins and table runners).  See the full tutorial here!

Or if you're looking to add a fun phrase or symbol (see first photo), check out that tutorial here!

Popcorn Knit How To - Oh Joy!

Add Popcorn Knots - This works best on chunky weave clothing like sweaters and cardigans (or maybe your favorite blanket). Check our the blog post for the full how-to...

Splatter Paint Clothing - Oh Joy!

Splatter Paint Clothing - Oh Joy!

Splatter Paint - Take your denim jacket (or backpack) or anything that needs a literal splatter of color and add paint, and go wild!

Let us know if you end up making any of these projects..we would love to see them!

(Photos by Lily Glass, Concept and styling by Julia WesterProduction and Styling Assistance by Jess Hong.)

make a poster of your monthly baby photos!

make a poster of your monthly baby photos!

If you're a parent, you may have taken monthly photos of your baby during their first year. It's such a fun tradition and a tangible way to show how much your baby grows in their first twelve months.  But then we often have them stuck on our phone or only on our social media and don't get a change to display them. Why not make a beautiful photo poster?! Here we have Dave and Julia's son, Bodhi, in his first year using our Mixbook holiday cards. See how here...

Oh Joy for Mixbook Holiday Card

The great thing about our Mixbook cards is how easy they are to edit.  ALL of the text is able to change, or even be deleted! Here we used our Holiday Dots Card and changed "Joyfully Yours" to the month and then completely deleted the family names section. And these cards are available to purchase as singles, so the twelve different month images can come as twelve separate cards. 

make a poster of your monthly baby photos!

make a poster of your monthly baby photos!

We decided to do a fun color-block that reversed the color-block on the printed card. That way everything looks cohesive without being "too matchy" and looks great from far away and up close.

make a poster of your monthly baby photos!

Once you have your cards, simply make even cut-outs in your poster board or colored paper and pop in a poster frame!  You'll have a cute new print for your home that is especially meaningful for your family and your babe as they grow up seeing their baby pictures displayed.  

What are some other fun ideas you've had with your monthly photos?  Share below!

(Photos by Lily Glass, Concept and styling by Julia WesterProduction and Styling Assistance by Jess Hong.)

easy healthy-ish snacking tips...

Oh Joy Cereal Bark

If your house is anything like mine, our snacking has become an all-day activity being home so much! So if you're like me and want to make sure a few of those snacks are healthy-ish, here are few fun ideas to help...

Oh Joy Healthy Monster Muffins

1) Make a healthy snack (that doesn't seem healthy). We love cereal bark with yogurt, fruit and cereal (shown above) or make monster muffins. Both could be made for breakfast...or for a mid-morning snack! 

Oh Joy Fruit Jar DIY

2) Keep "better' choices more easily available.  Put the candy in a drawer, and leave your fruit out on the counter. That way, when you're bored or between Zoom calls (or actually hungry), it's easier to grab a fresher option. To make it more fun, you can DIY your bowl, jar or tray. Check out the tutorial here...

Oh Joy Snack Kit

3) Snack Kits - Something I'm trying this week is to put everyone's daily snacks out in the morning. That way the girls (and I) can see how much is left for the day (instead of constantly digging through the pantry). Everyone gets a little basket filled with some healthy and some fun snacks that they can eat whenever they want.  It's a fun way for the girls to be in charge and limits the number of snacks we have every day.

Oh Joy Snack Mix

4) Make a snack mix full of healthy and fun stuff! Snack mixes are always fun because kids can help make them AND it can be truly whatever you want. I like a mix of 2/3 healthy and 1/3 fun...that way it's a fun mix of sweet and savory, carbs and protein that delivers a satiated appetite!

How are you handling snacks right now?  Share any tips and tricks with us below!

{Photos by Lily Glass and Casey Brodley. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes and Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.

new! oh joy! for erin condren teacher planners...

Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Planners

It's that time of year again - new Oh Joy for Erin Condren teacher planners are launching TODAY! These are seriously the best planners for teachers (and non-teachers) to keep all their activities and schedules straight! We love them so much and are so excited that they're back and with our brand new designs: Mod Mosaic, Disco Daisies and Groovy Stripes.

Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Planners

Now more than ever, we value our amazing teachers so much (and can't wait till they can teach our kids in person again)! I am personally not cut out to teach 2nd grade math and pre-school violin lessons! So how amazing it would be if we all gifted these planners to our teachers this year. It's a nice treat to help them look ahead to a fresh, new school year and be equipped and ready once we are all back in session.

Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Planners

Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Planners

Tell us if you are if you're gifting a planner to teacher—or if you're a teachers snagging one for yourself! Let's get organized and ready for the new school year! Find all our Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Teacher Planners right here...

{Photos by Lily Glass and Joy Cho. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, Julia Wester, and Joy Cho. styling assistance by Jess Hong.

a few fun things for easter!

Oh Joy Easter Table

Easter is almost here. And we could all use a reason to have a little celebration more now than ever. So here are a few of my favorites from over the years that involve supplies you probably have at home!

1) Here's a fun printable to add Easter cheer to your produce, eggs, or even coffee mugs around the house!

Oh Joy Easter Printable{Template design by Angie Stalker, photo by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.} 

2) Decorate marshmallows and turn them into the cutest bunnies.  Check it out right here...

Oh Joy Easter Bunny Marshmallows{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.}

3) Glitter up your easter eggs!  Here's how...

Oh Joy Glitter Easter Eggs{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.}  

Wishing you and yours and a very happy Easter!