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our first kids' book launches today!

Be Curious! by Joy Cho / Illustrated by Angie Stalker

Our first Oh Joy! Story Book: BE CURIOUS! launches today! Thank you sooo much for those of you that pre-ordered (your pre-order gift should be arriving soon). And if you haven't ordered your copy yet, you can find the book at your favorite bookstore or these retailers also carry it.

Be Curious! by Joy Cho / Illustrated by Angie Stalker

Be Curious! by Joy Cho / Illustrated by Angie Stalker

Our new book is filled with adventures, fun flaps for surprises, and so much more! You and your little will love exploring the world through the eyes of our curious cat. The book is mean for ages 0-3, but I also love it for slightly older kids who are starting to read.

Be Curious! by Joy Cho / Illustrated by Angie Stalker

With beautiful illustrations by Angie Stalker, our curious cat finds colorful surprises everywhere.  Buy your copy today and join all of us on a grand and curious adventure!

Be Curious! by Joy Cho / Illustrated by Angie Stalker

P.S. This is our first of three Oh Joy! stories launching this year so we can't wait to hear what you think! And, stay tuned for You're Okay coming in August and Oh So Kind coming in December...

Practical Ways To Support Small Businesses

Oh Joy! Florals

As you all know, this is a crazy time in the world and so many people are being affected, by sickness, by worry, by economic downturn, by isolation.  Oh Joy! is a small self-funded business, and we are in the same boat with all of you - struggling to make sense of everything and feeling the very real economic realities of a country and world that is staying home and can't work. I am friends with so many other small businesses who are making difficult decisions and struggling to survive until we get to the other side of this pandemic and things can return to the way they were before.  If you are a small business and struggling, I want you to know that I see you, I feel you, and I want to support you.  So here are a few ways we can try and help our small business community. And if you can't afford to buy things right now, we understand! You can still support small business without spending a dime.  Here's how...

1) The first one is easy!  Buy something! Small business spans from the cute stationery boutique on the corner, indie kids clothing line, artist, author, your favorite local ramen spot, and everything in-between. So try today, or once a week, to order something online, get a food delivery, buy an author's book to read, or send a gift. Every little bit helps them right now!

2) Get a gift certificate! If you're not comfortable getting something delivered right now, you can buy a gift certificate from your favorite store. The small business gets the money now to keep things afloat, and in a few months, you get to go shopping (or have the perfect gift for someone else!)

3) Support someone's Patreon.  If you are like me, you follow tons of artists, small shops, illustrators, and even cartoonists on social media.  There is a service call Patreon that lets you give a certain dollar amount monthly and you basically become part of their reward club. For some, there are different levels of monthly content or gifts you get, for others, free shipping or first access to their content. It's an easy way to help (sometimes for only a dollar a month!)

4) No money? No problem!  One thing we small businesses need is to be introduced to new friends and customers we haven't met before...YOUR friends and circle of influence!  Share your favorite brands in IG stories; post the product you would buy and say it's on your wish list; retweet a favorite shop; pin the best brand for necklaces, etc. Sharing about your favorite brands might introduce one of your friends or followers to a company they haven't met but would love. And more eyes to their work is a great way to help support them, too!

5) Comment and engage on your favorite pages.  All "likes" "follows" "comments" "pins" "views" etc. are welcome, needed, and so encouraged. Small business that serve the influencer and blogger space (raising hand that's us!) benefit from your engagement. You're already on social media a little more than usual right now (I know because I am, too!), so be generous with your comments and likes, and help get more engagement to your favorite accounts.  

6) Send an encouraging email or message.  I know we can't all afford to buy something from every small business we love - I know can't despite how much I want to. But we can send encouragement in the form of an email, DM, or comment. I can't tell you how much I love all your notes and comments everyday that help give me smiles during this crazy time. They mean the world to me and remind me we're all in this together.  Send notes to all your favorite brands, artists, designers, and friends. Real people are behind every account and are touched to hear from fans and friends of their support and love.

These are just a few ideas from us...but share any of yours, too! And if you're a small business or have a favorite one, leave a link in the comments that we can all go visit and see! Keep spreading joy and support, and we'll get through this together.

(Photo by Lily Glass. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.)

get these oh joy! for erin condren designs before they're gone!

Oh Joy Floral Festival Gray

We love ALL of our Oh Joy! for Erin Condren designs but we're retiring a few to make room for more amazing products coming soon! Now is the perfect time to use all the great organizational tools from Erin Condren with our fun and whimsical Oh Joy! patterns and designs to organize your kids, your meals, your WFH projects, and your life in general! We're retiring four designs by APRIL 14th, which means you only have a few weeks left to grab up all this goodness before it's gone forever...

Oh Joy Floral Festival Gray

1) Floral Festival - in two fun color-ways (gray above and pink here) with fun metallic accents, this one has been our best-seller since it launched in 2018!

Oh Joy Cheerful City

2) Cheerful City - a playful cityscape that allows you to pick your own colors!

Oh Joy Floral Playground

3) Floral Playground - a bright and playful garden perfect for spring!

Oh Joy Dainty Dabs

4) Dainty Dabs  - abstract dabs on a rich purple background with pops of silver metallic - perfect for every mood!

Shop these and all our amazing products over at Erin Condren!  And be sure to tag #OhJoyxErinCondren so we can see your tips and tricks for your daily life at home!