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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.)

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.

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!

tips and tricks for working from home...

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

If you're working from home right now, you're like the rest of the world and searching #WFH to find any inspiration you can to make a cluttered desk that was used to be a catch-all for everyone's junk now function as your home office. Or perhaps you're working in a 200 square-foot space and finding it difficult to transition from bedroom to office. Here are some tips and tricks to surviving the WFH life with your sanity in tact ;)

...before we go too much further, can we stop for a minute and thank those who cannot work from home during this time? The heroes of our age who put personal safety at risk to make sure the rest of us have everything we need in lockdown and the medical care we need. We are also so indebted to those who are still working and thankful for them! Let them know how grateful you are.

TIP ONE: Separate areas in your room. Working from a small apartment where one room is every room?  Or the kids are running around the house and you only get your bedroom? Here are ways to create a separate office space (even if it's your bedroom): 

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

A) Use a small desk, even that fold-up table you had stores in the garage for card games. Just having a spot is so helpful for productivity.

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

B) Have a clearly delineated area for you office - use rugs or a chair to mark the boundaries or prints on the wall to show the corner area you are claiming.  Then be intentional about keeping that space "office" and the rest "room".

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

C) Set some rituals or habits to start your work time.  Light a candle and turn on your "office jams" (could be classical or top 40!).  Close the door, line up your pencils, and turn on your desk lamp.  Brew your cup of coffee, put on your headphones and open your laptop.  Whatever your steps are to cue your brain "this is work" and be in a different headspace than when you're in the same room just relaxing.

 

TIP 2: Change your desk position. If you have the space (or can make the space), try to change up your desk position. This will help keeps things interesting at the home office as well as help you keep your clutter down to a minimum! Having to move everything makes you touch everything and decide if you really need it or not. And, if you're anything like me, there's a lot of things on and around my desk I don't need! Try different positions to see what works best for you. Here are a few ideas...

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

A) The Loner. This isn't meant to say you are lonely, but the idea is that this position faces the wall and is great for those who get distracted easily by the view outside or other things going around in your space.

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

B) The Executive. This is the position you'd sit in if you like seeing everything going on around you. I like this view personally because I get inspired by what's around me. It's a little trickier for placement as you'd need to have more space to make this work but it's a great way to freshen up your space if you have the room for it.

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

C) The Social Butterfly. This is a mix of the two above where you're facing out but also partly tucked near the wall to help save on space. This one works well if you need to share your desk with a partner or roomate as well so that people can sit on both sides.

 

TIP 3: Organize, organize, organize! Likely, you had a very limited time in your work office to grab everything you would need at home, stuffed it all in bags and boxes, and dumped it near your desk at home.  Now's the time to go through those bags, and everything else around your space, to make your WFH environment work best for you. Some people need neat, tidy, and sterile. Others need uplifting, colorful and designed chaos. Whatever works for you, get the space organized so that you want to be there.  (Or at the very least, don't hate being there!) Here are some ways to organize...

Box Storage in Home Offices

A) Use boxes to store away things you only need occasionally. They help to hide the clutter and give you spots to keep categories of things contained.

Vase as Pencil Holder for Home Office

B) Repurpose pieces from around your house. Grab that dusty shelf in the garage that works great to hold books and only needs a quick wipe down. Find your favorite mug or a fun vase to use as a pen cup.

TIP 4: Bring Positivity.  More than anything else right now, we all need a little positivity in our day. Sitting at home working while a scary virus is in the world is not anyone's ideal situation. But remind yourself everyday to make the best of it, to keep striving and working hard, and to keep doing the right thing for your friends, neighbors, health care workers, and even strangers on the street. We're all working for a better world. Here are a few simples ways to bring positive vibes into everyday...

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

A) Use your positive coffee mug that you bought because you love the phrase as a pen cup.  Then you'll be using it everyday and seeing it everyday.

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

B) Find a fun print or photograph that brings a smile to your face or one that empowers you or lifts you up.  There's no wrong answer to what that looks like for you. Put it in your sight line and take a second everyday to read it, to feel it, to see it, and be uplifted.

tips and tricks for working from home / Oh Joy!

C) Bring a plant into your home office.  It's amazing what a little bit of greenery will do for your spirit. And it'll be a good reminder to make sure your plant friends are getting watered!

P.S. If you have children at home that you are now trying to homeschool (raising hand over here!), then some of these tips don't matter at all because you're doing your best just to get by everyday! One thing that has helped me is setting certain times of the day that's dedicated work time and dedicated homeschool time. We try and get school done first thing in the morning by lunch (or soon after lunch) and then the kids can have free time after. A couple weeks in, we have gotten into a rhythm but that first week was NOT easy. We all cried a lot!

I know these times are hard, but we will emerge on the other side stronger and better connected for these small sacrifices we're making now. I believe in this amazing Oh Joy! community and urge you to commit to staying home if you can to make us all safer. We're still here, and we want to hear from you.  How are you handling the lockdown and social distancing?  How are you working from home?  Comment here, or message me on social!

(Photos by Lily Glass and Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong.)

our newest collection of kids' shoes is here!

Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Shoes

I'm so excited to share our newest collection and second round of kid's shoes for See Kai Run! Designed with adventure and play in mind, the collection is colorful, fun, and durable for every adventure!

Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Shoes

Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Shoes

This collection comes in two designs available in the high top sneaker style — Super Stars and Sunny Sprinkles! From sizes 4 to 13.5, they fit from toddlers to big kids which make for fun mixing-and-matching for siblings and friend, too. You can find them both here at See Kai Run right now!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Shoe pattern design by Kim Vu for Oh Joy.}

Our first kids' book comes out in one month + a gift for you!

Oh Joy! Be Curious Kid's Book

Today is a very exciting day because we are just ONE MONTH AWAY from launching the first of our THREE KIDS' BOOKS coming with Scholastic this year. Written by me and illustrated by Angie Stalker, all three books emphasize qualities to instill in our little ones to help them become kind, strong, creative, and capable humans. Our first one, BE CURIOUS!, comes out in one month on April 7th! It follows along a curious cat and encourages exploration and curiosity in your everyday adventures.

Oh Joy! Be Curious Kid's Book

The book is written for ages 0-3, for parents to read to their babies and toddlers. But they are also the perfect level of reading for early readers from 4-6 who are practicing reading themselves!

Oh Joy! Be Curious Kid's Book

I'm so excited to give those of you who have already pre-ordered, or who pre-order now before it launches, a BE CURIOUS! Activity Booklet for you and your little one to create and be curious together. Check out my stories today on Instagram to get a sneak peek of the booklet.

Here's how to get one:
Once your book has been ordered, simple visit this page right here and you'll receive the colorful Activity Booklet via email (which you can print from home) on or around April 7th after the book launches. We're so excited for you to have another way to explore with your little ones!

P.S. For those of you in Los Angeles, we'll be having a book signing on Sunday, April 5th! We will have limited space, so sign up on our mailing list to get the email that will announce RSVPs for the event. I can't wait to see some of you then!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Book Written by Joy Cho and illustrated by Angie Stalker.}

when one chapter closes, another begins...

Oh Joy!

February 2020 will go down as one of the hardest months of my life. This was the month that I took a good, hard look at my business and realized it was going in a direction that I didn’t want it to go. I was burnt out and emotionally drained trying to maintain every single thing that I had built. I was no longer fully, truly happy...and it showed. I knew I had to make some changes, and they were sad, emotional, but also filled with a lot of hope in making space for the things that would allow me to breathe again and feel the joy that this business is all about.

I have already shared more details about the closing of our online shop. I've also decided to move out of our studio and into a smaller space instead. Our space has become a beautiful home to me and my team, and it's definitely bittersweet to see it go. But truly, the hardest decision of all was to scale back on my day-to-day team. I built a dream team of people who have helped me grow over the last several years. I focused so much of my efforts in giving them all the best work/life balance possible, that I forgot about my own life. I am so grateful to have had the best, most loyal team on earth...many of whom are now on their way to exciting and new opportunities (and some of them will still be working with me as freelancers!).

Often, we are taught to believe that growth means MORE of this and MORE of that. I realized that the growth that I really needed was to have less of all these things that I always assumed I needed to be successful. What I really needed was to focus on the parts of this business that made me the happiest and take it to a place that I could manage it all while having a fulfilling life with my family and be present as a mother, wife, and friend.

A few weeks ago, I would have not been able to write this or share this with you because I was deep in the throes (and deep in tears) of making these hard decisions. And, while this next chapter of Oh Joy! is still being written, I feel confident that these difficult decisions were for the best, and I am truly excited for this pivot and what's to come.

The good news is...a lot of the things you know and love (products, content, my house reveal, the academy, new books) will all still be here as there are a TON of new things we have been working on for 2020. You'll see and hear my voice around here more, start to see a slight shift in focus, and...the rest has yet to unfold.

I read this line recently in Dave Hollis' new book that felt so timely for me right now and might be helpful for you as well:

"You and you alone have to feel the call on your heart to grow and pursue the life that's better than the one you already have, even if it means shedding the identity you've become comfortable with." — Dave Hollis

Thanks for your support and for always being there for me and for us throughout the almost 15 years I have been running this business. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you guys back here next week!

P.S. My awesome 4400 sq. ft. studio in the Frog Town area of Los Angeles (see some photos here, here, and here) will be available starting April 1st. If you're interested in more information, email us: [email protected] and we'll send you more info!

{Photo by Lily Glass}

new oh joy! pillows...

new oh joy! pillows

I've loved seeing our pillows in your homes since we launched our first collection last year. So, I'm excited to share that our new Oh Joy! pillow collection is available now! There's a mix of shapes, sizes, and colors for both adult and kids' spaces...

new oh joy! pillows

They all mix and match really well together like this trio above that mixes a few different shapes and sizes together.

new oh joy! pillows

These pieces make me so happy, and the price point is so great (from $38-48)! You can buy them all right here at Makers Collective.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong, Pillow designs by Angie Stalker.}