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happy friday + 5 things i'm teaching my children that we often forget as adults...

4 things i'm teaching my children that we often forget as adults

As my kids get older, I find myself navigating so many situations where I need to figure out how to guide them towards the right way to be, how to be kind, how to be a good person...in ways that a kid can understand. Here are a few things that have come up recently that felt like things we can all be doing in our grown-up lives as well...

1. Greet people when you see them ("Good morning!", "Hi!") AND make sure you look them in the eye! Whether it's the bus driver, your teacher, your friend's mom or dad, make eye contact with those you see and greet.

2. Be kind to everyone (even if they are not kind to you). I know it can be really hard to be nice to someone that isn't always very nice to you. But we can't let someone else's lack of kindness affect us. Be the one who is kind to everyone because you don't know who is struggling with something else at home or maybe having a hard time themselves. They need your kindness.

3. When you are having a conversation with someone—listen to them—and treat him or her like they are the most important person in the room. Whether it's a friend or someone you just met at a party, give everyone the same respect and attention. It doesn't matter if someone is older, younger, or you think they are not at the same level as you in some way. Treat everyone the same as you would like to be treated.

4. Write notes when you're thankful (and also when you're sorry). Give and send thank you notes (or drawings) when people make you feel special on your birthday or give you a gift. Also, if you did something not nice to a friend, write them a real life letter to apologize.

5. It's ok to get messy. Enjoy the mess because it's often in those moments that we are most creative, free, and happy! But we still need to have a plan to clean up afterwards (because your mom won't always clean up your messes). :P 

Have a great, LONG weekend! We'll see you back here on Tuesday!

(Photo by The Confetti Project)

make your own yearbook!

Make Your Own Yearbook! / via Oh Joy! #OhJoyForMixbook

The school year is almost over, and it's time to remember all the good times we had! Our Oh Joy! for Mixbook Yearbook is my favorite way to keep track of the year because they're great for documenting everything that happened, and there are lots of fun ways to use them, with or without kids. Check it out...


this is (almost) 40...

This is (almost) 40!

Holy cow...tomorrow I'm turning 40! I remember when I thought 40 was SO OLD. As a kid, 40 seemed like you had been around forever, you had done so much, you were past your prime. It's funny how turning (and being) 40 is much different than I thought it would be...


sprinkle in the fun!

Sprinkle in The Fun / via Oh Joy!

Being an adult is not always easy...we've got schedules, bills, and people to take care of. But we can't let the serious things we do take away from the fun we used to have all the time as kids. That's why I believe it is SO important to make time to be silly, have fun, and shake off the “rules” every now and then. So today, we've partnered with Blue Bunny to share four of my favorite ways to sprinkle in fun throughout the day. Check it out...

Sprinkle in The Fun / via Oh Joy!

1) Dress like a party! Even if the day is filled with lots of responsibilities, errands, and work, I love wearing something bright and colorful to bring the fun. So, put on that vintage scarf, statement earrings, bright heels, colorful pants, or sparkly jacket that you've been waiting to wear but never feel is the right occasion! Stop saving those pieces for "the right occasion" and bring them into the every day!

Sprinkle in The Fun / via Oh Joy!

Sprinkle in The Fun / via Oh Joy!

2) Make time for an ice cream party! Indulging in a sweet treat throughout the day is one of my favorite ways to give my day a small dose of delight. Ice cream is my favorite treat...especially with all the fixings. These Load'd Sundaes are PERFECT because they're loaded with TONS of toppings, and the Bunny Snacks and Mini Swirls are just the right size for a mid-afternoon snack. The best part about all of it? I can stash them in the mini freezer in my office to make sure that no matter how busy my day gets, I'm taking a moment for myself. 

Sprinkle in The Fun / via Oh Joy!

3) Have an Impromptu Dance Party! If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that dancing always brings me joy! Try taking five minutes during the workday to put on that new dance song you love, grab all your co-workers, and dance, dance, dance! It'll be sure to put a smile on your face.

Sprinkle in The Fun / via Oh Joy!

4) Swap out pillows for honeycombs! This is a fun detail for when you're throwing a party...or if you're just looking to surprise someone or cheer up their day. Just remove all the throw pillows from your couch, bed, or chairs and replace them with a mix of honeycombs for an instant splash of color and fun. It's an instant pick-me-up for everyone!

How do YOU like to bring in the fun!? Comment below to tell me how you make time for fun everyday!

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.}

what happened when I didn't get my dream job...

When I Didn't Get My Dream Job...

In 2005, I had left my previous jobs in New York to move to Philly so that I could be in the same city as my then long-distance boyfriend (now my husband). I applied for my dream job of home decor designer at Anthropologie HQ thinking I had this in the bag. I was motivated, I was a go-getter, and I just assumed they’d fall in love with me. I went on a few interviews, completed a test project, and then…I didn’t get the job. They said they loved me, but they didn’t have a job opening that fit my level of experience, so I had to move on.


Five Fun Ideas for Mother's Day...

FIVE Fun Ideas for Mother's Day / via Oh Joy!

Mother's Day is just three days away! If you're still searching for that perfect gift that your mom will love, here are FIVE fun ideas that you can make, bake, or create!


Gift Baskets for Teachers!

Teacher Appreciation Week / Gift Basket via Oh Joy!

Did you know that next Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day!? Schools are celebrating teachers all next week for Teacher Appreciation Week, so today we're showing you a super fun and thoughtful gift basket that you can give your kid's teacher! We filled them with a few of our favorite things that teachers would love. But, feel free to customize it to your child's teacher and their favorite things. You can also make a basket of any size...it could have just one or two things in it or a medley of things. Check it out...


we love ladies in the oh joy! shop...

Lady, You're My Hero! Card / Carolyn Suzuki in the Oh Joy! Shop
Today is International Women's Day, and we love ladies in the Oh Joy! Shop! The shop is comprised of women artists and makers, and we've recently added lots of new pieces made by women, for women, and celebrating women. From cards to prints to wrapping paper to notebooks, we have something special for YOU and for all the other amazing women in your life...


Oh Joy! for Clorox...

Oh Joy! for Clorox

As a busy working mom, I use Clorox wipes multiple times a day to wipe counters, cabinets, and really any surface that needs a quick clean from all the germs that inevitably make their way inside from school, the playground, and just life in general. So, I am SUPER excited to announce that we've partnered with Clorox this spring for their first-ever designer collaboration to bring you our signature Oh Joy! sense of color, cheer, and joy to your everyday cleaning. Come check it out... 

Oh Joy! for Clorox

We designed four different prints for their Disinfecting Wipes canisters. Each one is inspired by nature that blooms in the spring, sunshine, and just generally things that make for a happier day!

Oh Joy! for Clorox

Oh Joy! for Clorox

One of the things I love most about these is that they're pretty enough to leave out in your bathroom, kitchen, or any room that needs to stay germ-free and cheerful. Having them on the counter top and ready for quick clean-ups is a convenient way to stay on top of messes as they arise throughout the day. And of course, when it's time to deep clean, I don't have to stress as much because they kill germs, which makes spring cleaning THAT much easier. Spring cleaning is essential in our home to not only wipe away dirt and dust, but also to disinfect our home from all those germs that inevitably show up. Then, we can head into spring with a clean and fresh home ready for plenty of family fun!

Oh Joy! for Clorox

Oh Joy! for Clorox

You can find them at Walmart, CVS, Amazon and Target for a limited-time only... Spring cleaning has never looked so good!

P.S. I'm going live on Facebook tomorrow at 1pm PST to show you all the canisters and a super fun DIY! Don't miss it! 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Clorox

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.}

how to grow a dream team!

NEW Online Class: How to Grow a Dream Team with Joy Cho of Oh Joy
For those of you who have small business or are leaders at your company, we just launched something VERY EXCITING...my new online class "How To Grow a Dream Team"! If you’ve been wanting to take your business to the next level by hiring a team OR if you already have a team that you need to make stronger, I'm here to help.