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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.

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!

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

While home with the kids, we wanted to share a few ways to create sunshine during your day with our weekly activity inspired by our BE CURIOUS! book launching on April 7th! These are simple activities you can do with materials you have at home to inspire colorful curiosity especially for little ones from ages 2-6...

COLOR SCAVENGER HUNTS (above)

Simply make small squares of color and paste on a single page. Then search the house to find small objects that match each color square! Find the full tutorial here.  

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

LETTER CRAYONS

Here's a great time to make use of all those crayon bits we have laying around to create something new! Kids can help come up with their favorite color combinations or group similar colors (all the greens, for example) together! Find the full instructions right here.

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

GEM CHALK

If it's warm where you live, get in some outdoor time with chalk art, and these gems are so fun for kids to help make and then get to use. See how right here.

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SMUSHED PAINT ART

Super fun and tactile especially for little ones as small as 1 year old, we love this project that turns into your very own masterpieces! The color options here are endless! See that one right here.

Color is all around us and certainly inspires a ton curiosity and creating! Let us know which projects you create together! Also, check out our Make with Kids Pinterest board for more ideas!

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

be curious activity: teach something you used to be good at!

be curious activity: teach something you used to be good at!

While we're home with our kids for the next several weeks, I've been thinking about ways that we can turn this situation into some ray of sunshine and see the good that will eventually come of this seemingly terrible situation. I'll be sharing activities and ideas here inspired by our BE CURIOUS! book launching soon and ways to bring out creativity and curiosity during this time. First up...

Teach Something You Used to Be Good At!

I was thinking...how can we use this time to revive some of our past beloved hobbies? I went to art school, took dozens of drawing classes, and USED to be able to draw well. But my life drawing skills have gone away with the realities of my current job and schedule. When's the last time I actually sat down to draw away from a computer? So, as part of my daily school with my kids, we're starting the morning off with a Life Drawing class! I'll set out everyday objects or take a walk outside, and we'll all draw the same thing from whatever vantage point we're at. Here's an example of what we did today...

be curious activity: teach something you used to be good at!

I simply placed a few pieces of fruit on a plate and we all drew them based on our own vantage point. I talked about perspective and shadow and overall just getting them to slow dow and look at something and notice the details of it to draw it. Here's where we landed...

be curious activity: teach something you used to be good at!

be curious activity: teach something you used to be good at!

be curious activity: teach something you used to be good at!

It's so fun to see how we all drew them differently based on our ages, where we sat in relation to the subject, and it was such a fun activity to do with my kids. These will be fun to scan and make into a book, too, at the end of all this self-isolation! You could do this daily drawing exercise, too. Or, if there's something YOU used to be great at that you've neglected, take this as a chance to revive it! Whether that means teaching your kids (like I'm doing) or just giving yourself some of this downtime to practice your long-lost skill.

Let me know what you guys decide to do!

a few of my favorite vases for spring...

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

Hello March! As we gear up for spring, here are a few of our favorite ways to display flowers! 

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

Reuse glass jars that you can upcycle...

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

Fill clear vases with rainbow colored water...

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

Create a fun DIY to paint your own vases...

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

...or paint them as ombre vases!  

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

Collect single stems in cute color-block bud vases...

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

..or make a pretty tray with lots of bud vases

a few of my favorite vases for spring... / via oh joy!

Finally, make any vase your own with a decal DIY for your vase that makes for a perfect gift, too! 

{Photos by Lily Glass. Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Traci Michael and Joy Cho.}

Valentine's Day Inspo...

Valentine's Day Inspo... / via Oh Joy!

We love celebrating Valentine's Day! From sweet cards to tasty treats and everything in between, here are our ALL-TIME FAVORITE valentine ideas. If you're looking for some inspiration to tell all your family and friends just how much you love them, or if you need a fun idea that your little one can hand out to their classmates, keep reading... 

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a bird house for your little valentine...

a bird house for your valentine... / via oh joy!

Some birdie loves you! We love a good pun, and these cute bird house valentines are full of them. They make for an inexpensive and unique gift, AND they double as a fun craft for your mini valentine! It's the gift that keeps on giving. Check it out...

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the glitter drawer diy of your little one's dreams...

Glitter Drawer DIY / via Oh Joy!

If you love glitter as much as we do, you're in luck! Today, we're showing you how to give your dresser an extra sparkly makeover with glitter drawers inspired by the fun floors at the Meri Cherry studio. For this project, you can make it permanent if you know you'll want extra glam for the long haul, or you can make it semi-permanent if you don't want to fully commit. Either way, the sparkle will be sure to make you smile. And, kids will love helping out on the project. Check it out...

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a simple popcorn knot cardigan diy...

a fun knot sweater diy... / via oh joy!

You know we're all about the popcorn sweater (Joy LOVES her handmade version from Misha and Puff). So today, we're showing you how to get a bit of that look by adding to your very own existing sweater! You can create the look on a sweater or cardigan, whatever your heart desires. Check it out...

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a super cozy bedazzled coat diy...

a super cozy bedazzled coat diy... / via oh joy!

Remember when I wore this bedazzled coat for last month's Color Adventures? Well, today, we're showing you how to make one of your very own! It's super simple and is a great way to add some glam to your favorite winter jacket (especially if it's one you've had for a while and are ready to give it a second life!). Here's how...

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