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a gender neutral shared kids' room...

a gender neutral shared kids' room / oh joy!

It can be hard to style a room for siblings, especially when its boy and girl each with their own personalities. So today, we're showing you how to create a gender neutral bedroom that's bright, colorful, and fun. Here's are some tips you can apply to your own space...


oh joy! pumpkins...

Artist Pumpkins... / via Oh Joy!

We're halfway through October, which means Halloween is right around the corner! Over the last few years, we've shown you different Oh Joy! versions of painted pumpkins. It's a great way to get creative, add some color to the traditional black and orange holiday decor, and requires a lot less clean-up than making jack-o-lanterns. Here's a look back and some inspiration for this year's pumpkin decorating for you...  


cute spider donuts for halloween!

Cute DIY Spider Donuts for Halloween... / via Oh Joy!

Meet the cutest spiders you'll ever lay eyes on! They make for a super fun snack for a Halloween party and a tasty treat to make with the kids. Here's how to create them...


taking oh joy! for alice and ames into fall...

Taking Oh Joy! for Alice + Ames into Fall... / via Oh Joy!

Happy Monday! Last week, I showed you how I'm taking a few of my favorite summer pieces into fall. So today, I'm showing you how you can help extend your little lady's wardrobe to do the same! Our Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames dresses from the summer are almost sold out. But with just a few cozy layers, they're also great for fall. Come check it out...

How to Take Oh Joy! for Alice + Ames dresses from Summer to Fall... / via Oh Joy!

How to Take Oh Joy! for Alice + Ames dresses from Summer to Fall... / via Oh Joy!

To take our Fizzing Bubbles tank dress from summer to fall, we paired it with a VERY cool silver metallic bomber jacket and cute gold metallic booties. To complete the look, we added a knitted beanie on top. This outfit is perfect for early fall days when it's cool enough to keep legs bare but you need a little extra warmth on top.

Fall Outfit: Oh Joy! For Alice & Ames Fizzing Bubbles Dress, James Street Co Port Beanie, Rockets of Awesome Silver Bomber Jacket, and Target booties

How to Take Oh Joy! for Alice + Ames dresses from Summer to Fall... / via Oh Joy!

How to Take Oh Joy! for Alice + Ames dresses from Summer to Fall... / via Oh Joy!

How cozy is this outfit?! We paired our Dancing Daisy dress with a warm knit cardigan and cute polkadot socks to keep little legs warm. I love using tank dresses as the base for layering because there are no sleeves to bunch up underneath and they don't add too much warmth when kids are running around playing.

Fall Outfit: Oh Joy! for Alice & Ames Dancing Daisies dress, Milk+Bots Misha and Puff Cardigan, Target shoes, Tiny Cotton socks, and Wunderkin bow.

How to Take Oh Joy! for Alice + Ames dresses from Summer to Fall... / via Oh Joy!

These dresses won't be around for much longer! So shop them now for this fall or bigger sizes for next summer before they're gone for good...

{Photos by Lily Glass. Flatlay styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, flatlay styling assistance by Jess Hong. Model styling by Lucia Tran.

5 not-so-spooky ideas for halloween!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

Every year when Halloween comes around, my kids are constantly creeped out by a lot of the Halloween decor we see in our neighborhood and also when going trick-or-treating on Halloween evening. We end up covering their eyes a lot as we pass by super creepy ghosts and monsters so that it doesn't ruin the rest of the night for them. And it turns out we’re not alone! Our friends at Netflix found that more than two-thirds of moms and dads have kids who are scared of Halloween, so this year, we're working on celebrating Halloween the non-scary way with a few tips for you! My kids and I recently watched the Super Monsters Halloween special where they uncovered all the ways Halloween isn't actually scary, just pretend scary, so taking a little inspiration from Super Monsters, we're sharing 5 tips for things you can make and decorate your home with to welcome friends and neighbors the not-so-spooky way this year...

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!


1. Friendly Ghost Wands — Halloween night can be scary walking around in the dark, so here's a fun light-up wand that can be made the night before or the morning of Halloween. To make them, drop a small LED light (turned on) into a 5" balloon, then fill with air and seal. Tape the balloon onto a wooden dowel and then cover in a light gauze material (a paper napkin also works!). Then tie off the fabric around the bottom of the balloon base with colorful cotton string. Finally use felt to cut face shapes (eyes, mouth, etc) onto the ghost's face. Kids can take these with them on their trick-or-treat walk OR they can even sit on the front steps or in the ground as decor for Halloween evening. The wands light the way and help make the darkness during Halloween less scary!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

2. Playful Super Monster PumpkinsInstead of the traditionally carved pumpkins (which are glowing and sometimes scary … and require knives to carve!!), use paint and felt pieces to make your own not-so-spooky pumpkin monster. We decided to make a Little Frankie, Little Drac, and Little Katya from Super Monsters, picking pumpkins in fun shapes and colors, then painting them (like Frankie) if needed. Then, using colorful felt, draw eyes, hair, and facial expressions to be cut out. All of the pieces can be attached to the pumpkins with hot glue so they'll last throughout the Halloween season.

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

3. Bat FamilyBats are often hanging everywhere come Halloween - just like Drac (a cute Super Monster who is always hanging upside-down). But they don't have to be dark and scary. Instead, make a rainbow of bats that are fun and personal by making each based on a member of your family! Kids will love helping out by making a bat like Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, etc. You can even make ones for friends as a fun Halloween surprise! Simply cut out bats from various colors of card stock. Then use a variety of materials (pom-poms, pipe cleaners, buttons, gems, and felt) to decorate them! This project allows for interactivity, customization, and helps tone down spookiness by seeing these previously scary creatures as a family just like yours!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

4. Silly Monster ParfaitAs a fun surprise for breakfast or an after school snack on Halloween, make Silly Monster Parfaits to show kids that not all monsters are scary. Kids will love the silly treat, and for parents it's a healthy option to offset all the candy they'll be enjoying later that evening! To make them, start by layering yogurt, granola, and fruit (we used blueberries here). Then, top it off with teeth (cut from apple slices), eyes (made by using a toothpick to secure a blueberry inside half a grape, and antennae made from pretzel sticks.

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

5. No Fright, Just Fun! — Tell neighbors and trick-or-treaters that your house isn't a scary one with this printable we made just for you! The colorful Halloween sign can be hung on your front door or left out front with a bowl of treats on the porch if you’re not home for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. We mounted the printable on a colorful piece of card stock to give it extra thickness for display.

The Super Monsters Saves Halloween special on Netflix (streaming October 5th) has even more great ideas to make Halloween super fun for your family. Check it out!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Netflix.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, crafting and styling assistance by Jess Hong. Printable by Kim Vu for Oh Joy! 

NEW in the oh joy shop!

NEW in the Oh Joy! Shop...

A new month means lots of NEW items in the Oh Joy! Shop. This month is extra exciting because we're introducing a brand new category to the shop (KIDS' BEDDING!) and beautiful fabric dolls that are whimsical, colorful, and fun. Come see it all...


all four collections of Oh Joy Band-Aids over the years!


Since this is our very last collection of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! & First Aid Kit by Oh Joy after four amazing years, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down design memory lane and take a peek at all four collections over the years...


a fruit board perfect for after school snacking!


My kids LOVE snacking on boards. It makes them eat things they wouldn't normally eat, plus it's a great way to feed a small group of hungry kids all at once. So today, we have a super easy fruit board that makes the perfect after school snack! It's an extra special way to serve fruit that'll get your kids and all their friends excited about having fruit as a treat. Here's how...


Pattern Adventures: A Rainbow Bedroom!

Pattern Adventures: A Rainbow Bedroom! / via Oh Joy!

It's nothing but rainbows for this month's Pattern Adventures! We're ending this month's pattern theme by showing you how to incorporate playful arches and all the colors of the rainbow to create a cozy, whimsical kid room. Here's how...


home away from home when traveling...

How to Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

Staying in a new place in a new city when traveling can feel a little off especially when traveling with kids. Today, we're partnering with Embassy Suites by Hilton to share tips on how you can make your hotel room feel like a home away from home for your kids when traveling. Check out this little video below!

Now, we can go about on our adventures for the day and return in the evening to a cozy and prepped bedroom and the kids can get the sleep they need to head into a new day of exploring tomorrow!

{Photo by Lily Glass, Video by Jenner Brown}