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oh joy academy: free download!

oh joy academy: free download!

At the Oh Joy! Academy, we provide guidance for budding entrepreneurs and those looking to grow their small businesses. But what about those of you who want to start a business or side hustle and don't quite know where to start? Today, we've added a free downloadable worksheet for those who need help figuring out what kind of business you could potentially start called, "What Kind of Business (or Side Hustle) Should I Start"? This worksheet will lead you through a series of exercises and aspects to think about when developing a potential business idea. You can find it for free right here!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

make a splash at snack time...

Make a Splash at Snack Time... / via Oh Joy!

Make a splash at snack time with these fun little fishes! We've partnered with Wonderful Halos today to show you how to make these extra delightful and colorful treats for your little ones. These happy little Halos fishes are sweet, seedless, and easy to peel, making them the perfect healthy snack for kids and adults! You can make them for a birthday party, kids' playdate, or for a special school event! Here's how to make them...

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new oh joy! for erin condren planner covers...

Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Cheerful City... / via Oh Joy!

Happy Monday! Guess what? We have a BRAND NEW Oh Joy! x Erin Condren design, Cheerful City, to add to our collection! It's the perfect way to hit refresh on your planner. And, it's extra fun because it comes in two color-ways that we designed, BUT you can also customize the colors and pick your favorites. Come see...

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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...

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a pastel nursery to grow with your child...

A Pretty Pastel Nursery to Grow with your Child / via Oh Joy!

We've had a baby boom at Oh Joy! recently, so we're very inspired by babies and kid's rooms! Today, we're showing you how to style a pretty pastel nursery! It's simple, colorful, and can grow with your child from newborn to toddler. When creating a space that you want to be playful and sophisticated enough to stand the test of time, here are a few tips to keep in mind... 

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Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

It's so crazy to think that I was pregnant with my 4-year-old when we first bought land and started this crazy idea of building a house. And now, by the time we move in later this year, my kids will be almost 5 and 8 years old. Since they are big enough to understand, we have been trying to involve them in the process as much as possible. Partly, because it's such a unique situation to get to see your family's home come to life and partly, because we want them to understand how much work is involved from SO many people so they can understand and appreciate it. Here are some of the things we've done to involve them in the home build process....

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

1. Get kids excited about construction! Construction isn't an activity that kids are interacting with often, so get them excited about the idea of building something from scratch. This could involve a book (like this one by the Property Brothers), a small builder's kit to play with, or simply by getting them their very own hard hats to wear on-site.

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

2. Help them make their mark! I have seen parents have their kids write notes or messages to put into the ground before it gets filled. Or, write into an area of wet cement with their name and date before it dries. For us, we had our kids come while the framing was starting and let them draw with sharpies all over one section of beams. The beams were covered soon after this, but we know that it's the corner of the house where you enter our kitchen, so the kids will always remember that their drawings are embedding inside the walls at that very spot!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

3. Have them visit the site regularly. If you're renovating or building, there will be times that it's simply unsafe for kids to be on site. But, when it is safe for them, it's great to have them come regularly to see the process unfold. Day to day and week to week, the state of your construction can change so fast, and they'll love seeing it transform and get closer and closer to what they know as an actual, real house! There were times when the ground was literally JUST dirt for several months and my kids had a hard time understanding that the house would eventually have actual floors. So, it's been great to see the home unfold through their eyes, too!

Oh Joy! Builds A House: Involving Your Kids in the Process!

4. Let them give input into the design of their rooms. If you're building or renovating, this is the one time that you could actually build in some fun details into a child's space. Some make cool secrets doors that connect kids' rooms to one another or fun ladders that lead to a special built-in platform bed. While we're not doing any custom built-in details like that, I have been showing my girls various swatches of tiles, wallpaper, and paint colors for their bathroom and bedroom to get their feedback on what they like or don't like.

Giving kids the information to better understand a pretty intense construction project not only allows them to learn from it, feel involved, but also creates such amazing memories for them to look back on knowing they played a small part in creating their family's home.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Big Bud Press green jumpsuit, Hey Gang jumpsuit, Hey Gang overalls.}

creating a functional and chic entryway...

A Functional and Chic Entryway / via Oh Joy!

Entryways can serve a lot of purposes. They're the last place you stop when heading out the door, and they're the first place that you drop everything after coming home from a long day. Some people might think entryways are only a luxury for larger homes, but you can definitely create one for smaller spaces, too. Here's how to create a designated entryway that is both functional and chic...

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oh joy! for mixbook...

NEW: Oh Joy! for Mixbook...

Happy Monday! If you've been following along on Instagram, you know today is extra exciting because we're launching a new collaboration with...drumroll please...Mixbook! We wanted to bring the color and happiness of Oh Joy! to photo journals while still making it easy for you to customize them specifically to your needs. Mixbook has such a great variety of formats and products, making them THE perfect partner for this collection of custom photo books and fun fact cards. We've designed five custom Oh Joy! templates in addition to trading cards for your kids. And, 7% of ALL sales from the Oh Joy! for Mixbook collection will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children to help kids in need reach their full potential and lead more fulfilling lives. Come check it out...

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weekend project: a vinyl decal vase diy...

A Vinyl Decal Vase DIY… / via Oh Joy!

Happy Friday and happy first day of March! Today, we have a really fun weekend project that's perfect for holding all of those pretty spring flowers that are coming our way! We're showing you how to take a simple vase and decorate it with colorful vinyl cutouts inspired by our Oh Joy! for Clorox designer Disinfecting Wipes canisters. Here's how...

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color adventures: oh joy wears warm tonal outfits...

Color Adventures: Oh Joy! Wears Warm Tonal Outfits...

Happy last day of February! We're wrapping up the month with THREE warm tonal outfits for our February Color Adventures. I typically don't plan outfits around tones, so this was a really fun challenge and got me to think outside of the box when picking outfits. Most of these outfits use pieces I haven't paired together before, and now I have some new favorite combinations. Check it out...

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