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a decal water bottle diy...

A Decal Water Bottle Diy... / via Oh Joy!

I've been working on drinking WAAAAY more water this year. Whenever you have something you want to get better at, it's always helpful to figure out ways to make that task more fun. By keeping a fun water bottle on my desk or by my nightstand, it's a gentle nudge to stay hydrated. So, today, we're showing you how to spruce up a plain water bottle for yourself or as a gift to give to a friend trying to get into better habits! Here's what you need to know to make your very own...

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a pretty and healthy parfait to start the new year...

A Pretty Parfait... / via Oh Joy!

This year, I'm trying really hard to start my mornings off right by eating a healthy breakfast! So today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos to show you a really simple (and beautiful!) parfait that you can quickly make in the morning for YOU and your family. I love indulging in a sweet treat in the morning, but it can often be difficult to find snacks that are both sweet and healthy, which makes Halos the perfect choice. You can indulge without guilt and start your day with Pure Goodness! Here's how...

A Pretty Parfait... / via Oh Joy!

You'll need...
- Halos
- plain yogurt
- granola
- shredded coconut
- small cups/glasses

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Here's how...
1. Peel halos, section into wedges and dice into cubed pieces.
2. Add a layer of halos to the bottom of the cup.
3. Follow with a layer of granola, yogurt, and shredded coconut.
4. Repeat each layer until the glass is full.

A Pretty Parfait... / via Oh Joy!
 
That's it! They're super easy to make, and if you want to add a little extra flair to them for your kids, top them off with fun picks! They’re that rare sweet snack that you can feel good about eating and the whole family will love. Happy snacking!
 
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Wonderful Halos.
 
{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.}

how to organize your kid's art...

how to organize your kid's art / Oh Joy!

If you're a parent, you know how much paperwork your kids bring home everyday from school! From worksheets to artwork to projects...it's amazing to see all they are learning and creating but it also gets harder and harder to figure out where and how to store it. So, today, we have a few tips for how we keep it at bay...

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from a sweatshirt to a living room!?

From Sweatshirt to Living Room... / via Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! Last month we showed you how to go from sweatshirt to dining room, and today we're showing you how to go be inspired by a sweatshirt to style a living room! I've been pairing this YEAH sweatshirt with pretty much every outfit for instant coziness the last few weeks, but how do you bring that same warmth and fun to a space when using it as your inspiration? Here's how...

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a fun mirror decal diy...

A Fun DIY Mirror Decal / via Oh Joy!

Here's a simple, fun way to add a bright message to your day! We often look in the mirror in the morning before heading out the door, so we thought it would be a great place to bring a little joy and give you positive vibes to get ready to face the day. My favorite thing about this project is that you get to customize it and choose whatever mantra you want. Come check it out...

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2019. the year that i go back to trusting my gut...

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Happy New Year! We're back after some time off spent with loved ones. In the past New Year's, I've written goal posts for the year, mantras, and things to improve upon. This year, while everyone was recapping their past year in Instagram highlights (and I loved seeing others' posts), I felt ready to move on and into 2019. Last year was a hard year for me. On the outside, everything seemed amazing. But, on the inside, I was questioning myself more than ever. I was doing all the things that I often tell others not to do, "Don't worry about what other people think", "Don't overcommit yourself", "Don't do the things you don't want to do!". And here I was overcommitting myself, doing some things I didn't want to do, and worrying about what other people thought. 

As the year progressed, things got better, and I turned a corner. I felt less pressure to be someone or something I assumed everyone thought I should be, and I just got back to feeling great about being me and TRUSTING MY GUT. I posted on Instagram the other day, that my key words for the year are to bring SURPRISE and DELIGHT into my work and my day. But, more deeply, I also am ready to get back into just going with my instincts as I know I can do and have done in the past.

So, here we go, 2019...I'm ready for you. And I'm ready to keep taking you guys along for the ride with me and my team!

{Photo by Lily Glass}

see ya next year!

Oh Joy! Team at Disneyland

Well, that's a wrap on 2018! THANK YOU all for being here and visiting Oh Joy! for however short or long you've been tuning in. We've had a crazy and amazing year, and I'm so proud of the work that my Oh Joy! team and I have done. Here's a photo from us at Disneyland last week where we celebrated with a holiday party at the happiest place on earth! Thanks from our team: Traci, Angie, Courtney, Jess, Julia, Nicole, and I....as well as our amazing freelancers Lily, Wilmarose, Kim, Lucia, and Jenner. Thanks for supporting the work we do, and we can't wait to bring you more joy in 2019. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! We'll be signing off to hang out with our families for the holidays, and we'll see you back here on January 2nd!

(Photo by some random dude at Disneyland :)

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update!

Oh Joy! Builds A House / Construction Update

What a year it has been! In my spare time, I've been overseeing the construction of our new house...which is equal parts scary and equal parts exciting! We're now more than halfway done with most of the work so far being structural. Every single detail is checked and permitted to make sure the home is safe, stable, and earthquake proof. However, we've just started framing the house. This is the phase where it's really starting to look like a house! So here's a fun video today to share a construction update with you!

I'm so glad we installed the time lapse cameras as it's so crazy and cool to watch this long process over the course of just a few seconds. And, once the house is completely done, we'll have incredible footage what it once for our forever memories.

Oh Joy! Builds A House / Construction Update

Oh Joy! Builds A House / Construction Update

Now that the site is a little more safe for our kids to visit, it's been SO fun bringing them regularly so they can see all the work involved in building a home from scratch. In 2019, we'll be ramping up our posts more often and beginning to share my interiors process and plans with you as we get closer and closer to finishing the house. 

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Check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever to read a more detailed breakdown of all the phases shown in the above video. In the new year, we'll start diving into the interiors process and design!

{Photos by Lily Glass, video by Jenner Brown. Brinno timelapse cameras from Timelapse Cameras.} 

Going, going, almost gone!

Oh Joy! for CALPAK Suitcases

As we wrap up the end of the year (what!!?!?), I wanted to share a few of our Oh Joy! collections from 2018 that are going, going...almost gone. We can't guarantee how much longer these collections will be around, so if you've had your eye on any of these items or have been waiting for the perfect time to buy, it's now!

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A New Year's Eve Photo Backdrop...

A New Year's Eve Photo Backdrop... / via Oh Joy!

New Year's Eve is always a festive time of year whether you're celebrating with one person or 100! If you're throwing a mini NYE bash at home this year, we have an extra sparkly DIY for you today...a photo backdrop perfect for a New Year's Eve party! Here's how to make one of your own...

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