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Color Adventures: Oh Joy Wears Pastels...

Color Adventures: Oh Joy Wears Pastels... / via Oh Joy!

Happy last day of April! We're saying goodbye to this month's Color Adventures with four springy pastel outfits. Here's how to rock light pastel colors from head to toe...

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Oh Joy! for Petco Summer!

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

We're gearing up for long, warm days with our newest Oh Joy! for Petco summer collection! This collection is inspired by bright colors, tropical fruit, and cool hues for both dogs and CATS! Since we launched our collection with Petco, we've received a lot of requests for cat items (plus, I am a cat lover myself so I had to make it happen!). So, we're thrilled that this collection includes tons of pieces your cats will love. Check it out...

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

From beds to bowties and lots of things in between (like toys and collars!), we have something for your furry feline friend. 

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

We've added fun lightweight "dog daze" t-shirts, new collars, and a colorful "fruit smoothie" harness for your pups.

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

NEW: Oh Joy! for Petco Summer Collection

And, by the way...is there anything cuter than a pet in a hat? We don't think so ;)

{Pet photos by Grace Chon. Flatlay image by Lily GlassStyling and production by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong. Special thanks to our models: Arne, Cedric, Choco, and Harley!}

weekend project: bubble wrap confetti bark...

bubble wrap confetti bark / oh joy!

Happy Friday! Today, we're making an extra colorful and tasty treat for the weekend with the help of an unexpected material...bubble wrap. Yep! Bubble wrap! With a little bit of melting chocolate, sprinkles, and bubble wrap, you can make these super fun and tactile chocolate barks for kids. It's a great recipe to let kids help with because it's super simple and doesn't require any baking time in the oven. Check it out...

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how to make wrapping paper photo mats...

How to Make Wrapping Paper Photo mats... / via Oh Joy!

If you want to add an unexpected punch of color to your space in a small (but fun) way, today's DIY is for you because we're showing you how to wrap basic photo mats with wrapping paper! It's very easy but looks like you custom ordered it or got it someplace super fancy. Check it out...

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color adventures: a pastel living room...

color adventures: a pastel living room / via oh joy!

For this month's Color Adventures, we're serving up light pastel vibes! When styled all together, light colors can feel airy and sophisticated, which is perfect for spring. Come check out this calm, cool, and collected living room...

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The Oh Joy! Mother's Day Shop...

Oh Joy! Mother's Day Shop

Mother’s Day is almost here! So we've stocked the shop with bright, beautiful, and happy gifts for everyone’s favorite lady! It's filled with JOYFUL gifts that Mom will love, from colorful accessories, decor for the home, and fun custom color-way aprons for her AND her mini me. Check it out... 

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an under the sea kid's room...

A Sea Theme Kid's Room / via Oh Joy!

Happy Monday! We went under the sea today for this fun kid's bedroom! If your kid loves the ocean or aquatic life, this is a really creative and imaginative way to bring it to life in their very own space. Here's how we did it...

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happy friday + flower fields...

The Flower Fields / Carlsbad, CA

Happy Friday! Yesterday, I was on CNBC which felt very fancy and a fun thing to have gotten to experience. But now, I am READY for the weekend and to slow down just a little bit! Last weekend, my family and I went to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA (just north of San Diego). My in-laws were in town, and they love gardens, so we figured we'd bring them to the biggest garden of all in a sea of ranunculus (one of my favorite flowers!). It was pretty magical...

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Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

I know I'm smiling in this photo, but the last several months have been partially the most fulfilling part of this house build process...and also partially the hardest so far. I often have a hard time letting myself publicly express my stress because I am so very grateful to be in this process of building a house. But, to be honest, it's WAYYYYY harder than I had anticipated, and I've shed many tears over the last several months. Here's a look at some of the things that have changed part way through...

Here's a little video update of how it currently looks inside! Then, see below for a breakdown of what's happening and what's changing...

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Since my last Construction Update, we've finished framing, there's a roof on the house, and we now have walls! Here I am standing in our kitchen. We've finalized the kitchen design (which I'll share soon in coming months). We didn't have any major changes in this space. BUT we've had lots of random and unforeseen incidences like: rain delays (this year happens to be the 7th rainiest year in the history of Los Angeles! Of course!), thousands of pounds of materials arriving from a vendor to the wrong address, and large deliveries of supplies being left on the street only for someone in the construction crew to find randomly find them sitting on the street!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Last minute lighting. When the framing is up and the rooms start to look like rooms, it's easier to walk into a space and get a feel for it in real life vs. a flat drawing we've been viewing from above. We've made lots of small changes here and there during this part of the process. For example, our kids will have bunk beds when we first move in until they are ready to split up into their own rooms. Therefore, it made sense to wire lighting for each of the bunk beds (especially the higher one) since it's hard to get lighting up there otherwise. So, we mapped out already exactly where the beds will go and also where we'll add a small light by each of their beds.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Additional Skylight in the Hall. Because the house is built into a hill, all of the windows are on the front side of the house with no windows on the back side. Therefore, our architects designed light wells into a couple of the spaces to bring light in from above. We also decided to add a couple additional skylights into the hallway to bring more light into the backside of the house (seen here on the right side of the photo). This is the hallway on the 2nd floor of the house!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Additional Skylight in Our Closet. Our Master Closet may end up being my favorite room in the house. Having always lived in big cities (New York, then Philly, then Los Angeles), I have never had a regular-sized closet. So when planning our Master Bedroom, rather than having a giant bedroom, we opted for a smaller bedroom but a large closet. There had to be some give and take (since there is only so much square footage in the house), and I'm so happy to finally have a closet that is wider than 3 feet! We added in skylights in here part way through to give it some natural light as well.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

No master bathtub. I'm peeking out from our master bathroom window above. About a month ago, we decided to completely change the layout of our bathroom. After it was framed and we saw how the layout was executing in real life, the bathtub was taking up so much of the space. And while a tub sounds like an awesome Calgon moment, we rarely take baths. We decided to remove the tub altogether and make a bigger shower. We basically had to rework the whole space around that and made the vanity and sink area wider, moved the toilet, and moved the shower, too! It's a pretty drastic change from the original design, but we really felt the changes were more practical for the way we live and our priorities for that room. Luckily, we made the change before it was too late, so the costs to adjust those few things were minimal.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

No pool! I'm overlooking our yard right here. We had previously planned to put in a pool. But, as the process went along and more and more unexpected costs or increases in material costs went up, our budget for a pool eventually became $0.00. I had envisioned summers with our kids' friends over hanging poolside, but the reality is, we just could not justify the cost of it so we decided to (literally) pull the plug on a pool. The plus side is that our yard will now be a good size (for Los Angeles, anyway) without the pool, and I won't have to stress about small kids and pools (and the liability of it) which fed into all my worry-wort fears.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: A Construction Update + The Things That Have Changed Along the Way...

Increase costs! Yup, this is the biggest one and the one that has given me the most stress in this process. SO, many things have come up that have resulted in an increase in costs. Some things they involved small changes we decided to make based on our needs and functionality, but often it involved increase in materials costs or a change in code that we needed to meet.

My architects told me that after this process, I'll know so much that I'll be super equipped with all the knowledge to build our NEXT house! And, my response...."OH NO! There won't be any more houses...I'm staying here forever :P" As overwhelming as this process can be, I keep looking to the light at the end of the tunnel...a finished house for my family to live in forever!

If you have any questions for me about any of this, please let me know!

{Photos by Lily Glass, video by Jenner Brown. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture by Project M+}

make your own memory game for kids!

DIY Memory Game for Kids / via Oh Joy!

My kids LOVE memory games, so today we're showing you how to make your own! I love the idea of making your own because you can tailor it to what your child is currently loving and their appropriate age. You can make them with animals, dinosaurs, colors, numbers...and change them as they grow. Here's how to make them...

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