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my path to a green thumb!23 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

I've talked about my black thumb in the past and my inability to keep plants blooming. Well, I'm on a mission to change that and have teamed up with Miracle-Gro to create a series of projects that make gardening a little easier and a lot more fun. I figured if I use the plants for things I can make to give to others or to decorate my home, it will seem more fun to see them flourish.

Today, I'm making a Floral Herb Centerpiece which makes use of herbs you can grow anywhere (even on a window sill) to make into a centerpiece whenever you're having friends or family over for a meal. You can see the full video below!

If you make any garden-inspired pieces, please share with me using the hashtag #GROJOY as I'd love to see! And, click here for more inspirational garden ideas from me and Miracle-Gro.

You can see all the materials used in the video below...

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

Materials Used:
Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mixtea tinscontact paper, gold embroidery hoops, and foam core.

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Miracle-Gro
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production Asst: Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup by Laura Peyer
Music is “Bravo” by The Little Indians
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Miracle-Gro. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. 

so dreamy...22 Jul 2014

Suku Home

Suku Home

...the colors, the ombre, the coziness...this bedding by Suku Home is what my dreams are made of...

the changing business of a blog...21 Jul 2014

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I've recently spoken at a couple conferences, and as a blogger for almost nine years (say what?!?), I often get asked what's different about blogging now than when I started. It's crazy to think about how much things have changed since I started in 2005. Every blogger does things differently, so I wanted to chat about how things have changed for me over the years.

When I started my blog, it was a hobby (as it was for most back then). This was before there were "professional bloggers", before anyone called people "tastemakers", and before people started blogging with the intention of making any money. Just like a lot of the earlier bloggers, turning this site into part of my job happened unintentionally, but it's something that changed the course of my career and my life for the better.

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Here are a few things that have changed for me about blogging over the past nine years...

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happy friday + philly!18 Jul 2014

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Happy Friday guys! What are you up to this weekend? We flew into Philly yesterday to visit our parents, so I'm excited to be in my hometown for a bit. If you Philly folks have any suggestions for new things we should do or see while in town, please let me know!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from upcoming videos we shot earlier this week. I'm loving that it's summer, it feels a little more laid back, and I'm embracing the outdoors as much as possible right now.

Have an amazing weekend, and I'll see you back here Monday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

toddler essentials...(part 2)17 Jul 2014

Toddler Essentials

Since putting together my first list of toddler essentials last year, I wanted to share a little update of 10 things I've found helpful in the past year for the 2 to 3-year-old set.

Toddler Essentials

01. Nap mat by Little Bean -  Ruby starts preschool in a couple months, and I've been searching high and low for a nap mat/toddler sleeping blanket with simple (not too kiddy) patterns. It's been really tough to find ones I like until these came out recently. They are a little more expensive than other mats, but they are all organic which I love. 

02. Honest sunscreen stick - We've been hitting the beach regularly this summer, and this stick is super convienent for applying sunscreen to Ruby's face especially when she's in the middle of playing and needs a new layer of coverage quickly.

03. Water Wow books by Melissa & Doug - My friend, Naomi, gave one of these to Ruby, and she loves it. It's perfect for keeping her busy at restaurants or on a long flight.

04. Little Looster potty stool - This might not look like anything special, but I love that it wraps around the base of any toilet making it so much easier for a potty-trained toddler to reach the toilet and to rest their feet (which is super helpful when potty training).

05. Melissa & Doug child-safe scissors - Ruby is obsessed with cutting paper right now, and I love that it helps develop her fine motor skills while giving her a crafty activity to work on.

06. Pons Avarcas sandals - These are pretty much Ruby's go-to shoes. They're cute, comfy, have great grip for sandals, and hold up well in sand or on the beach.

07. Juice-in-the-Box drink cup - One of my recent missions in life has been to find a non-leaking sip cup. This one is the best I've found so far and is easy for a toddler to open and close on their own.

08. Primo folding potty - When they're little butts are too small to fit on a real potty, these are super helpful when using public restrooms. I keep one in my bag wherever we go.

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09. Magic Bumpers for a toddler bed - Since Ruby's big girl bed isn't against a wall, we added these bumpers underneath her sheets and they're perfect for preventing her from falling off.

10. Custom trail mix - For a high-protein snack with lots of good fats, I love making my own trail mix for Ruby filled with nuts, dried fruit, and Greek yogurt chips.

What are some of your toddler must-haves?

{Top photo by Bob Cho}

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