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{oh joy eats} honeymee ice cream...16 Oct 2014

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Some days you just need a refreshing, cold treat (well, for me that's like every day). So yesterday, we stopped at Honeymee in L.A.'s Koreatown to have an after lunch snack. Sometimes simple is better, and Honeymee makes all-natural vanilla soft-serve ice cream with a just a couple topping options like a honey swirl, honey comb chip, or chocolate sauce with sea salt. It's creamy, refreshing, and not too sweet. We loved the honey comb chunk on top for a little extra chew and sweetness...yum!

Honeymee | 3377 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 116 | Los Angeles, CA 90017

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

dressing the bump / 36 weeks!15 Oct 2014

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Alright guys, this is my last pre-baby episode of Dressing the Bump! We're at 36 weeks and talking about how to layer for fall with blazers, jackets, sweater dresses, and long-sleeve rompers. 

These videos have been really fun to make for you, and it's also challenged me to really celebrate that bump while pregnant. I hope you'll share this series with your sisters, friends, and co-workers who are expecting! I have one last post-baby bump video coming after our little lady arrives and will cover that "post-baby bump" as well as some great pieces to wear while nursing.

You can find all sources for the clothing worn in this video below...

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a party polish {giveaway}...(now closed)14 Oct 2014

Ella Mila nail polish

Painted nails is one of my favorite weekly treats. It's such an easy thing to add to your routine for an extra pep of fun. I've been loving the nail polish by Ella+Mila which is vegan, has less chemicals than regular nail polish, and made to be safer for using with kids. So we've partnered with them today to give away 10 of my favorite colors—shown above—to two lucky readers.

To enter, simply visit Ella+Mila's website, and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite color. The two winners will receive your favorite color PLUS the full set of my favorites above! Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 17th, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Naomi A. from Camarillo, CA and Silvia C. from Rockville, MD for being our winners this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value for each winner. Winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

toddler lunch essentials...13 Oct 2014

Toddler Lunch Essentials

Ruby started pre-school last month, and at first, I dreaded having to pack her lunch every day. But now, it's become more fun trying to think of fun little, nutritional foods to give her. Here are a few of the pieces thath have become a daily essentials for us when packing her lunch...

Toddler Lunch Essentials

01. This Bumkins lunch bag with reusable snack bags are easy to open and close. The patterns aren't my favorite but it's much easier for Ruby to use than a lunch bag with a full zipper. 

02. To keep her lunch cold, we stick a couple of these Fit & Fresh penguin ice packs into her bag.

03. I use these Kitchen Kraft silicone cupcake liners to divide up little sections of fruit and veggies for her inside of the lidded containers.

04. I love how these Fit & Fresh containers have ice packs as part of the lid! They're perfect for fruit, veggies, and for her little sandwiches. 

05. For hot foods, we use this Frego glass container which is microwave and dishwasher safe. I also use these when I pack my leftovers for lunch the next day too!

06. We use these Juice in the Box reusable juice boxes for water, milk, or juice. They are easy to open and don't leak!

07. And finally, Ruby loves when her sandwiches come in fun shapes using these Munchkin silly sandwich cutters!

Are there any other pieces you love for your mini's meal time?

P.S. general Toddler Essential part 1 and part 2!

happy friday + three!10 Oct 2014

Oh Joy Ruby

Oh Joy Ruby Pumpkins

I had a baby almost three years ago, and it seems like just yesterday. Ruby turns 3 on Sunday, and I'm blown away by the change she has had on my life. She's smart and sassy and has made me learn to love a very small person very quickly. (She also likes teaching me Spanish...see below!)

This weekend, we're having a small party for her in the park to celebrate before her little sister arrives soon.Hope you all have a great weekend full of fun fall things! Why are kids and pumpkins so darn cute?!

P.S. Ruby's first and second birthday!

a halloween pop-up table runner! 9 Oct 2014

Halloween Pop-Up Runner DIY

Halloween Pop-Up Runner DIY

Halloween is on the horizon, so we wanted to create something festive and fun that you could make for an adult or kid's party with this pop-up table runner...

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marbled hanging planter DIY... 8 Oct 2014

Marbled Hanging Planter DIY

I remember when I was growing up, my parents had a window full of hanging plants that I used to help them take care of. There was something so fun about watching them grow and how they would bring so much visual interest to a room. I wanted to recreate this for my home, so here's a fun way to make an easy and beautiful hanging planter that I wanted to share with you. To create a beautiful way to display these plants, today we’re creating these dipped, marbled planters...

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a striped fall {giveaway} with hatch...(now closed) 7 Oct 2014

Hatch Striped Bateau

When dressing the bump, I'm always a fan of pieces you can wear post-baby, too. Hatch always has beautiful and well-made pieces that are designed to wear both during pregnancy and after. In my last few weeks with a bump, I've been loving this outfit for fall and have partnered with Hatch to give away this Striped Heart Bateau and these Tuxedo Leggings (for a total retail of $316) to one lucky reader. The pieces are comfortable and chic both with bump and without!

Hatch Striped Bateau

To enter, simply visit Hatch's website, and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from the new fall collection. Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 10th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. And, you do not have to be pregnant to enter or to wear these beauties! Good luck!

Also, Hatch is offering a special 15% off discount for all Oh Joy readers on any Fall Collection Hatch purchase. Simply enter FALLJOY15 at checkout. Valid through Sunday, October 12th at 11:59 EST.

UPDATE: Congrats to Rebecca S. from Oakland, CA for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $316 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a paper napkin flower DIY... 6 Oct 2014

Paper Napkin Flower DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Paper Napkin Flower DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

With the Oh Joy for Target collection, it's fun to turn some of the disposable pieces into other decorative accents for a party. Today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are here with this whimsical project using the Oh Joy for Target fall paper napkins turning them into fun paper flowers to use as placecard holders or gift toppers!

We've provided a handy PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make them. The Oh Joy napkins have sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other paper napkins. Enjoy! 

P.S. Paper Lantern MobileStriped Lanterns and Party People!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

a thank you necklace DIY! 3 Oct 2014

Marbled Necklace DIY

Happy Friday friends! For this second baby, we didn't have an actual baby shower, but some of my YouTube friends decided to throw me a Virtual Baby Shower! Each one of them is sharing a video of something they’d make to contribute to a real life baby shower.

As a thank you, today I’m going to show you how to make these Thank You Baubles. Rather than just writing a card, you can make these little necklaces to send to friends with a thank you note to show how much you appreciate their gifts or for hosting your shower. The best part is, they are super easy to make but look like you spent way more time than you actually did! And your friends get a little keepsake they can use and wear regularly!

P.S. Have a great weekend and stay tuned next week for another fun marbling project!

// Materials Used //
Wooden geometric beads
Neon orange elastic cord
Brass screw nuts 
Nail polish colors of your choice
Gold mailer tubes
Decorative paper from local Art Supply store
Primer
Dish pan or small tub from local grocery store
Copper wire

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Music is "Never Wanna Grow Up" by Katrina Stone
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

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