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back to school for parents...18 Sep 2017

back to school for moms...

“Back-to-school” usually means an exciting time in kids’ lives to meet new friends, new teachers and get back into the daily routine of learning and growing. However, that shouldn’t be limited to our children! Rather than waiting for a January New Year's resolution, I find that sending my kids back to school inspires me to go back to school myself to keep learning and growing. In partnership with Acer, here are some ways I'm going "back to school" this fall, too...

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diy daisy patch jacket!15 Sep 2017

diy daisy patch jacket

I've been a obsessed with daisies lately which feels completely out of season considering we are heading right into fall next week! But in perfect timing for fall, we decided to take my feelings for the daisy and show you the easiest way to turn your jacket into something extra cool. It's a super simple way to update an old piece of clothing or add a personal touch to a newer item. Here, we used a few daisy patches to add a little flower power to a jean jacket that's perfect for chillier fall evenings arriving soon. This would make for a great weekend project! Here's how...

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color adventures: a purple & grey small lounge area...14 Sep 2017

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This month, as many are moving into dorm rooms, new apartments, and generally refreshing for fall, we're going to focus on styling and interior tips for small spaces. Today, we have a new Color Adventures story in purple and grey that we'll use to create a lounge area in an apartment or even a dorm room. Here's a step-by-step on creating a cool small space lounge area...

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fun meal ideas for picky eaters!13 Sep 2017

Fun Meal Ideas for Picky Eaters!
 
Getting kids to eat at mealtime can be difficult, especially when you want them to try new things. They have never tried “Fontina” cheese before, but they know they don’t like it! I've found that by changing the preparation and presentation of meals, I have a better chance of getting little ones excited about mealtime. Today, we've partnered with Arla Cheese to share three easy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for those babes in your life! Arla is a farm-to-fridge dairy, so the fresh milk for their naturally delicious cream cheese comes directly from farms owned by Arla’s proud farmers, and you can definitely taste the difference. Take a look...

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oh joy for target fall home decor is here!12 Sep 2017

oh joy for target fall home decor is here!

I'm excited to announce the launch of our last and final Oh Joy for Target fall home décor collection which also includes our second Cloth & Company furniture collaboration! All sold exclusively online at Target.com, the collection includes 18 home décor products and 21 furniture pieces that you’ll treasure for years to come—from an elegant gold pitcher and brass party animals to a gorgeous graphic settee and the coolest bar cart you'll ever see. Our signature whimsy style is accented with blush velvets, solid golds, and bold black and white prints that bring that Oh Joy! feeling right home. See more below!

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life today...11 Sep 2017

Christopher David Ryan Illustration

Today marks 16 years since the September 11th attacks in New York City. It's a day I will never not be aware of because I was there and I lived through it. I've talked about it in past blog posts (here and here). But today feels extra hard. Not just because we're remembering that event, but also with all the storms that are passing through the country in Texas and Florida and all of the people who have been displaced, lost homes, and need so much of our help. One thing I learned and witnessed from September 11th is how people join together in times of crisis and need. Kindness and compassion for strangers emerge. Through loss comes hope. Through giving comes solidarity.

If you're looking for ways to help:

Harvey relief Texas:
-Undies for Everyone
-Houston Food Bank

Irma relief in Florida and the Caribbean:
-Volunteer Florida
-Save the Children

{Illustration by Christopher David Ryan}

let's discuss: nicknames... 8 Sep 2017

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I never really thought about names much until having kids and having the ability to choose someone's name that they'll use for the rest of their life. I was born: Nantaka Joy Deangdeelert...say that 10 times fast! My Thai name was very long and proved hard to say my entire childhood. I was that kid whose name was ALWAYS butchered on the first day of school every year. So, I ended up using my middle name because it was easier for people to say. In Thai culture, you are given a more traditional (and usually longer) first name, a shorter (easier to say) middle name that serves as your nickname, and then your last name is always super long. So culturally in my family, it was always expected that my middle name would be used more than middle names typically get used in American culture.

As we thought about naming both our kids, my husband and I both went into it knowing we wanted their first names to be easy to say and read because we both grew up with people having a hard time with our names. We gave both kids middle names with meaning to us but with no intention of their middle names being used on a regular basis. Our kids do have nicknames which are some derivation of their first names...Rubes for Ruby, Coconut for Coco, etc...pretty close to their real names but a playful spin as nicknames tend to be!

These days, with new babies born into a very modern day with all kinds of names being used, I find that names and nicknames run the gamut. I even see people naming a kid one name with the intention of calling them by a nickname right away that is not even close to their first name.

I also find that nicknames feel like they can only come from those who know you. Like, if someone tells me their name is "Christopher", I won't call him Chris unless he asks to be called by his nickname. Or when you know someone with a long name just goes by their first initial with their friends (like "Z" cause their name is super long), I feel like you need to know them before you get into the "circle of comfort" of nicknames.

What do you think? Do you have a nickname you go by pretty regularly? Who calls you by that name and who doesn't?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, dress is vintage from Grit, gold disco ball from Amazon.}

from skirt to room... 7 Sep 2017

from skirt to room / oh joy!

Today, we're taking inspiration from one of my favorite skirts by Thief & Bandit to inspire the color scheme of a little reading nook. Take a look!

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chocolate chip zucchini bread muffins! 6 Sep 2017

chocolate chip zucchini bread muffins

With the start of the new school year, I'm always trying to come up with easy (yet nutritional) things I can make that can be popped into my kids' lunchboxes! Today, we've partnered with Ripple Foods to share our recipe for Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Muffins. Take a look... 

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a vintage-inspired button sweater... 5 Sep 2017

a vintage-inspired button sweater

It's been blazing hot in Los Angeles lately, and so I'm pretty excited for the temperatures to begin cooling down for fall. In anticipation of the cool weather, I'm already thinking cozy thoughts with sweaters and layers. Today, we have a super easy project to get you excited for fall, too...a vintage-inspired button sweater! It's super easy and all you need is either an inexpensive solid-colored sweater or a sweater you already have that needs an update. Here's how...

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