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oh joy for target fall / launches sunday!12 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Hooray! I'm excited to share a little peek with you at the newest Oh Joy for Target fall collection that comes out online and in stores (in the US and Canada) this Sunday, August 17th! This collection continues to bring you easy and festive mix-and-match party and entertaining pieces that make any party look custom in no time. I'm really excited to be including some ceramic pieces this fall that will becomes staples you can use year round.

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

You'll see a ceramic pitcher, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, a pie dish, and a cutting board along with more paper and melamine pieces like as serving bowl, new goblets, the tiniest party hats around, and—you guys, paper plates and napkins with metallic foil (Just wait till you see them in person)!

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection that you can find starting Sunday! Like last time, some things will sell out fast, so get them while you can. The collection will be available for just 6-8 weeks (and get what's left from the summer collection on sale now)!

P.S. Next week, I'll share a fun video we put together showing different ways we used the new collection and you can follow along right here for more...

{Environmental photos by Thuss+Farrell and styling by Scott Horne. Product images by Target.}

currently snacking on...11 Aug 2014

Peach Pie Milkshake

I'm soaking up the last bits of summer and all that goodness that is summer fruit right now. So, what do you do when you're craving peach pie in the summer? You make a peach pie milkshake, of course. Trust me on this one and make one immediately!

Peach Pie Milkshake
(Makes 1 large or 2 small milkshakes)

You'll need:
- 5 scoops of honey cinnamon ice cream (We used one from Snoqualmie)
- 1 fresh peach
- 1 tbsp honey
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- crushed graham crackers for garnish (optional)

Here's how:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice the peach in half and remove the pit. Place the two halves on a baking dish so the skin is face-down on the pan.

3. Add 1/2 tbsp of honey to the center of each peach half, then dust with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg (not too much since the ice cream has cinnamon as well).

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until peaches are tender.

5. Finally, slice the halves and place in a blender along with the ice cream and almond milk. Blend until smooth. Add graham crackers to garnish and enjoy!

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

in the studio lately... 8 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

It's been a little mad in my office lately with prep for a ton of upcoming projects. If you stop by our studio on any given day, here's a few of the things you might see...pillows taking over every square inch of floor, kids hiding in said pillows, matchy-matchy moments, vintage clothes gone wild, and dogs wearing party hats. It's serious business over here, folks. Have a great weekend all!

a pippit update... 7 Aug 2014

Pippit App

A couple months ago, I helped to launch a new app called Pippit with Naomi and Josh of Love Taza. We wanted to create a way for people to easily get the latest updates from their favorite blogs while also being able to see blog content mixed with everyday photos and videos as well. Since the launch, we have been working hard to improve bugs and glitches that revealed themselves once there were thousands of users on the app. It was a difficult few weeks soon after launch as we wanted to make sure every concern was heard, and we worked with the programmers to fix things to make the app better as quickly as possible. We truly value the enthusiasm and support of everyone who has joined so far. During the launch, you helped it to become the #1 Paid Lifestyle App as well as the #2 Paid App in all categories!

Pippit App

This week, we've released the newest update of Pippit v1.3 which has dramatic performance enhancements (like being able to "like" something on the home feed with a single tap!) and some new features. Thanks to your feedback, we were able to see what we could make better and how we can create a better experience for you. The biggest update is that the app is now free. When launched, Pippit was intended as a paid app in efforts to charge a small, transparent fee upfront for an ad-free interface instead of a free app that would eventually need revenue in some other form to support itself down the road. But since then, lessons have been learned, and it's been realized that charging the small fee still prevented many people from using the app. And therefore it limited the experience and the ability for those who had joined to follow as many people as possible. We want you to have even more great content to discover and even more people to share experiences with, and making Pippit free is going to help us do that for you. 

Pippit App

In addition to being able to have your own blog's feed show on your Pippit feed (and follow other blogs you love there even if you don't have a blog of your own), one of my favorite features still is that you can add "dots" to your photos or videos that allow followers to be able to go directly to the moments or things you're sharing. For example, you can add a dot to reference the exact recipe for a cake in your photo and add a dot to link to where to buy the cake stand. It makes it easy to not only share your experiences but help others go out and experience them as well directly and immediately.

I understand that it might be a bummer to have paid for it and now see it for free. If you paid for Pippit initially and would like a refund in light of the free version, please email info@pippit.co, and we will take care of that for you. As always please feel free to email info@pippit.co with any technical difficulties or issues. 

If you haven't tried it yet, you can download Pippit in the App Store now through your iPhone! (And yes, it's only on iPhone for now).

We hope you'll try out the app if you haven't yet (you can find me under username @ohjoy), and please let me know what you think if you are using it! 

our two girls... 6 Aug 2014

Oh Joy / Matching Dresses!

When we found out we we're having another girl, I have to admit, I was surprised. This pregnancy felt so different (and easier) in the beginning. I dreamt the baby was a boy, and I grew up having a little brother. There was no real science behind my feelings other than I just assumed I'd have one of each some day, and I wanted the experience of knowing what it was like to raise both a girl and a boy. When we found out that our newest baby would be a girl, I immediately felt so excited for Ruby to experience that sisterly bond that I never knew about. But I was worried that Bob would be disappointed. We've always planned to have two kids and said no matter what, we'd be happy with just two. I thought that in the back of his head, he'd feel like he was missing out by not having a son. This was his response when I asked him, truly, if he was okay with not having a baby boy...

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wheat berry waldorf salad handrolls... 5 Aug 2014

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad Handrolls

To offset all those sweet treats that the baby is making me eat these days, I've been in need of some healthy and high protein options for lunch. So we came up with this Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad Handroll which offers a ton of protein in a little package that's a mix of savory, sweet, tangy, and crunchy. Here's how to make it...

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one more week left for an oh joy summer... 4 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target goblets / Photo by Justina Blakeney

Oh Joy for Target baskets / Studio DIY ice cream sandwiches

Oh Joy for Target mat and goblet / Photo by House of Mia

Oh Joy for Target picnic basket / Photo by Jen Gotch

I love seeing how everyone has been using the Oh Joy for Target summer goodies. Just a reminder that the collection is only in stores for a another week or so (and now on sale!) so get it while you can as it won't be available any longer once the Fall collection arrives!

{Photos via: Justina Blakeney, Studio DIYHouse of Mia, and Jen Gotch}

happy friday + beach days... 1 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Beach

Oh Joy Baby

Happy Friday friends! I don't know about you, but it's sweltering here this week! All I want to do is go hang out by the beach or pool and drink iced cold lemonade all day. I came across this old photo (on the left) from our babymoon a few years ago. So much has changed since then, and I'm excited to what this next chapter holds. Have a great, relaxing weekend guys!

P.S. Thanks so much for all your kind words on this post. It's so nice to know we're all in this together...

{Photos by Oh Bob}

a farmer's market haul...31 Jul 2014

Farmer's Market Fruit on Waffles

Farmer's Market Fruit

Some people get excited about a makeup haul or clothes haul, but one of my favorite things to bring home is a big 'ole batch of the fruit from the farmer's market. This weekend, I found green figs, golden raspberries, and cherriums (a mix of cherry and plum), and I was in fruit heaven... 

What kind of summer gems have you guys found at your local markets?

{Photos by Casey Brodley and Styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

choose your own adventure...30 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a rut where our weekends are catered around Ruby's activities or doing the same thing every single weekend. Recently, we decided to switch things up and just spend the weekend doing things and going to places we had never been. So, I decided to have a "Choose Your Own Adventure" day inspired by my friend Audrey who is one of the most creative moms I know.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Simply surprise your kids one morning by telling them they’ll get to choose whatever they want to do that day. Bring a little bell or something that makes noise (we used a maraca), get in your car (or bike or walk), and as they spot things they see and want to do, they simply ring the bell and you go and explore it!

When Audrey did it, her boys chose to go to a Harley Davidson shop and have pancakes at IHOP. So, we told Ruby we'd go on an adventure and gave her a maraca to shake it whenever she saw something cool from the car window. If you have more than one child, you can let them take turns or bring one of their friends along to make it more fun and interactive.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

To be prepared for wherever the day takes us, I always keep a tiny pouch of Band-Aids and Neosporin in my bag. Ruby had gotten a scrape on her knee the day before from a fall, so it reminded me to have my little kit just in case.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Our first stop was the Petersen Automotive Museum. Ruby saw the pointy architecture and the car on the roof of the building and her interest was piquéd.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

With vintage cars of all kinds and really unique cars from movies or driven by celebrities, it was like going back in time. The best part about coming here is that it's not a place I would have ever picked to go. Ruby's never played a ton with cars at home, so we were delighted to see how much she loved it. And Bob loves cars (a lot) so it was a fun treat for him as well.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Next, was Nick Metropolis Collectible Furniture. You pretty much can't miss this from the street with all the signs and over-the-top, random things sitting on the sidewalk. People go here to find vintage things of all kinds, to shop for movie sets, and it's just a cool (and crazy) place to explore.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Ruby got a little scared after seeing some random, slightly creepy statues and was ready to head out, but we had a fun time trolling through all the quirky treasures.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Finally, no day is complete without a little treat and Ruby's favorite stop was probably into this white building full of candy at Sockerbit

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

She has never gone to a bulk candy store before and was pretty amazed that she could pick whatever she wanted and mix them all in one bag. She held her bag of candy so tightly on the way home. We had such a fun day that she took the longest nap she had in months, and we all felt like we had really gotten to know our city better by discovering places we wouldn't have normally been.

Oh Joy / Choose Your Own Adventure

We loved it so much, we're planning to do this more often. Sometimes it's nice just letting the day take you by surprise...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. See how to make your very own First Aid kit right here. 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.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

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