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snack toppers!

Delicious Snack Toppers

I'm one of those people who prefers to have lots of smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three big meals. In efforts to keep my snacking on the healthier side, we started making "snack confetti" that can be made and kept on hand to top anything (from sorbet to yogurt to toasts) to add a little extra flavor, texture, crunch! In partnership with Curate Snack bars, we made mixes inspired by the brilliant combinations of unexpected ingredients in the bars.

Delicious Snack Toppers

Delicious Snack Toppers

Since it's easier to make a batch of toppings at one time and store them for later, color-coded jars make for a fun way to store them! Here's a super simple how to...

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10 mother's day gifts...

Mothers-day-gifts

With Mother's Day coming up, here are a handful of my favorite things to give your mom/spouse/sister/friend for the occasion in a range of price points...

1. Duzen backpack so she can be chic, yet hands-free for keeping her babes in check, 2. custom rings by Thea or 3. Maya Brenner initial earrings so she can show-off her nearest and dearest, 4. A Mother is a Story by Samantha Hahn for reminding her how amazing she really is,  5. Ariel Gordon custom studs make a statement, 6. Super Mom bouquet by Pro Flowers because every lady loves flowers, 7. Hatch Collection pajamas for a comfy, yet feminine, set she can really relax in, 8. a small wallet from Leif to easily take her bare necessities from diaper bag to regular bag, 9. Give her something meditative to do in her downtime with this "Flowers" coloring book by Brittany Jepsen, and 10. Klippan blanket for cozying up on the couch to watch her favorite reality TV shows.

dressing the babe / playsuits...

Mama and Babe Style

Mama and Babe Style

Ah, playsuits...they are this odd mix of super comfy and fun to wear but also sometimes tough to wear. In today's Dressing the Babe, I'm sharing a couple of my favorites and why they are just so good. And, let's be real, playsuits be a total pain in the butt to have to take off to go to the bathroom. So when I contemplate getting a one-piece of any sort (whether for me or for my kids), it needs to be versatile in a print or color that feels timeless and that can be worn and layered with lots of different things. 

Oh Joy Style

My newest obsession is this Jolie Coquette playsuit which is super flattering on because it defines the waist and lengthens the legs. I've worn shirt, jackets, and other layers over it and paired it with flats, sandals, and booties. It's easy to wear, comfortable, and has snaps in the crotch (yes!) which means it makes grown-up bathroom visits a breeze. We first came across them on Kickstarter and happy to see they have a full line now in a bunch of colors.

Mama outfit / 1. Jolie Coquette playsuit, 2. Babe necklace, 3. Ban.do heart sunglasses, 4. Jeffrey Campbell booties.

Oh Joy / Mini Style

For a kid, if you're gonna get a romper in a nicer material, I like ones where the cut of it grows with your babe. This one can be worn loose or more fitted so as your little one grows and lengthens, it can still fit them for a year or more.

Babe outfit / 5. Crew & Lu playsuit, 6. Ban.do heart sunglasses, 7. Hadley Girl hair clip, 8. Yume necklace, 9. Pons Avarca sandals.

Oh Joy / Rainbow stairs

Mama and Babe Style

And can we talk about these stairs for a minute?!? These dreamy stairs are in the new location of the Otherwild store here in Los Angeles, and they are AMAZING. Kind of trippy and a millions kinds of awesome, Ruby was loving them as every 4 year old (and every non 4 year old) should.

{Stairway painted by Edie Fake at OtherwildPhotos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 4.5 years old and says she wants to have a design company called "Oh Ruby" when she grows up.}

reliving the hobbies of my youth...

Oh Joy youth

Every few years, I go through an exercise rut. Either I get tired of what I have been doing or (like recently), I haven't been exercising as much as I would like to. Every single time, what brings me back to a good place is revisiting the hobbies (or in this case, the sports) of my youth. I used to play varsity tennis in high school and have played off and on throughout my adulthood until I got pregnant with Ruby five years ago. I was also a second degree black belt and have done a lot of other martial arts off and on when I can find a great place to train.

Last night I played tennis for the FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS. I remember the last time I played was in the spring of 2011, and I was about 8 weeks pregnant with Ruby. Since it was so early in my pregnancy and I had miscarried a couple months earlier, I was paranoid and worried I'd bounce the baby around too much if I kept playing during my pregnancy. So I opted for lighter impact exercise...and then life took over and business took over and my priority on my kids took over...and then five years went by.

But giving myself some time for myself last night, focusing on my health, and doing something that I love to do was SO, SO great. I worried I'd completely suck not having played in so long, but your body just knows what to do. I certainly wasn't my best and I was VERY out of shape. But I wasn't terrible and that felt great.

Are there hobbies or sports you've picked up again in your adulthood? Like a comfy sweater, I always feel like there are things you can keep coming back to and it will always just fit...

{Vintage photos circa 1996/1997. And yes, check out that half black/half red uniform as well as the "before" and "after" of me breaking a piece of wood with my bare feet when I used to be young and agile.}

dotty leaf decor...

dotty leaf decor

Palm fronds and other tropical leaves are super on trend right now. To give you the Oh Joy version of this look, we updated an inexpensive faux leaf simply by painting white dots on it. It adds a little bit of whimsy to it and make a really easy and fun decorative accent.

dotty leaf decor

Simply Use a brush to paint dots (or any design of your choice) onto the leaf. Then, let it dry and display it in a vase or vessel for a super easy (yet statement) piece in your home!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, production by Jessica Hongand styling by Julia Wester. Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney.}

new band-aid bandages by oh joy!

band-aid bandages by oh joy!

Last year, we announced the arrival of one of my favorite Oh Joy products ever...BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! & First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! You guys were so amazing in your support and love for them that I am thrilled to announce we have a NEW collection for this year coming out this Sunday, April 17th!

band-aid bandages by oh joy!

Once again, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. to design bandages that help cover up cuts and scrapes but make the healing process way more fun. This year, we added in all new designs including some florals for summer and a couple of our favorite phrases!

first aid kit by oh joy!

The handy First Aid Kit can be used to keep at home, in the car, at the office or in your purse so that you are always prepared for any mishaps.

band-aid bandages by oh joy!

The new BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! will be available only at Target stores and Target.com for $2.79 beginning Sunday, April 17th. 

The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! is free with the purchase of three qualifying items (such as BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment, BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Gauze and Tapes, and Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream). And I have to warn you...get the First Aid Kit quick! Last year, it sold was gone in just a couple months and we still have people emailing us about it!

P.S. Also, stay tuned this Friday morning at 10am PST for a special Periscope where I will show you all the designs and a behind-the-scenes look at how they were designed LIVE. You can ask me questions and see all details up close before the product hits shelves. So if you're not yet on Periscope, sign up and follow me @ohjoy so you can be alerted to the live broadcast and watch it in real time (or within 24 hours while the broadcast is still up)!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

the most stunning cakes...

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

...by Cordy's Cakes...are you drooling yet?!

three ways to use a serving tray...

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

A serving tray is one of those staple entertaining pieces to have around the house. You might buy one for having breakfast in bed or for carrying drinks when entertaining for the holidays. But what do you do with said tray when you're not lounging around having breakfast in bed (how many people really do that anyway?) or when you're not entertaining?

A tray is basically a vessel used to transport and hold lots of things at one time. And it doesn't have to always be food or drinks like you'd imagine. Here are a few ways we like using a serving tray within everyday life...

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

1. Art Tray - For art or craft supplies, help keep them organized with a serving tray. It also allows for easy transport if you're taking supplies from one area of the house to another (great for kids, too).

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

2. Coffee Table Tray - If you like having books on your coffee table, use the tray as a base for the books and other loose decorative items. That way, you can have a single unit to pick up and move if you need to quickly clear the table for drinks and snacks.

Three Ways to Use a Serving Tray

3. Plant Tray - Keep your house plants clustered together on a tray to create a focal point in any room of the house. Plus, if you need to quickly water them in the sink or outside, you can take them all in one go for their thirst quencher.

We used our Oh Joy for Target lucite tray here, but you can apply these tips to any serving tray with handles!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Blanket in top photo by Pom Pom at Home}

a {giveaway} with le creuset...(now closed)

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

This spring, I partnered with one of my favorite kitchenware brands, Le Creuset, to offer some tips for hosting and throwing baby showers, bridal showers, and gatherings of any kind in their lookbook "April Showers". Check out my advice and the best Le Creuset pieces to accomplish a great event.

As a celebration of spring and their new Oasis colors, we've partnered with Le Creuset to give away a $1,000 credit to one lucky reader!  

Oh Joy with Le Creuset

To enter, please follow Le Creuset on Instagram and find your favorite products! Then, leave a comment here telling me what you would buy with the credit. I personally love the tiered stand, mini cocottes, and multi-bowl we used here! Entries close this Friday, April 8th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

P.S. Le Creuset is also offering a signed copy of the Oh Joy book! Sign up here to be entered.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kimberly O. from Garden Grove, CA for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to readers located in the United States only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $1,000 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer}

confetti catchall...

Confetti Catchall DIY

I often need a little catchall or some sort of vessel to hold small knick-knacks (keys, paper clips, jewelry, etc.). Usually I'll use a small bowl or dish from my kitchen, but today we wanted to show you an easy way to make one yourself that can be used to hold those little things that just need some place to go!

Confetti Catchall DIY

You'll need:

- a simple, inexpensive ceramic tray

- dimensional magic mod podge

- confetti

- gold glitter

Confetti Catchall DIY

Here's how:

1. Sprinkle confetti on the tray in your desired amount. 

2. Then sprinkle the glitter over the confetti.

3. Add dimensional magic mod podge over the entire tray covering the confetti and glitter completely. 

4. Let dry over night and voila!

Confetti Catchall DIY

This sort of tray or catchall is best for desk supplies or jewelry (any non-food items) and is super cute left out whether filled with objects or not. This also makes for a really inexpensive and easy-to-make gift!

P.S. For those of you in Los Angeles this weekend, I'll be a speaker at the Club Momme Spring Fest this Saturday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafts and styling by Julia Wester}

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