Thursday, July 13, 2017

Those are the Memories Worth Keeping



The sky was moody and the grass, the brightest of greens. The kind of green suburbanite fathers dream of for their yards. There was an afternoon storm blowing in and the blue sky was losing the fight to dark and expansive clouds, but the lighting was perfect. So perfect. My two boys were running through an open field, being the epitome of boys...running in no particular direction, but Chase was walking straight towards me, trying to herd the boys like they were sheep. Mountains were surrounding them, the boys' bellies full of pizza and the candy we treated them to from the toy store. Honestly, I had to fight myself in the urge to grab my phone from my pocket and not capture it.

But sometimes, not often enough, I take a deep breath and try to just drink it all in, try to not miss a second. To memorize the moments that I'm sure when I'm old and grey, I will think of fondly when I envision and retell of our family trips to the cabin. I won't sigh in frustration that they woke up with the birds and the dew at 5 am. I won't furrow my brow in defeat that they were almost always too excited to sit and eat meals. We'll laugh about Knox's trip to the ER instead of holding our breaths in regards to the astronomical bill for some glorified super glue. I'll remember the sights of them running free. I'll remember Knox with his green bike helmet, buzzing around in his strider like a bumble bee...and Owen playing with his favorite dump truck and "dodo" (bulldozer) in the shade of a grove of aspen trees. I'll remember the wild flowers in their impossibly beautiful colors, the lupines standing tall, the sunset hued poppies and the pink peonies showing off their splendor. I'll remember how the sun reflects off the little pond by the river at golden hour, glistening and making everything glow and sparkle, even momentarily blinding you if you get too direct of a reflection. I'll remember how the layers upon layers of mountains simply take my breath away. How the waterfalls make me double-take because they are hidden surprises when you take a moment to look close enough. 


Sometimes I forget that moments are more influential and special etched on my soul and in my mind, than documented on my phone. Those moments that are impossible to forget, even if you didn't get a snapshot of it? Those are the good ones. Those are the ones that make you momentarily forget the deep hardships and stresses of being a mother. Those are the memories that take residence in your soul (and try to trick you into having more babies). Those are the memories worth keeping.

love.

Monday, February 27, 2017

a look back


8 years ago, I started Oh, Sweet Joy! as a little handmade shop on Etsy. The Lord has been so good and faithful to grow the brand into what it is today through His grace and my hard work, despite my bent towards making it about me. Through seasons of stepping back, stopping completely when it was clearly an idol in my life, jumping back in when I felt God say, “go” and then transitioning into an online boutique,  I’ve learned what it means to have open hands with my business (though it’s been messy and ugly at times).

Last night, I couldn’t sleep because I had such anxiety that my Spring Collection would be a bust (because real talk? Last year’s was a complete bust). I fell asleep praying that He would be glorified and begging that He wouldn’t let me  try to find my identity in numbers and  sales. This morning I woke up with such peace (until Owen woke up crying ;) ) and excitement instead of anxiety. He’s so faithful.

I’ve also learned that His giftings are not a mistake and that just because it has to do with something fun & trivial like fashion, doesn’t mean it's not life-giving or that He can’t be glorified. He is glorified when we trust our giftings, our talents, our skill-sets and put them to work for His glory. 

What an honor to launch my Spring Collection to y'all with excitement and peace. I hope this collection is inspiring to you and that you find a piece or two that makes you feel beautiful. 

Shop Here. 

xo kim

love.


Friday, December 2, 2016

NEW :: $5 flat rate shipping in the Oh, Sweet Joy! shop



I'm excited to announce that you can now enjoy $5 flat rate shipping on all orders in the shop. Thanks for all your support this past year. I'm blown away by my loyal customers and how incredibly gracious you all are when I screw things up. If you are still one of those the reads my blog, feel free to use the code BLOGLOVE for 10% off through the end of the year. 

LOCALS - check out the Oh, Sweet Joy! pop-up shops going on HERE (10th) & HERE (17th) this month. I just ordered a few things that will show up there before I add them online. I also am reprinting a small batch of the Choose Joy crews pictured above. Y'all get first dibs! ;)

Happy Holidays!

love.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Everyday Eye Makeup Palette by Mineral Fusion

The past few months, I've started to pursue better self-care and taking time for myself. This also means working out more and trying to pay more attention to what I put on and in my body. Don't get my wrong, I still can indulge in a chick-fil-a number 4 in a heartbeat. But the balance has been key for me. Taking the time to get dressed, or fix my hair, or put on makeup are simple ways I can take time for myself. Full disclosure: RARELY do all three of those happen - ha! 



I do not even pretend to be a beauty blogger, but since my house has been overtaken by boys it seems, I've found I've become more of a girly girl. Don't be fooled, I actually don't know much about makeup. I am a creature of habit and the only thing I haven't done the same in the past ten years is that now I play around with lipstick. The bolder the better. I've worn the same eye shadow palette since High School (I know. It's embarrassing) and when Whole Foods sent me this Mineral Fusion Eye Palette they now carry I was so giddy. I can officially throw away my drug store cover girl trio and I feel like a grown up with this palette. 


So, what you really want to know: it stayed on well and everything was labeled for easy application (lid, crease, highlight, etc) and  knowing that it's free of paragons, gluten, artificial colors, phthalates and other harsh ingredients makes it a no brainier. Because it's such a great & neutral palette, I think I'll snag a few for Christmas gifts. Who doesn't love new makeup? I've also tried this brand's mascara and it was great. All of this to say, next time you need makeup and you're in Whole Foods getting groceries (or macarons), check out their beauty section. It's surprisingly awesome. There are lots of holiday exclusive gift sets, too. 

Check out more from Mineral Fusion Here:
facebook // insta : @MINERALFUSIONNATURALBRANDS // twitter


love.

I was compensated by being given this product for free, opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Charcuterie



Let's talk cheese/charcuterie  boards! I've always been intimidated and stick to one cheese + crackers,  but I've recently learned  it's really as easy as 1-2-3. Whole Foods makes it super easy with the best cheese selection ever. 


I shared an Insta-story while making this board on Thanksgiving and had some questions on which cheeses I used so I wanted to share here. 

So, the day before Thanksgiving the boys were all napping, so I snuck away to Whole Foods for some flowers and items to make a charcuterie board. I started with a goat cheese topped with jam and cranberries. It was so pretty! I asked the gal behind the counter what other cheeses I should go with and told her I liked Manchego. Since Manchego is made from Sheep's milk, we had goat and sheep represented, so we went with one that was made from cow's milk. I asked for a variety of color so she grabbed the Isigny St. Mere Mimolette 12 month. It was a gorgeous orange tone and was delicious. SO good. I finished everything off with a simple Tillamook smoked medium cheddar - delicious but not intimidating to anyone who doesn't like crazy cheeses ;)


1. So you've got cheese. Add some citrus around the edges. Bonus if you can get some with greenery still attached.
2. Next, add crunch with nuts and crackers. Marcona almonds are fancy and delicious, but any kind of almond is a good choice.
3. Finally, add your meat & olives. I grabbed a spanish deli selection of uncruced salchichon, Jamon Serrano and uncured chorizo. SO good. I also just grabbed some olives from the olive bar based on color. Some green, some kalamata. Baddabing. 

I told you it was easy as one, two, three! You can also add some jams if you'd like. Also optional, greenery such as eucalyptus or rosemary. 



Happy charcuterie board making. :)

love.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

All I Want for Christmas is...

Real talk. All I want for Christmas is to  stop looking like I'm ten years older than I am. I hit 30 in a few months and the wrinkles around my eyes say otherwise. This starts with getting my boys to sleep (ha), and also taking simple steps like actually washing my face at night and being better about moisturizing. 


This Skin Care Line is called Trilogy and can be found at Whole Foods. Disclaimer: I did not like the way the toner smelled (rose is not my jam), but once it settled into my skin and dried, I didn't smell it any longer. The face cream and Vital Moisturizing cream, however, smelled like a spa and it was lightweight going on. 

I've mentioned beauty products found at Whole Foods a few times, but the best part of getting them there is that those products meet the strictest standards of quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety. For more information on these standards, as well as a list of 400 unacceptable body care ingredients, check this page out.  

Check out more from trilogy here:
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Now then, let operation "take care of my skin" commence. 

love.


I was given this product for free, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Autumn Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowl Recipe


Our family just spent a month in Texas (glory!) and by the third week I missed cooking SO BADLY. We ran up to Whole Foods for inspiration and ingredients to pull together this delicious meal. As soon as the weather cools off, I'm ready for HEARTY meals and roasted vegetable sides. This recipe is the best of both worlds. 

This recipe would be fine without the chicken, but we needed a little extra protein for the hungry husband. I ended up buying Annie's Roasted Garlic Dressing instead of making my own because we were pressed for time with the kiddos bath + bedtime. The linked recipe above has one if you prefer to make your own. 

All that to say, we'll definitely be making it again! The dressing is a nice touch and pop of flavor. Honestly, the colors alone make this dish inspiring and beautiful.  Feel free to sub out the veggies you have on hand or the you prefer. You really can't go wrong. Recipe below.

Feeds 4-6

Ingredients:
2 large red beets
1 bunch of rainbow carrots 
1 small sweet potato
1 head of broccoli
1/2 head of cauliflower
1 bunch of kale
1/4 cup roasted & salted pepitas (optional. they're the green pumpkin seeds you can find in the bulk bins at Whole Foods)
4 chicken breasts
1 cup quinoa
sea salt and pepper, olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and boil water. Blanch washed and peeled beets, followed by washed & peeled carrots. You can use the same water. 
2. Rinse and cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups of water or chicken broth. 
3. Chop broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Toss in olive oil, salt and roast for 10-15 minutes. 
4. Kale prep: de-stem, tear to desired piece size and massage in olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Roast until crispy (or slightly wilted if you don't like kale crunchy) 5-10 minutes. 
5. Once carrots and beets are blanched, slice and toss in a little olive oil + sea salt. Put carrots on baking sheet with broccoli and cauliflower and reuse the baking sheet used for chard for beets. Roast both pans for 15-20 minutes, tossing/flipping halfway though. 
6. While you're slaving over the hot stove and oven, have your sioux chef grill your chicken ;)
7. Arrange all ingredients in bowl or plate for a delicious and filling healthy meal. Optional: drizzle with roasted garlic dressing and sprinkle with pepitas. 



This dish is GREAT served with this go-to beer cocktail recipe. 


love.