Wednesday, July 23, 2014

((recipe)) honey + cinnamon latte

Last month, we were in Kentucky for my brother in law's wedding and I, no lie, had the best latte of my life at Heine Brothers Coffee. It was called the Beekeeper, and since we don't have those around here... you can bet your bottom dollar that I came home to make my own the day we got back. I've had one at least 6/7 days a week for the past month...even in the midst of my beloved iced coffee weather! It's that good. 

I've had some requests for the recipe and after it being a hit on our team retreat last week, I thought I'd share here. 



Ingredients:
1 cup strong coffee or 2 shots of espresso
2-4 oz of warm milk (depends on how diluted you prefer)
cinnamon or cinnamon+sugar blend
raw honey

Directions:
Pour hot coffee (or brew keurig over tablespoon of raw honey)
While honey is melting in coffee, warm milk for about 30 seconds in microwave or on stovetop.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and froth (you can use a milk frothed, or just use a whisk.)
Pour into coffee and spoon some of the froth on top.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 



I typically use a tablespoon of the Whole Foods Mountain Forest Raw Honey or with the Madhava whipped cinnamon honey, also found at Whole Foods. I love the more distinct honey flavor with the straight up raw honey. I've gone through two containers of the Whole Foods stuff! It's SO good, especially spread on cinnamon graham crackers. Both pictured above so you know what to look for. 

love.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vintage Cocktail Cart Upcycle

I've been wanting a cute little bar/cocktail station, but there was never any room in our previous places, so we just kept our alcohol in a kitchen island in the corner of our dining room. When I was thrifting a few weeks ago, I found an amazing/perfect condition vintage bar cart but it was a hideous green color. It was only $15 and I knew with a solid Knox naptime and a can of spray paint, I could make it look fabulous....without spending hundreds (or thousands?!) dollars on these pretties. 



one | two | three | four

For the record, that was the best thrifting/antiquing day to date. Sigh. So much good stuff! You can tell by the goofy, giddy dumb look on my face. 

In a few easy steps and hopefully only a few bucks, depending on how much you score your thrifted bar cart for, you can have your own eye-catching bar cart.


Step 1: I took it all apart, by unscrewing the nut & bolt on each corner of the trays. 
Step 2: I got my all purpose cleaner, rounded up some elbow grease went to work cleaning the tops and bottoms of the trays, as well as the metal base of the cart. 
Step 3: I used a spray paint that was primer+paint, so I didn't have to prime it. I intended on doing a light seafoam/mint color, but Chase said he liked the deeper turquoise better so I went with it. I could have lightly sanded it, but when you're dealing with something that old, I'm not sure the risk of releasing lead is a good idea. So, spray paint with nice and slow, even coats. Repeat if necessary. ((you can also spray paint the frame. I thought it would look rad a metallic gold. Chase did not, ha!))
Step 4:Take an ice cream sammy break. I mean...make sure to let the trays dry sufficiently. I got a few thumbprints on mine because we had somewhere to be and I wanted to put it together before we left ((and before Knox woke up.))
Step 5((optional)): Use a clear sealer coat.  I wanted this to be really sturdy and not scratch when a glass was dragged across it or a bottle stuck to it. However, I must have done something wrong, because it immediately started cracking. So, use at your own risk. I only did the bottom tray all the way and then decided I'd just be careful with the rest and leave it as-is. 
Step 6: Style away and fill with your favorite alcohol, simple syrups, straws etc. 

Tada!!! Here is the finished product.

Styling Tips:
1. I used a felt-bottom tray for the bottles of booze so it didn't scratch the paint. 
2. On the top, let there be plenty of open space to create your beverages. I kept it simple with a few syrups, club soda, sparkling water and finished it off with some cocktail books + flowers. 
3. I put miscellaneous glassware ((and copper mugs!)) on the middle row, but you could keep those put up safe in cabinets and put bitters, simple syrups, club sodas and such there. Up to you! It also depends on how many shelves/trays your cart has.
4. A fun addition would be an ice bucket or decanter. We're just not that fancy ;)
Elsie has a ton of great tips here for how to stock your bar cart. 


You know you've been watching too much HGTV when leaving a blog post without a before & after just seems impossible. 

And I know what you're thinking...how could you keep something like this out with a one year old? Well, we don't. We have a space in a hall closet cleared out for it and we just pull it out when hosting get-togethers and what-not. Easy peasy. 

love.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Instagram vs Blog

Hey y'all!

I just thought I'd throw out the question of - how do you prefer to follow Oh, Sweet Joy!

Twitter? Instagram? Facebook page? The good old fashioned blog? ;)

Has instagram replaced the blogs you read? Do you still carve out time to read your favorite blogs? Is instagram just an additional way to keep up with bloggers and friends? Engagement (read: commenting) here has plummeted, while my instagram feed is thriving and full of engagement. It's so fun...but it leaves me wondering why engagement here has almost completely stopped? Instagram is so much faster for me and as a mom and small business owner, that's crucial. I have a feeling it's the same for y'all. I still have some fun content up my sleeve, but sometimes I have this weird & confusing feeling/questioning of, Is anyone even reading? If not, why would I take the time to photograph this recipe and write it all out?

Anywho, here are some outfits from last week's instagram if you're into that sorta thing ;)
outfit links:


outfit links:

outfit links:
chambray top: thrifted/taken in. similar here and budget friendly here.
tulle skirt - Oh, Sweet Joy! coming SOON to the shop!

Regarding the questions above, I'd love for you to share your thoughts below. Thankful for you whether or not you pause to leave a  comment every now and again. ;) Trying to figure out the needs of my readers is a challenge, but also a joy! I'm excited to read what you have to say.

love.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

((outfit schmoutfit)) the perfect summer wrap dress


Outfit Details:
Dress: C/O seamly.co 
*((use code ohsweetjoy for 10% off))
boots, bag: C/O Riffraff 
((three things about riffraff you need to know:
1. sign up for restock notify if something you want is sold out!
2. free shipping all day, every day
3. you can use the code ohsweetjoy for 10% off your order))
Sunnies: Rayban
Belt: came with a skirt, similar here and here

In my mind, summer outfits are all about simplicity. There's not usually a need to add too much with endless accessories and such. A simple white dress, cowboy boots, and a bold lip go a long way. Need some pattern in your day? Just add a fun bag if needed. 


We all know that I'm a huge advocate of handmade and small businesses, and when they're local, it's just icing on the cake. This dress is from a Denver based company, seamly.co, and it is SO comfortable. I can't even imagine wearing anything else if I had one in each color. Layer it up with a sweater when it gets chilly and you've got a year-round dress even though it doesn't have sleeves. Want sleeves? They have that option for you too :) 


What's your go-to summer outfit? Want it to be this dress? Well it's your lucky day. Enter below to win your own summer wrap from seamly.co!


love.









Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Workout Threads

Hey y'all! 

Do you follow @ohsweetjoy on Instagram? If not, what are you waiting for? I may not be blogging as regularly as I have in the past, but I can assure you I'm instagrammin'! Today, we are teaming up with Albion Fit to give away a $100 gift certificate for one of our followers. Head here to find out how to enter! If giveaways aren't your thing, but discount codes are - you're in luck too! Use the code OHSWEET15 for 15% off your entire purchase at Albion Fit, but don't delay! The code expires on the 14th.


What I'm wearing:
Capris and Serenity Tank C/O Albion Fit
Running shoes - Nike

love.

Monday, June 30, 2014

outfit schmoutfit ((flowy & feminine))


This summer, I've worn all the tanks in my shop NON-STOP. I literally just rotate them and wear this combination or this romper in between washings. My favorite so far, has been pairing the kind of edgier charcoal ampersand tank with this flowy coral skirt. I love the contrast and this skirt has been my favorite for years. Paired with one of my own designs? Jackpot. 


Skirt - Free People. Similar/neutral version here
*sold out but you can sign up for restock notify or find similar ones here or same  the exact ones are available here. 
Tank - Oh, Sweet Joy! (four colors available here) 


love.

Friday, June 27, 2014

koozies on brickyard buffalo

Hey y'all! 

Just popping in to let you know that today we're featured on Brickyard Buffalo. Our koozies are available at 25% off and only $2 shipping. It's a win-win. Your drinks will stay cold, you will look cool. You just can't go wrong. ((great for bachelorette parties and get-together favors!)) 

Get yours here! 

And rumor has it our new kale totes will be available in the shop today. Happy Friday to everyone :)

love.