Saturday, June 29, 2013

let's team up!

What if I told you that spending $80-$110 could get your blog or shop potentially well over 100,000 views over the course of 3 months? Those views  can quickly become customers and/or long term blog readers. 


Oh, Sweet Joy! is now accepting sponsorships for July and this could become a reality for you! My prices are always set with small businesses and blogs in mind. However, advertising is an investment and it's my goal for that investment to pay off! Click here to learn more about how to make your sponsorship pay off. 

Email me for my current info sheet to get details on sponsoring Oh, Sweet Joy! for the remainder of the summer. PLUS, mention this post and receive an additional 10% off of 3 month packages. ((ohsweetjoyATgmailDOTcom))

I look forward to working with you to promote your shop, small business, and/or blog. We'd make a great team, I just know it. ;)

love.

Friday, June 28, 2013

poshmark + oh, sweet joy! ((and 3 other denver bloggers!))


I'm excited ((and so nervous!)) to be one of the hosts for next week's posh party in Denver! I don't feel cool enough to go to this, much less be a host, but here we are. Let's do this ((what, you don't talk to yourself to pump yourself up?)). Besides, who doesn't want to get all fancied up to drink cocktails at the Four Seasons pool terrace? I feel a little bit like Serena Vanderwoodsen. If you don't know what/who I'm talking about, then you're probably better off. 

WOW, I digress.

Have you heard of poshmark? It's basically a website and ((FREE)) app to set up your own closet for people to buy from or to buy from other fashionista's closets. I've found so many great anthro pieces that I have my eye on! You can follow my closet HERE and use the code HDWLF when you sign up so they know I sent you ((pretty please? wink.)) :) I haven't uploaded anything yet, but keep an eye out. It will be MUCH easier to maneuver than my instagram closet sales!

So, YOU'RE INVITED! You absolutely do NOT have to be a blogger to attend AND if you don't live in the area you can still attend! Just join the party through the poshmark app and/or the hashtag #poshparty

Don't forget to RSVP! I hope to see you there!!!

love.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

sponsor highlight + giveaway ((featuring belyst boutique))




 Belyst is an upscale, independently-owned boutique specializing in designer apparel and accessories for creative and free-spirited women of all ages. From established designers to those just putting out their first collections, Belyst offers an array of free-spirited, whimsical, and distinctly feminine designs, as well as vintage and handmade goodies.

Giveaway Item:
The Scale Necklace, retailing at $62!

Discount Code:
  Sweetjoy10 ((10% off entire purchase))

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Time in Texas

We flew off to Texas last Saturday early in the morning. We were supposed to come back on Wednesday, but just didn't feel like we could leave so soon! We changed our flight to Saturday, so we got to spend a whole week with friends and family. It was such a blessing and I felt at rest and peace for the first time in a while. There's just something about those Texas sunsets, those wide open spaces, those meals eaten with loved ones that just makes your heart feel at home. I won't lie, it was hard to come back...especially when the flight back had it's share of delays and "bumps." However, we are here in Boulder for this season and I need to be content. My heart has to be here. All here.

Anywho, here are some photos from our time in Texas. We spent lots of time at the pool, ate lots of Tex-Mex and BBQ, had plenty of snow cones, had plenty of quality time with family, and even threw a party for some friends in the area to come meet Knox. I got my mom's car stuck in the mud going to see one of my dad's sunflower fields. We got out for a date night. We acted like kids. We were showered with gifts for baby Knox. Needless to say, it was such a special week...and probably my favorite trip to Texas ever!


and my favorite photo of the trip ((of my parents)) was the very first one I snapped...

...there was definitely no shortage of love during our time in Texas.

love.
linking up with blair for life lately!

Monday, June 24, 2013

strawberry lemonade icebox pie recipe

Two summers ago, I did a "summer of pie" series here on the blog. This was one of my all time favorites, so I thought I'd share it again, as it is incredibly perfect for hot days!

((I will humbly state that I think mine looks better, Martha. Just ignore the out of focus iphone photo, k?))

what??? I thought that's what bloggers were supposed to do...have mental battles with Martha Stewart. no? oye.

Focus, Kim.
 

Ingredients:
12 oz strawberries, sliced
1 can sweetened condensed milk
veggie oil cooking spray
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup strained lemon juice
10 graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 large egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue), plus 1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 large egg whites, room temp
salt
5 tablespoons melted unsalted better 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make the crust: Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Pulse crackers in a food processor until finely ground; measure 1 1/3 cups, and discard excess. Pulse cracker crumbs, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in food processor to combine. Add butter, and pulse until mixture is moist and holds together when pressed between 2 fingers.
2. Press crust evenly into bottom and up sides of pie plate using the bottom of a dry measuring cup. (Make sure the sides and rim of the crust are firmly pressed so they don't crumble when pie gets cut.) Freeze for 30 minutes.
3. Bake crust until firm and turning darker around edges, 10 to 11 minutes. Remove from oven, and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
4. Meanwhile, make the filling: Whisk together condensed milk, lemon juice, egg yolks and egg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
5. Pour filling into warm pie crust. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the center is set. Transfer to wire rack to let cool and then chill in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
6. Make the topping by sprinkling strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and lemonjuice. Let sit for 30 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, heat egg whites and remaining 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in the heatproof bowl of a mixer set over a pan of simmering water until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to mixer, and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, 8 to 9 minutes.
8. Spoon berries over pie. Spoon meringue over top. Place pie under broiler, with rack in lowest position, until meringue is just browned. Alternatively, use a kitchen torch to brown the top.

The recipe can be found here as well to print,  ((thanks Martha!)) and let me just tell you...homemade graham cracker crust is SO easy and SO worth it. I used cinnamon sugar graham crackers and holy moly.  The remainder of the recipe is straight forward, but a little complicated and time consuming, but is definitely worth the extra effort. This pie turned out so sweet, creamy, tangy, and tasty I can't even stand it. In Chase's words,

"That pie is amazing."

Boom

Here is a photo compilation ((fancy wording for no reason)) of the pie in three steps. Just the filling & crust, with the topping added, and then the meringue. I tried to add strawberry puree to the "filling" to make it pink rather than muted yellow, but as you can see....it didn't work. 


Chase was napping, so I had to rely on my iphone to get some self portraits with the pie. Also, all of the other photos were taken with my iphone. I know...I'm so lazy. 


happy pie making!

love. 

fabric: by anna maria horner
recipe: courtesy of martha stewart
pie pan: pyrex ((3 bucks at king soopers, baby))
striped straws: sweet lulu

Thursday, June 20, 2013

((sponsor highlight + giveaway)) featuring Mercy Ink, Shades of Joy, A Secondary Heartbeat & SuzzieV blog

Hi! I’m Chrissy. I am married to Rick, a handsome, incredible musician and songwriter, currently serving on staff at a new church plant. We’ve been married for almost 4 years. In this season of life, I am working full time and in school full time (only by the grace of God do I keep all of that somewhat together). I opened Shades of Joy to begin learning the basics of running a handmade business and to begin connecting with other shop owners. More than anything, I pray God will use this little shop in whatever way pleases Him. Feel free to find me at my blog, and let me know you stopped by!

giveaway item: 
((both pairs of earrings))

discount code: 
OHSWEETJOY for 15% off

link love:
blog // shop // twitter 

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Hi! My name is 
Nadine and I blog over at a Secondary Heartbeat I'm the girl who is most comfortable with a coffee mug in hand, deep in conversation with a friend, yet who also has the loudest laugh at the party. The words I write are meant to point to the Jesus I love.


giveaway:

$15 to iTunes! 

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Hello new friends! My name is Lauren, the ordinary, everyday gal of the MERCY iNK shop and blog. On a typical Saturday you can find me at a thrift store, yard sale, chasing kids with a water hose in the back yard, or meeting a friend for a coffee date. I have been married to my [youth pastor] hubby, Adrian, for eight years this summer and we have three littles at home, ages 2, 4, and 6. In January we began the process of adopting from Africa, so we have a fourth little one out there waiting, too! In the shop, you'll find meaningful Scripture prints that I hope you'd just love to put up on your walls. It brings me joy to create and design pieces that can literally change hearts through the power of words. And right there is the heart and mission of MERCY iNK: to inspire ordinary women (like you and me!) to live brave. Right now, all of our shop profits are going towards our adoption fund, so many thanks in advance for supporting this little mama and her troop. 

Giveaway Item:

Discount Code:
SWEETJOY for 15% off

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Hi! I'm Suzzie. I blog all about life. That means you get to join me for all the fun stuff, like running a 10k through the mud, All the hard stuff, like dealing with a miscarriage. And all the funny stuff. Like the time I accidentally farted in the car and lied about it. Come join me for the journey. 


Giveaway Item:
Set of Jamberry Nail Wraps 

Link Love:
 shop // blog // facebook // bloglovin  

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

outfit schmoutfit ((dressing up that plain white tee))


I am a hoarder of a few things: designer fabric, necklaces, and white tanks/tees. If I insist on continuing to buy these solid staples, then I have to find ways to dress them up a bit. So..along came this outfit. I actually wore this skirt way up high in our maternity photos and each week it falls lower and lower on my hips. It's a good and bad thing...I need to take it in a bit because this isn't the most flattering part of my waist line. But then again, I just had a baby 9 weeks ago so it's all good in this hood for now. Anywho, I paired the tee with a dressier/flowy skirt, a cute little blowfish shoe, a fedora, and a colorful necklace. I love how the Sew Caroline clutch ties in the neutral shades of the shoes & hat. 


Midi Circle Skirt: Forever21 

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Monday, June 17, 2013

((handmade monday)) summer-time carseat cover tutorial



Every mom wants to show off their cute bundle of joy, but there comes a time when they're snoozing in their carseat and a complete stranger in the grocery store wants to sneak a peek. No ma'am. Please don't touch my baby. 


My Memaw sent me a "carseat canopy" and we've gotten so much use out of it. As soon as those hot summer days rolled around, I wanted to make a more lightweight version. The darker fabric on top & minky layer on bottom of the one I have is great for cooler days to keep Mr. Knox all toasty inside the stroller and/or carseat...but since our stroller is black and the Colorado sun is brutal, I needed another option for hot days.  Thus, this tutorial was born!  This cover is a bit more breathable and the lighter color keeps it from absorbing as much heat.

If you can sew a straight line, you can make this carseat cover. Not to mention, what a fun & customizable baby gift! 


What You'll Need:
1 yard muslin or linen or solid kona cotton
1 yard designer fabric
thread
pins
scissors
sewing machine
(optional: velcro and decorative button)

Directions:
1. Wash, dry, and iron fabric.
2. Using the width of the fabric (44 inches) for the length of the carseat cover, cut both pieces of fabric into a rectangle of about 43 by 29 inches. I trimmed off the selvedges because sometimes they wash differently.
3. Cut two more rectangles that are 4 inches by around 20 inches, or however long you need them to be to tie. These are what attaches the cover to the carseat. I didn't want a bow, so cut them a bit longer if you are making one for a baby girl and want the ties to tie into a bow.
4. Pin the muslin and your fabric together with the "pretty" side of the fabric facing the muslin. Sew around all the way, leaving a 3-5 inch gap to turn. Trim your corners, turn it right side out and press. Top stitch all the way around the edge to make it look nice & close up the hole.

((steps 5 & 7))
5. Fold the cover in half and mark with pins all the way across. Sew across the width of the cover to keep the pieces of fabric in place. 

6. Fold the edges of your "ties" in, press, and then fold in half. Press again. Top stitch all the way around the edges. 

7. Mark about 9 inches in from each side (( again, it will vary depending on your carseat )) and center the straps on the line you just sewed. Pin in place and sew about half an inch on either side to secure. 
8. Tie onto the carseat and you're done!



love.

notes:
-fabric is korkek in dandelion by lotta jansdotter
-any cotton will work well
-instead of ties, you can add velcro to the straps and a decorative button on top
-have fun with it and get creative. this would be fun in patchwork, add some embroidery to the corner, etc



Friday, June 14, 2013

scenes from our week ((& well wishes for the weekend))


I had such a productive and fun week. We went to the pool, got some blog stuff done, some shop plans dreamed up, and lots of bills taken care of. That cute little fella above also slept through the night a few times, so this mama is feeling refreshed and well rested. I had a little meltdown on Sunday night and finally told begged God, "Okay. I need sleep. I'm tired of trying to make that happen on my own efforts. It's not working. Please help." In that desperate plea, he heard me. He met me in my weakness and gave me rest. Even on the nights that Knox still woke up often, He gave me rest. Color this gal thankful. Whatever color thankful is...


I hope your weekends are full of fun, beauty, and rest. We are headed to Texas at the booty crack of dawn tomorrow. I canNOT wait.

love.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

sponsor highlight + giveaweay ((featuring a rambling fancy blog))


Hello Oh, Sweet Joy readers! 

I'm Kaleigh or "The Rambler" here in Blog Land. I'm a typical Jill of All Trades living in the great state of Oklahoma (states that have musicals are automatically great in my opinion!) I love chocolate, a good book, the color pink, and office supplies.  I am lucky enough to work as a special event stylist, styling hair and makeup for weddings, proms and the like. Since becoming a stylist, I've experimented with my fair share of hair products and I love to share my finds on my blog! Today I'm giving away one of my favorite sets: Healthy Sexy Hair! I love the Big Sexy line and the Healthy Sexy line is equally as addictive. It smells great and makes your hair feel fantastic! 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

((outfit schmoutfit)) shirt dresses for the win


I cannot tell you how difficult it's been to find dresses to wear while in this stage where Knox nurses every 3 hours. Shirt dresses have been my best friend since finding one at target and one from Kintage. Not only are they classic, but this sleeveless one in a fun print from Kintage is such a fun addition it my wardrobe. 


...and remember what I said about chevron? I take it back when it's vertical. :D


At first I had on a turquoise bubble necklace that matched the shoes. Now, I love a good matchy match, but I felt like it was a bit much and took away from the dress. I went necklace-less (ha) and put on some bangles instead for a little arm party.


Dress: C/O Kintage
Watch: C/O Wristology
Belt: Target
Shoes: Urban Outfitters


love.