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Scenes from Christmas

I know I said I wouldn’t post until after the New Year (oops!), but I wanted to share a few photos from our Christmas. Mostly because they brought us so much joy during a Christmas that was unlike any other…

Goodbye 2020!

What a year this has been! What started as a year that had very emotional changes over here in my Oh Joy! world , turned into a year full of changes for all of mankind. We went through a global pandemic together (and still are) and racial injustices (and still are). We are all united in knowing we have been tested and pushed to the limits this year. Yet, here we still are…

it’s giving tuesday…

This year has been very difficult financially for many of our neighbors, community, friends—and maybe even our own families. We've had a year we never imagined, but we've also seen the incredible generosity and kindness of communities and neighbors coming together and helping to meet each others' most basic needs. Donating to non-profits can seem […]

what’s in a name?

I was born Nantaka Joy Deangdeelert. It’s pretty much the most Thai name you could have…soooo many letters! Nantaka means “Happy Lady”, Joy is actually a very common Thai nickname (Thai people are often given shorter nicknames since our first names tend to be long), and Deangdeelert means  “Red, good, and luck.” It’s a name […]

positive things you can do this weekend…

Happy Friday! The world seems upside down right now, and sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel during this truly atypical year. But there are also good things in this world, and things we can do for ourselves, our families, and our communities to bring light, change, and happiness! […]

it’s important to vote…

One of the most important duties of every citizen in a democracy is to vote! This year feels especially important with the myriad of things happening in our world right now, but we should always be this amped up and passionate about our part in making sure our leaders represent our values and rights.   1. […]

when you’re feeling blue…

These times have been an emotional roller coaster for all of us for sure. Some days I feel really great and have a handle on our current state of life, and sometimes I'm totally bummed out. The thing I try and do on those bummer days is to think about all the great things that […]

craftopia!

When it comes to TV time, my kids have started to break outside of the kids' cartoons and watch shows with real people. They now love creative competition shows which have been so fun to watch as a family. So I'm excited to tell you about this amazing new show that launched a couple weeks […]

how to talk to kids about racism…

The other night, we found ourselves explaining to our kids what happened to George Floyd and so many other Black Americans recently. It’s a story we didn’t expect to tell because it’s a story that shouldn’t have happened. But it did happened and incidents like these have been happening for centuries. Maybe you know we […]

our last day in the oh joy 2.0 studio…

Today we say farewell to our amazing studio where we've spent the last 3.5 years of Oh Joy's almost 15 year history. This was what I called our Oh Joy 2.0 studio (here and here and here and here) as it was a big upgrade from our first one (which was an upgrade from my […]

in my last few days of 40…

As I count down the last few days of my 40th year, it will be a very different birthday this year for sure. I can't believe I am saying this, but in the last few weeks…I've been happy again. I spent the first month (or two) of quarantine being sad and angry over the life […]

celebrating mother’s day from far away…

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it definitely feels different this year. Lots of us haven't had a chance to see our extended families in a while with our current social distancing. While we are in our homes and our moms are in their homes, how can we connect with them in an […]