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How Does Your Garden Grow? April 30 2016, 0 Comments


It’s officially Spring, and to celebrate the Equinox, we held a family event at Puj HQ on April 1st! The showroom was filled with Puj staff, parents and their littles, and everyone had a good time enjoying samples from Portland Juice Company and Treat Vancouver.


The focal point of the event was a gardening activity for kids. Everyone was invited to plant some wildflower seeds, mark their new garden, and wait for them to grow! It was an easy, inexpensive way to celebrate the turn in the weather with our local community. We invite you to do the same at home or with the people in your neighborhood!



You Will Need:

  • pots (we used biodegradable fiber pots, around $3 for 15 at Home Depot)
  • soil
  • wildflower seeds
  • cardstock and a printer
  • markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • popsicle sticks
  • tape or glue


Follow These Simple Steps:

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Use our garden marker template and print the pattern of your choice (we’ve included some fun coloring pages, too!)
  3. Fill each pot almost full of soil.
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of wildflower seeds on top of your soil. Pat the seeds down.
  5. Cut out your garden marker. Color it in and add your name!
  6. Fold the garden marker in half along the line and tape or glue the popsicle stick to the inside. Glue or tape it closed.
  7. Stick your garden marker in your pot.
  8. Add some water and wait for your flowers to grow!


Happy planting!

10 must have modern baby gear recommendations: December 09 2015, 0 Comments

"Fitz Winters is my fourth, he’s been proceeded by one sister, two brothers, and thousands of dollars invested in baby gear.  In the past six years, I’ve become something of an expert on infant essentials.  There are items I bought and never used, items I couldn’t wait to throw out once they were outgrown, and items that I wanted to adopt as another member of the family they were so lovely and helpful.  So in an effort to save you some cash, time, and sanity, I’m offering up my top 10 list." -Cardigan Empire

See here for the complete list, including the Puj Flyte (no.9) which makes bath time easy because it "nestles into your sink in seconds, keeps his/her tiny body secure and accessible the entire wash period, and basically disappears as soon as you’re done.  Queue heart eyes."

PolarAid Kit. December 07 2015, 0 Comments


Helping our kids feel safe is one of our biggest jobs as parents. Making a scary situation feel less scary takes a special touch and this Polar bear first aid kit is sure to do the trick! We love the idea of making our own (for the car or sports bag), big bear hug included. [via]

portrait place cards. November 19 2015, 0 Comments

[images: Julep blog]

Surprise and manage your Thanksgiving crowd with fun(ny) portrait place cards! "Guests will have a good laugh instead of grumbling that they’re not sitting in front of the rolls." Get a simple how-to on Julep.

mothers and their 1-day-old babies. November 18 2015, 0 Comments


“Motherhood really brings people together, it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, or what your job is, you’ve just done this amazing thing so everyone feels joyous and proud." -Lewis



Celebrity photographer Jenny Lewis touches us with her One Day Young photo project, showing mothers and babies within 24 hours of their birth. "My aim is to capture the extraordinary bonding, warmth and strength between mother and infant," she said, and the range of emotions her photos share are so easy to relate to as a mother--especially that calm and pride! See her beautiful mother and baby portraits here.

how to bathe your newborn. August 13 2015, 0 Comments


Hello, mom. We know that bath time can be such a special experience with the right tips and help! Follow our simple guide for a better newborn bath time:












DIY watercolor cloth napkins August 12 2015, 0 Comments


Looking for that special touch for a baby shower or other celebration soon? Watercolor feels like it bleeds summer with its muted sunset-like colors and we really love this cloth napkin DIY. Hand paint your own following these simple steps for a fresh table setting that can double as take-home favors. [Julep blog]

make (dairy free) strawberry, watermelon, coconut icecream. August 07 2015, 0 Comments


photo via: artful desperado


Ice cream wins all summer long! My boys and I love choosing new flavors and making them together--the anticipation of the churning and the freezing...and the delight of knowing exactly what's inside. This strawberry, watermelon, coconut dairy free option sounds the most delicious and simple (only 5 ingredients). See the recipe here. [Luvo]

how to make a bohemian beach tent. August 06 2015, 0 Comments

via: Say Yes

A full day at the beach or park can call for some shade. No umbrella or tent? No problem! This DIY bohemian beach tent is so simple and the setup can be so fun for the whole family (forage for sticks, dig holes, tie on a sheet/towel and play (or nap!) under a canopy)! Follow a great how-to here or here.



via: apartment therapy


make a geoboard. August 03 2015, 0 Comments



What to do with the stick & wood "treasures" we're endlessly collecting on our nature walks? This geoboard is simple enough for kids who are old enough to handle a hammer! "The kids had fun practicing their fine motor skills using a kid size hammer and nails and stretching rubber bands across them to create cool geometric patterns." Creativity, fine motor skills, danger. I think it will be a hit in our house! -Hello, Wonderful

best baby gear for small spaces! August 03 2015, 0 Comments


Shopping for the baby gear essentials is one thing. Shopping for baby gear for city living and small spaces is an entirely different thing.

"Living in the city, we’re constantly trying to make the most of our limited space, and while many baby products might be awesome in a large house, we look for items that do double duty, can easily be moved from room to room, and take up as little space as possible." -The Chicago Life Blog

Lucky for all of us, new mom and city-dweller Amelia has made her list of favorite baby gear for 0-3 months and you could win it all, including our favorite baby gear- the Puj Tub: "This sink insert makes bath time a breeze and is easily stored flat in our linen closet.  I also love how soft the foam is, as it keeps Connor’s head cushioned and makes bath time feel that much safer."




dinners for new parents. July 29 2015, 0 Comments


As a new mom or a recovering mom (from any big life event), delicious, fresh food is one of the most thoughtful gestures from friends...and sometimes even strangers. Do you remember that feeling of immense appreciation to have something to eat and serve your family? (And the friendly visit that comes along with it?)

Here are some really excellent ideas for the best dinners to bring families (with new babies). Freezer friendly, child friendly, nursing friendly. No more needing to call my sister for ideas (every time) and now I'm craving Ina Garten's lasagna. :) [Solly Baby blog]

baby shower by mail July 28 2015, 0 Comments


Clearly we love baby showers. And we love bringing our favorite gifts to our favorite mamas. But this idea is equally sweet for long-distance friends: a baby shower by mail. Sarah got to benefit from this nontraditional shower her sister put together.

"The card asked "guests" to send creative contributions in the form of a poem, lullaby, or short stories to Joe & I so that they can be bound into a book and we can read them to our daughter. The envelope included a response card and a pre-addressed envelope to make it super-easy for our friends and family to reply. In another few months my sister is going to create a book with all of the responses."

We would cherish something like this forever from our thoughtful family & friends!

MINI Magazine: peek into Puj HQ July 27 2015, 0 Comments


Being a part of this month's issue of MINI for the modern parent is one of our summer highlights. We are excited to share a special peek into Puj HQ, from our custom tour with MINI (photo credit: Linnea Paulina Photography)

This building has a lot of meaning to me. My wish is to provide opportunities for my family and employees to learn and grow.


The space is very open and raw with lots of character throughout- like natural skylights and tall green barn doors. This is where everything at Puj happens: design, photography, prototyping, shipping, customer service, sales meetings, mommy focus groups and kid testing.

"Life as a parent can easily turn into chaos. At Puj we work really hard to strip away the extras so you are only left with the essentials."

See more in this month's MINI Magazine.

11 parenting tips from smart women. July 24 2015, 0 Comments

"You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible." -Tina Fey

"Say “no” only when it really matters. Wear a bright red shirt with bright orange shorts? Sure. Put water in the toy tea set? Okay. Sleep with your head at the foot of the bed? Fine. Samuel Johnson said, 'All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle.'" -Gretchen Rubin

"Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers… for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces." -Amy Poehler

We can always appreciate helpful parenting tips, especially if they come with a little humor on a Friday! Read some words of wisdom (some with a bit of comedy) from 11 of our favorite women! [Kate Baer]

eat the rainbow. July 22 2015, 0 Comments


Let's face it- most kids think they don't like most vegetables. But the French have it all figured out with these beautiful vegetable crudites and I'm sure my kids would think it's so fun to (literally) eat the rainbow! [Cool Mom Eats]

p.s. See 15 really pretty + delicious crudite ideas right here.

perfect gifts for the first time mom. July 21 2015, 0 Comments


Wow, The House That Lars Built knows how to throw the kind of shower dreams are made of (of course)! Read her faves + tips for the experience all new moms deserve. It's fun to see the pure joy of being gifted a Puj Tub. (Maybe only second to getting to use it for the first time!)

(And this paper wrapping the Tub? Butcher paper + paint. Genius!) [The House That Lars Built]

summer movie night DIY July 21 2015, 0 Comments



When it comes to summer party inspiration, an outdoor movie night (cool enough to entertain 3-year-olds) may be about as good as it gets! Turn your back yard into a theater of our dreams with some simple (or maybe a little elaborate yet perfect) details. On screen: the classic Peter Pan. :) [Lay Baby Lay]

easy straw necklace craft. July 17 2015, 0 Comments



It's always a bonus when craft time can create a summer statement necklace for mom! I know our lot would have fun cutting up pastel straws and stringing them onto cord. "A great busy activity to do with kids during the summer. Then, layer them on in the evening for a summer party." -Say Yes

how to raise the happiest kids in the world: July 16 2015, 0 Comments


We can all relate to wanting happy children- always! Denmark has the reputation for being home to the “happiest people on earth” for almost 40 years and they have unique parenting tips that can teach us how!

"Play is considered one of the most important things a kid can do (and learn from), even into high school."

What's their secret to happiness and how is Danish parenting different? Read this pretty fascinating short interview here.  After all, happiness is what we all hope for the very most! [Mother Mag]

(non) maternity uniform. July 14 2015, 0 Comments


Although a reason to shop can always be exciting, we really love the idea of knowing how to work with our current wardrobe during a pregnancy. Spanish-born model Sheila Márquez gives us some really great examples of her maternity "uniform."

"One of the best things about my long skirt and jean jacket uniform is that I can still feel like myself now, no matter how my shape changes during my pregnancy. Those things just always fit. I’ve enjoyed having to slow down during this time—doing prenatal yoga, taking vitamins, eating healthy food. Maybe I could be pregnant forever?" -Madewell Blog


birthday gifts for a 10-year old boy July 10 2015, 0 Comments


image: Babyccino Kids

As a mom to boys, friends with little girls ask me this question often: what can we gift our little boy friends for their birthday?! Maybe LEGOS and sports equiptment and yoyos (or Kendama) are starting to feel too cliche or outgrown (or they're guaranteed to already have and still love them?). So we love new boy birthday gift ideas, especially as our little boys grow a little bigger (and enter into those double digits). Courtney has put together this fun list to mark the milestone in her own family! Have a peek here. [Babyccino Kids blog]

motivational homescreens. June 30 2015, 0 Comments


If you find yourself on your phone or computer amongst a busy day of parenting, maybe you're searching for inspiration (or a small break). We found some pretty + motivational screens to greet you that know exactly what to say: you'll get there or these are the days! Dress your tech with your favorites right here. [Design Love Fest]

the 10 best homemade ice pops. June 30 2015, 0 Comments


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Making them at home just tastes especially delish. For a fun 20 minutes (or less) in the kitchen together + simple but deliciously gourmet flavors, try out one (or all!) of our 10 favorite homemade taste approved. Make, freeze, delight in, repeat!

one I key lime

two I banana berry and buttermilk

three I yogurt parfait

four I coconut pineapple yogurt

five I cereal pops

six I easy frozen yogurt + fruit

seven I cantaloupe and lime

eight I caramelized banana and coconut ice-cream

nine I frozen hot chocolate

ten I ombre grapefruit tangerine