Inspire Me - Puj | Simplifying Parenthood

Blog

how to: beautiful air dried waves April 20 2015, 0 Comments

 

From one mom to another, we know your mornings will quickly go from newborn sleepy to especially...lively! And you want to start your day feeling fresh but sometimes drying and styling your hair for 30 minutes just cannot fit into the routine. We're all in luck! The experts are showing us how to mange the beautifully undone look from air dried hair-- it's sure to save enough time to blend up a green smoothie for yourself, too! ;)

Their "tips to help going all natural seem more intentional":

1. With this model, we had her come with air dried hair and no product. We perfected the look by selectively curling the curls around her face and the top layer. Focusing on sections of hair that dried a bit puffy and or flat. 
 
2. When you curl do not curl the whole piece, only curl a random part of the hair strand. (Example: On the last photo, see the front piece in front of her eye? Study how it actually has just one curl to it. We curled the lower middle part of that section. This creates a more natural undone look. 
 
3. Once you're done curling, go in with your hand and break up the curls.
 
4. Lastly, Product is key. Bring out the texture spray, dry shampoo, and even some hairspray. You need this to make you look less homeless and more fashionable! We like to throw in our choice of product both in the beginning and or end. 
 
5. Don't forget the root! Spray some of that dry shampoo or texturizing spray on them and break it up with your hand or brush! Its amazing the volume it gives you. 



8 products for independent kids! April 17 2015, 0 Comments

1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8

 

Simplify Summer with simple, beautiful products that help your little kids do (most) things all-by-themselves!

 

1. bus food tray: Fun for even the pickiest eater. Fill it up and hit the road for healthy on-the-go.

2. hut hut kids: A playful interpretation of the rocking horse is a bright way to do some rocking, rolling and balancing without a playground.

3. mini backpack: This backpack knows how to pack an adventure. It's mini-sized, water-resistant, super durable and ultimately cool (little kid-proof)!

4. Native shoes: Tackling Summer? Do it in washable, waterproof, shock absorbant, odor resistant and beast free shoes they can slip on all-by-themselves!

5. nice do shampoo: They know best that a fun day is a dirty day! Get clean with shiny, soft and absolutely safe shampoo that smells like a creamsicle. Perfection!

6. big hug towel: Playful silicone loops for hanging make this kid towel extra special. Plus it's super soft, extra fluffy & perfectly fitted. Goodbye wet towels on the floor! 

7. kids sunglasses: Ready for some sun? Virtually indestructible and completely protective, these cool shades made for small faces even have a 1 year lost & found guarantee!

8. smiley toothbrush holder: Keep germs away with this fun and friendly toothbrush holder + cover. It even suctions to the mirror for quick and easy clean up.

 




fresh take on family photos. April 17 2015, 0 Comments

 

Photos of everyone together is a treasure! If I could cover my walls with these memories from the beginning through forever, I would. We are inspired by the beautiful settings and candid shots and genuine personalities and joy and creativity that just shines through the photos in this collection we've gathered. Peek for more happy inspiration.

 

[Yan Palmer]




making things with my own hands... April 16 2015, 0 Comments

We think it's inspiring to think that every person and every brand we love has a beginning! Ever since I was a little child I have loved problem solving by making things with my own hands. Whether the material is wood, metal, or fabric I have always been a maker. My mother had all kinds of tools in the garage that she used to make crafts. It was growing up in this environment that ultimately inspired me to become an industrial designer. And then once I started having children it was very natural to start problem solving in the baby space. Babies require a lot of gear and I want solutions that are simple and intuitive. Bathing a baby is particularly difficult and I knew there had to be a better way. So I decided to simplify bath time with the Puj Tub. Luckily my little idea caught on quickly and know Puj is something we can share with each of you around the world!

Read more about my beginnings, my family and my brand in this month's Little Peanut Magazine.




DIY pick-up-sticks April 15 2015, 0 Comments

 

Spring Break was such a timely reminder that our kids just want (and need) to be less busy and less structured and have more time to explore, create, play! We really love games in our house and this classic will become such a great addition to our rotation, I'm sure. Learn how to make your own Pick Up Sticks (does this bring you back?) with a couple of simple steps and supplies. [Craftykins]



how to snack responsibly. April 14 2015, 0 Comments

 

Life and parenting can feel like an endurance sport and as moms, we know best that we need to stay fueled! Since snacking between our 3 daily meals is inevitable (unavoidable?) we love knowing more about how to snack responsibly. Expert Joy Bauer shares her pro tips about how often and how much we should be snacking each day to keep it good (for us) and still delicious. To more healthy, happy energy! [The Coveteur]



dispatch from Taiwan. April 13 2015, 0 Comments

 

 

"I have reflected on this experience often. It taught me to take my fears and obstacles in life and turn them into opportunities. All it takes is a mind shift."

 

As a family of 5, we made a fast decision to take our whole family to Taiwan (on only 3 days notice)! Traveling and seeing the world has a way of opening our eyes to life’s possibilities and teaching us how to dream and dream BIG. I'm excited to share our adventure (more about the whys and hows) on Tropic of Candycorn today!




lessons from our moms. April 08 2015, 0 Comments

 

Sometimes we as moms still need to be inspired by our mothers' advice! :) Do you remember the lessons your mom taught back when it was maybe a little more difficult to appreciate them? We love these top 10 illustrated lessons we learned from our (collective) moms. Feel newly inspired. Have any of these stuck for you?



how to live with kids. April 03 2015, 0 Comments

 

Lately I have been working with my kids to develop good organizational habits. Our home can get turned upside down in a matter of minutes (okay, so I might be the biggest culprit). But I want a tidy home to be habit and not something we need to be reminded of. This concept is so natural for Design Mom and she just released this beautiful book sharing her many years of practical wisdom of living with kids. It is a room-by-room guide for any home with children. She is a mother of six so clearly she has a wealth of experience. I love her crossroads between fun, practical, and beautiful. She tackles every room and addresses issues like laundry room chaos, keeping a tidy fridge, and how to make room for one more dinner guest. I love her perspective and wanted to share it with you. And not only is it full of ideas and advice but she has given me the confidence that I CAN DO IT!  Do you have a room that needs to be tackled? (PS- you can order her how-to guide on Amazon)




600 square feet and a baby. April 01 2015, 0 Comments

 

 

With all of the adjustments that come with a new baby, we're fascinated with how parents arrange their living space. This family has truly made a beautiful and functional space in 600 square feet.

How to live with less while adding a baby into their life? They say they live by the quote by William Morris:  “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

See how they manage "a place for everything" in this really pretty home tour. [Apartment Therapy]



baby shower hits. March 31 2015, 0 Comments

 

Need a refresher on how to gift the best at your next baby shower? These are the most thoughtful and beautiful gifts that new moms are truly hoping for. Practically perfect, including our Puj Hug infant towel and Puj Tub infant bath. [Small Fry]



collecing moments. March 31 2015, 0 Comments

image: Pinterest

 

As a mom, more than anything, I want my children's lives to be full of good memories- adventures, love, learning, joy! Spring break is a perfect time to put this into practice: what are they experiencing? What are they feeling? Are we living something they'll remember forever? This helps me go easy and enjoy.

How do you create these kind of moments for your family?



chalkboard eggs. March 30 2015, 0 Comments

 

This is an exciting week to celebrate Spring and Easter and Spring break (for many) as families! What better way to bring it all in than these simple and high-contrast Easter eggs. Chalkboard paint + chalk never looked so fresh! [Small Fry]



Puj + You Lingerie GIVEAWAY! March 27 2015, 1 Comment




loving our bodies. March 25 2015, 0 Comments




10 simple ways to decorate Easter eggs. March 24 2015, 0 Comments




DIY bunny onesie. March 24 2015, 0 Comments




a mom who "has it all" March 20 2015, 0 Comments

 

It's natural to admire the women who really seem to have and do it all-- the happiness, the daily exercise, healthy bento box lunches, homemade dinners, daily crafts and a successful career or project that develops their amazing talents. Truly, I love these kind of women and know they exist. But what we're not always seeing is what they prioritize and how they balance to outwardly look so remarkable.

"It starts with figuring out exactly what you want, being honest with yourself about how to get there, and going for it."

These "7 secrets of a mom how has it all" are the real lessons behind being that kind of power mom / woman. [Babble] I'm sure we each of our own. How do you do it?




10 ways to turn your Picky Eater into a Foodie March 18 2015, 0 Comments

We love fresh, beautiful, good food! Experiencing food can bring families together, teaches about culture and adventure and health and pleasure. If you're like us, you want all of this for your kids and even more, you want to raise foodies! Follow these 10 great tips to avoid struggles, help your picky eater, grow closer as a family and inspire future gourmets.

 

image: mothermag

1. Have regular family dinners

Is there any time for family meals? Even between toddlers eating early and the busy sports/school/work schedules, we hope so because the benefits are proven to be well worth the effort! Studies show that family dinners are the perfect setting for trying new foods, getting a good intake of veggies and fruit, controlling portions, promoting health and happiness, relieving stress and giving us a chance to talk (about food and life). We're in!

 

 

2. Start early

Babies are naturally adventurous with food! Proof is in the pudding (or amazing video above), as they say.

"Believe it or not, flavor shows up in utero. What mom eats finds its way into the amniotic fluid that baby swallows, and flavors like vanilla and garlic are just a few of the many flavors that can be detected in the womb. Science shows that early exposure to a variety of flavors can encourage your child to try more savory cuisine later on in life." [-Education.com]

Beyond your pregnancy, think outside of typical baby food during those months when solids are new and exciting and share a variety of flavors and textures (perhaps your own dinner, mashed or pureed).

 

image: practicing simplicity

3. Bring them shopping

Based on this foodie mom's years of research (read: family dinners), "the key to expanding kids’ palates is to bring them along with you on the weekly food shop. As the theory goes, when they select the pack of pomegranate seeds themselves — or the leeks or the avocados — they’ll be more likely to try it all at home." [-Dinner a Love Story] Plus farmer's markets and food halls and specialty shops are a true + thrilling adventure for everyone, "like another corner of the universe."

 

image: Sunday Suppers

4. Share the food you love

 Dad and food writer Matthew Amster-Burton says, "Food is an opportunity to have fun sharing something with your baby. It's something my daughter and I can enjoy in the same way and on the same level - it tastes good to both of us, and so we're enjoying the same experience... You're both going to have to eat anyway, and having fun with it keeps it from becoming a chore."

More than sharing, our mini-me's are learning from us, so why not teach them to love strawberry rhubarb pie for a birthday treat, anticipate steamed artichokes on special Friday nights and prefer their grilled cheese to be made with crusty bread and Fontina?

1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6

5. Use kid-friendly tableware 

What good is fun food without fun and friendly tableware? We have gathered our kid favorites to make meal time simple + cool + exciting. The Puj Phillup makes drinking water fun again and lightens your load (literally- less dishes, less mess).

 

image: love taza

6. Get them in the kitchen

Can they help without you losing your mind? Julie Negrin, nutritionist and kids' cooking teacher, says yes! And here's why we should try: "Mini chefs are more likely to eat what they make and become more adventurous about trying new foods. By the age of 8, they can make simple meals such as scrambled eggs. By 10 years old, they can help prepare dinner before you get home from work." Read her 9 tips on cooking with kids (and keeping your sanity) here.

 

image: Sweet Paul

7. Try simple, "child-proof" recipes

Creating food helps us trust it and love it! Sharing recipes that they can follow can become a fun family activity, will give them a confidence boost and teaches skills they'll use forever.

Have a look at some of our favorite resources for fresh kid-friendly recipes and meals:

image: Williams Sonoma

8. Work on those kitchen skills together

The kitchen can be so exciting for our curious kids! Rather than teach them to fear the sharp knives and hot stove, we love showing them the rising bread, the steaming rice and the colorful minced veggies. We can teach them age-appropriate tasks (while supervised and stressing safety, of course), perhaps helping with muffin liners, tossing a salad, cracking and egg, assembling a pizza, stirring a sauce, reading a recipe. Find some other age-appropriate tasks right here.

 

image: The Guardian

9. Have fun with manners

We like being a fun family but we also want to do ourselves (and our kids) a favor and help them learn how to be polite and gracious. Table manners don't have to be stuffy! ("No elbows on the table!") What to teach? From saying "please", using a napkin and chewing with your mouth closed to cutting with a knife and knowing which direction to pass the food, here's a helpful list for each age group.

Once you decide on your family's favorite table manners, have fun remembering! Maybe you can practice with a fancy candle lit dinner or a clever game. Then rest easy feeling confident that your kids won't be burping their abcs at the next dinner invite. 

 

Download our simple placemat - 19" x 13" or print small and hang on the wall as a helpful reminder!

10. Teach them how to set a table

"Setting the table is a good way to show we care about the people who will sit down to eat with us -- it's an act of dignity, respect, and love." -Martha Stewart

It's a bonus that our kids can help us with this pretty simple daily task! Do you remember which side to put the fork and spoon? Refresh your memory or learn together with Martha's setting the table guide (from soup and salad to dessert).

 




modern family home. March 16 2015, 0 Comments

 

photos: DOMAINE

This "wholly original and thoughtful" Los Angeles home is the perfect amount of creative and colorful and really exciting for fun + clever families to leave inspired by. The climbing wall (leading to the upstairs living room) has our "yes please!" vote. [DOMAINE]



healthy shamrock shake. March 16 2015, 0 Comments

 

We love green, always, but especially tomorrow! Start your day of right with this shake that feels indulgent but really has the very best list of natural + healthy ingredients (super greens, mint, almond milk, dates...). Happy St. Patty's day from Puj! [Hello Natural]




our favorite time together. March 11 2015, 1 Comment

 

"Bath time is one of our favorite times together.  As soon as Vienna hears the faucet turn on, she calms down." -Bond Girl Glam

 

Irina Bond has now been a new mama for 3 months and knows the especially good + useful baby products for her tiny girl Vienna. Her love for the Puj Tub runs deep. "It’s seriously ingenious," she says! It's a space saver for her small apartment, drys quickly inside her shower, sets up so simply (she'll tell you how here) and was soft and comfortable for her teeny and delicate newborn. Read her full 3-month baby update on Bond Girl Glam.




for your little leprechaun. March 10 2015, 0 Comments

 

Make life fun with these colorful & playful gifts for your little leprechaun.

 

ella & mila : tropical jungle polish

armelle : DIY lucky rainbow necklace

puj : kiwi snug spout cover

anton franz mortel : chalk set

shop bando : it girl love bobbi

swell : 9-oz bright green water bottle

 




gifts as good as gold. March 10 2015, 0 Comments

 

We've collected the most thoughtful, golden gifts just for you or your favorite lady! Lucky you / her!

 

makeshop : gold glitter paper garland

madewell : wishbone lariat necklace

barr co : hand and body cream

sycamore street press : where there is love there is life art card

frends : leather wrapped headphones

swell : sparkling champagne water bottle