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Finn's black and white nursery. April 22 2014, 0 Comments

This high-contrast, black and white nursery was created for Finn, who has limited eye sight but can see contrasting colors very well. We really enjoy the vibrant, thoughtful design! [Project Nursery]




how do you do it? April 21 2014, 0 Comments

I met a woman recently who, upon finding out I have four children said, “Wow! Four kids. How do you do it? Do you have a nanny?” I told her that they are really great kids and I have a supportive husband. We just try hard to have fun and be good people.

As I was reflecting more on her question I thought about how being a Mom is a labor of love. Whether you have 1 kid or 7, it takes dedication, patience, and sacrifice. So how do I do it? I choose to do it, that’s how. My family is my priority and they make life worth living.

We all live busy lives and I know I’m not the only one with my hands full. How do you do it?




gender reveal eggs. April 21 2014, 0 Comments

These gender reveal eggs are the most exciting (and pretty) way to share your baby's gender with friends- even light enough to mail to ones afar. See the clever diy right here. [Style Me Pretty]




flatout frankie. April 21 2014, 0 Comments

With more free time on our hands soon enough, we're searching for activities that can encourage imagination and creativity. Appealing to both the artist and the builder, these flatout frankie kits come flatpacked and  are perfect for using inside or outdoors. (Available on Amazon)




MALM dresser hack. April 20 2014, 0 Comments

With Spring cleaning in full swing, we especially love this Ikea MALM dresser hack. Cut-out clothing shapes on the drawers make a true mom-helper out of your kids on laundry day.




building your baby registry. April 20 2014, 0 Comments

We love seeing a collection of Puj products in Ashley's baby registry and totally agree with her advice about how to build a registry. (Like: find a store with a big variety of online and physical shopping, choose items that will convey your taste and ask friends for advice.) See her 10 tips and online baby registry choices here

Where did you create your baby registry? What advice would you pass on?




American Blogger April 17 2014, 0 Comments

We celebrate creativity, self-expression and reaching out as women, parents and humans to create a community for ourselves and welcome others to be a part. We celebrate many bloggers for telling their story and "shaping culture in a positive way."

This film sets out to introduce us to some of those bloggers and it makes us want to know others and more than anything, honor their stories and share our own voices. "If we're not sharing it, if we're just keeping it private, why are we experiencing it?" -American Blogger




bloom. April 17 2014, 0 Comments

Being 42 weeks pregnant with this one was not my favorite. But it sure makes me love her that much more. (These beautiful tulips are from the Holland America Bulb Farm in Woodland Washington)




children and allowances. April 17 2014, 0 Comments

Parents, do you have allowance figured out at your house? There are so many approaches and if you're like us and started this allowance journey with so many unanswered questions (when do you start? how much? is it tied to chores? what are the rules to saving and spending?), this article shares lots of great tips. The most helpful for us recently: "start when school starts." [For fun, 9 unique piggy banks right here.]

Did you grow up with an allowance? What's worked best for your family?

 

 




bunny pancakes. April 16 2014, 0 Comments

Order up! Begin the weekend egg-hunts with these bunny pancakes, decorated with fruit and yogurt. Wouldn't this would make such a fun family tradition! [Betty Crocker / Handmade Charlotte]




Spring Green. April 15 2014, 0 Comments

 

Inspired by Spring, we've rounded up our favorite baby items to help refresh and brighten your home and routine.

Bonus: For one full week, buy your Puj favorites for 15% off with code: SPRINGGREEN on puj.com. Offer expires 4/24.

1. neon yellow baby onesie / Hello Apparel

2. shapes book / Orla Kiely

3. glacier moccasins / Freshly Picked

4. kiwi puj snug / Puj

5. bunny bib / Oeuf

6. wooden teether fox / Little Sapling Toys

7. green bottle / Comotomo Baby

8. green puj flyte / Puj

9. themis mobile / Artecnica




time stands still... April 15 2014, 0 Comments

One of the most important lessons that motherhood has taught me is that joy comes from being around the people and doing the things I love. Even when are circumstances feel very ordinary. [image via]

 

Have you had one of these time-standing-still moments lately?




candy-less Easter egg fillers. April 13 2014, 0 Comments

A dozen thank you's to Melanie for these candy-less Easter egg filler ideas. (Also see her little boy and girl Easter basket fillers here.) Via You Are My Fave.




a happier mom. April 11 2014, 0 Comments

Lately I've been working on being a happier mom. I want so badly for my kids to learn the value of hard work, honesty, and responsibility. But some days I make the mistake of thinking those things must be done with my serious face. This week my family took a much needed Spring Break where we enjoyed some sun and the great outdoors. We all came back feeling more relaxed, happy, and much less serious. It made me realize how grouchy I have been lately. I decided I want my kids to remember having fun with me. It's okay to be silly while we mop the kitchen together. If fact it's better. Life is what we make of it and gosh darn I want to have some fun!




homemade sidewalk chalk. April 10 2014, 0 Comments

Here‘s a favorite spring & summer science project that becomes instant sunny day play: make your own sidewalk chalk! It’s a recipe for success: firm, but not brittle. And we are extra excited about mixing our own colors.

[via Playful Learning]




encouraging their dreams. April 10 2014, 0 Comments

The pretty toy display is inspiration enough, but the story behind it is so encouraging. Kaspian's room was created around his most fervent wish: to be a veterinarian. (Complete with an operating room, medical cabinet, x-rays and plenty of animals.) Rather than design, his parents focus is fostering his dream.

Do you have a child that knows what they want to be when they grow up? How do you encourage them?




toy stories. April 08 2014, 0 Comments

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti traveled the world to film children surrounded by their favorite toys. "Toy Stories." For children even worlds apart (from Italy to Iceland to Botswana), his conclusion was simple: "they just want to play." Although the article brings up fascinating points about how the children play and how their toys reflect the worlds they were born into, we love the important reminder that imagination and interaction and friendships are universal and defining parts of childhood. (Let them play!)




tips for an easier labor. April 06 2014, 1 Comment

We're believers that healthy habits can "improve your odds of having an easier, shorter labor." Although I was very active and fit during my first pregnancy, my labor was extremely drawn out and exhausting. It was stressful and I felt defeat and that recovery was slow and hard. (Of course the baby and experience, regardless, was a miracle!) As I was getting ready for my second labor/delivery experience years later, more than anything, I wanted to be more relaxed and mentally prepared and this made all the difference for me! Among knowing what to anticipate (the best and the worst), feeling more at-ease with my body and my abilities, I took nightly ginger scented baths during this second pregnancy of mine to help me physically relax and meditate. And for that smooth delivery, I remember feeling more ready, strong, peaceful... and the bath habit hasn't died over 5 years later!

 

While everyone has their own tips ("eat dates, sleep more, strengthen your legs"- Fit Pregnancy), we want to hear yours. How did you prepare for an easier labor?




countdown eggs. April 03 2014, 0 Comments

These painted eggs, filled with simple surprises, count down to Spring or Passover or Easter in 12 days. A perfect way to buffer so much anticipation. (We've gathered lots of other favorite spring crafts right here.)




teething chart. April 02 2014, 0 Comments

In our experience, teething can be a good time to turn to your supportive community (or the books) to have a better understanding of how to alleviate symptoms. This teething chart is a perfect reference. "File this under good to know!" [Hello Bee]




the Puj story. April 02 2014, 1 Comment

 
After we refined the design of the Puj Tub I decided we needed to take it to the largest Children's Products tradeshow in America. The ABC Expo in Las Vegas. We had 2 weeks to design, build, and ship a 20' x 10' booth. We decided we were going to go BOLD and do an ALL WHITE booth. While I was in the shower (that's where all the ideas come right?) I came up with the idea of building a wall with white shipping boxes. They ship flat, are affordable, and we could build the wall ourselves with no tools. We tested the idea in our garage and thought it just might work. I ordered 150 1' x 2' white boxes and shipped them directly to Vegas. We figured out a sink display with two pedestal sinks that were supported by a long narrow bookshelf Ben and the boys had already made me for Mother's Day. And most importantly, we designed the Puj logo to be suspended along the wall. After the booth was designed and shipped off, then all we had to do was get ourselves to the show, or so we thought. We missed our flight to Las Vegas, ALL of our Puj Tubs were stuck in customs, and the Fire Marshal said we had to take down our booth the night before the show started.
After a bit of searching we found another flight that was direct and had us getting into Vegas sooner. Because we missed our flight, I had 1 extra hour at the airport to get on the phone and get our tubs out of customs and on their way to Vegas. And by staying calm and talking it through with the Fire Marshal, we found a solution and our booth was approved. Phew. 
Along our journey in creating Puj, there have been so many opportunities to give up and throw in the towel. But I know when one door closes, another one opens. I have learned along this journey that roadblocks just mean there are other opportunities, probably even better ones. I just need to keep working, keep trying, and not give up.

The tradeshow was a major success. The booth was packed 4 solid days and we heard the words, "that's brilliant!" all day long. Our Puj Tub US distribution went from 21 stores to over 500. And we even picked up distribution in almost 20 countries. It would have been so easy to give up, but we believed in ourselves and we knew we could truly help parents all over the world.



style and children. April 01 2014, 0 Comments

We love the philosophy that style and children can mix. Here are some pretty ideas (like a mid-century sewing box book storage) of how to design for parents and children without the "primary colored plastics."




nursing Liberty. April 01 2014, 0 Comments

 

Deciding to nurse a baby is a big commitment. Tonight I left Liberty with Ben hoping she could make it for 2 hours without nursing. She sleeps a solid 12 hours at night and naps great during the day. But when she's awake, she wants to eat every hour on the hour. One hour after I left, Ben texted me with a "5 star red alert". He said he had never seen her frown until tonight. There are many days I think bottle feeding would be so much easier. But watching my baby grow and thrive on nature's nectar is an absolute miracle. And before I know it, she will be 1 year old and ready to wean. 

When did you wean your baby?




making bathtime with baby a breeze. March 31 2014, 0 Comments

Our friends at Giggle talk about how to make bath time with baby a breeze from easy tubs to must-haves to have close by to how to transition from wet baby to dry baby easily and hands-free. Straight from the experts right here.