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kids' art. September 30 2014, 0 Comments

 

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

 

I cannot think of a better way to decorate our home than with our kids' creations. It's always so colorful, inventive and telling of who they are! And I'm so proud + excited to share it. After trying SO many types of art displays, this is still my favorite: organized, uncluttered and easily changed. Thanks again, Ikea! [Apartment Therapy]




makeover your screen. September 29 2014, 0 Comments

Now you can style your screen pretty with these FREE downloads to fit your desktop, iPad and iPhone! Choose your favorite quote (about beautiful moms), click your device, save and enjoy! http://buff.ly/1vpCqeZ



be a good one! September 24 2014, 0 Comments

We watch others mother and constantly feel inspired by such amazing effort and patience and skills and love and beauty! Our hope is that YOU feel that in your own motherhood! You and all you do is making a beautiful difference! http://buff.ly/1sV7YWl

Can you feel it too? Spread the word!



longboardstroller. September 18 2014, 0 Comments

 

Maybe you're an urban parent that wants to get further, faster? Well Quinny has thought of an exciting solution! Meet the longboard stroller:  "an experiment in mobility"- giving you the freedom to move in a quick, fun, environmentally friendly way. Great idea or a little nuts? Tell us what you think!




bathtime firsts. September 18 2014, 0 Comments

This baby girl's brave mama said, "So proud of myself. Giving a newborn a bath is one of my fears. Is the water too cold? Is the water too warm? Is she gonna slip out of my hands? ..But I did it. Alone! And she enjoyed every second of it." Thank you for trusting Puj with such a special moment, @nomluna. Lenny is so sweet!



homework habit: September 17 2014, 0 Comments

 

Homework. It may be one of the biggest ongoing subjects of stress, frustration and debate among families. What's enough time? Too much time? How to motivate them and encourage focus? With each child having a different attention span or desire or ability to learn, we loved this very simple advice:

“The idea of homework is creating a habit of sustained learning. We’re not learning when we’re being assisted by our parents. Parents need to step back from focusing on the outcome — the completed, corrected assignment — and focus on the effort.”

We're encouraged by these simple steps to creating this habit for a good, balanced life:

1. Pick a time and a place you let your child set up

2. Remove distractions

3. Set a timer! Suggestion: 10 minutes a day per grade on weekdays

4. Allow the child to close the books and walk away when the timer is done. ("A time limit helps the child to train her mind to stay on task for the set period, and putting work aside undone will encourage better focus next time.")

 

Would this work at your house? Have you found any helpful solutions to a positive homework experience? [NY Times: Motherlode]

 

 

 




fridge magnets. September 16 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

If you have fridge space to spare, you'll love this ultra simple and clever way to post those schedules, family photos and favorite pieces of art that are suddenly coming in quickly with school in session. These DIY fridge magnets are a fun and easy way to put those spare game and LEGO pieces to use! [Paint the Gown Red]



one small step... September 14 2014, 0 Comments

 

A miracle of parenthood is how often we grow right along with our children. Our first's 1st birthday is also our first birthday of parenthood and so the cycle continues- their little accomplishments become ours (and they rarely feel little). This art says that, we think, and even better- it's free for an extra-large download. Hello, new hallway poster! [Caravan Shoppe]




bath time essentials. September 14 2014, 0 Comments

 

Good morning! It's so sweet to see Stella Rose in her Puj Hug and other darling bath time essentials. What are your bath time must haves? [Lovely Lindsay]




creative kids lunches. September 12 2014, 0 Comments

 

I love the idea of my boys eating an exciting and super good for them kids lunch, but I do struggle with the creativity and energy each night. Enter: howaboutcookie and Selena's clever kids meals for school and home that are so easy to put together yourself. Some of our favorites:




DIY gift card holder September 05 2014, 0 Comments

 

Do you gift gift cards? Maybe when you're in a hurry, a bind, when you're friend is tricky to shop for? We love that this DIY gift card holder makes your gift feel special regardless. Hooray for an easier, faster present..just in case! [Kaley Ann]



banana sushi. September 05 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

Fun food is always a big hit at our house, so this (healthy) power snack is an exciting new addition to our usuals. We call it banana sushi and it is delicious fresh or frozen and eating it with chopsticks is a must! :)

See how to make it right here with a simple variation here.




how to ask your kids "so how was school today?": September 03 2014, 0 Comments

 

My boys love school but they don't love to talk about school. Or maybe they're just too tired to remember the details I would love to hear unless I can be creative enough to pull them out of them! So these 25 suggestions of how to ask your kids "so how was school today" without asking your kids "so how was school today" is exactly what I needed to read this week!

"Tell me something that made you laugh today" or "when were you bored today?" or "where did you play the most at recess" did just the trick to get those details us moms love!



5 favorite fall crafts with kids: September 03 2014, 0 Comments

We confess that we don't craft because we are crafters, but instead because we get to watch our children's inner artists & builders shine, because we love sharing that time together and because the house is usually a little bit quieter! Our roundup of our favorite Fall crafts with kids, crafter or not:

 

one: painted leaves

 

two: wooden spoon bugs

 

 three: easy origami bear

 

four: pebble tic tac toe

 

five: straw paper airplanes 




Amanda Jane Jones on motherhood: September 02 2014, 0 Comments

[photos: Mother Mag]

Oh, we love strong, beautiful women! Amanda Jane Jones is one of them who lives according to "less is more" even in motherhood!  She says for Mother mag,

"My mother loved us unconditionally and tried her hardest to be the best mother she knew how. I can honestly say, I’m trying to do the same."

Simply encouraging and refreshing! Amanda's love and focus and simplicity transfers to her striking, clean design. View her picks for simplifying parenthood in our new Puj Approved collection.



Amanda Jane Jones for Puj Approved collection September 01 2014, 0 Comments

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"My name is Amanda Jane Jones. I'm a freelance graphic designer and art director living in Chicago, Illinois with my sweet husband, Cree and the love of our lives - our darling baby girl, Jane. We're a busy little family (who isn't these days!), so we took some time to gather some of our baby essentials and favorites to help you through the first year of parenting."

Visit + pin + share + shop the new Amanda Jane Jones for Puj Approved collection here.




Kelli Murray's new baby roundup: August 29 2014, 1 Comment

 

Everything Kelli Murray creates is beautiful, including this new baby roundup of her favorite items for the first 6 weeks (and beyond)!

Our Puj Tub is right there- #5. She says: "I love this Puj Infant Tub. It’s simple to set up, fits perfectly in your sink, and can store flat on a hook behind your door." That made our day, Kelli!

See all 27 of her essentials here.




fruit roll-ups August 28 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

A big part of getting ready for back-to-school was stocking our fridge and cupboard. Kids (and our boys!) need good fuel. Fruit roll-ups were one of my childhood longings (no sugar cereals, white bread or poptarts either.. I often felt like I was missing out) and these look like a perfect, fun substitute: pure pureed, dried, fruit! If not for a lunchbox snack, I'd keep these on hand for hikes and soccer games. The recipe and tutorial is here. [Poppy Haus]




tips for a BETTER bathtime. August 27 2014, 0 Comments

 




9 month pregnancy watched in 6 seconds. August 26 2014, 0 Comments

  

This is a brilliant arrangement! A 9 month pregnancy viewed in 6 seconds. [By Vine guru Iam Padgham]




squeaky clean. August 25 2014, 0 Comments

This is beauty: brand new Scarlett, bathing in sunlight and squeaky clean. Thank you for sharing, Jessica!

[Scarlett is wrapped in a Puj Hug hands free hooded infant towel.]




20 newborn essentials. August 24 2014, 0 Comments

Thank you Orbit Baby blog for spelling out the most helpful newborn products featuring the "easy to use" Puj Tub (#9)! We share many of your favorites. [Orbit Baby blog]



Instagram picture heart wall display. August 21 2014, 0 Comments

 

If you're like us and catch most of your family memories on your Instagram feed, you'll probably love this Instagram picture heart display too! Such a special little addition to a nursery wall, we think. LaTonya is sharing her super quick and inexpensive DIY here. [A Beautiful Mess]




sticky face portraits. August 21 2014, 0 Comments

One of our favorite parts of childhood is self portraits! I cherish these and save them in folders for each of my boys. In lieu of back-to-school, a new creative craft project: sticky face portraits with contact paper. See right here for this mom's tips and how-to: [The Connection We Share]