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I've really been wanting to... March 04 2015, 0 Comments

 

It can be intense- all the things we really want to take hold of! And from experience, sometimes our minds (and hearts and souls) just cannot stop thinking and hoping and passionately trying. How do you choose? Feel peace that you're doing allll you can (enjoy the process)?I've decided, "enough!" I want peace and maybe a little more hope that while some of these things I've really been wanting are all mine, some come in their own seasons, wanting or not.

To help, I've sorted my "hopes"/goals into 3 categories:

1. the things I know I'll continue to want and work towards, because it's in my nature/character. These still take effort and planning, but they're more long term traits and it helped me to be relieved of the constant strains I put on myself to be ______ today. (For example, be a mom who always reacts with teaching and patience.)

2. the 3 goals I choose to focus on daily, right now. These will probably help me become what I want in #1 and help what I hope for in #3. They are my immediate, pertinent focus. (For example, a great daily workout: boosts my energy, gives me patience, helps me feel confident, gives me focus, structures my routine.)

3. the hopes I value but are not entirely in my control right now. These must come in their own time, yet still in my heart, in my prayers, in my trying.... (For example, seeing the future I want for my family.)

 

Spring: maybe the perfect time to sort through these goals, accept a good challenge and really nail it! :) Who's with me?




Hey there, new mom. March 03 2015, 0 Comments

image: babble

 

Sometimes we just need to feel understood. 

"Hey there, new mom. I know just how you feel. It’s tiring, sure, but it’s also exciting and wonderful and you love your baby so much. Fasten your seatbelt, you’re in for a wild ride! But don’t worry — there’s a lot of us here who have been through it before. That doesn’t mean your experience raising children isn’t entirely your own and 100% unique to you. I would never minimize another mother’s experience (struggle? joy? awe? fatigue?) by telling them that I’ve been through it all before. Motherhood is a singular experience." [Babble]

And the miracle and mystery of parenthood is that this applies to all of us- new moms and seasoned moms alike. We're each knee (neck?) deep is something new and significant today. True! Maybe it's a new diagnosis, a new challenge at school, a new schedule to balance, a new goal to master, a new joy to share.

"So my biggest tip for you, new mom, is to make some mom friends and keep them forever." [Babble]

You are never alone in motherhood. There's a world of us in it together! If you need to hear that today, read this full letter written to you!

 

 




the most inspiring + doable kid rooms March 02 2015, 0 Comments

Are you anticipating some Spring cleaning and ready to do some kid room re-dos? Sometimes the simplest changes make the happiest spaces. See our five favorites (and why) below:

 

Harper's Bedroom via The Design Files

A single bright color becomes a theme and pulls everything together.

DIY House Bed via The Design Confidential

A dramatic focal point like this house daybed steals the show. (See link for an easy tutorial to make yourself for under $150).

Gorgeous, glorious wallpaper via Apartment Therapy

A wall papered wall is the superstar in this toddler's room. Such an easy way to add loads of personality!

Minimalist Bedroom via Ideas To Steal

Keeping it simple with neutral colors and minimal decor creates a fresh, inviting feel.

New Zealand Nursery via Mini Style

Creating details like a chalkboard door and hanging "closet" is a bright way to personalize the space for happy memories.

 

Do you want more? See a roundup of our other nursery and kid room inspiration on our Pinterest board here.




magnet wall. February 25 2015, 0 Comments

One goal as a mother is to have a house that's lived-in and comfortable and loved! Shouldn't their bedrooms be fun and creative? We think so!

 

A magnet wall is the really perfect (clean, beautiful) alternative to the long-trending chalkboard paint. See the simplest magnet wall DIY right here. [Oh Happy Day]




easy homemade watercolor paint. February 23 2015, 0 Comments

 

Do you have dried out markers at your house too? Of course you do! Re-purpose them into homemade watercolor paint. It's simple and genius, we think, and perfect for preschool painters and grade school experimenters!



Katie, instantly framed. February 23 2015, 0 Comments

 

We found it! The way to take our favorite digital photos and get them instantly framed (fast, simple and beautiful) to preserve forever.

All the better, Shalee, the face behind the service at Instantly Framed, is the most genuine and asked the very best questions to know Katie and Puj better. How she met her husband, Ben? The secrets to making family and business work? Are they raising mini entrepreneurs? Katie's favorite Puj product? How the Puj Tub got its beginning? What's coming next? Get all the good details in the interview with Katie right here




entrepreneurship and motherhood. February 16 2015, 0 Comments

 

We have a special treat! These 4 incredible women including Puj co-founder, Katie Richardson, DeNai Jones from Petunia Pickle Bottom, Annalisa Thomas from Oilo, and Elle Rowley from Solly Baby, talk about their incredible stories of business and family in this podcast. They share how they took the entrepreneurial leap and what it took to get their businesses off the ground, what daily life looks like for them today, and also how they balance their entrepreneurial drive with their #1 priority of being a mother.

We think you'll love their message! Listen here.




modern mealtime (for the kids)! February 11 2015, 0 Comments

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Let's have more fun in the kitchen! We have gathered our kid favorites to make meal time simple + cool + exciting. We hope the new Puj Phillup makes drinking water fun again and lightens your load (literally).

 




stopping the glorification of busy with Katie Richardson February 05 2015, 0 Comments

 

It was such a great experience to talk with Jess Lively about stopping the glorification of busy on The Lively Show podcast this week!

"I try to feed my mind, body and soul with goodness as best as I can." -Katie

Do you feel like you have more on your plate than you can handle? Maybe you're always telling the kids to "hurry, hurry, hurry." Or when people ask how you're doing you say, "Great! We are busier than ever." (Like that's a good thing :) I get to talk with Jess about how I achieve work/life balance as a mom of 4 and an entrepreneur. Come have a listen!




printable chore chart! February 04 2015, 1 Comment

 

As parents, don't we all want capable and confident children! We believe that building their self-esteem comes mostly by doing new things by themselves, and doing them well. What better place to teach this than at home (and help them learn to contribute to their family at the same time ;)?

So we love small chores at home: put away clean dishes, set the table, empty the kitchen trash, make your bed, check the front door for packages, play kindly, keep undies dry, hang up your kid cup... There's something for everyone. And these daily chore charts help you keep track and help them feel pretty great and independent. Download yours for free here.




"Trust me…you need/want these little cups in your life!" February 03 2015, 0 Comments

[images via Stay + Co]

Simplifying parenthood…isn’t this what we all want, and stay awake at night thinking how we can accomplish this?!  Well Puj has done it again with their new Puj PhillUp Cups!  These fabulous little cups are a huge favorite at our house.  My kids are constantly wanting to fill up their own cups (and get this…) with water!!! -Stay + Co.

 

It's true! A parent's life is made so much easier with the Puj Phillup! Read more about why Stay + Co says, "Trust me…you need/want these little cups in your life!"



eating green. January 30 2015, 0 Comments

 

Easy, healthy and fun in the kitchen? We're all over it! Eating more green in our family isn't as tricky as it sounds. Here our our favorite (tried + loved) snacks and recipes:

Katie's salad:

-baby power greens (kale, spinach, arugula)
-ripe d'anjou pear, chopped
-Toasted almond slivers
-goat cheese
-olive oil and white Balsamic vinegar
-Salt & pepper
I start by dressing the greens first with oil and vinegar. Mix well with s & p. Then add pears, almonds and goat cheese to the top.

 

Green breakfast bowl: Green Kitchen Stories

Kale + pineapple + almond milk smoothie: Martha Stewart

Kale + walnut pesto: Real Simple

Eggs in Bell Peppers: Healthy Recipes

Avocado toast: food 52

And for less mess and more fun in the kitchen, Introducing PhillUp. Only available here.




food inspired baby names. January 28 2015, 0 Comments

 

They say we live what we love and maybe this even translates to naming our babies? We love our farm-to-table and our consumption of greens and our Michelin stars. How much love do you have for food-inspired baby names? From the now normalized (and darling) Apple, Basil and Brie to the more trending Kale, Maple and Dijon, take a look at the 29 most popular food-inspired baby names. Would you follow the trend? [Mother Mag via Time]




3 Quick Tips For Your Best Year. Ever. January 28 2015, 0 Comments

Why is our list of resolutions full of things we shouldn't do? Don't eat sugar. Don't watch so much TV. Don't procrastinate. That's no fun at all. Let's put a positive spin on our goals. Do start the day with a fresh juice. Do spend some quiet time reading before bed. Do laugh more with your kids. Do take care of yourself!


TIP 2:
Take Care of Yourself. Eat real food, drink water, move your body, take breaks and have some fun!   - Katie, founder of Puj

I have learned that by taking care of myself, I have the energy and patience I need to take care of my family. This means starting my day early with aggressive exercise, a healthy breakfast of sautéed greens & an egg, and lots of water throughout the day. I have even learned to love sparkling water because it has some fizz without all of the sugar. Pushing my body physically gives me more mental and physical energy throughout the day. This helps me stay calm and be present in those little moments. Because we all know they grow up too fast. 



3 quick tips for your best year. Ever. January 27 2015, 0 Comments

It's easy to get caught up in the hype of New Year's resolutions... and many of us end up feeling a bit discouraged by the time February rolls around. It's time to throw that guilt out of the window and replace it with meaningful changes you can smile about. Phew (doesn't that feel good!) We'd love to share three quick tips for your best year. Ever!

TIP 1:
 Know your values & priorities and stick to them at all costs, never compromise.   - Katie, founder of Puj

I'd like to tell you a story.  I decided very early on in my career that family comes first. Knowing my values really helps me to prioritize when it is difficult. Recently we scheduled a video shoot for the Puj Kickstarter campaign and had already coordinated travel locations and times with the Puj team and others. At the last minute, I realized the shoot would require me to miss my son's Christmas concert. This was not an option for me. After rearranging and rescheduling, I was able to be at his concert to see him give the best performance of his life. AND the Puj video turned out better than I could have imagined! Understanding my priorities made the decision to reschedule easy.

 It's the first time I've teared up during "Carol of the Bells".

Watch for tip #2 tomorrow!




make (mom) lunches easy. January 26 2015, 0 Comments

 

 

We love healthy and fresh and we're extra busy and maybe making lunches is one of our least favorite tasks. So this solution is pretty great: salads in a jar. How about making a week's worth of lunches for you (mom) all on a Sunday night, for example, for a delicious and simple grab-and-go when you're in the thick of it during the week? Be inspired by these ideas and tips right here. [A Beautiful Mess]




family and business. January 22 2015, 0 Comments

 

"While their marriage has strengthened their business, they also feel their business has strengthened their marriage."

Ben and Katie (husband and wife and founders of Puj) share one big key to Puj's success: family. Read what happens when business and family collide, in this case, and how they even feel it gives them an advantage! [Deseret News]

 




tried and true baby basics. January 21 2015, 0 Comments

 

We trust that Bel and Beau's Isobel, ready for her second baby, really knows how to pick out the best of baby basics + essentials! How does she narrow down the necessities for baby? What's her "tried and true?" See her edited list of basics and essentials including the Puj Tub right here. [Stay and Co.]




Phillup's fun in the bathroom, too! January 20 2015, 0 Comments

 

The world's first hangable kid cup is so helpful in the bathroom too! How will you use your Phillup? [Pre-order your #pujphillup today through February 15th right here.]

 




toddler valentines. January 19 2015, 0 Comments

 

Oh, Valentines are fun, especially when you get to be crafty and creative. Wish so many schools (and parents) saying, "no sweets!" we think these painted noodle necklaces are pretty perfect! One says, “You make me lose my noodle.” And the other says, “I’m noodles for ya’ Valentine!” That Alison [The Alison Show] is so clever!



Oh Joy loves Phillup! January 19 2015, 0 Comments

 

"With an active toddler and a tiny babe, anything that makes the process of keeping the dirty dishes and cups to a minimum makes my life so much easier. These crazy cute Puj Phillup cups are a new favorite for our fruit water. They hang from adhesive hooks on the fridge and make it easy for Ruby to grab when she's ready to get a drink and to hang back up for later when she's done." -Joy Cho


We love seeing little Ruby loving her very own Puj Phillup! With Joy's sweet tip of adding fresh fruit to water, drinking water is fun again! Read more of this bright "recipe" and why Phillup is Oh Joy! approved.




ALT January 17 2015, 0 Comments

Alt Giveaway

Puj founder Katie and our other favorite super-creatives are taking Salt Lake City's Altitude Summit* by storm and speaking together next week!

*(an amazing business conference for bloggers, creatives and makers)

We're making a celebration of it and giving away a $150 gift card from Puj, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Solly Baby, and Oilo! Four winners will be randomly chosen and they will get to pick the gift card of their choice in the order their names are drawn. AND BONUS, all entering will be the first to know about a special treat we're all working on together.

To enter: simply follow the instructions on the widget above! Giveaway ends Sunday night. Good luck!

 

 




baby's first year in photos. January 14 2015, 0 Comments

 

Can you look at these 11 snapshots and not feel so happy?! We are really loving this unique and clever and pretty amazing way to record a baby's first year. (You're beautiful baby Eloise!) [Little Meg]




photographing your pregnancy. January 13 2015, 0 Comments

 

You want a record of your amazing, growing baby bump, so it's time to embrace the selfie (or self-timer)! Follow these tips for photographing your pregnancy and you could also create an awesome series like this one (above). [Daily Mom]