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 YesA 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.
We would cherish something like this forever from our thoughtful family & friends!
"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."
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.
"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."
(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
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 pops...mom taste approved. Make, freeze, delight in, repeat!
one I key lime
three I yogurt parfait
four I coconut pineapple yogurt
five I cereal pops
seven I cantaloupe and lime
nine I frozen hot chocolate
slow parenting June 30 2015, 0 Comments
"Slow parenting cherishes quality over quantity, being in the moment, and making meaningful connections with your family... Slow parenting is organic, it’s ever-evolving— the only essential is that families carve out time to connect."
Slow parenting is a real movement and Summer is the perfect reminder that keeping life simple really enriches us as parents and the moments our kids will hopefully remember. (Because always rushing- to put on your seatbelt, to walk quickly, to hurry back for dinner- just feels pretty lousy. And kids are so good about wanting to soak it all in at their own pace! Note taken. :) I love adventures and time with my family and I needed the refreshing reminder to allow myself to really enjoy them!
"I encourage parents to take some time to just watch their children, whether they are playing, doing homework, or eating a snack,” Duffy says. “Take a moment to drink them in. Remember and remind yourself how remarkable your children are. That pause alone, even if momentary, can drive a shift in the pace." -Boston Globe via Cup of Jo
pineapple bowling! June 30 2015, 0 Comments
Spray painting pineapples would be summer fun enough but knocking these neon pineapple pins down with a watermelon ball is a backyard party if we've ever seen one! Learn what you'll need for your own pineapple bowling here. [featurekins]
"super cool and super useful" June 30 2015, 0 Comments
As a longtime fan of Puj, and a lover of products that simplify life… I’m over the moon about their newest product- the Phillup Cup. This product is easily one of my favorites on the market right now, and wait until you try it… it’ll become one of yours too!
The Phillup solves the everyday problem that taunts me daily… cups everywhere! The never-ending process of accumulating cups that clutter my house and my dishwasher was solved in a snap when the Phillup became a part of our family. -Oilo
Read the gist of why Oilo founder Annalisa thinks the Puj Phillup is "super cool and super useful." Thanks, Annalisa.
1 hour baby quilt. June 28 2015, 0 Comments
We all dream of gifting and receiving a special homemade baby quilt but it's a mystery how most moms would find the time. Until... we came across this gorgeous modern 1 hour baby quilt tutorial. She promises quick with no binding and no quilt piecing and a technique that stands up to multiple washes. Yes, yes, yes please! [See Kate Sew]
Summer List: June 26 2015, 0 Comments
There's so much to love about summer (it's our favorite!) and we don't want to miss it. Start right here with our list of summer favorites to go & see, make, do and eat (inspired by this summer chart).
⃞ local fair
⃞ farmers market
⃞ berry picking
⃞ outdoor concert
⃞ ball game
⃞ historical site
⃞ beach camping
⃞ ice cream truck
⃞ on a roadtrip
⃞ fresh squeezed lemonade
⃞ outdoor fort
⃞ have a picnic
⃞ see a drive-in movie
⃞ blow bubbles
⃞ build a sandcastle
⃞ light sparklers
⃞ family hike
⃞ water balloon fight
⃞ swing in a hammock
⃞ swim in a lake
⃞ bike ride
⃞ throw a frisbee
⃞ specialty floats
⃞ s'mores *
⃞ watermelon on a stick *
⃞ homemade popsicles *
⃞ lobster roll
*see our Summertime Pinterest board for inspiration
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