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9 months in the Puj Tub! October 22 2014, 0 Comments

 

It feels extra special to hear about those babies and moms that love the Puj Tub so much that they use it for an  exxxxxtra long time. Riley is 9 months and his mama says "it is going to be a sad, sad day when we finally say goodbye." Thanks for the love darling Riley and @joanne.ngo!

[Read more Puj baby stories here.]



the overprotected kid. October 22 2014, 0 Comments

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Maybe most of us parents can remember practicing handstands on the sidewalk as children? Playing double dutch with the neighborhood friends on our neighborhood street? Hanging and swinging from the monkey bars? Sliding down muddy hills on collapsed boxes and riding bikes in the cul-de-sac for hours while dinner was being made? We biked to 7-11 for Slurpees, collected lizards, climbed trees, traded Halloween candy and walked home from school with our siblings, parents afar (or unsupervised altogether). We explored, adventured, got dirty, took risks. We made phone calls once we arrived safely and knew family passwords.

"When [children] are left alone and can take full responsibility for their actions, and the consequences of their decisions, it’s a thrilling experience."" [The Overprotected Kid]

But times have changed. While I love my boys to play creatively with each other and their friends, I do try so hard as a parent to keep my kids safe. I'm both cautious and love time together with them which rarely leaves them without a watchful parent. After reminiscing of my own childhood, and reading this fascinating article (The Overprotected Kid), I miss that kind of exploration and freedom for my boys. The outdoor forts and the secret shortcut to school, as starters.

 

The article explores the risks and benefits of children getting to explore and learn independently, "inventing their own activities and building up a kind of community of their own that they knew much more about than their parents.” just like we did as children. Author Hanna Rosin illustrates that kids can overcome fears (which can eventually become phobias) by being exposed to those things that they find a little scary. They master confidence and independence and self-reliance and courage. They develop motor skills and combat obesity. "They're too busy and engaged to want to cause trouble." And ironically, kids are not having fewer accidents even with our generation's close attention to safety.

 

I want to encourage this kind of freedom and have thought all day about how! What do you think? Would you (do you?) let yours live out childhood a little less supervised?




a 365 photo journal of Robbie. October 20 2014, 0 Comments

This is Robbie and we think he is amazing. His parents are recording him every day for all 365 this year, and here he is on day #53: "Squeaky clean and complete relaxation on his new Puj Hug towel from Puj."

 

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a moment of patience. October 19 2014, 0 Comments

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10 tips to prepare for a natural birth. October 17 2014, 0 Comments

[photo of Lauren Hartmann by Lisa Warninger]

 

Lauren gave birth to her daughter Fern "without so much as an Aspirin" and called her experience "freaking empowering"- feeling the most proud of herself she's ever felt. Because she believes natural birth can be an incredible experience for any of us, she's shared 10 tips she really feels help prepared her. We love them all! Read them right here.



portable LEGO kit. October 16 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

Have you refreshed your bag of tricks lately? This do-it-yourself portable LEGO kit looks perfect for those occasions when the boys and I are standing in long lines or entertaining busy doctor's office waits. See a simple tutorial and free downloadable for 24 activity cards right here.




what kids around the world eat for breakfast. October 14 2014, 0 Comments

(Saki in Tokyo)

 

They say "Americans lack imagination when it comes to breakfast." Although we keep away from the sugary kind, cold cereal or toast (and yogurt and fruit or juice) is typical in our house and change would be a great thing. I'm inspired from these spreads of what kids around the world eat for breakfast. [The New York Times]

(Amsterdam)
(Paris)
(Istanbul)



baby bump selfie series. October 13 2014, 0 Comments

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We love that our photo history can include images of us even if our children are too young to help or our partners aren't home with a camera! With reversible cameras (or mirrors or long arms), we can document those small, everyday moments with our families, our own feelings...or the progress of our growing belly each week. Isn't this baby bump "selfie" series pretty inedible to see- a celebration of the baby miracle, our changing bodies and what's to come. [How to Paint the Sky]

 

Did you self-document your pregnancy?




from a father: October 09 2014, 0 Comments

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We talk a lot about mothers but it's really family that means everything to us and a big part of this is dads. While every individual family and culture is so unique, we are so appreciative to be a part of a time and place where dads are choosing to play a bigger role in their children's lives. "Fatherhood expert" Timothy O'Leary shares some powerful insights about what mothers and fathers need from each other, from a less common father's perspective. He teaches us that

"we are better parents when we are in a more even state of mind."

From his experience as a father and therapist, our two sentence summary of what he has learned is: "mothers need a whole lot of support from the father (giving her his presence)" and "dads need to feel loved."

His unique wishes for dads out there:

1. "I’d wish new dads some energy"

2. "I’d wish patience"

3. "I’d wish fathers to have two kinds of knowledge: One is the kind of knowledge that helps you to understand your family’s needs better. The other kind is the knowledge of yourself that allows a dad to know what he needs right now."

 

Have you moms and dads found a good, "mindful" balance to building and balancing a family together- meeting each others' needs? We would love to hear from you!




homemade halloween. October 08 2014, 0 Comments

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 It's costume time! Whether you fall into the elaborate creative or simply homemade category, here's a roundup of our 10 favorite, fun + clever make at home Halloween costume ensembles. Do you have any awesome ones to add?

 

1. strongman : oh happy day

2. fantastic mr. fox : handmade charlotte

3. pinata : modern kiddo

4. donut : diy studio

5. no-sew pineapple : delia creates

6. moonrise kingdom : oh happy day

7. space invader : martha stewart

8. little miss sunshine : real simple

9. squid

10. rain cloud costume : you and mie

 

 

 




practicing simplicity. October 07 2014, 0 Comments

Simplicity seems to be a movement with lots of excitement and support and we love this: celebrating slower family weekends, DIYing, capsule wardrobes and baby essentials that really are (our mission behind the Puj Tub). And it has us thinking- how are we practicing it? Are we living simply out of necessity alone (smaller spaces, quicker meals, one-ingredient beauty routines)? Or forming habits so that when seasons shift, we value a simple life, still?

 

How does your family choose to simplify?



forest animal headbands. October 06 2014, 0 Comments

For those lucky enough to feel Fall, here's a perfect way to keep those pretty leaves around for a little longer. We love how dress-ups span a variety of  ages. [Forest Animal Headbands by Handmade Charlotte]



bagel bar shower. October 03 2014, 0 Comments

 


A new baby is the perfect reason for celebration! For those who like to simplify party planning, hosting a bagel bar would make for a delicious, fun way to shower a new mom without much effort. Read these bagel bar tips to pull this off yourself. [100 Layer Cake-let]




popcorn on the cob. October 01 2014, 0 Comments

 

Happy October! It's harvest season now which usually means school parties and family celebrations and this popcorn on the cob treat is delicious and so fun with its creative packaging! With 4 ingredients and unbleached parchment paper, your offering will be an easy favorite. [Watch a simple how-to video here.]




resourceful + beautiful nursery. September 30 2014, 0 Comments

 

We love a peek into a family's home and this modern farmhouse nursery in New York wowed us with the great + resourceful + beautiful details: the Ikea dresser overhaul (with tape and white paint), pine wood siding to break up white walls and stacking wooden crates for their baby Parker's things-to-store. [Design Sponge]




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]