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Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

I don't know about you, but it can be really hard to get my kid to drink water. Ruby will say "How about some juice? How about some chocolate milk?" We try and stick to water or milk during the week and then let her have special drinks on the weekend. In an effort to get her excited about water, we recently started doing something so simple that I never even thought about…adding fruit to the water! I've never been much of a "add lemon to water" kind of girl so it didn't come naturally to me to try that with a toddler. But all of a sudden, water seems so much more fun now. And she loves getting to pick out what kind of fruit goes into her water.

Fruit Water

Her favorite combo right now is raspberries mixed with orange slices. And then the best part is getting to eat the fruit at the end as a reward for finishing the whole cup!

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

With an active toddler and a tiny babe, anything that makes the process of keeping the dirty dishes and cups to a minumum 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.

Puj Phillup Cups

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

We even use them for the whole family because everyone can have their own cup color to use throughout the day. Plus, anything that is safe and fun for my kids is a win-win for me. And now, we're all drinking more water which is never a bad thing…

P.S. I've long been a fan of Puj (even before they become a sponsor) and so excited that these Phillup cups are available for pre-sale now through 2/15!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Puj—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}


  1. Your sponsored posts rarely read as such, but this one did and it was kind of icky. I know you said earlier this year you wanted feedback from your readers, so here is mine. This doesn’t sound like the authentic you.

  2. This is a great idea, my son only drinks apple juice (which I diluted with water) but I have to try adding fruit! P.S. I love both original or sponsored post equally, so those mean comments are so out of place x

  3. Hi Pooja,
    I appreciate your feedback. I am sorry you feel that way. We always do our best to make all of the content fun and something I’d actually do/make/wear/live regardless if they are sponsored or not.

  4. Loved it! I have been reading your blog for about 4 years or more and I think it keeps getting better and better. As a graphic designer and new mom (had a baby girl last April called Lupe) I love and appreciate the hard work there is behind each post, it is very inspiring. I also don´t mind the sponsored posts because you get to know new innovative products! Love from Buenos Aires, Argentina!

  5. Love this idea! Flavored water will add some nice variety to our meals.
    Just a word about another comment above. Some people don’t understand how successful bloggers are able to continue providing valuable content to their readers. Luckily you do it with grace and integrity, so don’t listen to the few critics and keep up the great work!

  6. i LOVE lemon water! It’s so good to drink, as I hate the taste of our normal water at home! However, I went to the dentist this week and he said that having fruit in water all day erodes your teeth :/ maybe ask your dentist? Not trying to tell you how to parent or anything (I’d have no idea – 18yo here!) but just giving you a heads up! Xx

  7. I love this idea for kids and adults alike. One of the places I get my hair done always has water with cucumbers or fruit and mint in it and I always think “why don’t I do this everyday?”. Its a simple way to make something so ordinary, extraordinary!

  8. I totally post about fun, bright colorful products and about delicious food! This post goes right along with your blog and brand!
    Keep them coming!

  9. I’m a long time reader and love your blog. One friendly concern: I don’t know if drinking fruit water or eating fruit throughout the day is very healthy because it elevates your blood sugar and keeps it elevated. People with blood sugar issues like diabetes, hypoglycemia, overeating and obesity probably should not consume fruit or sweets without protein. Maybe a nutritionist can chime in; this has just been something I’ve observed.
    I love the cups- cute and definitely your style.

  10. oh, this is such a good idea!! I’ll definitely try it with my kid! you always inspire me!! today I want to change something in our everyday family life and of course, I’ll try to find it here))

  11. This will work well for some adults too. It’s amazing how many adults still don’t drink water. I think children are still easier to get into this wonderful habit.


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