the pursuit of cute

These are a few of my favorite things…

Etsy love – Sarah & Abraham March 8, 2009

Filed under: baby stuff,paper stuff — dinadingo @ 9:13 pm
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sarahabrahamprint1A couple of months ago I stumbled on these 8×10 prints while searching for a baby gift on Etsy. OF COURSE, as is usually the case, instead of buying a gift I ended up buying one for our nursery. (I seriously have a problem)

The good news is the print showed up and it’s perfect. The better news is it was only $18!!!

And little Sarah and Abraham have way more up their sleeves than just prints. In my package, they included this sweet postcard as a thank you. Of course, I ordered a set. Such a sucker!



A cow, a kitty and one happy mom

Filed under: baby stuff,home stuff — dinadingo @ 9:12 pm

yuko-lau-peek-a-boo-ii-catWhen I was decorating our nursery, I needed something to brighten up the pale blue walls. The rules were simple…no balls, bats, dinosaurs, bugs, trucks, trains, tools or robots.

7 months and 3 million hours surfing the Web later, I finally found Yuko Lao and fell in love with her colorful happy canvas prints sold on

There are so many cute animals to choose from. Monkeys, pigs, giraffes…you name it. I chose the kitty and the cow — but only after some serious deliberation.

She’s also added these to the series recently! SO DARN CUTE.


UGH. No more room left on the walls in the nursery. I wonder if Brad will let me put one up in our room…??


See Jane Spend My Paycheck

Filed under: paper stuff — dinadingo @ 10:40 am
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eco-cal-see-jane-work-close2Word of advice – don’t visit See Jane Work unless you’re ready to spend a little. There’s a ton of stuff on the site that’s just too cute to pass up.

Right now I’m dying for this Eco-Chic Desk Calendar from SF artist Cat Seto. Love the clean design, the little bird image and the unique wooden stand. Even better, it’s made of 100% recycled paper and get this….apparently if you send the used pages back to the artist at the end of the year she will recycle and send you a coupon for refill pages! Genius.

Ordering now…will let you know.


Gone bananas! March 7, 2009

Filed under: baby stuff — dinadingo @ 5:14 am

big-monkey-blankeyAs the mom of two boys, I used to think I was getting a raw deal because girl stuff was so much cuter. That was before Mr. Funky.

Mr. Funky (or just Funky as we call him) is a blankey made by Baby Leo Designs. To say he’s soft and durable is an understatement. This blankey is made of decadent fabric that will stand the test of time – and anything else my little monsters can throw at it.

But the real genius comes in the hilarious monkey faces – PERFECT distraction technique for our weekly Target tantrum.

Funky has done the impossible. He has made me completely forget about tutus and princess crap.

We don’t go anywhere without Funky. I don’t think you should either.


Confessions of a cheapskate mommy

Filed under: baby stuff — dinadingo @ 4:45 am
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Sometimes, I can be cheap. Like break-out-in-hives-if-something-is-over-$100 cheap. I’m getting better but until now, spending around $15 a pop on lotions and soap for a newborn was just crazy talk. I mean, at the end of the day it’s all the same stuff right? Just different packaging….


Cut to my newborn son, Sammy, with horrible cradle cap. I went to Target and bought whatever brand of newborn shampoo that was on sale. It got worse….much worse. At one point he looked like one of the models in a Head & Shoulders commercial!!

After a couple of weeks of watching him suffer (BAD MOMMY!) I finally sucked it up and bought Mustela’s Stelaker treatment made especially for babies with cradle cap . What an amazing difference! Within a few days, his cradle cap was gone and his skin skin is soft as – well – a baby.

I’m not going to lie and say I love spending this much on shampoo BUT what can I say? They made a believer out of me. I guess sometimes it pays to pay, especially when it comes to your kids.

Now my big problem is Mustela products are only available at high end pharmacies or placeslike Nordstrom and Buy Buy Baby. If they only sold it at Target….


Gotta have my peas March 6, 2009

Filed under: baby stuff — dinadingo @ 3:48 am

flyingpeas.comThere are A TON of great sites out there selling baby stuff but my favorite has to be FlyingPeas. This site was started by Terra Carmichael, a SUPERMOM of 3 with an eye for hip stuff for the little ones.

The selection and service are really hard to beat.You can find everything here from cadet caps to adorable shawls to classy necklaces for mom. My personal favorite has to be the construction spoon and fork – genius gift for those picky little guys!

If that’s not enough, she packages up each gift in an adorable gift bag with a note and a lollipop. I promise, go with Flying Peas and you’ll have the cutest gift at the baby shower.