the pursuit of cute

These are a few of my favorite things…

Crocodile Creek – making mealtime a happy time May 23, 2009

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6c42145b0c7b0c9f46a8579d0d0cf313Mealtime in my house is pretty messy… the food AND the mood.

With two under two, there’s always someone who isn’t getting served as fast as he would like!  

I initially bought these placemats because they were so cute – bright colors, fun cartoony illustrations of animals, trucks and flowers. But when I got them home I realized I’d hit the jackpot. 

Each placemat is actually a tool to help kids learn their numbers, letters, animal noises and even geography.  For example, the map of the USA shows each state with a little picture of what that particular state is known for. Around the edges there are questions for kids to ask like “Where was I born?”, “Where is the desert?” or “Where do my grandparents live?” What a great way to distract interact with your child!

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And it works. These days, I get a few breaks in between dodging flying banana slices to ask Jack where mommy and daddy are from. Last night he pointed to the state of Michigan and said “CAH.” (translation = car) GENIUS!

Then he beaned me in the head with his brothers bottle. Nice.


Etsy Love: Homemade Heroes to the Rescue! May 17, 2009

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No - these are not my little guys. No pics until the party!

No - these are not my little guys. No pics until the party!

After months of agony, I’ve decided on a theme for Sam’s 1st/Jack’s 2nd birthday party – SUPERHEROES!

I mean, what little kid doesn’t want to don a cape, mask and fight the crime in their backyard?!

First things first…finding the cape. Checked out a few specialty shops online but they were going for $50-$100 a pop! (Are you kidding me?!)

Thank god for ETSY where I found a smorgasbord of superhero stuff at much more reasonable prices!

After some digging, I ordered a cape from Homemade Heroes to test out. I’m so happy I did! 

Very well made. The fabric is durable and the emblems are top notch.

GOOD VALUE?  Definitely
Did I mention the capes are only $18 AND they are reversible?? Yep – that means you get 2 capes for a fraction of the price of one on the fancy sites. I chose the Superman/Batman combo but there are loads of other choices on her site, including batgirl for the little supermamas. 

Each cape comes with a  black superhero mask for your little guy. I brushed this off as just a fun extra when I bought it but when he put it on I nearly died laughing. It makes the costume.

SERVICE?  Excellent
Quick and courteous


P.S. BEFORE YOU GO PLANNING AN INTERVENTION — Yes, I realize their birthdays are in September and its only May. Yes, I realize they won’t remember one second of it. Yes, I realize I’m crazy but I like it.