the pursuit of cute

These are a few of my favorite things…

Finally…a bib to take on Aunt Jemima. July 26, 2009

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bib How hard can it be to find a good bib? As it turns out…pretty darn difficult!

Hate to break it to you but those cute little teeny tiny bibs you get at your baby shower turn out to be pretty useless when the food starts flying. And despite my many attempts to like those waterproof bibs with the pocket that catches the food, I despise them! How do you wipe food remnant off a little  face with one of those?  

Luckily, I found the perfect bib at one of my favorite online spots, baby star. These bibs are plenty big enough to take on the sticky syrup drips from Jack’s morning pancakes. Plus, like all of baby star’s stuff, you can choose from a whole array of bright, colorful and unique fabric designs with no duckies, bunnies or sassy quotes in sight. kaleid

They are also thicker than your standard bib and the back is lined with a soft courduroy which not only looks cute, but the extra weight helps keep the bib from turning into a bib-ball in the wash.

Really, the only thing stopping me from raiding their entire supply is the price – $17.99. Usually, I can get about 3-4 bibs for this price but nowhere near the quality – so that’s the trade-off.

I ended up with the Kaleidoscope and Hopscotch Blue designs for the boys. Which design(s)do you like the best?

Check out my review of baby star’s new Star Nursing Blanket at BabyCenter’s Momformation.com!

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Gotta kiss alot of frogs… July 24, 2009

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figurine--prosperityfrogIf you’re going to spend a ton of time working at your desk, don’t you think you should spice it up a bit to make it a happier place? I DO!

Frames with family photos, colorful sticky notes, cute file folders, little ceramic frogs. Wait….what? Frogs?  Yes, frogs.

Let me be clear though – this is no ordinary frog. This is a Prosperity Frog. According to the package….

The Japanese believe that keeping a frog where you spend money will cause the money to return to you. The Chinese believe that frogs are good luck in money-making ventures and often keep them on their desks. This prosperity frog bestows good fortune and luck wherever he goes. Find a special place for him in your home or office and enjoy increased wealth and success.

Now, I’m not wealthy by any stretch but I will say that when this cute little frog landed on my desk a year or so ago, things started to click in that area a little more than in the past. Just sayin’.

I found Froggy at a pottery shop in Grand Central called Our Name is Mud. Sadly the shop is now gone (thanks to our lovely economy!) but luckily you can still get the goods online at http://ournameismud.com.  

While you’re there, check out Froggy’s friend Timeless Turtle — a symbol of good health and longevity!

At only $8 plus shipping, these are both cheap and easy ways to make someone smile. And who doesn’t need that?

 

BABYSTYLE IS COMING BACK! July 11, 2009

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Dear babystyle – I promise to never take you for granted again! Hurry up!

babystyle back

 

The quest for the perfect T-toddler prep edition July 9, 2009

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hampton As you know, I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect T for my husband. Well, like just about everything else around here, he’s taking a backseat to the kids now because I’ve seen some of THE CUTEST vintage t-shirts for little boys lately!

Preppy, rocker, hippie, superhero, cartoon characters, college stuff….there’s really something for everyone. The trick is finding something a little edgy and cool without being inappropriate and/or snotty. There’s a thin line between “I do my own stunts” and “Gonna open a can of whoop-ass on you.”

For this post I’m just concentrating on the preppy stuff because – well, it’s my favorite look and I just got back from a week in Cape Cod so I’m totally in the mood for labs, crabs and whales.

For the shabby preppy look my #1 happy place is Jcrew’s Crewcuts. These guys are all about east coast prep. These shirts are so great because they look like you picked them up while summering on “the Vineyard” or in the Hamptons except they’re much cooler and much better quality than the scratchy shrinky dink souvenir shop t-shirts. I think i have just about every one of their t-shirts … love those JCREW sales!!

harvard A very close second for prep is a line of vintage college t-shirts from Tailgate Clothing. Tons of schools like Harvard, NYU, Dartmouth…and even my alma mater Michigan. (that’s the one i bought of course – but can’t find a picture on the Web!)  You can find most of the line at the Tailgate Clothing website (which doesn’t always work so well) or a very cute little online boutique called Food Fight.

So, I ask you….who did I miss?  If you know of another place where I can get cute preppy vintage t-shirts for the boys let me know!