the pursuit of cute

These are a few of my favorite things…

Olive & Cocoa – a fantastic combo January 31, 2010

olivecocoa Yesterday, I opened my mail to a rare  treat…a catalog I’ve never heard of before – Olive & Cocoa.

WOW!

Olive and Cocoa  has the three Ps (presentation, product and packaging) in spades!

The collection has everything from modern Martha-worthy floral arrangements to multi-colored Aussie Licorice Box and soft and snuggly baby blankets.

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I was shocked to find gifts in all price ranges because everything, including the gift packaging, looks top notch. Cannot wait to give this one a try. Will report back.

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My what a MightyNest you have! November 5, 2009

MN_logo_72_RGB_medOk, so I don’t run the most eco-friendly and non-toxic house in town. But I will say one thing…the new site MightyNest.com makes me want to build a better nest! 

MightyNest is a  site where parents can go to read up on all those fun chemicals they keep finding in our baby products like BPA, Lead and phthalates and buy non-toxic, safe and eco-friendly (not to mention cute and fun) products right there on the same site.

No more running around to 40 different stores to find what you want…it’s all right there. Toys, baby bottles, dishware, mattresses, clothing, lunch sacks, water bottles, lotions, lip balm ….you name it!

Of course I’ll be highlighting many of them right here very soon!

Full disclosure:  I blog for MightyNest as their @ecochallenged mom BUT even if I didn’t, I would still love MightyNest…seriously.

 

 

No, I’m not lying under something heavy October 24, 2009

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back_soonI’m still here! Just busy with all sorts of blogging things that have kept me from my pursuit!. Here are some fun posts to show you what I’ve been doing….

Interviewing Uma and Minnie on Famebaby 

Taking on eco-challenges over at MightyNest (i need support! @ecochallenged)

Giving away strollers on BabyCenter’s Momformation.com 

Showing off the loves of my life over at samandjack.com

But don’t fret. I’ve got tons of cute things in my head that need to come out soon.  I’ll be back!

 

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!

 

BABYSTYLE IS COMING BACK! July 11, 2009

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

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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!

 

I want my own pacifier! June 6, 2009

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binker pink

 

All hail BELLA TUNNO!

Hey – anyone who can make a paci clip  send shivers down my spine deserves some sort of praise. 

 

Sure, it’s embarrassing to admit that fabrics and ribbons have the power to bring me to my knees but come on…look at these!

 

Not too long ago I finally broke down and bought two of these “Binkers” – a chocolate brown/white striped one for me Sammy and a really girly watermelon polka-dot one to give away as a gift.

 

 

Lucky for you guys, all of my little “nieces” hate pacifiers which means I get to give this adorable pink and green Binker to one of you!

 

The first person to comment below using the words “I promise this ‘binker’ will go to a loving home,” is the lucky winner.

 No strings attached.