Archive for the ‘ Birthdays ’ Category

Twine Arts

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010



Baker’s twine has become an irreplaceble craft supply for me. When in doubt, I say use the red and white string. I love that companies are breaking out with other colors, like these great ones from Divine Twine.

But what can you do with Divine Twine besides wrapping gift boxes? Make greeting cards! These precious designs were made by Suzonne from Urban Comfort. Check out her blog…it’s full of great crafts and yummy recipes!

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Is Your Birthday Cake the Best?

Monday, June 1st, 2009

MBLogo We at Parents really appreciate a great birthday cake. As such, we've decide to partner with Mixing Bowl for the Parents Magazine Kid's Birthday Cake Bake-Off! Log on to the contest site before July 31 and enter a picture of your kid's cutest birthday cake, along with the recipe, for a chance to win $250. We've been blown away by how many fantastic cakes there are out there — take a peek for ideas for your next birthday party.

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For the Love of Greeting Cards

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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I miss mail—real mail. I really do. As much as I appreciate electronic birthday cards (especially and Facebook messages, I miss ripping open that brightly colored envelope, not knowing if I'll laugh out loud, if I'll be $25 richer (fingers crossed), or if I'll need a tissue to wipe my tears.

We've nearly abandoned the art of sending cards because other methods of communication are much faster and easier. But check out, a website that makes sure you'll never forget an important event again, from birthdays to anniversaries to holidays. has thousands of cards to choose from, for every recipient and all occassions (3 adorable kiddy ones picture here). You pick the right ones for the right dates, and when the time comes, Jack Cards will mail you the card to sign and send! That way, you still can add your own personal handwritten touches. And get this…the card comes stamped, addressed and ready to send off. Ah! Genius! Membership is free and cards start as low as $1.50.

Now, there is no excuse for not sending a birthday card! (And by the way, mine is January 30th.)

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Group Gifting Made Easy

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

2332323845_7da04fefc2 As summer approaches, it’s time for Moms to start thinking about end-of-school-year gifts for the teachers, coaches, and day care providers who’ve played such pivotal roles in their kids’ lives. In this economy, the most sensible option for most families is to go in together on a group gift—but who wants to be the one stuck chasing down other Moms at the playground to get them to pay their share?

Well, thanks to a new website,, no one has to take on that thankless task. eDivvy allows an organizer to quickly set up a gift event by selecting a gift on the site (choose from thousands of great items from top retailers like Macy’s, the Apple Store, Sur La Table and more) and then inviting others to pitch in by adding in their email addresses. Invitees can then choose the amount they want to contribute, then safely and securely charge that to a credit card. (The organizer can also check in throughout the process and send gentle reminders if need be.) Once the gift total is reached, it’s sent directly to the recipient—along with a virtual gift card signed by all the contributors. Easy—and no fronting the bill required!

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The Cupcake Craze Continues

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009


It seems Goodyblog has been rather quiet lately about our eternal love for the cupcake. Have no doubt, they are still our pastry of choice. I came across this great how-to set today on Oh Joy!. The Cupcake Kit,
By Elinor Klivans, comes complete with everything you need to make scrumptious cupcakes:
14 recipes, 250 decorative cup liners in two sizes, a
pastry bag, and an assortment of piping tips for creating one-of-a-kind

It's almost worth it just for those precious liners. Available at

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ABCs You Can Eat

Thursday, January 15th, 2009


This cake pan (which is customizable to form any letter or number) definitely wins the why-didn't-I-think-of-that award. It's $40 well-spent: You'll use this baby year after year. Or at least until your kids refuse another number or initial cake.

Found via craftzine.

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Tags: | Categories: Birthdays, Food, Your Child

Springtime Ice Cream Flower Pots

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is one of my favorite food blogs. Ree, the hostess of the joint, is the unpretentious master chef for her rancher husband and her hungry kids. Her site is, coincidently, the home of my favorite guilty pleasure sandwich. Just the thought of that sandwich makes my lizard brain revert back to Neanderthal times. Grrrrrrrr. ME HUNGRY!

This month, she came up with the feminine foil to those manly steak sandwiches: Springy Flower Pot Desserts. No, that ain’t dirt—that’s Oreo deliciousness. And under that chocolatey soil lays layers of ice cream and pound cake.

It’s an elegant-looking dessert, but it’s very simple to put together. It’s the perfect dessert for a daughter’s spring-time birthday party. (And at the very least, this recipe has to be better than Ree’s Ethel Merman impersonation.)

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Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Ss_101187473 Ahhhhh, birthday parties! (Do you hear a sigh of joy or perhaps a frazzled, pull-your- hair-out scream?) These events welcome both the joys and the anxieties of being a parent. But don’t fret; we’re here to help.

Check out the May issue of Parents that hit the news stands yesterday for 87 new birthday party ideas (yes, we actually counted). We give you everything from party themes to party planning do’s and don’t's to the coolest cake pans you’ll ever see, so you won’t be left twirling in circles, begging Calgon to take you away. And of course we would never leave you without the ever-important time line that will help keep your candles and cupcakes in a row.

Now you can breathe a sigh of relief. Party planning just got a little easier.

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