We love when readers send us cool stuff out of the blue! Abby Stavig got in touch with us this week to share the fab cake she made for her daughter’s birthday. Abby says:
My daughter recently turned two and we had her birthday at Chuck E Cheese so I thought a pizza cake would fit the theme nicely! I had decided I was going to try to make her cake myself this year as a challenge, so I set out to find inspiration. Your site and many others all had great examples of DIY cakes, and I wanted to share my success with you.
I purchased a 16″ round cake pan from Michael’s Crafts and asked my local pizza joint to donate a box and they were happy to oblige. It was SUPER easy to make, and I think it turned out great! Hope you enjoy taking a look!
When I was a kid, the snap-on hairpiece was the hottest commodity in our LEGO tub. My sister, brother, and I would fight over the premium parts (wheels, windows, flower pots) but I always went for the hairpiece, hands down.
Much development has been afoot since then. Today, a mere 811 pieces stand between this old-school builder and her very own replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and LEGO kits encompass everything from Atlantis to Star Wars. And now they’re conquering new territory in my favorite dimension: board games, which we previewed at the recent International Toy Fair. On March 1, LEGO will launch the first five of 10 games with buildable boards (even dice) and changeable rules so no game is ever the same.
Each product has a different theme and plot behind the play. In Minotaurus, mythology buffs attempt to get heroes to the temple at the center of the labyrinth while avoiding the Minotaur and moving walls to keep other heroes at bay.
Pictionary lovers might enjoy Creationary, which challenges players to build items in four different categories while teammates try to guess the object.
And Harry Potter fans will also be pleased to race around the changing landscape of Hogwarts, collecting homework before their fellow wizards in a game that launches with the second wave, available August 1.
Visit LEGO to learn more about the first five games! Hairpiece not included. — Sarah C.
How committed are you to living green? Would you consider a 100 percent recyclable nursery, with everything made from cardboard? That may take a little getting used to. It also may not be quite as thrifty as you’re expecting — that cardboard cot above? $300. Check out the entire slideshow at LilSugar.
Today is the kickoff of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. If you havenâ€™t participated yet, itâ€™s pretty painless. Download the checklist, then simply watch and count the birds you see for a 15-minute span on at least one of the four days of the count, February 12-15. Last year, more than 94,000 people turned in checklists, giving researchers a better idea of the health of bird populations. (Happy to know I am not alone in my bird love geekdom.) If youâ€™re not sure of the identity of a bird, there are two iPhone/iTouch apps for birding and just enough time left to run to your bookstore and pick up a Petersonâ€™s. Of course, the great thing about the GBBC is that you really donâ€™t need anything other than time and a good view. The GBBC site has a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithologyâ€™s All About Birds page. — Sarah L.
My goal was to spend less than $100 redoing our daughterâ€™s room for her birthday. Since we werenâ€™t replacing the bedding (Grandma made her a beautiful quilt with scraps from her mother-in-lawâ€™s quilt bag), the bed, or my college dresser, it seemed more than doable. In the end, I spent closer to $150:
- $80 for three gallons of Tinker Bell and Cabbage Green paint
- $45 for two Daisy drapery panels
- $2.39 for lime green grosgrain ribbon to make new ties for the panel
- $15.72 to redo a rescued chair
My daughterâ€™s favorite part? Itâ€™s a tie between the quilt rack from her baby room that I repurposed as a curtain rod/shelf to hold my old Breyer horses, and the â€œCinderellaâ€ storybook art by Fern Bisel Peat. Although the illustrations deserve to be in better frames, right now Iâ€™m sticking to my (revised) budget and using what I have. — Sarah L.