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It appears that our neighborhood had Smart Cars long before there were Smart Cars.

It’s International Guitar Month so the guitar love continues with guitars you can make at home, or, at least if you’re someone who has a way with paper.

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By Mark Saul of Novel Brand

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Okay, so maybe you’re not that skilled with paper. That’s okay, in 11 steps you can make yourself this cute Rockabye Baby DIY Guitar that you can actually play. Strum, strum!

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I don’t know how two people less than 30 pounds each can eat so much, but when it comes to their stomachs my kids’ are black holes. You can throw an endless supply of food down their tiny gullets and they are asking for snacks within 10 minutes. Which is why it seems like we are always at the grocery store.

I’m lucky to live within walking distance of two different grocery stores — one overpriced and fancy; another egalitarian and crowded. We hit the latter almost every day. I’m an expert at wheeling the two hungry beasts around in carts or strollers through the narrow aisles; my girls are experts at sweet-talking the person in charge of the samples into extras.

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We treat the fancy grocery store like it’s Disneyland: we go rarely, buy only what’s necessary, and act like it’s a great adventure. There, they have kid-size carts the girls can push around, multiple sample stations and give out free balloons. The self-serve sample stations means that, by my math, my girls gobble up almost $5 worth of fresh fruit while they are running around the store kamikazeing their tiny carts. And the best part is that the staff is so kind and polite they act like my kid freaking out when I deny her access to the checkout candy isn’t a big deal.

Before I had kids, I did most of my shopping at quaint farmer’s markets; now, thanks to the ravenous appetites of two toddlers, that’s impossible. It’s like following behind two human-size Pac-men. Without the supermarket, we’d be game over.

Listen to “Lost in the Supermarket” from
Lullaby Renditions of The Clash

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What would the world be without guitars? We don’t even want to think about it!

That’s why we’re celebrating International Guitar Month. We thought about showing you our staff’s guitar collection to commemorate the occasion, and, hey, maybe we still will later this month. But we noticed that you Rockabyers have a sweet tooth.

So we collected some of the sweetest axes you’ll ever see in one place. Ready for some guitars that are truly works of art in more ways than one? Check it.

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 From the CupcakeBlog.com

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From CakeCentral.com

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From Instructables.com

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From deviantART.com

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From Designers-Cakes.com

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From Spoonful.com

 

For more rock-inspired food, check out our Rock and Roll Food Pinterest board

valentinebabyThat heart-shaped box? It’s mine.

I was born on February 14, which means what most people call Valentine’s Day I call my birthday. And, frankly, I think it’s much better that way. Holiday birthday’s can be rough (ask First-Time Mommy about having one the day after Christmas) but not mine. Because who really likes Valentine’s Day anyway?

Sure, kids do – after all, there’s candy involved – but for adults it’s awful. First, if you aren’t in a romantic relationship, you are reminded of how horrible that allegedly is all day long. Second, if do have a sweetie of some sort, you are pressured into doing something to show your beloved how much you adore them, by, say, taking them to a ridiculously crowded restaurant that is charging double for the same old serving of salmon. Or you can send flowers, which are also exponentially more expensive on this “special” day than they were just the day before.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover not a fighter, and I’ll welcome any day that encourages people to be kind and affectionate. But does it have to also be so darn cliché, with all the red roses, sparkling wines and lovey dovey restaurant dinners? Give me a break.

For some of us, romance looks more like, well, True Romance than Love, Actually, and I, for one, would much prefer some Chinese takeout with my man than all the blood-orange sorbet those prix-fix places are selling.

Which is why I love having my birthday on Valentine’s Day. Because the birthday triumphs every time and I get to pick something fun (bowling, karaoke, dancing!) over something supposedly romantic. And really, what could be more romantic than 50 of your drunken friends singing Journey songs really badly or throwing gutter balls all night?

There’s nothing Hallmark’s got to compete with that.

So the pressure is off this Valentine’s Day: Do something stupid and fun instead of sophisticated and starry-eyed. Happy my birthday to you.

If you’re feeling like singing along to Journey right now, here you go! For the whole rockin’ lullaby collection, check out our Lullaby Renditions of Journey.

And don’t forget . . .

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If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of kitchenware. Baking sheets, casserole dishes, pizza pans, woks, muffin tins and every size and shape cake pan imaginable . . . all except a heart.

And you can’t make a Valentine’s Day cake that isn’t in the shape of a heart! (Obviously, you can, I’m just being a twinge dramatic.)

I was just going to go break down and buy a heart tin for the sake of convenience but since I can be pretty resourceful when I get desperate, I decided to try to work with what I’ve got. And what I’ve got is an 8×8 circle pan and an 8×8 square pan.

So today, we’re going to share how to make your own heart cake!

Rockabye Grrl and I teamed up to make these fabulous heart-shaped cakes for everyone at the RB office to enjoy.

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Heart Cake

Prep: 15 minutes | Bake: 30-35 minutes | Servings: 8 (give or take)CakeCollage!

And here’s our Valentine’s Playlist to enjoy while you bake!

Ingredients
Use our Red Velvet cake recipe below or just use a box cake mix.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1-2 oz red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
½ cup of brewed, plain coffee

Directions

1. Heat over to 325°.
2. Grease circle and square pans.
3. In bowl, whisk dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda and powder, cocoa and salt.) Set aside.
4. In larger bowl, mix sugar and vegetable oil.
5. Add in eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and food coloring until combined.
6. Stir in white vinegar.
7. Combine the wet and dry ingredients slowly, adding a bit at a time and mixing after each addition until combined.
8. Pour batter evenly into each pan.
9. Bake on center rack for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake.
10. Let cool completely on cooling rack.
11. Once cooled, remove cakes from pans

Heart Instructions
1. Place square cake on table or flat surface.
2. Cut circle cake in half
3. Arrange on adjacent sides of the square. If necessary, trim the half circles cakes as needed to make the perfect heart. (We made two heart cakes so that’s why you’re seeing the white cake in the photo tutorial to the right).
4. You have a heart cake! Frost and decorate as desired!

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 Happy Chinese New Year!

Goodbye, snakes! Bring on the dancing horses…

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Year of the Horse

Jan. 31, 2014-Feb. 18, 2015

Now giddy up!

footballSo what team are you rooting for this Super Bowl Sunday?

Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos? Tell us what team you’re on in our poll below. And, hey, if you want to even tell us what you think the score will be in the comments below, and you get it right, you may just win something “super” from our library. Just post your score predictions in the comments by Sunday, Feb. 2, 3:30 pm ET.

And let’s not forget the Super Bowl halftime lineup: Bruno Mars with guest, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What are your thoughts on the two sharing the stage for the most watched music show of the year? Vote below.
 

Well, you know how we feel about the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so we think of this year’s Super Bowl as a total win-win situation. To celebrate the band’s upcoming performance, and to get your babies ready to snooze so you can watch the darn thing, we’re giving you a FREE download of “Knock Me Down” from Lullaby Renditions of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Can you think of a better song to go with football?

Happy National Hugging Day! Our office pup, Penne, was caught giving her friends a squeeze earlier today in celebration.

Of all the on-screen superheroes making comebacks these days, the ones I’m most excited to see are Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. That’s right, the Powerpuff Girls, those poppy, pint-sized crime-fighters whose hugely popular TV series ended in 2005 (only after totally redefining animation and saving the world before bedtime) are back with a special on Cartoon Network that airs tonight.

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And this time, there’s a new character in the mix-guest star Ringo Starr voices Fibonacci Sequins, a flamboyant mathematician (the name is a play on the fibonacci sequence) and a total wannabe Powerpuff Girl.

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In his cameo on the show, Starr sings the hilarious song, “I Wanna Be a Powerpuff Girl,” which also has a trippy and wonderful music video in which an animated Starr dons a yellow Powerpuff dress and a ribbon in his hair in an attempt to cull up his inner superpowers. See it HERE. It’s awesome, and once again, a great reminder that we all get by better with a little help from our friends, especially when those friends are sassy and strong.

Add more friendly Beatles to your nights with one of our Lullabye Renditions of the Beatles.

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