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.
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.
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
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1-2 oz red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
½ cup of brewed, plain coffee
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!
So 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?
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.
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.
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.
I’ve got to admit, while I of course loved my baby, Little D, as a baby, I can’t get enough of this toddler phase. She ventures into the world with so much wonder! And not only can she walk that world on her own, she can talkabout it . . . and I can actually understand her.
With every day that passes it’s something remarkable and new that she’s teaching us as fast as we’re (hopefully) teaching her. That especially applies to understanding how things work in the world or, rather, can work.
That’s what Toddler D reminds us every chance she gets: to think about possibilities versus limits. So I always try to give her freedom and space to show me how I can experience objects and my surrounding in general in a new way, and that’s what led to our sticker attack-tivity.
All you need:
tons of stickers!
child (baby, toddler, any age, really)
time to let things happen
optional: partner in crime/audience
All you need to do:
Step 1: Give the stickers to your child.
Step 2: Sit back and watch what happens.
Step 3: Don’t stop your child until he/she lets you know theattack-tivity is done.
Step 4: Celebrate his/her work!
Rockabye Baby Sticker Attack-tivity!
What happens when you leave a child with more stickers than she can count? THIS:
It started out innocently enough.
And in no time, sticker madness ensued.
Ta-da, Toddler D’s sticker constellation! But she wasn’t done yet…
She made her papa her canvas, too.
A really awesome canvas.
“Papa, stickers!” she squealed.
Then she decided the stickers needed to return to where they came from.
And the sticker attack-tivity started anew. No End.
Let us know how your Sticker Attack-tivity goes! We’d love to hear from you. And if we do, maybe you’ll be getting a roll of Rockabye Baby stickers for your child to decorate your home – or a loved one!
Is it just us, or did 2013 really fly by? Weren’t we just announcing the release of Lullaby Renditions of Rush like a month ago? Guess not.
As fast as this year went by, we sure did enjoy it! And we have a lot to look back on and be proud of. For instance…
We welcomed a real quiet riot to the family. . .
Not to mention our two new vinyl additions . . .
Made some noise with our DIY instruments . . .
Got a little nostalgic remembering a few of our favorite shows… [Stacie's blink-182 post, Sarah's Police post]
Yeah, that’s a lot to be proud of!
If you have to ring in the new year a little early with your little ones who can’t quite make it to midnight, do so with this free download of “New Year” from Lullaby Renditions of Foo Fighters. Click here to download!
Stacie aka Ms. Rockabye: I’m visiting my little sister in Spain later this year and I would love to be able to order a drink (I mean, among other things, of course) without the help of a translation book. “Me gustaría sangría por favor!!” (I used google translate there but I could memorize that!)
I took a few years of Spanish in school but I committed about 6 phrases total to my memory; three of which are about getting to a bathroom. So, I’m hoping to take a refresher course at the beginning of the year to help jog my memory.
Jennifer, our resident artist: Two words: Less. Carbs.
Sarah aka Rockabye Grrl: I often have lofty goals around New Year’s, as most people do. I think resolutions are great, but you should focus on one thing you know you can change. In years past, I’ve had long lists of changes I’d like to make so this year I want to simply hone in on one. In 2014, I would like to live in the moment more. I think I worry too much about future happenings, whether they are years or minutes down the line. We can’t change the past and the future hasn’t happened yet; it’s important to be present in the present.
Sure, we know people break resolutions all the time – you’re rooting for us not to, right? – but before you do, we want you to share them…with us! Hey, if you actually type them up and post them here, maybe that’ll help.
What’s on your New Year’s resolution list?
Post it below to enter this week’s giveaway and we’ll make it worth your while. How about your chance to win 3 CDs from our 2013 releases?
Feeling overpowered by baby’s cries? If your little angel would rather rock the casbah than go straight to bed, let Rockabye Baby’s gentle versions of The Clash’s hits carry them off to dreamland. Sleep is calling.