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Archive for March, 2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Eggcellent Easter Crafts, part 1

from Jamie

Looking for a craft that preps the home for Easter AND uses up that fat pile of paint chips? Look no further! Check out this fun and easy craft on Modern Parents Messy Kids, found via Merah Muda. And stay tuned for more Easter/spring fun in the upcoming weeks!

(Images courtesy Modern Parents Messy Kids)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Bring on the Blooms!

from Jamie

There are so many great things about spring but one of the most exciting aspects is the changes that are occurring on a daily basis across the landscape. Blink, and you will probably miss something!

First, green daffodil leaves pop up amidst a brown and grey canvas.

Then, tiny crocus blooms, only visible if I happen to walk up to them, dot the ground here and there.

Next, a subtle green carpets the woods. It’s the beginning of the undergrowth, which will consume the woods by midsummer, rising to 4 feet tall in places.

Now, it’s time for the daffodils to bloom.

Not far behind, the hyacinths, which I think are my absolute favorite flower to smell.

And simultaneously, tiny buds are visible on all the trees. The grand finale? The flowering fruit trees, which make me want to move to an orchard, or at the very least, buy one of every fruit tree from the local nursery. Where do tulips fall in this lineup, you ask? Good question, since my annual spring splurge on one or two bouquets comes from the grocery store. (Turns out the deer love them too.)

And last, but not least, check out what I found on my last walk in the woods… yep, that’s an Easter egg from last year’s hunt, another survivor of the long, cold winter.

Regardless of whether you’re in search of a cool find, or just yearning for some fresh air, now is a great time to walk through the woods!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Creativity Takes Root

from Jamie

In the past week, budding trees are visible everywhere, even inside, thanks to this fun cardboard building kit called Totem Tree. It comes with 170 interlocking pieces, including leaves, branches, birds, a birdhouse and mushrooms and is made from recycled cardboard and is biodegradable. Being a designer, I love the various textures printed on the pieces and how the builder has complete freedom in creating the tree’s shape as well as the textures that are visible from all sides. It’s a pretty tree-ific way to celebrate spring, if I do say so myself!

p.s. Good news: Since I purchased the tree they’ve added more to the mix. There’s now a dragonfly and spider15 birds on a tree, butterfly and more. Check ‘em out; I love them all.

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Momglish in Cool Mom Picks Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide

We are tickled pink (and blue) to be included on the Cool Mom Picks Ultimate Baby Shower Guide, referred to by Parents Magazine as “the online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd.” They also received top honors from InStyle and Real Simple last year in the web and blog categories. Not only do we thank CMP profusely, but it’s worth mentioning that we have been following these guys for a long time now, even before Egg2Cake was a mere twinkle in our eye. These gals have a great sense of humor and flair for writing, and they have the following to back it up!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Here today, MAYBE gone tomorrow.

Thanks to the Stork Vision blog for including Egg2Cake’s pregnancy growth chart in their post about ideas for documenting pregnancy.

Why is a belly chart so important? Let’s just say that soon this belly will be no more, since our gracious mama, Jackie, is expecting any day now! Soon, it will all just be a memory. And just how much do you wanna depend on your memory for all the facts (and figures) decades from now? Seize the moment, and the belly!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Bundle of $$$

Tax season reminds us of one of our most popular Egg2Cake cards, which happens to be timely no matter what time of the year. Here’s one bottom line that’s in need of a diaper!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Blog Feature & Giveaway: Little BGCG

Know of someone who could use a Momglish pocket dictionary, pregnancy growth chart or diaper log? Check out the giveaway by Little BGCG and His Mama Review It! Deadline: April 8th, 2011, 11:59 PM EST. And a big thanks to Christa for the complimentary review!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Conversations for the Future

from Jamie

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). No federal funding for CPB might mean the end of StoryCorps, the national public broadcasting project that gives everyday Americans the chance to record a forty minute oral history interview with a loved one. A copy of each interview is archived at the Library of Congress so our great-great grandchildren can get to know us through our voice and story. CPB is StoryCorps’ primary funder.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to the broadcasts on public radio and the web.

Check out the video of Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviewing his mother, Sarah. Joshua’s unique questions and Sarah’s loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.

What do you want to tell future generations?

(courtesy Lil Sugar)

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Happy April 18th?

Good news for taxpayers; not so good news for the Egg2Cake tax card this year: Taxpayers will have until Monday, April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns and pay any tax due because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Friday, April 15. (By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year.)

Bottom line? Regardless of the exact date the filing deadline falls on, one thing rings true from year to year… the outspoken sentiment of our card.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Canstruction ahead

from Jamie

Over the weekend we decided to explore downtown in search of this year’s Canstruction design/build competition in which local teams create sculptures out of canned and packaged food, which are later donated to the Freestore Foodbank. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community food banks in the fight against hunger. Last year, Cincinnati was in the Top 5 Cities to raise the most food during the entire Canstruction competition — over 40,692 meals.

This year’s sculptures, as well as past years’ entries, can be seen online at Cincinnati Canstruction or better yet, in person until March 20th at the Cincinnati locations below.

- Weston Art Gallery – 650 Walnut Street
- Duke Energy Headquarters – Corner of Fourth & Main Street
- Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – Downtown Branch – 800 Vine Street
- Contemporary Arts Center – 44 East Sixth Street
- Scripps Center – 312 Walnut Street

(courtesy Cincinnati Canstruction and Mark Bealer, Bealer Photographic Arts)