Monday, August 30, 2010

Ice-Cream Cone Cake

This gorgeous Ice-Cream Cone Cake by Better Homes & Gardens is fantastic for a Spring Birthday Party. With some creative cutting, one square cake becomes two triangular "ice cream cones." Allow your child to help you decorate the cupcakes as "ice cream scoops" with embellishments such as strawberry preserves, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries.

• 1 package 2-layer-size desired flavor cake mix
• 2 16-ounce cans creamy white frosting*
• 1 16-ounce can chocolate frosting*
• Buttercup-yellow paste food coloring
• Red food coloring
• Strawberry preserves and/or chocolate ice cream topping
• Chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, miniature chocolate pieces, and/or maraschino cherries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour one 8x8-inch baking pan. Set aside. Line twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with foil bake cups or paper bake cups. Set aside.

2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, pouring half of the batter into prepared baking pan and dividing remaining batter among muffin cups. Bake cupcakes in preheated oven according to timing on package and bake square cake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes and cake on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes and square cake from pans. Cool completely.

3. Cut the square cake into a cone shape by cutting off two triangles from each side of the cake (see diagram). Place the cone shape on a large flat platter or covered cake board. Place the two smaller triangles side by side on another large flat platter or covered cake board to create a second cone shape.

4. Tint one can of the white frosting with a small amount of buttercup-yellow food coloring. Use the frosting to frost the two cone shapes. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup white frosting and 1 tablespoon chocolate frosting until well combined. Using a piping bag fitted with a small open-hole tip, pipe lightened chocolate frosting atop cone cakes in a diamond-shape pattern.

5. Tint a small amount of the white frosting pink using a small amount of red food coloring; use to frost a few of the cupcakes. Top with a small amount of strawberry preserves and/or chocolate ice cream topping. Frost the remaining cupcakes with white frosting or chocolate frosting. Top with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate pieces, and/or cherries.

6. Arrange six cupcakes above each of the cones on the platters to look like stacks of ice cream scoops.

7. Note: You will have leftover frosting. Save for another use.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Father's Day Gift Idea: Daddy's Diaper Duty Device

If you are looking for a gift for the new dad for Father's Day, look no further!

The 'Daddy's Diaper Duty Device' is perfect for dad's, because this clever device (Daddy's Tool Belt) has all the 'tools' needed to handle the all -important diapering duty.

All dad's 'tools' are neatly tucked in a specially designed waist apron. This fun gift for dad comes complete with instructions in the form of a cute poem.

Daddy's Diaper Duty Device Contents Include:
• Waterproof changing pad
• Face mask
• Rubber gloves
• Protective Safety Glasses
• Tongs
• Baby wipes
• Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 1.5 fl oz
• Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Baby Wash 1 fl oz
• Johnson’s Baby Lotion 1 fl oz
• Johnson’s Baby Powder 1 ½ oz
• Johnson’s Nourishing Lotion 0.2oz
• Desitin Cream – Diaper Rash Ointment
• 4 disposable newborn diapers
• A gorgeous 'Baby Rattle'

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

And Baby Makes Three by Kate Spade

A sweet celebration for new arrivals, Kate Spade introduces a playful new baby giftware collection in her signature understated style. Featuring subtle engraving with the words “…And Baby Makes Three”, the whimsical range of beautifully polished silver-plated picture frames provides the perfect gifting choice for first-time parents. 

Pictured above: Baby Makes Three Silver Photo Album (rrp$89).

Monday, August 23, 2010

" I Love My Dad" by Anna Walker

"I Love My Dad" by Anna Walker is the perfect Father's Day present! Not only does the title say it all, but reading the book together will provide a memorable bonding experience for dad and bubs...

Meet Ollie - a gorgeous, lively zebra - Fred the dog and all of Ollie’s friends. Ollie and Dad love banana bread, climbing trees and piggyback rides!

Anna Walker's sweet hardcover books are the perfect size for toddlers to hold for themselves. The simple, gently rhyming text is also perfect for this age group as they can quickly memorise and ‘read’ it for themselves.

Illustrator Anna Walker’s has previously illustrated other books as well as greeting cards and other projects. Her endearing style both with words and illustration give her books endless appeal for both adults and children alike.

Friday, August 20, 2010


We love these uber-cool bikes from Kiddimoto, as reported by Lisa Evans for The Cool Hunter...

Learning to ride a bike is one of the most valuable skills a child can learn, helping them master the art of balance, a skill crucial to so many other physical activities and sports. UK based Kiddimoto has created a range of cute-looking wooden bikes which are designed to teach young children precisely that - balance. The slimline, lightweight birch plywood bikes are easy steer and manoeuvre and feature proper rubber tyres, providing a smooth ride for little bottoms by gliding across outdoor surfaces.

The Kiddimoto range comes in four styles, each based on a motorbike classic. From the 'Scooter', inspired by the mod scooter of the 60s, and the 'Chopper', a nod to future Easy Riders, to the Super Bike, based on real race bikes and the Srambler, a more traditional bike shape - the range has something for every dad, we mean, kid to get into. Now there's a thought. Do they make them in adult sizes? - Lisa Evans

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Adorable Puppet Scarf

Keep them warm and entertained at the same time with this cute crocheted puppet scarf! This is a great project for an experienced crocheter - perfect to keep the chills out for the last few weeks of winter. If you have little or no experience with crocheting, you may want to start this one for next winter!

Crafts Supplies and Instructions for Adorable Puppet Scarf, designed by Nancy Anderson for Better homes & Gardens.

Scarf measures 4-3/4x62 inches including puppets.

• Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: 1 skein each 929 Bikini (A), 722 Pretty n' Pink (B), 256 Carrot (C).
• Red Heart Sport Yarn: 1 skein each 1 White and 12 Black for eyes.
• Crochet hooks: 5.5 mm [US I-9] and 3.75 mm [US F-5].
• Stitch marker
• Yarn needle
• Gauge: Scarf: 14 sts = 4 inches; 9 rows = 4 inches in hdc with larger hook. Puppets: 4 sts = 1 inch; 5 rows = 1 inch in sc with larger hook. Check your gauges. Use any size hook to obtain the gauges.

Note: Scarf has tapered ends designed to fit inside of the puppet neck. 

For the crochet pattern visit: Better homes & Gardens.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Strawberry Pie Cake

Pretty in pink, this strawberry-topped cake from Better Homes & Gardens only looks like a pie. Convenient ingredients such as yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, and canned frosting cut down on prep time. This cake would be a perfect match for the Strawberry Sweetness Birthday Party we featured last month. 


• 1 package 1-layer-size yellow cake mix
• 1 4-serving-size package instant vanilla pudding mix
• 2 cups hulled and halved strawberries
• 1 12-ounce whipped strawberry frosting
• 18 vanilla wafers


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a decorative 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or quiche dish. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pie plate or dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove and cool in dish on a wire rack. Use a serrated knife to hollow out the center of the cake, leaving a 1-inch shell. Prepare pudding according to package directions for pie. Spoon into center of cake.

2. Arrange strawberries in circles, cut sides down, over pudding. Place frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip; pipe frosting around edge of cake. Press wafers along edge of cake for a decorative border. 

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Parenting Secrets for Calmer Days & Nights

Motherhood can be a stressful time - along with the joy and elation of welcoming your newborn into your life, there is alot to learn! Don't feel overwhelmed -  Lambeth Howard for The Motherboard has assembled these top tips to help you and your baby live life a little more calmly!

• The Magic Baby Calmer

"Warm a receiving blanket in the dryer for just a few minutes (it should not be hot to the touch), then swaddle your baby in it. The closeness and warmth of the blanket will calm any baby."
—Blythe Lipman, co-author of Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions
• A Colic Comfort

"When it comes to colic, remember the magic rule of threes: Colic usually starts when your baby is three weeks old and involves three hours a day of crying. It typically ends by the time your baby is three months old. FYI: A significant number of babies who are diagnosed with colic may actually have acid reflux. Get it checked out by a doctor."

—Ari Brown, M.D., a pediatrician in Austin.
• A Super Time-Saver

"Create a portable diaper-changing station. Keep diapers, wipes, and a changing pad on hand-everywhere. This way you don't have to race up to your baby's room when lightning strikes."

—Erica Wells, co-author of The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms
• The Power of Old-Fashioned Play

"Toys are great, but old-fashioned play is some of the best kind. Letting your baby play with pots, pans, and spatulas isn't deprivation. Instead, it encourages individual creativity and imagination. Old school is still good school!"

—Devra Renner, M.S.W, co-author of Mommy Guilt: Learn to Worry Less, Focus on What Matters Most and Raise Happier Kids

For more tips visit
The Motherboard

Friday, August 13, 2010

Win a $1000 Seed Summer Wardrobe

Summer fashions have started creeping into stores in anticipation of sun-filled days and balmy nights. The nautical inspired spots, stripes and checks at Seed Child are a wonderful indicator of what we can expect for summer.

Seed is running a competition to win a $1000 Seed Summer wardrobe. To enter the competition, spend $150 or more in one transaction at Seed, Seed Femme or online. The competition runs from Monday 9th August until Sunday 5th September, with one winner per state - conditions and details here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Everyday Protection from the Australian Sun

Drinking 2 litres of water per day, taking multi-vitamins, brushing your teeth to avoid decay – these are some of the everyday routine things we do to keep ourselves healthy and looking great. But did you know that only 1 in 10 Australians wear sunscreen every day?* Just in time for summer, makers of the No.1 sunscreen brand in Australia, Banana Boat, launch a NEW formulation to suit your family’s every day routine – Introducing Banana Boat® EveryDay SPF 30+ sunscreen.

Protecting your family from the harsh affects of the Australian sun is important every day, not only whilst at the beach, especially when you consider that Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Whether you’re driving, eating outdoors, walking the dog, enjoying a picnic in the park or family BBQ in the backyard, your skin is at risk of sun damage.

Banana Boat EveryDay SPF 30+ sunscreen is specifically formulated to moisturise your skin and provide protection from the damaging effects of the sun. Providing broad-spectrum UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) protection and moisturising with skin benefits (Aloe and Vitamin E), the lightweight fragrance-free formula is ideal for daily application, even under makeup, quickly absorbing to hydrate the skin. Providing 4 hours of water-resistant protection, long-lasting Banana Boat EveryDay SPF 30 + sunscreen is great value for the whole family. 200g tube ($14.95) and 400g pump pack ($19.99).

Recommended for everyday use, Banana Boat Every Day SPF 30+ is the ideal value for money, worry-free sunscreen for your family – as tested in the Australian sun.

Banana Boat sun care products are available from supermarkets, pharmacies, and variety stores nationally. View the Banana Boat range at

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bring on the Sunshine with Paul Franks New Summer collection

There’s something for everyone with Paul Frank’s latest range. Julius and his fun, loveable friends are back for the coming season with funky prints and great new styles . Boys and girls will absolutely love the bright tees and PJ’s, while infants will look adorable in the cute onesies and rompers. 

Check it out now at

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tinkerbell and The Great Fairy Rescue


 Tinker Bell is back on the big screen for another fairy filled adventure.

Be sure to see Tinker Bell and The Great Fairy Rescue as it is for a strickly limited season only.

Witness the historic moment when Tinker Bell first meets a human, and it's not who you might think. Years before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a little girl with a steadfast belief in the power of pixie dust and the magic land of fairies.

Tickets only $7. In Cinemas 5 August exclusively at Event, Greater Union and Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas

Visit Event Cinemas for more information and tickets.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lego Cake

To make this adorable no-bake dessert from Better Homes & Gardens, top frozen pound cakes with marshmallows to create the interlocking Legos. Brightly colored powdered sugarfrosting tinted with paste food coloring adds realistic shine.

• 2 to 3 10-3/4-ounce frozen pound cakes
• Large marshmallows, halved crosswise
• Tiny marshmallows
• 2 pounds powdered sugar
• 3/4 cup milk
• Blue paste food coloring (about 1/8 teaspoon)
• Yellow paste food coloring (about 1/4 teaspoon)
• Green paste food coloring (about 1/4 teaspoon)
• Red paste food coloring (about 1 teaspoon)


1. While still frozen, cut pound cakes into various-sized squares and rectangles to resemble interlocking building blocks. For the larger pieces, press large marshmallow halves into the pieces, cut sides down. Press tiny marshmallows into the smaller pieces of pound cake.

2. Place cake pieces on a wire rack over a tray or shallow baking pan lined with waxed paper; set aside. Place milk in a very large bowl. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until smooth and icing is of a thicker drizzling consistency.

3. Divide icing into four or five smaller bowls. Tint frostings using paste food coloring, leaving icing in one bowl plain, if desired. Spoon icing over cake pieces to coat each piece evenly with icing, spreading as necessary.

4. Allow cake pieces to stand on rack at room temperature at least one hour until icing is set. Arrange cake pieces on serving platter or tray to serve. Makes 16 servings.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Cot Side Friends from Playgro

Softly padded, the Cot Side Friends are designed to line the cot rail with bright fun pictures for visual stimulation. The picture gallery of Playgro's My First characters can also be folded up into a soft book for playtime at home or on the move. Hidden pockets, lift the flap, as well as tactile and auditory stimulation will provide baby hours of fun and enjoyment.


  • Fun colourful character based
  • Easily attaches to side of cot
  • Includes squeakers, crinkle paper and mirror 

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