Kids today have it SO GOOD.
Case in point: Charlotte, the daughter of my friends Amy and Chris.
Charlotte requested an Angry Birds-themed cake for her birthday. Did Amy pick up the phone, call a bakery and order the aforementioned birdie birthday baked good?
She made the entire cast of fierce, feathered friends in fondant. All by HERSELF.
Charlotte is one lucky little girl.
And Amy is rockin’ creative!
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Ever feel like you’re wearing too many hats? Perhaps it’s time to make yourself a new one.
And what better day than today — Annual Make a Hat Day!
Yep. That’s an actual holiday, folks. I read about it on the Intertubes, so you know it’s true. It’s apparently very popular in pre-school, kindergarten and grade school classrooms. Kiddies love making hats as crafts projects.
Why do they get to have all the fun?
I think we would all benefit from a little headpiece handiwork. Whadda ya say? Are you ready to hit the pause button on your usual 9-to-5 routine, strap on the hot glue gun and dream up a tempting ten gallon topper?
Okay. Meet me at Target.
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My friend Caroline and I, who met my junior year of college, joke that we’ve known each other since birth. We had a instant kinship the first day we met in journalism class.
We also both had dogs named Booger. I mean, come on — what are the chances?
Caroline was also the first person I thought of when I read about the booger-flavored ice cream that’s for sale this summer at The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
If you immediately thought “Gross,” you’re probably not the target market. Kids are. And they have made the snotty-sounding flavor the second most popular at the shop. Actually, “Booger” sounds pretty good once you hear the ingredients. It’s made with cake batter that’s tinted booger green with swirls of caramel and little Lucky Charms marshmallows.
I’m up for anything with caramel in it. And customers say it tastes a lot better than it looks.
Oh — the number one flavor is something called “Ooey Gooey,” which contains Oreos, caramel and fudge.
Wonder what that looks like…
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I spend a lot of time on airplanes, which means I spend a lot of time listening to the sound of screaming children.
I’ve always said that discipline — or lack there of — is revealed in tight spaces.
(Some parents also don’t seem to know to give their infants a bottle at take-off and landing to relieve the pressure in their ears. We really need to get that trick out there.)
I was reminded of all those crying babies this morning in Central Park. There really weren’t that many children out that early — just lots and lots of dog parents and their kids.
A lack of discipline run amuck.
Because of the heavy snow, the powers that be in Central Park opened the Great Lawn, and the dogs and their humans were taking full advantage. I’ve never seen so many packed in one spot at one time.
And while dogs don’t scream, their people certainly do. Scream their names. Scream “Come” (with little effect). Just scream. And let’s face it — if you don’t spend the first few months of your dog’s life training them, you spend years just screaming at them.
And your dog gets branded as ‘bad.’ How unfair is that?
So, whether your child is human, or of the canine variety, do them and the world a favor. Teach them some rules…and then stick to them.
It will make for a happier planet (and hopefully, a tad quieter one, too).
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A French woman — who I have no doubt is a bit sticky herself — has written a book ‘NO KIDS: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children.’
I’m sure many mothers stateside are up in arms. I haven’t even read the book yet (only the review on Amazon.com – full disclosure), but you have to admit, some of her reasons are spot-on.
•You will lose touch with your friends
•Your sex life will be over
•Children cost a fortune
•Vacations will be a nightmare
•You’ll lose your identity and become just “mom” or “dad”
•The planet’s already overcrowded
You can’t argue with any of them overly much, no matter how much you love your kids. And I speak as a proud dog mother. I may have made the choice to avoid the human variety, but some of the same issues apply.
Personally, I am most anxious to see the movie based on this book. Will our heroine stick to her guns and fight to bring more women around to her way of thinking? Or will they turn it into a romantic comedy where she sees the error of her ways, succumbing to the need to have a child…like Diane Keaton in ‘Baby Boom?’
And, most importantly, is it too late to purchase the screen rights myself?