Fri Mar 13
Actually, more like "sweetie Friday." Our birthday issue--which hits stands in just a few of weeks--got me thinking a lot about cakes. Case in point: These adorable Cookie Monster cupcakes . Sadly, there is no recipe included with the associated post, but it seems pretty easy: just over-frost the cupcakes and shove half a cookie in it. The original inspiration came from this neato cupcake cake , which seems to be a trend right now for birthday parties. Cupcake cakes are an easy way to ensure that all the kids get equal portions and the best part is no serving headaches! Here's some extra cupcake cake inspiration for you. Want more ideas? Other outstanding cakes include a ton from Matty Cakes Bakery and of course the go-to cupcake blog, Cupcakes Take the Cake . I'm having a major sweets craving right now, can you tell?
Twitter saves you money!
Thu Mar 12
A few weeks ago we strongly urged you to join Twitter. Our reasons were endless (constant communication with family and friends, easy to keep up on news), but now we have an even better incentive for you: Twitter can save you loads of moolah--if you follow the right people. There are some great NYC-centric deal makers to keep your eye on, like nycdailydeals , newyorkology and our sister pub Time Out New York 's "deal twitter," nycdeals , but no one can understand your recession woes better than other parents can, right? Luckily, I came across this awesome list of 20 frugal moms throughout the country whose Twitter accounts focus on all things free and cheap. Being a recessionista myself, I especially love 5DollarDinners and CouponCravings . Okay, now you have absolutely no excuse not to join Twitter. Get on it! And then follow us at TimeOutKids for daily blog updates, event picks of the day and more.
Jonas Brothers announce world tour
Wed Mar 11
Despite the Jonas Brothers' box office bomb of a movie , which only brought in $13 million its opening weekend (predictions were as high as $40 million!), the boys have announced their world tour . The tour, which kicks off June 20, includes concerts on three continents and features tunes from their upcoming album (title TBD), set to drop on June 15. Appearances in NYC include July 14 at the Izod Center and July 20 at Nassau Coliseum. American Idol alum Jordin Sparks will be opening for the bros. "This tour is going to be about really connecting with our fans," Joe Jonas remarked. "We've got new music that's taking us in new directions, plus a mind-blowing production that's going to surprise everyone." Surprise you say, Joe? Will you be parting your bangs differently? Did you purchase a new vest? Skinny jeans tighter than ever?! YES!! We can hardly stand the anticipation. Tickets go on sale March 28 at 10am. Get online early to snag tix!
Pot affects gaming ability, says new anti-drug campaign
Wed Mar 11
You heard that right, parents: The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is trying to convince kids to give up pot or else suffer the consequences at their game consoles. WHAT? Is this some sort of early April Fools' joke? How is this a legitimate campaign? I get that they're trying to reach today's youth, but really, can we focus more on health and less on Street Fighter 4, please? According to Above the Influence's website, "Getting high affects your brain in ways that may directly affect your gaming ability." Wow. What's next, "Heroin severly inhibits your twittering?" Or, "Meth diminishes the quaility of your Facebook status updates"? Unbelievable.
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