DIY: TARDIS Cake

While my execution could use refinement (a side effect of making things up as you go along, like I tend to do when assembling birthday cakes and Halloween costumes, and pretty much anything else I create), and I learned a very important lesson -- the Heart of the TARDIS is not, in fact, custard -- he was impressed with the results.

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DIY: Minecraft Terrain Block Cake With Marzipan Piggies!

Minecraft is extremely popular with my three boys, so it didn't really come as a surprise when Boy#1 requested a "Minecraft cake" for his birthday this year. I put my thinking cap on and decided to make a terrain block -- the "easy factor" is a key component of my homemade cakes. I like to have fun with them, but I neither need or want them to look cake store perfect. Using terrain blocks as the basis makes it easy to dress up the top in an infinite number of ways.

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Recipe: Quick and Easy Bottom Balm

I prefer to avoid commercial diaper ointments, creams and balms for Boy#3. Mainly, I don't like the idea of rubbing chemicals into the skin in his diaper area, but a lot of mainstream rash creams are very bad for cloth diapers -- coating the fibers and rendering them unable to absorb liquid. When I do need to use "a little something" as part of the diapering routine, I like to use my homemade Bottom Balm. It's easy to make, has 2(!) ingredients -- both of which you can pronounce ;), and it gives a nice sheen to the skin making the next diaper change that much easier to clean. The beauty of using coconut oil is that it is naturally solid at room temperature!

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