When it comes to kid's music Mama has to enjoy it just as much as the kids because if they like something you know it will be on 24/7! I look for fun albums with lots of great melodies and topics kid's can identify with! Django Jones' new album D is for Django nails it on all three!
D is for Django (named for Doris's charismatic Chihuahua mix) is programmed so that energetic tunes comprise the first half of the album, with softer songs and lullabies making up the second half. "We wanted parents to be able to use the second half to help calm their kids down so they can drift off to sleep," explains Nate. The songs range from educational ("Bones" and "Counterpoint") to food-oriented ("Breakfast" and "Popcorn") to self-empowerment ("Smallest Breed" and "All That I See"), and the lulabies are capped by a stunning rendition of a traditional kundalini mantra ("Long Time Sun"). Listeners get a "behind the scenes" chance to meet Doris, JJ, Nate, and even Django via the brief spoken intros interspersed between songs.
- All That I See
- Intro to P-O-P
- Intro to Jack of All Things
- Jack of All Things
- Intro to Counterpoint
- Intro to Smallest Breed
- Smallest Breed
- Intro to Bigfoot
- Intro to Potato Leek Soup
- Potato Leek Soup
- Intro to Breakfast
- Intro to Germs
- Intro to Bones
- Intro to All Along
- All Along
- Intro to Every Day At This Time It Rains
- Every Day At This Time It Rains
- Intro to Lullabies
- Love You Like I Do
- Long Time Sun
What a fun album this is. More importantly the music and lyrics are very well done. Django Jones took the time to produce great music for littles. I love the little introductions to each song. Sometimes they are just for fun like when you hear Django the dog talk but other times it really helps the kid's understand what your singing about in the next song. A great example of this is for the song Counterpoint. (Which happens to be a favorite of mine!)
I think my favorite song on the whole album is Bones! I got more than one bone to pick with you I got 206... I LOVE IT!! They go through a bunch of the bones yet it is also a sweet song all while being sneakily educational! Guess what song my kid's are learning to go along with their health chapter on the body?
The last bit of the album has some of the the sweetest lullabies - which always become favorite songs of mine. Something about ending an album on a sweet, soft and sleepy note always appeals. It is also great to play for quieting down and bedtime.
In New Jersey we are FINALLY enjoying some wonderful spring weather. Today it is supposed to go all the way up to 70! That is such a nice change from the snowy start of the month. One thing I think most people forget about in these mild temperatures is sun protection. I guess we think we are not actually at the beach or pool so we don't need to use sunscreen. That is of course not the case. If you are enjoying the outdoors - then it is time to think about using sunscreen!
Sensitive Side SPF 30 - $12.95 for 4oz
- non irritating sunscreen specially formulated for sensitive skin
- enriched with soothing oat protein and antioxidant defenders - green tea and carrot extract
- moisturizing safflower based Hydresia oleosomes provides three times the hydrating protection
Sun Spray Lotion SPF 30 - $14.95 for 8oz
- hydrating easy spray on sunscreen lotion
- combines broad spectrum protection, moisture rich hydresia oleosomes made from safflower oil, and antioxidant defenders - green tea, carrot extract and vitamin E
Both products contain:
- no parabens
- no nanoparticles
- no artificial colors or fragrances
- no animal ingredients or testing
When it comes to sunscreen I'm very cautious about what I will put on my kids. Kiss My Face products are a great option. These are products that kids and parents alike can use! I love this new spray bottle. It has a nice latch system that prevents the spray from 'spraying' when you don't want it to. It comes out thick so you will still have to spread it around but that wasn't a problem for me. I like to be sure I get all the exposed skin covered so this delivery system works well for me. The tube is another hit for me. I've already tossed it in my diaper bag to have when we are on the go.
I know I sound like a broke record at times, but I honestly love when I get the opportunity to review family friendly movies. It's nice to pop in a good movie at night and spend time unwinding with my boys and not having to worry if there are going to be inappropriate scenes.
Recently we had the opportunity to preview Good Witch's Garden and we loved it. My six year old first had to make sure that it wasn't a scary movie since it did have the world Witch in the end, he enjoyed watching it.
About Good Witch's Garden:
Return to Middletown in this sequel to The Good Witch , part of an ongoing story following the magical Cassie Nightingale. Settling into Grey House and continuing her romance with the town Sheriff Jake Russell, Cassie still is a suspicious figure to the townspeople. Working both to fit in, and to turn Grey House into a bed and breakfast, Cassie is surprised when a stranger declares he is legal owner of the house. Suddenly left without a home, Cassie struggles to find her place in her new city.
Originally airing on The Hallmark Channels (on of our favorites) back in 2008 Good Witch's Garden is the second chapter in the ongoing series, the latest of which, The Good Witch's Destiny
What We Thought About It:
This is definitely a movie that I will be watching again. I love the way that magic is pratreyed in this movie. My six year old kept asking if she was magic, but I told him that most of what he sees is people truly believing in themselves. It's just really nice to see good, clean family movies that entertain. They are certainly few and far between these days!
. Good Witch's Garden will be available on DVD on April 22 with a SRP of $14.93.
Looking for Easter Basket ideas for your little Frozen fan? With this movie being such a huge hit, I am sure many little ones will be getting the DVD in their Easter Baskets, but why not add an adorable doll or dress-up clothes to go along with it as well.
Elsa Toddler Doll from Jakks and it's pretty awesome! It's very well made and beautifully done. The dolls are dressed in their iconic outfits from the film and have beautiful braided hair, hairbrush and a royal tiara and for even more added fun, they also come with Olaf!! Elsa and Anna are recommended for ages 3 and up and have a SRP of $24.99
Jakks Pacific also has an Enchanting Anna Dress and an Enchanting Elsa Dress that are perfect for dress-up fun!! The Anna dress has a satiny skirt with glittery flowers and the dress bodice is decorated with a beautiful glitter design and cameo of Anna. The Elsa dress has a multi-layer skirt with glittery snowflakes and the dress' bodice is decorated with a beautiful glitter design and cameo of Elsa. This dress is great for everyday play or costume parties. With no buttons or zippers, kids can easily take this dress on and off.. These dresses are recommended for ages 3 and up and have a SRP of $12.99
Last but certainly not least is the Disney Frozen Elsa's Musical Snow Wand. This is a product we also had the opportunity to check out and it's pretty awesome. It's the perfect size for little ones. The snow globe design on top really adds to the enchantment of it and I love the fact that it plays music.
To see what other Disney Frozen products are available, check out Jakks Pacific.
We have been fans of Angelina Ballerina in our house for some time now and recently checked out the new Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling that was released on March 11 from Lionsgate.
- "Angelina's Spring Fling"
- "Angelina and the Front Page"
- "Angelina and the New Jeans"
- "Angelina's Trick-or-Treat Feat"
- Angelina and the Poster"
- Angelina's Stupendous Dress-Up Game!
- Get Up and Dance Music Video
Spring Has Sprung which means that many of us are getting ready to be on Spring Break very soon and some are just returning. Either way we are getting closer and closer to swimsuit season and with that being said, I just recently had the opportunity to check out Lime Ricki swimwear.
They have a wonderful selection of swimsuits that are super stylish and are designed to make you feel comfortable. No need to hide behind over-sized swimsuit covers when sporting one of these swim pieces.
excited about starting it since I have been in a major plateau lately. I am always up for trying new ways of eating but I admit that I was a little nervous at first. There are just some foods that I choose to not eat and haven't in years and I was a little worried that the John Cena 10-Week Body Change program might have me eating some of these foods but that is not the case, but i was so wrong!! This really is 10 weeks of simple, step-by-step coaching. You'll adjust your nutrition for optimal fat burning, you'll have fun exercising regularly with John Cena.
Just in time for Easter, the fan-favorite birds are back with more exciting animated adventures as Angry Birds Toons - Season 01 Volume 02 soars onto Blu-ray and DVD today (April 15). Fans of all ages can join Chuck, Matilda, Red, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they attempt to foil the sneaky scheming of the Bad Piggies in 26 entertaining episodes, incorporating more than 80 minutes of Angry Birds fun. Based on the No. 1 paid mobile app of all time, Angry Birds Toons - Season 01 Volume 02 is the next installment in the globally beloved Angry Birds story. The whole family will get to ride along for new adventures, as the beloved birds are brought to life.
- Easter Holiday Special: “Easter Egg Hunt”
- Three all-new, “Meet the Characters” Pods, featuring Bomb Bird, Terrence and Chef Pig
- Previously released “Meet the Characters” Pod for Corporal Pig
- Four Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
- “Behind-the-Scenes Character Design” – Go behind the scenes to see how Rovio’s artists design and animate the characters
- “Behind-the-Scenes Producing, Directing and Coordinating” – Learn about the work Rovio’s production staff does to create the Angry Birds Toons
- “Behind-the-Scenes Compositing, Tools and Color Grading” – Discover more about the kind of work that goes into the composting and color grading the animation.
- “Sound Design & Voice Acting and Music Behind-the-Scenes” – Learn how the sound is designed and about the voices behind the characters. Also see how the music is created for the Angry Birds Toons series
Fisher Price Little People Noah and the Animals (Lift-the-Flap) and love it! I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect at first. I want him to learn the story of Noah and the animals and I think all in all this book did a good job.
A young boy who years to be something "special" transforms into a mighty super hero in the quintessential family adventure, Antboy. Hitting screens in Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle, the highly acclaimed film, based on the popular Danish comic series by Kenneth Bogh Andersen, premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ordinary, overlooked 12-year old Pelle is transformed into an extraordinary superhero after he is bitten by a super-ant and inherits its abilities. Overnight, the boy who nobody noticed becomes a local hero as he is dubbed "Antboy." With the help of his new friend and sidekick, comic-loving Wilhelm, climbing walls, flipping cars, stopping robbers and saving babies all become part of his new dream life. But all this changes when super-villain "The Flea" kidnaps a young girl, the subject of Pelle's affection and terrorizes the citizens of Middelund. Antboy, with his sidekick Wilhelm and their friend Ida who won't take no for an answer, must fight this treacherous evil, rescue the damsel in distress, save the town from a super-villain and be home in time for dinner!
If Antboy will playing at theaters near you. It is definitely worth checking out!!
Have a pre-teen or teenager you are creating an Easter Bakset for? If you are, I have a great product idea to include. It's the Revlon Nutrifusion Triple Oil Infused Curling Iron. I recently had the opportunity to test out this product and was pretty impressed.
The size that I tried out was the 1 1/2" curling iron. I wasn't looking for tons of curl, just some extra body added to my hair and it really did the trick. It's easy to use and I felt like when I was using it that it wasn't burning my hair like some other styling tools can do. The 1 1/2" curling iron that I used was very light weight which is always a plus.
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The Revlon Nutrifusion line consists of the following:
- 3/4" Curling Iron ($21.99 SRV)
- 1" Curling Iron ($21.99SRV)
- 1 1/2" Curling Iron ($24.99 SRV)
- 1" Straightener ($29.99 SRV)
As I mentioned it's Easter and with that comes time to make awesome desserts. Now I'm sure that almost all my readers have a family member that absolutely loves Nutella. My husband is a huge fan, so when I heard that there was a Nutella: The 30 best recipes book out there I just knew I had to try it!
Nutella is perhaps the world's most famous chocolate and hazelnut spread. Sweet and rich, it is divine on toast for breakfast, in a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, and as a topping to a favorite dessert. But Nutella, surprisingly versatile and easy to work with , can do even more than most realize!!
This is an awesome book and might I add the perfect size to fit into an Easter Basket for an older child or an adult that loves to cook! It includes 30 recipes that will literally make your mouth water looking at. Here are a few that you will find in the book:
- Mini coconut and Nutella palmiers
- Nutella whoopie pies
- Nutella and coconut coulants
- Banana and Nutella tartlets
- Mini Nutella Croissants
- Nutella Creme brulee
- caramel cream nutella lollies
- Nutella and petit beurre cheesecake
- Pear and Nutella crumble
- Nutella truffles
Nutella: The 30 best recipes is available on amazon with prime shipping so if you want to get it to your door in time for Easter then there is still time to do that!! It has a SRP of $10.95 but right now on amazon it is available for $8.91