Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days of Holiday: Halloween Tunes

After the rhythm of the new school year has been established, I start looking ahead to the holidays.  The period between Halloween and New Year's is one of my favorite chunks of time.  Living in the Northeast, I love Fall and the richness and beauty it brings to our life both inside and out.  That's why I've chosen holiday as my 31 days topic, it seems like a period of time that I am particularly inspired and motivated to do more.

Over these next days I'm going to share with you my very favorite Halloween tips, recipes and projects that will inspire you to make the month of October fun, creative and a little spookier.  The features will include some of my favorite tips from years past but also a few new ones that I'm loving right now!

To start, I always feel like I am a little more inspired with music. About five years ago, I made a Halloween music CD that was perfect for the weeks leading up to this fun holiday.  Some spooky tracks but all are fun and dance worthy! The perfect soundscape for trick-or-treating and bobbing for apples! 

Of course, I'm dating myself here but I still love a fun CD for the seasons - am I the only one who still uses these things?  I thought a Halloween CD case would be the perfect first super easy project to kick off the month!  I love how the labels look spooky and a little vintage-y.
I found these at the Dollar Store the other day, I knew I'd find something to do with them!  They are actually large stickers and make a great CD cover for the perfect mix!  Simply trim and place on the front of your cd case... 
Next, download your tunes for the cd!  Here's the list of my tunes but anything goes!  On Halloween night, we hide the speakers and play the music from the bushes...super fun and fright worthy!  We also add the theme to the movies Halloween and Friday the 13th to make it even scarier!
Okay, we're off and running!  Let's start our morning with one of those iconic Halloween tunes for the month of October!  For those of you who feel THE NEED to break out and do THE THRILLER, I won't judge.

I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31 Days of HOLIDAY

When my sister-in-law asked me if I wanted to participate in the 31 Days with The Nester challenge my immediate response was to laugh.  How could I possibly add another thing to my already busy day? Once I started to think about it, I became more curious and decided to check out what all of you who have participated in years past had written about.  Then I got sucked in. So many creative people out there, so many amazing topics worthy of discussion.

Then my ideas started to flow. What if I participated in the 31 Days Challenge and discussed a topic that I was really passionate about? What if it didn't become a chore but more of a love? These were all things that I had running through my mind with considering participating. I wanted to make sure that I was fully invested and making it worthwhile for both me and my readers. That being said, I have decided to participate! For me, I think the biggest challenge a writer/crafter is to fully commit myself in a topic that I love. I'm hoping that you will come along and participate in this journey with me, or even participate yourself!

So, I plan to be here a little more in the coming weeks and I'm excited!  It feels good to shake things up a little bit on my end, and have a goal of doing something that will keep those creative juices following.  I'm happy to be participating and I would encourage you to do the same!  Each week will look something like this:  I will share one of my own holiday decorating projects, crafts, tips, gift ideas or recipes.  The plan is to focus on Halloween for the first ten days, followed by Harvest Time/Thanksgiving and then of course Christmas! I hope you will enjoy this series and visit often!  You can also subscribe to my blog via email to get notified of new posts and follow on Twitter where **the plan** is to also post when I've got something new up!
I will update this post everyday with the new link/picture to each day's post so at any point in the series you can visit this post (or bookmark or pin it - follow me here) to catch up on everything I've posted so far!

Day 1: Halloween Tunes

So, visit often all October long as we focus on 31 days of Holiday!  It all starts tomorrow! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kupp Feature!

Yay for Kupp’, an eco-friendly, six-ounce glass with a colorful silicone sleeve designed just for kids! Children can choose their own personal Kupp’, designated by color, to be in charge of throughout the day!  Your kids will love these! They'll have their own personal Kupp’ and they'll use less plastic! 
My girls drink from sport bottles for the most part but this was a nice change for them.  I usually don't love letting our kids use our glasses because little(r) hands aren't always coordinated enough to handle a large glass.  They can be slippery so The Kupp’ is perfect with a handle perfect for smaller hands. This was created by Katesplace founder Kate Oliver as a tool to help her young boys learn accountability and responsibility. She gave each of her children their very own glass in a different color and put them in charge of their cup and all of the responsibilities that came with it, including setting the table, washing, and putting it away. She quickly discovered that she had a cleaner kitchen and her family consumed less plastic. As a result, the Kupp’ was born in the form of a six-ounce glass with a colorful silicone sleeve designed just for kids!
Here's a little more about this fabulous product!
•The Kupp’ is a six-ounce glass outfitted with a colorful silicone sleeve. It’s designed for kids ages 3-10.
•The firm grip and silicon sleeve helps to protect the glass from damage while providing a safe, toxic free vessel to drink from.
•The Kupp’ comes in four vibrant colors that represent the environment: blue for water, green for earth, orange for the sun, and red for warmth.
•The Kupp’ is the perfect serving size for children, and allows them to become more conscious of waste and consumption.
•The Kupp’ is made in the USA using imported glass, and all materials are sourced from environmentally-friendly manufacturers that adhere to EU and US regulations.
•All glass is recyclable, certified lead and cadmium free, and is made from a pure soda-lime formula. It is also dishwasher safe!
•The grip-friendly silicon sleeve is BPA/BPS free and made with medical and food grade silicon to prevent damage. The sleeve does not have to be removed when washing, which makes cleaning your Kupp’ very simple.
•The adorable Kupp’ is designed to resemble a smile so kids are naturally attracted to it!
•The retail price of the Kupp’ is $16.99 each.
I'm all for reusing and recycling!  Be sure to check these out!
I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group
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Good Music Brighter Children Feature and $25 Giveaway!

Good Music Brighter Children
Good Music Brighter Children Good Music Brighter Children is written for parents, educators or anyone who wants to build a bigger, better brain using music. Scientific studies indicate that children introduced to classical music at a young age read earlier and perform better on achievement tests. Adults can also revive tired brain cells using music. This book gives you a step-by-step program that any parent or individual can follow. You’ll discover how introducing your children to good music can accelerate language development, improve math and science skills, enhance physical coordination, strengthen memory and reading retention, and benefit children with learning disabilities. Discover how to choose an instrument and music teacher for your child; how to get your kids to practice and how character traits such as confidence, responsibility, creativity and teamwork are taught when learning a musical instrument. Learn how to introduce your child to the music community and how to appreciate all kinds of music. Last, if you want to advocate for music in your schools, this book gives the ammunition and data to do so. Also includes a 35-page Resource Section on the best music, books, and DVDs for kids.
Author Sharlene Habermeyer: Sharlene Habermeyer, MA has spent over twenty-five years researching the effects of music in the brain development of children. She is passionate about how people of all ages learn and how music is a catalyst for learning. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art from Utah State University and a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.   In 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra (now the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra). It currently boasts over one-hundred members.   Sharlene’s initial inspiration for Good Music Brighter Children came from the extensive work she did with her severely learning disabled son, and finding that music was his strongest catalyst for learning she began passionately researching the effects music had on the developing and mature brain. A college instructor, a popular speaker, and a consultant, she is the mother of five boys and lives with her husband in Torrance, California. She has spoken at parent conferences around the United States including the Parents as Teachers Conference (PAT) and the Crucial Years Conference in Missouri. In August 2014, she will be speaking at BYU Education Week.

Praise for the Book   Largest Independent Book Reviewer in the U.S.: Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC “With a scientist’s eye and an artist’s voice, Habermeyer examines everything from the benefits of music for the developing brain to music’s ability to improve cultural awareness. This is an encyclopedic, invaluable resource for anyone who believes in music education. A magnum opus, fact-filled and inspiring on the benefits of music.” -Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC  

National Music Organization: Music and the Brain “A great resource for both parents and teachers. Anyone interested in music or the overall well-being of children will not be able to put this book down.” -Lisha Papert Lercari, Director, Music and the Brain   

University Professor: Dr. James Catterall Sharlene Habermeyer outlines why music is important to learning, and provides parents with excellent suggestions for launching and sustaining a musical influence in the lives of their children.” -James S. Catterall, professor of education and co-director of Imagination Project at UCLA 

Mother/Lawyer/Ballet Teacher: Shauna Bird Dunn “Carefully researched and highly readable, Good Music, Brighter Children is written for musicians and non musicians alike. It is filled with wisdom, insight and helpful tips to bring music into the home for all ages and stages of childhood.” -Shauna Bird Dunn, JD, MPA Utah Young Mother of the Year, 2010       

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