Tips for Making Music Part of Everyday Life

Making Music a Part of Daily Life

I grew up surrounded by music – between my time learning to play the piano, my developing love of singing, and the music my tone-deaf-but-enthusiastic mother played around the house, my life was built as much note by note, as it was day by day. You may have heard that involving a child in music on a regular basis helps a child improve their mental abilities, and those musical habits can reach far beyond just a weekly lesson. Here are some ideas for using the bonus listening tracks provided by Hoffman Academy for making music a part of your daily life.

Waking Up with Upbeat and Uptempo Selections

Use an upbeat, cheerful, or rhythmic selection to help your child gear up for facing the day. Spinning Song, Yankee Doodle, and When the Saints Go Marching In are great options from the Listening Tracks. You can also find selections on YouTube or Spotify-type apps such as Sousa marches, Wagner Ride of the Valkyries, or Mars from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. These songs will get you moving, up and at ‘em, and out the door with a hopeful attitude.

Build Music Skills AND Togetherness With Sing-Alongs

Singing is one of the best ways for children to begin to train their ears and develop musical skills that will carry them through the challenges of learning an instrument. And singing TOGETHER can build some fun feelings – especially when doing other chores or household tasks. Grinding Corn, Love Somebody, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Row Row Row Your Boat are some favorites with all ages!
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5 tips to getting your kids active after school

As challenging as it might be, it is advisable and encouraging to get kids outdoors and engage them in physical activities, different from the routine hours they spend behind desks when in school. After school activities should be able to keep the kids active and nourish a talent that they might have rather than have them spend too much time watching television or playing video games.

Finding the different ways in which you can actively get your kids moving and physically active can be hard. Here are a few tips that can help you for a start.

1. Outdoor exercises and activities

Outdoor activities and games like swinging and climbing around are a great way for your kids to let out the stiffness of sitting in class the entire day. Aside from that, once exhausted from the jumping and climbing, they will be able to sleep better which is a plus.

If possible, create some time to exercise together with your kids. You can do a sport either in the evenings or during weekends like riding a bike trail or going for swimming which will not only keep them active but bring you closer as a family.

2. Assist them with their homework

Giving your kids, your time and participation in tackling some of the hardest homework that they might have been given at school can be motivating. Even if the homework is hard, your patience and the interest to assist them makes it easier and also gives you more time to spend quality time together.
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Win Tickets to The Liberty Science Center #LSCStarShow

 

The Liberty Science Center in nearby Jersey City, NJ has a ton to do for kids and families. They recently opened the Largest Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere- not too shabby, ay?

 

“Its diameter is almost twice as long as a bowling alley lane. Its screen is taller than four giraffes. It offers a true 8K projection. Its lights produce trillions of colors. And it will provide breaking space and astronomy news and discoveries in real time.

It is Liberty Science Center’s greatest experience yet–the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the entire Western Hemisphere. The only three that are bigger are in Beijing, China, and Nagoya and Niihama, Japan.”

Liberty Science Center, the largest interactive science center in the NY-NJ metropolitan area, officially opened the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium on December 9, 2017.

The kids had an amazing time watching the live show in the domed theater. The seats we were in were pretty high up, but you can choose seats closer to the ground should you want to. The speaker used a laser pointer to show different stars and constellations in the sky, and made the sun rise and set as you watched in just a few seconds. He was also able to zoom in and out of very specific locations- one of which being the science center itself. You and your kids can see the stars at different times of the year as the speaker zooms around and gives explanations of each constellation.

“You can fit any other planetarium in the Western Hemisphere inside the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium,” said Hoffman. “Add in the state-of-the-art technology and you have a spectacular unique theater like none other in the world. Visitors will be able to fly through the universe, experience the grandness and vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest full-dome movies.”
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Glow in the Dark Fun With Super Wubble Brite!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wubble Ball. As always, opinions are my own.

You have seen me write about the Super Wubble Bubble Balls before – but now they have a NEW fun Wubble that glows in the dark! The Super Wubble Brite is the newest creation in the line of Wubble Balls. I mean who doesn’t want to play with a huge, light-up bubble?

Super Wubble Brite

Just the idea of the Wubble balls are pure genius! Frank, a father of four children, is the mastermind behind the Wubble ball. “So one day, while blowing giant bubbles in front of our house, one of my kids said “I hate when my bubbles pop! I wish I could play with them!” I had heard this from all my kids over the years, time and time again. But this time, I really took it to heart because my two little ones truly looked disappointed that they couldn’t actually play with their bubbles. And so began the quest to make this wish come true.”

The Super Wubble Brite is made of even stronger material than the original Super Wubbles. Whether playing with it indoors or outdoors, you can kick it, whack it, throw it, bounce it, or sit on it. It floats, wobbles, dribbles, spins, and smashes. Plus, deflate it for storage until you’re ready to play again.
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The Top 4 Bands To Hire For Your Birthday Party

If you are looking to raise the bar with your birthday celebration, you should consider hiring a band. And, if the band is great, you can bet your bottom dollar that your guests will have a wonderful time. However, you should be careful when hiring a particular band. You should be careful to only select a high-energy performer. A band that boasts a singer that has great vocals and performs great dance covers should be high on your list.

This article will highlight some of our favorite bands that are bound to put on a great show for your guests. Here are the top 4 bands to hire for your birthday party in Brisbane. The list isn’t in any particular order as it would be an injustice to place one over the other as they are all great. If you are looking to hire a band, Brisbane based Black Tie Group are worth checking out.

 

  • Band 369

 

Although Brisbane Band 369 is relatively new to the scene, the band doesn’t lack in the talent department. The band primarily focuses on playing tunes that are written by bands from New Zealand and the land down under. The band specifically excels at performing songs from the artists, Dragon, Australian Crawl, Hello Sailor, The Church, The Narcs, and The Mutton Birds.
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Tips for throwing a child’s birthday party on the road

Your child’s birthdays are special, no matter where in the world you might be located. There’s no need to postpone the party; there are a number of ways to make it an extra-memorable day. Whether you’ve committed to the nomadic lifestyle or simply find yourself away on holiday during a family member’s birthday, here are a few tips to celebrate in style.

1. Connect with friends back home.

Everyone gets homesick, and when you’re away on your birthday it’s only natural to be missing friends and family back at home. You can start off your child’s on-the-road celebrations by setting up a group Skype date with their closest friends. Hang up a few balloons or streamers in the hotel room and let them have a chat to catch up. You can even put on some music and make it a video-enabled dance party!

2. Throw multiple small celebrations.

If you’re moving to a different place every day, use the opportunity to connect with your child in different ways. This may entail throwing smaller parties in different locations as you visit different friends. Your daughter may start off with a tea party in London on Monday followed by a day out with friends in Paris on Thursday.
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WIN – Baby Magic & Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Disclosure- We received the below in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own and honest.

Finding Great products that you can use Day in and Day out with your little one is very important, but can be very tricky. These must have baby items from Baby Magic and Boudreaux’s will be sure to leave you completely satisfied.

About Baby Magic:

Baby Magic is a true legacy brand – they believe in a tradition, and that nothing bonds parents together like shared experiences. Take comfort in knowing that when you bathe your little one with Baby Magic, that just a few short years ago your parents were probably doing the same. For 65 years, they’ve been creating magical baby smiles from one generation to another, and bonds that last a lifetime.

About Baby Bath Time:

This wonderful Baby Magic Original Hair & Body Wash has the original scent that moms have loved for generations. This easy-rinse baby wash is gently formulated to preserve the natural moisture of your baby’s skin, and is enhanced with vitamins for extra care.

About Original Baby Lotion:

The Baby Magic Original Baby Lotion is a rich, creamy, non-greasy lotion formulated to absorb quickly, while softening and nourishing your baby’s skin. This hypoallergenic baby lotion formula is mild enough for baby’s sensitive skin, and enhanced with vitamins A and E to help retain the natural moisture of baby’s delicate skin. It is specially formulated for baby skin conditioning and protection.

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Kids’ Clothes Don’t Have To Cost You A Fortune

Whether it’s back-to-school time or you’re in the run-up to summer, your kids need clothes. With the crazy speed at which young kids grow, you need to be smart with your money when it’s time to hit some department stores again. If you know you’ve spent too much on children’s clothes in the past, here are some handy tips to make it less of a strain on your budget…

Stay Away from Collections

A lot of kids’ clothing stores will group all their collections right at the entrance of the store, where you can easily see all the pieces in one spot, and get tempted into a knee-jerk impulse-buy. Yes, those tops, skirts, along with the matching shoes and accessories might look adorable on the mannequins. However, your child really doesn’t care how well the different pieces of their outfit mesh together. If you see a pair of pants that you have to see on your child, then go ahead and pick them up. However, don’t get looped in and buy everything else in the collection. Try to bypass the new collections, and head to the back of the store, where you’ll find all the affordable clearance items.

Start Couponing

A lot of parents think that couponing has more popularity than it’s worth, and all those offers you come across are only there to get you in the store. Sure, businesses get on couponing schemes as a marketing ploy, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t save a huge amount through taking advantage of what’s on offer. Head over to a site like DontPayFull.com, and you’ll see a range of discount codes for popular department stores and kids’ clothing brands. These couponing sites go through their ups and downs, but it’s always worth having a look before you head out and start shopping.
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