Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Apple Tree and the Honey Bee by the Bari Koral Rock Band Music CD Review

My Review:
You know it's a good CD when you hear your kids singing the songs even when it's not playing on the CD player!  That's why we love the Bari Koral Family Rock Band's new album The Apple Tree and the Honey Bee.  Starting off with a Dancing Bear and moving on down in a Big Truck, being chased by a bee, growing an apple tree, having a birthday, hanging with sisters and brothers, giving hugs and enjoying a roller coaster.  Did you have as much fun as we did??  These songs are simple, singable and a great way for young ones to dance around the room and get some energy flowing.  There are many different kinds of music like pop, jazz, soul and country.  What a talented group of musicians.  We are so happy to play along with the Bari Koral Family Rock Band. 
Listen to some songs HERE.
Press Release: 
NEW YORK -- Here's the buzz:  One of the most popular kids'/family recording artists on the scene today, Bari Koral, takes an adventurous leap forward with the Bari Koral Family Rock Band's fourth album, The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee, set for release in May.

Over the past seven years, Bari Koral has established herself not only as a beloved performer but also as a leading force in the "yoga for kids" movement.  Bari's catchy, pop-friendly tunes and interactive live shows featuring a creative blend of music and movement have gained her legions of fans, while many of her songs are also widely used in kids' yoga classes and preschool classrooms.  As a kids' yoga expert, Bari lectures nationally on the subject.  Watch for Bari as host of the world's first yoga-based, movement-and-music TV show for kids, coming soon on the Veria Living Network.

For The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee, Bari decided a musical stretch was in order, so she brought her band to Nashville to record the album under the guiding hand of legendary producer Brad Jones.

Brad Jones, described by music journalist Rick Clark as "one of the most self-directed and disciplined guys I know in music," has worked with everyone from Matthew Sweet, Jill Sobule, Marshall Crenshaw and Ron Sexsmith to Justin Townes Earle, Yo La Tengo, Over the Rhine, Chuck Prophet, and Josh Rouse.  Jones produced Josh Rouse's highly lauded Nashville and 1972.

The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee leads off with "Dancing Bear," a rocking, good-times tune with a great dance beat, which features Bari Koral "trading fours" with Dred Scott's excellent bass guitar work.  Bari wrote "Big Truck" à la Johnny Cash, and Dan Cohen's twangy guitars combine with Bari's impressive country vocals to give the song an authentic "on the road" feel.  Shifting gears with 18-wheel precision, Bari turns the corner on the next song, "Birthday," a poppy anthem of love and security.  Other highlights include the New Orleans flavor of "Roller Coaster," spiced with vocal "whees" that are sure to delight, and the humorous, two-beat "Back to the Farm," which is guaranteed to get kids moving. 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this CD from Waldmania for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love by Power of Moms Book Review

Motherhood Realized is a gift for every mother who desires to be the best mother they can, but know that motherhood comes with a price: sacrifice.  The stories in this book are real. They will make you laugh, cry, think, ponder and pursue your children in new and different ways.  This book was written by several authors who have published articles on Power of Moms which is a great community of moms coming together for support and encouragement.   Each chapter ends with a question and a challenge.  This book is a must read and something you will want to read over and over again.  You will identify with each story in some way and find yourself being drawn further in your motherhood journey to know that you are not alone and that you are mother that God has planned exactly for your kids.
This book is exactly what I need for this time in my motherhood season.  I was so moved by these stories and they really made me think and realize that motherhood is not just about me, but about my children and about other mothers who are there to support me along the way.  This is a book that will always be on my bookshelf when I want a positive word or a story to cry with or a laugh to enjoy.
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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review from Power of Moms.  All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sense of the Resurrection SALE ends March 28

Did you get your Sense of the Resurrection ebook yet?  Don't forget to download with the discount by Friday, March 28.

A Sense of the Resurrection
SALE- March 24-28
20% off
Coupon Code: OHEASTER

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sense of the Resurrection Easter Ebook by Amanda White (SALE- March 24-28)

Did you like Truth in the Tinsel?  Well, Amanda White has made another great ebook to help your kids get a SENSE of the Resurrection.  This book is about experiencing the story of Jesus through the senses.  There are 12 days of activities.  Be sure to watch this video by Amanda who explains her vision and purpose as well as how to use the ebook.

I'm really excited to use book this year and I hope you are too!

A Sense of the Resurrection is on SALE form March 24-28 for 20% off.

A Sense of the Resurrection
SALE- March 24-28
20% off
Coupon Code: OHEASTER

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mom U: Be the Mom by Tracey Eyster

Here is another  episode of Mom University: Be the Mom by Tracey Eyster
It's just about a minute!
And there are quizzes at the end of each chapter to gauge just how you are doing as a mom.
You can find Tracey at MomLife Today.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In a Heartbeat by Laura Doherty (CD Music Review)

My Review:
Sweet, folksy, bouncy and fun.  This little album has 13 entertaining songs for young ones that even older ones will enjoy too.  Laura's down to earth voice and catchy tunes will have you dancing around the room and learning about fish, drums, heartbeats, butterflies and more.  She plays with passion and liveliness that inspires young ones to experience new sounds and images.  You will hear many different instruments that tell unique stories.  This album is sure to be played often for families to enjoy together.

From the Press Release:
Known for her warm, engaging style, Laura Doherty has a remarkable ear for a catchy melody, a passion for creating sweet, folk-inspired songs, and a one-of-a-kind ability to connect with children that earned her the moniker "Chicago's pop sweetheart for kids" from AAA Living MagazineTime Out NY Kids declared Laura's 2009 Parents' Choice Gold and Nappa Gold Award-winning Kids in the City to be one of that year's "Top 10 Kids' Albums."  Time Out Chicago gave 4 stars to her 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Award-winning Shining Like a Star and rated Laura as one of Chicago's Top 4 Children's Artists (with Justin Roberts, Ella Jenkins, and Ralph Covert).

In a Heartbeat is a collection of cozy, heartfelt children's songs to warm your little one's heart!  It is full of acoustic instruments: guitar, banjo, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele.  Laura also plays an electric guitar.  She even brings along Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche for "Drum Kit."
*I was given a complimentary copy of this CD from Waldmania for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

Lunch Fun and Ideas!

Lunch is probably the most unplanned meal of the day!  I usually end up slapping together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and open up a jar of homemade applesauce and call it good.  But as much as I plan for breakfast (LOVE making breakfast food) and dinner (something that makes me anxious), I want lunch to be the no brainer.  But I know that lunch can be another great meal if I make the effort.

I literally go numb thinking about what to have for lunch!  I want it to be healthy, yummy and fun.  I want diversity and uniqueness.  It's not that I want to be exotic, but I want to be as creative as I am with breakfast and dinner.  But coming up with lunch ideas leaves me a blank slate.  SO, I went to one of my favorite food blogs and found a LUNCH LIST!  Yes!!

You can download your healthy lunch list from Heavenly Homemakers.

 Welcome to Karen & Kids!
Another idea that I found after I got my smartphone was a podcast for kids.  We listen to Karen & Kids every day at lunch.  Karen and a bunch of kids sing and tell Bible stories and make them relevant for  real life.  My kids love the songs and I often hear them singing these songs through the day.  That gives us something positive to talk about and also it gives me a break from talking!

The other day we got a surprise from Karen & Kids!  We sent them a letter and they sent us back 8 CD's, stickers and bookmarks.  My kids were so excited and I was as well.

After lunch I've started a training time.  I'm reading a book by the Duggar girls and they shared that their family plays The Obedience Game.  Basically, you give each child a special little task and they have to say "Yes, mom, I'd be happy to!"  Off they go and then they report back.  Big high fives for everyone!  I'm hoping as I do this, my kids will respond well in REAL situations.

Also, we are enjoying reading The Boxcar Children for a calming story time as we prepare for quiet time.  We are on book 7.  While I read both kids are writing or drawing in their journals.

That sums up our lunch hour.  I've learned to try to make each moment count.

Blessings, Shonda