Music Monday: Under the Sea


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Soothing guided imagery and calming melodies carry you away on an enchanted journey under the sea, tapping the gift of imagination that children naturally posses, helping to make bedtime more relaxing for everyone.

“Sleep Well for Kids – Under the Sea” features soothing guided meditation and beautiful relaxing melodies. Together, they combine to create a calming, nurturing atmosphere that is perfect for children (and parents) who have a difficult time winding things down at bedtime.

Janet Montgomery CH.t. is your guide as she takes you on a magical journey using guided imagery and visualization techniques to float you on a relaxing voyage to a special beach.  You will then be guided on a leisurely tour through the tide pools before diving down under the water to play with the dolphins and learn about the abundant sea life….all the while drifting off to a deep, restorative sleep.

Children are introduced to the basics of breathing techniques, progressive relaxation for their body, and visualization for managing worry and relaxing into a restful sleep.  “Sleep Well for Kids: Under the Sea” is a wonderful tool for helping children to learn the essential life-skills associated with calming down and relaxing.  Parents will find they will get the rest they need too!

I had a tough time reviewing this CD because I kept wanting to go to sleep!  Janet’s voice is very soothing and helpful in making sure that you are relaxed.  She also describes things that you can imagine to help you relax.  That combined with the music going on in the background, you can’t help but feel relaxed and ready for a nap or to go to sleep for the night.  This CD is 1 40 minute track perfect for anyone who needs a little help calming down and relaxing before it’s time to sleep.

Listen to clips at their website: http://livewellseries.com/sleep/

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Book Review: Terry Treetop Saves the Dolphin

terrytreetopTerry Treetop liked to watch the dolphins from the top of the tree, which is how is got his name.  He sees a baby dolphin playing with the other dolphins and names him Dido.  He wants to play with the dolphins, so he goes down to the dock and yells out to them.  The baby dolphin swims closer to him and gets caught in a net swimming to Terry.  Terry knows that he needs to get help to get the dolphin out of the net.  The ranger helps to free Dido and gives Terry an inner tube so that he can go in the water and swim with the dolphins.  This was a cute story to teach kids about the environment and how nets in the water can affect the dolphin’s lives.  It also has great illustrations!

About the Book

Want your kids to care about the environment?
Take them on an adventure in a marine nature reserve
This is the fourth book in the Terry Treetop best sellers series. In this book Terry Treetop went camping with his parents to a marine nature reserve. He saw a cheerful group of dolphins and wanted to play with the little dolphin, but something went wrong and the little dolphin was in danger.
Will Terry be able to save the little dolphin?
This beginner reader’s eBook will teach your child about marine mammals and their habitats, and will inspire your kids to be aware of the environment and the responsibility of humans towards animals in their care.
Your kids will enjoy full-color illustrations of Terry and the dolphins group.
Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin is a sweet children’s book written especially for you and your kids ages 2- 8.
With simple text and 16 colorful illustrations.
The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers.

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Book Review: ABIGAIL and the North Pole Adventure


abigailnorthpoleAbigail and the North Pole adventure is another great book about Abigail and her magic bike.  In this book, she gets the bike from her grandparents and decides to take a trip to the North Pole.  While there she sees some seals and meets Siku who lives in a snow house, which is called an igloo.  Siku gives abigail a coat because it is very cold at the North Pole.  The two go ice fishing and save a baby polar bear.  Abigail decides it is time to go home and comes back home still wearing gloves. Her grandmother thinks that she is just making up stories about visiting the North Pole – but Grandpa knows better!

A cute book with great illustrations to help teach your kids about the North Pole.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review.

About the book

Want your kids to be familiar with exotic locations?
Want them to meet cultures and widen their horizons?
This is a wonderful book about a girl named Abigail.
Abigail found a magical bicycle in her grandparents’ old house, and this bicycle takes her to the magnificent North Pole.
Who will she meet there? What will she discover?
This beginner reader’s eBook will inspire your kids to be open to new cultures, and be more curious and enthusiastic about exploring various places.
Your kids will enjoy full-color illustrations of Abigail and the North Pole life.
Your kids will be inspired to be:
1. Open to new people & cultures2. More curious3. Enthusiastic about exploring new thingsAbigail and the North Pole Adventure is a sweet children’s book written especially for you and your ages 2- 8 children.
With simple text and 15 colorful illustrations.
The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers.

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Scrapbook Post: August

Gavin DeGraw / Matt Nathanson and KC101’s Summer Fling

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Book Review: Abandoned NYC

abandonedThere is something about abandoned buildings that draws me to them. I love to look at photographs of them.  I’m not sure why – maybe because there’s so much history or they are just so interesting to look at as they are breaking down, but when I saw a book called Abandoned NYC I knew it was something I had to check out.  The book is broken down by Hospitals & Institutions, Railraods & Waterfronts, Military Installations, Industrial Sites and Forgotten Places.

The photos in this book are amazing. Some are hauntingly beautiful, some are creepy and others are gross, but I find myself drawn to them all and the stories that they tell and the history they hold within.

This is a fascinating read for anyone as interested in abandoned places as I am.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Every city has its ghosts. From Manhattan and Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods to the far-flung edges of the outer boroughs, Ellis captures the lost and lonely corners of the United States’ most populous city. Step inside the New York you never knew, with 200 eerie images of urban decay, through crumbling institutions, defunct military posts, abandoned factories, railroads, schools, and waterways. Uncover the forgotten history behind New York’s most incredible abandoned spaces, and witness its seldom seen and rapidly disappearing landscape. Explore the ruins of the Harlem Renaissance, sift through the artifacts of massive squatter colonies, and find out how the past is literally washing up on the shores of a Brooklyn beach called Dead Horse Bay. This book is for anyone who’s ever wondered what’s behind the “No Trespassing” sign.

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Book Review: Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams

dreamsIf you’re like me, you sometimes have some really off the wall dreams – like a porcupine driving your car and crashing it in to the curb – and then you want to know what that means. That is why I decided to check out Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams. Of course, I searched first for porcupine only to find out that it was not included in this book. I guess that dream will continue to remain a mystery.

But while a porcupine might not be featured in this book, there are over 1,000 Dream Symbols and their meanings included.  Sorted alphabetically so you can easily flip through and find what you are looking for – the dictionary will let you know what each element of your dream means. For instance – a car crash – which I guess is what my porcupine did – can mean that you are “feeling like the circumstances in your life have stopped you from moving forward, maybe very abruptly”

Unfortunately I can’t remember any of my other crazy dreams from recently to look up – but I will be keeping this dictionary handy to use in the future as I think your dreams can tell you a lot about what is going on in your subconscious – and I like to try and be aware of that/

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

When it comes to dreams, we often need help making sense of the mystery. Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams is designed to offer that help in a simple and concise structure, using language that speaks directly to the dreamer.

With more than 1,000 distinct terms, this book presents prominent dream symbols along with a clear and simple universal meanings to assist you in your personal dream interpretation.

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Book Review: I Don’t Have a Happy Place

happyplaceI Don’t Have a Happy Place is about Kim Korson.  The book is a series of stories about her life and how she can’t be happy.  The first chapter is all about how she watched her babysitter die when they were on vacation and she drowned.  In one of the letters she wrote to the teenage her she writes that she “can’t see the bright side of anything.”  Her life doesn’t seem to be all that bad – she has a boyfriend, who becomes her husband, they have kids, they go to Disney World… but Kim just has a aura of negativity around her which makes for some interesting and comedic stories.

This was a fun read. I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

When a trip to the therapist ends with the question “Can’t Kim be happy?” Kim Korson responds the way any normal person would—she makes fun of it. Because really, does everyone have to be happy?

Aside from her father wearing makeup and her mother not feeling well (a lot), Kim Korson’s 1970s suburban upbringing was typical. Sometimes she wished her brother were an arsonist just so she’d have a valid excuse to be unhappy. And when life moves along pretty decently–she breaks into show business, gets engaged in the secluded jungles of Mexico, and moves her family from Brooklyn to dreamy rural Vermont—the real despondency sets in. It’s a skill to find something wrong in just about every situation, but Kim has an exquisite talent for negativity. It is only after half a lifetime of finding kernels of unhappiness where others find joy that she begins to wonder if she is even capable of experiencing happiness.

In I Don’t Have a Happy Place, Kim Korson untangles what it means to be a true malcontent. Rife with evocative and nostalgic observations, unapologetic realism, and razor-sharp wit, I Don’t Have a Happy Place is told in humorous, autobiographical stories. This fresh-yet-dark voice is sure to make you laugh, nod your head in recognition, and ultimately understand what it truly means to be unhappy. Always.

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Book Review: My Grandma’s a Ninja

grandmaMy Grandma’s a Ninja is all about Ethan’s grandma who is well, a ninja.  She comes to visit and they have a ton of fun… but then Ethan decides that she wasn’t that fun anymore.  Then he has to go to school without her and is a bit bummed. Until Grandma shows up again to cheer him on at his soccer game.  But Grandma decides that maybe she should stop being a ninja. Ethan is worried she’ll be a regular grandma – but nope. She has something else up her sleeve!  As to what – well you’ll have to read my grandma’s a ninja to find out all the details!

This book is super cute and I love the illustrations. A great bed time story for your little ones.  I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset—including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game . . . he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.

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Throwback Thursday – Hanson Sayreville, NJ 03/13/04

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Headliner: Hanson
Opener(s): Ben Jelen
Cost: $28.28

Setlist:

Rock N Roll Razorblade
If Only
Where’s The Love
Strong Enough to Break
Zac’s Solo – Need You Now
I Will Come To You
Underneath
Love Song
When You’re Gone
Ain’t No Sunshine
Isaac’s Solo – Call Me
Taylor’s Solo – Crazy Beautiful
Penny and Me
River
Madeline
Hey
NEW SONG – So Lovely
MMMBop
You Never Know
This Time Around
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock N Roll) w/ Ben Jelen

Recap: It was FREEZING at this show. I had on my huge winter coat. I also remember we were sitting in line near the bus and my friend took a ride to Dunkin Donuts to get us some hot chocolate because it was so cold. When she returned, somehow I had been barricade in with the bus instead of out like some sort of caged animal.  I also met up with a TON of online friends at this show! I didn’t bring my camera so I don’t have any photos but someone got this shot of (most?) of us – I’m on the left – also pictured Beckie, Nicole, Erin, Leah, Mary, Becky, Doreen, Kristal, Alex, Erika, Michelle and Jess.

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Zubel Dimples

Lil Dimples are crochet dolls made by Zubel.  They are made by hand and 100% cotton. They are about 4″ tall and great to collect, play with, attach to your backpack, use as a gift tag or anything else your imagination desires! Right now they are offering 10 designs and will be offering another 10 for the holidays.  They are called dimples because they look like the dimples on a golf ball!

I received the mermaid to review.  She has pink hair with a pony tail, a flower on her top and a nice green tail.  She is super cute! She also has a hook on the back of her neck so that I can hang her somewhere if I’d like – or attach her to my purse or backpack as a travel buddy!

The current 10 designs in the line are a Crab, Dog, Bella Ballerina, Bunny, Gnome, Mermaid, Unicorn, T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops. All of them are super adorable and I am glad that they didn’t ask me which one I’d like to review because I’d have never been able to choose they are all so cute! They retail for $10 each.

Zubels has a catalog of other items including crochet baby rattles, plush dolls and matching hats, crochet and knit dolls, sweaters and all are super adorable and would make great gifts for yourself or that adorable baby in your life.

If you’re interested in buying anything from their website, Zubels.us,  use the code RS25 to get 25% off!

I received a free product in exchange for this review.

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