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Music Lessons Made Easy

Music Lessons Made Easy…

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary drums and piano books in exchange for this review.

Easy to read and child friendly, both of these books have unique aspects making it stand out from other music books. The print is large and easy to read. Each song includes a history of the music and composer. Included throughout are photos of children obviously having a great time! And the book concludes with a beautiful certificate of completion. As a former dance instructor, I can easily see how these books would be the first choice for music lessons. I was happy to gift these books to my friends who have little ones learning how to play the drums and the piano. I look forward to seeing their progress with the sticks and keys!

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From Waldmania PR:

Milwaukee, WI — For kids who want to have fun learning to play piano or drums and parents who want to watch their children actively making music, the world’s largest print music publisher, Hal Leonard Corporation, has the answer.  Hal Leonard’s popular “For Kids” series of method books now includes Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids.

The most successful music teachers are the ones who show students “how easy” rather than “how difficult,” and Hal Leonard’s new Drums for Kids and Piano for Kids follow that same strategy.  Both feature super-clear instructions, fantastic hit songs, and accompaniment tracks that kids will be eager to play along with.

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids can be used with a parent or teacher, or even by a motivated student alone.

And the best part is that both books are loaded with familiar, popular songs that have been chosen for their kid-friendly appeal.

Piano for Kids, by Jennifer Linn, Manager of Educational Piano at Hal Leonard, sets a new standard for clarity of instruction to present a very concise, step-by-step approach to quickly synchronize two hands with a clear mental image of each musical goal, using fun songs like “Let It Go” from Frozen, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music,“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and pop classics like “Lean on Me.”

Drums for Kids, by Scott Schroedl, has students quickly building their music reading skills by following easy notation to songs like “Purple Haze,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Wild Thing,” or “Surfin’ U.S.A.”and playing along with easily accessed audio demonstration tracks that can be downloaded or streamed using the unique code inside each book.

This feature, provided with both Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids, includes Hal Leonard’s exclusive PLAYBACK+ multi-functional audio player to slow down or speed up the tempo, change keys, or set loop points, all for the price of the instruction book.

Explains Jennifer Linn, “While most beginning piano methods use obscure melodies that are probably unfamiliar to today’s young people,Piano for Kids breaks new ground by teaching the musical elements through well-known, popular songs most kids already know.  The audio tracks included with this book are a great teaching tool, encouraging kids to listen, learn, and play along!”

Adds Scott Schroedl, “Drums for Kids is the first book of its kind to carefully sequence lessons for drummers of such a young age.  Other drum methods contain mostly public domain folk songs or unknown original song examples.  With Drums for Kids, we want kids to learn to play songs that are fun and recognizable, so we’ve woven popular, copyrighted songs into the lessons.”

Other titles in the Hal Leonard “For Kids” method book series includeHarmonica for Kids (2015), Ukulele for Kids (2011), Guitar for Kids(2010), and Bass for Kids (2010).

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids are available from fine music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.

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Pretty Bling from Pearl & Clasp

Just in time for my birthday, I got some pretty bling from Pearl & Clasp. It’s a perfectly sized pearl and silver bracelet with strategically placed bobs. I love the texture and look of the round gems which give off a bit of a sparkle. Now, all I have to do is figure out where my husband is taking me for dinner so I can show off my pretty, new bling. Happy Birthday to me!

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prettyFrom Pearl & Clasp:

With full-time jobs and a combined 10 children between them, Pearl & Clasp co-founders and neighbors Tara and Sari saw firsthand that women need to look stylish, even if they don’t have unlimited funds or time to shop. Pearl & Clasp was born from the need for busy women to get unique jewelry and professional jewelry repairs without wasting valuable time or overspending at their local boutique jewelry store. To meet these needs, Tara and Sari partnered with an experienced jeweler in New York’s Diamond District to provide restringing and jewelry repair services to women nationwide. At Pearl & Clasp, women can send in their pearls for restringing and have them delivered back to their door via FedEx or USPS without having to make a mad dash to the jewelry store during their lunch break or in between carpool runs. By opting for a practical workroom and a website-based business instead of an expensive storefront, Pearl & Clasp keeps its costs low and its quality high, making expert pearl restringing services and quality pearl jewelry with unique designs available to women in every state at the most affordable prices. Come visit our workroom on your next trip to New York and to see firsthand how every pearl necklace and pearl bracelet is restrung by hand, and how attention to detail is at the core of every knot we make. Get to know us!

Thank you to Pearl & Clasp for my complimentary bracelet in exchange for this review.
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Purify Your Air with a Green Product


Purify Your Air with a Green Product

It’s not often that I think something like this will work, but it seems that purifyou has changed my mind. Two of our worst areas are the kitchen and the laundry room. I put two sachets under the trash can in the kitchen 10 days ago and I haven’t smelled the trash since. I also put two in the laundry room and I haven’t smelled that musty odor at all.

Usually, products like this don’t tend to last very long, but these sachets can be “re-charged” after 15 days by being placed in the sunlight for a few hours. Then they will last 3-4 months! After that, the contents can be emptied into your garden to nurture your plants. What a wonderfully green solution.

Thank you to Purifyou for this complimentary product in exchange for my review.

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From purifyou:

IT’S TIME to purify your nursery room and entire home from those wretched odors, with purifyou’s all-natural odorless and hypoallergenic deodorizers. Our deodorizers filter the precious air you breathe, and work great in all corners of the home, from the diaper genie diaper pail to the family pet’s favorite nap space.

SUPERIOR FILTERS: Utilizing activated carbon technology, our eco-friendly air purifiers come from the finest non-toxic natural and moso bamboo (a biodegradable and highly renewable resource). They consist of large-shaped porous granules, and a 99.99% nitrogen purity level, maximizing odor elimination and not just masking odors like so many other deodorizers available today.

GET MORE: With a set of 10 and each sachet weighing in at 11 grams, our sachets have up to 25% more than other leading diaper pail sachets on the market. Each sachet is individually wrapped to ensure maximum freshness, so that your filters are only activated when you want them to be used. Our sachets also come in a complimentary linen bag, so you can safely store your unused filters in style, and out of baby’s reach.

EASY TO USE: Reclaim your baby’s sanctuary, as well as your entire house in no time. Simply place a filter underneath your diaper pail’s lid (using tape or diaper pail filter holder), underneath the diaper pail lining, in shoe closets, in the refrigerator, or near your pet’s favorite corner, and voila – your house once again belongs to you, your family, and those guests you’ve been wanting to invite over.

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Dance to the Reggae Rhythm!

Dance to the reggae rhythm with Aaron Nigel Smith!
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Don’t you want to just hang out with this guy?!  We do. This CD starts out with such an enthusiastic invitation for children to Dance to the Reggae Rhythm and you can’t help but to get up and do just that.  He also includes his own soft and sweet version of If I Had a Hammer with reggae icon, Ernie Smith.  But our absolute favorite is Banana Bread! We make banana bread together all the time. We happen to have three very ripe bananas right now and can’t wait to play that tune and bake that banana bread. Aaron, we’ll save a piece for you!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Here’s more information from them:

For more than 15 years, Aaron Nigel Smith has been educating, entertaining and empowering youth around the world through music. His latest recording One (out on April 22) is a collection of lively, original reggae tunes, along with Jamaican and African folk songs.

With his fifth album for children, Aaron Nigel Smith shares a message of peace and love for family, neighbors and community. This 11-track album features reggae music icon Ernie Smith along with appearances by Dub Tonic Cru, Ras I, and Grammy Award-winning children’s music performers Father Goose and Tommy Shepherd (Alphabet Rockers). Award-winning reggae music veteran Deleon “Jubba” White, co-produced this special project and helps to bring Aaron’s sound to a new level. Music videos will be debuting on Aaron’s YouTube channel soon.

Aaron Nigel Smith is a music educator and recording artist, originally from Michigan and Los Angeles, and now based in Portland, OR. His children’s albums Let’s Pretend, Everyone Loves to Dance, B is for Bob and Celebrate Bob Marley (with Ziggy Marley’s TuffGong label) all won national acclaim and awards. Smith was a member of the cast of the acclaimed PBS Kids TV show, “Between the Lions” during 2008 to 2010. Since 2009, he and his wife Diedre have managed the 1World Chorus, involving more than 500 young voices from Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Kenya and Jamaica.

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Wake Up and Sing!

Wake up and sing with Red Yarn!

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Maybe my daughter can now be an honorary member of the ‘Yarnies”. We love Red Yarn’s music and will continue to stomp our feet and clap our hands right along with Andy! Our favorites are I Had a Rooster and Clap Your Hands. We can’t wait to share Molly Cottontail with our 2 year old friend, Molly. We know she will love it too!
Be sure to check out his latest music video of Beautiful Day on YouTube. It reminds my daughter of her morning song at pre-school and it is adorable!
 Here is more information for you from Sugar Mountain PR:
Red Yarn recently launched the popular Family Ramble concert series in Portland. At the Ramble in April, he’ll debut Wake Up & Sing, an album of sunny songs about childhood play, animal adventures, and parenting.

Wake Up & Sing is an homage to Furgeson’s favorite old children’s records and songbooks, as well as to the great American folk canon championed by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and other bards.

In March 2015, Furgeson made a pilgrimage to the Hudson River Valley to see the environments that inspired some of his musical heroes, from Seeger’s Clearwater to The Band’s Big Pink house in Woodstock. Furgeson spent two days at GRAMMY Award winning producer Dean Jones’ No Parking Studio (in Rosendale, NY), intending to record a six-song EP. Jones coaxed out 12 songs, as Furgeson dug deep into his notebooks of folksong adaptations and rhymes he’d written for his young son. Over the next year, Furgeson and Jones bounced tracks back and forth, crafting 11 of them into a full-length album.

Wake Up & Sing refines the lush and lively folk-rock sound Red Yarn established with his two earlier Deep Woods albums. Furgeson’s rootsy vocals, driving guitar and banjo work, and tight harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs, are still on display, but each song is reframed within Jones’ strange and whimsical sonic palette. The sound is rounded out by Jones’ drumming, Jed Greenberg’s bass and fiddle, as well as guest appearances by 2016 GRAMMY Award nominee Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold), Portland kindie mainstay Mo Phillips, and Jane Scarpantoni on cello (REM, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen). Furgeson’s longtime collaborator Ryan Bruce created bright linocut prints for the album artwork, echoing the simple designs of old Folkways records by Seeger and Guthrie.

Dedicated to his “little Yarnies” – the Portland preschoolers for whom he has performed on an almost daily basis for the last four years – Wake Up & Sing shows a bright and kind-hearted side of this rising family music star.