Baby Lullabies That Parents Will Enjoy Too

Now that I have a little one again we have been listening to a lot of lullabies. When my boys were younger I had lullaby CDs so we listened to the same songs over and over again. Nowadays, I typically tell Alexa to play baby lullabies when it’s time for Emma’s morning or afternoon nap and during tummy time (which is not a favorite activity of Emma’s) and Alexa plays a variety of songs. Some tunes I recognize from Disney movies, some are classics, and some I had never heard before these past few months. I thought I’d share my favorites for all of you who are looking for some new lullabies to listen to with your baby (because as much as I love “You Are My Sunshine” there’s only so many times a day I want to hear it….)

A Thousand Years (Lullaby) by Christina Perri

Father’s Lullaby by Nick Lachey

Wonderfully Made by Scripture Lullabies

Lullaby by Dixie Chicks

Keep You Safe by JJ Heller (and any of the songs on her ‘I Dream of You Volume II’ album)

A Mother’s Prayer by Rachel Aldous

Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman

Forever Young by Bob Dylan

Baby Mine by Alison Krauss

Sweet Dreams by Jewel

Then there’s the Rockabye Baby lullaby renditions of your favorite songs, like this flashback to my days of Blink-182 obsession- Adam’s Song lullaby rendition

Here are a couple other songs that aren’t lullabies but are still sweet messages to a child…

Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift

When I Pray For You by Dan & Shay

There are so many more choices of songs to sing baby to sleep then when my boys were little! What’s your favorite lullaby? Tweet with me and let me know!

 

Bach To Rock Makes Learning Music Fun

Thanks to Bach to Rock for sponsoring this post.

Make learning fun and kids will want to learn. That’s what led my teaching decisions when it came to academics and that’s the philosophy of music school, Bach to Rock.

Located in Northbrook, IL, Bach to Rock (B2R) provides Music Lessons, Birthday Parties, Toddler and Preschool Music Classes and Summer Camps for all ages and skill levels. They base their method of instruction on the fact that students learn best when they play the music they enjoy most. Students develop their skills by working alongside a highly qualified instructor through B2R’s finely developed curriculum which includes special arrangements of today’s popular music. (As a parent, I’ve seen that this method of learning popular music works better than learning one note at a time because Jacob has tried both in his efforts to learn guitar. He has learned more playing songs he enjoys than he ever did going through a music book and mastering one chord or note at a time while he tried to play pieces of songs he’d never heard of.)

Bach to Rock offers private and group lessons and classes for all ages and ability levels for those interested in learning guitar, piano, drums, voice, and more. Using B2R’s unique teaching method, kids and adults learn to play their favorite songs in no time! What I think is really unique about B2R though, is all of the extra things they offer in addition to music lessons.

At B2R, kids who love music can immerse themselves in it. There are Early Childhood programs that give young kids a head-start in music. Kids can keep busy over the summer by enrolling in B2R’s Summer Camp. They can even join Glee Club, become part of a band and perform at cool venues or learn how to become a DJ in the Beat Refinery DJ school!

Bach to Rock also offers multiple birthday party options for young musicians. Kids can play & learn music with their friends while celebrating their birthday! They can rock it out on instruments, spin jams like a DJ, or sing karaoke together. I love these unique birthday party ideas!

To learn more and sign your child up for any of the amazing things Bach to Rock offers, you can call 224-904-3190 or visit Northbrook.BachtoRock.com

20 Songs I’m Streaming This Month

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I love listening to music. Whether I’m working, cleaning, or driving in the car, it just brightens my day. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite songs that I’ve been streaming this month and I’d love to hear what songs you’re loving right now, too!

I recently received two Google Chromecast Audio units from Best Buy and it’s made the experience of listening to music around my home so much better. They enable me to play music on speakers, new or old, wirelessly from my phone, laptop or tablet. Chromecast Audio streams over Wi-Fi which has many advantages over Bluetooth including higher sound quality.

Previously I just listened to music on my phone through the phone’s speaker but I ran into a couple issues. First, it was a pain to carry my phone with me from room to room as I was trying to clean and then half the time my battery would die before I was done listening to my music. Then, when I received a call or text, my music would be interrupted which was annoying. With Google Chromecast Audio I don’t have to worry about this because it lets me stream my music over speakers without having to worry about draining my battery or texts and calls interrupting what’s playing. I like that I can easily use my phone to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home.

Chromecast Audio makes it easy to stream music, podcasts and more through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. I also love that I can play music throughout my home by grouping my devices together so I can listen to the same song on multiple speakers. That means that whatever room I walk into as I clean or put away laundry has the same song playing as the room I just walked out of. Listening to music is just much more enjoyable now thanks to this new device!

Do you like to stream music? Let me know what songs or artists you are streaming so I can check them out!

The KIDZ BOP Concert Is Coming To Chicago {Giveaway}

Thanks to Live Nation Chicago for sponsoring this post and giveaway for my readers.

The boys are both huge fans of KIDZ BOP and are really excited that their ‘The Life Of The Party Tour’ concert is coming to the Chicago area this Summer. They have never been to a concert other than when they were younger and went to one for a preschool show. Now that my oldest is almost a tween (seriously, how did that happen!?) I think they are going to be wanting to go to concerts more often and I think this one would be the perfect one to start with because it’s aimed towards their demographic and I know they won’t be hearing any bad words.

KIDZ BOP, the number one music brand for kids, is bringing The Life Of The Party Tour to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on August 7, 2016. The KIDZ BOP Kids – Ashlynn Chong, Sela Hack, Matt Martinez and Grant Knoche – are headlining the tour. The ALL-NEW live show features the biggest pop songs of the year, awesome choreography, and more fun surprises from The KIDZ BOP Kids. The Life Of The Party Tour is the ultimate pop star experience, and the perfect concert event for the entire family!

If your child loves Kidz Bop you are in luck because I’m giving away 20 tickets to the Chicago concert! FIVE winners will each win FOUR tickets. I thought four packs were a good idea because then you can go as a family or you can take your child and a couple of their friends. Enter below. Good luck!

(Please note: You do NOT have to do all of the entry options below to be elgible to win. You just need to do at least ONE of them. The more options you do, the better your chances of winning.) 
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Unique Gift Ideas For Music Lovers

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay.

Some people seem to have everything which makes it hard to shop for them. One way to find them the perfect gift that they don’t have is to look for unique items that are either one of a kind or very rare. Check out my gift suggestions over on eBay! 

My New Favorite Love Song

Happy Valentine’s Day! I couldn’t let this day of love go by without sharing my new favorite love song. A friend posted a version of it earlier this week and since then I’ve had it on repeat! It’s John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ and it is especially touching since his wife is the woman featured in the video <3

This version with Lindsey Stirling is beautiful as well: http://youtu.be/xwsYvBYZcx4

See a list of my other favorite love songs here.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! Tour

The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans in to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!. The tour will visit more than 50 cities across the U.S. in 2013.  For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, and a preview of the show, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com

CHICAGO SHOWS:

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! will have four performances in Rosemont at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on Sat., January 19th/ Sun. January 20th. CLICK HERE for ticket information for the shows (2:00PM and 5:00pm both days). Tickets start at $23.00. VIP Party packages are available as well which include a ticket in the first 15 Rows, a pass to “Get the Sillies Out” in the private VIP room featuring a super fun party with the Gabba Gang (costumed characters) and more. Children under 1 year old do not require a paid ticket to sit on a parent’s lap.

I’m so excited to take my boys to get their sillies out with the Yo Gabba Gabba crew! Will you be there with your little ones?

(Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to this show but all thoughts are my own.)

 

“How Many Kings” by DOWNHERE {Music}

After hearing this song for the first time this week I really wanted to share it with you all. I looked it up on YouTube and discovered it’s 4 years old. And a Christmas song. Oh well. It’s amazing! Let me know what you think :)

Beamz Interactive Music System Review

My family recently had a chance to review the Beamz Interactive Music System. According to the website, “The Beamz is an innovative recreational musical instrument and music entertainment product that enables people of all ages and skill levels to have fun creating and playing music. By breaking the path of each beam, this laser trigger-based instrument will unleash the musician in anyone.” I was excited to try it out.

When we got the box I was surprised at how large the system was. Excited to try it, we took it out of the box and went to work setting it up. I soon discovered that it was not going to be as easy as I had originally figured it would be. The software and the disc of music needed to be put in a cd-rom drive. The problem was that my computer did not have anywhere for me to put a disc in. I tried to think of other ways to go about getting things setup. I went online and found a download of the Beamz software. I quickly downloaded it and installed it on my computer. The music was not going to be so easy. I wasn’t able to get the 50 songs from the CD as a download. I did discover though, that if I joined the Beamz community, I received some free downloads. I found a link to the community at the top of the website next to the social media icons.

I joined the community, got my free songs, and called the kids downstairs to play our new music system. At first, I was completely confused at how in the world we were supposed to use the system. We spent about 30 minutes sticking our hands in and out of the player in front of the laser and listening to random sounds being made. I thought it was all a little boring and wondered how it got such great reviews all over the web. I found a YouTube video and watched someone actually playing the system and I realized that I had spent a whole lot of time playing the Beamz the wrong way. Once I figured out the correct way to play it, I thought it was fun and the music coming from it sounded a whole lot better. I was still no expert at playing it but at least it wasn’t just sounds, it actually could have been considered {bad} music!

This is what is on the computer screen while the Beamz player is being used.

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Finding and switching to a new song is easy.

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Sinisa immediately figured out how to use the Beamz player.

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He played a few songs by himself to get the hang of it.

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It was then time to teach Jake.

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Jacob enjoyed playing the Beamz system.

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Jake was mesmerized by the lasers.

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He kept covering up the holes where the laser lights were coming from.

Sinisa got the hang of the system right away and enjoyed pretending like he was playing the guitar. Jacob was mesmerized by the laser lights and enjoyed knowing that he could move his hands to make fun sounds. I think that the Beamz system would be great at family parties and gatherings with friends but don’t think it will get much consistent use at our home.

(Disclosure: This product has been provided as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions are my own.)

Mommy Jingles Review and Giveaway

Research shows that music stimulates a baby’s brain and helps them learn. Mommy Jingles is an online music class that teaches busy moms how to introduce music to their children (ages 0-3) throughout the day. Mommy Jingles turns every day tasks, like changing diapers, into quality moments with your child. Upon signing up parents receive weekly “lessons” for 8 weeks. Each week includes MP3’s of the jingles, reminder cards with lyrics written down, and Amy demonstrating the songs and movements. Here is a list of what you will get each week:

What the website says:

Benefits for the child

  • Clear, consistent communications from parents
  • Intimate interactions with parent or caregiver
  • Improved listening skills
  • Improved vocabulary
  • Foundations of literacy, music, math and linquistic skills.

Benefits for the parent

  • Solutions to common problems
  • Increased confidence
  • Less anxiety and stress
  • Better behaved child

What this mommy thinks:

Wow! There is so much information to take in. We are still going through all of it but I wanted to share what I have found so far:

As a previous preschool teacher I didn’t know how much I would get out of this class but I am learning a lot from Amy’s ideas. Jacob has a very hard time transitioning and I have been using some of the things that I learned during week 2 with him and it seems to be helping him. I love that there are lyrics that can be printed out for those days when we, as moms, can barely remember our child’s name. I am also so grateful that they added videos for those of us with “slower” computers :)

BUY IT:

Mommy Jingles offers a year’s subscription for $197 but Amy is extending a $100 discount to Making Time For Mommy readers so a year’s subscription is only $97! (leave a comment below if you’d like the discount code) She also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

WIN IT:

One lucky reader will win a year’s subscription to Mommy Jingles!

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any of the following and leave a comment for each one completed.)

1) Tell me which of the 8 week lessons you are looking forward to the most

2) Follow @arobbinswilson on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Tweet “Enter to win a year’s subscription to MommyJingles.com ($197 value) from @arobbinswilson and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com” and leave the link below

5) Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave the link below

6) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

Giveaway ends June 2, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a subscription to MommyJingles.com to review. All opinions are my own.)

Free (Legal!) Music Downloads

I recently came upon the site NoiseTrade. According to their website: “NoiseTrade provides an alternative for music fans who want to download good music and still support the artists they love.  And it’s perfect for music fans who don’t have a lot of money but want to help great artists and fans just discovering new music.  You can choose to help in a few ways.  You can tip the artist, share the music on Facebook or Twitter, and email your friends from the NoiseTrade widget.”

One of my favorite finds on this site so far has been a free download of the “O Holy Night Tour Live: The Prison Show” by Sara Groves. Click the image below to be taken to the website to download this music along with music by many other artists.

(Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post just something I wanted to share with you all :) Enjoy!)

The Rattles Review And Giveaway

The Rattles debut CD came out on Tuesday and I wanted to share it with you all. The Rattles are a family friendly band that both children and parents can enjoy together. According to their press release, their music is “working in the classic traditions of The Beatles, Moxy Fruvous, The Monkees, and They Might Be Giants“. Check out the YouTube video below:

Jacob (my 2 year old) enjoyed dancing around our living room while he listened to the music. He also seemed to like the characters as he spent a lot of time looking at the CD insert.

The Rattles website has more information about the band. It also includes resources for children (like coloring pages) and for parents (like a list of skills the music helps develop).

Giveaway:

One Making Time For Mommy reader will win a copy of the Rattles debut CD.

How to enter:

Leave a comment below telling me who you think would enjoy this CD.

Giveaway ends September 20, 2010 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was provided a free CD in exchange for my honest review.)

“Meant To Be” by Ryan Scott

A beautiful song by Ryan Scott to his biological mom who was raped but chose life for her son. I normally don’t post a single video as a blog post but this song really touched me and I love the message.

Top 10 Songs I’m Loving Right Now

I love listening to KLove Radio online while I am at work during the day. I wanted to share some of the songs I’m loving right now.

1) “Let the Waters Rise” by mikeschair

2) “The Words I Would Say” by Sidewalk Prophets

3) “City On Our Knees” by tobyMac

4) “Forgiven” by Sanctus Real

5) “Beautiful, Beautiful” by Francesca Battistelli

6) “Can Anybody Hear Me” by Meredith Andrews

7) “Something Beautiful” by NEEDTOBREATHE

8) “Save A Place For Me” by Matthew West

9) “On and On” by Chasen

and not a current song but one that I love to hear come on:

10) “Praise You in The Storm” by Casting Crowns

What are your favorite songs at the moment?

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