Moana and Hal Leonard Teach Us Lots of Ways to Keep the Beat

Moana, Maui, Pua, and Heihei are beloved characters in our house already, but now that they’ve taught us all of these new drum beats, we love them even more! The Beat of Your Heart is a musical activity book full of culture, fun, sound, and creativity. The rhythms progress from simple to difficult and are introduced along with percussion instruments like the fala, pahu, and fa’atete, which can all be constructed with household items.

Thank you, Hal Leonard, for our complimentary copy of your book in exchange for this review. We will have lots of fun clapping, patting, and drumming!

Visit Blog Mom Reviews for Mickey and Rapunzel’s musical exploration books from Hal Leonard.

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From Hal Leonard’s website:

A Musical Exploration Activity Book

Disney Learning

Series: Disney Learning
Format: Hardcover Media Online
Author: Various
Feel the beat inside you when you play along with the Drums of Motunui! This beautifully illustrated book with online music, video, and drumming allows children to discover beat, rhythm, and the sounds of Motunui’s drums through activities and creative play with characters and artwork they’ll recognize from the Disney movie Moana. Includes online activities such as: video read-along, audio sing-along, and activities to explore sounds and sound makers. Singing and making music provide important benefits to children as they grown and learn. EXPLORE MUSIC books encourage children to be free to explore, play, and develop musical ability at their own pace which can establish a life-long love of music.
$14.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00160410
ISBN: 9781495064791
UPC: 888680622664
Width: 8.25″
Length: 10.75″
32 pages

Label Daddy Spruces Up My Swag

label daddyLabel Daddy always makes me look good in business. This time, I purchased their small oval labels to put on my Play Doh tubs I give out for free at my Fundanoodle Vendor Shows and Play Dates. We use Play Doh to trace the letters on our Muscle Mover cards. These labels allow for an easy way to direct potential customers to my website. Thanks Label Daddy, for my complimentary labels in exchange for this review.

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Label The Things You Love

Want an easy way to keep track of all your kids’ stuff? Get organized with Label Daddy’s peel-and-stick labels for everything from books, clothing, lunch boxes, shoes, toys, sports equipment and more. Our peel-and-stick labels are scratch-resistant and waterproof, so you don’t have to keep labeling things over and over again!

 

Roller Coaster of Emotions Tamed by Words

The roller coaster of emotions throughout this time with my Dad has been mind boggling. One moment, I am encouraged. The next, I am so distraught. One minute, I am laughing. The next, sobbing. And of course, at many moments, comes the piercing anger.

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This has not bothered me though. I have allowed myself to feel and do whatever I need to get through it. And we are only at the beginning. I’ve done a lot of writing. This has become my outlet over the years, and has helped me tremendously over the past two months. When the anger arises, my keyboard gets a beating. But the act of banging out these words provides a bit of satisfaction.

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This poem illustrates my last ditch effort to help my father sleep and swallow. Amazing that our body can forget how to do those things. This is all quite amazing. Unbelievable. Tragic. Downright wrong.

The words help.

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Standing by his bedside,

I lay the stone at his throat.

Placed my hand above,

Moving it in a slow, gentle, flowing motion.

Swallow. Swallow.

As simple, yet as difficult, as that.

Meditating on opening, flowing, functioning;

Breathing energy into this space.

Onto his feet with oils;

Couldn’t believe what I was doing.

Never imagined doing this.

Any of this.

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Go Ahead. Get Pissed Off. You’ll Feel Better

Go Ahead. Get Pissed Off. You’ll Feel Better…

Yes, I am a yogi. I remain calm as much as possible. Teaching yoga is my favorite thing to do. I believe strongly in the power of positive thinking and manifestation. I use essential oils and Chakra balancing for my health. I informally counsel others on these ways of living. Most of the time, I am a happy, friendly, loving, and giving person.

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But right now, I am pretty damn pissed off!

I have found myself here several times since June. I have been deeply immersed in medical arenas, discussions, inquiries, conferences, emergencies, planning, etc. on behalf of my father.

My father.

A vibrant, strong, intelligent, funny, clever, 86 year old man, who’s been reduced to unthinkable things. He WILL recover. He WILL be healthy again. I know it.

But every day or two, I just get pissed off. And I’m okay with that. Pissed off feels good some times. It releases me from the happiness and hopefulness often hard to muster.

Dad…get pissed off and get yourself out of here.

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