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

Fundanoodle Libby Goes Live on Friday!

 

Fundanoodle Libby Goes Live on Friday! gift service

There are so many cool things coming up this summer…I just have to go LIVE on Facebook to tell the world about it. From summer deals to fun events to FREE stuff…you won’t want to miss it. Click on the event below and mark it on your calendars.

Fundanoodle Libby Goes Live!

Words and photos can never match my level of enthusiasm when it comes to what I do as a Fundanoodle Ambassador. I’ve certainly never been shy in front of a camera or talking to large groups of people. We have my father to thank for that. He is an excellent public speaker and always needed a ham for his camera!

So, I figured, what better way to tell you all how to get involved in this ground floor, innovative, life-changing company then to shout it from the roof top (or from my pool patio)!!

Set your calendars for this Friday, June 2nd at 10 am, and get the whole scoop on Fundanoodle Libby…Summer 2017!

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What’s a Fundanoodle???

The Fundanoodle education readiness program, designed by pediatric occupational therapists and elementary school teachers, develops and improves the fine motor skills needed for success in and out of the classroom.

Visit my Fundanoodle site to see all of these education products! Contact me with any questions. I would love to tell you more about Fundanoodle. I believe in it, am passionate about it, and see it making a lot of households happy. For adorable demonstrations starring my daughter, Emma, visit our YouTube channel. Join the Fundanoodle family today!

How I Bring Yoga Into My Direct Sale Business

How I Bring Yoga Into My Direct Sale Business…

Yoga is one of my favorite things to do. It makes me feel calm, content, and accomplished. When children are learning, it makes sense that feeling those same three things would only help to make them successful. That’s why I have chosen to focus my efforts as Fundanoodle Libby on the benefits of yoga.

It must have been fate for me to be asked to review a beautiful children’s book about three years ago. Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow is a book about Rachel and her dog, Sammy, and what they discover in the garden. Rachel practices yoga poses that emulate what they find…trees, bees, flowers, butterflies, sun, and caterpillars. Sammy happily romps along. The book is designed to be user friendly and accessible to anyone, not just yoga teachers.

One day, soon after becoming a Fundanoodle Ambassador, I decided to compare this book to our Muscle Mover Cards, which have a colorful animal and gross motor action word on one side and a traceable uppercase or lowercase letter on the other side. Much to my surprise and pleasure, I found six cards that correspond to animals and insects in the book and six additional cards that can be used as extended learning. Here is some of what I found.

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These Muscle Mover cards relate directly to pages in the book:

  • “Sammy jumped up and down, trying to catch a fluttering purple butterfly”, while Rachel practices Cobbler’s Pose.
  • “Rachel looked up, too. A red bird was settling into its nest.” Rachel is doing Warrior III Pose. (Fundanoodle’s bird is not red, but it only opens up conversation about similarities and differences.)
  • Sammy, just like Fundanoodle’s dog who digs, is doing all sorts of fun things through out the book.

So, I use Rachel’s Day in the Garden and Fundanoodle’s Muscle Mover Cards to teach the following concepts to little learners:

  1. Gross motor activity with a specific purpose.
  2. Basic yoga poses for strength, balance, and concentration.
  3. Letter recognition, sounds, and formation.
  4. Strengthening of hand and finger muscles using Play Doh and Wikki Stix to trace the letters. (The Muscle Mover cards come with a dry erase pen for use by learners who already know how to hold and use a writing implement.)
  5. Science discoveries like habitats, rainbows, the sun, the water cycle, photosynthesis, etc.
  6. Creative and critical thinking skills using comparison, cooperation, imagination, problem solving, etc.

This list could go on and on. The fun and learning definitely does.

One of the beauties of Yoga Play with Fundanoodle Libby is that it can be done anywhere…living room, studio, outside, even on line. Plans are in the works for a podcast. Stay tuned.

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Emma practice Warrior III like an Eagle.
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We make trees in Yoga Play!
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We creep like a caterpillar or inchworm in Yoga Play!
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We bloom like flowers in Yoga Play!

 

Rock n Roll With Your Kids and Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights!

Rock n Roll With Your Kids and Joanie and the Nightlights!

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Joanie and her Nightlights ride the Subway, get a Library Book, and enjoy some good Pizza in their new eclectic collection, Brooklyn Baby! Each song takes you by surprise with its tempo, style, and lyrics. You never know what you’re gonna get and we love it! They bring the tempo down with the soft sounds and lovely lyrics in Brooklyn Baby and Love is Love. Their messages of love, acceptance, and world peace make this CD one of our all time favorites. Well done, Joanie and the Nightlights. We appreciate you.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. Brooklyn Baby is available this Friday May 19th!

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More from Waldmania PR:

“From her roots as a theater major and performer in the hip clubs of New York City, Joanie Leeds has proved herself as a major talent in the field of children’s music.”

— Parents’ Choice® Gold Award review of Joanie Leeds’ Good Egg

“THE BEST KIDS’ ALBUMS NOW!  Leeds and her band bring big fun on their new release.  Don’t attempt a family road trip without this minivan-friendly winner.”
— People magazine
 

NEW YORK — Six years ago, award-winning singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds packed her bags and moved from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to the vibrant, artistic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here she found not only a place to start a family, but also a magnificent melting pot metropolis that offered dazzling adventures on a daily basis.  Inspired by her love for all things Brooklyn, Joanie will release her eighth family album, Brooklyn Baby!, on May 19.

Produced by Jesse Lauter (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elvis Perkins, Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket), Brooklyn Baby! is a real genre-bender, containing elements of folk, Southern rock, hip hop, pop and punk presided over by a singer whose sheer command of vocal artistry is second to none.

Songs about the park system (“Ferry Nice”), public transportation (“Subway”) and Brooklyn’s most famous dish (“Pizza”) are a given, but the heart of the album embraces both a Brooklyn mentality and sentimentality with love (“Love is Love”), thirst for education (“Library Book”), healthy eating (“Apples in My Apples”), and Yiddish expressions (“Shayne Punim”). The album closes with Joanie’s take on Brooklyn-born Lou Reed’s gentle tune, “Sunday Morning.”

Gifted with a soulful, “rock solid” voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy, Joanie Leeds is an exceptionally versatile artist who brings serious musicianship to the table right alongside a terrific sense of fun and fashion.  Says SiriusXM’s Kids Place Livehost Mindy Thomas, “Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house.  You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her.  That’s Joanie.  Only she’s also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE!”

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights have performed in dozens of cities nationwide at such prominent venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, the CMAs, the Hang Out Festival, Symphony Space, Wolf Trap, and LA’s Skirball Center.

Joanie Leeds’ original kids’ music won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, as well as winning an Independent Music Award, Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, NAPPA Gold Award, and Family Choice Award, and Joanie was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Competition.  Joanie’s music has been highly praised in People magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!

Prior to Brooklyn Baby!, Joanie Leeds released seven critically acclaimed, full-length albums and two full-length DVDs, in addition to numerous videos on her Youtube channel.  She is currently at work on more music videos, while maintaining a busy teaching and performance schedule.

Brooklyn Baby! will be available online at www.joanieleeds.com, Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, TuneCore, and other related digital outlets.

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CD Details:  Brooklyn Baby!
Release Date:  May 19, 2017
For ages 4 – 9
Label:  Limbostar
SRP:   $15.00 for CD.  $9.99 for digital download.
Running time:  43 minutes

Children Stay Busy (and have fun) Over the Summer with Fundanoodle!

Children Stay Busy (and have fun) Over the Summer with Fundanoodle!

This school year is coming to an end, but next year is on our minds. If you have a rising Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or 1st grade child and you want to avoid the ‘brain drain’ over the summer, Fundanoodle has the answer.
Our Gift Service sends your child one product per month for four months at an affordable cost. So, if you order soon, your child will receive one of our specially designed products on the 15th of May, June, July, and August, giving them the confidence they need for the upcoming school year. These products travel so well! They go on planes, trains, and automobiles with their sturdy cardboard, carrying cases, and binding rings.
Click on the photos to be directed to the service on my site and let me know how I can help.

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Product # GS001

Gift Service – Level One – Pre-Kindergarten – Price: $60.00

Your Little Learner will enjoy 4 months of educational FUN from Fundanoodle! You order once and we ship one item per month on the 15th of each month after you place the order. You must place separate orders for each child (shipping is included so there is no extra fee) and include the child’s name on Address Line 2. Call your Ambassador with questions! GS001 – Gift Service Level One – Regular Retail Price $49.96- Gift Service Price $60 (includes shipping) A savings of $21.76 for Pre-School Learners 15252 I Can Do Fun Activity Floor Pad 1st Month 15263 I Can Cut Activity Book 2nd Month 15254 Activity Book – Level 1 3rd Month 92849 Math Book, Level 1 4th Month

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Product # GS002

Gift Service – Level Two – Kindergaarten – Price: $57.00

Your Little Learner will enjoy 4 months of educational FUN from Fundanoodle! You order once and we ship one item per month on the 15th of each month after you place the order. You must place separate orders for each child (shipping is included so there is no extra fee) and include the child’s name on Address Line 2. Call your Ambassador with questions! GS002 – Gift Service Level Two – Regular Retail Price $47.96 – Gift Service Price $57 (includes shipping) A savings of $22.76 for Pre-K Learners 15267 Uppercase Muscle Movers 1st Month 15277 I Can Write Numbers 2nd Month 15276 Activity Book, Level Two 3rd Month 92850 Math Book, Level 2 4th Month

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Product # GS003

Gift Service – Level Three – 1st grade – Price: $66.00

Your Little Learner will enjoy 4 months of educational FUN from Fundanoodle! You order once and we ship one item per month on the 15th of each month after you place the order. You must place separate orders for each child (shipping is included so there is no extra fee) and include the child’s name on Address Line 2. Call your Ambassador with questions! GS003 – Gift Service Level Three – Regular Retail Price $56.96 – Gift Service Price $66 (includes shipping) A savings of $27.76 for Kindergarten Learners A savings of $27.76 for Kindergarten Learners 15282 Lowercase Muscle Movers 1st Month 92907 FUN LC, Magnetic Letters 2nd Month 192851 Math Book, Level Three 3rd Month 5293 Activity Book, Level 3 4th Month

 

 

 

CD Giveaway on Blog Mom Reviews!

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Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Portland, February 28, 2017 ~ Red Yarn, Portland’s acclaimed family folksinger and puppeteer, releases a new album called Born in the Deep Woods on March 10. The album completes his Deep Woods trilogy, an epic song cycle exploring the roots and branches of American folk music. With his full band and puppet troupe, Red Yarn will celebrate the release with shows around the Pacific Northwest this spring, at SXSW in March, and on an east coast tour this summer.

Seven years ago, Texas-born artist and educator Andy Furgeson began a deep exploration of American folk music, adapting dozens of songs and posting rough recordings under the name Red Yarn. He dreamed up a forest called the Deep Woods to contain the strange animal tales he found. He created a cast of “critter” puppets to bring the characters to life. His homespun aesthetic caught on in Portland, where he built a successful career performing these songs and stories for thousands of families. Three award-winning albums and many music videos later, Red Yarn culminates his Deep Woods project with Born in the Deep Woods, his boldest musical statement yet.

Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry Studio with celebrated producer Adam Selzer, Born in the Deep Woods explores the genres that grew out of American folk music. From bluegrass to heartland rock, the album traces the evolution of our national musical vernacular.

At the heart of the album are Furgeson’s harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs. Recorded while she was expecting their second child, many songs channel the joys and fears of bringing new life into the world.”

Learn more about Born in the Deep Woods and Red Yarn at www.redyarnproductions.com, and at this link.

See Red Yarn, Ms. Jessie, their full band and critter pals LIVE:

SXSW Week: March 14 – 18 – various performances (with LiveMom, Do512, Children’s Cancer Association, and Spare the Rock Radio) in Austin, TX 

Saturday,  April 22 – The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest two-time Grammy Award nominee Justin Roberts, at Mission Theater and Pub, Portland, OR