November 05, 2020

3 Fun Ways to Play with Music

3 Fun Ways to Play with Music

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There’s a reason that we use the phrase “playing an instrument” when we talk about music. It’s because music is one of the best outlets for encouraging both creativity and fun. Here are five totally fun and free ideas for letting your kids play with music.

1. Music at Craft Time
A wonderful way to combine art and music while letting your children’s imaginations explode is through having a musical craft time. Save cardboard tubes, tin cans, rubber bands and other household items. Then, let your kids play, inventing and decorating their own instruments.

There are also many instructional craft ideas for creating your own instrument. Stretch rubber bands over a tissue box to create a cardboard box guitar. Or, fill cans with dry beans to make an entire drum set and shakers. You can also make homemade maracas by folding dry beans on a paper plate, placing another plate on top and taping or stapling them together.

While exploring the possibilities, kids will also be engaged in a sustainable activity that uses recycled materials to be kind to the earth.

2. Taking Songs Outside
Music is all about exploration. A great way to foster this spirit is to combine two things kids love: music and the outdoors. A drum circle is a fun way to enjoy making music together while breathing in the fresh air from a garden, patio, lawn or yard. You can use toy children’s drums or the instruments you already made at craft time. Gather your kids in a small circle and take turns being the leader. The leader teaches a pattern and then everyone else goes around the circle replicating it. Then you all play the same beat together. This is a great way to practice listening skills and coordination.

3. Dance Party
Perhaps the simplest way to encourage your kids to experiment with music is to have a playtime dance session. Clear some of the furniture, turn on a playlist of your kid’s favorite tunes and let them go crazy. Most little ones will do this naturally on their own. But by setting aside special time to dance with them, kids can learn the value of their own creativity.

After enjoying these fun activities, your children might be inspired to continue learning about music. Perhaps later, they will take voice lessons online or seek out private instruction for the violin or guitar. But it all begins with


I had a post scheduled for today.  I have NO idea what happened to it and I'm slightly annoyed by that, but today you're going to get overloaded with crappy Iphone pictures that David took of the kids while he took them trick or treating to include the selfie he took. HA!

Oh and they found a firetruck and they kids were so super excited to get to sit in it.

November 04, 2020

Pampers {Review & giveaway}

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine

We fell back in time!! OH NO!! No but seriously, Daylight Savings Time--  Do you feel weird about it?  I always do.  It throws me off for about 3 or 4 days before I get used to it.  It's always hardest for the kids though.  They get thrown off more than I do which just throws me off in a different way.  Did you know that half of moms (52%) feel that their baby's sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks 'fall back' and Daylight Savings Time ends?!

If you have a problem with your kiddos when it comes to Daylight Savings Time, today's post is here to help!  Kim West, a sleep expert, has several tips to help you out!

       • To help make ensure that your baby’s sleep doesn’t go completely off the rails, make a slow transition.  Make a point to slowly adjust your child’s bedtime and naptimes an hour earlier, just 15-30 minutes a day for a few days before daylight savings ends. This way, your child will already be adjusted to the time change.  While you’re adjusting naps and bedtime, make sure that you also adjust mealtimes in 10-15 minute increments to help ease the transition.

    •    To help your baby sleep more soundly, consider installing blackout curtains and using a sound machine. Although the days are getting shorter, there may still be some natural light present, especially in the morning as well as noise when you put your baby to bed. To mitigate these, install blackout curtains and use a sound machine to help buffer outside light and sound. Black out shades are great for children with early rising issues, which is often a problem after the fall time change, especially if your child was already getting up before  6:00 a.m.

Blackout curtains are NO joke! We used them in Alaska and they helped us get sleep during the 24 hours of daylight!

    •    Watch your baby’s wakefulness windows. Children have a limited window of wakefulness (the time that they can be awake and alert without meltdowns) between naps and bedtimes. Make sure that you watch your baby for sleepy cues carefully. Make sure that you’re changing your baby’s diaper right before your child goes into the crib for naps or bedtime. Keeping your child dry will help to prevent unnecessary night awakenings, and help to ensure a happy, well-rested baby the next day. 

    •    Get outside. It’s getting colder, so bundle everyone up and take a morning walk, just 20 or 30 minutes to make sure that you and your baby get some sunshine, which will help your circadian rhythm adjust to the time change. If you can’t manage a morning walk, make sure that the blinds are open as you start your day, and keep them open up to 45 minutes before nap and bedtimes to help your child adjust to the time change. 

Outside weather always helps us sleep better, as well as some good old fashioned park trips.

If you do nothing else to prepare for the time change, make sure that your children have had adequate naps in the days leading up to the time change, and help to prevent unnecessary night awakenings by putting your baby into a clean, dry diaper right before you settle them into the crib for the night.

And, did you know that Pampers diapers are now three times drier than ordinary diapers, which results in their best possible experience for baby.

Having three kids, Pampers have always been my personal go-to brand.

Pampers Baby Dry diapers offer little ones up to 12 hours of overnight protection! The features include
  • An “Ultra Absorb” core to cover up to 95% of overnight loads.
  • Their most absorbent Baby Dry ever (sizes 2-5) with a 15% increase in capacity.
  • Three layers of absorbency vs. two (the amount found in ordinary diapers).
  • A longer absorbent area 
  • Snug, stretchy sides, colored tabs and a belted design to reassure parents that the diaper will hold up.
On November 7th at 9pm EST, there will be a #PampersSleepChat Twitter Party that will take place. The chat will be about how the end of Daylight Savings Time can affect sleep patterns. You can also get tips on easing the transition from The Sleep Lady, Kim West.
You can RSVP here.

Prizes include:
  • $50 AMEX Gift Card, $25 Children’s Place Gift Card, Pampers product and book by Kim West.
  • $100 AMEX Gift Card, Pampers Product, series of books by Kim West
  • Grand Prize: $500 AMEX Card to purchase sleep items such as a new crib, video monitor, etc.
To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, sleep expert @TheSleepLady and our sponsor @Pampers.

Not only can you win at the twitter party, but you can win here, too. You can win your choice of a Pack of Pampers Baby Dry Diapers, and a pair of Children’s Place PJ’s (just like the super cute one Owen's wearing above).

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Be sure to head over and follow Pampers on  Twitter or Facebook for more tips and tricks. 

November 01, 2020

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