New Music Your Whole Family Will Enjoy from Manic Drive {giveaway}

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We spend a lot of time in the van, driving to and from soccer practice, to the store, and running errands.  The boys are pretty good travelers, but one thing we can all agree on is we all like to listen to good music on the radio.  I prefer that we listen to Christian music so I am not hurrying to change the station when a questionable song comes on the radio. When I had the opportunity to review the new CD from Manic Drive, VIP, I was excited to have some new music to share with the boys!


The first song that we listened to was the title track, "VIP."  The boys absolutely loved it and so did Hubby and I.  It is a very catchy song with a positive feel. The lyrics talk about how we are all V.I.P.s in God's eyes. My favorite line is "He already paid your cover, it's about time that you live life bigger than before."  Such a great message set to a catchy tune!
The positive message, well written lyrics, and dance music continues throughout the whole album.  The Canadian born trio has a great sound and great voices. 
Reading the bio of Manic Drive is truly inspiring. These men, all in their early twenties, have dedicated their lives to Christ and spreading His message to the world. Rarely do you find young men who have such maturity both in their music and their focus in pursuing God's call on their lives. 
We love jammin' out to Manic Drive and I love knowing that he boys can sing these lyrics all day long and I have nothing to worry about. In fact, the boys are already asking questions about what they are saying and what it means, which is fabulous for opening up that communication and taking about God and spreading the gospel.  I'm so, so happy to find talented musicians like Manic Drive that we can enjoy as a family!


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We are giving away a copy of this fabulous CD to one reader. This would be a great gift for anyone who loves music!  Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!


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Download the new, FREE Keith Urban app!

This Keith Urban app post has been compensated but all opinions are 100% mine.

Anyone who knows me and my family know that we just love Keith Urban's music.  Keith's songs were the first that really appealled to the Captain when he was around two years old.  He would get his toy guitar and jam out to "Put You In A Song," any time, day or night!  Here is a little video from when he was two and playing his arm as a guitar….haha:

The hubby and I have attended two Keith Urban concerts and they have both been amazing.  Keith is truly a fantastic entertainer.

TONIGHT, Keith kicks off the NFL season by performing live on NBC at 6:30 pm, Central Time, and he has signed up for another year as judge on American Idol.  Make sure to check those out.

And of course, Keith Urban's new album comes out on September 10th.  I know I've been waiting for this for awhile now!!!

And now, the best part…..access music, videos, pictures, tour information, contests, and more with the new, FREE Keith Urban app from Fanfare Entertainment.

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Requirements:  Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Wordless Wednesday: Trumpet Boy

The Captain got to play a real trumpet!  This has been his dream for over a year now.  He had a blast, did a great job, and had a great teacher!! 

(Excuse the low quality picture!)


Wordless Wednesday: Silent Night – David Archuleta

I’m totally cheating on the “Wordless Wednesday” post for today.  There are tons of words and it’s not even a picture, BUT, we LOVE this song by David Archuleta, performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Orchestra!  It’s simply beautiful!

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Soundfreaq Sound Kick on sale at!

I just saw that the Soundfreaq Sound Kick bluetooth speaker that I posted about last week is on sale at!  It is regularly priced at $99 and is now 20% off, costing you only $79.99!  If you have a Target RedCard, you can get free shipping and 5% off, making this a great steal!


Soundfreaq Sound Kick – An Affordable Bluetooth Speaker

We love to listen to music, but with two loud kids, we need a little more volume and quality than just the iPad or iPhone speakers.  I have been listening to a lot of Christmas music on the iPad and the day we received the Soundfreaq Sound Kick to review, we were just putting up the Christmas tree so it was a perfect time to try it out!



I was concerned that we would have to take a huge break in our Christmas decorating to set up the Soundfreaq, but the hubby quickly skimmed the directions and had it synced with my iPad via Bluetooth in no time.  (Although you really are supposed to charge the unit 12 hours before initial use.) The directions are simple and the Sound Kick is simple to use.  You just pull out th X-Kick Chamber, pair the Sound Kick with your device, and you're good to go!  You can stream music from your Bluetooth device with the Soundfreaq Sound Kick almost instantly.


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The Soundfreaq Sound Kick battery can be charged for completely wireless use for up to 7 hours AND it can be used to charge most mobile phones and wireless headsets using the power cord they came with and the USB power port.  To preserve the battery life, external device charging is disabled when running on battery power at high volumes.


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We have really been enjoying the Soundfreaq Sound Kick and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves music and has any Bluetooth device that has music on it, or even use it for movies, videos, games, TV shows, and apps.  It's an affordable, portable Bluetooth speaker that is high quality and easy to use.  Stream audio wirelessly from 33'!  It doesn't work well if there is a wall between the Bluetooth device and speaker, but other than that, it is a great speaker!  We were able to listen to our Christmas music with a crisp, clear sound and be able to actually hear it while we decorated for Christmas this year!  



And the Soundfreaq Sound Kick would make an awesome gift under the tree, as well!



The Soundfreaq Sound Kick comes in black, white (Ghost,) and many colors like the new Chromatics Collection:  Sunset, Ocean, and Twilight.  Pre-order your Sound Kick now for $99 at the Soundfreaq Online Store.  Soundfreaq is also available at Target, Radio Shack, Walmart, and Sears stores, as well as Amazon.  Connect with Soundfreaq on Twitter and Facebook.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Soundfreaq and received a product sample to facilitate my review.

Find Fun, Unique Gifts at HearthSong

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Toys are everywhere this time of year.  I’m already tired of seeing the latest action figure and doll commercials, and we’re not even in to December yet!  My boys love toys that are new, exciting, and are more than your everyday toy you can find at the local store.  That’s where HearthSong comes in!  HearthSong has “toys you’ll feel good about giving.”  It’s true, HearthSong has fun, unique, meaningful toys for every child on your Christmas list.

HearthSong’s website is very easy to navigate to find the perfect gift.  And it’s not just toys…they have costumes, clothes, decor, and more.  You can shop by age or interest.  For instance, the Captain LOVES music, so I searched for “music” toys and came up with a huge number of musical intstruments and fun musical items.  He has a love for marching bands and has asked for a trumpet since LAST Christmas, so we got him a Bontempi trumpet for kids from HearthSong for his birthday.  He absolutely loves it and was beyond thrilled that he got what he wanted.

The trumpet has four keys and a guide on the back of the box for how to play certain songs and notes.  He and Baby D both love to “play” it and pretend they’re in the band.  Soon he should be able to really start playing it, but for now, this is the fun and pretending he loves.



The trumpet looks real, but it is made of plastic.  I was worried about the durability of the trumpet but the boys have played with it a LOT in the past few weeks and it’s still as good as new.  It should last awhile in this house.  For less than $20, I’d call that a great deal!

Connect with HearthSong on Twitter and Facebook for news and special deals!

Holiday Gift Idea for Little Ones: “Over The Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project” CD

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If you've read this blog much at all, you'll know that Captain Fussybuckets has always been, well…fussy…about going to bed.  Even since he was a baby, his sleeping habits have been less than desirable.  We have never had a lullaby CD, but when I showed the "Over The Moon:  The Broadway Lullaby Project" CD, he was excited about having his very own lullaby CD and wanted to listen to it that very night.  He LOVED it!!!  I was so impressed by the beautiful songs, and so was he!  For most nights since we received the CD a couple of months ago, he has listened to it.  His favorite song is the first one – "Little Sleepy Eyes" by Marva Hicks.  He adores this song and loves to replay it over and over, and even sing it during the day.

"Over The Moon:  The Broadway Lullaby Project" is a benefit effort as well as just a beautiful book and musical CD set.  This project brought together many of today's musical theatre's composers and vocalists, as well as illustrators.  Many of the lullabies in this set were specificially written for the Over The Moon project.  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition are the two charities benefitting from this beautiful project.

The book includes a 17 song CD with lyrics illustrated by some of America's best theatrical designers and children's book illustrators.  The pictures in the book are magical and beautiful, and really bring the songs from the CD to another level of wonder!

Some of the vocalists,composers, and lyricists who contributed to this project include Michael Cerveris, Raul Esparza, Sutton Foster, Nona Hendryx, Rupert Holmes, Brian d'Arcy James, Nikki M. James, Tony Kushner, Rebecca Luker, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Kelli O'Hara, Anika Noni Rose, Stephen Sondheim, Will Swenson, and Vanessa Williams.

Take a look/listen at Vanessa Williams' video for "A Lullaby for Midnight":

Learn more about this beautiful CD and book at the Over The Moon website.  You can purchase the "Over the Moon:  The Broadway Lullaby Project" book and CD for $12.89 at Amazon right now or just the CD for $14.99 on Amazon.  There is also a Kindle version available for $4.99.  Any of these would be a great gift for a little one (or big person who loves Broadway music!)

Enter to win your own "Over The Moon:  The Broadway Lullaby Project" CD in the Rafflecopter form below!  Giveaway ends on November 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM, Central time.  Good luck!

Giveaway is over and Jessica O. is the lucky winner!

We had an AWESOME time at the Wiggles’ Concert!

If you didn't know by now, three of the original four Wiggles will be retiring at the end of this year.  That's why I was SO thrilled to be able to take the boys to one of the last Wiggles concerts in Texas yesterday, as a part of their Celebration Tour.  Captain Fussybuckets and Baby D haven't really watched a lot of the older Wiggles stuff, but I can tell you that we have two copies of their DVD – "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" because when the Captain was about 18  months old, we thought we had lost the first copy we had and since he asked for it daily, we quickly bought a new one.  And the Wiggles' DVDs – "Hot Poppin' Popcorn" and "Getting Strong" are also HUGE favorites around here.  We catch them occassionally on Sprout, as well, and the boys are always mesmerized.  

My husband and I were shocked and amazed that we were able to sit on the very front row at the concert with the boys.  What a special, exciting,  and just delightful experience!  Yes, I'm an adult and yes, I'm describing sitting on the front row at a kids' concert with these words.  You see, The Wiggles are REAL musicians with REAL talent.  They don't have to rely on … anything, really.  Their show is just that good.  We four, along with the rest of the crowd, were entertained from start to finish.  It was a magical, fun, and wonderful time at the Wiggles' show!

When we got there, there was a Wiggles video playing on the big screen.  Millions of parents with antsy kids thank you for this, Wiggles.  While we were waiting for the show to start, the kids got a mini Wiggles fix, and we were able to relax and enjoy!  This was just one of many ways that you could tell that the Wiggles are seasoned pros, good at what they do – entertaining kids.

Soon the show started and we got to see all of the four original Wiggles – Jeff, Greg, Anthony, and Murray.  We also saw Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, the Teddy Bear, the Big Red Car, some fabulous, talented dancers and the three up and coming Wiggles, Emma, Lachlan, and Simon, (in their current roles, NOT as the new Wiggles…yet!)

If you are attending a Wiggles show, and I highly suggest you do, make sure to bring a few things:  1.  a bone for Wags – could be a real bone, toy bone, paper bone, whatever, but it gets your kids closer to someone from the Wiggles crew.  2. a rose for Dorothy – same as the bone, someone from the Wiggles crew comes out to collect them during the show.  I don't know HOW we missed this, but a sweet mom behind us gave my boys a bone and some roses for a special photo op.  3.  a special sign for the Wiggles – they read them out during the show! 

Now, for the pictures of our great day:

"Murray,Wiggles wore him out!

The Captain had already had his nap, but all of the dancing during the show wore him out!  AND, Baby D was not feeling well, but even he couldn't resist dancing with the Wiggles!  He LOVED it, as we all did!  Here is a little snippet of the boys dancing during the show:

Thanks, Wiggles, for an amazing 21 years of great music and for a great concert in DFW, Texas!!

disclosure:  I was not paid to write this post.  The fabulous Wiggles PR people gave us tickets in exchange for writing a promotional post for the Wiggles' final concert, however, this post was not required.  I just want to gush about how AWESOME the Wiggles truly are!!

Have FUN with Imagine Toys! {review}

I love finding stores and sites that sell fun, new, orginal toys that you might not find anywhere else.  I was so thrilled to discover Imagine Toys and get to review their Blue Circus Time wooden music set:

Our boys love to make music (and noise,) so this set was perfect for them.  The set comes with a xylophone and two wooden hammer sticks to play it that slide nicely underneath the xylophone when not in use.  The set also contains two castanets and two sleigh bells.  Both of the boys really enjoyed this set, especially the sleigh bells.  ("Jingle Bells" in July, anyone??)  

The xylophone keys are marked with the corresponding note, which is pretty cool and will be useful for teaching music:

I really like that the instruments have a great sound without being too loud.  These musical instruments are definitely noisy toys that don't get annoying!

I do want to point out that the box advised that children under 3 not play with the set, because of parts that might be too small.  I felt confident in giving them to Baby D to play with them, but I will have to watch him closely to make sure he doesn't chew on anything, like many other toys we own:

I couldn't be more pleased with this music set.  It contains different musical instruments and the pieces are durable, along with being cute!  You can purchase this set on the Imagine Toys website for $18.95.  Make sure to visit Imagine Toys and see all of the fun toys for different ages that encourage kids to use their IMAGINATIONS!  Follow Imagine Toys on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the lastest news!