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Time to start prepping already?

 

Disclaimer: I received product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Wonder Boy starts school in three weeks.

His first day of kindergarten.

I mean really.

The short summer vacation is almost over already and we never hit stride. We still haven’t made it to the beach as a family, Or any of the other fun stuff we’ve done before.

I’ve been really stressed lately as I fight behind the scenes pulling together the income I can while trying to keep up with my biggest job of taking care of the family, and watching the house turn into a chaotic mess.

 

It takes repeating some days, but I want to remind you too, you are doing a good job.

Courtesy of: Kidecals

 

It’s so hard to prep for the first time at school without knowing what he needs yet,

Luckily, Wonder Boy adores his Lightning McQueen lunch box and backpack he has, so while I fantasize about back to school shopping (I’m going to go back too, you guys!) I know he’s already most of the way prepared for the first day  of school.

The rest of the prep? Trying to eat his meals at mealtime, and practicing working in a workbook, making sure he doesn’t work ahead without us telling him what to do. Being told more than one thing to do, and doing it without forgetting the second thing and starting to play with his Legos instead.

He is my child.

 

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One of the biggest things missing was marking his stuff in case it gets lost, since who knows who will be picking him up some days.

Kidecals came to my rescue with a chance to try out some labels. I surprised Wonder Boy with some rocketship stickers with my phone number on them. They will go on sweatshirts, water bottles, his lunch box and backpack. The one on his lunchbox is the smaller size.

Kidecals has goof stickers for girls and boys, babies and kids, and also some NEAT keyboard stickers,  (I have a crush, y’all.) canning label stickers and more.

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Someone get the floral-print keyboard stickers in my honor, OK?

Wired

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the CD for review purposes. NO other compensation was given, all opinions are my own.

Recess Monkey is back at it again.

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“Wired” is technology themed but definitely not exclusive to it, as songs range from talking about braces to duct tape and all the craftiness in between.

The ‘gadget rock’ album drops today and so does the first video, Brick by Brick.

Caution- do not watch this video barefoot.

The songs remind me of the songs that used to be all over the ‘classic’ rock stations from my youth. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other bands that are best at outdoor picnics or car shows, as well as some 80′s rock and punk.

Groovy, electric, tech-y.

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“Grandpa is a Time Machine” is starting to sound more and more like me, as I reminisce how much tech has changed even in Wonder Boy’s lifetime ( and try to explain the record player toy to him).

And I know my son would adore a “Take Your Kid to Work Day” as he always begs to be left with Daddy when we visit him for lunch.

The band delivers with fifteen songs that were actually recorded on analog tape instead of the band’s usual computers, making Wired a completely different experience and makes an amazing sound.

Check out Recess Monkey on their website where you can find link to their social media, apps, concert listings and more great album and merch!

“Wired” is available at recessmonkey.com, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, theAVCafe.com, bigkids.com, iTunes, bandcamp.com, Silver Platters, Sonic Book Records, and Barnes & Noble.

 

Craftivism

 

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Someone yarn bombed a tree in my town last year, and I just stood there, adoring it. I loved the bright colors, the artful placement.  I loved the radical nature of it, and I loved the crochet work, as my hands seem far too full for hooking over and over (and the weather too warm for baby hats).

Somehow, away from the cultural norm of sewing your own clothes and blankets, knitting socks and sweaters and baby booties, crafting has taken a turn from the essential to a realm for activists seeking to draw attention to a cause or just brighten someone’s day.

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Craftivism talks about many different projects, each with their own take on making the world a better place one stitch/tile/ craft at a time. From foam cupcakes left in random places to embroidered works of art depicting activist flyers and slogans,

The book shows how people have embraced crafting and radicalized it, taking out offensive ideas and using decoupage to add radical language.

The AIDS quilt is one that many people might recognizes, and embraces the entire notion of using hand-made crafts to convey a message.

Craftivism is a great book for someone who loves to make, or one who is passionate about social causes.

Want a peek? The book made Buzzfeed.

Craftivism retails for $24.95 in the US, find online retailers here.

Shy Kid Blues

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the album for review purposes. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was given.

Wonder Boy has always been the opposite of shy.

His first day of preschool the program director partnered hi up with a little boy who was having a hard time of it after his mother had left him.

They’re still great friends two years later, as well as virtually every kid at his little preschool.

He gets constant reminders about other people’s personal space and very early on I had to train him to introduce himself to a strange kid before patting them on the back and calling them friend.

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The Hullaballoo duo Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer have been friends since kindergarten, and their newest album, “SHy Kid Blues”  album is a mostly autobiographical telling of the story of how the two friends became close.

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The album is a mix of songs and spoken dialogue, perfect for listening in the car on a road trip or while quietly playing Legos with a best friend.

Explains Steve Denyes, “In an era when kids seem to have an overabundance of ‘screen time,’ we really wanted this to be a project where the audio would inspire them to create a picture in their minds rather than have one pop up on a screen. In recording the monologues, we were inspired by classic radio shows like Prairie Home Companion and more modern versions like This American Life and Radio Lab, where stories are told in conjunction with sound effects that spark the imagination.”

While I don’t AT ALL have a shy kid when it coms to making friends, the familiar theme of first days at school and making  new best friends and getting to act silly with buddies drew in his attention.

The song “Best Friends Forever” is perfect for end-of-the-year slide shows and going over school memories.

And “That’s Just Us (Playing Rock and Roll)” is perfect for rebellious tots who love to jam with Elvis and music at car shows.

And “Sometimes Even I feel Shy” is a song that resonates with even my tenacious charmer when he feels a little overwhelmed in  situation.

Want to see them LIVE?

Hullabaloo will be performing at SoCal venues over the next couple of months! Here is a list I compiled of the season’s highlights, please check out the full list online.

May 29 – San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas, CA – 6:00 p.m.

May 31 – North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach, CA Album Release Concert! – 10:30 a.m.

June 1 – Fiesta Del Sol, Solana Beach, CA – 9:30 a.m.

June 1 – Shir Energy Festival, Cardiff, CA – 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Dos Lagos Promenade Amphitheater Corona CA 92883 – 11:00 a.m.


July 4 – LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, CA – 6:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.

And more…

“Shy Kid Blues” will be available at their website, cdbaby.com, iTunes, and other online music services and retailers.

Like them on Facebook, tweet them on Twitter, or check out their Youtube for great videos.

Whoopty Whoop

Disclosure: I received a copy of the album for review purposes. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was given.

My husband keeps a song from ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ on his phone. I’m guessing it’s for impromptu dance concerts with Wonder Boy.

I admit, I always feel the urge to to wiggle along when I hear it as well.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo is an energetic and fantastical dance duo that has toured with Yo Gabba Gabba and is currently touring with the Aquabats.

kookookangaroo Anyone who believes in unicorns is good in my book.

Their latest,”Whoopty Whoop”‘, is an instant favorite in our house and a must for energetic kids looking for a reason to wiggle, spin, run, hop, jam, or just dance their hearts out.

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“quoting Wonder Boy – “This makes me want to dance!”

The impromptu dance party on the way to preschool proved his point.

Want a taste? Turn up the computer speakers and jam to “Fanny Pack”.

And this pizza-lovin’ pair is great for anyone, now just the little tykes.

“I thought it was strange that a children’s music band was on tour with Frank Turner, but when I saw them live I understood how genius the band was and it all made sense” -MIKE PARK( label head ASIAN MAN/FUN FUN)

Wonder Boy asked for repeats of “All I Eat Is Pizza” over and over on the way to preschool, making me hungry for some cheesy goodness. And did I mention there is an “I Want Cake” song? Yum.

The Coolest Person just screams summer anthem to me, with a touch of punky goodness and a Shakira-esque shakin’ rhythm in there.

They’ve played concerts at playgrounds, nursing homes and  bars – I totally recommend this album for a kid-friendly album for dancing along to with grown up friends too at a summer barbeque (or pizza party). They even have an exercise DVD – perfect for doing it with your kids to get everyone moving more and get fit together.

Check out Koo Koo Kanga Roo on Facebook and chat with them on Twitter; check out more Koo Koo Kanga Roo videos on their site or on Youtube.

Buy the album on their site, Amazon or iTunes, and check out their other high-energy albums as well.

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