Category - Music

Dora’s Christmas CD

Dora The Explorer is ringing in the Holidays with her fun CD, Dora’s Christmas. This holly, jolly CD features Christmas Classics like “Deck the Halls”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Feliz Navidad”. Also included on this snowy sensation are Bonus Tracks from Dora’s Holiday Movie Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure. You’ll want to make sure Swiper doesn’t swipe this CD!
Along with fun tunes on this Sony Label album, kids will enjoy the great bonus content also on this disk. Bring fun wall papers, lyrics, and a Dora’s Christmas Carol mini video to life using a computer CD drive.
This CD’s insert features the usual song information, but also includes a festive Feliz Navidad/Christmas game board and pieces. For those of you not wanting to cut your insert please note there is a great printable version in the Bonus Content.
For those of you looking for the more traditional versions of well-known Christmas songs, you’ll have to look elsewhere. When I first listened to the CD with my daughter, I was expecting the songs to be the original version but of course sung by Dora.
Dora incorporates fun friends from her show into her songs relating to the kids who follow her show. Dora’s version of “Deck the Halls” mentions some of her best friends, “See Boots the Monkey jump before us. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Big Red Chicken joins the chorus. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.”
As expected Dora also includes great learning opportunities by including Spanish into many of the songs on this album including “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
“Here comes Santa Claus, Aquí viene Santa Claus, To visit me and my friends, Everyone’s waitin’, anticipatin’, As his sleigh comes round the bend. Bells are ringin’, Boots is singin’, All is merry and bright. So hang your stockings on Nochebuena, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.” I’d expect nothing less from this Hispanic sweetheart.
If your child is a Nickelodeon fan they will adore this exciting CD not only because it features voices from Dora the Explorer, but also friends from The Backyardigans, and Go, Diego, Go!
Kids will recognize the “Dora The Explorer Christmas Theme” which is a jingle bell filled version of the original Dora Theme song. Parents will love that it features the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.
After I got over my initial shock of the “Dora-fied” words, my daughter and I were dancing around the living room enjoying the upbeat song, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. So if you’re like me you may want to listen to the album once through, sample it online, and once you buy it just have fun with your kids. Dora’s Christmas is a really fun CD for kids who love Dora the Explorer to be able to enjoy Christmas with singing, and silliness.

Just in time for the holidays, get your copy here:

Celebrating Fall Food in Charlotte North Carolina

With current temps around the low 60’s {and even cooler at night}, Charlotte, North Carolina sure feels like Fall. While we just kicked off the Autumnal Equinox there’s no hesitating ringing it in with some great food festivals to celebrate harvest time!

Two local venues I have to brag about are celebrating the next two weekends.

7th Street Public Market

First up, this Saturday, September 27th, one of my favorite uptown spots, 7th Street Market is hosting Harvest Fest. From 12:00 noon to 7:00pm you’ll be able to partake in a variety of events.

12:00pm – 3:00pm Daytime events include activities for the entire family: hayrides, pumpkin carving, corn shucking another fun Fall activities.

4:00pm – 7:00pm Get your tickets for Harvest Fest Taste of the Market where you’ll be able to sample Fall fare and drinks from local vendors and enjoy a private concert. Tickets sold HERE at $25 a piece.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery MommyB

Next weekend Charlotte’s authentic German beer haus; Olde Mecklenburg Brewery {OMB} is hosting their annual Mecktober Fest event. This year’s event will be a two-day event on October 3rd & 4th from 11:00am to midnight.

Come enjoy German beer, food, and music in OMB’s signature authentic style and new, larger location. I can tell you from first-hand experience their beer AND food are awesome, {Though I have yet to try Mecktoberfest}.

There is a $10 entry fee for those ages 21 and up, and $5 entry for designated drivers and those under 21 years old.

 

Back to School – 10 Reasons to Use Kindle Fire HD Tablet for Independent Reading

Are you in Back to School mode? Miss A has already started 2nd grade and Lil’ C is getting ready to start Pre-K for the first time this week. Though we encourage our girls to read with us and read independently throughout the Summer we often find that schools recommend or require a form of reading throughout the school year, which, being a book-worm, I love. We recently received a Kindle Fire HD from Staples to work on Summer reading lists to challenge our kiddos and keep their brains going through the Summer. We also realized it’s coming in handy for the school year for Independent Reading.

Here are 10 Reasons to Use Kindle Fire for Independent Reading:

10 Reasons to Use Kindle Fire HD Tablet for Independent Reading on MommyB

 

1. Set a time limit for reading/use. While I don’t ever want to stop Miss A from reading, sometimes it’s necessary to move on to our next task or work on another piece of school work. The Kindle Fire allows us to create profiles for each child and set time limits with Kindle FreeTime.

2. Technology encourages reading. While we have our own library and occasionally check physical books out from our local library, often times our girls want “screen-time” aka to play on technology. We have noticed that even though books are often the same on the Kindle Fire, the novelty of having the book in electronic version makes it more appealing, and however we can get our girls excited about reading we’ll take.

3. Easy access to books. Another great thing about the Kindle Fire are no last minute trips to the library and books are never out of stock like bookstores or libraries. We love heading to storytime and the bookstore, but we also enjoy the Kindle Fire’s easy access to a variety of books.

4. Features to personalize their reading experience. Kindle Fire HD offers your child adjustable fonts, line spacing, text-to-speech, built-in reference and dictionary. Students can also add their own notes, highlights, and bookmarks that they can access from their Kindle or any device with the free Kindle app, personalizing their reading experience and making an even more enjoyable experience.

5. Reading incentives made easy. Recently, we decided that we would offer Miss A even more incentives to read {aside from her school work} and give her the opportunity to earn screen-time through reading. The Kindle Fire is an easy way for her to transition from her reading time to her screen-time and has a number of free and paid apps including educational games and fun apps alike.

Miss A Independent Reading with Kindle Fire HD MommyB

 

6. No returns necessary. Have you ever forgotten to return a book by the due date? Kindle Fire allows you to skip the process of returning a book even when you’re just e-borrowing a book.

7. Teach new vocabulary. With some books Kindle Fire can read content with their Text-to-Speech feature. This feature isn’t meant to replace reading for your children, however in some cases it can help your child learn how to pronounce words and read along with books that are above their reading skill.

8. Find a good fit. Sometimes it’s hard to find a book that fits both Miss A’s reading level AND maturity. If you’ve ever been in the same situation you’ll understand that having the option of choosing a new book immediately is a huge relief. I love that Kindle Fire allows us to make that change without having to research, go to the library or store and get a new book, it’s an easy swap.

9. Read on-the-go. Of course you can take a book with you wherever you go, but Kindle Fire HD allows you to take up to 6,000 books* with you, that’s a lot of choices and a lighter load than a bag of books.

10. Shared classroom content. Kindle now allows classrooms/schools to share content using Whispercast. Whispercast allows schools to centrally manage Kindles, provide internet access, control settings, and meet the unique needs of students.

Do your children use Kindle Fire HD for Independent Reading? What are your favorite benefits?

Check out the Kindle Fire HD at Staples.com for more specs and details, protection plans, financing, free ship-to-store, and if you’re not a member already, check out their Rewards Member program for possible discounts. Also

College students – Save up to 80% when you rent and up to 50% when you buy Kindle eTextbooks.

*Kindle Fire HD can hold up to 6,000 books alone or less when you add apps, music, or movies. Wi-fi is needed to upload new books to your Kindle Fire HD.

 

I received a Kindle Fire HD from Staples in order to test out and review the product. I did not receive compensation and any and all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary.

Music and Tech Lovers – NEW Jabra Rox Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds REVIEW + Giveaway

It’s no secret we’re big fans of Jabra products in our house, whether it’s the Revo Headphones, family friendly Solemate Mini Speakers or their awesome bluetooth technology. Hands-free and clear sound are two qualities we look for in our devices and Jabra’s other features are awesome bonuses.

Jabra’s newest technology Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds have some pretty awesome features just like the other products in Jabra’s lineup.

Jabra Rox Wireless Earbud Review and Giveaway

 

{A Few of} Jabra Rox features:

Crisp, clear, Dolby sound.

Bluetooth technology

  • Device can play music from a source, such as a Smartphone, Bluetooth enabled laptop, tablet, or MP3 player.
  • Device can be used as a microphone and speaker system for phone calls.

Durable and no long wires to get tangled and hooked on clothes or other things.

Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds Review MommyB

Small, Medium, and Large eargels to fit most ear sizes and EarWings are provided to give an even more secure fit for the earbuds.

Plus they look pretty great on my husband who LOVES wearing them while he works around the house, and took them to a blogger conference this week too.

Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds Technology Review and Giveaway MommyB

 

If you’re a music lover or a lover of technology and want to be hands-free when you are working or doing chores around the house or maybe even running errands the Jabra Rox is a great choice, DaddyB has tried many an earbud and gives these a big thumbs up.

Purchase yours at Apple and check out more details on Jabra’s website: jabra.com

Interested in winning a pair of your own Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds??? Enter here:

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I am a brand ambassador for Jabra products and receive review products and am not compensated for my opinions. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own words {and DaddyB’s opinions}, yours may vary.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Dads

I received products in this post to give my personal opinions and recommendations on. This is not a paid post and are my honest thoughts.

 

Still looking for a perfect gift for the special dad in your children’s lives? I found some gifts that are a little different, but still good choices to show him you love him this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Dads

Want to get your guy something other than jewelry but something that he can carry with him every day? Isabella Grace Jewelry has some pretty cool things for men including this Super Dad keychain. This key chain is pewter, not so big it’s clunky {just the right size}, and has an awesome saying on the back that will melt your kids’ hero’s heart. Check it out: Super Dad Key Chain

Got a science-loving daddy? I really loved how cool and unique this t-shirt is. If you look at the “elements” you can see different phases of fatherhood, great for a proud dad to display. I know DaddyB will love wearing this shirt. Check it out: Periodic Tee of Daddy Elements

Whether you are expecting your first child or the dad in your life is a pro-daddy, Daddy Scrubs has a product to shout out that your man is a father. My favorite part of these shirts is the tagless reminder that, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!” Check it out: Daddy Shirts

Last but not least, for the music loving dad, we heart Jabra products!! DaddyB is a huge fan of all kinds of music and even listens to quite a few podcasts. This Jabra Solemate mini is perfect for dads to take to work, put in the garage, or out in wilderness. This wireless speaker is splash and dust resistant, durable, and pumps out quality sound. We got the red version, but you’ll have to check them out to see what other great colors they offer. Check it out: Jabra Solemate Mini

Would you purchase any of these items for dad? If so which ones??

 

This is not a compensated post. I received products in order to give my honest opinion about these products. Your opinions may vary.

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones Review #setsoundfree

Thank you Jabra for providing this review product in order to give a thorough review of the Revo Wireless Headphones.

I spend a good portion of my day listening to music or podcasts on my smartphone. Whether I’m in my cubicle, out in the yard on the riding lawn mower, or working out I usually need a soundtrack. So, I was excited to check out the new Revo Wireless Headphones from Jabra.

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones Collage MommyB

Revo’s High Quality, Look, Feel, & Function

It’s neat how the Revo headphones are hinged so that they can be folded to fit inside the included water-resistant pouch. While it can become more compact, it still feels very solid and well-made. I can appreciate the quality put into the design. As MommyB can attest, I’m pretty hard on my electronics. So, it’s good to know that Jabra went the extra mile to make the Revo so flexible and durable.

I really liked the unique and very minimal controls. The right ear cup has touch controls. You trace your finger clockwise or counterclockwise to increase and decrease the volume. The button in the middle is used to play and pause audio, while double-tapping the front and rear allow you to skip tracks. This is not only cool, but also very functional and it works surprisingly well once you get used to it.

Unpacking the Revo, you’ll find a USB cord for charging as well as an audio cord in case you want to connect them like traditional headphones. There’s also the aforementioned pouch that’ll be useful for storing the cords and the collapsible headphones.

Bluetooth & Phone Calls on the Revo

A pleasant female voice walked me through the simple pairing process. Before I knew it, I had easily paired the headphones with my HTC smartphone. The sound was great and I was able to walk about 40 feet from my phone and still hear my music. Other than when I was out of range, the audio never cut out.

Thanks to Revo’s dual microphones and noise canceling technology, MommyB said she could hear me clearly when I gave her a test call. You can also answer, end, redial, and reject calls with the same simple touch controls used to control audio.

Jabra Revo Wireless Review MommyB

Jabra Revo: Sound Check 1, 2, 1, 2

I enjoy a variety of music, but I mostly listen to rock, electronic music, and some hip hop. I was most interested in hearing how some of my indie/progressive rock sounded with these high-quality headphones. I love this type of music for the often complicated layering of varied sounds from live instruments you’d expect, orchestral instruments you may not expect, to synthesizers, turntable scratches, and anything else you could imagine.

The Revo didn’t disappoint. Almost immediately, Revo’s hi-fi, high-quality sound gave my music new life. The bass was the most noticeable difference from the start. It wasn’t overwhelming, but definitely more present than before.

Virtually all of my music sounded better and just more full, almost three-dimensional than before. Specifically, in songs by indie/prog bands like Local Natives, Mutemath, and Muse I heard a few small nuances and supporting background sounds that I didn’t know were there before. My electronic music sounded great too. I listened to Bonobo (more downtempo) and Nero (more upbeat) and they both had a little more dimension to them.

Fine Tuning with The Jabra Sound App

I liked how the headphones sounded from my first try, but I loved how they sounded after I installed the Jabra Sound App. Making changes with the app’s equalizer really helped me enhance the sound even more by choosing the right settings for the music I was listening to. It’s a free app available for both iOs and Android. Make sure you keep your packaging which includes the unlock code for the app.

I’ve always been a big music fan, but until the Revo I didn’t know how much a good pair of headphones could affect the sound of your music. These are high quality headphones that will not disappoint. The Revo will be my go-to headphones when I’m writing or when I want to hear my favorite music at its absolute best.

Learn more about the Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones Also, check out this video, to see it in action:

When do you listen to music? Would wireless headphones come in handy??

 

We received a review sample from Jabra, this in no way reflects the opinions and thoughts written above. Your opinions may vary.

The Beach Music Festival in Myrtle Beach

Traveling families: I am excited to be heading to Myrtle Beach with my family in September, but for those of you traveling this summer, and more specifically those of you either planning a trip this weekend or if you’re already in town, the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating their 75th anniversaries THIS Saturday, July 20, with beach music, cupcakes and more.

Myrtle Beach

The Beach Music Festival aka grand birthday party, will be held Saturday, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North. All anniversary related events are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to use the hashtag ‘#myr75’ to follow and join the conversation during the anniversary celebration activities.

Saturday’s events include, The Catalinas performing on the main stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by The Original Drifters at 7:30 p.m. and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards at 9:15 p.m.

Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, both featured in TLC’s hit series “DC Cupcakes” and owners of Georgetown Cupcakes, will attempt a world record by building a giant pyramid with 7,500 of their best cupcakes. Meet the sisters between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and enjoy their delicious cupcakes starting at 7 p.m.

DC Cupcake

The weekend fun continues on Sunday, July 21, with The Salt Games, presented by Native Sons, at Plyler Park in downtown Myrtle Beach.

For more information on The Salt Games and the entire anniversary weekend, head over to www.visitmyrtlebeach.com

What activity/event would be your favorite??

 

I currently have a working partnership with Visit Myrtle Beach, but this post was written as a way to inform readers and is not a compensated post. Any opinions in this post are my own honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

 

#Vlogmom: MommyBKnowsBest on Broadway Musicals

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#vlogmom Hooray, I’m back to vlogging!!! While I’ll admit it’s a rough reentry, I tried to have fun with this week’s #vlogmom prompt. I hope you enjoy it, and leave your responses in the comments so I can hear what you have to say about Broadway Musicals.

Thanks again Erin from AParentingProduction.com for the prompt!!

Also check out these amazing vlogmoms videos responding to this week’s prompt and check us out at Vlogmom.com

Interview with Fresh Beat Band’s Marina – Shayna Rose & Elizabeth Shea – 2Carats – Part 3

It was not long ago that I had the chance to sit down and Skype with the amazing duo that 2Carats is. Both Elizabeth Shea and Shayna Rose prove to be talented, driven, and most of all amazing friends. In my previous interviews we talked about a number of different things. In Part 1, we talked about Elizabeth and Shayna’s musical roots: and in Part 2, we delved more into who 2Carats is and what they stand for and in this very last installment of my interview with 2Carats Band, I ask them some questions they haven’t been asked, and in some cases didn’t know about each other, and of course reveal, on camera the reason Shayna Rose left The Fresh Beat Band as cast member Marina.

Enjoy some candid questions, amazing advice, and get to know these ladies a little better.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with both Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea, and am excited to see what 2Carats comes out with, where they are headed, and how they’ll change the world, whether in a small or big way, I see great things for this duo!

If you missed it, check out my other interview segments with 2Carats here: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/interview-with-2carats-shayna-rose-elizabeth-shea-part-1/ and http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/interview-with-2carats-shayna-rose-elizabeth-shea-part-2/

Thanks again to Shayna and Liz for your time!!! Sending love and prayers your way!

Make sure you follow them at: 2caratsband.com, Facebook, and Twitter

Interview with Fresh Beat Band’s Marina – Shayna Rose & Elizabeth Shea – 2Carats – Part 2

2Carats Featured

2Carats FeaturedIn the first post of my Interview with 2Carats’ Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea Part 1 we chatted about their musical roots. In this part of the interview we talk more about 2Carats – coming up with a name, projects, and what’s coming for 2012 and 2013.

Love chatting with these fabulous ladies, they are obviously so much fun! Next time we’ll get a little deeper personally. Make sure you tune in to hear them talk about what style of clothes they are most comfortable in, favorite parts of life, and of course for you Fresh Beat Band fans, hear straight from Shayna, the source, as to why she is no longer Marina on The Fresh Beat Band.

Also check out these related posts:

Interview with 2Carats’ Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea Part 1

Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea 2Carats Trailer by MommyBKnowsBest

What Happened To The Fresh Beat’s Marina

Fresh Beat Band Season 3 Episodes

Fresh Beat Band Season 3 – New September Episodes

Dora’s Explorer Girls: Dora All Grown Up

No More Moose and Zee – NickJr Changes

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