Big Things by Lucy Kalantari

We met Lucy Kalantari with the release of her debut children’s album Pockets Full of Joy, and today we’re delighted to introduce you to her followup release, Big Things. This album will be released on 16 Sept 2016 and is jam-packed with 12 jazzy tracks. Lucy’s style is inspirational, quirky, and filled with passion. Listening to her album just makes me happy, and I love playing these songs while we’re going about our day. It adds a little extra spring to my step. Check out the music video for ‘Our Garden’ below.

Big Things by Lucy Kalantari

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KID tested... Personalised Books by I See Me!

When choosing gifts for the little folk in your life, you just can’t go wrong with a book. This week I had a pleasure of adding a sweet new story to our personal library from I See Me! Co-Founders of the business, Maia and Allan Haag, have been producing personalised books since 2000. Each story aims to increase self-esteem by celebrating the uniqueness of each child, teaching the child how to spell his or her name, and also build essential vocabulary skills.  We chose the M Is for Me Personalized Book, which is illustrated by Nicola Slater. These books would make wonderful Easter gifts.

I See Me Personalised Children's Books

The M Is for Me Personalized Book takes children on a journey through the alphabet, beginning with A is for Active, and concluding with Z is for Zany (which aptly describes our current toddler-focussed household). Along the way, you’ll find a range of inspirational and feel-good words, such as Caring, Kind, Understanding, and Wise, each accompanied by adorable illustrations, which make this book a joy to read.

I See Me Personalised Children's Books

Our little guy was excited to hear his name in the book, and older children will recognise their name in print as well, with names appearing in various locations throughout. I love how the illustrations tell a little story, which prompt kids to discuss what they think is happening, and give parents an opportunity to teach their child the meaning of each word. This book is a treasured addition to our library, and I’ve already bookmarked the I See Me! store for gift purchases in the future.

I See Me Personalised Children's Books

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As well as personalised children’s books, I See Me! also offer lunchboxes, puzzles, colouring books, placemats, stickers  and growth charts!

You’ll find a bunch of Easter gift ideas in the I See Me! store.

You can also find I See Me! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, or sign up to their newsletter for all the latest releases and special offers.

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I Believe in Little Things by Diana Panton

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some children’s music, mainly due to our busy lifestyle! It’s so easy to get swept up in the craziness of family life, and I must admit I’ve been stuck in a ‘Wiggles’ rotation simply due to convenience! Don’t get me wrong, I do love The Wiggles… but this week, I felt like I needed a change; so I dusted off the CD player and popped in a new release by award-winning Jazz musician Diana Panton called ‘I Believe in Little Things’…. oh, and did I mention it’s fantastic?

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This album is Diana’s first children’s album, and it features 14 charming songs from Disney, Sesame Street, Willy Wonka, among others. There’s a few classics you’re sure to remember, such as ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ and ‘Rainbow Connection’, along with the absolutely beautiful ‘Halfway Down the Staircase’ which is based on the poem by A.A. Milne. My absolute favourite though, is track number five, ‘Sing’. This song was written by Joe Raposo and you may remember it from Sesame Street. I personally remember it so vividly from my pre-school years and it brought all kinds of memories rushing back, quite frankly moving me to tears. It was a song my mum sung to me as a child and it holds so much fondness for me, and now, it’s a song I enjoy singing to my own little poppet!

If you’re a fan of jazz, blues, beautiful melodies, or even just relaxing and relatable music you can listen to with your children, then I highly recommend buying a copy of this absolute gem by Diana Panton. You can download the album now via iTunes (US release date for the CD is 18 March, 2016).

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Music Review: Up to Something Good

The very cheerful crew from Sunshine Collective have just released a brand new album called Up To Something Good. Today we’d like to share the music video of the title track, along with an album review from Sarah; mum of three (soon to be four) and a nurse/midwife who describes her life as “busy, with lots of time for love, laughter and of course good music that we can dance to!”

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Up to Something Good by Sunshine Collective

Up to Something Good is a beautiful collection of bright and cheerful songs that provide the perfect soundtrack for any day of the week. My favourite song on the album is the title track, which is a fresh and catchy tune with a lovely upbeat sound. It’s easy to see why Sunshine Collective chose this as their album’s moniker. I also enjoyed the romance of ‘Love is the Way’ – which is filled with memorable lyrics and a very sweet melody.

Up To Something Good is the second full-length release album from Sunshine Collective (Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle) and features 11 feel good tracks that are reminiscent of the pop sounds of the 60’s and 70’s… fancy a listen? Click through the tunes below.

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You can purchase Up To Something Good via the Sunshine Collective website.

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