Archives for April 20, 2017

Get Kids Up and Moving with Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes Multiple award-winning songwriter and teaching artist Dana returns to the national scene with a new label Music Playground and album Released on April 15


Dana, a singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids: Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes. The album has been available from Music Playground,Amazon  and iTunes since April 15.

Through her five critically lauded albums and national tours, Dana has built a reputation for inviting youngsters to get off their screens and up dancing, jumping, playing and singing. Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes is her sixth highly interactive album release featuring 12 songs designed to get kids ages 1 to 7 up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies, and top-notch musicianship make this an engaging album for the whole family to enjoy together.


Produced at Beaird Music Group Studios in Nashville with top session players, Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes offers a “musical party” of sound, featuring various genres, from rock to bluegrass, jazz, country and pop. Inspired by her 20-plus years of working with children and her own experiences as a mom, Dana Cohenour wrote these songs with preschoolers in mind while respecting adult ears in production and musical styles.


The album includes counting songs ( “Legs” and a bluegrass spin of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”), a Latin music inspired freeze dance (“Jumping Beans”), a rock & roll “Wiggle Workout,” an egg shake (“Shakin’ Things Up”), and a jazzy jumping jive dance (“Jump & Jive”). Humor is the hallmark of Dana’s story songs (“Barnyard Hoedown” and “Fish Tale”), and she asks listeners to help make the planet smile with her inspirational “Do My Part.” Listeners are invited to clang on pots and pans with “Grandma’s Kitchen Band,” and to move like the animals in “Follow the Leader.” The album wind downs with the gentle musical hug that is “I Love Mommy.”


After taking a break from recording to raise her son, Jack, Dana is pleased to be creating music for children once again. Dana tested these songs at her Music Playground classes at the Opus Performing Arts School in Bellingham, WA. From square-dancing barnyard animals to Mexican jumping beans, Dana’s tunes instantly activate her young students toward movement and imaginative play.

Dana's Music Playground

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EARTH MONTH: Recycle and be Rewarded with Kiehl’s Initiative


During the traditional Earth Month of April, Kiehl’s Since 1851 reaffirms its environmental commitment with a month-long celebration of recycling, all to benefit Recycle Across America (RAA), the not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions for recycling that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress.


This year, Kiehl’s will donate a total of $25,000 to RAA, which will help donate 33,000 standardized recycling labels to more than 325 K-12 schools throughout the country. Kiehl’s began working with RAA in 2012, and to date we’ve donated standardized recycling labels to more than 5,000 schools nationwide, encouraging students to learn to recycle right and use those learnings in their day to day lives.


While Kiehl’s encourages recycling year-round with its Recycle and Be Rewarded program in our retail stores, through May 1, we will be offering additional incentives for Kiehl’s friends and family to recycle themselves, and encourage their friends and family to do so.


Here’s how it works:


  • Through May 1, in any Kiehl’s freestanding store, for every empty Kiehl’s jar, bottle or tube recycled, Kiehl’s will donate $1 to Recycle Across America, up to $15,000.


  • Through May 1 on Instagram, snap a pic of your Kiehl’s empties using #KiehlsEarthDay. For every post tagging @Kiehls and #KiehlsEarthDay Kiehl’s will donate $1 to @recycleacrossamerica, up to $10,000.


  • April 13-April 26: Spend $100 at Kiehl’s retail stores or, and receive a reusable water bottle filled with 4 deluxe samples of your choice. On, enter code EARTH at checkout.


This-and every-month, Kiehl’s encourages recycling in our stores with our Recycle and Be Rewarded initiative.


This ongoing program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores, and allows our customers to return empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product.  Since 2009, Kiehl’s has recycled more than 3,300,000 empties!


How Recycle and Be Rewarded! works:


  • Patrons are encouraged to be eco-conscious and return empty Kiehl’s bottles and tubes to any Kiehl’s store.


  • Customers’ recycle count will be digitally tracked at Kiehl’s freestanding stores. Upon returning the 10th empty, the customers are rewarded for their recycling efforts by selecting a free item from the Official Kiehl’s Travel Collection.


  • See more, and find a Kiehl’s store here:

Now, how cool is that?!

I also highly recommend one of Kiehl’s most beloved products, Ultra Facial Cream! I received a sample and love it!  This one has a sunscreen formula, offers 24-hour hydration and has SPF 30. It’s a true beauty-must-buy product this Spring and Summer! 

Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30 is, of course, inspired by its sister product, Ultra Facial Cream, which is known for keeping skin moisturized and comfortable for 24 hours.

Like the original, Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30 also contains Antarcticine, a glacial glycoprotein sourced in Antarctica that’s known to withstand extreme cold, and Squalane, a lipid derived from olives that has emollient characteristics that coat the surface of the skin and help hold on to moisture, as well as “Fountain Plant” (also known as Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract), a plant native to Asia known to resist drought. In skincare, this plant is notable for its ability to help skin maintain its natural moisture reserves.

This new formula leaves skin soft, smooth and healthy-looking, and protected with broad-spectrum SPF30 protection, so Ultra Facial Cream fans can now get their SPF protection in creamy formula. (The original version isn’t going anywhere, for those who prefer to use a separate SPF!)

More info:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF30

  • Fast-absorbing, non-greasy texture provides broad spectrum SPF30 protection
  • Provides a fresh feel while leaving skin soft, healthy and comfortably moisturized
  • Fresh aroma, Paraben free
  • 50 ml $27.50/125 ml $47.50
  • Available in-store NOW and on

Self Disclosure: I did receive a free sample to post. Photo info and other info was provided

3 ways to teach kids about being safe on Instagram

Instagram is a popular photo and video sharing social networking site. But this raises some concerns for keeping children safe. Instagram is an app that people use to post pictures and videos taken via a smartphone to the person’s Instagram page. The pictures can be of anything, some are beautiful but others can depict violence, drug, sexual pictures and videos and the like. Of course, users can post messages next to the picture too.


Furthermore, while it can be easy for kids to assume that more followers and likes means that they are more popular and a good account to follow, things may not be as it appears. You may not know what the Instagrammer has done to earn the followers. It is possible that the followers and likes were purchased and give a false impression of the Instagrammer’s popularity. That’s right, some even buy Instagram Followers & Likes.


The social network has north of over 600 million monthly users. This includes millions upon millions of teens and tweens. People use the service to get around parental limitations on other sites. Really, Instagram has become similar to all other social networking sites and websites generally.

Fortunately, Instagram provides several ways to keep your child safe. Here are three ways.

Safety in Numbers: Teach your kids to share if any of their friends or someone they know is under 13.


Once again you should show your child how to discuss unacceptable behavior to you. This includes rule-breaking behavior or others. Of course, Instagram has a page to help you report children under age 13 on Instagram.

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). If your child is younger than 13 and created an account on Instagram, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who’s under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is under 13.”

Instruct kids to tell you if an unauthorized picture of themselves appears on Instagram.


This is very important. Some kids know no boundaries. A child, in jest, may take a picture of a kid and post it on the social networking site. This may make the child in question feel ashamed. Some commit themselves to escape the shame. Do not let that happen to your child. Here is what Instagram says to do if the worst happens.

“Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). If your child is younger than 13 and created an account on Instagram, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who’s under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is under 13.”

Report abusive behavior or inappropriate/offensive material.


As a follow-up, Instagram provides additional information regarding how to take down offensive material.

“We ask that all people follow our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. If your teen encounters someone on Instagram who’s not following these guidelines or Terms, they can report that person’s posts directly from Instagram.

People can report abusive behavior or posts with our built-in reporting. This includes nude photos, abuse and excessive spam. Reporting is totally anonymous. No information about the reporter is sent to the person whose account or photo has been reported.”

Follow Instagram’s advice and you can teach your kids to be safe on the social network.