Archives for October 17, 2017

Can Music Help Parents Raise Kids Who Are Caring, Empowered and Inspired? We think so.

It’s a given that music has the power to heal and inspire people. When the day (or your life situation, or the times) get you down, you know that the sound of music can help pull you through.
It works for children, too. Parents and kids, who are bombarded daily with negative and scary media messages, are looking for ways to amplify their attempt to live a happy and meaningful life.
Music not only improves one’s personal life, it can also plant the idea that each person can make a difference in the wider world. Call it self-esteem or empowerment, empathy or “woke”-ness, these are qualities we all want children to gain as they grow. When people are joyful and inspired, they gain strength to move forward and do great things. 

Today’s family music artists, who work and perform with children every day, know how influential their lyrics and melodies can be. Recent releases provide proof of how even the simplest song can resonate with young listeners. As blogger Jeff Cohen noted at the start of 2017, even the worst days can improve with a good song: “You don’t have to be happy to be optimistic and that’s the promise of children’s music. Broke a toy? Split your time between mommy and daddy? Scared of new foods? Kids can change emotions in the span of a drumbeat. It may only take one note of a special song from a fun performer.”


Parents’ Choice Foundation President Claire Green advises, “When music is good, it can change a mood and an outlook. A frown turns upward, a scuff turns into a skip, a clenched fist becomes an open hand. Combine good music with good — and genuine — messages, and the possibility for positive effect increases. Don’t preach, and don’t force it. Kids understand authenticity and are apt to repeat it.”


Indeed, a really good way to find meaningful songs for your kids is by buying albums by award winners (Parents’ Choice recently announced a new batch of music awards).



Listen to a playlist of “Songs To Inspire” the young people in your life, by clicking HERE.

Dana's Do My Part


Need a few examples? We have some.


The family music pioneer Dana, who has won numerous awards for her engaging and action-oriented music, just released an inspiring music video called “Do My Part.” The video models children working together and thinking of themselves as the caretakers of their own little part of the world. It’s a great message.
The Bazillions‘ new and award-winning Rock-n-Roll Yearbook includes a wonderfully affirmative song called, “You Could Be the One.”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been called South Africa’s messengers of good will and harmony. Their new album, Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids and Parents Around the World, is a mesmerizing gem.


Alphabet Rockers, not a band to shy away from difficult social issues, offers a song that will make anyone’s day a little brighter. “Shine” is spinning on radio shows around the nation, and their new music video is a hit with hip hop fans.


There’s nothing like the experience of seeing a band perform live, and the Just Kidding performance series offers several all-ages concerts this 2017-18 season. A highlight this Saturday will be The Moonlights, and this sweet little music video of their song “Colour of Leaves” may be just the ticket to a better day.

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Go Home and Go Chrome: Sally Hansen Brings The Hottest Social Media Trend Home with New, Limited Edition Salon Chrome™ KITS Get Instagram-ready nails – no UV light or salon appointment necessary


The chrome look now comes home with Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™. The leader in creating salon-inspired nail innovation at home, Sally Hansen has captured one of the biggest social media nail trends of 2017 and will introduce the first DIY nail kit to ever launch in the US for the ultimate #chromenails. This trend has exploded recently and has been seen everywhere from street style to style icons, with over 385,000 posts on Instagram alone, but was previously only achieved with UV light and a lengthy application process.


The limited-edition Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™ kits will be available in 5 trending shades:

  • Rose Gold: The hottest jewelry & design trend finds its corresponding nail shade
  • Peacock: This purple-blue metallic tells an exotic and playful story
  • Holographic: This ultra-shiny, iridescent metallic is mesmerizing
  • Gunmetal: “Shine-on” in this futuristic reflective charcoal shade
  • Mermaid: Evolve in the moment with this green-purple from under the sea

Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™ kit contains Chrome powder, Special Effect Top Coat and Sponge Applicator. Get ready to show off your “Instaglam” nails and watch the “likes” rack up.

 Follow these steps using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel® for straight-forward and fun DIY, at-home application and easy, soak-free removal with the use of regular nail polish remover:

  1. Apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel in Blacky O (for PeacockHolographicGunmetal and Mermaid looks) or Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker (for Rose Gold look) and allow to dry until tacky, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Dip included Applicator into Chrome Powder & rub a small amount onto surface of nail in a back & forth motion using light pressure; watch effect appear!
  3. Apply one thin coat of Special Effect Top Coat & allow to completely dry for 5 minutes.
  4. Seal with one coat of the Miracle Gel Top Coat.*


The new Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kits in Mermaid, Rose Gold, Peacock and Gunmetal will be available on beginning mid-August for $20 each.  The Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kit in Holographic can be exclusively found at Ulta stores and on in October for $30. This exclusive large kit includes the Miracle Gel Black-y O Base Coat and Miracle Gel Top Coat.

Credit: Sally Hansen. No compensation or products were received.