Putumayo's Animal Crackers: A Great Snack for your Ears!

The following review is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

In many places we’re hitting what they call the dog days of summer.  It’s hot and the fresh summer air may be starting to feel a little stale.  Summer days still stretch ahead of us, and if your family is like ours you may be in need of a little pick me up.

The other day I was searching for just that to boost our spirits, and I was reminded of how important it is to make music a part of our day.  I had gotten out of the habit of making music a part of our daily ritual since we moved way back in December.  A new set up in a new home somehow changed our family rhythm, and we needed to get that back!

Animal Playground

We jumped into it (literally) with a new favorite song “No More Monkeys” which can be found on . If you’re looking to escape those dog days of summer, this collection of animal inspired tunes is a terrific way for the whole family to laugh, sing and dance their hearts out.

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Have you heard the Buzz Buzz? Laurie Berkner, Kindiefest, and more!

The following is by music reviewer Jennifer Brown.

Have you heard the Buzz Buzz? I pulled Laurie Berkner’s Buzz Buzz up on my iPod for this month’s review because the title just sounded like spring.

We first checked Laurie’s music out on a recommendation from a friend who found her music to have good inspiration to get up and dance, wiggle and shake your bad preschooler & preschool parent self around.  I have to agree some of the tracks on this album really do make us want to dance.

And if the children in your house have a flair for acting—there are some great songs on this album for moving in “tune” with the words.  Songs like “The Pretzel Store,” “Telephone,” and “Popcorn Calling Me” just lend themselves to natural movement.

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Love These Christian Bedtime Lullabies (and a BreakAway Music Giveaway, too)

The following post is by music reviewer Jennifer Brown.

This month you’ll be hearing a lot of love songs.  It’s that time of year, let’s face it:  Love is in the air!

While I hope you all take some time this month (and perhaps even more often than that) to tell the important people in your lives how much you love and appreciate them, I’m going to talk a little about another kind of love.

No matter what holiday is on the calendar or season of life we’re in, God’s love is always there for us and the details of our lives are important to Him.  One of the ways we try to remember this in our family is through some of our bedtime song collections.

We have a couple in particular that are time tested favorites that I want to share with you this month.
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