Music Review - A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas

~ Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM ~

I have previously reviewed the "The Magic Continues - Celebrity Series Vol. 1" music album and this is the 2nd album I get to review on my blog. In case you don't know, I love Christmas songs! When I was 17 years old, I was working part time during my school holidays and it was the first time I get to hear classic Christmas songs. I think it was during this time that I fell in love with Christmas carols and Christmas tunes and wonderful songs! Anyway, without further delay, here goes my review...

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* Title: Golden Records: A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas
* Price: $9.99 Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  * ASIN: B008ZD4U32
 * Label: Verse Music Group

About Golden Records:

"Starring Malin Akerman, Ed Asner, Cheryl Hines, Busy Philipps, Missi Pyle, Wally Shawn, Dermot Mulroney, John O’Hurley, Didi Conn, and many more, A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas is just in time for the holidays.

This highly anticpated release marks the perfect follow-up to Golden Records: The Magic Continues - Celebrity Series, Vol. 1. Children and parents alike will love today’s biggest & brightest stars performing “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more traditional holiday classics."

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What a wonderful collection of Christmas songs and stories in this album! I find myself enjoying and reminiscing to the classical Christmas tunes such as "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "12 Days Of Christmas", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Winter Wonderland".

Songs by Didi Conn and The Golden Orchestra such as "Merry, Merry, Merry, Christmas" is such a joy to listen to and makes you dance along and carolling along too! I really love listening to "Frosty the Snowman" story and its song. Very nice and classical and catchy tune!

Some of the celebrities' voices are so so convincing and soothing to listen to! I enjoyed listening to Ed Asner's voice in "The Little Engine That Could" so hearing his voice in this Christmas album is a nice treat!

To sum up my review, this album is a great addition to have for the upcoming Christmas celebration!

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You can purchase it from Amazon, Wal-mart and iTunes Store.

* You can download a free music from their Facebook page too!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the 20-tracks album in MP3 format to assist my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Product Review - VeggieTales: Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too!

~ Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM ~

This is my 4th VeggieTales DVD review after "The Penniless Princess - God’s Little Girl", "God Loves You Very Much" and "If I Sang a Silly Song". We are a big fan of VeggieTales after the first 3 DVDs (and I also bought another DVD from our church bookstore as well, so yeah, we are a fan!) Anyway, here is my review:

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DVD synopsis:

"Featuring favorite Veggie shows, including: Pistachio: The Little Boy Who Woodn't (A Lesson in Listening to Your Parents), Lyle the Kindly Viking (A Lesson in Kindness) and Dave & The Giant Pickle (A Lesson in Self-Esteem), all with a message of how you don't have to be big to be able to do great things! Plus all new footage from the adorable Veggie Kids!"

One of Ben's favorite episodes in this DVD has got to be "Dave & The Giant Pickle (A Lesson in Self-Esteem)" - it follows the story of David and Goliath so Ben is pretty much aware of the storyline and I use the opportunity to remind him that it does not matter whether we are small size or tiny, as long as we have confidence and faith that God will protect us and that God is with us, everything can be achievable! Because of this, we have noticed Ben's confidence soared lately, when he is afraid or nervous of something, he tell us 'I am not scared! God will protect me!' Awwwwww...

In summary, I like the lessons to be learned, to be respectful, kind and brave and confident even though your opponent or obstacles seems too big or hard to handle. The songs in the DVD are catchy and cute as well and yes, we danced along to it too!

 A fun, educational and entertaining DVD that is a must to have!

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You can get this DVD at VeggieTales store or any outlets that sell it.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the DVD in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Pencil Grasp Development

~ Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:04 AM ~

A few weeks ago, a mummy friend of ours asked me to recommend the appropriate materials for drawing or writing. I shared to her one of the advice I got from my SIL who has loads of experience!

Use big size marker pens (non-toxic and best if easy to wipe off types)

To be honest, I never thought such tip would make any difference! I have previously tried on all sorts of activities for my 3.5 years old boy and also got myself frustrated when I see my boy not holding the pencil/pen properly. A friend shared this article with me and I was relieved to note that my boy is actually on the right track - in terms of his pencil grasp development.

Next step was I realised giving him doodling exercises like drawing lines, coloring, dot-to-dot does not make significant results until I applied my SIL's tip above. I took the leap of faith and gave my boy a red colored marker pen. Non-toxic ones of course!

I had previously refrained myself and my boy from touching a marker pen as I am really worried seeing marker pen stains all over my wall, furnitures and etc. Hence the leap of faith... So when I decided to give my boy the red marker pen, I sat right next to him and gently remind him to only use the marker pen on papers and books.

The first few times he was given the red marker pen, you can see his face beaming as he doodled and colors the white paper. Red bright thick ink flew across the paper and I then realised I should have done this earlier.

Why red? It is an eye catching color and also Ben's favorite color.

Why marker pen? It's ink is thick and the marker pen size is big, good for toddler to hold and grasp with their small fingers. It gives them confidence to hold a big pen - easier too I realised.

That's when I think back of all the wasted time and money I spend on getting my boy to use children color pencils or small size colored pens... I mean, they are good but not appropriate for his age now. At least not until he mastered his pencil grasp skills.

So now whenever I let my boy doodles, I gave him the red colored marker pen to use. I'm not too worried about the results of his doodling and drawing yet (there are parents who are very concerned that their child must be able to draw straight lines etc etc), my objective now is to ensure my boy mastered his pencil grasp skills.

You see the pictures below? You see how my boy holds the marker pen? That is the right way to hold the pen for his age, you know?

So, yeah, what I'm trying to say in this post is,

If you want your child to learn to write/draw,

build up their pencil grasp skills first,

before spending unnecessarily on tools which are not age/phase appropriate!

Just my 2 cents... That's all the updates I can share for now, feel free to ask and share if you have feedback!