Friendsgiving Playlist #StreamTeam

Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving Fall Playlist and TV shows that celebrate friendship! #adHave you ever held a Friendsgiving? Friendsgiving pretty much is what got this blog started in the first place. My sister-in-law and I used to plan a Friendsgiving for all of our friends. We got crazy. We decorated, we cooked, we had a blast. And we knew that we could come up with really great entertaining ideas for other people. So months and months and many more parties later, this blog got started. While she couldn’t continue with it, I will always cherish those Friendsgiving memories. There has been talk of starting it up again but now with kids in the picture, and busier schedules, finding a day we can all agree on is next to impossible. I propose a mid summer Friendsgiving next year. Who’s with me?

In case you are having a Friendsgiving (or even just for Thanksgiving) I’ve made you a playlist. It’s about 2 hours long so you may need to supplement with other music but this is a great playlist for playing in the background. It’s got a little bit of everything, some soulful stuff, some up tempo, some new, some old. I plan on playing this when I’m prepping my Thanksgiving dishes in the kitchen. Nothing like a little good music (and a little wine) to make kitchen duty more fun.

I miss doing this blog and planning parties with my sister-in-law and friend, Alyson. Luckily I get to see her at Thanksgiving. It’s always so good to catch up with her at family holiday events. She’s been a great friend to me over the years and I’m glad that our kids are friends as well. You can be family, but that doesn’t mean you end up as friends. This is the perfect time of year to really look at friendship and what it means to be a good friend. Netflix has some great options for friend-focused shows. BTW, Friends hits Netflix (currently only available on the DVD service) January 1!!! That Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving episode is the best ever.

For the kids:

Phineas and Ferb (Brothers and Friends. Warms a mother’s heart. And this show makes my husband and I laugh.)

Wild Kratts

Super Mario Bros. Super Show

For adults:

New Girl

Wayne’s World

Gilmore Girls

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Thank you for supporting the companies that allow me to keep doing what I love. Like watching TV and hanging out with my family. And writing this blog. I’m a proud member of the Netflix #StreamTeam! As always, though, all opinions are my own.

ipad-and-netflix-gift-ideaAnd in my opinion, I think an iPad mini and Netflix subscription would make a great gift idea for someone you love!  (pst. I made that little card, it’s not from Netflix).

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Halloween Vibes Playlist

Props from Knott's Scary Farm. I have to say that Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I actually really hate how gross everything is. This year when we went to pick out the kid’s Halloween costumes, we stood at Party City for an hour staring at the costume wall. Either the costumes were totally whack or they were super gory. I’m just not going to have my 5-year-old walking around the neighborhood in something with fake blood splatters. I also don’t love the overtly themed Halloween songs they play every year. Sure, you have to hear Monster Mash, but I’d rather listen to something with a Halloween vibe, that is still good music.

Here are some of my fave songs that I made in to a Halloween playlist for your listening pleasure. It’s a little moody and melancholy with a few goth influences. But your ears will still like it. I’m sure of it.

Image is from my photo walk at Knott’s Berry Farm when I got to go in their prop warehouse and found some of their Halloween Haunt decorations.

Pancake Mountain Dance Party with The Bots

Headed to a Pancake Mountain Dance Party in Los Angeles. A few weeks ago my family did something super awesome. We headed to Los Angeles to be part of a super fun Pancake Mountain Dance Party featuring The Bots. You probably aren’t familiar with Pancake Mountain but you totally should be. Now being created in conjunction with PBS Digital Studios, Pancake Mountain is the coolest music and variety show for kids.  The show is lovingly hosted by a puppet goat, named Rufus Leaking. He’s quite a character. We’ve been fans of the show for years and have several of the DVDs they used to produce.  What drew me to the show in the first place was the fact that they don’t dumb down music for the kids but introduce them to some rad bands and musicians. And they encourage creativity and individuality and fun. And the dance parties! They throw dance parties, with fantastic bands (past dance parties have included Tegan and Sara, and King’s of Leon) and get the kids up on stage right in on the action. Once they moved their studio to Los Angeles, I knew that at some point, we would need to check out one of these dance parties. 

Pancake Mountain Dance PartyIf you are local, sign up on their mailing list to find out about their upcoming events or dance parties. We had a blast and my husband and I ended up dancing along with the band too! It was such an awesome afternoon. I will be adding a link to the video as soon as it is ready! 

Behind the scenes of a Pancake Mountain dance party with The Bots. We hung out in the studio while the production crew set up and The Bots warmed up and did a sound check. I loved that my kids got to see this. It was an awesome experience for them. And The Bots are awesome. These LA based brothers are young and they rock. I was super impressed with their playing, lyrics and professionalism. I loved that my boys got to see these kids (I can call them that because I am almost 40) living out a dream, playing music and putting out albums at such a young age. 

Trying on costumes for the Pancake Mountain Dance Party. And then the boys got to try on some costumes from the prop room. Pancake Mountain features a cast of characters that are talented and funny. My oldest got to try on the glittery top hat of “Captain Perfect.” He was excited. 

The Bots band with the boys at the Pancake Mountain Dance Party. It was a pleasure to get to spend the afternoon with The Bots. Now go check out their music. And follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Check out the Pancake Mountain trailer here:

And then subscribe to their You Tube Channel so you don’t miss a segment!  And sign up for their mailing list so you can attend the next dance party! We had a blast!

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Playlist for Summer and Beyond

New and old music to get you through the end of summer and on in to fall. Over 2 hours of music. Just push play. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis is the playlist right here. I made this a few weeks ago and it has been played on repeat. Like, non-stop.  This playlist for summer and beyond is over 2 hours long (139 minutes to be exact) and features new music, new to me music and some rad oldies. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to share music with you.  For playing my own playlists while I work, I prefer Rdio.  For premade mixes, I enjoy Songza. But in terms of plopping a completed mix on the site for you, I still don’t think I have found THE ONE.  For now, you can listen via the embedded Rdio playlist or click over to Rdio to listen through my channel. I still need to go in and build out my “collection” but it is a super easy way to be able to pull up your favorite artists and keep them all in one place, without having to buy all the music.

Who were your music faves this summer? I nearly cried when I saw that my fave, Twin Shadow, was playing a $5 show in Salt Lake City this summer and tried to figure out a way to take a family vacation there around the concert.  It didn’t work out. Then he announced his tour, with dates in Los Angeles, for October. I nearly cried again!  I got tickets and had already started counting down the days. I began scouring the internet to find any new music out from him. And then I got the dreaded email.  They postponed the show! I get that they want to make sure the show is ready for their audiences but I just want to hear him sing! Is that too much to ask?! So I checked his site to see if he had any shows scheduled. And there was one for Pomona still!  So I just got tickets for it. I shed one real tear. Good music gets me emotional.

Indie Rock Playlist : First Wave

Indie Rock Playlist :  First Wave  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI am an indie rock music lover.  Specifically classic alternative and first wave.  First wave is probably my all time favorite sound in music.  I can’t really even explain what makes something first wave other than it’s classic and awesome.  Sometimes the songs are moody, sometimes they are super happy and poppy and I love every single one of them.  In summer, I go back and forth between classic rock and first wave.  So I put together an indie rock playlist focusing on my fave First Wave songs.  It’s a long one because how do you edit down these amazing songs?!  You don’t.  You listen to all of them.  And you listen to them loud.  These are perfect for dance parties with your kids.  Or hanging out by the pool. These songs are nostalgic for me.  We always listened to top 40 radio growing up.  Then in 5th and 6th grade, my best friend’s older brother started playing cooler music.  And I took notice.  One day I asked him to make me some tapes of what he liked.  They included things like Depeche Mode and Dead Milkmen and deeper cuts of some of the bands you heard once in a while on the radio.  And I was hooked.  I am so grateful that he took the time to make a pesky little kid mixed tapes.  That is partially why I feel the need to share all kinds of music with my kids.  While I feel connected to this kind of music, I know there is something the my kids will respond too as well.  For instance, my little guy enjoys reggae and we see him grooving to bluesy jams.  If you are following along with my New Music Monday playlists, last week’s was be an abridged version of First Wave.  I’m not sure where I’ll keep my archived playlists for this series but I will update this as soon as I figure it out!

Need more music?  See more playlists here:
Classic Rock
New Music Sept. 2013
Vacation Playlist
Moody Indie with a little hip hop mixed in