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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New Music Mondays Dinner Time Playlists

New Music Monday Dinner Time Playlists for teaching kids about good music. It is finally happening.  My son is taking an interest in music.  Better music.  He has always loved music but as of late, we’ve been forced to listen to novelty songs and One Direction.  Non-stop.  And his preference for Radio Disney left me and my ears wanting more.  A month ago I subtly suggested we try our local radio station, KIIS FM since a lot of the songs he likes are played on that station too.  And it worked.  That helped us to expand the genres of music is he is hearing.  As a result, he has shown interest in Imagine Dragons and One Republic.  But my happiest moment came the other day.  Although he wanted to create a playlist on the iPad to listen to (hurrah!) he was grounded from screens (boo!) so instead I turned on the radio in his room.  He came out after a few minutes, made me stop vaccuuming (amen!) and said, “I have a new favorite song.  It’s ‘Ain’t it Fun’ (Paramore).  Come on mom.  Come listen to it with me.”  I shot put the vaccuum and ran down the hall to his room.  I am a big fan of that song.  So we listened (he listened, I lip-synced) together.

I’m not a music snob but I don’t think that music needs to be dumbed down for kids.  Music is a big source of enjoyment for me and has been for as long as I can remember.  I was allowed to listen to pretty much anything that I wanted and I knew my boundaries in terms of language and themes, etc.  Just because I heard 2 Live Crew in junior high did not mean it made my behavior change.  I certainly wasn’t slanging rocks or getting horn  y.  Knowing how music has changed, I am not willing to just send my kids off with a radio for them to learn on their own.  I see music as a great way to open the dialogue between our children about not only music, but the art form and life lessons that come along with it and the words being sung.

So we are starting New Music Mondays Dinner Time Playlists!  Notice the new tab at the top of the page under the header?

I’m going to attempt to post a new New Music Mondays Dinner Time Playlist each Sunday night.  It will be right on my sidebar (do you see it over there on the right hand side of the screen?).  And you should be able to just hit play and listen along if you want to participate too.  Although I am listening to the songs all the way through as I make them, I can’t gurantee that they are free of all bad words.  I am pretty sure there is a “damn” in the Old School Rap Songs for Kids playlist.  Depending on your views, values, etc. I suggest that you listen to them through first so you are aware of exactly what you are sharing with your kids.  But be prepared for dance breaks.  We allow them to get up from dinner a few times to dance along with the music.  Mondays are pretty fun.

I LOVE old school rap.  And rap has been one of the hardest genres to share with my kids thus far.  When in the car, we mostly listen to Sirius which means that the rap stations are not edited or the clean versions of the songs.  So we have to skip them.  But I know that some of my favorites from when I was younger are just fine.  And beat boxing!  What kid doesn’t love that?!

So enjoy this week’s playlist.  I’d love to hear if you listen along so leave a comment!  Of course it doesn’t have to be on Monday.  I’ll leave the playlist up for the whole week and then I think I am going to host the past lists on my Facebook page so you can check out those too.  I’ll update you on that.  And I’ll update the tab at the top of the page with quick discussion tips for each playlist.  But only if you want to go that far.  These are just things we will bring up to our kids while listening but while this is learning for them, we really just want it to be fun.  Let’s rock.

Check out more info about New Music Mondays and see playlist talking points.

 

 

 

April Loves

black and white pennant banner from @Target  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comApril is a busy month for birthdays in my family.  I try to make my party decor but sometimes you just have to outsource.  I flipped out over this black and white pennant banner at Target.  I mean, it sort of the coolest ever.  I will be reusing this one for sure! [Read more…]

Drink Rose on a Patio Playlist

Drink rose on a patio this spring.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose.  No wait.  There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose and listening to some awesome music.  Here is a playlist that I think suits rose drinking just fine.  So gather your friends, gather some wine and pull out your speakers.  And email me an invite.

Paint it Black : Press Play and Party

summer night party inspired by The Rolling Stones 'Paint it Black'I’m SO ready for summer!!  I mean, we really didn’t have a winter this year but still.  Don’t long, warm days sound fantastic?  There is something about a warm, sunny day that makes me immediately turn on classic rock.  I think I grew up in the wrong time period.    Gah, the music and fashion?!  LOVE!  So as I was sitting on the computer the other day, as close to a window as I could without actually being outside so I could still see the computer screen, The Rolling Stones ‘Paint it Black’ came on.  Boom.  Such a good song (is that a sitar?  One of my kids is probably going to have to learn how to play that).  A little dark maybe but perfect for outdoor entertaining at dusk.  All you need is a rustic wood table, some great vintage glassware, simple flowers and candles and pretty girls in hippie clothes.  I think my summer entertaining is going to be all about ease and going with the flow.  No stress.  Last minute invites to keep myself from over thinking everything.  Maybe trying out new cocktails or recipes but not getting worked up if they don’t work out.  Anyone think I can pull that off?  Maybe with a lot of rose…

Gorg lowball glass  .  pretty white flowers  .  rustic wood table  .  candles and flowers  .  girl in the desert