Tuesday, July 26, 2016

RIP Marni Nixon...


Another childhood legend has passed....

Marni Nixon was one of the voices of my childhood, from watching movies with my aunts or mother, she was the voice in my head when I thought of movie singing, even if she was the uncredited ghost singer! I remember being flabbergasted when I was in my 30s to find out that Deborah Kerr had not really sang the songs in An Affair to Remember or the King and I, that I adored!

Her ghost voicing included:
 “Getting to Know You,” and "Shall We Dance" from The King and I
"Tonight" and “I Feel Pretty,” from West Side Story
"It Would be Loverly", "The Rain in Spain" and “I Could Have Danced All Night,” 
from My Fair Lady
"An Affair to Remember" and "Tomorrowland" from An Affair to Remember
the high part of the song "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
for her Disney connection:
"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella
"Honor to Us All" (Grandmother Fa) in Mulan!

Marni was 86!

And for an interesting trivia note, her son Andrew Gold, was a popular songwriter whose penned another childhood staple- the theme from the TV show, The Golden Girls,“Thank You for Being a Friend” . 

So let's celebrate her great voice, shall we?

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BreadCrumbz Let's Girls LEARN Without Fear (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge,from BreadCrumbzfor review and giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.

We talked about a different approaching to parenting on our last post,
and now I've got a new kids line that addresses childhood issues head on!

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“I visited my children at school for lunch one day and was really surprised to see girls using relational aggression when they communicated with one other,” said creator Shannon Addison. “It was a light bulb moment. I realized that we – as parents, educators, and mentors – aren’t doing enough to show young girls that it’s okay to have differences. It’s okay to be who you are – and to like different things or activities than your classmate does. 

As a kid, Shannon marveled at the idea that by dropping breadcrumbs, you could keep yourself from getting lost, as you explored uncharted territory. The problem we face in our society now is this instant gratification, total perfection, completely distorted reality that the majority of girls find completely impossible to navigate. The result is that most of them become lost, with no markers to ultimately find their way home.

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Shannon created BreadCrumbz as a means for girls to identify with what I feel are more accurate representations of their youth. The characters are not always the stars of the school play, nor are they the most valuable players on the team, or the math whiz kids who set the bar for the rest of the class to achieve. Instead they are flawed, imperfect, sometimes deficient types who are doing their best in a less than perfect world. My goal is to allow girls an opportunity to go on a journey with them, providing the means to problem solve through difficult and sometimes sticky situations, allowing them to learn self-acceptance as a critical first step in building the foundation for their self-esteem."

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BreadCrumbz fans can follow each of the Crumbz characters through a series of Trail Tales posted to the company’s website, like the one above for Whitney (she's the one Miss Grace most felt akin to). Each Trail Tail story focuses on one Crumbz character and her world, incorporating valuable messages like “Confidence is the best accessory” or “Sometimes friends are the best medicine”. The stories acknowledge girls' fears and thoughts for different situations, while teaching hwo to best handle different situations. New Trail Tales are posted to the BreadCrumbz site regularly, providing Crumbzfans with plenty of engaging and thoughtful content.

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Girls can continue the adventures with pages that can be downloaded, or by joining in adventures in the Activity Book.

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As you can see, the book offers fun activities like puzzles, outdoor fun, and creative projects. The activity book has hours of fun for girls! Plus the activities help to reinforce the lessons learned off the website. Miss Grace declared it a lot of fun, and great for reading and doing in the car. We have some of our best 'life defining' talks in the car (why is that always seem to happen for moms and daughters???), so having her do an activity book that educates and asks questions leads to lots of discussions. And discussions always mean more sharing, sometimes of off topic things, which really can be a good thing!

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Isn't this a SWEET Trail Mix bag that Shannon sent along? I think she knew Miss Grace would choose Whitney, who is all about nature! Miss Grace was totally enamored of her 'treasure' bag, running to look up to see what type of rock was included (in her rock book), and trying to see if it was a real wooden tree ring and if she could tell the age of it! We're going to laminate the quote and attach it to her dance competition bag- it is PERFECT for remembering everything is possible, as long as you TRY! She also wants to add the Trail Mix one, so I think we'll have a little key ring of inspiration! Plus Nerds are one of her favorite candies, so she just KNEW Shannon had studied her! LOL.

breadcrumbz bracelet sets

Shannon also has adorable Pop Inz charm bracelet sets (and BreadCrumbz t-shirts) for girls as well, to help them remember the lessons learned along the way. As you can see the bracelet has space for 4 of the charms, which is great, as you get 4 charms per set, and each set corresponds to the BradCrumbz girls and their interests.

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Rachel has her sports gear, Whitney her nature symbols, Penelope her books and Samantha her fun beauty accessories. Made of rubber they are sturdy and built to last! The charms easily pull apart and then go back together, making it easy for younger girls to use them by themselves as well.

The BreadCrumbz website (MyCrumbyWorld) also includes a Parentz Corner, designed as a place for parents to share their own experiences, and learn about raising children, and the online store where you can purchase the products I've shared with you (and more on the way!).

This is a fun line, perfect for girls ages 3 and up, and I can easily see friends and siblings sharing the charms, and doing the website activities together! We highly recommend everything BreadCrumbz!

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Miss Grace decided she wanted to share the bracelet with another girl, 
so that she can learn about the Breadcrumbz girls too!

So one lucky BTHM reader will get to win the bracelet and all four of the charm sets!

Dharma Parenting by Robert Keith Wallace and Frederick Travis

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from TarcherPerigee//Penguin Random Housefor review and giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Continuing our weekly look at parenting books, this new book releases next week!

Understand Your Child's Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment

Two renowned neuroscientists and pioneers in documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation give parents a guided tour of their children's brains through contemporary science and ancient Ayurvedic typology (parents can "type" their kids and themselves) for a wealth of methods and insights to maximize your child's learning and behavioral style.

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In this ground-breaking title, Wallace and Travis draw on contemporary scientific research and the time-tested knowledge of Ayurvedic typology to explain our children’s natural inclinations (i.e. why one child learns quickly and forgets quickly while another learns slowly and forgets slowly; why one child is hyperactive and another slow moving; or why one falls asleep quickly but wakes in the night while another takes hours to fall asleep).

Using a simple quiz to ascertain your children’s unique brain/body type, readers will discover how to bring each one into a state of balance. Readers will also learn:

What kinds of foods best support each individual child’s brain/body type
Which routines best suit each brain/body type
How to choose activities that bring each child greater enjoyment and well-being
How parents can determine their own brain/body type, and how it impacts their relationship with their kids
·       - How parents should alter their parenting approach for each age group


There are three brain/body types in Ayurvedic typology- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Once you start breaking down each, with the help of the included quiz in the book, you and your child's personality conflicts will suddenly start making sense, especially if you are 2 different types. Once you take the quiz and read the different dynamics of each type, you may start seeing all of the traits in your child and go 'whoa!". Then if you read yours, you will see immediately why conflicts can, and will occur. It really is just THAT simple.

But once you understand those principles, for example Miss Grace is a Vata (like a Tigger from Winnie the Pooh), whereas I'm Pitta (more like Rabbit), you can take the authors recommendations for dealing with each type (they have a whole chapter on how parents with same or different types should relate to their kids), and apply the basic principles to everything- from chores, daily routines, to special events, to reduce conflicts and allow for a more peaceful house.

Did you know that from ages 4-9 kids make the largest amounts of brain connections they will ever have? Yup, and between 10 and 17, the brain 'prunes' 2% of all of that away EACH year. So literally your teen is NOT the same person from day to day. Add to that the trauma of puberty and teen years, and you can see where if you can learn EARLY how to keep your child on an even keel, you can help them to not only retain more in their brains, but to reduce stress (which can have a domino effect).

The parenting suggestions in the book really make sense, especially if you are a different type than your child. They help you to understand balance and how your kids will react, when they get OUT of balance. This in turn helps you to keep conflict FROM happening, and if it does, to have a better control to help stop it quickly, using the recommended 6 tools in the book, for each age group. I also like how the book includes Note from MOM sections-they offer real world examples and suggestions that are easily doable and offer great insight, from Moms who have used the formulas in the book. 

This is a great book to read BEFORE school starts, to offer some suggestions for maybe changing your morning and after-school routines around, to better accommodate the needs of your child. And right now you can go to the Dharma Parenting website and take their brain/body quiz for free, to see if you and your child are different (it's free for only a LIMITED time). Then get this book and learn HOW you can make changes to benefit you both!

About the Authors: 

ROBERT KEITH WALLACE is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness. His research has inspired hundreds of studies on the benefits of meditation and other mind-body techniques. Dr. Wallace's findings have been published in Science, American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American. He received his BS in physics and his PhD in physiology from UCLA and conducted postgraduate research at Harvard University. Dr. Wallace is the founding president of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa.

FREDERICK TRAVIS is a world-renowned neuroscientist who has discovered brain wave patterns in children and young people that correlate with greater moral reasoning, happiness, emotional stability, and academic performance. Dr. Travis has authored or coauthored 70 scientific papers, many published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Travis received his masters and PhD in psychology from Maharishi University of Management (MUM). After a two-year post-doctoral position at University of California at Davis, he returned to MUM to direct the EEG, Consciousness, and Cognition Lab.

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