Raffi

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Absolutley NOTHING makes me more nostalgic than listening to songs sung by Raffi. I come from a time when Sharon, Lois and Bram, Fred Penner, and Raffi were the norm for entertainment for kids. Singing songs and being silly was one of the biggest parts of my childhood that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. We loved putting on the cassette tapes and dancing around the living room and singing every word like there was no tomorrow! Even still today when I am brushing my teeth I catch myself singing this:

 

It can drive my son nuts because he has never really been exposed to LIVE video of Raffi. When I ran day care from my house I played Raffi all day! They were mere babies then and didn’t quite get why I loved it so much. Now that my son is almost 4 (yes a tear just fell from my eye) I think it is the perfect time to reintroduce him to this timeless children’s music!

Although I can’t say for sure exactly WHY kids like Raffi I know that it resinates. He has this way about the songs that just get everyone involved. I never saw him live myself but I would take my children to a concert in a heartbeat. These days it is hard to get into a Raffi concert. I think because of the generation of parents now are the kids who were in love with him as babes themselves. I will try to get tickets of course the next time he is in my area!

I still know ALL the words to songs like:

I know watching him play that acoustic guitar also makes me wish I had stuck with my guitar playing. I hope that someday my son wants to play and learn!

If you want to buy the MUST have Raffi to get your kids to LOVE Raffi here are a few suggestions:

The best of Raffi includes Baby Beluga, Banaphone, Wheels on the Bus and is a great starter! There really is no doubt you and your kids will love this one!

The Singable Songs collection is the album I remember and love when I was a kid. The More We Get Together is a classic and makes me think of being 6 with chocolate milk and cookies on the table while we all sing and dance around together. Down by the Bay was a song we used to sing at girl guides and still makes me laugh.  The other classics include, Brush your Teeth, Must be Santa and Mr. Sun.

I hope that if you LOVED Raffi as a kid you will introduce him to your kids. Take your kids back to the wholesome 80’s and 90’s when we loved what we loved even if you can’t show them what cassette tapes are I’m sure they will appreciate the time spent indulging in something WE loved too.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I think I should start of my ramblings of this show with the fact that it is likely my most favourite show of all time. PERIOD. I don’t think I can think of another show that I have loved so much in ALL my life.

To give you a taste of what the show is about I should start by giving you a brief overview of the first episode. Kimmy and her “sister wives” are trapped in a bunker celebrating Christmas 15 years after the apocalypse (or so they were told by the “reverend” who captured them) when they are rescued and realize that the world has still been going on without them. When doing the press tour in New York to discuss the rescue Kimmy decides to stay there instead of returning to Durnsville Indiana with the rest of the “Mole Woman.” She meets Titus Andromadon right away and she becomes his roommate. Lilian is their landlord. Kimmy goes to a nightclub to see what its like and her backpack is stolen along with ALL her money. She finds a job working for a rich housewife named Jaqueline and when life gets her down she decides she needs to stay in New York to help her new friends and learn what life is like in the modern world. Funny right?

This show is made by some of the writers and producers who made 30 Rock so you know it has to be good. I know that I liked it because I watched the first two seasons 4 times through EACH waiting for the third season to be realized. Titus makes me laugh till I cry. Like EVERY time! I can’t get enough of him.

The writing and acting in this show is EVERYTHING. The characters have their own unique quirks and they all get you invested in them almost right away. The great cameos that come in season 2 make it even more funny. John Hamm and Tina Fey are great. The jokes in this show are always on point and I honestly think if you enjoyed 30 Rock even a tiny bit you will love this show. I tip my hat to the writing staff for sure!

 

The 3rd Season is the newest season and it is now available on Netflix. It is good. I would say not quite as good as season one and two but if you enjoyed the first two you WILL enjoy the third one as well. When season 3 came out I was pregnant and I would literally count down the hours till my son’s bedtime so I could cram as much of this show in as I could before I HAD to go to bed. I HIGHLY recommend this show to anyone who likes comedy and needs a little Mama time!

Busytown Mysteries

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So this is my very first attempt at a review for my site! I love Television, Film and Podcasts as much as I love parenting so I figured I would attempt to do some reviews as well. Let you in on what we watch and what we enjoy at our house!

Today I want to tell you about a show that was a hit from day one at our house. Busytown Mysteries is a show that we found on Netflix. My son was OBSESSED with this show for quite a while. He has kind of out grown it but there are many reasons that I liked that he enjoyed this show.

This show is based on the books written and illustrated by Richard Scarry. I remember the books very fondly from when I was a kid. We still have a few of his books kicking around that were mine when I was a young whipper snapper LOL. Loveable Lowly Worm was in most of the books and the fun concept that animals lived and worked in towns just like people is a great concept for kids.

The thing I liked most about the show was the songs. YES they were repetitive but they were great songs for me and my son to sing along to. Even if he wasn’t in the mood for singing along with the show I always found my self singing the WHO WHAT WHERE WHY song. The opening song is a jingle that still comes up when things go missing at our house. I will find myself singing (maybe not quite in tune) “You and me, solving mysteries, with HUCKLE”

 

Another great thing about this show (and as I’ve come to learn a lot of really popular kids shows) is the fact that it is made in Canada. Canadian content isn’t a HUGE deal breaker in our house but it is a nice thing to know about something we love. Always great to show pride for something that was made in our proud nation!

This show teaches kids to be curious. It influences them to use investigative skills to solve their own problems and to be aware of their environment. There is something good to say about a show that inadvertently teaches them pride for their neighbourhood and to be respectful and helpful to those who share that space. The little kids in this show are Huckle, his sister Sally and their best friend Lowly they solve mysteries in their town along with their friends Pig Will and Pig Won’t (twins and their names make me laugh every time!). They never come across as pests but as serious detectives who want to help solve a mystery that usually results in them helping someone fix a problem. Gold Bug the reporter keeps close tabs on what they are doing and reports the progress as if on an actual news program. There weren’t a great amount of episodes on Netflix but enough that I didn’t feel like we were watching the same thing over and over. I really feel like this show is great for kids and if you ever find yourself looking for something new to watch I highly recommend this one for your littles.

Check Out The Richard Scarry Books HERE

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