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Great Gift - @DaddyScrubs

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When I first heard of Daddy Scrubs, I thought it was going to only sell scrubs for new dads. 
Little did I know that they have so much more... 

Let me start by saying, if you are looking to get a one of a kind gift for a new dad, head on over and see what all they have to offer... 
From scrubs (of course!)  to hats and t-shirts that announce " I'm the Daddy!"  to books and diaper bags...  They have cute ties, tumblers, coffee mugs... Basically anything to get the new daddy in your life.  (If you think about it.. mom and baby get most of the gifts, why not treat daddy too?!)  

Well, when I saw something ELSE that Daddy Scrubs had... 
I knew that I really wanted to see about reviewing for Jumpin Beans!!!!
No, we are not expecting, so what could it be?

Just the t-shirt from the All American Line!!!!

The All American Line had the BEST shirts... 
At least for this U.S.A. loving family!!!!!
They have shirts, onesies, toddler tees, hats and coffee mugs... 

For the daddy... 
It says "All American Daddy!"
For the toddler or onesies... it says "My daddy is All American!"  
Love it!!!

I was so excited to get one... and of course, Broxton and Marc had to wear them at the same time... 
So cute and so sweet!!!!

I will tell you , I was a bit nervous, as the toddler tee only goes to 3T... and you guessed it.. Broxton is in a 4T now...  It fit perfect!!!  (As in, he and daddy will get to wear their shirts for a bit longer before Broxton has outgrown his!!!) 

So-  If you are looking for a great daddy gift... 
Or, if a daddy you know is "all American".... 
Head on over to Daddy Scrubs and see what they have to offer!!
Make sure to follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!!!!

We Go Together #DigIntoSummer

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Talk about a cute book!!!  
I grabbed Broxton to enjoy a book with me, not really knowing what each page would bring... 
I was so happy that we read it together, as it is so adorable!!!

The book?  
We Go Together by Todd Dunn!
It is awesome board book (so you know I love that!)  that had cute illustrations and sing song rhyme!  
Broxton isn't reading ... YET... but we could look at the book and then I could point out the picture for the word that was  next... 
We go together like MOON and night...  
We go together like string and KITE.    
Each page was so cute and as you read along, you know that you will love it as much as the little one that is reading it with you!!!!  

This is a great book for any young reader to enjoy...   and I know that you will read it over and over again!   I want to read it again... and see what he says goes together ...  This should be fun!!!!

Side note -  If you purchase this book, half of all sales of the book go to benefit the kids at the Eternal Hope Children’s Home ( to help purchase books, clothes, and other basic needs.


Let's Learn - Colors

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It never ceases to amaze me how children are like sponges...
I love that everything that they see, they really do learn and pick up on!
(Well, most everything... there are some things best left not to learn!)

Even simple shows are teaching and that is why when Broxton does want to watch a few things, I am all about it... As it is more than just entertainment... It is education too!  

Get to know the educational values of Nickelodeon programming with Let’s Learn: Colors. As part of the Let’s Learn line of DVDs, this all-new DVD packs over two hours of edu-tainment with episodes from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Bubble GuppiesDora the ExplorerTeam UmizoomiBlue’s Clues and The Wonder Pets!. Kids will have a great time while learning with their favorite Nickelodeon friends; and as an added bonus included inside, there’s a coloring activity sheet to keep kids learning more about the colors of the world!  
 Also available now are Let’s Learn:123s and Let’s Learn: ABCs.

Episode Synopses:
Bubble Guppies: The Crayon Prix!
Green means GO! The Bubble Guppies are learning about colors while car racing! Help them mix colors, make new shades, and speed across the finish line!

Dora the Explorer: Quack! Quack!
When Dora and Boots color in a picture of Mami Duck and her eggs, their coloring book magically comes to life and the eggs start to hatch. Suddenly, the wind blows one of Mami Duck’s eggs away. Oh no!

Team Umizoomi: Kite Festival
Jeannie can’t wait to fly her kite at the big Umi City Festival. But, when a gust of wind blows the kite out of her hands and scatters its pieces throughout Umi City, she needs Team Umizoomi’s help to find the missing pieces.

Blue’s Clues: Colors Everywhere!
Today we’re painting portraits of our friends. We play Blue’s Clues to figure out who else Blue wants to add to our Portrait of Pals. All the colors then dance, mix and sing the color mixing song along with Joe.

The Wonder Pets!: Save the Moose in the Caboose!
Ming-Ming draws a colorful story about a Moose stuck in a caboose that’s headed for a cliff!

The Wonder Pets!: Save the Flamingo!
The Wonder Pets get a call from a Baby Pink Flamingo who is stuck in a marsh in a coloring book. The Wonder Pets use crayons to draw a bridge and save the Pink Flamingo.

Sibling Rivalry?

Just wanted to share this guest post with you.

When Sibling Rivalry
Turns to Sibling Bullying
by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC
Siblings naturally fight and argue, and most of us have experienced fighting with our brothers or sisters while growing up. This is not only considered normal, but is a rite of passage in our childhood memories. The problem comes about when sibling rivalry takes on a tone of bullying. This is seen when one child is always the one victimized, and the other child actively plots how they can break that child down. This sort of bullying is not normal, and parents should intervene to minimize anxiety, depression in the child being victimized, and aggression in their child bully. Both kids will suffer the loss of good mental health if this behavior is allowed to continue, says a new study in the July issue of Journal of Pediatrics.
When the researchers studied sibling bullying they did not extend past adolescents, but much of counseling deals with sibling rivalry and bullying behavior. Sometimes siblings form alliances against one of the other siblings, and cut them out of the family entirely. A child who grew up being picked on may continually be picked on well into adulthood. It is not uncommon for a parent to begin over protecting this child and continue into adulthood. Children of the "weaker picked on child/adult" are favored over children of the bully child (now adult). These patterns, unless intervened with in childhood, can forever change family dynamics, making them toxic and uncomfortable for family and friends.
Intervening in sibling rivalry should be done with careful thought and diligence. Allowing siblings to work out their own jealousy and conflict is important, but when parents are both working and one sibling is angry and aggressive repeatedly toward another child, the child being picked on may become victimized with little recourse. Many times children are told if they tell a parent, they will be hurt or worse, and if a child worries about being beat on they will begin showing physical and emotional signs of distress. There are ways parents can intervene wisely when children are fighting too much.
Below are suggestions to help your kids improve their relationships with one another.
  • If you have one child that is a bully and wants control over the other child or children, one thing is clear, this child suffers from self-doubt and an error in thinking. Telling them frankly, "When you get mad, you think it is okay to hurt someone else, but it is not okay in this family."  Tell them this behavior is bully behavior and you will not tolerate it, and then following through with consequences each and every time they bully is paramount to any other action.
  • If you have one angry or aggressive child, encourage empathy by rewarding signs of it in your home. Limit TV and movies or anything else that is violent.
  • Get both of your children involved in activities that will help them physically work out their frustration or stress.
  • As parent, never compare your children to one another out loud or within earshot of the children. Some children are very sensitive to this, and it can increase jealousy and mistrust.
  • Have one area in your home where kids can talk things out or bicker. If you hear bickering in their rooms or wherever, take them to the table. Setting up a time each evening for them to bicker at a table can help minimize the behavior. Enforce this for best results.
  • Never referee the fighting or conflict. As much as you can, try to stay out of it.
Parents who raise children who have learned how to resolve conflict and still love one another are gifting their children and generations to come. Home is where the heart is, and it is suppose to be safe. If you are a child and you live in fear of being home with the people who are suppose to love and care for you, your home becomes a war zone. There is no love or peace in a child's memory or the adult they grow to become.

Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at


Last Vegas Looks Hilarious

* This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share this movie information with you!

Go ahead and plan a date night now for Friday, November 1st!!!!
Last Vegas, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline opens and you want to be sure to go and see it!!!!

Starring four legends like you've never seen them before, LAST VEGAS tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.  The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it's these four who are taking over Vegas.  

Tell me that isn't funny?!  

Sunny Days Are Here Again!

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I don't know about the weather where you are... 
But around here... Rain, Rain, Go Away!!!!
It seems like it has rained more than we have had sunshine lately...
But the days that it is nice, we are trying to enjoy as much as we can!!!

I am not sure how Bubble Guppies came to be in our lives, but Broxton loves them!
He always seems to have a big smile on his face and it stays that way for the whole episode!
When we opened the package that had Bubble Guppies Sunny Days on it, I knew Broxton was going to be happy!  

It’s over two hours of summertime fun on Bubble Guppies’ third adventure-packed DVD, Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days! This all-new DVD includes six exciting underwater adventures ready to help kids beat the heat. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days! will be released on DVD on May 28, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.
Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days! Episode Synopses:

The Beach Ball!
If Molly’s new friend Sandy doesn’t finish her work on time, she might not be crowned Queen of the Beach at Big Beach Ball! She needs help from some hard-working Guppies for her chance to win that crown!

The Legend of Pinkfoot
The Bubble Guppies are going on a camping trip! Grab your flashlights and gather around the campfire to make s’mores and hear about the spooky legend of Pinkfoot!

Bring on the Bugs
It’s the Big Bug Parade and the Bubble Guppies are marching with the ants and buzzing with the bees! With so many different kinds of bugs, every Guppy has their favorite. But it’s a special spider named Charlie that catches Gil and Molly’s friendship.

The Sizzling Scampinis!
The Bubble Brothers Circus is coming to town, and all the Guppies are getting into the act! See Goby the clown, Gil the acrobat, Oona the lion tamer…just watch out for that pie! SPLAT!

Bubble Duckies!
Welcome to the Wings Over Bubbletucky Air Show! Today the Bubble Guppies are watching a whole bunch of birds take flight! But when a family of flying ducks gets lost in a storm cloud, it’s up to Molly, Gil and a friendly little duck named Beep to fly in and rescue them!

Gup, Gup, and Away!
Pack a suitcase and hurry to the airport! Help the Bubble Guppies fly an airplane through the sky and over the clouds – just be sure to keep an eye out for airplane pirates!

Arthur Stands Up To Bullying #backtoschool

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Talk about a DVD that I love...  
I was not really sure what to expect when I started the Arthur DVD...  BUT  - I did know that Bullying is REALLY a big deal....  and I want Broxton prepared...
I believe that The Last Tough Customer is my favorite out of all of them...   It was a great way to see how bullying has an impact of those around you... but I also felt the same about So Funny I Forgot to Laugh...  All in all, I loved this DVD and was very happy to know it is part of our DVD collection now !

On this DVD:
The Last Tough Customer -
The Tough Customers realize it's time to quit bullying and set out to find a new hobby - but can Molly ever truly change her ways?
Brain's Chess Mess - Brain starts a chess club at school to improve his game and beat Los Dedos, the local chess master.  Who knew the best player in the club would be .. Rattles???
So Funny I Forgot To Laugh - Arthur things his jokes about Sue Ellen's new sweater are all in good fun but Sue Ellen's feelings are hurt.  Has Arthur become ...  a bully?
The Best Day Ever - It's a beautiful afternoon and everyone is reminiscing about their "best days."  Everyone, that is , except Arthur.  Is it possible he doesn't have one? 

 As teachers and parents across the nation educate kids 
about the impact of bullying, the new DVD “ARTHUR 
STANDS UP TO BULLYING” presents an outstanding 
way to reinforce those lessons. In four entertaining 
episodes, the world’s most famous aardvark, Arthur Read, 
and his family and friends, stand up to bullying, learn 
about teasing, and think about friendship. Almost 10M
households tune in to watch “ARTHUR” each month! 
The series has been honored with numerous awards, 
including three Daytime Emmy Awards® for 
Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, as well as the 
prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.
Series Information: 
Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and eight,
“ARTHUR’s” goals are to help foster an interest in 
reading and writing, to encourage positive social skills, 
and to model age-appropriate problem-solving strategies.
Based on the children’s books by Marc Brown, the show 
chronicles the adventures of Arthur through engaging, 
emotional stories that explore issues faced by real kids. It 
is a comedy that tells these stories from a kid’s point of 
view without moralizing or talking down.

Movement Through Emotions #GuestPost

This is a guest post.  I thought it had great information to share.  

Part of growing up is growing into your emotions. Toddlers can go thru moments of silliness and they are terrible within the hour, keeping parents on their toes! Trying to restrict this emotional learning curve only leads to bigger teenage problems because they didn't learn to develop a healthy emotional pallet. Although some of your child's personalities are necessary for their development, some seem to transition better than others. Here are some fun ways to help with your child's emotional milestones.

The first thing to consider, is that our movements create our emotions. We've always heard about phrases " turning green with envy" "roll with it" "stand up for your beliefs" – well, we move thru our emotions. You can teach your children to better handle their mad sillies and who knows, you might learn a few tricks.

Face Off - Are you starting to get 'The Look' from your child? Worse yet, 'The Evil Eye'? "Time to make faces!" Instead of try to reason with that special little girl with that pout, see if you can out do her. Mimick her. Ask her if she can do a better face than that. You will see the frustrations from the lack of your understanding her melt away as the two of you start to make faces at each other. What you are teaching her to do is not to get stuck in that position but to give her ways to go in and out of it. How fun would a special hour be with some face paints or make-up?

Roll With It - Getting mad is a hard emotion to learn. A child has every right to get mad in situations, as do you, it's how they handle it that's key. You should be able to get mad and still breath and move. The extreme is to hold your breath, grit your teeth and clench your fists until your veins pop out of your neck. When your child's mad, then it's time to roll around. Get them on the ground and roll like a log or in a ball. After they roll, you should see them start to laugh. Have them get up and explain what they are mad about. You'll see that they have forgotten or realize that it wasn't so bad.

Don't Hit Back - If your child is a hitter. You don't want to show him want to show him a better way to hit by hitting back. Throw a ball. Go for the pitch. But can you catch back? They can't throw the ball until they can catch it. For children that are a little older, I recommend using a great ball with planet Earth printed on it. Before you could throw it, you had to ask, "Have you heard of ....?" If you know the answer, you needed to either know a bordering country or general location.

So Sad - If your child is very sad that they didn't get their way, now is not the time to make faces back. You don't want to make fun of her. You're looking for ways to have her move thru it. When people become sad, their breathing can become shallow. Lie down on the bed with her favorite doll or stuffed animal and breathe. Good belly breathing, in through the chest and out through the belly. If they are having problems getting the hang of it, put their doll or stuffed animal on their belly and have them go for a ride.

Worrying the World Away - Your brain wants to do something. When it can't do anything then it worries. Remember how great a quick game of Red Light, Green Light was? You can't worry if you are concentrating on the stop and go movement. Peek-a-boo will take that all away from a munchkin. Giving their thriving brains something to do.

Gritting your Teeth - Bringing emotions through the mouth can be rough on a little guy. A tight jaw can create a life-time of non-verbal responses. "Stomp Your Feet" start by putting on some music and start a stomp. Once they get going, try for mimics and go for jumping. Show them how to bring their emotions from their head to their feet.

Rolling Eyes - Are you just trying to find out what your child might want to have for dinner and you're only seeing the whites of their eyes. This is a great opportunity to see how coordinated they really are. Can they do it with their mouth open? Can they do it with their tongue out? Can they roll their eyes back and touch their nose with their tongue? Can they roll or twist their tongue and roll their eyes back? Not only is this a great way to make eye contact, it adds complexity to a typical response and takes their drama away.

Attitude - "Ugh" or "Whatever" - having a conversation with a small little boy with the vocabulary of an ‘Ogre’ when then get upset can be difficult. Have fun and make some voices of characters! See what your child can come up with? Can they mimic your Dracula! Allowing them to play with their vocal cords creates different speech patterns. (I might add that I do an excellent Grover!)

Whatever emotions you child is displaying, helping them cope or work thru their frustrations is a vital part of growing up. Ignoring these emotions can only lead to other problems in teenage or young adulthood.  I hope the movements and actions suggested above will help you and your child.

For more information on Michelle and her gentle movement lesson therapy:


Big Kid Caillou #backtoschool

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If you have been around here for a bit... Or if you know us at all, you know that Broxton used to think that Caillou was his brother!  I am not really sure how or why that started, but it did...  and we now have lots of Caillou DVD's (and even a Caillou doll!) 
When I saw that Caillou had a new DVD - Big Kid Caillou...  I knew that I would like to get it for Broxton...  Especially since he will be headed back to school soon!  
I did notice that he didn't watch it as intent as he normally does, so I am not sure if he is growing out of it, or if he was just preoccupied... but they had several great episodes and they were new to us too!  

On this DVD: 
Big Time Caillou - When Caillou's older friend Andre comes over for a play date, Caillou learns a lesson about the importance of not hiding who you really are. 

Caillou's Glasses - Caillou realizes how important good vision is after making a pretend pair of glasses.  
Caillou's Dance Party - Caillou learns there's more than one way to do things when Miss Martin throws a dance party at preschool.
Helping Mrs. Howard - Caillou comes to realize that friendship is often the best form of help, when Mrs. Howard sprains her ankle.
Caillou's First Run - Caaillou learns that not every race is about winning when he and Grandpa enter a charity "fun run."
The New Girl - When a new girl arrives at preschool, Caillou decides to welcome her after remembering what it was like to be the new boy.  

 Fun and exciting discoveries await in BIG KID CAILLOU.
Growing up is the greatest adventure of all, and Caillou is 
ready to teach kids about being themselves, flexibility, 
friendship and kindness. In the six episodes featured on this 
DVD, which began airing on PBS in March, Caillou learns 
that every race is not about winning, remembers what it’s like 
to be the “new kid” at school, and discovers the importance 
of good vision! More than four million households tune into 
“CAILLOU” each month.
Series Information: 
Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small 
wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything 
he sees with his rich imagination. Thanks to his vivid 
imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become 
exciting adventures where Caillou can play “make-believe.” 
“CAILLOU” is designed for preschoolers and focuses on 
role-playing and “make-believe.” By imagining they are 
someone else, children can often accomplish extraordinary 

Protect Your Ears With #Aqua Ears

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Each day it seems that time is flying by.  Faster and Faster... 
If you are like me, you are trying to enjoy every single second of the summer before it is over.  
The pool is great, but I have a history of bad ears...
That being said, I have to take safety precautions and always use ear plugs. 
This has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember...
With that, I was so happy to see the latest product for kids...  Aqua Ears for children

These are awesome, because not only do they come in characters that our little ones love, they also in a carry case that makes trips to the pool, the beach, cruises and even the bathtub so much easier!  For right around $4 and conveniently located at CVS and Walmart... Don't you think this is worth it to help keep handy to help with your kids ears?

AquaEars for Children is a soft silicone earplug that offers dual protection for water-sensitive ears by sealing out water and reducing ear discomfort due to water pressure.Ideal for swimming and bathing, AquaEars doesn't interfere with normal hearing like other earplugs for water-related activities. The new licensed characters make the earplugs fun while helping to reduce the non-compliance challenge parents might have with children wearing earplugs. AquaEars also have a noise reduction rating of 22, making them perfect for protecting sensitive ears from noise during music events, fireworks shows and more.

Here are some AquaEars bath time tips adapted from the CDC to share with your readers to help with bath time ear protection:
Always dry your ears with a towel after bath and shower time, especially if the head was fully submerged.
Q-tips should never be used without supervision.
Use a hair dryer to move air within the ear canal if your child complains of having water left in their ears.
Ask your health care provider for an appointment if your child feels discomfort, pain or ear drainage.
Ear wax helps protect ears from infections. Don’t try to remove ear wax.
Antibiotics are usually used to treat swimmer’s ear. Protect your child’s ears with AquaEars!
Remember to tilt your child’s head to allow water to exit your their ears.
Safeguard the tub by making sure bath toys remain clean and germ free. Leaky, spongy or wooden toys retain moisture which provides a home for bacteria.

Back To School Cool with Pilot Pen

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Not only is it summer time...
It is also time to start planning for Back to School.  
If you have older kids...
(Let's be honest here... You don't need kids at all to love a good writing pen!  I have a secret love of them!)  
We were sent a couple of the pens from Pilot.
I was happy to get the ones that were fashionable... but I knew that the ones that had erasers were just as great and I LOVED that they were gel pens that erased!!  (Man, I tell you... Pens have come a LONG way since back in "my days!")

  • FriXion Clicker -- Pilot is the #1 seller of gel ink pens in America and the newest member to the gel ink line, FriXion, writes incredibly smooth in expressive colors and erases completely with no mess!  The new FriXion Clicker combines all these great qualities in a retractable version with an innovative clip click mechanism. 

  • G2 Fashion -- Making the functional fabulous -- America’s #1 selling gel ink pen the G2 by Pilot, now introduces a Fashion Collection boasting a striking barrel design available in a series of vibrant colors. 

These pens would be great not only for back to school.. But also for a great gift for that hard to buy person!  (These aren't just any old pen you know)
If you are looking for something different, look at pilot! 


making Memories Albany, Georgia @wwe Event - W/W

You made it back!!!
I told you that I had something to make the Panthers Game Better!!!
With the boys doing the SUMO wrestling, they got tickets for us to return the next weekend for WWE event!   Of course, you know this house LOVES WWE, so we were all about it!!!
I tell you this...
If you or anyone you know loves the WWE...
It is totally WORTH it to go to a smaller place to watch them.
The civic center is smaller than other places we have seen them.. so you get better views...
BUT- it is like they are so much fan interactive there too!!!
Heath Slater...  

Ha ha Ha... He (Ted Dibiase, or however you spell it)  was dancing making fun of how Heath Slater has to dance because of the air guitar he always seems to play!!!

The Great Khali.
He just always makes me smile!!!!


Randy Orton....
The "main event"

After the show, you were able to go out somewhat near their bus to see them all...
Talk about a good picture!!!!  

Have you been to a smaller place to see a show or something you like?  

Justin Roberts CD Release TODAY (July 23rd!) - UPDATED

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Being totally honest here... Isn't that what you come here for?
I was not really into the CD we were recently sent for review...
Recess by Justin Roberts...
I mean, the sound was fine... but it just did not do anything for me!
This is a CD that will be listened to with earphones!!!!
(Nothing against Justin, but there is only so much a mama can take, you know?)
I will say, it's cute for kids...   so.....
If your kid is one that likes music, check it out...
(To tell you my favorite, I would say it is I'll Be An Alien!)


Track Listing:
1. recess
2. i'll be an alien
3. hopscotch
4. check me out, i'm at the checkout
5. my secret robot
6. looking for trains
7. every little step
8. we got two
9. the princess wore pink
10. otis
11. school's out (tall buildings)
12. red bird

Justin Roberts (, whose 2010 album, Jungle Gym, took the nation by storm with a Grammy nomination and a raft of critical acclaim, will release Recess, a new collection of high-energy pop songs for the whole family, on July 23rd. Roberts and his band mates, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, will celebrate this ninth family music release with a full slate of summer concerts, including the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

Recess rocks with gigantic electric guitars, intricate vocal harmonies, and impossibly catchy melodies that will burrow deep into your brain. In his most unrestrained release yet, Justin Roberts explores the world from multiple perspectives – kids who love to play, the proud but exhausted parents of twins, and a loyal pet dog, just to name a few.  Whether kids are jumping through the chalked boxes of “Hopscotch” or running around the playground to the triumphant electric rock of “Recess,” these 12 original songs will add energy to any day. The limited-edition CD package will include a pop-up robot, and secret web links to craft activities and bonus media.
USA Today calls Roberts “hands down, the best songwriter in the genre,” Entertainment Weekly says he is “a master of conjuring up images that resonate with the young ones,” and The New York Times thinks he just might be “the Judy Blume of kiddie rock.” The Los Angeles Timesspeaks for many reviewers in stating that Justin Roberts delivers “deft lyrics and beautiful sound,” every time.
With Recess, Justin Roberts “continues to craft universally likable pop songs that adhere to the brain like flypaper.” ( There must be dozens of kids’ songs about robots, but Roberts’ “My Secret Robot” heads in an unexpected direction:  “He’s got a calm demeanor, looks like a vacuum cleaner. He’s never scared when my sister comes around.” Not every song’s theme is obvious from the start; it takes more than just a minute to figure out what “Every Little Step” and “Otis” are all about.
While Justin’s music always appeals to kids, parents have long appreciated the songcraft and layers of meaning in his compositions. On Recess, tracks such as “Looking for Trains” offer ruminations that easily apply to an adult’s life. Expertly produced by Not Ready for Naptime Players band mate Liam Davis, Recess features a range of styles, from power pop to ska, and gentle country-tinged acoustic rock to 60s psychedelia.
Recess follows Justin Roberts’ fall 2012 release, Lullaby, his first collection of softer songs for quiet moments (newly available on vinyl). In its ‘A’ review,  Entertainment Weekly writes of Lullaby, “The lyrics will break your heart with their poignancy, and the music will make you celebrate that there are such exceptional artists making songs for children these days.”
Justin Roberts is a Chicago-based artist who logs thousands of miles on the road each year while performing hundreds of concerts around North America. With numerous national awards (including seven Parents’ Choice Gold awards and six NAPPA Gold awards), and critical recognition from the likes of Parents, School Library Journal, People, and Time magazines, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players consistently dish out intelligent and whimsically engaging music.

Roberts also recently authored a new picture book for children, to be published by Putnam in 2014.
Recess will be available from retailers nationally on July 23, 2013 (Carpet Square Records, distributed by MRI/Sony Music, $14.98 SRP).

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