Daddy Plays Rad Tunes For Baby

When Kid 1 was a baby I started a little ritual at bedtime:  I would first read him “Goodnight Moon” and then turn on a CD of Mozart recordings.  The first track was “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and he would be pretty sleepy before that song even ended, so that was as far as we usually got.  As he grew older and started to talk, we still listened to that CD, which was yellow, and that is how the song “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” came to be known as “Yellow Mozart” around our house.

That was nearly seven years ago now, long before I had discovered the wealth of great music that tastemaker parents have sourced and created for other parents and for children.  I recently discovered “Daddy Plays Lullabies,” which is a compilation of rock and roll hits recorded as sleepytime tracks to lull babies to sleep without boring the head off the parent and/or killing additional brain cells.  Singer/songwriter Eran Phillips wondered himself:  “Don’t newborn babies deserve real, quality music?”

And so it is that there is a now a lovely acoustic lullaby version of “Stairway To Heaven.”  If I were to play that song now for my newborn, it just might block out my memory of dancing awkwardly to that song that they always played as the last song at all of our high school dances.  What?  It was the eighties.

Anyway, Phillips gathered this and other covers on his album “Daddy Plays Acoustic Rock Lullabies” which also includes The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Simon and Garfunkel.  Heck, I’d listen to this album even without a baby.

For more baby-sounding tracks, Phillips recorded “Daddy Plays Guitar Lullabies”  and he also did the timely “Daddy Plays Lullaby Christmas.”  All albums can be purchased at Daddy Plays Online.

Dear Santa: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Kyle checks out the multi-plane camera at the Frank G. Wells Building at Disney

We’ve been to a lot of Halloween parties the last few weeks. The first one was thrown by Disney Interactive on the lot at Disney in Burbank. My kids were in heaven – there were video games to play all around the room, and lots of sugary cookies to eat. They basically stationed themselves at the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean game in the corner and took a break every 20 minutes or so to go put icing on a Tinker Bell cookie and lick it off. Here’s a description of the game:

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – This action adventure video game brings to life the Pirates of the Caribbean world and all its colorful characters in LEGO brick form.  Available now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii ($49.99), Nintendo 3DS ($39.99) and Nintendo DS, PSP, PC/Mac ($29.99). Rated E10+.

So I guess I know what they want for Christmas. We’re already big LEGO Star Wars fans, so it’s not a surprise that LEGO Pirates would follow, even though the kids haven’t seen any of the movies. What was extra super cool was that the young man helping the kids with the game is a video game tester for Disney Interactive, so he knew what he was doing. The young lady stationed at the game next to them actually designs the games. Proof that video games don’t necessarily rot your brain – they can provide you with a career.

One of the purposes of DI’s party was to introduce new games, but I didn’t get a chance to sample any of them because my kids were hyperfocused. But if you’re interested, you can see previews of them on Disney Interactive’s website.

Pizza Stuffers: Better Than Snarfing a Granola Bar

So, this is random. I was offered a pack of Totino’s Pizza Stuffers for my family to taste to facilitate a review. I was pretty happy about that because it’s free food and something easy to cook AND who doesn’t love pizza?


Have I made that part clear?

My kids didn’t like the Pizza Stuffers. Because my kids are weird.

I had to explain to them what a calzone is, because they’ve never had one, and basically these are calzones without the grease. They’re nice happy, pockets of hot cheesy, saucy, and pepperoni (optional) goodness. They’re baked, so they’re somewhat healthier. What could go wrong?

Oh yeah, my children’s picky food oddities.

So there I am, with two piping hot pepperoni Pizza Stuffers all steamy and smelling good, sitting in front of my face, rejected by my two boys who will eat only chicken dinosaurs, hot dogs, and the occasional cucumber slice. And I am hungry. And so I grab and eat one.

And then I eat the other.

And then I make a vow to only bake one at a time, because boy, they are tasty.

Like so many other parents, I have a jam-packed schedule that includes dropping kids off at school, picking kids up from school, bringing them to activities, chasing them around the house, basically serving their every need. In between I have work and housework and a number other matters to attend to. I can’t exactly build in a lot of time to make elaborate meals for myself. So heating up a Pizza Stuffer? Easy, requires little to no supervision, and results in a hot, one-handed meal for me. I can eat it while I type this. (I’m not doing that, but I could is all I’m saying.)

Sometimes, a hot pocket of goodness is way better than a granola bar. And um, I didn’t leave any for my husband. (Don’t tell him.)

Like I said, I was sent a chilled box of frozen Totino’s for review.  I was not compensated for this post, unless you count melted cheese as currency.