I have had the opportunity to talk with a lot of great musicians. And once my daughter came along I liked to ask them... at what age did they know they were destined to be in music. For many, it was early on. And I have always been told that if my daughter shows any kind of love for music at all, to expose her to as much of it as I can. That shouldn't be too hard given my profession.
This weekend we went to a party at a friend's house where my daughter proceeded to play the piano as much as we would let her. And you know what... she kept a pretty good rhythm. Piano lessons may be in her future. But then I came across ths article which solidified that. Music lessons make kids smarter.
From the article on Yahoo: 8 Proven Ways to make kids smarter, check out #4:
Strike up a tune.
This will be music to most parents' ears. A University of Toronto study found that music lessons boost brain power among six to eleven year olds. The researchers gave kids either music or drama lessons, or no lessons at all, and measured their IQ before and after the sessions. Children in the music group had the biggest IQ jump, possibly because music lessons expose kids to experiences that can help them in many different areas, explain the researchers. Any kind of music lessons is good, so if your kid won't touch her trumpet, there's always chorus.
Have you seen this yet? LOVE the new song... and adore this video.
Thanks to Hayley for calling into today and giving us the scoop! Listen to the full interview here. CLICK THIS LINK
Eco friendly is germ friendly too. Oh goodie.
So...when was the last time you washed your reusable grocery bags? if you're like most of us... um, never. Hopefully this will change that.
In a recent study... 90% of shoppers admitting to never washing them. And of those surveryed all but ONE bag had high levels of bacteria in the bags. ...Which touches your food. It gets even worse... 12% of those bags tested positive for E Coli. Yum.
Good news is... you can keep them bacteria free by washing them in your washing machine once a week. Use warm soapy water... and enjoy being germ free.
Last week my husband happened to be on board a flight that was the last flight for a retiring pilot. Andy had a front row seat to one of the coolest things in aviation... a water salute.
The pilot had his family on board the plane with him. Everyone was cheering and clapping. It must have been a wonderful and proud moment for all.
My father is a retired pilot... What these men and women do every day should be applauded, often. I love this tradition... and I hope you all get to witness it one day.
Waiting until the last minute again huh? Yeah...us too. Here are some quick last minute tax tips to hopefully lessen the stress.
1. Go online! You can file fast and don't have to wait in long post office lines. Plus, you can find all the software you need there too. Think E-file with direct deposit. You could have your money back in less than two weeks.
2. Don't work so fast that you forget to get your deductions. It's your money... make sure you get it back. Loko for charity receipts, education credits, job search expenses. A few minutes now can mean some major money back to you.
3. While we all double check our numbers... because we don't want to fudge anything on our returns... (right?) make triple sure you have all social security numbers correct. This could cause MAJOR PROBLEMS.
4. Still can't get it done? Don't panic. Filing a six month extension is easy. Just don't put everything off if you do get that extension. Finish your taxes and get it off your to do list.
My daughter is all about Mommy these days...
Dad is cool and all... but MOMMY is better. And while this is sweet, and I love all of the extra attention...it is clearly hurting my husband's feelings.
This kid! It's been one heck of a week for Kevin Ware...and leave it up to Letterman to tell all the right jokes about it.
Check out Letterman's Top 10 things that went through Kevin Ware's mind... as told by Kevin Ware.
Don't you just love #3!!