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KIDZ BOP Expands National Life of the Party Tour

Madelyn loves KIDZ BOP. When we take road trips the Sirius XM radio is set to KIDZ BOP (Channel 77 in case you didn’t konw) about 90% of the time. Poor Sebastian! Actually he keeps his earbuds in most of the time so he doesn’t even know what’s happening in the car. 🙂 Madelyn would be thrilled if KIDZ BOP was coming to Atlanta but
it appears they aren’t. Bummer. 🙁


KIDZ BOP, the number one music brand for kids, however, is teaming up with Live Nation to add summer amphitheater dates to The Life Of The Party Tour. The additional shows were added following the success of the initial KIDZ BOP tour announcement in February. The KIDZ BOP Kids will kick off the summer shows on July 16th at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Connecticut. Additional cities include Brooklyn, Charlotte, and Chicago. Tickets for the new summer dates will officially go on sale to the public beginning Friday, April 1st, coinciding with the release of KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits. For tour dates and ticket information, visit

The Life Of The Party Tour is travelling to 50+ U.S. cities to celebrate KIDZ BOP’s 15th birthday. The KIDZ BOP Kids – Ashlynn Chong, Sela Hack, Matt Martinez and Grant Knoche – headline the tour. The ALL-NEW live show features the biggest pop songs of the year, awesome choreography, and more fun surprises from The KIDZ BOP Kids. The Life Of The Party Tour is the ultimate pop star experience, and the perfect concert event for the entire family. Artist Group International (AGI) is representing the tour.

Victor Zaraya, President of KIDZ BOP said, “Ticket sales for the initial KIDZ BOP shows have been tremendous. We’re thrilled to be working with Live Nation to add these summer amphitheater dates to our tour schedule and bring the KIDZ BOP experience to thousands more kids and families across the country.” Jared Braverman, VP, Live Nation Touring added, “Our amphitheaters are the premier venues for fans to experience their favorite pop, rock and festival events during the summer. We’re excited to partner with KIDZ BOP and have the opportunity to invite younger fans and families out for a day of live KIDZ BOP music.”

Friendly’s Ice Cream was announced as an official partner of The Life Of The Party Tour in January. Friendly’s Ice Cream is sponsoring all tour dates in the Northeast.

KIDZ BOP’s “Life Of The Party” 2016  Summer Tour Dates

Jul-16 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Jul-17 Brooklyn, NY Coney Island Amphitheater
Jul-23 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Jul-24 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul-30 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Aug-6 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Aug-7 Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
Aug-13 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Aug-14 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre
Aug-27 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug-28 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep-18 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

For full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit

KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids for kids.” Over 16 million KIDZ BOP albums have sold since the family-friendly audio collection debuted in 2001. The latest album in the series, KIDZ BOP 31, was released in January and marked the brand’s 23rd Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 Chart. Only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums. KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling music, popular KIDZ BOP Radio channel on SiriusXM, TV commercials, music videos, consumer products, and live tours. For more information, visit

About Live Nation
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit

About Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC
Friendly’s Manufacturing and Retail, LLC distributes and sells ice cream cartons; cakes; sundae cups; rolls and novelties in over 8,000 retail locations throughout all 50 states and select international locations. Our creamery in Wilbraham, Massachusetts produces over 27 million gallons of ice cream annually. For additional information, please visit

@LeftoverCuties – ‘Places To Go’ Album Review and #Giveaway!

If you are looking for fun and uplifting music that isn’t just for kids but will entertain the kids just the same, you’ve got to check out Leftover Cuties Places To Go album! You might have heard of them when the band’s cheerful tune “Smile Big” debuted in a Samsung Galaxy S III commercial, which you can watch here, during the Opening Ceremony on July 27th. Yes, that song!   This track highlights the band’s signature sound, showcasing ukelele, brushed drums, double bass, and trumpet.

Leftover Cuties makes playful music that harkens back to carefree times yet still sounds modern.

Leftover Cuties Places To Go album review

My daughter’s favorite song, one that I’ve sung to her at bedtime almost since the day she was born, is You Are My Sunshine.  Leftover Cuties rendition of the song has motivated me to do a better job at singing her favorite song to her at bedtime every night.   Their version of the song, featured on their album Departures, is what I call modern-retro but may be a little too sexy for a bedtime song. 😉

Go ahead, download Leftover Cuties songs on iTunes and I can almost guarantee that you and your kids will love them.  Play their songs on your next road trip, while you’re cooking dinner, or folding laundry.  Whenever.  You can count on being cheered up as soon as you play Leftover Cuties.  Your toes will start tapping, your grin will turn upside down, and you just might start dancing!

It is my opinion that Leftover Cuties creates Mom friendly music!  Moms need uplifting, fun music and Leftover Cuties provides just that for busy, on-the-go moms.

Shirli McAllen, Leftover Cuties singer, says:

“We are thrilled that our song was chosen for this unique ad and honored that it is airing during such an important time as the Olympics. “It still feels surreal.”

Leftover Cuties recently released a covers EP, Departures featuring takes on tunes by Etta James, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and more.  Take a few minutes to watch a few of Leftover Cuties’ videos on YouTube.  Their energy is fabulous!  I promised myself I wouldn’t pressure myself too much to sound like Shirli when signing You Are My Sunshine to my daughter at bedtime, but it’s so hard to not try at least. 🙂

I’ll be keeping an eye out on their tour schedule in hopes of seeing Leftover Cuties during a future visit to Atlanta, GA!

Connect with Leftover Cuties on Twitter and Facebook to learn about tour/performance dates when new songs and albums are released.

Leftover Cuties tote bag and album giveaway
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Join me at the “Inside the Crayon Box” Facebook Chat with Crayola and Lisa Loeb March 7th!

The first “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat is tonight, Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST or 8 p.m CST.

Lisa Loeb Crayola Inside the Box Live Facebook Chat

If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you’ll want to join us to learn and share!

Join Crayola and musician, children’s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page.  Lisa, best-known for her number one hit “Stay (I Missed You),” will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter.

Participants will be encouraged to ask Lisa questions during the event, too!


Lisa Loeb Crayola Inside the Box Live Facebook Chat

Topics to be covered during the chat:

  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.

“Creativity Matters”



If you are a huge Lisa Loeb fan like I am, check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children´s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa’s Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

To learn more about the tools from Crayola that make it easy for parents to help children develop their creativity and like Crayola on Facebook!

Alicia Hagan, Editor

Disclosure:  The Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.

New Michael Bolton! – One World, One Love album review + a giveaway

Michael Bolton - One World, One Love

A little twist of Michael is how I refer to Michael Bolton’s new record, One World, One Love.   On this record, he’s collaborated with award-winning artists including singer/songwriters Lady Gaga with whom he sings Murder My Heart, and Ne-yo who he collaborated with on the 3rd single on this album, Sign Your Name (video below), one of my favorite tracks on the album.

One World, One Love is a great mix of music perfect for your next road trip, at the house, or at your next playgroup meeting.  Buy your yourself and your mom a copy of Michael Bolton’s One World, One Love album at your local music store or at

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Michael Bolton has

  • sung with Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles
  • written songs with Bob Dylan, Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga
  • penned hits for Barbra Streisand and KISS
  • played guitar with B.B. King
  • and had his music recorded on a track by hip-hop superstar Kanye West (featuring megastar Jay-Z)..

What other artist has done all of that?  – Not-a-one!

Can’t get enough of Michael Bolton?

Watch Michael Bolton live on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, May 11th.  You can also check out Michael Bolton on Twitter and Facebook.  Visit Michael Bolton’s website here.

You can buy  Michael Bolton’s One World, One Love album at here or download mp3 tracks for your iPod using the widget below.


To enter simply do any or all 3 of the following:

  1. Tell me in the comments below what your favorite song is from the One World, One Love album and/or what your all time favorite Michael Bolton song is.
  2. Tell us what your favorite memory is that involves a Michael Bolton song.
  3. Tweet about our giveaway and then leave your twitter ID in a comment below to get an extra entry.
    Tweet this: Michael Bolton One World, One Love CD give away. @mommyinsider @mbsings

Up to 3 entries per day per person.  Entries accepted through May 25th, 2010.

Disclosure: As part of Team Mom’s Music Moms program, The Mommy Insider was given a copy of Michael Bolton’s One World, One Love album for this review.  Read my Disclosure Policy here.

Marlise Karlin: Imagine CD – a stressed mom’s hero

I have major sleep and relaxation issues resulting from.. having two kids, bad dreams, car accident, and other issues that I’m guessing 85% of the population share with me so I am always looking for ways to de-stress my mind and body and fall asleep easier.  I was introduced to Marlise Karlin in May 2009 and wrote about her tips for living well, here.  Now, Marlise has a new CD out that I can’t wait to listen to in its entirety and hope to soon.

Marlise is a world renowned spiritual teacher who has traveled the globe, teaching people how to reconnect with their true essence to bring peace and balance back into their lives by experiencing The Simplicity of Stillness.™

Countless people from every culture around the world have attended Marlise’s Programs and are attesting to the extraordinary benefits that her Stillness Sessions® have brought to their lives, from experiencing a sense of peace rarely felt, to finding balance and wellbeing, from releasing years of road blocks, to discovering what they really want out of life and how to create it.

Marlise has just released her latest Stillness Session on CD called “Imagine.”

Stillness Sessions™ are an experiential form of teaching designed to move people beyond the limitations and agitations of the mind and into their natural state of being. These journeys are accompanied by music and words infused with the profound energy and vibration of Stillness.

Listen to a sample track here.

Marlise Karlin’s Imagine CD can be purchased here.  The CD retails at $17.95 and is an hour long.

Become a fan of Marlise Karlin on Facebook here and follow Marlise on Twitter here.

I hope to write a more personal review and giveaway a copy of Marlise Karlin’s new CD, Imagine, soon.

Sign up for Marlise Karlin’s Opening to Love teleseminar here.

Read my May 2009 article about Marlise Karlin titled: Marlise Karlin Offers Five Simple Tips for Living Life Well, here, on