How To Start a Family Giving Back Tradition

After Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season kicks into full gear. We quickly start thinking about finding the perfect gifts. We often get so caught up in buying things, and making lists of what we want, that we forget about the true joy of giving. You can change this by starting a giving back tradition with your family. Use this holiday season to think about giving back to the community and helping those in need. By getting your children involved with this, you can teach them the importance of giving to others.

Make a plan to give to others in a way that works for you and what your family is comfortable with. You may be able start a new tradition for you and your family that will bring new meaning to the Season of Giving. Here's some ideas to get you started:

Music Monday, Better When I'm Dancin'

Happy Monday! It's Thanksgiving week, and despite a very difficult last few weeks, I still have a lot to be thankful for. With my little brother's sudden death, I'm reminded of just how short life is and how important the connections we make in life are. I'm so grateful for family, friends, and co-workers that have supported me in so many ways through this very difficult time. I still have moments of sadness, but I have so many more reasons to smile, and I certainly feel better when I'm dancing!

This Music Monday song is Meghan Trainor's "Better When I'm Dancin'"

How Music Can Close the Education Gap

Music Education is so important to helping children learn in other areas, but across the nation many school districts have cut music education programs. They argue that music is a hobby not an education, but evidence proves otherwise.

For myself, music kept me engaged in school. I looked forward to music class, so I looked forward to school. At times, I even used songs to help me remember key facts.  I can't imagine a world without music. Music is important to our culture and it's an important part of education. Don't let it disappear from schools.

See below for how music can be used to close the education gap. Then reach out to your local schools to urge them to continue to teach music to our children.

Using Music to Close the Educational Gap
Kent State Online Master of Music in Music Education

"We Love Disney" Music Review

I love Disney and, of course, I love music, so I was so excited to get to hear the new "We Love Disney" album. This album is a really cool collection of some of our favorite Disney songs performed by some of the hottest artists in music.

Music Monday, Songs for Dogs

It's Monday, the beginning of what will hopefully, be a great new week in a great new month. I'm excited for this week because I will be heading to Atlanta for BarkWorld Expo. Yay! BarkWorld
Expo has so many great speakers and brands that all love pets. I adore the pets in my life, so I can't wait to talk to like minded people and fellow bloggers. So, with pets on my mind, let's do Music Monday with songs for the dogs!