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Friday Favorites: Slugs & Bugs Revisited

I know I already shared the top 5 reasons why my family loves Slugs & Bugs music, but I have to share it again. They are in the middle of their kickstarter campaign and it ends March 28. They have a goal of $65,000 and are getting close. They already have $63,000 pledged.  Since I first wrote this post they reached their goal! However, you can still help them reach their stretch-goals, which are a few family devotionals and another silly songs album.

They have been working to create two more Sing the Bible cd’s. I cannot rave enough about their cd’s. Just yesterday Maddie was playing her “piano”, this toy xylophone, and singing God’s word which she has learned through Slugs and Bugs.

These moments melt my heart. You can listen to some of the Sing the Bible Vol . 2 here.

I also love how kickstarter works because it’s really not just like fundraising. It’s almost like pre-ordering your merchandise. There are so many perks to sponsoring them, and they just added new benefits for the $35 and $60 levels. You can check it out here.

Did I mention how much fun their silly songs are too. Even those albums have a great balance of being fun for kids and speaking God’s truth too. You can check out some of those songs here.

All in all, if you are looking for some great music for your kids to listen to that won’t drive you up a wall after the 100th time of hearing the same song, then look no further.

*Some of the links above are my affiliate links, but the opinions are completely my own.

Top 5 Reasons Our Family Loves Slugs & Bugs Music

I love Slugs & Bugs! No, not the creepy crawly kind. I really can’t stand that kind. I’m talking about the kids music. I say kids music because that’s really who it’s intended for, but, not so secretly, I really love it too. Slugs & Bugs is the music brand started by Randall Goodgame and Andrew Peterson in an effort to create fun, quality music the whole family can enjoy. You can read more about their story here.

Here are the top 5 reasons why our family loves Slugs & Bugs music:

1. Slugs & Bugs LIVE

We recently saw them in concert at our church and it really helped enhance my kids love for Slugs & Bugs. It was exciting for Maddie to get to meet Mr. Randall Goodgame and thank him for the fun time. I was excited to get to meet him and thank him for his ministry and heart for kids and God’s word. The concert itself was full of action and interaction and videos. It held Maddie’s attention the entire time and even when it was getting close to bed time, she was still enthralled. She came home wanting to do all the actions for the songs, and we still do, at least the ones I can still remember.

2. It’s silly, fun and smart

The silly songs are intelligent, well-written and so much fun. I mean, everybody loves “The Camel Song”, right? And I can’t lie and say that the “Mexican Rhapsody” has not randomly popped into my head. Pico de gallo anyone? Oh, and my kids like them too. My almost three-year-old, Maddie will randomly burst out into “Tractor, Tractor”, or the “Bears” song. And after the concert she also randomly asks, “Have you looked under there?” (Check out the “Under Where?” song if you want to know why) Read more

My Favorite Podcasts 

podcastsallI became a fan of the podcast many years ago, when I had a job where I was on the road a lot. It was great for passing the time. I still remember our makeshift setup. My teammate and I had a company van without an aux jack, so we bought a cheap set of speakers and with the help of some duct tape we made it work.  We plugged the iPod into the speakers, which were rigged with duct tape to a spot near the dash when in use. It was rough, but functional. Ah, the good old days.

Now I am in the home, not on the road, but I still like my podcasts. At the moment, breastfeeding gives me the perfect opportunity for listening. Often I am up in the night several times and it helps me take my mind off the fact that I would rather be sleeping. Also they sometimes help me fall back asleep as well. I also love that you can listen to them while you are doing other things, like cleaning, dishes, laundry, etc. I can’t do that at the moment, because my little ones won’t allow it, but maybe you can, and one day I can too.

All that being said, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite ones to listen to. I know there are so many more good ones out there too, but these are my favorites right now, in no particular order. Read more

I love this pillow!

I wrestled for a while with whether or not to purchase one of those various types of pregnancy pillows. I know everyone says I am small, but sleeping has been very uncomfortable from the get go, regardless of my size. I used as many pillows as I could find and we even bought one more regular one to get me through many months.

Dec Jan 13-1434So when my friend that just had a baby offered to let me borrow hers I was ready to give it a try. I was warned that it is big and John may not like it. It’s true. It probably takes up about 70% of our queen size bed. Good thing John is thin. I know he misses being right beside me, but I am not missing it at the moment. I love this pillow! When I can’t seem to find comfort much of anywhere else. I lay down and relax with my comfy pillow friend and I rest well. I am so grateful!

It’s one of the pillow types that’s a big U so I feel supported on all sides and it’s easy to flip over to my other side then. It also helps prevent me from sleeping on my back. Seriously, I can’t recommend it enough. If you are pregnant and can’t get comfy sleeping – give this type of pillow a try. You won’t regret it!

Chick-fil-a Love

John and I dressed up as cows. I used the halloween costume that I wore in October and John used the cut out items from their website to create a cow look.cow apperciation day1 cow apperciation day3It was kinda slower at the time and place we went. Not a ton of people were dressed up so it did feel a little awkward as I walked in dressed fully as a cow. But we elicited many smiles from the staff and we enjoyed every bit of our free meals! The manager even took our picture, but I couldn’t find it posted, so maybe it didn’t turn out great.cow apperciation day2

The only thing better than Chick-fil-a is FREE Chick-fil-a.

The Three Little Pigs….Like You’ve Never Heard it Before

I came across this video via one of my favorite Christian comedians who I will give a shout out to in a later post. But this video is from another up and coming comedian who I am beginning to really enjoy as well, John Branyan. He’s from Kokomo, IN which is cool since that’s just a little ways away from where I went to college. He has alot of tour dates in IN so for all my peeps there, go check him out!

He retells the story of the Three Little Pigs, and really, I’ll just let the video speak for itself.

You can purchase the Illustrated book to practice your vocabulary. Makes for a very fun read. Especially if you try the accents.


Spunky Dunkers Day

 Every Friday at work is donut day. We used to get Dunkin Donuts and then one day everything changed. One Friday the donuts looked different. They were in a box labeled Spunky Dunkers. They were good! And so began a marvelous new tradition that I have labeled Spunky Dunkers Day.

The even better news is that Spunky Dunkers is nearby and John and I went there and were able to buy a box of day old donuts for $4. The only thing better than a box of delicious donuts is a box of delicious donuts at a sweet price!

They have two locations that I know of: In Palatine and Arlington Heights. So if you live nearby and haven’t been you should definitely check them out!