Read or Better Yet, Jam with Your Kid!

Crucially, its findings are based on situations where the child’s musical activities were informal and shared, typically with a parent – essentially a playful social experience.

Simple and fun musical activities can have enormous power in developing numeracy and literacy: try improvising a counting song, or making up new rhymes to familiar tunes.

But the true power of musical play lies in the unique blend of creativity, sound and face-to-face interaction; the learning is strengthened by its basis in a positive, empathic emotional relationship.

Let's jam. I'll host. Bring your best kitchen utensils and percussion instruments.


Introducing Norah Renée

I snapped this photo on the 2nd of September, 15 days after she blessed us with her presence. I used my new her new Olympus OM-D E-M5 paired with a Panasonic "Leica" DG Summilux 25/f1.4 and just brushed a warmer effect on Aperture. I'm still learning the ins and out of photography again and using my new micro 4/3s camera. If you have any tips and tricks, leave a comment!

Of course this shot was inspired by none other than my friend Gage Caudell. Check out his photo titled "Our Future". It's definitely a much better composition and a wonderful shot of his little girl. The month by month progression is fantastic!

Pinterest and the Withings Smart Baby Monitor Contest

I've really never gotten into Pinterest until Withings started a contest. I signed up, submitted a photo and now the contest is live. Check out the photo that I took of Norah Renée along with the Smart Baby Monitor. If you think it's worthy, please repin it! As of Sunday tonight, she's in 3rd place. Hey, and if you wanted to buy this awesome monitor, use can always use my Amazon link provided here.  It's awesome and my wife and I love it!