What is the Right Age to Start Piano Lessons?

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As I start to think about the activities to put Ella into now that she’s 4yrs old, I try to balance my desire to have a “well rounded” child vs. over programming her .  Music lessons is something I’ve always wanted to expose her to.  Of course in the back of my mind, there is always the concept of “music makes you smarter” that you hear about so I figure it couldn’t hurt.  At the very least even if it didn’t have a direct effect to her doing any better in school, she’d gain a new skill, learn to play some music for herself and others, and at least teach her how to focus on something other than the iPad!

I am surrounded by over a hundred musicians and teachers all the time so here is what I found.

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$2 = Baby. The Infertility Cure that Worked for Me!

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Once we decided to try to get pregnant, I did everything I thought I should have to prepare.  I started tracking my cycle, taking my temperature and making suggestions to my husband to wear boxers instead of briefs.  The concept of trying was always strange to me before it was actually our turn to “try”.  I always assumed it was pretty simple – just as you learned in sex ed class and it should just happen right?  After several months of really trying – nothing.  I started buying pregnancy test kits in bulk as they are expensive! (more…)

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Fly for FREE on Your Next Family Trip

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After Ella turned two, going on trips got more expensive now that we had to purchase a seat on the plane for her.  My obsession with collecting points kicked into high gear.  I wanted to be able to travel without incurring this additional cost or have to wait longer than usual to earn enough points for the tickets.  Over the last four years the three of us have flow all on points to Athens Greece, London England, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and back from Japan.  All we had to pay for were the taxes required when using points. (more…)

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Put under for fillings – what we didn’t know until now

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So the first visit to the dentist was a success but they were not able to take x-rays.  On the second visit the x-rays showed that in between Ella’s back molars there were cavities!  And as a result of it being in between the teeth instead of on top, it spread to the teeth touching it.  Eight cavities in total between her two back molars top and bottom, left and right side – I was shocked!  I was very careful with the sugar when she was younger and I guess that didn’t help.  Turns out my habit of giving her a glass of milk after she had brushed her teeth, putting her straight to bed when she fell asleep in the car, not flossing and allowing her to be independent with brushing her own teeth all contributed to the crazy number of cavities. (more…)

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No SNOWPANTS!

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As I always buy clothes for Ella in the off-season for the upcoming season, I had purchased a highly rated snowsuit that had grow with me features from LL Bean thinking we were set for the winter!  I never had any issues with Ella and clothes before so I was set for this winter or so I thought.

When we had our first snow fall, I pulled out the snowsuit when getting ready for school and Ella threw a fit.   (more…)

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