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Day 22:    30 Days in the StepMom Trenches

A few days ago I published a post called ipod therapy regarding the relaxing benefit of listening to music and tuning out the chaos of the world and tuning in some great tunes. Today, I share with you my ultimate StepMom playlist: 

  1. Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  2. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  3. How do I Live – Leann Rimes
  4. I am the Warrior – Scandal
  5. R-E-S-P-E-C-T – Aretha Franklin
  6. God Bless the Broken Road – Selah
  7. Beautiful Day – U2
  8. Take Me On – A-Ha
  9. I Get Knocked Down – Chumbawamba
  10. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
  11. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  12. Complicated – Avril Lavigne
  13. Isn’t it Ironic – Alanis Morissette
  14. Run so Far Away – Flock of Seagulls
  15. Waiting for the World to Change – John Mayer
  16. Don’t Worry Be Happy. – Bobby McFerrin
  17. Bringin’ on the Heartbreak – Def Leppard
  18. I’ve Done Everything For You – Rick Sprinfield
  19. Every Rose Has itsThorn – Poison
  20. Wanna Be Starting Something – Michael Jackson

Lesson from the StepMom Trenches: it’s fun to make playlists. I remember making mix tapes in college. I still have some of them except I don’t have a cassette player to play them on. It’s fun to set music to your life. The songs above touch my heart as a stepmom! Always loved Bon Jovi and I know that I’m Living on a Prayer each and every day!


Challenge: make a list of songs that make you smile. Consider downloading some songs from above or some that you choose. Check out some CDs at the library and make a mix tape. Have fun with music and make a list of songs that will cheer you up when you are starting to feel down. Music just puts us in a good mood!


 What songs would you put on your ultimate StepMom playlist? Please share.

Stepmoms, you work hard at blending your family and making your home a respite from the stresses that can face the kids as well as you and your husband. You seek ways to ease tensions, connect with your stepchildren and fill your home with harmony and peace. You are committed to inspiring all the kids in your home and helping each child feel like a SuperStar!

Music is a powerful force in creating a relaxed and fun mood in our home, bringing our kids together and strengthening the relationships that I have with each of my six kids.

If your family is like mine, your house smiles a little brighter when there is music playing and/or the kids are singing. I love to see our kids working together to create plays and singing shows and then perform for my husband and I. Those are treasured moments and videos. It’s those times that I reflect on when the things aren’t so easy.

Music has been a blessing to my ten year-old stepdaughter. When she sings, its as if the problems of the day disappear for her. When I encourage her to sing and compliment her voice, she beams. Music has become a way for she and I to connect.

And it was during the David Cook season of American Idol that my oldest daughter and oldest stepdaughter truly bonded. I’d make them popcorn and smoothies and enjoy listening to them laugh, sing along, comment on Paula’s clothes and Simon’s comments and most importantly create shared memories.

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” Berthold Auerbach

Does music play an important role in your family? Do your kids or stepkids dream of becoming a Superstar? Are you looking for something you can do with the kids to strengthen your bond with each of them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Quaker Chewy has an opportunity of a lifetime for you and the Big Voice or Voices in your home.

Yes! I am so excited to tell you about the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars has teamed up with recording artist Nick Jonas and launched an incredible singing competition for kids. The Quaker Chewy Superstar Search is designed to give parents and stepparents of kids ages 8 – 14 a platform to showcase their kids’ BIG vocal talents.

The Quaker Chewy Superstar Search kicked off on June 8th and ends on August 5, 2011. Parents, stepparents or legal guardians of children ages 8-14 can work with their kids to record a performance and upload it to enter at www.ChewySuperstar.com.

The Grand Prize winner of the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search will get to record a song produced by Nick Jonas, a contract with Jonas Group Management, an online music video with a clip aired on national television and a $5,000 cash prize. Four finalists will receive a cash prize of $1,000. Now those are Superstar prizes!

You won’t believe how easy Quaker has made it to showcase your child’s talent. The site has an incredible video tutorial. They even provide song selection tips, performance tips and personal style tips. You and your child get to choose from one of four songs to sing and submit. You can download the lyrics for practice and even have the lyrics scrolling on the computer while the instrumental music they provide plays in the background while you record the Big Voice in your home. It’s so easy.  Your family will have a blast checking out the site. Click here to get started!

Quaker has a Mobile Recording Studio and will be in Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles in the next three weeks.

July 18 – 20 - Dallas metro area
July 26 and 28 - Denver metro area
August 2 – 4 - Los Angeles metro area

If you live in these metro areas, click here for details on how your kids can record and submit right on the spot!

Just think your child or stepchild has the opportunity to be the first Quaker Chewy Superstar, record a song produced by Nick Jonas, sign a contract with the Jonas Group Management, make an online music video and receive $5,000 in cash!

I just love the fact that you get to work with your kids to choose the song, record it and upload it for the competition. It’s truly a family experience!

Because I believe in the power of music and the importance of music education, I am impressed that in addition to teaming up with Nick Jonas, Quaker Chewy has joined forces with the non-profit Little Kids Rock. Together, they are ensuring that music education is more accessible in schools across our great nation.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to tell you about this great opportunity and offer you a chance to win an additional prize pack. CafeSmom is giving you the chance to be a Superstar in your home by winning a prize pack that includes a Quaker Chewy Superstar MP3 Player and great tasting Quaker Chewy Granola Bars!


One lucky winner will be receiving a Quaker Chewy Superstar MP3 player and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. Read the requirements below to participate in the giveaway and enter today. Many chances to win!

Giveaway requirements:

There are many ways to enter to win the Quaker Chewy Superstar MP3 & Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Gift Pack! Increase your chances of winning by doing each of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post that answers the following question: What role does music play in your family?
  • Like CafeSmom and Like Quaker Chewy Granola Bars on Facebook. Leave a comment for each that you Liked.
  • Follow @CafeSmom and @QuakerChewy on Twitter. Leave a comment for each that you followed.

Please note this Giveaway ends on Thursday, July 21st at 11:59PM EST

I know many of your kids have Big Voices! You’ve told me so. Sign up to win the prize pack from Quaker Chewy and get to work on helping the 8 – 14 year olds in your home record their song and enter to become the first Quaker Chewy Superstar!

If any of your children dream of becoming a SuperStar, their dream starts here at www.ChewySuperstar.com

Disclosure: While my family and I do enjoy and consume Quaker Chewy bars on a regular basis and my readers know I only endorse and promote products and/or services that I personally use and recommend, please note that I am being compensated by Quaker for my participation in this campaign.

Here are two of my superstars. After they finished singing,they ate their microphones (aka Quaker Chewy Cocoa Chocolatey Mint Bars)! Quaker helps “Nourish Their Play!”
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