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The Baby Mine Project Launches Fundraising Collection of Apparel and Accessories Inspired By Response to the Album. 50% of All Album and Merchandise Proceeds Support the Mission of Changing the Future for Vulnerable Children in Africa via Partnership with OVI Children’s Hospital.



ORLANDO, Fla. - September 2, 2020 - The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection, the first album release from non-profit organization The Baby Mine Project, debuted at #5 on the iTunes Children’s Music Chart and is now available for purchase on CD and digital download at www.BabyMineProject.org. Listen to the full album here.

The Baby Mine Project has also launched a new fundraising collection of apparel and accessories inspired by response to the album. Fifty percent (50%) of album and merchandise proceeds go directly to supporting vulnerable children in Africa through emergency relief funds.


The socially impactful album is the first major fundraising campaign for the recently-established non-profit whose mission is to support the health and wellness of children in underserved areas of Africa while providing them a source of comfort through the development of music and art. The first facility that album and merchandise proceeds will support is The Baby Mine Project’s partnership with OVI Children’s Hospital at their founding site in Kenya. OVI Healthcare is building a movement of global medical facilities that are innovating healthcare for vulnerable populations.

“The Baby Mine Project blankets children with comfort in their most vulnerable state. Every song is composed with a certain magic that isn’t just heard, it’s experienced. Watching our NICU and pediatric critical care patients respond to this lullaby album has been an unmatched gift,” said Amy Hehre, CEO and Founder of OVI Children’s Hospital. “In times of horrific pain and loss, a song can be the difference in hope or surrender. With thanks to this movement, our patients are finding strength to fight!”

Produced by Grammy® nominee Chris Jay, David Shipman, Aaron Safer and Music Arranger Jamsheed Master, The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection was a true labor of love collaboration featuring a diverse group of world-renowned artists and African children’s choirs representing three countries (Uganda, Kenya and South Africa) coming together as performers to make a difference in the world. Shipman and Safer are co-founders of The Baby Mine Project.

Volunteering at the Home Again Orphanage in Uganda introduced me not only to the beautiful children and their dedicated caretakers, but also to the many missing necessities that impacted their lives. Children need to feel safe to thrive. Through something as natural as singing, I found that lullabies were a simple yet powerful way to create a sense of safety and to soothe children to sleep knowing that they are not alone. This inspired me to create the album to provide that comfort and raise much needed funds to support the underserved children in Africa,” said Shipman.


An accomplished performer, Shipman lends his voice to four songs on the album, including one that features the last three Ringmasters for the now-closed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus: Shipman, Johnathan Lee Iverson and Kristen Michelle Wilson. Music artists Robyn Adele Anderson and Von Smith, also producers on the album, contributed arrangements for the songs on which they are featured. Multiple tracks showcase touring sensations The African Children’s Choir and the Kenyan Boys Choir.

The album was produced with one feeling in mind: comfort. By leveraging the universal language of lullabies, the track cadence soothes children to sleep as the music continually becomes softer, providing a sense of comfort and mimicking the feeling of drifting off to sleep. Music has the ability to connect cultures through a simple melody, and the lullabies on this album are arranged to help calm no matter where around the globe they are heard or what language the listener speaks.


“Music is the most incredible, rewarding and powerful gift we have. The opportunity to arrange these beautiful songs has been life-changing for me,” said Music Arranger Jamsheed Master. “As we reimagined each of the songs as lullabies, our inspiration always came from the children for whom we created the album. I wanted the album to feel like a pair of big, safe arms to sleep in.”

Song List for The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection

1. “Someone’s Waiting” - Kellie Rhianne and The African Children’s Choir

2. “Stay Awake” - David Shipman and the Kenyan Boys Choir

3. “Not While I’m Around” - Dante J. Payne

4. “You’ll Be In My Heart” - Kristen Michelle Wilson

5. “Distant Melody” - Johnathan Lee Iverson and The African Children’s Choir

6. “Hushabye Mountain” - Robyn Adele Anderson

7. “A Million Dreams” - David Shipman, Kristen Michelle Wilson, Johnathan Lee Iverson

8. “La vie en rose” - Diya Jawali

9. “You Are My Sunshine” - Julia Ceslee Marie

10. “La La Lu” - Karen Yvette Reid

11. “When You Wish Upon A Star” - Von Smith

12. “There’s Always Tomorrow” - Julia Ceslee Marie and David Shipman

13. “Baby Mine” - David Shipman


Visit www.BabyMineProject.org for more information.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebabymineproject/

Twitter: @babymineproj

Instagram: @babymineproject

About The Baby Mine Project

The Baby Mine Project supports orphanages and children’s medical facilities in under served communities in Africa through the development of music and art. Their vision is to be a resource by purposing funds raised to assist in immediate medical relief for the children who need it most, while providing comfort in uncertain times through connective and loving music-filled environments.




Quick and easy frozen DOLE Banana pops, a healthier treat option for the whole family!


Delicious Frozen DOLE Banana Pops

Quarantine got you down? Do you feel like your kids ask you for a snack every 5 minutes? I get it! I was so happy we partnered with DOLE to promote their at home resources for kids during this time and stumbled upon this awesome recipe in the process. It is a much healthier snack option for the kiddos and yes Olivia considers this her ice cream treat! As always, these were taste tested and approved by both daddy and Olivia.



Ingredients (makes 6 DOLE Banana pops)


1. 3 DOLE Bananas

2. Sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, cereal or any other topping

3. 3/4-1 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt or Other Flavored yogurt (We used Yoplait Go-gurt two tubes, raspberry/strawberry flavors, because that was all we had and it was a hit)

4. Popsicle sticks or cake-pop sticks (we used cake-pop sticks)



Step 1


Peel the DOLE Bananas and cut in half so there are 6 in total.


Step 2


Insert the popsicle sticks or cake-pop sticks in the bottom flat part of each banana.


Step 3


Cover each banana in yogurt. You can either roll the bananas on a plate in the yogurt or use a basting brush or small spatula to do this.



Step 4


Sprinkle the topping (sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, etc.) on each DOLE Banana. I found it easiest to hold the banana by the cake-pop stick and then sprinkle it on while twirling the banana in my hand.



Step 5


Place the bananas on a plate or tray lined with wax paper. Freeze for at least 1-2 hours and enjoy the smiling faces!



Comment below if you have tried this before or if you have done it a different way and send me your pictures when you try this so I can see just how creative you got! Also be sure to check out https://www.dole.com/at-home-resources for more at home fun worksheets and recipes. This post is not sponsored and is all my honest opinion.


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Quick and Easy DIY Valentine Ring Pop (could also work for popcorn themed Valentines)!



The Cutest DIY Valentine that will make your heart POP!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner there are so many sweet ideas for your little one's Valentines. Olivia is currently obsessed with Ring Pop rings, I mean what 5 year old isn't? Last year we made home made s'mores and Livi loved the custom tags I made. She talked this mama into making custom tags again, so I designed some cute little tags. In all honesty, it was pretty quick, and it was better than trying to write her name on each little candy bag.





Supplies:


1. Ring Pops

2. String (Pink, Red, Color of your choice)

3. Card stock to print tags (regular paper works too)

4. 1-Hole Punch

5. Fun Scissors with edge pattern



Step 1


Print the labels on card stock paper. Email us at lovecocoandbean@gmail.com for your free template.


Step 2


Cut out the labels with fun scissors.



Step 3


Take one tag and one ring pop and line them up and punch a hole at the top of both at the same time. If your hole punch isn't as sturdy you may need to do one at a time.




Step 4


Cut String and loop the string through the tag and ring pop and tie. We had an assembly line so Livi pre-cut the string and did the hole punching. Mommy cut out the tags and tied the string.




Step 5


Send your son or daughter to school with a big smile on their face and have a Happy Valentine's Day!



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