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Moms Check Out the iTunes Festival

apps, GEAR, LIVE, play By September 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Moms Check out the iTunes FestivalAs if today hasn’t been exciting enough in the Apple world, I’m exhausted after having a Mom and kids dance party last night while we rocked out to the Arctic Monkeys at the iTunes Festival.  (Well kind of at the festival.) As a busy mom, I can only galavant across the globe so much.. (chuckle), and I haven’t been out for an adult evening in a while.  As with all of a parent’s favourite things, the ability to see concerts shouldn’t disappear once we have kids.  We love the gift that iTunes gives parents every September.  The iTunes Festival is an annual, month-long music festival and concert series which takes place over the entire month of September at The Roundhouse art centre in London, England. Currently in its seventh year, headliners include Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Elton John and Jessie J.  The lineup is incredible and every day there’s something new.

Moms iTunes FestivalWatching on my HDTV via my Apple TV made me feel like I was in London as the concert streamed live.  And free. Every day there’s a new lineup. (Don’t miss Canada’s Bahamas on September 16th..)

Even better? when the kids take over the Apple TV to watch kids stuff (or if certain acts are more adult-oriented), I can stream the music on the iPod or iPhone, Mac or PC using the Festival App.  If you are a tad swamped in September with back to school chaos (moi?), the content is also available for purchase and download on iTunes.

So put on your skinny jeans and lace, Mom.  We’re hitting the concert circuit!

The iTunes Festival website (iTunesFestival.com) will have all the latest news and information.

There is also a dedicated iTunes Twitter feed for anyone that wants to follow the festival on Twitter:  @iTunesfestival  #iTunesFestival

Current Line-up:

September 1: Lady Gaga
September 2: Sigur Rós + Poliça
September 3: The Lumineers + Phox
September 4: Paramore + Fenech-Soler
September 5: Rizzle Kicks
September 6: Queens of The Stone Age + Palma Violets
September 7: Phoenix + Little Green Cars
September 8: Bastille + 1975
September 9: Arctic Monkeys + Drenge
September 10: Jake Bugg + Valerie June
September 11: Kings of Leon + Jimmy Eat World
September 12: Elton John + Tom Odell
September 13: Avicii
September 14: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers + Janelle Monáe
September 15: Vampire Weekend + The Olms
September 16: Jack Johnson + Bahamas
September 17: Ludovico Einaudi + Agnes Obel
September 18: Thirty Seconds To Mars + The Family Rain
September 19: Kendrick Lamar
September 20: Primal Scream + Skinny Girl Diet
September 21: HAIM + Dan Croll
September 22: Ellie Goulding
September 23: Jessie J + Lawson
September 24: Robin Thicke
September 25: Pixies + NO CEREMONY///
September 26: Tinie Tempah + Naughty Boy
September 27: Dizee Rascal
September 28: John Legend
September 29: Justin Timberlake
September 30: Katy Perry

 

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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kid friendly crab cakes

Kid Friendly Crab Cakes

EAT, lunches, snacks By August 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

If you’re used to picky eaters or chicken finger lovers, kid friendly crab cakes make a great healthy snack.  And it’s not necessary to catch the crabs and shell them like we did (for authenticity).  You can grab the cans.  You also have the option of frying or baking.  The baked version is of course healthier, but you could do a flash fry at the end using olive or grapeseed oil (which has a higher temperature threshold to prevent burning).  Served with veggies or a robust salad they make a great dinner as well.

Kid Friendly Crab Cakes Ingredients:

4 T. finely crushed whole grains (kamut, wheatgerm, wholewheat flour – whatever you have)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning/cocktail sauce
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
salt to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 pound fresh crabmeat, well drained
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (try to use whole grains seasoned with just salt and pepper)
2 tablespoons butter
3T cut chives
6 T finely diced apple (optional) 

Method:

  1. Mix grains, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in crabmeat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a plate.
  4. Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.
  5. Grease a cookie sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Flip crabcakes at 10 minutes.
  6. Optional: flash fry for 30 seconds/side in a skillet before serving.

This kid friendly crab cakes recipe is also great for making shapes – the letters in the kids’ names, hearts, stars and geometric shapes.  Have fun! 

 

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Riley’s Baked Organic Apple

baby, EAT By August 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Good for 9 mos and up.  It doesn’t get much easier than this. It’s quick, yummy and really good for you and your little one! You know what they say, “an apple a day”!  This recipe is great if your little one is starting to eat soft solids and not just pureed foods.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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