Today’s bowl!

Strawberry Mango Smoothie Bowl
(makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller portions)

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic mango
3/4 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds
sliced organic banana
pomegranate seeds
strawberries
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
sliced organic mango

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This week at TLB Music, our Smock Rock art students are creating handmade maracas while listening to Cuban music!  These maracas are easy for little hands to make, help students practice fine motor skills and they sound great to play!

Student Materials:
masking or duct tape, in a few colors or patterns
2 plastic spoons, 1 plastic easter egg, about 1-2 tsp of rice

Teacher Materials: scissors

Teacher Prep: -place a small of of rice in a cup for each child
-cut strips of tape for students or help students cut

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After running errands today in the oppressive NYC heat, I made this anti-oxidant rich smoothie bowl to cool down! So simple to make, loaded with healthy ingredients and tastes like dessert.

 
Cherry Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic cherries
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas brand.)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic banana
pomegranate seeds
Rainier cherries
sprouted organic buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)

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This might be my favorite smoothie of the summer so far!  The color is the most beautiful mint green and the taste is absolutely delicious. The matcha tea gives an extra boost of antioxidants and balanced energy (caffeine!) to this bowl.  Here are just some of the health benefits of matcha tea:

*extremely high in antioxidants (over 60 times that of spinach!)
*contains high levels of cancer-preventing catechins
*combats inflammation, oxidation & aging
*improves brain function with L-theanine
*detoxes the body with Chlorophyll
*lowers bad cholesterol
*helps with weight loss
*provides energy boost without jittery feeling!

3 Brands to Try:

DōMatcha Green Tea
The Republic Of Tea Matcha Tea Powder
Jade Organics Matcha Tea

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic mango
1/2 fresh organic kiwi
1 handful organic kale (can use spinach)
2 tsp matcha powder
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk.  You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
organic hemp seeds (I used Nutiva!)
sliced organic kiwi
sliced organic banana
organic blueberries
sprouted organic buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)

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This week, TLB Music‘s mini camp theme is Little Artists!  One of our campers craft activities is creating a water lily pond using Monet’s famous series Water Lilies as inspiration.

Student Materials:
a large green paper plate, green lily pads, pink tissue squares, crayons (green & white)
a glue stick, sponge brushes, paint (purple, dark blue, light blue, green & white)

Teacher Materials: scissors

Teacher Prep: -cut lily pads out of green paper in a variety of sizes
-cut small squares of pink tissue paper (I used 1” and 2” squares)

Project Intro:
Claude Monet was an impressionist painter from Paris, France. Impressionism is a 19th century art movement. (ask kids to try to say “Impressionism”) This movement was actually named after one of Monet’s paintings, Impression, Sunrise! Small, thin brushstrokes are one of the main characteristics of these paintings.  Look at Monet’s works of art. What do kids see? Monet’s most famous series of paintings is Water Lilies, which depicts Monet’s garden in France.  There are approximately 250 paintings in this series! Today, we’re going to create our own water lily ponds using the technique of Impressionist painters.

Inspiration:

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Another day, another bowl! This blend was divine!

Raspberry Peach Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
3/4 cup frozen organic peach
1/2 cup fresh organic raspberries
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon pomegranate powder (I use Navitas brand.)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
sliced organic peach
hemp seeds
sliced organic banana
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic raspberries
hemp seed granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)

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Peach Mango Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic peach
3/4 cup frozen organic mango
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut milk (You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva.)
mango stars
sliced organic banana
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
organic raspberries
sliced organic peach

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This week, TLB Music‘s mini camp theme is outer space!  One of our campers craft activities is creating a spaceship collage using colorful shapes.  This is a great activity for young kids to work on concepts like shapes, colors, counting and how to draw objects using shapes as your guide.

Student Materials:
a variety of colorful paper cut into rectangles, squares, triangles and circles
a black piece of paper, a glue stick, a circle moon, and orange & red crepe paper streamer pieces.

Teacher Materials: circle hole punch, scissors, paper cutter (optional)
All craft supplies used are at bottom of post.

Teacher Prep: -punch 2” circles out of paper with printed moon surface
-cut or rip strips of orange and red crepe paper streamer into various triangles sizes
-cut shapes in a variety of colors (windows: 2” circles | doors: 2.5” squares |
cabins: 5.5” x 3” rectangles | roofs: triangles made by cutting 3” squares in half |
wings: triangles made by cutting 2.5” squares in half)
*If students are older, they can help with the “teacher prep” section!

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It’s been so hot and humid in NYC so I’ve been making a smoothie bowl every day to cool off.  This watermelon strawberry smoothie might be my favorite smoothie flavor I’ve made yet!  So sweet and refreshing.

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup fresh organic watermelon (hydrating and loaded with vitamins & antioxidants!)
6-8 frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas. 2 tablespoons = 260% vitamin C!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk.  You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
sprouted buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)
black chia seeds (I love Nutiva.)
sliced organic banana
organic pomegranate seeds
sliced organic strawberries
organic watermelon stars

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My business, TLB Music, is hosting a mini-camp summer series for NYC kids 18 months – 5 years and this patriotic windsock project is one of our campers’ activities of the week!  This craft is perfect for young children and the end result looks great as a decoration for the Fourth of July.  Follow these easy instructions to create your own and scroll to the bottom of this post to see the craft supplies I used!

Student Materials:
blue paper, white paper stars, red and white crepe paper streamer strips, glue stick, string

Teacher Materials: star hole punch, small circle hole punch, scissors

Teacher Prep: cut 8 1/2 x 11 blue paper into 7 x 11 pieces (2 per child)
punch white stars (12 per student)
cut strips of crepe paper streamer into strips  (8 per student, 4 red, 4 white)

*If students are older, they can help with the “teacher prep” section!

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This smoothie bowl is so delicious, hydrating and nutritious.  The smoothie itself is amazing but the fresh watermelon and pomegranate seeds on top bursting with flavor are the best part!

Watermelon Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup fresh organic watermelon (hydrating and loaded with vitamins & antioxidants!)
5-6 frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas. 2 tablespoons = 260% vitamin C!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk.  You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
organic pomegranate seeds
sprouted buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)
organic watermelon balls (I used this cookie scoop by OXO to make the melon balls.)
sliced organic strawberries
sliced organic banana
black chia seeds (I love Nutiva.)

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This smoothie bowl’s base is made with one of my favorite blends: bananas, cherries and strawberries.  It gets an extra boost of antioxidants and vitamins from the yummy superfruit powders blended in and sprinkled on top!

Pretty in Pink Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
10 frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas. 2 tablespoons = 260% vitamin C!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of dairy-free milk (soy, coconut, almond, cashew, hemp, etc!)

For toppings, I used:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds (organic shelled hempseed by Nutiva.)
pomegranate powder (Navitas brand is delicious!)
sliced organic banana
hemp granola (I love this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva)

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I make a smoothie bowl almost every day. It’s the most delicious way to load up on healthy fruits, protein and fiber! Here’s the recipe for my new favorite.

Frosted Berry Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic blackberries
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
5 frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of dairy-free milk (soy, coconut, almond, cashew, hemp, etc!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
cacao nibs (I use Navitas.)
sliced organic banana
frozen organic blueberries
frozen organic blackberries
sprouted buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal. Stays crunchy in your smoothie!)
hemp granola (I love this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)

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I created this Upper East Side, NYC scavenger hunt for all the wonderful UES kids I know!  Print a copy and explore the neighborhood!  Can you find all 20?

Click the link below to download and print the free PDF.

Upper East Side, NYC Scavenger Hunt for Kids PDF

Want more scavenger hunts? CLICK HERE


Legendary soul and R&B singer/songwriter Ben E. King passed away yesterday on April 30, 2015 at the age of 76. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite recordings in his honor.

1. “Spanish Harlem”(1960)
King moved to Harlem, NYC when he was 9 years old.
 

 
 
2. “This Magic Moment” (1960)
King with The Drifters, singing the lead.
 

 
 
3 “I (Who Have Nothing)” (1963)
This song is based on an Italian song called “Uno Dei Tanti” (“One of Many”).  Although King was the first to record it, many others followed: Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Liza Minnelli, Neil Diamond, Donna Osmond, Gladys Knight and more!
 

 
 
4. “Stand by Me” (1961)
One of my favorite songs of all-time (first song I learned on the Double Bass!) and the song people most associate with King. He wrote it along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
 

 
 
5. “Save the Last Dance for Me”(1960) Another one of my favorites of Ben E. King with The Drifters.
 

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