Sunday, December 18, 2011

Giveaway: Until the Light of Morning CD and Panel $52 ARV {1.18; US/Can}

This is a joint giveaway with WaldenMommy: Life Behind the Red Front Door and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.

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Essie Jain is offering our readers a giveaway of Until the Light of Morning CD and Art Panel, a value of $52.

This record is made for every parent and every baby (and anyone else) who needs to rest and head off into the land of sleep. A perfect panel for a nursery wall, the artwork is a dreamlike creation by Iker Spozio.




As a parent, I know how hard it can be to find calm, soothing music that both parents and babies love. When BigBrother was little, we had several CDs of classical music, but those soon grew tiring. I wanted new, soothing music to play to him as part of his bedtime routine, but couldn’t seem to find anything beyond the then-popular “Baby Einstein.”

Several years later, I wish I had had Essie Jain’s lullaby album, “Until the Light of Morning.” Her CD is a collection of eight original, soothing tracks, meant to be played at night, or anytime baby needs to relax and sleep. Inspired by friends who, like me, needed something new to listen to, her music “is designed to unwind itself as it goes along, as the music becomes softer and more relaxed, eventually becoming as instrumental as the heart beat.”

The CD and Panel

Jain’s CD comes packaged in a small but sturdy paper tri-fold case. The artwork on the front is an original piece of work by Iker Spozio. The front picture is of a couple with an infant. The father appears to be lovingly playing the guitar as the mother and sleeping child listen. The background evokes a peaceful dreamland by the water, with mountains, swans and a Pegasus against a starry night sky. The CD itself bears a close up image of the family.

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The eight by thirty-three inch panel arrived rolled in a short tube that fit easily into my mailbox. It is on high quality Matte Satin Roll paper that feels like it would withstand handling. Because it fits a standard size frame, it can be inexpensively framed.

Review

Jain’s music is soothing and peaceful. I often nursed my toddler to sleep while listening to music or watching TV. As soon as I put this in, he relaxed and dozed off. The music literally carries you away peacefully. I was glad I chose to listen to it at home, instead of in the car! It is so soothing, I probably would have fallen asleep!

The next night, I chose to play the music as I was getting all four of the children ready for bed. The normally hectic bedtime routine (baths, teeth, prayers) was notably calmer. My oldest son (7 years old) even liked the music.

The tracks contain both instrumental and vocal music. They blend well together, and Jain’s voice doesn't distract from the lovely instrumentals. They work in harmony to create a soothing melody. It reminded me of the beach at night, when the waves roll in.[caption id="attachment_17521" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The CD itself and the inside of the case"][/caption]

The panel is printed on sturdy paper. Although the website says it would work well in a baby’s room (and it would!) it would also be lovely in a music room, hung above a piano. I think it would also work well in a playroom or classroom. In our house, it is going to hang in the dining room, where the red in the mother’s dress and the dark hair of the people work well with our d├ęcor.a

I think this CD and panel would make a lovely and unique gift for a baby shower or blessingway. It could be coupled with a few items to aid in establishing soothing nighttime routine (perhaps some bath supplies or a lovely blanket).

BUY IT!


You can purchase your own CD and panel at Light of Morning for $12 and $40, respectively. You can also purchase the CD through Amazon, where it's eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.

And just for Natural Parents Network and WaldenMommy readers, Light of Morning is giving a 10% discount on all orders from now through January 17. Enter code Moonlight during the ordering process.


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WIN IT!


For your own chance to win a CD and panel from Light of Morning, enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below.

The winner will receive one Light of Morning CD and panel. Contest is open to the US/CANADA.

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This is a joint giveaway with WaldenMommy: Life Behind the Red Front Door and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only, and we'll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do visit and enjoy both sites!

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