Good music for kids – The Quincys giveaway

The first time I heard my two-year-old Smiley wail to Let it go, I thought it was the cutest thing ever … until she started singing it over and over again.

‘Heeeerrrrrre I stannnnnd. Let it goooOOOOOooooo,’ quickly became a little less cute and a lot more irritating.

As much as we all love the movie, I knew it was time to broaden our musical horizons.

Luckily for us, we were able to get our hot little hands on two pre-release songs from a new children’s music website.

The Quincys, which launched yesterday, is the creation of musician Gregor Hacksa and his wife author Zanni Louise who live in Northern New South Wales.

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Gregor has spent the last two years creating the music and building with Zanni a special online home to share their songs, stories, and to encourage children to imagine, create and care for their environment.

The website and music centres on three characters Polli, Roc and Sundrop who love music, playing and the environment.

the-quincysFlowers For The Bees was the first song of The Quincys, which I shared with the girls.

Within seconds of pressing play, Miss Four started dancing. Spinning, twirling, swaying and jumping, she let herself become lost in the music.

Smiley was quick to follow in her sister’s footsteps. With an excited grin on her face she bopped along to the tune awkwardly attempting to mimic her sister’s graceful moves.

I’ve been trying to think of how to describe this first song from The Quincys to you.

It is quite simply, beautiful.

The acoustic guitar and melodic voice of Nina-Rae Saunders lifts you up, makes you sway to the tune and fills you with calm and joy. It is simple, stripped back and wholesome music.

I’d only played it a couple of times before I caught Dave whistling the tune and Miss Four singing along with him.

I can tell The Quincys will be a regular feature in our household from here on in.

Flowers For The Bees was launched to the public along with The Quincys website yesterday. Head over to the site now to listen to it and be sure to return early December for the second song, which has quickly become a favourite with our girls.

On the first Wednesday of each month, an original song will be released through the website setting a theme for the month. In the following weeks stories and activities will be shared on that theme.

Fans will be encouraged to share their creations inspired by the activities in The Quincys’ Facebook page gallery.

This competition is now closed. Thank you to all for your beautiful entries.

The Quincys have been kind enough to offer three Mummy, Wife, Me readers a gorgeous editioned print which accompanies the Flowers For The Bees song. The prints are original prints by Zanni and are 8 x 10 (20 x 25cm) on 210 gsm archival paper.

Flowers_For_The_Bees_print

All you need to do is tell me in the comments what your favourite flower is and why.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents.

– This competition is a game of skill. The prize will go to the most interesting answer.

– This competition closes on Wednesday, 12 November at 8pm.

– Winners will be contacted via email.

Linking up today with Grace for FYBF.

58 comments on Good music for kids – The Quincys giveaway

  1. Zanni Louise
    November 6, 2014 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing Renee! So so happy your girls loved the songs! Xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re so welcome, Zanni. Thanks for thinking of us for the review πŸ™‚ x

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  2. Melissa Jones
    November 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Fragrance of plumeria blossoms is so nice and I can’t help smelling it again and again.

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  3. Debbie
    November 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the daisy because of its purity and simplicity. It is also my birth flower as I was born in April.

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  4. Nell Lisa
    November 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

    clover blooms! // to make daisy chains & hair garlands with! Congratulations @ the Quincys
    Well Done

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm (3 years ago)

      That has just brought back beautiful memories thank you, Nell.

      Reply
  5. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    November 7, 2014 at 5:35 am (3 years ago)

    I had a silly grin on my face reading this post, it just made me happy!
    Sweet Peas are my favourite flowers, I love their fragrance and also their delicate beauty. However the thing I love the most is my memories of playing in the garden when I was young against a backdrop of thick, healthy and beautiful sweet peas. I’m trying to recreate this at home, however my boys are insistent on trying to pull out the three struggling plants I have!’

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds wonderful, Lauren. (apart from the boys pulling them out) I’m a big fan of sweet peas too. They’re beautiful.

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  6. Lydia C. Lee
    November 7, 2014 at 5:49 am (3 years ago)

    Jonquils – just the smell. I also love that when in season I can buy them for myself each week because they’re cheap ($4!)…alas short season this year for some reason!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Lydia, I can’t think what jonquils look like. I’ll have to google them πŸ™‚

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  7. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 7, 2014 at 6:51 am (3 years ago)

    Wow! What a gorgeous print! My fave flowers would have to be tulips – they were my wedding flowers. Or Oriental Lily’s! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m a tulip fan too, Lucy πŸ™‚ x

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  8. Rachel_OurTownBNE
    November 7, 2014 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    I love Zanni – she is SO talented! I heard the song yesterday and I agree it is just amazing. My favourite flowers are peonies xx

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    • Zanni Louise
      November 7, 2014 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

      That is so nice Rachel! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

      She is a pretty amazing woman, Rachel πŸ™‚ Peonies are my second favourite quickly becoming my first. I love them.

      Reply
  9. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    November 7, 2014 at 11:28 am (3 years ago)

    I love that Zanni is following her gorgeous dream. How exciting that your girls got to enjoy this, Renee x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, I feel honoured Zanni chose our family to listen to them before they were released. Yep, pretty special that she’s following her dream. You should interview her for your blog!! xx

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  10. Sarah @Tomfo
    November 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh how cool Renee, I met the gorgeous Zanni up at PB this year, that is sooooo cool. Congrats Zanni.
    My favourite flower would be the frangipani I love the smell and as soon as I see the leaves coming back on the trees it means summer’s here, good times and beautiful weather. Have a lovely weekend x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 8, 2014 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

      They are gorgeous flowers. I was at PB too. Shame I didn’t see you. Next time πŸ™‚

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  11. Lisa Wood
    November 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Music is so good for little ones deployment!
    Roses are my all time favorite because every colour means something special…
    Red is for Love
    Yellow is for friendship
    White is for peace
    and Pink is for romance.
    So whenever hubby needs to say sorry to me he knows what colours to bring on home!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 8, 2014 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      Oh that is lovely, Lisa. Very clever.

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  12. Mrs P
    November 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the Bird of Paradise. We have two big additions to our garden and I love how beautiful they look in a vase as well.
    And tulips, because *swoons*.
    What a lovely concept! I’m sure it’ll be very popular!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 8, 2014 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      Tulips are one of my faves too. And those birds of paradise are very cool also!

      Reply
  13. Bele @ BlahBlah
    November 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (3 years ago)

    How gorgeous are they! I love any conversation about flowers. I’m a lover of the tuberose x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 8, 2014 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      Ooh I don’t know that one, Bele. I’ll have to google it.

      Reply
  14. Bec @ The Plumbette
    November 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

    My Magdalene loved watching the clip online. Esther was asleep so I can’t wait to show her and see her reaction. They both love Justine Clarke and everyday I get a Let it Go performance. πŸ˜‰

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 8, 2014 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

      Sounds just like my house, Bec πŸ™‚

      Reply
  15. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    November 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I really hope Zanni and Gregor do well, they are both very talented and loving souls!

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  16. sandra
    November 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi,
    my favorite flowers are Waratahs because they look majestic!
    Lovely print by the way!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Isn’t it just, Sandra?! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  17. kzsupreme
    November 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Sunflowers are my favourite flower. When I was younger my grandmother was always growing vegies and fruits. Every Sunday I would help her pick them for our dinner. Along the back fence there were lots and lots of sunflowers that stood like guards with their yellow uniforms. I remember being entranced by them and to this day , some 30 years later , they still have that affect on me β™₯

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Beautiful imagery. Thank you!

      Reply
  18. Maria
    November 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Roses make me very happy! I love their scent and they remind me of my grandmother who had a beautiful rose garden. Oh, and they’re romantic…..

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

      How lovely, Maria πŸ™‚

      Reply
  19. Mick G
    November 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Sunflowers. Their huge “face” bordered with a lovely yellow halo always makes me feel so relaxed and happy

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Lovely description, Mick.

      Reply
  20. Cathy
    November 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Hydrangeas! I always had this vintage charmer in my garden as a kid and love the huge “mops” that flower in summer. And to be able to change their colour is just real life magic πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

      It really is magic πŸ™‚ I love them also!

      Reply
  21. karina lee
    November 10, 2014 at 9:51 am (3 years ago)

    Orchids are my favourite flowers. So hard to maintain but so pretty to look at!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

      I had orchids for my wedding, Karina πŸ™‚

      Reply
  22. Grace
    November 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, I have to check out these songs! I am sooooooo over the Planes soundtracks. Stab my eye with a fork.
    How lovely that Zanni and Gregor are sharing their gift for music and story telling!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha. I don’t know the planes soundtrack. Maybe that’s a good thing?! πŸ™‚

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  23. Shelley@MoneyMummy
    November 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Oooooooohhhhh I am looking forward to checking their songs – definitely need a break from a bad combination of Frozen and Hi-5 that has been playing in our house!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm (3 years ago)

      It is a welcome reprieve, Shelley πŸ™‚

      Reply
  24. Renee Ballantyne
    November 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I love poppies, especially on such a day as today I just love what they represent

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Great choice, Renee. (Great name too btw πŸ˜‰ )

      Reply
  25. Rachael Lorenz
    November 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm (3 years ago)

    The Rose;
    Enter my sweet one
    love becomes an open door
    my heart awaits you

    The Rose;
    Once again I come
    to drink of your sweet nectar
    flower of my heart

    A lovely red rose
    holding fast to a trellis
    never letting go

    The Rose;
    While my love remains
    you are my flower of love
    passion of my life

    The Rose;
    I long to hold you
    caress you so gently
    touch your lovely face.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

      How lovely, Rachael. Thank you.

      Reply
  26. Caroline Kelly
    November 12, 2014 at 6:58 am (3 years ago)

    I love the beautiful colour and perfume of the Black Boy rose.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Ooh. I don’t know that one, Caroline. I will have to google it.

      Reply

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