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It was 1986 when Richard Caudle, a school psychologist, saw something missing in children's education. The lesson plans used lacked multisensory learning approaches, music, and engaging content that would make learning fun. Taking matters into his own chalk-covered hands, Mr. Caudle contacted his brother Brad, a musician, and together the two recorded Rock 'N Learn's first program. More than 25 years and a slew of awards later, the company still remains a family affair. Brad's wife, Melissa, writes material and coordinates research, while Richard's wife, Kathie, manages the sales and marketing team. Together, they have created more than 50 books, audio programs, and videos.

Rock 'N Learn's educational DVDs and CDs fuse music and colorful imagery to teach skills in areas such as math, science, phonics, and language. Their DVD programs give life to animated characters such as D.J. Doc, the Hip Hop Hamster, who raps positive lyrics about states and capitals and the challenges of finding rodent-sized sunglasses. Some of Rock 'N Learn's other items include interactive stories for the iPad and iPhone as well as DVDs that cover test-taking strategies.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US

Jessica Alba, actress, mother, and philanthropist, and Christopher Gavigan, a father and former CEO of a national nonprofit that taught parents how to protect their children from toxic risks, created The Honest Company in order to provide parents with eco-friendly, sustainable products safe for babies and families. Now, their socially responsible company supplies families with an ever-growing line of baby, bath, skincare, and cleaning products.

Every item the company ships out, it designs and manufactures on its own—and it backs its inventory with the Honestly Free Guarantee, an emphatic defiance against health-compromising chemicals and compounds. Customers can order completely personalized bundles, which contain everything from laundry detergent and bug spray to stylish patterned diapers designed to help kids feel more confident during their preschool interviews.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US

Nominated by Mashable readers in 2011 as one of the year’s best music apps, FIT Radio stands out from other smartphone jukeboxes with its huge selection of professional DJ-curated custom playlists. Each playlist is made with workout motivation in mind, boasting a high number of beats per minute (BPM), seamless transitions between songs, and genres ranging from rock to hip-hop to indie. The playlists stream through speakers and headphones non-stop using FIT Radio’s app, which sorts the playlists by genre and BPM, simplifying the process of picking music that best suits a specific running pace or workout intensity. Users are also able to customize the app based on their music preferences, and also have the opportunity to share their favorite mixes and artists using social meda.

1301 E Rio Grande
Victoria,
TX
US