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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review & Giveaway: SOL REPUBLIC Tracks headphones

This is one of my favorite reviews/giveaways to date!  Yes, I have a lot of kid-oriented stuff on my blog, but I'm a young hipster at heart who is very interested in social media, pop culture and technology.  So when I was offered a pair of gratis SOL REPUBLIC Tracks headphones, I was like, "uhhhhh, do frogs leave slimy trails on my windows???"  

So, as I sit hear typing this review, don't mind if I'm shouting, cause I can't hear anything but my iTunes tracks on my iPhone.  I was also especially stoked that I was able to pick my headphones from the collegiate options and chose my alma mater- Go Hawks!!

What is awesome about these headphones?  They are geared to work with iPhone, iPad and iPod, but can work with anything that has a headphone jack.  But if you use them with one of the i devices mentioned, there is a snazzy volume attachment on the cord.  Plus, you get way better sound quality than if you attach them to something else.  I used them on my computer first and it was fine, but then when I switched to my iPhone it was fantastic!  And the best part- I couldn't hear ANYTHING going on in the outside world!  That means when my son came in whining about being bored, I didn't have to hear what was going on and my husband had to deal with it.  I want to try these out mowing the lawn just to see how well they block out sound.

Am I sold on these... um, heck yeah!  And just think, if you're a college student, you can drown out your roommates horrible country music!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  I am fortunate enough to have an extra pair (not collegiate) to give

away to one of my readers!  These are a $99 value, so it's quite the deal!  This giveaway is limited to US and Canada residents who have NOT won one of these on any other site in the past 6 months.  Giveaway ends at noon central on September 15, 2014.

To enter: As always, you MUST like/follow my Facebook page before you can enter.  After that, you can do any or all of the following, with repeats of tweets (once per day) and Facebook posts (once per day.)  Good luck!!!  Make sure to post a link in the comments for each thing to be entered.

1) Like SOL REPUBLIC on Facebook.
2) Follow SOL REPUBLIC on Twitter.
3) Tweet this giveaway.
4) Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook.
5) Pin this giveaway.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Facebook rant

"When buying or selling kittens and puppies, although people often want to "get rid of them" sooner than later, please keep in mind that for both puppies and kittens, they should not be rehomed until 8 weeks at the soonest.  Small breeds it is recommended 10-12 and kittens are generally 8-10.  The weeks between 6-8 are the weeks that puppies and kittens develop socialization skills.  If they are rehomed sooner than that, it is much more stressful for them.  Also, kittens are more able to find the litter box and hold their bladders at 8 weeks vs. 6 weeks.  And another reason is that puppies and kittens have sensitive stomachs and between 6-8 weeks their stomachs are sensitive to new foods and even new WATER sources!  In many states, it is illegal to sell a puppy under 8 weeks without a vet's written consent.  I know most people will ignore this, but please have a conscience about the health and well-being of your young animals.  They are just as cute and cuddly (if not more) at 8 weeks of age!"

DVD Review: Let's Learn: Patterns and Shapes

I just love when Nickelodeon comes out with these compilation DVDs.  This way my kids feel as though they are actually watching the cartoons as they would be shown on TV in the mornings.  The line up is fantastic and there is not one show on it that my kids don't like!

Now, add this to the fact that educational DVDs are my favorites and the kids don't realize they are learning.  These are my favorite kind of DVDs to receive gratis.

DVD includes:

·       Team Umizoomi: Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit
·       Dora the Explorer: Catch the Shape Train!
·       Ni Hao Kai-lan: The Dinosaur Balloon
·       Blue's Clues: Shape Searchers
·       Blue's Room: Shape Detectives

But seriously, when they say that Nick, Jr. is like preschool on TV, they are not kidding.  My kids learn so much from watching these shows that it amazes me!  Each show features different learning skills and techniques.  Great for this back to school time!

Nickelodeon: Let's Learn: Patterns & Shapes is available on DVD September 9!!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Iceman Cometh... with a bucket of water.

I posted this on my Facebook page tonight:

I'm soooooo torn about this Ice Bucket Challenge thing. It's not that I can't or won't do it... I'm as big of a fan of nipping as the next guy, but I feel like it is becoming more of a thing that all the cool kids are doing. Do I think that donating money to charity is a bad thing? Noooooooo. But, I'd rather donate money to the ASPCA or another charity that is closer to my heart. Not that ALS isn't a worthy cause to support. Secondly, I already think that we, as Americans, look likes selfish, arrogant assholes to most of the world (thanks in large part to the Kardashians), but when you have people in foreign countries who have no clean water to drink, it seems a little douchey to waste water and post it for the whole world to see.

Anyway, these are the reasons why I won't do it on a public forum. If you nominated me and feel like coming to my house and dumping ice water on my head, go for it, but no videoing allowed! Plus, you have to bring the water, lol. And I am also not putting down those of my friends (and Dave Grohl) who have done it, I am not God, I am merely one person with a skewed opinion. It's fun, it's kitchy, it's for a good cause. But I will continue to help our four-legged friends in my altruistic endeavors, while waiting for this fifteen minute fad to pass and 99% of people who did it won't mention ALS again in their lifetime. I do hope this money helps find a cure or eases suffering caused by the horrible symptoms.

Okay, ranty soapbox finished. Thank you Trish & Jaida for nominating me today! It's awesome to know that you ladies wanna see me in a wet tee shirt. Feel free to come by my house sometime and throw ice water on me... just remember BYOW... and no flash photography!!

PS Save the manatees already!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm sorry, Cows!

One month when I was 18, I was a vegetarian.  I love animals and don't think that that should just include the fuzzy domesticated kind.

How cute are they??
Cows are adorable.  I lived next to a farm growing up and the cows would come up to the fence along the outside of our property.  I would feed them grass, attempt to pet them, heck, sometimes I would talk to them.  It broke my heart seeing them out in the freezing rain and cold.  I've often thought that if I ever get back to living in the country, I'd like to have a pet cow.

I want to be a vegetarian... couldn't do the vegan thing because I love cheese too much and I don't think I'd be able to remember everything that I'm supposed to avoid. 

I've seen the pictures and heard stories of how poorly farm animals are treated and how they are tortured right before slaughter.  Some of them that are sick or dying are left to die in fields and ditches.  I even watched a show once about a woman who had a farm that people would rescue sick or dying animals and bring them to her and she would try to get them better.  Occasionally she would get a call about a cow that was left to die and she would organize a covert mission in the middle of the night to rescue the cow.  Sometimes all it took was antibiotics to nurse that cow back to life.

How delicious does this look??
I can avoid pork, chicken, fish, etc.  Those aren't foods that mean much to me.  But I can't shake the beef cravings.  I go through withdrawal.  I have low iron and don't care for the supplements and I think that is part of my need for beef.  One of my favorite foods is cheeseburgers.  I love eating meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I can't help it, I'm weak!!

So I wrestle with my moral dilemma.  I don't want to contribute to the cows suffering, but I don't think I could have a happy existence depriving myself of beef.  My conscience has no rest.