Thursday, July 27, 2017

CozyPhones Review/Giveaway

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I first learned of CozyPhones around Easter when a friend of mine posted the obligatory night before Easter basket pictures. Many people commented inquiring about the adorable headbands that were draped over each of the four baskets.

Based on those comments, I think she helped CozyPhones make many sales that Spring!

As for me, I was so ecstatic to get the chance to try them for my own kiddos as well! So, what are they?

CozyPhones are just as they sound-- cosy headphones that fit snuggly and safely over the ears!

I have two kids, 7 and 2, and I can't even tell you how much I needed this product without knowing it existed. We are a technology fueled household. Between just the kids there are laptops, and MP3 players and tablets.

Particularly with kids, technology comes with NOISE. My older one is ok with a pair of earbuds but often complains that they fall out too much.

They are made for adults after all, and even then rarely fit inside ears comfortably.

But without headphones, we are always ushering kids to their rooms due to volume levels while playing on them, and dread when they want to take them into the car.

Thanks to CozyPhones, those days are over. Play on, children!

With many styles available, CozyPhones are one size headbands made of super soft fleece.

I will say I wish they weren't entirely 'one size'.

Both of my kids have fairly small heads, or so I thought but its pretty stiff on either of them. I'm hoping that over time they loosen up, but fleece isn't exactly stretchy.

A younger child as well as older child size option would be great.

On the inside of the back there is a slit where the cord comes out. The headphone unit is completely removable for easy washing.

The headphones themselves are ultra thin inside the fleece and super simple to move around to lay flat wherever your child's ears fall. The headphones are good quality with braided cords. One thing I'm not sure of despite searching their website is if they sell replacement headphones.

Each of the styles currently in stock range in price. For the few months I've been watching this company, they have had a retail of around $30 lined out with a sale price ranging from $14-$20.

CozyPhones aren't just for kids either! But perhaps you don't want the pink bunny with floppy ears on your forehead.. That's ok! They have three difference styles available for adults.

The first two are a soft fleece. The Original series comes in black, grey or violet as well as leapard print or camo print, and would be perfect for sleeping with.

The newer Contour series version comes in black, grey or violet and includes a more contoured shape so they'll stay put while sleeping and is made with a cool mess lining so you don't overheat when the weather is warm.

Both of these are usable as a sleep mask as well by simply moving them down over your eyes.

The second is a lightweight lycra mesh sure to make your next workout perfect!

Nothing sucks more than having to stop on the elliptical to catch fallen ear buds that never want to stay in place!

The  lycra mesh version even comes with a handy drawstring pouch perfect to throw into your gym bag.

In addition to relaxing and gym use, I also love to listen to my podcasts in the car (as a passenger - don't wear headphones while driving!) or while doing dishes and other housework, and some of the subject matters aren't particularly kid friendly.

Cozyphones let me do my thing without disturbing others or having to constantly readjust earbuds.

The Lycra Mesh Cozyphones are available in black with 4 trim choices: black, blue, white or pink.

The downside for me? I have the same complaint about this one as I did with the kids version – They seem a little tight and a pain in the butt to get on.

I like to throw my hair up in a bun for the gym and I feel like I have to put my headphones on beforehand or it will mess it all up trying to put on.

Oddly, although they feel tight getting on, they are almost too loose once in place. Since they are a lightweight slippery material I kept feeling like they were going to slip down, yet they didn't.

I think it just takes some getting used to.

Also, I really disliked the company label on them. I'm all for advertising yourself but how about putting it on the side or back?? Right smack on my forehead felt super dorky.

This style retails for $29.99 but have been on sale for $19.97 for as long as I've been watching.

I have washed all three of our pairs, the Active Wear ones more than a few times, and I'm not seeing any damage done or shrinkage. I lay them flat to air dry as instructed.

Regardless of my issues over size, I truly love this company! My kids couldn't be more happy with their adorable accessories and I'm happy to not hear Super Why on loop non-stop as they so very seem to enjoy.

Cozyphones are just great for road trips, airplane rides, the gym, or just around the house, and you just can't beat the cute factor of the kids versions!

And yes, we have a giveaway! Cozyphones will send one of our readers worldwide a Cozyphone of their choice, adult or child version - read on to see how you can enter to win!

One winner worldwide will receive a a pair of CozyPhones in the style of their choice from among those currently in stock at the end of the giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and will end just before midnight ET on 8/11. 

The winner will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Party in Your PJs #167

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.

Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!

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1. Limit of one pin a day.
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All links are pinned to a Party can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiratioPn to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Hula Hana's Blue Banana Cocktail - Dirty Dancing #foodnflix


After a few months of playing with the Food n' Flix cooking challenge, I'm starting to regard them as a highlight of my month! It helps a lot that, as he came to understand what it was we were doing, my husband has been an enthusiastic participant, helping me catch food references while we watch the month's movie and making suggestions for how to interpret it in a dish.

This month's challenge, hosted by Chef Sarah Elizabeth, is based on the movie, "Dirty Dancing" - yay! An old favorite!

Other than the reference to a watermelon (the battlecry of awkward brave girls everywhere - "I carried a watermelon!"), I didn't have much notion of this movie as being particularly food rich before watching, but we did find a few:

- During the dance class at the front of the movie, Penny encourages everyone to 'Stomp those grapes!'

- While setting up the dining room, Johnny tells rich boy Robbie, "You just put your pickle on everybody's plate, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me."

- Dinner table discussion of Baby sending her pot roast to Asia.

- "I carried a watermelon!"

- the song "Mashed Potato is playing where the staff is dirty dancing.

- raiding the kitchen, Baby is offered a variety of leftovers including a brownie, rice pudding, beets, sweet gherkins, cabbage roll, milk...

- Robbie rejects responsibility for Penny's pregnancy, saying "'I didn't spend the summer toasting bagels just to bail out some dumb chick that got knocked up!"

- The family is shown eating breakfast. The women are all having a half a grapefruit, while Dad has a plate of eggs, lox, bagels and schmear. There's orange juice.

- Lisa's entry into the Talent Show is a silly song about Hula Hana, who wants - among other things - a blue banana.

- Kellerman offers Dad a danish.

- at the Talent Show, the family is seen drinking what looks like a cola based cocktail - given the timeframe, this is likely a Cuba Libre.

Additionally, there were a few less direct points of inspiration: the early 60's timeframe made anything retro a good choice, the song the 'Twist' suggesting something twisted in some way, and most importantly, the key point that Kellerman's was a Catskills resort for Jewish vacationers, so the food itself would have been New York Jewish friendly.

I knew I wasn't going to do anything with the watermelon - my husband is not a fan of melons of any sort, and this is intended as a fun thing for us both.

After thinking through all the possibilities that this presented, the final choice had to do with my being mystified about just what on earth was Lisa singing about?  I went to look into the lyrics, and it turns out it is actually follows a pretty classic folk song motif about a woman demanding impossible gifts from her suitors:

Hula Hana of Kamana Whala Hula Bay

Who’s this hula hana, of Kamana Whala Hula Bay?
She will hula when you have a lovely gift she wants, you’ll hear her say,
Bring me a pineapple that doesn't sting 
a bird that swims 
a fish that sings,
I wanna, I really wanna,
Bring me a volcano that blows up all the molten jama and a blue banana,
I canna canna,
Bring me a pineapple that doesn't sting 
a bird that swims 
a fish that sings,
I wanna, I really wanna,
Bring me a volcano that blows up all the molten jama and a blue banana,
I canna canna,
And you can wackle all you wanna, while I hula all the day away....

Even more interestingly, I discovered Jane Brucker, the hilarious actor that plays Lisa in the movie, actually wrote the silly song she sang, while killing time on the set.  Additionally, Brucker was born in Falls Church, VA - the town where we live.

That settled it! We had to do something based on Lisa and her song. Pseudo-Hawaiian/Tiki themes were also very popular in the early 60s, so something retro and over-the-top cheesy would be perfect, but no ham or Spam or pork of any sort, because it should be something that would be at home in the Kellerman dining room.

Which led me back to a 'blue banana' and what made the most sense to me was a ridiculous Curacao-based tropical cocktail!  My lovely husband (who is teaching himself ukelele and gamely practiced playing "Hula Hana" for me) is also my live-in bartender, so I left it to him to figure this out, as long as I could provide a crazy garnish and some umbrella straws.

This is what he came up with:

Hula Hana's Blue Banana Cocktail

Equal Parts:
- DeKeyper Blue Curacao
- Vodka
- DeKeyper Creme de Banana
- Pineapple Juice

Seltzer water to taste

Fruit Kebabs:
- Pineapple Chunks
- Banana Chunks
- Maraschino Cherries

Orange Slices

For the drink, combine liquors and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice, and shake to blend.  Pour into ice filled glasses and top with seltzer water to taste.

Garnish each glass with a fruit kebab, an orange slice, and an umbrella straw.

To go along with our silly drinks, we ordered take out from a nearby New York-style deli, Celebrity Delli.  Michael chose the Celebrity Club, while I - still thinking about how the women all just had grapefruit for breakfast while Dad chowed down on lox and bagels - selected their optimistically named "One Scooper" from their Healthy selections - Watergate chicken salad with grapes, cranberries and almonds, with plenty of cucumbers, slices of tomato and hard boiled egg and cole slaw all on a bed of lettuce, with four wedges of fat pita bread to go with it.

It was quite tasty although there was enough mayonnaise that I question the sincerity of its being the healthier choice!

We brought out take out meals and Hula Hana cocktails onto the balcony and pretended we were vacationing in the Catskills pretending to vacation in Hawaii, until the humidity reminded us both that we were really in the DC region in July and not on vacation at all.  Back indoors to finish eating!

So one last word on this cocktail - it is a TrOpiCaL high octane, kick you in the face with its fruity sweetness drink.  I kind of forgot that I don't like tropical cocktails at all.  Michael liked it (but agreed that this is a very occasional bit of ridiculousness - the hangover caused by more than one would be enough to turn anyone off forever) but it took removing all but about a half a shot of the cocktail blend and filling the glass with seltzer before I could enjoy it enough to drink it.

Even then, it was pretty to look at - a clear pale blue alcoholic sweet punch soda.  A little off key, like Lisa, this drink tries hard to be the 'fun one'.

I did love the garnishes, though!

I can't wait until the end of the month to see how other bloggers are interpreting "Dirty Dancing" - what would you make to go along with it?

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