Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kidz Phonz Review & Giveaway

Little Dude loves his tunes.  He loves plugging into his ipod Shuffle and listening to all of his favorite songs.  He also enjoys watching videos and playing games on my ipad.  Sometimes you just don't want all of the background noise when the kids are having their quiet electronic time.  So, Little Dude will use headphones.  Kidz Phonz sent Little Dude a set of customizable headphones to test out.

The headphones have an ear cup that pops out.  You can customize the design or color on the ears to your unique personality and interests.  Little Dude was sent a pair of grey headphones.  But, these also come in hot pink, yellow and turquoise blue.  At only $19.99 these are a great deal for little ones that just need a set of headphones for electronic devices, tablets or a set in the car.  

These are pretty durable, but they aren't overly heavy-duty.   If your child still breaks everything, these may be a better option for a year or two down the road.  These are light and adjustable.  They would fit easily in a diaper bag or in the pocket of a car seat.  The adjustable headband can adjust for the youngest of little ones through elementary school.

  • Comfortable wearing
  • Compatible with tablets, mobile phones, computers and chrome books
  • Swivel ear cup
  • Adjustable headband
  • Express Yourself pop out clear plastic cups
  • Free design templates
  • Plug 3.5mm
  • Cable: 4 feet PVC Cable

Little Dude opted not to use one of the templates that Kidz Phonz has available online.  He also didn't want to cut out any wrapping paper or existing scrapbook paper.  Instead, he wanted to be creative and truly customize his headphones for himself.  

He got out some blank paper, a pen and some washable markers and went to town designing.  Since he wanted both sides to be exactly the same, he wanted to prepare a scanned image of the image he designed.  We used our color printer for that.

He simply cut out both sides of his design, popped off the ear cap covers and inserted the circles.  He used this as an excuse to watch a video on Netflix.  The sound quality seemed just fine for his needs.


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A Visit to the Field Museum - Chicago

 Chicago is full of culture and has many museums to explore.  Last weekend, we stayed on Michigan Avenue and enjoyed a short, one mile walk to the Field Museum.  Much to our delight, the Winter weather cooperated and we enjoyed our walk, with coffee in hand.  The Field Museum opens daily at 9:00 am.  We got a head-start and arrived around 10:00.  There were no lines, but the museum was starting to get busy inside.  

We were advised to head on over to the new Vodou exhibit early.  So, that’s exactly what we did.  This small exhibit was filled with early museum visitors, as we observed statues, pottery, jewelry and other artifacts.  There were also short videos available to educate visitors on the culture.

We viewed all of animal exhibits and were reminded how many species are among us.  The detailed exhibits were so intricate and reflect each animal’s way of life.  There were several artists seated along the exhibit, painting various creatures.  Visitors were in awe of their artwork.

You can’t help but notice Sue the T Rex in the atrium of the museum.  She is the largest and most complete T Rex discovered to date and stands in the entrance of the museum.  The original head skeleton weigh over 600 lbs and are displayed separately from the rest of her remains.

We enjoyed walking through Inside AncientEgypt.  This exhibit was extraordinary to walk through the ancient tomb and view all of the mummies and artifacts.  I enjoyed reading the diagrams on the mummification process and hearing all of the young children asking their parents questions.

We weren’t sure if we would enjoy the Underground Adventure of soil and bugs, but it was quite entertaining – even without the kids along.  Visitors are “shrunk down” to bug size as you are immersed layers underground.  It was interesting to discover what lives a foot beneath your feet – and beyond.  I think that my kids really would have enjoyed this one – it reminded me of watching Honey I Shrunk the Kids when I was ten years old.

 After watching through the dinosaur exhibit and Evolving Planet, we landed at the entrance to the Waking the T Rex 3D movie – just in time for our 1:00 pm showing.  The movie featured the discovering of Sue the T Rex.  We followed paleontologists on their journey to uncovering her remains and how they were transported and reassembled and eventually placed in the Field Museum.  The movie also covered the Sue's lifespan lived until her death.

My husband and I enjoyed our day at the Field Museum and look forward returning as a family in the future.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Book #4 of 2015 - The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

This non-reader actually enjoyed a nightly reading session in 2014.  After being challenged by my daughter to read a Fault in Our Stars with her, followed by a viewing of the movie, I became hooked.  I read seven books from July-December in 2014 and am looking forward to reading twelve books in 2015.  I'm enjoying sharing my daughter's passion and carving out a different kind of "me time" after my workouts are complete.  Running has relaxed me and is also helping me sleep better.

Book #4 completed in 2015:

A client recommended this book to me, and I am glad she did!  I immediately placed a hold at my local library and started the book.  This book was classified as a teen novel, but I loved it.  I also look forward to sharing it with Little Diva.  The book follows a high school track star, Jessica, after she loses her leg in a car accident.  She thinks that all of her joy in life - and joy of running are behind her.  However, Jessica's teammates and the support of a young girl, Rosa, show her that she can do anything that she dares to dream about.  Rosa is a classmate with CP that makes Jessica help herself and others see past handicaps and disabilities, and see the actual person.  You will follow Jessica through her journey of being fit for a prosthetic leg and rediscovering her joy of running.  Jessica also helps Rosa follow her own dreams and desires.  This book will make anyone realize that anything is possible if your heart is in the right place.

Do you have a favorite book that I should be added to my reading list for 2015?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Running Quotes

Here are some running quotes and motivation to get you through that next run ...

Work.  Spouse.  Kids.  Laundry.  Cleaning.  Errands.  To do lists.  Emails.  Groceries.  Meal Planning.  Dishes.  Sleep?  RUNNING.  I LOVE THIS LIFE.

Strong legs.  Big heart.  I've been in love with running from the start.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Running Diva Mom Fun Run / Walk - March 21, 2015

Running Diva Mom – Group Fun Run/Walk!
Saturday, March 21 – 9:00-10:00 am
Upper Yahara River Trail – DeForest/Windsor

Register Now!!
Individual registration:  $5
Running buddies registration (for two runners):  $8

The Upper Yahara River trail is a fantastic recreation trail in DeForest/Windsor.  Take a left at the Windsor Road/Lake Road intersection in Windsor.  The trail head will be approximately a half mile on your right.  The 2.31 mile path (approximate five mile loop) is cleared all year long.  The scenery is beautiful and you will enjoy the variation of paved trail, board walk and two inclines.  Run as little or as far as you want.  All paces/walkers/intervals welcome.  

We will meet up at Windsor Breads for coffee or pastries after the run (not included).

No restrooms or water available at the trailhead.