A review of the Cozyphones kids headphones

A review of the Cozyphones kids headphones

There are a lot of benefits to being the youngest child, you have more people to pander to your wishes, you tend to get away with a lot more than your older siblings did, and you can usually find someone willing to play with you. The downside… hand-me-downs! From clothes, to toys, to tech… you usually get something with a certain level of pre-loved to it. This doesn’t tend to bother my youngest much, but every so often it is lovely for him to get something new all for himself. Last month, to the envy of his older siblings, he got just that: brand new CozyPhones arrived in the post – just for him.

What are CozyPhones

CozyPhones are headband headphones. They come in a variety of different types; the ones we are reviewing here are the children’s ones. The earphones sit outside the ears, fitted inside the soft, fleece headband. These removable earphones can be adjusted within the headband, so that they sit just over the child’s ears.

The earphones should suit any device with a 3.5mm jack.

What he thinks

He loves them! He finds them very comfortable and cozy and finally has found a set of earphones that he can use for longer periods of time. He used to complain that other types just weren’t comfortable.

There is definitely a monster theme going one here

 

He even loved that he was able to pick which ones he wanted first, and there are plenty to choose from. There are frogs and unicorns and pandas and cats, to name but a few. He chose the monster, no surprise there!

What I think

I love that the headband is soft, comfortable and washable (as the earphones can easily be removed). They are also very, very robust (believe me they have been put through their paces). The wire is covered with chord rather than the usual plastic, which is a much more forgiving material when it comes to pulling, knotting and general rough-handling.

They have already prevented some big arguments in our house, when one child wants to listen to music and another wants to play on a device, but both want to be in the same room.

We have not had any long car journeys yet but I think this is where they will really come into their own; these CozyPhones are perfect for travelling, easy to store, don’t get in the way of the car seat and are soft enough that a child can sleep in them without any worries.

What I like MOST about the CozyPhones is the safety aspect. Up until now, my children have been using adult earplugs or headphones when they need to plug in and I worry about noise levels and safety. Firstly the CozyPhones earphones do not actually sit into the child’s ear and, more importantly, they have a volume limit set at 85 decibels. This gives me great peace of mind, I no longer need to keep checking and pestering my children to turn down the volume on their earphones.

The only downside I found was not with the product itself, but how to get it! Neither the home site nor those available on Amazon.co.uk currently ship to Ireland, meaning that alternative arrangements need to be made (such as using one of the many alternative parcel delivery services).

Disclosure: We were sent one CozyPhones headband headphones for review purposes. I have not received any payment for this review; all opinions expressed here are my own (and my son’s). 

 

14 from ’14 – a little blog reflection

This time last year I was deciding whether to continue blogging, or not, and now another year has gone by and I am so glad with my decision. This year blogging has really become a way of life, an integral part of me; when I lived in France (sooo many years ago) I knew I had made a leap in learning the language when I started thinking in French. I felt the same way this year about blogging, I realised I was ‘thinking in blogs‘.

So, time to reflect on my second year of blogging and what better way than to take in the 14 from ’14 blog linky by the wonderful Sadhbh from Where wishes come from blog. It has been a good year, here is the journey…

1. MOST POPULAR BLOG POST

The most popular post on Science Wows this year was this one…. “Does sound travel faster in warm or cold air?” It seems this is a burning question for many people!

The most popular experiment on the blog was this one.

2. FAVOURITE POST

It is very hard to pick a favourite but if I could narrow it down these are my top three…

Mum, marigolds and memories… Mother’s day gave me the opportunity to tell my Mum just how much she means to me!

The Science of Imagination – is it more important than knowledge?… you only have to watch children at play to observe the wonder of imagination. It is a subject that fascinates me, especially since I became a mother. This post was in my head for a long time and finally I got to put it all together in once post. I was happy with the results and the response from others too.

Three little words… sometimes the blog acts as a diary of important moments and events. Writing them here I have somewhere safe to store these memories. This is just one simple example.

3. FAVOURITE PHOTO

They say a picture tells a thousand words and to me this picture says it all; the people I love in a place I love during a wonderful and memorable family day out this Summer.  It was included in a post where I let the pictures speak for themselves.

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4. BEST ADVENTURE

This year we were very lucky to go to the Carlow walking festival as part of a blogging tour set up by Green and Vibrant. It was such a great experience it required two posts to cover it all… as we got to go on a canoeing safari and a family cycling trip, all in one weekend.

Helping with the lock

5. FAVOURITE EXPERIMENT

We had so much fun in the Science Wows house this year creating and testing experiments to share on the blog. Most of them are found on the Fun Friday spot; Again it was hard to pick just one so here are my top three from 2014…

I was not even sure this one would work but as I was set the challenge by Dee Sewell from Greenside Up  I had to have a go and was really pleased with the results!

The rose gets a make over

At Halloween we decided we wanted to make our own glow in the dark slime, we were all delighted with how our recipe worked and it has been a big hit with children and adults alike! It was great to receive photos and message from people who had tried this one out with their children too!

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We had a real laugh with this one… especially when I offered it up for dinner in the Science Wows house!

Green eggs and ham
Green eggs and ham

6. MOST COMMON THEME

There have been some unusual search terms that lead people to my blog… here are my three favourites from this year…

How many hugs a day do you need to survive?” – I really love how important hugs are to that person, literally life or death, I like the way they are thinking! I suspect this was the post they found.

Maggot hair rabbit extraction“… I have absolutely no idea what that search term means nor do I know which post it lead to!

Goblin juice density” … I imagine that search arrived here but unfortunately there was no recipes for Goblin juice to be found, even worse, no reference to its density!

7. FAVOURITE COMMENTS

I am sooo delighted when I see a comment pop up on my blog so a huge thank you to everyone who has commented this year! Some of my blogging highlights include a number of articles for The Journal; It was a great experience for me but as always, when you put yourself out into a bigger domain you open to all kinds of comments. For the most part I was lucky with the comments I received. My favourite comments were in response to this article on appreciating the simple moments in life!

The post on the blog that received the most comments was this one, part of Learner Mama’s blog linky on lessons of parenthood!

8. BEST MOVE

There were BIG moves for Science Wows this year… in February I moved the blog from blogger to Word Press, and amalgamated it with the Science Wows website as well. It was definitely a good move, but took a lot of time to get used to!

9. FAVOURITE CHANGES TO THE BLOG

Apart from the BIG change to Word Press there were other changes around here. A new character arrived on the scene in June, the every-geeky Dr. Simple was created to answer a science question in just 30 seconds. I was delighted with the very positive response he received and plan on having him around a lot more in 2015!

Dr. Simple
Dr. Simple

I also created a “school corner” on the blog; although I had a good idea of how I wanted it to look it took a good bit of tweaking to create what I had in mind. I love a good challenge and am very pleased with the end result.

10. BEST BLOG MOMENT

There were many but top of the list was probably making it to the finals of the Blog Awards Ireland, in the Education Category and attending the awards in Clane in October. I got to meet up with many bloggers I had previously only know virtually.It was a great night and a great blog high to get that far!

This year something I wrote got a mention on Ryan Tubridy and lead to an on line interview on The Spin 103.8 radio. I even had five seconds of fame with a tv appearance on RTE junior during Science Week.

11. MOST BIZZARE BLOGGING MOMENT

As I mentioned, there were radio interviews and a tv appearance for me this year, leading to the most bizzare blog related moment in 2014. The radio interview with The Spin 103.8 was conducted by phone from Mallorca and required me to literally hang out of a top floor window in order to get a good mobile reception;

12. FAVOURITE TITLE

I do not come up with the most creative of blog titles but perhaps a favourite is “Like the scientists on da telly” a tongue-in-cheek look at the reality of life in a lab compared to how it is portrayed on tv.

13. FAVOURITE INFOGRAPHIC

The great thing about the blog is that it has reintroduced me to another hobby of mine, graphics and design. I had great fun designing logos and layouts and creating Dr. How and Dr. Simple. This year I have dipped my toe into the world of infographics. Nothing too big or complex but enough to light up my creative side. I hope to expand on this in 2015 but my favourite so far is this one… “Should we be burning plastic? That is the burning question!”

14. WHAT MY BLOG DID FOR ME IN 2014

When I look back over this year of blogging I am really happy with what I see. The new blog design and format are still a work in progress but I am pleased with the way the blog is developing. Writing for The Journal and talking on the radio are certainly nice achievements from my second year of blogging. For me though, the best thing about the blog is the people it has introduced me to; this year I got to meet some virtual friends “in the flesh” and they were even more lovely than I imagined. That it is why I love getting comments and interactions through the blog, either directly here, or through social media. It makes the experience of blogging more interactive, more alive and more human.

So thank you all for your support, encouragement, questions and comments through 2014… without you all this blog would just be words on a page. Your support and interaction give my words a new dimension and this year I hope I get to meet even more of my virtual friends.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2015!

 

This post is part of a blog linky hosted by Where Wishes come from, one of my favourite blogs by a very creative lady! There are many great 14 from ’14 posts included in the linky, just click on the image below to check them out… that’s my new year’s day reading sorted 🙂

Where Wishes come From

 

Colorine Wonderful Mug review

Colorine Wonderful Mug review

There is nothing quite like a cup of tea really, is there?

Well actually I have just discovered something even better and that is… a cup of tea in my very own personalized mug!

I love the blog over at Colorines Wonderful, so when I heard that the talent behind those wonderful doodles was expanding into personalised mugs I was delighted, especially when one was designed just for me!

I know its my mug because it says so on the side!
I know its my mug because it says so on the side!

 

I gave Patricia (the talent behind all this creativity) a couple of ideas and a few days later the mug arrived in the post.

I was so pleased with the results…

this mug really is for me

(it even says so on it!)

 

 

 

I love all the different features that Patricia added to the mug… especially the coke and mentos experiment!

Dr. How has her very own mug!
Dr. How has her very own mug!

Each mug is hand painted and they are all dishwasher and microwave safe.

 

They really do make a lovely gift, so if you fancy treating yourself, or someone else, then check out all the great options and designs at the Colorine Wonderful Etsy shop.

These mugs now come in mini versions…. perfect for the smaller people in your life 😉 There are lots of great Easter ideas on the facebook page and shop. My family is planning a big gathering of the clan soon with the traditional Easter Egg hunt for all the children. I think a personalised mug for each child at the end of the hunt would be a perfect find.

If you haven’t already done so, please check out Colorine Wonderful’s blog and facebook page.

Disclamer: Although I did receive a Colorine Wonderful mug, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed here are my own.