United States of Motherhood: November 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Best Headphones Ever: Sol Republic Master Tracks Over-Ear Headphones Are The Perfect Gift For a Mom on Your Holiday List



Sol Republic White Master Tracks Over-Ear Headphones



My friends?  Quite honestly? Best Headphones Ever!  I was so excited to receive them in the mail I might have happy danced for over an hour.  Hehehhe!!

Seriously!!

FYI: SOL Republic sent me a pair to review & now
 they are $50 off at Amazon today only

Yep new tech in front of my trusty old radio...love it!


Ask my family.  I wear these everywhere.  So comfy, adjustable, and important for clumsy me, durable!!!

They are awesome at swim meets to drown out annoying swim moms. Heheheh!  They also block out whining teens, barking dogs, and let me watch my favorite Hulu shows on my phone or laptop with fantastic sound.




The sound is so amazeballs that Beau tried to steal them, but nope, not this time sucker!  MINE!!!! I originally thought that I might review them for my teens since they would also be perfect down on deck and hey, with Michael Phelps sporting the Sol Republic product line, pretty damn cool.  However as discussed previously ... mine!!! Heh!




 So worth it!


Master Tracks Over-Ear Headphones are the first interchangeable over-ear headphones to deliver the ultimate immersive music experience.
The 3 button inline mic + music control is compatible with most Apple, Android and Windows devices.
Supple, noise-isolating ear cushions let you enjoy your music in comfort for hours.
  • X3 sound engine
  • Sonic Soft TM speaker pads
  • Interchangeable headbands
  • Virtually indestructible

Want to check out their other awesome products??

JAX in-ear headphones   An amazing stocking stuffer, these guys have become my daily go-tos because they pack great sound for the size, are super lightweight and comfortable. They're great for people who are always on the move, on the phone or listening to music while in transit. These are a favorite of most of our Saviors of Sound, as well as everyone at SOL REPUBLIC HQ. Great for a gift guide list that is $50 and under.

TRACKS on-ear headphones are still a steal at $99 and pack amazing sound with more color combinations available now through our Remix program that allows consumers to purchase the headbands, sound engines and cables separately to build headphones that best coordinate with an outfit, event, etc. They have been called the best sounding headphones under $99 by a bevy of sound experts and we're excited to continue to be able to provide them at a steal of a price. They're a great option for those looking to purchase a gift under $100.
For a full product guide: http://solrepublic.com/shop/





Disclosure: I was provided a set of Sol Republic Over-Ear Headphones --which I loved-- to review.  I was not provided any other compensation and as always, I only review products I use and love.  All reviews are 100 % my own opinion and always honest.





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Thursday, November 21, 2013

This Afternoon's Ear Bug for Your Pleasure: Royals by Lorde Covered By FSU AcaBelles





I will say it....even better than the original and I love the original.  Well done Florida State AcaBelles.  I love that your are a music education seminar that is offered cost-free to students.

So?  What do you think?





Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Win a Wii $79 Value Activision Transformer and WipeOut Video Games & Toy #Giveaway #ATVIFAMGAMES #Wii


This is a follow on post and giveaway for my original post on Activision and my Skylander XBOX 360 giveaway .
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In conjunction with Activision's Family Game Summit, I recently received a wonderful care package in the mail. Included were great games for Xbox, Wii, and DS3D. So much fun.

Unfortunately, we don't have a Wii and my boys are  a little too old for Skylander, my friends,  so my loss is your gain.


Today, I am offering up a pretty darn awesome giveaway of THREE Wii games and a Transformer figurine just for you:



Wipeout: Create and Crash


Retail value $29.99

  • Create your own levels, and share them with your friends and family
  • Crash the courses as either fan-favorite or all-new character including Patty Popstar and Zombie Zed!
  • Compete in over-the-top new courses like Prehistoric Panic and Wipeout?s Ahoy with all new themed obstacles!
  • Challenge your friends to reign supreme in side-by-side or team multiplayer!








Retail value $29.99

Transformers: Ultimate Battle Edition includes:

Transformers: Cybertron Adventures

  • Two Distinct Campaigns One Epic Story - Play both the Autobots & Decepticons campaigns; battle as your favorite Transformers character in this 3rd person high action shooter

  • Wage War Online - Deep multiplayer game modes thrust you into a global battle

  • Change Form from Robot to Vehicle at any time - Instantly convert from robot to car, jet, tank or truck mode and attack your enemies from any angle

  • Nintendo Exclusive Features 



  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
    • Change the battle and instantly convert to a third, hybrid form that combines the weapons and firepower of robot mode with the agility and maneuverability of vehicle mode
    • Expand your Dark of the Moon experience with split-screen multiplayer functionality
    • Play both sides as the iconic Autobot and Decepticon Transformers characters
    • Choose from three distinct character class chassis and unique weapon loadouts to create your own Transformer character


    Last, but not least, we have a Transformers Prime Beast Hunters BumbleBee figurine:




    Retail value $8.99

    I have to admit that BumbleBee is totally my favorite!!




    • Powerful Bumblebee robot-to-vehicle warrior figure
    • Converts from robot to sports car mode and back
    • Eagleshot bow included
    • Includes figure and accessory


    So in total, a $79.97 giveaway package for one lucky reader.

    So what do you need to do to enter? Read the reviews of at least one game or toy above!! I totally believe in word of mouth to vet games as a parent. Do your research before you buy.

    Click any of the product links above to find the game/toy on Amazon.com.  Look through the reviews and tell me which reviewer by name whom you found the most helpful in learning about which game/toy from the giveaway and why.

    For example, " I found the review on the BumbleBee figurine by Ryan M Lutz most helpful because he let me know that if I am a parent for a 5-6 yr old, they will be able to handle the process with ease and all parts fit together so it's pretty solid."

    Leave your answer as a comment below and you will open up more opportunities to win in the rafflecopter! Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter by December 20th and shipped for your holiday pleasure! 


    Ho, ho, ho!! I like being Santa! Don't have aWii? Go visit my Skylander XBOX 360 Giveaway!!

    That's it! Good luck!!

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    Disclosure: I received an Activision Swag bag for my participation in the Activision Family Games Summit.  I received no monetary compensation.  Although my husband does work for Amazon, I chose Amazon to link to because I believe it's the best place to shop for the holidays and the best place to find honest reviews. That said, this is an Amazon affiliate link so if you feel like shopping after reading the review, I might get a few pennies and I'd soooo love you for that!!  So please use my link!! As always, my reviews are 100 percent my own and always honest. 




    Win a Skylander Swap Force Starter Pack (Retail $74) for Xbox 360 #Giveaway #ATVIFamGames


    Activision has long been a favorite brand in our family with boys that love to game.  Yes, I am including CG in that group. It cracks me up when a 10 year old, 17 year old and 39 year old somehow transform into about the same age when they get in front of  a XBOX. I love how they bond, throw down fun-spirited trash talk, and work as a team. I can ensure you playing videogames will happen at Thanksgiving. Heh.



    In conjunction with Activision's Family Game Summit, I recently received a wonderful care package in the mail. Included were great games for Xbox, Wii, and DS3D. So much fun.

    Unfortunately, we don't have a Wii and my boys are  a little too old for Skylander, my friends,  so my loss is your gain.

    Today, I am offering up a Skylander Swap Force XBOX 360 gift pack just for you:




    Starter Pack
    Retail Value $74.99
    An all-new team of characters can swap their bottom and top halves for unique gameplay experiences. Kids can even bring their older Skylanders in to join the fun - including Giants!



    So what do you need to do to enter? Read a review of the game!! I totally believe in word of mouth to vet games as a parent.


    Click here to follow to Amazon for this Skylander starter pack and tell me which reviewer by name whom you found the most helpful in learning about the game and why.

     Leave your answer as a comment below and you will open up more opportunities to win in the rafflecopter! Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter by December 20th and shipped for your holiday pleasure! 

    Ho, ho, ho!! I like being Santa! Don't have a XBOX? Stay tuned for a Wii Giveaway!!

    That's it! Good luck!!


    Disclosure: I received an Activision Swag bag for my participation in the Activision Family Games Summit.  I received no monetary compensation.  Although my husband does work for Amazon, I chose Amazon to link to because I believe it's the best place to shop for the holidays and the best place to find honest reviews. That said, this is an Amazon affiliate link so if you feel like shopping after reading the review, I might get a few pennies and I'd soooo love you for that!!  So please use my link!! As always, my reviews are 100 percent my own and always honest. 




    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Giveaway for Reebok's Spartan Race: I DARE you! Watch It Dec 7th 4-5 PM!! #spartanrace


    As most of you know too well, I became a crossfit devotee a while back. I love the ever changing work out. I am never bored. I've lost 30+ lbs and shed multiple sizes. I am rarely even scared anymore before a WOD. You also might know I am an Army veteran, so I've seen my way around a few obstacle courses including concertina wire, mud, screaming drill sergeants, and live fire.

    Yet somewhere along the way, I became afraid.  Afraid of injury. Afraid of my own shadow.  Afraid I was too heavy.  Afraid I'd be last.  Too slow. Too old.

    Forty-one year old mothers don't run obstacle courses do they? 




    I've watched my husband, also an Army vet and almost as old, compete without fear. Compete through nosebleeds.  Compete through pain. Compete regardless of his place.

    So when Reebok's Spartan Race approached me with free passes to their race, I immediately thought I'll just give them to CG. Then I watched this:




    My friends? Enough excuses.  The Spartan World Championships will be broadcast December 7th 4-5 PM on NBC Sports in all it's glory. Let's call it homework shall we because guess what?

     I. AM. IN.



    So how about you? How many of you out there glory in the challenge?  Or want to face their deepest fears? Want a concrete goal for their weightloss or fitness goals?

    Here is your chance!  I have a giveaway for one free pass for the closest Spartan Race to you. Yep, any open heat in any 2013-2104 Spartan Race in the continental US. Yep, up to $193 value!!




    For my Canadian and British friends (and of course all you Americans) unless you'll be visiting the states for the giveaway, I can offer a code for 15% off. Even better for military and first responders?  The Spartan Race proudly offers a $30 discount during registration.



    Just click for your discount
    So are you ready??  Or do you need some more convincing?? The Spartan Race was voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and is the global leader in obstacle racing since 2005.

    "Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal. 
    Our events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, we do this everyday and it shapes everything we do. 
    Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs. 
    Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.  
    Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor."





    Have I mentioned at the end there is a party and much more:

    • Event Race Shirt (If you finish)
    • Chip Timing and individual race time
    • Awesome Finisher Medal 
    • Post Race Party – music, food to purchase, and beer*!
    • Bragging rights

    As for you Pacific Northwest peeps, all I have to say is this:





    I am aiming for the August 2nd, 2014 race in Washington. As for being slow? Who cares! 

    All I care is that I do finish. 

     As for my age, that's just a number. I will be turning forty-two that week and we all know everything is better with age.




    No. More. Excuses.

    So to enter, let me know what fear you will face this year in comments and remember no matter the fear, do your homework and watch the Spartan Race World Champs on NBC Sports December 7th 4-5 PM  to see world class warriors face their fears head on.  Sparta!!!


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    Disclosure: While I was provided free passes for myself and to giveaway, I was not monetarily compensated in any way.  As always I cherry pick only the best opportunities offered to me to review products I use and/or love and offer only the most honest of opinions. All opinions are my own.







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