Gift Guides, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Volume Limiting Kids Headphones – BuddyPhones Explore

I have partnered with Onanoff for this feature

 

Volume Limiting Kids Headphones - BuddyPhones Explore

Chances are your child owns or has access to a tablet, phone or learning device. Depending on their stages they may be into features or music we don’t necessarily want to listen to, especially on planes or in car rides. If you are looking for headphones for your toddler or child, consider ones that are made safe for their ears with features that will benefit the both of you. BuddyPhones – Explore from Onanoff won a bronze award for design last year.

 

The features of these headphones are more than you may expect from a set of child headphones and are built to last.

  • Safe Audio set at 85db (standard headphones run about 105db and that’s too much for their little ears)
  • Built in BuddyCable so a second, third and even fourth headset (siblings or friends can plug in too with their headphones)
  • Microphone on cord
  • Ages 3+
  • Adjustable to fit
  • Anti-Allergic Cushion ear pads
  • Super Durable headband
  • 6 Colors: blue, yellow, green, pink, red, orange
  • Customize stickers included

 

They are a soft cushion for a very comfortable fit. With all of these fantastic features these make terrific headphones. Great for back to school and gift ideas. Learn more on the product page.
 

Gift Guides, Kids

Music – Kidz Bop 35 New Release

Copy CD sent for feature from Kidz Bop

Kidz Bop 35

Kidz Bop 35: Preorder

Release Date: 7/14/2017

Kidz Bop 35 is available for preorder! Another music album of the popular songs we all love sung for kids by kids! Anthony has featured Kidz Bop albums before and like the other albums, this one won’t disappoint. Head over to Kidz Bop to learn more and browse all of the past albums. If you like to shop Amazon, it is available there too.

Track List for Kidz Bop 35

  1. That’s What I Like
  2. Paris
  3. I Donn’t wanna Live Forever
  4. Mercy
  5. It Ain’t Me
  6. Love On The Brain
  7. Stay
  8. Cold
  9. Still Got Time
  10. Issues
  11. Castle On The Hill
  12. Something Just Like You
  13. Down
  14. Chained To The Rhythm
  15. Say You Won’t Let Go
  16. Best Time Ever

 

Apps, College Bound

Finally! Easily Add Music to Your Photo Messages with Beatshare

Thank you to Beatshare and Quark for partnering with us for the feature

Working in the blogging world and using social media everyday there is one outlet I have not jumped on and that is Snapchat. Beatshare is NOT linked to Snapchat at all but it is the best way I can describe Beatshare at its foundation. Snapchat is a great ‘instant messaging’ app that allows you to more easily attach music to enhance your photo. There are 3 sources you can pull artists, songs and albums from to attach: Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud. So this is especially fun for the music lovers with active Apple Music and Spotify accounts. I find many options through SoundCloud too so that is a great option for those without music subscriptions.

Finally! Easily Add Music to Your Photo Messages with Beatshare

Take your photo and then in the message app menu, pull up your beatshare and add music from your accounts or search the SoundCloud. It is fun to find the right song that matches the mood of your photo you wish to share. Share it in text message form or with friends connected with you in the iOS app or iMessage.

Why use Beatshare? Because you love music, your friends love music and adding sound to a standard snap is a much more exciting message with lyrics behind it. What a fun way to share last nights photos with each other adding a beat to that share. Send a loved one a selfie with a song attached or even a snapshot of the kids with fun music attached for birthday and celebration messages.

Give it a try! Download it for free from the Apple store today Browse your photos, find a song and send it off. Once you realize how easy it is to add music to your photos you can share the app with friends and family to connect you and share even more easily with each other. Beatshare-Get started!

Giveaways

1More Piston Headphones Giveaway #1More

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One WINNER will win a pair of 1More Piston Headphones. Makes a great Father’s Day or Grad gift!

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Open to: USA only 18yrs. +

Start date: 5/15-05/25

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Apps, Best Buy, Gift Guides, Home

Experience Google Chromecast Audio Streaming

I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Google Chromecast Audio

Brand new at Best Buy is a small black disc used for audio streaming called the Google Chromecast Audio. You may have heard of Google Chromecast in that there is a device you plug into a TV USB input so you can take your tablet and computer shows and apps and watch on the large screen at home. This is Google’s same idea but for music.

chromecast audio set up

This is not a bluetooth device. With bluetooth streaming you need a music source like your phone or tablet and a bluetooth speaker to pair. This is music over Wi-Fi. This is very different. How is listening to music over Wi-Fi different than using bluetooth?

  • You can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery
  • Higher sound quality with sound that is crystal clear and powered by the cloud
  • Find many song and artist sources at chromecast.com/apps that work using the Google Chromecast Audio
  • Built-in 2.4GHz/5.0GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network
  • Just plug Chromecast Audio into your speakers via the auxiliary input, connect to Wi-Fi and tap the Cast button from your favorite apps.

Google Chromecast 1_0

If you are more familiar with listening to music via bluetooth speakers, there are still the same features you can enjoy while using the Wi-Fi connection of this new device such as pairing where you can group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers. You can also control the volume, play, pause, song selection, etc.. on your phone or device. It will work with the popular apps-You Tube, Pandora, Spotify, etc.

Google Chromecast 2

The Google Chromecast Audio will pair with your Apple® iPhone® or iPad®, Android phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop or Chromebook. It works with your existing High-Speed internet. So let’s put it to the test:

Sound: I was very impressed with the sound quality. I have a new speaker set up for our TV, but also connected one to my son’s decades old Sony boombox because it had a line-in jack in the back (amazingly enough). The sound was so clear and even my 8 year old walked in when I had it turned up and asked “Is that coming from my radio?!!”

Pairing: so easy. Once I plugged the unit into the speakers I went to Chromecast.com/setup and it had me download the app and immediately searched for the chromecast device and found it in seconds. Once both were set up (TV speaker and my son’s radio) they automatically connected and began playing together

Using phone with music on: I can surf the web, take calls and do anything I would need to on my phone and the music stays on. The photo below shows me surfing my Facebook page with Luke Bryan playing through an almost 20 year old boombox with clear sound.

chromecast sound

Set up and Loading: I started the set up process at a time of 2:49pm and had a station on Pandora playing through the boombox at 2:53pm. That was from plugging in the device, going to set up, updating and playing.

chromecast audio connect

This is truly an experience unique in that all those old speakers you thought you needed to replace or Dad’s old garage boombox he never wants to part with can now play music and audio from your favorite apps. The sound will be clear and set up took under 5 minutes for me. Plug in and start listening throughout the entire house on any speaker with a line-in or AUX port.

Do you have a speaker or speakers in your home you’d be anxious to connect to your favorite music and audio apps?

Apps, Books Reviews, Kids

Books and Music Lyrics for Story Time with Kidioke

Sample book sent for feature

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This month I have been focusing on Reading with Children and have been offering tips, free resources, book reviews and more. With this Kidioke feature we are talking about engaging books and music that kids will want to read and sing along to. Some of the best lullabies are not kid in nature, but those popular songs our parents and grandparents would sing us.

books-and-music-book

With Kidioke the songs that are the inspiration for the books are songs we love as parents and can share with our children in the most engaging way. I do a lot of book reviews, some interactive some online and I have never seen books quite like this.

The book’s title is the song featured:

  1. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  2. Lullabye Written by Billy Joel
  3. My Girl by The Temptations

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There is an app you can download. The Kidioke Media app is free and the song downloads are only $2.99 each. You can record your child’s reactions to the stories or their singing talents and play back saved versions for friends and family. Available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad. Visit Kidioke to learn more. The books are available on Amazon as well.