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Audio Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX9iS In-ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control

Gift Guide: Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones + Giveaway!

There’s still time to get these in time for a Christmas or New Year’s gift! Order Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel In-ear Headphones on with your Prime account and get free 2-day shipping!

Gone are the days when earphones with a price point of less than $100 are expected to not provide deep bass and great sound.   Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones are the answer to many-a-teens request this Christmas with their affordable price of just $49, bass boosting sound, 360˚ rotating eartip, and in-line volume and microphone controls.

Music is likely your teen’s energy for life.   Listening to podcasts gets me through long days whether it’s while I work, while doing laundry, or waiting in the carpool line.  My 15-year-old son gets his chores done quicker when he listens to music while doing chores or yard work, just like you and I might burn more calories if we listen to our favorite jams from the 80’s while working out.  🙂  SonicFuel™ headphones are specifically designed for active, daily use, to power your teen forward by delivering extraordinary comfort, style and an immersive listening experience that never sounds artificial, processed or filtered. Just pure sonic goodness for the high-octane tempo of your life.

Audio Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX9iS In-ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control

The ATH-CKX5iS SonicFuel in-ear headphones feature stay-in-place fit, providing unique comfort in addition to optimal sound. The C-tip configuration nestles within the ear where it locks in place for extra stability. A 360˚ rotating eartip adjusts to the unique angle of your ear canal for personalized fit and improved sound isolation.

You can adjust the size and fit to your ear, making a HUGE difference when it comes to comfort and sound quality.   The ATH-CKX5iS headphones offer 4 different size eartips (XS, S, M, L), and three c-tips (S, M, L) for a customized fit designed to stay in place, no matter what you’re doing.   The unique eartips rotate a full 360° to automatically align with the angle of your ear canal, directing the sound towards your inner ear to avoid pressure and discomfort, while the c-tips fit the curvature of your ear for maximum stability.

Audio Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX9iS In-ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control

Thanks to an in-line microphone and controller, the ATH-CKX5iS headphones function as an extension of your or your child’s smartphone allowing you to quickly answer a call, then return to your music.  No more excuse for not answering your call or text while your teen is listening to music!

If you, your partner, or your child love listening to music, podcasts, and being able to talk on your smartphone without holding the phone to your ear for a long period of time, Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones are a perfect fit for you!

Win Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones!

We are giving a lucky reader Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones! Entries accepted December 23, 2014 through 9:30am January 5, 2015. U.S. residents over 18 years of age may enter. Prize will not be shipped to a P.O. Box. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The winner will be randomly chosen by noon January 6, 2015 and will be notified via email. Winner must respond within 24 hours to claim his/her prize.

Purchase Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones on or check your local Best Buy for availability.

Best Buy holiday gift guide

Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Ideas From Best Buy

Best Buy disclosure

I’ve employed what my husband says is a sneaky technique the last couple of years come holiday wish list time.  I don’t ask my kids to provide me with a wish list but instead I pay attention to what my kids have said they want from starting in September.  If they mention something several times, I consider getting the item as a Christmas gift.  Otherwise, I get a circular with stars and circled products throughout from my daughter and a long list of gadgets from my son.   A few things that have stuck in my son’s and husband’s minds and thus made it to my final list of what they really want for Christmas are the XBOX One, a wireless speaker, headphones, and a GPS unit.  You know what store sells all of these products, right?  Best Buy!  If you want to skip the traffic and parking space wars, click over to Best Buy online and get your shopping done without leaving the house!

Best Buy holiday gift guide


holiday gift guide

 Xbox One offers gaming at its best with access to tv shows and apps

XBOX one game console


Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

Learn more about XBOX One at Best Buy

In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One gives consumers access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps like Netflix, HBO Go and Amazon Instant Video.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

holiday gift guideJBL offers superb sound in small packages


JBL offers consumers superb sound at affordable prices with products ranging from headphones to wireless speakers.  When Sebastian, my 15 year old, wears headphones while working in the yard and doing his chores he stays more motivated and usually gets finished quicker.  Good trade off if you ask me!

JBL Holiday gifts

JBL Charge 2 – Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

Learn more about these and other JBL audio products at Best Buy

JBL Flip 2 – Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones –  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

holiday gift guide

Garmin and TomTom offer peace-of-mind with portable navigation units


Fusion TIFF File

For those who don’t want to use their smartphone’s battery life or data, a portable navigation device is a great gift.  The units below feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates, lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates as well as  Voice Recognition Technology.

Learn more about these GPS units at Best Buy

Garmin 52LM

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions
Learn more about these GPS units at Best Buy

Garmin 2597LMT

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions
Learn more about these GPS units at Best Buy

TomTom Go 50s

  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

With Best Buy’s expert service and unbeatable prices these gifts can be a reality for your family this Holiday season!

Watercolor holiday cards

Beautiful Illustrated Holiday Cards by Masha D’yans Design + Giveaway {15 Winners}

Every year around the beginning of November, once Halloween has passed, I think I’ll get creative and make things to give friends and family for Christmas. This year I went as far as searching Pinterest for DIY craft ideas made out of tin cans, baby food jars, buttons, etc.. I was really in a creative mood.. in November. December is here now and I just want to do what’s easy.  What’s easy, for me, is buying gifts.  My kids like to give their teachers crafty gifts so we usually go to holiday markets and festivals where we find the most beautiful handmade items to give as gifts.

I feel so lucky to have been contacted by a lovey lady named Masha D’yans, a Los Angeles resident and incredible artist who creates greeting cards for all occasions inspired by nature, fairy tales, Japan, and her refusal to grow up.   Masha’s cards, products and picture books are found in shops around the United States and abroad.   Her illustrated greeting cards are perfect gifts to give teachers, friends, family and coworkers!

Watercolor holiday cards

Masha’s designs are a combination of whimsical and beautiful.  Her artwork appeals to children and adults alike.  Some of my favorites are Eskimo Gift, featuring the Northern Lights, Scratchy XMasTree, and Winter Trees Umbrella Walk.  The cards are $4 for one or $16 for a set of 8.   If you are absolutely in love with one particular card, by all means get a set of that card, but with the variety of designs Masha D’yans offers there’s no reason you shouldn’t get each of your child’s teachers, athletic coaches, friends, your coworkers, and family members a unique card, chosen specifically for them!

Cards are available for all occasions including Christmas, Halloween, wedding, baby, birthday, thank you, sympathy, Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and more!  Take a look at the full selection on Masha D’yans website.

Masha D’yans Design uses soy-based inks on recycled paper and the cards are assembled here in the U.S.

There’s still time to order Masha D’yans Design’s holiday cards!

Your purchase will arrive a few days after placing your order.

Win Masha D'yans watercolor greeting cards

Win a set of 5 Masha D’yans watercolor cards!

Use the form below to enter to win a set of 5 cards from Masha D’yans!  Entries accepted through 1pm December 18, 2014 and open to U.S. residents 18+. No P.O. Boxes.  All entries are optional.  Your information will not be shared with anyone.  This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  The winner will be contacted by email December 19th and must respond within 24 hours in order to claim the prize.


15 Products That Get Kids Moving!

It can be tough to motivate kids to get moving, especially during the winter months.  Today I am sharing some of my kids favorite ‘get moving’ toys they’ve loved over the years.  The toy in my daughter’s #1 spot is the Plasmacar.  I got a Plasmacar to review about 9 years ago, before my daughter was born, and now she rides it any chance she gets.  It’s a great toy to take on road trips since it’s smaller than a bike and easy to operate on driveways and sidewalks.  My son’s favorite is the skateboard.  Actually he rides longboards but since those aren’t so mainstream I put skateboards in this gift guide. 🙂

These gifts will get and keep your kids moving year round! All of these gifts are available on

20 unique gifts for techie parents

20 Unique Gadget Products For Techie Parents

Kids aren’t the only ones who love gadgets.  Parents enjoy a good gadget too.   I want the newest gadget as soon as it’s announced but I, unfortunately, learned that money doesn’t grow on trees and I can’t buy ALL the gadgets I want.  Bummer.  In this gift guide, I compiled a list of gadgets that every parent could use and will probably love having including one of my favorite products EVER, the iRobot Roomba 880 vacuum cleaning robot, a foot massager, wireless activity wristbands, and smartphone battery case.

I suppose these gadgets would be great gifts for teens too but I was feeling a little selfish when I put this list together and want everything for me, not my 15 year old son.  🙂

Most of these items are avialable on and  I highly recommend signing up for Amazon Prime NOW if you aren’t already a Prime member.  You’ll get free 2-day shipping as well as access to instant videos on Amazon Prime, something you might appreciate as you’re cooking that holiday ham and don’t want to be interrupted.