The Wall of Sound – HTC One Harman Kardon Smartphone & Sprint Sound Sessions Review #SprintMusic #SprintMom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Sessions. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” As always, all opinions expressed on this site are my very own.  Please be sure to do your own research, as your opinion may differ.

Have you ever heard the saying “music hath charms to soothe a savage beast?”  Not that I am comparing myself to a savage beast, but music certainly plays a role in setting both my temperament and emotions.

When I’m working in my office, I often listen to music played off my smartphone. I mostly listen to 80s music.  Lots of songs from that era feature fast tempos that help me get into a groove when I’m writing.  When I’m in the kitchen, I’ll play hits from the 70s including tunes. The sing-songy nature of that music gets me moving melodically as I make dinner.   If I want to chill, I listen to classic crooners from the 1950s.

However, just as important as the music selection is to setting my mood, so is the sound quality. Quite honestly, the sound quality from most smartphones is pretty horrible — whether it be for music, video or just plain talking on the phone. It always sound tinny and the music is muddy, never quite picking up bass or drum beats.

THM_HTCHarmanKardon_2That was until I got to personally experience the HTC One® Harman Kardon® edition – a Sprint exclusive smartphone with a premium sound experience. I first checked it out at a Sprint Sound Sessions event that was recently held in NYC.

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Bringing a Child’s Artwork to Life With Their Own Custom Made Stuffed Animal – Budsies Review

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal growing up that you carried everywhere with you? What about your kids? Do they have a favorite that they can’t seem to put down?

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Check out these stuffed animals, they’re my kidlet’s newest favs. Not only are these dolls cute, cuddly and colorful, but my kidlets actually designed them.  Yes, these two dolls were created from artwork that my kidlets made and turned into a reality through a wonderfully whimsical company called Budsies.

Budsies brings artwork to life created by children (or adults!), by creating one-of-a-kind stuffed dolls.

The Budsies process to make your own doll is super simple. Your child creates a color drawing using crayons, markers or even paint. It can be of anything your child desires…an animal, a person or even an object. Then you take a picture of it and upload from your computer or smartphone to Budsies website to order. In five weeks or less a custom-made stuffed animal inspired by your child’s drawing arrives at your home.

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Liberty Science Center – #ScienceSummerFun Giveaway

What do you do with your kids on summer days when you’re tired of going to the park, beach, library or movies? What about on rainy days? While the Hubs and I might want to go to a museum, the kidlets prefer places where they can have lots of fun and get “hands on.”

PrintThe Liberty Science Center is just the place to meld our parental & kidlet preferences. It’s a 300,000 square foot fun learning center located on the banks of the Hudson River in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.  You should make the trip over there just to see the spectacular and unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, including the Freedom Tower.

Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center (LSC for short!) features 12 museum halls featuring ongoing exhibitions such as Skyscraper!, Infection Connection, Energy Quest and Communication. They also host a live animal collection with 110 species and giant aquariums where you can actually touch sea creatures. The Center also houses a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome theater and tornado/hurricane-force wind simulators.

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A Day At The Beach – Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Family Fun Place Pass Giveaway

JenksAmbassadorButton-250x250To me, there’s no better way to spend a summer day than at the beach. I love nothing more than having my toes in the sand, splashing around in the waves and sitting on the beach for some, what I call, “golden goddess” time – but covered in 40+ sun block and wearing a big floppy hat & sunglasses, of course!

I’ve been a faithful patron of the Jersey shore since I spent my first summer there when I was six. So if you do the math (and I beg you please not to!), I’ve been frolicking in the sand and surf there for some 36 years. In fact, the family did an overnight trip to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Pt. Pleasant Beach last week to celebrate my birthday.

Whether you’re a day-tripper or planning an extended stay, Jenkinson’s is a great family friendly beach and boardwalk destination. You will definitely find something here to excite each member of your family.

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One Brick At A Time – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Review

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Back in the early 80s, when I was about nine years old, I had a friend who was totally obsessed with LEGO®.  I loved to have play dates at her house because on the floor of her bedroom she had built an entire LEGO town.

It was completeTHM_LEGOLANDDISCOVERYCENTER_LegoTown2 with houses, police & fire stations, apartment buildings, a hospital, a gas station, an airport and the streets were even dotted with trees, flowers, bushes and light posts.

There were lots of LEGO men doing things throughout the town, pumping gas, flying planes and doing construction.  I don’t seem to remember there being too many LEGO women around, but my favorite ones were the ones who worked at the hospital.  They had crazy 60s-style beehive hairdos that curled up at the ends!

Flash forward to today and you can still find me playing and building with LEGO, but this time it’s with my kidlets.

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Kid Lit: Another “Good Question!”

A few months back I wrote about how my kidlets ask me about a million questions a day and how I used Good Question! books to help me answer some of their more probing ones.   My kidlets devoured those books and by the time they were finished with each of the five books we had, they were all smarty pants about things like the five senses, the American Civil War, the Earth, how plants grow, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and our solar system!   And then another round of questions began….

THM_GoodQuestion_1Thankfully a new series of Good Question! books recently showed up at our home, courtesy of Sterling Children’s Books, so once again, I’ve got answers!

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The Sweet Smell of “Familiar Favorites” by Air Wick

They say smell creates the most THM_AirWickFamiliarFavorites_1powerful memories.  Now, I’m not exactly sure who “they” are,  some sort of experts I guess,  but I’m definitely a believer!

Have you ever smelled something and were automatically transported back to a specific moment or place in time?  I know that’s true for me.  There are scents that take me back to being a little kid, playing at my friend’s houses and momentous moments in my life.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Air Wick.I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Well Air Wick® has come out with a new line of air fresheners called The Familiar Favorites™ Collection, which brings home the comforting scents of the brands that families have grown to love.  Each of the three scents in this collection evoke the aroma and comfort of home – from clean laundry mixed with sunshine and pure while flowers with Snuggle® Fresh Linen; to the clean scent and bonds formed when bathing little one with Baby Magic® Clean Baby and a warm delicious baked treat with Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll.

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Kids Imagination Comes Alive – Surprise Ride Review

In a world that is filled with hi-tech, battery-operated toys with lots of bells and whistles, I like it when my kidlets to play with toys that encourage them to use their creativity and imagination, just like I did when I was their age.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-imagination-image17766376On a daily basis you can find my kids on any number of fascinating adventures. They make up incredible stories where they ride dinosaurs, battle space monsters, jump over mountains, build magic castles and they even have super heroes save princesses from evil witches.  Sometimes mom even gets to join in – mostly I get relegated to the monster or evil witch parts, but every once in a while I do get to be the fairy godmother!

So when a box to review Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box that sends kids aged 6-11 a surprise box of activities with all the tools they need to explore and try something new, showed up on our doorstep the kidlets were excited to see what adventure they’d be taking.

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Sounding Good For Father’s Day – Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones Review & Giveaway

Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea??  Tyler AKA The Hubs is here to help out with a great gift idea for any tech/music lover with a review of Sol Republic’s Master Tracks headphones and a great giveaway to win a pair for the special dad in your life!  So take it away Tyler…..

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A few months back I wrote about our Sol Republic Deck, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker that allows you to wirelessly stream music from computers, tablets, smartphones and various electronic devices. At the risk of overstating it, it’s really has changed our life and the way we listen to music, and something we use and enjoy nearly every day.  And now that the weather is finally warming up, we are using it more than ever, for fire pits, barbeques, and playing in the yard. But if you are like me, as fun as it is to crank the tunes, sometimes you want to or need to have a little more one-on-one time with your music.

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My Daughter Is A Real Charm! CHARM IT! Bracelet Review & Giveaway

My daughter has never been much of a girly girl. Maybe it’s because she has an older brother that she can play for hours with her beloved Super Hero dolls, race her Hot Wheels cars  and battle it out with imaginary fire-breathing dragons with her sword and shield. Nothing makes her happier than playing in the dirt, climbing a rock wall or kicking around a soccer ball in our backyard. The best is the reaction I get when I pull a dress out of the closet for her to wear, she protests as if I were strapping her into a straight jacket!

However, my daughter is a THM_CharmIt_2walking contradiction.

A peek into her pink bedroom reveals a love of all things Disney princess. She has a purple princess bed and her walls are decorated with images of  her beloved Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Belle and Rapunzel, otherwise known in our house as the tiara mafia!  Aside from her princess preference, my little gal also seems to have acquired her mom’s love of girly charm bracelets!

She got to combine both of her girly loves recently with this beautiful Disney Princess bracelet that was sent to her by CHARM IT!, the original,  detachable 3-dimensional charm jewelry brand for girls.Continue reading ⇒