Basically a Walkie Talking for Grown-Ups

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Like most new parents we invested and registered for many fancy new products for our new baby, one being a really nice baby monitor. We got one that has video with sound and the camera tilts up and down, moves in a full circle, has night vision and zooms in and out. It’s quite fancy. It also has the ability for us to talk to the baby, kind of like a walkie talkie. It’s pretty cool and very fun to play with… because that’s what you do with your new baby equipment, right?

Before we had Luna, we entertained ourselves by walking around the house with the monitor, using it like a walkie talkie and spying on each other. Since we have had Luna, we  use it to scare the crap out of one another. There is nothing creepier than changing a diaper in an empty and quiet room and then hearing a deep scary voice say “I’m watching you” or “Stop singing to that baby”.

Last night, I was nursing Luna in my new rocking chair in her room and reading my Nook when I noticed the camera moving from her crib to me. Before Husband could say anything I looked to the camera and said “Can I help you?” I was pretty proud of myself for catching him before he scared me. (This is rare, he scares me a lot, like multiple times a day.) “Just wondering what you’re doing” he responded. I told Husband I was reading Harry Potter (I know, I know…I’m a hundred years behind!) and I gave him the leave me alone I’m very busy doing important things look. He said nothing, so I returned to reading.

A few minutes later, I was deep into Harry Potter’s world. The story was getting really intense, nothing could have broken my concentration and then,  I hear this…

I thought I was imagining it at first and died laughing when I realized it was coming from the camera/monitor. “Just trying to get in you the mood” I hear after I finished laughing.

I beg of you, if you have one of these fancy-pants monitors, do yourself a favor and have a little fun with it!

Cheers!

 

Who Wants A Turtle?! (giveaway)

Husband and I always have noise in the apartment. Sometimes we leave the TV on something familiar (like Friends), but often it’s music. Husband likes to listen to his favorite podcast, pop music, or rap music. He likes upbeat, fun music that makes you want to move.

I listen to music based on my mood, or how I want my mood to change. This can range anywhere between Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Broadway tunes, and Jack Johnson. When I get in a music mood I turn it up loud and want to hear it wherever I go through the apartment.  The only problem with this is we do not have a stereo. I have to listen to music through either my phone or my laptop, and then carry them all around the apartment with me.

Sometimes I’ll put on headphones and just carry my iPod around the house with me, but this is my least favorite way to listen to music in the house. The headphones hurt my ears (I have abnormally small ears), and the ear buds often fall out of my ear, making it really difficult to dance around the living room.

I used to put my iPod or phone in a coffee mug too. The cup amplifies the sound and acts a speaker. I learned this trick from a friend, and was shocked at how well it works. However, sticking your phone in coffee mugs around my apartment is a dangerous task.

Not too long ago, Husband brought home a little iPod dock to keep me from leaving empty coffee mugs around the house. The dock is great; it’s loud and portable, but the batteries die way too quickly, and I’m back to the coffee mugs or headphones every few days.

Then, the Turtle arrived.

Pretty packaging makes me love it that much more
Pretty packaging makes me love it that much more

The Turtle is a wireless speaker that uses bluetooth to connect with most mobile devices. It’s made by Outdoor Tech, it’s dust and shock proof, AND water resistant (which I assume also means coffee resistant). Immediately, I loved the Turtle simply because it’s small and pretty. Before actually using it I had to charge it for about an hour and a half. It uses rechargeable lithium batteries, so it lasts about ten hours after being charged. Once it was ready I connected it to my iPhone using Bluetooth.

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I put on Pandora and let the music bump. It sounded great and I tested it by bringing my phone all over the house to see if the connection stayed clear, it did. In the middle of jamming out to some 80’s classics, my phone rang. Although, not really my phone…the turtle rang. I answered, and was able to speak to my Mom through the turtle because it also acts as a speakerphone. It was clear enough that she didn’t even know I had her on speakerphone.

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Later, I connected the Turtle to my laptop to watch episodes of The Office. We watch TV on our laptop every night in bed, and the Turtle is thoroughly improving our viewing experiences, which may or not be the best when trying to go to sleep. It can easily be mounted on anything, but I plan o moving it around too often to want to mount it.

small and easy to use
small and easy to use

I am really loving this little innovative speaker, AND I have some exciting news for you! Outdoor Technology has been generous enough to send me and extra Turtle so that I can host a giveaway!  Woohoo! Aren’t you excited???

All the goodies that come with it.
All the goodies that come with it.

So, for those of you who are tired of your ear buds and coffee mugs, here’s your chance to turn your music listening experience around. To enter the giveaway, simply “follow” my blog (enter your email and click the “follow” button in the lower right corner) and write a comment below about your favorite music to jam to at home. Winner will be announced in two weeks! (February 5th)

Cannot wait to hear what all of you listen to while dancing in your underwear!

Cheers!

P.S. The one that will be given away is black…goes with everything!