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Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones Review

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 16, 2013 · 0 comments

I was lucky enough to win a pair of these Monster iSport Intensity headphones when I attended a holiday trip to the Walmart headquarters back in October. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, as my husband had been begging me for a new pair of headphones to wear while running.

So I handed them over to him upon my return with the request that he give me his honest feedback on them after using them for awhile.

First, some specs on these headphones:

  • Apple ControlTalk for on-cable, hands-free smartphone and MP3 player calling and music control
  • Patented Sound Channel design seals in music
  • Patented SportClips and sound-isolating eartips provide a secure, customized fit that will not shake out or sweat out
  • Tough, durable, UV-protected and sweatproof for your most aggressive workout
  • Washable
  • Color: Green

But if you're looking to purchase a pair of these headphones, I'm sure you want more than just a list of features... Given that my husband went through three pairs of headphones over the summer before trying these headphones, I had my doubts. However, he absolutely loves the Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones. He's told me a number of times that the sound quality is amazing for the price, and he loves that they come with three sizes of SportClips eartips to allow the user to get a great custom fit.

In fact, his only complaint is pretty minor and is in regards to the placement of the Apple ControlTalk switch that controls the volume. He feels like it's a little too high up on the cord that's running to the headphone and could benefit from a little more slack so that it's not easily yanked out when used while working out.

A neutral point is that these headphones use a right-angle headphone jack. These are great when you want the headphones to plug in and stay flush with your phone or iPod, but they may not work with all cases and could require either an adapter or removal of the case for use. In my husband's instance, he just simply removes the bottom part of his case.

On the bright side, the flat, silicone cords discourage tangling and make these headphones much more durable than traditional round cords. Also, as both and indoors and outdoors runner, my husband is also very impressed with how these headphones are designed to seal in music, yet still allow the user to be aware of traffic noise.

The Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones are available both in stores and on for $99.95, and there's still time to purchase them with FREE shipping to arrive in time for Christmas!

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Break Time with Kit-Kat Minis

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 20, 2013 · 0 comments

To say that our family is busy would be an understatement... Right now our girls are at the gym four days a week, while my husband and boys are at the baseball fields every day but Sunday. Not to mention my oldest daughter also is playing soccer and softball, which currently overlap each other.

I know, I know, we've brought it on ourselves! But we encourage our kids to stay active, and we're willing to do what we can to make their sport(s) of choice fit into our family schedule. And I have to admit the soccer/softball thing is totally my fault because I encouraged my oldest daughter to branch out and try something outside of gymnastics for a change.

Needless to say there are many days when I just feel like I need a break from it all. But I feel like it would be selfish of me to steal away and take some time just for myself when, the truth is, the whole family needs a bit of a break.

While a vacation isn't in the cards until later this summer, we can try to take mini breaks at home as often as possible. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. In fact, it could be as simple as pulling out an brand new box of sidewalk chalk and a special treat, like these new Kit-Kat Minis.

And this is just what we did one night last week when some of the kids's practices were cancelled due to standing water on the fields from rain earlier in the morning.

While my youngest daughter drew flowers, and my youngest son drew dinosaurs (go figure!), one of my older boys drew Creepers from Minecraft.

Together we covered the entire driveway with beautiful artwork, which was later washed away by more rain, leaving us a blank canvas to begin again.

And when we were all thoroughly covered in multi-colored chalk dust, we shared that bag of Kit-Kat Minis. Well, some of us shared better than others...

You may be wondering exactly what are Kit-Kat Minis, and so I'll share that they're a poppable, bite-size version of the classic Kit-Kat Bar. Kit-Kat Minis are available at Walmart's everyday low price in both a king size 2.2-oz. bag and the shareable, resealable 8-oz. pouch pictured above. I particularly like to store them in the freezer for a crispy, cool treat that's refreshing in hot weather!

What's your favorite activity to unwind as a family?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Fun with Disney Paint {Striped Accent Wall}

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 16, 2013 · 4 comments

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we're in the process of redoing my girls' bedroom, so when Walmart asked if I'd be interested in testing out their new line of Disney-inspired paints, I jumped at the chance.

In addition to over 100 unique paint shades with fun names like "Ariel's Tail", Walmart also carries a number of Disney specialty paints, including Ready-Set-Glow glow-in-the-dark paint, Great Slate tintable chalkboard paint, and Speck-Tacular, a clear, confetti top coat.

Since my girls are 6 and 8, I wanted a fun color palette that will last them for years to come, so I chose On Tour Turquoise, Mood Ring (a purple color), and the All That Glitters top coat, a shimmering glitter finish. With such bold shades, I didn't want to overpower the room with color, so we chose to do a cute striped pattern on the largest wall, using a neutral white shade as the base color.

The first step in painting stripes is taping off the stripes. As you can imagine, it pays to take your time to get them as precise as possible. After that, the painting part is quick and easy.

While I was initially a little surprised at how thin the Disney paint is, the color is very intense. Even with the original white shade on our walls, we were able to achieve a solid shade, without the use of primer, with only two coats of the turquoise and purple.

Rather than covering the entire wall with the All That Glitters top coat, we chose to use it just on the Mood Ring stripe. Though the application video recommends using a roller to apply this glaze, I found that a brush works better for small areas because the glitters doesn't want to come off the roller without a lot of rolling in multiple directions. The glaze brushes on with more of an opaque finish but dries clear in about one hour.

All in all, we found the Disney paint to be very easy to work with, and my girls love the striped effect with a bit of shimmer. This is a great way to breathe new life into your living space with a minimal investment of time and money.

Though we still have a ways to go in finishing up the girls' room, this striped accent wall already livens up the space! Find Disney paint at a Walmart store near you now.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Duck Peel & Stick Shelf Liner {Not Just For Shelves}

by Tara Kuczykowski on March 31, 2013 · 4 comments

I'm sure you're all familiar with Duck Tape, but did you know that Duck makes a variety of shelf and drawer liner products, as well? I had no idea, so I'm guessing many of you don't either.

I've used a peel and stick-style liner in cabinets before, but never one with such fun colors as these. Zebra stripes, shiny silver sparkles, and cute polka dots are just a few of the fun patterns you can pick up. They're almost too pretty to relegate to shelves that won't often be seen!

Which gave me this idea...

We're in the process of redoing the girls' room, and I was considering disposing of the turquoise side table pictured above. It was pretty inexpensive, and it's definitely seen better days -- the top has some scratches and some nail polish spots that just won't come off.

After giving it a second look though, I realized that the legs were in pretty good condition and only the top was damaged. Duck Peel & Stick Liner to the rescue!

I simply cut a piece slightly larger than the top of the table, and with my oldest daughter's assistance, I centered it and pressed it down on the tabletop. I then flipped the table over, and used an X-acto knife to trim off the excess liner from around the edge. Less than five minutes of work and the table looks almost brand new!

Duck also makes my favorite Easy Liner product. I used it to line all of my kitchen drawers when I did a massive kitchen organization back in January. I love that it keeps all of my utensils and knives from sliding around, especially in the larger drawers.

They also make another version called Smooth Top Easy Liner that has the same grippy bottom with a smooth, flat top, which I found is perfect in my kitchen cabinets. The previous owners seem to have had a penchant for putting their dishes away wet, so many of the cabinets have some unsightly bubbling and peeling on the veneer. This liner cuts to fit and is an inexpensive way to make my cabinets a little prettier.

Wanna give some of these products a try for yourself? You can find a wide variety of these Duck Shelf Liner products at your local Walmart store!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Lala-Oopsies: A Sew Magical Tale DVD $9.96

by Tara Kuczykowski on March 29, 2013 · 0 comments

If you're still on the hunt for a relatively inexpensive Easter basket item for a girl, then you may want to check out this adorable Lala-Oopsies: A Sew Magical Tale DVD. Exclusively at Walmart, it's priced at $9.96 currently.

I had the opportunity to watch this sweet DVD with my youngest daughter today, and she loved it so much she watched it three more times before she had to leave for gymnastics practice.

A little about the movie:

Now, for the very first time, journey beyond the rolling green hills of Lalaoopsy Land to a magical place never seen before where you'll meet the Lala-Oopsies! On islands that float on strawberry milk rivers, surrounded by tall mushroom trees, live the whimsical Lala-Oopsies princess ballerinas, fairies and mermaids. Join them as they embark on a fantastical journey to save their precious homes when the strawberry milk, which powers Lala-Oopsies Land, suddenly stops flowing.

One of my favorite aspects of the movie is the subtle encouragement for kids to read that's included. The movie starts with a Lalaloopsy character selecting a book to read, which is the magical mermaid tale that ensues. Even the coordinating dolls that can be purchased have handles on the packaging which double as bookmarks once you trim them off after purchase.

As I mentioned, there is also a line of Lalaloopsy Oopsies mermaid dolls that coordinate with the DVD. Pictured above is cute and colorful Water Lily, one of the main characters of the DVD.

My daughter's favorite feature is the the color change tail that changes with cold and warm water, while her little brother made off with the whimsical octopus sidekick, squirting water all over the bathroom. Boys will be boys!

All of the Lalaloopsy Oopsies mermaid dolls are also exclusive to Walmart currently.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.