Wednesday, May 15, 2019

BuddyPhones Headphones For Children Are Ideal for Summer Traveling

Now that Scarlett is four, she really has an interest in certain music and TV shows.  While her and I share some musical favorites, she of course gravitates towards children's tunes.  I know as Scarlett grows, her tastes and interests will change.  Headphones will always be there to keep her tuned into her entertainment needs!

BuddyPhones are volume-limiting kids headphones that protect young listeners ears by providing them with the safest, toughest headphones.  They're available in some of the most popular designs, such as pink unicorns or blue robots! Parents will enjoy the fact that their children can listen to their desired music or shows at an acceptable volume.

Did you know that 12% of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 suffer from hearing loss as a result of using headphones turned to a high volume? BuddyPhones Play headphones are a top choice due to their wireless connection and kid-proof durability.  Both kids and parents are especially fans of the 14+ hour battery life and four distinct SafeAudio listening modes for every listener and occasion: travel, study, kid, and toddler.  With a soft travel bag included, BuddyPhones will go wherever your destination is.

Summer break is right around the corner and I'm sure many families have plans to travel. We'll be going to Florida in about a month for about a week.  Since Scarlett is young and doesn't have an extremely long attention span, we always have to pack items to keep her entertained on the flight.  Snacks, books, crayons, and her tablet are just a few things in her backpack to keep my tiny tot happy.  We recently got her a tablet and we only allow it on plane rides or long car rides.  It's a lifesaver and it keeps her quiet and focused, which makes me one happy mama.

Scarlett was thrilled when the pink unicorn BuddyPhones arrived.  She's on a unicorn and rainbows kick lately and these were right up her alley. The pink is a beautiful soft bubblegum pink that will appeal to girls of all ages.  Stickers are included featuring numbers, letters, and pictures, so your child can decorate the headphones however they please.  One thing that I do wish is that the pictures were printed directly on the headphones instead of just as stickers.  Stickers can be lost or ripped and children can get upset.  So far, Scarlett doesn't seem to mind.  She did enjoy making the headphones her own and I always like to see how her creativity comes out.

One huge benefit about the BuddyPhones is that they are wireless.  You won't have to worry about tangled cords ever again.  My headphones are always getting tangled no matter how much I try to keep them organized and it's nice to not have to untangle Scarlett's constantly.

The sound is crystal clear and I like to keep Scarlett's at a low level. She had no issues hearing her tablet and said it was at a good volume.  The convenient thing about the headphones is that they feature the BuddyCable system which allows up to four friends to listen to the same device at once.  She had no complaints about the headphones on her and being uncomfortable.

It's safe to say these will surely be kept in our travel bag from here on out.  If you're looking to get your child or a relative a gift they will really enjoy, BuddyPhones is waiting for you.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to BuddyPhones for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

4 Different Ways Millennials Are Changing The Face Of Travel

In 2019, travel is no longer a luxury but has become a necessity. There are pictures of exotic destinations flooding the social media feeds of millennials and there are adventure excursions everyone is talking about. It is no surprise that travel has become a top priority for this generation and majority millennials are more likely to travel abroad than their older counterparts. In addition, they are also willing to budget more for their trips. It is evident that this generation has become an important part of the travel industry and will continue to remain so. Here are a few different ways in which millennials are continuing to change the face of travel.

1. Cultural Experiences

There is a term called experience economy which is deemed by businesses to create memorable events for the customers. The experience economy is consuming the travel industry as most millennials choose to spend their money on experiences than on material items. Almost 86% of millennials would experience a new culture as compared to 44% who would prefer to party. Millennials are choosing an authentic cultural experience over a party. Millennials are taking a step out of their comfort zone and are looking to experience a new culture and take in an authentic meal. They are giving the safety and convenience of a touristy restaurant a miss. More than half of the millennials would prefer to choose a destination because they want to experience a culture and learn something new while they travel.

2. “Bleisure” travel

For the older generation, business travel was an added benefit of their job. However, today we see a number of millennials make their career decisions based on their ability to travel. This has created a whole new concept around travel known as bleisure travel. It is basically mixing business with leisure and is very popular amongst the millennials. Joy Bray from ChiChi LLC ( says that millennials prefer to take bleisure trips, which is where you make time to have meaningful cultural experiences when on a business trip. It has been noted that employees aged below 30 are traveling more for business as compared to employees above 30. Millennials are making the most of fewer responsibilities at home like families and children and are looking to extend business trips as often as they can. More than 50% of millennials are likely to extend their business vacations in order to gain a cultural experience or to see more of the world while on their company’s dime. They strive to finish business first and then extend the stay for leisure which allows them to make the most of the destination they are in.

3. Group travel

As against the common idea of solo travel is dangerous, there are as many as 37% of millennials who intend to take a solo trip in the coming months. However, going solo does not mean going completely all by yourself. Traveling solo but in a group can give you the freedom and a safety net of a larger group. Solo travel has become very attractive and easy when planned with a customized tour operator. There are freedom and security at the same time.

4. Hostels are appealing

Millennials are the fastest growing age segment when it comes to spending money on travel. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that they make up a huge percentage of hostel guests. Young travelers are on the lookout for affordable options which is making hostels more appealing than hotels. Hostels are affordable and placed in convenient locations. They also provide additional social opportunities for travelers to meet individuals of their age and share their interests. Hostels have reinvented themselves and offer private rooms, spas, bars, movie theaters, and pools. There are big hotel brands that are exploring hostel like accommodation options so as to meet the changing demands of young travelers.

The increase in hostels across the globe shows that millennials have a huge impact on the travel industry and it will continue to remain so. Millennials are willing to take a pay cut to travel for work and are also willing to pay an additional amount for an authentic dining experience. Millennials are indeed a different breed of travelers and they cannot be avoided by the travel industry. They form a significant part of the global travel industry and the different ways of travel chosen by millennials have brought about a drastic change in the entire industry.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Plans For the Summer

It feels like it's been cold for a long time now and I'm looking forward to warmer weather.  Even though it's spring, we haven't had much warm weather lately.  We've had snow and cold temperatures for longer then necessary in my opinion.  As the temperatures heat up over the next few weeks, I'm ready for summer and everything it has to offer.

Scarlett's last day of school is in the beginning of June.  This year of preschool flew by and her end of the year celebration is just in a few weeks! She'll be going to camp for about 14 days this summer and I know she'll be so thrilled.  In-between going to camp, we'll go to Florida. Of course the baby will be coming the first week of August!

Those are our major plans, but since the weather will be nice all summer I'm sure we'll have plenty of outdoor playdates and trips to the beach and pool too.  What are your summer plans?