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Intex Pool Review and Set-Up Tips

Intex Pool Review and Set-Up Tips

Post contains affiliate links Intex Pool Review : 12′ x 30″ Intex Pool Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get rain, rain and more rain in the winter. But the summers? They are filled with sunshine and warmth. After a winter of damp weather and rain, […]

North Pole Ninjas Review: A Fun Alternative to Elf on the Shelf

North Pole Ninjas Review: A Fun Alternative to Elf on the Shelf

If you are looking for an Elf on the Shelf alternative then you really need to check out North Pole Ninjas.

Cozyphones Review: Headphones for Kids

Cozyphones Review: Headphones for Kids

Cozyphones review: Great for kids, great for travel

I was sent these CozyPhones kids’ headphones to review. I received no compensation for this post. Post contains affiliate links.

Cozyphones review: Do these actually work

CozyPhones Review

Finding headphones that fit toddlers and young children can be difficult. We have gone through a few different ones. Apollo has used these LilGadgets headphones since last year. While they fit well enough they tend to slide off and now that he is bigger he is complaining they are too small.

We have now had the CozyPhones for two months and I feel like I can give a thorough review.

What We Love About CozyPhones

Cozyphones headphones are great for kids.

CozyPhones are comfortable. 

CozyPhones are, well, cozy. These are so cozy that while I got these for Apollo, Mordecai keeps sneaking them off into his room. Seriously. He is 15 and uses these every single day. They are hands-down his favorite headphones.

CozyPhones has a tough, flexible braided cord that prevents those annoying tangles.

You know, the ones where you spend half of spring break trying to undo a knot only to have your child tangle them up again three seconds later? This is definitely a bonus.

CozyPhones review: the CozyPhones cord is 36" long!

The CozyPhones cord is long.

At 36-inches your child has plenty of room to move around whether they are using an iPad, gaming device, or watching a movie.

Cozyphones review: Headphones for kids

The CozyPhones actually fit.

Because these are headband style, they fit and fit well. Both Apollo (age 8) and Mordecai (age 15) love to use these headphones.

CozyPhones Cons:

CozyPhones might be too hot in the summer.

While this has not bothered my kids and they have not mentioned it I could see these being too hot in the summer. We live in a temperate climate, so we don’t get extreme weather fluctuations.

On the other hand, these would be perfect for use during outdoor exercise in the winter (I have extremely sensitive ears).

Cozyphones review: The cord did kink due to kids fiddling with it.

The braided part around our CozyPhones cord has a hole in a spot where the cord is doubled up and the cord it bent in half. This has not affected the function or sound. I plan to snip the thread in to loosen the kinked part. These headphones have been used every single day for two months straight and my kids are hard on things.

Cozyphones headphones are comfortable and durable.

CozyPhones Review Conclusion:

Honestly, I was struggling to come up with any cons for this review. We did have the funky issue with the cord, but it has not affected the sound at all and I think that was probably user error (ie: my kids are rough on things) and not a defect in the product itself.

These CozyPhones are comfortable, work well, cute, and have the non-tangle cord.

Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Review

Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Review

This Cuisinart 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker was purchased by me. Post contains affiliate links. Why Buy an Ice Cream Maker? Ice cream is one treat that everyone in our large family enjoys. And ice cream is one of those foods that is always, always […]

Sonna Zona Weighted Blanket Review

Sonna Zona Weighted Blanket Review

Weighted Blanket Review The first weighted blanket I ever bought was for my 8-year-old son who has chronic sleep issues. Less than a week later I ordered my own 15-pound Sonna Zona weighted blanket. As soon as I felt the cozy weight of his blanket […]

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Review

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Review

Does the Book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons work?

Post contains affiliate links. This copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was purchased by me.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Review 2

How My Four-Year-Old Learned to Read

One day, many years ago, my four-year-old son, Hezekiah approached me with our copy of  Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. He decided, on his own, that he wanted to learn to read. I agreed, on the spot, to give him his first reading lesson.

He ended up whipping through the first twenty lessons in about half an hour. The very next day we went through the next twenty lessons. That’s right, forty lessons in two days. Within a month of his first reading lesson, Hezekiah was reading independently.

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He read this two weeks after his first reading lesson

Not my First Four-Year-Old Reader

Hezekiah is not my first four-year-old to learn to read. And interestingly, my other four-year-old reader (against all conventional wisdom) was also a boy.

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Judah, Enoch, Adalia, and Tilly circa 2000

Reading Lessons for a Three-Year-Old?

Hezekiah’s older brother, Judah, started begging for reading lessons at age 3 1/2. Well, I was in the midst of teaching 5-year-old Adalia how to read, and not interested in also teaching a three-year-old. Besides, everything I read said in general boys are not “developmentally ready” to learn to read as early as girls. So I kept putting him off. He would not be deterred. He wanted to learn to read and that was it.

Reading Lessons for a Four-Year-Old Boy

When Judah was four years and one month old, I finally gave in. I decided I would start Teach Your Child to Read with him. If and when he lost interest we would put it aside. Much to my surprise, he was reading after his very first lesson. To this day, I have no idea how he learned his letter sounds, but the fact is he was developmentally ready at age four, and when we sat down to learn, he picked it up with almost no effort.

By four and a half, he was reading chapter books. In fact, it was a problem because there are very few chapter books written that are appropriate for four-year-olds, but a  kid who can read that well isn’t exactly interested in Dick and Jane.

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Important Notes

  1. Obviously, not all children are ready to read at age 3 or 4. My children were all between 4 and 8 when they learned to read independently.
  2. We only did the letter part of the lessons and played, “say it fast” and “say it slow”. We never did any of the tracing or practicing writing letters.
  3. We never made it more than halfway through the book because by then my children were reading idenpendently.
Mosaic Weighted Blanket Review

Mosaic Weighted Blanket Review

Why a Weighted Blanket? We bought this 15-pound Mosaic weighted blanket for my son with autism. He is a sensory seeker and like many kids with autism, he often has trouble sleeping. Weighted blankets are proven to help with anxiety, restlessness, and sleep. I personally […]

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll Review

Wonder Crew Superhero Doll Review

I purchased the Wonder Crew Buddy Superhero Doll for review purposes; post contains affiliate links. First, let’s address the elephant in the room. Do boys really need dolls to play with? Do boys even like dolls? I have eight sons. We have provided dolls for […]