WIN Unicorn Headphones from Cozy Phones on The World of Kitsch!

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Okay folks, here it is, quite possibly the coolest giveaway I've hosted yet, as not only do I have a really great set of headphones as a prize, said headphones are in the realm of being unicorn themed. 

Cozy Phones are an American based brand, who make clever headband shaped headphones. There are three main categories of Cozy Phones, kids,  sleep and active, and I will go into all three telling you the benefits of their headphones over regular in-ear, or over-ear designs.

Then you can enter to win a pair of unicorn kids' Cozy Phones, which if you are a unicorn loving adult like me, you may want to squeeze your head into anyway (I will give you size stats in this blog too). But first let's see what Cozy Phones are all about, shall we? 

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KIDS COZYPHONES:  The benefits of a headband style of headphone for a child are easy to imagine. Regular in-ear 'bud' style headphones are too big for kids' ears, which will make using them uncomfortable from the get go. There's also a risk of your child playing their music or device output at too high a volume, directly into their eardrums, not good.

With kids Cozy Phones, which you can buy for around £15.99 directly from them on Amazon, you have a soft fleece headband, which won't fall off, be too big or small, like their over-ear counterparts can be. The little speakers inside can be adjusted by poking your finger inside the band from the rear. You line them up with where your child's ears sit, and you have a tailor made set of headphones that your child will love because of the variety of colourful designs. 

Long road trips will become a peaceful nirvana, with Cozy Phones on and noisy Youtubers muffled! Your child can also rest their head back, or even stand on their head if they want to, and the headphones will stay on. 

The manufactuing is sturdy, with a 36" braided cord cable, and regular 35mm stereo plug.

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Cozy Phones were kind enough to send a set for Smix & he has been using them religiously since they arrived. He says the sound quality is excellent, and the headband is more comfortable than the Dan TDM over-ear headphones he had been using. 

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SLEEP CONTOUR COZYPHONES: Moving onto the adult size Cozy Phones, looking first at the sleep Contour and Original sets. Both are similar in that they have soft fleece, but the contour design has a cool mesh lining which helps the speaker stay in space should you toss and turn.

I tried the original fleece only set and found no problem with movement anyway. The specs are similar to the kids' Cozy Phones, the difference being you have a 1.5m corded cable with the adult ones, which is tangle-free and sturdy. 

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I always listen to YouTube videos at night to fall asleep to, so I gave them a go to see if I liked them. Firstly they were super comfortable and non-intrusive. Cleverly they can double as an eye mask by just pulling the band down over your eyes. I fell asleep easily wearing it.

They come with their own lovely little bag, so they'd be perfect for travelling and an essential for long plane journeys. They can also be used for sports, such as yoga, and because you can adjust the speakers' positions, you can also remove them completely to wash your headband if it gets a little dusty from continued use.  

Again they seem to be priced around the £15 mark directly from CozyPhones on Amazon

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SPORTS COZYPHONES: Lastly the sports Cozy Phones for adults. Similar to the sleep set, but the band is lycra, and shaped slightly differently. I've tried regular headphones for running before and they can be a bit of a pain, but with a band you can listen to your music or sprint timing easily, not worrying about an ear bud flying out as your jog along. 

They come in a variety of colours, and again are around £15 on Amazon.  

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So, fancy winning a set of kids' unicorn Cozy Phones? It's hard to give these away quite frankly, if I didn't have such a giant head myself, I might just keep them!  

They are kids' size, but check out the sizing if you are an adult who wants to try their luck winning this beautiful pastel unicorn with a golden horn, for themselves! 

Good luck everyone! 

Win a Ravensburger Scotland Yard Board Game to Mark National Unplugging Day #GoGadgetFree

I can see the irony in posting a blog about National Unplugging Day, ON National Unplugging Day, but if you are online today and feel inspired to get prepared for some gadget free days over the school summer break, I have a  Ravensburger Scotland Yard game to give away you might like to play.

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The game has one player be Mister X who is on the run through the streets of London. The other players play detective, with the only clues being Mister X's transport tickets. He can travel by bus, London Black Cab, or the Underground. If Mister X eludes capture then that player is the winner! 

The game is suitable for age 8 and up, with two different styles of play described in the instructions. You can play a slightly easier version of the game to start, or if you have young players joining in. So the game can adapt to your skill level. 

You can find the game at Smyth's Toys, or a variety of online stores. 

So would you like to win the game to play over the summer holidays? Simply take part using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! 

Could You Dress a Bridal Beauty? One Week Left to Enter the Young Designer of the Year Competition.

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Calling all budding designers! There is one week left to get your entry in for the Young Designer of the Year competition, you have until Wednesday 30th September 2015.

The annual competition is open to all creative individuals, young designers and fashion students across Ireland, under the age of 25. This is a fantastic opportunity to potentially showcase your work in front thousands of people and the big names in the bridal industry. 

All shortlisted finalists’ dresses will be displayed on weddingjournalonline.com, across their social media platforms, and on the catwalk runway at The Wedding Journal Shows – viewed by more than 20,000 visitors and the key players in bridal. The Wedding Journal Shows will take place in Dublin and Belfast, January 2016.

The winning Young Designer of the year will receive:

• An exclusive interview feature in Wedding Journal magazine

• A professional photo shoot

• A certificate

• Publicity in local press and media

How to enter:

Submit your ideas in the form of an A3 mood board by Wednesday 30th September with your contact details. Entries should be sent to: Catriona Doherty, Ireland’s Wedding Journal, Penton Publications, 38 Heron Road, Belfast, BT3 9LE.

This could be you! 

This could be you! 

Young Designer of the Year finalists will be announced on Monday 5th October. Finalists’ mood boards will be entered into an online voting competition where the public will pick their favourite design. Finalists will have two months to create their dresses as depicted on mood board designs.

Wedding Journal magazine will pay £100/€125 towards the cost of materials. All dresses must be completed by 4pm Friday 8th January and delivered to the Wedding Journal Belfast office (see the address above).

Good luck!

For further information, please email Catriona:  catriona.doherty@pentonpublications.co.uk.

Win an Olive It! Recipe Book & Selection of Olives

A delicious ensemble of olive marinades, tapenades and tapas, this beautiful recipe book will spark your imagination and show you how versatile and delicious olives can be.

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The simple and easy to follow book has something for everyone – irrespective of cooking ability – and for every season. So discover a new flair in the kitchen or develop an old skill using the Olive it! recipe book’s clear guidance and inspiring culinary combinations.

 

With over 40 recipes that will get your taste buds tingling and awaken new culinary talents, you can explore unique yet delicious combinations, such as green olives with figs, orange and bay to more adventurous combinations such as black olives with wasabi, ginger and smoked salmon, and green olives with manchengo, chorizo and melon.

 

Loved around the world for their delicious taste and nutritional benefits, olives are the star of the show in this book, which also includes information on the history of this versatile fruit, the different types of olives and what makes them such a healthy treat.

 

To keep up to date with the Olive it! campaign visit www.oliveit.eu or follow on Twitter @Oliveit_UK and like on Facebook www.facebook.com/OliveitUK.

Super Duper Summertime at Heatons- WIN £75 to Spend In Store!

Heatons are all geared up for a super summer. All the ingredients of a happy afternoon in the garden, including tableware and BBQs.

The new fashion lines are bright, crisp and smart and I'm in love with the glitter kitty shoes, if only they did them up to adult size 4 I'd be having a pair! 

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The new children's collection is very smart, and reminds me of Baby Gap ranges. The boy's selection is Americana themed.

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How sweet is this cabin luggage? Boys' suitcases available too. Priced at €10

Lots of very reasonably priced swimwear in store too, and paddling pools. I'd recommend picking the latter up early, as we've all been caught out by the shops selling out of pools once the heat wave arrives.

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There is a great selection of summer bright tableware and accessories too. I love the photorealistic kiwi fruit.

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It's not only the kids who get stylish clothing, this classic dress caught my eye at €25

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For summery back garden BBQs how about one of these tops, teamed with Capri denims and flip flops?

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Now the part you've been waiting for. Heatons have given me a £75 gift card to give away to one lucky reader, but please read these details first- 

The £75 gift card is not exchangeable for cash, or anything else. The gift card ONLY WORKS IN STORE, IN NORTHERN IRELAND. It doesn't work for the Heatons' online store, or in the south. Good luck! 

WIN a Beautiful, Personalised Necklace from Lily Charmed

Lily Charmed let you design your own personalised jewellery gifts for friends and loved ones. They sent me a beautiful pearl charmed necklace to give to my Mum, and they are offering a World of Kitsch reader a chance to win their own charm necklace of their choice.

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