A Rewarding Experience with 1byone Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

This week in psychology, the students will be learning all about motivation. To help them better connect with the topic, I plan to also relate it back to conditioning. I often use conditioning in my own life to help with motivation.

It turned out that I gave myself a lot of work this week with grading the regular weekly reading logs, late papers, and a quiz. With the busy weekend and spring coming, my motivation to do work has been dwindling a bit. For this reason, I break up my work, and pair achievements with rewards for myself along the way.

One of the rewards I gave myself was to listen to some of my favorite music on my new 1byone Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, Sports Earphones with HD Stereo Sound & Modern, Sweat-Proof, Ergonomic Design. (Disclaimer: I received a free Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless In-Ear Headphone set from 1byone in exchange for writing an honest, and unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.)

I have really put these to the test over the past few days and here is what I’ve found:

-They have amazing sound quality for listening to your favorite music (although I’m pretty sure even less than desirable music could sound good with these… seriously, outstanding quality!) Apparently this is due to them being Bluetooth 4.1, which is supported by apt-X HD and 6th generation CVC technology, to ensure high-fidelity bilateral stereo sound and clear speech.

-They have a good battery life. I’ve been listening to music on them quite a bit. Yesterday, I chatted with my sister during my hour-long car ride using these headphones as well, and they’re still going!

-They come with changeable fittings for a comfortable, more customized fit.

-Pairing with my device was quick and easy. The lady’s voice that tells you that the headset is turning on and off is also pleasant.

Given my experience, I would highly recommend these 1byone Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received a free Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless In-Ear Headphone set from 1byone in exchange for writing an honest, and unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation


Easter with Family

Wow, today was exhausting! I helped hide Easter Eggs for my niece Samantha (4), and nephews Owen (8), and Aaron (2). Due to some unfortunate circumstances, this was my first time that I was able to meet Aaron. What a little ham! I still can’t believe how big Owen is getting; he was just a little baby at my wedding! And Samantha is just a doll!


For a time, I worked in a preschool classroom. I really think around 4 or 5 is my favorite age. Kids seem to really be excited about so much around that age and they just say some of the “darndest”, funniest things.

Aaron got a little orange monster truck from the Easter Bunny. He was so proud of it.


Aaron spent some time snuggling with his mom. I snuck in a pic of him leaning on the ottoman nestled against his mom.


Samantha had fun playing with play-dough, Autumn the papillon, and bubbles. She happily posed for some pictures and made me a meal out of play-dough. She showed me her missing two front teeth. I asked her “will they grow back?” She looked puzzled and shrugged.


I enjoyed watching the kids play with bubbles. There is something simple and beautiful about blowing bubbles and watching them float away. Owen doesn’t seem to smile as much as he used to… this brought a smile to his face which was really nice to see.


It was a lovely Easter this year. It was a little different this year spending it with my in-laws and having a turkey dinner, but it was wonderful. I took a ton of pictures! Unfortunately, my husband has caught a cold and it’s been a long day so I think it will be an early bedtime tonight. I am looking forward to visiting with these kiddos again soon!

My Latest Adventures in Teaching

I have found that teaching is challenging, more challenging than I thought it would be. Each semester, and each class is very different. My class population varies. In my first semester teaching psychology, I had mostly juniors and seniors in high school, and only 2 community college students who were about my age. Since then, I have had a wider age gap in my classes with still the majority of my students being dual-enrollment high school students, but now I also have some older students in their 40’s and 50’s.

I have been thinking a lot about how to get my students more engaged in active learning in the classroom and how to get them to open up with each other. I think that if they are excited to come to class and to learn, I will also be more excited to come to class and teach. Towards that end, I recently purchased an ebook called 101 Classroom Games: Energize Learning in Any Subject.

I chose “Post-It Scramble” for the first activity with my psychology class. Basically, I gave each student a vocab list from 2 of the chapters, and wrote a bunch of vocab words on post-its and posted them all over the whiteboard. Then I split the class into thoughtfully chosen teams. One student from each team went head-to-head choosing the matching vocab word after I read a definition from the list. At first, some of the students expressed a little anxiety about the activity and that they might get it wrong, but they very quickly really got excited about and immersed in the game.

I offered bonus points on the next quiz to the winning team. It was so successful and enjoyable that after the 1st round was complete, they wanted to play again, so I added more vocab words and we played again. Some of the students got really competitive and I had to remind them to not box each other out (LoL). It worked out really well and the teams were pretty evenly matched; one team one the first round, and the other team took the second round.

I was pleased with my ebook purchase and my activity choice. I am looking forward to using more of the activities in class. I only hope that each activity goes as well!

jelly beans

After reviewing reading logs recently, I found that many of the students were a bit confused with the concept of Classical Conditioning. To help clarify, I used a demonstration involving jelly beans and a choo-choo noise from my iPhone 6s. I appreciated the students’ engagement and surprise when they found that it worked and at the end, they salivated to the “choo-choo” by itself. I also got a little chuckle when I got to say “okay, here comes the ‘choo-choo'” (definitely an “I love my job” kind of moment for me.)


1byone 3-in-1 Charging Dock

Since I recently upgraded my iPhone, so I’ve been on the hunt for some good, quality accessories to pair with it and protect my investment. I was excited to learn that I would have the chance to review this 1byone 3-in-1 Charging Dock. I received a free 3-in-1 Charging Dock from 1byone for testing purposes and in exchange for writing an honest, and unbiased review. This post contains an affiliate link below for those interested in exploring on their own or purchasing the product on Amazon.

dock w iwatch

Here is what it would look like with an iWatch

Now that I got a chance to test it out, here’s what I found:

Modern, Thoughtful Design – This charging dock is a sleek, aesthetically-pleasing addition to your home, office, or any other space. There is a small pad that was thoughtfully placed above the lightning charger to support your device and ensure it won’t get scuffed. It is available in grey and silver. (I chose silver.)

High Quality Construction – This charging dock is a nice, solid piece made with a high quality aluminum alloy.

Wicked Powerful – It has a 48W power supply which provides sufficient power to charge up to 4 devices at once. It is perfectly suitable to iPhone 6 / 6s Plus, iPhone 6 / 6s, iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s, ipad Air / Air 2, ipad mini 1 / 2 / 3, iPad Pro, iPod Nano, iWatch and other electronic devices. (Apple MFI certified)

Get Organized – you can charge and store all of your devices in the same area since this dock supports charging for an iWatch, 2 devices via USB, and 1 device with the built-in lightning adapter. It will help keep me organized since I will be able to charge all of my devices with the same charging dock. I like that I can charge my iPhone 6s and iPad Mini 2 at the same time. I also have a reserved spot for my new iWatch that is currently on my wish list. (I put my iPad Mini 2 on the lightning charger. I plugged a cable into one of the USB ports to charge my iPhone 6s since I am currently using a Lifeproof case which has a little access door to the charging port which doesn’t allow me to pop it on the stand-up lightning adapter. I would like to see some of the case manufacturers come up with a different design on that and maybe have the door swing to the side out of the way instead.)

Overall, I love my new charging station and would definitely recommend it to anyone! It is available on Amazon here

Disclaimer: I received a free 3-in-1 Charging Dock from 1byone in exchange for writing an honest, and unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

Hello iPhone 6s and Brightpaw


I recently said “good riddance” to my Samsung Galaxy S5 and “hello beautiful” to an Apple iPhone 6s. I seriously missed having an iPhone. I like the clean, crisp design of iOS. In my experience, the apps in iOS have been more reliable and stable than those I used on Android as well.

Touch ID and Fingerprint Scanner

The iPhone 6s has a fingerprint scanner but I had read some mixed reviews about how reliable it was. I have to say I love the fingerprint scanner feature, or alternative login with a short code. It has worked 100% of the time for me without any issue! It gives me greater peace of mind. Much of my information was stolen in a government data breach, so security has become even more important to me. Overall, I feel more secure with an iPhone.


I also like having my music at my fingertips again in iTunes. I have been listening to my music library while walking on the treadmill. I will definitely appreciate blasting my own playlists in the car as I will be visiting family next weekend which makes that 2 hour drive a bit better.


I have played around with one of the apps “Garage Band”. It’s so much fun to use and make music with different instruments and beats! In switching phones, I forgot about some of the stuff I had on my old phone, oops. Most of it wasn’t really important.

One thing that I realized a little late was that I forgot to remove the mobile authenticator from my Battle.Net account to be able to login to World of Warcraft. (Yes, I play WoW, and I’m not ashamed! LoL) I had the urge to play World of Warcraft but couldn’t login because it asked for a code that I could no longer provide, so I had to contact their customer support.

I was super impressed with Blizzard’s Customer Service and I loved that they offered chat support. Not only did the representative quickly resolve my issue. Apparently, I was also feeling a bit daring, because when the representative asked if they could help with anything else, I said maybe they could help with WoW stuff LoL JK (JK sort of…). My response was a bit bold for me, but to my surprise I was awarded with my choice of an in-game pet. I chose this little guy, Brightpaw. (The rep was clear that it was not awarded because I asked but because I have been a dedicated player, etc).


(Image Source: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/item/128424)

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Apple, Blizzard Entertainment or World of Warcraft, I am merely a fan and avid player 🙂

Reefer Madness

My husband and I went to see a musical called Reefer Madness. It was based on a 1936 film which served as propaganda warning of the dangers of cannabis. It used scare tactics to basically say that smoking marijuana will turn you into a complete monster – one who will accept being physically beaten, who will have lower morals to get some weed to the point of resorting to cannibalism due to the munchies, and selling their own baby to get some dope.

The show quickly grabbed our attention at the very beginning when the characters marched down the aisles singing “Reefer Madness” with contorting zombie movements.  Throughout the show, there was truly beautiful singing and some pretty good group dance scenes. I was so happy that my husband went to the show with me and we both had a great time. Steve totally admitted that he enjoyed it too!!

#IWillSmileTodayBecause Being in the Present is Good Today #FridayFeeling

I will smile today because I can recognize that today is good. Each day is good, really, but some days it is harder to see. Today, my husband and I ran some errands very successfully. It made me smile when Steve asked me “Did you notice, I’m being really flexible today with my plans? …I’m semper gumby.”

Today, we were able to be flexible with our plans and enjoyed an unexpected, unplanned breakfast at Ihop today and (read: AND!) navigated the grocery store without a lot of anxiety. We went early and made our stops pretty quick which may have helped. It felt great. It’s the simple things.

Tonight, we are going to see a musical. I hope that it goes as well. There has been a lot of stress in our house lately and we all need a break and night out. I love theater and I am really looking forward to it! I am making spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread for supper, I know Steve is really looking forward to that (his fave). We forgot the salad mix at the store, oops. Ah well, Steve and I have been really focused on eating better lately and have opted for more veggies and salads lately.

As a Catholic, I am not really supposed to eat meat on fridays, but it seems that every friday we end up having meat lately. I guess there are many worse things. I guess I will pray a little more. I actually took my rosary out of my car today with the idea that I will start using it more.

I may be rationalizing this meat-eating on a Lenten Friday, but I guess it is what it is. I am on the other hand making a considerable amount of progress on some of my other goals. I have been eating healthier, exercising a little more, and working through a lot of challenges with myself and with my relationships. Times have been more difficult lately, and there were moments that I wasn’t sure how Steve and I would make it through them. It hasn’t always been pretty, but we continue to support each other, working on ourselves, having courage and compassion, and ultimately greater connection. It’s a great #FridayFeeling 🙂