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Posted @ 4/25/2013 4:45 PM By Debra Maurer
Waterproof Speakers, Phone Cases, and music players for Your Pool
Normally electronics and water don’t mix—which can be a real bummer if you want to listen to music while lounging in the pool or swimming laps. Luckily manufacturers have developed waterproof music players, phone cases, and speaker systems that are ideal for swimmers, pool-goers, and pool owners who like to entertain.
With summer just around the corner, a waterproof phone case or audio system can come in handy and add to your enjoyment when spending time at the pool. Check out these waterproof devices to see which option is best for you.
Compact Waterproof Music Player for Swimmers
At first glance, you may mistake the Sony Walkman® Sports MP3 Player for just a pair of headphones… but look closer and you’ll see the music player is built right into the headphones!
This portable music player has a lightweight, compact design that’s not only sweatproof but waterproof up to depths of 6 feet, making it a great option for gym-goers, runners, and swimmers.
Whether you’re doing a moderate or intense workout indoors, outdoors, or in the pool, this waterproof music player has a new tension band for a supportive fit to keep it securely in place during all activities. With 4GB of built-in memory, users can easily drag and drop MP3s from iTunes® for Mac or PC, Windows® Media Player, or Windows Explorer.
The Walkman Sports MP3 Player delivers up to eight hours of audio playback on a full charge and is available in four colors: white, black, blue, and pink.
Photos courtesy of Sony
Waterproof Phone Case with Built-In Speaker
If you’re like most people, you don’t go anywhere without your smartphone—including the pool and the beach. If you are looking for a waterproof case for your phone/portable music player, the EcoExtreme not only keeps your device safe in and around water, but also allows you to play music through its built-in speaker.
Place your phone or media device into the durable waterproof case and take it with you for any kind of outdoor activity. It also has an internal compartment to fit small items like keys, credit cards, cash, and other items you want to keep dry.
Designed to fit mp3 players and smartphones--including iPhone 4/4S & 5, Samsung S3, Android, Windows, and Blackberry--this waterproof phone case is ideal for swimming, hiking, going to the beach, and other outdoor activities.
The EcoExtreme speaker case is powered by 3 AA batteries and has a 30-hour battery life. It comes in seven colors: black, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and red.
Photos courtesy of Grace Digital
Floating Waterproof Speaker for Your Pool
Another option for playing tunes in and around your pool is a waterproof speaker. The EcoXGear ECOXBT by Grace Digital Audio is a portable waterproof speaker system that streams music via Bluetooth from your smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled audio device.
You can take the ECOXBT speaker right into the pool with you while keeping your phone safely away from the water. The ECOXBT streams audio from up to 33 feet away, providing a convenient wireless way to play music at your next pool party.
The ECOXBT is powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium battery and provides 10 hours of audio playback. It is available in three colors: black, orange, and red.
Photo courtesy of Grace Digital
Video: See the ECOXBT Floating Waterproof Speaker in Action
Posted @ 6/22/2012 10:30 AM By Kimberlee Courtney
By Nate Armstrong
Fun Outdoor Activities
A swimming pool, of course, is a great way to keep cool in the summer while keeping the kids occupied. But if you don’t have a pool, another way to keep cool and active is to connect a three-arm sprinkler toy to your garden hose or sprinkler system. Your kids will love the chance to run around the yard and play in the water.
Water Balloon Tosses
A water balloon toss is another fun and inexpensive outdoor activity and can be played a couple different ways, depending on how many people you have:
If there are an odd number of children, the kids can stand in a circle:
- 1. Have the kids stand in a circle, with two feet between each person.
- 2. Begin play by having one kid toss the water balloon to the person on their right.
- 3. The children continue tossing the water balloon to one another in a clockwise direction.
- 4. When a player drops or pops the water balloon, he/she is eliminated and the rest of the players must spread out another foot to compensate for the missing person. This is done each time a player is eliminated.
- 5. Continue to play and eliminate players until only one person is left. He/she is the winner and gets to toss the balloon first in the next round.
If there are an even number of children, the kids can play in pairs:
- 1. Divide all players into groups of two and give each pair a water balloon.
- 2. Line the players up in two lines, with partners facing each other, and have each person take a big step backwards.
- 3. Each player holding the water balloon gently tosses it to his/her partner. If their partner catches it, they each take another big step backwards. If the balloon breaks, the pair is eliminated.
- 4. Continue to play and until one pair is left.
You can map out a backyard scavenger hunt that can be played individually or in teams. Make a list of items for them to find and give each person or team a copy of the list, and let the scavenging begin. Include items that can easily be found in your backyard, such as a leaf, pine cone, flower, rock, and twig, as well as outdoor items that you can place around the yard, such as a water gun, a Frisbee, a pair of goggles, and a splash ball. Whoever returns with all the items first is the scavenger hunt champion.
A creative activity that can be done indoors or outdoors is to create “drawn-like-me” posters. You’ll need a large flat surface like your patio or driveway. You’ll also need a large roll of poster-size paper that you can purchase at craft stores or teacher supply stores. Have each child lay down on a piece of the poster paper, and then trace their outline with a pencil. Then let the kids take over and decorate their outlines with markers, crayons, sequins, and yarn for hair. They can make their drawings look like them or pirates, princesses, astronauts, or whatever they come up with.
Evening Activity: S’mores and a Story
After a long day of sun, fun, and games, settle down for the evening around an outdoor fireplace or firepit. (Make sure children are under adult supervision at all times.) Set up a s’mores station with marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate bars. You can even get creative with the ingredients, such as using chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers, and fruit slices or chocolate peanut butter cups instead of the chocolate bars. As they sit around the fire, let the kids create a collaborative story: Have them go around in a circle, letting each person contribute a sentence at a time. It allows each child to participate and can lead to some very entertaining stories! If they’d rather watch a movie, they may not need to head indoors after all: They can watch their favorite movie on an outdoor TV or inflatable screen.
About the Author: This guest post was written by Nate Armstrong of Sprinkler Juice.
Posted @ 6/12/2012 10:00 AM By Kimberlee Courtney
Gift Ideas for Dads
Having a hard time finding a gift for dad this Father’s Day? No need to panic. We’ve put together these 7 great gift ideas for dads who enjoy spending time outdoors.
From raking leaves to mowing the lawn to cleaning the pool, dads put in a lot of hard work around the yard. That’s why a hammock makes a great gift idea for Father’s Day: What better way is there for him to enjoy the fruits of his labor than kicking back in a nice relaxing hammock?
Photo courtesy of Hatteras Hammocks/The Hammock Source
Turn dad into the barbecue king this summer with a new stainless steel grill. Stainless steel grills are extremely durable, will last for years, and offer countless al fresco meals during summer cookouts.
Got dad a grill last year? Consider putting together a “Grilling Gift Basket” filled with all the cooking tools and accessories he needs for a successful barbecue, including tongs, basting brushes, a digital meat thermometer, spatulas, and a marinating guide.
Photo courtesy of RH Peterson Co.; Photograph by Steve Pollock Studios
3. Outdoor TV
Give dad the gift of entertainment with a weatherproof outdoor television. He’ll enjoy being able to watch the big game while he’s firing up some burgers and steaks on the grill.
Outdoor TVs are available in screen sizes of 23 to 55 inches and can be connected to your cable box, computer, DVD/Blu-ray player, or gaming system.
Photo courtesy of SunBriteTV
4. Outdoor Speaker System
If your dad is a guy who likes to lounge around the pool or entertain outdoors during the summer, then consider giving him the gift of music for Father’s Day. An indoor/outdoor wireless speaker will let him rock out to his favorite bands while relaxing poolside or catching up with his buddies.
Though not weatherproof, this portable system includes a splash-proof plastic covering to protect your dad’s iPod or MP3 player when placed outdoors.
Photo courtesy of Etón Corporation
5. Pool Lounger
How about letting dad enjoy a lazy day in the pool this Father’s Day? With a large pillow headrest, cup holder, and infinite adjustability, this is the ultimate pool lounger for dad. The fully adjustable back rest lets him recline to the angle of his choice for total comfort. He may never get out of the pool!
You can also support dad’s love of all things sports-related with a giant pool mattress plastered with the name and logo of his favorite NBA® team. Each officially licensed NBA® Giant Mattress measures 6’9” tall, holds up to 300 lbs and features a comfortable raised pillow and cup holder.
Photos courtesy of In the Swim
A firepit is a great gift idea for any dad—and a great addition to the backyard. Imagine spending summer nights with dad around the firepit, listening to his stories while roasting marshmallows and watching the flames.
Portable firepits are made of copper or cast iron and come in a variety of styles to match any outdoor décor. You can choose from wood or gas burning models.
7. Floating Pool Games
Does your dad love to golf? Instead of the typical golf balls and clubs, give him this fun floating golf game so he can enjoy his favorite pastime right at home. The floating green makes a challenging target for even the best golfers.
For card lovers, a swim-up blackjack table is a great gift idea. Your dad will enjoy having his buddies over for a round of blackjack in the pool. Waterproof non-stick playing cards and 320 chips are included.
Photos courtesy of In the Swim
What are you giving your dad for Father's Day? Tell us in the comments below.