Saturday, February 21, 2009

BloomingBuds™ - A Review

When I returned home from Florida, I went through my mail and there was a large envelope containing a set of BloomingBuds™ earphones, which are quality ear buds for using with an iPod® or other electronic devices using a standard earphone jack. Included was an extra set of Blooms for use on the ear buds.

I'd read about BloomingBuds™ and their creator, Chip Lowry, in a recent issue of a local paper and was immediately smitten with them. I loved the idea of being able to personalize a set of ear buds in much the same way I did my Crocs.

Okay, so it's cool that I can put daisies on my ear buds, but how would the music sound when I used them with my iPod®?

FANSTASTIC! Now I'm no audiophile, but I know static and flat sound when I hear it, and BloomingBuds™ earphones have none of that. They sound every bit as good as the original ear buds that came with my iPod®, and that's good enough for me.

As a gardener, of course I love the several options available on that theme - daisy, butterfly, ladybug, clover, apple, and bumblebee. But there are many more for others who are into other things. (Is there more to life than gardening??) They also have other products to which the Blooms can be affixed, like sunglasses and Bluetooth headsets. The Blooms are proprietary, meaning they only fit on BloomingBuds™ products.

I've been using my set of ear buds this week (right now they have the daisies on them) and a couple of times the daisies tilted out of the ear buds as I removed the buds from my ears. Maybe the snap-in mechanism could be a little tighter, but it's been just a minor nuisance. Otherwise, I love them and find them an ingenious idea for personal expression with otherwise boring headphones.

BloomingBuds can be found in various stores throughout the United States, so keep your eyes open for them. They can also be purchased on their website for $14.99, which includes two sets of Blooms, and for a limited time, this purchase will include a bonus of two extra sets of Blooms, which normally sell for $2.99 each.

Maybe I'll have to get the runner Blooms when I start running again...

The product or merchandise being reviewed in this blog post was the sole compensation for testing and reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are mine, with no suggestions whatsoever by the manufacturer or distributor. If I like it, I'll say so. If I don't, I'll say that, too.


Donna at Suburban Sanctum said...

What a fun post, Kylee. Almost makes me wish I were an iPod kinda gal, which I'm not...yet. Any way, I mostly wanted to say kudos on the nice disclaimer at the bottom of your post. What a great way to address some of the concerns that are being bandied about lately about preserving the "integrity" of our blogs. (I may "borrow" your idea one of these days...) You do such a beautiful write-up that, personally, I think they owe you more than the freebie merchandise, but what do I know? And they are awful darn cute...

Gardeness said...

They're cute. And at least when the garden isn't producing you'd have blooms somewhere!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Those are so cute. I've never seen them before, love the ladybugs.

Anonymous said...

They are cute!

Anonymous said...

This has been one long, cold, snowy Ohio winter, and I just had to look at some bright colored flowers today. Glad you enjoyed my post! My Funny Face rose only looks like that in the cold, fall weather, otherwise they are bright, solid pink. Isn't that strange?

Kylee Baumle said...

Donna ~ They ARE cute, aren't they? As for the disclaimer, I added that to my other reviews where I was given the product to test. If you don't see the disclaimer, then I bought the product myself, or got it as a Christmas/birthday gift from someone. No one gave me any guidelines as to really how to do a review, so when I first started doing it, I just did it "my way." I guess I thought that most of my blog readers assumed that I was telling the truth! Naive me, thinking that it shouldn't have to be said. Oh well, I hope this makes it clear to those that read any reviews that I may do. :-)

Gardeness ~ Exactly! Gotta get blooms where you can find them sometimes!

Catherine ~ The ladybugs really are cute, aren't they?

Layanee ~ I think so, too!

Robin ~ It seems like we were saying this last year around this time, weren't we? I know what you mean about your 'Funny Face' rose. Some of mine look different when they bloom in the fall, too. It makes them kind of fun though!

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