Live 105’s BFD 20th Anniversary + A Giveaway!

Velodyne LogoThis year was my fifth year attending Live 105’s BFD with my best friend Ashley. While we had just come back from Summer Camp Festival in Illinois the weekend before and were definitely tired, we decided we couldn’t miss BFD. It was Year 5 after all and who knows if we’ll go again. After Summer Camp Festival, I realized I might not be able to do multi-day camping festivals anymore. I need clean toilets, sink basins and at least a couple hours of sleep to function. Maybe I crave the finer things in life, like showers and a mattress. Regardless, I was a little exhausted from SCF but knew Ashley and I had to keep on, keeping on.

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I was really pleased with the lineup this year at BFD and got see most of the bands that were high on my list. I’ve been a fan of Fitz and the Tantrums for about four years now and I always enjoy seeing them live. This year, they made it to the main stage and while I didn’t catch the whole set, what I did see was great as usual.

Robin Ashley BFD Live 105

I have to point out how great Ashley and my lashes look. You know I have to plug my fabulous 3D Fiber Lash Mascara when I can.

Phantogram and Walk the Moon were both great live. I was looking forward to hearing Bleachers and unfortunately, the only song I liked that they performed was the one I hear on the radio, “I Wanna Get Better.” The Subsonic tent was going off and I actually ran into a couple friends there. The Subsonic tent is a great place to chill when you need to get out of the sun for a couple minutes. No sunburn for me this year.

bfd lawn 2014

Foster the People headlined and MIA performed before them. We skipped out on watching both of them. We had both seen Foster the People before and Ashley’s seen MIA, but in all honesty, it was a Sunday night and we both had work the next day. The crowded parking lots and all the jampacked streets near the amphitheater when a show gets out is pretty gnarly. We dodged a bullet. We also stopped by In-and-Out on the way home because, HELLO! Burgers, fries and milkshakes. Diets can always start on Monday.

One band that I didn’t catch this time but need to soon is a local band from the San Francisco Bay Area: Finish Ticket. They played the Bud Light Festival Stage These guys get a lot of buzz around here and are actually sponsored by Velodyne.

Speaking of Velodyne, let’s talk get to this giveaway!

Velodyne vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Giveaway


PRIZE: One (1) vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones in white + Two (2) Designer Skins in Dragon and Wings. Together this prize package is worth over $380!

Velodyne vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

The choice is yours. vFree®. 
vFree®. vFree® allows you to define yourself without limitations or boundaries. vFree® removes the constraints of wired headphones and offers the perfect canvas for our personalized skins, which allow you to instantly and easily change the look of your headphones to match your mood.

Design and sound performance
The unique design of Velodyne’s vFree® headphones was created by international artist, Marta Thoma Hall. You get the best in style with Velodyne’s accurate and true sound experience.

Velodyne skins offer unique artistic designs and can be easily changed depending on your mood or style. Skins are flexible and offer extra protection for your headphones. Purchase separately at or any authorized retailers. 

Our wireless headphones offer Bluetooth® connectivity compatible with your iPhone®, iPod Touch®, iPad® or any Bluetooth® capable device. This wireless sound reproduction is accurate and true thanks to apt-X® coding.

Learn more about the vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones here.

vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones in white

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. US only. Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be selected at random.

ENTRY PERIOD: Giveaway starts on June 16, 2014 at 12:00am EST and ends on June 23, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be contacted by email no later than June 30, 2014.

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To check out the other cool Velodyne products, visit Follow them on Twitter @Velodyne and on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received Velodyne headphones in exchange for hosting a giveaway for my readers. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

ATTN: Live Music Lovers! This Giveaway Is For You!

Robin, with an I is happy to join Blog with Mom and Adventures of My Family of 8 in this amazing giveaway event!concertticket is your home for the hottest concert tickets at the lowest prices! As this concert season boasts numerous iconic artists touring throughout North America, 2013 is poised to be an unforgettable year for concert fans of every genre.

You can search by Artist, Show, or Venue, or even browse by City or State to see what is coming to your area! And, don’t forget to sign up for their daily emails to receive concert updates in your area!

Don’t miss out on FREE TICKET FRIDAYS – Every other Friday, during concert season, beginning on March 15, 2103, will give one lucky fan $200 to be used towards the purchase of any tickets on Giveaway –

Prize- One lucky winner will win $200 credit to


  • This giveaway will run from March 15th – March 29th
  • All Mandatory Entries MUST be completed
  • All entries must be IN the entry form
  • All entrants must be 18 years or older and live in the US
  • See full disclosures in the entry form

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*Prize disclaimer – credit good through 2013. It can be used 1 time, so all money must be used when purchase is made. With the $200, someone could purchase 4 – $50 tickets or use it towards a huge ticket purchase. Pretty much anything goes as long as it is done in one single purchase and used before the end of 2013. (Robin, with an I) is participating in this giveaway. Winner will be chosen via and contacted directly by!

Velodyne vPulse Earphones Review AND Giveaway (Valued at $99)

In the past, I’ve had horrible luck with ordinary headphones. My cat has bitten through the standard white iPhone headphones (three times!!) and other replacement headphones tend to stop working through one ear bud in a matter of weeks. Oh and then there’s the tangling. The tangling of the cords drives me absolutely insane! By the time I’ve managed to pull the cords apart, I’ve already wasted five minutes of my life.

Another downfall of regular, cheap-y headphones is that they fall out constantly, especially while I’m working out. The ear-buds are too large for my ears, but the standard iPhone headphones are one of those “one-size fits all” lies. One-size never “fits all.”

Velodyne vPulse in-ear headphones retail $99

Cut to last year when I received vPulse earphones. My headphone issues were no more. No need to blast my music to keep out background noise. No more tangled mess to deal with! Velodyne earphones have a flat cable, which will minimize tangling.

Plus, these earphones work wonders while working out! They never fall out while doing cardio because the ear tips actually fit my ears. The product comes with multiple sizes to choose from since one-size doesn’t fit all.

Robin working out with velodyne vpulse earphones

Another plus: phone calls have never been so clear. I can talk on the phone, hands-free, and not have to worry about whether the person on the other end can hear me. The microphone quality is exceptional.

These headphones work wonders for keeping outside noise out. The other day I was riding BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and used my headphones to block out the loud screeching noise the train makes when it goes underground. I didn’t even have the headphones plugged into my phone.

I LOVE my Velodyne headphones so much that I carry them everywhere. They come with a zip-up protective carrying case, cable clip, and multiple sized ear tips.

Want your own vPulse headphones? GIVEAWAY CLOSED

The winner has been selected. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Win Velodyne vPulse earphones (Electric Blue) right here. Just leave a comment below with your email what feature you love best about the vPulse earphones to be entered to win. Giveaway ends at 12:01pm PST on Friday, February 8, 2013. Winner will be contacted by email no later than Monday, February 11, 2013.

velodyne blue in-ear headphones

 Product Features
• Precise, low-distortion audio quality
• Massive, tight bass due to 10 mm drivers & quality materials
• Noise reducing in-ear design for a more enjoyable experience
• Intuitive in-line controls (phone, playback, volume)*
• High-quality microphone
• Flat cable minimizes messy, annoying tangles
• Multiple sized ear tips for a perfect fit
• Available in 3 stylish colors: Classic Black, Velodyne Electric Blue & Hot Pink

For more information on vPulse earphones and other amazing Velodyne products, visit Follow them on Twitter @velodyneaudio and on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received Velodyne vPulse earphones from Velodyne and wanted to review them based on the awesomeness of the product. Velodyne gave me a second vPulse to give away to one of my readers. All opinions are my own.

My Must-Have Fall Accessory (+ Win $100 From RedEnvelope)

One of the best things about the crisp fall weather is pulling out all the sweaters and coats from the back of your closet! As the weather starts to turn, I love searching for new rain boots and peacoats and jackets that keep me warm, cozy, and dry. But there’s a downside to bundling up: it’s hard to fit my purse straps over my heavy jackets. It feels (and looks) awkward. The key is to pick a purse that doesn’t have straps– a clutch! Thanks to RedEnvelope, I received an ivory leather clutch that is the perfect purse for the cold months ahead. It’s strapless, chic and it can fit all of the essentials in it: iPhone, keys, ID, credit card, business cards, lip gloss, and a compact mirror. If you’re thinking of getting a leather clutch like this, then you’ll more than likely benefit from leather cleaning tips, such as how you go about properly cleaning bonded leather and more.

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Leather clutch deets:

  • soft, full-grain leather
  • ivory, kingfisher blue or camel
  • interior secure zippered pocket
  • magnetic flap closure
  • may be engraved on the hardware

The RedEvelope clutch has that classic, timeless look that you can pair with any outfit:

One shoulder cocktail dress, $54
Black Halo dress, $390
Element Eden striped sweater, $70
Pea coat, $83
Striped Dress, $38
Clutch, $100



With the holidays coming up, I bet you could use $100 to RedEnvelope and give someone special something really nice. Perhaps you’re looking for Christmas gifts for mom or dad. You can’t go wrong with RedEnvelope’s Leather Gift Ideas — perfect for that significant other who’s so hard to shop for.

Prize: 1 lucky winner will receive a one-time use $100 gift code to RedEnvelope!

To Enter: Visit and tell me what you would get with your gift code by leaving a comment below. It can be a present for someone special (including yourself).

Rules: This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years or older. This giveaway will end at 11:59PM PDT on Sunday, November 13,2011. The winner will be selected at random and contacted by e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the e-mail or a new winner will be picked.

P.S. Just for liking RedEnvelope’s Facebook page, you get 20% off!

RedEnvelope provided me with free leather clutch in exchange for this reader giveaway. However, my opinions on the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards RedEnvelope or their products.