Review of Playaway Audiobooks


A new choice for audiobooks

A few weeks ago, the little ones and I were at the library and Ari picked up what looked like a videocassette box. I looked at the front and it had the title and cover of a book and said “Playaway” on it. Curious, I turned it over and it said “Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook on the go. Each Playaway comes pre-loaded with an audiobook, and batteries are included. Simply plug in earphones and enjoy. No cassettes or CD’s. No downloads. There’s nothing left to do but listen.”

Curious, Ari checked it out and we took it home. After we found a battery (our library doesn’t provide them, probably because they never get them back), we plugged in her earbuds and she started listening. She loved it. She said that it was way better than CDs or tapes because you never had to switch sides or change CDs. After that glowing recommendation, I thought I’d better try them myself. As an avid reader, I didn’t think I needed a new form of entertainment, but I found I love these! After everyone else is asleep in the house, I can listen to a book without disturbing anyone.

Libraries are already a “green” alternative to buying books – less paper is used and it is more economical for the reader. I believe that Playaways are even better for the environment than checking out books, tapes or CDs. I’m not sure of the longevity of a single Playaway, but short of lost copies of the audiobook, I believe they may last longer than the other three. Nothing will replace holding a book in your hand while you read, but Playaways are a wonderful option in many instances.


  • Easy to use
  • Requires nothing more than headphones and batteries to operate
  • No worries about scratching CDs or breaking tapes
  • More environmentally-friendly than books, tapes, or CDs


  • It is difficult to find a prior section in a book
  • 2 year olds (and others, I’m sure) can easily push buttons while you are listening and lose your place.

Review of Homestead Soap’s Lilac Goats Milk Soap

I have always been jealous of those people who can buy a wonderfully scented soap and actually use it. I on the other hand, usually keep it in my sock drawer to enjoy the scent, because most bar soaps irritate my skin. Last year when I first decided to search the web for new products to try with my sensitive skin, I decided I should try a scented soap, if only to have a new smell for my socks.

lilac goat

I came across Homestead Soaps by accident, through the suggestion of someone on an online community when I asked about naturally made soaps. As I looked though their selection of soaps, I decided to try a goats milk soap because I had read that they were moisturizing. I looked though the different soap choices and at first looked only for something mild, but when I spotted the Lilac Goats Milk soap, I knew I needed to get it.  I adore the smell of lilac.  Even if I couldn’t use it, at least it would smell good. Continue reading “Review of Homestead Soap’s Lilac Goats Milk Soap”

Review of Kindhearted Women’s Comfort Cream

Kindhearted Woman is a company that makes natural body, hair and baby products. It is a company that I have purchased from for several years and have been very happy with both their products and service. All of their products are cruelty-free and many are organic. They are based in Connecticut and most of their products are hand made by the owner or her employees, or purchased from Fair Trade suppliers.

Comfort Cream is a rich, soft, white cream that reminds me in look and feel of the old cold cream your grandmother might have used. It has a light, fresh scent that is not overpowering. When applied to the skin, it feels silky and starts penetrating the skin immediately. It goes a long way, as I find I usually put on more than I need and have to moisturize another area with the excess. Because it is thicker than a lotion, it sits of the skin longer and it feels cool for longer. Continue reading “Review of Kindhearted Women’s Comfort Cream”

Review of Tropical Traditions Deodorant

When I began my quest for a natural deodorant, one suggestion I heard was to “try coconut oil.”  It was easier said than done – coconut oil is not always easy to work with. It is solid when the temperature is below 76 degrees, but quickly liquefies as it touches skin. After a few messy mornings, I decided to make life easier and ordered Tropical Traditions Lavender Roll-on Deodorant.

Tropical Traditions Lavender Deodorant

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Review of Tom’s of Maine orange-mango Toothpaste

Tom’s of Maine is a natural brand of toothpaste that has become “mainstream” after the company partnered with Colgate-Palmolive in 2006.   I first came across this brand when I was looking for something natural and non-minty.  This was before the era when toothpaste flavors diversified from peppermint and spearmint, so I was pleased to come across their orange-mango flavor.

When you first open the box, there is an insert about Tom’s of Maine, which I find slightly annoying.  It seems redundant to have additional information on paper that would then need to be recycled.  As you pull out the tube, you will notice that it is made of aluminum, not the typical plastic.  The company states they do this so the tubes can be recycled, and it helps retain the flavor. Continue reading “Review of Tom’s of Maine orange-mango Toothpaste”