Headphones have been the bane of my existence. Well, let me clarify – Princess Nagger’s headphones have been the bane of my existence. I have lost count how many ear buds and headphones I’ve had to replace, because her cat, Blackspot, seems to have a thing about chewing the cord.

Even when Princess Nagger painstakingly hides her headphones under something to deter Blackspot’s teeth from making contact, he manages to find them somehow, extricate them, and chew them up.

I think he thinks he’s a dog.


Animalz8Animalz9 So when the wonderful people over at Animalz contacted me to see if I wanted to try a pair on for size, I was all over that. Why? Not only are they absolutely adorable: Animalz1 Hello cuteness!  But they have a retractable cord. Bonus!  Blackspot problem solved! The headphones arrived in short order: Animalz Animalz2 Animalz3Princess Nagger had specially requested the panda bear, since it was her favorite, and it was also confirmed by the handy-dandy Buzz Feed quiz that was developed by my new best friend Jennifer Reeves who brought Animalz to my attention in the first place.

Take the quiz – it’s really fun – find out which Animalz headphones are your kid’s spirit animal!  Princess Nagger’s spirit animal did indeed turn out to be her favorite, the Panda: Animalz4 Animalz5 Aren’t those cute? Princess Nagger thought so, too, and couldn’t wait to try them on for size: Animalz6 She loves them. Any time she’s on her computer, she’s wearing her little panda’s, and Blackspot hasn’t had any luck trying to chomp on the cord, since it’s fully retractable. I thought it was hilarious that when I mentioned the cat teeth dilemma to Jennifer, the picture she sent me to use included this funny message: Panda Option 4 Princess Nagger was very pleased. Her only complaint (if you can call it that) is that they barely fit her giant head, even expanded fully (they’re adjustable too, by the way), so she asks that Animalz consider increasing the headband size by a half inch or an inch, so others with a giant head syndrome won’t have that problem. Ahem.

More about Animalz:

Family road trips, casual listening and airplane rides will never be the same. Say goodbye to long, boring hours and squabbles in the backseat and say hello to Animalz headphones for kids!  Whether at home or on-the-go, Animalz by ReTrak retractable headphones are designed for little ears and feature volume-limiting technology in six lovable soft fabric animal designs: Biker Bearz, DJ Panda, Jam Bunneez, Scuba Shark, Skate Monkeez  and Surf Dawgz*. Kids can now enjoy listening to their own music, playing games or watching movies all with their favorite Animalz!

Volume-Limiting Technology According to the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 10 percent of children ages 9 to 19 have noise-induced hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to sound louder than 85 decibels can damage a child’s ears, causing permanent hearing impairment. With Animalz’s volume-limiting technology parents don’t have to worry about overexposure for developing, sensitive ears.  Animalz volume limiter sets 85 decibels as the maximum volume for optimal ear protection.

Tangle-Free Storage  Animalz headphones offer crystal-clear sound quality and are equipped with a built-in 3.2-foot retractable cable. Designed with children in mind, kids can simply retract the cord once they’re done listening. Parents no longer have to waste time unraveling knotted wires. The convenient, tangle-free headphone storage makes clean up easy.  The cord comes with a gold-plated 3.5 mm connector that is universally compatible and works with most portable devices. Manufactured with high-quality components, Animalz have a soft fuzzy headband and ear pads with a lightweight design that are comfortable to wear. Built for years of fun, Animalz are backed by a lifetime warranty!

Where to Buy Animalz are available at more than 15 U.S. retailers including®, Best Buy® and Toys“R”Us®.  For a full list visit:

*Panda and shark designs are available exclusively at one of my favorite stores, Best Buy until March 2015.


But wait! There’s more!

How would you like one of these oh so cute headphones for your little one?

Win It

One Lucky Stacy Uncorked Reader is eligible to win the ultra cute Surf Dawgz headphones: AnimalzSurfDawgz1

You have until Midnight PST on December 7, 2014 to enter. One lucky winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or a new winner will be chosen. Open to U.S. residents. Good luck!




A big thank you to Animalz for providing the product for review as well as offering an additional headphone set for giveaway. No other compensation was received for this post implied or otherwise. The opinions are all mine and not influenced by any outside sources. See my Disclosure Policy here.


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