Trying to carry on a conversation with two tots in tow can be cumbersome. Add the background noise of their blaring toys, the television or radio, and I can barely hear myself think let alone talk to someone on the other end of a phone line. So when the folks at Aliph sent me their Jawbone ($130) Bluetooth headset, I figured I'd give it a whirl.

The muted gold colored earpiece fit easily on my ear and had just enough fashionable bling to make my 22-month-old want to bat at it. The sound blocking technology did a great job of stifling background noise so I could engage in an uninterrupted discussion. And, since it's illegal to drive in California while chit chatting into a cell phone, this could also come in handy in the car.