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Get Started on Your Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is just a month away, which means it is time to get the fun, weird, scary, and absolutely terrifying decorations out! These Halloween gadgets recommended by NBC News will help make your home the spookiest house in the neighborhood.

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 -       Serial Killer Shower Curtain: A psycho shower curtain will definitely make your guests jump when they need to use the restroom. Because really, what’s more frightening than the visual of a murder occurring while guests are trying to do their business?

-       Body Parts: What’s more frightening than life-like limbs? These light up body parts will make trick-or-treaters’ skin crawl. You can disperse them on your front lawn, hide them in food containers and even dangle them in cobwebs or entryways.

-       Skull: Halloween is not complete without skulls. The Skullhub USB makes a great, spooky decoration for your office table at home or at work. It includes four USB ports so you can charge your devices and upload/download files. This item is a perfect decorative piece that simultaneously serves as a useful electronic.

Teaching Kids About Money

Parenting children about the concept of money can be a challenging task. Find some advice on The Stir about methods to consider and avoid. Listed below are some tools that will help teach children different aspects of money—how to get it, where it comes from, what to do with it, etc.

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-       Allowance: An important principle to teach children is that money does not grow on trees; money must be earned. Instilling hard work ethic in kids will help them appreciate money and not take it for granted. Giving children an allowance will show them that good behavior and actions will be rewarded. You can keep track of responsibilities on a chore chart so kids have a visual of what they are achieving.

-       Saving: Once money is earned, children often want to spend it immediately. It is important to teach them how essential saving money is.  Piggy banks are a great option for this. They help children be responsible savers and also guide them in establishing a lifelong habit.

-       Board Games: Board games are good for hands on teaching. They allow you to interact with kids about how to handle money and also give visuals that are much more easy to understand. Cashflow and Monopoly are two board games that will teach children many components about money like real-estate, debt, investing, etc.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Supplies for a Hispanic Heritage Month Road Trip, Innovative Products for Baby Safety, How to Wear Maxis in the Fall and Eco-Friendly Products for Air Quality

  • posted September 14th, 2014
  • TheFind

Catch up on what you missed on TheFind Blog this past week!

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-       Hispanic Heritage Month Road Trip: Plan a family road trip in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and visit historic sites that celebrate Hispanic culture. These on the road supplies will embrace the Hispanic theme during your trip and everyone will have a blast!

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 -       Baby Safety: Many parents purchase new gadgets for the protection and well being of their babies, but these new innovations are not made to work on their own. Jennifer Durbin, author of Pregnancy Tips for the Clueless Chick, points out how essential it is to read and follow direction carefully when handling new products. Take a look at what baby safety products she recommends.

-       Maxi Dresses and Skirts: Maxis are a huge spring and summer fashion trend, but once the cooler fall weather comes, everyone thinks it’s time to pack them away. Fortunately, these are some great tips on how to properly accessorize your maxis for the fall weather!

-       Good Air Quality: All air fresheners help clean the air. FALSE! Many air fresheners contain perfumed chemicals that can be extremely harmful to the atmosphere. Eco-friendly products are free of dangerous chemicals and help maintain a sustainable environment.

Eco-Friendly Products for Air Quality

Green products are emerging more rapidly as pollution in our every day lives continues to grow. Eco-friendly products are beneficial to maintaining good health, reducing waste, saving money and of course, sustaining the environment. Here are some environmentally friendly products that you can integrate into your home.

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-       Laundry Detergent: Eco-friendly laundry detergent does not include harmful chemicals that traditional detergents contain and, therefore, do not cause skin irritation or respiratory problems. Because it is biodegradable, you don’t have to worry about septic systems clogs or ocean contamination. Additionally, eco-friendly detergents are free of perfumed chemicals, which will actually help improve air quality due to the natural ingredients.

-       Plants: Huffington Post says, “Good indoor air quality starts at home.” One of the easiest ways to maintain good air quality is to decorate your home with plants. House plants help purify air of chemicals that are released from paints/lacquers and can also “absorb chemicals from pressed wood products including furniture.” Take a look at This Old House’s 10 plants that can help filter the air in your home.

-       Air Conditioner/Heater: As the weather changes throughout the year, use of your air conditioning and heater will fluctuate. It is crucial to maintain a clean air conditioner and heater, so that the air being released is not polluted with dust and other follicles. Make sure to change your filters regularly.

How to Wear Maxis in the Fall

Maxi dresses are a common spring and summer fashion trend, but paired with the right accessories, they can also be a huge statement in the fall. Take a look at these tips on different ways to wear maxi dresses and skirts as the weather changes.

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-       Cardigan/Sweater: One of All Women Stalk’s 7 suggested ways to wear a maxi dress is to wear a cardigan or sweater. Tucking a sweater into a high wasted maxi skirt will accentuate your waist while also making you look taller. Putting a lightweight cardigan over a maxi dress will cover your shoulders nicely for the cooler fall weather and also keep your wardrobe appropriate for more professional settings.

-       Scarf: Scarves are always appropriate for fall weather. They transform a summer maxi dress into a chic fall outfit. Printed scarves can liven and dress up a solid color maxi dress, making you stand out from the crowd.

-       Belt: Maxi dresses don’t always fit perfectly. For dresses that are too loose and baggy, accessorizing with a belt will shape the dress around your figure. This also helps avoid looking like you are wearing a frumpy bag. Along with belts, tying a simple knot at the bottom of a dress is a stylish way to add character to your outfit, while secretly hemming the length to fit shorter girls. These are two trendy ways make oversized maxi dress look more flattering.

Q&A with Women’s Health Fashion Director: Jacqueline Azria

  • posted September 10th, 2014
  • Fashion

Welcome to another installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. Fashion director of Women’s Health, Jacqueline Azria, shares her favorite trends, brands and inspiration tips. With a passion for timeless, effortless and affordable fashion pieces, Jacqueline shares her personal shopping habits and what items she splurges on. We’re excited to share Jacqueline’s expertise and fashion advice!

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How do you find out about new trends / brands?

There are a lot of places to look.  I always look around New York City, where I live, but also everywhere I travel in the US and abroad. The street is an endless source of inspiration. TV shows, movies and music are also part of what I absorb on a daily basis in the search for trends. I attend many industry events and visit a lot of showrooms which allow me to see the trending fabrics, prints and styles that will flow the retail market in advance. Surprisingly, runway is probably less of a resource since it feels more like a magnified, albeit beautiful, condensed version of all these other sources of inspiration. It is still a great tool though and it is a powerful way to define a fashion period, but you can be inspired almost anywhere you go.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?

I am very much in love with anything that has an effortless allure. I hate fussy. Being French, the whole Charlotte Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin style has a strong influence on me—an androgynous sexy silhouette. Skinny blazers and jeans, slouchy tops, very high heels or converse sneakers. Among the high-end brands, I love Saint Laurent, Rick Owens, Balenciaga… and I am a huge fan of Isabel Marant of course! In the more accessible market, I love J Brand, Acne, Zadig & Voltaire, Maje, Free People, and absolutely J Crew!

Do you search for specific brands for your readers and do you try to stay within a specific price range?

In general I am looking for brands our readers will be able to find and afford. That means trying to stay away from too obscure or one-of-a-kind that may not be realistic for the Women’s Health reader.  Adding some higher price point, inspirational pieces is good to keep the stories exciting and to give new styling ideas. It brings a bit of dream and spark to our features. Even if someone can’t buy a specific piece, they may get inspired by what it brings to the look and find something similar at a more friendly cost. Aside from finding items that are accessible and affordable, I try to keep the looks wearable. I don’t want to take our readers out of their comfort zone, but I do want to expand that zone!

How do you decide which styles/trends to splurge on? 

The splurges for me have to be on somewhat timeless trendless pieces. A Hermès cuff, a Christian Louboutin sandal or pump, a flawless Helmut Lang blazer, these will always make everything else in my closet shine. I am a big high and low believer and a simple V neck white tee and a great pair of jeans will always look impeccable mixed with a couple of very high quality items. It’s all about the right materials and cuts.

Do you have any online shopping habits?

I can go crazy on the Free People site. I am a big tank and t-shirt girl so NastyGal is a great site for that. To be honest, I will be on sites researching a story I am working on and find myself digging for my credit card! Bad!

What tips do you have for our readers?

I would say the most important thing is to find your fashion voice. Some of us are looking and feeling great in a boho chic 60′s 70′s style like Rachel Zoe, or a Kate Moss type will always have a bit of a Rock edge to her style. Once you find yourself, the styles you are drawn to, you can experiment and play up the whole gamut within that personal range. For instance, I am not a girlie girl, but I will easily fall in love with a lace shirt as long as I can wear it with skinny leather pants!

What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without?

Besides a mirror? Kidding!  I am not sure there is one thing. I have a strong addiction to shoes, bags, blazers, jeans, t-shirts and cereals!! If I had to pick, maybe it would have to be the perfect motorcycle jacket!

What inspires you?

Interestingly, fashion in general inspires me. I read a lot of fashion and photography books and magazines from all over the world. I get excited by old images of Mick and Bianca or the latest cover of Another with Kate Moss. And even if some of these images or styles may not be directly relevant to our readers, bringing a little bit of it to the pages does actually keep the magazine fresh.

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Innovative Products for Baby Safety

There have been countless innovations made for the safety of babies; however, securing the well being of your child does not end at simply purchasing new gadgets. Emerging technologies are clearly aimed to protect children, but many accidents occur due to misuse of products.  Jennifer Durbin, author of Pregnancy Tips for the Clueless Chick, discusses baby safety tips on WNCN and suggests these products as reliable safety must-haves.

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 -       Floor Seat: For babies who have not been able to sit themselves upright yet, the Bumbo Floor Seat is a great product that will assist them. It is important to note the term  “Floor” in its name, because many people have improperly used the seat, resulting in accidents. This baby chair is useful in feeding babies and teaching them how to sit on their own.

-       Doorstop: Heavy doors serve as a common hazard for babies. The Jamm Doorstop works on all floor surfaces. It has a curved design so that when pushed underneath a door, both sides curve upward and secure the door firmly in between. This innovation will surely help protect little fingers.

-       Swing Safety: Although playground parks are meant to be fun for children, many of the activities are accident-prone. HoneyBee Child developed the SwingEase, which allows babies and toddlers to swing alone or with a caregiver. It clips onto a standard chain swing and converts into a toddler swing, providing support across the chest, back, and underarms.

Q&A with The Washingtonian’s Asst Fashion Editor: Valeria Boucas

  • posted September 8th, 2014
  • Fashion

Welcome to the third installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. Assistant fashion editor of The Washingtonian, Valeria Boucas, shares her shopping secrets and practical fashion wisdom. Effortless and comfortable, Valeria highlights the brands and styles that will outlive fleeting trends and help us to look and feel more confident. We’re excited to share her tips and insight with you!

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How do you find out about new trends / brands?

I work in fashion so PR reps send me hundreds of pitches a day with their clients/brands. The pitches typically include images so as I go through, if I see something that catches my eye I’ll do additional research and keep a running list of all the brands I like for future reference. Style.com is a great place to access trends.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?

I don’t really follow trends to be honest. I’m more of a classic dresser- I’ll go for those timeless staples that you can wear over and over again in all sorts of ways. I absolutely love Agnona, Celine, Mulberry, Maiyet, and The Row. See the pattern? All simple, clean designers are my go-to. That’s why I love La Garconne. They make the best fitting t-shirts and everything is just simple and easy just the way I like it. If I’m not comfortable in something, forget it.

How do you decide which styles/trends to splurge on?

Anything that’s flattering, I’ll buy. I definitely don’t splurge on any trends. See peplum? And wedge sneakers? And even earlier than that if you think back to the UGG era, and Juicy Couture velour jump suits- Trends last such a short period of time that I really don’t recommend ever really splurging on any big trend. Of course, if it’s a trend you really believe in and can see yourself loving for awhile even when the rest of the world has moved onto something else, I’d say for sure- go for it!

Do you have any online shopping habits?

My problem is I won’t shop for a while and then boom I’ll go crazy. My worst habit is I’ll pinpoint something in my wardrobe that I really need more of, most recently I realized I didn’t really have many stylish pants and had been living in jeans for too long so I decided to purchase a few. That turned into a major production and I wound up buying more than I should have from Saks, Barneys, Bergdorfs, Shopbop and Vince.

What tips do you have for our readers?

Wear what you feel good in. I know it sounds cliché but what you have on will only look as good as how you feel in it.

What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without?

Oooo that’s a tough one. Are we talking fashion-wise? If that’s the case I can’t live without my Tibi dresses. They’re so easy, comfortable and they look so great!

What inspires you?

Effortless people. If I see someone with a mask of makeup on, their hair perfectly done with an outfit to the 9s, it really doesn’t make my head turn quite like that person with their hair perfectly undone and an air of carefree sensibility that just makes them so much more intriguing. I’m forever inspired by those people because you know they look just the same when they’re in bed without their makeup on in their pajamas.

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Supplies for a Hispanic Heritage Month Road Trip

Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15 and goes through October 15, celebrates the independence of several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. Huffington Post discusses the growing significance of Hispanic Heritage in the United States as our population is “becoming more and more Hispanic.”

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According to U.S. Census data from 2013, 17 percent of Americans are Hispanic, making this group the largest ethnic minority in the country.” With the increasing numbers in Hispanic population, many areas of the U.S. are heavily influenced by Hispanic culture.

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A great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month is planning a family road trip to visit several of these areas. Take a look at Huffington Post’s top seven sites to visit that embrace Hispanic culture. Each of these locations celebrates difference aspects of Hispanic Heritage, from important people to important events.

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A road trip isn’t complete without the proper supplies. The Great Hispanic Heritage has many books that are good reads for on the road. You can learn about famous individuals and also about Latin American history. When you need a break from reading, turn on some traditional Latin American music to lighten the mood.

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Here are some more supplies that will help make your road trip a blast! Road Trip Bingo is a portable board game that is easy to transport and you won’t have to worry about losing any pieces. Also, to avoid any food/beverage spills, take a look at these bags, containers, and trays that will help keep your snacks fresh and your car nice and clean.

 

This Week on TheFind Blog: 5 Practical & Funny Gifts that Every Kitchen Needs, Football Season Gadgets, Clean Your Makeup Brushes For a Flawless Face, Wearing White After Labor Day: Because it Feels Good to be Bad and Celebrating Grandparents Day

  • posted September 7th, 2014
  • TheFind

Didn’t get a chance to check out TheFind blog this week? Catch up on what you missed here:

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-       Take a look at these 5 practical and funny tools that make great gifts for friends. They will definitely spice up your kitchen and make cooking and eating much more fun.

 -       Football season is here and it’s time to outshine every other truck in the parking lot with the best tailgate gadgets!

-       Having flawless makeup isn’t possible without cleaning your makeup brushes. Here are some products that will help get all of the gunk out!

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 -       It’s after Labor Day, but who’s feeling naughty? Here are some white wardrobe ensembles that are still making their way out in the fashion world.

-       Our very high-tech world makes buying gifts for grandma and grandpa very difficult, but no fear! These are some easy to use gadgets that they will absolutely love!

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