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DripDrop: Hydration for Fall Sports

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Fall sports practices have already started which means kids are practicing in full heat of summer.  They probably need something a little more powerful than water to stay hydrated. DripDrop is a medical grade hydration powder that delivers 2-3 times the electrolytes of typical sports drinks and 25% more than pediatric products made for hydration during illness in kids.  DripDrop’s patented clinical formula was designed to treat and prevent dehydration from illness or strenuous physical activities and is currently being used by leading hospitals, physicians and even US Special Forces! It comes in a box of 4 packets that are pre-measured to add to a standard 16.9 oz bottle of water to make one serving.  It is available in natural Berry and Lemon flavors and retails for about $10 a box.  Make sure your kids are staying hydrated out there in the heat!

 

Do It Yourself Costumes for Children

Halloween costumes can be pretty expensive to buy for parents, especially if you have multiple children. Many parents have resorted to crafting one of-a-kind costumes to avoid the financial burden. This is an innovative and affordable way to make sure kids are able to celebrate Halloween to the fullest! Here are some costume ideas from Winston View that you can make yourself with simple supplies, which you probably already have lying around your home.

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-       Jelly Belly Beans: With a clear trash bag and assorted balloons, you can turn your child into a bag of Jelly Belly beans.  Simply cut holes for their head, arms, legs, fill the bag with colored balloons, then tie the bag closed at the top. Last, print out a Jelly Belly logo on regular printer paper and tape it to the front of the bag.

-       Frankenstein: If your kids want to be Frankenstein, you can use a gallon milk jug container to craft a boxy head. You can find instructions on how to cut the milk jug from Coolest Homemade Costumes. Make sure to paint their faces with washable green paint and then dress them up in torn up clothes.

-       Barbie Doll: Turn your child into a Barbie doll with a large cardboard box and some paint. Cut out a square in the front of the cardboard box then paint it pink. You can print out a “Barbie” logo and any other images that you would like to glue onto the exterior of the box. Dress your child up in any doll themed outfit they want and then slip the box over them.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Teaching Kids About Money, Get Started on Your Spooky Halloween Decorations, Fall Shoe Trends and Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

  • posted September 21st, 2014
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Did you miss TheFind blog posts this week? Don’t worry, you can catch up on everything here:

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-       Teaching Kids About Money: Getting children to understand different aspects of money is not easy. Many parents find it difficult to explain that money has value, it has to be earned, and it should not be taken advantage of. Here are some tips that will help you teach kids about the concept of money.

-       Halloween Gadgets: Holidays always bring out decorating contests amongst neighbors. Make your home the spookiest one on the street with these terrifying gadgets!

-       Fall Footwear: Boot season is here! Good thing there are so many casual and dressy styles to pick from so you’re not stuck wearing one pair for all your different outfits.

Rosh Hashanah: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a nice dinner party. These table decorations will make your food presentation a success.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

  • posted September 20th, 2014
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Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year. For many families, it is a time to reflect on the past year and to also welcome the New Year. In addition, it is a great opportunity to gather friends and enjoy a lovely meal. You can find some creative crafting, decorating and cooking ideas from Creative Jewish Mom.

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- Shofar: A shofar is a music instrument made of a ram’s horn. It is blown to mark the beginning of the New Year. You can purchase a shofar and use it to adorn your table with some apples as a centerpiece.

- Table Cloth: You can purchase a Jewish table runner to decorate your dinner table. It embraces the theme of Rosh Hashanah and is visually appealing. A tablecloth or runner will definitely impress your guests and help make your dinner elegant and classy.

- Apple Dish: Rosh Hashanah cannot be celebrated without sweets. Apples and honey, pomegranates and honey cakes are common desserts that are eaten to celebrate the New Year. There are a variety of decorative dishes that can be used to hold these dishes. Here are some festive apple trays and honey containers that will be great décor for serving your food.

Fall Shoe Trends

  • posted September 19th, 2014
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Time to pack away your sandals and flip-flops and bring out the boots for fall! The cooler weather calls for warmer footwear, but there is such a huge assortment of styles that you can pick from. Here are a few options suggested by Huffington Post and there are many more on their website as well.

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-       Ankle Boot: Ankle boots are great for casual everyday outfits. A popular trend that has recently emerged is the cut out style. These have sections of the ankle boot cut out, letting the feet breathe and also adding an edgy feel to your outfit.

-       Ankle Heel Boot: Ankle heel booties are perfect for dressing up an outfit. They are very appropriate for the professional field. Heel booties compliment a nice business outfit very well.

-       Riding Boot: Riding boots are nice for really cold weather. They go up higher on the legs and look great with a pair of jeggings or jeans. Riding boots are especially convenient when it is drizzly outside because many of them are waterproof and will keep your feet and pants dry—making them a more appealing alternative to rain boots.

-       Thigh High Boot: Feeling spicy? Thigh-high boots are super chic and fun. Cold weather makes it hard to dress up for a night out on the town, but thigh-highs are perfect for date night or even out at the clubs with your girlfriends. They can be sexy and elongate your legs.

 

Halloween 2014 Q&A: Daddy Mojo’s Trey Burley

Halloween is just over a month away, so it’s time to dust off the ol’ broom stick and figure out how to make this the best Halloween yet. We asked Daddy Mojo blogger, Trey Burley, for his expert advice on costumes, trick-or-treating and how to save money along the way. Check out all his helpful hints.

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What costumes do you anticipate will be trendy this Halloween?

Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a great costume because it works for groups of four (it’s ideal for a family) and offers the chance for massive creativity. Create your own Groot, have dad paint himself green and more.

What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume lists?

Our children want to be dinosaurs or some sort of zoo animal. I suspect they’ll end up being zoo animals. It’s looking like we’ll be a family of lions.

What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?

Go online and go now. There are lots of great accessories that you can find online and most of the costume places I’ve seen have money back if the costume doesn’t fit.

How early should parents start shopping / looking for costume additions for their kids? How late can they wait?

Now, start shopping now. As our children get older they know what they want to be for Halloween. In previous years we could go to a garage sale a couple weeks prior and find something that worked. Now we start looking in early September.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?

Don’t be afraid to make your own. Even for popular costume you can DIY it, especially a turtle costume or Drax from Guardians. Also accessories can go a very long way towards completing the outfit.

Do you recruit your kids for DIY Halloween costume work? If so, what are some tasks that they can help with?

Not yet, ours are just 5 and 3 this year. In future years for DIY costumes we’ll DIY it. My wife and I have DIY’d it many times.

Do you have any tips for parents who are chaperoning older kids while trick or treating?

Some friends of ours send them up the street and just wait for them. That, plus the fact that the kids have cell phones on them, makes things better.

Any tips for parents who have very young trick or treaters?

Don’t feel like you have to go to every house. When ours were younger we would do maybe 10 houses. That was enough excitement for the younger one. Also go out early, know which houses to visit and don’t give them a bag that’s too big.

Do you have safety tips (any and all) for parents / trick or treaters?

Get a big flashlight and use it in case there are cars moving when you’re out.

Are there any items that you recommend parents wait to buy and why?

Plastic pumpkins and most halloween decorations. We buy ours after Halloween and that does the trick for us.

How do you work out wish-list discrepancies with your kids?

If there is something that is really wanted we’d look for it on sale. Figure out what stores sell it and then compare it online, check for gift cards, apps with discounts, etc.

 

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Trey is also known as Daddy Mojo and produces the content on that site. There, he’ll write about parenting things, DIY projects, reviews and anything that revolves around ‘poop culture’. He’s the stay-at-home-dad to two active, young boys. Trey’s background is in management, animal shelters, media and education.

Prior to being a dad, he renovated a couple of houses and created lots of crafts. He still tinkers with the house, is teaching his sons about tools and does some crafting. Trey and his wife Jenny live in Alpharetta, Georgia. When he’s not being a dad or writing for his Daddy Mojo he also does some work in social media.

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.

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