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101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters!

Every parent dreads the words “I’m bored”, especially during summer break. The 2 bloggers behind KidsActivitiesBlog.com wanted to provide entertainment solutions for parents, relatives and baby sitters so they created 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! which includes boredom busters, pranks, crafts, games, simple science experiments and other things to do with kids.

This is a great book for babysitters!  It’s also a great guide for parents that could use a little help in the creativity department.  The activities in the book were selected to keep kids laughing and learning for hours.  From spray bottle freeze tag to tissue box monster shoes, both indoor and outdoor activities offer never ending family fun.  The book is available for pre-order now and will be released on June 10, 2014.

 

 

Back-to-School: College Edition

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Know someone heading off to college? Help them feel prepared with the top must-have items for college we’ve listed below:

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Beats by Dre Mixr Headphones: Whether they’re walking to class or trying to study, your college kid will be thankful for a good pair of headphones. Beats by Dre Mixr are high-quality headphones that include smart features such as input jacks on both the left and right sides (so you don’t have to awkwardly stretch the wires to reach where you need to plug them in) and volume controls built into the cord. The headphones pivot 270 degrees for extra versatility.

Dolce Gusto Single Serving Coffee Maker: With long days, all-night study seshes and early morning classes, coffee is a college necessity. The Dolce Gusto Single Serving Coffee Maker lets students easily brew a super-fast latte, cappuccino or cup o’ joe from a Nescafe single-serving capsule.

Belkin Conserve AV Switch: Money is tight in college. The Belkin Conserve AV Switch helps students save money on electricity. The surge protector fits into any standard electrical outlet and allows you to automatically turn off power flow to any device that’s fully charged, conserving energy. The switch has ten sockets, including two that are “always on” for items that should always have power and even comes with a remote that controls the outlets.

Everything College CookBook: For many, college is the first time they try their hand at cooking. Don’t let your student cave into a daily Cup of Ramen meal. The Everything College Cookbook has 300 hassle-free recipes created specifically with busy college students in mine. With recipes that use a hot plate, studio stove or microwave, they’ll find everything they need for a delicious and satisfying college meal.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Teen Back-to-School Essentials, Back-to-School Shopping Q&A with Holly Duce and Comic-Con and Lollapalooza Survival Guides

Busy week? In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what’s happened on TheFind blog this week:

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-       Get all your high schooler’s school essentials with our back-to-school shopping guide for teens.

-       Help your teen prepare for the upcoming school year with these gadgets for high school.

-       Learn back-to-school shopping tips from a parenting pro in our Q&A with Mommies with Cents’ Holly Duce.

-       Going to Comic-Con? Geek out properly with our Comic-Con Survival Guide.

-       Check out our Lollapalooza Survival Guide and nail the street-chic festival fashion.

Lollapalooza Survival Guide

Lollapalooza is this weekend! Still stressing about what to wear to achieve that street-chic vibe that embodies the music festival in the heart of Chicago? Check out our Survival Guide below:

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What to wear:

Lollapalooza is all about street style. Look for fashion-forward pieces such as loose graphic tees or tanks, denim tops or vests, patterned tops or shorts and classy lace accented tops. High-wasted denim shorts are a classic music festival look, or for a more feminine look, consider wearing a skirt or dress—your outfit should reflect your personality. Skip the heels and flip flops—they’ll be a pain to walk in. Flat boots, converse or vans are a fashionable alternative that won’t kill your feet.

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Accessories:

The weather in Chicago has been a bit bipolar for past Lollapaloozas, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for any surprise storms with an umbrella. Bring a small backpack or cross body bag so you can carry all your belongings hands-free—anything with studs or fringe is perfect for maintaining an indie-rock inspired style. Top off your street-chic look with a long necklace, sunglasses and a sun hat and be sure to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.

Back-to-School Shopping Q&A: Mommies with Cents’ Holly Duce

Ready for the back-to-school shopping season? In this edition of our back-to-school shopping Q&A series, parenting and shopping pro Holly Duce from Mommies with Cents shares her back-to-school shopping expertise.

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What are the must-have items on your kids’ back to school shopping list?

For our family, we have a few must-have basics that help stretch the kids’ wardrobes from summer to fall and winter. We stock up on long sleeve tees and thermal shirts for both boys and girls and basic black and grey leggings for the girls. The long sleeved shirts can be worn under sleeveless dresses and short sleeve tees when the weather cools down. Leggings can be added under dresses for the same reason. Jeans for all of the kids are also a must.

What suggestions do you have for parents trying to shop with children of varying ages?

Definitely budget a little more for the older children. They’ll have more specific requests for name brands, etc., while the little ones won’t care as much. Also, purchasing better quality clothing for the older children means they’ll be more likely to be passed down.

What should parents avoid when back to school shopping?

Avoid last minute shopping, especially on weekends. If possible, start shopping mid-summer. Visit stores during the morning hours on weekdays to avoid crowds.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money?

Shop summer clearance for cool tees that can be layered with thermal shirts or long sleeve tees for the fall and winter
How can parents and kids avoid burnout when back to school shopping?

Do the majority of the shopping alone, without children. Buy socks, underwear, jeans — all the basics. Then plan an outing with each child separately to pick up a few things to add their personal touches and to buy shoes so they can try them on!

How much time and money should families allocate?

It’s a good idea to set a budget before hand to avoid overspending but this number depends on the needs of each family as well as their financial situation. As far as time, if you aren’t doing any online shopping, plan on at least 2-3 outings for school supplies and clothing. If you try to squeeze everything into one day, be prepared for some frustration and extra stops as you likely won’t find everything you need at the store(s) you plan to shop at.

How does online shopping aide in your back to school purchasing?

Online shopping is a huge time saver for me and it also helps me to plan and budget better. Plus, I can take advantage of online discounts and cash back from sites like Ebates and Extrabux.

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Holly Duce is a mom of 3 young children and a former nanny. She currently spends her time writing for her blog Mommies with Cents to help families save money and discover useful new products. She enjoys shopping, spending time with family and traveling.

For more updates from Holly, like Mommies with Cents on Facebook or follow her on Twitter at @mommieswithcent.

Comic-Con: Superhero Survival Guide

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Nerds, geeks and fantasy-fanatics are uniting this weekend for one of the biggest events in pop-culture, Comic-Con. Planning on joining them? Geek-out properly with the survival guide below:

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What to wear:

If you’re wearing a costume (and we recommend you do), it’s wise to bring a sewing kit incase any ripping occurs. Costumes can be hot, so consider inserting sweat guards to keep any odors at bay and freshening up the costume with Febreze. Make sure to keep any props you have lightweight as you’ll be carrying them around with you all day. If you don’t want to wear a costume, it is still important to show off your inner-nerd. Rep your fandom with a graphic tee. Girls, pair your tee with denim cutoffs for a classic look or consider wearing it with a skater skirt for a more feminine appearance. Whether you wear a costume or not, comfortable shoes are essential.

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What to bring:

Incase you loose any of the people in your group or want to post pictures of your epic day while you’re at the event, having a charged phone is a must. Bring a portable charger with you to ensure you won’t be stuck phoneless and consider bringing a camera to capture your favorite Comic-Con memories. Take a lunchbox (preferably one with a comic–themed design) to carry snacks and a refillable water bottle so you don’t spend money on water and food at the event. Lastly, bring a backpack to hold all your belongings and any freebies or purchases you are bound to pick up at the event.

A+ Gadgets for High School Students

Gadgets don’t have to be a distraction for your teen—there are plenty that can actually help prepare them for the upcoming school year. Check out some of our favorite gadgets for high school students below:

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Clocky Rolling Alarm Clock: Getting your teen out of bed at 7 in the morning is not easy. The Clocky Rolling Alarm Clock drags them out of bed for you. Once the alarm clock goes goes off, it spins and rolls around their room while an obnoxious alarm blares until someone gets up to shut it off. You can bet this will be the fastest and most efficient way to get your reluctant teen out of bed.

Noise-Canceling Head Phones: When it comes to studying, the distractions seem endless. Keep them focused with noise-canceling headphones. Listening to music will not only calm them but also enhance their concentration while the noise cancelation feature allows them to fully immerse themselves into their studies.

Planon Docupen:  This high-tech super-pen speeds up the study process by scanning quotes from books directly into the computer, preventing your young adult from wasting time re-writing the information. Simply run the pen over the page and it scans in full color.

Portable Charger: A portable charger ensures your student won’t be stuck at school with a dead phone. The IOGEAR GearPower charger has two USB ports and allows for multi-device charging at 11,000mAh—enough power to easily juice a phone and tablet.

Back-to-School Shopping Guide: High School Edition

Not sure what back-to-school essentials to get your high schooler? Check out some of the top school supplies for teens we’ve listed below: 

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Backpack: High schoolers have a lot of books and gear to carry with them, so make sure they have a good quality backpack to hold it all. We’ve looked to Good Housekeeping for their most highly rated offerings:

-       North Face Hot Shot: This North Face backpack is made with durable ballistic nylon that can survive being dropped and abraded and is water-resistant. Its various compartments, pockets and pouches keep your student organized, while the waist and chest straps provide them with extra support when they have to carry a heavy load.

-       High Sierra Loop: If your teen loses everything, this High Sierra backpack is an ideal choice. The backpack has tons of compartments for easy organization with three large areas for books and gear, two pouches and a large hook on the front of the bag for cleats, water bottles, etc. The backpack is made with durable fabric and comfortable straps—plus its affordable.

-        L.L. Bean Turbo Transit: The L.L. Bean Turbo Transit’s padded straps and lightweight material make it both comfortable and portable. The backpack comes with plenty of pockets and has a separate bottom pouch great for smelly sports gear such as sneakers or a jacket.

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Accessories: Teens have the basic school supplies down by now, be sure to equip them with these high school essentials that have character:

-       Stay Organized: Get them a dry erase board to hang in their room or locker to help them keep track of homework assignments and after school plans. With all those extra-curricular activities, sports and classes, a mini planner is another great way to help them stay on top of all their responsibilities.

-       Locker Accessories: Locker hooks for hanging keys, sunglasses or jewelry are key for keeping lockers nice and organized. Get them locker lights so they can find all their supplies and give their lockers some pizazz with locker magnets.

-       Study Tools: Flash cards are a must for studying. Make your own with colorful index cards that won’t get mixed up with anyone else’s—plus the color-coding can help with memorization. Highlighting is another essential tool for studying. Highlighter tape is helpful because it doesn’t bleed through the page, doesn’t smudge and can be erased if needed.

The Week on TheFind: Grade School Essentials, College Gadgets, Back-to-School Shopping Q&A with Dakster Sullivan, Maxi-Dress Fashion Tips and Eco-Friendly School Supplies

In case you didn’t get a chance to check out TheFind Blog this week, here’s a recap of what’s happened:

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-       Prepare your kids to go back to school with our guide of grade school essentials.

-       College is stressful – check out these top gadgets to help you survive it.

-       Get the best back-to-school shopping tips in our Q&A with GeekMom’s Dakster Sullivan.

-       Check out our maxi dress fashion tips to learn how wear this summer dress style best.

-       Learn how to utilize TheFind’s search tools to find all your eco-friendly back-to-school supplies.

How to Use TheFind for Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Shopping

Want school supplies that are a bit friendlier to Mother Nature? Check out the eco-friendly school supplies below and utilize our search tips to find all your green back-to-school essentials on TheFind:

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What You’ll Need

The Basics: Every year over 60 million binders are made of PVC, one of the most environmentally destructive materials. Make sure you purchase an eco-friendly binder to avoid damaging the earth. Also make sure to get eco-friendly pens, highlighters, pencils and notebooks.

Bobble Water Bottle: In addition to being good for the environment by using tap water instead of bottled water, Bobble Water Bottle encourage kids to drink water instead of soda or other sugary drinks. The bottles have a built in, replaceable carbon filter that removes chlorine and other organic contaminants for at least 40 gallons worth of water.

Solar Backpack: With all those eco-friendly supplies, you’ll need an eco-friendly way to carry them. The Voltaic Array Solar Backpack provides just that. The large, waterproof bag has enough space to carry all your books and supplies, while the solar panel on the back offers a green way to charge your gadgets.

How to Utilize TheFind When Shopping

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Narrow by Brand or Store: Know of a brand or store that has your favorite eco-friendly materials? Narrow your search results to show only items from your preferred brands or stores.

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In-App Coupons: Make sure you are getting the best deal by checking for coupons. TheFind brings coupon codes directly into the app for you—simply click on an item and if a coupon is available, a coupon icon will appear in the upper right corner of your screen. Click on the coupon to apply it to your purchase.

In-Store Price Comparison: If you’re out shopping and find the perfect eco-friendly item but want to make sure you are getting the best price, scan the item’s barcode by touching the ‘barcode’ icon to see all of the item’s available published prices.

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