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Trendy Rain & Snow Boots for Kids

Want your kiddo to look stylish while staying warm and dry? Here are a few of our favorites for splashing in puddles or stomping through the snow.

 

hunterbootskids  Hunter Kids Original Gloss Boots

The Kids Original Gloss rain boots offer a shiny take on the classic Hunter boot. These waterproof boots don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and quality, equipped with reflective safety patches ensuring your little ones stay safe and dry,  from $75 on TheFind. Don’t forget to add the warm and comfy wellie socks to keep those little toes toasty on cold days.

 

 

bogs rain boots  Bogs Classic Winter Boots

These durable boots are great for rain or snow. Made with waterproof hand-lasted rubber, this classically styled winter boot has moisture-wicking lining is designed to pull moisture away to keep little toes warm and dry. Non-slip soles release mud and snow and guarantee traction in any weather with they come it tons of eye-catching colors and patterns for boys and girls. Insulated and comfort rated to -30F, from $77 on TheFind.

 

western chief rain boots  Western Chief Kid Rain Boots

Western Chief Kids® brings new meaning to the way kids look at raindrops and puddles, the wetter the better! Fortunately, the selection of water resistant products available will keep kids’ feet dry and happy. A great product that is both functional and affordable. With characters from Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty, lovable dinosaurs, frogs, ladybugs, and more. A special bond is created when the two come together, almost inseparable, often refusing to part, especially at bedtime, from $24.99 on TheFind.

 

heroimageIgor Rain Boots

We just love these stylish boots which come in many colors and styles for boys and girls. These high-quality rain boots are made in Spain. With silks bows, drawstring cuffs, or fold-over cuffs, PVC sole and easy slip-on design, these boots are the perfect combination of cute and functional, from $37 on TheFind.

 

aigle kids rain boot  Aigle Kids Rain Boots

This French brand is known for its riding and hunting boots and stands for uncompromising quality with superb design and craftsmanship. Aigle Kids are made of a 100% natural rubber mix, endowing these boots with suppleness, waterproofness, sturdiness and comfort, from $65 on TheFind.

 

 

 

 

Q&A: MOMFinds.com Editor & SHEfinds.com Editorial Director, Jeanine Edwards

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Welcome to the eleventh installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. MOMfinds.com editor and SHEfinds.com editorial director, Jeanine Edwards, shares with us her favorite holiday style interests and tips for finding trendy must-haves this season. Let’s see what’s on Jeanine’s wish list!

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What are some of your favorite holiday products/trends for moms and/or children this season?

Elf on the Shelf is obviously a classic and there are so many great Elf products aside from doll and the book. We’re also really excited about the Annie movie, which is coming out this holiday season. The top toy lists that many major retailers do is also fun for my daughter and me. She gets to mark off the items she really wants and I get to get a head start on holiday shopping. And because we love fashion, picking out our outfits for holiday parties and the holiday card photo is also lots of fun and an excuse to wear something sparkly.

What items are on your holiday wish list? What is a must-have this holiday season?

I really want the new iPhone 6 and a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. Other must-haves of the season include the NARS & Urban Decay Vault sets, anything from the Alexander Wang x H&M and TOMS for Target collections and the new waterproof UGGs.

What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?

Our readers are already in gifting mode. Between all the wearable tech and the new Apple launches, tech is going to be huge this holiday. There are also a bunch of exciting beauty sets and launches from NARS, Urban Decay, Gucci and Christian Louboutin we expect to sell out and items from the collaborations mentioned above will definitely be hot commodities.

What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers to find the best picks?

I find myself starting earlier and earlier. I actually already have a bunch of gifts for my daughter stockpiled because I didn’t want the run the risk of them being sold out. My advice is always to shop early and act fast–if you see something you want for yourself or someone on your gift list, pull the trigger and buy it now. Worst case, you’ll find it on sale later in the season and you can return the more expensive one. I would also encourage shoppers to take advantage of price matching and free shipping deals which will be extremely prevalent this holiday season. I would also say check sites like SHEfinds.com and other lifestyle sites that are compiling gift guides–we’ve seen the best of the best from tons of different retailers so you can rest assured we’ve truly done the dirty work for you.

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

My slow cooker! The holiday season is all about soups and stews for me, so I’ll be using it a lot!

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m very fortunate to work on the Internet which has endless sources for inspiration: blogs, Instagram, photographers, interior designers, Pinterest – the options are truly never-ending. 

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Connect with MOMfinds Editor and SHEfinds Editorial director, Jeanine Edwards: MOMFinds and SHEfinds on Twitter, Facebook, and on Instagram @shefinds.

The Christmas Pajamas Tradition: Are You In?

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In our family we have a Christmas Eve tradition.  Everyone gets to open one gift before bed on Christmas Eve.  It’s always new pajamas.  The kids wake at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought and lots of photos are taken to capture the joy and look of surprise on their faces when they unwrap the gifts from Santa. Their hair might be messy but their pajamas fit and they look darling for the photos.  Some families take the tradition a step further by coordinating the entire family with matching pjs! And don’t forget about your four legged family members.  Imagine how adorable a family picture in front of the tree on Christmas morning will look with matching Christmas pajamas!  It’s a tradition that sticks and is often passed down from generation to generation.  So get your pajamas on!  Are you in?

Q&A: About.com’s Family Fitness Expert, Catherine Holecko

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Welcome to the ninth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. About.com’s Family Fitness Expert, Catherine Holecko, shares with us her favorite fitness holiday picks and healthy gift ideas for the whole family!

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What are some of your favorite holiday family health & fitness practices/trends this season?

For adults, fitness trackers continue to be big. FitBit just came out with three new devices, although two won’t be released until after the new year. Kids can enjoy fitness tech too, with the LeapBand from LeapFrog and the KidFit from X-Doria. And ride-on toys are always a great holiday pick for active play. I always check out what’s new from Razor and Radio Flyer. For the whole family, I like board games that get everyone moving (like Twister) and outdoor kits, like a badminton set.

What items are on your holiday wish list? What is a must-have this holiday season?

I have my eye on that new FitBit (the Charge) as well as an Indo Board balance trainer. And our family would love to trade in our canoe for a couple of kayaks.

What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?

They consistently love ride-on toys for young children (like balance bikes, the Plasmacar, and the Mini-Kick Scooter). They want to know about toys and games that the whole family can share–from big-ticket items like a Ping-Pong table to smaller choices, like snow sleds or unique catch games like Squap or Djubi.

What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?

I wish I was ahead of the game but I am so not! I tend to do all my shopping in the month of December. I have a couple of local shops I love, but I also shop online for anything that I’d have to ship anyway. My husband likes to shop for our kids, and luckily he tends to stash a few things away throughout the year. For readers, I always recommend active toys or sporting goods for their kiddos and other kids they are buying for. If you are shopping for a child who plays a sport, definitely ask her parents what she needs. Youth sports are expensive and parents are always happy to share the load. And if you’re a youth sport parent yourself, I bet you can buy gift cards from your team as a fundraiser–either to give away, or to use as you shop for everyone on your list.

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

Probably my treadmill, since I’ll have to be fitting in exercise at odd times of day and in bad weather!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

All over social media, from Twitter to Facebook to Pinterest to shopping sites and blogs. I follow so many smart, creative people who have tons of good ideas.

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Catherine is the Family Fitness Expert at About.com writing about all the many ways that parents, kids, and families can share and enjoy physical activity. She has two kids, ages 9 and 12, who both play sports. For her own workouts, she loves yoga, bicycling, and walking her two dogs. You can hear more from Catherine on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Q&A: FoxNews.com’s Healthy Mama, Julie Revelant

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Welcome to the eighth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. FoxNews.com’s Healthy Mama, Julie Revelant, shares with us her favorite holiday health practices and top healthy gift ideas. Let’s see what’s on Julie’s wish list! 

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What are some of your favorite holiday health practices/trends this season?

The number one question for most families around the holidays is what are we going to eat? Particularly in my Italian family, it’s always will we have enough? Of course, we always do along with a ton of leftovers.

I think as more and more people are making their health a priority, they’re going to look for ways to enjoy food without overindulging. I love finding ways to add more veggies to the meal, “dumbing down” recipes by using healthy substitutions, and adding more healthy fare without sacrificing the traditional holiday dishes. I think there’s also going to be less of an emphasis on food and more on family and fun. I love the idea of signing up for a Turkey Trot—it’s a great way to get back on track and create a holiday tradition your family can look forward to every year.

What items are on your holiday wish list?

A set of comfy, warm, feminine pajamas for cold winter nights. A ceramic frying pan—just a quick spray of olive oil and they’re completely non-stick without any toxic chemicals. I would also love some new herbal teas—I drink a cup every night before bed.

What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season? 

The moms I write for are looking for simple ways to stay healthy that can be easily implemented into their busy lifestyles. So health and fitness trackers, fashionable and functional workout gear, or a day at the spa.

What is a holiday must-have this season?

Health and fitness wearables continue to be hot ticket items and for good reason. They’re easy to use, don’t require a ton of time, and make staying healthy fun.

What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?

Online all the way! I have two little ones so I don’t have the time or desire to schlep them from store to store. I always make a list of what I plan to buy each person along with a budget. I’m usually 90 percent done with shopping before December 1st, although there are always last minute gifts to buy. My advice is to make a list and set a deadline so you’ll have time to purchase gifts for people who are hard to buy for or for those you forgot about. Many stores offer free shipping around the holidays too, so sign up for their newsletters or search for deals.

What are your online shopping habits?

When I’m looking for something specific like clothes for my children or a gift for my husband, I search a few times to compare prices from various retailers, find promo codes for the best deals and read reviews.

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

My blender. I’ve been on a green smoothie kick lately. It helps me get an extra serving of veggies in and keeps me on track especially when there are so many cookies and treats lying around. I add spinach, almond milk, a banana, a little bit of mango and chia seeds for a mid-morning snack. It’s so filling and delicious, my toddler even asks for it!

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m not sure it’s a single source. For starters, I’m inspired to eat healthy and work out because I want to live a long, healthy life and be the best mom I can be. I’ve also been inspired by celebrities like Jillian Michaels and Alison Sweeney who made conscious decisions to be healthy, strong women for themselves.  I’m also inspired by other women who say no thank you to the status quo, take the bull by the horns and make it happen.

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Julie Revelant is a freelance writer, brand journalist and copywriter specializing in health, healthcare, parenting and women’s issues. She writes Healthy Mama, a column for FoxNews.com and also contributes to their main health site. Other clients include First for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, Care.com, Babble.com and MassMutual. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com or find her on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

Q&A: Parents Magazine’s Lifestyle Director, Laura Fenton

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Welcome to the fifth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. Parents magazine’s Lifestyle Director, Laura Fenton, shares with us her favorite DIY holiday trends and gift ideas for parents and children. Let’s find out Laura’s top holiday picks!

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What are some of your favorite holiday and lifestyle trends?

Many people are making a commitment to only buying handmade gifts this holiday season, and I love the trend. Even if you’re not ready to go 100% handmade, I would encourage everyone to buy (and make!) handmade gifts this year. I’ve also noticed a trend of toys for grown-ups–gifts for the young at heart–like ukuleles, long board skateboards, games, and other playful presents.

What items are on your holiday wish list?

My family is having a no-gift holiday for grown-ups (Santa’s still coming for the kids, don’t worry). However, if we were exchanging presents, books purchased at my local bookstore would be on my wish list.

Personally, I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of A Frame for Life by interior designer Ilse Crawford and Colim Toíbín’s new novel.

What are Parents readers interested in this holiday season?

Most of our readers have young children, so they’re interested in the latest toys–of course! Ever year, Parents magazine tests hundreds of toys with real kids (so picky!) and parents (even pickier) to come up with a list of the best, to make picking holiday gifts easy for parents.

What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?

Start keeping a list of gift ideas now–either in a notebook or on your smart phone. It’s so easy to forget a great idea, especially during the hectic holiday season. If you write down all the possibilities, you won’t feel stumped when it comes time to shop. When in doubt, I find that chocolate is almost always welcome (for kids and grown-ups).

Do you have any favorite DIY gift ideas for readers?

Everyone loves food gifts–especially when they are homemade. Make your friends and family a batch of your specialty; whether it’s home-brewed beer, a freshly baked good or a savory spice rubs. Plus, consumable gifts mean you’re not adding clutter to your loved ones’ homes.

What is one item in your house you couldn’t live without this holiday season?

A tree! Even though we won’t be surrounding it with piles of presents, we’ll definitely have a Christmas tree. I collect vintage ornaments, and it makes me so happy to take them out each year. I am thrilled my family will be in town this year for our tree trimming, one of my favorite holiday rituals.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere: Books, magazines, blogs, museums, nature, even just walking the streets of New York. I use Pinterest to help me keep track of pictures and ideas that spark my imagination and Instapaper to bookmark articles I want to read later.

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Laura Fenton is the Lifestyle Director at Parents and she oversees all the craft, holiday, and home content for Parents magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. To hear more from Laura follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

Do-It-Yourself Leaf Crafts

Arts and crafts projects are great activities for parents to do with children. It’s a great way for parents to spend quality time with kids while teaching them developmental skills like concentration and much more. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, why not create craft projects that can double as decorations? Here are some easy and creative ideas for making art pieces with fall leaves!

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–       Mason Jar Lantern: Create a table lantern with some mason jars, mod podge and fall leaves. You can either choose from leaves in your yard or purchase some from the local craft store. It’s as easy as simply painting the leaves onto the jar with mod podge and leaving it to dry. Then, place a small candle inside and light it for a beautiful glowing lantern. This would add a nice subtle touch to any Thanksgiving dinner table!

–       Wreath: Make an autumn wreath for your front door with just cardboard, glue and leaves! Cut out a large “O” for your children to use as a template for gluing all the leaves. For more creativity, have kids add some acorns, pinecones and other fall materials. There are many different types of crafting glue to choose from but hot glue guns will help secure heavier pieces best. Last, tie a ribbon to the top of the wreath and hang on your front door with a hook. What a beautiful entrance for your guest to be greeted with!

Clay Bowls: Have your kids make festive bowls for table décor. Purchase some molding craft clay and gather a few leaves from the yard for this very simple project. Roll out your clay on a flat surface, then imprint the leaves’ designs into the clay by pressing them into the clay and then peel them off. Once this is done, place the clay inside a bowl and leave it overnight to dry. When the clay is hardened, remove from the bowl and paint with any kind of craft paint. Use the bowl for mints or other candy and leave it on a table for guests.

Recycling Halloween Candy

Halloween is a long anticipated celebration for many children. Some wait all year for the exciting night to stock up on loads and loads of candy. Now that Halloween weekend is over, it’s time to enjoy all your sweet treats, right? For some people, this is nearly impossible with the excessive amounts of candy they may have collected, or even left overs from lack of trick-or-treaters. Don’t worry, we’ve found some great tips on how to recycle your Halloween candy so none goes to waste!

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–       Step 1: Separate your candy. There are 5 categories that you should divide your sweets into: hard candy, chocolate, chewy, gummy, miscellaneous.

–       Hard Candy: The best way to recycle hard candy is to crush it into powder form. After this, you can mix the powder into melted chocolate and/or drinks to add extra flavor. For example, add a fruitful twist to your Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper by sprinkling in powdered watermelon jolly rancher. And for the upcoming winter season, add some powdered cinnamon or peppermint to hot chocolate or coffee.

–       Chocolate: A great way to recycle chocolate is for dessert purposes. One way is to melt your chocolate into syrup form. Use it for drizzling on other treats or fondu dip. Another idea is to crush Reese’s, Snickers, Almond Joys and other chocolate candy bars into small pieces. This is a perfect activity for children’s sundae parties!

–       Chewy and Gummy: These types of candy are the most difficult to preserve because they often get too hard very quickly. Use gummy worms for fun children’s activities like making “dirt” with Oreos and adding the worms. Also, you can make chocolate covered gummies with the melted chocolate as we previously discussed.

Check out Instructables for more ideas on recycling left over candy.

Tools for Making Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats

A great way to bond with your kids this Halloween is to spend a little time in the kitchen. Conjuring up some tasty treats can be a fun activity for the whole family. Looking for some appetizing inspiration? LA Times put together this great list of 24 exciting, but simple recipes that will be perfect to make with your chef-in-training. In order to make these recipes you might need a few of these basic tools:

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Halloween Cookie Cutters: Fall brings a lot of fun flavors to the kitchen, especially when it comes to baked goods, but why not take it up another notch? Turn your cookies into spooky creatures with Halloween Cookie Cutters. There are tons of shapes to choose from; we’re talking ghosts, bats, witches and all the rest of your favorite Halloween icons.

Popcorn Maker: Another yummy snack that you can tailor to fit the Halloween spirit is a witch’s blend of spiced popcorn. To make this, you’ll need to pop your own fresh batch of popcorn. There is a large assortment of Popcorn Makers to choose from, simple stove-top poppers to elaborate machines that simulate an old timey popcorn stand. Splurge on one of those and it can also become a hit at your Halloween party.

Molded Cake Pan: If baking a cake is your treat of choice, you might want to consider a Halloween-themed Cake Pan. A circular or rectangular cake just won’t cut it for those in the spooky spirit, but a Jack-o-lantern will certainly do the trick. And you don’t have to stop at full-sized cakes, there are plenty of cupcake molds to choose from as well.

Halloween 2014 Q&A: Real Simple’s Home Director Betsy Goldberg

Get some expert advice on Halloween crafts, costumes, décor and much more from TheFind’s Q&A series with Real Simple’s Home Director, Betsy Goldberg. 

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

I have two girls ages 9 and 5, and they usually go for the costumes with some kind of special little accessory. Last year my older one was a police officer because of the cute aviator sunglasses, and my younger one was a devil, with a little horned headband. This year my 9-year-old is going to be a Grecian goddess, with one of those gold braided bands you wear around your head. My little one wants to be “a scary witch, not a cute witch” so I have to figure out some clever face painting to make that happen.

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

Besides the biggies like orientaltrading.com and Halloweenexpress.com, we’ve found great items on trendyhalloween.com, hauntedprops.com, and frightcatalog.com. It can also help to ask for ideas on mom message boards like Baby Center—moms are pretty resourceful! Pinterest searches with varied phrasing (i.e. “Greek goddess costume for girls,” “Grecian goddess kid costume,”) can turn up a ton of options too, including DIY versions to try.

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

Swap with friends. Most of the time they’re keeping costumes their kids have worn just once so they’re in great condition. And check your closets—you might be able to put together a costume without buying anything. Real Simple staffers demonstrated this for adult costumes.

Any tips for parents who have very young trick or treaters?
Don’t pick a costume that relies on a big accessory like a witch’s broom or an uncomfortable mask—your kid will abandon it in the first 10 minutes of trick or treating, and then it’s disheartening for them to keep getting the question, “Oh and what are you?” Bring an extra bag, a Ziploc or shopping bag, so that you can siphon out some of the collected candy as you’re trick- or-treating—those pumpkin buckets can get really heavy for kids! Also, before Halloween, it’s a good idea to recap how it works: You’ll ring the door, say “Trick or Treat?” and someone will open the door and hand you candy or offer you a bowl of it. This way, you get a chance to remind them not to grab fistfuls of candy and to remember to say thank you! Another good tip: know your kids and how long they’ll last walking around the neighborhood.  That way you can plan accordingly to avoid meltdowns. But no matter how late you get home, let your kids have a chance to spread out their candy, count it, categorize it, trade—it’s often more fun and memorable than eating it.

What are your must-have Halloween décor items?

You really don’t have to go all out and decorate the whole house. In the Halloween feature in the October issue of Real Simple, we show how to make a big impact by decorating just the foyer, since that’s where you’re handing out candy. Hang a colorful garland above your console, fill a big glass jar with a bunch of fake bones, put creepy eyeball chocolates in a bowl, or scatter plastic spiders across the table—just a little something to set a spooky vibe.

Are there any DIY crafts that you recommend parents create with their kids?

It’s really easy to “mummify” juice boxes or big candy bars by wrapping with white crepe paper and adding googly eyes. I also love a twist on the traditional carved pumpkin. In Real Simple’s Halloween feature, we show a rainbow pumpkin made by sticking in colorful map pins, in evenly spaced rows, and a “bloody” pumpkin made by melting unwrapped red crayons over the top of a white pumpkin. And your kids can even make their own trick-or-treating bags—we show 5 cute, super-easy ideas on realsimple.com.

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Betsy Goldberg was named Home Director of Real Simple in December 2013. In this role, Goldberg oversees the award-winning lifestyle brand’s home content, which includes conceptualizing and shaping the magazine’s monthly decorating, cleaning, and organizing stories and overseeing features across the brand’s multimedia platforms.

Before joining Real Simple, Goldberg served as Deputy Editor of HGTV Magazine, where she oversaw decorating, organizing, and home improvement content and was the liaison to HGTV Network starsPreviously, Goldberg was a Senior Editor at Us Weekly and the Deputy Editor at Modern Bride, where she worked for six years. She has also worked as a Reporter at New York Magazine and as an associate editor at the luxury-lifestyle glossy CS. In addition, Goldberg has written for Glamour, Health, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Money, AOL, and Time Out.