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Incorporating Strollers and Wagons Into Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating with babies and toddlers often requires strollers and wagons because children get tired from walking. Get creative and incorporate your child’s stroller, wagon, or other transporting vehicle as a prop for their Halloween costume. Here are some ideas from Baby Gizmo.

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-       Mousetrap Wagon: You can construct a mousetrap wagon with a variety of materials. The photo above uses plywood but you can also substitute it for cardboard, which is a lighter alternative. Replicate the trap’s coil with any sort of metal tubing material or even make your own tube with scraps and spray paint it silver. Dress your child up as a little mouse and you’re ready to go!

-       Doll Box Stroller: Transform your baby’s stroller into a doll display box with cardboard and paint. The picture above shows a baby girl as a Cabbage Patch Kid. From Barbie to American Girl, there are so many dolls to choose from. If the doll figure isn’t what you are aiming for, try dressing your kid as a toy train or car in a display box.

-       Ice Cream Truck Wheelchair: For children who may be disabled, utilize their devices for creative props. The image above shows a child in a wheelchair that was transformed into an ice cream truck. The wheelchair’s wheels function as the truck’s tires and adds to his costume. This idea of incorporation can be applied to other tools like walking sticks, crutches, etc. With some imagination and brainstorming, you can covert any transportation tool into a prop for your child’s costume.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Halloween Safety Tips, Accessories For Your iPhone 6, Halloween 2014 Q&A: SHEfinds.com & MOMfinds.com’s Jeanine Edwards, How to be The Best Version of Your Halloween Character

Didn’t get a chance to stay tuned with TheFind Blogs this week? Make sure to check out what you missed here:

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-       Help make your children’s Halloween experience fun and stress free with these safety tips!

-       Wait to purchase your iPhone 6 accessories because there are some upcoming products expected to release in the next few months!

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-       Get some expert Halloween parenting and shopping advice from SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com Editorial Director, Jeanine Edwards.

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Credit: Bustle, Teen Vogue

-       Great detail to your Halloween makeup will help make you stand out from other people dressed in the same character.

-       Think Pink and honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these commemorative products!

Think Pink and Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Honor Breast Cancer Awareness this month and think pink with these must-have products suggested by Teen Vogue. They are super chic and trendy items that were created to benefit Breast Cancer initiatives.

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-       Stila Positive and Pretty Palette: Stila Cosmetics created the Positive and Pretty Palette exclusively for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This limited edition makeup palette includes a blush, bronzer, highlighter, mirror, face chart and 4 eye shadow shades. A portion of the proceeds is fundraised for breast cancer research as well as bettering the lives of women suffering from cancer.

-       Lilly Pulitzer Full of Hope Charm Bracelet: Lilly Pulitzer, a women’s fashion line, is full of hardworking women. They proudly support Breast Cancer initiatives with this piece of jewelry. Its little charms embrace the pink theme of Breast Cancer Awareness and add a pop of color to your outfit. You can find similar charm bracelets that celebrate thinking pink on TheFind!

-       Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Polo: Ralph Lauren sponsors breast cancer research with their Pink Pony Campaign, which provides support for screenings, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation. This polo is just one item from their Pink Pony line of products. The option to embroider a name on the back is a great way to personalize a shirt for you or someone you know with breast cancer. For more customized shirts, visit TheFind!

How to be The Best Version of Your Halloween Character

  • posted October 3rd, 2014
  • Beauty

Halloween costumes are never complete with only wardrobe. Fully embrace your character or costume in every aspect of disguise. From changing eye colors to distorting facial features, makeup details can help enhance your ensemble and make you stand out from others who may be dressed up in similar character. Be the best version of your character with these makeup tips via Bustle.

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-       Mystique in X-Men: You can achieve the look of Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in X-Men without having to use the airbrush kit that is demonstrated in the video on Bustle. Use a cosmetic sponge and blue body paint to coat your skin. Small art brushes will allow you to paint intricate details with precision. Finish your look with yellow contact lenses and pull your hair back in a sleek style.

-       Pop Art Comic Book:  If you want a look that is quick and simple, this is not the right one for you. Transforming into a Lichtenstein woman takes a long time and attention to detail. Create red dots on your face with reinforcement labels and red eye shadow. Black eye liner or lipstick will help add definition to your features and yellow hair paint spray will complete your look. Attention that you’ll receive from others will make the time spent well worth it!

For even more makeup ideas take a look at BuzzFeed.

Halloween 2014 Q&A: SHEfinds.com & MOMfinds.com’s Jeanine Edwards

Need some expert advice on shopping for children’s Halloween costumes? Take a look at TheFind’s Halloween shopping Q&A series with shopping and parenting expert Jeanine Edwards. Jeanine, Editorial Director at SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com shares her insight on Halloween shopping tips and trends.

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What costumes do you anticipate will be trendy this Halloween?

For girls, Frozen will obviously be huge. We’ve found that Elsa is slightly more popular than Anna, but we anticipate character costumes for both princesses to sell out.

For boys, Ninja Turtles will likely be very popular given the movie’s success this summer. Superheros like Captain America, Spiderman and Batman are also always popular.

Popular Halloween costumes are typically character driven, so think of the big movies this year (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Transformers, etc) and those are likely where you’ll find Halloween gold.

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

My daughter is torn between dressing as Elsa this Halloween or dressing as Storm from X-Men. Because she gets invited to multiple Halloween parties, we typically decide on 3-4 costumes. I only purchase one–the rest we DIY with items we already have or using pieces from costumes we’ve had in years past.

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

Get creative! If you can’t find the ready-made costume your child wants, be resourceful and try to make the costume using things you already own. For example, all you really need for an Elsa costume is a glittery blue dress, blonde wig, tiara and wand. Chances are you can DIY a sparkly dress pretty easily and it will probably be less expensive than buy a pre-packaged costume.

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

It depends whether or not your kids are diehard Halloween fans or have their hearts set on a specific costume. If your child wants to be one of the popular characters, better to get those costumes as early as possible. If your child really doesn’t care what his/her costume is, you can wait pretty late in the season and find something. Of course, there will be slim pickings, but I got my daughter a fairly decent Cleopatra costume the day before Halloween last year.

Also, there are some brand’s whose Halloween costumes are cult. Pottery Barn Kids is a perfect example because their costumes are very high quality. They recently released their Halloween collection, but they sell out super fast so it’s best to shop those earlier in the season as well.

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

For one, always save your costumes. Not only are they great for kids to play with during the year, but you can repurpose the items subsequent years to avoid having to buy a whole new costume every year.

Also, never underestimate the power of face paint. There isn’t a child out there that doesn’t love having his/her face painted and face paint is a heck of a lot cheaper than a name brand costume.

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Visit SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com for more tips and trends like these and for more updates from Jeanine, follow her on twitter at @momfinds.

Accessories for Your iPhone 6

The mobile phone industry is booming. Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have come with new innovations in accessories from cases, to stands, to tracking devices. Take a look at these cutting-edge must have items via USA Today.

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-       Swaive Thermometer: Moms and Dads everywhere are going to love the Swaive Thermometer. Coming in mid-November, the device monitors body temperature and other health information. It syncs with Apple’s Health iPhone and iPad app, which allows users to share readings with physicians, caretakers, nurses, etc. Pre-order yours now through www.swaive.com.

-       X-Doria Dash Folio: Finding the perfect case for your iphone can be extremely frustrating with so many options to pick from. The X-Doria Dash Folio functions as a wallet, stand and case all in one. Made of a polycarbonate shell, the case offers a sleek and slim fit, completely covering the iPhone6. Inside the cover flap you will find pockets to store your cash and cards, then reposition it into a stand for easy viewing.

-       BuQu Tech PowerArmour: Coming in November is BuQu’s battery powered iPhone 6 case. It is has an integrated battery inside its hard shell exterior. In addition, the case includes a built-in LED fuel gauge that shows how much battery power is available. Make sure to get yours next month!

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time for children to dress up in fun costumes with friends and go trick-or-treating but it can be very stressful for parents. With so many people out in public to celebrate the holiday, there is potential for unfortunate accidents and events to occur. Help make your children’s Halloween experience fun and stress free with these safety tips!

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Credit: TheFind, Growing a Green Family, Stun-ning Sales

-       Reflective Tape: Neighborhood sidewalks tend to get busy with so many trick-or-treaters walking from door to door. Choosing costumes that are bright and reflective will help keep your children visible to vehicles. Reflective tape is a good option for children who may not be dressed in bright costumes. Applying a piece to their costume will make them easy to spot from the road.

-       Flashlights: As the night gets darker, it may be difficult to keep a close eye on your kids. Make sure to bring a flashlight to help guide your path. Provide your children with flashlights too so if they get lost they can still lead themselves. Flashlights will definitely help everyone trick or treat safely.

-       Face Paint/Make-Up: Substituting a facemask with face paint or make-up is a great option for everyone as masks can block your child’s peripheral vision. Using these products is a great alternative to a mask and will not impede their vision.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Do It Yourself Costumes for Children, The Latest Fit Wear, How to Shop TheFind for Eco-Friendly Beauty Products and DIY Mason Jar Projects

  • posted September 28th, 2014
  • Fashion

Didn’t get a chance to read TheFind blogs this week? Catch up on what you missed here:

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Credit: Coolest Homemade Costumes, eWeek, TheFind Mobile App

-       Easy Halloween Costumes: Shopping for Halloween on a budget can be tricky, especially if you have multiple children. Get creative and craft easy to do Halloween costumes. Crafting costumes is great because you can customize pieces to exactly fit your child’s size.

-       Fit Wear: With so many technological innovations being made, picking certain gadgets can be difficult because there are so many in each category to pick from. Check out the latest fit wear on the market and see which features best suit your needs.

-       Eco-Friendly Beauty Products: Learn how to navigate TheFind and narrow down your search categories when shopping for eco-friendly beauty products.

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Credit: Wedgewood Banquet, Texas Farmer’s Daughter

 -       DIY Mason Jar Projects: Mason jars are super trendy in home décor. Check out these different crafting projects to transform mason jars into great decoration pieces for your home or catered for themed events.

DIY Mason Jar Projects

  • posted September 27th, 2014
  • Home

Mason jars have become a super trendy home décor item. From rustic to super chic, there are so many different themes that they can be catered to. Here are some do-it-yourself crafting projects you can use mason jars for.

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Credit: Wedgewood Banquet, Texas Farmer’s Daughter

- Vases: Mason jars can be easily transformed into vases. You can keep them clear and dress them up with vibrant ribbons and flowers or paint them any color you’d like. There is so much room to play with colors. Since mason jars are clear, you can pretty much design them in any way to match different themes of rooms or events.

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-       Beverages: There are many ways that mason jars can be used for beverages. You can purchase some chalk paint from a local craft or paint store and paint one side of the jar. Tie ribbon or any kind of string around the top of the jar and securing a piece of chalk with it allows people to write their names on the jar. Also, you can make or order vinyl stickers and label jars to make them look customized for the owner of the mug.  You can choose to use a lid and poke a hole in it for a straw, which is great for spills, or to leave the lid off.

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- Lights: Transforming mason jars into lights is a very popular crafting project. From candles to bulbs, you can craft them to place indoors or outdoors. Adding items like lace or spray-painting designs are creative ways to add stencil features that make light shine in different ways.

For more ideas on mason jar projects, check out DIY Ready.

How I Got 50% off My Kid’s Halloween Costume

  • posted September 26th, 2014
  • Fashion

Welcome to our first of a new blog series to show how our app can be applicable to both everyday and special occasion shopping. TheFind’s Head of Marketing, Francie Strong, recently used TheFind to look for her daughter’s Halloween costume and was really happy with the results! Read on:

“The annual tradition of scouring Halloween catalogs and websites to find just the right costume is upon us. My daughter is in 4th grade – this is the year that we’ve gone from cute costumes to “something scary.”

After ruling out “tween” costumes that are so skimpy that they “wouldn’t keep her warm” (at least that’s the story I’m sticking to), we finally found something that will work. My sweet daughter wants to be the Grim Reaper for Halloween…sigh.

So we began our search for a costume and found the perfect one for $44.99, plus tax and shipping…ouch!

Full disclosure: I work for TheFind so I already knew I could find a better deal. However, I was blown away that I could end up saving 50%! This inspired me to share how to do this with other parents facing the same challenge.

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1:

My daughter paged through some Halloween catalogs to get inspired.  Enter the Grim Reaper at $44.99, plus tax and shipping. She had to have it! So I knew my next step would be to go to TheFind to comparison shop, because I knew they would have every costume that is available online, seriously.  And you can always find the best deal on any item.

Step 2:

I went to the actual website: www.thefind.com. Note: I could have used the iPad app or mobile app just as easily, my laptop was just close by. I searched for “Miss Reaper Tween Costume” and clicked on the filters for “Coupons” and “Shipping Deals.” I found 34 options at 22 stores for the exact costume I was looking for. Yay!

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Step 3:

Once I found a store that I trusted that had also had great price, I clicked on the coupons tab on TheFind for that product to see if I could do even better. Yes, I could.

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Step 4:

I just clicked through to the store from TheFind, picked the coupon that gets me the best deal (it works!) and then noticed that this site was a ShopRunner site (I get this free with my Amex card), which gives me free 2-day shipping and returns.

There it is.

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The exact costume for 50% of what I would have paid had I gotten it (with 2-day shipping) from the original site.

Follow these steps and you could luck out like me – Happy Halloween shopping!”

If you have a similar shopping success story, let us know on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear about it!

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