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This Week on TheFind Blog: Incorporating Strollers and Wagons Into Trick-or-Treating, Safety Tools for Fire Prevention, Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes and Eco-Friendly Technology

  • posted October 12th, 2014
  • TheFind

For those of you who were just too busy this week, here is what you missed on TheFind Blog:

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-       Add some spunk to your child’s transportation on Halloween with these creative wagon, stroller and wheelchair ideas!

-       Make sure to supply your home with the proper supplies for fire prevention.

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-       Some costumes just aren’t meant for the office. Read these tips on work-appropriate Halloween attire.

-       Save the world and go green with these eco-friendly tech accessories.

Eco-Friendly Technology

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-       Powerslayer: Velvetwire designs energy efficient products to promote a smarter energy future. Their products offer the most efficient way to charge mobile devices and eliminate energy waste. The Powerslayer improves lifetime battery performance by automatically shutting off when devices are completely charged. In addition, Velvetwire recently announced the upcoming Powerslayer Blu, a Bluetooth-compatible charger. For more details, visit Velvetwire.

-       Jamboo Headphones: Because of its rapid growth and short life span, bamboo is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly plants. Jamboo incorporates the biodegradable, woody plant into their tiny ear buds and phone cases with eco-friendly glues and oxygen-free copper. In addition, the earphone cords are woven with cotton thread to keep them from tangling. You can purchase Jamboo headphones on TheFind!

iTube: Tires can be extremely harmful to the environment. Burning them releases many toxins into the air, polluting Earth’s natural atmosphere. The itube is a small pocket case for mobile phones that is made out of recycled bicycle tubes. This innovative design is water-resistant and safely protects your phone.

Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

Many people like to go all-out when it comes to Halloween costumes. From crazy hair and makeup, to oversized props and equipment, accessorizing can sometimes be too much for certain environments. It’s totally ok to be festive, but different surroundings often require you to tone it down a little. Here are some tips to consider for work-appropriate Halloween costumes that will allow you to have fun while still maintaining productivity in the office.

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-       Comfort: A normal workday is usually 8 hours, which means you will have to remain in costume for the extended period of time. Choose a costume that is comfortable and will not inhibit your ability to do complete your tasks. If you will be working outdoors or with heavy machinery, consider avoiding costumes that require props or other pieces that will get in the way of your tools/equipment. For example, substitute masks that may block your peripheral vision with makeup instead.

-       Keep it Professional: For women, Halloween costumes are often designed to be sexy and revealing. But the workplace is NOT the place to show off some skin. Keep it appropriate and don’t offend your fellow co-workers with costumes that will make them uncomfortable. Instead of purchasing risqué outfits, try finding individual pieces like skirts, pants and shirts in similar colors that could substitute for costumes.

Safety Tools for Fire Prevention

On October 8, 1871, a tragic fire broke out in Chicago, Illinois. The fire blazed on through October 9 and destroyed more than 17,400 structures, burned more than 2,000 acres and killed more than 250 people. As a result, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating tragedy. Refer to the National Fire Protection Association for more information on the Great Chicago Fire. Here are some must-have fire safety tools that every home should be supplied with to prevent fires.

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-       Smoke Detector: It is vital to have a smoke detector in your home at all times. They are usually the first response to smoke and fires, which can be crucial in the late evenings when everyone in the home is asleep. Make sure to include a smoke detector in every single room and hallway of your home. In addition, regularly testing the batteries is crucial to maintaining functional smoke detectors because a non-working detector is equivalent to no detector at all.

-       Carbon Monoxide Detector: According to True Jersey, “carbon monoxide is called a ‘silent killer’ for good reason. We can’t see it, hear it or smell it.” Many people overlook symptoms caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. It is smart to inspect chimneys, furnaces, stoves and other heaters for potential blockages that may keep gas from escaping. A carbon monoxide detector will help alert you from any poisoning.

-       Fire Extinguisher: In the case of a fire breaking out, quick and easy access to a fire extinguisher will help prevent the fire from growing and ultimately save lives. Supply your home with multiple fire extinguishers and keep them located in rooms/areas that may be easily subjected to fires: kitchens, living rooms with fireplaces, backyards, etc.

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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-       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!

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