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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
  • Fashion

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
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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.

How to Wear Maxis in the Fall

Maxi dresses are a common spring and summer fashion trend, but paired with the right accessories, they can also be a huge statement in the fall. Take a look at these tips on different ways to wear maxi dresses and skirts as the weather changes.

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-       Cardigan/Sweater: One of All Women Stalk’s 7 suggested ways to wear a maxi dress is to wear a cardigan or sweater. Tucking a sweater into a high wasted maxi skirt will accentuate your waist while also making you look taller. Putting a lightweight cardigan over a maxi dress will cover your shoulders nicely for the cooler fall weather and also keep your wardrobe appropriate for more professional settings.

-       Scarf: Scarves are always appropriate for fall weather. They transform a summer maxi dress into a chic fall outfit. Printed scarves can liven and dress up a solid color maxi dress, making you stand out from the crowd.

-       Belt: Maxi dresses don’t always fit perfectly. For dresses that are too loose and baggy, accessorizing with a belt will shape the dress around your figure. This also helps avoid looking like you are wearing a frumpy bag. Along with belts, tying a simple knot at the bottom of a dress is a stylish way to add character to your outfit, while secretly hemming the length to fit shorter girls. These are two trendy ways make oversized maxi dress look more flattering.

Q&A with Women’s Health Fashion Director: Jacqueline Azria

  • posted September 10th, 2014
  • Fashion

Welcome to another installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. Fashion director of Women’s Health, Jacqueline Azria, shares her favorite trends, brands and inspiration tips. With a passion for timeless, effortless and affordable fashion pieces, Jacqueline shares her personal shopping habits and what items she splurges on. We’re excited to share Jacqueline’s expertise and fashion advice!

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How do you find out about new trends / brands?

There are a lot of places to look.  I always look around New York City, where I live, but also everywhere I travel in the US and abroad. The street is an endless source of inspiration. TV shows, movies and music are also part of what I absorb on a daily basis in the search for trends. I attend many industry events and visit a lot of showrooms which allow me to see the trending fabrics, prints and styles that will flow the retail market in advance. Surprisingly, runway is probably less of a resource since it feels more like a magnified, albeit beautiful, condensed version of all these other sources of inspiration. It is still a great tool though and it is a powerful way to define a fashion period, but you can be inspired almost anywhere you go.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?

I am very much in love with anything that has an effortless allure. I hate fussy. Being French, the whole Charlotte Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin style has a strong influence on me—an androgynous sexy silhouette. Skinny blazers and jeans, slouchy tops, very high heels or converse sneakers. Among the high-end brands, I love Saint Laurent, Rick Owens, Balenciaga… and I am a huge fan of Isabel Marant of course! In the more accessible market, I love J Brand, Acne, Zadig & Voltaire, Maje, Free People, and absolutely J Crew!

Do you search for specific brands for your readers and do you try to stay within a specific price range?

In general I am looking for brands our readers will be able to find and afford. That means trying to stay away from too obscure or one-of-a-kind that may not be realistic for the Women’s Health reader.  Adding some higher price point, inspirational pieces is good to keep the stories exciting and to give new styling ideas. It brings a bit of dream and spark to our features. Even if someone can’t buy a specific piece, they may get inspired by what it brings to the look and find something similar at a more friendly cost. Aside from finding items that are accessible and affordable, I try to keep the looks wearable. I don’t want to take our readers out of their comfort zone, but I do want to expand that zone!

How do you decide which styles/trends to splurge on? 

The splurges for me have to be on somewhat timeless trendless pieces. A Hermès cuff, a Christian Louboutin sandal or pump, a flawless Helmut Lang blazer, these will always make everything else in my closet shine. I am a big high and low believer and a simple V neck white tee and a great pair of jeans will always look impeccable mixed with a couple of very high quality items. It’s all about the right materials and cuts.

Do you have any online shopping habits?

I can go crazy on the Free People site. I am a big tank and t-shirt girl so NastyGal is a great site for that. To be honest, I will be on sites researching a story I am working on and find myself digging for my credit card! Bad!

What tips do you have for our readers?

I would say the most important thing is to find your fashion voice. Some of us are looking and feeling great in a boho chic 60′s 70′s style like Rachel Zoe, or a Kate Moss type will always have a bit of a Rock edge to her style. Once you find yourself, the styles you are drawn to, you can experiment and play up the whole gamut within that personal range. For instance, I am not a girlie girl, but I will easily fall in love with a lace shirt as long as I can wear it with skinny leather pants!

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

Besides a mirror? Kidding!  I am not sure there is one thing. I have a strong addiction to shoes, bags, blazers, jeans, t-shirts and cereals!! If I had to pick, maybe it would have to be the perfect motorcycle jacket!

What inspires you?

Interestingly, fashion in general inspires me. I read a lot of fashion and photography books and magazines from all over the world. I get excited by old images of Mick and Bianca or the latest cover of Another with Kate Moss. And even if some of these images or styles may not be directly relevant to our readers, bringing a little bit of it to the pages does actually keep the magazine fresh.

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