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Thanksgiving Dinnerware

Don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited that it is officially November, aka the month fully dedicated to stuffing your face. The thought that in just a few weeks you can drown myself in a hearty holiday meal without being judged is so comforting. Alright, now that we’ve expressed my obvious excitement for Thanksgiving, here are some tips from Bustle on how to prepare for your festive meal in 5 simple steps. After all, a classy dinner display will have to compensate for our eager appetites.

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  1. Table Cloth: Let’s be honest, your table is going to encounter a whole lot of action on Thanksgiving night. Make sure to protect it with a tablecloth. Since there may be some spills throughout the evening, we suggest buying one that is easily washable or one that you don’t mind throwing out. A clear tablecloth is great options for protecting festive ones without covering their designs.
  2. Centerpiece: Bustle suggests dispersing multiple smaller flower vases around the table because the turkey will most likely be the center of attention. You don’t want to take up too much table space with one giant centerpiece. Get creative and add rustic accessories and/or mixing vase styles instead of traditional flower bouquets.
  3. Dinnerware: There aren’t many occasions throughout the year where you can take advantage of your fancy dinnerware so this is definitely the time to do it! Pull out your best silverware, plates and china. Try to think of how impressed your guests will be rather than the clean up. Beautiful execution is well worth it!
  4. Cloth Napkins: If you’re thinking about pairing your fancy dinnerware with some paper napkins, just stop right there. Embrace the elegance of the evening and whip out those festive, patterned cloth napkins. Every detail matters! They are usually sold in sets for affordable prices—definitely worth it.
  5. Place Setting Tags: Make each guest feel special with a personal place setting complete with their individual name. From name tags to pumpkins, there is so much room for creativity when it comes to this tasks. Find 50 more ideas for name cards here.

 

How to Wear Fall Jewelry

A common misconception for fall weather is that you can’t flaunt your jewelry behind scarves and sweaters. Don’t let the cold weather hide your fashionable accessories! Here are 3 tips on how to wear bold jewelry during fall season.

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–       Going Out: Let’s be honest, a night out on the town with the girls means you want to showcase your best outfit! Bars and clubs tend to get warm with so many people packed in the tight spaces, so you won’t want to wear anything too cozy. A bold and chunky metal necklace is perfect for an edgy and fun look. It won’t be hidden behind a scarf or sweater and will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.

–       In the Office: Traveling to work requires a nice warm coat for walking outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to look boring once it’s taken off in the office space. For a more reserved look, put on an elegant pearl and/or crystal ribbon necklace. This will add a classy touch to your work suit and is perfect for professional settings.

–       Men’s Jewelry: Jewelry is not made for only women. GQ shares some favorite men’s jewelry including heavy metal wrist-wear like ID bracelets and bold watches. ID bracelets add style to a night outfit and statement watches compliment a business suit very well. Don’t be shy guys! Go find a trendy piece for your wardrobe.

Gadgets For Stress Relief

FileHippo reports that, “According to the Health and Safety Executive, 10.4 million days are lost because of work-related stress…” As you can imagine, this is a tremendous amount of precious time being wasted. In honor of National Stress Awareness Day, here are some tech gadgets that will help control your stress levels and enhance your life.

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–       Pip: This biosensor device is held between the thumb and forefinger. Pip measures your sweat and electrodermal activity then sends the information directly to your smartphone. Once transferred to your mobile device, you can analyze your stress levels and examine what techniques best relieve them.

 

–       Muse: InteraXon is a technology company that builds software for measuring the electrical waves produced by neurons in your brain. The InteraXon Muse headband senses your brainwaves and sends the information directly to a smartphone or tablet. This benefits stress relief because you can track your brain activity and practice focusing your attention on specific responsibilities and tasks.

–       StressEraser: Health monitors are excellent devices for tracking your breathing rates. According to Health, focusing on your breathing is extremely beneficial to stress levels. StressEraser is a monitor that includes many functions like telling you when to breathe deeply. This helps control anxiety and calms you down.

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.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Tools for Making Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats, Innovative Speaker Systems for Your Halloween Party, Halloween Nail Art and Recycled Home Décor

  • posted November 2nd, 2014
  • TheFind

Yep, it’s that time of the week! Catch up on this past week’s blogs on TheFind here:

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–       Bond with your kids by enjoying a fun and exciting baking session! These tools will definitely help them get creative.

–       Host parties without stress and invest in wireless Bluetooth speaker systems!

–       Complete your Halloween look with themed nail art.

–       Recycle old materials for do-it-yourself home décor projects.

Recycled Home Décor

Decorating with recycled materials is not only a creative way of furnishing your home, but it is also a great way to be green and eco-friendly. By reusing materials, you are contributing to the health of the environment by eliminating waste. Here are some unique ideas on how to transform no longer needed items into innovative décor pieces.

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–       Do you ever notice how your pets want to tag along when you’re packing to leave town? Disguise an old suitcase as a pet bed with some fabric, chair legs and cushion.  A neat aspect about this piece is that you probably already own each material component. Find an old chair or coffee table and saw off the legs. For the cushion, an old pillow and case will suffice, but if you’re feeling fancy, feel free to purchase a foam pad and cut it to the appropriate size.

–       Isn’t it frustrating when your silverware gets old and bent up? Instead of throwing them away, turn them into one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. From coat/key hooks to mini trinkets, there is so much freedom for creativity when converting silverware into unique home items.

 

For more tips and ideas on decorating with recycled materials, reference Matthew Mead’s “Ultimate Recycled Style Guide”.

Halloween Nail Art

Happy Halloween friends! You must be excited to celebrate this spooky holiday tonight. Don’t leave any details from your costume out. Here are some fun and creative nail art designs that will add some spunk to your outfit.

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–       Creating bloody nails is much easier than it looks. Apply a base coat of any color you would like. Using neutral colors is a great choice because they look more natural and have a realistic affect. Then take a deep blood-like red color and wipe the brush on the neck of the bottle to remove the majority of the polish. Brush what’s left of the red in varying strokes on top of your base coat. Add a clear top coat to finish it off.

 

–       SF Gate has over 20 different nail art ideas for Halloween. From Frankenstein, to skeletons, to pumpkins and more—there is definitely a design that is suitable for any costume. Make sure to reference TheFind to locate the best last-minute deals on polishes.

 

Find more Halloween nail art ideas on msn.

Innovative Speaker Systems for Your Halloween Party

  • posted October 29th, 2014
  • Gadgets

A Halloween party isn’t complete without music. Make sure your guests aren’t standing in awkward silence and invest in these innovative and trendy speaker systems to blast some tunes!

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 –       The Vamp: There’s nothing more annoying than when an unfavorable song comes on at your Halloween party and you have to leave a good conversation or fun game to walk over and hit the next button. Avoid this problem and have the best time with friends by purchasing The Vamp—a small cube-shaped gadget that provides any speaker with wireless Bluetooth ability. By connecting The Vamp to any ordinary speaker with a basic audio jack/speaker cable, the device allows you the freedom to walk around and play tunes from your smartphone at a distance.

–       Marshall Stanmore: For great bass and treble control and quality, make sure to purchase the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker. According to The Wirecutter, it can project your tunes “loud as hell” and without any distortion! Resembling Marshall’s iconic guitar amps, its design helps create an edgy look to your home décor. Say goodbye to twisted cords because the Bluetooth ability allows you to play music from different rooms so you can conveniently entertain your guests.

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.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults, Must-Have Gadgets for Fall, Halloween Costumes for Pets and Last Minute Halloween Décor

  • posted October 26th, 2014
  • TheFind

Catch up on what you missed this week on TheFind Blog:

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–       Pick from many easy adult Halloween costumes that aren’t time consuming and won’t keep you from work or taking care of kids.

–       Stay cozy and comfortable this fall season with these must-have home appliances.

–       Bring your furry friends along on Halloween!

–       Spruce up your home with these easy, do-it-yourself, last minute Halloween decorations!

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