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Last-Minute Back-to-School Essentials

Before the school year starts, make sure you are stocked up on these back-to-school staples:


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-       Paper Organizer: Help your kids remember to give you important school documents with a standing file organizer. Keep the organizer in a visible, easy-to-reach area and your child can put school papers inside it right after they get home.

-       Backpack: If you still haven’t gotten a new backpack for your kids, now is your last chance. A sturdy backpack is worth the investment—look for one with a padded back, multiple compartments and reflective material so your child is more visible to drivers after dark.

-       Calendar: A calendar is essential to keep track of all your kid’s homework assignments, sports practices, music lessons and social events.

-       Labels: If your kid has the same backpack, lunchbox or sweater as someone else, labels are a must for preventing mix-ups. Use a sharpie or label maker to put your child’s name on all of their belongings.

-       Lucky Charm: Send your child to school with a comforting reminder of home. When you are out shopping with them, pick out a little mascot or key chain that they can put in their backpack, locker or desk—they’ll be reminded of you whenever they look at it.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Last Minute Back-to-School tips, Left-Handed Gadgets, At-Home Spa Treatments and House Plant Décor

Been busy lately? In case you missed it, here’s a recap of TheFind blog this week: 


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-       Make sure your kids ready to head back to school with these last minute tips for keeping organized.

-       Lefties, check out these gadgets designed just for you.

-       Treat yourself to a spa day with these homemade spa treatments.

-       Give your home a touch of greenery with these house plant décor ideas.

Bring the Outdoors In – House Plant Decor

  • posted August 16th, 2014
  • Home

Spruce up your home with a little greenery. Check out Real Simple’s tips for decorating with house plants:


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African Violets: In an urn, combine three shades of African violets and cover the soil with sheet moss to give it a cozy feel and help hold in moisture. Place the flowers where they will receive direct morning light and protection from bright afternoon sun. To water the flowers, lift the moss so you can soak the oil and keep the soil moist at all times.

Succulents: Succulents and mini cacti are extremely easy to care for and give your space a more interesting feel. We recommend mixing plants such as mistletoe cactus, jade, aloe, echeveria and rattail cactus in two types of neutral pots. Keep the plants in direct light and make sure the solid dries thoroughly between watering.


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Fiddle-Leaf Fig: The large trees on the fiddle-leaf fig are great for adding color and life into bland, empty spaces. We recommend placing it on a wheeled caddie for easy mobility. A dark, cylindrical pot creates a modern appearance and keeps the focus on the fig tree. The tree requires moderate sunlight, so keep it away form bright afternoon sun. Once the top inch of soil dries out, water it thoroughly.

Orchid: Orchids do best in light and humidity, making them ideal for a sunny bathroom. The orchid stays bloomed for a month or so. Set the pot on gravel in a low glass cylinder to help trap moisture—as the water evaporates, it will be caught by the glass and reabsorbed by the orchid. Make sure the flower receives direct morning light and keep it away from the afternoon sun. Allow the top half-inch of medium to dry out before watering again.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Home

  • posted August 15th, 2014
  • Beauty

While a relaxing spa day is always tempting, the high price tag isn’t. Give yourself a spa day without leaving your house with Glamour’s at-home spa tips: 

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Toner: Rose-water toner has excellent astringent properties. Make your own by pouring two cups of boiling water over every one, firmly packed cup of rose petals. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain and squeeze out the liquid from the petals and keep the rose water refrigerated in a sterilized jar between uses.

Mask: Use a blender to make your own hydrating facial mask. Blend together cold cream, yogurt, honey, aloe vera gel and avocado and use a foundation brush to paint the mixture onto your face. Let the mask dry for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse.

Deep-Condition: Coconut oil is a great natural hair conditioner and body lotion. Leave it in your hair overnight or condition with a heat cap and it moisturizes, provides shine and helps protect new growth. While many commercial lotions contain a lot of water and petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin, coconut oil provides natural, deep moisture. It also helps strengthen underlying tissues and remove excessive dead cells on the skins surface.

Body Scrub: Exfoliate your skin with a homemade, sugary scrub. Mix together 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of raw oatmeal and 1 cup of olive oil. Apply the scrub to dry skin with your hands moving in slow circles. After scrubbing gently all over, step into the shower and rinse off—your skin will feel silky and soft when you’re finished.

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids


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Some children love to play outside. Others are a little harder to coax off the couch. What about you? Do you get outside much? The fresh air and activity is good for everyone!  15 Minutes Outside by Rebecca P. Cohen encourages parents to get outside with their kids for at least fifteen minutes a day. Fifteen minutes may not be a lot of time but the effects can make a noticeable difference. The book 15 Minutes Outside arms you with 365 ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids. The collection of activities is simple yet inspiring. Each one requires little planning, time, cash or patience making them perfect for everyone, no matter their circumstances. 15 Minutes Outside provides you with hundreds of easy ways to get outside with your family to enjoy a little bit of nature every day of the year.

Gadgets for Lefties – Left-Handers Day

Left-Handers Day


If you’re a lefty you know it can be a rough world out there. Check out the left-handed gadgets below to make left-hander’s lives a bit easier:

Left-Handed Gadgets

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Office Supplies: Purchase left-handed scissors, pens and notebooks to make your home office left-hander friendly.

Kitchen Utensils:  Cooking can be difficult when your utensils are deigned for right-handed people. Fortunately, there are left-handed versions of utensils such as can openers, measuring cups, corkscrews and kitchen knives.

Tools: Add left-handed knives, a pruner and tape measure to make your tool collection fit for left-handers.

Clothing & accessories: Tired of trying to awkwardly twist your hand to pull up your jeans zipper and look at your watch? Solve the problem by investing in a watch and jeans designed for lefties.

Guitar: Being left-handed doesn’t mean you can’t jam on your guitar comfortably. Rock out properly with a left-handed guitar.

Q&A with 5280 Magazine’s Fashion Editor: Georgia Alexia Benjou


Welcome to another  installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. International stylist and fashion editor of 5280 Magazine, Georgia Alexia Benjou shares her tricks for staying up to date on the latest trends and finding style inspiration. We’re thrilled she chose to share her favorite fashion essentials and shopping finesse with us.

How do you find out about new trends / brands?

For trends, I review the runway shows from NYC, London, Milan, and Paris. I’ll also check out trend forecasting sites. Discovering new brands is a bit more difficult. With so much merchandise in the market right now, finding well-designed clothing or accessories that also offers something original can be a challenge. Even if you do find an exciting new brand, whether or not they’ll have enough media and consumer support to survive is always a big question. In an effort to give young designers additional support, Denver-based photographer Hans Rosemond and I are in the process of launching a website with a focus on new brands.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?
Right now, I’ve been really interested in the work of Chitose Abe of Sacai for how she mixes fabrics and creates shapes; Gareth Pugh and Junya Watanabe, who are conceptual designers and create some of the most beautiful Ready-to-Wear pieces each season; Haider Ackermann for his romantic draping and layering, as well as his eye for color; and for luxury houses, Céline and Bottega Veneta, because both have a very modern take on luxury for women aheadshot cropnd bring functionality to their designs. Finally, I’m interested to see how New York-based designer Chris Gelinas continues to develop his line (his Fall 2014 collection had a lot of strong pieces).

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

I don’t focus on specific brands; I’m more interested in good design and if a piece or look fits the story I’m working on. Because everyone’s budget is different and what someone is willing to splurge on is a very personal decision, I tend to operate within a broad price range. Plus, I know even if I can’t afford a specific, high-end piece, I want to be inspired by it and figure out how I can find something similar, but within my budget. It’s the hunt and discovery for that perfect item that’s still half the fun.

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

Because of my job, my wardrobe needs to be multi-functional and go from day to evening easily. An item is worth splurging on if it suits my style and I feel good in it. Some of the designers I wear include Helmut Lang, the now defunct Theyskens’ Theory, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Zoe Karssen T-shirts, and Preen. I mix these lines with tailored pieces I own from Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana (from when I worked in NYC), and 1960s and 70s vintage.

Do you have any online shopping habits?

Like many people, I research a lot online. If a local store has an item I’m interested in, then I will purchase it through them.

What tips do you have for our readers?

  • Always choose quality over quantity.
  • Your style changes as your life changes. If your old wardrobe isn’t working any longer (or if you’re uncertain about it), start a restyle by honestly assessing your day-to-day and how it’s changed.
  • When shopping discount or sale items, it’s not a deal if you’re not in love with a piece, if it requires a lot of tailoring to fit properly and/or if it doesn’t work with the rest of your closet.

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

My MacBook Pro. I feel like my entire life is on it: photo shoots, concept notebooks and story ideas, Christmas gift and card lists, family photos, bills to pay, music (so important!) – the list goes on and on.

What inspires you?

I routinely turn to photography, art, music, film, and travel for inspiration. However, lately I also like checking out things my 9 year-old niece is into.


Last-Minute Back-to-School Preparation

Think you’re ready for the school year? Make sure you’re prepared with these last-minute back-to-school tips:

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Planners: Give older kids their own planner to teach them time management. Make sure they transfer the family calendar events at least once a week and also add as things come up. Before they start their homework, have them check their planner so they can prioritize assignments and ensure none are forgotten about.

Organization: Instead of a bulky binder, consider getting your kid a notebook with tear-out pages and an accordion file folder. Your student can take notes in class and easily slip the pages or any handouts into the slots. When the week is over, he can empty the contents into a color-coded filing box at home for easy access.

Craft Supplies: Kids tend to procrastinate. Make sure you are stocked up on all the supplies your kids may need for projects such as markers, index cards, poster boards, etc. When you’re helping them finish it at 9pm the night before it’s due, you’ll be thankful you’re prepared.

This Week on TheFind Blog: What to Buy in August, Reading Gadgets, Back-to-School Fashion and DIY Furniture

If you haven’t checked out TheFind blog yet this week, here’s a recap of what’s happened:

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-       Check out these deal-breaker items to buy in August.

-       Celebrate Book Lover’s Day with these reading gadgets.

-       Head to class in style with our back-to-school fashion tips.

-       Give your furniture an upgrade with these DIY ideas.

Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Sunless Tanning Foam: Get a Healthy Glow Without The Sun

  • posted August 9th, 2014
  • Beauty

Even though it’s common knowledge that sun is damaging to your skin and can lead to serious health issues, most people still associate a golden tan with a healthy lifestyle.  Now you can achieve that radiant and glowing look without the side effects with Paula’s Choice SUN 365 Self-Tanning Foam. This lightly tinted tanning foam goes on easily for an even, streak-free tan. It’s fast drying too so you can get dressed or go to bed within 5 minutes without staining any fabrics. The color is buildable so you can get a natural-looking tan in the depth that’s right for you. Just exfoliate in the shower, apply a light layer of moisturizer then apply the tanner. Repeat the following day to increase the depth of color or apply ever few days to maintain it. Unlike many other tanners, this one is fragrance-free and specially formulated to minimize or eliminate the telltale self-tanner odor.  It retails for $15, a small price to pay for a healthy glow!


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