Friday Finds 21

We are back again this week with a segment packed full of amazingly great items for you to check out for your holiday shopping or treat yourself!

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APPAREL

b.WR Underwear

b.WR (pronounced “b-wear”) is made from bamboo, a fabric of unparalleled softness that wicks away moisture, keeping you comfortable and dry. Bamboo is also antimicrobial, so no bacteria means no odor. On top of that, bamboo’s fabric is hypoallergenic, meaning your most sensitive parts are safe from being irritated by uncomfortable fabrics. 

The #beaware movement is committed to raising awareness of our overall health and environmental consciousness. Inspired by a generation of conscious consumers, they wanted to create a product that would not only feel good, but is good for you, good for the environment, and gives back to the community

Want to know what b.WR is made from? It is a revolutionary organic, eco-friendly bamboo cotton undergarment line – providing the softest, most breathable, luxurious underwear for some of your most sensitive and favorite body parts. 

In addition, they have dedicated a portion of all sales to non-profit sexual health and education organizations because they believe being aware of our bodies is essential to our health, well-being, and comfort. 

Kickstarter Campaign Launch

To celebrate the launch of the b.WR  Kickstarter Campaign on October 21, 2019,  b.WR. is running an ‘Underwear for a Year’  giveaway from October 11 to October 20, 2019. 

Yes, that’s right. They are giving away two pieces of b.WR underwear every month for the next 12 months. You can choose from a range of styles for men or women. It’s your choice. And it will be delivered to your home every month for the next year. 

That’s 24 pieces of the softest, most luxurious underwear you will ever own. Trust us, your underwear drawer will never look the same again.

How to Enter:

Click on this LINK and enter your email address to win. Winner will be drawn on October 21 at 9 am PST and emailed. They will also make this announcement on their Facebook and Instagram channels, so stay tuned!

Why b.WR is the smartest (not to mention most comfortable) underwear you will ever own:

  • It feels like silk. Seriously. 
  • It is made from bamboo fabric which is soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, organic. Need we say more? 
  • 5 Styles for Everyone: thong, lace thong, bikini, boxer briefs, and briefs
  • Unmatched Comfort: helping you feel your best and most comfortable every day, even when you’re faced with irritations like an infection, razor burn, or STD
  • If you don’t win our ‘Underwear for a Year’ giveaway worth $480, you can support our Kickstarter Campaign which launches on October 21, 2019. With a range of our best sellers, new styles and new colors you will have first access to buy pieces from our new range with heavily discounted prices for the first supporters of our new range. 

How to support b.WR Kickstarter Campaign:

The Kickstarter Campaign will start on October 21, 2019. Click on this LINK and you will be able to purchase the new range as soon as the campaign goes live. 

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Petite Plume Sleepwear

When the sleepwear brand, Petite Plume, set out to create sophisticated and comfortable nighttime apparel in the most exquisite cotton available, little did they know that they would one day be worn by the individuals such as the future King of England or a late-night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy is a huge fan and gifts his celebrity buddies Petite Plume pajamas when they have babies. Prince George stayed up past his bedtime to meet then-President Obama and his PJ ensemble was from the Petite Plume label. You could say that they are a favorite with red carpet royalty types!

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Petite Plume Light Blue Gingham Pajama Set, $58.

This high-end sleepwear isn’t just for kids either. The whole family can enjoy their luxury collections which include pajamas, gowns, robes, night masks, slippers, and maternity wear.

Festive Tartan Pajama Set (Adult)
Petite Plume Adult Festive Tartan Pajama Set. Girls are wearing The Delphine Slipper in Navy Velvet and the Arabella Nightgown in Navy and Red Garnet, respectively

It’s easy to see why Petite Plume is fit for royalty on both sides of the pond, with the finest attention to detail such as button engraving and tuck-pointing. Not to mention that Petite Plume introduces you to elements of classic colors and styles reminiscent of a bygone era.

The brand didn’t exist back in the 1960s but I am pretty sure if they did, Jackie Kennedy would have snatched up an entire collection for a family holiday photo!

The adult collection is made from 100% of the finest cotton that’s preshrunk and yarn-dyed to prevent fading. It’s then brushed for added softness and gets cozier with each wash.

Children’s sleepwear is made with the same craftsmanship and blended with just enough inherently flame retardant fiber to pass strict CPSC regulations without the use of harmful chemicals.

Slippers are made in Spain from artisans with over 40 years of experience delivering the finest footwear.

The Juliette Slipper in Peach Suede with a Festive Pom
The Juliette Slipper in Peach Suede with a Festive Pom. I am dying to pamper my feet with these little ladies!

Give your sleepwear the celebrity treatment! Handwritten gift cards and customized packaging make them the ideal gift. Add a monogram to make your sleep experience even more memorable.

For more information, visit Petite Plume online.

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Floral Whisper Doll Nightgown
You know my granddaughter, Amelia, will have matching pajamas for her and her doll when she’s old enough!

CRAFTS & DIY

Creative Candle Making

I adore having candles in my home, and have always wanted to make my own but honestly, didn’t know how to begin. Is it hard to do? How involved is the process? Is it expensive?

Creative Candle Making from Meredith Mennitt lets you explore the enchanting art of making candles with 12 unique projects for all occasions. This unique set comes with beautiful instructions AND MATERIALS to let you make all-natural candles at home. The instruction book leads you through 12 different candle recipes, in addition to discussing the benefits of different waxes, wicks, molds, as well as a discussion of aromatherapy and candle craft history. In short – everything you always wanted to know!

Meredith is a craft connoisseur and weekend artist. After living in a tiny studio apartment in New York City for over a decade, she is an expert at making big, crafty messes in small spaces. She often has multiple projects going at once, rotating between painting, writing, stitching, and any other craft that crosses her path (except knitting. Knitting is the worst.)

I have not had the pleasure to dip my toe in the candle making water yet, but it is on the agenda for this weekend! Stay tuned on our Facebook page for photos on how they turn out!

And naturally, if you don’t want to wait to see how mine turns out and want to try your own, you can order the Creative Candle Making kit from Amazon and many other websites and stores – just visit Quarto Knows to find other retailers.


DOGGY-APPROVED

K9 Planet Adventure Box

What if families could explore the world with their pup and kids, no plane tickets required? K9 Planet Adventure Box just launched in August 2019 with the goal of connecting pets, owners, and their kids through adventurous play.

We received ours on September 23rd and Molly loved checking out all the goodies in the adventure box!

As parents, we are always looking for ways to teach our children about the world without actually making it seem like we’re teaching, right? Well The K9 Planet Adventure Box does just that! While it’s a box for the family dog – filled with two durable toys and two tasty treats – it also comes with a surprise for the dog parents and their kids!

When the box arrives, kids (and parents) are going to be eager to see where Ace visited! There is a postcard inside from Ace and the September box contained a luggage tag – so that you don’t lose your toys and treats while traveling! Not only do the kids begin to look forward to learning about geography, but there is also a passport with stamps for each country covered for them to keep track of Ace’s adventures.

It creates the opportunity for kids to play and have fun with their dogs, while learning about a new country each month. By taking geography and cultural lessons outside of the classroom and into a fun environment, kids tend to become more engaged and receptive to learning. Each month users will receive a new location-themed box containing two durable toys, two healthy treats, a postcard, and a special surprise for the owners and their kids.

If you don’t want to wait for the box to arrive, you can go to the K9 Planet website and check out the clues to find out where Ace is off to next. You can then enter your email once you select the country you think he will be visiting, and if you are correct, you might just get a special treat from Ace himself!

“We are passionate dog lovers who regularly travel for work and play,” said Randy Shapiro, Founder and President of K9 Planet. “The idea to combine the love for our dogs and our love for travel led to the K9 Planet Adventure Box, which brings together the joy of dog ownership with the excitement of traveling to new and interesting places.” 

Every toy in the Adventure Box is durable and made of high-quality materials to maximize fun and playtime for the dogs, owners, and kids. The box also includes two bags of healthy dog treats made with limited ingredients produced in the US and Canada. 

Let me just state that Mollyanna has gone to bed every night with her little stuffed dog and airplane since they arrived. She drags them into her bed – where ever she decides to sleep that night. And the treats? Good Lord, she about loses her mind every morning waiting for me to give her one after she sends dad off to work!

There are a variety of subscription types to choose from that suit every budget!

The team at K9 Planet have been in the pet business for over 20 years. We love sharing our passion for dogs and adventures. We believe in the importance of dog owners having a variety of fun ways to connect with their dogs. The K9 Planet Adventure Box combines adventure with the love we have for our dogs, creating the perfect balance of fun, engaging, and informative play.

Be sure to visit their really cool website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more photos and fun!


ENTERTAINMENT

A Cinderella Story: A Christmas Wish #CinderellaChristmas

I am a HUGE fan of all the Cinderella Story installments. This is the fifth installment in the A Cinderella Story movie series and the first with a Christmas theme. Other titles include A Cinderella Story (Hilary Duff), Another Cinderella Story (Selena Gomez), A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (Lucy Hale) and A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (Sofia Carson).

A Cinderella Story: A Christmas Wish cast
Photo Credit: Ryan Plummer / 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker (Laura Marano) dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick (Gregg Sulkin), the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

You can kick off your #CinderellaChristmas right now! The movie is available on digital as of October 15, 2019. You can watch on Prime Video, Google Play Movies, or Vudu. It will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD October 29, 2019.

Want to tie in the fun with some Halloween festivities? Host A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish movie night party! We have instructions to make some Pretzel Wands or a Dazzling Pumpkin with your kids and their friends. Upload your photos and tag them with #CinderellaChristmas!

A Cindrella Story: Christmas Wish Pretzel Wands

Pretzel Wands Recipe

Enchant guests at your A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish movie night party – and all holiday season long! This delicious delight is the perfect treat – salty, sweet and super sparkly! Dreams do come true.

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish Dazzling Pumpkins

Dazzling Pumpkins

Move over pumpkin carving – it’s tedious, takes forever – and safety is always a factor when it comes to knives! Cinderella-ize your pumpkins and add some glam to your Halloween this season. These pumpkins will be so stunning – you will want to display them all season long! Do you want polka dots, chevron pattern, or a full-on glittered pumpkin? You could also make your pumpkin Halloween-themed with a sparkly spider or a dazzling jack-o-lantern. Maybe paint spooky glitter drips or a glitter tiara in honor of the A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish release? It’s time to get creative, and most importantly have fun! This activity is fun for the whole family, even your evil stepsisters!

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is also part of the holiday lineup on Netflix and will debut December 1, 2019.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Halloween would not be, well, Halloween, without a new terrifying movie and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark does not disappoint. The movie is showing at our local Regal Cinema. Check your local listings to see if it is available in a theater near you.

Scary Stories arrives on Digital October 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On-Demand November 5 from global content leader Lionsgate.

The highly anticipated film adaption of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz’s scariest stories to life.

The film stars Zoe Margaret Colletti (AnnieWildlife, “Rubicon”), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, “Wayward Pines,” “Timeless”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Claws,” “Scandal”), Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, “Into the Badlands,” “Orange is the New Black”), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, “Wonder Pets!,” “Kidding”), and Natalie Ganzhorn (“The Stanley Dynamic,” “Make it Pop”).

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital

If you have not read the book series, here’s the back story (but I highly recommend you check out the book series as well!)

It’s 1968 America. Change is blowing in the wind … but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home, the stories become all too real in this spine-tingling film.

Share what you think of the movie on social media using hashtag #ScaryStoriesMovie!

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FOOD & DRINK

Action for Healthy Kids and Dole Foods Tool Kit

Thanks to a new partnership between Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) and Dole Food Company, healthy eating for kids and families, both at home and at school, is just a click away with their new interactive Healthy Eating Toolkit full of recipes, tips, resources and more to make healthy eating accessible, fun and delicious!

Most children in the U.S. do not consume the recommended amount of fruit and vegetable servings on a daily basis. Dole and AFHK want to help families change that pattern by inviting parents and caregivers to use the toolkit to try one new recipe or activity each day to foster healthier eating at home. The toolkit features more than just delicious and nutritious kid-friendly recipes from Dole—it also includes articles and tip sheets for eating healthy on a budget, getting kids involved in the kitchen, reading nutrition labels, conducting surprisingly tasty taste tests at home (cinnamon roasted cauliflower, anyone?), and dealing with picky eaters (hint: no bribery necessary).

“Research shows that when children are exposed to nutritious foods, involved in the kitchen, and start healthy eating habits at a young age, they are more likely to embrace trying new foods and develop those healthier habits into adulthood. Furthermore, eating meals together as a family is shown to contribute to children’s long-term physical and mental health,” said Rob Bisceglie, CEO of Action for Healthy Kids. “With Dole’s support, we now have even more tools to share with parents and caregivers to help kids make healthy choices.”

A version of the nutrition toolkit is also available for educators and includes resources around incorporating nutrition education into the school day, getting creative with school gardens, healthy fundraising, ensuring water access, and staff role modeling. New content will be added to the toolkits on a regular basis.

“Giving people—including kids— the power to experience healthy living is what we love to do at Dole. Yes, that means providing them with the freshest ingredients possible, but also the knowledge, tools, tips, and information that can help them make healthy choices,” said William Goldfield, Director of Corporate Communications at Dole Food Company. “Through our new partnership with Action for Healthy Kids, we see a tremendous opportunity to help empower kids to embrace fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods as they forge their own healthy futures.”

Dole’s partnership with AFHK also includes sponsorship support for the expansion of the organization’s parent ambassador program. As part of its Parents for Healthy Kids initiative, AFHK’s parent ambassadors support other parents and caregivers locally in engaging school leadership around child health issues, starting healthy school-based projects, and leading a parent-driven movement to change the culture of health in their schools. Visit actionforhealthykids.org/nutrition-toolkit for more information.


Wissotzky Tea

The Most Revered and Hard to Pronounce Name in Tea

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It might be hard to pronounce but trust and believe that your tastebuds will have NO PROBLEM falling in love with this tea! We had the chance to try the Wissotzky Tea Signature Collection, Artisan Chai Tea Assortment.

Spiced Nana Mint Chai and Ginger and Turmeric Spiced Chai
Spiced Nana Mint Chai and Ginger and Turmeric Spiced Chai
Salted Caramel Chai and Pumpkin Spiced Chai
Salted Caramel Chai and Pumpkin Spiced Chai

I have tried them all – and loved them all! A few weeks back when I had pneumonia, I really enjoyed the Spiced Nana Mint Chai. I also had a bit of a head cold at the time, and – for me – it seemed to help make breathing a little easier while I was drinking and soothed my throat.

I am honestly sitting here enjoying a cup of Pumpkin Spiced Chai as I write, with a splash of Pumpkin Spice skinny syrup included and oh! Sheer heaven to the tastebuds on a cold fall evening.

You can order from a wide range of teas on the Wissotzky Tea website or on Amazon. Be sure to connect with them via social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!


NANA RECOMMENDED

Elsewhere Adventures

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When it comes to enriching your children’s minds, there are few activities anymore designed to keep them off of their electronic devices. I want to introduce you to one brand hoping to change that. Elsewhere Adventures is the maker of the USA Scratch Off Map Poster meant to engage your children and serve as a family fun activity.

Through its kid-friendly design, children are discovering more than an image on Google Maps. They have a fun and creative way to learn about all 50 states and some of the most famous landmarks and travel destinations in the country with learning cards, stickers, and markers. Who wouldn’t have fun scratching off that silver overlay?

Coated with tough plastic construction, it’s safe from tears and rips for when your little ones get over-excited about charting their next vacation.

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Lullabuddy

There is no easier way to help lull a child to sleep than with a favorite lullaby. I was a little strange when it came to lullabies for my three children. I sang Silent Night to them every night. It was a favorite hymn of mine that I knew all the words to, and it always seemed to work to calm them and help them drift off to dreamland.

My granddaughter, Amelia, and her parents, Jonny & Mariah, will be thrilled that the Lullabuddy portable music player and speaker comes pre-loaded with two hours of Mae Robertson’s award-winning lullabies and love songs.

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PEACE. Stress and fatigue are part of every new parent’s journey. Wait, new parent? How about just parents in general? My youngest is 16 and I swear I’m more exhausted now than I was when he was a newborn! No matter what the age, Lullabuddy brings peace and calms your home.

GRANDPARENT PROOF. Nobody likes dealing with complicated gadgets (including me).​ Lullabuddy is easy to use. Just press play. I think I can handle that! Check out the video – even I had no issues operating it!

PORTABLE. Babies can get fussy no matter where you are. ​Lullabuddy is small enough to take anywhere. Since the kids are going to be traveling between friends and family on a regular basis – portability is a must.

Lullabuddy front view
So small it fits into the palm of your hand
Lullabuddy back view
Simple. Yet Powerful.
Lullabuddy bottom view
Easy operation for grandparents and sleep-deprived parents.

• What every nursery has been waiting for
• No connecting or streaming or playlist – just press play
• Pre-loaded with 2 hours of Mae Robertson’s award-winning lullabies and lovesongs
• Bluetooth enabled
• Continuous play setting
• 60-minute timer
• Shuffle setting
• Plays for up to 18 hours when fully charged
• Leave plugged in to play all night
• Comes with a slight charge but should be plugged in or charged for 3 hours before use
• Lullabuddy is not a toy and is meant to be operated by adults
• Lullabuddy should be kept out of reach of children

easy to pair to your phone or computer
Easy to pair to your phone or to your computer.

And will you look at that … you can even stream your very own playlist – like Christmas carols featuring what else – Silent Night!

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Keababies Baby Wrap Carrier

Progress is sometimes a VERY good thing – especially when it comes to products like the Keababies Baby Wrap Carrier. I cannot even begin to mention the number of times I wished that I had a way to hold my children yet have both hands free when they were small.

Keababies Wrap Features

Keababies takes pride in giving parents only the best. This premium baby wrap carrier is made with love and dedication, and they are committed to giving you a soft, easy-to-use, breathable and versatile wrap that will take your baby-wearing to a whole new level of experience!

not all baby wraps are the same

Look at all the different ways you can use this:

Baby Sling

sturdy fabric keababies wrap

Use as a forward-facing carrier and sling carrier. Our baby wrap carrier is specially designed using stretchy yet sturdy fabric so that the baby’s weight will not be straining to your tired back & shoulders after a long period of usage. The right amount of elasticity also keeps your baby safe and snug in the wrap without having to constantly readjust the wrap. Easy to use for new babywearing moms!

Postpartum Belt

It helps you slim down your pregnancy belly to get you back in shape!

Nursing Cover

Breastfeed discreetly in public.

Baby Swaddle & Blanket

Keep them warm and snug inside the Keababies Wrap while you’re running errands.

Little Learners

Your baby learns by watching your face and the way you speak, being in our super cozy wrap puts them in the “Best Seat” to watch and learn from you up close!

Breastfeeding

The skin to skin contact releases love hormones which helps to boost your breastmilk production, and nurse undercover in public with your baby tucked in our snugly & breathable wrap.

Colic Relief

soothe a fussy and crying baby

The constant light rocking of your body and baby’s upright position helps to expel wind naturally without any extra effort at all! Suited for use from newborn all the way to 35lbs, our baby wrap carrier helps you to calm and soothe baby easily by being held close to you. No more tired arms & shoulders! You can even breastfeed conveniently while babywearing your little one.

One Size Fits All

keababies wrap one size fits all

Our baby carrier wraps around your body perfectly no matter what size you are! For smaller size mommies, you may loop the wrap to the front and tie it. For bigger size mommies, you may tie the wrap at your back, depending on your comfort. Tried & tested by mommies of all sizes! It is designed to distribute weight evenly while you stay hands-free.

Enhanced Bonding

Keeping your baby close to you against your chest and listening to your heartbeat makes them feel extra safe and at ease with KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier – this special moment creates an even stronger bond for you and your baby. It can double as a Breastfeeding Cover & Postpartum Belly Belt too!

Makes An Excellent Baby Shower Gift

keababies perfect baby shower gift

A thoughtful and useful gift of love for all new parents comes with a cute gift box. The new mom/dad will love the snuggling moments so much! Not to mention the wonderful array of colors – there’s a color for everyone!

Packaging Too Cute for Words

keababies packaging
keababies wrap contents

I absolutely adore the fact that they not only provide you with a travel bag to keep your wrap in – inside there is a FREE GIFT card, and the most amazing inspirational thank you and welcome letter for new parents. Just a really sweet gesture for parents who are at their wits end some days. That is definitely one for the fridge Hall of Fame to refer to often! The pink booklet you see in the photo is an amazing instruction book. I mean they literally show you every which way to use the wrap completely and thoroughly. Even I was able to figure it out!

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And there you have it, my friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed all that we had to share and be sure to check out our other Friday Finds segments when putting together your holiday gift-giving lists or looking to find something to pamper yourself with!

Until next week my friends,

happy holidays from Life in a House

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