Friday Finds 26

No, you didn’t disappear to an alternate universe for two weeks and miss Friday Finds 24 and 25 – we’ve just been that busy with the holidays we didn’t have time to write up all the goodies!


PET APPROVED


Kitty Cardboard

Do you have a cat person you need to buy a gift for … or have a cat yourself that tries to massacre your holiday presents? Check out these adorable festive designed boxes from Kitty Cardboard to keep your kitty occupied this season and out of your gifts!

This festive box will have your cat meowing Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls all season long! Our playful little felines love cardboard boxes and Kitty Cardboard has created a new holiday design ready to be displayed wherever your cat wants-under the tree amongst the presents. This holiday-themed box will fit in with your decor for sure!  These popular boxes come in several other designs (Jungle Box, Meowter-Space, Purradise, and Spooky Box) are huge on social media, because the pictures of cats posing in these are POST PURRFECT! Whether it’s for your cat or a present for a friend you can’t go wrong with Kitty Cardboard boxes.

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You know we love companies that give back, and Kitty Cardboard is no different. They are devoted to cats around the world and want all to be able to live a happy and stress-free life, however, it’s not always the case. For every box sold, Kitty Cardboard donates a box to a shelter. Studies have shown that cats do better in cardboard boxes when provided in shelters, and Kitty Cardboard is doing their part to make sure that every shelter has them available.


ENTERTAINMENT


Participant Media & Just Mercy

Films that challenge the status quo and systems as we know them have been a core ingredient in Participant Media’s work over the past 15 years. They are grateful for every opportunity they are presented with to tell the story of real-life heroes and triumphs. As we all approach the season of giving and gratitude, Participant wants to shine a light on the phenomenal leaders, activists, and humanitarians who have inspired their stories, films, and work. Below is just one of their many upcoming films that caught my eye.

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“Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting. Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.”
— Bryan Stevenson

JUST MERCY tells the story of Human Rights Lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his journey to create the Equal Justice Initiative. Through his work, the EJI has led major wins in eliminating unjust sentences, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, and confronting systemic abuse. The film highlights the start of Stevenson’s career and his commitment to challenging injustice and inequality in America.

In 2018, Stevenson opened The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Both of these highly acclaimed sites serve as national landmarks that recognize the legacy of slavery, lynching, racial segregation, and their relationship to today’s mass incarceration and racial bias.

Stevenson’s story, as portrayed in JUST MERCY, is both compelling and eye-opening. Excitement about the film has inspired audiences to think critically about the national crisis of mass incarceration and the need for systemic change.

Watch the Trailer for JUST MERCY:

To learn more about Bryan Stevenson’s story and to ignite conversations about commitment to racial justice in your organization or community, you can organize a private screening of the film in advance. Click here to reserve a private-screening experience or book a theater for your community. Find more links below for additional information.

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FOOD & DRINK


Steeped Coffee

There are some days when you just want one cup of coffee and not an entire pot, and that’s where the folks at Steeped Coffee come in with this absolutely delicious variety pack of single-serve coffee bags – just like a tea bag only bigger!

What makes this award-winning Steeped Coffee so great? The full immersion brew method means NO machines, NO waste, guilt-free packaging, and amazing taste, naturally!

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There is finally a single-serve option available in the world of high-end coffee, and it’s quickly becoming a game-changer. This has seriously become a Life in a House favorite.

Steeped Coffee launched when serial entrepreneur and coffee lover Josh Wilbur decided to combine the convenience of a single-serving brew method with the premium quality of ethically sourced coffee. Wilbur wanted to redeem the environmental dilemma created by wasteful coffee pods. Happy to do the math, Wilbur points out over 10 billion unrecyclable pods accumulate in landfills each year – enough to wrap around the earth more than 110 times if placed side-by-side. Moreover, each type of pod depends on expensive and often moldy brewing machines, which are also unrecyclable.

“Premium coffee roasters have shied away from offering their specialty beans in single-serve packaging because it’s been nearly impossible to keep ground coffee fresh, which quickly ruins the taste,” said Wilbur. “With our Nitro Sealed bags, oxygen is replaced with nitrogen, so the coffee stays fresh as if it was ground moments ago.”

“Steeped Packs are the easiest way to make a delicious cup of coffee,” Wilbur Says. “You shouldn’t need to perform chemistry before you’ve made your coffee.” Simply steep each Steeped Bag in hot water for about five minutes to allow the coffee to develop its distinctive body and flavor. There is no machine, no noise, no cleanup, no destructive waste.

As for the flavor? Even the most discerning coffee connoisseurs in the industry are singing the praises of Steeped Coffee. Barista Magazine is a believer: “Like a tea bag—but for coffee? This new product from Steeped Coffee might just be one of our fave new ways to brew coffee on the road.”

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“Finding Steeped has changed my coffee drinking life,” raved one reviewer on Producthunt.com. “It’s my favorite new brewing method and I can’t believe more people haven’t heard of this yet. It is going to be huge.” We agree completely!

Entrepreneur’s Handbook concurs: “You’re likely going to see the Steeped Coffee methodology in hospitals, offices, hotels — places where single-serve coffee reigns — and perhaps on your next flight.”

Features of Steeped Coffee Include:

  • 100% Specialty Coffee: quality coffee ethically sourced directly from farmers
  • Nitro Sealed: removes oxygen, stopping the clock on freshly ground beans
  • Ultrasonic Edges: no glue, staples, or wasted materials for max steeping
  • Full Immersion Filter: non-GMO filters that regulate ideal water-in and maximum flavor-out
  • Guilt-Free Packaging: made using plant-based renewable and compostable materials
  • Micro Batching: roasted locally in small batches
  • Precision Ground: consistent water-cooled grinding to the micron
  • Pre-Portioned: consistent SCA recommended water-to-coffee ratios
  • Just Add Water: single-serve convenience with no machines required
  • Barista Approved: tested by multiple independent specialty coffee Q-graders for freshness, quality, and taste

Here are two great recipes to try out yourself and see what the buzz is about!

Cinnamon Whiskey Coffee Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 oz cinnamon whiskey
  • 6 ounces cold brew STEEPED COFFEE
  • 2 ounces milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add whiskey, cold brew coffee, and milk to a glass full of ice.
  • Stir well and ENJOY!

Hot White Russian Cocktail

Make yourself a cup of hot STEEPED COFFEE, toss in a shot of Kahlua and a half shot of Vodka. Drizzle in some warm cream, give it a stir, and sit back and enjoy!

Steeped Coffee is available at select Wholefoods and other premium environmentally conscious supermarkets, luxury hotels, offices offering craft coffee services, and have partnered with a growing list of over 75 specialty coffee roasters across the country. To see retail locations and partners, visit www.steepedcoffee.com

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Supernatural Sprinkles

What can be more fun than unleashing a shaker full of sprinkles on your baked creation? Reminding one of childhood, yummy treats, and lots of fun, sprinkles make us happy … but what doesn’t make us happy is how many synthetic and hard-to-pronounce ingredients are in that bottle of sprinkles. That’s why you guys are going to love Supernatural – the line of all-natural, good-for-you sprinkles. No soy, artificial dyes, palm oil, wax, or animal products to ruin their day.

Available in super fun shapes, like stars and sequins. And special for the holidays, Supernatural has just released a whole new batch of sprinkles:

Christmas Sequins: A sweet and crunchy blend of white, red and green dots, Christmas Sequins are a holiday sprinkle staple.

Ugly Christmas Sweater: Crunchy, colorful, and a teensy bit tacky, this sprinkle blend has everything you hate to love about the holidays.

Great Big Blizzard: Snowballs, flurries, and flakes combine in a chilly winter sprinkle.

Into the Woods: An edible ode to winter wonderlands with color from spirulina, inspired by frosted pines and the crackle of fresh snow underfoot.

For years I have known that artificial colors and preservatives trigger the ADHD symptoms in my son and nephew, not to mention the other usual suspects that have ties to cancer, allergies, and more. So we are thrilled to find some plant-based sprinkles to add to our baking this holiday season! Connect with Supernatural on their social media channels below and website.

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RawSpiceBar Spices

I love to cook, and I love experimenting with various flavors to really make the dishes we eat global. There is nothing more discouraging; however, than purchasing pre-ground spices that have lost their flavor – even before they hit the store shelves. There has to be a better way to buy spices right? Right! RawSpiceBar offers a return to the basics: great flavors at a great price.

I received 3 different spices to try – Chaat Masala, Blackened Cajun, and Salmon Seasoning. The particular salmon seasoning that I received is no longer available on the website. Sorry!

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A New Orleans classic, this Cajun-style blackened seasoning is salt-free and spices are freshly ground in house weekly. For fish, salmon, chicken, steak, pasta, soups, salad dressings and more. Smoked paprika, onion, garlic, cayenne, black peppercorns, white peppercorns, thyme, oregano, fennel seed
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Amchoor, asafoetida & black salt are just a few of the ingredients that give this spice blend its unique, tangy flavor profile. Toasted coriander, ajwain, black salt, red chiles, toasted amchoor, asafoetida, paprika, cumin, ginger, black peppercorns, dried mint

There are a variety of ways you can purchase spices at RawSpiceBar – you can buy them individually, or there are various gift sets that you can purchase for a friend or for yourself.

RawSpiceBar toasts and grinds each spice individually to draw out the eye-popping aromas and deep, complex flavors. Then they expertly blend each ingredient to create the characteristic tastes of each region’s unique cuisine profile.

I would love to say that I have been able to try them but unfortunately, I have not been able to open the containers. They are sealed really well and with having arthritis in both hands as well as no muscle at all in my right hand, I’ve been unable to pry them open. I’m going to have to have hubby work on that for me when I get ready to make some salmon patties!

Connect with RawSpiceBar on their website and social media channels.

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HOLIDAY RELATED


SmellyProof Storage Bags

Holiday hosting means hours slaving over delicious dishes. But what do you do with that leftover food when bellies are full and food comas set in? Lock in the freshness and store them in a freezer or refrigerator with Smelly Proof! 

These are on our list of items to purchase because I cannot stand opening the fridge and having food odors smack me in the face! Here are some of the features of Smelly Proof that you’ll want to know:

  • Flexible and Reusable (Hand Wash)
  • FDA approved and Made in the U.S.A.
  • Keeps Food Fresh
  • Odor Proof
  • Puncture and Tear Resistant
  • Dual-Track Leak Proof Zipper Seal
  • Variety of 7 Sizes – XXS, XS, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • When sealed Smelly Proof Ecosystem prevents vapor or oxygen to get in or out of the bag
  • Custom engineered bag construction creates a stable ecosystem for items placed and sealed in the bag

Connect with Smelly Proof on their website and social media channels.

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NANA RECOMMENDED


Kiri

Kiri, the screenless smart toy for languages, STEM and more is excited to announce they’ve hit their Kickstarter goal and have set their sights on their stretch goal before time runs out on December 11th.

As a mother and soon-to-be nana, I have to say that this toy is amazing!

The amazing Montessori-inspired toy has given the humble wooden block we all know and love an upgrade using modern technology. When paired with special cue cards, it creates a multi-sensory learning experience that invites kids ages 1+ to explore, learn and have fun!

Kiri is designed with the belief that small investments in kids’ childhoods will have a big impact on their future. Kiri uses Montessori principles instead of screens to make learning fun, child-led and a lifelong passion.

Why parents love Kiri:

  • Completely screen-free!
  • Montessori-friendly
  • Uses sound, touch, and repetition for hands-on learning
  • Teaches skills like counting, animals, sounds, and more
  • Teaches second languages in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
  • Made with natural and sustainable materials
  • Designed to grow alongside your child from ages 1-6 and beyond
  • Helps meet speech therapy goals
  • Optional monthly subscription for further tile packs

Once they hit their stretch goal of $50K ALL backers will receive an additional free month of subscription for 3 in total!

So, head over now to check out the Kiri Kickstarter and launch a learning frenzy in your own home. Watch the video below to see how it works – so cool!


Thanks so much for joining us again this week!

happy holidays from Life in a House

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