Friday Finds #5

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Well dear friends – I do actually believe that old man winter has packed up his snow machine and decided to head north for the remainder of the year. Temperatures were in the 70s and 80s this week and are forecast to be mid-80s for the weekend with a few thunderstorms. Bring ’em on I say, I love a good thunderstorm!

Friday Finds on Life in a House

Here’s hoping that you are looking forward to some spring-like temperatures in your neck of the woods as well this weekend. On with the goodies from this week!


Remember last week we told you about this adorable floor seat for babies three to 11 months old? If you forgot, you can find the Hugaboo info here. Well guess what? They have a BRAND NEW PRINT AVAILABLE, this adorable grey and yellow chevron pattern!

Hugaboo New Pattern! Grey and Yellow Chevron

Of course, you can still find it in all the other great color combinations over on their website ( You can also pick up this Chevron print in blue and grey and pink and grey. 

Half of Teens Say Financial Independence from Parents Isn’t a Goal

While this isn’t exactly a Friday Finds product per se, it was interesting and so therefore I wanted to share. A Financial Literacy Month Survey by Junior Achievement USA and AIG delves into teens’ concerns about money and plans for the future – or their lack thereof as the case may be.

The 2018 JA Teens and Personal Finance Survey by the Junior Achievement USA and AIG finds that only half of the teens state that becoming financially independent of their parents was one of their future goals. 

Only half.

“Millennials have been referred to as ‘the Boomerang Generation’ because during the economic recovery many of them moved back home with their parents after college due to a weak job market and high student loan debt,” said ack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “This survey may be showing that today’s teens, Generation Z, could be seeing that as a situation they will encounter down the road.”

Teens stated their financial goals for the future included:

  • Graduating from college (75%)
  • Creating a savings plan (50%)
  • Being able to afford international travel (37%)
  • Starting their own business (30%)
  • Retiring before age 65 (29%)

They were also asked to share their top concerns for their future which were:

  • Being able to pay for college (54%)
  • Finding a fulfilling and well-paying job (52%)
  • Not being able to afford their own home (49%)
  • Not having skills to manage money (42%)
  • Not having savings for an emergency (41%)

It should be interesting to note that girls who took the survey tended to have higher levels of concern than did the boys.

For more details on the 2018 JA Teens & Personal Finance Survey, read the summary here. Alternatively, if your teen is looking to be one of the ones who is financially independent of his/her parents, this article on How to Become Financially Independent from Your Parents has some great advice.

Bonding Bees Subscription Box

Couples constantly breaking up, it’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when you are one half of a couple splitting. These days it’s so easy to fall into a routine that lacks little romance. After the kids are tucked in, the dogs fed, the kitchen cleaned up – so many couples are just too exhausted to communicate, let alone spend time together just being a couple.

Everyday life gets in the way.

So why not give a Bonding Bees subscription box a chance? This monthly subscription box has 4 fun stages of activities for couples to reconnect from the comfort of their own home! Each box contains a game, an activity, creating a culinary masterpiece, and a relationship building exercise. Whether you’ve just met, or have known each other for years, this is a fun way to help you learn something new about each other.

Bonding Bees is a refreshing way to experience new things with your partner, and also make sure to put aside some time to enjoy each other’s company while staying in. Every box is a surprise, so you can both look forward to what’s getting delivered to your front door each month!

In an effort to give back, each box helps a child in Brazil who is currently living in poverty. Additionally, a ‘Couple of the Month’ is randomly selected and Bonding Bees will make a donation to a charity of their choice!

  • Activities include couples trivia games, painting activities, cocktail recipes, and more!
  • Three levels of subscriptions include: Curious (month to month), Crushing (3 months), and Committed (6 months).

Learn more, challenge each other and rekindle the spark from the comfort of your own home!

Wide as the Wind by Edward Stanton (book)

If you aren’t sure how to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) or Arbor Day (April 27) this year with your kids – we might have the answer for you! Acclaimed book Wide as the Wind has been awarded the Feathered Quill Award in the Teen Fiction category. This beautifully written coming-of-age novel is an engaging adventure as well as a cautionary tale on the perils of climate change, perfect for young readers and parents looking for books that meld the genres of cli-fi, exploration/action, diversity topics, historical fiction, and YA. 

Wide as the Wind is the first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island (Vaitéa). It could be described as quest fiction for all ages in the line of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, but it is set in the real world, not Middle-earth. Wide as the Wind portrays Polynesian voyages across the Pacific Ocean in canoes with no metal parts or instruments: the greatest adventure in human prehistory, as bold as modern space voyages (National Geographic).

When Vaitéa is ravaged by war, hunger and destruction, it falls upon Miru, the fifteen-year-old son of a tribal warrior, to sail to a distant island to find the seeds and shoots of trees that could reforest their homeland. If he decides to undertake the voyage, he must leave behind Kenetéa, a young woman from an enemy tribe with whom he has fallen deeply in love. And if Miru and his crew survive the storms, sharks and marauding ships that await them on a journey over uncharted ocean, an even greater mission would lie ahead. They must show their people that devotion to the earth and sea can be as strong as war and hatred. Wide as the Wind is both a stirring novel of discovery and a prophetic tale for our times.

Sanrio and O’Neill Partner for O’Neill x Hello Kitty Summer Collection Launching Summer 2018 

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved Hello Kitty pop icon, has partnered with iconic surf and lifestyle brand O’Neill to create a playful offering of girl’s swimwear and related apparel & accessories sizes 2T – 6, beginning with Summer 2018. The Summer collection launches April 11, 2018; followed by a Fall capsule that will makes its debut in mid-May.

Inspired by vintage aloha, the O’Neill x Hello Kitty collection includes girl’s swimwear, cover-ups, graphic t-shirts and tank tops and beach accessories, all embellished with adorable Hello Kitty details. Highlights from the initial collection include a one-shoulder maillot with ruffles and an all-over Hello Kitty print, a woven cover-up with pom-pom trim and embroidered cutout design and a tote bag that morphs into a beach towel. The suggested retail prices for the collection range from $18 to $54. 

Hello Kitty Summer Collection 2018
Are these adorable or what?!?

O’Neill x Hello Kitty will be available at,, select Sanrio stores and independent specialty retailers starting on April 11, 2018. The Summer collection will also be available on and at select Nordstrom stores starting in early May.

To celebrate the launch, O’Neill and Sanrio will be partnering on launch events throughout the Summer including fun-filled family activities, giveaways and a chance to win a limited-edition O’Neill x Hello Kitty surfboard, as well as appearances & photo opps with Hello Kitty herself. 

Stay tuned to Life in a House and we will bring you more info on the fun-filled family activities and giveaways happening as they are made available!

That’s all the fun we have for you this week! We will be back again next week with lots more fun and information for you! Thank you for shopping for these products using our affiliate links where applicable. We appreciate your support!

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