Friday Finds #6

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This week’s edition of Friday Finds is literally packed to the gills with all sorts of great stuff! So let’s not delay and delve right in to the goodies!

Friday Finds on Life in a House

Embracing the Battle: Secrets of Victory from a Warrior Mom

Embracing the Battle is one of our featured Friday Finds for the Week of April 20, 2018. Mother of 7, author, CEO and special needs language expert explains her children's unbelievable success and transformation from being diagnosed as autistic and non-verbal … to speaking, thriving and entering college at just 16-years-old! Available on Amazon https://amzn.to/2K1fVu8Laura Kasbar is the mother of 7, author, CEO, and leading special needs language expert who has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC and CBS for her remarkable story as the founder and CEO of GemIIni Systems – the global leader in therapy for people with learning disabilities.

Laura has released her highly anticipated new book “Embracing the Battle: Secrets of Victory from a Warrior Mom.” In her latest book, Laura offers the secrets behind her children’s unbelievable success and transformation from being diagnosed as autistic and non-verbal … to speaking, thriving and entering college at just 16-years-old!

Kasbar is a true pioneer who created the revolutionary and medical journal approved, web-based GemIIni therapy program, which is clinically proven to help autistic children, stroke victims and others with language disabilities learn to speak.

“Embracing the Battle: Secrets of Victory from a Warrior Mom” explains, in very simple terms, steps that people on the front lines of special needs can take to significantly improve the lives of the people for whom they care. It has received critical acclaim from parents, doctors, therapists and teachers. Laura’s sincerity and genuine concern for her fellow parents shines through in her all new book showing her children aren’t one-in-a-billion savants, and she herself isn’t Superwoman. She is just a mom with simple solutions that need to be shared with the world.

Laura Kasbar

Here’s How It Works: 

With the utilization of Discrete Video Modeling, GemIIni helps reconstruct the neurology of the brain and increase language, reading and social skills breaking down information into understandable and digestible bites.  The program itself has been implemented into university and public-school settings internationally and is best used as ‘therapy homework’ in addition to in-person therapy. GemIIni and its Discrete Video Modeling platform, is completely customizable to everyone’s needs, easy to navigate, affordable, and has scholarships available based on financial need. With now well over 60,000 accessible learning videos and counting, GemIIni has been transcribed into 5 languages and become a worldwide phenomenon that is changing the lives of non-verbal children and stroke patients, giving them the ability to speak while training (or retraining) their brain how to think.  

This sounds pretty amazing to me, and I thought you might find this interesting to check out further if you have a child with similar learning disabilities or special needs!


Romp & Roost – The Ultra Functional Travel Playpen 

The official start of summer is less than 6 weeks away and I’ve been thinking about where to plan a fun-filled summer getaway with the teenagers. Now when they were younger – we really didn’t get to spend a long period of time away from home ANYWHERE because we didn’t want them sleeping in a hotel crib and they were never very comfortable in our bulky playpen we would drag along. You know how it is with little ones, being away from home can really be a challenge at night.

Make those summer trips easier with the unique patented design from Romp & Roost! With the versatile divider, you can have one large play space for one or two little ones, a large sleep space for your little bird, or a divided sleep space for two tiny tots! Romp & Roost is one of our featured Friday Finds for the week of 4/20/2018. Available at Amazon and select retailers - https://amzn.to/2HdgvHo

Enter Romp & Roost – the ultra-functional, stylish and easy to travel playpen. It provides a safe place for, not one, but two, children to play and sleep! 

Make those summer trips easier with the unique patented design from Romp & Roost! With the versatile divider, you can have one large play space for one or two little ones, a large sleep space for your little bird, or a divided sleep space for two tiny tots! 

Make those summer trips easier with the unique patented design from Romp & Roost! With the versatile divider, you can have one large play space for one or two little ones, a large sleep space for your little bird, or a divided sleep space for two tiny tots! Romp & Roost is one of our featured Friday Finds for the week of 4/20/2018. Available at Amazon and select retailers - https://amzn.to/2HdgvHo

Growing with your child, you can keep this perfect playpen for years to come. A great gift for the whole family, set it up for the ultimate play or rest wherever you are this summer! 

When her daughter Capra began trying to crawl and learning to pull up during play time, founder Ashley Whitman realized she needed to find a safe environment for her to do this. As her daughter tumbled and fell on their floors learning her new skills, she would hurt herself immediately and start to cry, even with blankets down to break the fall. 

On a mission to find a large playpen with flooring, Whitman quickly came up blank. Able to find traditional play yards with flooring that were too small or a playpen that had exterior perimeter fencing, but no flooring, she almost gave up hope.  

Make those summer trips easier with the unique patented design from Romp & Roost! With the versatile divider, you can have one large play space for one or two little ones, a large sleep space for your little bird, or a divided sleep space for two tiny tots! Romp & Roost is one of our featured Friday Finds for the week of 4/20/2018. Available at Amazon and select retailers - https://amzn.to/2HdgvHoBrainstorming different ideas, Whitman eventually came up with the removable divider! Romp & Roost is the ultimate design for easy travel –no matter the size of your family. 

Help your favorite family get out on the open road this season with the awesome features from Romp & Roost:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Room to grow
  • Family approved
  • Modern, stylish
  • Play area or sleep space for 1 or 2 children
  • Removable divider to separate spaces if needed
  • Comes with a soft, waterproof sheet with zipped in divider to accommodate Romp & Roost mattress

Whether they are gettin’ some shuteye or engaged in playtime, fill all of your family’s needs this travel season with Romp & Roost!

Romp & Roost is available online at https://squareup.com/store/cappybug-llc as well as Wal-Mart, Amazon, BuyBuy Baby, Stuff 4 Multiples, Trends in Twos, Just Multiple, Pish Posh Baby, MacroBaby, and ICDouble.


Share More Real Family Moments – #thisisGOOD Campaign with Minute Maid

Family life can be hectic and chaotic and yet those “real” family moments are rarely seen on social media. A new national survey revealed the truths about how parents use social media to showcase their families. The survey, conducted by Edison Research found:

  • More than four-in-five (81%) of parents who post pictures or videos of their family on social media admit they have avoided posting a picture or video because something embarrassing was in the background, and 80% have avoided posting because their house looked messy.
  • 94% of parents who post pictures or videos of their family on social media admit to having staged or posed a photo or video before posting. 
  • 43% of parents agree they only post flattering photos or videos of their family on social media.

The survey was commissioned by Minute Maid with the launch of its this is GOOD campaign, which encourages parents to skip the highlight reel and instead share more real family moments on social media. Parents are encouraged to share their un-staged, authentic photos of their families and the hashtag #thisisGOOD.

So come on parents – join in the fun and share your #thisisGOOD moment with Minute Maid.

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Devin Alexander – YOU CAN HAVE IT!: More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Something that I have been struggling with since my husband had gall bladder surgery back in 2016 is finding foods that he can eat, and recipes that he will enjoy. I know plenty of friends who have the same issues with finding health-friendly recipes for their family members who have high blood pressure and diabetes. It can be a challenge at times – especially when you have a picky eater!Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander offers this amazing new cookbook to help those with diabetes or who want to lose weight or just plain want to be fit while eating insanely yummy meals in You Can Have It!: More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes and one of our featured Friday Finds for the week of 4/20/2018. Order yours on Amazon today - https://amzn.to/2Hh5lBF.

Celebrity chef and healthy cooking expert Devin Alexander has released a new book, YOU CAN HAVE IT!: More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes that is available on Amazon.

Using her chef secrets, tips, and techniques that helped contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser lose weight and wowed customers in her restaurants, Devin has crafted easy, diabetes-friendly recipes that bust the myth that eating well means giving up the comfort foods you love.

Since leaving her position as the celebrity chef on TV’s The Biggest Loser, Devin has turned her focus to the 1 in 3 Americans that have either type 2 diabetes or are in a state of pre-diabetes. She’s on a mission to help people eat healthier and smarter without sacrifice while championing the fight to reverse the growing number of new diagnoses in North America.

A diabetes-friendly diet isn’t a special diet but a smarter diet… and with 1 in 3 Americans living with diabetes or on the brink of it, it is timelier than ever.

A small sample of the sumptuous recipes inside includes:

  • Gingerbread Overnight Oats
  • Waffle Fry BBQ Bites
  • Scrambled Eggs with Sautéed Shrimp
  • Crockpot Chipotle Steak Simmer
  • Bacon Ranch Flatbread Pizza
  • Pulled Chicken Tacos with Papaya Slaw
  • Cheesy Lasagna Rollups
  • Bánh Mì Burger
  • Sweet & Spicy Pomegranate Pork
  • Perfect Pumpkin Pie-lets
  • Watermelon Cupcakes
  • Passionila Cocktail

YOU CAN HAVE IT!: More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes runs the gamut from savory snacks to delicious desserts with more than 125 recipes that celebrate pizza, burgers, and rich chocolate pudding—and help those who have diabetes live richer, fuller, more delicious lives. Whether you’re managing diabetes, heart health, or trying to lose weight, no meal is “off limits” and no favorite is forbidden. With small tweaks and the right approach, Devin is here to tell you: You Can Have It!

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook

Child abuse is a lifestyle problem, social media issue, pop culture epidemic, health crisis and more – five children die every day from abuse. How can we live with that?

Child abuse is a lifestyle problem, social media issue, pop culture epidemic, health crisis and more - 5 CHILDREN DIE EVERY DAY FROM ABUSE. How can we live with that?  Steve's "The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook" is a small guide that is included in all four of his YA adventure novels which cover most of the topics that plague young people today – suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Available on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2F1SgGr

Steve Simpson is a media veteran, New York’s nationally recognized and award-winning child advocate, child abuse survivor and counselor who wants nothing more than to share his knowledge and advice with others on how to be proactive in preventing further devastation to our youth, including options for keeping children safe this summer – one of the toughest times for abused children because they cannot escape home to go to school.

Steve has created The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook, a small guide that is included in all four of his YA adventure novels which cover most of the topics that plague young people today – suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Simpson was even recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.  


Get Your Men Ready for Wedding Season with DAZI

Wedding season is here, and with DAZI, both men and kids can take their wedding look to the next level with DAZI skinny ties. These high-quality skinny ties come in many wonderfully unique designs, styles, and colors that perfectly match any suit or outfit — at a very affordable price!

Have all your guys step out in style this spring and be ready for wedding season with DAZI skinny ties that are too adorable for words! Featured in this week's Friday Finds!
Shown are the DAZI Navy Blue Floral, the DAZI Ron Burgundy – Child, and the DAZI Coral Flor – Child

With DAZI, high quality meets affordability.  Priding itself in offering some of the best skinny ties that money can buy, these fashion accessories are a must-have for guys who love to elevate their outfits with a trendy tie that doesn’t break the bank!

All DAZI ties are handmade from high-quality imported fabrics with each tie being lined on the inside with a fun, unique fabric to add character and quality.

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Ultimate Glamping Experience with the Star Emperor Bell Tent

The Star Emperor bell tent is the brand new, jaw-dropping new design tent by Boutique Camping. This bell tent is one of the most luxurious and magical bell tents on the market and it has a homely feel. The Star emperor tent is exclusive to Boutique Camping, this 6m x 4m star bell tent is part of the new innovative star bell range and is protected by registered design.

New from our friends at Boutique Camping and featured this week on Friday Finds, the all new Star Emperor Bell Tent - sleeps up to 8 adults! The Star Emperor bell tent is one of the most luxurious and magical bell tents on the market and it has a homely feel. Find out more here - https://wp.me/p47h0s-iIi

The Star Emperor tent is an enormous; 6.55m x 4m with 2 central poles and a unique curved star shape, making it the ideal choice for a family weekend away. An amazing and unique feature in the star range is the 360 netting. The 12-month offers the perfect balance of being able to look outside, keep dry on wet summer days, and being able to create some extra ventilation when it gets a little warmer, without those creepy crawlies getting into your tent. The view of your location can really be appreciated with the 360 netting.

Boutique Camping has revolutionized the way you pitch your bell tent with the unique webbing in the star range bell tents. At the base, you’ll find a heavy-duty zipped in groundsheet that gives you the option to unzip and roll up the sides with 360 netting while you lounge, letting the air flow in and around you. You’ll also be kept cool and comfortable thanks to the four zipped windows and air vents at the top, while every one of these tents is made from 100% canvas so you won’t be waking up in a sweat. It’s also mold, rot, and water-repellent. In front, there’s a secondary mosquito net door behind the main door, and holding the whole structure together is a 35mm center pole made with aluminum making it much lighter to carry, yet sturdy enough for strong winds.

The perfect tent for up to eight adults who can sleep comfortably inside, giving this tent the feel of a luxurious open-plan bedroom. Each tent can be assembled easily, with everything needed for assembly included in the pack. Why not accessorize your tent and complete the experience with the huge variety of camping furniture – from chandeliers to sound systems, tables to bedding, rugs and plenty more – perfect for taking your camping experience from ‘good’ to VIP! All the tents come with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty for your peace of mind.

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Have Your Mouth as Hot as the Temps Outside with Moore’s Marinades and Sauces NEW Line of Hot Sauces

This family of mine loves it’s spice – which means hot sauce is a MUST in our household. We’ve used it on just about everything you can imagine. So I’m happy to learn that Moore’s Marinades and Sauces just came out with a new line of hot sauces that will blow your minds. Mine just arrived a few minutes ago (thanks FedEx man!) so I can’t wait to get cooking this weekend!

The new line of Hot Sauces from Moore's Marinades and Sauces just arrived this morning and we cannot wait to give them a test run! Another great Friday Find featured this week at Life in a House! https://wp.me/p47h0s-iIi

Four flavors to choose from – from a milder mustard with cayenne to the explosive habanero (Jonathan’s favorite), there is something for everyone’s taste buds. Here’s the breakdown on the new flavors.

Spicy Mustard: A little tangy, a little sweet . . . perfect for when you crave that mustard taste but want the added kick. Contains mustard seed combined with chili peppers and cayenne peppers. Try it in Moore’s Hot Cheese Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Jalapeno: If you love green salsa, this sauce is for you. Made with tomatillo and cilantro with just a hint of lime, this sauce pairs perfectly with Mexican dishes. And Bloody Mary’s 🙂 —check out the recipe here.

Harissa: This sauce takes the heat up a notch with its unique blend of roasted chili peppers, Habanero peppers, cayenne peppers and touch of garlic. Truly a unique taste, perfect for adding the perfect amount of fire to any dish. Want a unique snack? Try Moore’s Sweet and Spicy Harissa Popcorn.

Habanero: For those that like their food as hot as it can get, this naturally smoky sauce made from Costa Rican Habanero peppers pairs perfectly with any food. Check out this recipe for a Habanero Monterey Jack Burger.

Excite your taste buds and add extra flavor to your all favorite foods with Moore’s NEW Hot Sauces. Don’t just add heat, add Moore Flavor.

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Join Us for Way Day on April 25, 2018

Why should all the retail fun have to wait until the end of the year? Wayfair announced that they will be offering the lowest prices of the year and free shipping on all orders with the launch of Way Day, an all-new retail event taking place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Beginning at midnight, Wayfair will offer Black Friday-low prices for 24 hours on thousands of popular home furnishings, décor and home improvement items at a time of year when home is at the top of our minds.

“We are looking to put a new retail holiday on the map that celebrates home. Spring is the season when our customers are especially focused on sprucing up and furnishing outdoor spaces in anticipation of warm weather and summer entertaining,” said Steve Oblak, chief merchandising officer, Wayfair. “Many are also readying their homes for sale or moving into new ones. During Way Day, we’ll offer the best door-buster prices at a time when we know our customers value it most. We have partnered with our suppliers to source the best deals on the most popular products across all categories of furniture, décor, outdoor living and home improvement just in time for spring.”

Way Day will kick off at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25 with the lowest prices since Black Friday on more than 70,000 products and door-buster deals launching every six hours. Whether at home or on-the-go, customers can browse Way Day deals on desktop or on mobile through the Wayfair app.

All shoppers will have access to unbeatable pricing on thousands of the most sought-after seasonal items including outdoor patio furniture such as conversation sets, umbrellas, hammocks, fire pits and grills. In addition, Way Day prices will be available across all major product categories including kitchen & dining, bedding, rugs, tabletop, and mattresses including the company’s exclusive, compact bed-in-a-box mattress, Nora.

Wayfair credit card holders who shop Way Day deals will earn triple rewards on all purchases made with their card. Rewards can be redeemed on future orders on Wayfair retail sites. To learn more and apply for a Wayfair Card, go to: www.wayfair.com/wayfaircard.

Want a sneak peek at what’s coming up?

To shop Way Day deals and discover millions of products across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more, go to: www.wayfair.com/wayday.

Hope that you have enjoyed all that we’ve had to offer this week! As always, we thank you for any purchases made using our affiliate links!

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