Friday Finds #2

We missed our Friday Finds for last week (March 16th) because I was down for the count with an abscessed tooth like never before seen in history. I literally thought I was going to die. The whole left side of my face swelled so much that I couldn’t see and ended up having bruises from the pressure on my skin. A round of antibiotics finally started to work two days after it started … but I was in miserable agony all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

So with that said, we’ve got double the fun for you this week! Check it out!

Friday Finds from Life in a House for March 23, 2018 - We discuss why it's NOT a great idea to get your kids a LIVE bunny for Easter, your state's favorite jelly bean flavor and so much more on this week's edition of Friday Finds.

Let’s Talk Easter Bunnies


This has been one extremely busy week! Easter is coming up soon and we wanted to talk to you about the Easter bunny. I know tons of parents want to run out and get their child a cute, cuddly baby bunny as a pet. Are you really thinking about this though? A bunny can live 8 to 12 years (or longer) as a pet, and requires constant care and supervision like a dog.

Bunnies are social creatures and do best in pairs

In addition, they do not make good pets for younger children (under the age of 10) who have a hard time handling small, live animals. Your rabbit could get kicked or dropped by accident and cause injury. Last but not least, rabbits are social creatures and should ideally be kept in pairs. If you have a pair; however, you need to make sure they are neutered and that this is a service your local veterinarian can do. It isn’t the easiest of procedures.

So what are your alternatives? A stuffed bunny will do the trick and be with your child for many, many years. Look at it this way – no poop to clean up, no bedding to change every day, no veterinarian bills to worry about!

America’s Favorite Jelly Bean by State

I love jelly beans and I’m usually okay with practically every flavor BUT licorice. I just can’t stand the taste of those jelly beans. Tastes like you’re eating a mouthful of shit if you ask me. Blech! The Candy Store put together this cool infographic that I had to share that shows the favorite jelly bean of every state. I love how Virginia’s favorite is popcorn (where I live now) but my home state of Pennsylvania’s favorite is blueberry. I personally haven’t tried a popcorn flavored jelly bean but I sure do love the blueberry flavor!

*Source for this infographic – 10+ years of bulk candy sales data from CandyStore.com.

Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-comic Memoir

Tragedy + Time by Adam Cayton-Holland

Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland grew up in a close-knit family deemed “The Magnificent Cayton-Hollands” in Denver, Colorado. His father, a civil rights lawyer, and his mother, an investigative journalist, taught Adam and his two sisters to feel the pain of the world deeply. As all siblings struggled with OCD, Adam combatted it with stand-up comedy; his older sister pursued law; their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled with mental illness that ultimately took her own life.

Adam and Lydia (“Lee”) grew up with a shared sense of humor that continued into young adulthood, as Lydia worked at the door and behind the scenes of Adam’s increasingly popular comedy shows. Yet even this comedic family bond was not enough to pull Lydia out of the darkness she felt, leaving Adam to grapple with the trauma of her death while simultaneously having to focus on his career in comedy.

From Cayton-Holland comes a “heartfelt and brilliant” (Patton Oswalt) memoir— TRAGEDY PLUS TIME: A Tragi-Comic Memoir (releases August 21, 2018) which chronicles the author’s funny, unbreakable, and heart wrenching bond with his younger sister. Both a moving tribute to a lost sibling and an inspiring meditation on mental illness, grief, and recovery, TRAGEDY PLUS TIME is an unexpectedly funny, incredibly honest love letter to anyone that has ever felt messy or complicated.

Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring comic whose new comedy album, Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits, releases on March 23. He is a Denver native. 

April is Virginia Vineyard Month!

Heart of Virginia Wine TrailNow you know I love me a great glass of wine, so I’m super excited about all the great events happening next month.  If you will be visiting Virginia next month (or you already live here), visit a Virginia vineyard to learn about the winemaking process, starting with the vines and ending in your glass.

I am going to check out the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail which is a group of six Virginia wineries located near Richmond, The Heart of Virginia! Wineries include Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery and Weston Farm Vineyard and Winery.

I can tour Central Virginia’s premier wineries on any weekend of the year with a $20 passport ticket which includes a souvenir wineglass, map of the trail and wine tasting from all six wineries.

Oh and speaking of Virginia fun next month – here’s a bunch of fun things to do the first week of April when the kids are on Spring Break from school!

Celebrating National Puppy Day with BarkBox

Celebrate National Puppy Day with BarkBox

Our friends over at Influenster worked out this deal with BarkBox to get you your first box for just $10 when you subscribe for 6-month or 12-month and shipping is always free. Our grandoggy, Roxy, gets a BarkBox each month and she absolutely loves it! This deal ends 3/24 so be sure you ORDER TODAY!

Pantry Boy

What’s for dinner? The question asked in homes every night! Pantry Boy takes this question off the table. With delicious well-balanced recipes, dinner time is zero hassle. Pantry Boy is as easy as 1-2-3. No Shopping, No Chopping: Farm-fresh ingredients are 100 % chopped, prepped and pre-portioned.

Three nights of ingredients are packaged, shipped and delivered directly to your doorstep. Make it Fast or Slow: Toss these amazing ingredients in your Slow Cooker and go about your day. Need dinner in a flash? The Stove Top/Oven method puts dinner on your table in 30 minutes or less!

Pantry Boy is convenient, fast, fresh, delicious and has Carnivore, Omnivore or Vegetarian box options. With meals like Fish Tacos, Quinoa Roasted Peppers, Stir Fry Chicken Noodles, even the pickiest eater will be delighted!

So don’t delay. CLICK HERE to get your delicious, delivered, ready to cook meals today and take $60 off!

Meli’s Monster Cookies

There’s no limit to the great things you can enjoy when you’re gluten free at Easter. Give the Easter bunny options with the ridiculously delicious cookies from Meli’s Monster Cookies. The best tasting gluten-free cookies on the market, Meli’s Monster Cookies are so good, you won’t even know there’s no gluten, flour or wheat in them! Baked treats that everyone can enjoy —even the Easter bunny!

  • Certified gluten-free rolled oats and peanut butter (can use a substitute nut butter for the dry mixes)
  • Available in Pre-Baked or Dry Mix
  • No flour, wheat or gluten 
  • Pre-baked cookies are frozen and thaw within minutes for a convenient tasty treat
  • Or, fresh baked cookies with 4 steps, 12 minutes and makes 16 delicious cookies!

Meli's Monster Cookies

Favorite Flavors: 

  • Original: Gluten free rolled oats, all natural crunchy peanut butter, all natural chocolate chips, plain and peanut butter M&Ms
  • Cashewlicious: All natural crunchy cashew butter, gluten-free rolled oats, all natural dark chocolate chips, dried cherries
  • Choco-Lot: All natural organic chocolate chunks, gluten-free rolled oats, white chocolate chips, organic peanut butter 

Give these tasty treats as the perfect Easter gift – if you don’t eat them first, that is. Feel good about feasting on these holiday goodies from Meli’s Monster Cookies! 

Pick up Meli’s Monster Cookies in quality food stores all over the U.S. including Walmart, HEB, Central Market, Market Street and the Dry Cookie Mix is now available on Amazon! 

Do Your Spring Cleaning From Your Couch This Year

You’re a busy person … so why would you want to spend an entire weekend (or a week if things are really bad) working on spring cleaning your house? For those of you who are organization freaks when it comes time to clean, I’ve got some great kitchen organization hacks for you.

Why don’t you sit back and relax this year with your family and use Yelp to find local cleaners that can affordably handle all of your spring cleaning needs for you! Feel free to add me as a friend on Yelp if you’d like! You can find me here.

March Madness Fans

Moore's Marinades

March Madness is here! I don’t follow basketball, but if you’re one of those types having a blow-out March Madness party, consider Moore’s Marinades & Sauces for your dishes. Moore’s pours their heart into their marinades and sauces to give basketball fans a taste of true southern flavor. Whether you crave a sweet, sticky taste or a hot, tangy flavor, Moore’s has a stellar lineup of products for you to indulge in the best (and EASIEST) wings you’ve ever had.

Try Moore’s Wing Trio recipe for a winning game-day snack that is super easy to make and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. A delicious blend of Creamy Ranch BuffaloBlue Cheese Buffalo and the award-winning Original Buffalo Wing Sauce, this must-have grub will thrill any wing lover’s taste buds.

Moore’s Sauces and Marinades has a total of nine delicious sauce and marinade flavors to choose from, which includes Spicy Habanero Wing & Hot Sauce on the spicy end and Zesty Garden Herb Marinade on the more mellow end. Check out their website at www.mooresmarinade.com for tons of yummy recipes that only require 30 minutes or less.

So there you have it folks! Those are our Friday Finds for the week! See you again next Friday with more!

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