Does Harry's Have Your Business?

Razor co casually and beautifully includes trans man

Some people love how woke many companies are becoming with their ads. Others think it's a blatant tool to get more money--and of course it is, as these are for-profit businesses who only make ads to make more money--but as diversity becomes more mainstream through ads and other media, everyone benefits. Take Harry's latest razor ad. 

Not only is it wholesome, cute, funny at times and even tear-jerking, but it features a trans man so casually that you'll miss it if you're not aware it's there. I did the first time. It beautifully normalizes that there are many ways to be a man, and my only wish is that it included more fat men who also need more visibility (as something other than a punchline). 

Will I buy from Harry's? Well, if I bought razors, I would, but I don't. My husband plans to buy from them, though, and I hope many others carefully consider the messages companies are sending when they make purchases, too.

Have any ads helped weigh your decision about whether or not to make a purchase? If so, which ones?

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Pet Gifts

Here are some fun ideas!

In honor of my chickens' birthday today (okay, it's really their homecoming day, and YES, I celebrate all my animals' birthdays!), I thought it would be fun to share the types of things we get as gifts for our animal friends. For my chickens, it's not very exciting--they got broccoli slaw for their birthday cake this morning, for example!--but for other pets this can mean really fun things.

I bought my dogs Deadpool and Black Panther collars from Spencer's for their last birthday, for example--mostly because they were on sale but they are also really cute. The Met has a list of really cute and pretty pet products that you might be interested in. I know I'd love that floating shelf made for a cat lounger, although it's a bit pricey for me. I might have to make a homemade one, though! Making homemade pet gifts is fun, too--my aunt just brought over some tuggies made of jeans she made for my dogs and danglers for my cats.

Where are your favorite places to find pet gear and presents? Share them in the chat!

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Fortune Cookie Soap Company Restocks Wonderland Collection

Get your Futterwackin Soap while you can!

We've talked about how much fun fandom-based goodies are here at eShopper Forum many times, but I just learned about a company that I'm in love with and I had to share! It's called Fortune Cookie Soap, and yes, the company sells soaps shaped like fortune cookies and I could geek out over those alone, but they also have a bunch of fandom-based personal care items, bath goodies, toilet sprays and more. The company has a Facebook group to help showcase their sales and releases, and you can even order a monthly subscription box featuring  a new scent every month.

Also known as FCS, the company just re-stocked their famous Alice in Wonderland collection of products and it's as magical and delightful-sounding as you might expect. From shower oil to soaps, cuticle cream, facial moisturizer and more, you can find Alice-themed everything. They also have a bunch of cool specialized soaps like foaming hand soap, jelly soap and body wash, as well as sumptious stuff to make you feel soft and smell good like body frosting and oil spray.

Scents like Eat Me, Who Are You and It's Only a Dream are super tempting, especially when you read the descriptions of the complex yet fitting scent combinations. I'm definitley following this company! Have you purchased anything from FCS before? What did you think?

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Presents for Stress Relief

Share your favorite stores and items

We often find ourselves shopping for the perfect birthday, anniversary or holiday gift, but what about presents for stress relief? Who do you know, after all, who isn't suffering from some sort of stress, anxiety or even depression? Our current political climate is thought to be to blame by many people for so much widespread stress, but our modern lifestyles are also to blame. Our nutrition, sleep, exercise and basic needs often are neglected, and for what? A fast-paced age of tech where every notification seems so important?

It's time to de-stress, and to do that, we don't have to buy anything. From breathing techniques, meditation on youtube channels and a good old nap, we can do this without buying anything. But we can also tell the people we love that we want them to care for themselves, which is why lists of goodies like these are helpful. From candles to shower melts, zen gardens to relaxing sounds and scents, there are plenty of great goodies to enjoy yourself or give to someone you love. Personally, I like to get gifts from LUSH, since I know my friends aren't going to spend that much on themselves and they could all use something that smells THAT good. 

What do you like to buy in terms of stress relief products for yourself or others? Share your favorites in the chat.

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Osso Good Bone Broth

What do you think of the company?

Bone broth used to be so simple and cheap to make. There were butchers who readily gave away bones to people who wanted to use them to make broth or even give to pets (note: always check first because many bones, particularly chicken bones, are not safe for dogs!), but now that bone broth is such a trend with so many potential health benefits, it doesn't come as cheaply. The best way is really to just buy your meat bone-in and then make your own broth when with your bones when you de-bone if you want to save money.

But if you want to save time (and making broth does take time), there are several options available. I have enjoyed Kettle & Fire, but I don't get it often since it is pricier than most of the items on my shopping list. Recently I came across the company Osso Good (which I think is a cute name) and I was wondering what others thought of it. They carry both paleo soups as well as broths which come in pouches, and they really do look oh so good. That said, $10 for a 16-ounce bag of broth (one serving) is a bit steep for me. 

What do you think? Have you tried the broth or soup from this company? What do you spend on broth?

Cool Smart Gadgets We Want

Which is your favorite?

Smart gadgets are all the rage, and they range from moderately helpful to life-changing to simply a waste of space. Many smart inventions make us wish that we'd thought of them first; you never know which ones will turn into huge money-makers. This list of smart gadgets may have an item or two for your particular wish list!

The sink and the Mario slippers are my favorites but I am also a sucker for a cute flash drive. I never buy the adorable ones since I go through a lot and usually just store my files on plain jane drives, but the cork in the bottle is really adorable. I've seen others that I really like, too. What flash drives do you like?

Which of these smart gadgets do you want to own? Post your favorites as well as any other cool new buys you've run across or bought recently.

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Green Legos

Pricey but worth it

If you buy Legos at all, you are already aware of how pricey the sets can be. My daughter loves Legos but only gets them as gifts on big holidays and birthdays, unless she saves up for them on her own, due to their price. So the price of the new green Legos, made out of sustainable plant-sourced plastic, really isn't a shocker, and the theme of the set, which is LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine Building Kit, isn't a surprise, either.

Three minifigs and a pet are included in the set, which features 826 pieces, motorized blades, a service vehicle and more. The power functions are adjustable so you can control the turbine and lights, and while the product ads make it seem like the woman Lego is the customer and the two workers are men, you could easily swap out some features to change this.

What do you think of the new sustainable line of Legos? Is the price worth it for sustainably-sourced plastic?

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Book Hangover Recovery Kits

The perfect gift for the book lover

You know that terrible feeling when you finish a book series and you don't want it to be over because you loved it so much? Welcome to your book hangover! Not only did I recently discover this phrase, but I also ran across an actual box of goodies you can order to help you deal with said affliction. The makers of Fae Crate, a fun subscription box of bookish items, also sell a Book Hangover Recovery Kit. Released with many popular YA series finale books, these crates feature all kinds of goodies, including t-shirts, candles, pillow cases, plushies and so much more.

The crates can come with the actual final book of the series, too, which is helpful if you haven't read it yet but you know it's going to be a hangover because you loved the previous books so much. Past crates have included themes like Queen of Air and Darkness and Kingdom of Ash. Currently they have the Defy Me box on sale with others soon to follow. You can sign up to be notified when new boxes release.

What do you think of this subscription service? Tell us your thoughts in the chat!

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Dolls For All

These nontraditional dolls are one-of-a-kind

Amy Jandrisevits is a woman with a dream: a dream that every child, no matter their gender, body type, ethnicity, age or any other characteristic, should have a doll that looks like them. It's a beautiful dream and it's already made many children very happy. 

Each handmade doll is custom made to look just like the child who wants the doll. Each creation is crafted to match the child's hair, eyes, skin color, freckle, birth mark and other feature. Kids with features that are never found on the typical doll can get a doll made featuring their own likeness. It's such a cool concept that may have been available in the past on a local level by various crafters, but now it's a project people can order from online.

If you're interested in A Doll Like Me, you can find more information out at the project GoFundMe page.

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Rechargeable Hand Warmers

A great gift for that cold someone

If your hands get as freezing cold as mine do in the winter months, you might be interested in these KARECEL Hand Warmers. They come with portable USB chargers, batteries, and even serve as backup batteries when needed. There are different temperature settings so you can enjoy just a bit of heat when needed or truly get toasty if you're super cold.

The shockproof warmer is also safe for use, shock-resistant and safeguarded by a protection system that keeps it from overloading on you. It's a much more affordable option than repeatedly buying single-use products that you have to throw away after using. It's also small enough to slip in your pocket and just keep your hands cozy there.

How do you stay warm in the winter months? Any special products that you like in particular? Share them in the chat!

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Valentine Gifts for Your Sweetheart

Here are a few ideas

Valentine's Day is just a few days away! Do you have gifts lined up for your sweetheart(s)? This year, my husband and I decided to try out a couple of date box subscriptions. Many boxes offered half-price rates a few weeks ago if you signed up in time for Valentine's Day, so that's what we did. We just received our Crated with Love box and are excited to check it out. We also bought our 13-year-old, whom we consider our Valentine, three pairs of geeky socks (Star Wars porgs, Jurassic Park and Stranger Things themes!) and some Harry Potter chocolate. She'll love them!

If you're still thinking about ordering something from Amazon Prime for Valentine's Day, there's still time. You can choose from so many gorgeous things, like this candle from the Paddywax Hygge Collection, these beautiful candy apples or some romantic face mist

What are you getting your sweetie for Valentine's Day? If you don't have a sweetie, whether that means a family member, friend or romantic love, how about something for yourself?

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D&D Gifts

For the cleric or bard in your life

My teen is all into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and other RPG (role-playing games), so you can bet that I'm always on the lookout for great gift ideas for my self-proclaimed geek and her friends. When I ran across this list of great gift ideas for D&D fans, I knew I had to bookmark it for Valentine's Day and Easter this year! Her BFF also has a birthday this month, and he's just as into the games as she is, so this list couldn't have been published at a better time.

The tube of minis is high on my list; 100 figures for only $20 would be a fantastic gift for her and her friends, or a favor for one of our many events. The themed items are also fun, and they can also always use new dice and dice bags. She's already mended two busted bags over the past year.

Do you have a D&D lover in your life? What would you get them?

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Rescue Box On Sale For A Dollar

The service provides food and vaccines for shelter animals

Subscription boxes are so popular because they bring you a curated box of surprise goodies each month based on a theme that you like. Many of these services even give back when you use them, sending some of your payment to help people or animals in need. I just learned about a new box that has a great trial offer from Greater Good, a company I like to buy gifts at since each purchase helps fund cancer, child literacy, veteran, pet, rainforest, hunger and other projects. 

Rescue Box is like other pet subscription boxes: it allows you to customize your box for your cat or dog and you get goodies for them each month in your subscription. The money you spend on the box, however, also goes to feeding and vaccinting animals, which is a great deal. An even better deal is their trial offer, which is $1 for a trial box with the code TRIALOFFER. The offer is for new subscribers only. Regular boxes start at $23.45 per month and continue to fund pet food and vaccinations while simultaneously bringing your pet treats, toys and other goodies each month.

Have you tried Rescue Box? What did you think? Share any other great pet finds you have in the chat below.

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Young Explorers Sale

Where do you get award-winning toys?

Normally I don't get excited for sales unless they're at least 30% off or a BOGO offer, but when it comes to really quality items, I will totally take 15% off. That's the sale that Young Explorers is offering right now and I'm tempted to stock up on items for my toddler niece! My teen is too old for many of the items for sale, but my niece would love the Electronic Dance Playmat, Giant Interactive Piano Mat (Big, anyone?) and the cute tents available.

When my daughter was young, good, quality toys that won awards, fostered imagination rather than electronic play and assisted with fine and gross motor skills were very important to me. Many items in this sale, like the Secret Formula Lab and Dino Dress-Up capes, fit the bill.

Where do you like to get your toys? Will you be purchasing any from the Young Explorers sale? Tell us about it in the chat.

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Star Wars Light Cover

And other great Star Wars deals

Between May the Fourth, announcements about new Star Wars movies and the third installment of Rey's saga coming to theaters this year (in which John Boyega just teased us about filming his most shocking scene!), Star Wars is on everyone's brain, so it's no wonder that the Star Wars merch is everywhere. There are new goodies featuring Darth Vader, General Leia and everyone we know and love being made every day and it's an exciting time to be alive.

If you need  gift for your Star Wars fan or yourself, look no further than this awesome Darth Vader light cover. Your front porch needs this Sith lord guard for safety and for pizzazz. Not your thing? How about this Chewie seatbelt cover, or these General Leia earrings? Many of these deals are so affordable, why not bling your house, car and self out in Star Wars gear? 

Have you found any great Star Wars deals lately? Share them in the chat!

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