In the pandemic, ‘women’s work’ is critical care

To the list of groups disproportionately harmed by the coronavirus pandemic — health care workers, nursing home residents, the poor, people of color — we must now add another: women.

a hand holding a small piece of food: Sara Adelman holds her daughter Amelia's hand at their home in Salt Lake City in May. Adelman was burning through her vacation time to help manage her current status as a working-from-home mom since her daughter's day care closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sara Adelman holds her daughter Amelia’s hand at their home in Salt Lake City in May. Adelman was burning through her vacation time to help manage her current status as a working-from-home mom since her daughter’s day care closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Although COVID-19 is not necessarily more contagious or deadly for women than for men, it is women who have borne the greater economic burden. They tend to be employed in the sectors hollowed out by the pandemic: education, hospitality, retail. And they are chiefly responsible for caregiving, whether of children now home from school or elderly relatives needing support in the pandemic. In September, more than 860,000 women dropped out of the US labor force, four times the number of men. Is it any surprise the retreat coincided with the start of a new school year?

COVID-19 is forcing women out of the workforce. Transparency and openness is the only way forward

One in four women is considering leaving the workforce due to the pandemic, and for the 40 percent who are the sole or primary breadwinner in their families (70 percent for Black women), it is not a casual choice. Taking a break from the labor market aggravates the wage gap even for career professional women; many lower-income workers lose their jobs altogether, launching a downward spiral of debt, hunger, and eviction.

Affordable, accessible, high-quality child care could spell the difference for millions of women between economic stability and this cascade of woes. Unfortunately, it’s harder to find than bipartisan comity in Washington. “We have a systemic problem of devaluing the role of women in the economy,” said Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts in an interview, “and the plight of the child-care industry is a symptom of that problem.”

Day care, already in short supply, becomes scarcer during the pandemic

The US Department of Health and Human Services defines “affordable” child care as costing no more than 7 percent of a family’s income. In Massachusetts, according to the Economic Policy Institute, day care for a 4-year-old costs on average $15,095 a year, which is 16 percent of median income even in this high-wage state. And it’s certainly not the (overwhelmingly female) workers who are getting rich on this expensive service; the median wage for a child-care worker in Massachusetts is $27,680. Despite the many political paeans to the sanctity of the family, society still sees child care as a private responsibility, not a public good.

It was not always thus. During World War II, when Rosie and her sister riveters were recruited into the labor force, the US government developed heavily-subsidized “emergency nurseries” targeted to communities engaged in defense production. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and many working mothers, remained ambivalent about outsourcing the care of children, and when the war

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Grunt Style Doesn’t Care About Former Boss’s Feelings

Business isn’t war, but it isn’t a picnic either.

The founder of Grunt Style, a military-themed apparel seller, has found himself on the outside looking in. Retired Army drill sergeant Daniel Alarik lost control of the company last year to its lenders and got canned from his advisory role this summer. He is suing Grunt for ending his medical coverage while his wife battles cancer, prompting some customers to say they would boycott the brand. Grunt Style responded by releasing a screenshot of an email offering to continue his insurance, suggesting that a GoFundMe campaign by Mr. Alarik was dishonest.

If those actions seem brusque, they are at least in keeping with the ethos Mr. Alarik created. The company’s website informs those interested in using its blood & guts designs that “you can try to copy us, but then we’ll waterboard you with freedom.” Media reports have emerged with embarrassing details of a chaotic, alcohol-soaked, politically incorrect work culture under Mr. Alarik.

The company, which didn’t respond to queries, has to tread a fine line between not looking callous to a veteran while selling apparel that blends guns, patriotism and mocking those with hurt feelings. That last part is easier on a T-shirt than in real life.

Write to Spencer Jakab at [email protected]

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South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2020-2025 with 2019 as the Base Year – – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2025” report has been added to’s offering.

The report gives an all-round analysis of the South American pet care market, which is increasing day by day. In this, the millennial plays a considerable role in pet adoption as they consider the pet as humans and are willing to take care of them.

As urbanization continues and disposable income rises, more consumers are turning towards pet companionship. As South American people shifted from pet ownership to pet parenthood, opportunities in every pet care segment have increased for any company that wants to capitalize on it.

The rise of e-commerce and other technologies have pushed the market on the path of growth. As the ownership of pets is increasing, the segments associated with the pet care market like pet accessories, pet grooming, pet healthcare, are also rising, with people are becoming aware of pet health, well-being, and comfort.

Globally, the South American pet care market stands at fourth position, which has generated a revenue of above USD 9 Billion. The pet care market is still at a growing stage but has posted the fastest growth when compared to the top three regions globally. In certain countries, the grooming and accessories market is not explored to its maximum & thus providing opportunities to the companies.

The pet food market has the largest share in the South American pet care market, as the people are becoming more aware and responsible for what they are feeding to their pets. This growing awareness will let the market grow with an expected CAGR of above 6% in the forecasted period till the year 2025.

The pet food market is followed by pet services, which include accessories, healthcare, and grooming. The overall market trend related to pet grooming products has been observed with both the economical and premium quality being in demand.

In countries like Brazil and Argentina, people are spending more on the health and well-being of the pet, which has given a significant growth in the grooming service segment. Pet grooming products have observed the fastest growth at a rate of 6% CAGR historically. Brazil has established itself among the top five pet care markets globally in terms of the retail value of sales over the past few years, achieving tremendous growth even during the economic recession the country has faced since 2014.

Major players in the market

  • Nestle SA
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • J M Smucker
  • Blue-Buffalo
  • Champion Pet Foods
  • NicoluzziRacoes
  • United Pet Group Inc

Considered for the report:

  • Base year: 2019
  • Estimated year: 2020
  • Forecasted year: 2025

Key Topics Covered:

1 Executive Summary

2 Methodology

3 Regional Analysis

4 Global Pet Population Analysis

4.1 By Country (Dog/ Cat/ Bird/ Fish)

5 Global Pet Care Market Outlook

5.1 Market Size By ValueBy Segment

5.2 Market Share

5.3 Global Pet Food Market Outlook

5.4 Global Pet Healthcare Market Outlook

5.5 Global Pet Accessories Market Outlook

5.6 Global Pet Grooming Market Outlook

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Parents File Complaint over Child Care Center’s ‘Family-Style’ Dining Policy at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The parents of a 7-month-old boy enrolled at a child care center at Marine Corps Base Hawaii have filed a complaint over the facility’s use of “family-style” dining, during which caretakers do not wear protective facemasks as they eat meals with children.

Melissa Martin, the boy’s mother and a Defense Department employee, filed a prohibited personnel practices complaint Nov. 22 with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel alleging the practice constitutes a “substantial and specific danger to public health.”

Martin lives on Marine Corps Base Hawaii with her son and husband, who is a noncommissioned officer with the Corps.

“I’m really just looking for my son — and other children that also go to the [child care center] — to be in a safe, healthy place,” Martin said during a phone interview Nov. 22.

A Marine Corps spokesman told Stars and Stripes the base’s Child Development Centers implement distancing between children and staff members during mealtimes to mitigate risk, but the practice of using family-style dining to “role model” and “build healthy eating habits” is continuing.

Hawaii has had 17,840 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday, with 224 deaths. The average daily number of newly reported cases over the past 14 days has been about 90.

For Martin, who requested anonymity for her child and husband, the base’s child care center was her first foray into outside care for her son. Just weeks after he was born, they joined the waitlist for both the child care center on Marine Corps Base Hawaii and a similar facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where she works as a lawyer. The former was the first to have an opening.

Because of the pandemic, Martin has been able to work from home, allowing her to watch over her son, she said.

On Oct. 15, she said that she and her husband went to the child care center for orientation, during which the staff assured them the facility was taking all steps necessary to ensure safety during the pandemic.

However, the couple was taken aback, Martin said, when the aide assigned to their son’s classroom lifted her mask away while speaking with them.

“That was kind of a red flag,” Martin said, but the couple rationalized it as an isolated lapse in judgment by the staff member.

The following day, Martin dropped her son off at the center on her way to an appointment. Their temperatures were taken at the door, and they went to her son’s room.

“I found the same aide from before sitting immediately next to an infant, facing each other, with her mask off,” Martin said in her written complaint to the special counsel.

Martin said she was appalled to see such a failure in precaution and immediately took her son out of the center.

In the following weeks, she conveyed her concerns to both the center’s director and then to Patricia Barrera, head of the Family Care Branch.

In an email response to Martin on Oct.

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Burn Care Products & Accessories Market Research With Size, Growth, Manufacturers, Segments And 2026 Forecasts Research

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The global burn care product & accessories market is predicted to witness a positive growth throughout the forecast amount. Rising incidence of burns, increasing healthcare expenditure, government initiatives, increasing number of burn units and growing advance care treatment choices are the factors which might attributed to growth of burn care product and accessories market. Increasing awareness level among individuals concerning advance treatment choices related to burn care management is contribute to boost the expansion of world burn care product and accessories market. Rising income and new burn care technology product contributing toward increasing demand.

The global Burn Care Products & Accessories market report provides geographic analysis covering regions, such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. The Burn Care Products & Accessories market for each region is further segmented for major countries including the U.S., Canada, Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, and others.

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The global Burn Care Products & Accessories market is segregated on the basis of Type as Advanced Dressing, Biologics, Traditional Products, and Others. Based on Application the global Burn Care Products & Accessories market is segmented in Hospitals, Clinics, and Others.

Burns are one among the foremost common injuries characterized by severe skin damage that cause the affected skin cells to die. Burns are specifically damage caused to one or multiple layers of skin and flesh by external sources like heat and chemical. Burns are classified according to degree from minor to major, with every degree nothing a better level of injury starting at first degree and moving as so much as fourth degree. Understanding and characteristic burns degree properly can increase possibilities of productive treatment and care. First degree burns or superficial burns are known by redness, pain and minor swelling. Second degree burns produces slight thickness of skin and harm underlying layer of accomplished areas.

Third-Degree burns causes dermis and surrounding nerves harm. Fourth-degree burns are higher degree of burns inflicting charring and irreparable harm. First-Degree and Second-Degree burns treated with skin care product like antiseptic creams and antibiotic ointment moreover use dry cotton over the skin to safeguard the burned area. Treatment of third-degree burns may need the method of skin attachment or artificial skin. Burn care product & accessories embrace substance dressing, one the common dressing with gel forming agents within and versatile waterproof outer layer used for moderate burn wounds. Burn care product & accessories include water gel spray, burn dressings, wet burn pad, Non-adherent pads and substance, hydrogel, collagen and alginate dressings. For serious burns treatment might involve medication, wound dressing, medical aid and surgery goal of treatment are to manage pain, stop infection and remove dead.

Competitive Rivalry

Smith and Nephew, 3M Company, Baxter International, Convatec, Derma Science, Medtronic, Molnlycke healthcare, Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon), Hollister, and others are among the major players in the global Burn Care

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Ferian Is The Sustainable Jewellery And Handbag Brand Putting Thought And Care Into Accessories

Leonie Branston was decades into a successful career in fashion – spanning early Alexander McQueen (she worked on the renowned AW95 ‘Highland Rape’ show) and J.Crew under Jenna Lyons – when she decided to start her own label.

a person sitting on a couch: Each month ELLE UK is putting a spotlight on small fashion brands. This month we spoke to Leonie Branston, who created her own sustainable accessories brand after working at Alexander McQueen and J.Crew.

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Each month ELLE UK is putting a spotlight on small fashion brands. This month we spoke to Leonie Branston, who created her own sustainable accessories brand after working at Alexander McQueen and J.Crew.

The designer, based in north London, had something quieter in mind: understated style with wearability at its heart. ‘It was time to test my own vision,’ she says from the home she also works from.

Since that moment in 2017, her test has paid off. Ferian (which takes its name from the Old English for ‘to carry’) creates bags and jewellery that are ‘modern and timeless’.

She left a full-time role as design director of womenswear at Margaret Howell to start her company, but she still consults for the British stalwart – and you can see what they have in common, with Branston’s emphasis on quality and craft.

With Ferian, there’s a chic sensibility, with flashes of rich colour in Wedgwood cameo signet rings, and classic box bags.

Sustainability and ethical production are of paramount importance. Pieces are made using vegetable-tanned leather and recycled gold in the West Midlands, using handworked saddlery methods. ‘I personally know everyone who makes everything,’ she says. ‘It’s key to feel proud of what you make.’

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ferian spotlight

Proud she is. Always wearing her own work, Branston’s designs are testament to how easily they slot into everyday life: bags open easily with one hand (‘You might be holding on to your child’), and jewellery that survives ‘real’ life. Styles go with any outfit, too, with a hint of luxury in the leather finish and elegant gold clasp, and a restrained palette with flashes of ochre, cobalt or lime.

‘Leonie does modern minimalism beautifully,’ says Cassie Smart, head of womenswear buying at, where Ferian is stocked, along with and Liberty London. ‘Pieces feel like heirlooms that you can cherish.’

Timelessness was always the goal, Branston says. And, so far, it seems like she’s succeeded.

This article appears in the December 2020 edition of ELLE UK.

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Hospital-at-Home Model of Care: What to Know | Patient Advice

The future hospital looks a lot like home – and it already is in many places. Through the hospital-at-home model of care, eligible patients can receive hospital-level treatment for an acute illness or an exacerbation of a chronic condition in their own bedrooms or living rooms. “From the point of creature comforts, being at home is much better,” says William Terry of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 86, who in 2016 went to the emergency room with severe shaking and chills. After chest X-rays, blood tests, an electrocardiogram and an overnight hospital stay failed to reveal what was wrong with him, Brigham Health physician David Michael Levine gave Terry the option to head home with an IV needle in his arm so he could be hooked up to a pump that would deliver regular doses of antibiotics there.

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Eventually it was determined that Terry had cellulitis. For five days, a doctor or nurse came to check on him twice a day, and his vital signs were monitored remotely via electrodes placed on his chest. “You can eat what you feel like eating rather than what happens to be served that day, and you can rest or go to sleep when you want to, without anyone waking you up,” Terry says. He was so pleased with the care that he chose it again in 2019 when he required treatment for a different infection.

As was the case for Terry, the process usually begins in the emergency department, where patients are evaluated and receive a diagnosis and the first round of treatment. If eligible patients choose the hospital-at-home option, a nurse or doctor will visit regularly and perform necessary examinations, blood work and other tests and treatments. Meanwhile, a patient’s vital signs and physical movement patterns are monitored around the clock with wireless technology and transmitted to the hospital staff. If patients have questions or concerns, they can talk to a nurse or doctor at the hospital at any time via video.

This is not simply a visiting nurse service, as many people assume, says Linda DeCherrie, clinical director of the Mount Sinai Hospitalization at Home program in New York City, which clicked into a higher gear this past spring as a way to free up precious inpatient beds for people battling COVID-19. “We provide the equivalent of hospital care,” she says, for patients “who in the absence of our program would be admitted to the hospital.” Granted, not everyone is eligible. Each patient has to be assessed to ensure there’s no need for ICU-level care or other services only performed in the hospital.

For many years, the model has been used in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain and Brazil. But it has been slower to catch on in the U.S. – until quite recently.

“Interest in the hospital-at-home model has been taking off,” says Bruce Leff, a geriatrician and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who began exploring the concept in the

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Black Friday Beauty, Skin Care And Grooming Deals 2020

Black Friday 2020 is here, and major deals on cosmetics, skin care products and hair care essentials are rolling in all day long. Whether you’re hoping to stock up on Honest Beauty products for yourself or purchase a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush for your loved ones before the holidays, today is the day to shop for all of your favorite beauty must-haves at gorgeously low prices.

Be sure to check back often: We’ll be updating this page with the best Black Friday 2020 beauty deals as they become available throughout the day!

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Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6500 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush (40 percent off) — Effectively whiten teeth in just one week with the help of this rechargeable electric toothbrush. It allows you to customize your brushing experience with three intensities and three modes: Clean, White and Gum Care. Plus, it helps protect your teeth with a pressure sensor that gently pulses to alert you when you’re brushing too hard.

MySmile Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light (37 percent off) — Hoping for speedy results when it comes to whitening your teeth? Look no further than this teeth whitening kit with an LED light that will give you whitening results after the first use. Use the kit for 10 minutes each day to safely and efficiently remove teeth stains from food, coffee, wine, soda, smoking and more.

Nioxin System Hair Care Kits (48 percent off)— This unique set of three professional hair products, based on an advanced skin care approach, is specially formulated as a hair thickening treatment, delivering denser-looking hair.The regimen reduces hair loss due to breakage and strengthens the hair, while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine to natural hair with progressed thinning.

Braun Face Epilator Facespa Pro 910, Facial Hair Removal for Women (21 percent off)— This 2-in-1 facial epilator and cleansing brush is truly one of a kind. The facial epilator removes four times shorter hair than wax for a smooth, clear complexion, while the facial brush cleanses six times more effectively than manual. The brush is rechargeable and suitable for daily use, even on sensitive skin.

Jimmy Choo Blossom EDP 2oz Spray (40 percent off) — This bold and vivacious perfume is the ultimate accessory for a woman. The floral fragrance opens with top notes of red berries blended with a citrus cocktail, and is followed by sweet pea, rose and sensual base notes of white musk and sandalwood.

BIOLAGE Advanced Keratindose Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray (40 percent off) — Help revitalize damaged, over-processed or weak hair with the help of this pro-keratin renewal spray. It provides instant silkiness, shine and manageability, taming frizz and fly-aways.

AIMIKE Round Brush (20 percent off) — Enhance the looks of your hair, improve texture and reduce brittle hair and split ends when using this round brush.

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Best Korean Beauty Gifts For Holidays: Makeup, Skin Care and More

It used to be that just a few stores sold K-beauty products or you had to head to your local Koreatown to find the chicest items for yourself and your friends and family. Now, some of the best Korean beauty gifts are sold at our favorite big-box retailers including Ulta and Sephora and only Korean sites such as SokoGlam. Even Amazon has some great K-beauty gifts. This year, there are some of the best sets we’ve seen with skin care and makeup that will satisfy everyone on your list.

The holidays might look different this year but chances are you’re still gift-giving, especially if you’re not getting to travel to see loved ones. That makes it even more important to find that special gift you know your mom or sister will love. When it comes to Korean beauty, there are so many options to choose from.

If your sibling loves nothing more than taking a bath, you can find yummy-smelling soaps and lotions. And if your mom is dealing with mask breakouts, K-beauty has some of the best acne options around. Does your little brother want to be the next James Charles? Well, there’s colorful makeup to choose from, too. Overwhelmed with where to start? We’ve included some of our favorite gifts, below.

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Belif Let It Glow Set

The best-selling The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb and The Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser are in this festive set, along with Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner and Moisturizing Eye Bomb.

too cool for school

Too Cool for School.

Too Cool For School Egg-Ssential Skincare Set

Get the Korean brand’s iconic egg skin care set plus a cleansing brush.

peach lily glass skin

Peach & Lily.

Peach & Lily Glass Skin Discovery Kit

Gift your BFF the glass skin life with mini versions of the Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, Wild Dew Treatment Essence, Glass Skin Refining Serum and Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream.

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Moonshot Rêve De Paris Eyeshadow Palette

This 10-shade palette, with matte and metallic hues, looks way more expensive than it is.

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Kaja Air Heart Lipstick + Cheeky Stamp Blush Set

The monochromatic makeup trend is so easy with this cheeky blush set.


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I Dew Care.

I Dew Care Let’s Get Sheet Faced Set + Keep Calm and Hydrate On Bundle

Give your skin care-obsessed friend this epic 14-piece face mask set.

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Soko Glam.

Soko Glam 12 Good (Skin) Days Ahead Set

This Korean skin care advent calendar is shockingly good, filled with 15 products (both full-size and deluxe-size) with a value of $182.

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Hanskin Glass Skin On The Go Set

This super-cute kit has all of the Korean brand’s skin care essentials whether you’re traveling or not. There’s PHA Pore Cleansing Oil, Hyaluron Skin Essence,

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Black Friday 2020 deals for Nordstrom, Adidas, Wayfair and more: Rounding up sales on clothing, home goods, self care

It seems like every year Black Friday sales come earlier and earlier, and this year, 2020, is no different – especially with more people trying to stay home. We’ve rounded up some sales to look out for that are already live this Thanksgiving Day, so stay safe, and happy shopping.


Adidas is having an up-to-50-percent-off sale. Save on these men’s and women’s Ultraboost running shoes, normally $180 now on sale for just $120.

Lululemon is having a special on athleisure and casual clothing. Its Wunder Under High-Rise Tights are starting at only $69, normally $98.

Now through Dec. 1 at Nordstrom you can score up to 50 percent off items for women, men and kids.

Bags at Coach Outlet are around 70 percent off.

Anthropologie has a 30-percent-off sale going on now with free shipping on orders over $50.

Victoria’s Secret is having a sale on its Body bras with $40 off three, $25 off two, and $10 off one. You can also get pajama sets for $29.50 and up (reg. $59.50), $35 cozy robes or $12.50 slippers. And don’t forget the 5 for $30 panties.

Under Armour is having a sitewide sale with 50 percent off.

Take an extra 30 percent off at J.C. Penney on select apparel, shoes, accessories and home with the code CHEERFUL, and an extra 40 percent off fine jewelry with code JEWELBUY.

Shopbop’s Black Friday sale gives you 20 percent off an order of $200 or more with code SHOP20.

Outdoor Voices is offering 50 percent off select styles on athletic apparel.

Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Avenue Duck Boot are on sale for more than 50 percent off on Amazon.


The Body Shop is offering 30 percent off sitewide. If you want to get festive this season (and moisturize up), their body butters are on sale for just $21 in Festive Berry and Warm Vanilla.

At Brooklinen you can get 20 percent off sitewide.

With any $30 purchase at Yankee Candle, you get a Festive Fragrance Gift Tote valued at $100 for free. It’s packed with all of the best holiday scents and a fun candle holder.

23andMe Health + Ancestry Service can tell you your family history, now only $99. That’s more than 50 percent off the regular price of $199 on Amazon.

Walmart has a Tranquility Weighted Blanket 12lb, 48″ x 72″ on sale for Black Friday, now priced at just $17.

For the home

Up to 80 percent off at Wayfair means you can get everything you want this holiday, including new GE appliances for 40 percent off.

At Bed Bath & Beyond you can get 20 percent off of your entire online purchase. They’re also offering free shipping on orders over $19. You can save up to $155 on Shark Vacuums, too.

Luxury bedding from Boll & Branch is 25 percent off when you spend $150 or more.

Some pieces from The Pioneer Woman are on sale at Walmart now including the Frontier Speckle 25-Piece Nonstick & Cast Iron

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