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A Gift Guide for Your Tween and Teen Boys

Coming up with creative gift ideas is always difficult. Below are several items to help with your holiday shopping. Click the price for the link to the product. I was not paid or given product by any of these products. These are all things I would buy for my boys. I did not include the obvious […]

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Gift Guide for Your Teen and Tween Girls

  Coming up with creative gift ideas is always difficult. Below are several items to help with your holiday shopping. Click the price for the link to the product. I was not paid or given product by any of these products. These are all things I would want if I was a young girl or […]

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Hilarious Video Making a Splash on Web

Every mother’s dream. This is a promo for an upcoming comedy series on Comedy Central starring Jeremy Shada. The video is priceless. If only our kids actually behaved this way. Can you imagine one of your kids sitting patiently while you got your hair done? Mine barely have the patience for the bank drive thru. […]

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Favorite Christmas Books, Giveaways & Conversations

One of the BEST things about Christmas for our family has always been the nightly reading of our favorite books. To this day my teens will still sit and listen to me read their favorites to my six year old. Every year when the season comes to an end we pack up those books in […]

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One Direction: the DEEPEST band out today

Guest Post by Ren Stewart I’m not a violent woman but there are times when turning the channel is just not enough and I have to throw something at the TV to Just. Make. It. Stop.  For days NBC’s Today Show had advertised the heck out of the One Direction concert they were going to […]

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Teach Your Daughter to Cook? There’s an app for That

Guest Post via Rebecca Mecomber of  www.theoldergeek.com Oh, the moment when I pulled my first meatloaf from the oven… I was 13. Thank God it turned out edible, and I made one nearly every other night for three weeks. It was all I really knew how to cook. My mom had become seriously ill and was in […]

A Tween Girl Must Read: Number the Stars

Title: Number the Stars Author: Lois Lowry Main Character: Annemarie Johansen, Ten Year Old Girl Awards: John Newbery Medal Pages: 137       Number the Stars takes place in Copenhagen. The year is 1943. Nazi soldiers stand on every corner. Annmarie Johansen’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, is Jewish and the German troops are beginning their […]

The Movie, Libya, America and Teens

Facts and Discussion Points for your Teens and Older Tweens Regarding Islam, Libya, the Movie Innocence of Muslims and the United States Involvement  I didn’t go into the political side of this. Instead I gave the facts. This is a great opportunity to discuss hate and tolerance with our teens. To explain that every action […]

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Finding Kind: Are Girls Really Meaner?

A Review of Finding Kind The premise of Finding Kind is pretty straightforward and frankly upsetting. It is simply that women and girls are particularly nasty and mean to each other, and that in this widely accepted “girl culture” dishing out, receiving or standing by as bullying occurs is the norm. The filmmakers have made […]