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Gift Ideas for Teen Girls From My Teen Girl’s Wish List

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We know all about teen girls here at in the Bowman household.

We have 3 teen girls. Teagan is 19, Colsie is 17 (soon to be 18!) and Avery will be 16 in March.

Goodness me. I cannot believe we how old they are, and I REALLY cannot believe that Teagan will be 20 this coming year.

I love having 3 teen girls. It can be a bit crazy sometimes, but it sure is fun to see them growing up and becoming such beautiful women inside and out.

I’m especially happy we have girls when it comes time for gift giving. I personally think girls can be so much fun to buy gifts for.

 

Teen Girl Gift Ideas- A Wish List By My Teen Girl

For this gift guide, I had my middle girl curate a wish list from Amazon. I wanted to see what items she would choose. I thought it was funny that she included a few similar items that were on a teen gift guide she helped me make 2 years ago.

Shows me what she REALLY wants, and she just might find one or two of these in her stocking. Speaking of stockings…let me know in the comments if you would like a list of teen girl stocking stuffer ideas!

For now, I thought these would be helpful to share in case anyone else is looking for gift ideas for a teen girl in their life.

 

Teen Girl Gift Ideas from Amazon

Mini Stereo in-Ear Wireless Earbuds with Charging Box for All Smart Phones

These look like Apple brand Wireless Earbuds, but without the crazy high price! The container these earbuds are stored in is actually a charging station, which is brilliant. The station can fully charge the earbuds 15 times before needing a charge itself. I kinda want these and may ask Santa to put them in my stocking, too.

 

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle

Hydro Flask is all the rage right now with young and old alike. It keeps drinks cold for over 24 hours and hot for up to 6. The wide-mouth design is great for ease of adding ice cubes. It is a no-slip grip thanks to the powdered coating. It is BPA free which is a must in my book. It also comes in a bazillion colors, which teens love.

 

3 Starbucks Coffee Gift Card

Another item for Santa to stick in my stocking, too. My girls and I share a love for coffee shops. They usually get a chai tea hot chocolate. Also, those cake pops that Starbucks is famous for? Teens can’t resist.

 

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

This Polaroid camera gives me all the nostalgic feels. There is something special about having a tangible photo in seconds, right after taking the picture. Teens think this is great, as their whole world seems to be digital, so this is a nice change. These cameras take adorable small photos that even have an adhesive backing for sticking to numerous surfaces. Print on the spot–black and white, color or sepia–no ink required. Compact enough to store in a pocket. Click through to watch the product video to see how much fun this camera is.

 

5 Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display

I don’t know a teen girl who wouldn’t want this makeup and jewelry storage case display. Even my Avery who isn’t the girliest girl and not into makeup would use this for organization of lotions, nail polish and nail supplies, etc. It goes with any type of decor and brings organization which will please the parents, too!

 

Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers

Do you have an album collection you would like to pass on? I don’t, but I love that my girl chose this record player…it shows that she has some nostalgia in her…like her Mom. This record player can hook up to any bluetooth device which brings it into modern times. Reminds me of New Nostalgia! {grin}

 

Cotton Embroidered Cushion Cover Floral Pattern Designs Throw Pillow Cover

What a great idea! Affordable pillow cover in so many cute patterns and colors. My girls are forever changing up their decor, and I love the idea of just buying pillow covers instead of a whole new pillow. Need a pillow insert? I got you. This one fits perfectly into these covers.  If you know the color of the teens’ room, a great gift would be a pillow insert, with 2 covers in colors that match the room decor.

 

Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set

This is a great way to encourage a teen to chill out and do a bit of self-care. Teens lives are so stressful these days! A relaxing bath with a fun bath bomb is a good, good thing.

 

9 Essie White Nail Polish

A color that will match with everything and that everyone will like. White is super cute on toes all season long, (see this post with them for a step-by-step home pedicure) or works great to do tips for an at-home french manicure. A creative teen girl could even use a toothpick and make little snowflakes or polka dots on a brighter base color.

 

10 Kate Spade New York Women’s Cameron Street Lainie Wallet

Kate Spade wallets can be pricey, but they are made well and much more affordable than a Kate Spade purse! The color of the one my girl chose is really nice, such a pretty soft light blue. If you want an even more generous gift, tuck a little gift card in there or a few dollar bills. Talk about delighting a teen for Christmas!

 


Do you have any more good ideas for gifts for teen girls?

Are you a teen girl? If so let me know in the comments if these gifts would make you happy or what is on your Christmas list this year. <3

 

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Counting Gifts/ Emotional Health

The Most Simple Way To Boost Your Mood

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A Simple Way To Boost Mood

A pen, paper and a resoluteness to find my thankful. This is the most simple way I have found to boost my mood.

I know, I know. You have heard it before, it is nothing new — make a list of things you are thankful for and it could change you. It has even been studied. It may seem simple. but sometimes the most simple solution can be the most profound.

Even in my hardest days of cancer and chemo, even in my darkest days of anxiety, choosing to find something to be thankful for and deliberately writing my finds in list form changed me and helped get me through.

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Christmas/ Holidays/Parties/ Kids/Family/ Seasonal

Gift Ideas For Teen Girls

Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

I have 3 teen girls.

WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?

It is crazy unbelievable how fast my girls have grown up. I am so thankful to be here to witness the growth! I think of these teen years, and I’m pleasantly surprised with how much fun we are having.

Don’t get me wrong, we have our share of dramatic moments, but we are growing as a family and learning how to love & accept each other even when it is hard. Sometimes this takes an exhaling of self and an inhaling of acceptance that we are all a bunch of imperfect humans learning to live closely with one another. I am Mom, learning and growing right along with my teens, and loving every moment of it!

 

Goodbye Littles, Hello Shopping For Teen Girls

Christmas with teen girls is so much fun. Gone are the days of shopping at Toys R Us during date night with my hubs. Gone are the days of shopping at the dollar store for stocking stuffers, tutu’s and plastic glittery heels & princess tiaras.

I still have my princesses, but they are now growing up at ages 17, 15 & 13.

 

Amazon Gift Ideas/Wish Lists

My teen girls now make Amazon wish lists, as requested by Mom & Dad, and send us a text to let us know when their lists are updated.  Granted, they do not get everything on the list, but these wish lists sure makes “Santa’s” job by giving a heads up to what they would like, and even the reindeer get a break thanks to free shipping from Amazon Prime!

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HEALTH/ Spiritual

Enter Into Others’ Suffering

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If you do this, this entering into suffering with others, you might just glimpse a joy unspeakable. This has been my experience. There is so much suffering on this earth. I ask God to help me see those who walk through suffering and love them well.

He has allowed me to enter into stories of suffering and I see what a gift this can be, not just for them but for me. I come away from these interactions changed.

I go to encourage, and walk away encouraged. 

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Let me tell you about my friend Ali:

A young mom, we met at a conference for cancer survivors, the two youngest in the room.

Our eyes meet and she comes straight to the empty seat next to me, which was my hope. She is all beauty and bright-eyed. Her sense of style is effortless and spot on, her hair regrowing is a pixie cut perfect for her face shape, and her smile the best of accessories.

Our hearts connect, she invites me to her home and introduces me to her man and her two littles with cherub faces. Dare I say some of the cutest I’ve seen?

We eat greens and drink kombucha and talk all things cancer and life. We just get each other, our stories very familiar. That was in the spring.

Late summer her story takes a turn. We meet for coffee she directs my hand to her elegant neck and it looks like I am taking her pulse. It is quite a moment, as I feel her life pulse and what could cause death at the same time. It is cancer in a lymph node, the placement in her neck places her as an automatic stage four.

I write these words and tears fall for my beautiful friend.

But, here is what I see and want the world to see, too.

Her beauty overcomes and shines through and I see peace and joy and she proclaims to me with eyes bright:

“I’m keeping my eyes on Jesus”

I see love. I see Him reflected so clearly in those big beautiful brown eyes.

She is the epitome of grace, courage, hope, trust, joy and all things lovely. Despite an automatic stage 4, she shines.

Several days later her text to me:

“I spoke with my Doctor”

“She said median survival for my stage 4 cancer is 2 years.”

“I plan on much longer than that”

She meets with doctors and loved ones and forms a plan, walking in trust that the God she loves holds and directs her path.

She is choosing a path less traveled, one that will bring toxicity and hopeful healing and she walks bravely forward right into it. This road leads to Houston, months away from her littles, (3 years old and 5 years old) and all that is familiar. This is the road that we pray will provide her with the “much longer than that.”

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In the meantime, God is providing all that she needs. She lives this and proclaims it.

She invites me to Houston and I go, and spend 4 precious and some of my most favorite of days there. I write a bit about that trip here, and share a beautiful breakfast recipe that my Ali lovingly made for me while I was there. This early morning act of service for me is just one tangible example of how entering into someones suffering brings blessing beyond. The recipe is amazing, but the memory of being served by her in the midst of her hardship, the morning of her chemo treatment, is the most precious of memories. Such a sweet gift, one of so many that Ali has given me by just being who she is.

Enter into others suffering. Gifts will abound, you will give, and will be astonished at all that will be given back to you.


Update: Ali is back from Houston and reunited with her littles and husband. She will have ongoing treatment here and periodic trips back to Houston. If you are a praying person, will you add her to your list?

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Ali is also an accomplished artist, and the above piece is her work.

Visit Alison Rash to see more.

Christmas/ FUN/DIY/ Holidays/Parties

Christmas Shopping & Gift Wrapping For Tween Girls

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Christmas shopping for my girls is in full swing! My girls are growing up so quickly, and I have only one tween left.  Teagan is 16, Colsie is 14 & Avery is 12.  Thank goodness I still have my lil’ Avery!

Even though she is not a teenager yet, she has a distinct style and her own opinions when it comes to the clothes she wears. I really love her style.  She is sporty with a touch of girly sparkle.  I wanted to buy her some clothes for Christmas but needed to her to point out a few of her favorite things so “Santa” will get it right– if you know what I mean!

Justice-sign

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I took her to the mall and straight into Justice.  Justice is definitely a destination for stylish tween girls this holiday season. Whether shopping in-store or online, Justice makes it easy and hassle-free for anyone with a tween girl in their life to find some special holiday gifts.

Justice has got you covered no matter what style your tween is embracing at the moment. Whether you have a sporty athlete like my Avery, or a girly girl, or a fashion trend setter; Justice makes shopping for every girl easy and fun. The store was even organized into fashion types and we of course, headed right to the sporty section.

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Brunch/ RECIPES

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls As A Christmas Gift?!?

Yes, Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are exactly what our neighbors and my husband’s co-workers got for Christmas!  I made a quadruple batch, which made 12 pans of 6 rolls. With rising time it took most of the day, but I was able to get a lot done around the house in between batches.  I only had one mis-hap, but despite that, I had a blast!  I cranked the Christmas music and kept thinking about how great it was to have energy and feel good!!

I got the idea when I was at our local Dollar Tree and I spotted foil pans with lids. They came in packs of 3 for $1.00!  I knew they would look pretty tied with ribbon or even with a sticky bow slapped on the top.  They carry 2 sizes, the smaller size is 4 for $1.00.  They would be a great size for fudge or small cookies.

I found the Cinnamon Roll recipe at AllRecipes.com.  They are called “Clone Of A Cinnabon” and were rated 5 stars and had 3, 943 reviews!  They were the highest rated cinnamon roll on the site, and they were full of sugar and butter, so I knew they would be good!  They also use a bread maker, which I liked, but in the reviews, there are alternative directions if you do not have a bread maker.

Speaking of a bread maker, this is where my mishap came in.  Cinnamon roll dough is a bit thick, which made my bread machine complain a little bit.  It rattled and shook itself right off my counter, and took my eggs with it!  I love how the dough stayed in the machine, safe and sound.  This is one tough machine, I’ve had it for 12 years and it survived the fall.

Finished pan.  Ugh, lighting.  I hate taking pictures at night in artificial light!  Not my cup of tea..

Tied with wire ribbon, also from the dollar store.  The star tags are from Micheals.

I was really pleased with how the rolls tasted.  This recipe is for sure a keeper for when I want a sugar splurge!

“Clone Of A Cinnabon”

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
  2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

Drinks/ Featured/ FUN/DIY/ RECIPES/ Seasonal

Homemade Gifts-Peppermint Stick Cocoa

I have seen SO many great homemade gift ideas this year.   I really want to write a post featuring them all, but they are all disorganized and saved in my bookmarks, or starred somewhere on my reader. You would think I would would take the time (2 clicks!) to clip and annotate them to my Circus Ponies Notebook, but….no.  Gotta work on that!

I read so many blogs a day thanks to my Google Reader –I’ll post about this soon for those who don’t know what it is– so I come across many, many great ideas.  My head started to feel spinny whenever I would think about what I wanted to do.  I finally had to just pick one, so Peppermint Stick Cocoa it is.  I thought the layers were pretty, especially the mini-chocolate chips and the crushed peppermint candies.  Plus, I got to use a mason jar!  I like that I can do smaller jars for 1-2 people and larger jars for families.  (if you click on the link, you will see that they put it in a very cool square-ish jar.  I love it and you can buy them at wal-mart, but at almost 3 times the cost of a mason jar.  They are very cool but not THAT cool!:)

Peppermint Stick Cocoa
Layer the ingredients for homemade cocoa in a jar, add a ribbon, embellishment, and a tag, and you have a simple but cute gift.  This mix will fill a 1 quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant.  On the back of the tag, write: “Mix contents in a bowl.  For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in one cup boiling water.  Store remaining mix in airtight container.

1 cup powdered milk
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Layer powdered milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, and peppermint candy.
Yeild: Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa.

I used a 16 oz jar (1 pint) and halved the recipe, this serves 6.  I also made 8 oz jars (1/2 pint) and adjusted the measurements, this serves 3.

16 oz jar measurements (1 pint) serves 6
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy

8 oz jar measurements (1/2 pint) serves 3
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/8 cup crushed peppermint candies

I like giving away homemade gifts to people like co-workers, school teachers, mailman, neighbors, piano teacher, pastor, and friends.  Just a little something to let them know I am thinking of them during the Christmas season.

My oldest daughter and I made these together today, while the younger 2 watched a Christmas movie.  It was the perfect thing to do on a “school’s- out -snow- day!”  It went pretty smoothly, I do wish peppermint candies came pre-crushed!  Beating them with the rolling pin did not work, banging them with the bottom of a mason jar did not work, finally we got out the hammer and with some muscle–it worked!  Those were some hard- headed peppermints!  Once we had the candy crushed and a fun little math lesson with the measurements, we were good to go.  We made an assembly line, and got busy!

We found that with the small 8 oz jar size, we needed to change up the order so that the peppermints would show.  We did sugar, cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermints, salt and powdered milk.  Much prettier that way.  In the 16 oz jars, we kept the order as stated in the recipe.

After my girls had some igloo fun in the snow, they came in and sipped on some Peppermint Stick Cocoa.  It was very chocolate-y and very good;  so good that I got impatient when I had to say no at least 9 times when they asked for more. (3 times per girl, 3 girls).  I will blame their persistence on the addictive nature of the cocoa drink, because of course, my girls would respect their mothers “no” the first time, so they must have been on a chocolate high. Ha! Um, yea–guess we gotta work on that one!

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