6 Christmas Ideas to Get Your Tween Girl for Christmas

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft.  All opinions are 100% my own.  If you’re looking for a great deal on a tablet, be sure to read to the end, as you can get this amazing deal BEFORE Black Friday! 


6 Christmas Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

Craft Supplies:  Tweens love to be creative.  This is a great time for them to learn how to knit or crochet, so knitting needles and instruction books could be a great idea.  Craft lessons would also be fun.  Scrapbooking supplies and other crafting projects would be great as well!  My kids love to work with photographs at this age!


Clothes:  What tween girl doesn’t love to look nice?  Well, I guess a few don’t care, but in general, this is the age where they like to get all dolled up and looking cute!  An outfit complete with shoes and accessories would be perfect for a girl this age!


Books:  This is typically the age where they start caring more about reading, too.  There’s book series’ like Anne of Green Gables, Chronicles of Narnia and more that will keep their interest for a long time.  For recommendations, be sure to visit your local library and I’m sure they’ll give you lots of great ideas!


Movies:  My tween hasn’t given me her list of movies she’d love to own yet, but….I know it’s coming.  Last year, that was the main thing on her list.  She loves owning her favorite movies.


An Excursion:  What tween doesn’t love going out and having a bunch of fun?  A trip to go bowling, ice skating, to a theme park, an indoor water park, a pizza place with arcade, go cart riding, shopping, etc.  It’s one of those clutter free gifts that everyone has fun with!


A Tablet:  This has got to be my tween daughter’s number one pick on her list this year!  You know which one I’ve got my eye on?   The Microsoft HP Stream 7 Signature Edition!  I just found out that you can get it right now, way before Black Friday for only $99!  What an amazing deal!!  The HP Stream 7 tablet from Microsoft Store is available NOW, both online and in stores!  

HP Stream 7

Why is the Microsoft HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet a Great Deal at $99?

  • It is a nice size – 7″ HD Screen.
  • It has free anti-virus software built right in.
  •  It comes with some great software!   Office 365 Personal (with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and 1TB of online storage ($69.99 value), all for FREE.  That alone makes it worth while!  Imagine being able to work on your PowerPoint presentation or your Excel files from your tablet while on the go.  
  • Plenty of storage at 32 GB.
  • It’s run by Windows, so will integrate well with your other Microsoft computers and programs.
  • It has amazing HD video quality.
  • Built in front facing and back facing camera.
  • It’s everything you could want for your tween for an amazing price!  (In fact, I may be getting one for my 9 year old, too…shh don’t tell)

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As you can see, this tablet is an amazing buy at $99! Not only is it the perfect gift for those on your list, but it’s also a perfect gift for yourself!

What gift is a must-have for your tweens this year?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft.

Apple Painting: A Fun Fall Activity for Children

Apple Painting is a fun craft for children where they can use their creativity and fine motor skills to create a festive art project for Fall.  Apple painting is  a great tactile sensory activity for kids too!


How To Make An Apple Painting:


  • Apple
  • Paint (red, yellow, or green)
  • Construction Paper
  • Paper Plate
  • Corn-on-the-cob Holders


1.  Pour the paint onto a paper plate and spread it around with a paint brush.


Helpful Hint:  Add some hand soap to the paint and mix well.  The soap will make it easier to wash any access paint from the table or painting surface, clothes, or little hands.


2.  Cut the apple in half.


3.  Insert a corn-on-the-cob holder into the skin of the apple.  The corn-on-the-cob holder makes it easier for little hands to hold and paint with the apple.

4.  Let your child apple paint by pushing the apple down into the paint, lifting it up using the corn-on-the-cob holder, and pressing it firmly onto the construction paper.


Cost To Make An Apple Painting:

  • Apple: 20¢
  • Paint: 10¢
  • Construction Paper: 1¢
  • Paper Plate: 1¢

Total: just 32¢ for a great piece of artwork for Fall!

Teachable Moment:

Every activity has a Teachable Moment!  What is a Teachable Moment?  It is a time during every craft or project when you can teach your child something about the activity.

1.  Read Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and discuss the parts of an apple and how it grows.

2.  Eat a slice of a red, green, and yellow apple and discuss the similarities and differences.

3.  Cut the apple and look for the “star” shape made by the seeds.


This post is written by Karen from The Saving Cents Mom.  Karen is a mom who loves to save money!  She has two amazing children and a wonderful husband who she loves to spend time.  They enjoy reading books, playing outside, watching movies, and making memories.

I’m Watching You Baby – Snuza Video Baby Monitor Giveaway

“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Snuza and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

I’m a mama of 7 children and have found that having a baby monitor is crucial to my sanity!  I bet you get that, right?  :)

Snuza Trio Plus Baby Monitor

The other day, I found myself doing the dishes.  The baby was happily playing in the exersaucer like this:

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She’s 7 months old now, isn’t she cute?  :)

I knew that she’d remain happy there, but if she happened to spot me, she’d get all grumpy.  Yep, she’s a mama’s girls and loves for me to hold her and nurse her as much as possible.  To put it plainly, I needed to leave her in the living room where she was happily playing while I was in the kitchen.

The problem is, I have an ornery little 3 year old boy.  Need I say more?  He would like to pick on that baby.  Imagine that, right?  I was able to use my amazing Snuza Video Baby Monitor to keep an eye on the situation.

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 I even spotted said 3 year old, standing there with a big stick in his hand.  I don’t think he was planning to beat the baby with it, but a mama can never be sure what a 3 year old little boy will do, so I was able to get that out of his hand really quickly once I spotted it on the montior.  What he was really doing, most of the time, was playing with her and entertaining her…but….this mom can never completely trust him alone with her baby.  That’s why I’m so thankful to have my Snuza Video Baby Monitor.

Up Close of Monitor

Snuza Video Baby Monitor is a 3-in-1 monitoring solution – Audio, Visual, Movement – keeps baby covered from every angle!

The Snuza Video Baby Monitor is amazing.  I really do love it.  It has several awesome features, that I know you’ll love as well!

  • Portable Baby Movement Monitor – it literally sets off an alarm if baby’s movement stops.  It is a mobile, easy-to-use movement monitor that clips onto your baby’s diaper and ensures that normal movement is maintained. With its ultra-sensitive flexible tip, the slightest of movements are detected and if no movement is detected for a period of 20 seconds, the Snuza Go! emits an audible alarm. Parents can reduce the timer from 20-seconds to 18 or 15 and the Snuza Go! also alerts you when your baby’s movements are very week or fall to less than 8 movements per minute.  - I know I’m always nervous about the baby stopping breathing when they’re really little.  I think it’s a common problem among moms.  This will give us moms (who sometimes feel crazy), some serious peace of mind!  Have you ever popped up in the middle of the night, realizing your baby has not woken up as soon as they normally do?  Yep….me too!
  • Two-way communication.  You can talk back to your baby and let her know that you’re on your way.
  • Room Temperature Display
  • Voice Activated Sound monitoring
  • 3.5″ color screen
  • Remote Control Camera
  • Ability to have up to 4 cameras connected to the same monitor, so you don’t have to move your cameras around.
  • The monitor can be portable, battery powered or can be plugged in.
  • Makes an amazing gift!


I know I wish I would’ve had this monitor with my first 6 children.  It should be on most every mom’s wish list!  Would you like a chance to win one?  Get entered right here!


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