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!  

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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.

Pumpkin Pie Cake – The Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert!

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Do you want to know the one dessert that I make multiple times a year in November and December?  Seriously.  Not only is it a huge hit with our own family, it’s also a hit among anyone and everyone we take it to.  I already made it for a party this past week and now we’ve made it again for my husband’s work Thanksgiving Dinner.  Next, I’ll make it for my side of the family’s Thanksgiving dinner and then again probably for our Family Reunion Christmas Party on my husband’s side.  Everyone always raves about it.  Everyone always asks for the recipe, too!

It’s like pumpkin pie with a crumbly cake topping, which makes it even better than pumpkin pie!  It’s delicious served with whipped topping on top.  Let me make it easy for you.  I will provide you a printable recipe, if you will just try it!  If you’re taking it to a group function, be sure to print out several recipes so that you can hand them out when everyone wants to know what it is you made!  I’m telling you, it’s good stuff.  :)

This cake came from a recipe book I started as a child.  I was homeschooled 10th grade through 12th grade, and while I was, when we’d cook something good, I’d write down the recipe so I could share it with my own family when I had one.  I’m so glad that I did!

Pumpkin Pie Cake

1 can pumpkin (29 oz)
4 eggs
1 can evaporated milk  (I always substitute with 1 1/4 cup of regular milk and don’t notice a difference)
1 1/2 cups of sugar or honey
1 t. ginger
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 . salt

1 yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup melted butter

  • Mix first 7 ingredients and pour into ungreased 9×13 cake pan. 
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin (drizzle butter over mix). 
  • Sprinklie with nuts. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

This “cake” is so good topped with cool whip!

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Be sure to print the recipe sheet here:   Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe Sheet

No Bake Bird’s Nest Cookies – Great for Easter AND Spring

Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies

My friend Holly loves to cook.  She thrives on making treats that are adorably cute, as well as tasty!  I asked her if she’d start letting me share some of her creations with you and she said yes!  She brought these to our church’s Easter Party they had for the kids.  They were soooo cuate!

No Bake Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies


  • 1 (12 oz) bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag chow mien noodlesI
  • M&Ms or Jelly Beans


  1. Melt chocolate chips and other chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in chow mien noodles.
  3. Spray muffin tins lightly with Pam.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased muffin tin and mold into nest shapes.
  5. Let them sit until firm.  (You can put in the refrigerator to speed it up).
  6. Place eggs and/or Peeps on top.

Please note.  You make large cookies in regular size muffin tins or smaller ones in the small muffin tins.  The ones pictured are the smaller muffin tins.  If you use the larger ones, you could use Peeps in them for a bird on top.

Holly’s note:  If the chocolate seizes up while melting, you can just add a bit of shortening to it.

Bird's Nest Cookies for Easter