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.


Sometimes Things Go a Little Haywire

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I realize it’s only October and the year isn’t even over yet, but can I tell you something?  This year has been one of the hardest years of my life!  Seriously.  It’s been rough!  Let me tell you about it….

January – 5 day hospital stay with my daughter who has epilepsy.  They had to do a video EEG, so they could study the type of seizures she has, hopefully helping to get her seizure auras under control.  It seems like we have now, thankfully!

 

FebruaryEnd of pregnancy woes, like gestational diabetes and praying for no C-section!

 

MarchBaby #7 born on 3/13.  She’s been a joy, but definitely a difficult, fussy baby.

 

AprilWhooping cough hits our family.  Let me tell you, they call it the 100 day cough for a reason!  Puke bowls abound, as any time someone coughs, they throw up, multiple times a day for many days straight!

 

May – Extra fussy baby, can’t get anything done.

 

June – A trip to San Diego for baby and I, to a blogging conference…this was definitely a highlight!

 

July - Child #2 had to have another ear surgery (mastoidectomy) because the cyst they had orignally removed that had originally paralyzed half of her face, was growing back.  This was her 4th surgery on this ear.  On the 27th of July, Child #4 was admitted to the hospital with asthma struggles.  She ended up being transferred to a children’s hospital and treated in the PICU for 7 days of the 9 day hospital stay.

 

August – Daughter released from hospital, but now struggling with anxiety due to the hospital stay (and possibly the steroids they sent her home on).  We’re still trying to resolve the anxiety issues.

 

September – School starts.  We homeschool, so this is a big deal for us!  I was thankful to have a bit more structure to our days!  We even took a break and went on a fun vacation to Branson that I’ll be telling you more about soon.

 

October – Our marriage is struggling.  We are committed to finding happiness and peace and growing our love for each other, but it’s been a tough process.  In fact, this is why I’ve been a little bit scarce in writing here on the blog.  I had started the 52 week Organized Home Challenge and suddenly paused it while I got my feet back under me.  I’m hoping to start it back up this week, but my life has been a roller coaster ride!

 

I said all of that to say this.

 

I get it.

 

I know life is hard.

 

When you’re feeling all alone and like nobody else could ever understand where you’re at.  It’s OK.  Take a deep breath and let God give you a hug.  He cares for you no matter what!  He loves you, even when you don’t feel very lovable.  He is a Friend to the friendless and a Father to the fatherless!

 

Romans 8:28(KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

 

 

It can be easy to let everything go.  (I know, I’ve been doing it….you should see the condition of my house!!).  But, it’s important when things are hard, that you give yourself a little slack.  Don’t expect perfection.  Just rest.  Rest in God’s love.  Rest in His peace.  Put your trust in Him and you will be OK.  For He will never give you more than you can bear!

 

P.S.  Don’t forget that today is the last day of the Stock Your Freezer Sale!  If you’ve not yet made your purchase, you’re able to get $31.xx worth of merchandise for just $15!  The products in this bundle will help you to get one of the stresses in your life under control.  Meal times!  You’ll get my one month $250 Walmart menu, my weeks 1-4 of Crockpot Freezer Meals as well as the Breakfast and Lunch Station packs from my friend Kim of Not Consumed.  You absolutely will be excited when you see this sale!  Hurry though, it ends at midnight tonight.

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Free Crockpot Freezer Meals Weeks with Purchase of Homeschool Bundle

Most of you know that I’m a homeschool mom of 7 children.  Today is our first day back to school.  We like to ease back in.  Taking it a couple of subjects at a time to get us used to doing school again and being in a routine.  It is exciting to get back to that routine, but it’s hard to start getting up earlier and cramming so much into our days, too.

 

I know that many of you are homeschoolers and many of you are not.  That’s OK.  I love you all.  :)  If you are a homeschooler or you’ve ever considered homeschooling, I’ve got a terrific sale to tell you about.  It’s called the Homeschool Omnibus and it is chock full of ebooks for homeschooling moms.  It happens only once a year and each year, they put different books in it.  This is my first time including a book in the Omnibus.

 

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Free Gift from ME with Purchase!

 

Included in this bundle, is Week 2 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker Ebooks.  I wanted to let you know that anybody who buys this bundle through my link, will receive Week 1, Week 3 and Week 8 Printable menus for free!  That is an extra $12 in gifts to you for purchasing this!  If you’ve been debating about purchasing my menus, you’ll get all 4 of them plus 97+ other books for the one low price of $25.  If you do purchase this from my link, please send me the email address that you used to purchase this with, to sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail (dot) com.  (Remove (at) and (dot) and replace with the actual symbols.)  After I receive your email and confirm that you purchased through my link, I will send you an email with your other 3 ebooks.

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What Books are Included in the Homeschool Omnibus?

Included Discounts/Freebies

Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase

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  • The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The sale will run from 12:00 am ET, Monday, August 18 to 11:59 pm ET, Sunday, August 24.