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Gifts for a Teen Girl

Need a few thoughtful and original gifts for a teen girl in your life?

I was at a complete loss when it came to Christmas for my teen girls.  I started searching online and asking friends for ideas.

In the end, I am thrilled about the options I found for the 13 and 15-year-old girls in this house.

Now I will pass on some of the great gifts for a teen girl that were given to me.

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Gifts Inspired by the Brave Writer Lifestyle

Gift giving is such fun. I love surprising people and finding the perfect gift. Shopping for my kids brings me joy. Truly.

On the same hand, I don’t want a big pile of “stuff” left around after a holiday celebration or birthday. This forces me to think before I buy.

I want gifts that are fun and practical. It is a possible combination! I don’t want to find myself overwhelmed with stuff for the sake of stuff.

This is where my creativity comes in. I need to find things that will be inspiring, useful, and a joy to give.

So in the spirit of practical AND fun gifts, I present the following ideas inspired by our love for the Brave Writer lifestyle.

A list of gift ideas that are fun and practicall so that you will continue to use them all year. Check out these gift ideas inspired by the Brave Writer Lifestyle.

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Making my lists and checking them twice…

Poetry Teatime

Special Teapots

I absolutely adore these Tea-For-One ceramic tea sets from the English Tea Store. I bought each child their own solid color set and treated myself to this beautiful set.

Everyone loves drinking from their own special teapot, whether it is filled with hot tea, hot chocolate, or lemonade.

You can find several on Amazon as well. Here are a few that caught my eye:

   

New Poetry Books

I could list a million poetry books. The sky is the limit here.

But when it comes to gift giving, I like to find unique books that we will return to again and again. In that spirit, I’ll list a few favorite poetry book gift options:

 

You can also check out this list of Modern Picture books and scroll to the poetry section.

Just for Fun

How about magnet poetry for the fridge? Maybe the Haiku version? Or the Edgar Allen Poet kit?

Movies

Did you know that you can find movie discussion guides on the Brave Writer blog every Wednesday?

Movies create the opportunity for big, juicy conversations in the same way that a good book does. Take advantage of a few family movie nights during the busy holiday season or the gift of a good movie.

Check out the Brave Writer Movie blog posts and pick a few for this holiday season.

Gift a family movie night with a new movie and big gift basket of movie watching yummies.

Writing

Writing gift fun because we are BRAVE writers.

Copywork

I am obsessed with markers and pens, so I am happy to buy a ton items in this category. And I do. All. Year. Long.

Here are some of my favorites to pull out for copywork fun.

 

   

Just for Copywork Fun

   

Journals

We love our special Golden Lines journals (for favorite book quotes) and our Friday Freewrite journals. My boys have asked to start their own Golden Lines Journal, so you know they’ll be getting one.

  • A Novel Journal is one of my favorite options. If your child has a favorite title that is featured then this is a perfect Golden Lines journal.
  • A Gold colored journal for their Golden Lines.
  • Grab a simple spiral notebook with a special cover. Maybe a sport or a character?
  • Some of these Harry Potter Journals would delight the kids in this house.
  • Get Out!!! There is a great selection of Stranger Things notebooks.

         

Game Play: Language Games

Toss the vocabulary and spelling workbooks and grab a game instead. Here are a few of our favorites for wordplay, storytelling, vocabulary, and spelling:

  • In Dixit, players use a descriptive word to describe their artwork hoping that it also describes the artwork someone else is holding. We own Dixit Journey, but it was very pricey when I posted this. I would check out the version pictured below.
  • Codenames forces the players to think about words, their various meanings, and connections. There are many versions to choose from. We have the original, but the neighbor has the picture version. The Duet Version is on my list.
  • Quiddler. Think spelling practice but FUN!
  • Rory’s Story Cubes are a classic storytelling game. They are also easy to take with you in your purse.

 

  • Taboo and Scattergories are classics from my own childhood. Both involve creative wordplay and work well with your older kids.
  • Apples to Apples is a great follow up to a lesson on adjectives and nouns!
  • Snake Oil is a fun game of persuasive language and laugh out loud word combinations.

 

   

 

Hygge

What is hygge?

According to Wikipedia, it is a “Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).”

Part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle is all about bringing coziness to our homeschool environment. Instead of doing school at home, we create a cozy home environment where learning can happen.

Art and Nature

Experience Art and enjoying nature are just part of the activities on the agenda as a Brave Writer family.

In my home, we are much more likely to dabble in the arts instead of nature, but I try to incorporate both. There are so many simple gift ideas that will remain useful for years to come.

      

Shakespeare

Bring the Bard to your gift giving events. There are so many books about William Shakespeare, so I am going to list my favorite “gift-worthy” titles.

Shakespeare Books

  • Wills Words – My favorite kids hardcover picture book to introduce kids to the language invented by Shakespeare.
  • My love for OMG Shakespeare runs deep. This is a hysterical set for your teen. (language warning with emoji and texting acronyms)
  • Loves Shakespeare and Star Wars? Combine your loves with these hysterical Star Wars rewrites.
  • Pop Sonnets are modern day pop songs rewritten in the language of Shakespeare. I like to read the Shakespeare version and see if the kids can guess the modern song.

     

Shakespeare Fun

 

Continuing Education

Julie Bogart of Brave Writer supports continuing education for the homeschool mom. We learn alongside our kids every day, but we should feel free to pursue our own passions as well.

In addition, we can improve our ability to homeschool by surrounding ourselves with other moms who are pursuing the same ideals and reading books about learning and education.

Support

If you are looking for a one-stop shop for a Homeschooling Parent to learn and grow in a community of like-minded Brave Schooling parents, then a membership to the Homeschool Alliance is the perfect gift.

The Alliance is Julie Bogart’s personal coaching community where a homeschool parent can find support for their homeschool journey.

Gifts for the Brave Writer Lifestyle includes support for mom from the Homeschool Alliance.

My favorite aspect of this community is the Master Class in Learning. I consider it my continuing education because each month I read and discuss thoughts on learning and education with like-minded adults. The monthly webinars are important to my growth as a homeschooling mom.

Self-Care

Of course, part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle is taking care of YOU – the parent.

Make sure that as you make your lists for the kids, you think about something that will nourish your own soul this holiday season.

What useful gifts are on your shopping lists?

 

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Homelife

Because Doing All The Things Won’t Work

Laundry sits in piles upstairs. There are two loads waiting to be folded and two are sitting in the washer and dryer. Campfire scented top sheets are tossed haphazardly on the floor so I don’t forget to wash them next.

None of these piles include my own laundry which is overflowing in a basket down the hall. I have only tackled the towels and the boys’ clothing so far and I can’t seem to even finish that task.

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Homelife

5 Simple Self-Care Ideas

Occasionally it occurs to me that I am allowed to spoil ME.

Yep. Momma is allowed to spoil herself.

It’s not a crazy concept, but it’s often a forgotten one. It’s easy to forget to take care of me in the midst of swim team, carpool, cleaning, and summer projects. And sometimes there just is no. time. in. the. day.

At least it feels that way.

So what is a mom to do?

Simple Self-Care tips for moms to implement into their daily routine. Continue Reading

Homelife, Homeschooling

Happy Planning Your Homeschool Year

I wasn’t going to be one of those planner girls. You know the ones. The ones with the Happy Planners, piles of washi tape, and stickers.

Will. Not. Do. It.

Then, the allure of a pretty happy planner called to me and I found myself “just looking”. The next thing I knew, the friendly planner gal standing next to me introduced me to a fancy hole punch that would allow me to put any pages that I wanted into the planner.

Which meant that I could insert the forms from my homeschool planner into the pages of the Happy Planner.

Sold.

And that’s how I became one of those planner girls.

Plan Your Year Kit and the Happy Planner work well together for the perfect homeschool and life planner. Continue Reading

Games, Homelife

Play Everyday in May

May is here and I am ready to play!

Okay, let’s be honest, I am ready to play games on any given day, but during this month our formal schooling begins to slow down, and we have more free time for unstructured play and learning.

Come play everyday in May with me - games for every subject!

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Family Connections, Homelife, Parenting, Uncategorized

Connect with Your Kids: January Edition

January is a great time to connect with your kids.

Ok.  So anytime is a great time to connect with your kids, but January has few unique qualities that you can take advantage of right now.

It’s dark.  It’s cold.  And sometimes, if you are lucky, it is white.

All of these qualities make this the perfect month to cozy up and connect as a family.  To make it a bit easier for you this month, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month, including a FREE 2 page printable of conversations starters for your family!

Click for inspiration and ideas to connect with your kids in January!

Before you feel any sort of pressure to attack all of these ideas, let me assure you that I won’t be doing them all.

Instead, I’ve compiled this list for all of us to peruse and then purposefully select the activities that will work best for our family this month.  After all, we want to connect with our kids and NOT connect with a “to-do” list. Continue Reading