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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
And that’s how I became one of those planner girls.
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.
It’s easy to feel like a complete failure sometimes, isn’t it?
Hashtag “Momfail”, right?
I suspect it is even easier to feel like a failure during the holidays because the expectations of the season make the bar feel so high.
And scrolling through social media doesn’t help. It usually pushes that hypothetical bar even higher. Everyone else appears to be doing life beautifully while you know the reality of your own situation.
Well, I am here to assure you that for every pretty picture of Christmas lights hanging in the kids’ bedrooms, there are realities that weren’t captured for the world to see.
So as this season of giving comes to a close, let my final gift to you be a few of my #momfail stories this December.