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Essential Outdoor Adventure Gifts for Kids

A few years ago, our children received Outdoor Adventure themed Christmas and birthday gifts to equip them for family outdoor adventures for years to come. They received many of the essential items required for our family outdoor adventures.

Since then we have traveled the US from coast to coast and I am grateful that we always have the basics for hiking, camping, exploring, and more.

A list of Essential Outdoor Adventure Gifts for Kids

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Gifts, Holidays

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.

Make gift giving easy with this life of gift ideas for a teen girl. Continue Reading

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Gifts Inspired by our Homeschooling 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.

In the spirit of practical AND fun gifts, I present the following gifts inspired by our homeschool lifestyle.

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Gifts, Holidays

Great Gifts for a Homeschool Mom

Educating the kids at home is a big task for any parent.  Research.  Plan.  Implement.  Repeat.

Every day.  Every week.  Every year.

The teacher deserves a special treat in recognition of their homeschooling efforts.  Maybe the homeschool teacher is your child.  Maybe it’s your spouse.  And maybe it’s your parent.

No matter who you see rocking out the job of a homeschool parent, you can find something on this list to brighten their day. Continue Reading

Gifts, Homelife

Toys for Children who Like to Build

Building toys.  The kind of toys that allow my children to build, design, and create have always been my favorite. Creativity literally explodes as the kids begin to play with well-designed building toys.

Admittedly, I don’t always appreciate the mess caused by the creativity explosion.  But I’ve learned to remember that it is “The Mess of Being” and I try to step over it. For days. Because I know this sort of mess is an important part of childhood. Continue Reading

Gifts, Holidays, Homelife

Top Gifts for a Harry Potter Fan

Our house is full of Harry Pottery Fans.  Six of them to be exact.

One of the teenage fans is the die-hard type.  She is the kid who has read the entire series about 15 million times.  She can answer the trivia questions that we can’t even find answers for on the internet.  #truestory

Then there is me.  I adore the books and the characters.  I used to teach a Harry Potter class for kids at the local community college.  If I had the time, I would read the series about 15 million times.  Instead, I just engage in good conversation with the kid that does.

The rest of the house loves the books as well.  Everyone has read them.  Seen the movies.  And has fallen in love.  Yes, we are a house of Harry Potter Fans.

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