Christmas Gift Guide For Teen Girls

We’ve started shopping for Christmas. Many retailers are having Black Friday-ish sales right now, and we are trying to check off our long list of to do’s and people to buy for. We have more shopping lists headed your way, but for now, it’s all about the teen girls. We are blessed with a teen and tween girl, and they have been VERY vocal about what they are eyeing for Christmas this year.

Belt Bag, LuLu, $38: This belt bag is a teen and adult favorite. Just the right size for a phone, money, lip gloss, gum, etc. Great price point, too.

Ice flow, Stanley – We love our Stanley’s. This style is great for school, sports, etc. The Stanley’s with the straw are not ideal for travel with the straw, so this one comes in clutch when on-the-go.

Marshmallow blanket, $169 from Urban Outfitters – I can see teen girls using this all the time, plus its fun texture on the bed. Looks so cozy and fluffy just like a marshmallow.

Colorful pom pom beanie, North Face $32: If you ask us, a beanie is just not complete with the pom pom. This is a cute style. Several colors available.

FujiFilk Instax Mini Photo Printer, Amazon $100: Teens love their photos, and we seem to develop less and less photos. This is a fun way the teens can print their photos in-house and hang them to display. This light set comes with clips – cute room decor and perfect spot for all those photo memories.

Stuff bag, Amazon $12: Such a cute bag for all the little things.

Ugg Mini, Nordstrom $150: This is on my list, and my daughters, Nordstrom. They are a high-sell out risk, so best to gran now and return if you need later. Also, shop around other retailers if Nordy’s doesn’t have the one you’re looking for.

High rise boyfriend joggers, Gap $50 (extra 40% off right now, so run): I have these and love them. And…my daughter steals them on a regular basis, which means it is teen-approved.

Bear Hug Sherpa Jacket, $35 (on sale from $60): This is so cozy, and on it’s SALE!! Teens will wear this all the time. We may add one to our list as well. Cozy every day, all day for us.

High rise relaxed jean, Abercrombie $90: High-rise relaxed or wide leg jeans are the look right now. We like these because there are no holes, so they can be worn more places. Abercrombie often has sales for jeans, so we will look out for that.

Rare beauty liquid blush, Sephora $24 – Teen girls are into this. I love my blush stick, so I’ll stick with that for now. But the girls are into Selena Gomez blush at the moment. Good price point, and an great stocking stuffer.

Laneige lip butter – Yep, just like the name, it feels like butter on your lips. Grapefruit is our favorite scent. There’s not much color, just good shine.

Sol de Janeiro perfume, Sephora – This scent is my daughter’s favorite. You can get all the products in this limited edition kit, which is $42 ($60 value)

Disco Ball Diffuser, Amazon $30: We love our diffusers and use them daily. Teens will love the twinkle of the disco ball. Plus, they can bring a little Taylor Swift mirrorball vibes into their bedroom, while breathing in Lavender, or any beneficial essential oils.

Heart Hands, Amazon $25: If you have a swiftie fan this is a bonus because this is one of her things, and girls can wrap their bracelets around the base of the hands + plus it serves as cute room decor.

Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour Movie Party Inspo

Taylor Swift came to town, and then left town…and our kids didn’t go to the concert. We tried to buy tickets, but we were waitlisted, and tears were shed by our teenage girls. I have no doubt our girls will continue to dream big, and hope that one day she will come to town again. Until then, listening to T. Swift on our home speakers is good enough…and also enough to drive our boys crazy. ūüôā

Our girls are thrilled about experiencing a glimpse of concert magic with the movie coming to theaters Oct. 2023. We are going to celebrate with a Swiftie party – bracelets, dinner, dancing and singing to all the era music, followed by a drive to the theater for The Era Movie. We will be sure to share photos. Here’s some inspo for our T. Swift party, so you can use some of it to create your own.

Swiftie Party Decor

Swiftie Goody Bags

  • Colorful, flat clay beads. A main party activity is the bracelet making, but if your in a rush, or don’t plan to make beads, you can always buy a pre-made pack of bracelets and add to the bag.
  • Resealable bag – we made ours, and plan on posting to Etsy ASAP. Please email us at if you want to order some in the meantime. We have the following bags, meet me at midnight, in my Taylor era, I can still make the whole place shimmer, and fearless (photos below)
  • Heart-shaped sunglasses
  • Vintage postcards – these can also be used for decor on the wall or table
  • Blue under eye mask
  • Pink, under eye mask
  • Tickets – we made our own (see below). If you want the file, grab here.

These ideas don’t just work for a movie premier, but also for any Taylor Swift-themed party or sleepover. You will be sure to make the whole party shimmer!

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her


We’re back, and just in time for some Valentine’s Day love. Hope everyone has been well! We hope to be back more often, and share our latest shopping finds, parties, and DIYs. Between our kids and work, life has been very, very busy. We know you can relate.

We’re shopping for our loved ones for Valentine’s Day, so thought we would share some items we’re adding to our carts.

Hanky panky thong: These have been our fave for years, and they remain our top choice when we open the underwear drawer. If you’re looking for a Lulu underwear dupe, Target has our favorites. No underwear line, and only $3 (on sale from $5 right now) instead of $18 per pair. Jodi loves them. Great gift for teen girls as well.

Wondergloss Collagen Lip Oil: When something says ‎imported from Italy, we are sold! Jessica got this from a dear girlfriend, and she is obsessed. It adds a sheer pretty color, and a shiny, non-sticky finish. Yes, please.

Laneige Lip Mask: This feels like butter on the lips, and soft lips means pucker up. This has become a nightly routine for us.

Pure Silk Pillowcase: Jessica’s hubby bought her this for Christmas. It’s dreamy and silky soft. I don’t sleep better, necessarily, but it’s a hint of luxury when I close my eyes at night, which is always fun.

Stoneware Heart Mug:¬†Love in a mug. ūüôā The simple heart sediment is special for everyone sipping coffee or tea everyday.

Stanley Tumbler: This lives up to the hype. Jessica and Jodi are believers. Literally, love the straw, love that it’s dishwasher safe, love the colors, love that our water stays cold all day and love that it fits in our cup holders.

Whitney shirt: We love Whitney, and her music. Nothing says I love you like the song I will always love you, by one of the best of all time, Ms. Whitney Houston.

Mascara: Luscious lashes, yes please. This was a Christmas gift and our lashes look fake when we wear it. It’s a splurge, so not necessarily an everyday wear for us, but definitely a special night out mascara, and even lunch with the girlfriends.

Fave socks: Add a pop of color with bright red socks, and let your girlfriend or family member know they are your favorite this Valentine’s Day.

Marble heart and pepper shakers: Sprinkle a little love (and salt + pepper) on your food year-round.

Floating Crystal Earrings: The pretty dainty earrings are affordable, and oh so pretty.

Juno Semi-Precious Necklace: Rose quartz represents and helps manifest self love, compassion, and romance, so why not wear those energy vibes with a pretty heart-shaped necklace and dainty chain. I might buy one for myself. ūüôā

Lulu Sweatshirt: Lulu, we love you and your soft fabrics. This one is no exception. Every time she wears it, she will feel “hugged” and cozy.

Cottage Greenhouse Lotion: This lotion smells so good. We have the handcream, and love it. They have wonderful scents, and made locally in CO.

Whether you buy gifts or not, we hope you take time to write a note, share chocolate or tell all the people you love, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Beach Days: Must-Haves For The Beach

Beach Must Have Accessories

We are heading to the beach soon. But, we can’t head to the salty shores without some of our favorite beach day accessories. Here we go…

  1. Phone Pouch РKeep that phone from heating up, as well as safe from the water (this pouch even floats).
  2. Elta Face Sunscreen¬†– We’ve tried many face sunscreens, and this is by far our favorite. It works, and it feels light and smooth going on.
  3. Sunbum Sunscreen¬†– This has been our favorite sunscreen for years. It’s free of some chemicals, and we love the smell. If your scalp gets fried like ours does, this is a great¬†hair sunscreen mist by Sunbum, as well.
  4. Foldable Buckets РSand toys are a must with kids at the beach. Be sure to save space with these collapsible buckets. Mesh bags, and shovels are clutch, too.
  5. JBL portable and waterproof speaker¬†– We love our JBL speakers. We don’t travel without them – we use them at the beach, at the park, golf course and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
  6. Stanley Water Bottle¬†– We finally brought our own water bottles from home last spring, and it was life-changing. The water stays nice and cold, it’s easy to carry with the handle, plus dishwasher-safe to clean (big WIN).
  7. Cooler backpack РThis is a big investment, so if not a yeti, buy a backpack cooler to keep water and snacks close by. Another great brand made in the USA is Cordova.
  8. Sunglasses РWe love our Quay, Goodr as well as our favorite Italian brand, Carrera, sunnies.
  9. Surfer Dude РGreat toy for the kids. The little surf toy rides the ways all day long.
  10. Splash UNO¬†– This is a fun pool-side game to play. The cards won’t get ruined by water splashes, so the UNO competition pool-side will remain strong all day.
  11. Beach Bag¬†– Jodi has this, and it’s adorable both on and off the beach.
  12. Hat РProtect your face with a hat. This Salty Crew trucker hat is so cute, and I think I have to add it to my cart.
  13. Neso beach tent¬†– This tent is amazing. We use it on our family vacations in Florida, and it provides good coverage, very portable and it’s stronger than an umbrella against that beach breeze.
  14. Birkenstock sandals: Jodi and Jess both own a pair of these, and want them in all the colors. So comfortable and versatile. We wear them 24/7 by the beach, and all summer long.
  15. (Not pictured)¬†Utility Wagon¬†– Traveling with kids means traveling with a whole bunch of stuff! This wagon has saved us so many times walking from the beach to the condo. Load ‘n go.

Have fun in the sun!

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Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids (Plus Free Printables)

Valentine’s Day is coming up. We have a fun post coming up for girlfriends (with a sense of humor), but today is all about the kids. This year, we’re doing a sports theme, with Star Wars intertwined, too. The kids get inundated with candy, so we like to do non-candy options when we can. There are so many amazing ideas, including¬†Parachutes, slap bracelets, cars, straws, slime, popcorn¬†and tattoos.

Hope you have an all-star Valentine’s Day!

Slam Dunk Valentine’s for your baller – The pens are from Amazon – order them now and you will get them in time. Free printable available here.

you're a slam-dunk - kids valentine and basketball pen

Star War’s Chopsticks¬†–¬†Jessica’s boys got these light up light saber chopsticks for Christmas in their stocking and love, love them. They eat with them, and also play with them. If your son or daughter would prefer a keychain or headlamp, this light up Lego keychain is awesome too.

Star Wars light up chopsticks

Star Wars light up chopsticks - gift idea for Star Wars fans

Tennis LOVE – for your tennis star, these are adorable tennis keychains (you will also get these in time).

tennis LOVE keychain for valentines day

You Light Up My Life: For the kids who love to doodle, write, or journal, these are fun light up pens that can be used everyday. These finger lights are also cute for elementary age kids. Free printable available here.

light up pens for valentines day - you light up my life

Let’s take a trip down DIY Valentine’s Day memory lane. Maybe you will see something you like…