You need some gift lists + ideas for teenagers? I can help. Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this curation of gift ideas for tricky, lovable teens. Check out my ever-growing collections for more ideas on gift giving, I have many, gift ideas and collections, I mean.
If you’ve ever been in charge of shopping for a teenager you understand the plight that is finding the right gift. See, it’s different for teenagers, because they’re more like toddlers than not during the teen years, and it can get ugly if you don’t get things juuuuust so. I say this as the mother of a teen and someone who WAS a teen for several years of my life. The emotions, they are everywhere. So many hormones, so many feeeeeeelings all. of. the. time. and no one does anything right. It’s genuinely a hard time of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get it right, and I’m always here to help; in fact I sourced my own teen to get some gift ideas so not ALL of you will be hated at your family holiday parties.
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I keep it real around here, if for no other reason than I *am* real and I can’t pretend to live a magazine life when I currently have 3 loads of unfolded laundry currently sitting in cube form, blocking everything in their path, in laundry baskets in my master bathroom. I have no qualms about showing you the state of my very real, very messy laundry room in the midst of the everyday madness of raising two children in the very real world. Frankly, it’s impossible for me not to keep it real, I’d be lying through my teeth if I told you I had it all together all of the time.
So I’m super excited to tell you about something very cool Tide Pods is doing to help those of us who happen to love high fashion, but live in the real world, where dry cleaning isn’t (much) a part of daily life. Tide has been working on a super cool formula for the laundry room, so you can have your high fashion and wash it too. At home, in your real life. In fact, they’re so serious about this … >> find out more...
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Wow it’s snowy out in my neck of the woods. Snowy, cold and very, very wintery. I’d give anything to be on a beach somewhere but since I’m not, I’m going to enjoy the weather I have and burrow in for the winter. Instead of dreaming of surfing somewhere (I wouldn’t dare!) I’m going to light a fire tonight. We’re going to have soup for dinner and hot tea afterwards in front of the fireplace while I nestle in with a good book.
Do you have certain books you read and movies you watch when it’s cold outside? I tend to watch almost exclusively BBC shows once we’ve packed up Fall and head into December: Sherlock (OBVS), Pride + Prejudice (Colin Firth version, of course), Upstairs Downstairs, you name it. As long as there’s a BBC stamp in the corner I’m usually game. I end up using words like ‘posh’ and ‘marvelous’ and phrases like ‘ that’s rather daring’ and ‘we mustn’t!’. I wish I were joking, but I can totally understand why Madonna and good old Gwennie end up … >> find out more...
It’s DIY facial time. A little *me* time for you, because you’re worth it. Your skin is dry, it’s acting up and behaving like a small, angry child and there’s only so much you can take before you want to break up. For realsies this time. Because you deserve better. You deserve a glowing face with nary a flake of dry skin in sight. So here’s what you’re going to do about it: you’re going to make a homemade DIY facial with ingredients from the kitchen, and when you’re all done your face will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Dry Skin Rescue Facial Homemade DIY
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1/4 cup honey
First of all let’s set the stage. Put on your bathrobe and start up some spa music. If you have children, make them leave the room. If you can’t do that do the next best thing: put on some headphones with Enya or some other calming music, for me right now that would be Bastille. I won’t judge you if your spa music is Metallica, we all have our own things.
Next, let’s talk ingredients. It wouldn’t be DIY without … >> find out more...
A bed used to be a place for sleeping. A boring white + blue striped mattress, covered with a sheet and maybe a nice down comforter (if you were lucky). I never take a good bed for granted but my kids don’t know the difference. I’ve spoiled them by not making them sleep on fold-up camping cots or 3 to a bed, stitch, like I did from time to time growing up in a family with 8 kids. So imagine then how I felt when I discovered there’s such a thing as a personalized bed, a bed so personalized you can get photos of whatever you please as light panels on the headboard. Can you even imagine?
I clearly cannot.
My childhood self wouldn’t have even known where to start with such an unbelievable future creation. What pictures would I choose for the headboard? Princess Leia? No! My Little Pony! No, too girly! I loved G.I. Joe so much I used to sneak into my brother’s bedroom to play with Joe and all his army buddies, maybe I could find a photo of ol’ Joe for my room! I know, I know, She-Ra from Masters of the Universe! A … >> find out more...
This hot nerd glasses post is sponsored by eBay. Follow my eBay collections to see regularly updated style in every category you can dream up, including an entire
shrine collection dedicated to Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes. He’s so hot right now.
Your mom’s so hot right now.
I’m curating collections by the minute over on eBay, and I have a couple I’m a little obsessed with. That’s not weird is it, to love your own collections? Anyway. Weird or not, two of my favorite collections right now are Statement Necklaces + Only Nerds Wear Glasses, alternately titled: ‘Glasses Are For Awesome People Who’ve Got It Goin’ On’.
Nerds rule the world.
Are these tortoise shell safety glasses or magical seeing eye glasses?
Do these cat eyed glasses make you a) hot, b) smart, or c) both? The answer is d) all of the above.
Your mom wears cat eyed glasses.
Mine did, in 1958 anyway, and she looked amazing.
Fancy a gorgeous necklace? I love a good statement necklace, it can easily make simple outfits more amazing and is often the difference between blah blah boring and Va-Va-VOOM. This black dipped, … >> find out more...
It’s Friday, Friday FRIDAY and time for another Friday news roundup. We made it to the end of the week together and now you and I can all sleep/drink/party ourselves into oblivion. Maybe we’ll run around to little league soccer games, till up the garden beds, do a little Christmas shopping? I don’t know what floats your boat but sleep + Sherlock float mine (the Cumberbatch version, obvs). This weekend you’ll find me at a swim meet for my kids (where else?) and putting up Christmas decorations (I know, I caved). We’re also planning to introduce the kids to the glory of Waking Ned Devine for our weekly Saturday night movie. Have you seen that movie? Please say yes. If not, scurry off somewhere to find and watch it asap-like because it’s absolutely the best.
This week was insane, (aren’t they all?) and there’s so much news to share! So much! You’ll be hungry by the end of this post so if you didn’t come prepared, go grab a slice of pie to tamp down the hunger pains; we’ll wait.
Ready? Let’s go!
Friday News Roundup
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- I write a weekly column for Disney’s Babble, and this
I love to read. I’m a reader, through and through. Always have been, and hopefully always will be (unless I’m rendered deaf and blind, in which case: take me out coach). Much to my husbands’ dismay I regularly pay overdue fines of $50+ to the local library for ambitious amounts of overdue books, lost books, and books accidentally soaked in Chai (who me? never!) in addition to spending unhealthy amounts of cash at Barnes & Noble for new hardback books I’ve been dying to read and don’t have patience to wait for in paperback.
There’s nothing like a really good read is there?
Once upon a time I was in a book club for about five minutes before I realized, (as in every other aspect of my life) I don’t like being told what to do, even if it means reading a book someone else has chosen. I don’t take orders very well, even if I’m the idiot who opted into the club in the first place.
Sometimes I need to be saved from myself.
Anyway, this was my only book pick I managed to stick around for (I guess I had to show up) and I could … >> find out more...