Why is Schitt’s Creek Over? Great Gifts For Teens

Why is Schitt’s Creek Over? Great Gifts For Teens

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Is Schitt’s Creek Over?! Say it isn’t so!

It was such a lifesaver during the pandemic! So, when my son asked, “Is Schitt’s Creek over?” as we came to the end of the final season, we decided to just start it again! We don’t watch it with quite the same dedication, but when one of us sees that an episode is on t.v., we will call everyone in to watch it for a fun family break.

All of a sudden, back in March, 2020, the world as we knew it stopped. We were all home. No school. No games. No travel. No social life. No nothing! If you lived with teens, like me, then you had even more to deal with.

With nothing on our schedules, we were all floundering for a while. At first, we embraced it. Lots of puzzles, games both board and online, grilling out… But, then boredom set in. Everyone was on each other’s nerves. Territory in the house had to be staked out for learning and work. School seemed never ending, and there was no structure anywhere for anything.

Then we stumbled upon the show, Schitt’s Creek.

Of course, we had all seen episodes and memes over the years, but our youngest was finally old enough to watch this. We realized over the last year, that many movies that we had watched with his older brothers, he could now watch. We generated a list of old favorites, and started checking them off one at a time.

But, Schitt’s Creek was the tie that bound us all together. If anyone was feeling down or frustrated or if we didn’t know WHAT to do at any particular moment, then we watched a Schitt’s Creek episode!

Here was a show that had a family going through a crisis together. They were stuck in two rooms of a po-dunk hotel, nothing to do, and having to figure out life’s curveballs as they came. This was such a close parallel to our lives that this show really struck a chord with us!

Schitt’s Creek helped my family!

I want to share with you how Schitt’s Creek helped my family bond, and I hope that if this isn’t the show for your family, that you find one that works because it can be such a fun experience! {Some shows to try are: The Mandalorian (Disney+), Merlin (Netflix), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix), Heartland (Netflix), Glee (Netflix), and Lost (Hulu) to name a few -we have watched all of or part of all of these, and can highly recommend them all!}

In this post, I break down the characters, great Schitt’s Creek quotes, and lessons learned throughout the series.

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Here is the Schitt’s Creek trailer in case you have missed this show!

I want to say that the show is definitely for older teens, maybe 15+. With that being said, there are many reasons why this show is so great which are covered below! Schitt’s Creek helped our family through the pandemic, and it will continue to be a favorite in the years to come!

What is there to love about Schitt’s Creek characters?

Johnny Rose -debonair dad who has lost it all, but doesn’t give up on life, work, family or anything worth trying for which makes him very lovable.

Moira Rose -the queen of wonderfully original comebacks in her unique accent and wigs (I recently found out that these were 2 things that she asked for when she joined the show!) She puts off a prickly exterior, but has a tender-hearted core.

David Rose -What to say? David is the perfect person in this show, in my opinion. He is quirky, loving, self-effacing, and perfectly imperfect. His smirky, half-grin kills me every time! How did they keep straight faces doing this show??

Alexis Rose -”Ew”, she starts the show as an empty-headed, poor little rich girl. As the show evolves, she becomes so much more!

Stevie -She is the lonely, sarcastic hotel manager/co-owner with Johnny, and eventual best friend to David. She is soooo funny!

Twyla -Twyla seems like a minor character, but if you think about it, she is the player who witnesses most of the big conversations and decisions made by the Roses over the years. She is the perfect innocent foil to all of their shenanigans as the sweet, hometown waitress.

Jocelyn and Roland Schitt -the wife and mayor of Schitt’s Creek -no way to describe them except adorably and awful “white trash”

Mutt, Ted, and Patrick -These are the wonderful love interests of Alexis and David who are each great people in their own right.

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Is Schitt’s Creek over-say it isn’t so?

We started with season 1, episode 1, and have nearly worked our way through all of the seasons. We will be so sad for it to end. In fact, we have all said more than once that we will just start it all over again!

There are many memories of 2020, but some, if not most, of my good memories stem from Schitt’s Creek. Watching the show, sending memes and GIFs, and quoting lines from many different episodes.

Here are some categories for these great quotes from the show even if these weren’t originally about the following subjects. The great thing about Schitt’s Creek quotes is that so many of these are applicable in so many circumstances! This is another way that Schitt’s Creek helped my family to deal with different situations -now we have a quote for almost every circumstance.

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Schitt’s Creek quotes…

Having a bad day? Moira says, Oh, I’d kill for a good coma right now,” or “I just want a bathtub and a long extension cord, please.” Or, Pick up a hammer and nail this coffin shut!

Needing to socially distance yourself? “I’m trying very hard not to connect with people right now,” this from David. And this, Very uninterested in that opinion.”  Alexis sums up our unsocial year by saying, “I miss being surrounded by loose acquaintances who think I’m funny and smart and charming.

Life throwing you for a curve….2020  “You must prepare for life, and whatever it will throw at you,” from Moira again. Or, from David, It’s just one long string of really bad luck and I don’t know what kind of carnage I inflicted in my past life to deserve it. I must have been Dracula or a spin instructor or something.”  

Friendship! According to Johnny, “I don’t think we could have gotten through without you all.” Moira says, Gossip is the devil’s telephone. Best to just hang up.” “When one of us shines, we all shine,” again from Moira.

Schitt's Creek helped our family bond

Dealing with someone that you don’t care for, I’m incapable of faking sincerity,” is Stevie’s advice. Or, “Fall off a bridge, please,” from David.

Are you super busy?I’m positively bedeviled with meetings et cetera,” great quote by Moira, and another by her, “I would be pleased to RSVP as pending.

Dating advice from Alexis, “So this is weird. Today marks the longest relationship I’ve ever voluntarily had with someone. Yeah, the actual longest relationship was a three-month affair with a Saudi prince, but for the last two months of that I was trapped in his palace trying to get to an embassy.” 

Or, “Well, you know, when it comes to matters of the heart, we can’t tell our kids who to love.” And, this one, “I went on a blind date to Bali with Leo, so I’m pretty sure it’ll be fine.” David says, I’m starting to feel like I’m trapped in an Avril Lavigne lyric here.

I love this one by Patrick because it’s so true! “David, you have to stop watching Notting Hill. It’s not helpful for our relationship.

Good parenting from Moira, If airplane safety videos have taught me anything, David, it’s that a mother puts her own mask on first.” Also, David, stop acting like a disgruntled penguin.” Johnny asks, Are You In Danger? Blink If You’re In Danger.

On the job advice, “If there is anyone at this fabulous little confab who knows how to work a room of fragile egos, it’s me. I once hosted the non-televised portion of the People Choice Awards.” Alexis interviews with this wonderful line, “I don’t want to brag, but Us Weekly once described me as ‘up for anything.

Working in the kitchen? David tells us, “Let’s not ruin a meal by talking about the process.” Moira says, “Oh good, now I see bubbles. David! What does burning smell like?” Or, A heavy salad might as well be a casserole.

There is so much to love about Schitt’s Creek besides the quotes!

As of the writing of this post, Schitt’s Creek awards are 176 nominations for the show and 64 wins! This is an amazing number considering the fact that they were only around for 6 seasons.

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There are so many life lessons in Schitt’s Creek!

Acceptance, growing up, making mistakes and learning from them, true friendship, the importance of family… to name just a few! What we have loved about this program as parents is that this show has been the springboard for so many really deep conversations regarding these lessons and so many more.

As the show progresses, and you get to know the characters, they all learn lessons about resilience, adapting to new situations, not giving up, choosing the positive, and again, I could go on and on! Mostly this show is about love, and in this day and age, we could all use a lot more of that! If you know a lover of this show, here are some great gifts that someone might like! 

Schitt’s Creek helped my family, and I hope that this show or some other one can help your family bonds grow stronger!

Schitt's Creek helped my family

Schitt’s Creek Merch!

Shirts:

Masks:

Baby Gear:

Stickers:

 

Mugs:

 

Coloring Books:

Candles:

 

Socks:

 

Hats:

Sunglasses:

This is from Etsy, so no picture… Car air freshener with Moira.😂

The entire 6-season collection of the show

The ultimate coffee table book for the series! I just ordered for our family –

Schitt’s Creek helped my family, and I encourage you to give this show a chance!

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Best Halloween Decor For A Dorm Room: 9 Spooky Ideas!

Best Halloween Decor For A Dorm Room: 9 Spooky Ideas!

Easy and inexpensive Halloween decor for a dorm room

Halloween is such a fun holiday! A great way to get involved at college is to encourage your teen to participate in a decorating contest for their dorm room or apartment! Snacks will earn them extra credit… Here is some great Halloween decor for a dorm room or an apartment. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Start with storage for your holiday decorations

Be sure to grab a flat storage container to put the decor in under a bunk or regular bed. If you only purchase small and flat things, the need for storage is minimal. The set pictured below would be great. One for fall decor, and one for spring. If your teen drives to school, they can bring one home over holiday break and exchange it out. (This set was also one of the cheapest options, these are more expensive than I thought!)

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A great way to get involved at college is to encourage your teen to participate in a decorating contest for their dorm room or apartment! Snacks will earn them extra credit… Here are some great Halloween decor for a dorm room or an apartment.

Halloween Decor For Your Dorm (and some fall ideas as well)

Begin with a fall tree. I would suggest a fall tree because that will take your teen up to Thanksgiving. This will easily fit on a small table or shelf to be out of the way. However, here are some small Halloween trees if you want to be specific. Does your teen already have a plant in their room? These eyeball plant markers are a riot -and they just stick into the soil, so they will take up no new space!

A cute Halloween doormat just inside the door will set a fun tone as well.

Does your teen have a light up box? This will be great for all holidays!

Some spooky Halloween lights to string around the room wil be a great addition. Here are some plain orange lights for a more general fall theme. This group of scary critters hang from the ceiling with a bit of tape and take up no floor space!

Wall decals are fun, and take up NO space! Here are some creepy spiders.🕷 And, here is some spider webbing to stretch out in different corners. Both of these are cheap decorations, take up little to no space, and can be thrown away after the holiday! And, here are some spooky window cling ons.

Grab a Halloween mug for your teen and their roomie!

Get a set of pillar candles. Then, order decals for each holiday to decorate the sides- this set has 6 holidays. This is super cheap and easy!

Get some pillow covers. These take up little room, and your teen can switch them up each holiday.👻🦃🎄❤️🍀🐰

If your teen gets a grapevine wreath, then it can be changed out with a little holiday ribbon a few little decorations for each season. This set of four colors could get them through the year!

Other ideas for Halloween fun!

If your teen is looking to just decorate their door, here are some really great ideas!

Here are some great Halloween care package ideas.🎃

Just for fun, here is a Classic Horror Movie Countdown, which is an advent calendar for Halloween. And, here is a light up Halloween box, advent calendar. Might be too big for a dorm room, but too cute not to share! Here is a Funko 13 Day Spooky Halloween Countdown with 13 Pocket Pop! sized vinyl figures from your favorite Horror franchises

It’s always fun to have a t-shirt or sweatshirt for the season.

Your teen could host a movie night… Here is a post with 15 Halloween movies that are not super scary.

Does their dorm have a kitchen?  They can grab some slice and bake cookies, cookie cutters, and some seasonal decorating sprinkles etc, and have fun! There are also prebaked cookies that you can order from Amazon or the local grocery will do this for you as well.

They may need Halloween face masks and fall/Thanksgiving face masks

Here is a post for a dorm room that may be feeling sort of crowded -ideas for more storage in a small dorm room.

I hope this post gives you a lot of easy, and mostly inexpensive ideas for Halloween decor for a dorm room or apartment!

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Smart Parents in October: 10 Timely  Wins

Smart Parents in October: 10 Timely Wins

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What I’m learning and loving in this month of October! “Smart Parents” in October is a series that I’m continuing. I will talk about a few things that I am learning in my life, and also a few things that I am loving. This will include books, gadgets, tools, AND DEALS -so be sure that you read to the bottom for traditional deals that are offered during the month of October.

I will do this sometime during each month. Let me know what you think! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Learning:

•Here is an amazing story of one man who made a huge difference by trial and error. He spent his own money and time getting arid, desert land to become fertile. It reminds me of the movie Biggest Little Farm. If you haven’t seen that one–it’s the wonderful story of a family who has done the same thing in California!

These are great stories of perseverance, resilience, and hard-work with awesome results. All traits that our kids need more of, my own included!

•There is a book by Rose-Lynn Fisher, she’s a photographer, called Topography of Tears. It shows amazing pictures of tears under the microscope. Did you know that crying can release stress? They can also release toxins. Here is an interesting article about this.

Loving:

Book:

This was my favorite book that I read this summer! It is such an unusual coming of age book. Wavy is a young girl growing up in a horrible environment. She forms a friendship with an unlikely person who is eventually deemed inappropriate by a well-meaning caretaker. I don’t know how I missed this when it was new! Sooooooo good…

Show:

The 100–Have you ever watched? I am on season 2 with our 16 year old, and at a different spot with our 20 year old! This is a dystopian series with a little twist. Think Hunger Games crossed with Divergent. Find a show that you enjoy with your teen, it’s really fun to have them share time with you! (Heads up-this is definitely for older teens)

Movie:

Top Gun–Can you believe that this came out in 1986?! I remember watching this with a good friend in college. We were both dating pilots at the time! A current movie that you need to go to if you haven’t already seen is Queen Bees! It was sooooo good -it’s the geriatric version of Mean Girls. And, the cast is great!

Gadget:

Stainless steel straws–This are great for you to take anywhere, and bonus, you are helping to save the environment!

Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Recipe:

Chocolate Eclair Cake: Super easy!!

1 box graham crackers, 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip (thawed), 2 (3.4) oz packages vanilla pudding, 3 1/2 c. milk, an 1 can chocolate frosting

Whisk together the milk and pudding mix. Then fold in the Cool Whip.

Line the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan with a single layer of graham crackers. You may need to break some.

Spread half of the pudding mix.

Top this with another single layer of graham crackers.

Spread other half of the pudding mix.

Put down one more layer of graham crackers.

Soften can of frosting in microwave in 15 second increments till pourable. Stir well, and pour over the top layer of graham crackers. Spread to cover.

Refrigerate overnight if possible, but for sure at least 6-8 hours. It’s so much better once the pudding starts to soak into the graham cracker layers! Eat!

This is my youngest son’s and my dad’s favorite dessert! So easy and delicious!

Tool:

Car Vent Organizer— This is a great way to keep organized for your daily life, road trips, etc. I am getting one for each of us who drive in my family!

Product:

My son recently started using this product for his acne. He says it feels good, and it seems to be helping! There are other products for deodorant, body wash, and talc free body powder. They are all designed for teenage boys. Update: He has been using now for a couple of months, and his skin is so much better!

Quote:

“I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October.” -Charmaine J. Forde

Holidays: 

1 –International Coffee Day, 14 –National Dessert Day, 21- International Nacho Day, 23- Make a Difference Day, 31 –Halloween

Timely posts:

Have you checked out my September Smart Parents blog post.

Applying to College

FAFSA: What You Need To Know

It’s Time To Order Your Advent Calendars Now!

Budgeting For the Holidays -start now

I hope that you find all of these items and ideas helpful to be a “smart parent in October”! Share with a friend if you found this helpful.😀

Traditional October Deals!

Apple airpods pro -huge reduction!

X-box games -great stocking stuffer

Gym bag -what condition is your bag in?

Headphones -these are great for noise blocking! Does your college kid need this?

All Alexa devices!

Harvest sale for Cricut products -great prices on the mug press, easy press mini, and the Joy machine.

October is ADHD Awareness month, and PTS Coaching has great deals for parents.

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25 Days For a Teenage Christmas

25 Days For a Teenage Christmas

The holidays will be upon us before we know it.

Here are 25 days for a teenage Christmas that you can incorporate into your schedule to make things easier on you in the long run. The list includes activities, but also ways to be prepared for later in the month so that you can enjoy it as much as everyone else.🎄

One of the things that I am trying to do is to be more intentional with my time. By asking ahead of time what my family likes, I can let go of some of the other things. 

I am going to try a questionnaire this year and see how it goes. There is always the chance that someone won’t think of everything as they are filling it out. We can always be sure to add it in the next year! 

Be sure to check out the book recs at the bottom of this post encouraging us all to slow down.

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Make a plan for the month of December.

When are finals for each of your kids? When will they be home? What are your teens’ work schedules? Make a master calendar to keep track of it all. Ask all members of your family what are their top 3 favorite events/traditions that they like to do. Combine all the lists, and let go of any traditions not on there. Re-evaluate each year.

Once your master calendar is set up, ask all participants in your family if they would like to try anything new? It is always fun to try new things. Don’t go crazy adding things. Maybe one new thing a year. Take turns who gets to pick.

I talk more about this on Youtube -Check it out here!

I wrote this post because as our kids have grown, our traditions have changed, not always the “what”, but the “how”… Read on to find out what this means.

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25 days for a teenage Christmas!

•Be sure that you have a wishlist from all your teens to make sure that your shopping is on target.

•Order holiday pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.

•Go see a holiday parade or living windows evening in your downtown. Check your community’s holiday calendar for any other fun events. 

•Choose a day to bake holiday cookies. Again, ask your teens for their top couple of favorite holiday treats, and don’t even think about baking anything else. There will be plenty more to do! Or try these cute little salt dough ornaments to make as gifts:)

•Pick a night to watch home movies from when they were little. Holiday home movies are the best! This can be an ongoing activity. 

•Bake bread (we love this cinnamon bread!) for the neighbors. Have your kids walk over with you so that they can see your kids now as older semi-adults. This is fun for everyone. Take them with you to see friends from old neighborhoods to deliver holiday cheer. This can be so fun!

•Schedule a night to work at your local soup kitchen. There is nothing like it to instill gratitude in our teens. Or, create blessing bags to distribute to the homeless. 

•Be sure to make sure you have time planned for gift wrapping. This can be an ongoing activity as well. Set up an extra bedroom with wrapping paper, ribbons, and cards for anyone to take advantage of as needed.

•Our teens/young adults still love to take hot chocolate and snacks out for a Christmas light tour. Play holiday music, and enjoy the conversation. We have taken the same tour for years. 

•Be sure that your teens have scheduled time to shop for gifts for each other and anyone else that is important in their lives. I usually give them some money for lunch, and they have a great time hanging out together. Here are my gift guide for teen guys and teen gals.

Plan a day out for yourself with friends. Go out for lunch and shopping or a movie.

•Put a few movie nights on your schedule for old holiday favorites. Here is a great list

•We always put up our tree at Thanksgiving, but if we are not all there, we wait to decorate until all are present. Put this on your list of “things to do”.

•Our boys always offer to babysit for another family with younger kids so that the parents can have a night out for the holidays. This is fun for our boys and the young couple is always so grateful! (Bonus, the little kids love this night with the “big” boys.)

•Create a holiday playlist with everyone’s favorites.

•Have a cousin sleepover for old-time’s sake. The more the merrier! They could make their own ugly Christmas sweaters! Here are some great ideas!

•Work on a holiday jigsaw puzzle.

•Be sure to take pictures occasionally, even though they might not want you to. Make sure that you are in a few! Here are some holiday crafts that would be fun to do and take pictures of:)

•Spend a night in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate and no cell phones just visiting. Try this fun hot chocolate charcuterie board!

•If you are lucky enough to get snow, build a snowman.

•Donate old towels to the animal shelter, canned goods to the food bank, toys to a local shelter…

•Go ice skating, roller skating, play miniature golf or do some other activity with your family for a fun day.

•Interview an older relative about their childhood holiday memories. This is such fun! Continue on with other memories that they might have.

More ways to make sure that your holiday with your teen is great!

Make sure that your teens and young adults get to sleep on this holiday! They have been stressed about school all fall. Whether they have been online learning, away at school, working or some variation, they need time to decompress and relax.

Agree ahead of the visit what you both think is reasonable. This will go a long way toward them being comfortable at home, and wanting to be there!

Create hygge!

There are some great books to check out for creating hygge, which is pronounced Hoo-ga―it’s “a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.”

Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A Little Book of Festive Joy -“Kempton gently encourages you to prioritize your holiday hopes and take a slower, more mindful approach to your celebrations.”

The Little Book of Hygge -“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking, the author, explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

The Little Book of Lykke -“We can deepen our blissfulness and contentment with little adjustments in our behavior,” again according to Wiking.

Other related posts

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Gift guide for teen guys

Gift guide for teen gals

Advent calendars that your teen will love

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Games your teen will love

11 Ways to bond over the holiday break

Fun Holiday Ideas on Budget

49+ Holiday Movies to Watch With Your Teen

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Stocking stuffers are my favorite way to give gifts to our boys! I know I have many fond memories growing up as a child of Christmas morning and running to see what was in my stocking. Finding the best stocking stuffers for teens can be a challenge!

One of my favorite Christmas memories was receiving a printout of the safety features of a car in my stocking. I asked my parents if it was there by accident because it was a car that we didn’t have at the time. Turns out that they had gotten this car for me to take back to college.

I was sooooo excited. Mind you it was the ugliest car ever, but it was all mine, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Needless to say, that was my favorite stocking stuffer ever, especially since the key was in the toe of my stocking. (Sometime I will have to write a post on the ugly cars that my parents got for my sisters and me to drive.)

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There are so many creative ways to give gifts in a smaller way. Our boys love to open their stockings first every Christmas morning. Santa props them up next to the fireplace since a couple of times they have pulled the hooks off of the mantle from their weight.

I have put together a gift guide for stocking stuffers for your teens. I asked my teens and their friends for these ideas, so here you go!

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Stocking stuffer ideas…

  • Sneaker balls -These are great for deodorizing stinky shoes in their gym bag or locker. My boys actually get embarrassed when their shoes stink. If your teen doesn’t notice the smell, then this is really a present for you!
  • Anker Power Core    –One of the most powerful ‘mini’ chargers on the market. It will add over one charge (6 hours talk time) to an iPhone 6, almost one charge to a Galaxy S6 or around one charge to most other phones. These are great to throw in a backpack or purse.
  • Swedish Fish    –‘Nuff said. Really any candy works!
  • Ridge wallet -These are great with the money clip, and they need a place for their licence and school ID.
  • Duct Tape   –The uses for duck tape are endless, both for crafts and fixing things. My boys have many rolls of tape, and they have used it for so many things!
  • Sun Bum Chapstick  –Always a good choice! Contains soothing cocoa butter. Gluten Free/100% Vegan. Petrochemical-free.
  • Crazy Socks   –Moisture wicking, ventilation, smell free, soft touch and durability. Perfect gifts for a stocking! Fits socks size 8-14; men shoes size 8-13 / women shoes size 7-13. 80% Cotton, 15% Nylon, 5% Spandex, soft and comfortable.
  • Fitbit Alta  –Track your activity levels, sleep patterns, and more with the black Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker in size small. This sleek band uses an array of sensors to keep track of how many steps you take, how far you walk, how many floors you climb, the number of calories you burn, and the time you spend active. Alta is sweat, rain, splash proof.
  • Snack subscription from Universal Yums -Food is always a good choice!
  • Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds- Look for in-ear headset built in bluetooth V4.1 technology, and microphone give a real stereo music sound and stable calling. Find some that are sweat-proof and waterproof with up to 8 hours playing time. (My son got some for his birthday and loves them for the gym!)
  • 3-in-1 charger stand– Works for iPhone, earbuds, and Iwatch all at once. Super convenient, and it really doesn’t take up much room at all!
  • A Dogs Purpose  –Everyone love a great dog movie. But, seriously, any movie is a great idea for a stocking. My boys always like a couple of movies for their stockings.
  • Do you have a teen that is a picker? Here is a great thing! It’s a Picking Stone Kit, and it’s basically a covered rock that your kid can pick on to relieve that desire instead of picking on their own skin! Plus it is supposed to sooth stress -who knew!
  • Bubble tea -have your teens gotten into this craze?
  • Noise cancelling headphonesActive Noise Cancelling technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear, enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function works well both in wire and wireless mode. 
  • Selfie Ring Light -If they are going to do selfies, they may as well be the best possible. This clips on for easy use and is rechargeable.

Do you have a teen that loves the show Schitt’s Creek? I wrote a post about the show with lots of gift ideas! And, don’t forget that cash and gift cards are also great small gifts that are great stocking stuffers for teens!

A couple of great holiday party ideas for teens are in this post. One for guys and one for girls. And, here are some easy DIY ideas for holiday crafting and gifting.

Are you looking for new stockings? I have thought about ordering a new look when we downsize. For now, I will stick with what we have, but there are SO many cool looks for stockings out there!

Also, check out my other holiday posts:

49 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your Teen,

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays,

11 Ways to Bond with your teen over the holiday break,

Advent Calenders for All Ages,

Gift Guide for Your Teen Girl,  and

Gift Guide for Your Teen Guy

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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10+ Great Games to Play with Your Teens

10+ Great Games to Play with Your Teens

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Life is more fun if you play games (with your teens)!“–Roald Dahl

This is so true, and I am going to help you out this season to find some really great games to play with your teens!

Many people think that they only have time to play games on vacation or at the holidays. Unfortunately, we fall into that group a lot of the time. But, when we do take the time to actually play a game, it is always so fun!

Have fun with your teens with Game Night!

 

Have fun with your teens with Game Night!

Let’s face it, time with our teens is so precious. We know that the times that they are with us is limited. They leave for college, and are home for vacations less and less. Also, even when they are still living under our roof, they get busier and busier with school and work. Plus, there are real benefits for everyone if you do this!

So, my resolution for time going forward, is that we are going to try to play a game on those weekends when my boys are randomly home from college, or when we are just bored and turn on the t.v. for another binge watching session. I know we will be glad once we have done this!

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game!“–Michael Jordan

Great games to play with your teens!

Here is the list of games to play with your teens that my family and I have put together for you. Some we have played, some have been recommended to us, and some look too great to not mention! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

In case you also like puzzles, check out these!

Kids Against Maturity Oh my goodness! We just came across this game at a friend’s house -hilarious! You have to know that a lot of the humor is geared towards teens, so farts are a part of this game. It is a game that is perfect to relieve any type of family tension!

Password  (This is the original version)  I have many great memories of family and friends playing this hilarious game! You can play it so many different ways, and each way is fun! Here is the travel version.

Pick Your Poison -a modern day version of “Would you rather?” Super fun for all ages, and the answers just might surprise.

Spending time as a family is not a matter of convenience, it is a matter of priority.“–unknown, but true!! 

Trivial Pursuit -This is an oldie, but a goodie. Always fun to see what your people know-or not! There are so many versions, but the original is always a good choice. Here is the Harry Potter version and the Back to the 80s Stranger Things version. Quelf:  Obey the Card  This game is sooooo much fun! You have to obey the card, and the commands can be super silly. The last time we played this, we laughed so hard. It is a more active game, and great for all ages–I’d say 12 and up.

Some games are fun even when you lose. Even when you know you are going to lose before you start. It’s fun just playing them.“–Nevil Shute

Sequence  This is such a fun card game! It combines a board with a card game. It involves strategy, and can be played individually or with teams. Wits and Wagers  Questions, guesses and bets. Great multi-generational game with all sorts of crazy questions and answers. I have only played this once at a friend’s house, but we had a great time!    

We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.“–unknown

Spontuneous   Do your kids quote movies or song lyrics like crazy? Then this is the game for them! Words are given, and then the race is one to blurt out a song with that word in it. You don’t have to sing, so no talent is required! I think that my teens will love this one. Goat Lords  This sounds like a crazy fun game. The goal is to become the Goat Lord. The way to do this is to have the biggest herd of goats (cards) at the end of the game. There is much magic and dueling involved!

Families that play together, stay together.“–unknown

 Taboo  This game will make you laugh so much. Get your teammate to guess the word, but the trick is to not use certain words which makes this challenging. This is fun to play with big family groups or friends. Here is the Midnight version, for older teens and adults. Apples to Apples  Our boys love this game. We’ve played for hours with their cousins and my sisters. Some very funny red apple cards have been thrown down to describe the green apple card. Their is also a junior version and a Disney version!


I hope you enjoy these games to play with your teens!

Holidays are a great time for good family fun. Let me know if you have any favorites that I didn’t list. I can always add more later! Remember that playing a game with your family is always a good idea!


Related posts:

Gift Guide for Teen Girls,

Gift Guide for Teen Guys,

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays and

Movies to Watch with Your Teens for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

Best Year Round Posts for Parenting Teens and Tweens: 50+ Titles!

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