Gifts for Tween Girls: Show Us Your Spark MEGA Giveaway!

Gather your tweens around the Spark tree!

Remember when your girl was easy to buy for? When you could go down the aisle at the toy store, pick something with a character she liked and chances are, you could call it a win? Somewhere in these blog archives is a Christmas wish from my tween where she asked for simply a book and a candy cane.

Oh the good old days. Never mind that now she can stay home alone, cook simple meals for herself and do her own laundry, shopping
for her used to be much easier.


Enter: Show Us Your Spark.

This is the I am a friend box – complete with MadLibs, friendship bracelets and more.

Show Us Your Spark is the brain child of a friend of mine, and her two best friends. The original Spark Girls themselves, they have put together a subscription service that handpicks fun items for tweens to receive in the mail each month.  My tween received her first three month subscription for Christmas last year, and I’ve been renewing quarterly ever since because she enjoys them so much.

Each month she excitedly opens her box and finds nifty trinkets and inspiration. She’s been introduced to thought leaders, different cultures, unique crafts and more. The boxes often feature items from women entrepreneurs and small business owners.

In addition to entering the  Mega-Giveaway below, anyone who wants to start a subscription can use the code GOTCHA for a 10% savings.


Show Us Your Spark wants to spread the love this year with a mega giveaway to one lucky reader. They are giving away a set of TEN Spark boxes.  They’ll ship this mother-load of tween goodness to one lucky winner. (Prize shipped to US addresses only)

    • The themes included are:

      • I am Merry & Bright
      • I am Cozy
      • I am a Party Animal
      • I am a Bookworm
      • I am a Friend
      • I am Crafty
      • I am Curious
      • I am Mindful
      • I am Unique
      • I am Celebrating
How to Enter
Just follow the directions in Rafflecopter to play along – Good Luck! I’ll pick a lucky winner on Friday, December 15th!

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Gifts that Keep on Giving: Goldfish Swim Lessons Giveaway

Updated: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to PunkinMama! Thanks for playing! When I was a kid, one of the most exciting things about the holiday season was getting the big Sears Christmas catalog, filled with page after page of awesome toys. I’d pour over the book, circling everything my heart desired. I knew I might score one or two things out of that giant book, but the fun was really in the looking.

Today my kids take photos of things they see when we are out at the store and and I add them to their ever-growing wish-lists. They too might get lucky and receive one, maybe two things from their “most-wanted” list.

What I’d rather spend my money, and what most parents I know would rather spend their money on is experiences, and gifts that won’t be out of season before the winter break is over.

Some of the best gifts I think we’ve given and received have been experiences, including:

  • Rock climbing classes for MAM
  • National Park passports & a trip to St. Louis to get some passport stamps
  • Tickets to Holiday World (something to look forward to all winter long!)


This holiday season, Goldfish Swim School & I are on the same page about giving experiences. This year’s Goldfish Swim School holiday basket is fun to open and filled with goodies like two months of swim lessons, family swim passes, a winter hat and water bottle. The baskets start at $168 for current members and $193 for new members and they can be purchased at the Goldfish Swim School Fishers or the Goldfish Swim School Carmel. 

Want a chance to win a Holiday Gift Package from Goldfish Swim School (at either the Carmel or Fishers location)?

Just leave me a comment telling me the best non-toy gift you’ve every given or received!

I’ll pick a random winner next Weds, November 22!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for providing this giveaway. My son participates in their program in exchange for my honest reviews. 



Party Like a Mother

The makers of Bad Moms are back, with a holiday themed sequel, which seems just about perfect. I laughed and laughed with my girlfriends at the first Bad Moms, so I’m certain we’ll cracking up again when we go to see Bad Moms 2, Electric Boogaloo    Bad Moms Christmas. Don’t you just love a good night out?

Studio Movie Grill is ready to host, and can take care of everything from reserving your seats to bringing your food (and dessert! and cocktails!) to you while you enjoy the movie. If you’re the planner in your group (me! I’m the Virgo! I’m the planner!), click on over to Studio Movie Grill and make a reservation for your squad. The movie opens November 2, just in time to get a night out together before the holiday madness starts.

Can’t wait for the movie to open for a night out? Leave a comment telling me how you party like a mother, and one lucky winner will win 4 passes to Studio Movie Grill! Giveaway open through 9pm Weds, Oct 26th! 

Disclosure: Thanks to Studio Movie Grill for treating me and my squad to a night out. You’ll probably see it on the Internet when it happens!