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

Gather your tweens around the Spark tree!

UPDATED- THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED- THANKS FOR ENTERING! If you are still looking for gifts for your tween, take a look at these rockin’ comments or head over to Show US Your Spark and use the code GOTCHA for 10% off! 

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. 



What Rhymes with 104?

Last month my family celebrated my dear grandma, who is now 104 years young. We joined them for the weekend celebration, and got the play-by-play of her big day during the week.

When she turned 100, the mayor came out to meet her, and a reporter wrote a front-page story on her. Apparently, 104 is the next age where you get media attention, because the paper came out again to catch up with her.

She continues to live life in the moment and enjoys telling her favorite stories. She loves the adult coloring books that are so popular right now, and it seems like her sweet tooth gets sweeter every time I see her. She still plays BINGO, and is always happy to see us when we arrive.

If I’m still around in 60 years, I’d like to be just like her!