FREE December 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

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Gift Ideas for the Slightly Quirky Mom

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Gift Ideas for the Slighty Quirky Mom

My tastes could best be described as eclectic. They range from classic to whimsical to geeky, and I adore anything holiday-ish. I pretty much just like what I like without trying to fit myself into a specific category. Do you have a slightly quirky mom in your life? Use this gift guide to put a smile on her face!

Kitchen Stuff


I Could Keep It Clean

I have this wooden sign sitting on my counter and it makes me smile every time I see it.


Wooden Spoons


These woodland measuring spoons are so adorable. There is a whole line of beautiful etched beechwood kitchen utensils.

Nessie ladle

Really now, who wouldn’t want a Nessie ladle? It also comes in purple and green. (Note: there are cheaper options than the ones I linked to, but take notice of the longer shipping time on those if you are in a hurry.)

Butter Tray

Pretty and simple, this butter tray does the job with style.


foodie dice

This bag of foodie dice is the perfect way to figure out what to eat for dinner.

red measuring bowls

I’ve had a set of measuring bowls for years and use them almost every day. Each bowl has two measuring lines – 1/2 cup and 1 cup, for example. I originally bought them to help my kids learn fractions, not realizing they would become one of my favorite kitchen tools.

Colorful Kettle

I love the colors of this electric kettle. Our kettle sits out on the counter because we drink lots of hot tea and French Press coffee. I would much rather look at this beauty than our plain kettle.
p.s. This delicious tea smells like Christmas in a can.

Home Stuff


I have fond memories of my dad playing Christmas records when I was little. This modern vintage turntable looks retro, but is audio ready. Now if I could just get my hands on an old Percy Faith Christmas album!

quilling kit

I did my first quilling project last year and it was so much fun. This quilling kit has everything you need to get started.

whale pitcher

I am especially fond of this ceramic whale. It would make a really cute planter for ivy.

Wearable Stuff

R2D2 Earrings

Any mom who is a Star Wars fan will love these R2-D2 earrings. You might have to gift them early for the movie premier night! 😉

Burt's Bees Gift Set

I adore anything by Burt’s Bees, and this classic gift set has some of my favorites. We have Burt’s Bees lip balms stashed all over the house and in each car.

Blue Mascara
If your mom was a teen in the 80s, chances are she had colored mascara. It is back in style and I have it in blue and purple.

notebook shoes

I can hardly stand the cuteness of all these Hot Chocolate Design shoes. The ladybugs might be my favorite.

lova bracelet

All of these Lova charm bracelets are so beautiful, and they are a bargain compared to the ones at the jewelry store.

Office Stuff

sharpener pen organizer

What could be a better pencil organizer than a giant sharpener?

owl folders

Pretty file folders add a whimsical touch to an otherwise boring job of sorting papers. I have my eye on these vintage owl folders for school next year.

ikea cart

This Ikea utility cart is one of my favorite things in our home. I put mail in the top bin, my homeschool binders in the middle, and library books in the bottom. I’m thinking about using it as an arts & craft cart.

chalk markers

I’ve asked Santa to bring me a set of chalk markers this year. Hope I’m not on the naughty list!

binder clips

These happy little binder clips will put a smile on your face.

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas for the lovable quirky mom in your life.

Merry Christmas!!

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Homeschool Black Friday Sales

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Homeschool Black Fiday Sales

Christmas gifts usually come to mind when you think about Black Friday sales, but it is also a great time to snag some deals on curriculum and resources for homeschoolers. I will list sales here as I find them, and pin this post to the top of my blog until the sales end so you can easily find the coupon codes.

Be sure to pay attention to the start & end dates!


What’s In the Bible? – Save 30% on orders over $30

  • Coupon code: SAVE30
  • Sale dates: 11/26 – 11/30/15


His Mercy is New  Praying the Scriptures eBooks are 50% off

  • No coupon code needed
  • Sale date: 11/27


Brookdale House – 25% off everything

  • Coupon code: 25bf2015
  • Sale dates: 11/26 – 11/30


Home School Adventure – 40% off all digital resources

  • No coupon code needed
  • Sale dates: 11/27 – 11/30


Notebooking Pages – $25 off Lifetime Membership

  • No coupon code needed
  • Sale dates: 11/27 – 11/30


You ARE An Artist – 50% off everything

  • No coupon code needed
  • Sale dates – 11/27 – 11/30

BFNot Consumed

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  • Sale dates: 11/29-11/29


Kiwi Crate – 60% off 1st month’s subscription and 50% off shop orders

  • Coupon code: SUB60
  • Coupon code: SHOP50
  • Sale dates: 11/26 – 11/30


Minted: 15% OFF your order with NO MINIMUM PURCHASE and 20% OFF your order of $150+ on holiday cards and all gifts. *Offer excludes fabric, home decor, and limited edition art. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions, including discounted credit for wedding, baby & kids, or holiday products.

  • Coupon code: BF2015
  • Sale dates: 11/26 – 11/27


Intoxicated on Life – 30% off entire store

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BFParadise Praises

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  • Sale dates: 11/27, 11/30


Compass Classroom – up to 50% off

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  • Sale dates: 11/27 – 11/30

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Fun Thanksgiving Ideas for Your Family

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Are you looking for some great activities for Thanksgiving week? I’ve teamed up with some bloggy friends to bring you Thanksgiving homeschool lessons, tips, printables, recipes, and more.

Be sure to add your own Thanksgiving links to the linky at the end of this post!

Thanksgiving Homeschool Ideas

Thanksgiving Fun

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Thanksgiving Tips

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Gift Ideas Your Tween Will Love

Buying gifts for an 8-12 year old can be a tricky thing. They are too old for baby dolls and toy trucks, but not quite old enough to want just clothes and gift cards. I’ve put together a tween gift guide filled with things my own tweens would enjoy. Hopefully it will help cross a few names off your list!

Tween Gift Guide - Gift Ideas Your Tween Will Love

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Lego mug

If you know a Lego fan, they will get a kick out of this Build-On Brick Mug. They might also enjoy one of these Lego minifig alarm clocks.

Organizer tote

The Rainbow Loom was a hot item last year, so chances are your tween already has one. A Grab N’ Go Organizer is a great way to corral all of those little pieces. It also comes in blue or magenta. My daugher displays her creations on a Loom Boom – a simple tower that holds up to 40 bracelets. I recommend this loom band refill set. The colors are vivid and the bands are high quality.

firevision football

All of my kids like to play Nerf Firevision Football, which is played at night. Each player wears a pair of Firevision frames (2 are included). The frames have a red or green light that bounces off of the reflective stripes on the football. The cool part is that only the person wearing the glasses can see the glowing ball.  There is also a Firevision basketball set and flyer disc, and you can order additional frames.

sticker maker

Most tweens have outgrown playing with stickers, but not when they can create their own! The Xyron Create-a-Sticker Machine turns any piece of paper into a sticker. It is perfect for adding a personal touch to everything from notebooks to skateboards. It also comes in a 5-inch version. Don’t forget the refills – available in permanent or repositionable.drone runner

My son got this Syma Sky Thunder Drone Runner for his birthday and now eveyone wants one. It is very durable! The cage protects it when running into the ceiling or wall. If you have a Costco nearby, I bought ours there for $20.

bean boozled

This wacky Bean Boozled game is our go-to birthday gift for friends. It is filled with Jelly Belly jelly beans – some tasty and some weird – each color has one of each. Spin the spinner and pick a jelly bean. Will it be licorice or skunk? No matter what, it WILL be hilarious!

enchanted forest coloring

The problem with buying this gorgeous Enchanted Forest coloring book is refraining from keeping it for yourself! (Maybe you better go ahead and order two.)  A set of Prismacolor pencils would make a perfect pairing.

Take Taco Tuesday to the next level with these funky taco trucks. How can you look at those and not smile?

nose gel dispenser

Leave it to a tween to find the humor in something this disgusting. I predict that the Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispenser will motivate more than one preteen boy to take a shower.funk pop hulk

Has your tween discovered the Funko Pop Figures? My kids collect them, and I am a bit smitten with them myself – especially the Peanuts set. There are hundreds of characters available from Disney, Marvel, and popular TV shows & movies.

astronaut ice cream

Astronaut Ice Cream reminds me of the crunchy lump of cotton candy that always gets left in the bottom of the bag after a trip to the fair, but my kids think it is so cool. It is fun to experience at least once!

wreck this journal

A Wreck This Journal gives its owner permission to go a little crazy. Each page has an assignment like painting with coffee, filling a page with doodles, or even tearing the page out and using it as a cup. It comes in a variety of covers.

flingshot monkey

Slingshot these Flingshot Monkeys across the room and listen to them howl (the kids and the monkeys) as they go flying through the air.

So tell me, what is on your Tween’s Christmas list this year?

My other gift guides:

Doctor Who Gift Guide
Doctor Who Gift Guide

Minecraft Gift Guide

100 Free Printable Gifts for Kids
100 Free Printable Gifts for Kids

Gifts Ideas for a Pretend Play Home
Pretend Play Home Gift Guide

Need more gift ideas? This guide is part of the KBN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. There you will find fantastic gift ideas for all ages!