Gift Ideas for 6 to 9-Year-Old Girls

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Earlier, I shared gift ideas for boys.  Now let's talk about gift ideas for girls.  For me, buying for girls is so much easier.  I know I'm generalizing here, but girls seem more apt to sit and craft, or read a book than boys.  Books and crafts?  Throw in some new hair accessories and a doll?  Easy.

Let's get started with these great gift ideas for girls:

snap circuits
(Via Amazon: Snap Circuits Jr. $37)
Snap Circuits Jr.
I know, I know.  This was included in the Gift Ideas for Boys post--it's just too good to not share with the girls.  As I said before, this "game" is a must-have.  It provides hours of endless fun and learning.  It sounds corny, but my heart sings a little song when I hear/watch my kids using their brains to complete these cool projects.  And the sense of pride that they show afterwards is priceless.

(Zoomer Zuppies Robot from Target $30)

Zoomer Robots
Of course little girls can have fun playing with a dinosaur robot, but these puppies are just so stinking cute!  I'd choose the puppy over a dinosaur every day of the week.  This is "Scarlet" and she's only $30!  I think these robots will provide good entertainment when the kids are in a rut.

horse-crazy girls only
(via Amazon For Horse-Crazy Girls Only $8)

For Horse-Crazy Girls Only
I don't remember ever being "horse-crazy" as a little girl, but from what I can tell, a lot of little girls like horses.  Mine almost always brings home a book from the school library about horses and then she likes to repeat to me everything she's learned.  It's kind of torturous because I'm not a huge fan of horses, but it's great to see her so passionate about something.  This book will be an instant hit for horse-loving girls.

our generation riding outfit horse
(via Target: Our Generation Riding Outfit $15)
Riding Outfit and Horse
Target has a great selection of clothes and accessories (and dolls!) that fit American Girl dolls and this riding outfit, complete with horse care accessories, is perfect for any little girl who has an American Girl doll or one like it (I just noticed that Costco now sells similar dolls.).  Target's "Our Generation" line is pretty robust and you can't beat the price.  They even have the horses for a fraction of the cost at the American Girl store.

Alex needlepoint butterfly
(via Amazon: Alex Needlepoint Butterfly $7)
Butterfly Needlepoint
This looks like a great introduction to needlepoint and something my daughter could do nearly unsupervised.  Plus, the end result is cute enough to hang in her room!  Not bad for $7.  Not bad at all.

my first sewing kit
(via Amazon: My First Sewing Kit $18)

My First Sewing Kit
Another winner from Alex is this sewing kit.  My daughter has been asking to learn to sew, but I have to leave that to the grandma's since that skill seems to have skipped a generation!  Reviewers state it's the perfect difficulty level for kids/beginners with cute projects that they can do by themselves.

(via Dicks: Roller Derby Sparkle Lighted Roller Skates $43)

Roller Derby Girls' Sparkle Lighted Roller Skates
What little girl wouldn't want a pair of roller skates--especially if they are bright white and pink and the wheels light up when you use them?  I mean, hours of play (and exercise!) will be had with these babies.

So that's a little roundup of gift ideas for girls.  I hope it helps someone out there who is coming up dry with ideas.  Do you have anything to add?  Leave it in the comments!

Thanks for reading :)

Gift Ideas For 6 to 9-Year-Old Boys

As my kids get older, I find it harder and harder to find them unique gifts.  It's not like when they were toddlers/preschoolers when just about any toy wrapped in shiny paper would do!  I'm always on the hunt for good gift ideas and when I find good ones for my eight-year-old boy and my seven-year-old girl, I always share with my friends and since we're friends, now I'm sharing with you!

Here's a solid list of gift ideas for six to nine-year-old boys:

(via Amazon $18)

I'm not sure how my son was introduced to Skylanders, but out of the blue he became obsessed and I don't think he's on an island with his obsession.  He's been saving his allowance for the XBOX game and in the meantime he's been studying the character boxes and their moves at the various store displays.  Most stores sell the figurines in singles or packs and it's an inexpensive way to get them hooked involved.


Jack Stalwart
(via Amazon: Secret Agent Jack Stalwart-The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur $6)

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Series
I don't know about your kids, but mine have outgrown the Jack and Annie Magic Tree House chapter books and have nearly outgrown the A to Z mysteries series.  My daughter loves to read, but my son is more reluctant.  I've been on the look out for something to grab his attention and get him hooked.  The Jack Stalwart series is targeted towards six to nine-year-old kids and stars Jack Stalwart, a young secret agent out to solve some of the worlds greatest crimes, as well as find his missing older brother.  We ordered the first book in the series and plan to start it tonight!

pokemon essential handbook
(via Amazon: Pokemon Essential Handbook $6)

Pokemon Essential Handbook
I thought my kids were the only ones into Pokemon, but it seems to have made a resurgence in popularity in the last couple of years.  Whenever they bring up Pokemon to the random kids at the playground, they almost always find an instant friend over this bond.  I understand very little about this world, but from what I have heard while half-listening to the show is that it's all about honor, respect and treating people nicely with an anime backdrop of kids ("trainers") who master and battle their Pokemon.

magnetic dart board
(Z Gallery Magnetic Dart Board $10)

Magnetic Dart Board
A toy that my kids can play together that won't damage my walls?  Sign me up.  This little gem is a steal at $10!

snap circuits
(Via Amazon: Snap Circuits Jr. $37)
Snap Circuits Jr.
This "game" is a must-have.  It provides hours of endless fun and learning.  You can build over 100 projects--and they are pretty cool!  You can make a buzzer, a fan, a light, etc etc.  We bought this two years ago and my kids still pull it out.  The best part now is that they can build on their own and then proudly show mom and dad their work.  I highly recommend this one.

zoomer dino boomer
(via Target Zoomer Dino Boomer $99 on sale for $79 plus $10 Target gift card)

Zoomer Robots
These little robots are recommended for kids ages five and up.  My two are on the upper edge of 'up' and are both pretty excited about these robots.  They have two different dinosaurs and several puppy versions.  You can teach them tricks and learn to "control" them with a lot of practice and training.  And right now at Target they are $20 off plus you get a $10 gift card with purchase!

snowball slingshot awesome
(Snowball Slingshot $30)

Nerf guns are always a big hit as a gift for boys, but this snowball slingshot takes it to another level! And since we just moved to Colorado, this could be the perfect addition to my son's Capture the Flag arsenal.  Although, he might just turn this thing on me!  

Original gift ideas for boys seems challenging to me, but maybe that's because I'm a girl?  I could buy my daughter nail polish, lip gloss and some new clothes and she'd be happy!  That said, I've also compiled a list of gift ideas for girls that I'll be posting later today.  

If you have any good gift ideas for boys--leave them in the comments!  

Thanks for reading :) 

More Ways to Waste Time: Can You Wear a Poncho and Still Look Cute?

Monday, November 24, 2014
The other night I was plagued with Thanksgiving Dinner nightmares: I kept panicking because I had hordes of people coming over and I hadn't done anything to prepare.  Which is funny because since we live in Denver now, we're heading for the mountains this Thanksgiving (our first non-extended family Thanksgiving, ever.) and we won't be eating anything close to a Thanksgiving meal.

In case you are hosting or are tasked with bringing something for the big feast, Babble has a great Thanksgiving slow-cooker recipes article to make preparing for the festivities a little easier.  The herbed mashed potatoes look amazing and this pumpkin pie recipe (originally printed on looks so easy and delicious (and is so not paleo!):


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie

15 ounces canned pumpkin puree
9 ounces evaporated milk
3 ounces spiced rum (we used Captain Morgan)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup Bisquick, divided
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Whipped cream for garnish

In a large mixing bowl, mix together pumpkin, milk, rum, brown sugar, one-third of the Bisquick, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Pour mixture into the slow cooker. Place pats of butter over the mixture and sprinkle with remaining Bisquick.

Cook on low for six to seven hours or until mixture is thick and crust is golden brown. Serve warm with whipped cream and enjoy!

A few other notes from recent Internet dawdling:

(Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler $20)

+I broke down and ordered the best of the best for curling your eyelashes.  Shu Uemera's eyelash curler costs $20, but I hear it's worth that and more.  It's going under the Christmas tree for me.  I'll report back once I've taken it for a spin!

+Have you heard of Lammily?  She's a doll with "average" proportions and normal "flaws" made to offer a more reealistic alternative to the Barbie doll for little girls.  The creators took Lammily and a Barbie to show to a group of elementary school kids.  Here's how the children reacted when they compared Lammily to Barbie.  I'm not sure how I feel about Lammily.  Does Barbie really negatively affect little girls' self esteem?  Isn't it more affected by their mother's, sister's, and friends relationship with their bodies?

(Old Navy Cowl Neck Poncho $40)

+I'm all about cozy sweaters right now.  Old Navy has a great selection of cute, inexpensive options.  This red turtleneck will help me get in the holiday spirit and I love this grey poncho.  I have a lighter weight blue poncho from Old Navy and I can't get enough of it.  Who would've thought ponchos would look cute?  They seem so 70's-ish when I first saw them in stores.  But they're so feminine and flattering.  I love them!

+Did you see this catch during the Cowboys/Giants game?  I'm no football expert, but holy cow--does this guy have glue on his gloves?

+And now for some laughs.  I can't get enough of Jimmy Kimmel's Celebrities Read Mean Tweets segment:

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