30 Great Stocking Stuffers and Gifts for Teenage Girls

30 great gifts for teenage girls

30 great gifts for teenage girls

My girl and I have been working on her gift list for Christmas. Between her fellow cheerleaders, cousins, and close friends, she has quite a few gifts to buy or make. So, we’ve been on the hunt for the best gifts in several price ranges. And since we’ve done all this research, it seemed a shame not to share it with you as well … since there’s a pretty good chance at least a few of my readers have a teenage girl on their lists also. And so, here is our list of

30 great gifts for teenage girls —

and the best part is, they are all under $20!!

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Looking for something little to tuck into her stocking? Here are a few ideas under $5

gift ideas for teenage girls under $5

1. dangle earrings {$3.99} || 2. wrap bracelet {$2.48} || 3. prettty bud vase {$4.99} || 4. nail art tools {$2.06} || 5. phone case {$2.98} || 6. bath salts {$4.71} || 7.oversize ring {$4.99} || 8. purse-sized journal {$3.99}

Need something for a gift exchange or an idea you can give to several girls? Here are some suggestions under $10

gift ideas for teenage girls under $9.99

9.  Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants {$7.99} || 10. Burt’s Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Kit {$7.99} || 11. fun socks {$6.92} || 12. crochet head band {$7.99} || 13. hair accessories {$5.49} || 14. gel pens {$9.95} || 15. journal {$9.99} || 16. pillow cover {$5.78} || 17. Taylor Swift “1989” {$9.99} || 18. eyeshadow palette {$9.99} || 19. leg warmers {$5.99}

Looking for a little something special for your girl or maybe her BFF? Gotcha covered … these gifts in the $10 – 15 range are perfect!

gift ideas for teenage girls $10-15

20. headphone splitter {$10.53} || 21. fruit infuser water tumbler, 2 pack {$12.99} || 22. makeup brushes {$12.00} || 23. flannel shirt {$14.99} || 24.  Francesca Battistelli “If We’re Honest” {$10.00}|| 25.Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values {$14.54} || 26.  plaid scarf {$12.77} || 27. moustache push pins {$11.95}

What about a little something for that special cousin? Gotcha covered here too … three great gifts in the $15 – 20 range!

gifts for teenage girls $15-20

28. Cents of Style state pendent necklace $19.95 || 29. chevron clutch {$19.00} || 30. Jesus Calling perpetual calendar {$15.99}

Happy shopping, y’all! 

TL

Do you have a “go to” gift for the girls in your life? Please share with all of us!!

Choose the Moment

choose the moment square

choose the moment

Oh my word, y’all! How has it been over a week since I last wrote? I wish I could tell you it’s because I’ve been busy decorating for the holidays and I have some easy but awesome ideas to share … or because I was inspired to start sewing again … or because Scott had whisked me off for a week-long trip to the mountains. {A girl can dream, right?}

But really, all that’s been happening here is the same mundane stuff of life that you deal with also.

As I sit here looking out the window at the gorgeous fall foliage, I am reminded again how easy it is to let the days get away from me. How often I simply move from one task to the next without stopping to refocus and regroup.

choose the moment

Yesterday I shared on Not Quite Amish about choosing moments over mayhem during the holidays. But the truth is, it isn’t just during the Christmas season that I get distracted — it happens almost every day. Caught up in the grand juggling act of mom and homemaker and writer and friend and wife and whatever else, I can easily miss the moments that really matter because I’m so busy with the task at hand.

There’s a quote I love, “Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” It hangs on the wall in our living room, a visible reminder to slow down. An admonition to myself giving permission to live well.

life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away

Perhaps your life is much like mine … a daily repetition of laundry, dishes, car line, and such. I get it. I know how easy it is to get lost in the mundane. But can I whisper something to your heart?

Choose the moment! In the midst of the chaos and crazy of life, choose to notice the glimpses of glory. Catalog the twinkle in your husband’s eyes as he laughs with your children. Breathe deeply the scent of sleeping children. Linger at the window watching the the clouds move.

Our lives are but a vapor … but within that vapor are countless moments to cherish and treasure and embrace.

Choose the moment!

xo,

TL

What moment have you chosen lately?

For Your Weekend {modest is hottest edition}

modest is hottest {fashion over 40}

modest is hottest {fashion over 40}

I’m all about some cute clothes … even if I can’t take a good selfie for anything. And I’m also all about some cute and modest clothes for my girl. Many of you loved this week’s post featuring Casiday’s adorable outfits so you can definitely expect more of that. In fact, we’re brainstorming a few ideas about mother/daughter styling.

And since this week has also had its fair share of stress and anxiety about social media, I thought I’d share some of the great resources I’ve found lately for dressing stylishly and modestly. I’m calling this week’s For Your Weekend the modest is hottest edition.  Enjoy!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this article from Grace for Moms!  An absolute must read from a stylist who has worked on movies like Moms Night Out and Grace Unplugged. 

I’m basically terrified about doing mix and match wrong and looking ridiculous. Images like this one from Everyday Savvy are SO helpful for fashion backward girls like me. And since these pieces are all from Target, it feels very doable.  I especially like this idea for building a good capsule wardrobe.

One of my favorite pinners is Deborah of Fabulous after 40. Her blog is full of great information and her Pinterest boards are amazing!!

And you should be following Cyndi Spivey and JoLynne Shane also … both of these women have incredible style and offer practical counsel for dressing in a way that is flattering and age-appropriate.

You may be wondering why in the world I’m sharing so much about clothes and appearance …. after all, this is supposed to be a blog offering you permission to live well. But here’s what I’m finding, taking care of myself is a huge part of living well.  That’s why I’m trying really hard to eat better and exercise more. And I want to be a good steward of what the Lord has given me — even the clothes in my closet.  Finding and wearing clothes that are well-made and flattering helps me not be distracted as much by all those pesky insecurities and doubts … and it keeps me from engaging in retail therapy near as often.

And let’s face it, we’ve got to get dressed … we may as well feel good about what we’re wearing! :)

Happy Saturday, y’all! If you need me I’ll be in my navy and orange cheering on the Auburn Tigers as they play Texas A & M.

War Eagle!
TL

What is your favorite item in your closet??

 

Yik Yak … Yuck {Notes from an Overprotective Mom}

Yik Yak ... Yuck {Notes from an Overprotective Mom}

Yik Yak ... Yuck! Notes from an Overprotective Mom

Three days ago I heard about Yik Yak because I am one of “those moms.” You know, the ones who monitor my child’s phone and social media and online activity. I downloaded the app to see what it contained and I was horrified by the language and attitudes displayed. I wasn’t surprised that students in my daughter’s high school cussed and were disrespectful of teachers. I wasn’t even shocked at the graphic nature of “yaks” about sexual acts. Let’s face it, all of that is on prime time television and in the music on popular radio.

As I sat at my dining room table in tears, I prayed for the girls who were named as THOTs {a slang word I had to look up but is basically another word for slut}. Other students were mocked for their ethnicity and alleged sexual preferences. Teachers and school administrators were discussed and one of the yaks asked, “Which teacher would you bang?”

I’m not going to say this same type of thing doesn’t happen offline … but the biggest difference between a group of kids sitting around talking and putting this sort of thing on Yik Yak is the perceived anonymity. Because they don’t have their names attached to what they say, it  feels like it’s safe. And it’s a lot easier to take it farther.

At church Wednesday night I walked into a room full of students and said, “Anyone here on Yik Yak?” Almost all of them said, “Not anymore.” And one asked me if I was going to talk about it with the moms in my Bible study that night. When I said I absolutely was, kids decided they better warn others. Most of the students in the room said they’d deleted it because it got so bad, so fast. But they also said they thought some of what was on there was funny.

Honestly, some of the comments and threads were just silly — but the overwhelming majority of what I read was vile.  In fact, these verses basically describe what was there:

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. {Galatians 5:19-21}

Here’s the bottom line for me:

That kind of junk doesn’t belong in the life {or on the phone!} of anyone who claims to follow Christ. Period.

Probably there will be some who think I’m being judgmental or harsh. But isn’t there a point when we say enough? Isn’t there a time when it all goes too far and we stand up and say, “As a disciple of Christ, that is not for me”? I shared with my Bible study group the standard I use and what I hold my daughter to in terms of social media.  It might sound familiar:

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, thing about these things.  {Philippians 4:8}

Yes, we’re all going to fail. I do it every. single. day. So does my daughter. So does my husband. We. All. Do. But just because we fall doesn’t mean we stay in the muck. And if we never set a biblical standard for ourselves and for our children, we’ll be far more likely to believe the junk of this world is acceptable.

So, yeah, I’m overprotective. Yes, I read every text. Yes, I check all the apps {and delete the ones she can’t have or she breaks the guidelines we’ve established}. Yes, I have her phone more than she does. And yes, there are those who swear she’ll be the most rebellious child ever when she finally gets out of our home.

But you know what, it’s a chance I’m willing to take. I pray for wisdom and direction in guiding her toward the Lord and I’m going to answer for what I’ve done with what I had and what I know. And I know this, children are a gift from God {Psalm 127:3} and I’m not about to shortchange the gift He gave me of being her mom by giving her freedoms she isn’t mature enough to manage. I’ll do all I can to protect her heart and her reputation.  Because one day she will leave our home and it will be just fine with me if the only baggage she has is the Vera Bradley we’ve bought her.

xo,

Teri Lynne

How do you handle social media with your kids? {And for yourself??}

You can definitely expect to read more about social media and apps around here. I feel like this is one of the biggest parenting issues we face. Our kids have never lived without access to an online world. And we need to encourage and support each other as we learn to navigate a world where we are always behind.  Here are few articles I read with great information about apps like Yik Yak.

And specifically about Yik Yak, which was the app used to make a bomb threat against my daughter’s school and another school in our county on Thursday, there is also great concern about bullying.

  • And yet, of all the anonymous apps and Web sites promising safe spaces for users to spill their souls, perhaps none has proved so consistently problematic — so apparently irredeemable — as Yik Yak, the scourge of campuses from California to Concord, N.H. In the past week alone, more than a dozen high schools and universities have had high-profile incidents with the app. ~ How Do You Solve a Problem Like Yik Yak? {from The Washington Post}
  • “Cyberbullying has already occurred,” Superintendent Adam Bird said. “Many disparaging, ugly, vulgar comments are being made about students and staff using Yik Yak.” ~ Student Arrested after Social Media Threat {from The Clermont Sun}
  • “I am all about open dialogue. I am a promoter of conversation and honest perceptions. But discussion hidden behind anonymity builds more conflict than conversation, erects more walls than bridges. Barbed comments without naming the source or without the context of listening do far more damage than good.” ~ The Offense of Anonymity {from The Biola University Chimes}
  • Most recently, in Connecticut, parents received a message from Fairfield Public Schools warning them that Yik Yak was “creating opportunities for mean-spirited, bullying behavior” at some of its schools. “Upon researching this we have learned that Yik Yak has been causing many issues at middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the country,” the message read. “The issues range from bullying behavior, racial harassment, sexual harassment, to bomb threats and threats of physical violence.” ~ Messaging App Yik Yak Causing Bullying Concerns at Some Schools {from Fox News}

WIWW Teenage Girl Fashion Edition

WIWW teenage girl edition

Last month was so crazy and busy with big scary projects and lots of ball games. I have to be honest, I only got out of my yoga pants if I had to go to a ball game or to church. Please say you understand and that you have days {weeks, months??} where the same sort of thing happens to you.

WIWW teenage girl edition

The good news is,  I still have photos to share with you because my sweet girl has such cute style … and I wanted to highlight some of her recent outfits. Sometimes it seems like all we hear is how immodestly and inappropriately teenage girls dress today. This is not intended to start an argument or debate — but the truth is, lots of girls are dressing very modestly and fighting a battle against a culture that tells them they are only as valuable as their looks and body shape. And so, welcome to WIWW teenage girl fashion edition!

Casiday is fourteen and a freshman at our local public high school. She is the captain of her JV cheer squad and isn’t a big fan of math. Her room is either perfectly clean or a total disaster. She loves watching the Duggars and “Big Bang Theory.” She is incredibly loving and helpful with James but she gets told at least once a day, “It isn’t what you said as much as it is how you said it.” I tell you all of this to say, she is a normal teenage girl.

I think she’s beautiful, of course. And I wish I’d had half as much style as she does when I was her age. {But honestly, in 1985 when I was 14, we all looked crazy!!}

And so, here are just a few of the cute outfits she has worn recently …

WIWW teenage style {Francesca Battistelli concert}

I love this one! Of course, it might be because it’s my girl with the daughter of one of my dearest friends. For my birthday last month, Casiday wanted us to go to the Francesca Battistelli concert. It was so much fun to do that with her … and to get to see my precious friend Kate as well. Casiday loves Franny’s music. Have you heard her newest CD? Oh my gosh — SO GOOD!! I especially love this video for “He Knows My Name” … definitely you should go watch it!

WIWW teenage style game day

And, game day style! Check out all those bags. No wonder she’s exhausted when she gets home every day. Walking to class is a strength workout. Ha!

WIWW teenage style casual

Here are few other recent pictures.  First for ‘Merica Day during Homecoming week — how cute is that look? The middle picture is Casiday and her youth pastor’s wife. Emma looks like a teenager herself, doesn’t she? On the right is one of those casual jeans and tee kind of days. :)

WIWW teenage style fall look

I took this photo earlier this week. Isn’t this the perfect look for autumn? I especially love the plaid scarf! Groopdealz graciously sent it to me and my girl quickly snatched it up. It’s a thick scarf with polka dots on the inside — super cute! It was under $20 including shipping. If you haven’t checked out Groopdealz, I highly recommend you do! Super cute products for you, your kids, and your home at great prices.

So, there you have it … cute and modest fashion is possible for teenagers! Now that I’ve looked through all these photos of my girl, I’m motivated to get out of my yoga pants and see what I can do with that cute scarf.

AND … the lovely Stacey Thacker has a great Pinterest board on this very topic! And, she’s awesomely invited me to pin to it as well … so, seriously, you should check it out!! How fun!!

Follow Stacey Thacker’s board Fashion for girls on Pinterest.


Happy Wednesday!

Teri Lynne

So tell me, did you have this much style as a teenager??

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Linking up with lots of other fashionable people at What I Wore Wednesday hosted by Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy!

More Like James

Maybe we all need to be more like James ...

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have wondered about the story behind photos like these …

When we welcome someone in ... I realized recently I hadn’t ever explained how we came to have this precious person in our home. James is Scott’s great-uncle. He is 63 and has Down Syndrome. His mother {Scott’s great-grandmother} passed away in 1996 and since then James has lived with various members of the family including his sisters and cousins both here in Alabama and in Arkansas. Since July, he’s been with us … and it has been wonderful! While he is hard of hearing and his speech is often difficult to understand, James has truly embraced our home as his own. He goes to church with us and loves to watch Casiday cheer at ball games. And we think he has a crush on one of the college girls in our church.

James’ mother taught him the value of working and every day he sits at a little desk where he can watch the comings and goings in our neighborhood and he colors. Using one crayon until it is gone, he carefully fills in page after page of coloring books. At quitting time {4:00 p.m.}, he carefully puts away his books and crayons and settles in his room to watch old John Wayne movies or episodes of his favorite TV shoes like “Dukes of Hazzard.”

Every night at 10:00 he comes in to say good night and I walk into his room to help him get his slippers and socks off before I tuck him into bed.  I lean over and tell him how much I love him as I kiss him on the forehead.  He smiles and says, “I ub you too.”

And James Makes Four

“I ub you too.”

The power in those words is profound. James is what I long to be. Compassionate and diligent, loving and sincere.He loves to make us laugh and he’s quick to say, “I’m sorry.” He doesn’t worry about what to accomplish every day …. he just does what he can the best he can. He brings his dirty clothes to the laundry trusting they’ll be taken care of.  He sits down to eat believing he’ll like what he receives. He greets others with a smile and assures everyone he is “makin’ it fine.”

Maybe we all need to be more like James ...

Maybe we all need to be more like James.

I know I do.

Who in your life is a beautiful picture of Christ?

What I Learned in October

what I learned in October 2014

Whew … October is over. JV football season has ended and while our Varsity team is headed to play-offs, my girl and her squad are now practicing basketball cheers. I can’t believe how fast this school year is going. We’re past mid-terms and looking ahead to Christmas break. Honestly, October wasn’t the best month ever. In fact, it was pretty hard. It wasn’t difficult for me to switch the calendar to November this year.

what I learned in October 2014

But, looking back, I realize I did learn a few things.

1.  Apparently, I look very different from year to year. I posted my wedding photo on Instagram and some of my BFFs said they would not have known it was me if I hadn’t said so. Scott is always making jokes about my hair color changing … but it seems it’s not just my hair — it’s my whole look. Here are few photos from the past five or six years and the wedding photo that started the discussion as well as a selfie I took last week.  What do you all think?

my hair over the years LOL

 

2. My capsule wardrobe has required some editing. After all the time I spent looking for the perfect pieces to add to my fall capsule wardrobe, I have ended up wearing only about half of them … however, I have had to add a few things to it as the weather here has been nothing short of ridiculous. I’ll be making some serious readjustments in how I plan for the winter capsule … and I’m realizing I probably need to do a two-month plan instead of three because of the weather.

3. I’m an early adopter in social media. I had Pinterest when it was still by invitation only and I started using Instagram way before most people had even heard of it. And so, it’s no big shock that I opened my TSU account during October. I like the premise of TSU but I haven’t quite figured out the best way to utilize it. Would love some tips from anyone else who’s there already. And if you haven’t opened your account, here’s the link to check it out.

4. Fried chicken makes everything better. We’ve eaten a ton of comfort foods when I’ve had time to cook this month … I think the stress of working on big projects, the weather changing, and some other emotional things we’ve faced just required those foods I love from my childhood. What’s your favorite comfort food?

5. Moms LOVE ideas for praying for their daughters. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the number of women who joined my 31 verses to pray for your girl series in October.  If you missed it, you can check out all the verses here … and get a printable to let your girl know you are praying here … and print out a list of the verses to keep in your journal or Bible here.

So there’s a recap of what I learned in October. I’m linking up with Emily and a bunch of other lovely bloggers who are sharing what they learned.

Did you learn anything fun last month? Do share …

xo,

TL

 

{31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl} Revelation 22:20

#PrayersforGirls based on Revelation 22:20 ... TeriLynneUnderwood.com

Welcome to Day 31 of 31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl!

We’ve reached the end of this journey together … and I’m amazed at how many of you joined this challenge and shared these prayers and verses with the women you know, inviting others to pray for their girls with us.

Be sure to read what’s coming next at the end of this post … and receive your free gift!!

xo,

Teri Lynne

31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl ... Revelation 22:20 ... #PrayersforGirls

Scripture:

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 22:20

Prayer:

Lord, cause my girl to remember whatever happens in this life, she has hope in You — forever hope! Keep her eyes focused on Your return and give her a passion for sharing the Gospel with others so they too can experience the promise of eternal life though You.

Amen.

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We did it! Together we devoted a month to praying God’s Word for our girls. I hope you know your investment is eternal. And I’m excited to have created a special gift for those who have prayed with me — a list of all the verses so you can pray these verses again and again for the girls in your life. Of course, I decorated mine as I used it all month … adding other verses and quotes along the way.

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You can print your copy and then cut it in half to give a list to a friend who is praying also … or save the extra to use another month. Enjoy!

31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl Printable List

AND … I’m thrilled to share that we’ll be doing another 31 Days of Verses to Pray challenge in January! This time we’ll be focusing on our marriages. What better way to start 2015 than by devoting time to invest in our marriages! If you want to make sure you don’t miss this prayer challenge, be sure to sign up to receive every blog post in your inbox. {Normally I only post two or three times a week.}

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Thank you, again, for joining me! Your enthusiasm for this challenge has been a rich encouragement to my heart!!

Keep praying!

Teri Lynne

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{31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl} 1 Peter 1:15

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Welcome to Day 30 of 31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl!

Can you believe tomorrow is our last day? Me neither! But, I do have a special gift for you tomorrow AND more. {Hint … if you loved the opportunity to pray Scripture for your girl, you are going to love my next big series!!}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl ... 1 Peter 1:15 ... #PrayersforGirls

Scripture:

But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.

1 Peter 1:15

Prayer:

Father, this world will tell my girl her happiness is the most important thing to pursue. And she will want to believe that, especially on the hard days. I pray she will be discerning and wise, faithfully choosing holiness over happiness in every aspect of her life.

Amen.

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{31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl} Psalm 71:14

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Welcome to Day 29 of 31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl!

Today’s prayer is based on a verse that has become especially meaningful to me this year. I hope it blesses both you and your girl as you pray today.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Girl ... Psalm 71:14 ... #PrayersforGirls

 

Scripture:

But I will hope continually and will praise You yet more and more.

Psalm 71:14

Prayer:

Oh Father! Cause my daughter to hope — to place her unwavering, confident expectation in You! I pray her life will be an example of praising You more and more.

Amen.

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