DIY Tween Girl Costume Ideas (that are appropriate!)

DIY Tween Girl Costume Ideas

There’s no lack of costumes for tween girls out there, but most are inappropriate or too silly. I’ve found some fun and age-appropriate costume ideas for your not-so-little but not-so-big girls. DIY Tween Girl Costume Ideas Wonder Woman (here’s another awesome Wonder Woman costume!) Katniss Everdeen Minion Marionette Monsters University Sorority Costume Red Riding Hood School House Rock Costume Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Effie Trinket Mexican Sugar Skull Rag Doll Katy Perry Cleopatra Lady Bird owl Costume Bag of Jelly Beans…

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

There are affiliate links in this post.  Here in Arizona, we are spoiled with sunshine and clear skies about 340 days every year. We decided to take advantage of that, as well as our big backyard, to start hosting outdoor movie parties. With just a little planning and a few supplies, you can have an outdoor movie night of your own! You’ll need: Movie projector We bought this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema LCD projector last year and love it. You can also…

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Printable craft supply list

Stock Up With This Kid’s Craft Supply List

Having a crafty kid means always having fun supplies on hand to keep them entertained. This isn’t as easy as it might sound if you’re not a crafter yourself (that was my situation!). Jack is the craftiest kid I know, and I learned pretty quick the secret to keeping him entertained was to have lots of craft project ideas and supplies on hand at all times. I thought this craft supply list would be helpful to those of you with…

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Energy Drinks and Teens: Which ones are the worst?

Energy Drinks and Teens: Which Drinks Are The Worst?

Michael is 14. He’s in the middle of learning who he is what he likes. He thinks his parents are totally uncool. Actually, most things are totally uncool when you’re 14. Most things except video games, skateboarding, smartphones, and energy drinks. Our philosophy is everything in moderation, and that carries over to our parenting philosophy too–we let the boys have soda & sweets, but not too much. I resisted against energy drinks for a long time, and then I realized…

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Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

Pantech Vybe and Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

This post is sponsored by Pantech. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own!  Michael received his first cell phone when he was 10 years old. It wasn’t a necessity, like it is for most kids that age. He wasn’t walking home or staying by himself at home after school. He wanted one more than we had ever seen him want something, and we decided that it was good for our family for different reasons: he could text and…

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SMS Audio announces new Sport headphone line

SMS Audio Announces Sport Headphones

It’s no secret that I love SMS Audio Headphones. I have reviewed them here on my blog as a sturdy and better-sounding alternative to other headphones for teens and have added them to every gift guide I’ve put together both here and over at iPhoneLife.com. SMS Audio makes an amazing set of headphones, and I was pretty excited to see this addition in a press release last week. I love working out with music playing and the only downfall of the SMS…

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Let's be an example for our teens and put down our phones. Nothing is worth it.

Let’s be an example for our teen drivers. #DecideToDrive

In just 18 short months, Michael will be able to get his learner’s permit for driving. While this makes me nervous, what really scares me is the state of other drivers “out there.” It seems that most of the people I see while driving are busy–too busy. Applying makeup, staring (literally) at their phone while texting or surfing the internet, eating lunch. The Virginia Transportation Institute reported that teen drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved…

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5 Summer Jobs for Teens (that look great on a resume!)

5 Summer Jobs for Teens (That look great on a resume!)

Summer is fast approaching, and your teen may be looking for a job to keep them occupied and to give them some extra cash. Or maybe you’re looking for a job for them… to keep them out of your wallet and off your couch! Be on the lookout for a great job, though, and not just one that will bring in some money. Though I’m referring to boys in this article, these are jobs that can be held by both boys and girls. There…

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When should I use a home drug test kit?

When should I use a home drug test kit?

This post is sponsored by Touch&Know®. The content is my own. Being a parent these days is tough. And by these days I mean the days of internet and smart phones. Parenting is more difficult now than it was 30 years ago, and it’ll only get harder. It’s easier for our kids to get into serious trouble and to find access to things they shouldn’t be around–I’m thinking about drugs. Thirty years ago it would be a little tougher to get access to…

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5 ideas for a summer scavenger hunt

Go on a Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Scavenger hunts are not only fun, they’re educational, too. Get creative and develop your own ideas, or modify any of these to make it fit for your local area and the age of your child. This is also a great idea for picnics or family reunions where there are teams working together. Mix things up and provide some more difficult items for tweens and teens and easier items for younger children so they don’t lose interest.  Nature Scavenger Hunts The…

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The 9 Emotions of a Teenager

The 9 Emotions of a Teenager

5 Easy April Fool's Day pranks for school-aged kids

5 Easy April Fools Pranks For School-Aged kids

April Fool’s Day is a great time to have some fun with your kids. There comes a time in every parent’s life when their kids are old enough to play pranks on, and that was a very special time in our house ;) Here are a few of our easy April Fools pranks for older kids: 1. Fill their juice cups with Jell-o the night before. Add a thin layer of juice to the top in the morning. This works…

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How to prevent apps from being deleted or downloaded onto an iPhone or iPad

How to prevent apps from being deleted or downloaded on an iPhone

As parents, we try to protect our kids. With the technology out right now, it’s not an easy job. It seems that all the kids have smartphones and iPads. When kids have access to things like the internet, parents should never be far away. We have to teach them to use technology safely just as we would teach them to ride a bike safely. Sometimes this means preventing access to something, like a private messaging app. Sometimes it means adding…

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Dangerous Apps For Teens

List of Dangerous Apps for Tweens and Teens

  Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today we’re checking phones. iPads. Tablets. Whatever your child is using to access the internet and play games is what you’ll be using. I’ll tell you a little about some apps that might require a second look, and I’m asking you to share any apps not on this list so we can all make one another aware. That’s right. We’re snooping. Except, we’re parents–so we’re being responsible. Pull ‘em out….

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Rob Dyrdek sets a Guinness World Record in CA yesterday with the Chevy Sonic.

Teen Favorite Rob Dyrdek Guinness World Record With Chevy Sonic!

It’s a fact. Teens love Rob Dyrdek. And stunts. Teens love stunts. Television star and former professional skateboarder, Rob Dyrdek set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car Thursday, February 13, 2014. He was driving (in reverse… did you catch that?) in a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS Turbo in Valencia, California. The Sonic, starting under $15,000, is the only sub-compact assembled in the U.S. and comes with the most standard safety equipment in…

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Why We Teach Our Kids To Love College Sports. Hint: It has to do with college planning!

Why We Teach Our Kids To Love College Sports

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday here at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m chatting about why we put an emphasis on college sports in our house. It’s not quite because we’re huge college sports fans, actually. It has to do with planning our kids’ future. ___________________ We have a fun rivalry in our  house between two state schools. Game days are pretty fun, but we find ways to pick on each other just about every day. We have team cups for…

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