We’re Mel and Ann

 We’ve been friends for over 20 years. We started this blog to help parents of teenagers and young adults.  Between the two of us we have 3 boys and 2 girls ranging in age from 13- 23 years old. There’s no guidebook for the teenage years and we know firsthand how stressful it can be trying to figure it all out.  So we’ve gathered some helpful resources  to help you through it.  We’ve included shopping  websites so you can save and stay in your budget, links to college scholarships sites, and some fun gift guides for your teenager!  Oh and we’ve written some helpful blog posts too. Check them out below.  If you want to stay up to date on our latest resources join us ! In our newsletter we’ll share more helpful resources on managing your family and keeping sane! 

Recent Blog Posts

What is the Global Aussie Liebster Award?!

We've been nominated for our blogging! February is the month of love.  Boy are we feeling it!  Back in December, we were nominated for the Global Aussie Liebster Award!  This is a peer recognition initiative to discover and encourage new blogs.  We were so excited and...

Give Yourselves The 4:15 Gift

Hello friends! I just woke up from a long winter's nap with you all on my mind.  I wanted to give you all a gift.  A gift from Ann and me.  Actually, I want you to give yourselves a gift, the gift of self-care.  Here are the thoughts from my head on this eve of...

Gift Guide for Your Teen Girl

Shop Now for a Stress Free December! Attention parents and grandparents of teenage girls! Not sure what to get your teenager? Check out the ideas below! Also see our gift guide for boys and ideas for stocking stuffers!  No decisions to make.  Just choose...

Gift Guide for your Teen Boy

Gift Guide for Teen Boys Buying gifts for my boys has always been really fun.  One thing that we have really tried to instill in them is a sense of gratefulness.  This is not always easy in this day and age.  Some ideas that have worked for us are listed below.  Each...

11 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for your Teen!

Must Have Stocking Stuffers  Stocking stuffers are my favorite way to give gifts to our boys! I know I have many fond memories growing up as a child of Christmas morning and running to see what was in my stocking. One of my favorite Christmas memories was receiving a...