Don’t be Frazzled this Holiday Season!

Grab your free Calendar and Gift Tracker!

I know I have a hard time remembering what I buy for my family and friends. I can’t tell you how many times I found gifts under my bed that I had forgotten about.  It is a family joke! I wish I had a gift tracker a long time ago.  So, don’t forget about which gifts you bought for whom and if they need to be wrapped, sent and how much you spent!  Write notes for handy tips for next year!  And having a cute calendar is more fun to write down your social activities for the month. So grab your free printable! Also scroll down and see our blog posts on stocking stuffers, gift guides for teens, holiday budgeting!

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

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...

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays!

Are You Ready to do More with Less this Holiday Season? There are many ways to celebrate the Holidays.  I tell myself every year I'm going to save up or shop early and it never fails, life intervenes and my budget is shot.  Sound familiar?  Here we are just 2 months...

The Truth About College and Student Loan Debt

There are many reasons that you should be making plans for the future. Does your child's future include college?  One big reason to begin making plans for college is MONEY!!! Something else to think about is that your child's future will greatly be affected by the...

3 Ways Teenagers are the Same as Toddlers and Why!

Toddlers Vs. Teenagers…Are they so different? How are teens different than toddlers?  My life today consists of teenagers.  But, I love to read about all kinds of topics including parents in earlier stages of this game called life.  I just read a blog post yesterday...

FAFSA: What You Need to Know Right Now!

The FAFSA can take hours to fill out. Do not wait for the due date. There are documents that you will need to have in hand to make this process much easier. Take your time and don’t make mistakes. Fill it out ASAP to receive both need based and merit based aid for your student. Here are some helpful tips for filling out the FAFSA.

Time to Apply for Colleges-Quick How-to’s

Time to apply to colleges! It is now time to think about applying for colleges.   They are all sending information to prospective students via email and snail mail.  It is such fun to receive all of this!   So, where to start, you ask.  Throw away any that you know...