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Holiday Gift Guide – Top Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

Blast! product for this post has been provided by AtGames and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

Do you have a teen boy on your holiday shopping list this year?  I have several, both my son and my Godson are at the top of my gift list and they have officially hit the teenage years.  Gone are the days of strolling the toy aisle for superheroes and toy cars, now I’m hitting the electronics section and their favorite clothing stores to bring that special smile on Christmas morning.  Teenage boys can be difficult to buy for, but with these gift ideas for teen boys, you’re sure to bring the gift opening excitement!

Top Gifts for Teen Boys

Blast! Video Game: Give the gift of classic arcade games this holiday season the Blast!.  The Blast! product family is a low-cost, high-performance, curated game playing experience everyone can enjoy. featuring the best classic games, It offers big fun from a small HDMI dongle. Blast! allows its player to save, load and rewind games at their leisure to resume gameplay with ease.

AtGames Blast Video Game

Fitbit: Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes;Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate, Like all heart rate tracking technologies, accuracy is affected by physiology, location of device, and different movements.

Coding Robot: A pocket-sized, basic bot for building early STEAM skills (Beginner coding)

Bluetooth Beanie: A Wireless Bluetooth Knit Hat with Stereo Speakers & Microphone!

Drone: Holy Stone Drone with 720P HD Camera for live video 120° Wide-Angle WiFi Quadcopter with Altitude Hold Headless Mode 3D Flips.

GoPro: With its stunning 4K video, one-button simplicity and voice control, HERO5 Session may be the ultimate combination of performance and small size. Liquid-smooth image stabilization, waterproof design, and go-anywhere durability help capture life as you live it.

3D Drawing Pen: MIIW 3D Pen Printing Drawing Doodler Pen for Mess-Free Fun and Creativity. Non-Toxic with PCL Filament!

Nike Fleece Sweatshirt: Keep your teen stylish with this NIKE sweatshirt in his favorite color!

Bluetooth Earbuds: These headphones are perfect on the go or while working out. They are snug and secure so the headphones stay put while running, biking or at the gym.

Mini Flying Drone Helicopter: This Suspension Flying Ball is motion-sensitive when it detects the object underneath or nearby and will move away intelligently.

Nike Sneakers: The holidays are the perfect time to freshen up his style with some new sneakers.  These NIKE shoes are a favorite of the teens in my family.

LEGO Car Building Kit: LEGO Brick sets are fun for all ages!  This set lets you build a fast car with a powerful pull-back motor and an engine that pops out on impact.

Wallet iPhone Case: Take pictures, make calls & charge your iPhone while it’s still protected and this case holds ID and Cards without the bulkiness.

LEGO NYC Architecture Set: Have a master builder on your list? This LEGO set is perfect. Build a detailed model of the New York City Skyline, including the Statue of Liberty!

“I Paused My Game to Be Here” T-Shirt: This is the perfect shirt for all the teens I know!  Give this to any gamer as a no-fail holiday gift!

Spikeball Ball Game: This game was on SharkTank! Spikeball is a fun, active, and competitive 2 on 2 game played with rules kind of like volleyball.

Jack Black Skincare Kit: Keep his skin looking fresh and smooth with this awesome skincare kit!  This is a full skincare regimen in TSA-approved sizes to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and protect.

Gifts for teen boys

Hey MUGGLES, Check out the New HARRY POTTER Dolls at Walmart!

This post is sponsored by Mattel, but all opinions are my own.

Harry Potter Dolls at Walmart

New Harry Potter™ Dolls at Walmart

Do you have a family full of HARRY POTTER fans like me? My children are huge Harry Potter fans, they have all 8 movies, multiple copies of each Harry Potter book, and quite the collection of wands. Anthony, my oldest son even saved up every dollar he made for over a year to buy an authentic GRYFFINDOR Robe. Now the new Harry Potter dolls are being added to our wizarding collection.

new harry potter dolls at walmartI remember the first time I walked in on Anthony reading one of the Harry Potter stories to his twin brother and sister, my heart melted! As a mom, I love seeing my children bond over their mutual love for this story, however, Aidan certainly has a disappointment coming his way in 2 years when he doesn’t get an invitation to attend HOGWARTS School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on his 11th birthday.

harry potter dolls colection

Collect all 6 Harry Potter Dolls at Walmart

We were thrilled to hear about Mattel’s new line of Harry Potter dolls that are available at Walmart. These dolls give my children a creative outlet while they enjoy alongside each other with their favorite Gryffindor best friends, Harry, and RON WEASLEY.
They spend hours playing with these dolls, either recreating their favorite movie scenes or imagining their own battles against VOLDEMORT while Harry protects all the MUGGLES!
(Muggles is a term used for non-magic users in the Harry Potter universe)
6 Hogwarts friends are together again in this line of Harry Potter Dolls.


Each Harry Potter doll is ready to fully play in any scene you want. All dolls come in their Hogwarts uniform with their own personalized wands! When I saw that even the wands were made to replicate there storyline I knew these dolls were impeccably made down to the littlest detail, even featuring Harry Potter’s Lightning bolt scar.

harry potter dolls magic duel

The Harry Potter dolls are also made with eleven moveable joints in the neck, shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, and wrists. This is important when a child is acting out a magic duel!

walmart harry potter dolls magic duel

We currently have both the Harry and Ron dolls, but Harry Potter and his friends are better together. So, I have a deal going on with my kids, I agreed to get them an additional doll for each week they do exceptional at school.
Are you excited about these new Harry Potter dolls? Which doll are you planning a trip to Walmart to get first? Make sure to collect each of your favorite characters and participate in even more of the Harry Potter fun!

harry Potter dolls wizard wanted sign DIY

Creating the Harry Potter Scene

If your children are like mine, they will be creating broomsticks to ride on with their dolls, Bulbadox powder, Spells, Butterbeer, and more to create the scene with their favorite characters by their side. Last weekend they were creating a scene where Harry was being sent to Azkaban Prison for no reason, so they asked me to print out a wanted sign. I did them one better and created a photo prop, so they can all be wanted by the Ministry of Magic and Azkaban Prison.

Harry Potter Azkaban Prison Wanted Sign Photo Prop DIY

Supplies to make Harry Potter Wanted Sign

A thick piece of beige Poster Board
Black Sticker Letters
Black Paint
Scissors or Exacto Knife

Harry Potter Dolls DIY

First, cut out a large square in the center of the posterboard. Make sure it’s large enough for the prisoners face to be seen in the mugshot.
Next, use the large letter stickers to spell out “Have You Seen This Wizard?” on the top of the square, and “Wanted” on the bottom of the square.
After finishing up with the stickers, I used some black paint around the edges of the square to cover up any imperfections in my cutting job. Also, if you have extra space on the board writing “Warning: Use Extreme Caution – Do not attempt to use magic on this Wizard” would look extra magical!
That’s all, this prop only took me about 30 minutes to make but the kids love it and it is adding some extra fun to their magical playtime.

muggles harry potter dolls diy

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Why My Teen Loves the New Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Headset for PC Gaming

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Turtle Beach.  We are sharing why my teen loves the new Turtle Beach® Elite Atlas Headset.

Turtle Beach Headset being used

My teen loves PC gaming with Turtle Beach® Elite Atlas! 

Online gaming became a major hobby for my son as he became a teenager and we simultaneously moved over 1000 miles away from his friends and cousins.  Our move from Boston to Tampa was a relatively smooth transition and he constantly talks about how much he loves Florida, however, I know that he still misses his friends and family that had been a huge part of his life.  Luckily, PC gaming has been the perfect way for him to maintain his old friendships despite the distance.  It gives him a way to play with old friends, chat about games and life while playing and even gave him a way to bring his old friends and new friends together.

Perfect Headset by Turtle Beach

A quality gaming headset is important when playing online. 

While I fully support the social benefits and the creative impact that PC gaming has had, I don’t want to listen to sound effects and overexcited teenage boys talking about the newest game features.  So a quality gaming headset like Elite Atlas is a must have for my gamer! 

PC Gaming with Turtle Beach Headset

Why Turtle Beach® Elite Atlas the Best Headset for Gaming

Durability and Comfort

The Elite Atlas headset is built for players at all stages of PC gaming. The metal headband with a suspended pad provides durability while the swappable memory foam ear cushions made out of athletic fabric and synthetic leather provide comfort and block out external noise. Best of all the ProSpecsTM glasses friendly design removes pressure on your glasses while playing, this is one of my son’s favorite feature.

Audio Performance

The Elite Atlas’ sound quality is impeccable.  Featuring pro-tuned 50mm NanoclearTM speakers that deliver Windows Sonic surround sound and the high-sensitivity mic with TruSpeakTM technology is removable and provides flawless communication with other players.  The sound is so crisp and clear that I have stolen them while my son is at school to use for recording videos!  If great Audio performance is what you’re looking for, then this is the headset you need.


The Elite Atlas is able to go wherever gaming takes you!  The 3.5mm and PC-splitter cables that are included are able to connect to any PC setup.  We are a family that loves to travel so having a headset that is travel-friendly is a huge plus, he is able to play a game from his laptop during a flight or on my parents PC when he’s having a sleepover.  They also work great with XBOX One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile devices, so everyone in the family is able to enjoy the amazing sound quality and headphone comfort. 

PC Gaming Headset by Turtle Beach

After experiencing the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas my Teen and I highly recommend them. 
Do you have a gamer on your holiday shopping list this year?  If so, get the gift of great sound for under $100 here!

Why My Teen loves the New Headset

The New Whimsically Cute Toy Your Kids Will Want: Pooparoos!

This post is sponsored by Pooparoos Supriseroos, but all opinions are my own.

Pooparoos Supriseroos Toy

The New Whimsically Cute Toy Your Kids Will Want – Pooparoos!

There is a new fun surprise toy out that is exclusively available at Walmart and it is only a matter of time before your kids will be asking for this whimsically cute pooping friend.  That’s right, you read that correctly,  the new Pooparoos are adorable little creatures that poop out what you feed them!


American Girl Doll of the Year 2018 is Luciana Vega

Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

American Girl Doll of the Year 2018

American Girl Doll Luciana Vega

American Girl Doll of the year for 2018 is Luciana Vega! Luciana has taken the world by storm with her love for science and the hopes to one day explore Mars and all its wonders. She has a streak of purple in her hair that gives her that playful and fun modern feel. I think the American Girl Doll Luciana Vega is a perfect doll that girls can become inspired from and feel like they connect.


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