Top Five Must Have 2016 Gifts for Girls

Have a birthday party coming up for a niece, daughter, or a friend’s child? Planning the perfect celebration takes a lot of work, but whether it’s a party for everyone in the third grade or only for family, the perfect gift is like the icing on the cake for an amazing get-together. Here are some of the hottest gifts for girls on the market right now.

1. Kid’s Smartwatch

An apple never falls far from its tree. As parents have become enamored with adult versions of smartwatches, their kids have followed in their footsteps. These devices come not only with the standard time and calendar functions, but they also take and store photos and videos and have Internet capability. Some can even be used as telephones for making calls and sending text messages. More expensive models also have the capability to track locations, ensuring parents always know where their child is.

2. Girl Scout Cookie Oven

Did you know that as early as 1917, Girl Scouts were selling cookies? For decades, each member baked her own sugar cookies and sold them for 25 or 30 cents per dozen. This concept is being reborn with a new cookie oven. Members do not sell their baked goods, but they do get to enjoy remaking their favorite recipes in an easy-to-use, safe oven. The small oven preheats in just five minutes and even features a window where anxious chefs can view their masterpieces coming to life.

3. Bow and Arrow Sets

Archery sets are experiencing a revival in popularity. To find the perfect set, you need to know if the child is right- or left-handed and which eye is dominant. To determine which eye is dominant, have them stand about ten feet away from a wall and point at a spot or object on the wall. While still pointing, have them close one eye at a time. If their finger is still on the spot, then the open eye is dominant. Most sets are sold with exact age ranges indicated on the labels. Real arrows can be purchased, but some first timers may benefit from the added safety of soft tipped arrows.

4. Youth Tablets

If you’re willing to spend the money, these devices are worth the investment. They continue to be very hot gifts for girls with their versatility, ease of use, and portability. The newest generation comes with bright and clear displays as well as an abundance of learning tools and games that both daughters and their parents will appreciate. With extensive parental controls, Wi-Fi connectivity, and access to the most popular movies and programs out there today, it is no wonder that these tablets are in high demand.

5. Building Blocks

Certain iconic toy manufacturers are producing more female figures for building block sets. These toys unleash imagination and creativity, and now young girls can do so with female space scientists, astronauts, race car drivers, pit crew members, deep-sea submarine navigators, soccer stars, and so many other exciting figurines. There are even educationally themed collections that feature scientists like Marie Curie and archeologists like Mary Anning.

The perfect present is something that will strengthen your relationship. No matter which gift you decide to purchase, make sure you spend time playing with it together. These gifts for girls could end up becoming the foundation for a long, happy friendship.

Cookies of the Soul – Chocolate Meringues and the Odd Bunch of Villains

Kelly was working at Hollyland today. It was the biggest theme park in the country let alone the world. People came from miles around to ride the rides and take in the atmosphere. Kelly had wanted to work here since she was five and watched her first Princess Dewdrop movie. After all those years here she was costuming the characters of Hollyland.

Today was a very special day. She had been here for only about two months and her manager was sending her to the backstage of Movieland. That means that she gets to be in the middle of all the costuming action. It was the trailer that was used to costume the stars of the park. She was nervous to see what the actors who played the villains were like, but was very excited about meeting the girls who played the princesses. How good they must have been to be chosen out of all those girls.

When she entered the backstage trailer it was dressed like a mini living room. There were couches and chairs all set up for the character’s comfort. She begun by setting up her costumes for the day and waited. That’s when they came in. Evil and conceited looks on their faces with language like sailors, and valley girl accents….dressed in princess costumes!

The shock on Kelly’s face could not be disguised. Orders were shouted for their princess pink shoes, pointy fingers pointed at other princesses for stealing lipstick and patronizing gossip was filling the room. Howe could girls so pretty have the meanest looking faces? “What are you staring at?” Asked Princess Dewdrop with a deep “I’ve been smoking” voice. Kelly almost laughed but instead pulled her head away in fear of the wrath of her majesty. If these were the princesses than what were the villains like? Her stomach trembled at the thought and she found herself watching the door.

The door opened softly and in floated find faces with dark make-up. Queen McEvil put a container of freshly baked chocolate meringues on the table and immediately offered as many as she would like to Kelly who accepted. Kelly ate when she was confused and confused she was. As the evil queens sat in a circle and started knitting, they discussed the recent episode of Fuzzie (Queen Poisin’s blue point Persian of course) who just had kittens. Fancy Feast was her favorite and Queen Poisin was looking for homes for all the kittens before she had to go on her mission. Evil corsets holding kind hearts and pink dresses holding gossipy brats.

Suddenly a fight broke out in front of the mirrors. Too many pink dresses in front of one mirror spells disaster as Kelly quickly found out. Kelly was now consuming chocolate meringues like popcorn as she watched the show in horror and amazement. Princess Dewdrop has mentioned she was a size four, which implied that Princess Angelwing was a size five, which was absolutely ridiculous to Princess Angelwing. At this point Angelwing socked her one in the chin and all hell broke loose. As the other princesses cheered on the fight, Witch Borden began to calm them down and separate them insisting that life was too short to be fighting.

At this point Kelly remembered something her mother had always told her, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Well apparently you couldn’t judge a storybook by its cover either. It was all twisted around. Her childhood ideals had been dashed and there was nothing to do but to watch. She learned that day that sometimes the guy in black is good and sometimes the white is most definitely evil.

“Chocolate Meringues”*

Ingredients: ¼ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of Splenda, 1/8 tsp of salt, 2/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 4 large egg whites, and 2 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder.

1) Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two cookies with parchment paper.

2) Mix the sugar, Splenda, cocoa, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Beat the egg whites and salt in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft beaks form. With the mixer at high speed, gradually add half the sugar mixture, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the remaining sugar mixture.

3) Fit a freezer bag with a star tip. Fill the bag, twist the opening tightly closed and squeeze out small stars, spacing 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

4) Bake for about 40 minutes, the meringue should be stiff to the touch. Turn off the oven. Leave the cookies in the oven for 30 minutes. Using the parchment paper as handles, lift the meringues onto a rack. Peel off the paper and let cool.

5) Enjoy the light fluffiness of this non-confusing cookie.

* Base of recipe from Cookies and then I molded it from there.

Looking For Cute Girl Tattoos is Getting Pretty Hard Now

I am going to make a quick guess and say that you’ve been looking for cute girl tattoos for quite some time. If you are anything like most women, you are getting bombarded by sites that plaster generic junk and cookie cutter artwork on their pages. Most of you will not even pull up “one” site that has original, quality drawn tattoo art. I know why this little problem happens, so I’m going to provide you with the easy way to find cute girl tattoos and amazing artwork for them.

What’s the point of getting tattooed if you just pick some random generic piece? There’s no fun in that and most people will end up regretting getting tattooed with a cookie cutter tattoo. There’s not much that can be done by that point, though, because the artwork is already firmly etched on your skin. Like I said before, though, it’s hard to find good, quality drawn cute girl tattoos. Do you know why?

Well, I will tell you right now. It’s because the overwhelming majority of us are too reliant on search engines when looking for tattoo sites. Long story short, this does not work any more and you will see nothing but the generic artwork we were just talking about. It’s getting ridiculous. There are so many copy cat sites out there now and they know that search engines pull up the sites that have lots and lots of artwork. So, instead of posting cute girl tattoos, they just grab as much cookie cutter artwork as possible, just to pull up high in search engines.

It’s a real shame, because this is all most people get to see, since they don’t stray away from the search engine they like to use. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I know of an easy solution to this, so you can find the quality sites out there that take a lot of pride in having cute girl tattoos and amazing, original artwork. The way you find those sites is simple: You use forums. Simply put, this is going to be your best way of finding those hidden sites around the net that post great artwork.

Here’s how you do it. First of all, stick with larger forums. This is where so many past topics on tattoo related subjects will be. They are in one central location and you can even click on the forum’s search function to pull all of them up at once. Yo want to browse those topics because many of them will be filled with info and knowledge of the best sites for cute girl tattoos, original artwork and quality drawn tattoo designs. It’s all there, right in front of you.

None of you should have to settle for cute girl tattoos that are just cookie cutter designs, because it feels so much better when you pick something you 100% like.