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About The Tween & Me

Hi!  I’m Paula and I’m the “Me” of The Tween & Me.  Ariel, my daughter, is the “Tween.”  I started this blog in July of 2010 so I could share my trials and joys of mothering a tween.  Since I’m also a huge couponer, I may sneak in a deal or two that I think you might like.  I tend to post several times a week, but sometimes might post several times in one day.  I almost always have a thought of the day published on Thoughtful Thursday.  (like the alliteration?  :) )  Those are usually great quotes, snippets of songs, important (to me) poems, things that I think Ariel would benefit from knowing.  Most of the time, they pertain to current events in our lives.  I hope they will “speak” to you too.

I also review favorite products, some newly discovered and some oldies-but-goodies.  I like to write about family life, community events, travel tips… just about all facets our lives.  The good, the bad, and the interesting.  Boring stuff?  Meh.  No one ever really wants to read about that.  So, the boring stuff I embellish to make funnier.  Then I share it with you. 😉

Some words that describe me:  mom, wife, collector of deals, reader, writer, jokester, would-like-to-be-world-traveler, letter-boxer, historian, cook of little skill or patience, punster, idealist.  Oh, and daughter and sister.  (props to my parents and sibling…and my wonderful in-laws. I heart all of you!)

I will tell you my real name, but not my age, weight, or any other numbers.  I won’t tell you my husband’s or daughter’s real names, since I think that’s their business to tell or not.  I simply call my daughter Ariel, since her favorite Disney princess waaaay back when had a fin, and I call my husband, King Triton, who is the Little Mermaid’s father.  It sometimes gets abbreviated as A and KT.  I will also change the names of family members and friends, simply because most of them are innocent and I believe in protecting the innocent.  (even those darn chipmunks in my yard that my dog insists on tormenting.)

I will always tell you the truth.  I was raised in a good Southern home (yes, ma’am!) and know that while honesty is the best policy, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.  So with reviews, if you read something here about a product, please know that I adore it.  Life is too short to talk about things we don’t like, agreed?

I only review things that my family uses.  Most of the time, these are things I have paid for and not received for free.  There will be times when a company has sent me an item to review, and I will review it.  I will always tell you if it was a freebie and I will always tell you exactly what I think of it.  My words and opinions cannot be bought.  I do accept advertising on my blog, but those paid ads don’t effect what I say, if anything, about those products.

I do belong to a couple of advertising networks, through which I am able to pick and choose which ads to display on my blog.  I only pick ads for products I have or will use and can wholeheartedly recommend.  I have high standards for my family and my blog.  I hope that my high standards will create an atmosphere of trust for you, my reader, so that you know that when you’re here, you’re a valued member of my family.

Oh, those ads on the side and in the text?  (Amazon, VistaPrint, Chili’s, just to name a few)  I do get a very small commission from them when you click on them.  It doesn’t amount to much.  If you choose to click on them and buy something, I may earn the equivalent of a virtual cup of tea…. but it won’t cost you any more.  That’s what is called affiliate marketing and it’s how I pay some of the blogging bills around here.  So, if you see something you want to buy, please click and buy.  That is super-nice of you, but not expected.  I just want you to enjoy your time here.  Relax, put up your feet, and enjoy.  Make a few comments.  Let me know your thoughts and what you expect from me.  I don’t pretend to be all things to all people, but I do treasure the time you spend here and want to make you as comfortable as possible.

Comments.  Yes, I do welcome all comments that are constructive in nature.  I won’t tolerate language or attitude that could be construed as un-family-friendly.  And I detest spam.  So I do moderate all comments just to make sure things are appropriate.  But I won’t not post your comment just because you don’t agree with me.  Family members sometimes disagree… and we can agree to disagree, right?  :)

Again, WELCOME.  I’m glad you’re here.  If you ever need to contact me, my social media buttons are at the top of the page.  You can also contact me at thetweenandme (at) gmail dot com.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shakeeta W March 11, 2011 at 2:25 am

Nice to meet you Paula!! Always great to find fellow blogging South Carolinians :) Love your blog!


2 Paula March 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

So glad you stopped by!


3 Mary Rhodes April 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I just looooooove what you are doing. Just found your website and will be keeping up with you.


4 Paula April 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Glad to have you here!


5 Becky April 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Saw your post on crafterminds – wanted to give my two cents…..my blog is almost strictly guest bloggers! It’s filled with the idea that I will create a sort of idea of creating an “encyclopedia” of crafting experts. So everyone has different takes on things – my take, is use as many experts as you possibly can!

Best of luck to you – if you’re intereted in joining us at Liberate Creativity, definitely email me an html code of a project! becky@liberatecreativity.com

Best of luck!


6 Paula April 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Thanks, Becky! I will keep that in mind and will definitely stop by and check out your blog.

I definitely believe in the idea of having as many experts as possible around. I need all the help I can get!!! :)


7 misskathy August 1, 2011 at 12:27 am

Love your blog and your southern charm, Paula! Very personable and positive! I’m a teacher of tweens (approx. 100 of them) and really enjoyed the information provided on the DG website–especially all the posts regarding to have/not to have a boyfriend in middle school! I plan to stay informed throughout the coming school year through your website. Thank you


8 Paula August 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

Thank you, misskathy! I’m delighted that you enjoy hanging out here and look forward to reading more of your insights.

And bless you for teaching these tweens! I’m sure that it can often be a thankless job, but know that you are appreciated! I could never do what you do–and I’m so grateful that you do!


9 Megan August 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

I have very soon to be 9 year old twin girls. They are as different as the sun and rain, but I love them no matter how much they drive me crazy. I’m loving your blog and plan to keep up on your insights. Thanks so much for your time you are putting in this blog for the benefit of others.



10 Paula August 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hi, Megan! So glad you stopped in! Enjoy those sweet girls… they’re growing up fast!


11 Traci & Tosha June 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

Paula – LOVE THE BLOG – it’s gonna be so much fun for everyone. I love the fact that you have decided to chronicle your journey with a tween girl – they are pretty amazing and provides TONS of experiences. We have first hand knowledge and dedicate our lives to empowering them and their moms – SO KUDOS TO YOU.

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12 Christina Kelbel May 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I also always tell the truth. Sometimes the truth is not so nice, but people need to hear it.


13 Paula Ball June 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hey, Paula, I’m a Paula , too. I’m also raising a child, my 8 year old granddaughter who has seen & heard entirely too much for her age. We live in the country in south Mississippi & do rescue & foster of abandoned/abused animals.


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