Rally the troops, get your new Team Jaime shirts!

In February of 2014, I sat next to my friend Jaime at a conference. We laughed and got caught up with each other’s lives. It was just a month later that Jaime told us she had breast cancer. Jaime is the brightest light. She fought cancer several times now and here she is again. This time is a bit different. This time, the fight is harder. And we need to rally again, even bigger than before.

Many of us bought the original 2014 #TeamJaime shirts and wear them when we can’t be with her. Now that Jaime is home most days, and now that my husband and I have a small t-shirt company, we decided to make a NEW shirt for Jaime! Let’s show the Jenkins family some love and wear our new Team Jaime shirts with pride, love, and support.

TeamJaime

Jaime has been a constant cheerleader for all of us. Even in her hardest times, she is still texting, calling, emailing, and commenting. We are so lucky and blessed beyond words to have her in our lives and now is the time for us to give back to her and her family. What better way than sporting a new Team Jaime shirt and continue our encouragement as she keeps fighting.

TeamJaimeShirts

100% of the profits from this new shirt will be donated to the Jenkins family. You’ll be able to buy them directly from our small shop that we launched this year, Greater Ink. They’re available in white and navy, and in adult (unisex) and women’s sizes. The shirts are printed in L.A. as you order them, and will be shipped from the printer to you within about a week… YAY!

When you get your shirt, make sure you share via #TeamJaime on social media so Jaime can follow along.

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Why I love being a Girl Scout leader

Five years. Five years are how long I have been a Girl Scout troop leader for my oldest daughter. And now, my youngest just started her Girl Scout journey and is a new Daisy Scout. For those of you who know me, you know I have a love-hate relationship with this commitment. It is a commitment. And a huge commitment if you want to do it right and make a difference in the lives of these girls who show up.

Getting ready to climb

I spend a lot of time preparing for my time with the girls. And I think it’s because I get to watch them grow and learn that I love it so much. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not, nor could I ever be, a teacher. But being a leader is different. These girls start out their journey doing arts and crafts, and the next thing you know, they are making their mark in a much broader way. My girls are still on the younger side. I’m sure a lot of them will move on as they get older. But for now, it’s great watching them make their world a better place.

Here are just a few things I have learned as a Girl Scout troop leader…

Dutch oven dump cake

  • I can build a fire, survivor style.
  • I can make a dump cake in a dutch oven over an open fire.
  • I know way too much about nuts, magazines, and cookies.
  • I’m not too old to sing songs or make new friends.
  • I am a lot stronger than I ever thought I was.
  • Being a leader has been really good for my soul.

I know there are women (and men) who have dedicated their lives to scouting. I see these women and wonder how they do it. One of my girls asked me how long I’d be their leaders. I told her as long as I still have girls interested. And if I can keep up!

Being a Girl Scout Leader

My biggest take away so far is that Girl Scouts is amazing. Our city girls love going camping and meeting up with other troops. It’s a time commitment for all of us. But there are times when I feel like I am getting more out of it than they are. Sure, I complain that I’d like to be doing other things at times. And I don’t particularly enjoy making a fool out of myself. But at the end of the day, I know what it means to the girls.

Girl Scout Camping

One last thing. Your kids love having you there. I’m not just talking about troop leaders, I’m talking about parents. The girls really get excited when their parents are involved. So if you have an opportunity to go camping, volunteer for the day, or just hang out during a meeting… do it. They love it now. But a time will come when they won’t want you around.

Take advantage of their age now while you still can.

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Women who travel: Italy or bust…

Last month I started writing for a travel blog contributing on a monthly basis about places I’ve been and want to share. She’s On The Go is a travel blog written by your best girlfriends that you didn’t know you had. They’re there to talk about everything you need to know about travel – where to go, what to see, what to wear, and even who to take with you on your next adventure. I’ll be contributing to their site from the perspective of a woman vs. traveling as a family. I have plenty of those stories to share here, but every once in a while you can see things differently when you travel alone… which I rarely if ever do.

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Book your next trip on the Disney Wonder

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Wonder. Living very close to the San Diego harbor, we’ve watched the Disney Wonder sail in and out several times a year. So I was thrilled to attend their media day and get an exclusive tour of the Disney Wonder. You guys, I’m not going to lie… as the day went on, I kept texting my husband to tell him what an amazing experience I was having. And I never left the dock!

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Summer is gone, how did we get here?

You know when you wake up and try to remember the day and think, how did we get here? The summer months just flew by and now we are scrambling around in disbelief. School begins in just a couple days and like every year, it snuck up on us.

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Disney Social Media Moms: On The Road at Disneyland

Disney Social Media Moms: On The Road

Disney Social Media Moms

One of the best conferences I have ever been to is the Disney Social Media Moms event. This invite-only event is one of a kind and an amazing experience. I have been very fortunate to attend the main conference twice, and On The Road events several times now. As a huge Disney family and influencer, I have never taken these opportunities for granted and am thrilled to share with you the latest happenings with the Disney Parks, Cruise lines, and movies. continued

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Every year, we get so excited for Halloween time at the Disneyland resort. This year things are going to be even spookier, and we can’t wait. Tickets go on sale today for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Pass holders, DVC members, and Disney Visa Card holders can get their tickets starting today. Then they go on sale next week for the general public. You’ll want to act fast with all the new features Disneyland has added to make Halloween spectacular in true Disney form. Halloween time at Disney will sell out. So don’t wait to get your tickets. We’ve been going for years, it’s a really great event.

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Greater Ink: Creating the change we want to see

I’ve written so many post-election pieces that haven’t been published here. We felt this past election year was hard on a lot of people, our family included. As parents of two young girls, we were constantly faced with questions about the integrity of each candidate. It was during that time we felt a shift in society and a need to do something. This is how we came up with Greater Ink. We are working to create the change we want to see.

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Self care: Taking care of me first

I tend to be on the uptight side. I like things a certain way and I am rarely patient. If I ask for something, I like it immediately. Apparently not the entire universe works this way. Moving to Southern California has given me a pass to let things go and not worry so much. After almost two year, it’s finally working. I’m finally understanding self care and taking care of me first. continued

Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation

We are just under thirty days away from our big trip to Europe. I’ve talked about how 2017 was going to be an adventure, and we’re actually following through with it. Europe, here we come. My mom will be taking care of our dog, house guest coming to visit (even though we won’t be here) and a new alarm that I’m sure will go off several times because my mother can’t remember the code. All that being said, people keep asking me how we are going to pack for a long vacation when traveling to Europe this summer.

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