When we were kicking off the new year for Girl Scouts, I wanted to find a way to get the girls to open up to each other and figure out a way to offer kind thoughts to one another. One of our Greater Ink shirts is Kindness is Contagious and I knew it would be a fun project, spreading kindness with kindness rocks.
Have you had a Disneyland candy cane yet? For the last few years, we have eagerly awaited the announcement of handmade candy canes at Disneyland. These handmade candy canes have been a Disneyland tradition for over 35 years. They are hand-pulled and made at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S. A.
Earlier this year our Girl Scouts earned their WOW Journey badges while learning all about water. Now the girls had an opportunity to earn their Brownie “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Award Badge. Our friends at BSM Media and Omano sent us a Junior Scope microscope for kids. With the help of this microscope, we were able to take water samples and analyze what is in our drinking water, fresh water, and an area pond. How fun was it to see live organisms in our water samples! continued
Cyber Monday is just a couple days away and I have the top five best hostess gifts under $40 just for you. One of the reasons I love the holidays so much is because of the festivities. I have always loved to entertain and have both given and received some of the best hostess gifts. My favorite party is my cookie exchange party. I spend a lot of time thinking about fun gifts to give and useful gifts I’ve received. Something to keep in mind when you buy someone a host gift… You don’t have to spend a ton of money, these gift suggestions are from $6-$38. Keep it simple and thoughtful; those are the best gifts.
2017 Best Hostess Gifts…
Last year I realized very quickly that our traditional advent calendar was not going to work with three kids in the house for two weeks. When I saw these Advent Grab Bags from Maggie Mason and the Secret Cake Society, I knew this was going to be a huge hit for everyone in the house. And I’m not just talking about the kids. The bag is the perfect twist on a traditional advent calendar. continued
It finally happened. The week before Thanksgiving our house gets hit by the plague. Or cold season, depending on how you look at it. Anytime my children have to take sick days from school, it feels more like the plague than a cold. Last night I made an easy chicken and rice soup, just in time for the
plague cold season.
First off, Oprah has a lot of favorite things. Each year I eagerly await Oprah’s Favorite Things list because I am certain I will like almost all the things. Can I afford all the things? Not even close, this is why I take Oprah’s list with a grain of salt. However, we all trust Oprah, right? Certainly, if she says I need a pizza oven, I must need a pizza oven.
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.
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.
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.