Experiencing a spiritual awakening… Or two.

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Last spring I was taking my daughter to a birthday party. We were meeting in a parking lot to be taken on a military base where the party was going to be. At some point, a man approached me. I have never seen this man before nor had I ever been in this location. He was friendly, I wasn’t really paying that close attention until he said… “Does your daughter know she was named after your grandmother?” Mic. Drop. continued

Kindness matters: How we are spreading kindness

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.

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Disneyland candy canes are now available!

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.

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Omano Junior Scope: Perfect for your Girl Scout troop!

Microscope for kids

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

Top 5 Best Hostess Gifts Under $40

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…

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Food for flight: Our inflight experience on Air France

Food for Flight

When Emelia was asked to run the Venice Marathon and I volunteered to go carry her shoes, it wasn’t until we were boarding our flight that it finally hit me that we were actually going to Italy. We walked through SFO and both of us stopped in our tracks when we saw the ginormous Airbus A380.

Traveling on Air France

As a former flight attendant, these things don’t normally phase me, but this plane is big. We immediately wondered what the in-flight service was going to be like since there were so many passengers onboard. So here’s a little food for flight though about our in-flight experience on Air France.

Champagne on Air France

I think the funniest part of our fight was we were seated in the very last row in the last two seats on the upper deck both on our flight to Paris and returning home. So right away we thought we were in for a very long sad haul. However, our experience was quite the opposite. For our economy seats, we actually had a lot of space, the in-flight team was terrific, and the food was surprisingly well… good.

Dinner on Air France

Anytime you are traveling, I think there needs to be an understanding that the airplane is there to get you from point A to point B safely. Not much more. So if you would like a fine dining experience, you need to book a First Class ticket. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for. That being said, we really did enjoy our in-flight meals. I will be forever grateful for Emelia’s ability to translate for me. She described our cold bean salad spot on. This was by far my least favorite part of our flight.

Breakfast on Air France

After a long night of no sleep… because a mom rarely gets a chance to watch eleven hours straight of uninterrupted movies… I think by the time breakfast came around we were so excited because we knew that we’d be landing in Paris soon. We didn’t even care we were served the same bread from the night before.

Back of the plane

The only way our flight could have been better is if we were sitting in First Class. But, our Economy Class experience wasn’t bad at all. In fact, we’re thinking about another trip to Europe soon and will definitely consider Air France again when booking.

Do you have a favorite airline that you like to travel?

 

 

Advent Grab Bag: A new twist on a cult classic

Toy Grab Bag

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

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup: For when your family has the plague

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.

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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.

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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.

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