My experience as a first time Girl Scout Troop Leader and whatever else strikes my fancy.

 

happyvibes-healthylives:

Stop being motivated by your “haters”. It is negative fuel that always burns out quickly. The best empowerment & inspiration comes from YOU and it runs eternally when you find it. 

Who do you want to give your energy to? The people who support you or the people who don’t? Do you want to be fueled by hate or fueled by love, positivity & inspiration?

"Stop trying to prove your "haters" wrong and prove your supporters right. The more you focus on your support the less you’ll see the hate"

Love this.

Look, the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for their drug use and I really think - look what would’ve happened, it would’ve ruined their lives. They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky and they don’t have good attorneys and they go to jail for some of these things and I think it’s a big mistake.

Rand Paul (via prettayprettaygood)

If your looking to legalize drugs be careful what you wish for. I do drug testing for a living and I have seen first hand the consequences of drug use. I’ve met some very scary people who when not on drugs are super nice. I’ve met children whose lives have been ripped apart by drugs. And I’ve seen people who have suffered serious injuries caused by others while on drugs. I have also seen the economic disadvantage drug use creates in my own community.

hipsterlibertarian:

guineapiggies:

Easter message from Flat Bonnie (by Flat Bonnie & Friends)

I’m not the Bonnie behind Flat Bonnie, but:
I love that it shares my name.
I endorse this message. (Aside from concern for the animals, it’s really rude. You can’t just spring animals on people XD)
I am the proud owner of a larger than life, plush, guinea pig poop which is sold by Flat Bonnie to raise awareness about the commitment involved in getting a small animal and that there are small pets awaiting adoption in shelters just like cats and dogs.
You all know my feelings on guinea pigs. (They are the Very Best Animals.)

hipsterlibertarian:

guineapiggies:

Easter message from Flat Bonnie (by Flat Bonnie & Friends)

I’m not the Bonnie behind Flat Bonnie, but:

  1. I love that it shares my name.
  2. I endorse this message. (Aside from concern for the animals, it’s really rude. You can’t just spring animals on people XD)
  3. I am the proud owner of a larger than life, plush, guinea pig poop which is sold by Flat Bonnie to raise awareness about the commitment involved in getting a small animal and that there are small pets awaiting adoption in shelters just like cats and dogs.
  4. You all know my feelings on guinea pigs. (They are the Very Best Animals.)
meanstinksblog:

My name is Raine. I’m in the 7th grade. I am a victim of girl-to-girl bullying. I used to be really overweight. I was insecure. Other girls used that against me. A girl I thought I trusted, a girl I thought was my friend was one of the people who scarred me the most. When I was in 3rd grade, I was at her house. She’s Chinese and her family doesn’t speak English. She told me that her dad and family refer to me as “the fat girl” as if that’s all I am, not somebody with substance or meaning. It got worse. Boys started using my weight against me too. But it was the girls’ comments that stung the worst. Especially since most of my friends are skinny or fit and here I am, that odd girl out with the weight problem. I was even called fat in Church, a place I thought I belonged, a place I thought nobody would judge me. I was wrong, and I didn’t want to go back to Church after that. In the 6th grade, a group of 7th grade girls victimized me because they noticed I liked to sing. When my teacher had me sing solo for the Remembrance Day Assembly, they began to spread rumours about me. I remember the pain I felt was horrible… and I never want anyone in the world to feel it ever. Not just my weight. I was called ugly, worthless, talentless. Nobody cared about me. I started self-harming with paperclips a while back but I stopped. Now, I’m ready to help anybody who’s ever going through a tough time. Girl on girl bullying is one of the worst types and it needs to be stopped now. I’m painting my pinky nails blue proudly! Thank you Demi I love you. :*

Love, Raine. :)

I’m so excited to see young women standing up against bullying. You ladies ROCK! Keep doing what your doing and set a positive example for the young girls following in your footsteps.

meanstinksblog:

My name is Raine. I’m in the 7th grade. I am a victim of girl-to-girl bullying. I used to be really overweight. I was insecure. Other girls used that against me. A girl I thought I trusted, a girl I thought was my friend was one of the people who scarred me the most. When I was in 3rd grade, I was at her house. She’s Chinese and her family doesn’t speak English. She told me that her dad and family refer to me as “the fat girl” as if that’s all I am, not somebody with substance or meaning. It got worse. Boys started using my weight against me too. But it was the girls’ comments that stung the worst. Especially since most of my friends are skinny or fit and here I am, that odd girl out with the weight problem. I was even called fat in Church, a place I thought I belonged, a place I thought nobody would judge me. I was wrong, and I didn’t want to go back to Church after that. In the 6th grade, a group of 7th grade girls victimized me because they noticed I liked to sing. When my teacher had me sing solo for the Remembrance Day Assembly, they began to spread rumours about me. I remember the pain I felt was horrible… and I never want anyone in the world to feel it ever. Not just my weight. I was called ugly, worthless, talentless. Nobody cared about me. I started self-harming with paperclips a while back but I stopped. Now, I’m ready to help anybody who’s ever going through a tough time. Girl on girl bullying is one of the worst types and it needs to be stopped now. I’m painting my pinky nails blue proudly! Thank you Demi I love you. :*

Love, Raine. :)

I’m so excited to see young women standing up against bullying. You ladies ROCK! Keep doing what your doing and set a positive example for the young girls following in your footsteps.

gwenxfamous:

I will now apologize to all the people I just killed with this mind blowingly cute photoset. You’re also welcome.

I cannot resist baby animals!

ourtimeorg:

The FCC has proposed creating a free national WiFi network that would provide a free, powerful internet across the country. What’s your opinion? LIKE if the U.S. should invest in free national WiFi & COMMENT if you disagree. 
 For today’s full translation, click here!

Well we are well on our way to bankrupting the country so why not pay for something that stupid. Last time I checked wifi was a luxury not a need. What we don’t need is government spending more money it doesn’t have.

ourtimeorg:

The FCC has proposed creating a free national WiFi network that would provide a free, powerful internet across the country. What’s your opinion? LIKE if the U.S. should invest in free national WiFi & COMMENT if you disagree.

 For today’s full translation, click here!

Well we are well on our way to bankrupting the country so why not pay for something that stupid. Last time I checked wifi was a luxury not a need. What we don’t need is government spending more money it doesn’t have.

Earning the Zinni Petal - Considerate & Caring

To earn the Zinni petal we read and discussed Zinni’s story from the Blue Book. After discussing the story the Daisies got an opportunity to practice being considerate and caring while decorating cookie sweatshirts.

On the Little Brownie Bakers website www.littlebrowniebakers.com one of the cookie season activities is to make a T-Shirt with the girls goals on it. So after discussing with the troop leaders and asking the parents at the Parent Cookie Meeting we decided sweatshirts would be the way to go since even during cookie booth time in March it may be colder. As an aside the parents agreed to pay $5 to help offset the cost of the sweatshirts. So here is how I pulled it together.

I found the sweatshirts at Wal-Mart they were $5.47/sweatshirt. I chose navy blue because it was the only color I could get in the volume and sizes needed (I did have to shop the boys department to get enough sweatshirts for a 12 girl troop). I originally bought puffy paint because I was gonna paint a daisy on the back and then write the girls goals on the front….the more I contemplated this the more I realized this would be a ton of work for me and not much for the girls to do. I also bought a generic brand bedazzler and extra dazzles.  While surfing Pinterest I came across an adorable cookie goal coloring page (http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2011/01/free-printables-for-girl-scout-troops-to-use-for-cookie-sales.html) and I thought why not put it on iron on transfer paper.  After discussing with my crafty friend she thought Sharpie permanent marker would work for the girls to color their shirts, and I thought dazzles and puffy paint would be the perfect final touches. I also decided to add something to the back of the sweatshirts again on the Little Brownie Baker website I found cookie clip art.  I printed all of this on Avery iron on transfer paper for dark fabric.  I also purchased iron on letters (originally I was going to put the girls names on their sweatshirts however I wasn’t sure which size would be best for each girl and ultimately my daughter whose sweatshirt was the experiment was the only one that received the extra treatment).

   

So I tried the iron on and Sharpie in advance to ensure the shirt would be washable…it was. I did not however try the dazzles or puffy paint in advance…disaster.  The puffy paint peeled off in the washer and dryer and the dazzles didn’t hook very well on the thickness of the sweatshirt. I had to redo by hand all of Emily’s dazzles and peeled the last bits of puffy paint off.

So to incorporate the shirt project to earning the Zinni petal we only had a limited number of supplies (Sharpies, one bedazzler, and puffy paint) this tied in nicely with Zinni’s story so the girls had to work out the best way to share the supplies. We broke into 3 groups one getting dazzled, one getting puffy paint, and one coloring with markers we then rotated through (timed based on when the dazzles for the group got done). Once all the shirts were done and drying I found a cute team building activity on Pinterest http://greatsolutions.blogspot.co.uk/2005/03/suspend-as-many-marshmallows-in-air-as.html. I modified it a bit for the age group of girls I have. I gave them some skewers, and longer length of string. I also gave them 15 minutes instead of 2 minutes.

Supplies

5’ length of string (I gave them extra)
1 bag of large marshmallows
10 rubber bands
5 straws
10 toothpicks

I gave them 5 bamboo skewers

Instructions

You have two minutes (I gave the girls 15 minutes and one lifeline) to devise a method to hold as many marshmallows as possible above ground level. Team members may not be in direct contact with any of the marshmallows during the final scoring process. Scoring begins at the end of the two minute (15 minute) building time. You will receive up to ten points each for creativity, cooperation and communication. You will also earn one bonus point for each successfully suspended marshmallow. (We didn’t do points or scoring since I wanted all the girls to work together on this). I did however give a prize for success. I won’t share pics of the girls since I don’t have permission to use them in my blog.

I gave each of the girls 2 cookie pencils and a couple of cookie stickers.  I also wanted the girls to have the badges including the new troop badge they had earned so far but with a limited number of meetings I didn’t know when we would get a chance to do a badge ceremony so this is what I came up with instead based on this cute Pinterest idea http://scrappinmassmom.blogspot.com/2012/06/girl-scouts-june-update.html.

I used recycled soup cans, wrapped them in dollar store wrapping paper filled them with dollar store flower foam cubes and dollar store shredded paper.  I then hot glued dollar store craft foam hearts on leftover bamboo skewers.  I attempted to hot glue badges to the foam…Bad, Bad, Bad idea…I ended up using scotch tape as the hot glue melted the adhesive of the badges. I used the SUPER DUPER CUTE Martha Stewart Jar labels from Staples to write the girls names on to place on their individual badge can. Then when each girl left troop meeting they were able to take their badge cans with them.  Thus concluding the meeting. I should point out that at this meeting I acquired another girl putting me at 13 girls total.  Also, I’m almost caught back up to the troop meetings after being such a slacker. Stay tuned for the meeting that will go down in the books or Blogs as “Boring”. :-(