Treasure Tuesdays: Shutterfly

One of my favorite websites on the planet is Shutterfly! I use it to order photos, calendars, mugs or anything they can muster up. They also host Share Sites that I use for my Girl Scout troop to communicate with parents and ask for event sign ups. It’s a perfect and safe place for them to upload photos and ask questions pertaining to our troop.

I have been ordering a Memory Book from Shutterfly for the past 3 years. It’s a wonderful way for me to save all of Olivia’s adventures with Girl Scouts. We can then take it out from time to time and relive all the things we did.

Every month or so, they have discounts or member freebies, take advantage of those! I love personalized luggage tags, mouse pads or large prints. Enjoy your memory making!

Cheers!


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Bridging from Daisies to Brownies 

Today marked another milestone in Olivia’s adventures in Girl Scouts! She bridged (a promotion ceremony) from being a Daisy scout to a Brownie. It’s been 2 years now that we’ve been in Girl Scouts and Olivia & I are having a blast! She finished GS Twilight Camp on Friday so we planned our troop’s ceremony for today at the Oakland Zoo. Cookie funds paid for our girls to attend and we set up at the bridge overlooking the Baboon area. There were cute little monkey babies watching our girls cross the path. We enlisted the help of our troop moms to participate in the ceremony. One mom received the old vests, another helped them put on their new, I was able to place on their membership pin and another mom presented them each with their award. It was a great day being able to share with family and friends. I’m so proud of these girls and their families, they all did great! 

   
         

Happy Independence Day!

Today we celebrated the 4th of July with our Girl Scout family and with childhood friends we haven’t seen in years.
This morning Olivia, myself and 4 of our troop girls walked in our local town’s parade. This was our first time participating in a community festival and boy, what fun did we have! I didn’t realize what I been missing out on all these years!

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We walked along with our city GS council and troops. Olivia and the girls had so much fun. It was awesome seeing them wave to family & friends who came to watch. Olivia was especially excited to see her Auntie, cousins and Granny come to support her. Daddy was proud too, I saw that little gleam in his eye when she walked past him and flashed him a smile!
These are the memories I like to make with my kids. Ones that they will say “remember when we did….”  I must admit that Girl Scouts is branching me out to try new things and I’m loving it.
Now we’re off to our friend’s home for a bbq and fireworks! Spending the holidays with family & friends is really what it’s all about.
From my family to yours, we wish you a wonderful 4th of July!!

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Lemonade Madness

Who doesn’t love a cool glass of lemonade?! Every summer for the past 3 years our daughter has been asking to set up her own little lemonade stand. One of her favorite books is Victoria Kann’s “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink” where a young spunky girl named Pinkalicious makes her own lemonade stand to earn money to buy bubble gum from her local store.
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Olivia feels if she wants to earn money for toys she can sell pink lemonade too.
This summer her Daddy made it happen for her. He wanted to create a stand that she could use in the summer for lemonade and then in the winter during Girl Scouts Cookie Season. He went right to work with supplies at Home Depot and an idea in his head. Olivia’s big brothers pitched in too and helped with sanding the wood and painting.
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After a week, it was completed and she was open for business.  It lasted for 10 minutes, due to an accidental bump which caused the whole gallon of lemonade to spill in the street, but we had fun and next time we’ll be more prepared (I think I need to stock up on lemons and strawberries).
I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to see her and her fellow Girl Scouts use it for their cookie table.
Thanks Daddy for making your little girl’s dream come true.
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GS Twilight Camp

The best thing about being a mom is being able to relive your childhood all over again and possibly do things you didn’t do when you were younger. One of those things was girl camp! It wasn’t until I had a daughter of my own that I found myself doing things I thought I didn’t like as a kid. I was never fond of camping,  I’m more of a “let’s order room service” kind of girl.
But this year as a first time Girl Scout and Leader I’ve experienced alot of new things! One of them was Girl Scouts Camp!
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I signed up as a volunteer and Olivia as a scout. We spent 4 fun evenings doing what Girl Scouts do best, motivate each other, design different crafts, sing songs, build friendships, learning to work as a team and just play outdoors!
We were placed in different units so she had a chance to experience camp without her mom hovering over her and I had a chance to lead a great group of Brownies. I loved seeing the older girls and moms who have been in GS for over 10 years and watching how much they loved their community.
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I met many new friends myself and look forward to seeing our daughters grow as well as us as leaders and parents.
The best part was receiving hugs at the end of camp and hearing how much fun they had and them begging their moms to sign them up for next year!
I know we’ll be back and hopefully bring more friends to join in the fun!
Girl Scouts Rock!
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