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A December to Remember
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No matter where you live in the world, city or country, large population or small, this December can become one to remember always. Try and imagine yourself a year from now, looking back on this December. What kinds of things will make you smile to remember them? Or are there things you could do to make the next year you proud? How about things that will just give you a good laugh?

Sometimes, the best memories and proudest moments come from helping others in need, cheering up those around us who are struggling with illness or other personal troubles, or solving a problem in our midst that seems really difficult, but maybe just needed an extra hand, time or some good thinking.

A neighbor may need help shoveling snow.
There’s a gift exchange, but you’re not allowed to spend much money on it, so you make a gift of homemade cookie mix in a jar (see picture) that everyone loves.
A friend may be sick and may need your notes.
There’s a long line for lunch every day and it makes everyone grumpy; if tables took turns in random order, maybe people would not get so annoyed when waiting their turn.
Another elderly person in your community might enjoy hearing a story read out loud to her.
A child next door could use your hand-me-down jeans.
Maybe there’s a kid at school who sits alone at lunch, or never smiles in the hallway – how powerful your smile or shared lunch might be!?!

Whatever you choose to do this December to make it a December to Remember, share it with us! When we tell each other stories, we inspire each other. We get ideas for how we can each make a difference in our world.

Here’s to making this December one to Remember!

Happy December, girls!

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Happy Thanksgiving
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Pumpkin pie.

Turkey.

Stuffing.

Mashed potatoes.

Sweet potatoes.

Corn.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year? What are you most thankful for? Tell us!

We are thankful for each and every one of YOU!!!

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Be Happy by Being Grateful this November
What are you grateful for?

It’s a simple idea, really. It’s being grateful. Ever find yourself wishing you had the stuff your friend haves? Or do you catch yourself watching a movie and you start feeling bad about your room, your clothing or your shoes? It’s at this very moment that you can take charge of your gratefulness. Look around. See all you have. See what makes your life comfortable. Rich. Loving. Happy.

It may not be the stuff of legend or a movie, but it is stuff that makes you uniquely you. And no one else can look around and see what you see. Only you can be you. That’s reason to be grateful, yes?

We now know that this simple ideas is the secret of happiness. Check it out right here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201511/how-gratitude-leads-happier-life

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough.” —Melodie Beatty

How can you express your gratitude this month? Tell us right here!

 

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Welcome to Brilliant October
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iTwixie Girls are all about the Generation Girl  -  so why not dedicate this month to our brilliance! Our power! Our amazing dreams and works. What’s in your future? Tell us! Let’s inspire each other with being Brilliant all October long!

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September Strengths
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You have strengths that you haven’t even discovered yet. What are your hidden strengths? How can YOU discover even more this September?

Try this:
- Jot your favorite things to do when you have free time.
- Now circle the things you love to do that make you try really hard
- Add a few things that are hard for you to do, that you enjoy doing anyway

Now look at that list – what do you see? Did you discover something about yourself?

Let’s share them in the comments section below and let’s INSPIRE EACH OTHER!

 

 

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Sensational September is Here!
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Let’s make this September Sensational! How?

Try answering these two questions:
1. What is one thing you can do this month that will make your world a better place?
2. What is one thing girls can do together to make our world a better place?

Tell us your first name, age and country you live in. Then we’ll get to see how we much we think alike, differently and maybe even come up with some ideas for real change. Cool, huh?

Think about it. Tell us what you think. And let’s share these ideas with each other! By the end of the month, we’ll have a huge list of things we can do to Change Our World for the better. Cannot wait to hear your ideas! We’ll share them with our friends at the Day of the Girl Summit  and get ready for the coolest day of the year for girls: The International Day of the Girl, and the Girls Speak Out at the United Nations, on October 11, 2018.

 

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Happy Summer Birthdays!
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Check out these fabulous females and their June birthdays:
Julie Campbell, 1908 – American Author & Literary Agent Hazel Dickens, 1935 – US Feminist, Activist, Bluegrass Singer Katerina Gogou, 1940 – Greek Anarchist Poet2nd JuneDorothy West, 1907 – African American Writer Lotte Reiniger, 1899 – German Film Director and Animator Ruth Atkinson, 1918 – Canadian/American Cartoonist Kathryn Tucker Windham, 1918 – Alabama Storyteller Betty Freeman, 1921 – US Photographer & Philanthropist June Callwood, 1924 – Canadian Journalist & Social Activist3rd JuneRosa Chacel, 1898 – Spanish Writer and Feminist Memphis Minnie, 1897 – American Singer-Songwriter Eleanor Coade, 1733 – British Businesswoman4th JuneMiina Sillanpää, 1866 – Finnish Member of Parliament Sadie Bonnell, 1888 – British WW1 Ambulance Driver Mabel Lucie Attwell, 1879 – British Illustrator Alla Nazimova, 1879 – Crimean American Actress & Producer5th JuneRuth Benedict, 1887 – American anthropologist and folklorist Elena Piscopia, 1646 – Italian Philosopher and PhD Laurali Rose Wright, 1939 – Canadian Author6th JuneSarah Parker Remond, 1826 – African American Physician & Abolitionist Eliza Orzeszkowa, 1841 – Polish Writer Ninette de Valois, 1898 – Irish Dancer and Choreographer7th JuneVirginia Apgar, 1909 – American Anaesthesiologist Amelia Edwards, 1831 – British Writer & Egyptologist Elizabeth Bowen, 1899 – Irish Writer Marion Post, 1910 – American Photographer8th JuneCharlotte Scott, 1858 – British Mathematician and Educator Alicia Stott, 1860 – Irish MathematicianMarguerite Yourcenar, 1903 – Belgian Novelist & Essayist9th JuneElizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1836 – British Physician & Feminist Helen Marot, 1865 – American Social Reformer Bertha von Suttner, 1843 – Austrian Nobel Peace prize winner Phyllis Ann Wallace, Black American Economist and Activist10th JuneHattie McDaniel, 1895 – 1st African American Oscar winner Rebecca Latimer Felton, 1835 – 1st female American Senator Lin Huiyin, 1904 – Chinese Architect and Writer11th June Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815 – British Photographer Millicent Fawcett, 1847 – British Suffragist and Reformer Jeanette Rankin, 1880 – 1st woman in the US Congress Angela Forbes, 1876 – original Forces Sweetheart12th JuneEva Crane, 1912 – British Bee Scientist Anne Frank, 1929 – German/Dutch Diarist Harriet Martineau, 1802 – British Sociologist and Writer Djuna Barnes, 1892 – American Writer and Illustrator Margherita Hack, 1922 – Italian Astrophysicist & Activist13th JuneChrystal Macmillan, 1872 – Scottish lawyer, feminist & pacifist Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893 – British Writer and Humanist Jeanne-Claude, 1935 – Moroccan Environmental Artist14th JuneHarriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 – American Author Margaret Bourke-White, 1904 – American Photographer Winifred Lubell, 1914 – American Illustrator and Activist15th JuneHilda Terry, 1914 – American Cartoonist Margaret Ives Abbott, 1876 – American Olympic Golfer Olga Erteszek, 1916 – Polish American Fashion Designer16th JuneBarbara McClintock, 1902 – US Nobel Prize winning Geneticist Bessie Rayner Parkes, 1829 – British Feminist & Campaigner Mary Katherine Goddard, 1738 – US Publisher & Postmistress Natalia Goncharova, 1881 – Russian Avant-garde Artist17th JuneRuth Wakefield, 1903 – US Inventor of Chocolate Chip Cookie Susan La Flesche, 1865 – Native American Doctor & Reformer Flora Finch, 1867 – UK/USA Actress, Comedian & Producer18th JuneSylvia Porter, 1913 – American Economist and Journalist Ann Mara, 1929 – US Businesswoman & “1st Lady of Football”19th JuneLaura Z. Hobson, 1900 – American Writer Pauline Kael, 1919 – American Film Critic Merata Mita, 1942 - Māori Film Maker and Activist20th JuneHelen Miller Shepard, 1868 – American Philanthropist Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, 1786 – French Poet Zelda Mishkovsky, 1914 – Israeli Poet Helena Rasiowa, 1917 – Polish Mathematician21st JuneBenazir Bhutto, 1953 – Pakistani Prime Minister Clara Immerwahr, 1870 – German Chemist Daisy Turner, 1883 – African American Storyteller and Poet Mary McCarthy, 1912 – American Writer and Political Activist22nd JuneAnne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 – American Author & Aviator Cicely Saunders, 1918 – British founder of the Hospice ​​Katherine Dunham, 1909 – African American Dancer, Choreographer & ActivistOctavia Butler, 1947 – African American Science Fiction Writer23rd JuneAnna Akhmatova, 1889 – Russian Poet Winifred Holtby, 1898 - English novelist and journalist Wilma Rudolph, 1940 – African American Athlete24th JunePearl Witherington, 1914 – British SOE Agent Mary Wesley, 1912 – British Novelist Mildred Ladner Thompson, 1918 – American Journalist Margaret Olley, 1923 – Australian Artist Joan Clarke, 1917 – British Linguist & cryptanalyst 25th JuneVirginia Lacy Jones, 1912 – African American Librarian Celia Franca, 1921 – Director of Canadian National Ballet Dorothy Gilman, 1923 – American Mystery Author26th JunePearl S. Buck, 1892 – American Writer Violette Szabo, 1921 -  French-British WW2 secret agentDorothy Fuldheim, 1893 – American Journalist & TV Anchor27th JuneHelen Keller, 1860 – US Deafblind Writer & Lecturer Guilhermina Suggia, 1885 – Portugese CellistKate Carew, 1869 – American Caricaturist and Interviewer28th JuneMaria Goeppert-Mayer, 1906 - German-American Physicist Esther Forbes, 1891 – American Pulitzer Prize winning Author Stefi Geyer, 1888 – Hungarian Violinist & Teacher29th JuneVirginia Pope, 1885 - American Fashion Editor Julia Lathrop, 1858 – American Social ReformerYvonne Lefébure, 1898 – French Pianist and Teacher30th JuneMonica Maurice, 1908 – British Industrialist Lena Horne, 1917 – American Singer & Civil Rights Activist Eleanor Ross Taylor, 1920 – American Poet _____________________________________

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1st JulyAmy Johnson, 1903 – British Aviator Alice Guy, 1873 – French Film-maker and Director Dorothea Mackellar, 1885 – Australian Author and Poet Amber Reeves, 1887 – New Zealand/British Feminist Writer2nd JulyHarriet Brooks, 1876 – Canada’s first female nuclear scientist Lily Braun, 1865 – German Feminist Writer Lydia Mei, 1896 – Estonian Artist3rd JulyCharlotte Perkins Gilman, 1860 – US Sociologist & Author Ruth Crawford Seeger, 1901 – American Composer Fontella Bass, 1940 – African American R&B soul singer4th JulyHenrietta Swan Leavitt, 1868 – American Astronomer Jessie Ackermann, 1857 – American Social Reformer Yvonne B Miller, 1934 – African American Senator5th JulyClara Zetkin, 1857 – German Activist, organised 1st International Women’s Day Wanda Landowska, 1879 – Polish-French Harpsichordist Louise Jenkins, 1888 – American Astronomer6th JulyAnnette Kellerman, 1886 – Australian Swimmer Frederica Sagor Maas, 1900 – American Playwright and Author Frida Kahlo, 1907 – Mexican Artist7th JulyLillien Jane Martin, 1851 – American Psychologist Doris McCarthy, 1910 – Canadian Artist Margaret Walker, 1915 – African American Poet and Writer Edmonia Lewis, 1844 – African/Native American Sculptor8th JulyArtemisia Gentileschi, 1593 – Italian Painter Käthe Kollwitz, 1867 – German Sculptor, Printmaker & Painter Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, 1926 – Swiss American Psychiatrist Raquel Correa, 1934 – Chilean Journalist9th JulyPeggy Braithwaite, 1919 – British Lighthouse Keeper Ann Radcliffe, 1764 – British Author June Jordan, 1936 – African American Writer and Educator Mercedes Sosa, 1935 – Argentinian Folk Singer & Activist10th JulyThérèse Casgrain, 1896 – Canadian Reformer & Politician Mildred Benson, 1905 – American Journalist & Author Judith Jasmin, 1916 – Canadian Journalist Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921 – Founder of Special Olympics11th JulyLiza Lehmann, 1862 – British Operatic Composer Annie Armstrong, 1850 – American Missionary Dorothy Wilde, 1895 – Anglo Irish Bon Vivant12th JulyJohanna Moosdorf , 1911 – German Author ​Lyudmila Pavlichenko, 1916 – Russian WW2 Sniper Beah Richards, 1920 – African American Writer & Actress13th JulyTillie Ehrlich Lewis, 1901 – American Businesswoman Emma Asson, 1889 – Estonian Politician Kay Linaker, 1913 – American Actress & Screenwriter14th JulyGertrude Bell, 1868 – British Archaeologist and Spy Kate M Gordon, 1861 – American Suffragist & Activist Juliette Wytsman, 1866 – Belgian Painter15th JulyMaggie L. Walker, 1867 – African American Businesswoman Emmeline Pankhurst, 1858 – British Activist & Suffragette Dorothy Fields, 1905 – American Lyricist Iris Murdoch, 1919 – Irish Author and Philosopher16th JulyIda B. Wells, 1862 – African American journalist Kathleen Norris, 1880 – American Author Anna Vyrubova, 1884 – Russian Writer Frances Horwich, 1907 – US Educator & Presenter17th JulyBerenice Abbott, 1898 – American Photographer Christina Stead, 1902 – Australian Author Phyllis Diller, 1917 – American Comedian18th JulyNathalie Sarraute, 1900 – Russian-French Writer Pauline Viardot, 1821 – French Composer and Singer Margaret Brown, 1867 – American “unsinkable” Activist Shirley Strickland, 1925 – Australian Athlete19th JulyRosalyn Sussman, 1921 – US Physicist & Nobel Prize winnerMarianna Auenbrugger, 1759 – Austrian Pianist and Composer Eve Merriam, 1916 – American Poet and Writer Mary Ann Bickerdyke, 1817 – American Hospital Administrator20th JulyVeronica Wedgwood, 1910 – British Historian Cindy Walker, 1918 – American Country Singer-Songwriter Stephenie McMillan, 1942 – British Set Decorator21st JulyAnna Adams Gordon, 1853 – US Temperance Worker Sara Carter, 1898 – American Singer-Songwriter22nd JulyEmma Lazarus, 1849 – American Poet Hella Wuolijoki, 1886 – Estonian/Finnish Writer Begum Shaista Ikramullah, 1915 – Pakistani Diplomat23rd JulyElspeth Huxley, 1907 – British Polymath, Environmentalist & WriterLaurel Martyn, 1916 – Australian Ballerina & Choreographer24th JulyAmelia Earhart, 1897 – American Aviator Bella Abzug, 1920 – American Lawyer & Social Activist Essie Summers, 1912 – New Zealand Author25th JulyFlora Adams Darling, 1840 – American Author Rosalind Franklin, 1920 – British Biophysicist Jane Frank, 1918 – American Artist26th JulyIrena Iłłakowicz, 1906 – Polish Intelligence Agent Ana María Matute, 1925 – Spanish Writer Bernice Rubens, 1923 – Welsh Teacher, Film Maker & Author27th JulyJeanne Baret, 1740 – French Explorer Elizabeth Hardwick, 1916 – American Critic and Writer Vera Karalli, 1889 – Russian Ballerina and Choreographer28th JulyBeatrix Potter, 1866 – British Author Lucy Burns, 1879 – American Suffragist Barbara La Marr, 1896 – American Actress and ScreenwriterAenne Burda, 1909 – German Publisher29th JulyDiana Vreeland, 1903 – American Magazine Editor Katerina Taikon, 1932 – Swedish Roma Writer and Activist Sophie Menter, 1846 – German Pianist and Composer Mary Lee Settle, 1918 – American Author30th JulyEmily Bronte, 1818 – English novelist and poet Fatima Jinnah, 1893 – Pakistani Stateswoman Maria Anna Mozart, 1751 – Austrian Musician and Composer Alicia Amherst, 1865 – British Horticulturalist & Author31st JulyGrete Gulbransson, 1882 – Austrian Writer and Poet Mary Vaux Walcott, 1860 – American Artist and Naturalist Stephanie Kwolek, 1923 – American Chemist and Engineer _____________________________________
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1st AugustSarah Robinson, 1834 – UK founder of the Soldier’s Institute Mary Harris Jones, 1837 – Irish/American Activist Kamla Nehru, 1899 – Indian Freedom Fighter2nd AugustPauline Hall, 1890 – Norwegian Composer and Music Critic Rowena Cade, 1893 – British Theatrical Visionary Mary Hamman, 1907 – American Writer and Editor3rd AugustMaggie Kuhn, 1905 – American Founder of the Grey Panthers Regina Jonas, 1902 – German Rabbi Cécile Aubry, 1928 – French Actress, Director & Screenwriter4th AugustHedda Sterne, 1910 – Romanian Artist Helen Thomas, 1920 – American Journalist5th AugustMary Ritter Beard, 1876 – American Historian and Archivist Gertrude Rush, 1880 – African-American Lawyer Selma Diamond, 1920 – Canadian Actress and Screenwriter Maggie Gee, 1923 – Chinese American Physicist & Airforce Pilot6th AugustLouella Parsons, 1881 – American Columnist and Screenwriter Elisabeth Beresford, 1926 – British Author7th AugustElizabeth Flynn, 1890 – US labor leader, activist, and feminist Dorothy Walton, 1909 – Canadian Badminton Player Felice Bryant, 1925 – American Songwriter8th AugustFlorence Bailey, 1863 – US ornithologist and nature writer Emilie Flygare-Carlén, 1807 – Swedish Author Esther Hobart Morris, 1814 – American Justice of the Peace Cécile Chaminade, 1857 – French Composer and Pianist Sophia Duleep Singh, 1876 – Punjabi British Suffragette Esma Redžepova, 1943 – Macedonian Romani Singer and Humanitarian9th AugustEvelina Haverfield, 1867 – British Suffragette & Activist Tove Jansson, 1914 – Finnish Author and Artist Paula Kent Meehan, 1931 – American Businesswoman10th AugustIrene Steer, 1889 – British Olympic SwimmerEra Bell Thompson, 1905 – African American Journalist & Editor Rica Erickson, 1908 – Australian Naturalist, Author & Artist Dolores Alexander, 1931 – American Activist and Writer11th AugustEva Ahnert-Rohlfs, 1912 – German Astronomer Louise Bogan, 1897 – American Poet and Editor Enid Blyton, 1897 – British Author12th AugustEdith Hamilton, 1867 - German American Educator Helena Blavatsky, 1831 – Russian Theosophist Radclyffe Hall, 1880 – British Poet, Writer and Activist Zerna Sharp, 1889 – American Educator and Author13th AugustLucy Stone, 1818 – American Abolitionist and Suffragist Annie Oakley, 1860 – American Sharpshooter Ellen Osiier, 1890 – Danish Olympic Fencer14th AugustSibilla Aleramo, 1876 – Italian Author and Feminist Gisela Richter, 1882 – British Archaeologist and Art Historian Alice Rivaz, 1901 – Swiss Author and Feminist15th AugustGerty Cori, 1896 – American Biochemist & Nobel Prize winner Edith Nesbit, 1858 – British Author Marion Bauer, 1882 – US Composer, Writer & Music Critic Bridget Mason, 1818 – African American Nurse & Entrpreneur16th AugustGeorgette Heyer, 1902 – British NovelistFrances Buss, 1827 – British Education Reformer Elsie Inglis, 1864 – British Doctor & Suffragist17th AugustClara Meijer-Wichmann, 1885 – German Anarchist & Feminist Mary Cain, 1904 – American Newspaper Editor Bronislawa Wajs “Papusza”, 1908 – Polish Romani PoetFrederika Bremer, 1801 – Finnish/Swedish Writer & Feminist18th AugustNettie Palmer, 1885 – Australian Author and Literary Critic Vijayalaxmi Pandit, 1900 – Indian Diplomat and Politician Margaret Murie, 1902 – American Conservationist Lydia Litvyak, 1921 – Russian WW2 Fighter Pilot19th AugustCoco Chanel, 1883 – French Fashion Designer Ellen Willmott, 1858 – English Horticulturalist Rose Heilbron, 1914 – 1st female Judge at the Old Bailey Anna Terruwe, 1911 – Dutch Psychiatrist20th AugustJeanne Stern, 1908 - French/German Writer & Translator Ellen Roosevelt, 1868 – American Tennis Champion Jacqueline Susann, 1918 – American Author21st AugustKate Loder, 1825 – English composer and pianist Eleanor Davies-Colley, 1874 – British Surgeon MM Kaye, 1908 – British Writer Judy Grable, 1935 – American Professional Wrestler22nd AugustDorothy Parker, 1893 – American Writer, Critic & Satirist Leni Riefenstahl, 1902 – German Director & Photographer Mary McGrory, 1918 – American Journalist23rd AugustMalvina Reynolds, 1900 – US singer-songwriter and activist Sarah Frances Whiting, 1847 – US Physicist & AstronomerHannah Frank, 1908 – Scottish Artist and Sculptor24th AugustJean Rhys, 1890 – British Writer Ruth Schaumann , 1899 – German Poet, Sculptor & Illustrator Elizabeth Lee Hazen, 1885 – American Microbiologist Lavinia Fontana, 1552 – Italian Artist25th AugustDorothea Tanning, 1910 – American Artist and writer Zsuzsa Körmöczy, 1924 – Hungarian Tennis Player Thea Astley, 1925 – Australian Author Althea Gibson, 1927 – African American Sportswoman26th AugustDora Gabe, 1886 – Bulgarian Poet Elizebeth Friedman, 1892 – American Cryptanalyst Zona Gale, 1874 – Pulitzer Prize winning AuthorGeraldine Ferraro, 1935 – American Lawyer and Politician27th AugustKatharine McCormick, 1875 – US Biologist, Suffragist & Philanthropist Halet Çambel, 1916 – Turkish Athlete, Activist, ArchaeologistRosalie Wahl, 1924 – American Judge28th AugustTasha Tudor, 1915 – American Illustrator & Author Janet Frame, 1924 – New Zealand Author Lida Scott Howell, 1859 – American Archery Champion29th AugustAnna Ella Carroll, 1815 – American politician and lobbyist Salme Dutt, 1888 – British Political Activist Dinah Washington, 1924 – African American Singer & Pianist30th AugustMary Shelley, 1797 – British Writer Nancy Wake, 1912 – British/NZ/Australian Agent, WW2 Virginia Lee Burton, 1909 – American Author & Illustrator Bertha Parker Cody, 1907 – Native American Archaeologist Molly Ivins, 1944 – American Columnist & Humourist31st AugustMaria Montessori, 1870 – Italian Physician & Educator Amrita Pritam, 1919 – Punjabi Writer and Poet Agnes Bulmer, 1775 – English PoetJosephine Ruffin, 1842 – African American Publisher & Activist _____________________________________
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10 Summer Hair Care Tips
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Summertime can be a blast for you but really hard on your hair. All that heat and sun can make hair dull, lifeless and brittle. So, here are iTwixie’s Tips for keeping your hair looking its best all summer long!

Try iTwixies Summer Hair Care Tips:

  1. Wear a cute hat to protect your hair from too much sun.
  2. Use a conditioner with sunscreen.
  3. Let your hair air dry instead of a heated hair dryer.
  4. Put a little conditioner and water in a spray bottle and wet your hair before getting into the pool to help your hair absorb less chlorine or salt water.
  5. Use natural, moisturizing shampoo.
  6. Use conditioner on the ends of your hair after washing to keep moisture in.
  7. Rinse your hair with COLD water to make your hair shinier! (yup, COLD. brrr!)
  8. Use a chlorine-removing shampoo after swimming in a chlorinated pool – or add a tablespoon of baking soda into your shampoo if you don’t want to buy a different shampoo to take the chlorine out of your hair. Make sure to keep it all mixed in!
  9. Get your hair trimmed every 6 weeks to promote growth and to keep the ends healthy
  10. Drink water often to keep yourself hydrated — when you drink enough water, your hair looks its best. So make sure you don’t let yourself feel thirsty. That’s a sure sign you need a few glasses of water!

Add YOUR tip for fab hair right here in the comments section below!

 

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Say YES to Getting Smarter this Summer
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Every Summer, teachers tell us that many kids forget a lot that they learned that year.. We are inviting every girl on the planet to SAY YES to the staying SMART this SUMMER!

Here’s to Summer Sleepovers, Campfires, Cannonballs and STAYING SMART!!!

How are you going to STAY SMART this SUMMER?

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Safety and Privacy at iTwixie, Inc.
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Safety and Privacy at iTwixie, Inc.

Last Updated: May 1, 2018

iTwixie, Inc. is based in the culturally-rich city of Pittsburgh, PA, and appeals to tween girls across the globe of all nationalities, ethnicities, abilities and challenges. iTwixie believes in the power of every girl and the collective power of girls who come together and try new ways to express their broad array of interests.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should contact Rebecca Gaynier at Rebecca@iTwixie.com,

Safety on iTwixie

Your child’s safety and full enjoyment of iTwixie, as well as the safety and well being for all tween girls and their families, is of the utmost importance to all of us at iTwixie. iTwixie does not accumulate personal information about any girl or family for distribution, sharing, or selling except as described in this privacy policy, see “Business Transitions and Legal Disclaimer.” We only keep an email on file for notifying parents and caregivers of their child’s wish to join iTwixie, and to send updates to this email address as requested by members. Of course, anyone who wishes to unsubscribe from iTwixie communication is free to do so at any time. Just send an email to info@itwixie.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will promptly fulfill your request.

What Information We Collect
During registration we will ask for a girl’s username, password, parent’s email address, zip code, country, birthday, and the username by whom they were invited. We will also ask for a parent’s email address and, when she utilizes the tell-a-friend feature, the email address of a friend. We will automatically send this friend a one-time email inviting her to visit the site. We will delete the friend’s email address once the invitation has been sent.

If a girl wishes to contact us, we will ask for her first name and email address. We will use this information to respond to her inquiry. This information will be deleted once the response has been sent.

Log Files
As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

We do not link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information. We use this aggregate data to improve iTwixie and from time to time, we provide this kind of information to iTwixie partners and clients. No information about any one girl, however, is ever shared or kept on file.We use a third-party tracking service that uses cookies and clear gifs to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our site in the aggregate and we capture usage and volume statistics to improve the functionality of iTwixie.

Cookies
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information submitted while on our site.

We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for the user to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when the user closes her browser. A persistent cookie remains on her hard drive for an extended period of time.

We set a persistent cookie to store user passwords, so the user doesn’t have to enter them more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users thus enhancing the users’ experience on iTwixie.

If a user rejects cookies, she may still use our site, but her ability to use some areas of iTwixie, such as contests or surveys, will be limited.

Third Party Tracking Technology
Some of our third party business partners employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs) and cookies, that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We have no access or control to these third party tracking technologies.

How We Use the Information We Collect
We only use the information we collect for the purpose that it was requested. A child’s participation in or her ability to access an activity will not be conditioned on her providing more personal information than is reasonably necessary for that activity.

Girls are able to post content as well as comments on our monitored blog, tell-a-friend about the site, post monitored videos, photographs, podcasts and contact us. From time to time, user-generated content may be used by third party business partners to promote that activity. When iTwixie knows about these content sharing plans, iTwixie will request for parents or guardians of children under 13 to sign a special permission letter.

It’s an iTwixie World
The iTwixie dynamic invites participation, not personal information! We believe that this is a great way to help keep our kids safe and inspired online. So we do four things to help make the iTwixie World safe for our girls:

1. We ask girls to make up a username – and not to use their real first and last names-when they sign up to join iTwixie. We moderate posts and do not allow any Personally Identifiable Information to be posted.
2. We set up several reminders for the girls to use this username throughout the site on posts, in videos and even when posting comments, and to refrain from sharing information such as addresses, phone numbers or even their school name. We also employ monitoring tools to ensure that no Personally Identifiable Information is posted by any means.
3. iTwixie’s trained editorial team searches and removes those accidental references to addresses, towns, phone numbers or school districts, from input before it’s posted to iTwixie. iTwixie will not hesitate to block any account if our trained editorial staff observes continued, persistent or obvious abuse against the iTwixie Pledge.
4. If we cannot remove Personally Identifiable Information from a post without dramatically altering its composition, we will not allow its posting. We will send back an email to the parent explaining the problem so that the member is able to create another posting without personal information in it. We will delete any personal information of those 13 and under.

The iTwixie Pledge
When girls join iTwixie, we ask them to read through and sign, with their parents, the iTwixie Pledge. It’s here that we set up the positive and empowering tone of iTwixie, which we also use consistently to monitor throughout the site. iTwixie will only allow respectful, empowering comments, that do not disclose full names, addresses, phone numbers or the name of a child’s school.

Check out the iTwixie Pledge.

iTwixie’s Privacy Policy
iTwixie fully complies with and seeks to fulfill the mission of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), to prevent direct communication by strangers to our children. To help achieve this goal, we repeatedly encourage all users to keep their Personally Identifiable Information private. On iTwixie, girls can participate in activities, share their accomplishments and goals, stories, opinions and even pictures and videos, without disclosing information that would allow direct communication. While we do keep a parent’s email address on file, we never share, sell or distribute Personally Identifiable Information except as described within this privacy policy.

Agents/Service Providers We use other third parties such as a Web hosting company to host our Web site and a shipping company to send out prizes on our behalf. These third parties are prohibited from collecting or using your personal information for their own promotional purposes.

Business Transitions In the event iTwixie, Inc. goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your Personally Identifiable Information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via prominent notice on our home page.

Legal Disclaimer
We reserve the right to disclose your Personally Identifiable Information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our web site.

To receive earned iTwixie gear, or participate in a challenge or contest where something would be mailed to her home, an iTwixie parent is asked to provide a mailing address for the gear/prize.

iTwixie seeks parental involvement as a means to fulfill the iTwixie vision of building character in today’s tween girl: to strengthen her mind, body, spirit, the bond between girls and their community-her iTwixie World!

Tween Trends, powered by iTwixie
We continually look for ways to make iTwixie better. So we monitor the site’s activity in aggregate. We never analyze the activity of one girl. By looking at the trends of activities on the site, we can gain insight into what’s most interesting to today’s savvier tween girl and what’s less appealing. This allows us to keep iTwixie fresh and meet its members needs, and offer articles and activities that are exciting to tween girls. From time to time we share this information with like-minded partners and clients via Tween Trends, powered by iTwixie.

What Is COPPA?
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is a United States federal law that regulates the online collection, use and disclosure of personal information from children under the age of 13. It requires that parents or guardians provide consent before personal information is collected online or is publicly disclosed online, from or by children under 13 years old. The law also sets out the acceptable ways of determining consent and providing transparency online.

iTwixie firmly enforces its policy to never disclose (and to remove if necessary) any Personally Identifiable Information on iTwixie. iTwixie reaches out to parents and caregivers to engage adults in learning about iTwixie and becoming part of the iTwixie World. That’s why we send an email to parents and caregivers to let them know of their child’s interest in iTwixie and to give a little information about us and our site. We ask parents and caregivers to review our policies and sign the iTwixie Pledge before their child can participate on iTwixie. And we invite parents and caregivers can subscribe to iTwixie’s Parent Circle section to keep up on what’s new in the iTwixie World. We are committed to doing all we can to foster the safest online experience possible, and welcome input from parents, caregivers, educators and adults who want to help advance character building and safety of tween girls.

Submissions to iTwixie
All articles, opinions, pictures, videos and podcasts submitted to iTwixie will correspond to that girl’s username, not her real name. A girl’s username, age, country and state will appear with the submission if it is provided. We monitor all postings to the site prior to posting it publicly in order to remove any Personally Identifiable Information.

If your daughter creates a blog, submits videos, podcasts, or photos on this web site, you should be aware that iTwixie will monitor these submissions and will not post any Personally Identifiable Information or inappropriate content.

How to Delete Information From iTwixie
Parents may remove, delete or update an account or any information posted on iTwixie by contacting us at info@itwixie.com. If your child is not a member of this site but her photo or video appears on iTwixie you may also contact us at info@itwixie.com if you wish to have us remove your child’s photo or video.

Please feel free to contact iTwixie, Inc., at:
Email: info@itwixie.com

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Please send all submissions and correspondences to:

Mailing Address:
iTwixie, Inc.,
4551 Forbes Avenue, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Please visit GetNetWise.org and discuss the “Kids Safety” section with your child. If at any time you or your child experiences questionable activity on iTwixie, your immediate communication of the matter would be appreciated and urgently attended to by our staff.

Together, we can ensure that our tween girls enjoy positive and character-building experiences in the vast and wonderful world of opportunity that today’s internet offers.

Bulletin Boards/Chat Rooms/Blogs/Forums
When a girl uses our monitored blog feature on iTwixie, you should be aware that any attempts to post Personally Identifiable Information or anything deemed inappropriate by our editorial staff, will be deleted prior to posting the blog entry. In addition, girls are able to submit videos, photographs and podcasts to iTwixie for broadcasting on the site. We take reasonable measures to ensure that no personal information including full name, phone number, geographical information, school information, family information or third party information is shared on the site in any manner.

Twixing
iTwixie offers an instant messaging/chat feature on iTwixie.com called Twixing. In order to join iTwixie’s Twixing, a girl must subscribe to a special Twixing membership that requires a nominal fee. This fee collection allows iTwixie to know that parents/caregivers are aware that their daughter has joined iTwixie’s Twixing, which is important to ensure the safety of our girls.
In addition, COPPA requires that we obtain “verifiable parental consent” in order to allow a child to engage in activities where they might share their personal information with others participating in an online activity. COPPA allows a website operator to process a credit card transaction in order to obtain verifiable parental consent. Since Twixing membership requires a paid subscription, the successful credit-card transaction provides for the verifiable component needed to process parental consent.

At iTwixie, we recognize the need to keep our daughters safe from inappropriate content as well. That’s why iTwixieAdmin, an specially-trained adult moderator, participates in every Twixing session on iTwixie. iTwixieAdmin keeps the conversation on iTwixie positive, respectful and appropriate.

Security
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personally Identifiable Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

In order to make a purchase from us, you must use our shopping cart provider to finalize and pay for your order. Its privacy statement and security practices will also apply to your information. We encourage you to read that privacy statement before providing your information.

If you have any questions about security on iTwixie, you can send email us at info@itwixie.com

Changes in this Privacy Statement
If we decide to change our privacy practices, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the home page, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we change how we use your personally identifiable information, we will notify, by email, and/ or by means of a notice on our Web site. If we make material changes to how we collect and use Personal Information from children under age 13, we will notify parents by email in order to obtain verifiable parental consent for the new uses of the child’s Personal Information.

iTwixie, Inc.,
4551 Forbes Avenue, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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