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Join the Friendship Bracelet Exchange
Friendship Bracelet DIY

Here’s how you can join iTwixie’s Friendship Bracelet Exchange! It’s so fun! Here’s how YOU can join the fun:

1. Make a bracelet and put it in an envelope addressed to:

iTwixie Friendship Bracelet Exchange
4551 Forbes Avenue, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

2. Write a note for the girl who’ll get it! Say something like: “Hi! I’m Rebecca and I live near Pittsburgh! Hope you love your bracelet.”

3. Put an extra envelope in, too, that has 2 stamps on it and is addressed to YOU! This is how you’ll get a bracelet back!

REMEMBER: Wrap the bracelet that you send in another piece of paper, or a little plastic bag. It will protect it! And be sure to write HAND DELIVER on your envelope so they don’t put your package in a machine. And then, your bracelet will arrive within TWO WEEKS!

Let’s see if we can get 200 girls to play this game before iTwixie’s 8th Anniversary, which is May 14, 2017!

Ready? GET SET! Go! Tell your friends! It’s so fun to play this game with a bunch of our BFFs!

Thanks, Honestly, for this great picture and DIY tutorial for making friendship bracelets :)

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For the Good. Period.
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If we talk about getting your period, do you feel uncomfortable? Do you think your period is too personal to talk about on iTwixie? Is getting your period something you dread? Worry about? Are scared about happening? Have no idea about?

Look at the world around you. Pretty much every female in your life who is in high school or older has a period. Some girls don’t get their period until later in high school, sure. But truth is, most girls today get their period by 13.

And even more truthful than that, is the simple fact that getting your period is natural. It’s part of growing up. And if you’re a girl, you’re going to get it.

Why the fuss? We don’t know. But in some parts of the world, getting your period is such a big deal that you stay home when you have it. You don’t go to school the week you get your period. And then, sometimes, if you miss so much school, you drop out of school. And then you don’t get a good education. And then you don’t get to make your own choices or try to make your dreams come true. And then you end up sad, in poverty or worse, in a marriage that you didn’t even choose.

Pretty crazy, eh?

We learned about this group called For the Good Period. And they are amazing. They go to parts of the world where girls stop going to school when they are on their period, and they help to change that. They bring the stuff you need when you’re on your period. They help educate people in those small towns to understand that getting your period is as natural as sleeping. And they make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of girls by simply talking about these little, tiny truths.

Now meet seventh grader, Ella Lindenberg, who took it upon herself to raise money to help girls in Kenya stay in school when they are on their period.

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In the Fall of 2016, she raised money by organizing a bake sale for  For The Good Period.

There you go, girls. A little fun info about how we can make a difference by just being truthful, candid and comfortable with things that are as natural as sleep.

Enjoy your day! And let us know if you want to learn more about cool groups like For the Good Period.

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Cheers to 2017!
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Happy New Year!

What are you resolutions for 2017? How are you going to make the year ahead the best year ever?

Share your resolutions and let’s inspire each other to make this year amazing.

Here’s to 2017!

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Last Day Live!

iTwixie has always been all about us. Our world. Our way. What we want. And what we can do when we all work together. We hope every girl who has ever visited iTwixie has felt something unique and special about being part of the iTwixie Nation. We celebrate each of you and our time together!

For iTwixie’s last day LIVE of 2016, we’re asking you to share something you love about being a girl, having girlfriends and being part of the iTwixie Nation that’s like nothing else online. Tell us why you became an iTwixie girl! We’ll be sending last day live prizes to 8 lucky girls – you could be one of them! Join us!

December 31 will be our last day together in 2016! Let’s keep each other in our thoughts and prayers as we kick off a New Year! Together, we are changing the world, and we won’t stop until our voices are heard! :)

The first 8 girls to share a good wish for all girls will get a prize… so wish away, girls! And cheers to girls all over the globe – you rock!

 

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We Will Miss You, Carrie Fisher
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Have you watched Star Wars? Recognized this princess?

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Princess Leia?

Today, the actor, Carrie Fisher, who portrayed her has died at the age of 60, after suffering a heart attack.

We will miss her. But the legendary, role model, strong woman and princess she portrayed in Star Wars will live on forever.

What do you think is the most special part of Princess Leia’s character?

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Winter Myth December
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From the Abominable Snowman to Jack Frost, what are your favorite winter myths?

Will you catch a cold if you don’t wear a coat?
Is it better to leave your car running than to restart it?
Is it true that no two snowflakes are the same?

Can you really eat too many sweets? This poppy seed muffin looks harmless, right? lol We’ll share the recipe with you this month!

What’s your winter myth? Tell us!

 

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Be a Change Agent
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Welcome to Be a Change Agent November on iTwixie!

All November long, we’re going to change things in our every day world, to make our world a better place. How? It’s easy!

WE WILL BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE!

Each of us plays a role in helping to create the world we want to see. And for girls, it’s even more important now than ever. Most of you have told us that you don’t like the stories about girls you see on TV and in the movies. You say that a lot of the time, the girls on TV and in movies aren’t like you. You tell us that you want to see more girls on TV and in movies that you can relate to; are more like you.

But you also tell us that you want to see all kinds of girls — not girls who look just like you — but girls who are dealing with the same kind of things that you are dealing with.

So, let’s do it. Let’s ask for these stories. What are they? Tell us! Speak up! Let’s talk about the things we all deal with, every day, that might make a good TV show or movie. Let’s be Change Agents!

What else do we want to change? Share those things with us, too!

Got more ideas? Tell us those, too!

Then, on November 30, we’ll award one of you the title of iTwixie Change Agent! Maybe it will be YOU! The winner will get:
- an official Day of the Girl 2016 t-shirt, signed by iTwixie’s founder, Rebecca
- a special feature on the Home Page of iTwixie in December, with an interview and picture, and
- to choose the theme for December

Have fun, girls, and show off how you can Be a Change Agent this November!

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Michelle Obama Has Your Back
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iTwixie sent reporters to cover the “We Will Rise” screening at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama – What an amazing experience! And you can watch it, right here!

Or, all you need to do is read this Op-Ed. And then share your thoughts with us! We find her, her words and this film to be incredibly important and unifying for us all.

Here she is, First Lady, Michelle Obama:
For me, education has never been simply a policy issue – it’s personal. Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college. But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in this country. That education opened so many doors and gave me the confidence to pursue my ambitions and have a voice in the world. For me, education was power.

And a few years ago, when I had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head just for trying to go to school, this issue got really personal for me. I saw that the terrorists who nearly killed her were trying silence her voice, snuff out her ambitions, and take away her power.

That’s why I decided to work on global girls’ education as First Lady: because right now, there are tens of millions of girls like Malala in every corner of the globe who are not in school — girls who are so bright, hardworking and hungry to learn. And that’s really the mission of the Let Girls Learn initiative we launched last year – it’s a global effort to give these girls the education they need to fulfill their potential and lift up their families, communities and countries.

Now, as First Lady, I have no budget of my own for programs, and I have no authority to make or pass laws. That’s why, when we first launched Let Girls Learn, many folks doubted that we could make a real impact on this global issue.

But over the past year and a half, we’ve established partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and organizations that are committing money, resources and expertise. We’re collaborating with countries like Canada, Mexico and the Nordic countries on girls’ education efforts. Countries like Japan, South Korea, and the UK have collectively pledged nearly $600 million. The United States is investing over a billion dollars through new and ongoing efforts and running Let Girls Learn programs in more than 50 countries. The World Bank Group will be investing $2.5 billion over the next five years. And through social media campaigns, Let Girls Learn has rallied people across America and across the globe to step up and be champions for girls worldwide.

All of this is happening because time and again, whether it’s a head of state, a corporate CEO, or a 15-year-old girl here in the U.S., when people hear the stories of girls who aren’t in school, they want to help.

That’s why CNN’s new film on global girls’ education, “We Will Rise,” airing for the first time this week, is so critically important – because it tells these girls’ stories.

This powerful film chronicles the lives of some of the girls I visited this past summer in Liberia and Morocco, two countries in Africa where many girls struggle to get an education. I was joined in my travels by the actors and activists Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, who are also passionate about girls’ education, as well as CNN anchor Isha Sesay.

Together, we sat down with girls in both countries to discuss the barriers they face and the dreams they hold for their futures. Like so many girls around the world, many of these girls come from families struggling with poverty. Some endure dangerous commutes to and from school each day. Others face cultural pressures to drop out, marry young and start having children of their own.

But these girls have big plans for their lives. They want to attend college and become doctors, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs; and day after day, they do whatever it takes to get the education they need to fulfill their dreams. They get up before dawn, and spend hours harvesting crops, cooking for their families and tending to their younger siblings before heading to class. After school, they work as maids and in factories, and they study for hours late into the night.

I hope you will be as moved by their stories as I was – and I hope you’ll visitLetGirlsLearn.Gov to learn more about how you can take action to help girls like them worldwide go to school.

Unlike so many girls around the world, we have a voice. That’s why, particularly on this International Day of the Girl, I ask that you use yours to help these girls get the education they deserve. They’re counting on us, and I have no intention of letting them down. I plan to keep working on their behalf, not just for the rest of my time as First Lady, but for the rest of my life. I hope you will join me.

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, October 11, 2016

 

 

 

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Star Power Facial
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Want to show off your Star Power? Try this! Make your skin glow and smell yummy with our special Peach Face Mask.

Here’s what you’ll need:
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1 soft medium peach, mashed with a fork
. 1 tablespoon honey
. Oatmeal

Here’s what you’ll do:
Mix ingredients together. Apply to freshly cleaned face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Does your face glow? Love the smell?

Tell us how it goes! Have fun!

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Hello iTwixie Girl!
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Are you new to iTwixie? Terrific!

iTwixie is all about us. Our world. Our way. What we want. And what we can do when we all work together.

It’s an iTwixie revolution!

When you join iTwixie, you become part of the iTwixie Nation! It’s a nation of challenge. There’s always something cool to challenge you to do something, solve something or experience something new.

What’s so cool is that you can keep up on how other iTwixie girls face challenges, too. And there are challenges that all iTwixie girls can take on together.

When you join iTwixie you can:

  • Create your iTwixie profile page
  • Add your voice to iTwixie’s Polls!
  • Write blogs about what matters to you!

Tell your parent or guardian about iTwixie and see if you have permission to join the iTwixie revolution now!

 

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