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Delicious December
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Let’s Make this December DELICIOUS! Here’s how:

Share A Holiday Recipe
What do you and your family do together over the holidays? Do you have a favorite thing you eat together? Tell us about it all, right here! 

Make Something for Someone
Now, choose something that makes you happy about the holidays, and do that thing for somebody. Then tell us aobut it! Bet you will fee GREAT! And you can help make someone else’s December Delicious!

Try Something NEW!
Some favorite traditions become real after giving a new idea a try. What could you and your family try this year? Maybe try something NEW with your family, your friends or even at your school. You may find yourself full of even more JOY this holiday season.

Here’s the recipe for iTwixie’s Delicious December Lemon-Poppyseed Stars

INGREDIENTS – MAKES 10-12 STARS
Buy a dozen of Star Shaped – or other festive shaped – Cupcake Holders
2⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup sweet creamy butter, softened
2 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1⁄3 cups flour
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 lemons, zest of, grated
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup buttermilk or 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F Spray each muffin holder with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the egg yolks, one at a time and beat each one, well.
In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.
With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating two times with the buttermilk, then lemon juice, and then vanilla.
Beat until smooth.
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gently fold them into the muffin batter until blended.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, 3/4-full.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing.
Sprinkle powdered sugar or sprinkled on each one to look extra festive.

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Grateful November
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Happy Grateful November!

This month, let’s think, feel and act gratefully! Here’s how:

Think
Right now, take 20 seconds to think about 10 things that make you grateful. Try and make those things about real things, not just things you have or things that are pretty/cute. Think about really important things that matter to you and that make you feel truly grateful!

Feel
Join the iTwixie Bloggers Club and write a blog about how you feel grateful for your parent(s) or caregiver(s)! In a world where everyone’s always bashing parents, let’s turn the bus around! Let’s take a moment and express our gratitude for the people in our lives who are trying to help us grow up to be our best!

Act
Write a letter to someone who inspires you be your best, or to always try to be your best, at being YOU!

And be sure to keep checking back on iTwixie to take the Smart Girl Challenge on Mondays, Read with the brand new Parent/Daughter Book Club, and take the Word of the Week Challenge on Wednesday, and vote for Blogger of the Month, take the latest polls and much, much more!

Happy Grateful November!

Lots to come! Lots to try! All we need is to always be grateful for each other. Together, we are changing the world.

You go, girls!

 

 

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Be One of These Powerful Women for Halloween!
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Check out these 10  powerful women and dress up like one of them this year for Halloween! You can be a world leader! Who else should we add to this list?

1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

2. Wonder Woman, Fabulous Character of a Number One Movie in the World

3. Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4. Malala, Teen Gunshot Victim, Noble Peace Prize Winner, International Role Model

5. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times

6. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress Party

7. Michelle Obama, Former US First Lady

8. Christine Lagarde, Head of International Monetary Fund

9. Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security

10. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Or just decorate your shoes with glitter and glue and call yourself a fashion designer!

Who else should we add? What are YOU dressing up as this year for Halloween?

 

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Who is Your Girl Hero?
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Tell Us! We Need To Hear from YOU by September 1!!!

On October 11, 2017, we will celebrate the 6th annual International Day of the Girl (IDG), and the 5th annual Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations.

It’s a huge year for girls around the world. That’s why we need YOU!

Think about girls you know and girls around the world and how they are overcoming the unique challenges they face just because they are girls. Then think about what it’s like where you live. Do or girls like you face unfairness just because you are a girl?  How do you deal with it? How do you overcome it?

Then, tell us a story about it. How did you – or a girl you know where you live – handle something unfair, unjust or even experienced a crisis, just because she is a girl.

There are so many unusual challenges girls have to deal with today, from injustice in society, their community and in the workplace, to unfairness in opportunities in education, or gender violence, sexism, war, climate change, and many others. There’s no right or wrong answer here. What’s important is how you define “crisis” or “injustice” and how you or a girl you know dealt with it.

We want to hear YOUR story. Your story will inspire others. Your story is like the story of millions of girls around the world who will be empowered by hearing from you. So tell us your story!

What is IDG
IDG is our day to celebrate girls everywhere – to celebrate our power, our voices, and our unique place in this world. Help us showcase the creative and collective voice of girls everywhere. The leaders of today need to hear from you. Let’s inspire everyone with our stories of girl power — in art, pictures, poetry, songs, video — to showcase the unique role girls play in our world. No girl is alone. And we are stronger when we raise our voices together. That’s why we need your voice!

5th Annual Day of the Girl

We will select a diverse set of bold, funny, sensitive, and powerful, everyday stories from girls to showcase during IDG 2017 on Wednesday, October 11 as part of the 5th annual Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations in New York City!

Here’s how you can send in your story:

  1. You can send your story as an individual girl, or a story put together by a group of girls — be sure that all of you are between 13-18 years old, and then capture your story!
  2. Tell the whole story in any way you wish –  monologue, a story, a poem, a rant, a piece of visual art, a video, or a song. Be you! Tell us: what happened?
     who was there?
     when was it?
     where were you?
     why did you do what you did?
     who supported you?
     what was the outcome?
  3. Then send it to us! Email it, with the consent form, to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com
    Include: your name, age, country, and contact information
    Send it no later than Friday, August 18th 11:59PM US EST!

And get this, everyone who submits her work will be featured during the month of October on the DayoftheGirlSummit.org website, in our IDG2017 Webcast, or Shoutout Page! Please make sure your submission is in one of these formats:

Poetry or monologue (maximum 250 words)
Video or song (maximum length of 2 minutes)
Photograph (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)
Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

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Announcing Our Blogger of the Month for June!
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@cute-cupcake-girl!

Way to go, @cute-cupcake-girl! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for June! After 200 hundered votes, you edged out the other Bloggers and are this month’s winner! Way to go! Now, just send your parents’ home mailing address to us (info at itwixie dot com) and we’ll send a special prize to you! You rock!

Calling all iTwixie girls: be sure to read each other’s blogs and see how they can spark your to write your own blogs! Maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

How the New Blogger of the Month Works
For each month in 2017, our iTwixie Team will choose 5 girls to be featured in a vote for Blogger of the Month. Then we all get to vote for who we think ought to win. The winner will get a prize! Once you’ve won Blogger of the Month, you will need to wait a year before getting another chance to be featured in the vote, so that more girls get the chance to win. Sound fun?

Get blogging and voting and maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

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Happy Birthday to Malala
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Happy Birthday, Malala!

Write a birthday wish for Malala, right here!

She is amazing. She stands with girls. She stands with us! We can all learn about strength, character and friendship from Malala. Let her inspire you! Here’s the speech she gave when accepting the gift of citizenship from Canada. It’s not a party speech. But it is an AMAZING speech. Watch it! And write your birthday wish!

Isn’t she amazing? Now sign her birthday card, by writing your birthday wish to her right here, in the comments section below. Pretty cool!

(Photo Credit: Child-Education-Positive-News. Video Credit: YouTube and CSPAN)


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Be Bored July
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What’s good about being bored? Hold on, don’t say nothing! Kids don’t get enough time to be bored anymore and many psychologists tell us that being bored is actually good for you! Here are 7 reasons why:

Being Bored Makes You
1. Think of new things
2. Find ways to feel calm
3. Focus on what’s going on around you and in your life
4. Make plans and goals
5. Dream of what could be
6. Try new things
7. Create lists of things to do one day

See?

Being bored is GOOD. So go be bored! And tell us all about how good it was… !

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Vote for Blogger of the Month for June
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When you read what girls write, how do you feel? More powerful? Less alone? Curious? Stronger?

We feel like girls can empower girls, just by sharing their stories. What are yours? No matter what’s going on in your world, it’s good to share it. That’s why iTwixie bloggers ROCK! And that’s why we give out a Blogger of the Month award to recognize your unique, awesome voices! We think the world should join us and #ListenToGirls!!! And so now it’s time to Vote for the Blogger of the Month for June!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, the iTwixie Team presents five bloggers as candidates for Blogger of the Month. And then YOU vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Check out these amazing bloggers and then vote for your fave! We’ll announce the winner next week: @cookiegirl373 @cute-cupcake-girl @thunderbird @bettyeyb1 @lily-avery

Who should be no the list for next month? Tell us in the comments section below!

Here are the bloggers up for vote for June, so vote now!

Choose the June Blogger of the Month

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Congratulate our May Blogger of the Month!
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… @batman!

Way to go, @batman! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for May! After 200 hundered votes, you edged out the other Bloggers and are this month’s winner! Way to go! Now, just send your parents’ home mailing address to us (info at itwixie dot com) and we’ll send a pocket writing journal to you! Thanks for helping to build the iTwixie Nation – you help everyone feel so inspired! We love reading your blogs! You rock!

Calling all iTwixie girls: be sure to read each other’s blogs and see how they can spark your to write your own blogs! Maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

How the New Blogger of the Month Works
For each month in 2017, our iTwixie Team will choose 5 girls to be featured in a vote for Blogger of the Month. Then we all get to vote for who we think ought to win. The winner will get a prize! Once you’ve won Blogger of the Month, you will need to wait a year before getting another  chance to be featured in the vote, so that more girls get the chance to win. Sound fun?

Get blogging and voting and maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

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Friends Make Us Healthier
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There are so many ways that friends help make us healthier. Check them out right here! And here are 3 special ways, too:

Friends do more together and make our every day lives  healthier! When we have friends to enjoy doing a variety of things, we do more!
Friends make better choices together! When we surround ourselves with healthy people, we tend to be healthy, too!
Friends make the bad days more bearable!

So have some fun with your friends and be happy to help each other be healthier! It’s good stuff!

Thanks, Live Science!

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