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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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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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Star Power Facial

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:
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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DIY December Craft by @Scubagirl
Cool tweens by apparena

Here’s what you will need:

  • An old pair of jeans — find some with large back pocket that button or that fasten with velcro
  • A cute, long ribbon
  • Needle and thread (or a sewing machine that will handle denim)
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments, like sequins, buttons and beads

Here’s what you will do:

Step 1: Cut out the back pockets of the jeans.

Step 2: Measure the ribbon so that it’s long enough to go over your
shoulder so that the bag hangs at your waist, like in the picture, and
cut it.

Step 3: Sew the ribbon onto the pocket. If there is a flap like the
one in the picture, sew it under the flap. If not, sew it onto the
back. I think you might be able to hot glue gun it, but I haven’t
tried that, so you might want to stick with sewing it.

Step 4: Embellish it! If you don’t want to, you don’t have to.

Step 5: Load it up and wear it! These work as great phone holders, but
they also work for small things like change.

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Photo Credit: @scubagirl

I hope you like the craft, and maybe you will make one! Have fun!
*A Green Tween is a Cool Tween*

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Green Planet: Wrap the Perfect Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift
December 24, 2013
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Design by Student Experts

Used with permission of Student Experts, which offers internet marketing services for small businesses including graphic design and custom infographics.

(Photo Credit: erika g.)

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Congratulations to December’s BeYoutiful Tween of the Month!
December 19, 2013

Congratulations to @Skyhigh02 for being voted as December’s BeYOUtiful Tween of the Month by the iTwixie community!

Here’s what this D.I.Y. diva wrote about what makes her BeYOUtiful:

“I like making crafts. I can crochet and I used that skill to make my bff a purse for her birthday! I made a binder for school out of duct tape and a cereal box. I decorate everything with duct tape! When I do a craft, I feel like I can do anything! I feel unique. I know that no one is perfect, but when I’m doing something creative like that, I feel like the most perfect person in the world! I write stories and I think I want to be a writer when I grow up. And I can use my creative skills to write an amazing book!”

The vote was super, super close and we are so amazed by all the amazing, BeYOUtiful girls who nominated themselves this month. Stay tuned for another chance in January!



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The Holland Sisters Dream Big
December 16, 2013

All this month, we’ve been encouraging girls to Do It Yourself. But do you know who’s already got that D.I.Y. spirit in spades? The Holland sisters.

Piper (11), Devon (13) and Kylie (14) Holland are three rockin’ California sisters who have been playing music together since they were little. And now Devon has sung a beautiful album of lullabies called Invitation to Dream that the sisters just put out on their own record label, Painted Wolf Records.

Here’s what we really love about the Holland sisters: They are donating all the proceeds from their album to help build a healthy and green orphanage in Haiti, a country that still needs a lot of financial support after being devastated by the 2010 earthquake.

“We love to do community service and we love to play our music,” says Piper. “It is great to know that our music can help make a difference.”

The girls are asking for a $20 minimum donation for each CD, and hoping to raise $250,000 for Project Haiti’s important orphanage. Read on to learn more about these amazing sisters — and go their website to find out more!

Why were you interested in putting together a fundraising campaign for Haiti?
Kylie: I wanted to fundraise for Haiti because I feel that Haiti has dropped off the international radar and I believed that our project could help remind people that Haiti is still an issue and needs help.

Why did you decide to make an album of lullabies and bedtime music?
Devon: Because I love little kids, we decided that an album of lullabies made the most sense. We looked around to try and find songs that were all different and represented different types of music. We wanted to make something that children and adults would enjoy.

What’s next for Painted Wolf Records? Can kids with other charity ideas contact you?
Kylie: We want to be able to use Painted Wolf Records to support charitably-minded projects spearheaded by musically ambitious kids. We are testing the model with Devon’s album and if it works we can invite other kids to submit their proposals.

What advice would you give other girls who want to fundraise to help causes they care about?
Kylie: Try to attach your cause to a product that you make. It could be music or it could be t-shirts, jewelry, stuffed animals, bracelets, gifts, ornaments, anything. Some people will donate just for the sake of helping the cause, but you will get more people interested if they also get something in return to affirm their donation.

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D.I.Y. December
December 1, 2013
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For the entire month of December, iTwixie invites you to DO IT YOURSELF. 

 iTwixie girls aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work — whether they are writing stories, whipping up a delicious treat in the kitchen, dreaming up new inventions  – or even working together to make the world a cleaner and greener place.

This month, since the holidays have begun, we will be sharing some ideas for decorations, recipes and gifts that you can make yourself. Homemade holiday gifts are so full of heart — and when you do it yourself, you can make presents that are cheaper, better for the planet, and tailor-made for the friends and family you love!

Here are a few fun projects to start with:

Ginger Cream Cheese Cupcakes
Chalkboard and Decoupage Pots
Make a Memory Box
Rainbow Bobby Pins

Got ideas for a project that you would like to share? We hope you share your innovative ideas! Just use the comments below to tell us about a D.I.Y. project  you love best!

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Gingerbread Cream Cheese Cupcakes
November 24, 2013

Isn’t it fun making things with your mom — or other family member you love? Check out this recipe for Gingerbread Cream Cheese Cupcakes from The Mother Daughter Cookbook that’s just right for adding some holiday magic!


8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
pinch of salt

Note: If actual baking time is short, filling can be made in advance and refrigerated.


1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup molasses
1 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
12 paper cupcake cups

powdered sugar

Makes 12 cupcakes

Mother (M.)

Step One
Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Step Two
To start cupcakes, combine sugar, oil, molasses, and boiling water in large mixing bowl.

Step Three
Get dry ingredients from D.

Use a wire whisk to mix dry into wet ingredients until smooth.

Step Four

Crack eggs into a separate bowl, beat them and then add them to the batter. Incorporate well.

Pour batter into a pitcher. Give pitcher of batter to D.

Step Five

Get batter filled cups from D., then scoop on tablespoon of cream cheese filling onto the top of each cupcake before baking.

Bake cupcakes in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

Daughter (D.)

Step One

Start filling by mixing together cream cheese and sugar with wooden spoon or electric mixer. Mix well.

Add egg, vanilla and salt, combining until smooth.

Step Two

Measure flour, ginger, cinnamon, and baking soda into a bowl and mix together. Give to M.

Step Three

Line cupcake tins with paper cupcake cups.

Step Four

Get pitcher of batter from M. Pour batter into cupcake cups, filling each 3/4 full. Give to M.

Step Five

When cupcakes have cooled, sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

mdcookbook_26-27Excerpted from The Mother Daughter Cookbook: Recipes to Nourish Relationships by Lynette Rohrer Shirk © 2011, used with permission of the publisher, Zest Books. Learn more at http://zestbooks.net/the-mother-daughter-cookbook/

Now tell us: Do you and a member of your family ever cook up something special?

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DIY Halloween Treat

You will need: 

  • 1 (6 ounce) package raspberry gelatin powder or 1 (6 ounce) package grape flavor gelatin
  • 3 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 100 flexible plastic straws
  • 1 tall slender 4 cup container (same height as extended straws)
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 12 -15 drops green food coloring

You will grab a parent and:

  1. In a bowl, combine gelatins.
  2. Add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the gelatins cool, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in tall container.
  4. Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Pour into container, filling straws.
  5. Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.
  6. Pull straws from container (if using a carton, tear carton away from straws). Pull straws apart; run hot tap water for about 2 seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time. Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling pin, or use your fingers; lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  7. Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  8. Worms will hold at room temperature up to 2 hours.

(Special thanks to Food.com for photo, recipe and directions!)

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