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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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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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Marvelous March
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Is your 2018 kicking off as marvelously as you’d like? What would make it more marvelous? Let’s bring all that’s Marvelous to iTwixie this March. What is marvelous to you?

• Think of  Marvelous ways to empower Girls Around the World
• Share Marvelous blogs
• Do Marvelous workouts and teach us, too
• Try a Marvelous recipe and tell us about it

Ready? You are Marvelous!

 

 

 

Photo credit: @MissMonkey

 

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Let’s Code with Lilia!

Meet Lilia Becker.

She’s a 10th grade student on a mission to expand computer coding to girls. Computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best paying, and now the largest sector of all new wages in the U.S. and she believes women’s ideas need to be heard.

She created her own site, too! Check it out:
http://www.CodewithLilia.org

Let’s learn to code with Lilia!

 

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11 Things to Do on a SNOW DAY!
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NO SCHOOL!

What do you do when you have NO SCHOOL?

Today is the 11th Day of Christmas and we have no school in our town. So we are making a list of 11 things to do today. Add yours!

11. Sleep in
10. Stay in PJs
9. Watch 2 movies in a row
8. Do 11 sit ups, 11 push ups, 11 squats and 11 lunges 3 times
7. Make cookies
6. Write 11 notes to 11 people
5. Change your sheets
4. Make a list of goals for 2018
3. Reorganize your t-shirts
2. Try 11 new signatures
1. Make bubbles that freeze – this is a must do if you are in cold climate areas!!!

Ok, add yours!

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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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