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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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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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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!

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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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Blogger of the Month for April!
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@basicallyfinella!

Way to go, @basicallyfinella! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for April! 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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May is All About Today in History
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Welcome to Today in History May!

Each day of May, we’ll be taking a look at something historical that a woman has done. Why? Because, when we learn about the cool things women have done in our history, we get inspired. We see what WE can do. We understand that we are changing the world, every day.

Know of some cool woman who did something that you admire? Share it right here!

Here’s our first, Today in History story:

On May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry. Today they call people who earn this distinction a Poet Laureate. There have been 5 female poets laureate and 16 male poets laureate. Prior to 1985, they were called consultants in poetry and there were 6 female consultants in poetry by 1985 and 23 male consultants in poetry.

Gwendolyn inspired readers to think about what it really means to support human rights and the dignity of each human life. Her point of view resonates with us today. We, as a group of people on this planet, still seem to struggle with the idea of basic, human rights.

The first woman consultant in poetry was  Louise Bogan, who held the post from 1945 to 1946.

 Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

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Vote for the April Blogger of the Month
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Some girls write blogs about their life. Others write poems. Some make lists of good things to do, and a bunch of girls give good advice. iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we like to 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 March!

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:
@dragonrider015 @twixergirl @basicallyfinella @belliejean @the-famous-pickle

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