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Jump Rope Challenge
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Ready for a challenge? Jump rope 3 times this week! See how YOU feel and tell us, right here! Here’s why: Jumping rope burns more calories per minute than most other workouts, including running. AND you can jump rope just about anywhere! All you need is a good jump rope and cross training shoes.

So here’s a fitness challenge, just for YOU! Go grab a rope and start JUMPING this week! Try and jump rope for 10 minutes THREE TIMES THIS WEEK!

Just jumping rope for 10 minutes is as good as:

  • Cycling 2 miles in 6 minutes
  • Playing handball for 20 minutes
  • Jogging 30 minutes at a moderate pace
  • Running 1 mile in 12 minutes
  • Swimming 720 yards in 12 minutes
  • Playing 2 sets of tennis

Let’s get jumping! Are you up for the challenge? Let’s hear it!

 

Thank you, Single Minded Women, for these great facts on jumping rope!

 

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Happy First Day of Spring!
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Whether you are under snow in Colorado, or surprised at how warm it is in New York, today is the first day of SPRING! Let’s make this your strongest Spring ever!

YOU GO GIRLS!!!

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Top 10 Tips to Keep Strong
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So did your Fall sport just finish? How did you do? Wish you had a way to keep fit until your Spring sport begins? We’ve got your back, girls! Check out these 10 Tips for keeping fit in-between seasons:

  1. Start a running club – sounds intense, but don’t get too crazy! Just get a few of your BFFs together to run 1 or 2 miles together a couple times a week. Now that’s not too ambitious, is it? And get this: everyone will be amazed at your wish to keep fit, but YOU will be amazed at how fantastic you feel all winter long!
  2. Plan to play catch, walk the dog or shoot hoops twice a week – now this is so easy! Just plan two days a week that you’ll do something fun, useful or relaxing, but that also gets you doing more than just running. Get a friend to join you or spend time with your siblings, your dog or even just on your own in your driveway – but get out there and do something that isn’t just running.
  3. Make one day a week an upper body strengthening day – just choose one day a week to take 20 minutes and plan to work on your upper body strength. There are so many ways to get your upper body strong: from curls with weights to yoga poses, you can work on your upper body strength in just a few minutes AND feel stronger every time you do it!
  4. Give your legs a workout, too, one day a week - yes, you saw this coming, right? It’s so important to make sure your legs get some challenging workouts once a week, too. Squats, wall sits, lunges and jumping rope are all great ways to give your legs a chance to get strong. Make sure you do 15 minutes a week of leg strengthening. You’ll love how you feel by Spring.
  5. Practice some core work – try and add 2 days of core strengthening to your routine. You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing this, but choose a couple of days to add a plank, some push-ups or pull-ups to your workout. Don’t do too much too fast. You want to build up your strength. Giving your core some challenge is a great way to keep your whole body feeling wonderful.
  6. DON’T STRESS OUT! If you miss a day or forget what you had planned to do, don’t stress out about it! These are just ways to keep yourself mindful of your strength!
  7. Listen to your body – if you ever feel sore or uncomfortable with a set, make sure you take a break and rest. You don’t want to injure yourself. There’s no benefit in working out so hard that you end up needing to take a lot of time off to heal. So pay attention to how you feel. Every week will bring you more strength, not more soreness.
  8. Keep it fun – if you start dreading what you’re planning for yourself, then you know you’ve got to change something. Sign up for a community league or after school team, just for fun. No matter what, keep yourself smiling, laughing and having a good time.
  9. Keep challenging yourself – if everything you’re doing seems so easy that you’re not feeling like you’re having to try at all, then you know it’s time to either do another set, add a little weight or do a little more. As you get stronger, your workouts will feel easier and that is a really good thing. So keep up the good work! You’ll be so proud of yourself when you do.
  10. Try new things – see if there’s something you can try in-between your sports, like yoga classes, kick-boxing (like in the picture) swimming, dancing, a winter sport you’ve never tried, or even just pick-up basketball during open gym times. You’ll be happy when you try something new and end up loving it! So get out there and try it!
    Want to add one? Tell us! You are amazing, girls. So keep yourself feeling as amazing as you are :)

Photo credit: “Picture Youth”

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Oh Happy Day
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Passover, Easter, Spring… so many reasons to celebrate!

What are you celebrating this week? Tell us how this time of the year makes you feel awesome. Is it that you get to see more of the sun each day? Is it seeing the flowers and trees in bloom? Is it just the warmer weather?

Tell us all about it… and Happy Spring!

 

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Everyone Should Go to Camp
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Here is a camp for kids who might not be able to go to others camps. The motto at Camp John Marc is “special camps for special kids.”

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Camp John Marc has programs for kids with Asthma, Childhood Cancer, Heart Disease, Hemophilia, Juvenile Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Sickle Cell Anemia, Burn Survivors and Spina Bifida.

If you and your parents would like to know more about this camp click here!

If you and your parents would like to support this camp click here!

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Show Your Savvy and PARTY!
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It’s a WEEK LONG PARTY! Check back for the next week and join the fun… AND get a chance to win some prizes! You can do any of the challenges any time. Check each day for a new one ;)  Every entry you make is a chance to WIN! Check it out:

Every time you send in an answer or idea, you get another chance to WIN: 1) a set of iTwixie stickers or 2) an iTwixie T-shirt, or 3) an uber cool Writer’s journal. Cool, yes?

And everyone who enters something in will earn a Power Reader achievement too!

 

7. Mibs and her brothers make a porch swing to show their father how much they care for him. Have you ever constructed something for your father? Did you get help?

6. Medical emergencies can make a family closer.  Has this ever happened to you?

5. The Beaumonts all have unusual names. What is the most unusual name you have ever heard?

4. Mibs is a strong leader because she knows what she wants and is not afraid to do what it takes. What do you think is the most important part of being a leader?

3. Mibs calls her father, Poppa. Do you have a special name for your father?

2. Mibs knows that Will really likes her but she does not feel ready for a boyfriend at 13. She asks him to just be friends. What would you do?

1. So here’s today’s challenge… make up a cool poem about Mibs by using the letters of her name. So, for example, for M you might say Magnificent… get the idea? Have fun, girls!

M
I
B
S

 

 

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SAVVY by Ingrid Law

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him.
Just click on the picture above or the title and author and you can read a lot of the book right online!

  • Did you like Savvy? If you haven’t started yet, there’s no time better than now! On June 5, we’ll announce the party winners for the Savvy week-long party - so fun!
  • AND THERE’S MORE! Just click on iTwixie’s Book Club to chat about more book club stuff  ;)

 

 

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Take Your Father Out for Father’s Day
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Father’s Day is a great time to spend some special time with your father!

iTwixie has a contest for you to WIN dinner out with your father at Panera. If your entry wins the drawing you will receive a gift card to take your father out!

Every entry is a chance to win in the drawing for the Panera gift card! The winner will be announced on June 12 at 3 PM.

All you have to do is finish this sentence in the comments section below:

“My father is awesome because…”

 

(Photo Credit: davidsteltz)

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Take the iTwixie Plank Challenge
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How long can YOU hold a plank position? What is it? Well, it’s like the girls in the picture! Here’s how you hold a plank position:

Put your hands and toes in push-up position and lift your body up, like you are doing a push-up. NOW, don’t move. Try to keep your body as straight as a board – or a plank of wood. Get it? 

Here’s iTwixie Plank Challenge:

1) Get into a plank position and time how long you can hold it. Don’t be surpised if you can only hold it for a few seconds!

2) Have someone take a picture of you holding this position. SMILE!

3) Now post it on your profile page! Don’t forget to post how many seconds you could hold it, too.

YOU GO GIRLS! The girl who can hold her plank position the longest – and posts a picture – will get an iTwixie t-shirt! Woot woot!

(Photo Credit: lululemon athletica)

 

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Top 10 Ways to Stop the Drama
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You are going to love this! Ready? Here are… DRUMROLL…

iTwixie’s Top 10 Ways to Stop the Drama:

10. Help Others. When we help others it helps us feel thankful for all we have.

9.  Calm yourself down before talking through a disagreement or something emotional with your friends.

8. When you hear gossip, don’t repeat it.

7. Follow this rule of thumb: If she’s gossiping about someone else, she’s gossiping about you; don’t tell her stuff.

6. Give your opinion then listen. If your BFF still struggles with what to do,  keep listening. Don’t argue. She’s just trying to figure it out.

5. Listen and Lock It: when your BFF tells you something, keep it to yourself.

4. If you see gossip online or on social media sites, don’t share it, don’t forward it, just delete it. And always tell an adult if it’s harmful about someone. Adults cannot help if they don’t know.

3. Remind yourself: we’re just kids. We are not perfect. It’s ok to mess up. Apologize and move on. Learn and grow from it.

2. When gossip starts, walk away or change the subject.

1. Find drama-free friends – seriously – this works.

Whatchya think? Are girls all about drama? Got any tips to add? Do you like these? Tell us in the comments section below:

(Photo Credit: zalouk webdesign)

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Tween Girl Book Club WEEK-LONG Party
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It’s a WEEK LONG PARTAY! Check back each day for the next week and join the fun… AND get a chance to win some prizes! You can do any of the challenges any time. Each day there will be a new one ;) Here’s how:

Every time you send in an answer or idea, you get another chance to WIN: 1) a set of iTwixie stickers or 2) an iTwixie T-shirt, or 3) an uber cool Writer’s journal. Cool, yes?

And everyone who sends something in will earn a Book Club achievement too!

Tuesday’s challenge is: What color do you think would be Seraphina’s favorite color? Why?

Monday’s challenge is:  Seraphina is embarrassed about her family background and tries to keep it hidden. Have you ever felt that way about your family? Do you have advice for anyone who does feel that way?

Sunday’s challenge is:  Seraphina is said to be resourceful, brave, and empathetic. Which would you like people to say of you?

Saturday’s challenge is:  If you had to choose between the love of your father or your BFF, whose love would you choose and why?

Friday’s challenge is:  List the most important trait you look for in a BFF or boyfriend! Seraphina discovers what means most to her through her experiences. What is most important to you — honesty, loyalty, bravery?

Thursday’s challenge is:  List at least 3 things about Dragons that you know or have learned. Each thing you list is another entry to WIN!

So here’s today’s challenge… make up a cool poem about Seraphina by using the letters of her name. So, for example, for S you might say SUPER… get the idea? Have fun, girls!

S
E
R
A
P
H
I
N
A

Check back tomorrow for another way to WIN!

Book Winners from last week are: GiganticbookwormlubistBookReader! Congratulations, girls!

Did you like Seraphina?

 Just click on iTwixie’s Book Club to keep the chat going.

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina, the main character, is smart, resourceful, brave, and empathetic. Are you a little like Seraphina?

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